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Tracy Carson is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, a wife to her Prince Charming whom she has been married to for 10 years and a Mom of two precious boys, 5 and 3. Tracy has a passion for helping women feel beautiful inside and out and works hard in her faith based counseling practice, Professional Counseling Associates, (www.pcaaz.com) specializing in the treatment of women’s issues: especially anxiety, development, and eating disorders and counts it a privilege to come alongside of women as they overcome the stress that can come with new life transitions. When Tracy is not in her professional role, you can probably find her out running or trying to figure out how to incorporate the newest fashion trends into her wardrobe. Follow her on twitter @tkcarson

Everything I Know About Life I Learned in the Kindergarten Drop-Off Line

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With all those great "First Day of School Photos" floating around Facebook and Instagram, and all those new moms learning the drop-off morning routine, we felt like it was time to dust off this...

Contributor Tracy’s Farewell to Scottsdale (and SMB)… sniff, sniff

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I met a new friend today.  She is a mom in my son’s Kindergarten class and we volunteered on a project together.  We chatted for a while talking about raising boys and whether or...

5 Blogs I Love to Browse

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If you are on Christmas "break" with your kids right now, I hope that the lack of schedule is proving to be enjoyable and relaxing. I crave structure as much as the next Type...

5 Festive Frocks I Fancy

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There is nothing I love more than a good chance to dress up. I mean in a second life I might be a stylist or fashion blogger. I really love everything about fashion. clothes, and...

What I’m making with my Thanksgiving leftovers today

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Greetings on this fine turkey hangover day! I truly hope that your day yesterday was filled with happy memories, love from family both near and far, and a second helping of pumpkin pie. Now that...

When the Holidays Hurt

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Whether we want to admit it or not the holidays are here! Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and Christmas is all around us. For many people this is a stressful yet exciting time....

No Costume Necessary

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There is no doubt that Halloween is a fun time of year; after all, a tired pointer finger that no longer can ring the doorbell of a neighbor or a friend is the only...

One Tantrum’s Teachable Moment and the Tale of the Mommy Who Laughed Her Way...

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I just couldn’t control myself.  The laughter was contagious to no one but the interior of my Chevy Tahoe and it was hilarious.  I’m sure it was quite the spectacle to other drivers on...

Election 2012: What Matters to Me {Tracy}

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Confession: I was pre-registered to vote 6 months before my 18th birthday.  I was SO excited to be a part of this democratic process that I marched myself down to the DMV and asked...

Sleep Strike Envy

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A funny thing happened on the way to the park last Saturday. Getting out the door is always challenging with little ones but this day was exceptionally overwhelming. It wasn’t due to needed supplies...

Instead of seizing the moment, why not cry about it?

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The other day while my iTunes was on random play I stopped dead in my tracks and melted into a pile of tears in the middle of the kitchen upon hearing the song Feels...

Archives Week! My Favorite Post of Beth’s

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It's Archives Week here at SMB, and this morning I'm featuring my favorite post of Beth's! You can read all her posts here. One of the reasons why I love our little SMB Contributor community...

On Children and Prescription (Psychotropic) Drugs

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There is no greater desire of any parent than to make sure that our children are given every opportunity to remain healthy. We have all been to the 24-hour pharmacy in the dead of...

Perception vs. Reality

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Mirrors are interesting to me.  Necessary? Potentially.  Truthful? Not always (hello funhouse.) Consistent: No Way.  Sure, mirrors don’t exactly talk to us, but they sure do communicate a ton.  Their messages are different too. ...

Better Eat your Brussels Sprouts!

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I have a new obsession in the food department right now: Brussels Sprouts. They are kind of a trendy vegetable in that they are popping up all over restaurant menus and cooking shows and...

A Mother’s Day Gift I Give Myself

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In anticipation of Mother's Day on Sunday I have been asked some sweet questions by my inquisitive kiddos about what I would like for the holiday created in my honor.  Mostly the requests circle...

Taking it (Romance) back to the old school

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I don't know about you but some of the most romantic love stories I have ever heard come from my Grandparents.  My maternal Grandparents were married for 57 years before my Grandmother passed away...

Self-Imposed Target Cleanse

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Confession: I haven’t been to Target since February 29th.  I know it’s crazy right?  How could such a thing be true?  Well this is the current truth in our household and before you think...

GIVEAWAY | One-Hour Massage from Massage Envy

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Mamas, who needs a massage?! Enough said, right? I was given the chance to try out a massage from Scottsdale Massage Envy Spa and, well, they did not disappoint. There is a lovely waiting area that...

5 Therapy Myths Debunked!

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Remember this skit from Saturday Night Live in the 90's?  Well that is exactly what therapy IS NOT these days! It still makes me laugh though when I see it; I mean, who couldn't...

A Passion for Fashion

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Calling all Fashionistas  (and even those who want to be but aren't quite sure how to get there), this post is for you!  I'm stepping away from my emotional- uplifting- therapuetic-you're-really-doing-great-at-this-motherhood-thing post to introduce...

“What’s that owie, Mama?”

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“Mama?” my 4 year old vibrantly asked, “what’s that?”  His question came in a rare but appreciated moment without his little brother’s need for attention while we were snuggled together in the glow of...

A Rally Cry for Being Real

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Can I be honest with you? I can?  Oh good.  Great, thanks. I have kind of been in a Mom funk lately.  In the midst of day-to-day activities and the monotony of motherhood I just...

When The Bubble Gets Busted: Local Church Volunteer Suspected of Child Molestation

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You don’t need me to tell you that being a parent is tough stuff. From the moment we learn of our child’s conception (quite possibly for years prior to that) we navigate the chlorine-free,...

It is better to give than receive…right?

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Everyone knows that it should be better to give than to receive but how exactly does that work?  And what if it sure does feel fun to receive?  And how in the world am...

Thankful for Thanksgiving Eating

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Greetings on this fine day after Thanksgiving!  I trust that you each had delightful days with family and friends and celebrated not only in the scrumptious meal you devoured but in the blessing of...

Running Diaries: Mommy Half Marathon Complete!

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Last month we brought you the half-marathon training stories of two of our Scottsdale Moms Blog contributors. Last Sunday they each completed the Susan G. Komen Women's Half Marathon in Phoenix, and today we...

Mamas, How is Your Man?

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It’s no surprise that being a Mama is one of the toughest jobs out there.  We talk about that a lot on our website and we sincerely hope that after you click over to...

Running Diaries: Mommy (Half)Marathoner

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Not one but TWO of our fabulous SMB Contributors are running the upcoming Susan G. Komen Women’s Half Marathon. Today you're hearing both their stories about training for the race. Read on for Tracy's, and...

Sit down a while and Share your narrative with me.

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When people meet me for the first time and I tell them that I am a therapist they usually react in one of two ways.  Either they 1) ask me if I am a...