Wednesday, April 11, 2018

True Chews from Chewy.com!

 **This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Chewy for the review free of charge.**



The pets in my family absolutely love that we get to work with Chewy on almost a monthly basis because it means they get treats and goodies. I spoil my family’s pets as much as I spoil my kids, I grab toys from the store, get items for reviews and more so every time I head over to my mom’s the animals look for treats. Each month I have an opportunity to review two items from Chewy.com which provides a large assortment of pet products (and books/coloring books for their humans).



This month one of the products I received is from a brand called True Chews who sells a selection of natural dog treats. I selected the Premium jerky cuts made with real steak in a 10oz bag (it also comes in a 20oz bag).  Here is the description from the website "Because only the best will do for your best friend, reward her with True Chews Premium Jerky Cuts with Real Sirloin Steak Dog Treats. They’re made with U.S.-sourced beef for a high-protein jerky treat that satisfies and nourishes in every bite. Since they contain zero corn, wheat, soy or anything artificial, you can truly feel good about treating your pal every day. Make your canine companion’s journey a little better each day with a delicious, premium-quality treat you can trust because it’s made right here in the USA using only the finest natural ingredients"

The treats look just like beef jerky you’d buy at the store for yourself only larger, if they weren’t in a dog treat bag you could easily get them confused with actual beef jerky. The smell wasn’t bad either, some dog treats and dog good can smell horrible but this had a normal smell to it. Sulley Monster was quite happy with his treats, and was very anxious to the point where he almost wouldn’t sit for photos.

This bag of treats retails for $12.99 which may seem a bit high, but seeing as how they used real steak the price is justifiable plus there is a decent amount of treats in the bag enough to last a week or so depending on how often you give your dogs treats. We generally only give him treats if we are trying to get him to do a trick or during training so this bag will last us a week which is pretty good for him. As always their shipping was super fast so there wasn't a large wait time between when our order was placed and when it arrived to our front door, I can always count on them to be on time.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Baseball Season is Here!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions are used (both good and bad), they are solely my own & they may vary from others. I received a tour of the ballpark and was able to watch the game plus will be able to attend another game for promotional purposes. It was provided by The Arizona Diamondbacks for the review free of charge.**



This year's Baseball Season is officially in full swing! I wanted to write up a quick post to let all of my Arizona readers who are fans of The Diamondbacks know that I have been invited to work with their promotional team this year.



Earlier this month I was invited to one of their Diamondbacks VS Dodgers games to go on a hour long tour of the ballpark where we were able to take photographs of different areas and learn about some of the promotions they will be doing.



I will be providing information through out this Baseball season about the different promotions and events that will be happening with The Diamondbacks and Chase Field. You can check out this seasons schedule above!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

New Ninjago 4D movie @ The AZ Legoland Discovery Center .

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions are used (both good and bad), they are solely my own & they may vary from others. I received four passes to the center to see the newest Ninjago 4D clip for promotional purposes. It was provided by The Arizona Legoland Discovery Center & The Encore Agency for the review free of charge.**


Did you know that the Legoland Discovery Center locations have a small movie theater inside of them? I knew they had the movie area but until now I had never been inside of it and I was quite surprised how many people fit into the theater.

What is the difference between a 3D movie and a 4D movie? 3D movies are just a visual that make it seem as though objects on the screen are popping out and are close to you. During a 4D movie you get the same experience except they add in extras effects to make you feel like you are in the movie which can range from wind gusts to smells.


Normally on a regular day you can buy a Legoland Discovery Center pass and they show different 4D shorts through out the day and you get to see as many of them as you'd like. For the preview night we attended they were showing just the Ninjago short so we decided to go into the second showing a play with the Lego brick bins while we waited.


 

The short was about twenty minutes long which is close to the length of the Ninjago show so the kids were pretty happy. My kids have never been in a 3D or 4D movie before so they were both blown away, in fact my son kept trying to grab the objects that were popping out from the screen. What 4D effects did they add? During one scene they have snow that spreads out across the screen so they had two bubble machines pumping a small amount of bubbles into the room to make it look like it was snowing. They also had wind and some light water misting going on to match up with the short. Ticket prices into the center are $20 walk in or $15 if you buy them online before going. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

New Wildflower Bread Location in AZ!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions are used (both good and bad), they are solely my own & they may vary from others. I received a tour and was able to test out several food items from their menu for promotional purposes. It was provided by Wildflower Bread & Bridges Media Group for the review free of charge.**


I was recently invited to an opening event for the company Wildflower Bread at their newest location in Gilbert located at 75 East Rivulon Boulevard Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85297. It officially opened on Tuesday and is in full operation and ready to offer you a unique environment for a meal. I was invited to a media night to come and see the new location and to try out some of the food, I was pretty excited because I had never been to one of their locations and the food they offer looked appetizing. 




Wildflower Bread is a bakery and a restaurant, you can come in to sit down and enjoy a meal or you can simply stop by to pick up some freshly baked bread and goodies. Everything is handmade by the company, each loaf generally takes four days to properly make and it shows in the quality of their products. They mix the dough and let it rise at a facility outside of the bakery before they deliver it to the store and bake it fresh in store.

During our dinner we had the pleasure of meeting the owner who spoke about the company, his life and the menu which was a neat and fun experience. As we were all talking the staff who are known as Bread Heads were coming around with samples of menu items for the media staff to try and test out. We were able to try six different menu items, three desserts and were offered wine, beer samples and lemonade,/tea/soda depending on our preferences. I will go over the food items below, in order of how we tried them out and will include the description on the menu. (Note we didn't try an entire plate of food, their portions are large yet affordable so we received about a quarter of a portion to try.)


  Chorizo Frittata - cheddar,potatoes,roasted belle peppers,scallions,avocado,cilantro & salsa. $8.69

This is one of their breakfast items and both my husband and I loved this. It came with toast and potatoes that were seasoned perfectly. I enjoyed the fact that they added salsa and avocado to the top of the frittata it really brought out the flavors of the dish. This is a menu item I would get again on another visit to Wildflower.

Chopped Salad - Wild Alaskan salmon arugula, pearl couscous, feta, red peppers, dried sweet corn, dried cranberries & toasted sunflower seeds with presto vinaigrette. $9.69

I am normally not a big seafood fan, I will eat salmon and shrimp from time to time but I generally don't go out of my way to eat fish products nor am I a fan of feta cheese. That being said I absolutely loved this salad! It had a slight fishy taste to it because of the salmon but it all came together rather well. My husband is the one who is more into seafood but oddly enough he didn't really enjoy this salad and didn't finish it, he was surprised I liked it so much and that I finished my portion. I really liked how well the sweet corn, cranberries and sunflower seeds went with the salmon for a balanced salad.





Reuben Sandwich - corned beed brisket,caramelized onion,sauerkraut,Swiss cheese & thousand island dressing on Marble Rye bread. 


This is not a regular menu item, it is seasonal and will appear around St. Patrick's day until early June. My husband is a huge Reuben fan and this ranks as one of the best Reubens he has tried. The meat was tender and juicy, some corned beef can be a little stringy but this was perfect. The toast was a little well done but that wasn't a big issue, we both loved this sandwich and plan on going back to buy another before it is out for the season.

V12 Kale Salad - roasted Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, red peppers, eggplant, red onion & tomato; carrots, celery, jicama, zucchini, petite peas, dried sweet corn, feta & toasted sunflower seeds with Mediterranean Vinaigrette. $9.69

Sadly neither of us were a fan of this salad, not because it wasn't made well but simply because there are several food items in it that we don't like. For my husband he didn't like the amount of eggplant in it and stated he didn't really taste anything but the eggplant. When it came to my dislikes it was the feta, celery and eggplants they aren't things I enjoy eating and I usually tend to avoid them. However if you are a fan of all of these ingredients this salad is jam packed with nutritional goodness and is quite a filling meal.




Mac and Cheese - cavatappi, three cheese sauce, Mama Lol's peppers & bread crumbs. $7.99

This isn't your typical mac and cheese, it has a bit of a kick to it and is made with thick swirled pasta that is very filling. The three cheese sauce is thick and creamy and with the added handmade bread crumbs on the top it gives it the perfect texture consistency when eating it. This dish comes with a side of yummy garlic bread. They also offer a kid friendly mac and cheese that does not have the peppers.

Pesto Chicken with Linguine - linguini, feta, roasted red peppers, spinach, pesto, parsley & grated parmesean $10.29


We enjoyed this creamy and delicious pasta dish, unfortunately by this point we were so stuffed we weren't able to fully finish this dish otherwise we would have ate the whole plate. The chicken is cut extremely thin, to the point where I was confused where the chicken was until I realize that the green of the pesto had given the chicken a bit of a green hint. The pasta and chicken mixed with a side of garlic bread was a nice way to finish off a lovely dinning experience.



Desserts - For dessert we were able to test out three different treats, we ended up trying them at home though because we had no more room after all the food we tested out. The three desserts we were able to take home was their new sea salt brownie, their carrot cake and cheesecake. My personal favorite was the brownie, the sea salt really brings out the delicious and moist chocolate flavor of the brownie. My husband on the other fan didn't like the salt which meant more brownies for me! Both the carrot cake and cheesecake were moist, didn't have too much or too little sugar and were delicious. The cheesecake reminded me of my great grandmothers cheesecake recipe.

Drinks - All of the wine and beer they offer are made and sold by local breweries and vineyards. My husband tested out the wine and highly enjoyed it because it didn't leave a harsh after taste. Wildflower also offers a coffee bar and they have sofa plus different teas and lemonades. My favorite was the Blackberry Orange Lemonade, I have four cups there and I took one home! I think I am love with it and wish I could buy it my the gallon.



I really enjoyed Wildflower Bread, it had a very warm and welcoming feel. They take pride in their customers, community and employees and it adds to the atmosphere at each location. We don't go out to eat often but when we do I can see this being a place we stop at often, especially since there is a location just up the street from our home. Wildflower Bread has fifteen locations state wide with another opening around June.

Before we left we were given a Thank you goodie bag with the goodies you see above. My daughter claimed the hat as hers and we were lucky my husband and I both received bags because both my daughter and myself wanted the cup.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

My Harry Potter Bathroom!

Almost every room in my home has some kind of decoration on the walls aside from the kitchen and bathrooms. Our kids bathroom which doubles as the guest bathroom is a decent size and was fairly boring so I decided I wanted to pick a theme and decorate it.

There are a lot of cute bathroom decorations out there such as Mickey Mouse and Jungle theme but I wanted something different that we all enjoyed. What is the theme we decided on? We decided on Harry Potter!


 

My first step was to replace a towel fixture on our wall, the way it was added to the wall made it to where it was in an awkward spot and made our towels sit on top of the bathroom counter. Instead of keeping a second towel holder in this spot I moved the towel holder to the other side of the room and added a hand towel ring instead (paint is still wet in the photo). You can see in the "before" photos that we didn't have much on the wall in the form of d├ęcor.

Next I wanted to find a shower curtain that would fit in with a Harry Potter theme, I checked on Etsy but couldn't find anything I liked. When searching on Amazon I found this magical shower curtain that features several shelves of books, a witches broom and a lamp post. It reminded me of Dumbledor's office, plus I love books and have always wanted a large library in my home so this curtain was a perfect fit. I looked on Amazon but can't find this exact shower curtain again but this shower curtain is very similar minus the broom.

We have another spot for towels to hang on the other side of the bathroom, so I decided to use the one above the toilet for decorative towels. I switch between two different Harry Potter themed towels and two Harry Potter themed hand towels when ever a set get dirty from the kids using them to dry their faces and hands (even though there is a hand towel right next to them). The towels are from Etsy shop MandaPandaBagsandMore  whom I've worked with on a review in the past.




For the wall I decided to hang up a few prints that are inspired by The Daily Prophet, I also found these on Etsy however I won't be linking to it as the shop owner ignored my messages with their giveaway winners information and ignored the winner as well. 

I found the little shelf at the .99 cent store, although contrary to the name they do sell many things for more than a dollar. This shelf was $2.99 which is still a great steal and is the perfect size for the little figures I wanted to add to the shelf.

The Deathly Hallows wooden ornament was gifted to me and it has our wedding date on the back.



For the shelf I decided on several small figures that represent different parts of the wizarding world. I found the Newt Scamander's Case on amazon for $9, when you lift the lid of the brief case up small niffler hands pop out and it makes niffler sounds.

The Funko pop Niffler & Dobby were also found on amazon and the owl came out of a Harry Potter blind box that I was gifted and the dragon statue I've had for several years after my grandfather gifted it to me.



To tie in with the theme I added some decorations to the counter top as well. My husband bought the boho inspired candle holder on amazon for me as a Christmas gift (found here) which I put a false battery operated candle in. I placed a dragon my grandmother gifted me along with a purple candle I picked up from Walmart to match the dragon. Both the candle holder and the purple dragon light up which is relaxing to have on at night especially if you are soaking in a bubble bath with a bath bomb.


* Note: My bathroom is poorly lit, I will take some better photos soon and replace the photos on this post. I have provided links to where I found some of these items, but none of them are affiliate links I just wanted to share as I know some may ask where certain items came from.

Friday, March 30, 2018

April Book & Beauty Prize Pack Giveaway!

Hard to believe another month has gone by! There is less than 48 hours left of March, How will you be spending it? Tomorrow we will be dying Easter eggs and I will be getting last minute Easter things ready for Sunday. Not only is this weekend Easter and April Fools but it is almost the ten year anniversary of when my husband and I started dating! It has been a wonderful ten years and we've come a long ways together, we are both looking forward to many more happy years and memories to come with our two beautiful children.

I know many of you have been waiting for a new book and beauty giveaway because I didn't get around to doing one this month, but here it is! I am also thinking of maybe calling this giveaway the Beauty & Brains Giveaway but I am unsure, if you can think of any cute names I'd love suggestions.



This bundles book is called "The Day I Died" by Lori Rader-Day which is a  mystery/thriller/suspense. The beauty goodies include a bath bomb, Tart lip gloss, Moisturizing gloves and lots of beauty samples plus a bracelet and makeup bag. The mesh bag shown in the photo is full of different beauty samples.





 This is open WORLD WIDE!! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email! 

This giveaway ends on 04/18/2018
 
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Giveaway entry question: Please leave me a comment letting me know one of your favorite books. 


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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dolphinaris AZ Tour!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions are used (both good and bad), they are solely my own & they may vary from others. I received a tour and will be receiving four tickets for promotional purposes which has been provided by Dolphinaris Arizona & USFamilyGuide for the review free of charge.**




Seeing as how I live in the middle of a state that is primarily desert you wouldn't think we would have the chance to see a Dolphin unless we traveled to the sea or to Seaworld but you'd be wrong!  Dolphinaris Arizona not only offers a chance for you to see dolphins but they give you the opportunity to interact with the dolphins through one of their programs. I received a wonderful chance to bring my kids to go on a tour of the facility to check everything out and learn more about their facility.


During our tour we were able to learn about the start of Dolphinaris and where they received their dolphins from while we were standing near the pools watching the dolphins swim. We were able to view where they store the toys and food they feed the dolphins, each dolphin eats 25lbs of fish per day that is customized to their specific diets and they get daily enrichment to help keep them healthy and active. The fish is gone through each morning by hand to check for imperfections in the fish, if there are any imperfections the fish gets tossed out because they only feed the dolphins the best of the best. There is an on site vet that checks them out daily to make sure they are in top health!





They have four different pool areas for the dolphins which can be sectioned off by gates, three of the pools are outdoors and one is in doors which allows them a place to go during dust storms and when it is nasty out. Each of the out door sections has a different purpose for the different experiences they offer which range from standing next to the pool and being able to touch the dolphins to getting completely in the pool but I will go more into that on my next review of this facility.



As an added bonus for those looking for more to do during their trip to Dolphinaris can purchase an upgraded experience which includes admission into the Beach club area. The beach club is a section where they have a heated pool directly next to one of the pools so you can see the dolphins swimming and they can see you as well through the glass. If you don't want in the pool then there are two hot tubs, multiple seating areas and a bar/grill you can visit plus they have lockers and showers for you to use while there.



During this visit we were not able to touch or interact with the dolphins, the purpose of this trip was just to take a bit of a behind the scenes look which was a great learning trip for the kids. We will be coming back at a later date to interact with the dolphins and I will do into further detail on all of the experiences they offer.


Want to give your child a summer to remember? Head over to the Dolphinaris website to check out the summer camps they are offering which even includes a T-shirt that has been custom painted by one of the dolphins.

Before we left the tour we were present with a dolphin show! You can see a short clip Here on my Instagram or view a longer video Here on my Youtube page.