About Me:

Rachel 2014 head shot

Head shot by John Hall with John Hall Photography. Professional makeup by Karen Hall with John Hall Photography

With this blog and my lifestyle television segments on AZTV7 on the Arizona Daily Mix show , and on AZTV’s Daily Mix Morning Show, I strive to provide my readers with everything travel, simple and scrumptious recipes,  yummy restaurant reviews, relatable parenting talk, what’s trending in beauty, tips for better health and fitness and more.  Put simply, my goal is to provide tips to make our manic lives a bit more managed in these crazy, fast-paced 24/7 times that we live in.  Here is one of my favorite morning show segments that shows viewers how to make the quickest fall candy corn crunch recipe and a festive pitcher of the tasty and colorful Autumn Sangria!

In my new empty nester chapter, I am thrilled to share that I have become a travel reporter, both blogging my adventures and sharing recommendations, images and video on the Arizona Daily Mix morning show monthly. Check out the Road Trippin’ with Rach section of this blog to see my trips, tidbits and expert packing and travel advice, too.

Completing 15 day trips around my gorgeous state of Arizona kept me busy last year! I was very honored to have been selected to complete this fantastic assignment with the international travel site you must know about called TwoWanderingSoles. See my article, 15 Exciting Day Trips From Phoenix:  A Local’s Guide here at this link. It was an incredible experience that this empty nesting mom thoroughly enjoyed!

After graduating in the early 90s from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, I began my career in marketing with Southwest Airlines.  As an Area Marketing Manager for the airline’s Arizona office, I regularly conducted on-camera and print interviews about the airline’s growth and culture.  I traveled all over, so I will also include some travel tips and hotel and resort recommendations in this blog.  I also had a blast traveling frequently with my son’s travel hockey team for 14 years!  Those were the days!

In 1998, I joined KTVK Channel 3 as a segment producer for the #1 rated “Good Morning Arizona!” show.  Four years later, I took two years off to be a full-time homemaker after the birth of my second child.  In 2003, I returned to KTVK to help create a brand-new morning show for women called “Your Life A to Z” (now called “Your Life Arizona”) and worked on the program as a producer, writer, reporter and fill-in cohost.

Freelance work was my next chapter in life and that worked well to better balance the growing demands of my busy family’s schedule.  KTVK gave me a regular column and weekly segments that I fill with topics that include parenting, beauty, cooking and more.  With the tips from my 3TV segment and the daily craziness of my family life, I dreamed up the name manic managed mom and decided to start this blog to have a place to share my segments and family survival strategies.

When I am not out in the glorious Valley of the Sun researching blog topics, I can be found either sipping wine with pals, hiking one of the easier mountains in our beautiful desert, sweating at the gym, spoiling our fabulous four felines…or my favorite…stealing some precious time with my now 24-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter.  After all these years as a manic managed mom, I am now watching them learn how to manage the manic demands of today’s fast-moving world.  They are rocking it for the most part.  So far, so good…and yes, I am knocking on wood as I write this.

And my most recent joy…news that I will soon be a mother-in-law as our son got engaged!  Details and the sweetest proposal video ever (I’m biased) are here.  My family is growing.  I blinked!


About My Blog:


Managedmoms.com is a PR friendly blog and I would love to hear from you!  Please contact me if you have a product or website you would like Managedmoms.com to review and/or promote.


Managedmoms.com primary focus is with beauty products, nutritious foods and natural products. However, we use a lot of things in our home that do not fall into those categories (electronics, clothes, etc.), therefore I am open to reviewing other things as well, if you believe your product would be a good fit.  We also welcome sponsored posts and offer sponsored advertising space on every page of this blog as well.  Contact me at [email protected] for rates and information.


With over 15 years in broadcast reviewing products as well as being a mom, I bring a lot of perspective regarding your customer’s interest. I go into my reviews with an open mind, and I give my honest opinion.


I do prefer that you provide a duplicate of the item I am reviewing for me to offer as a giveaway on my blog, but it is not a requirement.  Reviews coupled with giveaways do tend to draw more traffic to the review however, which, in turn, sends more traffic your way.


Photo courtesy of John Hall Photography.