Something strange has happened to me each and every time that I've been pregnant. The first time, I thought I was just going crazy. The second time, I thought I knew what it was. And this time, I am...
Summer time is here and many of us are wondering what to do with our kids so that they aren't totally bored before the new school year rolls around. Let's be honest, school gives mom's and dad's a break...
When I broke down and finally went to see Dr. Jones I was almost 8 months into my pregnancy.  What broke me was the zinger I got in my right leg and through my right hip (ouch!) each time I stood...
I have been a mommy now for almost five months, and it has been amazing...but it has also been hard. Not hard like, oh crap I didn't get to shower today, hard. Hard like, I feel like a failure...
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 try to keep it light and positive with my personal social media posts. Of course, I like sharing the news and adventures of my boys and the wise cracks of my hubby. I like to share what we’re...
For the next few weeks, we are celebrating Back 2 School! We will be featuring giveaways, local businesses and fun articles to kick off the new school year. So keep checking in each day, you might be the next...
Back in January we (unintentionally) started working with Nora on her ABCs.   And by unintentionally, I mean that I have no teaching experience, nor do I have older children that I've already taught the ABCs to.  Nora is...
Dressing for the holidays can be daunting! Here are a few ideas to make your holiday wardrobe season a little more merry and bright. Thanksgiving: Dress for the season with fall colors.  Even if we don't see leaves changing color here...
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...
Summer brings a smile to a Mom’s face in most states, but here it’s the dreaded months where we have to find alternatives to the parks we love. Thankfully the Valley is getting better at offering indoor activities in...
I have dedicated my life to educating children. I received my degree in elementary education. I taught three different grades throughout my years as a classroom teacher. Since I started student teaching, I have always had a second job...

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A funny thing happened on the way to the park last Saturday. Getting out the door is always challenging with little ones but this day was exceptionally overwhelming. It wasn’t due to needed supplies in the diaper bag or...
Parents, kids, and teachers all love a year when Halloween falls on a weekend night, and no one has to get up early for school the next morning suffering from a candy-hangover. Well, as luck would have it, our pandemic-year...
I had my first baby in my early 20s. I was starry-eyed, a bit naive and the ultimate optimist (oh, and strong-willed and opinionated...)  In keeping with that mentality, I was hell-bent on enlisting the help of a downright...
My friend and I were at a loss on how we were going to make it through the long summer with all of our kids (we have seven kids between the two of us). Neither of us had any...
Ladies!  I need your help!  I am in desperate need of tips for flying with babies and toddlers! This month, Handsome Husband and I are traveling cross-country with one very helpful teenager, one sweet but needy 5-month old and one...
The joys--and messes!-- a crawler can create are amazing! Gone are the days of cuddling all day on the sofa. He's on the move and that means... So. Am. I.  Enjoy this little note from my Crawler to yours! Crawling is awesome --...
  Like every other craft-loving-DIYing-Pinterest-obsessed-mother, I deal with my post-Christmas withdrawal symptoms by throwing myself fully into the next holiday on my radar: Valentines Day! And, as result, I usually spend the majority of January trolling through Pinterest trying to find uber...
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...
These are unusual and challenging times that we face. Staying connected by having someone to talk with or lend an empathetic ear is more important than ever to our well-being, our families and our community. The Birth to Five...
I’m in no way paid by Life Time Fitness. Quite the opposite, actually. Each month, our family dishes out a steep gym membership fee. However, what we’ve gained as a family has been worth every penny. You might even...
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The other day I told my husband that in the future I think I’ll look back on this current season of life as my favorite—this season of staying home with my babies. He looked at me surprised, and said,...
What I love about our sticky situations posts was the reminder that we all do things differently.  That is, of course, more than okay, but took me awhile to consciously deal with.  I am such a rule follower.  It...
Scottsdale Moms Blog co-founder Steph Flies announced her pregnancy here on the blog during our pregnancy week back in September, and we're thrilled to officially announce the birth of her third sweet girl! Audrey Mae Flies February 27th, 2013 3:55 am 7 lb...

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Recently my husband and I went out to dinner to celebrate nine years of marriage. As we were sitting at the bar and waiting for our dinner reservation, "that" conversation came up. Rather unexpectedly to me, to be honest....

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The dusty boxes were pulled from the attic this last weekend.  The family treasures were pulled out with care and smiles.  The girls had tolerated Halloween and hurried through Thanksgiving.  They had counted the seconds until we said it...
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...
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...
Does your child have anxiety or other mental health issues? Has this led to struggles in the school setting? My kids both have anxiety and this has made it challenging to navigate school at times. Unfortunately, most schools are...

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