From the Editor: SMB is excited to introduce our PLAYDATE SERIES, where you will get first-hand stories on how playdates go at different locations through town! Read along with our brilliant writers Kate & Renée who tackled the Butterfly...
he word is out! Scottsdale Moms Blog has opened a casting call for new contributors! Here are my own Top 4 reasons why YOU should take the plunge and join us!
I love the theater! I grew up performing in shows since I was five, and spent all my spare money in college on tickets to concerts and plays. From the thrill of performing on stage to the fun of...
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...
What is with this WEATHER?!  Okay, the freeze may be thawing - and while this article was originally in May 2014 to help us during those long, hot summers indoors, it's just as applicable for these chilly days we're suddenly seeing!  We're...
Looking for children's gifts that will be used for years? Look no further!!  Here are 6 of the best gifts for children this holiday season. Not all toys are created equal. There are those that are only enjoyed for a single...
With the weather improving, it's finally time to get outside and play! Here are some of my kids' favorite backyard activities when they were toddlers and preschoolers. Create Animal Habitats: My kids love doing this, even to this day! Each child...
I don't know where I saw it, but I remembered the image of the sleeping child with a superimposed "fairy" fluttering around on the video screen. Coooooool, I thought, when my kids lose their teeth I will totally have...
Peter’s Story One, two, three, jump! Peter’s mom yells, “Peter, stop jumping on the couch!” Of course, Peter is having way too much fun and continues jumping on the couch. Peter’s mom yells again, “Peter, I told you to stop jumping now!” Peter continues...
The calendar tells me that fall is in full swing, and yet, as a Phoenix newbie, it's rather hard to believe. There are no changing leaves, no riding boots, no apple orchards. A Pumpkin Spice Latte, in these temps?? Pleh. Sure, things...
Christ Church School is a private preschool and elementary school (16 months through 4th Grade) located in Paradise Valley that focuses on a personalized style of instruction. What is personalized instruction? Personalized instruction is paced and tailored appropriately to the learning...
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...
As someone who grew up in Ohio, I have had share of my rainy days. Though a monsoon may cause more chaos for the valley, the rain still puts a smile on my face. I love the smell of...
One of the best decisions I've ever made was to join a MOPS group. My oldest are 14 and 11. When we decided to adopt Riley, now 3, I had completely forgotten how crazy hard toddler years are. I had...
Our family moved to Phoenix from southeast Minnesota 1 year ago, making THIS our first full AZ summer -- and all I can say is Holy Moley. This desert dwelling thing is no joke! If you find yourself in Phoenix sweating summer...
   We at SMB are excited about a new little feature we’ve added to the blog!  In addition to our regular lineup of awesome Scottsdale Mom contributors, we're including a monthly post by a LOCAL expert! We're covering topics from discipline to reading readiness...

Tear Ducts

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It is well-known that motherhood brings many changes to a woman's body, but no one warns us about this one. I used to have normal-sized tear ducts; They were secure and more easily managed.  Then motherhood came and they got rearranged. I choose "Expanded" over...
1)     Your grocery runs are exciting! You have a shopping list with the following items: a) black fish-net hose b) red lipstick c) false eyelashes Hot date with your husband? Not quite! These are necessary 8-year old accessories...
We have a pool. If you don’t have a pool, then I know what you’re thinking: I’m lucky. I have a fun activity that’s perfect in the intense AZ heat … and it’s right in my backyard! If you also have a...
Ah, summer...  Here in Arizona, it's the magical time of year when we who so shamelessly boasted about our wintertime awesomeness Zip-A-Lip and hunker down with 1 hand in the freezer and the other on the ceiling fan remote...
Never trust a mommy with clean SUV or minivan. It means one of 2 things. Either she doesn’t let her kids eat in the car OR she vacuums her car daily. Both are scary propositions. Your mommy friends usually are...
I am so, so, so tired. Hi guys, it's Kirsten, Managing Editor here at SMB--- and I. Am. Tired. I know I'm not the only one. I've had too many conversations with moms just like me-- bags under their eyes,  Starbucks...
I haven't been a mom very long.  Less than 18 months. When I joined the ranks as an At Home Mom, I aspired to maintain our home as a place of order and peace.  i.e.,  To keep it clean.  Then the baby...
I probably jinxed myself by writing my last post on the Valley's Pediatric Emergency Rooms. Within two weeks of publishing the article - and a week before she was set to be a flower girl in my brother's wedding...
I recently read an article about how mothers in France “live and let live”.  They don’t pack huge diaper bags or thrust all kinds of emergency paraphernalia into their strollers for all of life’s      "what-ifs".  They just...
   Target  I’m dangerous alone in this store. Add two pint-sized beings that seem to gain control of the cart and steer to either sparkly tank tops or lego aisles and it spells even more trouble. Make no mistake,  this...
  We at SMB are excited to announce a new little feature we're adding to the blog!  In addition to our regular lineup of awesome Scottsdale mom contributors, we will be adding a monthly post by a LOCAL expert! We'll...
One of the greatest joys of parenting is sparking the natural curiosity and wonder that comes built into our little people.  They offer us a fresh perspective of the world around us and restore innocence that is lost in...
Having a curious preschooler is an adventure everyday! My daughter is four and she is picking up on everything around her. She asks tons of questions that start with "WHY?" As I'm sure you know, sometimes we moms, just don't always have...
Thanks so much to Adventure Trunk for sponsoring this giveaway! I received a box to review for this post, and all opinions are my own. -Sarah See that dude up there? Too big for a trike, but his feet barely...

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Family Friendly Events (January 2022)

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Happy New Year! Here's hoping 2022 is the best year for all of you! Are there any events that we haven’t covered or do you...

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