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Survey: Moms complete 26 tasks each morning (that’s all?)

July 11, 2013 – 12:41 pm

This morning, I awoke and it just felt “late.”
After scrambling to find my glasses and cell phone, I realized my feeling was correct.
The clock said 7:47.
My daughter’s dive team practices at 7:50 each morning.
Pretty much …

Spring brings long list of fun activities

April 2, 2013 – 7:53 am

Should we go for a hike at Boyce Arborteum or head to free jazz performances in Gilbert this weekend?
I keep reading about lots of activities I’d like to take the children to in the next …

Eggs in the freezer, too much TV on and other signs mom is sick

February 18, 2013 – 12:06 pm
sneezing woman

Friday morning I discovered a carton of eggs in the freezer. For a minute or two I tried to wrap my brain around why my son would have done that.
Then I thought back to the …

Planning the ‘impromptu’ birthday party

January 9, 2013 – 7:11 am
Grab a few cupcakes and make a party by taking them to the neighborhood park to celebrate a birthday. No extra planning needed!

We recently celebrated my daughter’s birthday with an “unplanned” party. It wasn’t completely unplanned, but as parties go, it was fairly easy to put together. I took a page from a previous year when we …

School back in session, but forget the idea of ‘normal’

January 7, 2013 – 12:54 pm
So, what activities are your children participating in this year?

Children returned to classes this week after winter break.
And while lots of friends posted on Facebook or commented to me that they’re happy life is “back to normal,” I’m convinced there is no “normal” in …

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 – …

Summer vacation stops you should make

July 9, 2012 – 5:01 am
My son and my mom created "Washington" this weekend - a fun sewing project for them, plus an item to mark off my son's "before I turn 12" list!

Summer break is almost over.
That statement is more true for some students than others – especially those in modified year-round schools in the East Valley. The entire Chandler Unified School District operates that way, with …

Bicycles start the summer right

June 7, 2012 – 8:12 am

What say “summer” more than a bicycle ride?
A few days before school ended last month, my husband and I decided to order the kids new bikes. It’d been three years since they’d received their old …

The final countdown: School’s almost over for the year

May 15, 2012 – 9:46 am
The school year is almost done! (Submitted/Photospin)

Song lyrics keeps ringing in my head this morning: “It’s the final countdown!”
Less than two weeks until school is done for the year. Gone will be third and first grade for my big kids. Gone …

Make a move to help a mom this Mother’s Day

April 17, 2012 – 1:22 pm

I got this release and thought I would share:
Valley-based Two Men and a Truck Local wants to help mothers in shelters this Mother’s Day.
The group will be collecting essential items for moms through the national …