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.

The Sleepover| How to survive by revamping it

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About one year ago, my seven year old twins started asking to host a sleepover. It was the new thing all the kids at school were doing. And eventually I relented. Truly, all of...

Teach Your Children the Joy of Giving| 3 Tips For You

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It’s December, time for the annual Christmas Gift Balancing Act to begin! Every year it’s the same struggle. On one side there are my children, expecting all these great presents (that Santa magically brings...

The Thumb Sucker and My Tips to End That Habit

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I’m embarrassed to say that until quite recently my youngest still sucked her thumb...And she is almost 5 years old. All three of my kids have been thumb suckers at one point in their baby/toddler...

The Phone Number Every Scottsdale Mom Needs to Know!

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I must warn you, after reading this blog post, you will feel itchy and uncomfortable. Read ahead at your own risk!  The school nurse called and said those two words you never want to...

How to Raise a Reader When You Are Sick of Your Children’s Books

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A few months ago, I wrote a post sharing our ideas on how to start your own book club. You can read it here, if you missed it. Recently, we had found ourselves in a...

Kid-proofing Technology! | A few practical tips to keep your older children safe on...

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My children are getting older, and I find myself trying to deal with issues that our parents didn't have to be concerned about when we were our kids’ ages. Even just ten years ago,...

The Death of Goodie Bags | Our New Mom Pact

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Some of my mom friends and I have created this fantastic pact. I am so excited by it; I thought it was worth sharing. Basically, we have said “NO” to birthday party goodie bags. If...

Our Crazy House Rules

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Pinterest Tried and True | Recipes

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  Scottsdale Moms Blog presents a new series: “Pinterest Tried & True!” Join us this week as our contributors share which great ideas from Pinterest really worked for them. We’ll be talking about food, fashion,...

Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas

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Last year I wrote a SOS post calling out for any help with our breakfast rut. You can read it here. With school starting soon, I want to share with you all the great breakfast...

The Organized Home | How to Deal with School Paperwork

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Happy Monday! All week long we're talking about home organization ideas! Angela is up first with her system for dealing with piles of paper (especially that pesky school paperwork). Check back all week long...

How to Start a Book Club

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For over five years, I have been a member of an amazing book club. The women in my group all have different careers and back grounds. We are spread out all over the Valley....

Arizona Summers | Why do we live here again? Oh, yeah!

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As we approach the seemingly endless hot summer days, I thought this would be a great time to reflect on why I do love to live here and all the things I am grateful...

New & Noteworthy for June | Scottsdale Restaurants

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For the last month, I have been obsessed with following all the crazy drama over at Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale. I ate there a few years ago, and it really was not a...

Lost Library Books – A Problem with a Solution

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We have a lost library book problem at my house. My twins read about 20 books a month between the two of them.  Their interest and reading levels change constantly, so we go through...

PVMOM Spring Sale | Anything & Everything for Kids at Great Prices!!

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Mark your calendars for the PVMOM Spring Sale coming up this Saturday on May 4th, 2013. There will be thousands of items for sale to the public, including gently-used infant, children, and maternity clothing,...

How to Host a Kentucky Derby Party

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My husband was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, home of the famous Kentucky Derby. I love bringing a little bit of the Derby traditions to Arizona (not that I ever need a reason...

My Experience with Summer Camps| Scottsdale

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I can tell summer is right around the corner because my kids (and I) totally have spring fever. No one wants to go to school anymore. I have run out of creative lunches to...

Easy, Stylish, and Comfortable Shoes for you and your daughters | LUV footwear

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It felt like Christmas again at my house when a big box of shoes arrived for me and my girls to sample. A couple of other Scottsdale Moms Blog contributors and I were so...

My Birthday Party Survival Guide

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All three of my children have birthdays in January. So I feel like a little bit of a birthday party expert this time of year. Then the rest of the year, I breathe a...

7 Years & I Still Get Teary | My Story of Premature Babies

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Today is the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing premature births and helping families with premature babies. The White House is changing their lights to purple to...

Easy DIY Holiday Card Display

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If you are on Pinterest, you have probably seen lots of different ways to display the millions of holiday cards that arrive all season long. But I came up with an idea that we...

Fresh & Easy Christmas Dinner

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This year I am so excited about our Christmas dinner plans that I was inspired to share it with all of you. Since it is just the husband, me and the kids this year for...

Unruly Hair, Lots of Tears, & My New Life Changing Solution

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With three daughters, I spend a big chunk of every morning trying to brush out slept on, messy hair. I have one child who has especially fine, tangled hair and a very sensitive scalp....

Spending Time Together | A Plan to Focus on Each Child

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A couple of months ago, Kirsten had this great post about how she was working on spending "special time" with her children before the new baby was born. If you didn't get a chance to read...

An Unexpected Side Effect to Having Children | If you are a First Time...

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Okay, I am going to be blunt with all of you. There is one thing that no one tells you when you are happy and aglow with a bun in the oven. You still...

PVMOM Fall Sale | Anything and Everything for Kids at Great Prices!!

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Mark your calendars for the PVMOM Fall/Winter Sale coming up this Saturday on October 6, 2012. There will be about 20,000 items for sale to the public, including gently-used infant, children, and maternity clothing,...

A Great Idea for a Child’s Bedroom (or what to do with that baby...

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Recently my friend and running partner gave her kids’ room a makeover. And she did the cutest thing with each of her children’s baby announcements; I just had to share it with all of...

GIVEAWAY | 4-Week Session at Boot Camp Babes AZ

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Last month, I had the opportunity to try out a workout session by Boot Camp Babes. Their motto is “Boot Camp Babes – sweat like a girl,” and this is exactly what you can...

Mommy SOS | We Are in a Breakfast Rut!

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I am calling out to all of the fabulous moms who read Scottsdale Moms Blog for some serious morning help! We are only about a month into school and I already feel stumped on...