Marissa Jimenez

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Marissa Jimenez is an Arizona native who now lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Chris; two-year-old daughter, Evelyn, and newborn, Lettie. Technical writer by trade, she is excited to join SMB to chat and write about her new, fun adventures in mommyhood. She enjoys patio weather, anything accompanied by a musical number, and all things crafty.
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The Worry Makes Me Tired

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My husband and I are finally catching up on sleep after a handful of years where consistent sleep just didn't happen. So why, WHY am I still so tired?    The worry. The worry makes me tired. 

3 Ways to Avoid Using your Oven in the Summer

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It's juuuuusssst about summer time here in AZ. This means hibernating inside watching movies and coloring a million pictures. It means venturing outside into only 1) an air conditioned car or 2) a refreshing...

Watching my Mom become a Grandma

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My husband and I recently had dinner with friends who let it slip that they are expecting. A million things flew through my mind that I wanted to tell her, but I contained myself....

What I’ve Learned in Ten Years of “Going Green”

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About ten years ago, I found myself in a new apartment, in a new state, living completely by myself for the first time. I didn’t have much – since I had recently sold most...

Cousins are the Best Kind of Friends

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Over Thanksgiving, my family and I drove 20 minutes out of our way to see my cousin (who had come in from out of town) at another cousin’s house, for a grand total of...

All the ways I hate working out

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In my house growing up, hate was a bad word. We just weren’t allowed to say it. We could never, ever say it about people. And hating things was not looked nicely upon either....

Ten Book Themed Gifts for the Kids in Your Life

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Guys, I am FULL of holiday spirit. I decorate the house like it’s my job. I host a bunch of people. I bake a bunch of cookies. I love everything about November and December!...

Shop Local: Furry Friends Edition

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With all the craziness that occurs during the holiday season, we can sometimes forget our fur babies! For us, Andy (our Border Collie mix) was our first baby. We adopted him when he was...

3 ways I’m letting go of control

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You could say I am in a busy stage of life. I have two kids, ages two and under. A full-time job. A side gig on this here blog. But to be honest, I’ve...

How I parent when my kids are sick

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Like most (okay, all) moms, there is not one day that goes by when I'm not doubting at least one decision I've made. Did I use the right tone? Did I make my kids...

When the day doesn’t go as planned

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It was overcast, but warm. The waves were perfect. We could watch the surfers and boogie boarders easily. The sand was soft and cool enough to walk on barefoot. We had one full morning to...

Three Tips to Simplify Your Summer

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Summers are hard. We all have grand plans in the beginning, but we're now halfway through and it's time to get real. Embrace what's working so far, drop anything that's not, and take a...

One year old Milestones that took me by Surprise

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One is a BIG YEAR when it comes to milestones. We lost the bottle shortly after her first birthday. The binkies were packed up and “given to another baby” by 18 months. Her vocabulary...

Friday Favorites {Marissa}

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Marissa is kicking off our new series "Friday Favorites" sharing all the things she is loving in her life right now! Take a look...you may just find your next favorite place or product. During...

Quick Tips for Cleaning Your Outdoor Toys

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Well, it feels like I blinked and we went from winter to summer! In Arizona, we have a lot of opportunities to play outside, so all of our outdoor toys get A LOT of...

The Working Mom’s Radius

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After all of January’s talk of resolutions and goals, I got to thinking about one of my long-term goals that has been in the works since before I even had kids. One day, I...