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.

Facebook Ettiquette 101

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Just this week I left a comment on a dear friend's Facebook page, that I later realized could either be seen as a complement OR as a REALLY mean remark.  After seeing her response,...

Mommy SOS | Potty Training

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Years before thinking about having children, Kevin and I met a couple who, being pregnant with their first, told us about their plans to go diaper free with their baby.  Huh? Well, I have no...

Adventures in Weaning

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Almost two weeks ago, I told you aboutmy decision to start weaning my daughter onto formula from breast milk.  Well, my darlings, here's the update: First of all, Reagan LOVES her bottle!  When I start...

Pampered: bleu pond spa in Old Town

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Today, I was completely spoiled with a facial and massage at bleupond spa located in Old Town.  First, you should know that I've NEVER had a facial NOR have I had a professional massage.  I...

Breastfeeding Mini-Meltdown and other sad tales

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For the past eleven months, I have happily breastfed my daughter.  Once the marathon of the first three months ended (10-15 times per day!), we relaxed into a wonderful routine.  She's been eating solid...

Getting Out of Arizona: A Baby, A Plane and A Road Trip

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I just got back from my first big trip back East with Reagan.  She's now 10.5 months old and I had no idea what to expect.  In fact, once I got to Nashville (which is a 3...

Babysitting in Scottsdale Part 3: Start a babysitting co-op

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Moms are so resourceful.  Got a run in your hose?  Here's some nail polish.  Is your hem tattered and you don't have a needle?  Here's a stapler.  Gum in your hair?  Make it a...

VH Spa Ultimate Spa Pedicure GIVEAWAY Winner!

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Thanks so much for all who entered our ScottsdaleMomsBlog Giveaway this week. Congratulations Jennifer S.  for winning the  VH Spa for Vitality + Health 60-Minute Ultimate Spa Pedicure (value of $80!!!). Please continue to check back for other SMB...

Moms Feeling Isolated in a Culture of Social Networking?

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Women today are self-reliant and independent, but we often forget how friendships and family can make life rich and full. When I was single, living in Wisconsin (for just 10 months), I lived with a foxhound named Rolex...

Babysitting in Scottsdale Part 2 – Do you refer your babysitter to friends?

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Last time we talked about the cost for babysitting these days... but since we already determined that you are paying your sitters ca$h money, let's explore another facet.  If you like your sitter, do you...

MomSense: Time outs with Toddlers

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  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 used her momsense to determine that something was amiss.   ~~~~   I never tire from...

Babysitting in Scottsdale Part 1 – How much do you pay your sitter?

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The greatest thing about Scottsdale Moms Blog is learning from other moms who live right next door.  So, the burning question is:  How much do you pay your babysitters? We asked you; and we are...

Scottsdale Moms Blog Moms Group: Bring your kids and let's play!

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We are passionate about encouraging other Scottsdale Moms to get out in our great community and try new things all the while making life richer for everyone! What better way to do this than...

MomSense: How to Buy a Minivan – Part 2

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Last time, I told you about how Erin just broke down and bought a pre-owned minivan after battling her Suburban for several years.  She shared tips with SMB on how to research which car is...

MomSense: How to Buy a Minivan – Part 1

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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 used her momsense to determine that something was amiss.   ~~~~   When it comes...

Swim Safely this Summer!

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This week's MomSense comes from a Scottsdale Mom and Grandma, Darcy Kimmel with Family Matters, who after hearing of another child drowning here in Phoenix, she hid the key to their pool (she wouldn't...

Steph vs. Joy: How to feed a baby

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{Joy} I love watching Reagan learn new skills!  Eating solid food is no exception.  I was surprised to learn that chewing is intuitive and that she learns so much just by watching someone else...

Steph vs. Joy: How to feed a baby

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{Joy} I love watching Reagan learn new skills!  Eating solid food is no exception.  I was surprised to learn that chewing is intuitive and that she learns so much just by watching someone else...

Ideas for Buying Baby Shower Gifts

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This past weekend Steph and I headed over to Moonbeams (at The Shops at Gainey Village) to find out what some of the most popular baby shower gifts are.  Since I have several baby showers coming...

Ideas for Summer from Raising Arizona Kids Magazine Community

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That sigh of relief that follows the kids finally being out of schools and your schedule being just a bit less frantic, only seems to last a moment doesn’t it? All it takes is...

MomSense: At the Phoenix Zoo

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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 used her momsense to determine that something was amiss. ~~~~ This week's MomSense...

Volunteering with the Elderly

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Just about two months ago, Reagan and I started volunteering together.  You may think that 8 months old is too young to start volunteering, but I say we are never too young to learn...

Steph vs. Joy: Cleaning the Kitchen

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(Joy:) My inspiration for this weeks S vs. J episode came from my garbage disposal. I have a knack for, shall we say, "over-exerting," my little friend down in the drain. I have called upon...

Montelucia Resort & Spa – Pool Open to the Public this Summer

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Alright gals, I just heard about this and I just HAD to tell you. Montelucia Resort & Spa is allowing us locals the pleasure of enjoying their pool this summer!  All they ask if that...

MomSense: Love and Logic with Twins

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Whenever I meet someone with twins, I immediately feel as if I'm speaking to a superhuman.  I can hardly imagine juggling two little beans all day - every day.  I get just a little...

FuzziBunz Photoshoot at Just Kids Studio in Scottsdale

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The sweet ladies at Brilliant Baby Products selected 10 Arizona babies to be the faces (and Bunz!) of a national marketing campaign with FuzziBunz cloth diapers!  My daughter Reagan (now almost 9 months old!) had the honor of participating in...

Volunteering with the Elderly

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Just about two months ago, Reagan and I started volunteering together.  You may think that 8 months old is too young to start volunteering, but I say we are never too young to learn...

Meet a Girlfriend for COFFEE (or tea)

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Hey there Scottsdale!  We just wanted to let you know that we are still friends after our little "Steph vs. Joy" battle!  (Isn't it wonderful to embrace our differences!) To prove it, we met for coffee...

Featured on My Daily Tantrum

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Check out Joy's guest post on My Daily Tantrum!  Here's a little sneak peak: The most difficult, the thing that goes against conventional wisdom and community planning, is getting out of the house and being...

MomSense: Struggles with Attachment in Adoption

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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 used her momsense to determine that something was amiss.   ~~~~   The past few...