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...
OH MY GOODNESS!!! It is already in the 90's. I know it has actually been a late start to the weather heating up. It is never easy, though, when it starts. It is right about now that I decide...
With the weather improving, it's finally time to get outside and play! Here are some of my kids' favorite backyard activities when they were toddlers and preschoolers. Create Animal Habitats: My kids love doing this, even to this day! Each child...
School hunting in Arizona is NOT easy. It can be one of the most difficult choices that you have to make. And there are so MANY choices here in the Valley! Choosing your child’s first (or next) school is a...
Summer is HERE, kids are out for the summer and regular visits to the pool are in full swing. As much as we enjoy the break from the every day routine of school, the summer brain drain is a...
Our family is in the process of moving and it’s been….well… a process! Since I’m right smack in the middle of this adventure, I thought I’d take a little break and share some of my experiences.  Just in case...
Did you know it was October? I know, right? That was fast. I swear we were just in the middle of summer fun and back to school. Despite what the thermometer says outside, it is in fact, fall. Fall is...
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...
SMB's Kids Eat Free Guide If you are visiting from out of town or are a local and looking for new restaurant choices, this list is for YOU. Be sure to bookmark it now for those days you don't want...
With the weather as gorgeous as it is, it's time to get you and the kids outdoors. Here is a post from our archives about the best playgrounds in Scottsdale and North Phoenix - click HERE for an...
The first Halloween as a mom is SO fun: the itty-bitty costumes, the jack-o-lantern-themed onesies and PJs and bibs and hair clips (oh my!), and the fabulous photo ops at all our local pumpkin patches. But come October 31 you...
If you are a local or you are planning a spring break visit to AZ, there are a ton of great things to do in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding areas. Here is our list of THE BEST activities for you...
1. STORYTIME! (AKA Children’s Programs) From Toddlertime at the Phoenix Public Libraries to Shake, Rattle & Roll at the Scottsdale library Branches, to a number of interesting sounding programs for older children that my little guys are still to young...
I am so happy to announce that story times are FINALLY back up and going. I don’t think many have been open since pre-pandemic therefore my little guy has yet to be at any sort of story time. My...
This is a sponsored post for Scottsdale Promenade Drive-In movies. Looking for a fun family outing this Spring? Moonlit Drive-In movies are back at the Scottsdale Promenade and they will take place each Saturday night in April! The Promenade is located...
It's Archives Week here at SMB and I was asked to comb through Angela's past posts and pick my favorite. I had to narrow it down to three and then choose blindly because this lady writes great stuff! Angela is...
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...
The MOPS Group at Valley Presbyterian Church is hosting their BIG indoor play date event this week! The event is free, and and they want you to come! Mama's Cold Brew will be there selling their coffee (yum!!). There will be a gym full of...
A solar eclipse is making it's way across the United States on August 21 and you are not going to want to miss it! The next eclipse won't be visible in the U.S. until 2024 and that will only...
For those of you who slept in this morning.  Here's what you are missing.  This is the Shea/40th Street hike at 6:15am today. And that, kids, is why I live in Scottsdale! XOXO Boon Inc is still looking for baby models.  Preferably...
One of the things that I love most about Scottsdale is that people here love the outdoors. And to encourage that love (or as a result of it), our great city has created a wonderful maze of trails for us to enjoy.
Happy New Year!  We're so excited to share our events for 2011 and to keep you up-to-date about events, activities and opportunities to experience the best in the Valley.  Thank you for your ongoing support and for spreading the...
One of my favorite things about living in Scottsdale is all of the local and accessible hiking trails. I love hiking and I want my children to love hiking too. Bringing children along can sometimes sound intimidating, so here...
Winter break is here and you need to plan some fun with your family. Everyone is going to want to visit the OdySea in the Desert! All of their December events in the courtyard are FREE and so much...
For those of you momma's who joined us for our Moms Night Out a couple weeks back - you probably remember that unbelievable cupcake in your swag bag :) - right?!!!  I've heard from moms who ate it on...
Are you new to the Scottsdale/Phoenix area or visiting from out of state? Welcome! Maybe your wee babe has grown into a busy toddler who is ready to explore our local parks and playgrounds, or your regular park routine needs...
Welcome to our SMB Playdate Series! This series focuses on various locales throughout the city that are enjoyable for a playdate and a writer’s opinion on a particular location. Today we profile the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. Kate and Renee share personal observations on their...
Whole Foods Scottsdale treated members of the SMB team to lunch this week and is generously sponsoring this post. Read on for information about how you can get pampered at Whole Foods this week! In the busy-ness of our days,...
Remember back in the Fall, when we were all sweating from the heat and were completely over the 3-digit temperatures? Remember when we were dying to wear riding boots and scarfs and various shades of brown and orange? Remember when Sarah Powers wrote...

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