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What does Christmas look like at your house?

November 30, 2012 – 12:52 pm

While the kids played outside last weekend, my husband and I put up the tree and strung lights on the house.
With those two in place, the decorating part of the season began. It’ll probably take …

Chandler circus family shares their story, and their hearts

November 24, 2012 – 8:38 am

Earlier this month, my big kids (ages 7 and 10) and I drove to a home tucked in a Chandler neighborhood. Before we even got out of the car, the children of the house were …

Missing Black Friday tradition, but happy for sleep

November 23, 2012 – 5:49 am

For the first time in three years, I’m out covering the “Black Friday” story for the newspaper. Last year’s adventure, (while always fun to meet people and see them go into the store first) left …

Service project starts holidays season right

November 19, 2012 – 12:45 pm

Last week, I wrote a column for the Tribune’s Money page about holiday spending anxiety.
A reader commented that teaching kids about service leads to appreciation.
I know the reader didn’t realize this, but just that morning, …

Giveaway: EV Moms gets the gift season started

November 5, 2012 – 1:41 pm
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This week, my husband and I celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. A little early, we went out to celebrate on Sunday (hey, when you have three kids and a grandma offers to babysit, you take …

Watching friends move brings tears to mom and kids

November 1, 2012 – 12:54 pm

On a bright, fall, Arizona morning, the youngest children from two families swung side by side in the backyard while their moms frantically put the last remaining items from the house into a mini-van – …