Jenny Donnell

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Jenny Donnell is an Ohio native who fled the cold winters and gray skies for sunny Arizona over 5 years ago. She is married to her husband of 9 amazing years, has two crazy kids (ages 3 and 1) and a Siberian Husky who loves the heat. Jenny recently became a full-time mama after spending 12 years working in IT consulting at a Big 4 accounting firm. Even though she's left the world of spreadsheets and memos, she loves to write and spends her free time (do moms really have free time?) writing on her personal blog, thesensibleshopaholic.com. As a self-proclaimed sale shopper, she's on a mission to find fashionable and trendy items for less. Jenny also loves working out with Fit4Mom/Stroller Strides, hiking, traveling, reality TV, wine and spending time with friends and family. You can follow Jenny on Facebook [thesensibleshopaholic], Pinterest [sensibleshop] and Instagram [thesensibleshopaholic].

7 Splash Pad Tips

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Ahhhh, the splash pad. Like most young children, my kids love the splash pad. It is pretty much an Arizona childhood tradition to spend a hot afternoon cooling down with springs of water shooting all over...

Best Scottsdale Area Mexican Restaurants

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I love Mexican food. I'd eat it every single day if I could somehow avoid growing out of my pants. Tacos, enchiladas, tamales, guacamole, chips and salsa, fajitas, taco salads. I love it all....

10 Tips for Flying with Kids

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Summer vacation season is officially here. Like most Arizona moms, I'm doing my best to make plans to escape the heat. Yes, a road trip around the west coast is an option, but most other...

A Day in my Mom Shoes

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We all know that being a mom is tough. We wear a lot of different hats and pretty much spend our days on our feet. For me, my days involve meal prep, laundry, cleaning,...

Turkey Burn! Thanksgiving Day Workout Ideas

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I love a good workout on Thanksgiving morning. I fully admit, it makes me feel less guilty when the pies come out of the kitchen, or when I reach for seconds of mashed potatoes and...

My Love/Hate Relationship with the Sippy Cup

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I am smack dab in the middle of the sippy cup years. I was successfully able to transition both kids away from the bottle by 15 months old to the good old sippy. It was...

Fall Fashion in a Warm Climate

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It was 100 degrees out again yesterday. Every Phoenician knows we still have plenty of warm weather ahead of us, but retailers are steadily rolling out the sweaters and boots. Since I grew up in the...

I Don’t Want to be an Angry Mom

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I’ll admit it. My kids periodically push me to the point of yelling. I don’t mean to reach the point of anger, but I occasionally lose my cool. These aren’t my proudest parenting moments. I...

An Open Letter To Employers Regarding Maternity Leave

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I'm not here to complain. I'm actually here to tell you about my positive maternity leave experience. Here's the thing, I'm one of the lucky few, a few moms do exist with great maternity leave...

RPM Spin {Giveaway}

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I received a free class from RPM Spin in exchange for this post, but all opinions expressed are my own. Did you know there is an amazing spin studio in North Scottsdale? RPM Spin is...

Friday Favorites {Jenny}

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Happy Friday! I'm Jenny, and I'm the latest SMB Contributor to participate in the Friday Favorites series. In case you missed the last few, this is where we contributors talk about a few of...

8 Fun Local Restaurants For Families

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My family loves to eat out. Before my husband and I had kids, we made a pact to continue living life with kids as closely as possible to the days when we were just a...

6 Tips For Families With A Business Traveling Dad

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My husband travels for work. He isn't gone every single week, but he's on the road enough for our entire family to really feel it while he is gone. He works hard for all of us at a job...

A Day In My Life… With Two Toddlers

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I'm at stay-at-home mom with two toddlers - Carter is 3.5 and Mackenzie is 1.5 years old.  I feel so lucky and grateful to spend every day with my little ones and watch them grow and...

Why Preschool Enrollment Stressed Me Out

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My three year old son has officially completed his first semester of preschool (do they have semesters in preschool?). I'm not going to claim that surviving the last five months makes me some kind of preschool parenting expert,...

20 Awesome Gift Ideas Under $20

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If you are like me, you have a laundry list of people to buy for, but are trying to avoid breaking the bank. Buying an awesome gift doesn't mean you have to spend a small fortune....

Six Tips for Surviving Black Friday in Scottsdale

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Hi everyone, my name is Jenny and I am the newest contributor at Scottsdale Mom's Blog. I'm a self-proclaimed shopaholic and there are very few things that get me excited as a big sale. It is the perfect...