SpongeBob Is Coming to Phoenix May 31st!

May 29, 2015 in Family Fun

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The SpongeBob Treat Truck will be in Phoenix this Sunday, May 31st! Your kiddos can meet SpongeBob, get photos with him, enjoy a SpongeBob frozen treat and learn how to keep oceans healthy!

WHAT:            

SpongeBob SquarePants is coming ashore in Phoenix, bringing laughter, joy, and SpongeBob frozen treats!  Fans can keep cool with tasty      snacks, pose for photos with SpongeBob as his superhero alter-ego Invincibubble, plus get a free reusable tote bag and tips on helping to keep the world’s oceans healthy.  The

Sponge Out Of Water eight-city tour leads up to World Oceans Day on June 8th. World Oceans Day is a UN-recognized day of ocean celebration and action.  This year, people are encouraged to pledge not to take any disposable plastic bags for a whole year and families can learn why it’s important to keep plastics out of the ocean at www.worldoceansday.org.

Come join the family-friendly fun, check out the truck, get your own ocean-friendly tote bag, plus more free goodies!  The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is available now on Digital HD, and arrives on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD June 2nd.

 

WHEN/WHERE:      

Sunday, May 31  

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – f.y.e., 1350 Longmore, Mesa

                                               

Check out www.SpongeOutOfWater.com for complete details of the tour stops. #SpongeOutOfWater

Phoenix Pogo Pass Discount Code + A Giveaway!

May 28, 2015 in Family Fun, Giveaways, Play

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Have you heard of Pogo Pass? This awesome pass is good at so many fun locations around the Phoenix metro area. Right now you can purchase a Pogo Pass for $39.98 using promo code PHXMOM at checkout! That is an awesome deal considering the cost is usually $99.95.

Here are a few places where you will receive FREE admission/tickets with your Pogo Pass:

  • Pump It Up (2 visits)
  • Castles n Coasters (1 visit)
  • Phoenix Zoo (2 visits)
  • Arizona Diamond Backs (2 games)

The savings with the Pogo Pass add up really quickly. With school out the kiddos are going to be ready to be entertained!

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The Kindness Safari At The Phoenix Zoo!

May 20, 2015 in Family Fun, Play

When I became a mom, I made a promise to myself that I would do the best I could to raise kind, thoughtful and caring children and as a work from home mom/small business owner,  I am always looking for fun things to do as a family (and things to do to get out of the house!). When I found out about the KINDSnacks Kindness Safari at the Phoenix Zoo I was so excited to take my girls because it was the best of both worlds, family fun AND encouraging kindness…this mom was SOLD!  The night before I was reading to them all the fun stuff happening at the zoo and they asked if they could go NOW so I knew this would be great for them.

Saturday morning when we got to the Phoenix Zoo we headed straight for the KINDSnacks booth to pick up our Kindness Safari scavenger hunt, compliment cards and a few KIND Blueberry Vanilla bars and got started on our day.

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My girls loved the scavenger hunt book. My oldest daughter was excited to draw pictures of the monkeys (and then they even decided to act like monkeys)

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My youngest daughter loved the page that said to show someone you love them by giving them a bear hug, needless to say her older sister was receiving bear hugs ALLLLLL day long (its always so great to see my kids loving on each other and not bickering!!).

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As we walked around we were thankful we had those super yummy and super healthy KIND Healthy Grains Vanilla Blueberry bars. Both girls LOVED them and it was nice to give them something good for them as we burned calories hiking around the zoo.

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I’m pretty sure there were a few animals we ran into who wished they had our KIND snacks. I know the cute ground squirrels were hoping we would drop some and the tiger stopped what he was doing to stare down what we were eating (sorry guys, these were too good to share with even the cutest critters!).

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When we were leaving the zoo we stopped back by the KIND Snacks booth to thank them for the fun day and they gave the girls both a lunch bag filled with goodies (another kind bar, a kindness tracker, temporary tattoo, crayon) and they had bundles of flowers for the kids to “pick one and pass it on”. On the way out of the zoo both girls handed me their flowers and one of their kindness compliment cards that said “you’re awesome” and thanked me for the great day they had. I can honestly say that my day with my husband and kids at the  Phoenix Zoo and encouraging kindness with KINDSnacks was a complete Success!!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for KINDSnacks.

Post Credit: Phoenix Mom Blog contributor April Smith!

FREE Kids Fun: Westgate Wednesdays Start June 3rd!

May 19, 2015 in Family Fun, Play

Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

It’s time to turn up the music and dance with your favorite movie characters this summer during Westgate Wednesdays at Westgate Entertainment District.

The free, family-friendly series offers weekly themed events that draw hundreds of kids and parents from across the Valley to enjoy music, dancing, games and prize giveaways.

New this year, Westgate Wednesday will have character meet and greets each week, where families can meet with their favorite movie characters and have their photo taken with them.

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Details include:

  • Westgate Wednesdays at Westgate Entertainment District
  • Every Wednesday starting June 3 through July 29
  • Hosted at Fountain Park from 6:00pm until 7:30pm
  • Meet and greet with favorite movie characters and get a free photo
  • Games and prizes
  • Live music
  • Free and open to the public

Schedule of themed events below:

  • June 3: Frozen Fiesta with Elsa
  • June 10: Intergalactic Party with a Jedi Knight
  • June 17: Princess & Pirate Party with Captain Jack and Cinderella
  • June 24: Super Hero Sensation with Batman
  • July 1: Frozen Fiesta with Princess Anna
  • July 8: Intergalactic Party with Princess Leia and a Storm Trooper
  • July 15: Princess & Pirate Party with The Little Mermaid & Captain Jack
  • July 22: Super Hero Sensation with Spider Man
  • July 29: Frozen Fiesta with Anna and Elsa

For more information about Westgate Wednesdays, visit www.westgateaz.com/summer/.

Phoenix Women: Put Your Health First With ZocDoc!

May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

ZocDocThis week is National Women’s Health week and ZocDoc is challenging Phoenix women to put their health first by booking their annual wellness appointment while also benefiting a local charity in the process. ZocDoc, the free, online doctor booking service, will donate $25 to the Phoenix-based nonprofit Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona (DCFA) for each preventive healthcare appointment booked by a woman via zocdoc.com or the free ZocDoc app May 10-16.

 

Seeing a doctor for regular checkups and preventive screenings is key to a healthy lifestyle. Keeping on schedule is a hurdle to consistent care for a lot of busy women. ZocDoc makes it easy for patients to find and book an appointment with in-network doctor quickly and helps patients stay on top of important checkups with tailored reminders.

 

Here are a few tips other tips for women to use to stay happy and healthy. Most of these are not surprising, but too frequently overlooked.

  • Get up and get out – With work, family and everything else happening in a busy woman’s life, sometimes it seems impossible to squeeze in a work out. Get outside and spend at least 30 minutes exercising for 3-4 days a week, even if it’s just walking your dog around the block. An overwhelming amount of evidence shows that regular physical activity can also lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, even depression.
  • Commit to a mental health Me Day every month…or even just an afternoon – Staying healthy is as much as mental process as it is a physical one, and sometimes all you need is to take time for yourself to improve it. Book yourself a babysitter and use the time to take a day off (or even part of one) for yourself. Go for a long walk with a friend, or to read a book you’ve had on your list, even take the time to catch up on your sleep.
  • Cut “it” out – “It” could be a million things – such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet – but no matter what the unhealthy or unsafe habit is, it’s time to quit. Start eating healthier, quit smoking, limit alcohol use, those are just a few ways that women can stay healthy.
  • Lastly, Take the Pledge – Whether it’s finally checking your blood pressure or scheduling that eye exam with your optometrist you’ve been putting off for the last few months, take the pledge to see your doctor for your annual checkups and discuss the steps you need to stay healthy and happy.

 

So, ladies, book your annual wellness visit now. The typical ZocDoc patient sees a doctor within 24 hours, 18-times faster than the national average wait time. To book an appointment via ZocDoc, just go to zocdoc.com or download the free ZocDoc app. You just enter your location, insurance and the type of doctor you want to see. ZocDoc shows local doctor’s real-time availability, qualifications, photos and verified patient reviews. You simply select an available appointment time and you’re booked!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of ZocDoc.

Join The Kindness Safari at the Phoenix Zoo!

May 14, 2015 in Family Fun, Play

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Looking for some family fun this weekend? Head over to the Phoenix Zoo and participate in the Kindness Safari! The event is Saturday May 16, 2015 and is sponsored by Zulily and KIND Snacks! Here’s what you can expect:

The kids will receive a lunch tote, scavenger hunt booklet and some of the items in the take-home kindness kits that will be present at the event. This items are on a first come first serve basis so be sure to get to the event early! In addition to the lunch tote, there is a kindness tracker for the kids to keep track of all their kindness acts for the week as well as compliment cards the kids are encouraged to hand out to people that make them smile or to thank them for doing a kind act. The kindness safari book is a cute ‘check off’ list that kids are encouraged to do while at the zoo and includes kind acts like:

  • Give someone a bear hug
  • Draw a picture of themselves ‘monkeying’ around with friends
  • Take a family photo
  • Thank a zookeeper

For more information, discounts and specials you can head over to the Zulily website. They have a coupon for a FREE child admission!

Hopefully, the weather will be perfect!

Review: Make Meaning in Scottsdale

May 6, 2015 in Family Fun, Play, reviews

Make Meaning Scottsdale

I was invited to bring my family to Make Meaning in Scottsdale and check out what they have to offer. I went with my mom and my youngest son and let’s just say we had a pretty *sweet time!

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Here are the activities that they offer:

  • Soap Making
  • Pottery Painting
  • Ceramic Painting
  • Glass Art
  • Candle Making
  • Cake Decorating

We decided on trying the soap making and the cake decorating. The cake decorating is where the *sweet time comes in.

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My son got the silicone mold that has 4 spaces to fill. First, he went to the “wall of soap” and chose some fun soap shapes to put in his soap molds. They have so many shapes to choose from like robots, dinosaurs and gold fish. After that, he made his way to the tables that were designated just for soap making. He arranged the shapes in the molds and even had a chance to create some letters that he placed in the molds as well. When he had his designs just right, we made our way to the soap counter where and employee filled the molds with liquid soap. He even had a chance to pick out a fragrance for his soap. Some of the choices were apple pie, freshly washed man and dirt. Yes, dirt! He went for the freshly washed man. The soap needed to set up for about 30 minutes in the fridge so that gave us plenty of time to work on our next project…Cake Decorating!

Make Meaning Cakes

The three of us each received our own cake and we decided to spray them with an edible spray paint. My mom and I chose silver and my son went for green. We picked out some fun shapes and candies for our cakes and we also received colored fondant to make our own shapes. My mom and I went for a pretty classic looking cake but my son decided to go crazy with the decorations. But you know what? That was totally okay with me. He was having a blast and he was getting creative. By the way, the cake tastes amazing! We cut into at soon as we arrived home and it was a big hit!

Make Meaning is perfect for kids and adults. They offer parties for just about any size or you can just drop in during business hours. I’m pretty sure they are going to get busy during the summer. It’s the ideal place to bring the kiddos to keep them busy and especially when it’s too hot to play outside.

Make Meaning is located at the Scottsdale Quarter, Scottsdale Road and the Greenway Hayden Loop.

Make Meaning – Scottsdale
Scottsdale Quarter Mall
15257 N. Scottsdale Road
Building F, Ste 160
Scottsdale, AZ, 85254
Sun-Th 12p – 6p
F 12p – 7p
Sat 10a – 8p
P: 480.845.0000

Here is a bonus for all of you Phoenix Mom Blog readers…a $5 off coupon! Just click on the coupon below and print it off.

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

 

Sprouts: Baby Food Sale & Recipes!

May 5, 2015 in baby, Shop

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Do you make your own food for your baby or do you prefer to purchase it from the store? Here are a few recipes from Sprouts Farmers Market and some DIY tips for homemade baby food! Also, Sprouts will be having a sale on baby food. You can receive 25% from May 6th – May 13th!

DIY Tips:

  • Keep all tools and work spaces spotlessly clean, washing with hot, soapy water and rinsing in hot water or use a dishwasher if possible.
  • Choose organic produce whenever possible.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before peeling.
  • Use a blender or food processor to speed preparation. Add formula, juice or cooking water to thin the food.
  • Start with a thin, smooth, easy-to-swallow puree. As your baby grows and chewing and swallowing reflexes mature, the consistency can be thickened.
  • Make larger batches so you can portion them out in ice cube trays to freeze. Then put them in plastic storage bags. Take cubes out, heat and serve.
  • Avocados or bananas may be mashed and served in a variety of ways. They do not require cooking.

Sweet Potato

Ingredients

4 oz sweet potato, finely diced

1 cup water

Method

In a pot, bring the diced sweet potato and water to boil, for about 15 minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency that you like. It should break down quite a bit after the boiling. If not, you can use the back of the spoon to mash the sweet potato to the desired texture. To make a silky smooth sweet potato puree, you can blend it with a blender. Let cool and serve.

Purple Carrots

Ingredients:

1 bunch purple carrots – about 10 carrots

Small amount of water

Method

Peel and slice carrots.  Place in a steaming basket over boiling water and steam for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Adding a little bit of water (do not use your cooking water), purée the carrots. Let cool and serve.  If freezing, remove the frozen purée from the trays and place in a freezer bag and mark to be used within 3 months.

7 to 8 months

Start testing other fruits and vegetables and proteins such as lentils and meats in thicker purees. Still go one new ingredient at a time, but now mix a few together once you know your baby isn’t allergic.

 

Teens Titans Go!: Appetite For Disruption

May 1, 2015 in reviews

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My boys are super active but every once in awhile they just want to sit, relax and watch some cartoons. Their favorite cartoon right now is Teen Titans. I was sent a copy of the new Teen Titans Go!: Appetite For Disruption Season 2 Part 1.

The set comes with 2 discs and includes over 20 episodes! This is the first time this series has been on released on DVD and my boys are having a blast watching the episodes. There are just enough action scenes, crime fighting scenes and bodily function scenes that my boys are utterly entertained and laughing.

The DVD set was released on April 14, 2015 and priced at only $19.95. Teen Titans go! is consistently ranked as the #1 show for kids 6-11 on Cartoon Network and has been renewed for a third season. My boys are 7 and 10 so they fit right into this age group and they will be very happy campers knowing that the Teen Titans Go! series will be continuing.

Phoenix Mom Expo 2015!

April 24, 2015 in Family Fun, Play

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The 2015 Phoenix Mom Expo is coming May 1 & 2 to the Mesa Convention Center. The expo has some great sponsors and some really fun giveaways.

  • The first 100 moms at the door will receive FREE labels from Mabel’s Labels!
  • One attendee will win FREE food from Green Chef
  • One attendee will win a membership to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix

For more information, be sure to head to their website and checkout all of the sponsors and activities that will be available. Plus you can print off a pass for FREE admission.