Angela Barako

Angela Barako
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.

Top 3…..AZ {June 2021}

In this series we'll tell you about the top 3 new things we're loving in AZ. Follow along this summer for new restuarants, recipies, experiences and other things you're sure to love. Gabriella's Contemporary American...
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Family Friendly Events in and Around Scottsdale (June 2021)

June is here and the temps are starting to heat up. So that means more "morning only" outings and days at the pool are all in our future. We've got your list of things...

Bloom! {An event for new and expecting moms}

Are you a new mom or a soon to be mom? We would love for you to save the date on June 3rd for a virtual event created just for you! Join us for Bloom...

Surviving Summer Guide 2021

We are so excited you found the Scottsdale Moms Guide to Surviving Summer. This is our 9th year of bringing you tips, tricks and things to do, all written to help YOU survive summer...
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Family Friendly Events In and Around Scottsdale {May 2021}

We don't know about you all, but May is the busiest month of the year! All the end of the school year activities, sports tryouts for next year plus add in trying to spend...
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2021 Guide to Mother’s Day Gifts: Something for Every Mom

Mother's Day is going to be here before we know it. And if you need to pick out some special Mother's Day gifts for yourself (or drop some hints) or shop for your mother...
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Family Friendly Events In and Around Scottsdale {April 2021}

April might just be the most perfect month in Scottsdale. It isn't too hot and there are so many great activities outdoors! Enjoy the weather because the inferno of summer is coming! Since summer is...
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April Fools’ Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids {Family Friendly Fun}

Eeek April Fools' Day is just a few days away, so here are a few simple April Fools jokes that you can easily pull on your family.  Fake Bug behind the lamp shade. I just...

Easter Basket Ideas {2021}

Easter is just a few weeks away and we all know what that means....lots of chocolate bunnies, plastic grass everywhere and jelly beans. Here are a few new ideas of other items to put...

Scottsdale Moms Summer Camp Recommendations!

Spring break is over, so you know what that means! Summer is right around the corner and we should start planning our camp schedules before the kids are out from school with NOTHING to do. My camp...

2021 Staycation Deals

Resort Summer prices come out mid May or early June. We do our best to update this page when we find great staycation deals, but check out each resort's website for the most updated...
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Family Friendly Events In and Around Scottsdale {March 2021}

March is here. It is the best time of year to live in Phoenix! St. Patrick's day is March 17th. Find those green shirts for the kids to wear early before they are all sold...

Family Friendly Events In and Around Scottsdale {February 2021}

February already!?! Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. We hope your whole month is filled with hearts, lots of love and chocolate! This month we are excited to pick up our Valentine gifts from Sweetdees Bakeshop....

Creating a Post-Covid Bucket List!

It is now January and I fear a post-holiday depression (magnified by Covid restrictions and a year of cancelations) is going to take over my household.  The holiday excitement was truly magical this year. But...

Family Friendly Events In and Around Scottsdale {January 2021}

Welcome to the new year (phew we made it Scottsdale Moms)! The holidays are over and we are so excited to see what things 2021 will bring. And quite frankly, we can not WAIT...

Come Write for Scottsdale Moms! {Open Call for Contributors!}

We are looking for new & diverse contributors to expand our team of regular writers! We need local (Metro Phoenix area) moms who are passionate about our community and love to share stories and...

Favorite Things Guide {2020}

Favorite Things Guide 2020 This year is coming to an end and 2021 can't come soon enough. We wanted to finish the year with a little positivity by publishing our Favorite Things! Some of these...
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5 Tips for Surviving Covid in Your House

Two weeks ago my youngest daughter started feeling sick. Because we knew numbers were going up and there was a chance she was exposed, we got her tested immediately with a rapid test.  Shortly after...

Thank you Thursday {November 2020} Crafting at home

Thank You Thursday {November Edition} Thank You Thursday is a {sometimes} monthly Scottsdale Moms series. Our team is so LUCKY to receive products, try new local venues, and hear about new things to do all...

Creating Christmas Magic

This year the holiday season is going to look very different than previous years. There will be no holiday parties on our calendar, less crowded events, and a ton more time at home with...

Holiday & Christmas Events Guide 2020

This year is definitely going to look different than previous holiday seasons, but we all should celebrate the season (the safest way possible). Time to pack up the family (plus masks!), head out to...

Family Friendly Events In and Around Scottsdale {November 2020}

Welcome to November, Scottsdale Moms! The Holidays will be here before we know it. We can't wait to see all the lights pop up all across the city. If you are like us and...

My Experience with Microblading {Before & After Pics}

Ever since I turned 40 a couple of years ago, my eyebrows drastically changed. They became extra unruly and really patchy. Check out my before picture below. Eeek.  See how crazy they were? Also I...
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3 Easy Halloween Recipes

It may still be 100 degrees outside, but by every Halloween I am ready for cooler temps. I know it is getting cooler outside, but it doesn't really feel Fall-like when the kids can't wear elaborate,...

Thank you Thursday {October 2020 Edition}

Thank You Thursday {October Edition} Thank You Thursday is a {sometimes} monthly Scottsdale Moms series. Our team is so LUCKY to receive products, try new local venues, and hear about new things to do all...

Keeping germ free on your next grocery trip

One thing we have learned over ten years of being apart of the Scottsdale Moms community is that moms invent the BEST PRODUCTS! Moms are resourceful and constantly driven to solve problems that arise...

Gift Giving for all Your Mom Friends {plus a giveaway!}

If you are missing your mom friends as much as we are and are looking for a way to let them know you are thinking about them, take a visit to the Tate +...

Avocado Hack (Removing the Pit Without Losing a Finger)

Honestly one of the things getting me through this quarantine, stay-at-home, socially distancing time is a healthy supply of avocado toast. I really do love avocado toast and I have a million ways to...
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Watermelon Slushie {A Win for Every Member of the Family}

One of my kids favorite summer treats is a watermelon slushie. It is so easy to make and super healthy.  Here are the steps so you can make a pitcher for your family. Cut up...

Customizable Wedding Invitation Templates for your Big Day

If you are planning a wedding, have you seen Basic Invite's unique and completely customizable wedding invitation templates? Wedding planning is stressful enough, but Basic Invite makes selecting your invitation, customizing it for your...