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Keep Your Kids Reading!

How to Keep your Kids Reading when they can’t go into the library. Are your kids big readers? They should be! One of the best ways to get your child ready for success to read. But, find books to read can be exhausting. And, it can be exhausting on your budget too, especially if you…

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What about Santa in 2020?

I was walking around Michael’s the other day and saw the Christmas decorations out already, which wasn’t a surprise to me. I started thinking about Santa Claus. Santa Claus is one of my favorite characters. When I was in the hospital with epilepsy, I thought one of the doctors was an elf coming to visit…

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Fun things to do in your backyard!

Are you looking for some fun things to do outside with your kids that don’t require a lot of prep work or leaving your house? Here is a great list of things to do that will keep you and your kids occupied in your own backyard. Water Balloons- Who doesn’t like water balloons on a…

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Not Giving Up-Innovation is Born in the Face of Adversity

I have seen many posts of stressed out mothers and fathers, at wits end trying to accomplish everything that is set out in front of them. Get work done. Keep the house clean. Get schoolwork done. And maintain some semblance of sanity. And in this, I have also seen posts of “It’s not possible to…

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Resiliency in Tough Times

resiliency hiking guy

When I was 13, I was put into a group called Upward Bound. I was considered an at “At Risk” youth. I always thought was somewhat hilarious. But, I was from an “inner city” and my parents didn’t graduate from college. I had enough drive to do well and my teachers could see that I…

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Looking back, one year later

If you have followed my blog for a while, you will know that in September 2018 I suffered from a pretty devastating setback. I was homeschooling our three children, running my blog and real estate and working towards my third half marathon. I started to feel like I had a cold coming on, but as…

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The One Day that Changed My Life

day that changed my life

“My life was amazing.” I recently shared my story in front of a room of strangers about why you should plan for your business, and your personal life. In 2018, I spoke on a panel about SEO and how my blog, Surprise AZ Mom, was reaching thousands of people across the country, was running my real estate business as well. In addition to…

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For Better or For Worse, in Sickness and in Health

for better or for worse

This is such a popular phrase for couples about to be wed. They recite it in their giddy anticipation of being married, many in their late teens, early or mid twenties. Some, not knowing what future will await them. My husband and I are now married for 11 years. I know when we took our…

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Talking with your children about tragedies

talking with your children about tragedies

No matter the age of the child, parents want to protect their children from the world and the evils in it. Often we are reminded that there is bad around us and we don’t see all of the good that surrounds our families. I pause for a minute and tell you why I am writing…

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Phoenix Traffic Bingo

Are you looking to do something different with your kids while driving in the car? Check out our fabulous Phoenix Traffic Bingo! Fun things we have seen on the road in the Phoenix area. See who can score the most tips on your errands around town or your next staycation!

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Why I don’t like to share!

why I don't like to share

If you are reading this sentence, you might think I am the world’s worst mother in the world. She doesn’t want to share with her kids? Why would she bring a beautiful child into the world if she didn’t want to share? But hold on, let me explain! My kids are dirty. I love them,…

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Are you thinking about being your own boss?

Restyle Junkie Rachel

If you have ever dreamt about being your own boss but weren’t sure on how to do it, Rachel of “Restyle Junkie” Has you covered. Rachel Trimble, “Restyle Junkie” and Social Media Maven, has created an online course to help you make your side hustle become your main hustle. Rachel was an ordinary gal working…

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The Crazy Life

the crazy life balance

Our lives can be classified as the crazy life! But, really, who’s isn’t? We all have periods in our life where it is downright crazy! Places to go, people to see, things to do. This summer we definitely had a lot of adventures. We were on the go most of July, and I can tell you…

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Make your own “build a bear”

DIY rebuild a bear

Didn’t get to do a build a bear today? Well, you can do it at home-no really, for cheap! Get a stuffed animal from a store, or take one that hasn’t been played with for a while These are a little bit harder to find as stuffed animals don’t seem as popular. But you can…

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