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Having just moved to Scottsdale in September, Marina Tebben is a new mom to the Valley. She has lived in Chicago, London, and most recently Dallas. She is a big kid mom to an 8- year-old daughter and 10 year-old son, who keep her busy driving all over town with soccer and dance. In her spare time she enjoys caffeine ( grande, non-fat latte), running (no more than a 5K), dining (anything I don’t have to cook), and of course being a MOM!

5 Things NOT to Do If You Have a Home Business

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So as a stay-at-home mom, I have been exposed to quite a few home shopping parties.You name it …Rodan + Fields, Origami Owl, thirty-one, Scentsy, Stella & Dot and the list and products go on and on. A number of my friends...

Why Summer Mama Rocks!

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A list to let you know why summer mamas rock!  1. We are chill- without school or sports schedules dictating our lives. We are relaxed with the rules. School bedtime 8pm - summer bedtime 10:30pm. 2....

Gifts That Teachers Really Need

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So it’s that time of year where we show our appreciation to teachers. Most of us will give flowers, a starbucks gift card, or other decorative item to show our appreciation for a fabulous school year.  Here...

The Best Experience for Your Kids This Summer

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Summer is right around the corner and this is the time parents make decisions about camps. Although day camps are a great option, why not give your kids a different experience? Consider sending your...

Open Letter to Coaches of Youth Sports

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Dear Coaches of Youth Sports, This letter is an apology of sorts. With a son and daughter who have both played a variety of sports, from t-ball to basketball to soccer, we have had our...

Six Signs You DESPERATELY Need Spring Break

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When your child brings home a piece of paper explaining their latest book report (an historical poem and diorama on Betsy Ross), you shudder more violently than your 3rd grader because you don’t want...

My Personal Romance List (for those married more than a decade, with kids)

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'Tis the season. You see the jewelry ads, you see the chocolates, you see the restaurant deals - you can tell that it's February. Maybe you love Valentine’s Day and you want the heart shaped...

How To Sabotage Your New Year’s Resolutions in a Nanosecond

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Every year post-Christmas, you contemplate how you are going to start the new year on the right foot. If your new year's resolutions look something like the items below, you have a 99% chance...

Don’t Give Kids These Must-Not Gifts This Season

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Every blog or news feature about gift-giving lists the must-haves or top holiday gifts. My list is the MUST-NOTs this holiday season. MUST-NOT GIFTS FOR KIDS. It has a nice ring to it. 1) Pottery Barn...

Sunday Meal Planning Series {Easy Party Appetizers}

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The season of holiday parties - so fun, and yet so busy because 9 times out of 10 you will be asked to bring an appetizer. Below are links for fabulous party appetizers that...

Truths about being a Road Warrior Mom

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Truth: If you serve more than two meals a day in a vehicle, you are a road warrior. If you have, at any given time, ice packs in coolers filled with snacks & dinner,...

How to Drive Alpha Moms Crazy

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Definition of an Alpha Mom: Develops when an 'A' type personality has toddlers. Intimidating in Mommy circles; makes other moms feel inferior because of their regular attempts to out-do one another. Incredibly competitive and...

My Quirky Halloween Tradition ….and No it’s not from Pottery Barn {Halloween Week}

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So as a soccer and dance mom, you might find it a bit random and unexpected for me to have this quirky Halloween tradition - but I'm going to share it with you anyway. I...

How to Support Your Divorced Mom Friends

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I was recently talking to one of my divorced mom friends about her first year of being seperated and what really helped her get through it. She had some interesting thoughts to share on how...

5 Things Your Kids Need to Watch You Do Right Now!

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Your kids are always watching you and always learning from you! Here's a list of five real-life-things your kids should see you do {spoiler alert: this list goes way beyond seeing you say "please"...

Back to School Mommy Dress Code

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  "Back to School" is here again and it's time to think about UNIFORMS! No, I am not talking about heading to Target or Kohl’s to purchase mass amounts of khaki shorts and skirts with coordinating polo...

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort {Staycation Series!}

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A grateful thank-you to the lovely Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort for providing a complimentary night staycation for the purpose of this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.  This past weekend our family enjoyed a phenomenal...

Moms vs. Electronic Gadgets {Tips to fight the addiction!}

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  There is a war going on in many homes today. This war involves our children and their addiction to ipads, smart phones, kindles, Xboxes, and computers. Your house may not be afflicted yet, but...

Lattice & Ivy Expression by Design {Giveaway}

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Sponsored post provided by Lattice & Ivy. A Lattice & Ivy product was provided to the contributor, but all opinions expressed are her own.  Are you looking for the perfect hostess gift or a way...

You Might be a Dance Mom If……….

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1)     Your grocery runs are exciting! You have a shopping list with the following items: a) black fish-net hose b) red lipstick c) false eyelashes Hot date with your husband? Not quite! These...

8 Mommy Truths {Wit and Wisdom from a Real Mom!}

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Never trust a mommy with clean SUV or minivan. It means one of 2 things. Either she doesn’t let her kids eat in the car OR she vacuums her car daily. Both are scary...

Ode to the Room Moms| A poem to celebrate all that you do

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It’s that time of year with another class party underhand To give praise to the room moms all over Scottsdale land   They have navigated 20 + families, wrangled contacts and emails from the beginning-of -school fair Sign...

Solo Moments to Savor before School’s Out

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   Target  I’m dangerous alone in this store. Add two pint-sized beings that seem to gain control of the cart and steer to either sparkly tank tops or lego aisles and it spells even more...

10 Things Your 10-Year-Old Should Be Doing On Their Own

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      Cut their own food:  Your child should be able to use a knife that can actually cut a chicken breast into bite size pieces and learn and use proper table manner. Who knows when your...

A-MAZE-ING Time at the Odysea Mirror Maze in Scottsdale!

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My 9 year old son and I tackled the Odysea Mirror Maze in Scottsdale, next to the Butterfly Wonderland, on a recent Saturday. The maze is setup with a rain forest theme with mirrored walls...

From Pinterest to Target: How Valentine’s traditions evolve

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  Like every other craft-loving-DIYing-Pinterest-obsessed-mother, I deal with my post-Christmas withdrawal symptoms by throwing myself fully into the next holiday on my radar: Valentines Day! And, as result, I usually spend the majority of January trolling through...