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Kristen Anstey

Kristen is a midwest-minded mom who moved from Nebraska to Arizona in 2010. She met her husband, Alex, in high school and after finishing college they made the move to the desert to start new roots in Mesa. Formerly an elementary teacher, she is new to the role of stay at home mom and still trying to adjust to the changes and new levels of exhaustion that have come along with it. Growing up in a small town is a big part of why she loves the East Valley. Finding humor in motherhood keeps her life sane in the day to day with her sassy, but oh so sweet toddler Amelia and blue eyed, baby boy Cohen. Trying her best to embrace the chaos of life with little ones, she loves a good home DIY project, date nights, and traveling with her family. She is a latte drinking, toddler chasing mom who loves to surround herself with other moms who dislike laundry, decaf coffee, and changing diapers as much as she does.

Tips from a former teacher to avoid the Summer Slump

First off, finishing this unprecedented school year was _______ (you fill in the blank).  There may be several words that immediately come to mind. No judgement here, but you survived. Yea, YOU! You definitely deserve...

This Kid’s Choir in Chandler is Teaching Kids Self-Esteem and Cultural Diversity through Music

On the list with the other never-ending motherhood responsibilities, it’s important to me to find and learn about different programs in the East Valley that provide opportunities to support the growth of things my...

From Small Town USA to the East Valley: Finally Feeling Like I Belong

My husband and I are high school sweethearts from a small, SMALL town in Nebraska. We had this idea that we would stay their and raise our own family, but you know how things...

Top 5 Local Gems for Date Night

  My love language is without a doubt, Quality Time. While fun and creative “Date Nights In” are trending right now, sometimes I just need to get a babysitter and get out of the house...

A Mom’s Attempt to Finish Her Coffee

Fantasy vs. Reality Most mornings, before I even open my eyes, I wake up to the scent of freshly brewed coffee hand delivered to my nightstand by my husband before he heads off to work....