So as a soccer and dance mom, you might find it a bit random and unexpected for me to have this quirky Halloween tradition - but I'm going to share it with you anyway. I normally start the night in...
I’m now entering my THIRD TRIMESTER, the belly is really growing, and I can’t wait for the Scottsdale heat to break. God Bless all of you who have experienced the latter stages of pregnancy during August…I can’t even imagine....
This weekend we went to the Train Park. Everywhere we looked, birthday parties and their accoutrement - balloons, streamers, piñatas and frosting-smeared table coverings - added a festive feel to an already spectacularly gorgeous February day. I couldn't help...
If you are like most new moms out there (or any moms for that matter) I am sure you have struggled with the question “Do I give Motrin or Tylenol?” let me start off by explaining the differences between...
Summer vacation season is officially here. Like most Arizona moms, I'm doing my best to make plans to escape the heat. Yes, a road trip around the west coast is an option, but most other destinations typically require a trip...
Spring temperatures are here, but not for long! Need a reason to get your kids outside and have them learn something new? Try hosting a ladybug playdate.   Whether your playgroup has three kids or thirty, this backyard or park playdate offers...
Kid in the Corner is a local non-profit dedicated to "helping each Kid in the Corner feel connected to and supported by the community." I heard Kid in the Corner founder, Francine Sumner, speak a few years back and...
When you have a toddler, you give up some privacy and luxuries. Date nights without the baby can be difficult to coordinate and expensive, and yet, taking them along can seem daunting. Not to fear! If you end up...
  With summer officially here, who doesn’t need a few mom related life-hacks to make the days a little easier? The kids are home, and the days are longer. No matter whether you work out of the home, in the...
A few of my friends - including our own SMB co-founder Joy - are finally getting around to buying an iPhone and have asked for recommendations on which apps are 'must-haves' for mamas. The things about iPhone apps, though, is that there are...

On Being Shy…

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The other day I overheard another Mother say, “I am so glad my daughter isn’t shy like I was as a child, I felt like I missed out on so much and now I know she won’t.”  Instead of...
Your body is changed. Your mind is blown. Maybe you lost the baby weight, maybe you still have a way to go, but regardless—certain areas are distributed a bit differently. Nowadays, dressing like a mom doesn’t mean you wear...
All three of my children have birthdays in January. So I feel like a little bit of a birthday party expert this time of year. Then the rest of the year, I breathe a big sigh of relief that...
I’m embarrassed to say that until quite recently my youngest still sucked her thumb...And she is almost 5 years old. All three of my kids have been thumb suckers at one point in their baby/toddler life. The twins both stopped...
As of now, this is what Braylen's crib looks like: We have not used a bumper on his crib ever. I always was told that, sure they are cute, but your baby could suffocate in it. Easy enough to convince...
As we are diving into a new year, I've had several friends ask me what we are doing for Preschool. As my daughter Reagan won't attend a traditional Preschool, I've been working through just what her education will look...
"And when you want something, all the Universe conspires in helping you achieve it." -Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist   Mom life is hard. I think we can all agree on that. I mean, it's wonderful and precious and probably not one of us...
I love to read and public libraries hold a special place in my heart. I remember going to libraries as a child feeling so proud that I got to select any book I wanted. The first time I toured...
My husband is probably one of the most amazing humans in the world. He’s such a good man and I literally want everyone to know him and his level of awesomeness. Although TBH, he would HATE that because he’s...

Donating Cord Blood

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By now you have all heard about how cord blood could potentially help your child in treating cancer, sickle-cell anemia, marrow failure and certain genetic diseases.  You can't pick up a pregnancy magazine without spotting an ad for cord...
Being a mom during these times is so exhausting. We are suddenly full time cooks, teachers, house cleaners, activity coordinators, and expert online shoppers. Managing our household has now been taken to a level I don't think any of...
Do you Promise to tell the Tooth the Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth? My 5 year old daughter lost a tooth.  She wiggled and squirmed and bobbed as she pulled her bottom lip aside to show me that...
Replace the missing tiles in the swimming pool. Yes, this task has been on my “home maintenance-to-do's” for quite some time, and last week, we finally got to cross it off the list! I discovered that the project had been started...
There is a definite new trend in the world of Facebook.  One that will capture the attention of any bargain hunting mom.  It comes with the words “Swip Swap” and has taken finding deals for your home, family, self...
Note: Please help us welcome Andrea to our contributor team! She is a yoga and barre instructor and mommy to one cute little guy. We are excited for you to read about her journey through motherhood and tips for...
I recently attended an awesome creative workshop called The School of Styling (you can read more about my experience there on my blog) where one of the speakers, who was first a successful personal blogger before launching a widely...
Earth Day is April 22nd and it's a great opportunity to teach your kids about planet Earth! When I was perusing Pinterest to find some Earth Day inspiration, I found a lot of crafts that involved using lots of (new)...
As a community, many of us are wondering what the best path forward for school is next year. We wanted to put together a resource for you from recommendations within the community. I have never considered homeschooling my children,...
As my kids have grown, I've often feared we'd become one of those families. You know, you see them at the restaurant, the distant gaze, far off looks in their eyes...surrounded by... silence. So, we instituted something my...

#metoo

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As I scrolled through my FB news feed over the weekend, I noticed a very simple post: #metoo. At that point, I had read about the latest sex scandal in the news and was as disgusted as ever, but...

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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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