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Heather Terveen is a freelance writer and mom to three darling daughters. She's a Southern California transplant that has fallen in love with the Valley. Heather’s a contributing writer for SheKnows.com covering home, lifestyle and parenting topics. You can follow her adventures in home renovation, decorating and motherhood at her lifestyle blog my peanut butter cups or drop her a line on Twitter or Facebook.

The Happiness Project: 5 Ways to Show your Husband you Love him

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I’ve been on a reading frenzy lately. Fiction, non-fiction, historical non-fiction, spiritual, parenting… My bedroom nightstand would look like a cluttered book mess without the help of my trusty Kindle: One of the books I’ve...

Best Holiday Gifts {Local Edition}

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With so much talent in town, it's an awesome time to show your love by shopping locally this holiday season.  Here is SMB's local edition for the best holiday gifts. All of our picks are made...

7 Local Moms To Love on Instagram

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It seems that I have unofficially broken up with Facebook and I’m having a full-fledged affair with Instagram.  I love Instagram. Really, I do. (Pictured from top left corner, counter clockwise, to top right corner:...

7 Local Moms to Follow on Pinterest for Holiday Inspiration {Halloween Week}

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 It’s October, and while it may not feel like it here in Phoenix, the holiday season is upon us. (I know, I can’t believe it either!) Before we dive head-first into the demands of the holiday season...

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 {A Real Mom’s Book Review}

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Do you ever find yourself in a yelling rut when disciplining your kids? I know, I do. During my first daughter’s (I have three daughters now – 5, 3 and 1 years-old.) 3-year check-up, I asked...

15 Encouraging Mom Quotes for Back to School

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A little inspiration can go a long way sometimes, especially, at the dawn of a new school year. Transitioning from the free-spirited days of summer to the routine of the school year can be exciting,...

You Know It’s Summer in Scottsdale When…

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Just had to re-publish this one from the archives... too true not to share it again!!! This is in honor of all our Scottsdale-mom sisters fighting the good fight to keep their families cool...

DIY Pre-Swim Leave-in Conditioner for Kids

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It’s the end of June SMB friends--I think we all can agree our Scottsdale summer is in full swing. From the desolate outdoor shopping malls to the glassy-eyed look from moms teetering on the...

7 Bedtime Rituals for a Better Night’s Rest

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If you’re tired and you know it clap your hands. Clap-Clap. If you’re tired and you know it clap your hands. Clap-Clap.  Okay, I’ll stop. But you see when I get tired, I start making cute...

Food Allergy Friendly Restaurants in Scottsdale

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When my daughter was first diagnosed with severe food allergies, I wondered if going out to eat would ever be in the cards for her. Initially, we were filled with so much fear that...

How One Small Change to Our Week Improved Our Marriage

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Do you ever wish you could improve the overall “flow” of your household’s hectic schedule? My husband and I recently incorporated “weekly review” meetings to our routine. It’s been a game changer in reigning in...

The Whole 30 Challenge: A Breastfeeding Mom’s Review

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I did it. I survived. To kick off the New Year I completed the Whole 30 dietary challenge. If you have no idea what “Whole 30” is, here is a snippet regarding the Paleo-style plan from...

Using Delivery Services to Buy More Time in the New Year

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I want more time. I know this isn’t a revolutionary concept, but as I embark into the New Year, I’d like to find ways to be more productive and less “busy.” Can I get an “Amen?” One way I...

Picky Eaters | A Strategy for Dealing with Mealtimes

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Do you have a picky (or at the very least "finicky") eater in your home? My two-year-old is a challenge when it comes to mealtimes. Way more than my four-year-old ever was even with...

The Organized Home | Best Organization Tips on Pinterest

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All week long we're talking about home organization! Today Heather is sharing her tried-and-true Pinterest finds. To catch up on the rest of the series, click here. Read on! Ah, Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest. Oh, how...

Best Reading Apps for Preschoolers

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Editor's Note: Happy Monday! All week long we're talking about screens - from TV shows to tablets for kids and grownups of all ages. Love 'em or hate 'em, screens and screen time are...

3 Yummy Summer Mocktail Recipes

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Nothing drives me to drink like a house filled with my dearest relatives. Okay, they’re not all that bad, I actually love some of them (alright, most of them), but since I’ll be traveling...

Things To Do in San Diego with Kids

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Since spending my formidable high school years in San Diego, I’ve been aware of this summer phenomenon known as the "Great Arizona Migration," where Phoenicians flock to the coast for some much needed respite...

Top Vacation Rental Websites for Families

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Since having children, our travel accommodation preference has changed drastically. Gone are the days of booking one nice hotel room and scouting airfare deals for two. Our post-kiddo travel seems to include more car drives...

A Scottsdale Mom’s Guide to Pregnancy: Everything You Needed To Know When Expecting

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Pregnancy Resource Well sweet SMB friends, I don’t think I’ve officially-officially posted it on here yet, but I’m happy to announce I’m pregnant with baby #3! I’m 24-weeks pregnant with our third girl and we...

Siblings Without Rivalry | A Book Review

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  Ah, sibling rivalry, famous for making family life tumultuous and for slowly chipping away at a mother’s sanity. Siblings seem to have the potential for being great comrades in addition to fierce foes. Experts...

Scottsdale Splash Pads: 5 Fun Things to Bring for Your Next Outing

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While it may technically be spring in Scottsdale, somehow it already feels like summer. Since the weather has heated up, we’ve already made several trips to our favorite splash pads. My kids can’t get enough...

100 Days of Real Food | Whole-Grain Fruit Muffins

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Have you had a chance to check out the 100 Days of Real Food Blog yet? It’s penned by Lisa Leake, a mom whose family (including her hubby and 3 and 5 year-old daughters) pledged...

Mommy SOS | Choosing a Summer Camp

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Even though I’ve always dreaded summers in Scottsdale, that dread seems to have multiplied tenfold after having children. Maybe it’s because I worked inside a cool office for the lion share of my pre-kid...

Things to do in Scottsdale for Spring Break

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Are you visiting Scottsdale or Phoenix for spring break? If so, welcome! Our population swells immensely during March and April with all the exciting local spring activities (not to mention, the ridiculously amazing weather!). In...

Do Your Daughters Play With Barbie Dolls?

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Last week I threw out some of my daughter’s Barbie dolls. To be clear, I was selective about which dolls took a trip to the big recycling plant in the sky. Barbies that looked (I’ll let...

Beachbody’s P90X Workout: A Mom’s Review

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I hate workout videos. Moreover, I hate working out at home. Or at least I thought I did. But shortly after my second daughter was born, I found myself desperate for a convenient way to...

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Scottsdale Style

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Do you have special family traditions shared every year on Christmas Eve? We sure do. We attend an early evening church service and then hustle back home to let our kids open one present...

A No-Bake Option For Your Next Cookie Party: Rice Krispie Wreath Treats

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I like cooking. Really, I do. But I must admit motherhood has taken some of the joy out of it for me. Most evenings I find myself feeling like this… (Can I get an Amen?) And...

Awesome Local Restaurants Sporting Healthy Kid’s Menus

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If you’re like my family, you spent this past weekend tossing care to the wind and indulging in lots of not-so-healthy food options. From the turkey to the pies to the delicious leftovers, we...