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.

Learn more about Ocean Poke Co {plus a giveaway}

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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}

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

4 Reasons to Add a STEM Camp to Your Summer Plans

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Summer and 105+ temps are quickly approaching! There are a ton of choices when it comes to summer camps available. Today’s best STEM summer camps teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a...

Children’s Learning Adventure {event re-cap post & pictures!}

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We loved seeing so many families attend the Carnival Soiree at Children’s Learning Adventure - Scottsdale last weekend!  We had crafts and activities! The kids got to do face painting and get balloon animals! Many of of the attendees...

Staycation Deals {2017}

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One of my favorite summer activity is the staycation! I love the fantastic resorts we are so lucky to have here in Arizona. I love sitting by the pool with a cocktail and letting...

Top Summer Water Toys {preschool age}

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Hello, 100 degree temperatures! Okay.....maybe not right now.....but they are coming. Easter is right around the corner as well and as soon as school is out, kiddos will be looking for lots of fun...

Spring Mini Photo Session! {Giveaway}

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Spring is here! It's a perfect time to get great photos of the kids. Lauren Beglin Photography is offering a Spring Mini Photo Session. We love a good mini photo session, you get high quality photos...

The CycleBar Experience

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First of all, we want to give a shout out to CycleBar for hosting the SMB readers for the final week of the 2017 Fitness Challenge! It has been a challenging 5 weeks trying...

2017 Fitness Challenge {5 weeks of FREE fitness classes}

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Start 2017 with a bang and join our Fitness Challenge! Five local spots are offering FREE classes for our readers to try and we've got some awesome prizes.

Thank You Thursday {December}

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This month we are sharing why we love Kendra Scott and an amazing eye cream on our Thank You Thursday. Check out these businesses and products for yourself!

How to keep your children safe online {KidGuard}

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One of my struggles as a parent is keeping the kids safe while they are online. I truly believe granting them access to the internet, texting and games is a necessary part of them...

A Santa Experience Not to be Missed!

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A new Santa workshop and more! Santa is all about the experience and this year Scottsdale Fashion Square has again partnered with HGTV to present “Santa HQ.” Families are invited to experience the wonder of...

FREE Kendra Scott Event {just for SMB Readers}

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Join us December 5th at 6:30 pm for a girl's night out! We will have a night of champagne, cupcakes, shopping, and giveaways from Kendra Scott,  plus 15% off any items purchased that evening!  SMB contributors were...

FREE photos with Santa at the Promenade {two dates}

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Santa Claus is coming to Scottsdale early this year! Mark your calendars On Saturday, December 3 and the following Saturday, December 10, the Promenade Shopping Center (located on the corner of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd) will spread Christmas...

Char Kitchen + Bar: A New Scottsdale Restaurant

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The family behind my favorite Scottsdale restaurant, Perk Eatery, opened a new restaurant. It is called Char Kitchen + Bar and it is located in mid-town Scottsdale at the Hilton Village shopping center. Char is an upscale...

The Valley’s Big School-Choice Education Fair

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School hunting in Arizona is NOT easy. It can be one of the most difficult choices that you have to make. And there are so MANY choices here in the Valley! Choosing your child’s first...

Minecraft on the big screen!!

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Looking for a fun way for the kids to spend an afternoon? iPic Scottsdale is offering Minecraft on the big screen! The new session starts October 19th and lasts for four weeks. iPic Scottsdale (located...

Phoenix Fashion Week {Tickets available now}

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Did you know that Phoenix Fashion Week is becoming known as THE PLACE where emerging designers and models from all over the world LAUNCH their careers. They are changing the fashion industry! Phoenix Fashion Week 2016...

Thank You Thursday {September}

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The team at SMB is so LUCKY to receive products, try new local venues, and hear about new things to do all the time. It is so much fun! But we want to share all of these fun new finds with all of you

Holiday Photos {mini-session GIVEAWAY!!}

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It is that time of year.....time to start planning your holiday photos to share with family and friends! Every year, we take family pictures to include in our holiday card. We have done this...

Friday Favorite Things {Angela’s Kitchen Picks}

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I LOVE sharing new finds, especially new things that make cooking and everything I do in the kitchen easier. Here are three of my new favorite kitchen hacks: OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Containers. These things are amazing! I am...

Thank You Thursday {August}

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Thank You Thursday is a new feature from Scottsdale Moms Blog. The team at SMB is so LUCKY to receive products, try new local venues, and hear about new things to do all the time. It is so much fun! But we want to share all of these fun new finds with all of you, plus give a huge THANK YOU to companies that reach out to us.

MOPS Indoor Play Date {this Friday!!}

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The MOPS Group at Valley Presbyterian Church is hosting their BIG indoor play date event this week! The event is free, and and they want you to come! Mama's Cold Brew will be there selling their coffee (yum!!). There will...

Prepare your toddler for preschool! {sponsored post}

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Prepare your toddler for preschool! Christ Church School has several programs that help your child prepare for success at the earliest educational levels. Play and Learn Program Classes meet on Friday mornings for 1.5 hours for...

Homeschool Week and Scout Week {SEA LIFE Arizona & LEGOLAND Discovery}

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Homeschool Week and Scout Week Arrive at SEA LIFE Arizona and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona – the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground Attention all Homeschool Families and Arizona Scouts! SEA LIFE Arizona has exciting events coming this...

Dave & Buster’s Staying Cool {GIVEAWAY!}

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Have you seen the temperatures for next week? Well, it is going to be quite HOT! A great place to stay cool is at Dave & Buster's. If you have not taken your kids to Dave...

5 tips on visiting the Grand Canyon with kids

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This summer we took our 10 year old twins and our 7 year old to the Grand Canyon. I am really wondering why I did not take them earlier?! What an experience! Here are five tips you...

Visiting the National Parks for FREE

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Do you have a fourth grader? Did you know that if you do, you can get your whole family into a ton of National Parks for free? This includes National Historic Sites and Waters too! Thanks...
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New & Notable in AZ {spin class}

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Last week I tried a fun, exciting and super-hard spin class with Diane at the DC Ranch Village. Three days later, my legs still hurt going up and down the stairs {talk about a tough...

NEW Scottsdale Baby Gear Store {sponsored post and a giveaway!}

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A new Scottsdale baby gear store specializing in high end brands has just opened by the Scottsdale Quarter! Scottsdale Moms Blog can not wait to check out their new space. Strolleria aims to simplify one...