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.

Reader Survey 2018… a Target Gift Card giveaway

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}

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}

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}

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}

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….

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}

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}

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!

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}

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}

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}

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

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

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

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...

Day Trips around AZ

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

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}

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!...

What we’re talking about….{April Edition}

Hey there! Jessica and Angela here {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 readers. So...

Favorite Local Treat & Ice Cream Shops

Here are our best picks for all things sweet! Dairy free option: Rita's Italian Ice {delicious flavors, tons of options} New find: Tasty Creamery Rolls {for Thai rolled ice cream} Indulgent Treat: The Baked Bear {ice cream and cookies, yes!} Ice Cream Varieties: Baskin...

Expert Series {Answers from Rites of Passage– all things puberty}

  We are excited to introduce you all to Jodi Kaye.... Jodi, from The Rites of Passage, has been a Registered Nurse for almost 20 years! Motherhood and her career have led to a love and...

Local body cream study for children {pays up to $125!}

Do you have a child and want to participate in a local study and get paid for it? Sign up to have your child use a body cream and get compensated up to $125! Stephens...

Spring Mini Sessions {Giveaway}

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and another school year is quickly winding down! Lauren Beglin Photography wanted to put together the perfect photo gift for a well-deserving mom. Once again, she has...

Holiday Shopping Guide {2017}

We've complied out list of favorite shops to find gifts for everyone on your list, from pajamas for the family to the best spices for your food.

Thank You Thursday {October Edition}

Welcome to our Thank You Thursday: October edition! These are some new favorite products and businesses that we are loving.

Favorite Happy Hour Places {with kids!}

As a family, one of our favorite activities to do together is head out to dinner. No shopping, prepping and cooking for me! Win! And if we can find a restaurant that has a...

Lauren Beglin Photography {holiday photos giveaway}

Lauren Beglin is a local photographer that specializes in family, kid, newborn and maternity photography. She prides herself on using only natural light to capture clean and classic moments. Lauren is a firm believer...

SMB Guide to Surviving Summer {recipes, crafts, things to do and more}

Summer is in full swing, the temps are heating up (115 last weekend, yikes) and the kids are already sooo bored. Ugh.  We are here to help you survive summer! Take a look at the...

Learn more about Ocean Poke Co {plus a giveaway}

Scottsdale Moms Blog was so excited to try Ocean Poke Co., a new restaurant in South Scottsdale.  We got to try a few different bowls including the Heat Check, Kim Chi and the acai bowl....

Thank You Thursday {April Edition}

We love to share products and businesses that we get to try here at SMB! Here is our Thank You Thursday for April.