This year I taught four kindergarteners to read.  Really, truly read.  As a mom of six kids, I’ve been a part of this process before and marveled with gratitude at my child’s school teacher, wondering, “How do they do it?”  This year,...
It’s already May, which means that in my book, summer is here.  While some may measure this by the temperature outside or by the last day of school, I measure summer by what time the sun rises in the...
Preparing for international travel with a preschooler can be a daunting task. There are flights to book, reservations to make, and endless blogs that give you advice on what you “MUST SEE!” Throw in an unpredictable preschooler to the...
Is your tree overflowing with lemons?  We are revisiting a post from 2012 with five unique ideas for what to do with all that citrus! ~~~~~ Every year from December to April, we are gifted with an endless supply of lemons...
Editor's Note: Please join us in welcoming Kelli to our contributor team! She has a 2 year old daughter and is ready to share her parenting advice, wisdom and ideas with the local community.  We’re about one month into the...
Do you keep your kids' toys in their bedroom? There’s no shortage of toy storage solutions. Whether you browse Pinterest for ideas or make a run to Ikea every other month to buy another storage container, the options are...
DIY Holiday Gift If you are looking for a fun, last-minute holiday gift that you can make (and enjoy yourself), I highly recommend making hard lotion bars. I recently tried these with my mom and we both had a lot...
One of my kids favorite summer treats is a watermelon slushie. It is so easy to make and super healthy.  Here are the steps so you can make a pitcher for your family. Cut up a watermelon and freeze in...
Every month our kiddos see me heading out the door carrying an appetizer or a bottle of wine to my book club meeting and they squeal about how much they want to come with me. And I get it,...
This is a great project to give your existing furniture an inexpensive update - or give a new piece your own style! Our kitchen bar stools get a lot of use and therefore quite dirty. My daughter Baylor's highchair used to connect...
We could all use some good news these days, so I’m here to alert you to the fact that we are now entering prime mimosa season. The months of April, May, and June are simply brimming with opportunities to have...
This summer, we have been so fortunate to spend time with friends! We've been in town most of the summer, since my daughter Mary Alice made her debut in April. My kids have been welcomed into friend's homes for pizza and...
One of the things that I look forward to the most during summer vacation is the ability to pick up and leave the scorching heat of Arizona to the warm, breezy weather of the Midwest. Where daylight literally rolls...
My girls are going wireless. I’m not talking technology like phones or iPads, I’m talking about switching to wireless bras! I’m 36 years old, and have two kids under the age of 5. I literally just quit nursing my...
The New Year's Clean-Up Have you ever started the new year with a resolution? Probably, yes. Has that resolution ever fallen flat before January ends? Again...yes. Sometimes completing resolutions is best attained when we start with a clean space and...
I love taking a peek into people's diaper bags (or purses for you much more experienced and wiser moms). I'm not sure why but I feel like it gives me insight into that person's life - insight that I'd...
I love the idea of having a unique family tradition for each holiday of the year. We have sweet traditions for most of the big holidays, but could never think of a good one for Halloween.  We have always...
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...
After much prompting from someone in particular (my blogging-partner-in-crime, Joy, to be exact) I've decided to sit down and try and put together my thoughts about what I'll call The "Art" of Snail Mail.  'Cause, let's be honest, everyone...
Summer's heating up and so should your dates nights...or date days. This month I'm planning our next date and thinking outside the box a bit. I know I get tired of the ol’ dinner and a movie date. How...
Thank You Thursday {November Edition} Thank You Thursday is a {sometimes} monthly Scottsdale Moms series. Our team is so LUCKY to receive products, try new local venues, and hear about new things to do all the time. Our job is...
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is an important subject, especially for women. With one in every eight women developing breast cancer, it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in our country. Breast cancer typically...
My dad always made these amazing Garlic Mashed Potatoes growing up. Everyone loved my dads potatoes, and now everyone loves mine. The secret ingredient: Sour cream! Garlic Mashed Potatoes 8lbs russet potatoes  16 oz sour cream 6 cloves garlic 1/2...
Some of my mom friends and I have created this fantastic pact. I am so excited by it; I thought it was worth sharing. Basically, we have said “NO” to birthday party goodie bags. If it is not edible or...
Some of us do this more than others and I will readily admit I am a bit fanatical, but when it comes to researching anything I will spend a significant amount of money on—I tend to follow a very...
Just 1 more day to submit your photo of your cutie-patootie(s)!!! Enter our monthly digital photo contest for the chance to  win product from the much loved Boon Inc AND have your child’s photo featured on our website. Here’s how to enter… {1} Email...
Replace the missing tiles in the swimming pool. Yes, this task has been on my “home maintenance-to-do's” for quite some time, and last week, we finally got to cross it off the list! I discovered that the project had been started...
Being a mom during these times is so exhausting. We are suddenly full time cooks, teachers, house cleaners, activity coordinators, and expert online shoppers. Managing our household has now been taken to a level I don't think any of...
Taking time to take care of yourself now that you're a mom can be SO challenging. Isn't it so easy for this to be the first thing that flies out the window when you become a mamma? You’re exhausted...
We've complied out list of favorite shops to find gifts for everyone on your list, from pajamas for the family to the best spices for your food.

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Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps in Scottsdale 2024

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Living in Scottsdale means our hot HOT summers need to be filled with busy camp days for our kids. Because we know, if we...