Ann Seiden

Ann Seiden
Ann is a native Arizonan who grew up in Scottsdale and Arcadia. After several years in Texas and California, she returned to her hometown and has lived in Arcadia for ten years with her husband Danny and their kids Witt (23 months) and Hope (10 months). Ann recently stepped away from her full-time corporate career in public affairs to stay home with her kiddos. With a background in communications for political and public policy organizations, she now scratches her professional itch by providing communications consulting and writing services for corporate and non-profit clients.
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Do the Hard Things

The other day I told my husband that in the future I think I’ll look back on this current season of life as my favorite—this season of staying home with my babies. He looked...

My Kids Aren’t Doing Anything and IT’S OK.

That's right. My kids aren't doing anything. Before the school year ended, I talked to a mom who was on her way to pick her son up from t-ball and then drop her daughter off...

Don’t Waste the Suffering of Motherhood

May, the month we celebrate moms and motherhood, presents the perfect time to talk about…suffering. Yes, suffering. More specifically, how we shouldn’t waste the suffering that so frequently goes hand in hand with motherhood....

Vacation Bible School: 2018 Edition

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a summer staple for many families, and churches in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area are already geared up for this summer! We’ve done our best to update the list of local...

5 Tips for a Low-key Christmas

We’re into the thick of December now, and if you are like me, at this point you’re overwhelmed by the (self-imposed) pressure to create a magical holiday season for your family. By nature I...

Shop Local: Favorite Spots for Moms

I love discovering "small shops" in Phoenix and Scottsdale. We have an awesome local and handmade community with lots of places to score unique finds. I recently took a day--for important blog research, of course--to hit up...

My Favorite Lesser-Known Children’s Books…and other Great Reading Resources

The Scottsdale Civic Center Library has been a saving grace for my kids and me this summer. We’ve gone regularly to escape the grueling heat, join a “Shake, Rattle and Roll” class, check out...

I Found a Great Newborn and Family Photographer!

My family recently had a great experience with newborn photographer Melissa Donaldson Photography who captured my kids’ smiles in a fun photo session in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. Melissa Donaldson is a...

City Moms Blog Unites Blogging Sisters

A happy coincidence led two sisters to become contributors to their respective City Moms Blogs in Scottsdale, AZ and Albuquerque, NM. Here's how they help each other survive day-to-day motherhood and then write about it! Ann: "You'll...

Why Moms Have an Important Job on Election Day

The children’s book in this picture is one that my family actually owns, along with a companion book about the Declaration of Independence. Published in the 80s, my mother-in-law tells me they were bedtime reading...

snu:mee baby 3-in-1 music box review

This week I had the opportunity to review snu:mee, a unique product from Baby Stars that is a modern music box, mp3 player, and baby monitor in one. My two-year-old has just learned to...

Lessons from Deciding to Work or Stay Home

I opened my closet this morning to pull out my standard “mom-casual” attire for the day. And, there they were, staring at me like they do every day. A whole row of black suits,...

A Parenting Fail Story

  Hi moms! I’m Ann, the newest Scottsdale Mom’s Blog contributor. If your Christmas season is anything like most, you could use a little humor right about now. Hope you enjoy this first light-hearted post...