Friday, December 12, 2008

Autumn's Homemade Cookies

Hello All!
I am just wanting to begin a word of mouth of my sugar cookie business.
I had been doing it in Mesa, but it has been on hold since last Spring because of the new baby and the move down here. But I am finally wanting and excited to start it up down here.
You can check out my blog for pricing and either call or email me if ever interested or know of anyone that may be. Thanks everyone!

Autumn Prince

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas stuff "To Do" in Tucson

well not quite 52... but enough to keep you busy!!!!
December (all month)
Disney Lane. An entire community (close to you) lit up with various different disney themed houses. (very very fun!) FREE. From 1-10 and Cortaro, go east. Turn right (south) on Old Father, turn right into entrance "Disney Lane" -you will see a sign.

December 3 – January 4
Santa’s Little Outlaws’
Pinnacle Peak
6541 E. Tanque Verde Road
6:30 PM
Free, but donations accepted
A comedy/action show featuring the Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros.
'Bad Bob Humbug's Christmas Eve vengeance is interrupted by two 'good fer nuthin' saddle tramps on the dodge from the
law.' The show runs 25 minutes in an outdoor venue with bleacher seating, and contains loud noises, gunfire and explosion
effects, and slap-stick violence.
Admission is free. Donations accepted.
The show runs every night, except Christmas Day, through Jan. 4. Show times: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays and 6:30
and 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays.

December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
Enchanted Snowfall
LaEncantada Mall
Enchanted Snowfall, a free bi-weekly even on Friday and Saturday evenings in the main courtyard, will allow guests to
enjoy holiday music from the Tucson Desert Harmony Group and hot chocolate served by Williams -Sonoma and Frost Gelato during the 15 minute "desert style snow show". The show begins promptly at 6 p.m with an encore at 6:45 p.m. Snowfall shows will be held on November 28, 29 and December 5,6, 12, 13, 19 &2

December 5-21
Thursdays – Sundays only Reid Park Zoo Lights 1030 S. Randolph Way 881-4753 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM $4 general, $3 members $2 ages 2 – 14 Maybe there is a Santa Claus. In addition to hanging thousands of lights, Reid Park Zoo is making it snow. Enjoy refreshments while you stroll, checking out the animal-themed light sculptures. (The live animals will be in for the night.)

December 5, 6
Holiday Nights 2008 Tohono Chula Park 7366 N. Paseo De Norte 742-6455 $8 adults, $5 members, $2 children 12 and younger This annual event features half a million lights and luminaries’ around Tohono Chul Park’s 49 acres on Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 5-6. In addition to the beautiful lights, there will be live performances by Tucson favorites Joe Bourne, Gabriel Ayala, The Street Minstrels, Sonoran Bells and the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus. Plus complimentary holiday cookies, hot cider, coffee and the Holiday for the Park Ornament Sale and Auction.

Luminaria Nights in Tubac
Exit 34 on I-19 Tubac, AZ 520-398-2704 5 PM – 9 PM Free admission This 24-year tradition is Tubac's annual celebration of the holiday season. The Village streets will be lined with thousands of traditional candle luminarias. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and discover great gift ideas in Tubac's more than 100 galleries, shops and artists' studios. The shops and galleries will have extended hours from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5-6. There will be holiday music and caroling, and Santa Claus will visit the Village both nights. The Village tree lighting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 near the Village entrance sign. Gabriel of Urantia's Bright & Morning Star Choir will perform a variety of holiday favorites during the tree lighting. Visitors are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring a flashlight. Luminaria Nights-Fiesta de Navidad is sponsored by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free. Tubac is located at Exit 34 on I-19, 45 miles south of Tucson. For more information, please contact the Tubac Chamber of Commerce, (520) 398-2704 or visit

Debember 6
Santa Fly-In Pima Air & Space Museum 6000 E. Valencia Road 574-0462 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cost see description for details Santa is cleared for landing his helicopter December 6th at the Pima Air and Space Museum. Visiting with Santa is included with the price of admission. Admission is $15.50 adults; $12.75 seniors, AA and military; $9 children 7-12; free for children under 6. In addition, celebrate the season that morning at the museum with a holiday breakfast, from 9 a.m. to noon. Breakfast, which includes gifts and activities for the children, is $22 for adults and $18 for children 11 and under.

December 7
First Presidency Christmas Devotional 6:00pm MT (check bulletin for broadcast time at the Stake Center) The First Presidency Christmas Devotional will feature the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square. Members of the First Presidency will be the speakers. Friday, 12 December 2008 - Sunday, 14 December 2008 Live Nativity LDS North Stake Sumter Chapel 3500 W Sumter 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Free canned food donations Outdoor performance every 20 minutes at the Sumter Road building, this is a great missionary opportunity. Invite your friends and bring a canned item for the food bank. Driving Directions to the Sumter Chapel I-10 West take exit 250 toward Orange Grove Road Merge onto N I -10 Frontage Road, slight right toward Orange Grove Road, turn left at Orange Grove Road, turn left at W River Road/North Thornydale Road continue to follow Thornydale road for approximately 4 miles, turn right at Sumter (there will be signs out) and the chapel is about0.3 miles ahead

December 13
Wild Winter Wonderland The International Wildlife Museum 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd. 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM $7 adults, $5.50 seniors, $2.50 ages 4-12 Jordan Hill, local storyteller, will be telling Winter Animal Tales from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa will be available from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $2. There will also be games, crafts, lights, holiday movies and music for the whole family. Come and enjoy the fun!

December 13th to December 27th
Winterhaven Festival of Lights 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm each night Free Website Visitors may walk all nights, visitors may dirve on December 16th, 18th and 27th This year celebrates the 58th anniversary of the Winterhaven Festival of Lights! The Winterhaven neighborhood, located in central Tucson, welcomes thousands of visitors every year for two magical weeks in December. Visitors to the Festival will see Winterhaven's majestic trees decorated in dazzling lights and will enjoy seeing wonderful decorations and lights on Winterhaven homes. Many people will walk the streets of Winterhaven to enjoy the sights, but visitors may also take a hay wagon carriage or trolley through the neighborhood. Cars and buses are allowed on certain nights.

December 13
Free Pictures with Santa and Christmas Craft Bookman’s Exchange 1930 E. Grant Road 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Free Get your picture taken with St. Nick then decorate a gingerbread photo frame that'll make a great present for someone special!

PS Thanks to Shanna Mosley for all of her hard work and research to put this together! Thanks for thinking of us! You are awesome!

Young Chefs Academy: Free Event on Saturday Dec. 6th

I got this info off of one of my favorite money saving blogs. I just thought I'd pass it along just in case anyone was interested. I'm going to take my kids to it this weekend. If you go to their website and type in our location, you can register. Hope to see you there!

On Saturday, December 6, 2008, Young Chef's Academy is sponsoring a free event at their locations all across the nation. This free event includes hands-on culinary activities for children and their parents, food tastings, giveaways, and more. Ages 3 and up are welcome to attend.
Find out more details here.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Secret Families

We are getting together a LARGE group of families in the ward/area to do what is called "Secret Family" This is a fun family activity and opportunity to teach your children that it REALLY IS so much more fun to give than to receive. Here's the Details:

You are assigned 1 family
You will drop something (cookies, small gift, whatever you choose)3 timesby January 1st.
Price limit is no more than $20 TOTAL
Simply drop the gift or item on the doorstep, ring the bell and run. -DONT get Caught!:) Be sure to leave a card or indication that it is from "your secret family" (Don't forget to bring the kids along for the fun!!)
Families will be randomly assigned from those that sign up. Size of family and location may vary...(All will be in The Marana/Red Rock area)

Are you up for it??? Can your family do it and not get caught? :)

Email me or reply as soon as possible. I will be assigning the families by this next coming Sunday. -Pass the word along, any who are interested may join in. I can't possibly contact everyone.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Good website

This place has a lot of great ideas in one place. Everything from decoration to home made baby wipes & laundry soap.

UPDATE Water Storage

Dare & I went and got a huge trailer full for family & friends. We already have ours, but if enough people are interested we can go again, but it cost us almost $60 in gas for the trip, therefore we would have to charge $25 a barrell instead of $20. (He does not offer discounts anymore) He also sells 30 gal which are great if you really needed to you could throw them in your car & go.
It is true -the your better off buying prepackaged water bottles for drinking, but remember how offten we use water in our everyday lives that doesn't go in our body.
Let me know if people are still interested. Thanks. Renee

Monday, November 24, 2008

Does Your Bag Have Holes In It? Book Deal

Cameron Taylor has written an amazing book, Does your Bag Have Holes In It? His book has been endorsed by Stephen Covey, John Huntsman, and many other successful business leaders. He's a phenomenal speaker. We were blessed to have him come speak to our church a few months back.

The book is priced at 17.95 normally. Amazon sells it for $14. Right now Cameron is offering a special for Christmas- 22 books for $99.00 that includes the shipping. That's 4.50 per book. I don't need 22 copies, but a few of us are going in on one order. We would like to get our order in by Wednesday. If you would like a book, please let me know asap.


To read the books specifics from Amazon, click here!

Charity Swap

Last night I was thinking about the upcoming Relief Society activity, which I will not be able to attend. But I wanted to offer up my talents. I don't have many, I'm not crafty, can't sew a straight line and my cooking skills are rusty. But I can clean, and if your life is anything like mine, I know its hectic and laundry, vacuuming and dishes pile up. (Admit it you have some dirty dishes in your sink right now that you wish would wash themselves)
During this holiday season I would like to serve the sisters that I am so blessed to have in my life. So take the kids to the park, grocery store or sit and chat with me; but please allow me to help. Any thing from dishes, bathrooms, floors, and laundry. I am serious. No judgements, no embarrassment, just service. If you don't want to leave a comment for all to see, e-mail or call me.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Food Stoarge and Emergency Preparation Blog

I saw this site on Ben's cousin blog and I really like it. It is called Safely Gathered In (click on the link) and it is a food storage and emergency preparation blog. It helps you gather and organize 72 hour kits, 3 months food storage, and one year supply of food storage. It also give weekly recipes on how to make things from your food storage and all that good stuff. It has lots of things on it, like how to rotate your food storage and even car kits. I just thought that I would share it.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Skyler Price Monson

Danielle & Jordan Monson welcomed their new baby boy Nov 19th around 7 am.

Skyler Price Monson 8lbs 8oz 19.5 inches

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

11/22 30 Tons of Snow at the Foothills Mall

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Do you have water Storage?

A couple years back Graham and I purchased our water storage barrels from this location in Phoenix.
We got them for $12 per barrel. They were used but easily cleaned up.
This site has them for $18 which is a fraction (seriously) of the cost anywhere else. Maybe they can work out a deal if we get a bunch? I have mine already so if you are interested maybe a group of you can go in on it??

Just a suggestion since we have been Confined to Food Storage for a week. Kind of gets you thinking!

Monday, November 17, 2008

4 UofA Season Basketball Tickets

We have 4 Season tickets to UofA Basketball. Here is the craigslist posting if you are interested. We would love to go but don't have the time!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Potty trainning woes

I have a question for moms who've been through the potty training tough stuff. We started potty training Miles about 6 weeks ago. He was excited and eager to try. He was actually getting to the point where he was going the whole day without accidents! I started thinking the hard part was behind us.

Things are not going smoothly now. Miles has reverted back to several accidents a day and no interest in the potty. I'm trying to decide if this is just a normal part of the process that little kids go through or if his continual accidents are a signal to put a stop to potty training and go back to diapers until his older.

I'm afraid if I keep potty training up and he goes on having lots of accidents every day that this will be a huge a source of stress and tension for both of us and I want to keep this as positive as possible. But, at the same time, I'm afraid if I put him back in diapers it might be even harder to try again later.

So what I'm wondering a revert back to lots of accidents normal and should I stick it through for a while? Or if you had a child you decided to put back in diapers for a while, how did it go and how was potty training the "second" time around with that child? I know every kid is different but I wanted to get some ideas.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

For Sale

2002 35th Anniversary z28 SS hardtop tons of extras
32,500miles Asking $17,500 or reasonable offer
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Huge Tucson Area Albertsons Giveaway Coming 11/20

Those of you who know me well probably know that Albertsons is one of my favorite stores. They always have great sales ads. I am a frequent shopper at the store on the corner of Ina and La Cholla in Tucson. They have amazing employees and the lady at the meat counter has even trimmed the fat off my chicken breasts for me in the past.

With this said, I am so excited to announce a way that several of our viewers from KOLD13 can win groceries and supplies this upcoming week. Details will be announced between 5:50-6 a.m. on Thursday with my weekly Money Saving Dinner segment and on my blog, Savvy Savings Tucson. You must live in Tucson, Marana or surrounding area to be able to pick up your winnings at a specified Albertsons in Tucson!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Hi! I just wanted everyone to know that the LDS Bookstore is closing. It is located at 7012 E Broadway Blvd. and the phone number is 885-2635. Everything is 30% off right now.

FREE PHOTO BOOK NEXT 48 hours only!

This offer was on Oprah today (yesterday?)
Think I might try to take advantage of it!

Let me know if you do! I'd love to hear what kind of book you make with it!

I have made a book before when a similar deal came out and the server was bogged down the last 12 hours of it. SO if you want to do it, MOVE FAST and try to finish today or early tommorow!


Monday, November 10, 2008

FREE Educational K-8 Videos

My friend, Michelle, sent me a link to a great website for Kindergarten through 8th grade educational videos. Your kids can watch the videos on your computer.

These are some of the things I was excited to see on this site!


The Bear Family Berenstain Bears
Clifford Clifford, The Big Red Dog
george Curious George
Horton and other Seuss Dr. Seuss
Little Bear Little Bear
Critter Little Critter
Paper Bag Princess Robert Munsch
Magic School Bus Magic School Bus
Sendack Maurice Sendak
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein
Book Video Books for Beginners
Click here to visit the Sqool Tube website!

Cards Idea Box Set

This morning on the news in Utah, ABC 4 was doing a segment about Holiday Card Ideas. Northridge Media has a Card Magazine with tons of ideas. They have put together the "best" in a collection, there are suppose to be 2400 ideas in the twelve books. It is $19.95 for each magazine, which would be about $240 for the year. They have a special through the end of November that instead of the current promotion price of $99.95, you can put in the coupon code GTU and get a $60 discount.

If you want to read the segment go to ABC4, to order the cards click here. Fill out your billing information, when it is time to put in your credit card info, use GTU as your coupon code, apply, and it will be applied to your order.

I have subscribed to their magazines and really liked them. I quit this last year because they raised their prices. :( But this is a great deal.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

New Arrival

The Hall Family (Karlee and Mutt) Just welcomed little Boston Taylor Hall (sp?) yesterday morning. He weighed in at 8pounds and 12oz. Congrats!!

CHOCOLATE in Bulk...Interested???

Would you like a chance to pick up Hershey baking products in bulk for a great price? These discounted prices are available because my mom's ward will be part of a large group order.

The deadline for orders and money is November 17th!! I will collect the money if you are interested and can pick up your order when it arrives. (In Phoenix)

Double click on the order form to see it in better detail.

Friday, November 7, 2008

International Wildlife Museum Lecture

Jenn sent me the following information to post for a Lecture being given by one of her distant relatives.

J. Richard Greenwell
Natural History Lecture Series
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
7:00 p.m.
view flyer

Africa: An Artist's Safari

Presented by: Fred Krakowiak

Nature and wildlife artist, Fred Krakowiak, combines his artistic craft with his rich experience of safari in South Africa to bring you his program, Africa: An Artist's Safari. From charging elephants to face-to-face encounters with crocodiles and cape buffalo, Krakowiak brings you close to the action! The overall result is a unique look into the world and adventure of an African safari seen through the eyes of an artist. For further information on Fred Krakowiak visit his Website at

Event Details

Admission: $3 for Non-members, Members are free. All proceeds help fund educational projects and events at the museum and in the community.

International Wildlife Museum, 5 miles west of I-10 on Speedway Blvd. Oasis Grille open at 5 p.m. for dinner.

Call the Museum Education Department at 629-0100, x 336 for more information.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tucson Firefighters Chili Cook-Off

This is such a fun activity! There are a ton of booths that are decorated to the hilt that I am sure the kids would love to see!

2008 Chili Cook-off is set for Friday, November 7, 200810:00 AM to 10:00 PMEl Presidio Plaza Park 160 W. Alameda St, Tucson AZ
More than 1000 gallons of chili will be cooked for this event. There are 34 booths in friendly competition each bringing at least 30 gallons of chili to the event. There will be a wide variety of chili from spicy hot to veggie. The chili is $1.00 a cup and all proceeds will benefit the Tucson Firefighters Adopt-A-Family Program, which assists needy families and children with clothing, food, basic necessities and toys throughout the holiday season

Desert Brilliance

We are very excited to let everyone know that we have started a new business called Desert Brilliance. We specialize in custom engagement rings but also carry bands, bracelets and pendants and earrings. Our supplier is out of Scottsdale and is an importer so that means you get amazing diamonds and settings for amazing prices! Please take a look at our website , let us know what you think and then tell everyone you know about us! The website is very user friendly and will walk you through the process of designing an amazing custom ring. Also don't forget to look at the other pieces we carry as well.
Please feel free to add this link to your blog :) Thanks so much! Nicole and Jared Gonzalez

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for a good internet provider. We are with Qwest right now, but it just seems so expensive for what we get. I want to shop around, but really don't know what my options are for this area. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Apron Project

We did it! We finished our reversible aprons and it was a fairly easy pattern to follow. We are waiting on Katie and Chrissy to finish theirs and post their pictures!! We want to see them!
There are a couple of you who are still interested in doing these. You can still do it! I am willing to help still if you want.

Vote Today

If you haven't had a chance to vote by early ballot, I would encourage you to do so today. I leave in about 5 minutes for the polls where I will be an election judge today. Please keep us busy!

Lots of love,


Thursday, October 30, 2008

If anyone wants it, you can have it. Renee 682-3994
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Great place to get fabric!

If you are looking for a great place to get fabric, Above All Fabric has some awesome designer fabric. The owner's name is Melanie, and she is local (Oro Valley). You can go pick up your order and save on shipping! Her blog is great too.

My new sweet baby - Skyler!

What do you think about my little new baby Skyler? - What will your baby look like?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Photographer and Dentist

I am looking for a good photographer-I love targets pics, but I am looking for someone to come to my house or a different location. Also looking for a good family dentist. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I haven't seen it, but I have heard so many things about it I really want to go see it. I never usually suggest a movie without previewing it, but the preview I saw online told me I REALLY want to see it.

FIREPROOF is out right now and I looked on their website and it named the Foothills as one of the places playing it. It is about marriage and it I think it would be inspiring to everyone to work harder on their marriage, even if it is going great. :)

If anyone has seen it, please comment on what you thought, and if you go see it, please tell us what you think! I will comment when I see it too!!

Everyone needs a date night out, maybe we can swap kiddos??? I am all about it!
(free babysitting and a date night! woohoo!)
TO see a preview go to


Halloween costume?

I thought it would be fun to dress Hailey up for Halloween. I was wondering if any of you have a baby sized Halloween costume you wouldn't mind her borrowing for the night. She usually goes to bed at 7 and she'll be staying at home that night...but I thought it would be cute to take pictures for her first Halloween.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Free Printable Sheet Music

My friend, Michelle W, sent me information on a website where you can access Free Sheet Music for Piano. The sheet music is divided between Levels 1 through 5. I hope this can help someone else!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Amazing Educational Websites For Kids!

My friend, Michelle W., shared the following websites with me this week. Then, I added our favorite to the bottom of the post!

Free Multiplication Computer Game!

When I find a great thing, I feel compelled to share it! My son has been struggling to learn his multiplication facts. So, my husband and I got online looking for a fun way for him to master multiplication. We found an amazing educational computer program that you can download for free. Timez Attack is a fun game that teaches children to master their multiplication facts quickly. My son begs to play it.

Click here for more information!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

In Search Of The Great Pumpkin

I need your help! Halloween is coming. I am in search of the cheapest pumpkin prices in Tucson, Marana, and other surrounding areas.

Please leave comments with the name of place, location, and price for all to see! Thanks for sharing!

Better Homes and Gardens has free 70+ printable stencils for you pumpkins! Click here and here! Thanks, Jenn Mouso, for the heads up!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

10/9 Wheeler Taft Abbett Library Family Craft NIght

At the new library, Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr.- behind Walgreens off Cortaro and Coachline. A fun family night craft night. Upcoming Oct. 9th, 6-7 pm.- making a halloween windsock, bring a wire hanger. Also, they have listed to drop in for family festival of crafts every 2nd tuesday of the month. Get there early, instructions and materials are limited.

Thanks, Jenn Mouso, for the information!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Dan Post Running For Re-Election!

Dan Post is running for re-election this election. He is a man of integrity and has done a fabulous job leading and guiding our school district. Please support him this election. I'm enclosing his Election Statement.

"Marana Unified School District is recognized as one of the best in the State. Families choose a home in Marana because they want to be in this school district. Businesses consider the reasonable primary and secondary school tax rate and the quality schools when deciding to come to Marana. This condition has not been achieved by accident, caring and competent teachers, hard working support staff and capable administrators working together with the support of my consistent leadership over the last 28 years has enabled MUSD to become an award winning school district. During my tenure we have built or remodeled all 17 schools, hired more than 95% of the nearly 2000 employees and grown from 2,000 students to 13,000. Even though we are a first class school district, we want to be World Class and we are not there yet. With the help of my leadership and the participation of over 4000 community and school inputs, we have developed a strategic plan and a road map to World Class status. Our goals and priorities are well defined and focus on providing an education that will allow each child to achieve their potential. These are difficult times for public education in Arizona. School funding by the State has been sharply reduced, construction of new facilities has all but been eliminated and unfunded mandates by the State Legislator are causing a heavy burden on local districts. The number of special needs students is at an all time high and requires our best efforts to provide teachers, aids, counselors and specialized transportation. Yet at the same time we must find a way to challenge students who have need for accelerated learning services. I believe that every child is unique, that every child is special and that every child can learn and we must strive to treat them accordingly, even as our student population continues to grow. I strongly believe that we must expand our vocational curriculum and develop more partnerships with businesses and institutions to place students in intern situations for hands on training. We must expand all day kindergarten and keep elementary class sizes as low as funding allows. If we did not live in a desirable climate and that most teachers choose the profession because of their desire to serve and a love for children, we would not be able to find enough competent teachers, because of the pay; this must be addressed by electing representatives who have education as a priority. We have a Superintendent that is new to our District and a governing board that has relatively little experience. I believe that my experience and leadership is needed now more than ever. If elected, I pledge to continue to work hard as leader to overcome our weaknesses and build on our strengths, that working together we will become a World Class school district."


I ordered a huge 40lb block of Mild Cheddar Cheese, if anyone is interested you can buy it by the pound from me for $2.25 a pound. I have some already shredded or you can have it in big blocks. It's wonderful 100% cheese & tastes amazing! (Next time peek at your cheese ingredients-like anti-caking agents & colorings! yuck!)
I separate mine into quart freezer bags and stick it in the freezer to use all year. Please let me know if you are interested so that you can get it fresh. 682-3994 or 260-9882 Thanks Renee!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Time Out For Women

(click on logo above for info)
I have never been to the Time Out for women in Phoenix, but I know some of you have. I know there are a few more days to pre-register and I thought it would be fun to get a group of us together to go to it. Is anybody interested? It wouldn't be very fun to go alone. If you are interested in going, email me (emmatson at msn dot com) ASAP.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

General Conference Packets

I found this link for a General Conference Packet similar to the one we had this spring. In case anyone is interested.

I also found this one, but it is for April, I haven't found an update for the October Conference.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Ok ladies--I meant to put this post on my personal blog ( deleted it, but it may still show up on reader), but accidentally put it on here. Lucky for you:)


Friday, September 26, 2008

Fun Upcoming Family Events

October 4th 10 AM / $2 suggested donation
Just for Kids - The Little Fiddle & Beethoven's Mouse @

Tucson Symphony Center
2175 N. Sixth Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85705

October 11 3-4pm Bookman’s on Ina Rd
Patrick the Magician, Free
October 15 7-9pm Bookman’s on Ina
Halloween Movie Night (Hocus Pocus and Nightmare before Christmas), Free
October 18 3-4pm Bookman’s on Ina
Halloween Costume Parade, crafts and refreshments, Free
Oct 22 3-4pm Bookman’s on Ina
Make your own canvas Halloween backpack, Free

October 24 6pm-close
Tohono Chul Park ‘Park After Dark’
Next Free Admission Day

Ongoing Activities

Every Saturday 9-11am
Rocks and Ropes
Kids Climb lets kids (under 12 only)climb without the adults getting in their way. Held every Saturday from 9-11AM. Cost is $12. Our staff will belay for the kids so all they have to do is have fun. Admission closes at 9:30am, program ends @ 11am. No drop-offs/no reservations or groups.
Every Saturday 10-12am
Michaels 3749 West Ina Road
“The Knack” kids craft time, $5/child (ages 5-12), supplies included
See website for events calendar:

Reading with a Storybook Character
An hour of storytelling and activities with a storybook character is featured on the first Saturday of each month.
Location »
UA BookStore at Student Union Memorial Center
1209 E. University Blvd.
Contact Info »

Date and Time »
first Saturday each month
10:30 a.m.
Cost »
Other storytimes:

11am Saturdays at Barnes & Noble, Foothills Mall

Local libraries (see, family, toddler and preschool

Flandrau Science Center And Planetarium
1601 E. University Blvd. Tucson, Arizona Phone: 621-7827.
Numerous exhibits, science demonstrations and a major national mineral display are some of the attractions at Flandrau. The free observatory offers a view of the heavens through a 16-inch Cassegrain telescope. Observatory hours are 7 to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Free. Science center and planetarium hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday; noon to 9 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. $5 general. Visit for more information.

MarsQuest Planetarium
This new planetarium show provides visitors a journey to Mars in hopes of unlocking the planet's most hidden secrets. Created by Loch Ness Productions in collaboration with the Space Science Institute of Boulder, Colo., with funding from the National Science Foundation. Actor Patrick Stewart, known for his role as captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek television series and movies, does the narration.
Location »
Flandrau: The UA Science Center
1601 E. University Blvd.
on the UA campus
Dates »
Evening shows at 6:30 Thursdays-Saturdays. Matinee shows at 2:30 Saturdays-Sundays. The program is approximately 50 minutes long.
Cost »
$5 adults, seniors/students and children 4 and over

Just for Kids
Tucson Symphony Center
2175 North Sixth Avenue
Most 1st Saturdays, 10 and 11:15 am
Dates: Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Mar 7, Apr 4
Cost: Free, $2 per person suggested donation
Just for Kids is a series of informal, interactive chamber ensemble concerts using humor, story-telling, demonstrations, participation and discussion to introduce classical music and orchestral instruments to families including very young children.

Children's Drumming Circle
Each session includes a brief lesson on the music and origins of drumming. Traditional African rhythms, improvisational drumming and simple hand techniques covered. Designed to encourage creativity and instill music appreciation. Use their drums or bring your own.
Location »
17th Street Market
810 E. 17th St.
Directions »
Contact Info »
624-8821 Ext. 145
Bonnie Brooks

Date and Time »
Friday August 29, 2008
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Other Dates »
Every Friday
Cost »
Age Restrictions »


• Tohono Chul Park- Park After Dark - Held each fall, this FREE Family open house highlights the desert after dark with art exhibits, hands-on activites and musical or theatrical entertainments. The Park opens its doors for FREE after 6:00 pm on select dates (see website
The Park grounds (only) will be open free of charge on New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The "Park After Dark" and "Night-blooming Cereus" evening events are also free to everyone.


Lowe’s ‘Build and Grow Clinics’ for Kids (recommended 1st-5th grades)
2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10-11am
Free or low cost, make fun crafts and projects
Marana location

Picky Palate

For those of you who haven't seen this site... it's awesome. Great ideas to spice things up a bit.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Money Saving Dinner Idea on KOLD13 tomorrow!

I'll be on KOLD's morning news Thursday, September 25th. I'll be showing how to make my sister-in-laws gnocchi potato dumplings. By using what's on sale at Basha's this week, you can make this main dish that makes 6-8 servings for under $5! It will be aired around 5:50 a.m. or around 6:20 a.m. depending on where they decide to place it in their broadcast. They will also have it online at! You can also find the grocery deals for the week and links for all the grocery ads at Savvy Savings Tucson!

10/3 Twin Peaks/Rattlesnake Ridge Family Carnival

A note from Robin Bringhurst:

The Twin Peaks/Rattlesnake Ridge Carnival will be on Friday, Oct. 3 from 5-9pm and will be held at Rattlesnake Ridge (down the road near the Quik Mart). This is a super fun family event! We went for the first time last year and were really impressed. Lots of inflatables and rides and fun booths. You can buy early at Twin Peaks and a wristband (for unlimited use of inflatables and the train) is $6 now or $8 if you buy the night of the carnival. There are also food/drink, booth/attraction tickets available for 50 cents each. You can pre-buy these tickets Sept. 30/Oct 1/Oct 2 before and after school at the school entrance (NOT through the office). If your kid can go on the inflatables by himself then child needs the wristband and not the adults, just FYI.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

9/27 Borders Kids Party and Toys R Us Birthday Bash

Borders is a hosting a free Kid's Party for children 12 and under this Saturday, September 27, 2008 from 2-4 PM. This event will include story time, games, and a scavenger hunt. Plus, you can get a free cookie with any beverage purchase at the coffee shops inside Borders. More information is here.

Toys R Us is having a big birthday bash on Saturday, September 27, 2008 from noon until 3 PM. This event includes activities, crafts, and free gifts! More details here.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

10/11 Toys "R" US Thomas & Friends Play Date

Bring your favorite fans of Thomas & Friends to Toys “R” Us on Saturday, October 11th between 11am and 1pm for a play date with stories, coloring, trading cards, and the ever-popular train table!

Click HERE for details.