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Kelly Aaron hates being bored. She's been a modern art dealer, a real estate broker, nightclub owner, freelance writer extraordinaire, has served on a gabillion boards of directors, and now owns Refine Modern with her husband. Being mother to teenage Zoe, toddler Sophie and baby Max is the most challenging, rewarding adventure by far. With puberty and toddlerhood happening under one roof, life at Casa Aaron is anything BUT boring! Kelly is completely, goofily, 7th-grade-crush smitten with her handsome husband Joshua and they are totally DONE having babies!

How to Track Santa with NORAD

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It’s Christmas Eve and this fantastic post from last Christmas Eve was just too great NOT to share again. Get your i-phones ready! It's time to start tracking Santa! When you have little ones, this...

My Phoenix Fashion Week Discovery: Affordable Handmade Bags!

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Don’t be surprised if you start hearing “Phoenix” and “Couture” in the same sentence a little more often thanks to Phoenix Fashion Week, which was held October 2-5th at Talking Stick Resort. Complete with...

5 Things You May Not Know About Apricot Lane at Scottsdale Quarter (AND a...

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Please note that this is a sponsored post for Apricot Lane at Scottsdale Quarter.  Though I was compensated for my time, the thoughts and opinions below are my own. We all love Scottsdale Quarter, yes??...

THEME WEEK | What’s for Dinner? The Well-Stocked Kitchen

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THEME WEEK | What’s for Dinner? This week on SMB, we’re tackling the daily question “What’s for Dinner” Join us all week long as our contributors weigh-in with different ideas and recipes related to the nightly...

The Easiest Dinner on the Planet (Complete with Leftovers and Future Meal Starts!!)

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I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re ALL busy. But, we’ve all gotta eat! Here’s the thing. Convenience foods are just that: Convenient. They are typically not very good for us and loaded with...

When is the Best Time for Potty Training?

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There are many milestones in the average child's life that happen at fairly predictable points:  They begin eating solid foods between 4-6 months (if mushy rice cereal counts as "solid"), they walk sometime around...

Tips for Making Homemade Pesto

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The Aaron Family has been in Arizona for a little over a year and I FINALLY feel like we’re getting the hang of things.  I now know that in the desert  my car battery...

Mommy SOS | Tips for Flying with Babies & Toddlers

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Ladies!  I need your help!  I am in desperate need of tips for flying with babies and toddlers! This month, Handsome Husband and I are traveling cross-country with one very helpful teenager, one sweet but...

Indoor Activities for Arizona Kids: The Phoenix Art Museum!

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Hey, Valley moms!  Does the Arizona heat have you searching for indoor activities for your kids?  Do you need to add some variety to your Splash Pad/Library/Children's Museum/Play Structure at Fashion Square summer rotation? ...

Rebecca Vinacour Shot My Family! (A Family Portrait Session Review)

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Now that Baby Max is 4 months old and holding his head up so nicely, Handsome Husband and I decided it was time for a professional photographer to step in and document our family...

Odds & Ends: A Few Random Lessons Before My Son Leaves for College

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There's a strange paradox of time when you have children. On one hand, it feels like they were born yesterday, but on the other hand, you feel like you've been taking care of them FOREVER....

Sunday Brunch at True Food Kitchen: A Review & Mother’s Day Giveaway!!

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The kind folks over at True Food Kitchen at Scottsdale Quarter graciously treated my family and I to brunch (my favorite meal!!! SCORE!!) so that I could share my thoughts with you, dear reader,...

Simple Recipes For Creative Play: Homemade Fingerpaints, Play Dough and Gloop!

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I don't know about you, but here at Casa Aaron, we're spending a ton of time outside, what with this gorgeous weather and all.  18-month old Sophie has been enjoying her little wading pool,...

Smoothie Pops! An Easy-Peasy Summertime Treat To Make at Home

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It's mid-March, which I am quickly learning is not really "Spring" in Arizona, since it's, oh, 85 degrees on my patio right now. (Being an Easterner who is accustomed to four seasons, I have...

Gimme a Break! The Art of the Daycation

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Everyone loves a good vacation. You plan the trip months in advance by selecting the perfect accommodations, shopping around for the best price on a flight, purchasing a Frommer's guide at your local bookstore,...

Grandma Knows Best: The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Received

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When our daughter, Sophie, was 6 months old (and I was actively taking birth control pills) the last thing I expected to see in our home was a positive pregnancy test!  I mean, we...

Cookies on Parade! 3 Holiday Treats From My Kitchen to Yours

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I may have mentioned this in a previous post, but one of my absolute, hands-down favorite things to do around the holiday season is baking.  If you live next door to me, you’d better...

Dr. Feelgood (or “How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Epidural”)

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I had my first baby in my early 20s. I was starry-eyed, a bit naive and the ultimate optimist (oh, and strong-willed and opinionated...)  In keeping with that mentality, I was hell-bent on enlisting...

The Holidays are Coming…Ready, Set, SWAP!!!

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It’s mid-November, ladies.  Mid.  November.  Um, how did this happen?  Where did 2012 go? The holiday season is upon us, and here at Casa Aaron, we’re pretty pumped. Before we were married, Handsome Husband and...

5 Reasons Why You (yes, YOU!) Should Just Give Up and Get Pizza Tonight!

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I’m new to the area.  And by “the area”, I mean the West Coast in general--we just moved here from North Carolina this summer.  Yes, you read that right:  we moved to the DESERT...

Making the Cut: The Circumcision Decision

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I love The New York Times.  I dream of the day when my handsome husband and I can hide away at our favorite little cafe in Greenwich Village and tackle the crossword together while...