{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. ~~~~ This week's MomSense is channeling the first part...
Just about two months ago, Reagan and I started volunteering together.  You may think that 8 months old is too young to start volunteering, but I say we are never too young to learn "selfforgetfulness." I have dedicated one lunchtime...
Alright gals, I just heard about this and I just HAD to tell you. Montelucia Resort & Spa is allowing us locals the pleasure of enjoying their pool this summer!  All they ask if that you order lunch (or something...
Need something to do this weekend?  Here's a little something I received from Scottsdale Healthcare's event update emails... Mother-Daughter Tea May 22, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (check in time is 9:30 a.m.) Brady Conference Center Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center 9003 E Shea Blvd,...
A great family friendly and refreshing activity is shopping your local farmers market for what you would normally purchase at the grocery store.  Personally, I’ve been frequenting the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market on Saturdays, 8:30-1pm. You’ll find quite...
Just about two months ago, Reagan and I started volunteering together.  You may think that 8 months old is too young to start volunteering, but I say we are never too young to learn "selfforgetfulness." I have dedicated one lunchtime...
There are days that we block out of our memory.  I’m not sure whether it’s by God’s grace that we forget, or whether trauma causes our body to produce some type of hormone that erases, or at least significantly...
Hey there Scottsdale!  We just wanted to let you know that we are still friends after our little "Steph vs. Joy" battle!  (Isn't it wonderful to embrace our differences!) To prove it, we met for coffee this morning and made a...
When I first learned about the Cuture Pass, I thought it must be too good to be true!  You mean, I can get into museums, the Zoo, Science Center AND bring a friend or two for FREE??? Yes, yes you...
I watch both Reagan and Nora on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I've figured out how to wrangle them for small outings like this one.  I grabbed two dresses, a blanket, a stroller and a camera to get these sweet little...
We're back for the final week of Friday Date Night, Special Occasions edition.  If you didn't get a chance to see the past 2 week's posts Click Here for Week 1 and Click Here for Week 2.  As I...
Just came across this great opportunity in the AZ Republic... A free immunization clinic for children 6 weeks to 18 years old will be given today at Paradise Valley Hospital location of Baby Shots, 3929 E. Bell Rd, Phoenix.  The...

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This weekend we took a little mommy-vacay and spent a day at Bloggy Boot Camp. Yes - you heard that right.  We went to a conference on blogging (you don't have to tell us - we're nerds - we...
We're back for week 2 of Friday Date Night's Special Occasions Series.  If you didn't get a chance to check out last week's post - click here.  As I mentioned last week, with so many restaurant's to choose from it's hard...
Hi! I’m Kimberly Bee (kb) from Kimberly Jarman Studios, a couture photography boutique specializing in portraits and weddings. I’m honored to be guest blogging on such a wonderful online resource for mamas just like myself! The Kimberly Jarman team...
Every momma likes to get dressed up and be treated to a romantic dinner every once in a while, right? Around our home there is always the "let's go there for our birthdays" or "we'll check ___________ restaurant out...
If you’ve ever walked the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, you know there are a tantalizing number of restaurants from which to choose.  So, where do you start?   We love Happy Hour because 1) the affordable menu.  (Just be careful...
When I think of "Summer Camp," I think of college-aged counselors, candy, swim-time, free-time, hop-scotch and bunk-beds.  Sure, those camps are still around, but I'm fascinated by the non-traditional camps that expose children to new industries, explore science, language...
I knew the first time I walked through the doors of Sweet Republic that I was in for a real treat.  And obviously Bon Appetit thought the same thing as they voted this little Scottsdale Ice Cream parlor one of...

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As we've said before - this blog is about YOU!  You know about our families...now it's time you tell us a little about yours :) With that in mind we've put together a poll on the right sidebar.  Please take time...
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...

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