In This Historic Trying Time, My Perspective & A Few Shared Tips As A Parent Of A Teen Who Is Also A High School Senior

My teenage daughter is supposed to graduate on May 21st.  My son is supposed to graduate from college on May 12th.  My girl’s cap and gown are pressed and hung in her closet.  When senior year kicked off in August, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that it may collect dust before it is […]

Both Videos – DIY Hand Sanitizer & Hand Washing After Care For Hands

Yesterday’s article included the post hand washing care plan to keep hands moisturized.  Here is the other segment with the DIY hand sanitizer recipe.  I didn’t realize that one of the videos was missing until later in the day.  So I’m running both today in case you missed both yesterday and want the information I […]

Hand Care Products & DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe

Excessive hand washing (keep it up) can result in very dry hands so see my Your Life Arizona morning show segment below to learn how to keep them moisturized.  Plus, I share the recipe I found to make homemade hand sanitizer.  For the hand sanitizer recipe and list of product links I showed in the […]

My 3TV Cold, Flu & Allergy Wellness Segment

My home wellness kit got me through a horrible sinus infection and the Influenza A that I had at the same time last month.  It all worked so well that I decided to show my wellness kit in my recent Your Life Arizona morning show segment.  Wellness is top of mind right now with all […]

My Bittersweet 3TV Segment: Turning Empty Nest Into Fresh Start

When my KTVK Your Life Arizona morning show producers asked me to come on the show to discuss how to turn my upcoming empty nest into a fresh start, I paused for a second before responding.  I haven’t truly experienced the empty nest yet, but it is coming fast now.  Come late August I will […]

Empty Nest Ahead: This Is The New Year I’ve Braced For

As I paid the kind cashier at the restaurant today, he smiled at me and asked, “Do you have any big plans for your new year?”  In previous years, I would have answered with a smile and quick reply.  But today I hesitated for a moment before I answered.  Although I knew the answer, his […]

What We Really Paid For Our Son’s College & 7 Ways To Save

Today I am smiling.  We are done paying for our firstborn’s college!  Wondering how much college costs today?  So many anxious parents are.  Read on as I’m about to share.  I’m also including seven tips on how to cut the cost of the incredibly way-too-expensive college bill that many parents can’t afford. Today, on this […]

Cool Back To School Stuff For The Whole Family

Today on the Your Life Arizona morning show, I shared cool back to school stuff for the whole family.  When it comes to back-to-school gear and foods, I have become a bit of an expert because I now have two seniors. With a senior in high school and a senior in college, we have tested […]

My Heartfelt Message For Parents Moving Kids To Dorm

Can’t believe this short and sweet…or shall I say bittersweet…video below was shot three 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…and some encouraging words are for you!  […]

My Fellow Class of 2020 Parents…Senior Year Makes Heart Smile & Sob

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 […]

Dorm Room Essentials Plus Stuff You May Not Think Of

Is your kid college bound?  Are you ready?!  Some parents feel really ready and for others the transition is tough. For me, I found it to be bittersweet.  No matter how your emotions are swaying, you can’t get away from the fact that it is time to shop for the dorm room!  I first put […]

Caring for the Caregiver

Have a caregiver in your family or a close friend who has suddenly become a caregiver for a loved one?  Caring for a beloved caregiver can help that person and the person being cared for tremendously.  I recently had the unexpected opportunity to do this and I was struck by the numerous ways a caregiver […]

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 […]

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 […]