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Summer is coming and the kiddos only have a few days left in the school year. MOMs are scrambling to find an exciting solution for summer child care. Luckily, there are several programs offered by the city and the local school districts but also some specialty programs. Check it out!
City and School Programs
Local Gifted Program
Arts and Theatre
Tiffany Davies is offering a COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN summer program. PM her on FB for more details!
Other Awesome Options
Looking to move? This awesome Gilbert home is FOR SALE! 😍
Yes, it’s hot but you don’t have to go into hibernation this summer! There’s plenty to do in the Valley of the Sun even in the summer months and you don’t have to spend a lot to do it.
Indoors and FREE:
The i.d.e.a Museum in Mesa is offering another free admission day on Sunday, May 20th. Children of all ages are invited to visit the museum from 12pm to 5pm. The Sonoran Safari exhibition is being featured this season and they have an awesome toddler friendly section.
The Childrens Museum in Phoenix is offering a free admission day the first Friday of most months from 5pm to 9pm.
Visit video game arcades especially with younger kids. Stay cool in the AC and let your 2 to 4 year-old loose in the arcade. They will think they are playing the games with you and will have fun with all the buttons and lights. Dave and Busters is free to visit with the added bonus of the restaurant and bar. 😉
Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center in Chandler is extremely reasonable and offers season passes for families.
Harkins has an awesome summer movie program that costs less than $1.00 per movie for 10 weeks. Tickets are on sale now at participating locations.
Under 6 can jump for $5 at Xtreme Air.
Looking for a beach? Yes, we are in the desert but we do have a few beaches around believe it or not!
You might see some wildlife at Butcher Jones. If you have a 4×4 vehicle you can go back into the coves where there are more beaches that are less crowded.
Apache Lake has a campground, a marina and a jaw-dropping view.
Hit the beach but stay in the city at Waikiki Beach Wave Pool at Big Surf in Tempe.
Get your pool pass:
There are some great public pools but did you know that you can get a day pass to the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix?
Day passes are also available at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Enjoy the rooftop pool!
Old Fashion Ice cream parlors:
1950’s style Sugar Bowl has been serving up cool treats in Scottsdale since 1958. They also have a gift shop and offer birthday parties in their new arcade parlor.
Mary Coyle Ol’ Fashion Ice Cream in Phoenix has been around since 1951. Get an old fashioned sundae, ice cream soda or the popular authentic banana split!
Get a snow cone maker! The kids will love making their own snow cones and playing with the different colors and flavors. You’ll love how easy it is to keep them entertained.
Have an Arizona snowball fight! Pick your teams, dip these water balls in water and toss!
Make a ‘water piñata’! Fill a bunch of water balloons, get some string and tie the full balloons to a tree, the covered patio or wherever you have enough room to swing a bat. The more balloons you hang, the wetter you will be!
Move to a neighborhood with awesome amenities:
Seriously though! HOA payments are much easier to make when you are enjoying the splash pad and community center at Eastmark, or the sandy beach and clubhouse at Val Vista Lakes or the fishing derby’s and movie in the pool at Dobson Ranch. Click here to request a list of awesome, family friendly neighborhoods in the greater Phoenix area.
Visit our Calendar for a list of our upcoming summer events!
Photo Credit to Photos by Jessica Nelson
Round 3 of MOMnation’s highly popular speed dating event took place on March 30th, 2018 and was covered by local and national news!
KTAR News 92.3FM interviewed Katie Lambert (founder) and Jessica Nelson. The interview aired on 3/30/18 and was also a topic of conversation on the morning talk show with Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes.
ABC News interviewed Katie Lambert, Holly Parker and Erin Rodriguez and posted the interview on their website.
Good Morning America also posted the interview on their website.
Katie Lambert has an upcoming appearance at 7:40am on Fox 10 in Phoenix on April 18, 2018 and will be announcing a summer ‘Soul Mom’ event for the group.
On Friday, Mar. 30, from 6:30-10 p.m. 30 women will meet at Boulders on Southern for a speed dating event. But, instead of searching for a romantic connection, they’re looking for a fellow, local mom to connect with and befriend. Or, their “soul mom,” as MOMnation, the Phoenix moms group and organizer of the event, describes it.
East Valley mom Nadia Schanze attended a past speed dating event put on by the group. She says that finding a mom friend is “trickier than I ever considered dating to possibly find a husband.” She explains that you have to find compatibility with a partner through asking questions, but “as a mom, you have to ask the same questions and ‘what ages of kids do you have?’”
And, just like dating, moms that have attended the event in the past say their emotions and confidence can be a rollercoaster ride.
Terese Dallas, an Ahwatukee mom of a 14-month-old admits, “I tried a new lipstick that was a complete fail! I was super self-conscious of it but also didn’t want to be the lady in the bathroom fixing her makeup. I just have to laugh about that now.” Mesa mom, Jen Duncan says “I worry if I will say the wrong things or if people will think I’m corny. Or what if you don’t jive well then see them at another event?”
But, they all agree it’s an amazing way to recharge their social batteries and meet new friends. “I broke out of my shell and really dove into meeting new moms. I was so glad when I sat down with a mom who was just as excited as I was to be out and eating hot food that wasn’t a hot dog or fast food,” Schanze says.
Of course, the social awkwardness is worth it when you find “the one.” For Jen Duncan and Allison Rodgers, attendees of the very first speed-dating event, they were lucky enough to do just that.
“Allison is from Long Island and I’m from Jersey. She gives me some grief about being a Jersey girl, but we hit it off right away,” Duncan says. “I truly believe I did meet my mom soulmate, especially since not only did we get along so well, but so do our daughters who are around the same age,” Rodgers says.
In this “and they lived happily ever after” tale, the two Phoenix Valley moms now live in the same neighborhood — Southeast Mesa’s Eastmark community.
MOMnation leader, Katie Lambert says, “It can be really hard to find the time and the courage to make deep connections with other women that are dealing with the same things you are as a mom among the other hats we wear as women. This event is a great ice breaker and encourages bonds that last a lifetime which also makes attending all the other events on our calendar much easier for the shy mom.”
This is the third time the Phoenix moms group has organized this event, and they’ve sold out the past two events. The upcoming event is priced at $16 and includes appetizers. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.
What’s all the buzz about Eastmark lately? Oh nothing…it’s just one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the country consistently recognized as the #1 seller in Arizona.
That’s all great but why are Moms loving it?
1. The variety of homes offered at many different price points suits the needs of a wide range of families. If you aren’t the new build type and need to move a little more quickly, there are several gorgeous gently used resale homes available. Check with The New Build Ninja for the list of specs available and get the best of both worlds, the brand spanking new home and the quick move-in!
2. The community feel is strong between neighbors. There are many active Facebook social groups like Eastmark Moms, Eastmark Neighbors and Eastmark Babysitters Group . The beer club, gardening club and healthy life group brings those with similar passions even closer together. The Eastmark Experience info page will keep you up to speed on the First Friday concerts, holiday events and all the other neighborhood happenings.
3. The amenities make life much more enjoyable and ridiculously convenient. No mom wants to pack everything and everyone up just to drive several miles to the public pool or the park for fear of having to quickly pack up again and come home because someone had a meltdown or an accident. Some of our favorite amenities are the 12 neighborhood parks, the splash pad, the Handlebar Diner, the Great Park, the Visitors Center with game room and the neighborhood pool. The upcoming farm, lighted ball park and dog park are sure to be winners once they are complete.
4. The schools are very attractive and very close. Queen Creek high school is coming to Eastmark in 2019. Eastmark offers two of the country’s top-ranked charter schools. BASIS Mesa at Eastmark will be serving grades K-12 starting in 2019. Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Eastmark is a STEAM-based elementary school that serves grades K-6. The Learning Experience, serving the early education needs of children 6 weeks to 6 years, plans to open an Eastmark campus. The public elementary school, Gateway Polytechnic, serves K-5. There’s also a new Legacy Traditional School being built nearby that will be opening this year.
5. The commute is super reasonable. These days anything affordable with the new home smell also comes with a 45 to 60 minute commute to the city depending on traffic. Eastmark is super close to the 202, the 24 and the 60. It’s 30 mins to Phoenix Sky Harbor and 10 mins to Gateway Airport. San Tan Village and all the shops and restaurants is 12 minutes away and Downtown Gilbert is only 18 mins away.
Got Eastmark questions? Ask the New Build Ninja!
Let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily everyone’s cup of tea. Any holiday that centers around that much love and glitter… it can be a lot even for those of us in relationships. But there is always a way to make a holiday your own – and Valentine’s Day is no exception!
We’ve compiled a few ideas for both low-key and actual outings, so no matter if you’re coupled up, on your own, or with the entire family, you can celebrate the day of love your way!
Re-create your first date
Revisit the first restaurant that brought you together or recreate the first cocktails you shared. Nostalgia can be awfully romantic… Have the kid’s hanging around? Bring them along to really create that stark reality of what was 😉
Fun for the whole family, the Glendale Chocolate Affaire is the weekend before Valentine’s Day. Learn more about the event here.
Have breakfast in bed
This is a luxury that shouldn’t be reserved for weekends away. Get up early, either together or with the kids, whip up something delicious, and then settle back in for a cozy morning meal together.
Create a photo book together
There is just something so special about having your photographs in print, yet it is so common for our photos to get lost in the cloud these days. Using apps and websites like
Artifact Uprising or Chatbooks is quick and easy with beautiful results. Plus, what’s not to love about the chance to cuddle up and reminisce on your visual love diary provided by your camera roll?
Who?? Yes, you! Don’t forget to love yourself on Valentine’s! Whether that means treating yourself to a manicure, sitting in the car listening to music in the driveway (we’re digging this Spotify playlist!), or a week-long getaway (take us with you?) – whatever it may be, make sure to schedule in some time for you!
A couple that sweats together, stays together! Pick a new trail to hike or a group class to attend. Bonus…you get to clean up together afterwards. 😉
Celebrate AZ Cocktail Week
It can’t be a coincidence that AZ cocktail week takes place February 17th to 19th. Hello, post-Valentine’s date night! See who is participating: https://arizonacocktailweek.com/
Bake something heart-shaped
This one’s for kids and adults alike. Pizza, cookies, pancakes, sandwiches…food is more fun when it’s shaped like a heart. <3
Letters of Appreciation
Take the hallmark out of Valentine’s by adding your own significance. Have the kids and your sig other create letters of appreciations for whoever in their lives. It’s a nice teachable moment that includes limited glitter!
Hold a family craft night
Nothing like glue and glitter to strengthen family bonds. No matter your kids’ ages and the kind of project you’re after, there is a Valentine’s Day DIY for you. This Pinterest board has all the ideas to craft to your heart’s content.
Your life is probably just as busy as mine. There’s work…and maybe you run a business or two. Kids, pets and significant others appointments, school and other activities. Then there’s laundry, keeping the house tidy and well stocked, groceries, bill paying, vehicle maintentance and meal prep. Someone’s got to make sure the bills are paid, the insurance is current and prescriptions are filled. The landscaping, home maintenance and pest control needs to be kept up. Every year the taxes have to be filed and maybe, just maybe this is the year you are buying or selling your home.
Phew… I’m tired just thinking about it. Are you?
Are you feeling defeated? Like there isn’t any balance? Either your house is clean or you get to spend time with your kids? Either you eat healthy meals or the laundry and landscaping get done. Doesn’t it get a little stressful around tax time when turbo tax isn’t working right or you aren’t sure about the deductions? Then there’s the house… did you disclose appropriately to keep your butt out of court in the future? Did you price the house right? Stage it appropriately? Do you know where to market and how to market? Is that stranger really interested in your house or are they casing the joint and seeing what you have for a security system so they can rob you blind later?
Now I’m not only tired, I’m super stressed.
Back in the day, it was cool to DIY. Your parents probably changed their own oil, did the landscaping and taxes, etc. Most likely they were always sick, tired and really grouchy. Do you find yourself following in their footsteps thinking this is just “life”.
Well, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Everyone has the same 24 hours and you aren’t going to get it all done. It’s just impossible. The key to balance is leverage and the key to leverage is mindset. Change your mindset, change your life. You don’t have to follow in your parents footsteps.
Automate everything that you possibly can. Set up automatic bill payment online, get on auto ship programs for the products you love (I LOVE Melaleuca auto ship), add recurring events to your calendar and set it to remind you for things like vehicle registrations, call the AC guy for the yearly tune-up, oil change reminders, etc.
Pay experienced professionals what they are worth to handle some of the things you just aren’t experienced in, good at or the things that just don’t please you to have to do.
Hire a landscaper, a house cleaner, a professional tax preparer, a mechanic, a pest control person, a handyman and a professional real estate Broker. Hire a professional that preps meals or at least gets your groceries delivered to your door. Hire a kid from the neighborhood to walk the dog. Pay these people what they are worth. You get what you pay for here…do not forget that old saying. I cringe when I see people make the mistake of hiring the least expensive person. THEY ALWAYS wish they had hired a true professional in the end. It ALWAYS costs you more when you go cheap.
Trust me, you do have the money. Budget for this. You’ll be more happy. You’ll have more time. You’ll be more productive at work or in your business. Life all around will be more enjoyable. You’ll spend more time with your family. At the end of the day, it’s all about enjoyment. Stop doing the things you hate to do and are not good at and kills your time. Leave it to the pros that do it every day. You’ll thank me and yourself later.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Good luck achieving the balance! It is achievable.
The New Year brings with it a bright, shiny new feeling that only comes at the start of something new. And with these bright new beginnings come… new
promises. New Year Resolutions are an awesome way to reflect on your wants and needs, as humans, as MOMs, as everything that you are!
Make sure you are setting yourself up for success and enter the New Year Resolution mindset realistically. Often, we set resolutions that are just not obtainable in verbiage alone. Rather than, “I want to workout seven days a week,” start with, “I want to workout more.” Rather than making complete life changes, make small ones and work your way up. Acknowledge your effort and your work! Count the little wins that make the big impact!
Here at MOMnation, we believe in keeping it FUN! That’s why we compiled this list based on your new year resolutions to help you accomplish your goals.
If your resolution is: GET IN SHAPE
Last year, the most common New Year’s resolution was exercise more, at 38%. That was followed closely by 33% of people saying they were going to lose weight. Safe to say, our physical health is easily the first thing on our minds as we head into a new year. But keeping up with these goals is a little more difficult.
These days, fun runs are everywhere – and you don’t have to be a “runner” to participate. With the pleasant weather in Arizona early in the year, you’ll have an extensive and varied list to choose from. Some of our favorites:
Phoenix Women’s Half half marathon, 10K, 5K – https://raceroster.com/events/2018/13457/b3rd-annual-phoenix-womens-halfb
Runner’s Den Pancake Run 5K, 10K, and kids run is coming up in early February: http://www.runnersdenpancakerun.com/
East Valley Runners holds different distance runs every week – from hills to track workouts. Check out their meetup page here.
One of the best parts about living in the Valley is that by the very definition, we are surrounded by mountains. There’s nothing better for both body and mind than getting outside on one of our beautiful desert trails.
San Tan Mountain Regional Park: Over 10,000 acres, we love this park that exhibits Arizona so well! Make sure you take a picture with the giant saguaro. Get more info here: https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/san-tan-mountain-regional-park/
Phoenix Mountains Preserve – includes Piestewa Peak, which is relatively well-known and busy, but very central with easy access – https://www.visitphoenix.com/things-to-do/outdoors/biking-hiking/phoenix-mountains-preserve/
Lost Dutchmen trail at the Superstition Mountains – one of our favorite desert spots to explore, there are plenty of trails to lose the crowds. Make sure to take a map and tell someone where you’re going. https://azstateparks.com/lost-dutchman
Join us for MN Bootcamp! January 6th and 20th. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2065718150114341/
If your resolution is: MAKE MORE TIME FOR MOM+DAD! Hello! DATE NIGHT
We love family time. We really do. But after a busy holiday season, sometimes Mom and Dad need a little time together – sans kids. And in-laws. And kids. It’s time to reinstate the date night!
New Restaurants + Restaurant Openings
No matter the cuisine, you can find it in Phoenix and the East Valley! Despite our ever-evolving options, it’s easy to get comfortable with a restaurant or two and eat there well past you’ve made your way through the entire menu.
Here are some of our favorite existing restaurants, and a few new ones that are opening soon to get excited about:
Scramble – Early 2018. Why not do a date breakfast? This casual breakfast and lunch spot is slated to open a new location within the Shoppes at Casa Paloma in Chandler.
Bistro1528 – This restaurant has the perfect ambiance and is always good. It’s a San Tan Valley favorite for date night!
Hash Kitchen – Spring 2018. Already a popular brunch destination in Scottsdale, Has Kitchen is bringing its Bloody Mary bar and delicious hash dishes to Raintree Ranch Center in Chandler this spring.
Meridiem Kitchen and Lounge: We love this new kitchen and lounge! They have a great menu with tons of options… and, they have two bars and lots of wine.
Little Miss BBQ – Early 2018. This new Sunnyslope spot will be the second location of the nationally acclaimed barbecue joint, adding dinner hours and more to the menu.
Winter MesaFest 2018 – Held on January 6, this free event features local music, arts and crafts for sale, and tons of delicious food.
First Fridays – You can visit more than 60 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces on the first Friday of every month. An amazing, free way to see some of the Valley’s best art.
Concerts – 2018 is shaping up to be a great year for music and comedy in AZ. From Willie Nelson to Milky Chance, Katy Perry to the Harry Potter film shown with the Phoenix Orchestra live…you and your hubby are sure to find something you’ll both enjoy. See the whole calendar and book tickets here – http://www.phoenixconcerts.net/
If your resolution is: LEARN A NEW SKILL OR HOBBY (ME TIME, AMIRITE?)
You have to take care of yourself in order to keep everything else running smoothly! And nothing will make you feel better than acquiring a new passion. Check out these classes below:
Make New Mom Friends
We hold over fifteen events a month! From helping with life skills, hosting night’s out, and everything in between, it’s never boring at MOMnation Events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MOMnationAZ/events/
Classes and workshops
Plants: From landscaping and gardening, to cooking or photography, the Desert Botanical Garden offers a long list of workshops for a range of experience levels.
Camelback Flowershop holds several bouquet, flower crown, succulent garden and atrium design classes throughout the year. https://camelbackflowershop.com/collections/design-workshops
Art, Crafting and Scrapbooking: Stores like Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and Paper Source offer all kinds of DIY-style classes and workshops throughout the Valley. You can unleash your inner artist at The Phoenix Art Museum and Scottsdale Artists’ School.
Cooking: With locations like Sweet Basil – www.sweetbasilgourmet.com, Sur la Table – www.surlatable.com, and the Classic Cooking Academy – www.ccacademy.edu, you can get hands-on instruction in the kitchen, and then get to eat what you create.
If your resolution is: IMPROVE FINANCES
Let’s face it. Talking about money is never fun, especially when the wallet is feeling a little light. But when we are focusing on the future, getting finances in order is vital. Don’t worry! There are tools that are designed just for this purpose. Bonus – the majority of the above activities and ideas are free!
Use your technology
Phone apps like Mint and online personal sites like LearnVest.com are simple but also incredibly helpful when managing money. They can help you set budgets, schedule payments, track spending and more.
Utilize the people who do this for a living
You’d be surprised at the countless amenities offered by the bank you already use! Give them a call, or check out their online banking site to see what amenities are available to you. We also have some great MOMs that help with financial planning!
This is by no means an exhaustive list. We live in a wonderful city, full of opportunities to help us keep those New Year’s resolutions, whatever they may be. Best of luck to you…and Happy 2018!
As we roll into December, there’s no avoiding that the holiday season is in full swing. So, if you’ve found yourself mesmerized by a twerking Santa in a random aisle in Walgreens, pondering how to bring holiday cheer to your loved ones, we’ve got you covered.
Which one of these traditions are you going to adopt?
Thanks to a wildly popular advertising campaign in the 70s, Japanese families flock to KFC for dinner on Christmas Eve. The “Christmas chicken” bucket has become so popular that people order their bucket months in advance.
Bake & Bond
Whether or not you eat sweets during the holidays, baking is one of the best ways to bond with your littles and earn bestie status with the neighborhood mom stroller strides group. We’ve noticed that the traditional and iconic gingerbread cookies have taken a back seat to a slew of witty concoctions fed to us through Pinterest- (that never REALLY turn out like the pictures #MomFail)
One recipe that has been a consistent hit during the snowy season and has found its way as a ‘go to” staple is ::drumroll please:: “reindeer droppings. “ Yes, you read that right, as if us mom’s need another reason to say the word poop. Thanks to Google, there are many different, simple and inexpensive recipes that can fit your family’s dietary needs. Therefore, you have no excuse not to start this easy tradition with your family. ::YAY::
“Different” Versions of Santa
Not everyone in Europe subscribes to our American idea of Santa Claus. In Italy, Italian children await the arrival of Befana, a friendly witch who delivers presents because she feels guilty for missing the birth of Jesus – due to too much housework. We can relate.
Our personal favorite is the Catalan Christmas tradition of the Tió de Nadal (or Caga Tió) – the pooping log. First, a log is hollowed out and a smiley face and red floppy hat are added. Catalonian families begin “feeding” him small treats on December 8. On Christmas Day, the log is placed in the fireplace and beat with sticks until he, well, poops out candies, fruits and nuts. Bonus – there’s a song to go with the beating.
Hazelnuts and mató cheese,
If you don’t poop well,
I’ll hit you with a stick,
The end of the defecation session is signaled by a salted herring or an onion. Once everyone in the family has collected their gifts from Tió de Nadal, he is burned for warmth. Gracias, Caga Tió.
Non-Pinterest White Elephant
Surely, in one of your social circles you’ve heard of White Elephant. If you haven’t, this holiday tradition is an inexpensive, gutsy way of getting rid of something that collects dust in your house (Score!). Families who plan gift-giving parties together will select a “white elephant” gift from their own house to give as a present- whether grandma’s old rabbit embroidered pillow that needs a new home or a dead houseplant, these exchanges are fun and corky- not the new iPhone X- like one would hope. White Elephant is becoming a staple tradition in most homes across North America. If you decide to play the White Elephant game with your family, there are also different versions of this tradition such as “only homemade DIY items” or “something from inside your own home”- clarify with your crew so everyone’s on the same page!
Apparently, holidays aren’t JUST about gaining weight. This holiday tradition is actually festive and healthy. We’ve all heard of our cities having ‘color runs’ right? Well, the new tradition for your holiday season and for families across the states are organized ‘Santa Run’s’ or ‘Reindeer romps’. Clever titles will give you a sense of accomplishment and brings awareness to specified charities. Dress up as Santa, put bells on, hey, we’ve even seen someone dressed up as their best representation of a menorah. We especially love when strollers cruise by with sporting reindeer being pushed to the finish line. What’s better than communities coming together to spread holiday cheer with positive results?! Now, if we only could find our running shoes.
Elf on the Shelf
Please tell me you bought one of these behavioral tools? We have parent’s waiting for December 1st so that their children’s “friend” can come out of hiding. Why, you ask? Well these clever additions to your family are designed to help “watch” your littles behavior in order to calm meltdowns and improve listening. We know what you’re thinking, how did this become a holiday tradition? Well, these gimmicks play a magical roll in not only our children’s lives but our lives as well! Santa’s ‘Scout Elf’ has enough Christmas magic to fly to the North Pole every night and report to Santa whether your children have been naughty or nice. After their nightly report, the ‘Scout Elf’ flies back to your home and relocates in a different spot. Children love waking up to find the elf and hopefully* (major asterisk on that one) are better behaved while they know the elf is watching.
Garbage Party …?
If you’re looking for ways to get your kids to do more chores, introduce them to this tradition from Guatemala.
Guatemalan families collect garbage and sweep out their houses every year before Christmas, with each neighborhood creating a large pile. They then place an effigy of the devil on top and burn it. With the scent of burning garbage in the air, Christmas celebrations can commence.
..Just ask your neighbors first, okay?
All in all, holiday traditions are about having FUN and creating lasting memories with family and friends. Does your family have any fun/odd/awesome traditions for the holidays? We would love to hear your favorites and where they originated. And if you decide to have a pooping log this year, we want to see photos. And videos.
Merry Christmas, all!
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but sometimes it doesn’t feel like it. The holiday season can be a difficult and stressful time for many, especially those families who are struggling financially.
MOMNation is built on the premise of helping other Moms through fostering a true digital and real-life community. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of websites and physical locations throughout Arizona where you and your family can find the assistance you need – and a little holiday cheer.
From essentials like food, clothing and housing to disability and veteran services, 211Arizona is an excellent resource for all human services. If you are looking for help regarding domestic violence, mental health support, employment services, or programs for veterans or those with disabilities, this site can point you in the right direction.
As the name suggests, this site is a one-stop shop for all things financial. Here you can find information on charity organizations and assistance programs that provide struggling families help with paying bills and taxes, mortgages, and debts.
Not only does this site include a nationwide directory that provides an extensive list of homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food banks by state, it also has an excellent directory of other resources.
With 2Hands, you can post about a specific need directly on the website, and if someone in their growing group of nationwide members can help you, you are connected through the website. By connecting individuals in need with those who have the means to help, this assistance platform allows people to help others on a very personal level. No Grinches here!
A New Leaf provides a broad spectrum of services for individuals and families alike. Not only can they help to support your family’s basic immediate needs, they can counsel you on critical lifelong skills like budgeting, career programs and housing assistance.
If you’re struggling to put food on the table, visit foodpantries.org. With nearly 300 food pantries in Arizona alone, this site is an excellent resource to locate local food banks and soup kitchens, as well as subsidized groceries. While food pantries can help you any time of year, the holiday season sees an increase in donations. Their directory can help you find free or subsidized food in your area.
One of the most well known organizations, the Salvation Army really ramps up their services during the holidays. With locations all over the Valley, you can look to the Salvation Army to provide youth and senior programs, homeless assistance, and worship services. During December, kids under 12 are eligible for the Christmas Angel program, so no child should go without the joy of a new toy on Christmas.
Phoenix Children’s Project Christmas Assistance
We all want our children to experience the joy and wonder of Christmas. This program helps children living below the poverty level in Phoenix get toys, home-baked treats, shoes, clothes and other essentials.
For more information, you can call 602-955-2228
East Valley Arizona Food Banks
We’ve compiled this list of food banks throughout Arizona for those in need to utilize year-round.
Arizona Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides food to people experiencing homelessness, low-income senior citizens, families and individuals, year-round There is no fee to receive emergency food assistance. For more information, visit them online or call: 855-432-7587
There’s no need to be ashamed if you need to reach out for help – at any time. The end of the year and the holidays that come with it can be overwhelming. But if you are in need of a miracle this holiday season, there’s a sleigh full of resources we hope you can take advantage of! And as always, reach out directly to MOMNation to receive support and guidance from your local community of MOMs.