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Amy McConnell

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Amy J McConnell is an almost Mesa native and mama to Maverick, born in March 2020. A first time mom, she’s figuring out the mompreneur lifestyle as she navigates managing blogs and breastfeeding at the same time after leaving her corporate PR job. As a libra always pursuing balance, Amy is constantly seeking the fine line between the slow-foods movement and her love of Trader Joe’s conveniences, and between shopping local and her love for Amazon Prime
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Birthday Bash: Toddler of Doom, an Indiana Jones party

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I blinked and my sweet, COVID baby, born in March of 2020, is now two?! Time is a thief, but every mama knows that.  This is my spin on a Disneyland inspired birthday bash that...
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Explore Colorado: 4 must-do road trip stops with kids

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Everyone is going to California for summer vacation, but last summer, two of us drove the other way with our kids in tow for two very different family vacations: Kira road tripped from Arizona...
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Legacy of a Lullaby: How Did You Pick the Songs You Sing to Your...

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A few notes of a melody can transport us back to a feeling so strong, if you close your eyes you can go back to where a song first changed your life. Songs can...

Is Great Wolf Lodge Worth it for Toddlers?

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After taking Maverick to Great Wolf Lodge at 19 months old, I have a few thoughts about how to make the stay ‘worth’ it for toddlers, because it caters to older, adventurous children. (Even...

Love my ‘hood: Mesa’s Asian District

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Anyone else who grew up here remember Tri-City Mall that used to be near Dobson & Main Street, now where the light rail station is? It was like the old version of Arizona Mills...