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 […]

Back To School Stress Busters

As seen in my KTVK 3TV segment that aired today at 10am. Back To School Stress Busters Sophomore is the big word around our house this year.  With a high school 10th grader and a sophomore in college, I now have a lot of back to school seasons under my belt.  A new school year […]

Living 15 Again…There’s Something Special About 15

Here we go again.  My second born is at that age, 15 1/2 and everything is changing so quickly now.  I remember this time with my son. Getting a driver’s permit and actually enjoying  the time spent teaching him to drive (except for a few white knuckle moments) and knowing that on his 16th birthday, […]

Teen Driver-To-Be? Institute for Drivers Safety A Must

Do you have a teen driver-to-be?  I do.  Again.  Already.  It is my second time around to teach one of my babies how to drive as child #2 edges even closer to the edge of the nest.  There is my girl behind the wheel.  Here we go again and boy, she can’t wait to go, […]

My 3TV Segment: Smart Summer Solutions Stuff

If you caught my KTVK 3TV segment on the Your Life Arizona show today and want more details on the stuff I showed, it is all  here…. Summertime brings all kinds of stuff like travel, summer break from school, hot dry temps and more.  To keep summer fun and manageable, I found some cool gadgets […]

Impressive So Far: ASU Sports Journalism Program

Although only a freshman, that is my son in the yellow and blue tie co-anchoring an entertaining and informative sports program.  My son is about to wrap up his first year as a sports journalism major at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  He has already done play by play announcing for […]