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Saving the Planet: Books, toys, & websites to encourage your daughter’s environmentalism

“Smoke, you leave the air alone!”  My daughter yelled that as we passed the old Geneva Steel mill. It’s actually water vapor that comes out of it, but she saw it as smoke. And she hated it. She was three. Part of that may be because the previous two summers were bad fire years with lots of smoke that got us all sick, especially her. For about a year she would point out smoke in the air and get mad at it. …

16 Environmental Activities to do with your Daughter

Think back to some of your favorite childhood memories with friends. What was going on? For me, I remember riding bikes to Shepherd pool to swim all day, playing street hockey/basketball/baseball/etc. with all the neighbor kids, sleepovers on the trampoline, ski trips to Utah, and playing with cattle bones we’d find in the woods while camping. Many of my best memories were outside.  In college, I moved from Arizona to Utah and discovered super accessible hiking, campouts in sand dunes, and being…

Let Them See: Share your Covid childcare experience

“I know you don’t feel like doing all of this, the nursing and taking care of your baby here, is professional, but I think it’s good for the students to see it. They need to get used to seeing it. And to see mothers balancing all of these aspects of their lives.” That is some of the best encouragement I’ve ever received regarding my career. The Associate Dean in the Gonzaga School of Business told me this after finishing a meeting where…

Fun Resources for your Courageous Girl

Raising courageous girls is necessary for our daughters to develop and live fully. Courage helps us persevere when we feel alone, not smart enough, or out of our comfort zones. It gives us the push to take that hard class, not worry about going against traditional roles, or to apply for jobs we really want. It takes courage to be who you are and become who you want to be. For many of us, we need a lot of courage to explore…

Courageous Activities to do with your Daughter

Last summer, we went on a family trip to Park City and visited the Mountain Adventure Park. There wasn’t a lot my kids could do because of their height, but my four-year-old was tall enough to do the Mountain Coaster. She said she wanted to do it, so I took her up, not really understanding what the ride was or how fast it would go. As we sat in our little buggy slowly being taken up the mountain and saw the people…

8 Ways to Show Courage at Work

When we think of jobs little kids say they want when they grow up, what type do they typically come up with? Firefighters, police officers, Wonder Woman…jobs that we can easily equate with bravery. But what about who you are now? Do you see bravery in being an engineer, a teacher, an executive assistant, a communications manager, or a number of other fields? Maybe our job doesn’t necessarily conjure up visions of bravery, but maybe we need to look a little closer….

My 2020 Word of the Year

We are a week into 2020! After this first week, does anyone else already feel like 2020 is going fast? Almost twelve months ago I chose “Be Intentional” as my guiding phrase for 2019. I had goals for my family, finances, my education, and personal development. I wrote,

Slowing Down: Making Room to be Intentional

As I shared a couple of months ago, I’m taking life a little slower these days. And I super love it. I didn’t stop taking classes this semester just so I could fill it up with a ton of other things to do, as evident by my lack of blogging much. I still plan on continuing to share and have been working on content, but I’m basically taking everything slow while I better figure out what I want my life to look…

Putting Grad School on Pause

I decided not to take classes this Fall. And, honestly, I may not return to my grad program at all. It tugs at my heartstrings a little, but I feel like the more I say it, the better it feels. You guys, I’ve had a weird summer. To be honest, it started out amazing. I finished my first year of my Masters with a 4.0 at the end of April and was ready for four glorious months of not doing anything but…

We’ve reached a major goal!

Oh hey, friends! It has been a minute since I posted anything on the blog. Mostly I’ve been enjoying the summer without any self-imposed deadlines for non-essential things. And it has been lovely! But, I absolutely was not going to let today pass without acknowledging a HUGE goal achieved in the Matilda & Jo fam. My husband started grad school today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (still not enough exclamations) He’ll probably be embarrassed by this, but dang, we have been working towards this goal since before…

A Mom in Grad School: How I Survived the 2nd Semester

So at the end of last semester I wrote a post about what really helped me be successful during my first semester of grad school. Want to know what helped me finish my second semester? Crying. A fair amount of crying Okay, maybe it didn’t help me, but was more of a byproduct of this semester. This semester was nuuuuuts. Even with continuing what I was doing before and improving in the areas I wanted to, it was hard. Right off the…

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