EDUCATION WITH REWARDS Who doesn't like to be rewarded for completing a class or a course? I remember when I was expecting my first little one, who just turned nineteen. I read every pregnancy book, took courses at the hospital,...
The arrival of your first child is a huge deal. You do all the reading and the research and the shopping and the decorating and the sanitizing and all the things to prepare. Then the second comes along and,...
I’m not sure if I have been noticing this lately because Father’s Day is approaching or if it’s because I have my own husband and daughter duo, but I have noticed lately how adorable Dads and daughters are with...
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...

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I look around the room with stinging eyes, the hot tears threatening to spill over at any second making the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree blur like a blizzard before my eyes. The smell of a winter candle...
Every time Brangelina jetsetted across the globe, they'd return with a bigger brood of little stars. While celebs drawing attention to adoption isn't all bad, the ease and glamour doesn’t exactly depict how it goes down in real-life. Our son...
Since having our 6 1/2 month old, Sedona, in February our life has been a whirlwind! Even though it seems like yesterday that we just brought her home, being parents has been so rewarding. It's fun, hectic, stressful, and...
Most of us love the attention we receive when our new baby arrives and the overwhelming support our family and friends give. Although most of the the people closest to us often mean well, sometimes that same attention we...
Mother's Day is a special day to show love and appreciation for all that motherhood and mothers mean to us. Everyone acknowledges our great contribution to the world and society for bringing life into the world. Our children are babies,...
Almost two years ago, we welcomed our rainbow baby into the world. Mary Alice was an amazing surprise after 12 years of miscarriages and growing our family by adoption. She continues to be a joy every single day. We...
I remember sitting in my OB’s office and anxiously waiting for my 16 week gender reveal appointment. It's was a BOY! We cheered, cried - and then life got real!!! A boy, a real boy. My life was forever...

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Dear Expecting Mom, If you’re like I was, your mind is racing. Sure, you’re waking up in the night to go to the bathroom, but let’s be honest, you’re also awake because you’re thinking about how much your life is...
Written in honor of pregnancy loss and remembrance day this October 15. Almost a month after my sweet baby was born sleeping, I was encouraged to join a baby loss support group. At this session we met a mom nurse who lost...
Click here to donate A toy box: Just a simple way to ease the fears of children going in for treatment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. My heart breaks every time I take my daughter to PCH and I see...
As of writing this, I am about a week and a half out from my due date with baby number 3, and already I have mom guilt. Guilt that I didn’t enjoy this pregnancy enough. That I spent too...
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...
We are lucky enough to be blessed with baby #3 joining our family this summer and as I get bigger and more uncomfortable, I keep thinking about the differences between pregnancy #1 and #3 (Sorry middle child, pregnancy #2...
You've made it this far! You pushed through the morning sickness of the first trimester and breezed right through the second. You can see the finish line ahead. For some, childbirth can be swift and painless. For others, childbirth...
I recently received the Candide Baby Group Multi-Relax 3-in-1 Multi-functional Maternity Pillow in Taupe to test out at home. All opinions here are my own.  We know babies come with a lot of gear, and this pillow helps cut down on...
Note: Please help us welcome Andrea to our contributor team! She is a yoga and barre instructor and mommy to one cute little guy. We are excited for you to read about her journey through motherhood and tips for...
I recently gave birth to our third child and our family is over the moon! If  you are interested, I have shared our birth story, plus some more photos of our newest family member over on my blog. The topic...
There’s a new baby sling on the market, and it is worthy of review!  Mamaway is really on to something: A high-quality, user-friendly sling that’s of ample length and width without being overwhelming. They generously gifted me one of their slings in exchange...
  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...
Like most first time parents-to-be, my husband and I read the baby books, took a birth prep class and decorated the nursery according to my Pinterest board. We checked off the checklists and felt confident we were prepared for anything...
After announcing you’re pregnant to the world there are inevitably three questions everyone asks you: When is your due date? Are you finding out the gender? Have you thought of any names? Ahh. The name game. Long before my pregnancy, I brainstormed over baby names...
When we registered for our new baby (over two years ago now!), it was pretty overwhelming. There were so many items to choose from and so many options for each of those items and so many stores where you...
When I first heard about the world of doulas, I was blown away. Who knew that there were people out there who offer emotional support, knowledge, guidance, and strength during pregnancy and birth? The job of a doula - meaning...
With each of my pregnancies, I faced morning sickness that left me exhausted and vomiting from morning until night. This time, I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Despite this extreme situation, there were still a few things that worked with...
My brother and his wife are expecting twins any day now. As my family impatiently waits for the second set of twins to be born in my family, I started thinking about those must have baby items that no...
Not sure if you guys have noticed, but we live in something of a digital age. I, more than most, retain an affinity for the old fashioned... I make pen-to-paper to-do lists and include items already completed just to give them a...

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Family Friendly Events in and Around Scottsdale (September 2021)

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After the strangest summer ever, we are all loving the {almost} Fall vibes out there. Take advantage of all the things to do and...
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