I think you have to be very naïve to go into motherhood thinking it will be all sunshine and roses all the time. However, even though most of us go into it knowing there will be challenges, I think...
I struggled to write this month’s blog post. I was having a hard time getting back into the school routine. I was forgetting things, running late, and constantly feeling one step behind. My husband had started traveling again after...
The following situations are based on my experiences. Please contact your doctor for any medical advice regarding your personal circumstance. The previous posts in this series have been directed to the chronically sick parent (Part One, Part Two, & Part...
I’ve been on a reading frenzy lately. Fiction, non-fiction, historical non-fiction, spiritual, parenting… My bedroom nightstand would look like a cluttered book mess without the help of my trusty Kindle: One of the books I’ve been reading is The Happiness...
I love the movement that is rising up and celebrating body positivity. The premise behind this is loving your body at any size and celebrating it. This movement encourages people to stop hating their bodies and instead appreciate what...
Scottsdale Moms Blog has been encouraging and connecting moms across the Valley of the Sun for 7 full years as of March 2017! We invited SMB founders Steph and Joy back on the blog to talk about the early...
 Recently, I was having a conversation with a mama friend of mine on the phone (gasp! yes this still exists even though I think we all only have time for the quick texts.) Anyway, she cut the convo short...
For over five years, I have been a member of an amazing book club. The women in my group all have different careers and back grounds. We are spread out all over the Valley. But we share a love...
    Total shock. That's the only way to describe my feelings on the day I received the news that my position had been eliminated. As I packed up my office, I felt fear.  My worries were not only about of what...
Welcome to my list of 5 Things Other Moms Do Better Than Me.  I hope this makes you feel like an excellent parent! 1. Discipline their children Some moms spank their children. Without fail and without delay, regardless of where they...
The following situations are based on my experiences. Please contact your doctor for any medical advice regarding your personal circumstance. I didn’t start out as a chronically sick person. For over a decade, I’ve known something was wrong. However, the...
Part 2: The bras…. These first two wireless bras were actually the last ones I ordered and I ordered them because I started getting 100,000 FB ads for different bra companies and I’m a sucker for FB ads. Stupid Cookies. Anyway...
Not sure of a plan for the the influx of games, dolls, blocks, and anything Frozen-themed coming your way this holiday season? Give your future self an advantage by getting the playroom ready BEFORE the toys arrive! Here are...
I never thought, until recently, about how White the mom blogging world was. I know. I know. If you immediately felt shame or anger, give me a moment to explain, because it’s not about that being wrong or right. It’s an observation about the...

A FABulous Thanksgiving

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I'm not sure if you're like me. You probably aren't. I'm kind of weird. But just in case there are a few of you out there who can relate... Holidays stress me out. Maybe because of my recovering perfectionist personality, or...
Holiday planning can be difficult for a divorced parent. I never imagined seeing my child’s face light up on Christmas morning, every other year. This is the fifth year I will enjoy the holidays as a single mom. Each...
We all know it’s important to exercise throughout your pregnancy. Of course, experts say not to go out there and try a new hardcore workout while pregnant, but it’s healthy and encouraged to keep doing activities that your body...
Practical ways to honor and celebrate the man in your life this Father's Day. Let's face it, the world makes a pretty big deal about Mother's Day. I mean, its a REAL holiday. Brunch reservations are made, flowers are bought;...
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The Modern Mother

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Society, Grandparents, Friends, Neighbors, Professional colleagues — many of us to new moms:  Breast is best, but obviously not in public. You should co-sleep, but it is so unsafe. You should go back to work but do not ever leave...
“Mama?” my 4 year old vibrantly asked, “what’s that?”  His question came in a rare but appreciated moment without his little brother’s need for attention while we were snuggled together in the glow of after-nap cuddles.  I could sense...
December is my favorite month!  There is something about the shared excitment, decorations everywhere and Christmas music on the radio that makes me walk around with a smile all month long!  (It doesn't hurt that my birthday also falls...
{Joy} I love watching Reagan learn new skills!  Eating solid food is no exception.  I was surprised to learn that chewing is intuitive and that she learns so much just by watching someone else do it.  Amazing. I started her...
We see each other at the grocery store, play dates, parks, church and gas stations. We are all busy. But when was the last time we were really a friend to someone? I have a newborn and I'd love to...
Remember back in the Fall, when we were all sweating from the heat and were completely over the 3-digit temperatures? Remember when we were dying to wear riding boots and scarfs and various shades of brown and orange? Remember when Sarah Powers wrote...
I have two daughters.  Both are strong willed.  For those that know me well, this is not surprising. I’m sure my parents chuckle every time they think about it. My older daughter is focused, driven and particular. She is the...
          You know what's a little unnerving? Getting made up to go interview beauty guru, and world-renown make-up artist, Jemma Kidd.  Especially if you're like me and your skill set in that department is seriously lacking. But regardless of my...
The Metro Phoenix Area is no stranger to "mom events." In fact our very own Scottsdale Mom's Blog has its Bloom event coming up soon! But I wanted to spend a minute to highlight an event that is in...
So, I was watching an episode of “The Worst Case Scenario: With Bear Grylls” where Bear’s SUV breaks down in the desert during a road trip.  In true Bear Grylls fashion, he proceeds to tell everyone how to survive...
It was late October and still 104 degrees outside.  I walked through the aisles of my local Fry's Marketplace, pushing one of those ridiculous car carts- loaded down with my near seven-year old, three-year old and the infamous...

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