I confess that I am writing this article at the eleventh hour in order to get it in on time.  Ahh that felt good.  I love good therapy ;) !  I have had the words “SMB article DUE” staring...
As I'm nearing the end of Pregnancy #2 I've recently forced myself to really consider what I've learned (and even NOT learned) during this season of life. Oftentimes it seems as if life just goes so quickly that it slips...
I have to admit before you keep reading, that I have historically been a terrible gift giver. It has nothing to do with not wanting to shower those I love with gifts, but rather the frustration that always came...
Have you noticed that the hip mama accessory these days is a big fancy (I think they call them SLR?) camera? Photography is a natural creative outlet for moms of young kids because – duh! – the perfect subjects...
Hello everyone! So nice to be back again! We had a wonderful time at Cooking Club last week. Unfortunately we were missing a lot of our group so we enjoyed a small and intimate gathering, where we actually got...
Can you believe Mother's Day is NEXT WEEKEND? I love Mother's Day... it really is one of my all-time favorite holidays :). Of course every day is Mother's Day in our world, but if you want to make May 8...
"There's no place like HOME. "There's no place like HOME..." It's true; there's no place like home, but as a brand new mom at times I feel absolutely stuck in my HOUSE. Are you with me on this? I've heard many Scottsdale...
Hi everyone! Thanks for having me back!! It is that time of month again! That’s right we met for our monthly Scottsdale Cooking Club on Wednesday and it was so nice to be back! I pulled my cobbler out...
Every year it seems that the clutter in our house multiplies, not just a little, it honestly grows exponentially. You see, I have a serious problem… I HATE to get rid of things that I might use, and I...
Our wonderful Arizona summers are right around the corner and that means fewer hours will be spent outdoors and crank the AC girlfriend because it’s indoor AZ family hibernation time! While we all dread the dramatic increase in energy costs...
Oh my goodness, why is it so hard to force a group of people to do exactly what you want, when you want them to?  If you’re trying to organize your family into a photo session, and there’s more...
This month we have been talking about The Great Outdoors, and another awesome thing about getting outside is the health benefits!  I know that when I get outside with my kids, I just feel better, don't you? Well there is...
Spring is upon us. The weather is becoming nicer, and here in Arizona it is absolutely beautiful! It is this time a year that I romanticize the idea of Al Fresco dining; setting a simple patio table outside, and...
For me, being pregnant for the second time was a different kind of excitement. It was a confident sense of excitement. I’ve done all the research the first go around. So, I feel like I know what I “need.”...

Seeds

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If you're like me, every spring you have grand ideas about planting a garden.  The weather in Scottsdale has been beyond beautiful and I found myself buying a stack of seed packets.  I could already taste the salsa I...
When I first stepped foot inside BuyBuyBaby to register I felt like I was being consumed by a tidal wave of baby gear...maybe you remember that feeling too. There's such an overwhelming number and range of choices when it...
“Mom! Mom, do you like Justin Beaver?” (not a typo) “Mom, EVERYONE at school has seen Gnomeo & Juliet and they said it is SO funny. Can we go?” “But Mom, John’s mom lets him watch the Terminator!” If you have little...
I am so excited to share about the SCC with all of you Mamas out there. The Scottsdale Cooking Club has officially commenced! We had our first meeting on Wednesday and let me tell you, it was so much...
It seems everyone is on the baby train- the second baby train that is. As a new mother to two wonderful little children (both under 18 months) I have a new found appreciation for all of the ‘practical’ gifts...
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...
Proverbs 14:1 tells us  “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” As with all areas of life….we must be watchful of where our choices are in conflict with our...
As you look to consider what type of education is best for your children, here are some questions to ask yourself and to discuss with your spouse: How do you define education? What does it mean to be educated? Is education the...
Over the next three days, we have a Scottsdale Mom sharing her insight on home schooling.  Scottsdale is actually full of families who embrace this alternative method of education for their families.  There are support groups available and families with common...
2 Months: 14 lbs 8 oz, 23 1/4” Long Easton was born on December 3rd, and the first few weeks of his life were what I like to call the “Crescendo to Christmas”. You know what I mean. Christmas music...
A cooking club?! What?!  Seems too good to be true, right? Well that's at least what I thought when I read a friend's Facebook status about getting ready for her cooking club that evening.    Her words had me hooked...
Most of my friends know that I stopped eating red meat and chicken when I was 12 years old. So a question I was asked more than a few times while I was pregnant was "Will your baby be...
New cameras are popular Christmas gifts each year, especially SLRs, and I know some of you are just scratching the surface and getting to know your new toy obsession. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what equipment should...
Do you want to take better pictures, but aren’t sure where to start? Or are you an ‘enthusiast’ who just wants your images to pop more? Then join Jennifer Bowen and Kimberly Jarman, both seasoned Phoenix-based wedding & portrait...
"Another pull toy!" I exclaimed as a duck on a string emerge from the wrapping paper. It brought the total number of pull toys received Christmas morning to FIVE!  Five new ones plus the two we already have at...
Yesterday, I went to a meeting of Homeschooling mamas. Did you know that people do that here in Scottsdale?  Well, homeschooling is growing a community filled with "normal" kids and families.  You know what I mean by "normal", right?... usually if I...

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Family Friendly Events (January 2022)

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Happy New Year! Here's hoping 2022 is the best year for all of you! Are there any events that we haven’t covered or do you...

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