You are NOT Enough. There are days this phrase reverberates through my mind like an air hockey puck, hitting all sides of my brain, as I chase it down to stop the lies. We’re the first to judge ourselves over...
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...
In a time when it feels like the world is trying to suck the life out of me, there are a number of things that are actually giving me life.  Some of my “life saving” things are frivolous and...
At SMB we want to bring you information and inspiration from around the Valley and beyond. Here are some clickworthy links from around the web this week. Enjoy! I just bought my first bottle of kids’ sunscreen for the season...
Dear Costco Checkout Guy, Listen. I know what it's like to work a retail job. You probably had to wake up around 8am, which is early for you, after having gone to bed well after midnight because you were drinking awesome...
Don’t get us wrong, Summertime: It’s not that you’re an unwelcome guest. You SO VERY overstay your welcome. Anyone who comes on Memorial Day and leaves on Halloween without offering to help offset the increase in utilities is just plain rude.
I LOVE sharing new finds, especially new things that make cooking and everything I do in the kitchen easier. Here are three of my new favorite kitchen hacks: OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Containers. These things are amazing! I am THE WORST at buying too many...
July 4, 2016  That was the day I hit rock bottom at Target. Here's my little secret...I shop for my feelings. If I have something to celebrate, I shop. If #momlife has me all in a kurfluffle, I shop. If I feel sad...
It’s got to be the most used parenting cliché we hear: The days are long but the years are short. Usually this adage is spoken by other parents, and most people I know – in any stage of parenthood – agree with...
We are looking for new & diverse contributors to expand our team of regular writers! We need local (Metro Phoenix area) moms who are passionate about our community and love to share stories and wisdom with others. This is a volunteer...
Modern motherhood is difficult, and that’s not news to anyone who’s become a mom over the past couple of decades. It’s stressful from the moment you find out you’re pregnant. Then there’s the sleep deprivation of the baby phase –...
There are days that we block out of our memory.  I’m not sure whether it’s by God’s grace that we forget, or whether trauma causes our body to produce some type of hormone that erases, or at least significantly...
10 years.  Can you believe it?  I know I can’t.  In the last 10 years I feel as if a lifetime has passed and yet the minute I begin to recall the events of that fateful day in September...
I already have to tell endless "white lies' about the Jolly-Ol-Man-St.-Nick, telling my daughter that he fits his bowl-full-of-jelly-belly down our tiny Arizona fireplace to deliver our presents on Christmas Eve. But  NOW I am telling more lies about...
As much as I love the holiday season, I always find myself a tiny bit relieved when the New Year's Eve countdown has concluded, and the ball has dropped on another year. I welcome the return to schedules, as...
As I creep into midlife, I've pondered the word regret. We hear it all of the time throughout our life, "If you don't move forward with this plan, you might regret it," or "Don't do something you may regret,"...
My first-born turns 5 this month, ...and it seems like a really big deal. I've been working this mom gig for basically 5 years now, and trust me when I say that I am nowhere near being an expert, or even...
November is the calendared home of Thanksgiving and for me, a month to pause and cultivate and attitude of gratitude for the abundant blessings in my life.  One of my personal November traditions is to create a daily Facebook...
I know what women want, especially sleep-deprived, overextended Scottsdale moms. We want a spa day. We want one hour, or two, or five of uninterrupted, unadulterated quiet time dedicated to feeling whole again. We want … and I would...
Driving in the car with my kids in the back seat brings out best and the worst in me. Somehow, knowing they have a captive audience causes my kids to do things that make me want to either put...
I have been operating on half a tank of energy and steam since the pregnancy nausea of #3 set in 10 weeks ago. If you've seen me, perhaps I looked a little bit run down. I have been feeling...
February in Arizona. Lounging at the park while the children play, dipping our toes into the still-chilly pool... freaking out when we see our first scorpion of the year. Yep, frighteningly, it's that time of year when the temperatures...
I'm trying here, Costco. Really, I am. I want so much to hate you, and on paper, that should be easy.  I mean, after all: I thought Target was bad, but YOU. You are the $8.79 (if we're lucky) impulse-buy Green...
Most of us love the attention we receive when our new baby arrives and the overwhelming support our family and friends give. Although most of the the people closest to us often mean well, sometimes that same attention we...
As mothers, we often find things overwhelming or hard in the moments where we lose our sense of self. In order to properly care for the people around us, we truly need to stay true to who we are....
Here is all the tips and tricks that we use during the summer to make it through the extreme heat and the predictable boredom. Whatever it takes to get us to September!  Read all the Tips & Tricks written by...
What if I were to tell you that I have a love/dislike relationship with Christmas?  I don’t normally tell people this because instead of trying to understand further, I’m usually shut down with hearing all about how much the...
Breastfeeding isn't for the faint of heart. Though it is one of the most womanly and nurturing acts a woman can do, it is also challenging and tiring. A woman who chooses to breastfeed will do well to study up, seek support and remain determined.
We finally ended it a few months ago.  I just had to come clean and say, "Can we just be friends? It's not you it's me...." It wasn't easy, but I think we're both better for it. Here's my...
I met a new friend today.  She is a mom in my son’s Kindergarten class and we volunteered on a project together.  We chatted for a while talking about raising boys and whether or not her son was signed...

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Living in Scottsdale means our hot HOT summers need to be filled with busy camp days for our kids. Because we know, if we...