The Scottsdale Civic Center Library has been a saving grace for my kids and me this summer. We’ve gone regularly to escape the grueling heat, join a “Shake, Rattle and Roll” class, check out children's books, and participate in...
The MOPS Group at Valley Presbyterian Church is hosting their BIG indoor play date event this week! The event is free, and and they want you to come! Mama's Cold Brew will be there selling their coffee (yum!!). There will be a gym full of...
Prepare your toddler for preschool! Christ Church School has several programs that help your child prepare for success at the earliest educational levels. Play and Learn Program Classes meet on Friday mornings for 1.5 hours for students ages 16 months -...
You may have read my litany of reasons why I should hate Costco, but can't. This week, Costco made that juuuuust a little easier -- and I'm here today with a warning: The next time you go, you too will likely encounter a villainous,...
When the summer heat has you stuck indoors, but your own house is getting a bit too small (and messy!) pack up the kids and try out these great indoor spaces for big and small. The kids get all...
Earth Day is April 22nd and it's a great opportunity to teach your kids about planet Earth! When I was perusing Pinterest to find some Earth Day inspiration, I found a lot of crafts that involved using lots of (new)...
Darling boys, you are still little. And though you couldn't possibly know it yet, you're making me so much better. I'm a better wife. ...because I am praying for yours. May I model the woman you might one day seek out: - One who loves her husband...
Well, it feels like I blinked and we went from winter to summer! In Arizona, we have a lot of opportunities to play outside, so all of our outdoor toys get A LOT of use. That being said, as...
Dear "Should", I am so over you. "Should". You are a burden. You are intrusive. You are the source of Mommy Wars and exhaustion, laughably high standards and soul-deadening guilt. You are wearying. You are unwelcome. "Should". I am so much more than your bleak message. We moms...
Originally published four years ago, this popular article is being brought back during the Season of Preschool Hunting as it includes over 100 comments (from 2012 through the end of 2015) from parents just like you. Read through them...
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...
My three year old son has officially completed his first semester of preschool (do they have semesters in preschool?). I'm not going to claim that surviving the last five months makes me some kind of preschool parenting expert, but my family has learned...
One of the hardest things about gift shopping is buying a present for a little one, when you don't have a child around that age. It can be hard to know what your nephew wants for Christmas when your...
Huggies generously offered one SMB Contributor some coveted Little Snugglers as a swap for an honest review. So easy!!! Let us tell you why they're the best!
Just two and a half hours south of Scottsdale in the wild nature of Tucson is Tanque Verde Ranch, beaconing you to come find your inner cowboy. No boots, no hat, no horse, no problem! Tanque Verde is a...
If you grew up rooting on Horton the Elephant for the sake of his precious Who's, while reviling the dreadful Wickersham Brothers and that mouthy Kangaroo mom/babe combo -- you'll so appreciate this storyline.
Oh haaai, friend. Pull up a chair. La ti da. That? Oh, nothing. Just the remnants of a cinnamon bun that baby-in-the-tummy and I consumed without sharing a single bite with anyone else. And the mug? It held in its loving care...
Our travel activity packs are a staple for long trips. We have spent a lot of time on airplanes over the last eight years. All of our family and many of our friends live out of state so we are...
As the third child and second girl in a family of four children, I was well accustomed to second-hand clothing. I never minded (or knew) the difference between a hand-me-down outfit and a brand new, off-the-rack ensemble. (Well, at...
It's no secret. You guys know how I feel about summertime around here. And you can sugar coat it all you want with your talk of "dry heat" and "but remember winter"... You get as cranky as I do -...
Don’t get us wrong, Summertime: It’s not that you’re an unwelcome guest. You SO VERY overstay your welcome. Anyone who comes on Memorial Day and leaves on Halloween without offering to help offset the increase in utilities is just plain rude.

The F Word

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Food. In our house, we do not just have a picky eater. We have a four-year old son who has 4,863,628 things he would rather do than sit down and eat a meal. I should clarify that this has been...
Jail is not my biggest fear for my kids. However, it is a great starting point for several of life lessons. 1. You cannot hit your sister/brother, even if they hit you first. You might end up in prison someday...
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...
It's that time of year again. . . Just a few more weeks of school. Vacations are in the making. Kids are wondering what to do this summer. Mom is thinking about how to keep her kids entertained. Vacation Bible School...
Sometimes motherhood means making sacrifices... or at least, adjustments. I believe that every stage of life carries the ability to challenge us, but I think you'll agree that the changes introduced by joining Motherhood are unique in their scope. In light of Mother's...
Many families will travel out of town during summer break. We had a chance to travel to Hawaii earlier this year and I made mental notes on this trip to help prepare for our next vacation. When we spent time on...
Motherhood.   You don't get it until you do it.   Several times I've called my dear friends (who all had kids before me), simply to say, "I'm sorry... I just didn't know!!!" Some habits that toddler moms (and I suspect any-stage moms!) might...
Recently, my husband and I decided to send our (almost) three year old to preschool. Since I am mostly a stay at home mom, I got a lot of questions about why we think he needs to go to...
Have you ever been to Maui? How about with small children?  Our first and only trip to Hawaii was about two years ago when Luke was 18 months. We wanted to go to HI for our honeymoon but didn't have...

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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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