Jennie Love

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Jennie Love is a native Phoenician turned Scottsdale-ite. Jennie and her wonderful husband Scott have two adorable little boys, Robert, the sweet & spunky "threenager," and baby Weston, who is full of cuddles and smiles. As a family, they enjoy the Phx Zoo, riding the rails at the train park, and exploring hiking trails. Jennie is a yoga instructor at Modern Milk in Scottsdale and routinely subs at Moksha Yoga Phx. While indulging in all things beauty related, Jennie also loves cooking, wine, chocolate, and spending quality time with her family & friends. But her favorite pastime is to browse through Target all by herself.
fall curmudgeon

Musings of a Fall Curmudgeon

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I know that I do not have a popular opinion here, but I don’t like Fall.  I don’t get excited about pumpkins (unless it’s a pie), leaves, scarecrows, itchy wool scarves, bulky sweaters, boots...
houseplants

A Limited Understanding and Knowledge Guide to Selecting and Caring for Houseplants

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I am not a plant expert.  I have zero plant training other than talking to other people who range from seeming to know a couple of things to hired help at Lowe’s to the...
foot soak

Viral Foot Soak Recipe Put to the Test

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Do you guys remember that viral post a few years back about soaking your feet in Listerine and white vinegar?  It was all over the internet from Facebook to Pinterest and everywhere in between. ...
homeschool wrap up

Homeschool: That’s a Wrap!

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This past school year has been like none other I could have ever imagined. With the Coronavirus pandemic in full swing, our family made the decision to withdraw our 2nd grader from public school...
avocado toast

Avocado Toast Served Four Ways

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If you're around my husband, please try to avoid the subject of avocado toast. It's very triggering for him because he's the one who actually invented avocado toast when he was around 8 years...
cake mix

Semi-Homemade Boxed Cake Mix Hacks

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April is the birthday month for both me and my husband. In fact, our birthdays are only two days apart. Well, two days and five years, which I often remind him of, as he...
frozen food

Frozen Food Month: Smart & Final Solutions to a Busy Day

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We are on the go today! It’s one of those days when everything is coming at us full speed ahead. Isn’t it just the worst when you get so busy with life’s obligations that...
office ladies

A Fan Girl’s Ode to The Office Ladies

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Excuse me while I have my fan girl moment.  If you have talked to me in real life in the last several months, you know all about my love for The Office Ladies Podcast. ...
homeschooling mom

Clueless: Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom

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The Clueless Homeschooler could be the title of my new book. Not that I have an old book, or plan to write any book. But if I were to write a book about this...

Simplified Organization for 5 Chaotic Areas

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Organization isn't my natural gift and I also tend to over-complicate things.  Yet here I am, writing about simplified organization.  I've read many books and blogs about how to organize. I interview my most...
best toys ever

Best Toys My Children Ever Had

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Shopping for toys is hard, isn’t it?  When you shop with your kids, they want the biggest, flashiest, nosiest thing they can find in the toy isle.  I’ve made the mistake so many times...
creamed corn

Ritzy Vegan Friendly Creamed Corn

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My dear sister-in-law has made this creamed corn for years.  It is the most delectable thing and it's hard to not just shovel it into my mouth by the spoonful.  The recipe is all...
tangled christmas lights

Christmas Gives Me All the Feels

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What if I were to tell you that I have a love/dislike relationship with Christmas?  I don’t normally tell people this because instead of trying to understand further, I’m usually shut down with hearing...
wildlife

Liberty Wildlife: Nurturing the Nature of Arizona

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Have you ever found an injured bird or other wildlife and didn’t know what to do with it?  Did you know that there’s an amazing organization nearby who will take in injured and/or orphaned...
trader joe's dinner

5 Trader Joe’s Dinners Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

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I love Trader Joe’s.  I love the unique food items and I get super jazzed for all my favorite seasonal treats.  I always find cute gifts to give a hostess or to surprise and delight...

Balance Bike to Two Wheels: A Bicycle Riding Success Story 

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My four-year-old little boy confidently hopped on a two-wheel bicycle for the first time this past weekend and rode off into the sunset like he’s known how his whole life.  He can thank the time spent cruising...
DIY Spooky Slime

Spooky Slime – Easy Halloween DIY

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It's really quite hilarious that I'm over here, like, "I know! I'll do a Halloween craft for this month's SMB post!" Because, you guys, I don't craft. I'm just not good at it. I want to...
october events

Family Friendly Events In and Around Scottsdale {October 2020}

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Welcome to October, Scottsdale Moms!  Have you had a chance to sip on your PSL yet?  Did you check out our Guide to the Best Pumpkin Patches in AZ?  Will we finally start to...
giving me life

10 Things Giving Me Life Right Now

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In a time when it feels like the world is trying to suck the life out of me, there are a number of things that are actually giving me life.  Some of my “life...
name change

Child’s Name Change… at Two Years Old

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I changed my child’s legal name when he was two years old.  It was a whole entire process, but my husband and I are so glad we did it.  If you’ve ever considered changing...
relaxation

Rest and Refresh Yourself on National Relaxation Day

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National Relaxation Day is August 15   Taking a moment to relax sounds almost frivolous, doesn’t it?  Well, let me reassure you, Mama, that it most certainly is not.   Taking the time to rest and relax is beyond...

Fireworks, Food and Fun! 4th of July in Scottsdale and Surrounding Areas

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Let's Celebrate Independence Day! The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays! I love that it is a time to gather with family and friends, but in a more laid back...
broccoli avocado soup

Creamy Broccoli Avocado Soup; Light & Fresh Summer Soup

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I know what you’re thinking.  “Soup in the summer? Jennie, you're crazy!"  I know, I know.  But trust me that this creamy broccoli avocado soup is so light and fresh that it’s actually perfect...

The Door Guardian – Securing Doors for Kids of All Ages

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My littlest one likes to play out in the front yard.  I always feel that in order for him to play out front, I need to put on a bra and it’s probably a...
the point of quarentine

Nothing is Something and That’s Everything: the Point of Quarantine

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A long time ago, when the pandemic started spreading here in the US and the shutdowns started happening and the quarantines started going into effect, there was a speech from Dr. Emily Landon, the chief...

Five Things My Family is Doing to Make the Best of Time Spent at...

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Our family is making the best of time spent at home. We're doing our best to reduce our contact with the outside world and honor the quarantine and social distancing as best as we...
prenatal yoga

Prenatal Yoga: 5 Postures Every Mom-To-Be Should Be Doing

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Practicing Prenatal Yoga is an excellent way to prepare the body for labor and delivery.  Asana, the Sanskrit word for the physical postures, can help to ease tension in the body, manage common aches...
perfect little black dress

The Perfect Little Black Dress for Every Situation 

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Gals, I found it!  The search is over.  I found the perfect little black dress for every situation.  Ok, maybe not every situation. I mean, it’s probably not going to work for a formal...
airing of grievances

Airing of the Grievances – A Chance to Clear the Air

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I try to keep it light and positive with my personal social media posts. Of course, I like sharing the news and adventures of my boys and the wise cracks of my hubby. I...

Shoott – Mom Forgot to Take a Family Picture!

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The story of my life is that I always forget to do stuff, like take a family picture.  Then around November when the rest of the world who got their act together in plenty...