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.

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...

Spring Dresses in the Shade

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I watch both Reagan and Nora on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I've figured out how to wrangle them for small outings like this one.  I grabbed two dresses, a blanket, a stroller and a camera...

MomSense: Foster Care Families

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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. Last week, we heard...

MomSense: Growing Your Family Through 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. Meet Cate.  Her MomSense...

Summer Camps 2010: 10 Camps that will blow your mind

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When I think of "Summer Camp," I think of college-aged counselors, candy, swim-time, free-time, hop-scotch and bunk-beds.  Sure, those camps are still around, but I'm fascinated by the non-traditional camps that expose children to...

Pregnancy + Chiropractor = Wonderful

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When I broke down and finally went to see Dr. Jones I was almost 8 months into my pregnancy.  What broke me was the zinger I got in my right leg and through my right hip...

Momsense: Volunteering in Old Town Scottsdale

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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 always wondered why...

Creating a Culture of Eating Well

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I don't really like to cook. I do not use my free time looking for new recipes to try, or get excited about crockery or kitchen gagitry.  I am actually pretty lazy if I let...

Bleu Pond Massage and Aesthetics Giveaway Winner!!!

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Thanks so much for all who entered our ScottsdaleMomsBlog Giveaway this week.  Congratulations Jessica F.  for winning a Facial and Massage Package (value of $145!!!) from Bleu Pond Massage and Aesthetics.   This momma deserves some pampering.  Here's what Jessica said...

Valley Easter Activities: Great Spots for Family Photos

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Sometimes, when I'm planning an outing, it's all about the photos. Sure, I want to have a great time, enjoy some beautiful scenery and drink in the experience.  But, I feel especially inspired to take...

West World, Horses and Kids

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I have a confession. I have to ask you to not judge me or picture me in too-tight jeans and ropers when I tell you.  And please, pretty please DON'T think of me in a...

Scottsdale 101 Chic-Fil-A Pajama Night FREE FOOD

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If I was able to create the perfect world, it would be one where comfy really is fashionable, house slippers are sexy and two-piece PJs make me feel pretty.  But, alas, Scottsdale is certainly not...

Online Radio Dance Party

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Get out your dancing shoes and turn on the radio!  It's time for a DANCE PARTY! What you need: The Internet (check) Reckless Abandon (if you can't find this go outside, take off your shoes and wiggle...

Harkins Theater Summer Movie Fun

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It's hard to remember just how hot it really is in the summer when the weather is as beautiful at it is today.  March is just about the perfect month for weather.  Sigh. But, we...

Pack a Picnic and See the Wildflowers Bloom

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This is my favorite time of year in Arizona.  The weather is perfect and the flowers are just starting to show their color.  With the wet "winter" we had, I'm hoping that the desert will...

Giveaway: Sola Coffee Bar

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If you are a coffee snob, then you should certainly check out our good friends at Sola Coffee Bar on 5th Avenue in Old Town.  They know how to make some coffee! Their lattes are...

Sola Coffee Bar Supports Kate McRae

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Just this past Tuesday, a little girl went home from Phoenix Children's Hospital.  Kate McRae, was diagnosed with brain cancer June 29, 2009.  She was just 5 years old at the time of her...

7 Wonders of Scottsdale

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Every city has characteristics that stand out and unite its citizens.  As a Scottsdale Mom, I'm sure you can relate to these 7 Wonders of Scottsdale:  1. Cyclists everywhere - all the time - They come in...

Indoor Play for Preschoolers: Tot Town and Kidz Towne

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Picture it: A spacious room designed for testing out new skills like walking, crawling and banging into walls and filled with toy stations, playsets, jumping gyms and children.   Now, in this very large space, there is a boy, barely...

Scottsdale Public Libraries: Kid-friendly Activities

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I realize that it is no mystery that Scottsdale has a public library (five in fact) but could you tell me five activities that the library has for children?  Stumped?  Okay name two.  Yeah, I couldn't either. Imagine...

A Scottsdale Treasure Hunt: Geocaching

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Think of it, a secret world of hidden treasures in all the common locations you frequent: the grocery store parking lot, the flowerbed outside your gym, in the playground equipment your kids play on...

Resource Find: ParentHacks.com

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"Don't reinvent the wheel." I love this little pearl of wisdom.  I assume that at any point in my life, anything that I am attempting, someone, somewhere has figured out how to do it better,...

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

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Scottsdale is full of wonderful parks to explore with our kiddos.  It's so refreshing to retreat to green grass and trees to escape from, well, the desert.  Anytime I come upon a field of grass,...

Take a Hike… on a Scottsdale Trail

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One of the things that I love most about Scottsdale is that people here love the outdoors. And to encourage that love (or as a result of it), our great city has created a wonderful maze of trails for us to enjoy.

Breastfeeding – do your homework

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Breastfeeding isn't for the faint of heart. Though it is one of the most womanly and nurturing acts a woman can do, it is also challenging and tiring. A woman who chooses to breastfeed will do well to study up, seek support and remain determined.