Before and After

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My friend Merry just had her second baby girl and is balancing this adorable new baby with a 2 ½ year old, a husband, and she is studying full time to boot!  Girlfriend needs a nap! With no time for...
“Mom! Mom, do you like Justin Beaver?” (not a typo) “Mom, EVERYONE at school has seen Gnomeo & Juliet and they said it is SO funny. Can we go?” “But Mom, John’s mom lets him watch the Terminator!” If you have little...

Love Gush Moments

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 I really love my husband and I am kind of in a love gush about him right now.  Now before you go and click away from this awesome website because the last thing you want to read about is...
  Upon having our third child the question that we are most commonly asked is; “how many children do you want to have?” I'm never sure how to answer the question. In fact, I'm fascinated by families who can state with boldness...
Are you looking to add more fun and connection to your life - and your family life - this year?  Here are three ideas you can use to start your year on a positive note. 1) Donate your time or...
Joy's post on mom-to-mom friendships could not have been more timely after the week I had. Mommy mantras always include self care. I am horrible at self care. I usually am forced into it by my sweet husband who I...
As we approach the seemingly endless hot summer days, I thought this would be a great time to reflect on why I do love to live here and all the things I am grateful for about Arizona. 1)      The air...
Whoa - it got HOT. Every summer spring the 100+ degree days seem to sneak up on me. Don't get me wrong, I love the heat. Seriously. But when it's beautiful 70's in the morning with afternoon highs in...
New Year's Resolutions. They aren't just for grown-ups. Ah, a brand new year. A clean slate. Fresh beginnings.  A chance to cast off the old and put on the new. Just like a diaper. 2014 was a particularly big year for me; A milestone...
Thank You Thursday {April Edition} Thank You Thursday is a sometimes monthly Scottsdale Moms Blog series. The team at SMB is so LUCKY to receive products, try new local venues, and hear about new things to do all the time....
As I quickly approach our little man's due date, I'm working hard to pull together all of the details I can. All of you experienced moms have gently warned me, "If there's something you want to do, get it...

30 Before 30

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                I turn 29 this month…and although I try not to put too much emphasis on a number…I do feel slightly panicked to be in the last year of my twenties. To me, being in my twenties feels safe to make mistakes...
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...
If you've ever wished you had a friend that was also a pediatrician that you could just sit down and chat over coffee with, our series with Phoenix Children's Pediatrics is exactly what you are looking for. These pediatricians...
I'm writing this from the beach in my hometown, doing something that if you'd asked me a few months ago, I never thought I'd do again....breathing.  Looking back I see a million ways I could have done it all differently....
If you’re thinking about getting braces or clear aligners for your child, you may have wondered which orthodontic treatment option makes the most sense for your family. Did you know that an increasing number of teens, pre-teens and even...
  mom·sen·se (mɒm sens) noun 1.  practical motherly intelligence that is sensible or reasonable 2. a mother’s mental discernment, realization, or recognition  – She has momsense. OR She used her momsense to determine that something was amiss.   ~~~~   I never tire from the wisdom I glean from...
  Are you trying to conceive? Don't get discouraged, the average conception time for a healthy couple is four to six months. Waiting for your precious bundle of joy can make days feel like months! Try to be patient and...
A couple of months ago, Kirsten had this great post about how she was working on spending "special time" with her children before the new baby was born. If you didn't get a chance to read it, you can find it...
Motherhood brings pictures. Hundreds (maybe thousands) of pictures a year. We try to capture every precious moment and although we use many to share with friends on social media, there are those we take to keep for ourselves those are...
It's getting warm outside.  Thanks to Mother Nature we got a little teaser a couple weeks ago to remind us that summer is just around the corner.  For me, that means it's time to break out the summer clothes...
Not too long ago our very own Sarah touched on Second Child Syndrome, and I smile a bit every time I think about it. Because you see, I AM a second child AND the child of not one but TWO second children, and now I...
Every month our kiddos see me heading out the door carrying an appetizer or a bottle of wine to my book club meeting and they squeal about how much they want to come with me. And I get it,...
This post is sponsored by Baby Sensory Development Classes. We partnered with Baby Sensory to bring Scottsdale Moms Blog readers a unique playgroup experience this past July. For more on infant development classes from Baby Sensory, visit their website. The Language Path by Dr. Lin...
When the holidays roll around, it’s easy to focus on giving gifts to our children. No matter what age they are, we spend time trying to find things they’ll love, and we experience joy watching them open and appreciate...
I don’t know about you but I love date night. My husband and I try to go as often as we can, when babysitters and budgets permit. It’s good for us, our marriage, and let’s face it, it is...
Play dates with kids are fun and all, but sometimes you need to get out with just your girlfriends! We started this play date series as a way to explore Scottsdale with our children (Gateway Trail head, Butterfly Wonderland,...
You spend the first three six twelve months of your baby's life looking forward to the promise of a full night's sleep. When that {fairly} consistent sleeping-through-the-night finally happens, you feel like you can accomplish anything. Watch out, world....
On Tuesday we showed you the two most darling newborn in all of Scottsdale - Auggie and Anna Drew, as photographed by Anna Hollister - and today we thought we'd update you on the bellies that remain in the...
Watching your child's communication skills develop is both fascinating and adorable! As a mom and an SLP (Speech Language Pathologist), I am very passionate about early communication development. This is the second post in a series I have started to...

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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...