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.

Your Phoenix-Scottsdale Back to School To Do List

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If you were one of the lucky ladies who went to Mom’s Night Out Arizona last month at the Sanctuary and received a fun swag bag, inside you will find a bunch of things to help you...

My Kid Share Program (or, how I survived summer)

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My friend and I were at a loss on how we were going to make it through the long summer with all of our kids (we have seven kids between the two of us)....

July New & Noteworthy | Scottsdale

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Hey Everyone! If you have followed any of my past posts, I love to talk about great finds in the Valley and what we are doing to get out of the house. So I...

The Lucky Day – Our New Solution to Bickering Kids

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My kids will argue about anything. I am sure those of you with multiple kids that are about the same age can relate. They will argue about which movie they want to watch and...

Free Shoe Tying Class for Kids – Scottsdale

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I have never bought shoes with laces for any of my children. Velcro and slip-ons are just so much easier. Plus, with three small children, I have visions of being on the ground tying...

Archives Week! My Favorite Post of Tracy’s

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It's Archives Week here at SMB, and this morning I'm featuring my favorite post of Tracy's. You can read all her posts here. I choose this post because I have days where I feel guilty...

GIVEAWAY | As You Wish Pottery Summer Classes

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As You Wish Pottery Painting Place is offering classes this summer for kids. The classes are available at five of their stores all around the Valley. If you are looking for a great, creative inside...

Dinner with the Family in Phoenix | Red Lobster

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I want to send out a big thank you to the Red Lobster on Cactus Road by Paradise Valley Mall. They sent me a gift card to check out their newly redesigned restaurant and...

Ideas for End of School Year Teacher Gifts

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The end of the school year is right around the corner (small tear rolls down my cheek), and it is about time that I start planning for my children’s teacher gifts. These are my...

PVMOM “All Things For Kids” Spring Sale

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Mark your calendars for the PVMOM Spring Sale coming up on April 28th, 2012. There will be about 20,000 items for sale to the public, including gently-used infant, children, and maternity clothing, strollers, highchairs,...

Mommy SOS | Birthday Party Etiquette

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I am calling out to all Scottsdale Moms Blog readers for your take on birthday party etiquette! I have three children that are close in age. Between two separate kindergarten classes, a preschool class,...

Top 5 Date Night Restaurants – Phoenix Metro Area

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One thing I wish my husband and I did more often, but rarely fit into our schedule, is date nights. About once every other month or so, we leave the kids with a sitter...

Broken or Scratched DVDs? Send Them to the Disney DVD Replacement Program

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My kids love to do things “all by themselves” and this includes putting their DVD movies in and out of the player. Thus it is no surprise to anyone that we have quite a...

Mmmm . . . Chocolate: Glendale Chocolate Affair This Weekend!

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If you are looking for something super fun this weekend to enjoy this beautiful weather we have going on, I have to suggest the Glendale Chocolate Affair. This is a free event located in...

Free Train Rides Every Sunday!

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If you are looking for something to do on Sunday that is sure to delight your children (and is practically FREE), you have to check out Maricopa Live Steamers’ Adobe Western Railroad in North...

Studio Movie Grill $2 Weekend Movie Matinée

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Now that the holiday excitement is starting to wear off, what better way to spend a day than the movies? I am always looking for things to do with the kids on the weekend,...

GIVEAWAY | The Appetizer Store

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I recently learned that we have a nationally-recognized catering mail-order store right here in the Scottsdale Airpark called The Appetizer Store. I could not wait to share their concept with all of you because,...

Christmas Traditions: Kids and Crafts

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This is my favorite time of the year! Every year from Halloween to New Year’s Day is so crazy busy, but so much fun, especially once you have children. I think it is very...

Fun Family Farmer’s Market at City North

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Every third Sunday of the month, City North holds the largest Farmer’s market in Phoenix on the main street. There are a ton of booths with everything you would expect to find at a...

Running Diaries: The Labor & Delivery of a Half Marathon

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Last month we brought you the half-marathon training stories of two of our Scottsdale Moms Blog contributors. Last Sunday they each completed the Susan G. Komen Women's Half Marathon in Phoenix, and today we...

New to Arizona or Just Looking for Some New Ideas? Top Ten Things to...

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A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a reader new to Arizona. She was looking for things to do with her kids in Arizona. I told her about a couple of...

Running Diaries: My Road to a Half Marathon

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Not one but TWO of our fabulous SMB Contributors are running the upcoming Susan G. Komen Women’s Half Marathon. Today you'll hear both their stories about training for the race. Read on for Angela's,...

Giveaway| Rodan + Fields Dermatologists

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I love writing about fun places to go for you and your family. But this week I get to bring you a skincare line that is just for you. It is called Rodan +...

GIVEAWAY | Savanah Loftus Photography Family Session

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I was thrilled to have Savanah Loftus come photograph my three kids one Sunday morning a few weeks ago.  We had a beautiful Arizona day to work with, and the kids did very well...

Superstition Farm

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The hint of Fall is in the air and, thanks to the cooler weather, I can’t wait to do all of the fun outdoor activities we have been missing for months. The kids have...

“All Things For Kids” Sale

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Mark your calendars for the PVMOM Fall/Winter Sale coming up on September 24, 2011. Check out their Facebook page for more information (PVMOM Fall/Winter Sale). You will find 20,000 items for sale to the public, including gently-used...

Ten Locations for a Scottsdale Birthday Party

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If you are planning your child’s first birthday or you already have a couple under your belt, here are some ideas for birthday parties (because I don’t know about you, but having little to...

Kids’ Classes in Phoenix – Music Together

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If you have been thinking about signing up for a mommy and me class to check out with your child (or children), I want to recommend Music Together  as one of the best kids’ classes...

Kids Eat Free in Phoenix

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I came across this great website (KidsEatFor.com) that lists a ton of restaurants in Phoenix and surrounding cities that offer free (or cheap) kids meals with each purchase of an adult meal. I have three...

Three Phoenix Bakeries Compared| Let Us Eat Cake!

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Every birthday or special event that rolls around, I always stress about where to buy the cake. I haven’t found any true bakeries close to my house in North Scottsdale. All of the fabulous...