My first born headed to Kindergarten last week and I am not OK. I know that I will learn to deal with it and eventually I’ll be OK, but for not I am not. I also know that he...
Can you believe that summer is over and the kids are back in school already? You may have had this "conversation" a dozen times by now: How was school? Good/fine/whatever. We’re all happy to hear that school was “good.”...
As we approach the beginning of Kindergarten, I want to tell you how proud we are of you!  You have grown so much and it is hard to believe you are spreading your wings a bit more each day....
Summer flew by and it’s that time of year where the kids are gearing up to head back to school. Being in a new classroom with different friends or even in a brand-new school is very scary and intimidating...
It's never easy to be the new kid. Unfamiliar faces, an unexplored campus, and seemingly strange dynamics all await your child on day one, and they know it. Imagine your child skipping happily into a new classroom, making ten...
Summer in Arizona. Also known as the “Desperation Months” when we parents attempt to keep our kids busy so that we can maintain at least an ounce of our sanity. Often, this means our kids are trying out new...
Soccer is BIG here in Scottsdale, so chances are if you have kids, you're spending time at soccer games. We love watching our kids play and have a passion for something like soccer. This sport teaches them teamwork, the...
One of the many reasons I wish we had smartphones when my kids were little is that I would have liked to log the number of hours we spent at the playground. Both my son and daughter were born...
May is when we celebrate our teachers. It's a special time to thank them for everything they have done for our children all year. Just like we challenge ourselves to be thankful all year, not just on Thanksgiving Day,...
Traveling with kids can be BRUTAL, but we all got to do it. So use our tips and tricks to make the journey a bit easier, and GOOD LUCK!  Travel Tips & Tricks {SMB TIP: We also love all these local...

DIY Savings Bank

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DIY Savings Bank Supplies Shoe Box Cardboard Scrapbook Paper Stickers Decorative Tape Packing Tape Glue Scissors (adults!) Step 1 - Find a Box We picked a sturdy preschool sized shoe box that was already pretty cute.             Step 2 - Make Cardboard Dividers Use...
Nomophobia. Ever heard of it? If you have a tween or teen living in your house, you’ve probably witnessed the effects of it. Defined as a state of stress caused by having no access to or being unable to use...
  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...
As spring break season approaches, high school and college students in Arizona usually have just one thing on their minds – time to hit the beach!  Whether the destination is San Diego, where many high schoolers head, or Mexico,...
Do you have a child who could use a little extra help in math? As a parent of 3 children, I have found that each of my kids has a very different learning style. One of my kids has...
Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and while I love having friends and family over and cooking (and outsourcing) a big meal, it is a lot of work. Because my kids don't seem to care that I am...
Arizona Language Preparatory is Arizona’s only tri-lingual full immersion school. Arizona Language Preparatory is FREE public charter school with grades k-6th. The goal is for their students to become fluent in three languages simultaneously. These langues include English, Mandarin, and...
Hi there! As we get settled into the start of a new school year, our kiddos meet new classmates and find new friends. Let’s be honest here, some kids we would love for our children to play with. Others,...
Summer break in Scottsdale is upon us and the extremely high temperatures can make for some of the LONGEST days with little ones. Sure, there are amazing local indoor attractions offered in Scottsdale, but outings are not something I'm...
Summer time is here and many of us are wondering what to do with our kids so that they aren't totally bored before the new school year rolls around. Let's be honest, school gives mom's and dad's a break...
New moms get so many product “suggestions” thrown their way. “This is the best carseat!” “Use this and your child will sleep!” “These onesies are double the price, but the best on the market.” You spend thousands of dollars before the...
Father's day is coming up and Dads love homemade and thoughtful gifts too. Here's 5 Father's Days crafts that are fun for children to make and Dad is sure to cherish. 1. Paper Tie: There are patterns online and even...
Recently our family traveled cross-country for a wedding in a big city. As all of you know, the planning of travel and logistics with kids is never fun. We were staying downtown and would not have a rental car....
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...
With summer just around the corner, I know that many of us are on the hunt for Scottsdale sports and activities for our kids. While some people are searching for all day summer camps, some of us fall into the category...
Over Thanksgiving, my family and I drove 20 minutes out of our way to see my cousin (who had come in from out of town) at another cousin’s house, for a grand total of 15 minutes. We were all...

Hiking with Children

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One of my favorite things about living in Scottsdale is all of the local and accessible hiking trails. I love hiking and I want my children to love hiking too. Bringing children along can sometimes sound intimidating, so here...
All hail the great babysitters!! {we're not woooorthyyyy!!!} If you (like me) have no extended-family help within a day's driving distance, then extra Cheers. I see you and I feel your pain. Somewhere around the birth of my second babe, I...
One of my struggles as a parent is keeping the kids safe while they are online. I truly believe granting them access to the internet, texting and games is a necessary part of them growing up. The older they...
School hunting in Arizona is NOT easy. It can be one of the most difficult choices that you have to make. And there are so MANY choices here in the Valley! Choosing your child’s first (or next) school is a...

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Family Friendly Events in and Around Scottsdale (September 2021)

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After the strangest summer ever, we are all loving the {almost} Fall vibes out there. Take advantage of all the things to do and...
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