About Us

Hello there, let us introduce ourselves! We are three women who have been friends since high school and have subsequently gone on to get degrees, get married, and start families of our own. We found ourselves constantly spamming our group text message conversation with questions for each other about our kids’ development.  Leisa would take the nutrition questions, Deborah would answer child development inquiries, and Monica would tackle anything psychology-related.  After about a year of this back-and-forth, we decided to create this blog to hopefully help other parents with similar questions. Consider us your new best-friends 🙂 We really want to emphasize that there is a lot of information out there, and it’s confusing to sort through. We hope that we can build a relationship of trust with our readers so that you may feel confident in using the knowledge we provide in your own home.
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L to R: Leisa, Monica, Deborah
Hello! I am Deborah. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah, but I am originally from good old Logan, Utah (which is where I met Leisa and Moni).  I attended Utah State University and got my BS in Human Development. Since graduation, I have worked for Early Intervention as a Child Development Specialist and  Head Start as a Family Advocate. I currently work for Early Intervention, in Salt Lake,  which focuses on helping 0-3 year olds with special needs or who are not developing typically get back on track! We use play therapy to help meet developmental milestones! (How fun is that?!)  I enjoy being a home visitor and working with families just like you.  My degree and my job have given me a solid understanding of how a child thinks, learns, and develops. I get access to the latest research and theories about all aspects of child development (motor, cognitive, language, emotional, and social) and have practical experience in applying those theories. I am excited and thrilled at the prospect of sharing my knowledge and experience with you and hope I can make a few new friends as well! I love reading (especially Harry Potter and Jane Austen), I spend most of my free time playing with my little pup, Murray, and my husband and I can appreciate a good night in with Netflix.

Hi there!  My name is Leisa and I live in Cache Valley, Utah.  I was born and raised here but I’ve also lived in Salt Lake City and Gilbert, AZ.  I am very passionate about nutrition, especially in regards to the little people in our lives.  I am married to a wonderful man and have one darling and active little boy G (but I’m not biased at all), who I’m sure you’ll hear a lot about.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and a Masters degree in Nutrition, both from the University of Utah.  I have a diverse background in dietetics, ranging from community nutrition to metabolic disorders to weight management to diabetes.  I love working with kids to help them understand nutrition and develop a healthy relationship with food.  I am a card-carrying Registered Dietitian and hope to share valuable information and tips to help you nurture your sprout.  I am also an avid baker, runner and peek-a-boo player (thanks to G), so you may see recipes and exercise tips pop up on my posts from time to time.  Thanks for letting me share a little piece of my life with you!

Hi! I’m Monica, the psychology nerd in this trio. I was born in Mexico and moved to Logan, Utah when I was 10 years old. I’ve had an interest in psychology and parenting education since early in college and am excited to continue this passion through this blog! I graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. In Psychology and was able to immerse myself in research regarding treatment outcomes in child therapy, as well as intern at a child advocacy and mental health center in Provo, UT. I then went on to receive an Ed.M. and M.A. in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University and began counseling children and adolescents during an internship at a well-established child and adolescent mental health center in New York City. Since graduating, I’ve worked as a Behavior Support Specialist and helped children and their families establish school, sleep, and hygiene routines, as well as manage anger and maladaptive behaviors affecting their daily lives.

I love going to the beach, taking pictures (to my husband’s dismay ;)) and reading parenting books (not joking). I live in Palo Alto, California, where I currently stay home with my toddler. I only speak Spanish to him (blog post for another day!) and hope to raise a chatty bilingual child who has my husband’s sense of humor (and dance moves).


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  2. Hey Monica! I am a friend of Mariana’s and I also follow you on instagram! (promise I’m not a creeper!! ;)) My husband is Swedish and only speaks Swedish to our kids. Yay for bilingual families!! It has been so fun to see my 2 year old start to switch the languages when she talks with us. I look forward to following your blog!!!


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