In anticipation of Mother's Day on Sunday I have been asked some sweet questions by my inquisitive kiddos about what I would like for the holiday created in my honor.  Mostly the requests circle back to what the boys...
Isn't it amazing watching your little one's communication skills develop? Toddlers are going through a stage of rapid brain development which provides the perfect time to encourage speech and language skills. There are many things you can do to...
  I can remember the very first summer we lived in AZ and when monsoon season started (we moved from Chicago to Scottsdale when I was a kiddo). That first storm was a doozy! In a matter of minutes it...
So I’m a travel addict. I have bad Wanderlust. I also have two small children and a job that requires me to plan vacations 10 months in advance (hello, being a doula and birth photographer). We’ve had some US...

Happiness In A Jar

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Hi Scottsdale Moms!  We'd love to introduce you to SMB' s newest contributor, Rudri Patel! Rudri is a wife, mother of an 8 -year-old daughter, and former attorney turned freelance writer. You can learn more about Rudri on our...
I found this darling poem from a sweet little book that I've been referencing during my pregnancy to help me think about and take a moment to prepare for the arrival of our son.  (Just three more months to...
Click here to donate A toy box: Just a simple way to ease the fears of children going in for treatment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. My heart breaks every time I take my daughter to PCH and I see...
Our biggest event of the year, Bloom {an event especially for new and expecting moms} is this week! We would really love for you to join us on Sunday.  We are excited to present a filled event with over 30...
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...
“A new year and a new routine. It’s gonna be fine” Well, that’s what I keep telling myself. This year I am moving on and I am closing the door on a relationship that no longer works in my life. But oh!...
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Nannies 101

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Is it just me, or does the word “nanny” have a magical vibe coming from it? The classic Mary Poppins is anything but an ordinary nanny, from her quick and fun clean up abilities to a bottomless carpetbag, who...
My three year old son has officially completed his first semester of preschool (do they have semesters in preschool?). I'm not going to claim that surviving the last five months makes me some kind of preschool parenting expert, but my family has learned...
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. A common question that many parents have when choosing a dental provider for their kids is what is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist? While it is possible...
We want to introduce you to one of our amazing vendors from Bloom! Meet Kristy Bryant from Snap YOURSELFie. Kristy owns and operates this awesome photo booth which is perfect for any party or event you are planning. In her...
The desert garden is growing! It's actually growing! Three weeks ago these plants went in the ground, and now they are huge. Guess why?  Maintenance. Exactly what this third (and final) installment is all about.  Much like children, a garden needs...
My husband and I are finally catching up on sleep after a handful of years where consistent sleep just didn't happen. So why, WHY am I still so tired?    The worry. The worry makes me tired. 
Trusting Connections Nanny Agency continues their commitment of supporting families when they need it the most by offering a FREE webinar, “Pandemic Parenting: Planning for Fall” on Thurs., July 9 at 7:00 p.m. They are also excited to announce...
A dog might be man’s best friend, but what could make for a better friendship than a child and a puppy? Uh, a lot, actually.  Having puppies and small children is not as romantic and precious as it sounds.  Earlier...
My daughter did not want to give up her bottle. She was already 20 months and I knew it was time. I tried all my usual tricks, positive reinforcement charts, modeling drinking milk from a cup, making fun play...
Even with all of my preparation, let’s just say that things didn’t go exactly as planned. Do the ever? I don’t know if you remember, but we had grand plans of leaving each morning at 4AM so that we could arrive...
Practical ways to honor and celebrate the man in your life this Father's Day. Let's face it, the world makes a pretty big deal about Mother's Day. I mean, its a REAL holiday. Brunch reservations are made, flowers are bought;...
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...
My husband and I recently had dinner with friends who let it slip that they are expecting. A million things flew through my mind that I wanted to tell her, but I contained myself. As we discussed details and...
March is National Reading Month! If you're finding yourself dreading bedtime, it may be time to change up the routine. There's nothing sweeter than a calming bedtime story to help your children drift off to a peaceful sleep. Today we’re...
I have been VERY leery of those Disney Princesses that I see Ev.Ery.Where. Don't get me wrong, I grew up enjoying their stories and admiring their dresses.  (I was even The Little Mermaid for my 9th Birthday). But the...
Many of us here at Scottsdale Moms Blog are not only moms to human children, but to some pretty cute fur babies, as well.  June is National Pet Preparedness Month and pet parents across the land are encouraged to...
If you are reading this, you know that being a mother is one of the most rewarding yet challenging jobs you will endure in a lifetime. A close second is navigating your intimate relationship with your partner. As a...

Montessori Made Easy

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If you’ve spent any time exploring preschool options in the area, you’ve probably come across a few high quality Montessori options. If you aren’t familiar with this method of teaching, you may have been surprised by what you saw...
I thought I hit the due-date jackpot. An April due date meant I didn’t have to be pregnant in the summer. I thought about the poor women who had to go through the hot summer months carrying around the...
I'm constantly thinking about how dangerous our super-hot summers can be for children.  Everytime I hear of a drowning accident, child forgotten in a car or other tragic stories, my mind spins and I know that I'm not immune...

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Fun Fantasy Dinner for the Whole Family

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Scottsdale Moms and family had such a blast at Medieval Times in Scottsdale last weekend enjoying a fun fantasy dinner. I remember going to Medieval...

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