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!

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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

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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

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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:

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Denny’s New Avocado Favorites! #dennysdiners #ad

June 24, 2014 in Brand Partners, Eat

There are some exciting new things happening at Denny’s! And of course, its all about the food. Whether you’re craving a hearty sandwich or breakfast for dinner (it’s called brinner at my house), think of how much better it will taste with fresh avocado! I’m excited to say that I have been chosen as one of five ambassadors to work with Denny’s in the Phoenix area! So. over the next six months I’ll be sharing some new menu items and different promotions that Denny’s will offer!

Avocado Santa Fe Skillet

My family headed to Denny’s and no matter where you live, you can almost always find a Denny’s nearby. Our closest location is literally across the street. I personally decided on the Avocado Santa Fe Skillet. It was dinner time but I love that you can get breakfast all day at Denny’s.

So what’s in the Avocado Santa Fe Skillet? I’m glad you asked…Crumbled chorizo sausage, fire roasted bell peppers and onions, mushrooms and seasoned red skinned potatoes on a sizzlin’ hot skillet. Topped with a smoky cheese blend, two eggs and half of a sliced avocado. Whew, it was a lot of food but so worth $7.99. The chorizo was a little spicy but the avocado helped cool it down it a little bit.

Create Your Own French Toast


My oldest son is a little picky. He can be difficult when it comes to eating out. Nothing on the kids menu interested him but he did find the Build Your Own French Toast on the adult menu. This item feature starts at only $4.99. You start out by choosing your bread, original 7-grain or blueberry. Next, you choose your topping. Lastly, you have to decide on what sauce you would like. My son chose the 7-grain bread with white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips and cinnamon sauce. He was in french toast heaven!

Here is a complete picture of the Build Your Own French Toast Menu! And, if you’re having trouble deciding head over to the Denny’s French Toast Test to help you out and receive 20% off your check!

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Denny’s has partnered with National Geographic for their kids menus. You will find quite a few fun activities on the kids menu to keep the kiddos occupied and learn some interesting facts about animals. Did you know that Meerkats are immune to certain types of venom, including that of Kalahari Desert scorpions-which is deadly to humans. Living in the desert and encountering scorpions on a regular basis, my boys were fascinated by this fact. They now want a Meerkat as a pet to rid our back yard of scorpions! A boy can dream….

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Be sure to head to your nearest Denny’s and try the new menu items. They won’t be around forever. The fresh avocado dishes are perfect if you have a hearty appetite or go for the Build Your Own French Toast if you have a sweet tooth!

Almond Milk Recipes Using #SilkAlmondBlends #shop

June 16, 2014 in collective bias, Eat, recipes, safeway

  • Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective  Bias and its advertiser.

Silk Almond BlendsI try very hard to make healthy decisions for myself and my family. One way is to substitute healthier options in everyday recipes. Sometimes I sneak them in and my kids never even know!

I was trying to incorporate almond milk in our diet and come up with some almond milk recipes. Since it is summer time, popsicles and frozen treats sounded like the perfect option. I want to control exactly what ingredients would be included and be confident that it was good for my family.

I found quite a few almond milk options at Safeway and decided on the Silk Almond Coconut Blend and Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber. They were located in the refrigerated dairy case right next to the milk.



The recipe for my peanut butter popsicles were easy and only require 3 ingredients. They are dairy free and vegan!


  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber
  • 6 crushed chocolate sandwich cookies


  • Blend peanut butter and almond milk in blender until smooth
  • Pour the mixture into a bowl and fold in the crushed chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Pour into cups or molds to freeze. Be sure to insert sticks when the treats have set up but before they are frozen solid.

1 cup of the Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber contains 5g of protein and 5g of fiber. Any way to add protein and fiber to our diet is a bonus.

I was able to make three good sized popsicles using small paper cups. The peanut butter incorporated really well with the almond milk and the mixture was very refreshing. You could omit the chocolate sandwich cookies or add something else, instead, Next time I may add fresh strawberries so they taste like peanut butter and jelly!

Silk Almond Milk

The Almond Coconut blend, is amazing over cereal. My youngest son loves milk and I substituted the Almond Coconut blend in his morning cereal to see if he would notice. I could tell that he noticed a difference when he took the first bite. He didn’t ask about the milk though, he asked if I purchased new cereal. After that he continued eating so I think it was a pretty successful switch!

How To Train Your Dragon 2 in IMAX!

June 11, 2014 in Family Fun, Play

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for IMAX on the movie How to Train Your Dragon 2!

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Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation’s belovedHow to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless.

 Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.

For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation’s official website.

For IMAX Theater locations and local showtimes click here!

Win a $50 Gift Card To Rumbi Island Grill!

June 10, 2014 in Eat, Giveaways

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Rumbi Island Grill. All opinions are my own.


Rumbi Island Grill

I love trying out new restaurants. Especially ones that I know my whole family will enjoy. Rumbi Island Grill has locations in Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. the Arizona locations are in Avondale, Chandler and Mesa. The food was great and the staff was really friendly. I was also impressed at how clean everything was.

When you walk in you’re taken to a tropical island. You’ll place your order at the counter and then they will bring you food to you when it’s ready. I had the Aloha Mango Salad and everything in it was so fresh. The fire grilled chicken was cooked to perfection and paired perfectly with the cool fresh mango!

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At Rumbi, you can enjoy fresh food with tropical flavors such as the orange chicken for kiddos, Aloha Mango Salad for something light and the Hawaiian Teryaki Rice Bowls!

You will definitely find some great prices but with the deals that they offer your money will go even further:


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