Tag: summer

Try Some Poptails This Summer

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Poptails to the rescue! If you parent children through an Arizona summer, these three statements are big facts: It is ridiculously hot. You have a...

MIM’s Summer of Science STEM Video Collection

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There is a window of time each morning that my children are ready for something interesting. They are awake, full of breakfast, and ready...

Five Indoor Play Places in Scottsdale

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The summer heat is approaching us quickly and it is getting less and less bearable to survive the park playdates. I gathered a few...

Our Rocky Road: An Open Letter to Blue Bell

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Dear Blue Bell, What? Did you really think I forgot?? When a teensy, weensy listeria outbreak forced us apart in April of 2015, I choked down Blue...

Escape This Summer with a Great Book {Fiction Edition}

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While many of us may not be embarking on the travels we had hoped to take this summer, there’s still the quintessential way to...

Surviving Arizona Summer As A New Mom

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I thought I hit the due-date jackpot. An April due date meant I didn’t have to be pregnant in the summer. I thought about...

A Boredom Jar for the “Mom, I’m bored” Summer Moments

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"Mom, I'm bored," my six-year-old states after a full morning of summer camp, swimming and playing x-box. In my head, I exclaim, "really?!?!" Out...

How Teacher-Moms Really Spend Their Summer Break

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There is an old joke that goes: What are the three best parts about being a teacher? June, July, and August!!!  And while most teachers...

Don’t Let Summer Interfere with your Exercise Routine

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The kids are home from school and it is easy to use them as an excuse as to why you're not exercising. Let's face...

Easy Summer Dinners – Minimal Effort Required

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  It was a very busy day and when dinner time rolled around I was pretty much over the whole thing.  I surveyed what I had in...

My Kids Aren’t Doing Anything and IT’S OK.

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That's right. My kids aren't doing anything. Before the school year ended, I talked to a mom who was on her way to pick her...

Flip Flop Wreath {a Fun and Frugal Summer Craft}

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The long, hot days of summer have arrived, and so has the daily search for fun (but not too pricey or complicated) activities to...

How to Avoid Summer Brain Drain

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Parents of teens: Raise your hands if you can’t wait for the seemingly endless days of kids sleeping until noon, daily requests for money,...

Create a Summer Bucket List {FREE Printable}

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No matter where you live, the summer days can start to drag after the first week or two. An easy solution is to create...

You know You’re a Scottsdale Mom if….

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We love living in Scottsdale.  There are the obvious reasons....the weather, so much to do, beautiful scenery. But the people are what make Scottsdale the...

Sunscreen Sanity Savers

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Sunscreen. The most used AZ summer product and for me the most frustrating one. The bottles end up super greasy and leak all over...

What Moms Should Know About Monsoon Season

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  I can remember the very first summer we lived in AZ and when monsoon season started (we moved from Chicago to Scottsdale when I...

10 Easy and Fun Indoor Activities

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Summer break in Scottsdale is upon us and the extremely high temperatures can make for some of the LONGEST days with little ones. Sure,...

Moms About Town – SMB Guide to Family Friendly Events for...

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Cheers to July! It's hot out, no doubt about it. The average temperature in Scottsdale in the month of July is 107. Here are some...

How I Prep My Preschooler to Stay at the Grandparents

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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...

Favorite Summer Salads You Want to Eat Every Day

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When the summer temps start to hit the level of blazing hot, I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to...

Moms About Town – SMB Guide to Family Friendly Events for...

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JUNE!   Half way through the year! It's true what they say, "The days are long but the weeks, months, & years are short." And this year...

3 Foolproof Sides You Want At Your Next BBQ

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Know what's wicked? AZ summers. She been sayin' it for 4 years, and Mama ain't gettin' tougher. #preggo #dueinAugust #wasntthinking But know what's wicked yummy?  Summer BBQ's!! And not...

5 Reasons to Visit The Scottsdale Public Library With Your Children

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I love to read and public libraries hold a special place in my heart. I remember going to libraries as a child feeling so...

Top Summer Water Toys {preschool age}

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Hello, 100 degree temperatures! Okay.....maybe not right now.....but they are coming. Easter is right around the corner as well and as soon as school...

What I Will Miss About Summer Break

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Rewind back to May 2016, and try to remember being on the brink of summer break. If you had struck up a conversation with...

The Costco Item That Lies

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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 --...

From the Editor’s Desk: Summer Recipes

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No one is interested in turning on the oven or lighting up the grill during an Arizona summer. Here are some of our favorite simple summer recipes.

Three Tips to Simplify Your Summer

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Summers are hard. We all have grand plans in the beginning, but we're now halfway through and it's time to get real. Embrace what's...

From the Editor’s Desk: Summer in AZ

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It is officially summer in AZ. Take a look back at some archived posts to find great tips for beating the heat and having fun with your kids.