Sauce Partners With Expect More Arizona – FREE Kids Meals!

April 9, 2014 in dining deals, Eat

April is math awareness month and Sauce has partnered with Expect More Arizona to offer FREE Kids meals! From now until April 30, Sauce is offering a free kids’ meal with purchase to anyone who completes the fun math worksheet found HERE!

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 Photo Credit: Expect More Arizona

All you need to do is download an print the math worksheet, help your kiddo answer the questions and then bring the completed worksheet to the nearest Sauce restaurant and redeem for a FREE kids meal (with purchase of an adult entree).

Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

April 4, 2014 in Movies, Play

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I’m a huge fan of the Marvel movie series! One of my favorites is Captain America. How could you not love an American Hero?

The movie is in theaters April 4, 2014 and I can’t wait to take my oldest son. He is nine and I would definitely take him. My six year old may need a little more time before he’s ready. Of course the movie has quite a few fight scenes, so that is the only thing holding my back from allowing my six year to see the film.

Captain America is working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and he is called upon to save the world. He is trying to live a quiet life in D.C. and become used to the modern world. He discovers a new enemy, the Winter Soldier. He also enlists a new ally, The Falcon!

Be prepared for lots of action scenes and a few unexpected turns.

Chipotle Screening For “GMO OMG” & “The Scarecrow” At The Phoenix Film Festival!

April 4, 2014 in Play

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Will you be attending the Phoenix Film Festival April 4-6, 2014? This year Chipotle Mexican Grill is excited to screen “GMO OMG,” and its very own animated short film, “The Scarecrow” at the Phoenix Film Festival.

  • The Scarecrow,” a short animated film set to the Willy Wonka song, “Pure Imagination,” as performed by Fiona Apple that follows a scarecrow’s journey to bring wholesome food back to the people by providing an alternative to the processed food that dominates his world.
  • GMO OMG,” a film that looks at how GMOs affect our children, the health of our plant and freedom of choice, and whether it’s even possible to reject the food system currently in place.

    As an added bonus, Chipotle will be handing out buy-one-get-one cards at the following screenings: (a max of 2,000)

    Screenings:

    • “The Scarecrow”

    o   Friday, April 4 at 1:15pm – Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater 3

    o   Saturday, April 5 at 11:05am – Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater 3

    • “GMO OMG”

    o   Sunday, April 6 at 4:15pm – Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater 2

     Plus…on Saturday, April 5 in the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater 7 (the Chipotle Theater), Arizona “Homegrown” films will be screened all day long.

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Cinderella Affair: FREE Prom Dresses For Juniors & Seniors!

March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

CINDERELLA AFFAIR: THOUSANDS OF FREE GOWNS READY FOR CHOOSING BY HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS, SATURDAY, MARCH 29 2014!

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WHAT

• High school juniors and seniors preparing for this year’s Prom Season across the Valley will have more than 2,000 free prom dresses and accessories to choose from during the 13th annual “Cinderella Affair.”

• The Cinderella Affair is an all-volunteer project in collaboration with the East Valley Women’s League (EVWL), Tempe Community Council (TCC) and the City of Tempe.

WHEN

• Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE

• Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave. in Tempe.

HOW

• Students need to present a valid high school ID.

WHO

• Founded in 2002 to assist girls by collecting and distributing new and gently-used formalwear, the Cinderella Affair also has provided dresses for exchange students from the Tempe Sister Cities program, the clients of Hacienda de Los Angeles and young ladies participating in the Miss Champion Pageant. Since 2002, more than 6,000 dresses have been given away.

Educational Fun With The Learning Journey!

March 26, 2014 in Family Fun, reviews, Uncategorized

My youngest son is in Kindergarten and I’m always looking for entertaining ways to help him learn. He is full of energy and does not want to do school work unless we turn it into a competition or a game.

I was so excited to find out about The learning Journey International and all of the fun tools that they have in assisting children to learn. Whether it be numbers, letters or words, they have a wide variety fun learning material!

Match It Spelling

The first game I would like to tell you about is Match It! Spelling. It contains 20 individual puzzles with 3-4 pieces each. Each puzzle has a word that coincides with the picture. Now, the first time we did the puzzle, my son took his time matching the pieces. The second time we made a race out of it and used a timer to see how fast he could put the pieces together. When he was all finished, I covered the picture up and he sounded out the words so he could read them to me.

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After a few tries, he is a pro at putting these puzzles together.

The second game was a blast for the whole family. My oldest son even wanted to play…Bingo!

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The Match It! Bingo game can be played a few different ways, depending on the reading ability of your child. We started off using the pictures and then graduated to just using the words. The player cards are double sided so that you can choose the difficulty level for your child. Up to four players can play at a time so it was a perfect family activity! With so much technology taking over our lives it was a nice break from iPads.

Be sure to check out all of the fun games and activities from The Learning Journey International and follow them on their social media channels…Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Disclosure: I was given free products to review. All opinions are my own.

Need For Speed In Theaters March 14, 2014 #NFSMovie

March 14, 2014 in Play, reviews

The movie Need For Speed is opening in theaters Friday March 14, 2014! You can expect lots of fast cars, a few fights and some amazing behind the wheel action scenes.

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The movie “Need For Speed” is based on the number one selling racing video game. Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a small town street racer with financial problems. He is charged with a crime he didn’t commit and spends a few years behind bars. When he is released the only thing he can think about is getting revenge, behind the wheel.

I would suggest viewing this movie in 3D. It really is worth it. With all of the car racing scenes you will definitely enjoy it. From the very beginning of the movie, I was gripping the arm rests of my chair. The movie was entertaining, funny and even pulled on my heart strings. I could feel the main characters anger and I was really rooting him on in his quest for revenge.

The movie is rated PG-13 mainly for a few episodes of foul language. I would recommend this movie as a great date night movie.

Disclosure: I was given free tickets to pre screen the movie Need for Speed. All opinions are my own.

Desert Botanical Gardens: Spring Plant Sale!

March 13, 2014 in Play, Shop

I love spring time in the Arizona Desert! When most of the country is shoveling snow out of their driveways, we are soaking up the amazing sunshine. I know the intense heat will be here soon, so I want to take full advantage of this great weather. We have some great spring events in Arizona and one of them is the biannual plant sale at the Desert Botanical Gardens!

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Photo credit: Desert Botanical Gardens

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, you are in luck! The spring plant sale begins this Saturday March 15th from 7am to 5pm and will continue on Sunday March 16th from 9am to 5pm. The plant sale is located inside the Desert Botanical Gardens so it’s the perfect time to purchase a membership! If you are a member you can attend the members only preview on Friday. Chipotle will be there giving guacamole demonstrations. Yum, I love me some guac!

Don’t worry if you can’t make it on Friday, because Chipotle will be handing out some sweet little incentives. Here is what you can expect:

  • A buy-one-get-one-free Chipotle coupon will be given to the first 2,500 people to make a purchase at the sale
  • The first 500 people that become a new member or renew their membership will recieve a FREE Chipotle burrito coupon.
  • Friday only – Chipotle will  be holding a guacamole making demonstration from 10am to 2 pm

 

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 Photo credit: Desert Botanical Gardens

If you do decide to purchase a membership, you will also be able to take advantage of the amazing Chihuly display that is going on until May 18, 2014. The displays look amazing at night when they are all lit up. It is truly a work of art.

To keep up with all of the events and activities at the Desert Botanical Gardens, be sure to follow them on twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Disclosure: THis is a sponsored post for Desert Botanical Gardens. All opinions are my own.

Local Band Ruca Live At Whole Foods Tempe March 8, 2014!

March 6, 2014 in Eat, Family Fun, Shop, Uncategorized

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I just love when retailers help promote locals! I’m sure it is very difficult for groups to get national attention when they are in the music business. Whole Foods Market in Tempe is showing their support for a local band, Ruca. The free event will be Saturday March 8, 2014 from 4pm-7pm.

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Along with the local entertainment, you will be able to enjoy some special deals and sample local food items.

  • All Arizona Company Cheese Curds will be 20% off!
  • Local Arizona Mariya Salsa will be on sale, buy one for $3.99 get one free!
  • CD’s from 13 local bands will be for sale at 20% off
  • Create your own custom guacamole

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Don’t forget that this is a family friendly event that the kids will enjoy, as well. Strolling around the store while listening to music and taking full advantage of the bakery at Whole Foods. That is definitely my favorite spot in the store. If you haven’t tried the macaroons, make it a priority to do so! You’ll thank me later.

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So, be sure to stop by Whole Foods Market in Tempe and support Arizona locals! Proceeds from the event will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation.

Location:  Whole Foods Market Tempe: 5120 S. Rural Rd, Tempe, Arizona 85282

Date/Time:  Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 4-7pm

Stay up to date with all of the events taking place at Whole Foods Market Tempe by following them on Facebook and Twitter!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market Tempe. All opinions are entirely my own.

Lobster Fest is in Full Swing at Red Lobster #BestLobsterFest

March 4, 2014 in Eat, Uncategorized

Want to enjoy some yummy lobster but think you can’t afford it? Well, think again! It is Lobster Fest at Red Lobster and they have some amazing lobster appetizers and main courses that you will love!

Lobster fest runs through April 13, 2014. Here’s a few fun facts about Red Lobster:

  • Lobster Fest was started in 1984
  • The first Red Lobster was opened in Lakeland Florida
  • Red Lobster serves 10 million pounds of lobster per year

 

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Have you ever tried lobster pizza? You can order this yummy appetizer only during Lobster Fest. A crisp thin-crust pizza topped with langoustine lobster meat, melted mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes and sweet basil!

Lobster in Paradise

Be sure to save room for my favorite dish that just happens to be a brand new item…Lobster in Paradise. A split Maine lobster tail fried in signature coconut batter, spicy grilled shrimp and a lobster bake topped with toasted, crushed macadamia nuts. This dish was so yummy! It was also plenty big enough to share.

Disclosure: I was invited to sample items at Red Lobster in exchange for this post and my honest opinion.

#ad Whole Foods Market 3 Day Facial Care Sale {2/7 – 2/9}!

February 6, 2014 in Shop

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Whole Foods Market is making it easier to take care or your skin with natural skin care products. The best part is that they are having a 3 day sale from 2/7/14 – 2/9/14! All face care will be 25% so it will be the perfect time to stock up. (Excludes lip balm, makeup and sunscreen).

Here’s what’s on sale:

  • Cleansers
  • Eye Creams
  • Toners
  • Moisturizers
  • Masks
  • Scrubs

I personally have very sensitive skin. Everything makes me breakout. I have found that using products that contain more natural ingredients and fewer chemicals, help keep my breakouts to a minimum. Here are three of my favorite facial care items from Whole Foods Market:

  • Sea Foam Facial Cleanser (Great to remove my makeup and any built up oil)
  • Japanese Macha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask (I use this once per week and my skin feels great)
  • Dr. Hauschka Moisturizing Day Cream (I use this before applying makeup and it feels so light)

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I also use some of the 365 Everyday Value products. these products are priced really well and with the 25% off sale makes them priced even better!

Be sure to keep up with all of the sales and specials at Whole Foods Market by following them on Facebook and Twitter!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in exchange for my honest opinion.