Vanessa Rodriguez Coppola

Vanessa Rodriguez Coppola is the co-founder of the West Valley Moms Blog and loves living in Arizona with her husband and two children. She spreads her love of glitter and hot glue through her blog, She recently published a craft book for kids called Party in a Jar. Vanessa attended New Mexico State University and has a background in Social Work and Journalism. She also attended The University of Texas at Austin and earned a master’s degree in clinical Social Work.

10 Things Every Mom to Be Needs

The first time around, I totally fell for all of the trendy commercial products of pregnancy. I bought the creams that are guaranteed to prevent stretch marks and the gadgets that allow your baby...

Dad Review: 5 Reasons to Love the Toyota Sienna

Toyota recently allowed my family to review the Toyota Sienna in exchange for our honest opinion. #SwaggerWagon #LetsGoPlaces Before we found out we were expecting baby number two, we purchased a new vehicle. When car...

5 Tips for Traveling With Toddlers

Whether you are traveling by car or plane, here are some of my toddler-friendly traveling tips that will help make your journey a smooth one. 1. Pack snacks and toys, lots of them. Usually a...
Breastfeeding Tips from Real Moms

Real Breastfeeding Advice From 40+ Moms

When it comes to breastfeeding, every mother's experience is unique. What works for one mother, might not work for another mother. My friends, the mothers that have been in the breastfeeding trenches before, were...
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Staycation

West Valley Moms Staycation: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

My family had so much fun at our Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak staycation last year that we decided to do it again this summer! We appreciate how kid friendly this resort is, which...
Arizona Grand Resort Staycation

West Valley Moms Staycation: Arizona Grand Resort

My family, including a 1 year old and 4 year old, recently enjoyed a fun staycation at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. Our room was spacious and included a separate sitting area, apart from...
Westin Kierland Resort Staycation

West Valley Moms Staycation: The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

The best part of vacation for my almost 5 year old is, hands down, always the resort. He loves the pool and getting to have a "sleep over" with mom and dad. This summer...

Surviving Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

photography by Jen Roberts I originally published my postpartum depression & anxiety story at, but I was inspired by Erica's postpartum psychosis story to hit publish one more time. I don't think this topic can be shared enough...
10 Best Family Friendly Restaurants in Phoenix

10 Best Kid Friendly Restaurants in Phoenix

Eating out tonight? Try one of these family friendly restaurants in the Phoenix area. These picks are places that my kids always ask to go to and we don't mind taking them.  1. CRAVE Waffle Sandwich Creations This NEW...
Disney On Ice

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy

Disney On Ice is coming to the Valley and my kids are counting down the days! Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney Pixar’s Cars, Toy...
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