Summer Recipes and Tips


Seriously the worst part about Summer with the kids is three meals a day, Why do they have to eat so many times a day!?! We are joking, but there are great things about summer cooking too, for example we eat a ton of fresh, delicious salads, plus who doesn’t like ice cream everyday and sometimes the ice cream is the dinner on lazy Summer days. Ice cream and salads balance each other out, right?  

Drinks, Salads, Sides & Ice Cream

Cheers! Summer Sangria Recipe

Whether you’re celebrating an occasion or just enjoying some time at the pool, sangria is a perfect summer addition. Here’s a sweet recipe to keep you cheers-ing all summer long. Ingredients: 1.5 L red wine (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel, etc.) Try using a combination of wines around the $10 mark. Using a combination will give […]

Favorite Summer Salads You Want to Eat Every Day

When the summer temps start to hit the level of blazing hot, I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do is… Eat anything heavy. Turn on the oven. Stand over the hot stove. So I live off of summer salads. My husband tends to be pretty agreeable to whatever food […]

3 Foolproof Sides You Want At Your Next BBQ

Know what’s wicked? AZ summers. She been sayin’ it for 4 years, and Mama ain’t gettin’ tougher. #preggo #dueinAugust #wasntthinking But know what’s wicked yummy?  Summer BBQ’s!! And not like healthy, skinny people, I’ll-just-stick-with-the-veggie-tray BBQ’s.  We’re talking YOLO BBQ’s. Burgers and dogs on white buns, potato salad, slaw and homemade ice cream BBQ’s.  If a veggie tray shows […]

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches (For Your Mini People)

Did you know August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day? Now anyone that knows me knows that I L-O-V-E ice cream in all forms and flavors. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate this most wonderful of holidays. Despite the mess, these mini ice cream sandwiches were lot of fun to make with my […]

Sunday Meal Planning Series {Chicken Salad}

With the temperatures rising in AZ, I have zero desire to turn my oven on. One of my favorite meals to make when avoiding the added heat to my kitchen is chicken salad. I love that this meal is COLD, but also that there is room for variety. My husband eats his on a whole […]

Spring Salad

Every time I visit my parents in Newport Beach, I swing by Greenleaf Chopshop for one of my all time favorite salads. Since I don’t always have the luxury of being in Southern California, I decided to make my own rendition of their antioxidant-filled salad at home. Here’s what you’ll need: Ingredients 1/2 cup grapes, […]

Summer Kitchen Tips

The Benefits of Letting Your Kids Be Bored

That universal whine of childhood: “I’m bored.” As parents, we’ve all heard it countless times, and have all struggled with how to respond. Handing your kid some kind of screen is so tempting, with its almost magical ability to quiet them down instantly and keep them entertained for long periods of time. But we know […]

Surviving Arizona Summer As A New Mom

This post was orignially published in 2016, but as our stay at home order is lifted and businesses start to reopen, here a some local places to help you ease the long and hot summer. I thought I hit the due-date jackpot. An April due date meant I didn’t have to be pregnant in the […]

My Kids Aren’t Doing Anything and IT’S OK.

That’s right. My kids aren’t doing anything. Before the school year ended, I talked to a mom who was on her way to pick her son up from t-ball and then drop her daughter off at swim team, in between getting supplies for their after-school art enrichment class and finding glitter for crazy hair day […]

3 Ways to Avoid Using your Oven in the Summer

It’s juuuuusssst about summer time here in AZ. This means hibernating inside watching movies and coloring a million pictures. It means venturing outside into only 1) an air conditioned car or 2) a refreshing pool. And it means avoiding turning on your oven at all costs. Seriously, I avoid that thing like the plague for […]

Create a Summer Bucket List {FREE Printable}

No matter where you live, the summer days can start to drag after the first week or two. An easy solution is to create a summer bucket list, so when the inevitable “I’m BORED!” statement starts getting thrown around, you can pull out your list and start checking off the fun things the kids brainstormed […]

Sunscreen Sanity Savers

Sunscreen. The most used AZ summer product and for me the most frustrating one. The bottles end up super greasy and leak all over my bag. They’re also bulky. And I have the hardest time applying it on my kids! First there are protests. Then I wear them down, but getting them to stay still is […]

This Saved My Sanity: Blackout Drapes

New moms get so many product “suggestions” thrown their way. “This is the best carseat!” “Use this and your child will sleep!” “These onesies are double the price, but the best on the market.” You spend thousands of dollars before the baby is even born, and guess what? You probably won’t even use half the […]

The Amazing Convenience of Grocery Delivery…and More

Retailers of all sorts seem to be trying to make our mom-life a little easier with new conveniences. Full disclosure, I’m quickly becoming a delivery junkie. Safeway Delivery – They have heard us and our children crying in the aisles and have come to our rescue to combat hungry and tired families roaming the grocery […]

9 Ways to Be Your Kids’ Summer Camp Counselor

Do you ever feel like you need a second mortgage for your kids to survive the summer at all of the private camps throughout the valley? The most popular ones during the hot days can cost up to $350 per week per child. If you have multiple kids like me, then you know the reality. […]

Planning for an Arizona summer {Five tips you need to know}

Summer vacation is almost here and there is no better time to start planning for the endless, hot summer days with the kiddos. Truly, I LOVE my children. I just love them more when they are in school five days a week (year round school doesn’t sound so bad in late June, does it?!?) In my house, […]

{Local Tip: Also check out our recipes using a pressure cooker that will help you create quick meals this summer.}

Don’t want to cook? Be sure to check out all of the best summer restaurant suggestions here.  

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Angela Barako has loved living in Scottsdale for the last 20 years with her husband, Tom and three daughters (plus two dogs). Angela is the co-owner of North Phoenix Moms and Scottsdale Moms. Plus she had been a member of the Scottsdale team as a contributor since 2011. She reads lots of books, is a big college football fan (Go Big Red and Sun Devils!), likes cooking, is training for a half marathon, sometimes attempts to garden, and loves reality TV.


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