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 […]

Less Blogging, More Living

Less blogging, more living.  Been blogging a lot less lately.  Some of it is due to that perfect phrase…how does it go… “life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” That is right on. In the last year, I took several unexpected trips to care for family in need.  Those trips helped […]

Finally My Mama Heart Feels Glimmer Of Hope

Finally.  I feel a glimmer of hope in my weary Mama heart.  Could this brave, articulate, passionate, focused and incredibly heartbroken and traumatized group of teens from Florida and beyond finally elicit change?  With the 24/7 screens that are around us all of the time now, I tearfully watched these students run out of their […]

Sweet 16 Birthday Party Planning Ideas

Since I just received an email from one of my blog readers asking me for sweet 16 birthday party ideas, here is what we did for our daughter’s party. And for my blog readers…please share your sweet 16 bday ideas in the comments section to give our reader even more creative things to do when […]

A Very Special Giveaway Drawing

If you have a new driver or driver-to-be, this is a special drawing!  I have two sweet inspiring visor clips that say, “Never Drive Faster Than Your Guardian Angel Can Fly!” and both of my kids have one in their cars.  It is clipped to their visor, so they are reminded to be as safe […]

My Mama Wellness Kit

Cold and flu season got you down?  Or are you trying to keep those germs away?  With two kids who are now 20 and 16 (guess I can’t say kids anymore), I have learned a lot of tricks and tips along the way when it comes to family wellness maintenance. And that can be a […]