Friday Favorites

Learn More About Me With Friday Favorites

Today I’m linking up with Friday Favorites at Follow The Ruels! I love this way to offer you guys a peek into my life.   My favorite pictures of the week is this one of Michael. Yes, it’s actually 2 weeks old, but it’s my favorite picture *this* week ;) He’s getting so big and I often look at him and have to take a step back because I can’t believe it. My favorite Instagram of the week is mine. I…

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Childhood Vaccines Give Kids A Shot@Life #BirthdayBash

  I understand that childhood vaccines are a controversial subject, though we have never questioned them in our family. We spread them out a little more than recommended so they don’t receive too many at once, but the boys have always been vaccinated on time and I have always been thankful that I have a choice – vaccinations are available and our insurance covers them. I recently found a great organization that recognizes the need for childhood vaccines and helps…

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Stop Judging And Start Empowering

Have you seen the article by Tonya Ferguson titled, “Dear mom on the iPhone: Let me tell you what you don’t see?” It’s a letter to “those moms.” Yes, moms like me. Moms who attend sporting events and practices and sit on the sidelines talking on or using their smartphones. It warns them that they are missing important moments and events – that they are ignoring their children as they grow. I want to tell you why I am one of…

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Dear Tucson, {Love Letters To Tucson}

A little more than six months ago, Rachel began a project – a documentation of a city she loves: Love Letters To Tucson. She looks for people across the city to interview and photograph, and then asks them to write a love letter to Tucson. There are many similar projects around the country and the globe, but I doubt any have a leader as passionate as Rachel. This past week I was number 19 to tell my story – to…

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protect your kids

Five Ways To Protect Your Kids In Every Scenario #CoxSecurity

I’d do just about anything to keep these guys safe. Safe from disease, injury, and bad guys. From hurt feelings, embarrassing moments, and disappointments. As a parent, you can control a lot of what your kids come in contact with, but not everything. Since my husband refuses to let me place the boys in a bubble, I do my best to protect them and provide a balanced environment for them – acknowledge the things we can’t control, but not worry too much…

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Moms Of Tweens Unite!

    Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday at! I’m doing my best to lighten your load a little when it comes to raising those not-so-little and not-so-big kids of yours. Make sure to link up any tween or teen related blog you know of below in the linky! ___________________ Bloggers with young kids are everywhere. There is plenty of advice around the blog world about potty training and the terrible twos. Where’s the advice for Moms who need help with…

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Jesus Loves Total Wine

Image courtesy of Last week, Steve asked me to grab some beer on the way home. Total Wine is right next to the mall (where I may or may not have been with Jack), so we popped in there. We found the beer and walked to the register. As I was getting ready to grab my wallet, Jack said, “Mom, Jesus must love Total Wine.” The cashier giggled, and I was caught off guard. “What did you say?” Jack: “Jesus…

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Career Day

Career Day {And A Peek Inside My Office}!

Q: Have you blogged about lasagna? Q: Do your kids like being on your blog? Q: Do you have to go to college to be a blogger? What about a writer? Q: Are you going to blog about this? Q: Have you ever met Harrison Ford? Q: Do you vlog? Last Wednesday, I traded my yoga pants in for some big girl clothes and ventured out to Michael’s middle school for Career Day. I have to admit, it was a…

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A Mom and Son Date At California Adventure!

I’m going to ask you to hop on over to Disney In The Desert to read my post about Jack and I having our date day at California Adventure! Have you ever spent time with one of your children somewhere special like Disneyland?


My New Baby

Or blog. Mom, don’t get too excited. There will be no more babies in this house. When I started this blog, I never thought I would want to talk about anything but the boys. I thought it would be read by only our families, and never had a clue as to where it would take me. There are a lot of exciting things happening in our home, and I want to be able to write all about them. Sometimes, what…

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Happy Right Where I Am {A Country Outfitter Giveaway}

Update: Congratulations, Jillian! Your entry was randomly chosen to win the $150 gift card to Country Outfitters! Enjoy your boots, girl! ___________________________________________________________ People often ask if I would move in a heartbeat because we have no family in Tucson. I usually reply with “If you can find somewhere with better weather, I’ll look into it.” We have embraced Arizona – the heat, the snowbirds, the rodeo holidays… One thing was still missing, though. I’ve lived here for almost 11 years, and…

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Proud To Be A Part Of #HerHighway

In one month, I’ll be leaving Colorado and driving to New York as part of #HerHighway Drive Breast Cancer Awareness; a cross country drive event including 100 journalists, social media mavens, motorsports professionals, and executives from the automotive, lifestyle, health, beauty, fitness, and fashion industries. Half of the women will be driving, and half of the women will be supporting the event from home through social media. Click above to read my feature at I’m not able to attend the entire…

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Concerts With Tweens. Not What You’d Think.

This summer, I have had the opportunity to take both of my boys to concerts – separately, because Michael wouldn’t be dragged into Demi Lovato and I wouldn’t let Jack anywhere near Pitbull. My observation? Concerts with tweens are tricky – Concerts attended as an adult are completely different than concerts attended as the adult. Jack and I saw Demi Lovato and Hot Chelle Rae. Hot Chelle What? I love those boys. We were having a blast and then, the lead singer…

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Time Dog Is My Best Kept Secret

My son is freestyle wrestling and needs some tips about being quick on his feet. I have heard about drills like snapping towels at his legs (seriously!) and need to know if there are any more. Videos would be helpful, as well.  Can you give me the Friday hours and address for the Science Downtown museum in Tucson? I think we are heading there this Friday.  Can you tell me about the new Eddie Murphy movie and why it’s rated…

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Yes, I’m doing an Insta-Friday post. Yes, I know it’s not Friday. We had a hectic week and I just couldn’t get it up, so how about a little Insta-Monday? We dropped the kids off with a dear friend and headed up to Flagstaff for a wedding last weekend, and here are my favorite Instagram photos: Date night at Diablo Burger! Sharing a margarita with Emily. (See the shark and fish that came in it?!) Thoughtful touches were everywhere around the…

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I Need To Know I’m Not Alone In This.

Jack: Mom, if you pour a lot a lot a lot of marinade on the artichoke, what will it taste like? Me: A really marinated artichoke. Jack: No, like, if you take a big tub of marinade and drop an artichoke in it? What will it taste like? Me: I don’t know, I’ve never had that happen. Jack: But, what do you think it would taste like? Me: A really marinated artichoke. Jack: Nooooooo if you dropped it in a…

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