This week's MomSense comes from a Scottsdale Mom and Grandma, Darcy Kimmel with Family Matters, who after hearing of another child drowning here in Phoenix, she hid the key to their pool (she wouldn't even tell us where the...
{Joy} I love watching Reagan learn new skills!  Eating solid food is no exception.  I was surprised to learn that chewing is intuitive and that she learns so much just by watching someone else do it.  Amazing. I started her...
As all of you mom's know, living in the valley can wreck havoc on our skin. The dust, the dry air, the heat, (the hormones!) did I mention the HEAT? Skin is the largest organ of the body, and...
Hello everyone! My name is Kimberly Jarman, the owner of Kimberly Jarman Photography, a boutique studio located in downtown Mesa. We are so excited to be back guest blogging for Scottsdale Mom’s Blog. Last time we blogged you met...

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That sigh of relief that follows the kids finally being out of schools and your schedule being just a bit less frantic, only seems to last a moment doesn’t it? All it takes is that one little phrase, “Mommy,...
Five Steps for Giving Back With Your Young Children Unfortunately for many of us, volunteering is like dieting.  You really want to do it, and know you will feel better after you do it, but it is hard to make...
mom·sen·se (mɒm sens) noun 1.  practical motherly intelligence that is sensible or reasonable 2. a mother’s mental discernment, realization, or recognition  – She has momsense.  OR She used her momsense to determine that something was amiss.   I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about...
Ladies... take note....this could very well be one of my top five valley eateries!!! Seriously... Since opening in 2001, The Herb Box (two locations: DC Ranch and Agua Caliente) is a bit of a local success story.  Everyone likes a...
Sometimes, when I'm planning an outing, it's all about the photos. Sure, I want to have a great time, enjoy some beautiful scenery and drink in the experience.  But, I feel especially inspired to take family pictures when I'm in...
I have a confession. I have to ask you to not judge me or picture me in too-tight jeans and ropers when I tell you.  And please, pretty please DON'T think of me in a tan Stetson and a pony...
If I was able to create the perfect world, it would be one where comfy really is fashionable, house slippers are sexy and two-piece PJs make me feel pretty.  But, alas, Scottsdale is certainly not apart of THAT world.  At...
Free on Thursday's for a date night outing rather than a weekend night?  No problem!  Call a sitter, put on a little perfume and kiss the kiddo's goodnight - all mamma's deserve a night out every once in awhile.  If...
Get out your dancing shoes and turn on the radio!  It's time for a DANCE PARTY! What you need: The Internet (check) Reckless Abandon (if you can't find this go outside, take off your shoes and wiggle your toes in the grass...
It's hard to remember just how hot it really is in the summer when the weather is as beautiful at it is today.  March is just about the perfect month for weather.  Sigh. But, we must prepare ourselves like folks...
Around the Phoenix area, Pizzeria Bianco is a bit of a legend.  Known as one of the best pizzeria's in the country (yes - I did say country!), Pizzeria Bianco has been rated number one in the US by Bon Appétit,...
This is my favorite time of year in Arizona.  The weather is perfect and the flowers are just starting to show their color.  With the wet "winter" we had, I'm hoping that the desert will have colorful flowers. A great way...

Resource Find: Skype

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Let's hear it for technology - hip, hip, horray!  So happy we live in the 21st century!  One of my favorite mom-techy (if that's even a word) resource finds is Skype.  For those unfamilar with this, Skype (pronounced /ˈskaip/) is a software application that...
Just this past Tuesday, a little girl went home from Phoenix Children's Hospital.  Kate McRae, was diagnosed with brain cancer June 29, 2009.  She was just 5 years old at the time of her diagnosis.  Her recovery is not...
Winner of Phoenix Magazine's Best Restaurant Bars Award 2010 and holding an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, Caffe Boa obviously has a great reputation.  Although Caffe Boa has a Mill Avenue address, it's entrance is actually off of Fourth...
Picture it: A spacious room designed for testing out new skills like walking, crawling and banging into walls and filled with toy stations, playsets, jumping gyms and children.   Now, in this very large space, there is a boy, barely two.  His messy blond hair...
Although this little treasure might be visited more frequently come the 115+ degree weather, A and I find ourselves here year-round. In fact, we were just there Wed night (ah - gotta love time out of the house!). I'm not sure...
I realize that it is no mystery that Scottsdale has a public library (five in fact) but could you tell me five activities that the library has for children?  Stumped?  Okay name two.  Yeah, I couldn't either. Imagine my surprise and joy (hehe)...
Think of it, a secret world of hidden treasures in all the common locations you frequent: the grocery store parking lot, the flowerbed outside your gym, in the playground equipment your kids play on all the time, in some...
Upon moving to Arizona we were quickly introduced to Delux Burger (why no "e"?  I have no idea).  I was much like you and wondered to myself  "what is so deluxe about their beef"?  However, after our first meeting both...

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We have so many amazing restaurants and dining options in Scottsdale! We are constantly amending this list and adding new articles of places to...