My eldest daughter came down with a stomach bug-- YES- that awful thing! One minute she was bubbling with energy, running after a ball at her soccer game.  Just a few hours later she was back in bed, looking pale. Then it...
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...
Holiday Gift Guide 2019 Shopping for the holidays can be tough! We are here to help you find all of the gifts for everyone on your nice list! Also follow us on Instagram because we are hosting a 12 Days of Instagram giveaway...
The school year is officially over. Congratulations! You made it. They made it. All parties survived. Lessons learned.  Looking back, why did the first day of preschool bring so many tears? You knew you made the right choice. After all, they learned...
The one thing that can be scary about giving my child my iPhone (or iPad) is that if I walk into another room while she’s enjoying something I’ve selected, I might walk back into the room and she’s hit a million buttons and is now watching something that’s not age appropriate. Can I get an Amen?
Two weeks ago my youngest daughter started feeling sick. Because we knew numbers were going up and there was a chance she was exposed, we got her tested immediately with a rapid test.  Shortly after taking the test, we received...
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...
Some of us do this more than others and I will readily admit I am a bit fanatical, but when it comes to researching anything I will spend a significant amount of money on—I tend to follow a very...
  It all began in 2008... If someone had walked up to me in January 2008 and said, "You are going to be a writer," I would have chuckled and replied, "I'm sorry, but I think you have me confused with...
In our family we have three weeks of back to school. Three. First, my third grader goes back. Then, my 11th grader. Then, my college student. (Did I just type that?) If I am only 32 years old (in...
This photo was taken moments after Elliot was born. I snuggled him like this for the first two hours of his life. I've heard lots of moms talk about the desire to deliver their babies naturally, only...
I'm probably one of the few people on the planet who doesn’t watch Dance Moms. It’s because I grew up dancing and spent time in the competition scene, and the show is nowhere close to my reality. But if it wasn't so extreme no one would...
Family Weekend season is in full swing on college campuses across the U.S. Whether your college student is 30 minutes away at ASU, down in Tucson, up in Flagstaff, or on the other side of the country, parents must...
Can I be honest with you? I can?  Oh good.  Great, thanks. I have kind of been in a Mom funk lately.  In the midst of day-to-day activities and the monotony of motherhood I just can’t seem to find the...
Okay, I am going to be blunt with all of you. There is one thing that no one tells you when you are happy and aglow with a bun in the oven. You still have no idea what is...
This past weekend Steph and I headed over to Moonbeams (at The Shops at Gainey Village) to find out what some of the most popular baby shower gifts are.  Since I have several baby showers coming up this summer (and into...
This post is sponsored and written by Cajons.com. For more musical inspiration, visit their website. Enjoy! Whether you're a seasoned musician or someone who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket it is important to make your home a place where music...
Our family loves to celebrate almost as much as we love traditions. Last year we made May Day Baskets with our two year old. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to teach her about sharing and being a kind...
I know we are all in the same boat as moms these days. Life is hectic, crazy and downright exhausting. As a mom there are so many people we have to make sure get fed, dressed, bathed, off to...
Hey SMB readers and local businesses! We are getting ready to launch our third annual Scottsdale Moms Blog Guide to Surviving Summer next month (yes, I am sorry, but summer is almost here...) The Guide has tons on great information...
I never understood why parents got so emotional about their child starting school until about a week before watching my oldest walk through the door of her Kindergarten classroom. While exciting, it also made me sad and I had trouble...
A little inspiration can go a long way sometimes, especially, at the dawn of a new school year. Transitioning from the free-spirited days of summer to the routine of the school year can be exciting, but it can also be...

When the Holidays Hurt

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Whether we want to admit it or not the holidays are here! Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and Christmas is all around us. For many people this is a stressful yet exciting time. The stress usually comes from...
Childhood obesity awareness may be something that is hard to talk about. It may be uncomfortable or challenging to know which questions to ask. Thankfully, Dr. Rachel Buck, a pediatrician from Phoenix Children’s Pediatrics – Paradise Valley graciously agreed to...
It was overcast, but warm. The waves were perfect. We could watch the surfers and boogie boarders easily. The sand was soft and cool enough to walk on barefoot. We had one full morning to spend at the beach. My...
I didn't get good sleepers. My middle child wasn't so bad, but the other two? They were refuse to close my eyes - I'm going to cry for hours - why do you torture me by putting me in...
Kid in the Corner is a local non-profit dedicated to "helping each Kid in the Corner feel connected to and supported by the community." I heard Kid in the Corner founder, Francine Sumner, speak a few years back and...
One of the most anticipated tech updates of 2015 was the introduction of new emojis (tacos!) for smartphone users. Emojis have quickly become a regular part of messaging lingo and like millions of text messaging enthusiasts I dove headfirst into trying out...
For all the first-time moms or moms with young kids - this one's for you! Coming across my eldest's baby book the other day, I found myself giggling at all the things I had written about, which, at the time seemed...
Why wait until your child is experiencing dental pain to see the dentist? Preventative dentistry focuses on a more proactive approach to keeping your child's smile beautiful, healthy, and functioning properly. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the...

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Your Survival Guide to Spring Sports

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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...