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Coping with Loss: 5 Stages of Grief
Oct31

Coping with Loss: 5 Stages of Grief

The passages of life are filled with different developmental stages in which we grow emotionally, physically, psychologically, and intellectually. We are always being challenged with how life presents itself to us through different stressors. Some of our stressors can be extremely positive and others can be very difficult and challenging. One main stressor in life is dealing with the loss of a family member, or friend. I had recently...

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Grandparents on the Go: A trip back in time on the Grand Canyon Railway
Oct30

Grandparents on the Go: A trip back in time on the Grand Canyon Railway

        As grandparents, never underestimate the value of surprise when planning a quick trip with your little charges! My husband and I pulled off a fun last-minute trip to the Grand Canyon when we realized that we would be able to abscond with our kiddos for a 4-day, end of summer mini vacation. Rather than include our 8 and 5 year olds in the planning phase as we generally do, we simply had our motorhome parked...

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The Road to a College Degree: A Mother’s Story On Achieving Her Career Goals
Oct22

The Road to a College Degree: A Mother’s Story On Achieving Her Career Goals

Unplanned and even planned pregnancies can take a huge toll on young parents’ lives. The financial stress, tight schedules and sometimes lack of parenting knowledge make that stage in life a difficult one to enjoy. One of the biggest challenges that come with becoming a young parent is the difficulty of trying to finish your education. Being only months away from finishing my undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, I decided...

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Overcoming Baby Fever
Oct17

Overcoming Baby Fever

Last week I shared my recent experience about dealing with the pressure to have baby number two. I talked about how I came to the decision that I simply was not ready to be a mother of multiples and neither is my partner. Today, I want to help those going through the even harder phase, baby fever. Yes. There is a big difference between being pressured to have another child by someone else, and you being the one with the desire to add...

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Pumpkin Picking in Prescott with a 2013 Lexus GX460
Oct16

Pumpkin Picking in Prescott with a 2013 Lexus GX460

Fall is the air. My favorite time of year. While we lived in San Diego, my favorite fall activity was picking apples in Julian. Back in Arizona, the best fall activity is a day at the pumpkin patch in Prescott. My husband, son and I jumped in the 2013 Lexus GX460 last Saturday to experience the cooler weather and bring home a few pumpkins for carving. Thankfully, we had plenty of room to do just that. At $.75 a pound, we splurged on a...

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