Joy Cherrick

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Joy is the Co-founder of Scottsdale Moms Blog and absolutely loves living in Scottsdale with her hubby Kevin, their daughter Reagan (born August 2009) and their sons Elliot (born May 2011) and David (born December 2012). She is a lover of nature, a research analyst on all things related to life, a home manager, a home educator, a crafty art-eest, mommy, daughter and friend.

Surviving vs. Thriving (and why both are okay)

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I’ve been remembering my days being pregnant, feeling sick, tired, nauseous. I was barely able to move, let alone feed, clothe and bathe my babes without enormous effort. We watched way more TV than...

Putting the worry aside to enjoy life

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I can't tell you how much pressure I feel to get my child into some sort of sport, activity, preschool or whatever. My four year old is social beyond anyone else in the family,...

Four Extracurricular Activities to do WITH your kids

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We are now at the very beginning of putting our children into organized sports and other activities. As true home-bodies, my husband and I are struggling to find ways to invest our time outside...

Pumpkin Painting Fall Craft

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I love a good EASY craft to help my kids and me get into the holiday spirit! A family favorite is painting pumpkins! It's MUCH less messy than carving said pumpkin AND it's much easier...

Horseback Riding in Scottsdale

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(This post gives my honest feedback from a great personal experience with JFSH and is sponsored.) I grew up with a love of horses. When I was six years old our neighbors had horses on...

Pinterest Tried and True| Living Room Redesign with Dark Sofa

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Scottsdale Moms Blog presents a new series: "Pinterest Tried & True!" Join us this week as our contributors share what great ideas from Pinterest really worked for them. We'll be talking about food, fashion, home decor, crafts, and boredom busters for kids!

Read Aloud Book List for Preschoolers

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As we are diving into a new year, I've had several friends ask me what we are doing for Preschool. As my daughter Reagan won't attend a traditional Preschool, I've been working through just...

Should We Have More Kids? | 5 Questions to Consider

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  Upon having our third child the question that we are most commonly asked is; “how many children do you want to have?” I'm never sure how to answer the question. In fact, I'm fascinated by families...

The Organized Home | Sorting & Saving Kids’ Clothes {Mommy SOS!}

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All week long we're talking about home organization! Click here to read Angela's solution to the endless piles of school paperwork. Today Joy is asking for your help, and stay tuned later this week...

Thank You Sarah Powers!

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It is with great excitement and even a bit of sorrow, that I announce an update in the position of Managing Editor. Sarah Powers steps down today as Managing Editor of Scottsdale Moms Blog....

How to Enable Parental Controls on your iPhone

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The one thing that can be scary about giving my child my iPhone (or iPad) is that if I walk into another room while she’s enjoying something I’ve selected, I might walk back into the room and she’s hit a million buttons and is now watching something that’s not age appropriate. Can I get an Amen?

My Path to Motherhood | Loneliness

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I would not have chosen to begin my path to motherhood with a long season of complete loneliness. But, that’s exactly where my journey began. Alone.

A note to my pre-child self

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To my pre-child self: Well, hello there skinny. I know that you are wishing that you could lose those three pounds you gained over Christmas, but that’s nothing compared to the weight yo-yo you will enjoy...

A Case Against Preschool

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We've talked a lot about school and Preschool here on SMB. What makes our team of writers so great is the diversity of experiences and perspectives. I realized that I hadn't yet provided my...

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Campus | Review

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I recently spent 5 days in the hospital with our son who was fighting RSV. I learned a few things about the hospital that I know will be useful to new moms delivering their...

Symptoms of RSV in Infants

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This year has been a bad year for RSV. Respiratory Syncycial Virus is “a virus that causes a respiratory tract infection. It can cause respiratory tract illness in patients of all ages, but children under...
Country Outfitter, turquoise cortez cream fleur de lis, cowboy boot

Country Outfitter | Review & GIVEAWAY

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As a girl who grew up riding horses, I've owned a lot of boots! Over the past few years as a mom, I've missed having a good pair of boots in my wardrobe....

Playroom Organization Ideas & Other Home Organization Tips

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I am, what I like to call, a "stuffer." I stuff things I'm not sure where they go into drawers with the thought that "someday" I'll organize the drawer and find a spot for said...

Election 2012: What Matters to Me {Joy}

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“Women Voters” are a much sought-after demographic for the 2012 Presidential Election. As a mom, I’ve been perplexed by how often I hear or read “women voters care about XXX” or “mothers in this...

{Pregnancy Week} 3 Pregnancy “Don’ts” that I Do Anyway

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It’s Pregnancy Week here on Scottsdale Moms Blog! If you are just tuning in, be sure to read the rest of the week’s posts here. I'm 19.5 weeks pregnant today. The halfway mark is what I've...

Financial Peace University Classes Start Soon!

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If there is one thing that can throw any family into a pile of stress complete with yelling and naughty words, it's heated conversations about money! Or, the lack thereof.  I've known about Dave...

Kids Haircuts in Scottsdale

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I've been feeling a little bit left out with all of this talk about back to school. So, I thought I'd add my own two cents about life in preschool-land and the all-important question of...

Review | Miraval Resort in Tucson

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I have been operating on half a tank of energy and steam since the pregnancy nausea of #3 set in 10 weeks ago. If you've seen me, perhaps I looked a little bit run...

GIVEAWAY | terés | A NAIL BAR in Scottsdale

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If you are looking for a "spa experience" without paying spa prices, then you have GOT to check out terés | A NAIL BAR. It is located at the corner of Scottsdale Road & Indian...

A Lesson from the Disney Princesses

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I have been VERY leery of those Disney Princesses that I see Ev.Ery.Where. Don't get me wrong, I grew up enjoying their stories and admiring their dresses.  (I was even The Little Mermaid for...
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Free Braces Giveaway from Great Big Smiles Orthodontics

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What's that? You just found out that your child needs braces? Well, my dearest mom-friends, do we have a treat for you!!!!!!  We have a contest going on RIGHT NOW for YOU or a FAMILY...

Archives Week! My Favorite Post of Jenn’s

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It's Archives Week here at SMB, and this morning I'm featuring my favorite post of Jenn's. You can read all her posts here. Even though I consider myself a Stay-at-Home-Mom, in reading this post I...

40% Off at Starwood Resorts – Book by June 15!

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If ever there was a time that I wanted to have something to look forward to, it would be now! The temperatures are rising and I am less than excited about getting in and...

Cirque du Soleil is coming to Phoenix!

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KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil is hitting Phoenix on June 8, and you can save 25% on tickets and make this Mother's Day more memorable! Get 25% off price level 1, 2 or 3 tickets...

A Tale of Two Makeovers | Rolf’s Salon & Spa

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Recently Sarah and I each got to experience a "mommy makeover" courtesy of Rolf's Salon. Scottsdale Moms Blog readers can expect to hear more about Rolf's in the coming weeks as we explore ways...