Pre-pandemic, I lived a pretty typical suburban life. I spent my days taking care of things for my family - meal planning, shopping, brunch with friends, running kids to and from sports. Then one day, all of the “busy”...
We are so excited you found the Scottsdale Moms Guide to Surviving Summer. This is our 9th year of bringing you tips, tricks and things to do, all written to help YOU survive summer with your littles! We are hoping...
After a year in a pandemic, moms are feeling lonely. If you don't already have a good friend base, and even if you do, this experience has been isolating.  If you are like me, you have your good friends from...
It’s time to play again! A recent study found that the average American child spends 4-7 minutes a day in unstructured play, versus seven hours of screen time. As more and more schools cut recess time in favor of more...
Don’t you wish Mama could just take a time out? A time out that is as long as you are old. I feel like I would be a whole new person, able to recharge and continue my day. I...
Road trips can be a wonderful way to create memories, but let’s be real: although trips can be fun, they can be challenging, especially if you’re traveling with a baby and toddler. Here are a few tips to help...
One of the constant questions many of us ask ourselves as parents is, “Am I doing enough to make sure my child is happy?” We often wonder if we are providing the foundation they need in order to grow...
When I learned my unborn daughter would potentially be born with Down syndrome, an extra 21st chromosome, I wasn't the least bit surprised. I was 41, advanced maternal age, and working with families and children facing a life threatening...
I have dedicated my life to educating children. I received my degree in elementary education. I taught three different grades throughout my years as a classroom teacher. Since I started student teaching, I have always had a second job...
Kindergarten, here we come! Tutor Time® is here to give you peace of mind while your child taps into big fun with purpose! Our schools follow CDC guidance to ensure a healthy, safe environment. And our curriculum is designed...
Dear Blue Bell, What? Did you really think I forgot?? When a teensy, weensy listeria outbreak forced us apart in April of 2015, I choked down Blue Bunny in a rebound attempt. It's been nearly 2 years, and I’m not too proud to...
I will start by telling you the definition of a helicopter parent just so you can understand just how crazy I am! A helicopter parent is a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of...
I have to admit: Valentine's Day isn't my favorite holiday. I love chocolate, but I don't have much use for a heart-shaped box. I like flowers, but not at triple the price. I'm not a big fan of sappy...
It’s a new year, which means new beginnings, new insurance, and bigger smiles. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for your child this year, our partners at Dunn Orthodontics in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Litchfield Park have outlined a few common...
We are looking for new & diverse contributors to expand our team of regular writers! We need local (Metro Phoenix area) moms who are passionate about our community and love to share stories and wisdom with others. This is a volunteer...
Self-care is often overlooked and pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Especially this year, as stress and uncertainty has taken over a majority of our lives. Nonetheless, self-care is extremely important as it helps encourage maintaining healthy...
I adore the holidays. The magic, the twinkling lights, the sweaters. Who in Scottsdale doesn’t love getting out their riding boots and pretending it’s cold enough to wear them?  My love for Christmas begins to wane by mid-December. That’s when...
What if I were to tell you that I have a love/dislike relationship with Christmas?  I don’t normally tell people this because instead of trying to understand further, I’m usually shut down with hearing all about how much the...
Two weeks ago my youngest daughter started feeling sick. Because we knew numbers were going up and there was a chance she was exposed, we got her tested immediately with a rapid test.  Shortly after taking the test, we received...
If you are a parent already dreaming about a reset in 2021, you are not alone.  For many modern families an organized home life with a reliable work, home and school schedule sounds like the best holiday gift or...
My four-year-old little boy confidently hopped on a two-wheel bicycle for the first time this past weekend and rode off into the sunset like he’s known how his whole life.  He can thank the time spent cruising around on his balance bike...
In a time when it feels like the world is trying to suck the life out of me, there are a number of things that are actually giving me life.  Some of my “life saving” things are frivolous and...
Parents, kids, and teachers all love a year when Halloween falls on a weekend night, and no one has to get up early for school the next morning suffering from a candy-hangover. Well, as luck would have it, our pandemic-year...
You know how most of us use our 2 legs and feet to take us from point A to point B? Most of us are also able to stand up/sit down at will. Well some of us, like my...
I changed my child’s legal name when he was two years old.  It was a whole entire process, but my husband and I are so glad we did it.  If you’ve ever considered changing your child’s name for one...
September means that our teenagers are back to school, but this year, school for them is anything but normal. Some of them may be learning in actual classrooms wearing masks, some of them may be doing a hybrid-type schedule,...
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine tackling online learning with a first grader. When things started closing down due to COVID-19, I knew organization and routine would be key for our busy daughter. We filled our day...
If it seems like there’s a national day for just about everything now, you’d be right. In the month of August alone, we can celebrate National Days for mustard, oysters, and even cherry popsicles. Who knew? Like many Americans, I...
If you’re thinking about getting braces or clear aligners for your child, you may have wondered which orthodontic treatment option makes the most sense for your family. Did you know that an increasing number of teens, pre-teens and even...
As your child ventures back to school, are you getting dizzy from all the deadlines? Organization is the key for your sanity (and your child's success). The Middle School years are a time of increasing independence with your preteen and...

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Top 3…..AZ {June 2021}

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In this series we'll tell you about the top 3 new things we're loving in AZ. Follow along this summer for new restuarants, recipies,...