Hurry and Earn D-backs Rewards at Fry’s Food Stores!

September 18, 2014 in Shop

Photo Credit: Fry's Food Stores Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Fry’s Food Stores Facebook Page

Have you heard of the D-backs rewards program at Fry’s Food Stores? There is still a little time to earn some points! Points can be earned until September 28, 2014 and must be redeemed by October 31, 2014. Just look for the red tags that say D-backs rewards. When you purchase those items with your Fry’s rewards card, you automatically earn points!


Here are some of the items that qualify for the D-backs rewards:

  • Gatorade
  • Gatorade Prime Energy Chews
  • Shamrock Farms Dairy Products
  • Blue Bell Ice Cream

The prizes are going fast and are first come, first serve and limited to stock on hand. Here are some of the rewards available:

  • Hats
  • Jerseys
  • Baseballs
  • Bobbleheads
  • iPhone Cases

Be sure to keep an eye out for the Suns Rewards program that will be starting soon, as well! You can keep up with the latest promotions, stories and coupons by following Fry’s Food Store on Facebook!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Fry’s Food Stores.

Join Team No Kid Hungry Along With Denny’s!

September 14, 2014 in Eat, life

No Kid Hungry

I am so thankful that my kids have never known hunger. Now I know they tell me regularly that they are starving but they have never known true hunger. I try to instill this thankfulness into them but I don’t think that they truly understand that some children in America are lucky to eat once per day and they may even go days without a proper meal.


In Arizona 30% of kids struggle with hunger. This affects so many aspects of their lives. When they go to school hungry, they have a difficult time focusing and paying attention in class. That is if they even make it to school. Arizona has 493,000 low income students that receive a free or reduced price lunch and only 46% of those students are getting school breakfast. I think this is a great start but I know we can do better!


September is No Kid Hungry month and many restaurants are raising money to help feed children that are going hungry. Denny’s is one of those restaurants. You can head to your local Denny’s and donate $1. That $1 will provide up to 10 meals! If you donate $3 you will receive $9 in coupons for some Denny’s favorites like pancake puppies, pancakes and $5/$20. This campaign lasts until October 31, so you have plenty of time to donate. Because of generous donations, Denny’s has been able to give over 1.4 million dollars to this amazing initiative!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Denny’s and I am a Denny’s Diners Blogger Ambassador.


Rumbi: Bringing Island Flavor to the Mainland + A Giveaway!

September 11, 2014 in Eat, Giveaways, Reviews/Giveaways

Disclosure: I was given gift cards from Rumbi to keep and giveaway in exchange for this post.

Photo Credit: Rumbi Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Rumbi Facebook Page

Do you like to dine out, save money and eat healthy? Rumbi Island Grill is the perfect place for all three of those. My whole family enjoys dining at Rumbi and they have prices that are amazing including so many specials and the food is definitely something that I am proud to have my family eat.

Photo Credit: Rumbi Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Rumbi Facebook Page

The Caribbean Chicken and Shrimp Tacos (pictured above) are my favorite! They are topped with pineapple salsa that adds just a touch of sweetness. With chips and rice on the side they are only $9.89!

Here are some of the ways to save at Rumbi:

  • Join Club Rumbi and receive email updates with coupons and specials! Within a few days of enrolling, I received a coupon for $5 off $15!
  • Rumbi Island Rice bowls start at only $7.99. That’s a whole lot of food for one person. I take the leftovers home and they are great for tomorrows lunch.
  • Daily specials, Monday – Friday!
  • Kid eat free, Monday & Tuesday after 4:00pm with the purchase of an adult entree!

Rumbi has quite a few locations to choose from as well:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • Idaho
  • Utah

Giveaway Time! I have two $25 Rumbi gift cards to giveaway. I’ll randomly choose two lucky winners to each win one.
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John C. Lincoln Sonoran Foothills Is Open In North Phoenix!

September 9, 2014 in health, life



I live in far north Phoenix and noticed a new emergency center being built near me. I passed the construction site everyday on my way to and from work right along the I-17 Freeway. This new emergency center also contains a breast health and research center.

I had the chance to tour the new John C. Lincoln Sonoran facility and learn about what they offer patients.

As soon as we stepped into the emergency room, I was blown away by the atmosphere. Everything was decorated so nicely and the colors were very calming. Our tour guide let us know that on average, the wait time from arrival to discharge is less than two hours. That is almost unheard of in emergency rooms. They also take you straight to a bed instead of making you fill out all paperwork and answer question in the lobby.

JCL Sonoran Kids Room

The kids room at the John C. Lincoln Sonoran emergency center.

If you have a medical emergency with one of your kiddos, they have a great pediatric room and pediatric nurses that will make them feel more at ease. The pediatric room even has a Wii to help pass the time.


Wait to you hear about the breast health and research center. When I walked through the doors my first thought was that I walked into a day spa. The furniture and decorations put me at ease and made me feel so comfortable. I didn’t have any procedures or tests done but I can only imagine how a dark sterile room would make someone feel so panicked. When they designed the waiting room and exam rooms, you can tell they were focusing on helping patients stay calm and comfortable.

JCL Breast Center

The beautiful waiting area at the breast health and research center.

Not only is the furniture comfy but so are the robes. Forget about that scratchy paper robes, you will be treated to a soft cotton robe!

If you have any more questions about the John C. Lincoln Sonoran location be sure to check out their website.

Disclosure: I was invited for lunch and a tour of the new medical facility in exchange for my post.

They Have Puppies At Denny’s?

August 20, 2014 in Brand Partners, Eat

I was recently at Denny’s with my family to meet up with awesome Phoenix bloggers. Denny’s is constantly changing their specialty menu and coming up with some really great dining options. When I was browsing the the Greatest Hits Remixed menu  I noticed the Strawberry Pancake Puppies. I decided I was totally splurging on calories and that’s what I would order for an appetizer. How can you go wrong with strawberry pancake batter mixed with white chocolate chips, fried into little round “puppies” and served with cream cheese icing for dipping? And come on, everything is better fried!

Strawberry Pancake PuppiesWhen I let the server know that we would start out with the Strawberry Pancake Puppies my youngest looked around the restaurant and asked, “Mom, they have puppies at Denny’s?” I love how kids take things so literally. After I explained what they were he was a little bummed that he wasn’t going to have a chance to play with some puppies while waiting for his dinner. When the Strawberry Pancake Puppies arrived he dug right in. I guess if he couldn’t have a real puppy at Denny’s this was the next best thing!

Phoenix #DennysDiners

(L to R) A Mom’s Take, Phoenix Mom Blog, Everyday Childhood, Shaping Up To Be a Mom, Pink Cake Plate

After we enjoyed our food, I had the chance to sit down with some Phoenix area bloggers. The five of us are all part of the Denny’s Diners Blog Ambassador program. We had the chance to discuss some new things that Denny’s is cooking up in their kitchen and also discuss the many charitable organizations that Denny’s raises money for. I’ll keep you posted on how you can help Denny’s raise money for some really great causes!

Disclosure: I am a blogger ambassador for Denny’s and this is a sponsored post.

Walgreens: Get a Shot #GiveaShot #shop #cbias

July 21, 2014 in collective bias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. #CollectiveBias and its advertisers. All opinions are mine alone.

Walgreens Shot@Life   I know we hate to admit it but it’s time to start thinking about that back to school to do list! I was mentally going over my list the other day and one thing that many of us overlook is vaccinations. This is not a fun topic in my house. I’m sure it’s the same way for most. I’ve never heard of a child that likes to get shots! After looking over my boys’ vaccination cards, I realized they are all caught up for now.

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Many undeveloped countries do not have access to vaccines for their children.

I remember many times when bribery came into play when we were on our way for shots. Stickers worked when they were pretty young but eventually we had to move up to candy and even money. A few years ago we had insurance that did not cover immunizations. Those shots can be expensive! Thankfully I found a county clinic where my boys could receive free immunizations. Now, we have much better insurance that covers the cost but what about those in developing countries that never receive vaccinations because the expense is just too great?

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The Healthcare Clinic is easy to find. You can see the sign as soon as you walk in the door at participating Walgreens locations.

Well, Walgreens has teamed up with the UN Foundations Shot@Life campaign. Every vaccine that is administered in a Walgreens Health Care clinic, another shot will be donated to a child in a developing country. This may not seem like much to us, but these can be life saving vaccines for these children!

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Look for these brochures at the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic.

I’ve visited many developing countries, most recently Dominican Republic. The country was very beautiful and the people were so loving. I had the chance to spend some time at a school in a rural village and learned that in their country schooling is not free. In the US our tax dollars take care of public education. That is something that I think we take for granted. Many of those children in the Dominican wouldn’t be able to attend even if their family could afford their education because they are ill from very preventable diseases.

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Here is a list of immunization available at the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic.

Be sure to visit your local Walgreens Healthcare Clinic if your children need back to school vaccines. I’ve used the services at the Healthcare Clinic in the past and the wait time is very minimal. They accept many insurance’s and you don’t have to waste time at a doctors office. I know that time can be very valuable! You can go to the Walgreens website to find your nearest location so you can be a part of the #GiveaShot campaign.

Lazy Man S’mores With Nutella ~ YUM!

July 16, 2014 in Eat, recipes

My family loves making S’mores but it is just too darn hot to make them in the Arizona summer! My boys were begging to make them so I came up with a way to have S’mores without stoking up a campfire.



  • Graham Crackers
  • Nutella (or your choice of chocolate spread)
  • Marshmallow Creme

Okay, so it’s pretty straight forward on how to make this special recipe. Just spread some Nutella on one of the graham crackers and the marshmallow creme on the other one. Put them together and be blown away by the flavor combo!

Get Kids Cooking At The Cookie DoughJo!

July 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Cookie Doughjo


Disclosure: I was invited to bring my boys to experience The Cookie DoughJo in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

I have two rowdy and rambunctious boys that hate helping me in the kitchen. They love the fruit of my labor but don’t enjoy the work that goes into it. That is until they experienced The Cookie DoughJo!

The Cookie DoughJo

Regina and all of her staff made the experience fun from start to finish! When we walked in they had a chance to put on an apron, like a real chef my youngest said. When everyone gathered around the giant high top tables they couldn’t wait to get started. Now forget mixing with your fancy Kitchenaid mixer. At this class, you cream the butter and sugar by hand. The boys had a blast using their muscles!

The recipe was displayed in several spots along the table. Regina asked for participation in reading the ingredients and asking for measurements. This helped the kiddos learn the difference between cups, tablespoons and teaspoons.

Cookie DoughJo Recipe

While the cookies were baking, they were thrilled to decorate their very own cookie box. The staff laid out plenty of markers and stickers so every box would be truly customized. This kept everyone from getting bored while the cookie goodness was in the oven.

Cookie DoughJo Box


When the cookies had come out of the oven and cooled down. the staff placed them gently in each box. How they weren’t tempted to taste a few is beyond me. We barely made it to the car before we tore into the boxes. Let’s just say, we thoroughly spoiled our dinners! But, it was totally worth it.

Cookie DoughJo Cookies


The cookie DoughJo offers birthday party packages and cooking classes. They have a variety of cookies to choose from so everyone can create their favorite treat! Be sure to follow The Cookie DoughJo on Instagram, twitter and Facebook!

Now, who wants to win 2 classes at The Cookie DoughJo and an apron ($75 value)? The giveaway ends July 18th so hurry and enter below!
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Summer Dining Deals At Sauce & Zinburger + A Giveaway!

July 7, 2014 in Eat, Giveaways


I love eating out with my family! Sauce and Zinburger have some awesome dining deals that will make everyone happy. These deals last until August 31st and are perfect to get out of the summer heat.

Sauce Pizza from the Oven

From now until Aug. 31, visit one of six Sauce locations across the Valley and nosh on a Summer Sampler – your choice of fresh salad, delicious warm pizza and two glasses wine for an irresistible price of just $20. Choose from a variety of salads, and indulge in a gourmet 12-inch pizza like the spicy chicken sausage or the prosciutto melon (back by popular demand for a limited time). Top off the experience with your choice of two specialty wines exclusive for the Summer Sampler, Coppola Pinot Grigio and Clifford Bay Pinot Noir, or choose from a handful of others. This limited time offer is the ideal for splitting with a friend, date or spouse. Bring the kiddos to this family-friendly, fast-casual Italian concept for $5 kids meals, offered year round. Please note that seasonal pizza and wines are available as part of the Summer Sampler or on their own. For store locations, phone numbers and a complete menu, visit

Zinburger exterior

Zinburger at Biltmore Fashion Park and Scottsdale Quarter is celebrating its littlest guests this summer with $3 kids menus all day every day now through Aug. 31. The Camp Bo-vine menu includes their choice of hamburger, turkey sloppy Joe, grilled cheese or chicken fingers, alongside a tasty side and drink. For just $2 more, kiddos can upgrade to one of Zinburger’s decadent milkshakes or floats. This special deal is limited to kids aged 12 and under. Parents: bring in your kids between 4 and 6 p.m. during the week and enjoy the Plain & Simple Burger for just $7, instead of $9. For more information, visit

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4th Of July Fireworks Around Phoenix and all of Arizona!

June 27, 2014 in Family Fun, Play



The 4th of July is just around the corner! Here is a list of places around Arizona that will be having fireworks this year:

July 3rd:





July 4th: