Angela Barako

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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.

Thank You Thursday {April Edition}

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Thank You Thursday {April Edition} Thank You Thursday is a sometimes monthly Scottsdale Moms Blog series. The team at SMB is so LUCKY to receive products, try new local venues, and hear about new things...

Bloom is this week! Join us!

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Our biggest event of the year, Bloom {an event especially for new and expecting moms} is this week! We would really love for you to join us on Sunday.  We are excited to present a...

Bloom Ticket Giveaway!

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Have you heard about our big Spring event called Bloom? Bloom is an event for all moms! The event is hosted at the Children's Museum, but the fantastic thing is that Bloom takes place...

Bloom 2019 {an event for new and expecting moms}

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We are thrilled to share all the amazing details for  Bloom :: An Event For New and Expecting Moms! Bloom :: An Event for New and Expecting Moms is presented by North Phoenix Moms Blog, Scottsdale Moms Blog...

Spring Planting Season {gardening in the desert}

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Two weeks ago it was freeze warnings and now we are in the 80s.  Welcome to spring in Phoenix! But that also means it is time to plant a spring garden! We have had...

What to look for during your preschool search {sponsored post}

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Are you thinking about enrolling your child in Preschool? Wondering what to look for? Read this before starting your preschool search! Desert Springs Christian Preschool believes that just as it is important to learn our...
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The 2019 Preschool Guide

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The Scottsdale Moms Blog 2019 Preschool Guide is now live.....click the link below to check out our newest Guide! Also please let us know if you have a great preschool we need to add to...

Unique Birthday Dessert Ideas (let them not eat cake!)

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Are you looking for a unique dessert idea for your child's birthday? Maybe your kiddo doesn't like cake or you just want to mix it up this year, here are 5 unique birthday dessert...

3 Tips on teaching kids about money

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SMB was so honored and excited to attend the MassMutual #FutureSmart event in downtown Phoenix recently. Over 3000 children were invited to the Phoenix Suns' Talking Stick Arena to learn all about planning for...

Sleepover Birthday Party Idea {local company spotlight!}

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My daughter was the luckiest 10 year old last weekend when we had AZ Sleepy Teepee for her sleepover birthday party! Is this not THE. MOST. ADORABLE sleepover setup you have ever seen? Everyone could...

Mom Made Market {Giveaway}

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Hey Scottsdale! Have you heard about the Mom Made Market coming soon? We have been attending this Market for the last two years and we always find the cutest signs, jewelry, gifts and food...

3 Easy Brunch Ideas

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Easy Brunch Ideas to make your next Sunday easy! One of my favorite things is to host friends {new & old} for meals at my house. Bringing friends together to eat, drink & catch up...

Reader Survey 2018…..plus a Target Gift Card giveaway

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Our number one goal is to connect and support our community of readers. And we need your help in order to be the BEST resource to you and your family!  Thanks in advance for helping us!...

Best Local Finds {2018 Holiday Gift Guide}

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One of our favorite things is finding new shops with fun, unique gifts that we love to give to our friends and family. It really is the best feeling when you find the perfect...

Best Presents for Girls {2018 Holiday Gift Guide}

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Kids of any age are so difficult to shop for. As the mother of 3 girls, I argue that girls are the hardest, but I am sure moms' of boys would argue the opposite. ...

Best Food Gifts {2018 Holiday Gift Guide}

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When it comes to hostess gifts, teacher's gifts, and the gifts for all the people in your life that you need to get something little for....(but you know they don't want another coffee cup...

Holiday Photo Package Giveaway {Lauren Beglin Photography}

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The holiday season is going to be here before you can forget about these 100 degree temps, Lauren Beglin Photography has just the answer for your holiday family photo needs. A Lauren Beglin mini session...

The amazing ingredient that I am telling everyone about….

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Sweet and spicy recipes to love I recently discovered this amazing honey at Fry's Grocery Store, and it is a must buy! It is called Mike's Hot Honey and it is the perfect blend of...

What we are talking about……{moving edition}

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Hey there! Jessica and Angela here {two of the owners of Scottsdale Moms Blog} and we love to share all.those.things that we discover, try and end up truly loving with the Scottsdale Moms Blog...

You ROCK! {fun local giveaway}

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We are hosting a rock hunt! Keep your eye out for one of these brightly painted rocks around the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas and you could enter to win a prize! The writing teams at Scottsdale...

DIY picture frames to match any decor!

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If you are looking to change up some colors and decor in your house and you want to do it without spending a ton, I have a great step by step guide on how...

Ask an Expert Series {Local Doula}

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In our newest post in our Ask an Expert Series, we are excited to introduce you to Anna Rodney...... Anna Rodney is the owner of the largest Doula agency in Chicago and recently opened Arizona...

Screening Day for upcoming studies {sign up to be considered}

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Stephens is hosting a Screening Day on May 12th from 10:00am-2:00pm. They will screen you to see what studies you qualify for and you will receive $20 for your time. Bring a friend or...

PAID MARKET RESEARCH {sign up to apply}

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PAID MARKET RESEARCH with Fieldwork Phoenix! Fieldwork is a local market research company located right here in Phoenix. They are currently looking for: Same gender sibling pairs ages 8-79 who are within 7 years of age ...

Our Tips & Tricks for Surviving the AZ Summer

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Here is all the tips and tricks that we use during the summer to make it through the extreme heat and the predictable boredom. Whatever it takes to get us to September!  Read all the...

Travel with Kids Tips

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Traveling with kids can be BRUTAL, but we all got to do it. So use our tips and tricks to make the journey a bit easier, and GOOD LUCK!  Travel Tips & Tricks {SMB TIP: We...

Summer Recipes and Tips

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Seriously the worst part about Summer with the kids is three meals a day, every.single.day. Why do they have to eat so many times a day!?! We are joking, but there are great things...

Day Trips around AZ

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Our state has so much to offer just a short car trip away. Check out one {or all} of these fantastic destinations in AZ. {Local Tip:  There are so many fantastic destinations all around the...

Third BASIS Charter School Coming to Scottsdale

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The nation’s preeminent education network opens a new K-4 primary Scottsdale campus to feed the #1 school in the U.S. A new BASIS charter school serving primary grades K-4 is set to open in Scottsdale...

Ask an Expert {Answers from Rockstar Realty AZ}

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We are excited to introduce you all to Renee Niskanen…. Renee is a Realtor at Rockstar Realty AZ. She is our Ask an Expert for the month and she is answering all of your questions!...