We are excited to introduce you all to Jodi Kaye.... Jodi, from The Rites of Passage, has been a Registered Nurse for almost 20 years! Motherhood and her career have led to a love and appreciation for teaching, parenting, and...
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...
Many years ago, after my first child was born and I became fascinated with the whole birthing process, I became a certified childbirth educator. I loved helping couples overcome their anxiety about birth and making their journey to parenthood...
Just had to re-publish this one from the archives... too true not to share it again!!! This is in honor of all our Scottsdale-mom sisters fighting the good fight to keep their families cool and their children sane this...
You’ve been to Target and Walmart, then went back home and filled your Amazon cart with school supplies. Backpacks bought. Pencils and pens procured. School shoes scored. The kids are all set for the first day of school, but...

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...
The year 2018 was a very…interesting year for my household. It was hard. But it was also SO good. We welcomed our third child, our sweet girl. Before she was born our entire house was completely gutted because of...
A few months ago, I wrote a post sharing our ideas on how to start your own book club. You can read it here, if you missed it. Recently, we had found ourselves in a reading rut. I think this...
This is Part 2 in a three-part series on Mommy Friendships. To read Joy's first post on thinking before we speak, click here. The most challenging relationships for me have always been friendships with other women. If we aren't in...
It's easy to say, that on any given day I can create a Facebook status of the things I've accomplished that will leave someone picking their jaw up off the floor.  They will think I'm super-mom.  While there are...
You want to know what is AMAZING? Paternity leave. Yes, a mother’s time off is first and foremost when it comes to importance on the postpartum scale, but there is something to be said for having dad home for...
“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 don’t think the tiny blue lines had fully appeared on my first pregnancy test before I was packing for the hospital. Impatience?  My weakness.  Being organized?  My specialty. I read a few pregnancy books before the real deal and A...
Joy's post on mom-to-mom friendships could not have been more timely after the week I had. Mommy mantras always include self care. I am horrible at self care. I usually am forced into it by my sweet husband who I...
The following situations are based on my experiences. Please contact your doctor for any medical advice regarding your personal circumstance. Okay, to all the sick moms out there… We’ve talked about my journey and trying to be a good mom...
Our family loves to celebrate almost as much as we love traditions. Last year we made May Day Baskets with our two year old. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to teach her about sharing and being a kind...
“What do you want to do when you grow up?” What a question. A question everyone asks when we are young. But can I even answer that? Call me selfish, but I want it all. I want to be...

A Body Image PSA

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Remember when the ad campaign started a couple of years ago about talking to your children about the dangers of smoking?  The commercials showed uncomfortable and bashful parents initiating conversations with their middle school age children while the voice...
There was a time, not so very long ago, when a woman fell pregnant she immediately adorned a muumuu.  And she never stopped.  According to Wikipedia: “Muumuus are also popular as maternity gowns and with obese people because they...
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...
Say Hi to Beth! She is a new contributor and local "boy mom" with two busy little ones and ready to share her wisdom and love of adventures with you all.  I always like to share a fun find with...
Taking multiple kids to a well check.  I'm pretty sure that this is one of my most disliked mommy must-do's.  Really, I try to avoid it like the plague.  Usually, I find other places for my kids to go...
I have done this back to school thing for several years now and each one of my children has gone through the clinging, crying, "won't let me leave the building without having a fit" phase. As I gear up for my...
(Joy:) My inspiration for this weeks S vs. J episode came from my garbage disposal. I have a knack for, shall we say, "over-exerting," my little friend down in the drain. I have called upon my man, several times to...
Oh haaai, friend. Pull up a chair. La ti da. That? Oh, nothing. Just the remnants of a cinnamon bun that baby-in-the-tummy and I consumed without sharing a single bite with anyone else. And the mug? It held in its loving care...
When I broke down and finally went to see Dr. Jones I was almost 8 months into my pregnancy.  What broke me was the zinger I got in my right leg and through my right hip (ouch!) each time I stood...
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...
Confession: I was pre-registered to vote 6 months before my 18th birthday.  I was SO excited to be a part of this democratic process that I marched myself down to the DMV and asked if I could pre-register.  I...
At the beginning of summer my “neighborhood mom group” was out to lunch together and someone asked me the plans for my oldest come fall. I told her where we were sending my oldest to preschool, our schedule and...
Prepare your toddler for preschool! Christ Church School has several programs that help your child prepare for success at the earliest educational levels. Play and Learn Program Classes meet on Friday mornings for 1.5 hours for students ages 16 months -...

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Guide To Scottsdale

Restaurant Guide

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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...