I’m not sure about all of you, but I truly can’t remember the last time I was able to stroll leisurely through a mall and just shop. Window shopping, or actually trying on clothes without getting yelled at by...
We moms are all supposed to be on the same team, right? But what about those times when you catch another mom giving you a sideways judgy glance - whether it's because you just let your toddler eat a cracker...
Maybe you've always talked with your spouse about adoption and think now may be the time? Maybe adoption looks like it might be the only way your family will grow? Maybe you cry every time you talk to an adoptive mother...
There is no shortage of lists on the internet for all things mom related, including lists of what to buy as a new mom gift. Well, I am going to keep this simple for you, after having three kids...
November is National Adoption Month – a month-long celebration that began in 1995 by Presidential Proclamation as a way to raise awareness for the hundreds of thousands of children in foster care in need of forever families. Today, there...
It’s no surprise that being a Mama is one of the toughest jobs out there.  We talk about that a lot on our website and we sincerely hope that after you click over to us for either a brief...
Please help all of us on the Scottsdale Moms Blog team welcome the newest {baby} addition… Elsie Grace Flies!!! Elsie Grace Flies was born May 19, 2011 at 4:25 am at Scottsdale Shea Hospital.  She weighed 7 lbs 1 oz...
Ditch your disposable diapers. Right now. Today.  Diapers are a dirty duty that can cost a fortune. You can expect to change approximately 2500 diapers in your baby’s first year. If you go for disposable diapers, it can run upwards...
When your child brings home a piece of paper explaining their latest book report (an historical poem and diorama on Betsy Ross), you shudder more violently than your 3rd grader because you don’t want to go to the library...
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...
Few things define a woman as much as her purse.  It’s an inner sanctum we rarely allow others into. And, on the rare event that we have to lay it all bare and allow someone else in, be it...
Today we're so excited to be starting a brand-spankin' NEW SERIES on SMB - Steph vs. Joy.  We're going to take a little break from Fri Date Night and give you a little glimpse into our own homes and...
They pop up in my email box each week; “indulge in the latest treat from __________”; articles on my Facebook page, “you deserve it, take a break from your life”; and Instagram posts with blocks of words “self-care is____________” Self-care...
"Mom, I can't do it!" How many times have you heard your kids say this? I've heard it many times in my house. Recently, our family has been learning about using a "growth mindset." Have you heard this buzz...
I don’t know about you, but my kids are notorious for making me work for their requested birthday themes. Seriously, just about every year one of them has an idea that requires me to get super creative. All I...
What is No Comment parenting. Well, when your kids are really young, you are always looking for advice from fellow parents. Playgroup gatherings are perfect opportunities to ask other moms about sleep issues, potty training, and temper tantrum strategies. As...
Wait! Stop! Don’t scroll past this post because of the creepy crawly critter in the picture! Anyone with a child (grandchild, takes care of a child, knows a child) this is a MUST read! Living in AZ, I’ve squashed scorpions...
Just a little over a year ago I can remember specifically sitting down to write the post "Rejoicing in Your Spirited Child."  At that time Nora was 10 months old and I was just coming to terms with the...
Summers are hard. We all have grand plans in the beginning, but we're now halfway through and it's time to get real. Embrace what's working so far, drop anything that's not, and take a glance at these tips to...
I was recently talking to one of my divorced mom friends about her first year of being seperated and what really helped her get through it. She had some interesting thoughts to share on how we can help our mommy...
We moms are all supposed to be on the same team, right? But what about those times when you catch another mom giving you a sideways judgy glance - whether it's because you just let your toddler eat a...
Like most moms, I have always wanted teach my kids the value of kindness and helping those in need. Whether it's a smile or a hug for someone who is having a rough day, volunteering at a local food...
We all know that the younger our children are the easier it is for them to learn and retain new information. It makes sense to take advantage of the impressionable years in which our children's brains are like sponges....
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...
I know every child is different in terms of how they handle teething, or really, how they handle any situation, but man, teething sucks! My little man just finally had his first tooth break through, and it took a while. I...

When the Holidays Hurt

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Whether we want to admit it or not the holidays are here! Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and Christmas is all around us. For many people this is a stressful yet exciting time. The stress usually comes from...
Please welcome our new contributor Sara! She is a mom to two beautiful girls and we hope you enjoy reading her posts on motherhood and life in Arizona.  The white numbers on my iPhone screen now tell me it’s 8:00...
I don’t have time to hold your guinea pig. Are you ever in the middle of a text, a deadline, the end of a compelling movie or on the back deck eating the last chocolate cookie and here they...

Pajama Day

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Who’s ready for a Pajama Day? Wrapping up a season of wonderful and fun holiday activities, then transitioning back into the routines of school and work can be exhausting. If you’re noticing the days flying by way too fast,...
We've heard such awesome feedback from so many moms about our first Belly Diaries Mama, Brittany, that we thought why not have  a Part II (and Part III and who knows, maybe even Part IV eventually)?!! There's just something so...

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Your Survival Guide to Spring Sports

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      Spring is officially in Sunny Arizona, which means it's time for kids to dust off their cleats, grab their gloves, and hit the fields...