Angela Barako

Angela Barako
Angela Barako has loved living in Scottsdale for the last 22 years with her husband, Tom and three daughters (plus two dogs). Angela is the co-owner of Phoenix Moms, Scottsdale Moms and Flagstaff Mom Collective. 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, loves Pilates, sometimes attempts to garden, and is addicted to reality TV.

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...

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...

A fun way to hangout with friends while staying home

Being a mom during these times is so exhausting. We are suddenly full time cooks, teachers, house cleaners, activity coordinators, and expert online shoppers. Managing our household has now been taken to a level...

Surviving Summer Guide 2020

We are so excited you found the Scottsdale Moms Guide to Surviving Summer. This is our 8th year of bringing you tips, tricks and things to do, all written to help YOU survive summer...
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Local Restaurant Delivery & Pickup Guide

Avoid the long lines and empty shelves at the grocery stores and order dinner for pickup or delivery from one of these local restaurants. We want to see all of our favorite local places...

Gift Guides 2020

A list of all the Gift Guides created by Scottsdale Moms! Find something for everyone on your list to shop for! Grandparent Gift Guide Gifts for Babies & Expecting Parents Gifts for Little Kids (2-4) Gifts for Kids...
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10 year anniversary for Scottsdale Moms {and 10 top articles}

Over here at Scottsdale Moms we are celebrating 10 years of being the resource for all things Scottsdale. We are celebrating the millions of page views, thousands of articles, and dozens of events. And...

New and Noteworthy January {Angela’s List}

All the things we are talking about this month! One of my favorite things in life is exploring our fantastic city and trying the new restaurant that just opened, discovering the perfect gift at some...

Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 Shopping for the holidays can be tough! We are here to help you find all of the gifts for everyone on your nice list! Also follow us on Instagram because we are hosting a...

Arizona Halloween Activities for Older Kids

How to do Arizona Halloween Fun with older kids! After spending years going to pumpkin patches and other fun Halloween events all around the Valley, my kids have just outgrown the little kid activities. But...

Local AZ Pediatric Guide is Now Live!

We are excited to launch our newest guide, the Local AZ Pediatric Guide. This guide includes only local pediatric providers that our contributors recommended. We hope this guide helps you in finding doctors, dentists...