When we registered for our new baby (over two years ago now!), it was pretty overwhelming. There were so many items to choose from and so many options for each of those items and so many stores where you...
Have you ever been to Maui? How about with small children?  Our first and only trip to Hawaii was about two years ago when Luke was 18 months. We wanted to go to HI for our honeymoon but didn't have...
he word is out! Scottsdale Moms Blog has opened a casting call for new contributors! Here are my own Top 4 reasons why YOU should take the plunge and join us!
For all the first-time moms or moms with young kids - this one's for you! Coming across my eldest's baby book the other day, I found myself giggling at all the things I had written about, which, at the time seemed...
When I first heard about the world of doulas, I was blown away. Who knew that there were people out there who offer emotional support, knowledge, guidance, and strength during pregnancy and birth? The job of a doula - meaning...
In Scottsdale, we are truly blessed with wonderful winter weather. We never experience the barrage of blizzards that plague the East Coast or have to shovel driveways of snow before we can start the day. However, it can still...
Looking for children's gifts that will be used for years? Look no further!!  Here are 6 of the best gifts for children this holiday season. Not all toys are created equal. There are those that are only enjoyed for a single...
Peter’s Story One, two, three, jump! Peter’s mom yells, “Peter, stop jumping on the couch!” Of course, Peter is having way too much fun and continues jumping on the couch. Peter’s mom yells again, “Peter, I told you to stop jumping now!” Peter continues...
My brother and his wife are expecting twins any day now. As my family impatiently waits for the second set of twins to be born in my family, I started thinking about those must have baby items that no...
The calendar tells me that fall is in full swing, and yet, as a Phoenix newbie, it's rather hard to believe. There are no changing leaves, no riding boots, no apple orchards. A Pumpkin Spice Latte, in these temps?? Pleh. Sure, things...
Not sure if you guys have noticed, but we live in something of a digital age. I, more than most, retain an affinity for the old fashioned... I make pen-to-paper to-do lists and include items already completed just to give them a...
You always hear that babies don’t come with manuals. But bookstores continue to house shelves of "How To Books" on childrearing. When I had a baby I took to it like signing up for a course in college. I read...
We at SMB are excited about a new little feature we’ve added to the blog!  In addition to our regular lineup of awesome Scottsdale Mom contributors, we’re including a monthly post by a LOCAL expert! We’re covering topics ranging from discipline to reading readiness...
  It might be time to register for your first baby, or you may have just received an invitation to a co-worker's baby shower – either way buying gifts for a new mom can be overwhelming.Our modern society has done...
Our family moved to Phoenix from southeast Minnesota 1 year ago, making THIS our first full AZ summer -- and all I can say is Holy Moley. This desert dwelling thing is no joke! If you find yourself in Phoenix sweating summer...

Tear Ducts

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It is well-known that motherhood brings many changes to a woman's body, but no one warns us about this one. I used to have normal-sized tear ducts; They were secure and more easily managed.  Then motherhood came and they got rearranged. I choose "Expanded" over...
 We at SMB are excited to announce a new little feature we’re adding to the blog!  In addition to our regular lineup of awesome Scottsdale Mom Contributors, we will be adding a monthly post by a LOCAL expert! We’ll...
Hi mamas! This post about maternity leave on a budget is so timely for summertime in the Valley, and since we recently met a bunch of new moms at Mom's On The Move, we thought we'd make a few...
Ah, summer...  Here in Arizona, it's the magical time of year when we who so shamelessly boasted about our wintertime awesomeness Zip-A-Lip and hunker down with 1 hand in the freezer and the other on the ceiling fan remote...
I am so, so, so tired. Hi guys, it's Kirsten, Managing Editor here at SMB--- and I. Am. Tired. I know I'm not the only one. I've had too many conversations with moms just like me-- bags under their eyes,  Starbucks...
I haven't been a mom very long.  Less than 18 months. When I joined the ranks as an At Home Mom, I aspired to maintain our home as a place of order and peace.  i.e.,  To keep it clean.  Then the baby...
I recently read an article about how mothers in France “live and let live”.  They don’t pack huge diaper bags or thrust all kinds of emergency paraphernalia into their strollers for all of life’s      "what-ifs".  They just...
If you’re just tuning in, Renee is a local mama of 1 little boy and is chronicling her second pregnancy as part of  The Belly Diaries.  Click here to read the first post in her series,  here to learn about the “cowboy big-brother”,...
 We at SMB are excited to announce a new little feature we're adding to the blog!  In addition to our regular lineup of awesome Scottsdale Mom Contributors, we will be adding a monthly post by a LOCAL expert! We'll...
Snapshot One: I looked in the mirror as I slid on a pair of size-zero Gap khaki capris.  I was nearly six months pregnant with my first baby and my gaunt frame was still shrinking.  At this point I had...
The joys--and messes!-- a crawler can create are amazing! Gone are the days of cuddling all day on the sofa. He's on the move and that means... So. Am. I.  Enjoy this little note from my Crawler to yours! Crawling is awesome --...
If you’re just tuning in, Renee is a local mama of 1 little boy and is chronicling her second pregnancy as part of  The Belly Diaries.   Click here to read the first post in her series.   My son is obsessed with...
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...
One of our favorite and most popular series is here again! Join us for the next several months as we follow one Scottsdale mom through the highs and lows; excitement and preparation; and all the other million little things that...
For this month's contributor corner question, we're looking back (for some of us, WAY BACK!) to when we each had our first baby and wondering what really were the best gifts for a new baby. "What was your favorite baby shower...

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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...