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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Help Pass the PROTECT Our Children Act Bill 1738

I know some of you watch Oprah & might have seen this. I seldom watch her but it was my bad timing to see this show. I almost lost my dinner at the evil darkness that is invading our country & children. Please use this to beg our U.S Senators to demand a vote on the PROTECT Our Children Act, Senate Bill 1738. You can copy & paste the letter at the bottom, to e-mail to our Senators. It's that simple, but they will see that this is an issuse that has attention. Please.

Here is the information below. I have already included in Senator information for the state of AZ.
Kyl, Jon- (R - AZ)
Class I
(202) 224-4521
Web Form:

McCain, John- (R - AZ)
Class III
(202) 224-2235
Web Form:

Help Pass Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act

Hundreds of thousands of children are victims of sexual abuse each year. Due to the sheer lack of resources, law enforcement is unable to follow up on the majority of leads they have.The PROTECT Our Children Act will:
Authorize over $320 million over the next five years in desperately needed funding for law enforcement to investigate child exploitation.
Mandate that child rescue be a top priority for law enforcement receiving federal funding.
Allocate funds for high-tech computer software that can track down Internet predators. Act Now!Your U.S. senators will be voting on the bill soon, so it is crucial you contact them immediately.Go to to find contact information for the senators in your state. Search for your senator by name or state by clicking on the arrow from either dropdown menu. Contact information is provided here. To send an e-mail, click on "Web Form" below his or her name, and e-mail your letter to make a difference! Call Your SenatorsIf you choose to contact your senators by phone, be sure to tell them, "Vote yes on Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act."Write to Your Senators If you choose to write a letter, fax, telegram or e-mail, you may use the following sample letter—and modify it how you see fit.

Dear Senator:
I know that you believe, like I do, that we must do everything possible to protect children from sexual predators. That is why I am asking for your help.Last year alone, U.S. law enforcement identified over 300,000 criminals who were trafficking in movies and pictures of young children being raped and tortured. Experts say that one in every three of these criminals has local child victims. Child pornography trafficking over the Internet has given us a trail of evidence that leads straight to their doorsteps, but the vast majority of these children will never be rescued because investigators are overwhelmed, outnumbered and underfunded.As your constituent, I urge you to do everything in your power to pass the PROTECT Our Children Act (S. 1738, Biden-Hatch). This bipartisan legislation passed the House 415-2, but it is now the victim of petty partisan politics.Now that we know where these children are and how to protect them, there is no excuse for the Senate to fail to take action this session.(Your name here)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Aprons Cont'd

If you are interested in sewing this apron with us, please purchase this pattern at:

or any other site if you wish. It is the emmaline apron.

How about we get together in October to sew it? What works for you? Should we do a Friday evening or something and make it a girls night? What do you think? I also need to know if you are seriously interested. Email me or post if you are... and purchase your pattern and Fabric.
I think I might purchase my fabric online (they have some cool vintage fabrics that you can't get at Hancocks). Or maybe I will wait until I can get to Phoenix.
No need to worry if you aren't an expert sewer. We'll figure it out together!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Girls Night Out for October

Hi everybody!! It’s time to start thinking about Girls Night Out for October already. Robyn Nogales will be offering 3 different crafts that you can choose from. Girls Night Out for October is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. We will be having Girls Night Out at the Continental Ranch Community Center.

The crafts that Robyn will be doing are:
Letter Wall Hanging: $10.00 each if painting that night (Robyn will have 6-7 different paint colors to choose from). They are $8.00 each if painting at home with own paints.

Santa: $7.00 each (this one takes a little bit longer to paint, but not too difficult)

Snowmen Melt Hearts: $5.00 each (Does not include arm twigs). Anyone who orders this needs to find and bring 2 small twigs for the arms. Robyn found hers in her neighbor's yard.

Robyn needs to have all orders placed and payments made no later than Wednesday, October 1. If you are going to place an order, please email me and let me know. I will be giving Robyn a final number to make sure she knows how many of each thing to cut out. Please send or drop off all payments to me (Vicki Susa, 7698 W. Desert Paintbrush Ct., Tucson, AZ, 85743) and I will get them to Robyn. If you are going to give your payment to Robyn directly, please let me know.

Thanks to Robyn for all the fun ideas and we look forward to a fun Girls Night Out!!


P.S. I will be sending out a couple more reminders closer to time. One to remind you to sign up and one to give you more details about location, rides or anything else you need to know about that night. Take care of yourself until then!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cute Aprons!

I found this apron on someone's blog and they gave me the link to order the pattern. I am far from an expert sewer and though I might give it a shot. If anyone is interested in making a super cute apron... let me know... We will figure it out together! What do you think?
I think this makes me want to cook! ;)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sneaky Zucchini
I have started a new blog for, well sneaking veggies into food. I would LOVE it if I could get some tried & true recipes from you seasoned moms. (eventually I want to print them out to have in my kitchen) I will by posting my experiments, if you will, and other recipes that I find around town. Thanks so much! Renee

Support the Marana-Gladden Farms Market!

We went down to the Farmers Market in our neighbor hood-I am so excited that they are having one here it's so convenient for fresh veggies-grown right here! (without pesticides might I add!) We came home with sweet potatoes, garlic and eggplant. We were also able to try different types of veggies that I wasn't familiar with. We came home & made Egg Plant Parmesan which was very good!
If anyone has any produce to sell you are also welcome to set up a table! The Parks from our ward had tons of excellent squash & cucumbers! Please come & support this wonderful event!
Marana Farm Stand
Mondays 4-7pm At the Heritage River Park (Lon Adams to Gladden Farms Dr.)
Melons, summer squash, green beans, eggplant, garlic, sweet potatoes, herbs, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, cumbers, chilies, okra, winter squash, figs & much more!!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Good family dentist?

Does anyone have any good recommendations for a good family dentist? I really need one! Thanks

Home Show

I have three FREE admission tickets to the Home Show that is at the Tucson Expo Center. You can go on any of these three days, Sept 19, 20, and 21, 2008. Click here is visit the website. I am not going to use the tickets so if you want to go to the Home Show for free, let me know.

Katie Singley

Amazing Jakes

Sorry if you already know about this "Amazing" place, but for those that don't here ya go. For Labor Day we were in Mesa/Gilbert area and went with the fam to "Amazing Jakes" Chuckie Cheese's x's 3-- This place was HUGE! They had all you can eat pizza, salad, potato bar, desserts, ice cream etc... a cosmic bowling alley, go carts, bumper carts, mini rollercoaster, the "tea cups", every arcade game get the picture... I left out a lot.

They even have different themed rooms you can eat in. Kayden's choice was the movie mania room that was showing 3 different movies on a huge projector. Anyhow... reasonably priced for all you get and a special outing for the whole family. That is..., if you happen to be in the Mesa/Gilbert area.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

If you go to and upload your pictures into a book, this is a great deal!
up to 100 page book, for $19.95
use the code   SUMMERBK88

If you need help, let me know, but the deadline is September 16th and best if you finish a day or two early because the site gets bogged down with last minute (day) loading.