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.

GIVEAWAY | Mom’s Night Out Makeover with ROLF’s Salon

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When was the last time you were able to put your makeup on without being interrupted 5,000 times by a 1) a child crying 2) child putting their little mitts into your makeup bag...

GIVEAWAY | Cactus CrossFit in Old Town Scottsdale

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Picture me standing next to you yelling the following at the top of my lungs: COME ON, YOU CAN DO IT!!! GREAT JOB!!!! YOU ARE DOING AWESOME!!! DON'T STOP NOW, YOU'RE ALMOST DONE!!! I love cheering....

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Filling

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I have a weakness for sweets. I love sugar and chocolate in just about any form. Lately, I've been working on eating better and being a little bit more moderate with my sweets intake....

Mommy Friendships | Location, Location, Location (Part 3)

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This is Part 3 in a series on mom-to-mom friendships by Scottsdale Moms Blog co-founder Joy Cherrick. If you missed them, be sure to check out Part 1 (Think Before You Speak) and Part...

Mommy Friendships | Sharing Life (Part 2)

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This is Part 2 in a three-part series on Mommy Friendships. To read Joy's first post on thinking before we speak, click here. The most challenging relationships for me have always been friendships with other...

Mommy Friendships | Think Before you Speak (Part 1)

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Joy is launching a three-part series today on the tricky territory of mom-to-mom friendships. Enjoy! I found this little bit of word art pinned to Sarah Powers's Pinterest board the other day and I wanted...

Arizona Adoption Crisis

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There is, what I would call, an adoption crisis, in Arizona. I have been procrastinating writing about this for a while. It's a topic that stirs my heart and scares me (and my husband) to...

Zumba in Scottsdale

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Are you a Zumba mom? If you are trying to shift those last few pounds of baby weight, but you are bored of going to the gym every week, why not consider trying out some...

Giveaway | Vinotherapie by Caudalie {sponsored}

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There is nothing that I love more as a mom than getting all dressed up and hitting the town (without the kids). These days a shower is a luxury and having enough time to...

Family Portraits with Session Nine Photography

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Didn't you just LOVE receiving so many family photos in the mail this year? I love seeing the whole family - especially when I only know one spouse really well, or perhaps the children...

The North Pole Experience | Review

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Last week, we flew in the grandparents, loaded up the kids and headed up to Greer, AZ for the North Pole Experience.  As we made our way up to the pine trees we were...

Joy’s 10 Tips for Moving with Kids

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It's been a little bit like the Twilight Zone here at SMB for the past few months... As Steph and I experience some similar challenges with our babies and toddlers we also entered a...

Giveaway | North Pole Experience

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As the holidays draw near and I dream of temperatures below 70 degrees, I am also dreaming of how I can make this Christmas a memorable one for our family.  Christmas to me usually...

Steph vs Joy | Pinterest Finds (Part I)

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{Joy} Have you given much though to your online persona and a real-messy-just-your-average-day reality.  Are they the same?  Are they different? I'm "friends" on facebook with a gal I know from high school. I may as well refer to her as "my...

Playgroup and Lunch at Koko Bee’s Playhouse

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Scottsdale Moms Blog is proud to present: Indoor Play with North Central Parenting Group Wednesday, November 2 10:00AM to 12:00PM Koko Bee's Playhouse $5 per Family (yes, that includes a pizza lunch) Come and bring your family to share a meal,...

Steph vs. Joy | Shopping with Children (Part I – Joy)

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Most of you (including Steph), may think that I'm insane, and perhaps I am in some ways.  But, one of my very favorite things to do on a quiet afternoon when not much else is going...

Pajama Day

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What mom doesn't love remarks like; "Wow, you look great!"... "You are always so put-together!"... "How do you find time to put on make-up?"  I make the same remarks to friends of mine.  Isn't it the...

Parenting through the Toddler Tantrums

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Earlier this month, I asked for your help regarding what YOU do to help your little one navigate more gracefully through those inevitable toddler tantrums.  You had some great things to say on the...

Sticky Situations | Annoying Children

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We moms are all supposed to be on the same team, right? But what about those times when you catch another mom giving you a sideways judgy glance - whether it's because you just let...

Indoor Play at the JCC| Recap

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This past Tuesday, while the sun beat down on all of us outside, we along with 50+ families stayed nice and cool inside the Jewish Community Center. We (and our kids of course) enjoyed face...

4 Habits to Keep Kids Safe this Summer

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I'm constantly thinking about how dangerous our super-hot summers can be for children.  Everytime I hear of a drowning accident, child forgotten in a car or other tragic stories, my mind spins and I...

Mommy SOS | The Terrible Twos

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Some days are easier than others. This was one of those days when everything I did with my toddler, a battle insued.  Sadness errupted and, for her, the world ended.  Me: "Which bib would you...

Indoor Play August 9 | Sign Up Now

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Scottsdale Moms Blog in partnership with Scottsdale Parenting Group is proud to present: Indoor Play - Jungle Style Tuesday, August 9 11AM to 1PM Jewish Community Center $5 per Family Come and bring your family to beat the heat at...

How can we make Scottsdale Moms Blog more useful?

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It’s time for a reader question – how can I make Scottsdale Moms Blog more useful for you? Fill out our survey and post ideas to the comments section for a chance to win...

Balancing Nature and Nintendo

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It's archives week here at SMB.  Here's one from our early days: ***** When I was 6 years old, my family lived on one acre in the Tennessee countryside.  One neighbor had horses and the other had...

Cure for Baby’s Reflux | Scottsdale Chiropractor

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It's archives week here at SMB.  Here's one from our early days: ***** I told you about how the chiropractor helped me with having a baby.  But, let me tell you how he helped my baby...

Scottsdale Momsense: Preschoolers interacting with Baby

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It's archives week here at SMB.  Here's one from our early days: ***** mom·sen·se (mɒm sens) noun 1.  practical motherly intelligence that is sensible or reasonable 2. a mother's mental discernment, realization, or recognition  - She has momsense.  OR She...

Mommy SOS | Best Store-Brand Diapers in Phoenix

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As a cloth AND disposable diapering mom, I hear on the playground all sorts of crazy tips about diapers, where to get them, who has the best ones AND even how to get the...

House Keeping Secrets

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Just the other day I had not one but TWO people complement me on my ability to keep my house neat and tidy.  In fact, I think the words were "you do a nice...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows| Mom’s Perspective

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You may or may not be aware that the LAST Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hits theaters TODAY!  Well, it does.  And it's certainly worth seeing if you're...