California Pizza Kitchen: Experience the New Menu Items #NewCPK!

February 5, 2016 in dining deals, Eat

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of California Pizza Kitchen. All opinions are my own. #NewCPK

Photo Credit: CPK Facebook Page

Photo Credit: CPK Facebook Page

California Pizza Kitchen is famous for their amazing pizza. They have some unusual flavor combinations as well as the classics. Also, don’t forget about that crust that is cooked to perfection in the the wood fire pizza oven.

So why would they want to change up the menu? I had a chance to try out the new menu items and I’d love to share the details with you!

Let’s start with the drinks. I don’t drink alcohol but they did have some fun non-alcoholic drinks that were light and refreshing!

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Blackberry Fizz

My boys and I loved the Blackberry Fizz – Fresh Perricone Farms lemonade muddled with blackberries, Monin Blackberry and cranberry juice. A little sweet and a little tart! And don’t forget about my beverage model. Isn’t he handsome?!

Fresh Strawberry Mango Cooler

Fresh Strawberry Mango Cooler

My husbands favorite was the Fresh Strawberry Mango Cooler – Fresh strawberries hand shaken with Fresca and Monin South Seas, featuring natural flavors of mango, guava and ginger. This drink is also lite in calories!

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To start off the meal, the new flatbreads are perfect. The Smoked Ham and Swiss Flatbread  has Emmentaler and goat cheese with caramelized onions and smashed garlic croutons. The smoky flavor of the ham really compliments the tart of the goat cheese. I thought it would be hard to beat that flavor combo until I tried the Brussels and Bacon flatbread! My husband is a self proclaimed Brussels sprout hater and he loved this flatbread that was topped with roasted Brussels sprouts, caramelized onions, Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, creamy goat cheese, Romano and cracked black pepper.

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Quinoa and Arugula Salad.

Looking for a light and healthy salad that is also filling? Try the new Quinoa and Arugula Salad. – A super grain salad with asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, toasted pine nuts and Feta tossed in housemade Champagne vinaigrette. This salad is so full of flavor and is a great option for vegetarians!

Are you considering something hearty for dinner that will really stick to your ribs? I would suggest one of the new dinner entrees that CPK has perfected.

Fire Grilled Ribeye

Fire Grilled Ribeye

  • Fire-Grilled Ribeye – A 12oz USDA choice ribeye grilled and topped with a creamy bleu cheese butter. This steak was so tender and cooked perfectly! The bleu cheese butter helped enhance the flavors and the fingerling potatoes on the side were a hit with my hubby. He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy.

 

Hearth-Roasted Halibut

Hearth-Roasted Halibut

  • Hearth-Roasted Halibut – Roasted on a cedar plank in the actual pizza oven. I love that they do that. It gave the fish a smoky flavor and was served with asparagus and butternut squash farro. The halibut was so fresh and is wild caught in Alaska.
Roasted Garlic Chicken

Roasted Garlic Chicken

  • Roasted Garlic Chicken – The roasted chicken breast was a little crispy with the skin on and had a flavorful lemon garlic sauce with fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. It reminded me of a Sunday afternoon dish at my grandma’s house!
Butter Cake a la mode

Butter Cake a la mode

Now, on to desserts! My favorite part of every meal. CPK is famous for their butter cake. Well, if not than they should be! It was so warm and moist. The vanilla Haagen-Dazs that was on top, just melted right into the buttery goodness. My youngest let me know that it was making his taste buds explode!

S'mores Dessert

S’mores Dessert

One dessert that is new to the lineup is the S’mores. The top layer was of course toasted marshmallow. As you work your spoon down you discover the Belgian chocolate pudding, dark chocolate chunks and graham cracker pieces. Definitely a sophisticated version of a childhood classic.

I would love to know if you have tried any of the new CPK menu items and what you thought. You can even share your thoughts with CPK by using the hashtag #NewCPK on any of your social media posts.

Haruhonpo Bags are Perfect for Busy Moms!

February 5, 2016 in baby, reviews, Shop

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Haruhonpo. All opinions are my own.

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When my boys were babies, I always had my diaper bag with me. It wasn’t very pretty and definitely not stylish. That was just a sacrifice I made as a mom so that I could tote around all the necessities when we left the house. Let’s face it, babies require a lot of stuff. Especially if you plan on being away from home more than a few hours at a time.

Now that my boys are older, I love purses and handbags. I want them to look nice and be large enough to hold my stuff along with some stuff that belong to my boys. Even though they don’t need diapers, wipes and bottles they still have “stuff” that they carry around. And when they are tired of carrying those things, of course they hand them to mom so she can carry them. At any given time I can have as many as 5 electronics in my purse – 2 iPhones, 2 iPad minis and and a DS.

So, when I was sent a new bag to try out that can double as a purse or a diaper bag, I was thrilled! You can find quite a few different styles, sizes and designs on their website.

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When I first received the bag in the mail, I was so impressed at how soft the material was. I chose the Pumpkin Gold Leopard. When moms choose a bag, it needs to be functional and easy to clean. This bag definitely fits those categories.

Be sure to follow Harunonpo USA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Also, as an added bonus you can receive 25% off any bag at haruhonpousa.com using promo code PHX2016

Fill Your Pantry With Whole Foods Goodness!

January 29, 2016 in Shop

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I recently went to Whole Foods to restock my pantry after I finally got around to cleaning it out. I had so many items that were out of date and clearly past their prime. Yikes!

At Whole Foods you can get so many great deals on pantry items especially the 365 Everyday Value® items. These items are not only priced well but they follow the company’s strict standards – no artificial colorings, flavors or preservatives.

Here are some great ideas from Whole Foods for healthy eating on a budget:

  • Swap conventional family-favorites like sandwich cookies, mac & cheese, cereals, yogurt and peanut butter with healthier versions. 365 Everyday Value® versions of family-favorites are free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives and dairy products come from rBST free cows.
  • Keep basic staples on hand like coconut and olive oil, whole grains, dried beans and low sodium vegetable broth. Here’s a list of items to fill the pantry with.
  • Look at labels. Whole Foods Market offers 365 Everyday Value® organic offerings to provide shoppers with high quality organic products at everyday value prices. Look for the USDA certified seal and save.

Be sure to check the Whole Foods website for recipe ideas and coupons! Yes, they accept coupons.

Join Elmo & Friends at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix 1/30!

January 28, 2016 in Family Fun, Play

Do your kiddos love Sesame Street? Well, Elmo and his friends will be hanging out at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix on Saturday January 30th from 10:30am – 2:30pm. Be sure to get there early, because seating is limited!

Thanks to Sesame Street and HBO, admission is FREE! For more information about Sesame Street on HBO go HERE.

Checkout the invitation below for all of the details regarding the FREE museum day!

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Checkout the New Menu Items From Wildflower Bread Company #WildEats

January 15, 2016 in Eat

 

 

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wldflower. All opinions are my own. #WildEats

 

I love eating out. One of my favorite places to eat out at is Wildflower Bread Company.

Wildflower is a locally owned restaurant with 14 locations throughout Arizona. They opened up shop 20 years ago and they have been a Valley of the Sun favorite, ever since.

Wildflower has just unveiled some new menu items that are sure to tease your taste buds!

Banana French Toast Photo Credit: Wildflower

Banana French Toast
Photo Credit: Wildflower

  • Three new amazing French Toast flavors – Banana Caramel Hazelnut, Mixed Berry and Sugar & Spice Cream Cheese. At $8.69 for french toast made with fresh baked brioche, you can’t go wrong. My favorite was the mixed berry. The dollop of lemon curd on top was a nice tart contrast to the sweet berries.
Three Cheese Mushroom and Tomato Fritatta

Three Cheese Mushroom and Tomato Fritatta

  • Three Cheese Mushroom and Tomato Frittata – Served with homestyle potatoes, toast and a sprinkling of goat cheese. Only $7.99!
Crispy Un-Fried Chicken Sandwich Photo Credit: Wildflower

Crispy Un-Fried Chicken Sandwich
Photo Credit: Wildflower

  • For lunch the perfect item is the Crispy un-fried chicken sandwich topped with yummy cole slaw, fresh chicken breast, house made corn flakes and blue cheese. Don’t forget the potato and sweet potato chips served on the side for $9.29
Seared Cauliflower Steak Photo Credit: Wildflower

Seared Cauliflower Steak
Photo Credit: Wildflower

  • If you’re looking for a vegan option, the Seared Cauliflower Steak is a perfect choice! A seared cauliflower steak served on top of tri-color quinoa with cranberries, toasted walnuts, red onions and organic baby kale with a cranberry and caper purée. $7.99
Super Food Salad Photo Credit: Wildflower

Super Food Salad
Photo Credit: Wildflower

  • The super food salad is only $8.99 ($11.29 with chicken or chopped salmon) and has so many good for you ingredients like organic baby kale, try-colored quinoa, tomatoes, cauliflower, peas, corn, goat cheese walnuts and all tossed with a cilantro lime vinaigrette!
Cauliflower Linguini Photo Credit: Wildflower

Cauliflower Linguini
Photo Credit: Wildflower

  • If you stop for dinner and want something that will really stick to your ribs, the Caramelized Cauliflower Linguini is the way to go. It is light and refreshing with a hazelnut pesto but a hearty portion that will fill you up. At only $8.99 or $10.99 with chicken it will be hard to find a pasta dish this size with such fresh ingredients!
Banana Caramel Custard Pie

Banana Caramel Custard Pie

  • Now for dessert, my favorite part! The pie of the month is the Banana Caramel Custard Pie. Think about grandmas famous banana pudding and kick it up about 10 notches! It contains layers of fresh bananas, caramel, sweet vanilla custard, with a sprinkling of cinnamon and baked in a flaky pie crust. You can grab a slice for $3.89 or take home a whole pie for $15.99. If you decide not to share, don’t worry I won’t tell!

When you try out the new seasonal menu be sure to share your pictures and let everyone know how much you enjoyed the new food by using the hashtag #WildEats on your social channels! Wildflower loves to hear your feedback.

Whole Foods: Pantry Staples on Sale January 15 – 17!

January 15, 2016 in Eat, Shop

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It’s a new year so it’s a great time to make a fresh start! One way is to de-clutter and purge. I like to go through my pantry and throw out old items and purchase new.

This weekend, Whole Foods is having a sale on all pantry staples to help you get started.

Dates of sale: Friday, Jan. 15 – Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016

What’s on sale: ALL 365 Everyday Value® items 10 percent off

I love the items from Whole Foods because they contain no artificial flavorings, colors or preservatives. Not only that, they are offered at a great price point and 10 percent off this weekend!

Desert Ridge Marketplace: 40 Tons of Snow January 16!

January 14, 2016 in Play, Shop

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Desert Ridge Marketplace has some exciting family fun and promotions coming up! If you are in the area of Loop 101 and Tatum, be sure to stop by.

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  • Saturday January 16 from 10am – 1pm head over to the Sandbar parking lot located right off of Tatum. They will have 40 tons of snow for the kiddos to enjoy and it’s FREE!
  • January 1-29, you can receive free tickets to the Waste Management Open when you spend $250 or more in the same day at Desert Ridge Marketplace
  • Get a ride to Desert Ridge Marketplace by using Uber. Use code DESERTRIDGE and receive up to a $20 credit for your first ride!
  • Starting at 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy free concerts at the District Stage and AMC Fountain area. Be sure to check out the full schedule.
  • Head to Barnes & Noble for free story time sessions at 11am on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The readings are open to children of all ages.

Perfect Fit Meals Now Available At Albertsons in Arizona!

December 30, 2015 in Eat, reviews

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Perfect Fit Meals. All opinions are my own.

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Now that the Holiday’s are over and the New Year is fast approaching, I’m sure many of us are planning on eating healthier! Life can be busy with school, sports and family activities. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could find perfectly portioned fresh meals that can be heated in the microwave? Well, they really do exist! No need to stop at the fast food joint and get some greasy grub on those nights where you have no time to cook.

Perfect Fit Meals are now available throughout Arizona at Albertsons grocery store. These meals are USDA certified, dietician created and healthy. All of the ingredients are fresh and easy to pronounce. Wondering about the calorie and fat content? No problem. Each meal is clearly labeled with all of the dietary information.

I had the opportunity to try out three of the Perfect Fit Meals:

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  • Chicken Parmesan with Whole Wheat Pasta – Italian Seasoned, pemesan-panko breaded chicken, topped with pomodoro sauce and saved with whole wheat pasta IMG_0445
  • Turkey Enchilada Casserole – White corn tortilla strips with lean ground turkey, enchilada sauce, cheddar cheese and black bean corn salsa

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  • Chipotle Barbecue Chicken – Raspberry chipotle barbecue glazed chicken with a corn pepper medley and jalapeño uncured bacon creamed potatoes

All of the meals contain one single serving and are perfectly portioned. I enjoyed mine at work for lunch and they were very easy to warm up and so convenient. I must say, it was like having a home cooked meal that I didn’t have to work in a hot kitchen preparing.

Be sure to head to your closest Albetsons to try these meals, yourself. I would love to know the meals that you chose and which one is your favorite!

Celebrate 31 Days With 31 Flavors and Baskin-Robbins!

December 22, 2015 in Eat, Giveaways

Disclousre: This giveaway is sponsored by Baskin-Robbins. All opinions are my own.

Photo Credit: Baskin-Robbins

Photo Credit: Baskin-Robbins

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! And, of course my favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip from Baskin-Robbins. With 31 flavors to choose from, you can always enjoy your go to flavor or try out a new one. I think I may give the Oreo Cool Mint Chocolate a try!

During 2015, Baskin-Robbins has offered $1.31 scoops and $3.31 sundaes, every month with a 31st day. The last time to take advantage of this awesome deal is next week, Thursday, December 31st. What an awesome way to spend new year’s eve.

Photo Credit: Baskin-Robbins

Photo Credit: Baskin-Robbins

Don’t forget to to pick up your holiday ice cream cake. They have so many fun designs to choose from including an adorable polar bear cake!

GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader will win a $31 gift card to Baskin-Robbins!
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Have a Blast at Main Event Entertainment Over Winter Break + a Giveaway!

December 11, 2015 in Eat, Family Fun, Giveaways, Play

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Main Event Entertainment. All opinions are my own. #FUNatics

Are you going crazy with all of the holiday madness that is upon us? If not, I’m sure you will be once the kiddos are home from school for two weeks and they are whining about being bored. Believe me, I feel your pain!

I know exactly what I will be doing with my boys while they are out of school. Well, at least one of the days…Main Event Entertainment.

Photo Credit: Main Event Entertainment

Photo Credit: Main Event Entertainment

At Main Event Entertainment they have so much to keep the kids busy. I know each location is a little bit different but the location closest to me offers the following:

  • bowling
  • arcade games
  • gravity ropes
  • laser tag
  • billiards

Main Event is always offering deals to make it easy for the whole family to have fun. Here is one to take advantage of now and one that is perfect for surviving winter break:

Unlimited Games: Nov. 9 – Dec. 18 

Photo Credit: Main Event Entertainment

Photo Credit: Main Event Entertainment

o    What’s better than a Main Event game card? An UNLIMITED Main Event game card! Unlimited Games at Main Event is an easy and affordable way to spend quality time with the family, whether you’re entertaining a crowd or just looking for some unique holiday FUN. Just $9.95 per person gives you 2 hours of all the video games you can handle. Game on!

o    Unlimited Games is available all day Tuesday through Sunday, and from open to 4pm on Monday.

Winter FUNpass: Dec. 21 – Jan. 22

o   Main Event offers the ultimate FUN escape this winter with All You Can Play, for just $17.95 all day. The Winter FUNpass gives you unlimited bowling, billiards, laser tag and more for just $17.95 per person, per session.

o    Winter FUNpass is available all day Tuesday through Sunday, and from open to 4pm on Monday.

Photo Credit: Main Event Entertainment

Photo Credit: Main Event Entertainment

Be sure to sign up for Main Event promotions and discounts. You will receive $10 in free game play, just for signing up and creating a FUNaccount.

Photo Credit: Main Event Entertainment

Photo Credit: Main Event Entertainment

Also, if you are in need of a gift for that hard to buy for person on your list, you can purchase $100 in Main Event gift cards and receive $40 in game play for yourself. Remember it is better to give than to receive, especially when you get a fun bonus like that!

GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader will win a $25 gift card to use at Main Event Entertainment. Be sure to check and see if you have a location near you. I’m excited that they will soon be opening a new location in Avondale, Arizona! Woo hoo!

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