Treadmill-a-thon At Phoenix WSS Stores!

November 21, 2015 in Family Fun, Play

Photo Credit: WSS Facebook Page

Photo Credit: WSS Facebook Page

Have you heard of WSS? It’s an awesome new shoe store coming to the Phoenix area. Here are the three locations opening soon:

  • 3949 East Thomas, Phoenix
  • 1036 E. Southern, Mesa
  • 2020 N 75th Ave, Phoenix

This Monday November 23rd, you can head to the East Thomas location for a ribbon cutting ceremony and a family friendly Treadmill-a-thon. The Treadmill-a-ton will last for 24 hours to raise funds for the local Boys and Girls club in the Phoenix-Mesa area. WSS will donate $35 for every mile completed and all participants will receive a gift bag with a voucher for a free turkey and WSS gift card!

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will be kicking off the event by running a 40 minute shift, on Monday morning.

Be sure to join in this great event and bring the whole family!

Meeting Tyrann Mathieu Courtesy of Proctor & Gamble and Bashas’

November 20, 2015 in Family Fun, Giveaways, Shop

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


Last week, my family and I were honored to be a guest of Proctor and Gamble to meet Arizona Cardinals player, Tyrann Mathieu. I watch and cheer for the Cardinals but my boys are die hard fans. When I told them about the meeting their reaction was, “We get to meet Honey Badger?” So, of course when the Cardinals played Seattle last Sunday, I was sure to keep on eye on Honey Badger and cheer extra loud for him!

Below, is a photo of my boys meeting Tyrann Mathieu. Yes, that’s me in the background. The Bashas’ team took this photo and obviously I was in mommy mode and telling my boys what to do.

Photo credit: Bashas' Supermarket Facebook Page

Photo credit: Bashas’ Supermarket Facebook Page

When we arrived at Bashas’ on 4940 S Gilbert Road quite a few people were already waiting in line to meet their hero. Since we arrived a little early we went over to the P&G table where shoppers could spin the prize wheel for full sized P&G products and also pick up some great samples. An even bigger bonus was the awesome promotion they had that day. Any Bashas’ customer that spent $30 or more on P&G products could take their receipt to the prize table and receive a free mini football!


One of my favorite P&G products is Tide laundry detergent. As a mom of two busy and rambunctious boys, I depend on Tide to not only get out the stains in their clothes but the stink! Who knew that young boys could get their socks so stinky? Now that they have the Tide PODS, I’m even more in love. No measuring out the soap. Just toss in a Tide POD and hit start.

Also, I can’t forget the Febreze Air Effects! When my house if full of my boys plus the neighborhood boys, I am armed with my Febreze. Just a light spray and that sweaty boy smell is neutralized, whew!



One lucky Phoenix Mom Blog reader will a win P&G gift box with full size products and a Bashas’ gift card. Here is what is included:

  • $50 Bashas’ Supermarket Gift Card
  • Tide PODS
  • Olay Body Wash
  • Cascade Action Pacs
  • Febreze Air Effects
  • Crest Toothpaste

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Keep Phoenix Beautiful 11/14!

November 10, 2015 in Family Fun, Play

Keep Phoenix Beautiful

Chipotle is proud to support a fun initiative that is taking place this Saturday, November 14! All across town you can help Keep Phoenix Beautiful!

All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt as well as some Chipotle currency for FREE food! If you would like to volunteer, please go to Keep Phoenix Beautiful and find a location near you.

More than 30 sites are available where you can help plant trees, pick up trash, trim shrubs and plant gardens. The weather should be amazing this weekend, so get out their and volunteer!

Beefy Queso Recipe Using Laura’s Lean Beef!

November 9, 2015 in Eat, Giveaways, recipes

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Laura’s Lean Beef. All opinions are my own.

Photo Credit: Laura's Lean Beef Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Laura’s Lean Beef Facebook Page

It’s football season and in our house that means the television is always on a game! While my hubby and the boys are watching football, they love to snack and graze.

One of their favorite snacks is queso dip and chips. The recipe I normally make calls for that fake cheese. I know it is not very healthy for them and I decided to come up with a queso recipe that uses real ingredients like shredded cheese and ground beef. Of course the ground beef I chose was Laura’s Lean Beef with no added hormones, antibiotics and gluten free.

Healthy natural ingredients are not always available but when they are, I try and choose those for my family.

I came up with a Beefy Queso that my all of my boys loved!


  • 1lb. package of Laura’s Lean Beef
  • 1 c. milk
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and diced
  • 1/2 c. beef broth
  • 10 oz can of diced tomatoes with chiles, drained
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 3/4 c. shredded sharp cheddar

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In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the milk and set aside.

Heat a large saucepan on medium heat and add oil and ground beef. Cook the ground beef and crumble in pan. When beef is browned add diced jalapeño and cook until softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Remove the browned beef and drain. Set ground beef aside.

PicMonkey Collage

Use the same large skillet and add the beef broth and the rest of the milk. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook for about 3 minutes.

Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan and stir continuously. The mixture will thicken after a minute.

Add the drained tomatoes, cilantro, cumin, salt, pepper, chili powder, cheese and cooked ground beef. Mix on low heat for just a minute while the cheese melts.

Be sure to serve immediately with your favorite tortilla chips!



Laura’s has provided coupons for one lucky winner – $25 in coupons!

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Chipotle: $3 Deals For Boorito 10/31!

October 27, 2015 in Eat

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This Saturday, Ocotober 31, Chipotle will be celebrating Boorito! Here’s what it’s all about:

–Theme: Unnecessary additives are creepy

–How to participate: Add something unnecessary to your costume (i.e. a baseball player with a football, etc.)

–The deal: $3 burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos with $1 from each sale, up to $1 million going to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation (providing funds for farmers to promote better, more sustainable practices)

–Why?:  Unlike a typical fast food restaurant menu that includes hundreds-to-thousands of additives,  Chipotle serves a simple menu of food made with only 68 ingredients that are raised or grown with respect for farmers, the environment, animals and consumers.

I love that Chipotle strives to offer their customers quality ingredients. You won’t find any chemicals, artificial colors or flavors in any of their food. And that guac! I know it’s costs extra but so worth it!

For more information about the Boorito fundraiser you can go HERE or HERE to learn about the Cultivate Foundation!

Have Fry’s Groceries Delivered Right To Your Door With Shipt!

October 16, 2015 in apps, Eat, Giveaways, reviews, Reviews/Giveaways, Shop

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


I know life can get so crazy and hectic. By the time you make it through another work/school week all you want to do is relax but sometimes that just isn’t an option. When the weekend rolls around, things need to get done like housework and grocery shopping. I can honestly say that I hate both! Now that my kids are older they can help with some of the cleaning but they obviously can’t do the grocery shopping. But, what if you could watch television and do your grocery shopping at once? Well, I did just that last weekend. I was watching television on Saturday night while selecting my groceries on the Shipt phone app. I chose to have my groceries delivered Sunday afternoon between 3 and 4 and they showed up on my doorstep!


This is how it works:

  • Download the Shipt app to your smart phone and set up an account. (A year membership is $99 but for a short time Phoenix residents can get it for $49)
  • Enter you credit or debit information for payment
  • Start choosing your groceries. If the item you are looking for is not on the list, just add it as a special request with description and instructions.
  • Choose a day and time for your delivery and send your order!


  • So easy and convenient
  • The groceries come from Fry’s, one of my favorite stores
  • You can choose your day and time for delivery, 7 days a week
  • Reasonable membership fee
  • Friendly personal shopppers
  • Text updates about your order and items are out of stock


  • No use of coupons or shopper rewards card
  • Items priced a little higher

As you can see the pros far outweigh the cons, for me. I so wish they had an option for you to enter your rewards card number so that you can use digital coupons and earn points for fuel rewards. I did notice on my receipt that I did have savings. My personal shopper must have entered her rewards number, so at least I did receive some savings.

Also, items are priced a little higher than if you went to Fry’s and did your own shopping. For instance, milk was $1.99/gallon and through the app I was charged $2.09/gallon.

A few things to keep in mind is that an order must be at least $35 to receive free shipping and delivery is only to the Phoenix area. You can view the delivery map HERE.


As you can see, all of my groceries arrived safe, sound and right on time. I had a tip ready for my personal shopper but she let me know that once I received my final receipt I could leave a tip through the app. So convenient since I don’t usually carry cash.

GIVEAWAY: I am giving away 4 year long memberships to Shipt! That means free grocery delivery for a year! Woo Hoo! If you live in the Phoenix area, feel free to enter.
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New Del Taco Ensaladas + A Giveaway!

October 1, 2015 in Eat, Giveaways, reviews, Reviews/Giveaways

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Del Taco. All opinions are that of our contributor, April Smith.

I like to cook …a lot. I also like to eat out because lets be honest..sometimes this Mom doesn’t want to plan every meal, every day and sometimes life is chaotic and we’re on the run a lot. Its nice to be able to stop some where and grab a quick bite. I saw recently that Del Taco rolled out some new items on their menu: Handcrafted Ensaladas. They are priced at $5.49, under 600 calories and made with fresh ingredients (might I add they come with hand sliced avocado-  I LOVE avocado)!

So here is the low down on these new salads. They have three to choose from:

Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad: features freshly grilled marinated chicken, fresh sliced Hass avocado, crispy hand-chopped bacon, handmade pico de gallo salsa, chopped cilantro, and fresh house-made tortilla chips atop a mix of fresh crisp romaine and iceberg lettuce. Served with new cilantro pepita ranch dressing and only 590 calories.

Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad: includes a fresh blend of romaine and iceberg lettuce topped with fresh sliced Hass avocado, handmade pico de gallo salsa, chopped cilantro, fresh house-made tortilla chips, spicy jack cheese, seasoned black beans, and freshly grilled marinated chicken. Served with salsa casera and only 510 calories.

Signature Taco Salad: features seasoned beef, freshly sliced Hass avocado, handmade pico de gallo salsa, cheddar cheese freshly grated from 40-pound blocks, chopped cilantro, seasoned black beans, fresh house-made tortilla chips, and real sour cream on a mix of fresh crisp romaine and iceberg lettuce. Served with salsa casera and only 540 calories.

I took the family to Del Taco for dinner this week and I had to try one of these new salads out.

Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad

Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad

I went with the Chicken bacon avocado salad. I was surprised by the quality of the ingredients.

Fresh Pico de Gallo and Cilantro

Fresh Pico de Gallo and Cilantro

The lettuce was crisp, the pico de gallo and the cilantro looked very fresh, bacon was crispy, the chicken was juicy. I loved that it had a few chips in the mix. It was nice to satisfy my hanger pains (yes, I was at the hanger point of hungry) and my all my cravings for under 600 calories!

Under 600 Calories

Under 600 Calories

I would say the only problem I had with these new salads was figuring out which salad to try first!!!


Enter below to win a $20 Del Taco Gift card so you can try these awesome new salads!
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Hershey’s Spooky Pudding Cups!

September 29, 2015 in collective bias, Eat, Family Fun, walmart

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



Now that the kiddos are back to school, I’ve been on the hunt for a go-to after school snack. Something that is both wholesome and tasty. When I was at Walmart I found the Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding! Two flavors are available, Hershey’s S’mores and Hershey’s Chocolate. I grabbed two of the Hershey’s Chocolate 4 packs and of course my mind was racing. I was thinking how can I jazz these up and get creative to surprise the boys when they get home from school?



I decided to give them a Halloween flair by making Hershey’s Spooky Pudding Cups! Here is what I added to my shopping cart for this fun snack:

Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding

Graham Crackers

White Chocolate melting pieces

Black Decorating Gel





Melt white chocolate according to directions. While this is melting, break graham crackers into 1/4 pieces.


Dip the graham cracker pieces into the melted white chocolate. No need to get them completely covered. The bottom part will be hidden by the pudding. Place the dipped graham crackers on wax paper to cool.


While the graham crackers are cooling, take 3-4 whole graham crackers and place in a sealed plastic bag. Be sure to get as much air out as possible. Break up the graham crackers using a meat tenderizer or rolling pin. When the graham crackers are in very small pieces you can sprinkle them on top of the pudding cups to resemble dirt.


When the dipped graham crackers are completely cooled and set up, you can decorate them with the decorating gel. I put RIP on mine to really make them look like headstones. Once the gel is nice and set up you can them place them in the pudding.

It’s great that they are already in their own little portable cup so there is no need to dirty more dishes. My boys can grab their snack and head to the table to start their homework.


Also, one of my favorite magazines is ALL YOU and they even had a coupon for $0.55 off one Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding. The coupon is in the September/October issue found at Walmart. The Hershey’s pudding cups can be found int the refrigerated section, near the dairy.


If you would like even more ideas on how to top your Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding, head over to and let me know what your favorites are!

Fall Arizona Restaurant Week, September 18-27

September 1, 2015 in Eat


Arizona Restaurant Week for fall is just around the corner. If you are an expert foodie or just someone that loves to try  new cuisine, then get ready for the fun!

From September 18 – 27, participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for just $33 or $44 per person. More than 75 restaurants have already signed up to participate and in all, over 200 restaurants are expected! Here are a few that on board:

  • Salty Sow
  • El Chorro Lodge
  • Binkley’s Restaurant
  • Chelsea’s Kitchen

Arizona is becoming a dining destination with some amazing up and coming chef’s and tried and true veterans. Don’t miss this opportunity to try something new. For updates and menus, be sure to head over to Arizona Restaurant Week.


North Phoenix Jamba Juice + Giveaway

August 29, 2015 in Eat, Giveaways

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and giveaway on behalf of Jamba Juice. All opinions are my own.


I live in north Phoenix and I’m so excited that we now have a Jamba Juice! The newest Jamba Juice in Phoenix is located at I17 and Happy Valley in the Norterra shopping center. The store has been open since the beginning of August but they will be having a fun grand opening event Saturday, August 29th from 11 AM to 2 PM,  they will be hosting a family fun event with giveaways, Jamba’s famed ‘Banana Man’ will be making a visit, there will be a prize-wheel, and 20% of the day’s sales will be going to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

If you head over to Jamba Juice be sure to try something new. They have a “Goodness Guarantee.” So, if you don’t like it, let them know and they will make you something else. So go ahead and get daring! I tried a few items that seemed a little scary but turned out to be amazing!

Tropical Greens

Tropical Greens

The first menu item that I daringly tasted was the Tropical Greens fresh squeezed juice – fresh apple, pineapple, super greens (spinach & kale) and chia seeds. You can really taste the apple and pineapple juices more than anything. It was a winner!

Apple n Greens Smoothie

Apple n Greens Smoothie

The second menu item looked really iffy to me. It was really green and really thick. It was the Apple and Greens smoothie – apple, kale, banana, mango, strawberry and peach. I soon discovered to ignore the green and focus on the taste which by the way was amazing.

Acai Bowl

Acai Bowl

The last menu item was the Acai Primo Bowl – acai, soy milk, strawberries, blueberries and bananas topped with granola, coconut and honey. These bowls are great for breakfast.

Jamba has some exciting things that will be coming up in the future. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Pumpkin smoothies should be available in September
  • An almond milk option will soon be available
  • Get ready for the Chili Mango smoothie
  • Cold pressed organic juices that you can grab and go

Giveaway time! Enter below to win a $10 gift card to Jamba Juice!
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