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.

Scottsdale Moms Indoor Play to Beat the Heat

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If you are like me, then you are grasping at every chance you can find to get out of the house and into someplace cool where you can connect with other moms and kiddos. ...

Sticky Situations | Playground Etiquette

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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...

Can’t Clean Your Dishes Without It

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This is a public service announcement.  Seriously, what kind of a friend would I be if I withheld VALUABLE information about cleaning?  If you know me, then you will know that I'm pretty mellow and...

Welcome Baby Elsie

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Please help all of us on the Scottsdale Moms Blog team welcome the newest {baby} addition… Elsie Grace Flies!!! Elsie Grace Flies was born May 19, 2011 at 4:25 am at Scottsdale Shea Hospital.  She...

Tips for having a Natural Delivery in a Phoenix Hospital

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This photo was taken moments after Elliot was born. I snuggled him like this for the first two hours of his life. I've heard lots of moms talk about the desire to...

Best Improv in Scottsdale | Jester’z Improv Troupe

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I am so excited to be here at Scottsdale Moms Blog to share with you my favorite date night activity. This is an especially great one if you get a little sick of the...

Scottsdale Maternity Photos | Brianna Anderson Photography

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Let me start off by saying that Steph and I did not plan on having BOTH of our children SO close together!  Steph had her daughter Nora just six weeks before my daughter Reagan...

Swim Classes at McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatics Center

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Reagan and I enrolled in the Parent/Child swim class at McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatics Center this past month.  And... it. was. AWESOME!!!  First off, I didn't realize how much I would enjoy the swim class. ...

Meet the New Scottsdale Moms Blog Contributors

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We are excited to announce the addition of seven ladies to the Scottsdale Moms Blog team. We know that you will love what they have to say and we are excited to learn from them!  Each lady, you...

Watch Out: Toddler Meltdown Coming Through

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I knew it was coming.  I heard the stories.  One by one friends were telling me that their children, Reagan's age, were doing it.  I didn't know what to really expect.  How would my...

Fleming’s dinner to benefit Streetlight

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It is a rare treat that my hubby and I get to go out on a date.  But, each time we do make it out of the house past dark, we feel giddy...almost like...

To Love, Honor and Cherish on Valentine’s Day (and always)

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Happy Valentine's Day! Since this holiday tends to be about what our guys did (or didn't do), I thought I'd add a little twist to your thinking today.  So ladies, what do you do on...

SMB Moms Group| Walking With the Animals at the Phoenix Zoo

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Chasing peacocks, petting the sleepy goats, and power walking with the stroller. Could your Friday get any better than that? I think not. I don’t know about you but I love hanging out with my...

Babies Don’t Keep | Poem

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I found this darling poem from a sweet little book that I've been referencing during my pregnancy to help me think about and take a moment to prepare for the arrival of our son. ...

SMB Flashback | My Favorite 2010 Posts from Steph

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Here are some of my FAVORITE posts that Steph wrote this past year: Remember when she gave encouragement to mama's of Spirited Kids?  She's got a great list of how to keep your cool and...

Scottsdale Homeschooling Informational Meeting

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Yesterday, I went to a meeting of Homeschooling mamas. Did you know that people do that here in Scottsdale?  Well, homeschooling is growing a community filled with "normal" kids and families.  You know what I mean by...

Establishing Routines and a Space to Live for the New Year

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If your Holidays were anything like mine, you have just started to see the fog part and routines and normal life get rolling again.  My mom and stepdad just left on Wednesday morning and...

Family Reflection Questions for 2010

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As 2010 comes to a close, I have been thinking about how I'd like to spend the next 12 months.  By default, my husband and I LOVE to talk, talk, talk about why we...

Christmas Traditions| Christmas Break and Cookies

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One of my favorite memories growing up is our kitchen covered in flour, my mom busily working on several different things, and me, cutting out cookies, pouring flour into the mixing bowl or cracking...

Baby Clothing Network… Free alternative to consigning!

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I love used baby gear!  I don't know what I'd do with out experienced moms, garage sales and consignment!!!  Now, I love a new item every now and then, but the bulk of Reagan's...

Steph vs. Joy | First Trimester “Diet”

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{Joy} As of this writing I'm almost 19 weeks preggo with this little cutie, so far things have been mostly the same as with Reagan.  From week 6 (exactly) to the first day of...

Christmas Time is Here… enjoy it!

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December is my favorite month!  There is something about the shared excitment, decorations everywhere and Christmas music on the radio that makes me walk around with a smile all month long!  (It doesn't hurt...

Giveaway: Oh, Baby Organic Skincare

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There's nothing that I love more than learning about Scottsdale women making really great ORGANIC products for my baby! Introducing....Oh, Baby Organic Skincare! I've been using the Oh, Baby Organic Skincare Hair & Body wash and...

Steph vs. Joy | Our Thanksgiving: Part 2 (Joy)

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{Hi, it's me, Joy} Let me take a moment to remind (or tell those of you new to SMB) that Steph and I are opposites - we think SO differently, I cannot HELP but...

GIVEAWAY | Organizing Session from Wurth Organizing

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When I moved into our house last month, I was tired, nauseous and overwhelmed.  I spent the entire month of September packing boxes, getting things ready for Goodwill and tossing out garbage.  So, by...

A Trip to the Zoo

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Monday we had our VERY FIRST zoo meet up!  It was so awesome to chat with friends and stroll around our wonderful (clean) zoo!  I have to say that I'm impressed by the attention to...

Join us at the Phoenix Zoo

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There is nothing that I love more than watching my daughter enjoy new experiences and explore the world around her.  Right now, she a little bit sensitive around animals - especially high-energy dogs who...

Featured on… FiToriBLOG.com

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We are so excited to share with you that Scottsdale Moms Blog's Joy Cherrick is featured today on FiToriBLOG.com! From the interview: "How pregnancy and motherhood changed Joy… Before becoming pregnant, I did a bunch of research...

Facebook – What NOT to Say to your “Friends”

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Last week, I talked about what is the most appropriate use of Facebook.  Bottom line: Be Friendly ;-)  Today, let's look at another aspect of Facebook... the dark side.  Duhn Duhn Duhn... We often use Facebook...

Living in Scottsdale is Paradise

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For those of you who slept in this morning.  Here's what you are missing.  This is the Shea/40th Street hike at 6:15am today. And that, kids, is why I live in Scottsdale! XOXO Boon Inc is still...