How About A ZAGG Bluetooth Keyboard For Christmas?

December 19, 2014 in Giveaways, reviews, Reviews/Giveaways, Shop

ZAGG Keyboard

Are you looking for a last minute Christmas gift? I have the perfect gift for that person in your life that owns a tablet! The ZAGG Bluetooth Keyboard makes a great gift.

This keyboard can be picked up at one of the 20 AT&T stores across the Valley.

I’ve tried other keyboards with my iPad and here is why I love the ZAGG keyboard:

  • The ZAGG keyboard is a case, stand and keyboard in one!
  • The keyboard has an incredibly long battery life. I’ve charged it once and used it multiple times and haven’t yet needed to recharge!
  • The keyboard is curved to make it ergonomic and comfy for typing.
  • Compatible with all tablet types – Android, Windows or Apple.

AT&T has some awesome holiday promotions that you may be interested in as well!

  • Switch to AT&T and receive a $150 bill credit for wireless customers who add a smartphone with AT&T Next
  • Buy 2 tech accessories (speakers, chargers, fitness trackers, cases, etc.) save 10%
  • Buy 3 tech accessories save 20%
  • Get up to $300 in credit when you trade in your current iPhone for a new one
  • Get the Samsung Tab 4 8.0 for $0.99 with the purchase of the Samsung Alpha on AT&T Next*
  • Get the LG G Pad 7.0 for just $0.99 with the purchase of any smartphone on AT&T Next*

* Smartphone requires purchase via 2-yr wireless agreement or AT&T NextSM installment agreement and qualifying service activation. Tablet requires purchase via 2-yr wireless agreement and qualifying service activation. See bundle requirements.

DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post for AT&T. All opinions are my own.

GIVEAWAY:

AT&T would like to give one lucky winner a ZAGG Bluetooth Keyboard ($70 ARV)
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Holiday Traditions With the Help of Target!

December 16, 2014 in Giveaways, Shop, target

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With the holiday season in full swing, many families are thinking about yearly holiday traditions. One of our favoirite family traditions for the holiday season is a “snowball” fight. I know what your thinking, how can we have a snowball fight in Phoenix? Well, this year we went to Target and gathered all of our supplies.

Sure, in Phoenix we don’t have snow but we make due with what we have. At Target I found some yummy powdered sugar donuts and some Snow Globes White Cheddar Cheeseballs by Market Pantry. These are perfect for a Phoenix snow ball fight!

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Target had the ideal boxes to hold the “snowballs.” Since all of the holiday items were in one section it made my job much easier. Some cookie boxes caught my eye. At $5 for 6 boxes, I snatched them up. A few other items I decided to buy as well included snowman Peeps, a spool of twine, a few snow ornaments and a snowman craft kit.

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The snowball fight is pretty easy to accomplish. My boys and I filled the boxes with either the donuts or cheeseballs, decorated the outside of the boxes and decided which neighbors to hit with a snowball. You can leave a fun note and let them know who hit their house or you can leave it anonymous. We recently moved to a new neighborhood and decided to keep it anonymous. It will be fun to see if they can figure out it was us!

GIVEAWAY:

I’m sure you have your own traditions! How about $75 to Target to help you purchase items to make these traditions better than ever?

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DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post for Target. All opinions are my own.

BODYARMOR: The Natural Sports Drink!

December 14, 2014 in reviews

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My boys love sports and they consume a lot of sports drinks. Along the way, I’ve become concerned with the dyes and the amount of sugar in these sports drinks. Well, I found an awesome alternative called BODYARMOR!

BODYARMOR FACTS:

  • 10% Coconut Water
  • Natural: Flavors, Colors, Sweetners
  • Electroytes: 600mg Potassium
  • Vitamins: 200% RDI of B3, B5, B6, B9, B12 – 100% RDI of A, C & E
  • No Caffeine
  • No Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free
  • Certified Kosher

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Right now we are in the midst of Fall Ball Baseball season. I wasn’t sure how my oldest would react to me switching out BODYARMOR in place of his usual sports drink. After the game he let me know that the BODYARMOR tasted “awesome!” I felt really confident sending him in the dugout with BODYARMOR. After pitching a few innings, hitting and running the bases, he was pretty wiped out and needed some good hydration. Also, don’t worry they have plenty of flavors to choose from!

BODYARMOR FLAVORS:

  • Orange Mango
  • Fruit Punch
  • Grape
  • Strawberry Banana
  • Tropical Punch
  • Mixed Berry.
Photo Courtesy of DrinkBodyArmor.com

Photo Courtesy of DrinkBodyArmor.com

BODYARMOR even has a SUPERTEAM! A few of the favorites in our house – Mike Trout, Kevin Love and Rob Gronkowski. If you want to find BODYARMOR near you, checkout the store locator.  A few of the stores near me that carry BODYARMOR – Quiktrip, Walgreens and CVS.

BODYARMOR is pretty social. Check them out:

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for BODYARMOR SuperDrink. All opinions are my own.

Why Not Rent Kids Shoes Instead of Buying?

December 8, 2014 in Shop

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Being the mom of two boys, I know how quickly children grow! Just last week I was cleaning out my boys’ closets and found so many clothes that they had grown out of. The sad part of the situations is that some still had tags on them!

And don’t get me started on their shoes! A few pair had been worn a handful of times and in almost perfect condition. What was I thinking spending $50 on a pair of shoes that they would grow out of so quickly?

There is a new company that allows you to rent kids’ shoes instead of buying them. The company is called Bigsbee and is like “Netflix for children’s shoes!” And guess what, Bigsbee has just started shipping to the Phoenix-area, yay!

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The Bigsbee Product:

Bigsbee delivers a couple key benefits.

  1. Cost and Choice of shoe–We deliver shoes like Timberlands and Converse, which cost between $38 and $70 retail, at a much lower cost to parents and then offer them the choice of many types of shoes at any given time without the cost of purchasing.
  2. Convenience–Bigsbee delivers to a parent’s home or office meaning they have one less errand to run and every parent is ALWAYS looking for more time in the day. As any parent knows, a simple trip to Target, is never as easy as it seems when multiple children are involved.

Plans:

First things first: All Bigsbee plans include your choice of a preset number of shoes to send to your family, shipping to your door and back to Bigsbee, shoe cleaning and a fun Bigsbee box.

Our Plans

Our plans are designed to offer flexibility to your family, while also providing shoes at a lower cost than you can buy them anywhere. Bigsbee works a lot like Netflix for children’s shoes; it is a subscription service offering you shoes for as long as you’d like to have them. When your child (or children) outgrow those shoes—or you’d just like a new pair—you can pick new ones from our library of shoes. We’ll send them to you in a box with return shipping—a bag and a label—that can fit into a USPS bin. What does a service like this cost? Check it out below:

  • 1 pair of shoes every month: $14 per month
  • 2 pairs of shoes every month: $24 per month (1 pair +$10)
  • 3 pairs of shoes every month: $34 per month (2 pairs +$10)

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Bigsbee. All opinions are my own.

Shop Smart & Final for the Holidays + A Giveaway @smartfinal

December 5, 2014 in Giveaways, holidays, Shop, smart final

Are you getting ready for holiday cooking? Whether you are baking up a storm, cooking the main course or dreaming of the perfect appetizers, Smart & Final should be your first stop! I love the convenience of running in and grabbing a few items without the huge lines.

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Smart & Final is the perfect one stop shop for the holidays! You can find everything from produce, kitchen supplies, private label items and national brands. The best part is that the prices are lower than traditional grocery stores without the need to purchase a membership. Usually, 12-15% less than if you shopped at your local grocery chain. If you’re looking for recipes, they have those as well. These recipes look amazing and some were developed by Chef Jamie Gwen.

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Did you know that Smart & Final represents one of the longest contiguously operated food retailers in the United States? Just a couple of guys J.S. Smart and H.D. Final decided to start a grocery business, way back when.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Smart & Final. All opinions are my own.

GIVEAWAY:

How about a $100 Smart & Final gift card to help with your holiday food shopping. $100 will go a long way at Smart & Final!
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3 Ingredient Oreo Christmas Candy!

December 4, 2014 in holidays, recipes

Oreo Christmas Candy

 

It’s almost Christmas! This year has flown by and I have so many Christmas parties to attend. If you are super busy like me and you don’t have much time to make a sweet treat to bring to your Christmas parties I have the perfect recipe for you! Try out this awesome 3 ingredient Christmas candy!

Ingredients:

1 package of Oreos (I used mint but you can choose your favorite flavor)

1 package of large marshmallows

1/2 stick of butter

Directions:

  • Line an 8×8 pan with aluminum foil.
  • Place all of the Oreos in a food processor and mix until completely ground up.
  • Place the butter and marshmallows in a a large microwave safe bowl and heat for 90 seconds.
  • Combine the Oreos into the melted mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into the 8×8 pan. You may need to coat your fingers with cooking spray and press the gooey goodness into the pan.
  • Let sit for about 20 minutes to set up.
  • Lift out of pan and cut the candy into bars.

I told you it was easy and super yummy as well! Enjoy!

Waimea Falls Located on Oahu’s North Shore!

December 3, 2014 in Family Fun, Play, travel

Oahu’s fabled North Shore is known for great surfing. Few people know that you can also find an amazing waterfall on the North Shore. Waimea Falls is located in the Waimea Valley. It is an easy 30 minute walk on a paved surface to reach the falls. We walked back in flip flops and had no problem at all.

Waimea Falls

When you reach the falls, a lifeguard will give you a life vest if you want go swimming. We went at the end of November and the water was quite chilly. Also, if you want to get some good photos of the waterfall be sure to arrive early. Once the rest of the tourists arrive and start getting into the water, it will be hard to get a photo without a stranger in the middle of your picture.

Waimea FoliageOn the way back to the falls you can enjoy many different species of birds, flora and fauna. There is actually a botanical garden that you can enjoy. The Waimea Valley is home to more than 5,000 tropical and sub tropical plants. Coming from Arizona, everything was so lush and green!

Things to know about Waimea Falls:

  • Waimea Valley is located at 59-864 Kamehameha Highway on O‘ahu’s North Shore across from Waimea Bay
  • Open Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, 7 days a week – Waimea Valley will be CLOSED Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Visiting Adult – $15.00
  • Visiting Child – $7.50 (ages 4-12)
  • Visiting Senior – $7.50 (age 60+)

For further information here is a printable brochure.

Checkout the Chrysler Group Lineup at the Arizona International Auto Show!

November 25, 2014 in Play, Shop

LOGO Chrysler Drive

Are you in the market for a new vehicle or maybe you are just curious about the 2015 models? Then be sure to checkout the Arizona International Auto Show. You will be able to see so many different vehicles from so many different manufactures! You can even test drive one of the many vehicles from the Chrysler Auto Group!

Test Drive the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 and the Entire Chrysler Group Lineup at The Arizona International Auto Show

 

What:                    Chrysler Drive Experience

 

Where:                 Phoenix Convention Center – 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ

Between Washington & Monroe

 

When:                  Chrysler Drive Hours of Operation:

Thursday, November 27, 2014      9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Friday, November 28, 2014            9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Saturday, November 29, 2014       9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Sunday, November 30, 2014          9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

The 2015 Chrysler 200

The 2015 Chrysler 200

 

Why:                    The Chrysler Drive experience offers a low pressure test drive opportunity for brand and auto enthusiasts to get behind the wheel of renowned vehicles from Chrysler Group including:

  • Chrysler 200
  • Chrysler 300
  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Dodge Dart
  • Dodge Durango
  • Fiat 500
  • Jeep®Cherokee
  • Jeep®Grand Cherokee
  • Ram 1500

 

How:                     Register to test drive a vehicle at the Chrysler Drive Tent during hours of operation. Participants are accompanied by highly trained product specialists, and are also automatically entered into the 2014 Chrysler Group National Giveaway for a chance to win $45,000 towards any eligible Chrysler Group vehicle. For more information, please visit www.ChryslerGroupLLC.com.

Big Hero 6 Opens in Theatre’s November 7th!

November 7, 2014 in Disney, Movies, Play, reviews

Big Hero 6

My boys were pretty excited when we had the chance to preview Big Hero 6 from Disney. They said, “finally a Disney cartoon that wasn’t just for girls!” Now I know boys enjoy the animated princess movies but Disney does a lot of those. And believe me, girls will enjoy this movie just as much as the boys!

The movie takes place in San Fransokyo where Hiro a young prodigy teams up with an inflatable robot to save the city. Along the way they add  four more geniuses to their group to form Big Hero 6. By using their intelligence for robotics, they create “super hero” costumes to help them defeat the bad guy.

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My boys both gave the movie two thumbs up. It was action packed and had plenty of comedy to keep everyone in the theater laughing.

Big Hero 6 is rated PG and comes out in theatre’s Friday November 7th. It’s also available in 3D. If your kids like 3D, I believe this is one movie that is worth paying a little extra to take advantage of that option.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Disney’s Big Hero 6. All opinions are mine alone.

Amazing Lashes with Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes!

October 19, 2014 in reviews

My makeup routine is pretty simple. I throw on some moisturizer, powder, eyeliner and mascara. My lashes are pretty sparse, so I need to use something to give them a boost.

I’ve seen quite a few women with fake eyelashes that stick on with glue or lash extensions from the salon. They look amazing on them but I just can’t imagine the maintenance or the upkeep for something like that.

Younique 3D Lashes

I was sent the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique to try out and I’m a believer! I’ve heard about these fiber lashes but I was never brave enough to give them a try. They are very easy to apply and only take a few more minutes than my usual makeup routine. They can be applied everyday and you can also choose the intensity of coverage based on how many coats you apply.

The Kit includes two tubes. One is called Transplanting Gel and the other contains natural fibers. The fibers are 100% natural green tea fibers!

Here are the easy step by step instructions on how to apply:

  1. Apply a thin coat of your favorite regular mascara on both sets of lashes. Let dry.
  2. Apply an even coat of transplanting gel on lashes
  3. Immediately, before gel has time to dry, apply fibers onto lashes
  4. Lastly, seal the fibers with another coat of Transplanting Gel.

 

Here is the before and after  with only one coat of the 3D Fiber Lashes.

Here is the before and after with only one coat of the 3D Fiber Lashes.

Here are some helpful tips when applying the 3D Lashes:

  • Do one eye at a time
  • Use a lash comb to separate lashes and eliminate clumps
  • Apply 3D lashes as many times as you want but be sure to use the Transplanting Gel between applications to seal them.
  • If you apply too many fibers at one time, you will have fibers falling on your cheeks

I personally don’t use the fiber lashes everyday. I do love to use them when I’m going out with my husband or for a special occasion. I found that they stay on really well but I do check in the mirror periodically for a stray fiber on my cheek. It is very rare that it happens but I like to check just in case. In fact, they stay on so well that I found face wash alone will not take them off completely. I our a little olive oil or coconut oil in my hands and rub the oil into my closed eyes and lashes. Then, I use a wet paper towel and gently remove my eye makeup and the lashes.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for an independent distributor of Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. All opinions are mine alone.