Preschool Guide 2020

We all want our children to learn and grow in a safe and loving environment. When it’s time for your child to start attending preschool, there are SO MANY wonderful schools in our area to choose from. To make it easier for you to see your options, we have created our comprehensive list of Scottsdale Preschools. Read about some of our sponsored schools and take a look at the tabs below for all of the schools in our area.

Need some more preschool advice? Take a look at the articles below written by some of our local Scottsdale Moms!

 

Scottsdale Moms Sponsored Preschools

Christ Church School

Christ Church School’s goal is to educate the whole child…mind, heart, and spirit. Their preschool programs include play based activities for twos and threes, and expanded academic programs for pre-k and junior kindergarten students. Small class sizes ensure your child will receive the attention and focus they need to learn and grow. Christ Church School also offers a variety of curriculum that includes chapel, music, library, and P.E. Learn more about their flexible scheduling and what their preschool can offer our family by contacting them at one of the links below. 

4015 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(602) 381-9906

New Covenant Lutheran School

The preschool program at New Covenant Lutheran School offers both half day and full day common core based early learning curriculum. Students are introduced to academics through a variety of age appropriate lessons. Teachers at New Covenant are continuously measuring individual knowledge, skills and behaviors of the children. Students attending preschool will also receive lessons in Spanish, Bible, and Chapel. Full day students will continue the academic journey after lunch and participate in music and movement, science, and mathematics, as well as expanded curriculum from morning activities. 

15152 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard
Scottsdale AZ 85260

(480) 391-1264

Arizona Sunrays Active Preschool

Active bodies build active minds! At Arizona Sunrays, the licensed Learning Center cultivates teaching through movement. Studies show that children learn and retain information while being physically active. 3 to 5 year-olds participate in gymnastics, dance, yoga, music, art, and Ninja Zone.

Instruction in ZooPhonics, the multi-sensory approach to language arts, incorporates movement to the ABCs. Class sizes are small with an 8:1 ratio. The teachers and coaches provide a caring and safe environment in the valley’s premier, gymnastics, dance, and preschool facility. 

15801 N 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85032

(602) 992-5790

Developing Minds Academy

At Developing Minds Academy, they offer Dual Language (Spanish) and small class sizes with low ratios. The social emotional learning approach to teaching is an effective way to help students learn self regulation, confidence, and executive function skills, preparing them for cognitive and academic success. They sets the stage for life long learners, with a mindful approach to Early Childhood Education. They also offer a natural playground and weekly lessons with yoga, mindfulness, music and sports.

9659 N Hayden Rd
Scottsdale, AZ  85258

(480) 443-0513

S.E.E.K Early Learning Center

S.E.E.K. Early Learning Center is an early education center staffed with highly qualified professionals dedicated to providing their students and families with a safe, nurturing, and inclusive learning environment. The association with S.E.E.K. Arizona gives them access to more resources than most schools to enhance the student’s educational journey. These resources include therapy animals, board certified behavior analysts (BCBA), speech-language pathologists, and occupational therapists. They are also a voluntary participant in the Quality First program. 

Student to Teacher Ratio: 1:5 infants, 1:6 Toddler, 1:13 preschool

1848 N. 52nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008 

(602) 283-7620

Primrose School of North Scottsdale

Primrose Schools® is a national system of accredited private preschools that provides a premier early education and child care experience for children and families. The teachers and staff partner with parents to help build the right foundation for future learning and in life. With purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers, the Balanced Learning approach inspires children to think in more ways: with creativity, compassion and resourcefulness. This time-tested approach instills a love of learning and discovery that helps your child develop and excel for years. 

10120 E Bell Road 
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 455-5100

Shepherd of the Desert Preschool

In the 36th year of exemplary education, Shepherd of the Desert Preschool has touched thousands of families and provides a safe and loving environment for students ages two through five years. The school provides a developmentally appropriate, well-rounded, hands-on early childhood program with an emphasis in social and emotional growth as well as literacy, math, science, technology, engineering and the arts. Every day a student enters the facility, he or she grows spiritually, socially, independently and academically by working together, asking questions, and exploring the world around us.

9400 E. Mountain View Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(480) 860-0488

YMCA Preschool

Scottsdale/PV Family YMCA is excited to open spots in our 2019/2020 Early Learning classrooms! They offer curriculum driven, all day care for 3-5 year olds! As a state licensed facility, they pride themselves on providing amazing care to meet your child’s social, developmental, and educational needs. The classrooms are structured to expose children to STEM, STEAM, Relationship Building, Love of Reading, and more! With indoor and outdoor spaces, they meet even the most active child’s needs and you also gain access to all the youth programming provided by the Y! Contact Danielle Gilmore, the Program Director of Youth Development today to learn more! [email protected] 

6869 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

(602) 404-9622

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Scottsdale Moms articles all about preschool

Starry Night Preschool Project

If you’re looking for a fun process art project to do this spring break, consider a reproduction of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. If your preschooler is like mine and wants the facts, you can let them know: Van Gogh was born March 30, 1853. He painted Starry Night from his window in France. Van […]

FOMO is Real while I send my oldest to preschool

At the beginning of summer my “neighborhood mom group” was out to lunch together and someone asked me the plans for my oldest come fall. I told her where we were sending my oldest to preschool, our schedule and our teachers with a big smile on my face. She said she was excited for him […]

Why Preschool Enrollment Stressed Me Out

My three year old son has officially completed his first semester of preschool (do they have semesters in preschool?). I’m not going to claim that surviving the last five months makes me some kind of preschool parenting expert, but my family has learned a thing or two over the last year that is worth sharing. In January 2015, my […]

Best Preschool Books – Our family favorites

One of the hardest things about gift shopping is buying a present for a little one, when you don’t have a child around that age. It can be hard to know what your nephew wants for Christmas when your kids are grown and in college. A great solution for all ages is books! Here is […]

To Preschool or Not To Preschool? That Is the Question

Recently, my husband and I decided to send our (almost) three year old to preschool. Since I am mostly a stay at home mom, I got a lot of questions about why we think he needs to go to preschool if I am at home all day, and how we decided that he was ready. […]

Back to School Transition Tips for Preschoolers (and their parents!)

Back to school gives me so much anxiety. I often think I am more nervous than my daughter is. Now that the summer is winding down and we are approaching another first day of school I thought it would be a good idea to share some Back to Preschool Tips that help me my daughter […]

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Mom’s Night Out {The Vig} re-cap post

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Thank you to everyone who attended our Mom’s Night Out last week!

We celebrated 10 years of Scottsdale Moms and all of you for being supporters of our writers and events.

The weather could not have been more perfect for our evening event.

 

We had the most fantastic food from The Vig McDowell Mountain. It was all delicious. My favorite part, besides the cookies, was the beautiful view from the large patio. It is truly gorgeous and everything you want when you are looking for the ideal patio restaurant to enjoy the Scottsdale views. 

Thank you to all of our table sponsors, giveaway sponsors, swag sponsors and Best Friend Borrowed Events for always being our amazing party planners.

 

 

 

We loved getting our pictures taken by Mirror Photobooth. It was the perfect souvenir for our evening.

Candid event photos by Kate Eschbach Photography

A New Way to Help You Balance Your Kids’ Technology Time

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If you’re not familiar with Common Sense Media, they are a non-profit organization which was founded in 2003. Their mission is to ensure digital well-being for kids everywhere, and they are a leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools.

Common Sense Media rates movies, TV shows, books, and video games so that parents can be educated about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. They offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based ratings and reviews. 

“Tech Balance” is a new campaign from Common Sense, aimed at parents and caregivers of children ages three to eight. This is often the age range when parents first begin to wonder about healthy limits on kids’ screen time.

It’s super easy to sign up for the program’s free tips:

  1. From any smartphone, just text the word “kids” to this number: 21555
  2. Answer a very brief survey.
  3. Start receiving your parenting tips!

Participants will receive weekly information via text message about healthy tech use at home, advice for setting screen time limits with your kids, expert recommendations for age-appropriate content your kids can enjoy, and tips for talking about what your kids see online.

If you sign up, you can expect two text messages per week, and occasionally Common Sense Media will send a quick poll or quiz of three questions to get insight and feedback from parents on how to improve the content they are sending out.  

Victoria Saylor, the Arizona Regional Manager for Common Sense’s education program shares, “As a busy mom and former educator, I find the Tech Balance program to be a convenient resource when it comes to receiving trustworthy information on technology and anything media related.  The age group it targets is 3-8, but I find that the bite-size pieces of advice and recommendations are relevant for kids of all ages. Whether it’s advice on how to help my kids manage their screen time, friendly reminders to be a good media mentor to my children, or something as simple as remembering to have a device-free dinner. Common Sense Media has a great website and now having the option of receiving tips via a text message makes it easy for me to regularly implement good media habits with my family.”

“Tech Balance” is a free program (however, text messages charges from your mobile provider may apply) that is available in both English and Spanish, and you can choose to stop participating at any time. Common Sense Media will not share your phone number or information with any other third parties.

For more information, please visit Common Sense Media’s site Tech Balance | Common Sense Media  

Kindness Calendars

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What are your resolutions for the New Year? If your thoughts immediately jump to more energy, better relationships or just more of that much needed “me” time it may be a good opportunity to examine your current lifestyle and explore a few exercises that promote kindness into your day. 

kindness calendarsThe New Year brings a fresh start and an opportunity to practice goal-setting that could positively impact those around you. By spreading kindness you are more likely to inspire others as well as receive a little love in return. To provide an activity to promote healthy habits and spreading kindness in the New Year, FTD has created 3 “New Year, New Me” kindness calendars that are versatile for every month of the year. This activity is also perfect for teaching little ones to practice kindness and goal-setting that positively impacts others! 

Each calendar offers inspiration to stay kindness conscious all year long. One is even geared at random acts of kindness for colleagues and inspiring people. 

If 2020 has called you to prioritize other resolutions around professional or personal success, they’ve also provided kindness challenges like investing in yourself that are simple and can be easily added to your current lifestyle.

1. Give Back to Family and Friends 

Pay it forward to a friend or loved one! Kindness can be contagious and being nice to those around you can make for a happier home! Keep track of loving those closest to you with a daily reminder from the printable calendar below.

2. Pick Up a New Skill 

Challenge each other to pick up a new skill or hobby to enhance your creative tool belt and add some fun into your life! Learning is a great way to stay sharp and increase your brain functions.

3. Show Gratitude to Colleagues 

Show a bit of gratitude to benefit every colleague at your office or whoever mentors you. If you run your business solo, show some love to someone who has helped or inspired you in the past! 

4. Invest in Yourself

Show yourself some love by expanding your skills or knowledge, caring for your body and fitness goals, or simply focusing on your mental and emotional health. 

5. Pay It Forward to Your Community 

Organize an event or take on a leadership position you’ve been interested in to get more involved! Give up some of your free time by volunteering in your community.

Use this activity to show the ones you love some kindness and bring prosperity and positive energy into your home. The New Year is all about refreshing for the better, so use this time to practice gratitude and think about simple ways you can better someone else’s day. Happy New Year! 

5 Foods to Make You Happy

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It’s widely known that stress, anxiety and depression all affect your mental health, but many don’t know that improving your mood could be as simple as choosing the right food. Your microbiome, which is in the gut, is often referred to as the body’s Grand Central Station because over 80% of serotonin is produced there. So, feeding your microbiome nutrient rich foods may help decrease symptoms of depression. Consider these 5 foods to make you happy.  

Olive Oil

As a healthy fat, olive oil has hormone-balancing, anti-inflammatory effects that can prevent neurotransmitter dysfunction, ultimately fighting mood disorders and depression. Low-fat diets are often linked to higher rates of depression and anxiety. However, not all olive oil is created equal. Make sure to read the label and use olive oil that is free of GMO canola oil and herb flavors.  

Omega-3 Fats 

5 foods that make you happyThere is a variety of food filled with omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for normal brain function. Oily types of fish including salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines and tuna are rich in omega-3 fats. This is important because omega-3s help to build connections between brain cells and strengthen the receptor sites for neurotransmitters, which leads to increased serotonin production and mood improvement. Hemp, flax and chia are also great plant-based sources of omega-3s. 

Nuts

Cashews, brazil nuts and hazelnuts all contain healthy fats, but walnuts are at the top of the list because they are the best source of omega-3. A study by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that adults who ate nuts, and specifically walnuts, were more likely to have higher levels of optimism, energy, hope, concentration and a greater interest in activities.

Raw Vegetables

Eating vegetables can be a huge help because people with depression have been found to have a lower dietary intake of folate compared to those without depression. Dark, leafy greens are rich in folate, fiber and other nutrients which make them a great choice when looking for foods to improve and stabilize mood. Leafy green vegetables are also a great source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is one of the three types of omega-3 fatty acids and is touted for lower blood sugar levels, reduced inflammation, slowed skin aging and improved nerve function. 

No refined sugar

While foods with refined sugar can give you a boost of energy, your blood sugar will later drop causing the adrenal glands to release stress hormones like cortisol. If refined sugar is consumed on a regular basis, high cortisol levels can cause difficulty concentrating, headaches, weight gain and more leading to higher stress levels. Keeping your blood sugar levels more evenly balanced throughout the day can help your mood stay more evenly balanced too.


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How Do You Self Care?

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Self care has become somewhat of a trendy movement. Truthfully, I saw it as something I couldn’t buy into as a mom of littles. How in the world am I supposed to get a mani and pedi on a consistent basis? Or take baths several times a week? Facials. Massages. ALL THE THINGS! Don’t feel bad if those are things you make time for, I just have a hard time figuring out how to make them work for me (both financially and within our family’s schedule). What I need are little things I can do easily and on a consistent basis that make me feel like I have time to think about myself.

I asked my friends to help me make a simple list that cost little to nothing at all, yet allow you to take care of yourself when it seems too hard. It has helped me tremendously!

Have a strict kid bedtime (and wake up time!)

  • Get those kids to bed and take time for yourself. Also, invest in an “Okay to Wake” clock and don’t let those kiddos get out of their room until a set time.

Wake up early (even if it’s just 5 minutes)

  • I get it. Sometimes this is hard. I wasn’t able to swing this when my kids were waking multiple times a night. However, when I wake before my kids and have my coffee when it’s nice a hot it is amazing. I also love starting my day with a devotional, prayer, and writing out my daily list.

Listen to podcasts

  • It’s taken me a long while, but I’m so into it. I listen whenever I can and I feel like it’s a little treat every time!

Bath

  • I’ve made it my goal to take one bath a week. I try to take it while my husband puts our two oldest kiddos to bed so that we have time together when he’s done.

Self Care Cards

  • This is not something I’ve put to use yet, but it seems like something that would be super helpful. I struggle with anxiety, and this would be great for extra anxious moments.

Buy Myself Flowers/Chocolates

  • I’m pretty simple, but I do love splurging every once in awhile on a little bouquet (most of the time from Trader Joe’s). Also, chocolate. Always chocolate.

Exercise

  • So many of my friends shout this from the rooftops. YOGA! BARRE! HOME WORKOUTS! I’m still working on it, but I know it’s a super important piece to the puzzle.

Listening to my body 

  • This has been huge for me. Listen when my body needs to use the restroom (no I shouldn’t wait until after I get the play doh out for my kids). Listen when I’m hungry. Listen when I want a “treat.” 

Acknowledging my Feelings

  • I’m Queen of dismissing my own feelings because they’re “too much work” or could cause any sort of discord with others. I feel SO much better when I acknowledge my feelings, make them known, and then allow myself to move on. 

Writing Lists with a Fun Pen

  • This could be anything. What brings you joy? Pens? A fun serving dish? A fancy cup? All super fun!

I have made self care out to be this huge commitment, but what I’ve found is that it’s more of a consistent intent to acknowledge myself (which is super important when you’re a mom, amiright?!). At first I thought I was being selfish for taking time for me, but what I’ve realized is that when I take extra time for “self care,” I’m actually a much better mom and wife. 

What do you do for self care?

The Perfect Little Black Dress for Every Situation 

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Gals, I found it!  The search is over.  I found the perfect little black dress for every situation.  Ok, maybe not every situation. I mean, it’s probably not going to work for a formal dinner at the White House or even your cousin’s fancy wedding at the Wrigley Mansion, but it will work for just about every other occasion where you want to be either dressed up, or cute, comfortable or classic. I want every single one of us to have this dress because it’s so perfect.   

So, what’s so great about this dress?  Many things.  

So soft – the fabric is the softest knit jersey material.  It feels so good against the skin.  It’s also super flowy, and drapes nicely against the body so it’s flattering to all shapes.  The other great thing about that soft jersey knit is that breathes well in the summer months and it can be folded small to fit in a travel bag with minimal concern for wrinkles.  

Pockets – need I say more?  

Colors – if black isn’t what you’re looking for, good news!  It comes in a multitude of other colors as well.  I personally own it in jade green, mauve & leopard.  I actually currently do not own it in black, but it’s on my list.   

Versatile – this dress is so versatile!  You could easily wear it as a cover up at the pool, keep it casual for running around with kiddos, or dress it up with accessories for a date night or girls’ night out.  Heck, I’ve even slept in it!  

Affordable – your new favorite dress is under $25 so you can feel ok about getting one in every color. 

Seasonal – long sleeves in the cooler months, short sleeves in the summer months, this dress comes in both styles. As for seasons of life, this dress could be great for a mama-to-be because of the empire waist (also a fit ‘n flair style available).  As a short gal with curves, I find that this dress is quite slimming and flattering as it shows off what I want to and conceals what I don’t.  Looks great on my slim sister-in-law, too!  I find this dress is the perfect style for all ages.  

Convenience – ordered from Amazon and delivered to your house to try on? Yes, please!  As a busy mom with two boys, I simply cannot go shopping for clothes with them in tow.  It’s not fair to them or me or the people who work at the stores. As much as I enjoy browsing the racks of my favorite shops and trying on clothes, I just don’t have time to do it.  Not to mention the lack of energy.  This convenient way to shop is saving my life right now.   

Bottom line, I’m tired of the yoga pants mom uniform.  I want to be comfortable and not too fussy about my wardrobe, but I want to be cute and put together.  I’ve never been a fan of wearing jeans and have always preferred to wear dresses.  Whenever I wear one of my 3 dresses, I get tons of compliments!  I’ve literally worn my dress to family birthday parties, Target runs, hanging out, volunteering in the 1st grade classroom, Christmas Eve service, church, dinner date with my hubby, lunch with girlfriends, an influencer’s night out event, and to bed.  Where will you wear this dress?  

Are you convinced? Here’s the link.  The dress comes in knee length, maxi length, empire waisted, flare, short sleeved, long sleeved, and sleeveless.  

Gift Guides 2020

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10 year anniversary for Scottsdale Moms {and 10 top articles}

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Photo by Dream Photography Studio

Over here at Scottsdale Moms we are celebrating 10 years of being the resource for all things Scottsdale. We are celebrating the millions of page views, thousands of articles, and dozens of events. And we couldn’t have done any of it without all of you. So thank you for attending our events, reading our articles and connecting on our social sites. 

Here is our top ten list of the most read articles on Scottsdale Moms. We think this list pretty much represents all of us moms in Scottsdale. We are a little bit crafty, we love great family restaurants, and we are terrified of scorpions! 

10. Top 5 Things to Do in Prescott :: {A Prescott Staycation}

9. Mommy Quick Tips | 3 Ways to Blackout Your Child’s Room

8. Scorpions- What to do if your child is stung

7. 8 Fun Local Restaurants For Families

6. Four Things That Helped My Morning Sickness (and one that didn’t)

5. Three Fun Halloween Craft Ideas

4. (EASY!) DIY Dinosaur Costume

3. DIY Craft & Gift Wrapping Storage for Under $30

2. Baby’s First Birthday Gift Ideas

1. 7 Things I’ve Learned {the hard way} About Scorpions

If you want to read all about where Scottsdale Moms began, you can do that here. And if you want to see all that Stephanie Flies has achieved with our parent group, City Moms Collective click here

The Secret Language of Boys: Learning to Really Hear Them

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As a mom of boys I ask you, could there be a more accurate definition? The most spoken language in my household seems to be from a foreign country called Sound Effects. It feels as if there is a record on repeat of EVERY. SINGLE. SOUND EFFECT. From every action movie EVER made. Do I even need to mention the sounds of bodily functions that send them into hysterics? From the moment boys wake up until they close their eyes, noise and dirt seem to follow them wherever they may go. 

secret language of boysHowever, there is also a hidden vulnerable secret boy language waiting to be heard. I’m not sure if it’s wired in their DNA or the pressures of the world, but boys aren’t as open with their feelings as girls. So how do we get our boys to open up to us?

  • Create a safe space for them to be their most authentic selves. Letting go of YOUR perception and expectations of who and what they should be frees you from disappointment and them from shame. Some boys will be athletic, or artistic and creative, while others may be academic. When we allow them to be curious and free to explore their own person, they will feel more apt to be vulnerable in sharing their deepest hurts and feelings.
  • Get excited and interested in what they like. From my own experience, this is key. Listen, I am not into action figures or Legos or sitting for hours in football practice; however, I knew from all of my former training in education that IT’S NOT ABOUT ME. If we can show genuine interest in what lights up our boys, they will know we are genuinely interested in the more difficult things for them as well.
  • Have fun. Seems simple enough, right? When is the last time you cannonballed into the pool without fear of your hair getting wet? Or jumped on a trampoline without fear of…ehhh… ummm..wetting your britches? Or wrestled with them? Boys want to know they matter more than hair, or slight embarrassment. The last thing they want is perfection; they just want you.

A wise BOY mom must become the pupil of her son. Boys are constantly giving us cues about how they feel loved and heard by you. Most of the time, they do not want to be fixed, just heard. How do we know?

Listen and observe. Listen and Observe. You’ll hear that secret language of boys.

My older son has two phrases he always uses when I know he wants to tell me his heart. “Can we go for a drive?” and “Will you take me out to eat?” Usually the conversation in these settings is light and then all of a sudden the flood gates of his heart come pouring out.  My youngest has a different way of sharing. “Mom, will you snuggle me?” Different cues, same outcome. HEAR ME. SEE ME. KNOW ME.

Have you had a peek into that secret language of boys? What are some of the ways you have learned to see your boys?

Kids Ride Share to Lighten Your Load

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Are you a busy mom trying to be in 20 places at one time? Listen up! I recently tried the Kango App and can you say lifesaver?! Well I can!

Kango App is a kids ride share service that was created by a working mom who found herself needing a reliable transportation solution for her family.

This school year has been quite the whirlwind. We started off with my two kids at our home school down the street and by Thanksgiving we had two kids in two different schools. The other school can be up to 60 minutes in traffic one way. Now picture doing that up to four times a day. Sometimes conflicts arise with my schedule or maybe I just need a personal break from driving all over town.

This is where Kango comes in. From the moment the driver entered my driveway she was all about safety. She insured my son was buckled correctly. She asked him if he wanted music on in the car or not. She truly catered to him for his ride and, best of all, he made it to school on time. Triple bonus that I was able to track the whole ride on GPS. The app also notifies you once your kid(s) have made it to their destination. If necessary, you can even talk to the driver during the ride.

Using Kango is really simple. You just download their app and book a ride. The app is easy to find and available for android and ios, look for the pink kangaroo under ‘rides, childcare and carpools’. Once a driver books your ride, you are able to ask the driver any questions you wish to ask. Kango is so awesome that they are able to provide boosters and car seats if needed. They are also the only ride share for kids service insured to transport children of any age (including those under the age of 5)! Kango also has an thorough system of insuring their drivers are the right fit for Kango by doing background checks, finger printing, reference checks, and vehicle inspection. 

Not only does Kango do ride share, but you also can find a babysitter on their app as well.

Kango is also a great opportunity for moms who now find themselves with a bit of extra time on their hands. Driving for Kango allows you to be part of the solution; driving kids, helping families in your community, and earning extra income at the same time. It’s a win for families and drivers! If you are interested in applying to become a driver, click here.

I am incredibly thankful that Kango was recommended to me and can’t wait to use their service again and again! I give Kango two thumbs up!

Nannies 101

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Is it just me, or does the word “nanny” have a magical vibe coming from it? The classic Mary Poppins is anything but an ordinary nanny, from her quick and fun clean up abilities to a bottomless carpetbag, who wouldn’t want to have her around the house? And then there’s Nanny McPhee who can turn very naughty children to nice and respectable with a little bit of her magic powers. Now, we know a real-life Mary Poppins likely won’t be flying in with her magic umbrella to your doorstep, but with the right agency on your side, finding that perfect nanny for your family is a spoonful of sugar.

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So why should you hire a professional nanny over other childcare options? That’s simple: convenience, control and consistency. Being a parent is not an easy task as it is, but throw in a few realities of our society today and parenting gets even more challenging. A nanny alleviates the parenting load in the sense of providing convenience of in-home care, a feeling of control in your child’s daily activities and a consistency that children crave. 

Having a nanny come to your home eliminates allotting additional time for drop-off/pick-up to a daycare center and activities, various errands or simply having to pack up daily milk, snacks and lunch. A nanny can even serves as someone available to open the door to a repairman for something that might be needed during the day when you’re not available. To top off those conveniences, children are in their own home environment where they feel comfortable and safe.

The desire to have control over your child’s upbringing is a natural reaction as a parent, yet it can also be a daunting reality check without a nanny. A daycare center and its teachers make decisions based off a large group of children, not always being able to accommodate each child’s specific needs. With a nanny, you as the parent have the control over what your child’s daily schedule looks like, what they may or may not eat, what they watch, where they go during the day and what they are exposed to. You have an additional partner in parenting and often a new best friend for you!  Not to mention, a nanny can leave daily reports about the child’s activities and even send you texts with photos of their activities and whereabouts—which is huge peace of mind for any parent.  

The consistency and reliability of a nanny counts most. Many childcare facilities filter through teachers and care providers and move them around as they’re needed, whereas a nanny provides the one-on-one individual attention for your child and is more likely to be long-term and provide childcare up until children reach school age. Consistency in a child’s life is key and having a nanny provides a schedule/routine in addition to opening up a line of communication between the care provider and parent to make sure the child is getting his or her needs met on a daily basis. 

All About Nannies focuses on professional domestic placements including professional full time and part time Nannies, Newborn Care Specialists, Personal Assistants and our specialty:  House Managers! We like to call these professional moms, as they do everything including childcare, meal prep, errands, organizing and more! In addition to our traditional nanny placements, we are so excited to offer a full suite of baby concierge services for new and expectant families.  We have crafted these services for modern families and will work hands on with you to craft a custom baby registry, manage registries, help you pack and prep for your hospital stay, design your dream nursery and prep/organize your nursery. We also offer homemade, fresh baby food prep and delivery for when your little one is ready to explore new foods!   Ladies… let me tell you, these services make amazing gifts for baby showers.  

So, with the confidence of knowing that a real-life professional nanny is possible, and can deliver convenience, control and consistency for you and your family, you might be wondering what are the next steps to finding that perfect nanny fit? Another simple answer: contact All About Nannies! Sure, there are other online sources out there, but All About Nannies (AAN) places only the highest qualified and experienced nannies in Arizona, all while providing a stress-free hiring process. AAN chooses the best candidates based on your custom family profile, absolutely unique to your family’s needs, so that the only thing you have to do is select your perfect nanny. What are you waiting for? Let’s find your family’s own personal Mary Poppins!


With nearly 20 years in business in Phoenix we adore our AZ families!  We are happy to extend an offer to any members of the Scottsdale Moms family. Take $100 off placement fees when you use the code “Scottsdalemoms” in your family application! 

Check us out on Instagram @allaboutnannies, or visit online to get more info. Text or call us @ 602-266-9116, or email [email protected] with any questions you have! 

Arizona Renaissance Festival – Action and Adventure at the Royal Faire

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Every year, my family looks forward to a day at the Arizona Renaissance Festival! If you have never been before, it is such a fun event. It is incredibly kid friendly and always a good time!

The kids love watching the joust, watching the shows, and eating all the things! 

Don’t miss Raucous Revelry at the 32nd Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival Opening February 8th! The Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 14-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast — all rolled into one non-stop, day-long adventure. You never know what you will find on or off the stage!

This unique outdoor event combines entertainment and wares reminiscent of what may have been found in a 16th Century European village market celebrating the arrival of the King and Queen to their shire. Walk through the gates to be transported back in time.

There is so much to see and do!

  • Mingle with over 2,000 costumed characters.
  • Eat a giant roasted turkey leg.
  • Take part in games of chance and skill.
  • Cheer on your favorite knight.
  • Shop in over 200 artisan shops and select an inimitable gift for that special someone.

Eat Drink and be Merry is the order of the day at the Village of Fairhaven. Join the celebration and revelry! The Arizona Renaissance Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays Feb. 8 – Mar. 29 and Presidents’ Day Monday, Feb. 17. Just East of
Apache Junction, on U.S. Highway 60!

Let us know if you go! We’d love to hear what your favorite part is! 

Love Notes: Valentine’s Day Door Affirmations

As my daughter got closer to school age, I started to notice more and more stories of bullying and child suicide in the news. Kids are picked on for how they look, who they are, and even for medical conditions.

When we were kids, you might get picked on during school, but at least when you were home the worst thing that could happen was a phone call. Now, with social media, the bullying can feel like it never stops.

For these reasons and more, my husband and I take every opportunity to remind our daughter that she’s safe and loved at home. When I saw the “heart attack” tradition a few Valentine’s Days ago, I knew this would be the perfect way to remind our daughter how much she’s loved.

Creating Your Own Tradition

On the last day of January, we cut out a giant heart and let our daughter decorate it. Then we hang it on her bedroom door and decorate the rest of the house for Valentine’s Day. The fun starts when she wakes up on February 1 to find an additional smaller heart on her door.

Each morning, we add a new heart with a positive affirmation written on it. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Uplifting name acronym (OLIVIA: O-outgoing, L-loving, I-inquisitive, etc.) This is a fun way to expose your child to new words.
  • We love you!
  • You’re a great problem solver.
  • Thanks for being a helpful neighbor.
  • You’re so responsible.
  • We love your energy!
  • February 14 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you can write your note about something specific that happened that day, even better. For instance, one evening, our daughter picked up trash from our front yard and the neighbors’ yards, too. The next morning, her love note said “Thanks for being a helpful neighbor.” When the affirmation is tied to something specific, it becomes even more meaningful.

A Few Tips to Get You Started

We try to keep the love notes short and sweet. We also like to decorate each heart. For example, “We love your energy” has lightning bolts coming off of it.

You don’t have to do all the work yourself. If you have multiple kids, involve them by making valentine love notes for each other. Whether your family is down the street or across the world, invite them to send you a love note to add to your child’s door. Your kids will love seeing a sweet message from a special family member.

Expanding the Tradition

The love notes aren’t only for your kids. Some years, my husband and I do this for each other, too. It’s a fun way to remember to appreciate each other. Plus, who doesn’t like waking up to a love note!

You could even pick a special neighbor, friend, or family who lives near by and decorate their front door with positive affirmations. (Make sure you use tape that doesn’t peel off their paint.) You could even include a few of their favorite treats in a gift bag on their step. Involve your whole family in this activity.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Orthodontist vs Do-It-Yourself Braces

As a busy mom do you often forget to “do something for yourself?” This is the perfect time of the year to make a resolution to do something that makes you feel good! Whether it be getting to the gym more often, eating right, or getting that smile you have always desired!

Braces or Invisalign isn’t just for kids anymore. More and more people are getting braces or doing Invisalign as an adult.

Braces, or Invisalign, also known as Orthodontics, are sometimes on that new years resolution list for adults who either did not go through the process as a child, or stopped wearing their retainers after previous orthodontic treatment and have experienced shifting. Many companies have come on the scene recently who are offering “Do-It-Yourself tooth straightening” with clear aligners. These options are very appealing to busy adults who would rather save time and money by skipping the idea of regular appointments with the orthodontist. The advertising can be quite convincing, and the pricing and convenience can be very appealing. Believe it or not, the cost of the treatment offered by the DIY companies is very close to the cost of having the same treatment done in a licensed orthodontists office. The most importance difference being, you are under the supervision of a doctor, and proper diagnosis and treatment planning are also included.

Although price and convenience of the DIY systems may be appealing, “buyer beware.” These aligners are moving teeth through bone and gums, and changing how the teeth meet together for biting and chewing. Yes, in appearance these aligners look and feel like the aligners you would get from your orthodontist, but the action behind them is very different. Keep in mind that braces or aligners are just a tool that can be used on any tooth to make a movement happen. In an orthodontic office, the trained professional who has been through many years of higher education is making decisions based on proper diagnosis, and treatment planning with photographs, x-rays, and an in-person examination. That information is used to plan proper tooth movements, position the teeth in a healthy way within the bone and gums, and create a proper bite that is protective and healthy for the long term. The orthodontist monitors movements throughout treatment and ensures that the patient achieves a healthy and predictable result.

The Do-It-Yourself products out there are typically not providing any doctor supervision or review. The plan for tooth movement and implementation of the plan are typically based on computer algorithms which do not take any pertinent health or dental condition information into account. It is even possible to enter these treatments with current dental decay or un-diagnosed periodontal conditions that can be worsened by the planned tooth movements.

As licensed professionals, orthodontists are legally responsible to ensure that all active dental or gum disease are treated prior to starting orthodontic treatment. It is our job to DO NO HARM and to improve the condition of the patient. You owe it to yourself to make the right choice for your healthcare. Do you really want to trust your oral health to a computer algorithm? The ADPO office offers a complimentary consultation for you to discuss your desired results, and to have a licensed board certified Orthodontist give you his diagnoses after providing an in person exam.

Thank you to Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics for providing the content for this article and for being a sponsor for Scottsdale Moms.

Why I Love Wardrobe Rental and Why You Should Too!

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Here I am again NOT writing about birth or photography or anything that I am actually an expert in, but instead my guilty pleasure, clothes.

I love clothes. I love creating my own style and looking unique and fashionable. I don’t like wearing the same thing all the time for years unless it’s a pajama shirt.

I also, am in the process of losing a few more pounds of baby-weight (can you call it that when it’s been almost 3 years!?) and working on my fitness so I’m kinda between sizes.

My closet is tiny. It’s one of those double door sliders, and despite putting custom organization in it a few years ago, you can’t fix the fact that it’s small and I live in a little house. I have one dresser. 

Buying and throwing away new clothes all the time gives me massive anxiety over the global environmental implications. The average American will throw away 81 pounds of clothes each year. That’s crazy to me. 

Also, seasons. I mean, we need sweaters for exactly what, 8 weeks in Phoenix?? 

Enter Wardrobe Rental.

I was super hesitant about this at first and then my best friend kept showing up in really cute things and looking fresh all the time and she kept telling me that it was “Rent the Runway.” I thought that Rent the Runway was only for fancy gowns and really high-end designer stuff that I’m never brave enough to wear anyway. She had signed up for their monthly service where you can rent a number of “normal wear” items, wear them for a month, then send them back and rent new ones. 

Color me intrigued.

So as I do with all things in my life, I immediately started researching the different wardrobe rental services out there. Surprisingly enough, there’s a bunch! Le Tote, Rent the Runway, Gwinnie Bee, American Eagle Outfitters, The Loft, and more! 

This is NOT a subscription box like Stitch Fix. With Stitch Fix and their ilk, you are buying new clothes and accessories and then keeping them. 

With wardrobe rental you are renting possibly new, possibly already rented/worn and then dry cleaned clothing for a month then sending it back. The same pieces get worn over and over again by different women and you also have the option to buy pieces that you want to keep at a discount. 

I ended up going with NUULY. It’s $88/month and you get 6 items. You can now add additional items for $18 each. They have a lot of my favorite brands like Anthropologie and Free People as well as some other brands that I’m discovering that I love! 

Renting with NUULY has given me the freedom to try on new trends without spending all the money. I can rent “season-specific” clothing that I don’t need in my year-round capsule wardrobe. It also keeps my interview clothing options looking fresh and new. 

Their review system on-line is awesome so I can read reviews on individual clothing items from women with my size, weight, height, etc and even see them on real people. They offer standard, petite, and plus size options in many styles.  Seriously, I’m totally in love. And here’s the other thing. It’s helping to cut down on waste! Those clothing items are getting worn so many more times than the average item of clothing before being thrown away or recycled.

Do you always pick winners? No. There have definitely been a couple of items that I didn’t wear something or wore it once, but for the most part I’ve worn my items a ton in the month that I’ve had them. I’ve ended up purchasing a pair of blue pants that I couldn’t live without as well as an awesome zebra striped sweater that I wasn’t ready to part with. Otherwise I’ve really enjoyed the ability to fall in love with something, wear it a bunch during the month, then rent something new and start that love affair all over again. 

If like me, you’ve set a goal for decreasing your waste, increasing your joy, and simplifying your day to day, I highly recommend you give wardrobe rental a try.

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