Hello 17: My 17 Wishes For My Girl

In one more year, I will have two adults.  I won’t be able to say that I have two children.  Umm…that flew by. Hello 17 one last time.  One last year of having a kid before she becomes a legal adult. Happy 17th Birthday to my girl!  17 got here fast with speedy-beyond-belief-short years…and some […]

Guest Post: Ways To Help Your Teen Embrace Healthy Lifestyle

Manic:  When your little kids turn into teens and suddenly you can’t control or police how healthy they choose to be every day, especially when they start driving. Managed: I have lived this twice now and it is one of the things I worry about.  The nutrition my kids are taking in..or NOT taking in..since they are […]

Going Green Earth-Friendly Family Tips

Go green and get free stuff from some companies that have great recycling programs like MAC Cosmetics and Apple!  This article corresponds with my segment on the Your Life Arizona show that aired this week.  When my morning show producers asked me to do an earth-friendly segment, I jumped at the chance.  My parents raised […]

Super Helpful SAT & ACT Phone App Study Guides

Here we go again.  I have a high school junior again and that means it is ACT and SAT prep time.  Class of 2020 parents, the time is now.  Stressful, I know.  I have two super cool phone apps SAT/ACT study guides that my son found to be very helpful in 2015 when he was […]

Healthy Back To School Food For Thought Ideas

As seen in my 3TV segment on the KTVK morning show, Your Life Arizona, here is what I showed along with some ideas on creative better foods for the lunch box, after school snacks and more.  As the mother of two juniors now (one in high school and one in college), I have a lot […]

Our Creepy & Surprisingly Simple Scorpion Sting Story!

Manic: Enjoying a dinner out with my husband and a phone call comes in from our teenage daughter telling us that she just got stung by a scorpion! Managed:  Thankfully our response, awesome advice from my wonderful mom-in-law and how well our girl took matters into her own hands and took care of the aftermath. Read on […]

For Parents: Senior Year Is Hard On Your Heart In The Best Way

Moms (and dads) of teens.  This is written for moms, but I sure have seen my fair share of emotional papas who find senior year to be bittersweet on their hearts, too.  Read this or bookmark this to read before or during your child’s senior year in high school. It just may be therapeutic for […]

AZ To DC On A Train: Our Amtrak Family Travel Adventure!

Manic:  Considering traveling from Tucson, Arizona all the way to Washington DC.  By train.  With six of us traveling together.  Hubs, myself, our college guy, our teenage girl and my husband’s dear parents. Was this idea manic or managed? Managed:  We did it on Amtrak and my answer, our experience and a few train travel tips are […]

Dorm-Bound Kid? My Bittersweet Memory & Encouraging Words

Can’t believe this short and sweet…or shall I say bittersweet…video below was shot two years ago!  That went by fast!  For those pensive parents about to move a beloved kid out of their familiar and loving home into a new and unfamiliar dorm room, this sweet memory of mine is for you.  I made this […]

College Dorm Bound? Pack These Essentials For A Smooth Move

Is your kid college dorm bound?  Pack these essentials for a smooth move…and don’t forget the Kleenix, parents.  This is a bittersweet experience for sure!     Compiled by us, our son’s wish list and the best part…suggestions from other parents who have been there, done that…and then had to go back to the store […]

Antibiotic Resistant Ear Infection That Landed My Teen In Hospital

If your kid has ear pain, get it checked out right away.  Parents, read our story.  We did everything right and our teen’s ear infection still turned into a 3-day emergency hospital stay.   Even with our quick & thorough actions, our 16-year-old girl still had to be admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) for an […]

Why Moving Cars In My Jammies This Morning Filled My Heart

Three different times this morning, I ran out in my nightgown (don’t judge…I did throw a cardigan on!) to move cars. This made my heart and my face smile because these cars belong to my daughter’s pals.  The cars were all there because four friends found one common night that they could stay together. At […]

My Favorite Survival Tool Tip For Parenting Teens

LA here we come.  My teen girl and I are headed to LA once again to check out potential colleges.  She will go off to college in just two short years.  Those years will be short…and we will have some long days.  Long and challenging days are gonna happen when raising teens who are straddling […]

A Look Back-Son’s Grad Video I Made Is Also Family Love Letter

Happy Graduation Month to so many!  For fun, I took a look back today at my son’s grad video that I made for him in 2016. I worked super hard on the video below and I was able to use some of the skills I learned working in a newsroom.  Two years later, it still […]

A Letter To Moms & To My Younger Mama Self

Dear Moms of babies, toddlers, school-aged kiddos and teens, I have a little letter for you that celebrates you, includes a bit of reflection and maybe even feeds your Mama soul a little bit.  I hope so. I write this to you because I just read a social media post by a super successful and well […]