My kids are in preschool very part time right now, which means that they spend the majority of their time with me. I try not to get all "they are going to fall behind" crazy when they are only...
A common question many parents have is when should their child first visit the dentist. Although everyone develops at different rates, most children typically start getting teeth between the ages of 6-8 months. Some may find it surprising that cavities...
Using myself as the example of what NOT to do…I humbly share with you on how to Travel Smart ...6 EPIC Fails to Avoid. Hoping this blog post makes your travels a bit more EPIC in MEMORIES and not...
Who doesn't love a birthday party? Most kids do, including our son, Dominic, who recently celebrated his own 7th birthday with his twin brother. But, Dominic LOVES to be invited to other parties too. He LOVES to celebrate. He...
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...
I'm not here to complain. I'm actually here to tell you about my positive maternity leave experience. Here's the thing, I'm one of the lucky few, a few moms do exist with great maternity leave experiences. I'm here to tell...
Many years ago, after my first child was born and I became fascinated with the whole birthing process, I became a certified childbirth educator. I loved helping couples overcome their anxiety about birth and making their journey to parenthood...
UGH! I never wanted to write this blog, which is actually a part two to a previous blog I wrote for SMB about scorpions -what to do if your child is stung. You can read that step by step...
Do you have special family traditions shared every year on Christmas Eve? We sure do. We attend an early evening church service and then hustle back home to let our kids open one present – Christmas jammies that they...
Thank You Thursday is a new feature from Scottsdale Moms Blog. The team at SMB is so LUCKY to receive products, try new local venues, and hear about new things to do all the time. It is so much fun! But we want to share all of these fun new finds with all of you, plus give a huge THANK YOU to companies that reach out to us.
When my kids were little and I would announce that we were going to the doctor’s, the first frantic question out of their mouths was always, “Do I have to get any shots?” As adults, most of us have outgrown...
To my pre-child self: Well, hello there skinny. I know that you are wishing that you could lose those three pounds you gained over Christmas, but that’s nothing compared to the weight yo-yo you will enjoy in your child-bearing years. Find grace...

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,...
Note: Welcome Courtney to our contributor team! She is a busy mom raising her little girl while working and in school. Courtney loves sharing about living a happy fulfilled life and we hope you enjoy reading her posts.  When I...
My husband is probably one of the most amazing humans in the world. He’s such a good man and I literally want everyone to know him and his level of awesomeness. Although TBH, he would HATE that because he’s...
If you’re like me, a night out with my girls is EVERYTHING. I’m so lucky to have a group of fellow mom friends nearby to text from time to time to plan our next get-together (and if you’re looking...
Editor's Note: Happy Monday! All week long we're talking about screens - from TV shows to tablets for kids and grownups of all ages. Love 'em or hate 'em, screens and screen time are a hot topic in parenting...
Summer is in full swing, the temps are heating up (115 last weekend, yikes) and the kids are already sooo bored. Ugh.  We are here to help you survive summer! Take a look at the SMB Guide to Surviving Summer...
The sun announces its arrival a little too early. Although the blinds are shut, there is enough light to allow several rays of morning sun into our room. It's only 5:45 a.m., but the day begins, even if I am...

Marriage in Real Life

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I am not sure if any part of culture impacts my little girls like Valentine's Day.  Well, all that Valentine's Day represents--from film to TV to songs and cupid. It romanticizes love into solely an emotional (and usually shallow)...
It seems there are precious few things as highly anticipated as sending one's child off to Kindergarten. What a mixed bag of sentiments - nostalgia, nerves, grief, excitement disbelief... We do our best to capture it all in grinning,...
Discussing childhood immunizations can sometimes become a rather heated topic. Parents are faced with making important decisions about their children’s healthcare from the minute they first find out they are having a baby. We consult the internet, books, family members,...
Given the time, I love cooking. Simplicity and planning are definitely key these days, especially with three little eaters that all have different tastes. My kids love getting their hands dirty, stirring and mixing batter for chocolate chip cookies, or...

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Family Friendly Events (December 2021)

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December is here! The weather is perfect, we have so many family friendly events all around town. So fun! We also have a new monthly...

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