jessicabecker

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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.

From the Editor’s Desk: Breastfeeding Q & A

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August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month so we are re-posting our series to answer all of your breastfeeding questions from a certified lactation consultant

AZ Mom’s guide to the month of August

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Yes, it's still summer. It's still hot. But there is lots to do in the Phoenix Valley this month! Indoor and outdoor entertainment and family friendly experiences, take a look below at some August...

Local Getaway: FireSky Resort & Spa {Special Discount}

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Thank you to FireSky Resort who invited my family and I to stay for an evening and try the Taggia restaurant! All opinions expressed are my own.  Located right in Old Town Scottsdale is a...

From the Editor’s Desk: Summer Recipes

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No one is interested in turning on the oven or lighting up the grill during an Arizona summer. Here are some of our favorite simple summer recipes.

Top 4 Reasons we LOVE Sunsational Swim School

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This is a sponsored post for Sunsational Swim School, we received private lessons in exchange for this post, but all opinions expressed are my own. It's swim season, and as parents our number one priority...

Happy 4th of July!

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We hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July this year! Where to see FIREWORKS tonight.... Fourth of July at the D-backs Game vs. Padres Location: Chase Field Time: Tailgate starts at 5 p.m., game starts...

Restaurant Snapshot {California Pizza Kitchen}

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Our SMB team was recently invited to California Pizza Kitchen (Biltmore location) to try out some of their newer menu items and take a look at their newly remodeled space, and let me tell...

Special Deals from SEALIFE and LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER

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When you are looking for a great way to stay out of the heat and have fun with your family, look no further than SeaLife and Legoland Discovery Center. They are both indoor spaces located across...

Did you get our Summer Survival Guide yet?! {Another Giveaway!}

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Ok, summer's here, kids are home, we are all stuck in the house.  We all NEED fun things to do to survive this heat! We created the Guide to Surviving Summer, just for you! We included...

From the Editor’s Desk: Summer in AZ

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It is officially summer in AZ. Take a look back at some archived posts to find great tips for beating the heat and having fun with your kids.

Celebrate Dad with our Father’s Day Printable

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Father's Day is this weekend! Use our free Father's Day printable to have your kids tell dad how much they love him.....and maybe keep them busy long enough for you to drink your coffee?? Click...

Bounce House Fan GIVEAWAY

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We love being a part of the City Moms Blog Network, did you know they have over 50 sites across the country? If you have friends or family in other cities or have to make...

From the Editor’s Desk: Summer Vacation

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Since launching in 2010, Scottsdale Moms Blog has been a wealth of information for local and visiting families. We have had so many contributors share their advice and tips for all things parenting and...

3 Ice Activities {to help cool you down}

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Ice Excavation: Fill a plastic container with some water, ice and little toys you want the kids to “excavate,” the ice cubes will help mix things up and prevent all of the toys sinking...

Indoor Play Places {to beat the heat}

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When the summer heat has you stuck indoors, but your own house is getting a bit too small (and messy!) pack up the kids and try out these great indoor spaces for big and...

CMBN & Food for the Hungry

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City Moms Blog Network and sister sites all over the country are teaming with Food for the Hungry to give back and make a positive impact on our world. If you follow City Moms...

Dunkin’ Donuts Summer Special {Sponsored Post}

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May marks the return of Dunkin' Donuts popular $1.49 medium iced coffee special! Participating Phoenix-area locations know that busy moms need something to fuel up and keep cool running the kids around, that is why Dunkin'...

Mother’s Day Spa Giveaway

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Being a mother isn't easy or glamorous, but it is beautiful and rewarding each and every day. To celebrate Mother's day this year Scottsdale Moms Blog, along with our friends at Four Seasons Troon...

New to SMB: Calendar of Events

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We are always working to improve our site and listen to the feedback we get from our readers. Our latest project is a new Calendar of Events! You can find the calendar under the SMB...

Not all Pregnancies are Created Equal {Differences between Pregnancy #1 & #3)

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We are lucky enough to be blessed with baby #3 joining our family this summer and as I get bigger and more uncomfortable, I keep thinking about the differences between pregnancy #1 and #3...

Mom’s Night Out! {The Capital Grille Biltmore}

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**SOLD OUT** We are so excited to see those of you that got tickets! If you didn't get one this time, we hope to see you next time and be sure to subscribe to...

Music Together in Phoenix {Sing, Dance, & Play}

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All children are musical! They can learn to sing and keep a beat and have confidence in their abilities. Music Together in Phoenix is the perfect place for your children to nurture this musical...

The New Look of Scottsdale Moms Blog

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We have some exciting news! Scottsdale Moms Blog is now officially a part of the City Moms Blog Network, a team of nationwide "moms blog" sites working together to bring our local moms the best of...

New Mom SOS: Activities with your Newborn

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Welcome to Motherhood! It is an exciting, overwhelming and love-filled stage of life. Enjoy your time with your newborn, get lots of snuggles and relaxing in while they are still little (and immobile). Though...

Preschool Activities to do at Home

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My kids are in preschool very part time right now, which means that they spend the majority of their time with me. I try not to get all "they are going to fall behind"...

Cupcakes & Crafting

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We recently had a holiday party to thank and celebrate our Scottsdale Moms Blog writers. They are the voices behind our blog and every month they are sharing their lives with us. Sometimes they make...

Kids Imaginative Dinosaur Figures {REVIEW}

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There is nothing more popular at our house than dinosaur figures. My kids were so excited to receive this set of dinosaur figures from Kids Imaginative to review! The set came with twelve figurines...

Join us for a ZOO WALK!

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For our December play date we are going to meet at the Phoenix Zoo and do a fun Zoo Walk!  Date: Thursday, December 10 Time: Meet from 9-9:15 am  Where: We will meet on the bridge before...

Activities to Keep the Kids Busy this Thanksgiving

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I have to admit, I really love Thanksgiving and the whole to-do of cooking a big meal for family and friends. I enjoy spending the day carefully preparing all of the sides and dishes...

Forget the Oven and Put Your Turkey in the Crock Pot

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The holiday season has officially started and if you are intimidated (like me) by the thought of cleaning, brining and the all day commitment of cooking a turkey this Thanksgiving, I suggest you re-think...