My baby just started preschool (insert tearful emoji here).  He is nearly three and we have been fortune enough to be able to have him home with my husband, me, or an entrusted nanny for all of his life....
One of the biggest surprises for my husband and me, when we entered parenthood, was the sticker shock of the cost of daycare. Nobody warned us that we would be paying almost the equivalent to a second mortgage for...
Coconut oil is becoming more and more of a widely used product.  It has become a staple in many households for a variety of reasons.  Coconut oil is such a versatile substance that can be used in lots of...
Another Foodie Friday Recipe from Dala over at Thyme & Tamarind. Seriously ladies...sweets are my weakness. Nothing is too rich for this gal...mega thankful for my height from my dad because of one major sweet tooth. This week I...
Let's talk about pasta, it's comfort food at its best.  Every person has a preference for how they prefer their bowl of noodles.  Some love those long strands of fresh noodles soaked in homemade tomato sauce topped with giant...
Every year when fall rolls around, most people look forward to Starbucks PSL. Me? I immediately crave a pumpkin cream cheese muffin... the PCCM! But at 420 calories and nearly $3 bucks a piece, I had to find an...
Can you believe that fall is here?! I mean, let's be honest, I'm writing this with rain falling down and a current temperature of 72. That's some serious "fall" for Phoenix given the last 4 months! I cannot wait....
Hello! This is my first blog post for West Valley Moms Blog and although I had planned on writing about gratitude (next time!), I thought it appropriate with today being Valentine's Day to write about a few of my...
We recently took a family vacation in and around Arizona and it was amazing! Be sure to read my recent post on how to travel with kids here, because this is the perfect vacation to bring your kids on....
Clever Koi has quickly become one of my favorite local Central Phoenix hangouts.  Owners Nicholas Campisano, Joshua James and Chef Jared Porter opened this modern Asian food & drink restaurant and have had so much success that they are opening...
I am not asking if your food is feeling down in the dumps.  Instead, I am talking about the Standard American Diet.  The Standard American Diet is a diet that is high in overly processed, nutrient deficient ingredients.  These products...
At a recent North Phoenix Moms Blog happy hour, we gathered together to celebrate motherhood and the blog.  While we were there I noticed nearly every mama ordered a different happy hour drink. The drink orders sparked a lively icebreaker discussion:...
The Instant Pot  is one of the most popular cooking tools used in a kitchen. As a working mom, it has been my saving grace on more occasions than I can count. Not only does it live up to it's...
It's nearly Independence Day and we've got a tasty grilled meal for you! Read on for a marinade that will take your chicken to the next level! This recipe makes tender, juicy and flavorful chicken. Throw it on the...
Ok mamas. . . . get your calendars ready, because September 5th is a BIG day. Why you ask? Because it is National Cheese Pizza Day, which means it's the one day of the year you can feed your...
This post is sponsored to share about the Grand Opening of Jamba Juice in The Shops at Norterra in Phoenix, AZ. As a long time fan of Jamba Juice I was really excited to take a tour of the new...
With the Phoenix foodie scene booming, it is easy to get a little overwhelmed with all the great local dining spots to choose from.  One of my favorite spots to enjoy breakfast, lunch, coffee or a sweet treat is Chestnut Fine...
Introducing a new regular column on the West Valley Moms Blog! Each month we will take an idea from Pinterest, try it out and let you know if it is worth your time.. or not. Some of the projects...
When it comes to Thanksgiving celebrations, I feel like there are two types of families. The family that begins their sit-down feast promptly at 4pm, and the family that grazes all day to celebrate. My family has always leaned...
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With summer now in mostly full swing, it creates the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and family.  When you have little kids, it can be so easy to get caught up in the hoopla of everyday life:...
When the temperatures finally dip below 90 degrees in Phoenix, it is time to dust off that slow cooker! In our household, we have a tradition of slow cooking on Sundays. We try to make it a rule to...
Love this fun spin on the classic ice cream float recipe. This recipe has apple cider and ginger ale added to vanilla ice cream for a truly delicious treat. INGREDIENTS vanilla ice cream apple cider ginger ale DIRECTIONS Scoop three scoops of vanilla ice cream into a...
Last week I channeled Ina Garten and made a perfect summer dessert: blackberry crostata. We had just visited Mortimer Farms and brought home some delicious sweet blackberries & strawberries.     This super easy and delicious free form Italian pie just screams...
When you’re running around all morning, getting the kids ready for school, and trying to get yourself going as well, what’s your morning fuel? Smoothies are a great meal-on-the-go for kids and moms. Today we are sharing two nutritious...
I recently went on a girls’ weekend getaway with two of my best friends from college. We are all moms now and were in desperate need of some good gab and chill time together, kid free. The second night of...

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We love a good family photo, new baby announcement and even a fun boudoir image. Here are our favorite local photographers to help you...
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