Del Taco: New Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito!

June 23, 2015 in Eat, reviews

I spent the majority of my life ordering everything without avocados (or I ordered guacamole on the side so someone else in my family could eat it)…its one of my few regrets in life…I didn’t know what I was missing out on!! I recently discovered just how tasty avocados are and I can’t believe it took me so long! Don’t worry Im making up for lost time and now I have my kids enjoying them!

When I heard about Del Tacos new Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito I couldn’t wait to try it! The Epic Grilled Chicken burrito is loaded with 6 slices of avocado (YUMMM), pico de gallo, grilled chicken, rice and black beans and priced at only $5.29 —WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE!!!

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When I ordered the Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito I couldn’t believe how huge this burrito was…its well worth the $5.29!

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The ingredients were flavorful and tasted really fresh. I was most impressed by the fact that while it had 6 avocado slices–they weren’t TINY, they used good sized slices of avocado. Im not gonna lie…this burrito was “Epic” enough that I couldn’t eat it all in one sitting…I took it home and ate the rest a few hours later, it was just as good as leftovers. Yummy! Im kind of craving another right about now…

oh and Hey Avocado lovers…I have some other good news….at DelTaco you can also add avocado to ANY menu item–$.30 for one slice or $.90 for three slices!!

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

Disney Pixar Inside Out In Theater’s June 19, 2015!

June 19, 2015 in Disney, Family Fun, Movies, Play, reviews

 

IO_Sphere_Payoff_1s_v9.1_Mechv10_2.0IT’S HERE!! IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!!! My family and I saw the trailer for Disney Pixars Inside Out MONTHS ago and we’ve been anxiously waiting its arrival in theaters. I had the opportunity to take my 9 year old to the advanced screening. We both absolutely adored the movie.

Inside Out takes a look at the inner workings of 11-year-old Riley Anderson’s (Kaitlyn Dias) mind. This movie was wonderfully thought out and put together amazingly. We see how all our emotions, Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Kewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling), play important roles in who we are as people. This movie brought out all of our emotion as well, we were laughing and crying.

Disney Pixar definitely thought out of the box with this film and they hit it out of the park. It’s rare that the “main character” isn’t actually the main character but instead she is where everything takes place and her mind makes a fun and adventurous setting! They give us a deep look into a persons mind as we see what happens when we sleep, how we form our personalities (Islands of personality) and even what happens to memories as they become long term, short term and what happens to them as we forget them.  As a mom of young girls (ages 7 & 9) I know I will be hit with scattered emotions and mood changes in the very near future, I can honestly say this movie will most likely help me cope with it. They did a fantastic job showing us that sometimes we can’t control our emotions…they control us. GREAT JOB Disney Pixar!!! I will be seeing this again in theaters and I have every intention to be first in line to buy it on DVD when it hits stores!!!

Side note: My 9 year old daughter has informed me that I MUST dye my hair blue and get a green dress and be Joy for halloween….I may actually humor her…but only if someone dresses up as Bing Bong (He’s my favorite!)

Post by Phoenix Mom Blog contributor, April Smith!

 

Huge List of Father’s Day Specials in the Phoenix Area!

June 12, 2015 in Eat, Family Fun, Play, Stay

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Father’s day is just around the corner! Here is a list of great specials in the Phoenix area. A little bit of everything to keep your father happy!

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Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Desert Ridge

JW Marriott Desert Ridge:

Wildfire Golf Club is offering a Father’s Day Special on Sunday, June 21, for celebrating dad. Fathers play free when accompanied by a family member who has purchased a round of golf. For more information about Wildfire Golf Club and JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, visit jwdesertridge.com.

Photo courtesy of Arizona Biltmore

Photo courtesy of Arizona Biltmore

Arizona Biltmore:

Bring dad and the whole family in this Father’s Day

Mark your calendars: Dad’s golf free on Father’s Day with a paying guest! Plus, make your reservation for Father’s Day brunch on Sunday, June 21 at The Adobe. Brunch is available between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call today – reservations are limited.

www.theadoberestaurant.com

(602)-468-9160

Uncle Sam's Father's Day Offer

Photo Courtesy of Uncle Sams

Treat dad to his favorite pizza, hoagies, calzones, wings, and more at Uncle Sam’s on Father’s Day and enjoy 20% of the entire bill. Uncle Sam’s has two convenient locations, 32nd Street and Shea in Phoenix and on 83rd Avenue, just north of Union Hills, in Peoria. Father’s Day offer applies to dads dining in with kids only.

Organ Stop

Photo Courtesy of Organ Stop Pizza

ORGAN STOP PIZZA presents the 2015 Father’s Day Musical Lunch

Enjoy a pizza buffet and concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer at Organ Stop Pizza with your favorite dads, grandfathers and friends.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  (doors open at 11:15, show starts at 11:45)1149 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ
480-813-5700 ext 945
ALL YOU CAN EAT PIZZA and Salad, plus unlimited Soft Drinks.
Adult Admission: $12 (includes tax)
Children 9 and under: $10 (includes tax)Alcoholic beverages and ice cream available for additional charge
Tickets are available online at organstoppizza.com or you can purchase them in the restaurant gift shop.  Advance ticket purchase is suggested.
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Photo Courtesy of 32 Shea

Enjoy a delicious Manmosa and Burrito for just $10 on Father’s Day from 6 a.m. to 12 noon.

New Mexico Burrito:
Egg, Potatoes, Cheese, Avocado, Bacon + Homemade Green Salsa
Manmosa is a refreshing “manly” twist on a traditional mimosa—combining hefeweizen beer and orange juice.

This $10 deal isn’t just for your favorite dad, this is good for anyone who comes in on Sunday, June 21, 6 a.m. to 12 noon. Go to 32shea.com for more details.

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Photo courtesy of Paul Martin’s

Paul Martin’s American Grill:
On Father’s Day, Paul Martin’s American Grill is serving up a prix fixe brunch, a prime rib dinner special, and is offering a special gift to all dads who dine on Father’s Day. Served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., t

he three course brunch is only $16 per person and includes fresh baked millet drop biscuits, a bowl of seasonal fruit, a choice of one entrée, plus an alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverage. Select from a variety of entree choices, including French Toast with vanilla bean infused cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple-bourbon syrup, or a traditional Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, canadian bacon, and housemade hollandaise sauce. A gluten-free option, the Applewood Smoked Bacon Omelet features three eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, Tillamook cheddar and sour cream.
The brunch comes with a choice of coffee, fresh squeezed juice or a brunch-time cocktail, such as a Bellini or Bloody Maria. 
 
For dinner, Paul Martin’s American Grill will also be serving a Prime Rib Dinner special for only $25. The meal features an organic green salad, all natural prime rib with mashed potatoes, and homemade ice cream for dessert. From the dinner menu, dad can choose from a variety of other hearty dishes, including a Prime New York Steak ($39), topped with pt. reyes blue cheese butter and served with pan roasted cauliflower; the California Lamb Sirloin ($37), paired with wild mushroom farro, bloomsdale spinach, and cipolline onions; or BBQ Pork Ribs ($25), served St. Louis style with house slaw and fries.
All dads who dine at Paul Martin’s American Grill on Father’s Day will receive a $25 gift card to Paul Martin’s (one per table, while supplies last).
Paul Martin’s American Grill is located at 6186 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85253. For more information, call 480-991-9342 or visit www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com.
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RA Sushi Bar Restaurant: 
With RA Sushi’s all day happy hour on Father’s Day, treat dad to an amazing sushi spread for lunch or dinner without breaking the bank. He can take his pick from more than 25 appetizer and sushi selections ranging from $3.49 to $8.99, and dad can pair his meal with a wide variety of beer, wine and signature cocktails ranging from $3.75 to $8. Happy hour dishes include the Viva Las Vegas Roll, Spicy Salmon Roll, “RA”ckin’ Shrimp, and Pork Gyoza, plus many more options. Raise a glass to dad with a happy hour drink special, such as a Kirin and Sake, an Emperor’s Margarita, or an Early Times Kentucky Whisky premium cocktail. All day happy hour is located throughout the entire restaurant from open to close. For more information, visit www.RAsushi.com.

RA Sushi has five Valley locations:

Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Road; Phoenix, 85044; 480-940-1111
Dana Park in Mesa: 1652 S. Val Vista Drive; Mesa, 85204; 480-632-9500
Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy; Scottsdale, 85254; 480-951-5888
Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Road; Scottsdale, 85251; 480-990-9256
Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave.; Tempe, 85281; 480-303-9800

Photo courtesy of Sierra Bonita Grill

Photo courtesy of Sierra Bonita Grill

Sierra Bonita Grill: 
For the dad who likes to explore Valley restaurants, Sierra Bonita Grill in North Central Phoenix is offering a summer gift card special that would make a great gift for dad. Sierra Bonita Grill serves up Southwestern cuisine, with a modern approach, in a cozy, rustic atmosphere. All summer long, they are offering a gift card deal. For every $100 purchased in gift cards to Sierra Bonita Grill, you get a $20 bonus gift card. This deal is available through August 31 and there are no limits or restrictions. Sierra Bonita Grill is located at 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
For more information, call 602-264-0700 or visit www.sierrabonitagrill.com
Photo courtesy of Tavern Americana

Photo courtesy of Tavern Americana

Tavern Americana:

Start with either a Niman Ranch chuck burger or a grilled chicken breast on a buttermilk or pretzel bun or marble rye toast and select from the following options:

Double meat patty, pulled pork, pastrami, pulled chicken, bacon, fried egg, Pepper Jack cheese, cheddar, Swiss, Havarti, plus an array of traditional condiments. Burgers are served with choice of hand-cut fries or simple salad.

And since Dads love a contest, beginning June 8, men simply need to vote for their favorite beer offered on tap and the winner will be drawn on June 21st for a $100 dining gift card. Tavern Americana takes pride in its extensive and unique selection of craft beers, with 6 rotating handles and 18 fixed draft handles, so choosing a favorite may be a challenge.

Father’s Day hours:  11 am – 8 pm

www.TAVERNAMERICANA.com

Grayhawk

20469 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ  85255

480-502-6740

Photo courtesy of Octane Raceway

Photo courtesy of Octane Raceway

KICK START FATHER’S DAY AT THE 6TH ANNUAL MAN BRUNCH AT OCTANE RACEWAY

Breakfast, Kart Racing and a Gift for Dad: The Perfect Father’s Day Present

WHO: America’s best kart racing facility, Octane Raceway which features the country’s only 1/3 mile permanent indoor/outdoor track, is welcoming all Dads that have a need for speed.

WHAT: He’s taught you right from wrong. He makes sure that anything with an electronic component works like a charm. Armed with charcoal and tongs, he can turn any raw meat into a delicious feast. He’s earned his day. Father’s Day is the one time of the year that you get to show Dad how much you truly appreciate him. With everything he does for you, you’re not going to thank him with yet another necktie, are you?

Take Dad out for some fun this Father’s Day at Octane Raceway’s 6th Annual Man Brunch.

A family affair, Man Brunch is an annual event that spoils Dad with all the stuff he likes: a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, hash browns, coffee and juice. All racing equipment, a high-speed kart race, race results sheet proving the family winner, and a special gift for Dad are included.

WHEN: This Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 Octane Raceway is hosting their annual Man Brunch from 9am to noon.

WHERE: Octane Raceway is located in the Scottsdale Pavilions at Talking Stick shopping center.

9119 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250.

602-302-7223 | www.OctaneRaceway.com

COST: $29.95 per person includes a manly breakfast, racing and Dad’s gift. Gift includes an Octane Raceway t-shirt, key chain and a stress-relieving squish car. A Brunch-only option is available for $14.95.

SIGN UP: Reservations are required for the Man Brunch and are available online at octaneraceway.com/manbrunch or by calling 602.302.RACE.

BONUS: An extra gift for Dad, Octane is offering bonus gift cards June 1 through June 15Purchase a qualifying gift card for Dad at Octane Raceway or in their online gift shop and receive a bonus card.

Purchase prices are as follows:

$50 gift card gets a bonus $10 gift card

$100 gift card gets a bonus $25 gift card

Photo courtesy of MIM

Photo courtesy of MIM

MIM – Musical Instrument Museum:

Beat It! Family Drumming Workshop for Dads and Kids—and Moms, Too!

Sunday, June 21 | 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets: $12 per person (does not include museum admission)

Make it a tradition! Catch the rhythm and learn the basics of African, Latin and pop-music hand drumming with master instructor Frank Thompson. This workshop is fun and relaxing—a great chance to make music and rhythm together. After basic instruction, the session ends with a thrilling jam session. All levels are welcome to join in the fun. Bring your own drum or use one of ours.

Photo courtesy of Four Peaks

Photo courtesy of Four Peaks

Four Peaks:

They will have the above menu at both locations, from 9:30 am to 1 pm. Father’s Day is always a big hit for them. Both places do take reservations:
mike@fourpeaks.com for 8th Street in Tempe
murf@fourpeaks.com for Scottsdale

Four Peaks is a local icon, of course, and has landed international attention and awards for its beers. Four Peaks was named ‘America’s Favorite Craft Brewery’ by Thrillist in a national competition with more than 1.5 million votes cast. Four Peaks was selected by the Travel Channel as America’s Favorite Craft Brewery.

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Blasted Barley:

Blasted Barley Beer Company in Tempe is a local brewery and they are offering a chance for one lucky Dad to win a day of beer school and a pony keg. Plus they are giving Dad a free pint of local craft beer on Father’s Day.

Brew School for Father’s Day 

Want to win Brew School for Dad? Talk about the best gift ever.

Here is your chance.

Does your dad love beer? Does he need a craft beer makeover?

Has he always wanted to learn how to brew?

Whatever the case may be, tell us why your dad should win our really awesome contest.

The winner will get to brew beer for the day with Blasted Barley’s own Head Brewer Cooper Sepulveda. Plus, he’ll be able to take home a pony keg to share with his friends.

Blasted Entry Details:

Tell us in 25 words or less why your dad should win. Post it on our Facebook page and share it on your own page. The post with the most likes will win the prize.

Entry Period: Now- June 19th at midnight (just in time to give Dad his certificate)

No purchase necessary.

Plus, bring dad in to the brewery on Father’s Day for sports, a top-notch brunch and a pint “on the house.” Cheers!

www.blastedbarley.com

404 S. Mill Ave. Ste 101
Tempe, Arizona 85281

HOURS

Mon-Fri 11am–2am
Sat-Sun 10am–2am
Weekend Brunch 10am–2pm

Photo courtesy of Rusconis

Photo courtesy of Rusconis

Rusconi’s American Kitchen:

Any appetizer or salad, plus a 12 oz. Ribeye steak and dark chocolate bread pudding: $39, for dad’s only on Father’s Day during dinner service (4-9 p.m.)

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Executive Chef/Proprietor, Michael Rusconi

10637 N Tatum Blvd. Ste 101 B
Phoenix, AZ 85028

480-483-0009 for reservations or online at www.rusconiskitchen.com

Perk eatery

Photo courtesy of Grace Stufkosky

Perk Eatery:
Cowboy Steak ’n’ Eggs-3 Eggs, 3 flame grilled filet medallions, rosemary potatoes and toast. $14.99
Hours 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Perk Eatery is located at 6501 E Greenway Parkway, Suite 159 in the Safeway Plaza on the east side of the center. 
For more information visit www.perkeatery.com or call 480-998-6026.
Photo courtesy of Social Box (Facebook page)

Photo courtesy of Social Box (Facebook page)

Father’s Day at Social Box Neighborhood Eatery
More information about the restaurant or reservations at Socialboxeateries.com or call 480-899-6735
Social Box Neighborhood Eatery
SoBo Burger Basket with Fries and a 12oz Draft Beer for $8.00
SoBo Steak Sandwich and Fries and a 12oz Draft Beer for $14.00
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Father’s Day Weekend & The Great American Summer at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Already hosting one the Valley’s most classic American fun summer programming with its Great American Summer with Friday night dive-in movies and free poolside activities, families can also celebrate Father’s Day Weekend with an expanded line-up of fun for the whole family! Rates from $129 per night are available for suite accommodations over Father’s Day weekend and can be reserved online at www.squawpeakhilton.com.

Friday, June 19

Start the weekend off with “Finding Nemo” shown poolside as part of the resort’s dive-in movie series. Earlier in the day, little ones are invited to make a custom-decorated tie for Dad from 1-3 p.m. ($5 per child). Dads that wear their special tie and order an entree at either of the resort’s two restaurants will receive a complimentary dessert.

Saturday, June 20

On Saturday, kick the day off at 8 a.m. with a guided hike within the surrounding Phoenix Mountain Preserve ($7 per person includes fruit, water and a keepsake photo.) After your hike, go all-in for a Dads vs. Kids Challenge from 12-4 p.m. 4pm and challenge dad to some friendly competition with a water balloon toss, slide race, basketball shootout, Minute to Win it and hole-in-one contest. Prizes will be awarded!

Sunday, June 21

Surprise Dad with a spa treatment just for the guys at the  resort’s Tocasierra Spa. Dads can be buffed and primed with the 50-minute Relaxing Back Treatment ($100), Ultimate Sports Recovery Massage & Salt Scrub ($130), Gentlemen’s Manicure ($15), Gentleman’s Pedicure ($40), or Gentlemen’s Mani/Pedi ($50).

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Photo courtesy of Big Surf Water Park

Photo courtesy of Big Surf Water Park

FREE ADMISSION TO BIG SURF WATERPARK FOR DADS ON FATHER’S DAY

PHOENIX – For some fun with dad on Father’s Day, bring him to Big Surf Waterpark. On Sunday, June 21, all dads receive free admission to the waterpark all day – no additional purchases necessary.

This isn’t the only deal dads can enjoy at Big Surf.  Every Thursday is “Dad’s Day”, where dads get in free with at least one junior admission purchase of $19.95.  The regular adult rate is $29.95

Open for its 46nd season, Big Surf Waterpark offers over a dozen attractions for all ages.  Big Surf is a great summer destination for any day of the week and this Father’s Day dads can enjoy time with the family for free!

ABOUT BIG SURF WATERPARK

Big Surf Waterpark is America’s Original Waterpark, boasting the 3rd largest wave pool in the world, Waikiki Beach.  Nestled on 20 acres of fun on the northern tip of Tempe and just south of Scottsdale, Big Surf offers rides for the whole family, boasting children’s fun zones, surfing and boogie boarding sessions, and over 3,000 feet of thrilling water slides plus party and catering services!  For more information please visit www.BigSurfFun.com.

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On Father’s Day at any of the Six Humble Pie locations in the valley, Dad will receive a free pizza.

Hours 11am-9pm(Dine-in only)

Humble Pie is located in Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale and Phoenix. All locations can be found at humblepiepizzausa.com

 

 

FREE Donuts on #NationalDonutDay June 5, 2015!

June 4, 2015 in Eat

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This Friday June 5th is National Donut Day! Yes, it is a real thing and aren’t you glad?

Dunkin Donuts – CANTON, MA (May 28, 2015) – Friday, June 5th is National Donut Day and Dunkin’ Donuts will commemorate the holiday by offering guests a free donut* of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day on June 5th at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

* Excludes Croissant Donuts and Cheesecake Squares

Krispy Kreme – Whether it’s powdered, filled or a hot Original Glazed®, stop in for a free doughnut from Krispy Kreme. In honor of National Doughnut Day, on Friday, June 5, stop in to any Krispy Kreme US or Canadian location for a FREE doughnut of any variety–including its world famous Original Glazed® doughnut. Participating countries include: Australia, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Philippines, and
Turkey.

So, everyone go out and blow your diets, this Friday. It will be worth it for a FREE donut!

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!

GIVEAWAY: ENTER TO WIN A FREE POGO PASS!

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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.

 

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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!