Jessica Becker has been living in the Valley of the Sun for eleven years and very much enjoys missing out on the Iowa winters that she grew up in. She is the mother of three extremely energetic boys (6, 4 and 2) and wife to her wonderful husband of seven years, Mark. She is a former elementary teacher turned stay at home mom and editor for SMB. She loves to spend time reading good books, running outside, barre classes, drinking iced lattes or champagne, trying out new recipes for her family, and coming up with creative activities to keep her boys busy.

(EASY!) DIY Dinosaur Costume

My boys are obsessed with dinosaurs. We read books about them at bedtime, we have dino figures, stickers, coloring books, and t-shirts everywhere. My oldest generally greets people with his loudest T-Rex ROAR instead of...

Melting Crayons with the SUN {DIY Summer Fun}

Feeling Crafty this summer?!  I have been saving small pieces of crayons for awhile with the intention of melting them into new crayons. We finally had enough pieces ready and I thought it would be...
keeping kids busy indoors

Keeping Busy Inside {20 activities for kids}

Have you suddenly found yourself with kids home from school? Still need to get some work done during the day? Solidarity, sisters.  Here are 20 ideas to get you started. Have kids write and illustrate...

Create a Summer Bucket List {FREE Printable}

No matter where you live, the summer days can start to drag after the first week or two. An easy solution is to create a summer bucket list, so when the inevitable "I'm BORED!"...

Lessons from a 3-year-old

My oldest is turning four this month. FOUR. I know in the grand scheme of life that is still quite young, but I can’t help but be cliché here and wonder…..where did the time...

Park Hop! Play Dates {Winter & Spring 2019}

It's the return of cooler temperatures and that means it's time to take the kids outdoors! Join us as we "hop" around Scottsdale and Phoenix area parks all season long. These are super casual, but...

Top 5 Posts of 2018

Our goal is always first and foremost to be a community for moms here in Scottsdale, and our favorite way to do that is by sharing the wonderful content from LOCAL moms - everything...

MNO at The Westin Kierland Agave Spa {re-cap}

A few weeks ago we had our first joint Mom's Night Out with North Phoenix Moms Blog and we want to share all of the fun with you! It was an amazing night of...

Best Presents for Boys {2018 Holiday Gift Guide}

Beyond Blocks: My kids LOVE building things. Of course, LEGOS usually top the list when it comes to creating things, but there are lots of other ways to get creative with building! Try the...

The best of SMB: Halloween!

Happy *almost* Halloween! This holiday is one of the favorites at our house, we always have a fun time decorating the house and picking out costumes. Over the years, we have had some great...

The Gifts a New Mom REALLY Needs {Expensive, cheap and free}

There is no shortage of lists on the internet for all things mom related, including lists of what to buy as a new mom gift. Well, I am going to keep this simple for...

Mini Social Play Date {Re-cap}

Looking for a place to take your kids this summer? Somewhere that keeps them busy, but also keeps them cool? Somewhere that has COFFEE and nice places to sit and relax while your kids...

Mom Life Just Got Easier with Dream Dinners

What's for dinner?!?  How many times a week do you dread that question? Dream Dinners is here to make that one less thing for you to think about. They take the stress out of meal...

Soccer Mom Must-Haves

Soccer is BIG here in Scottsdale, so chances are if you have kids, you're spending time at soccer games. We love watching our kids play and have a passion for something like soccer. This...

Light RX Scottsdale for Body Contouring and Skin Rejuvenation

Scottsdale has no shortage of salons, spas, and med spas for all sorts of treatments. If you are looking into getting a treatment, whether it's hair removal or body contouring, may we suggest Light...

Summer Play Date Re-Cap with Music Together in Phoenix

Our main goal here at Scottsdale Moms Blog has always been to connect moms with each other in the community, one of the ways we do this is by planning play dates for moms...

Wild About Mom {Mother’s Day Event Re-Cap}

We had such a wonderful time at our Mother's Day event last weekend and we hope all who attended did too! Thank you to all of the businesses that helped.

What to do around town this Mother’s Day

It's Mother's Day week! (Can we get a whole week instead of just a day?) As always, there is so much to do around the valley when it comes to special holidays and Mother's...

SMB Guide to Family Friendly Events for May 2018

We are excited to introduce you to our SMB Guide to Family Friendly Events monthly sponsor!  OdySea Aquarium! It’s hot outside, come CHILL with the SHARKS at OdySea Aquarium! Recently voted Best Kids Indoor Entertainment,...

Summer Reading Programs

Summer is HERE, kids are out for the summer and regular visits to the pool are in full swing. As much as we enjoy the break from the every day routine of school, the...

2019 Staycation Deals

The Westin Kierland- Lazy river, water slide, pool side drinks and food! Round out the fun with Lazy River floating, rides down the 110-foot water slide, a poolside DJ, games, activities, unlimited s’mores and savory Smokin’ Jack’s...

ZipSit is your new favorite app {Never worry about babysitters again}

Remember the days when you could head out to dinner or have drinks with friends on a whim? me neither. Now we have to plan weeks ahead, call or text all the girls we have...

A Collaborative Photo Shoot with local Photographers {Catch me at Luxe}

Working with local businesses is one of my favorite parts about this job! There are so many creative people and wonderful photographers to work with, this is why I was so excited to be...

10 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Kids

Go for a walk: around your neighborhood, at a park or on a trail. Talk about what they see and how nature is important to our world.  Pick up litter: get a garbage...

:: GIVEAWAY :: Tickets to Wild About Mom

Have you heard about our next family event, Wild About Mom?! We are so excited, that we decided to giveaway a family four pack of ticket (2 adults and 2 kids)  Why enter?? Because your tickets...

Spring & Summer Play Date Series

Spring and Summer play dates are here! As always, we want to bring local moms together for in person meet ups and ways to connect beyond our website. We have talked with some local businesses...

Moisturizer Research Study with Stephens & Associates

Would you like to earn some money? Stephens is a research firm and are always looking for qualified candidates to participate in clinical trials.  Stephens & Associates Research Firm has another paid opportunity they would...

Thank you Dream Photography Studio

Our new SMB photos are in and we had to share them with you! Dream Photography Studio has been taking our group photos and head shots for many years and Stacey always does an...

Your Guide to all things Spring Break! {2018}

We sure do love our Spring Break time here in the valley. The weather is perfect, and there is plenty to do outdoors before the heat really sets in. Find the guide here! 

Where to see Dinosaurs (in and around the valley)

We have a house full of dinosaur loving kids, there are plastic dinosaurs that fill our toy boxes and we have several dinosaur costumes. Anytime I give the boys a chance to pick an...