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...
The details of the college admissions cheating scandal have been trickling out in the news for more than a few weeks. Parents with kids who have applied to college in the last several years, or who will be applying...
Motherhood brings pictures. Hundreds (maybe thousands) of pictures a year. We try to capture every precious moment and although we use many to share with friends on social media, there are those we take to keep for ourselves those are...
A little inspiration can go a long way sometimes, especially, at the dawn of a new school year. Transitioning from the free-spirited days of summer to the routine of the school year can be exciting, but it can also be...
What do you get when several moms with different perspectives weigh in on the same topic? A great conversation! This post is part of our MomSense series on transitions. From what they eat and where they sleep, to who takes care...
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”...
Have you ever wanted to sit down with a dentist and ask them all your questions! Dr. Alli, from Arcadia Pediatric Dental, sat down with Kate and gave us her best dental tricks to keep those teeth healthy and...
Family Weekend season is in full swing on college campuses across the U.S. Whether your college student is 30 minutes away at ASU, down in Tucson, up in Flagstaff, or on the other side of the country, parents must...
Duh, duh, duh.. I fully realize I'm treading in some murky waters with this post but I just couldn't NOT post about one of my very favorite ways to stay sane while being a mommy...the Gym Childcare!!! I know, I know...the...
My husband, Brandon, made an excellent observation several days ago. He said, “By now, I’m used to the fact that you’re pregnant, but the concept of having a child within the next couple months is still a little unbelievable.” I couldn’t...
When it came time to wean my toddler from the breast, it was very difficult to find any helpful and practical information on the “how-to” of weaning toddlers.  Trust me, I tried.  I Googled every key word I could...
If you’re not familiar with Common Sense Media, they are a non-profit organization which was founded in 2003. Their mission is to ensure digital well-being for kids everywhere, and they are a leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations...
One of the hardest things about gift shopping is buying a present for a little one, when you don't have a child around that age. It can be hard to know what your nephew wants for Christmas when your...
I probably jinxed myself by writing my last post on the Valley's Pediatric Emergency Rooms. Within two weeks of publishing the article - and a week before she was set to be a flower girl in my brother's wedding...
Dear Uninvolved Parents, Shortly after I got married, you specifically asked me to wait five years to have children. Well, apparently God had other plans, and we ended up having our first baby after only two years of marriage. You were such great...
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...
I'm only two kids in, but I definitely have preferences and favorites for baby and toddler products. Here are a few of my favorites. Burt's Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment - This miracle ointment is so smooth and works like a charm...
We’ve all heard and read plenty about “helicopter parents” in the news over the last few years. Our society has placed collective blame upon them for excessive hovering and over-involvement during their kids’ childhoods, which many feel has resulted...
This isn’t how I thought it would be.  I have been fooling myself for months now but the truth of the matter is that I am not what I dreamed I’d be.  I don’t even know where the dream...
Cooler temps, I just laaaaaaaahve you!! The sappy, googly-eyed, all-in, head over heels, Taylor Swift meets Nicholas Sparks kind of LOVE. And after October 14th handed me 102 degrees - at 34 weeks pregnant - those feelings only deepened. It's weird, too.  3 years ago, I...
I recently was introduced to a local mom who has turned a sad situation into saving lives. I wanted to share her inspiring story and help spread awareness to other women on a type of cancer that could target any of...
Erin Stremcha took a personal gift to her son and decided to share it with the world. Allow me to introduce you to her new book, Power Up. Erin wrote a book for her son, meant to speak truth and...
Our team of contributors is incredible! Each month, they volunteer their time and talent to share what they hope will make the journey of motherhood a little bit easier. Here are this year's top posts. It is always interesting (and...
We made it. Our family survived our first, full Phoenix summer. And, all I can say is -- WOW.  That desert heat is no joke! "It was so mild," you tell me......  "We got off easy," they say. All I...
From the Editor: SMB is excited to introduce our PLAYDATE SERIES, where you will get first-hand stories on how playdates go at different locations through town! Read along with our brilliant writers Kate & Renée who tackled the Butterfly...

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We have so many amazing restaurants and dining options in Scottsdale! We are constantly amending this list and adding new articles of places to...