Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dishwasher distress!


Anyone else notice that lately their dishwasher is leaving a
chalky film all over their dishes? I don't know if the water
company is using harder water, but for several months
now my dishes don't look clean when they come out of
the dishwasher. I was talking with Autumn and Alisa
about this a few weeks ago, and Alisa told me about this
product called Lemi Shine. I ran out and bought it the
next day.You have to run it through your empty
diswasher first, and then after several uses I noticed
a big difference. I've used it for a few weeks now,
along with dish detergent, and my dishes are now
coming out clean! Yea! It's not cheap- I think it was
about $4 at Walmart for a small container that lasts
a couple weeks. It was worth it to me. Check out their
website for details
www.envirocontech.com/products/Learn-More-about-Lemi-Shine.html
Thanks for the great tip Alisa! Just thought I'd pass it along!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

12/17 FREE Booster Seats

Boost Your Booty Billboard

Kohl's Cares for kids and the TMC Foundation are giving
FREE booster seats for children who qualify
* Age 5 or older
* Over 40 pounds
* Family vehicle with working lap & shoulder belts
* Children must be present!

Give your child a life saving gift!

Thursday, December 17
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Kohl's Store
5850 W. Arizona Pavillions Drive

Any questions? Call 520-324-5604

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Udder Covers Deal for Expecting Mothers



Uddercovers.com has a great deal going on. I've been on the hunt for baby deals with 2 nieces coming soon! If you know someone who is expecting and planning on nursing, this is an amazing gift! I ordered one of these and had it shipped to my sister in West Virginia. Hope she doesn't check my blog. :-)

The covers normally cost $32 plus $8.95 shipping. Use Promo Code: Christmas
to get one for FREE. You only pay the $8.95 shipping!

Monday, December 7, 2009

DVD


I saw on Stephanie's Savvy Savings blog a couple months ago an offer for a free "Team GeoTrax" DVD and I ordered it. Well, Fisher Price sent me 3 of the exact same DVDs today.  Would anybody like one of my two extra? Might be a good stocking stuffer for a toddler/pre-schooler boy.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

LEAPSTER GAME


In my moving, I found this game that was given to my daughter 2 years ago from her great grandma for her birthday. It didn't work with her game system and I never exchanged it. It has never been open (the box is a little torn on the back), but essentially it's brand new. If anyone wants it, let me know and you can have it!


Leap Frog
Leapster Learning Game System
Pet Pals

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Windows Live Hotmail

Hey just an FYI for you my sister in law makes these christmas cards and they're really cute If you want some one to do them for you just look up the link below.


"Hey Friends and Family....

I am doing Christmas Cards again this year... I love doing it. Please let me know how I can personalize your Christmas Card this year.

http://picasaweb.google.com/kenzielandvatter/ChristmasCards?feat=directlink

Prices are as follows....
Size
5 X 7 (Recommended cards seem to look and turn out the best)
Envelope is included
$.80/each

4 X 6
Envelope is included
$.60/each"

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

BOXES

We are in need of some moving boxes very soon. Does anyone have some they want to get rid of or know someone that might??

Thanks, Denae

Monday, November 23, 2009

Winter Coats


Winter Coats

I am helping some friends collect winter coats for men, women and children. Those coats will be donated to several shelters here in Tucson. If you would like to help us reach our goal of 100 coats by donating your new or used coats please contact Chrissy Beach. I will gladly pick them up!:)

Home: 682-1299
E-mail: chrissybeach@yahoo.com

We are hoping to be able to deliver our coats by December 7th. Thank you so much for your help in sharing with others!:)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Homemade Pies

Hello, Everyone!
I am selling Homemade Pies this year for Thanksgiving. If anyone is interested, check out my site. www.homemadepies.blogspot.com
Thanks!
Autumn

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Eggplant

I have 6 large eggplant veggies I just got from our garden this morning. If you want some/all  let me know and you are welcome to have it! (A lot of people ask what you do with eggplant. I used our other eggplants to make Eggplant Parmesan--but there are multiple recipes using eggplant online too.) If you've never tried it here's a chance without paying $1.50 per eggplant at the grocery store (at least last time I looked that's how much each one was...)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pumpkin Recipies


Do you have a great pumpkin cookie recipe? or pumpkin muffins? I am feeling like pumpkin something today... Chocolate chips included... :)

Looking for a Babysitter??

This is an email I received and thought some might be interested. Jen??? :)

Hello. I came across your blog - and I thought I'd send you a quick e-mail to let you know I'm a babysitter in the area. I live in Continental Ranch and Nanny for a family in the neighborhood and also for a family in Continental Reserve. I also occasionally watch a family Gladden Farms. I'm 24, and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati (Criminal Justice). While in school I was a nanny for a family of two boys, 3 days a week. I also helped out at an in home childcare for about a year. I have been CPR certified (Infant, Child & Adult) many times in the past, but that needs to be renewed. I also took a class on Allergies(form the Red Cross I believe) while working at the in-home childcare.

I have a ton of experience, references and a resume upon request. I love crafts, baking, and being outside - I usually try to incorporate these activities while I'm babysitting.

While I have a regular babysitting job, I'm always looking for extra hours here or there. Whether you need me to get the kids out of the house for a couple hours, watch them while you do some shopping, or watch them while you go out for the evenings...

(I have her info... send me an email if you are interested)
-Cherise

Fun Upcoming Activities

Thanks Melanie for putting this together!
If you have ideas such as this... post them! or comment!

November
Nov 7 Grand Opening Celebration at DeMont Family Swim, 2850 W Ina Rd #130. Free family swim, pizza, ice cream, autographs by 2008 Olympians and more! More info at 877-SWIM.

Nov 7-8 Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games, Rillito Raceway Park at River Rd and 1st Ave. Sat 9-10 and Sun 9-5. Adults $12, Senior/Military $9, Kids 6-15 $5, Free under 5. Get $2 discount on adult admission for canned food donation. Sat night 7pm is Celtic Fire performance.
Highlights: Life-size board game “Quest for the Castle Keep!”, Scottish and Irish music and dance, Scottish Heavy Athletics (big guys throwing big things), Celtic Kids Athletic Competition, petting zoo, storytellers, jumping castles, jousting and rock climbing wall, bagpipes, booths, food and more!

Nov 7 Mister Rogers Sweater Drive at UofA Mall, 11am-3pm. Bring new or gently-used sweater to Arizona Public Media Tent or drop off at any Shaffer Dry Cleaning location Nov 1-7.

Through Dec 31, 2009 Hughes Credit Union will give 2 free passes to the Desert Museum for all kids (age 0-17) who join Hughes. See www.hughesfcu.org under ‘Youth & Money’ for more details.

Ongoing
Kids Night at Chick-fil-A, Tuesdays 5-8pm. Two area locations: 4585 N Oracle Rd and 3605 E Broadway Blvd. Free crafts, activities and a visit from the cow mascot. Also FREE 4-piece chicken nugget Kids Meal with purchase of adult meal or entrée salad.

Storytimes:
Bookmans on Ina and Thornydale Rd, 10-11am every Friday. Stories and craft.

Barnes & Noble at the Foothills Mall, 10am Wednesdays and 11 am Saturdays storytime and craft

Local libraries (see library.pima.gov), family, toddler and preschool storytimes. Nanini- Preschool Th and F at 10:30am, Family T 6:30pm and Sa 10:30am; Wheeler Taft Abbott- Preschool Th 10:30am, Family Sa 10:30am; Oro Valley- Preschool Tu 11:30am, Family W 10am.

Tohono Chul Park ‘Stories in the Garden for Children’ every Tuesday, 10-11am. Visit the amazing grounds and museum afterward. Admission is: $7 for adults (13+), $3 for students with valid ID and
$2 for children (5-12), children under 5 are free.
Reading with a Storybook Character First Saturday each month, 10:30 a.m., free. An hour of storytelling and activities with a storybook character is featured on the first Saturday of each month. UA BookStore at Student Union Memorial Center, 1209 E. University Blvd, Tucson, 621-2426
Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s Toys (4811 E Grant Rd, Ste 151, 326-0188) storytime every Tues 11am and Thur 1pm.

Zoowinkles at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s Toys 4811 E Grant Rd, Ste 151, 326-0188. Presented one Saturday a month at 2 pm, free (see calendar on website http://www.tiggytoysonline.com/calendar). “Live animals from Reid Park Zoo will be there along with their knowledgeable keepers. Fun activities in an imaginative toy store setting.” They offer KidzArt summer camps, $95/week.

Musical Magic for Kids presented by So. Az. Arts Council Assoc. (formerly GOVAC). Free performances at 10:30am at Music and Dance Academy (SE corner of Oracle and Magee next to Trader Joe’s). Dates: 10/10, 11/21, 1/9, 2/13, 4/3. See their website for a list of events http://www.saaca.org/events-magicforkids.html.

YMCA family swim, M-F 6-8pm, $1/family, open year round. NW YMCA 7770 N. Shannon.

Pump It Up- Family Night, Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm, $8.95/child and $2.95/adult admission includes two slices of pizza and beverage each. Open mornings M, W,
Th 9:30-11am, $6/child, $5 sibling, parents free; socks required to jump.
Starizona, 5757 N. Oracle Rd., Suite 103 • Tucson, Arizona 85704 • Call Us: (520) 292-5010. Free Viewing Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat nights (after dark)!
International Wildlife Museum, 1st Wednesday, 9:30-10am storytime and craft. $5 admission for child, parents free. Stay and tour museum, watch an animal movie in the theater or get some food at the snack bar. Summer camps also available.

Tucson Children’s Museum- Let your child explore and learn about health, electricity, dinosaurs, under the sea, space, instruments, building and so much more! There are daily activities and various special events plus 1 free day per month. See website for details tucsonchildrensmuseum.org. Located at 200 S. 6th Ave. Open Tuesday-Sunday, closed Mondays except for “Monsoon Mondays” June-August; $1/person Monday nights, 5-8pm.

Providence Institute, ‘Yoga for Kids’ every Saturday, 2-3pm, $5/child, ages 4-10; parents welcome to stay too. 3400 E Speedway, Suite 114; 323-0203.

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way (at Grant), 326-9686. Open 8:30am-4:30pm daily; cost $7/adult, $3 ages 4-12, under 3 free. Costs vary by season so may have changed. See website for prices at www.tucsonbotanical.org.

Tohono Chul Park- The Park grounds are beautiful- voted top 10 Botanical Gardens in the world (Travel and Leisure magazine) and rated Best Park/Garden in Tucson for 2009. Open daily 8am-5pm. Admission $7/adults, $2 ages 5-12.
The 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. Reptile Ramble Fridays Apr-Oct at 10am, $5- hands-on reptile encounter. See website for more details http://www.tohonochulpark.org.
Tucson Mall, ‘Art with Nina’, every 2nd Saturday of each month, 11:30-1:30 next to Kid’s Play Area, free.
Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd., near the Grant Rd. intersection. Phone 296-5442, www.traildusttown.com
Enjoy Dragoon Street Wild, Wild West Stunt Shows (free but tips to actors appreciated), Sun- Thur: 7:00 & 8:00 pm Fri & Sat: 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00pm . You’ll also find the vintage Allen Herschell Fiesta del Presidio Carousel—the oldest operational carousel in the city ($1/ride, open daily 5-8pm). You’ll be able to ride the Trail Dust Town Railroad, a replica of the 1863 C. P. Huntington narrow-gauge train ($1/ride, open daily 5-8pm), visit the Museum of the Horse Soldier, pan for gold at Gabby’s Gulch ($1/person), check out the Rifle Shooting Gallery and grab a cowboy dinner at the various restaurants.

Old Pueblo Trolley Call 792-1802 or visit www.oldpueblotrolley.org for a route map and schedule. Take a step back in time with a trolley ride between University Blvd.’s Main Gate Square and the eclectic shopping district along Fourth Avenue—for just $1 a ride Fri. and Sat. and 25 cents on Sun. This is very near UA campus so maybe combine it with a visit to the Flandrau Center on UA campus or while exploring 4th Avenue.

Pima Air and Space Museum, 6000 E Valencia Rd, (520) 618-4800. Open daily 10am-5pm. Jun-Oct low season rates $11.50/adults, $8 ages 7-12.

Flandrau Science Center Mineral Museum (U of A campus) has re-opened Fri and Sat 9-5 for $4 admission ages 5 and up. Also, the free Observatory continues to be open every Wed-Sat, 7-10pm.

Funtasticks, last Friday of each month is ‘Fellowship Night’. $10/person gets you in from 4pm-midnight to ride all rides and mini golf.

Kitt Peak National Observatory has daily hour-long tours at 10am, 11:30am and 1:30pm. Cost is $4/adult, $2.50/kids ages 6-12. Located 56 miles SW of Tucson on Route 86- makes a great day trip. Call 318-8732 or www.noao.edu for more info.

Thursday's Free Beginner’s Guitar Class (6-12 yrs old), 17th Street Market 810 E. 17th St, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Age 12 and older class is 5:15 to 6:15. Group lessons...basic techniques....Contact 624-8821 ext.147 for additional info...........Your Guitar or ours!!
Children's Drumming Circle 17th Street Market 810 E. 17th St., Tucson, 624-8821 Ext. 145, Bonnie Brooks. Every Friday, 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 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. Free. Age Restrictions 6-12 years old.
Michaels, “The Knack” kids craft time, $5/child (ages 5-12), supplies included. Every Saturday 10-12am, 3749 West Ina Road. See website for events calendar: http://www.michaels.com/art/online/events?storeid=9530

Lowe’s ‘Build and Grow Clinics’ for Kids (recommended 1st-5th grades). Marana location (off Ina Rd), 572-7300, every 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10-11am. Make fun crafts and projects; free or small fee. Please register beforehand online at lowes.com, under Services go to Build and Grow Clinics or call to sign-up.

Rocks and Ropes, “Kids Climb” lets kids (under 12 only) climb without the adults getting in their way. 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.

SASI (Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute)
4th Sat of each month (except Dec) is a FREE admission day open to the public from 9am-3pm. Gates Pass Rd, ¼ mi E of Kinney Rd (a few miles from the Desert Museum).
In the mornings they have a nature walk then lectures and classes. After lunch are kids’ activities- live creature encounter, craft, etc. They have a butterfly garden and live demos.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Antique couch

We are looking for an antique or victorian looking couch. If anyone knows of one to buy really cheaply or willing to let us borrow for a day please let me know. If you have a picture and can email it to me that would be great too - nicole@desertbrilliance.com thanks!

Monday, November 2, 2009

New Dermatologist

Does anyone have or know of a great dermatologist that they would recomend? you can reply here or email me @ nicole@desertbrilliance.com Thanks so much!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Free photo book


Your little pirate or princess looks so cute dressed up for Halloween. It’s a treat you’ll want to share with everyone.
Capture every spooktacular memory with a free ready–made photo book from Shutterfly. Just add your pictures and we’ll create a stunning photo book for you in minutes.

Promo code:UR48-DD9B-M8DB-BF5DDVOffer ends November 30, 2009.

* Additional charges such as taxes, shipping and handling may apply. Offer is good for one 7x9 photo book only. Limit one per household.

Family Doctor

Hey we are in need of a new family doctor. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Baby Einstein Refund


If any of you are like me and bought the Baby Einstein DVDs and never watched them, this is for you. Apparently they don't make your children geniuses and so Disney is offering a refund (or exchange). You can only return 4 dvds per household, but you get a refund of $15.99 for each one. Here is the link to the refund info and the form you have to send in with your dvds.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Gladden Farms 10K & Half Marathon

Gladden Farms Family 5K has a great way for you to run off your Thanksgiving Turkey!!!

Gladden Farms Family 5K is having it's first 10K and Half Marathon on November 28th. There are local sponsors that will be helping to keep this FREE!! All finishers will receive a T-Shirt.

We will start and end at Gladden Farms Park at the corner of Lon Adams and Tangerine Farms Road. Both the 10K and Half Marathon will start at 8 am, and will be run on the bike paths and sidewalks in Gladden Farms.

If you are interested in participating please print off this form and turn it in to Jen Lynn by Friday October 30th.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fun Fridays

You're invited to . . .

Buckelew Farms
Pumpkin Patch

17000 Ajo Way Tucson, 85735
Friday, October 30th, at 10am

Cost is $6 per person (kids in diapers are FREE)
includes a hayride and a pumpkin

Bring a lunch to eat there!

Please email Jeni at jenicone@yahoo.com
if you would like to come
so that we can give them an accurate count.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Halloween Craft for the Kids


On a lighter more UNserious note. We are going to do these today...Simple, and cute.

We do Simple around here.

Find instructions HERE

Moral Dilemma

Safeway approached me via email indicating They have just lowered prices, are doing some marketing promotion giveaways yada yada... They said they would give me a $50 gift certificate and 3 giveaway gift certificates to readers if I blogged about my shopping experience, and basically -not officially- advertise for them. (on the Marana Mom's site) -My problem is with the advertising part...obviously not the free $.

My first instinct was to send them my mailing address with an excited YES I'll do it.

But wait.

What is the purpose of this blog?

Personally when I started this blog it was to help us moms, grandmothers, caretakers etc. get answers to questions, advice, share a great find or free deal, post good ideas, inform of upcoming events...etc.


I realize this give away benefits you and obviously me, but I personally don't want this blog updated with marketing --STUFF-- for lack of better words.

I feel like your time is OBVIOUSLY precious... and if you want ideas on couponing, store sales ETC... You would go to a site like Stephanie's Savvysavingstucson.blogspot.com -----> on side of blog.

I don't have time for FLUFF...and I am assuming neither do you.
I am not saying couponing is FLUFF, when I sit down to the computer and want to look at ad's, ad match options, and coupon applications, I want to go to ONE SITE and move on.

Same with Marana Mom's I want to go here for the purpose it was intended.

I should ask you, what do you think...?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Digital Scrapbooking

I don't know if anyone is interested but...

This week there are two Digital Scrapbook Blogs that have joined together to make an extra large Freebie Kit called... I Heart Primary. They both have papers, embellishments, alphabets, quick pages and 'extras'.

http://thelatestscooptoo.blogspot.com/
http://sahmscrapper.blogspot.com/

Also a couple weeks ago there was a double kit for Young Women's with all 8 Values. It is suppose to be 'Forever' Free, instead of being put into their store after a week.

http://thelatestscooptoo.blogspot.com/
http://growingpains-scrapped.blogspot.com/

They may not be the most recent post at either blog, but you can scroll back through to get all the 'parts'. Usually they release the Papers on Monday, Embellishments on Tuesday, Alphabets on Wednesday, Quick Pages on Thursday, and Extras on Friday.

I don't know if the Primary one will stay 'Forever Free', so you might want to check that out this week.

~Tracy

Free Downloadable Books from Deseret

I just wanted to let you all know about this free-be:

Deseret Book has made 8 of their books available for FREE DOWNLOAD at http://deseretbook.com/free. Several of the of the books are ones I thought you might be interested in. The books are:

1. Please Pass the Scripture (by me).
2. What I Wish I Would Have Known When I Was Single (by John Bytheway).
3. Women at the Well (by Richard and Jeni Holzapfel).
4. Digging Deeper (by Robert Eaton).
5. 10 Secrets Wise Parents Know (by Brent Top and Bruce Chadwick).
6. Growing Up: Gospel Answers About Maturation and Sex (by Brad Wilcox).
7. Saving Kristen (by Jack Weyland). (fiction)
8. The Hidden Path (by C.B. Andersen). (fiction)

It might be good to download them now for future reference as they will only be available online for free for a short time. A lot of people aren’t aware that books like these even exist, much less that they are available for free.

Some of the books help you get more out of the scriptures. Others are good for parenting. Some are just plain fun. Go check out http://deseretbook.com/free. I hope you like the books!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Buckelew Farms Coupon

There is a coupon in this week's Explorer newspaper (mine was in the driveway this morning) for Buckelew Farms. It is for $1 off and is on page 42 (near the back).

Thursday, October 15, 2009

FREE Happy Baby Organic Meal

Print this coupon to get a free Happy Baby Organic Meal. Coupon expires 11/10/09. Find a store that carries this brand HERE.

Thanks, For The Mommas!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Enfamil

I randomly received a box with a sample can of Enfamil and coupons in the mail today. I have no idea how they got my address or why they thought I wanted/needed some...

If you could use some baby formula let me know and it's yours!

(joseph.and.tiffany@gmail.com)

Elmo Cake

Before I go out and buy a new one, does anyone have an Elmo cake pan or the 3-d teddy bear pan that I could borrow?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Nursing Cover Deal

Udder cover

If you're a nursing mom or you need a gift for a nursing mom, you should check out this deal! I know we have a lot of moms in Marana who might be able to use this deal!! Go to Udder Covers and you'll get a FREE nursing cover! Use promo code "onefree" and it brings the price from $32 to $0! Just pay shipping on it. There are 6 different ones you can choose from. This might go fast!

October fun all by Gladden Farms

I was a little unorganized, and decided to figure out my calendar for the rest of the month. I thought maybe someone else out there might want the info as well.

This Saturday Oct 17th, if you live in Gladden Farms, the Gladden Farms HOA is putting on the Country Fair:
Our GFCA lifestyle website says:
Come down and join us for our expanded Country Fair!
This year we will have on site grilling, a Sonoran Hot Dog cart, increased concessions, activities including a watermelon eating contest, a three-legged race, a water balloon toss and an egg in spoon race, a petting zoo, a pony ride ring and some actual carnival rides as well!

This year all concessions will be on a ticket per serving basis and all rides (including carnival rides) will be accessed with an unlimited use wristband. Wristbands are available for $5 a piece and tickets are $1 or 6 for $5 and are available o the day of the event at the ticket booths.

(and because I know your kids want to wear costumes all day long on Saturday the 31st!):

On the 31st at 11am they will have pumpkin painting and bags for collecting candies at different booths w/ little games and a maybe a bounce house, etc... bring a lawn chair and some candy to hand out for the trick or treat parade I think they are doing. I am not sure on all of those details, but it is by the HOA house, not at the park.

(Another little plug for GF community: The 22nd at 7pm at Estes Elementary is the Annual Meeting for GF homeowners. I saw that 6-7 was a social mixer w/ appetizers, and there will be a door prize raffle.)

Two days later on the 24th is the Fall Harvest Festival at Heritage Park. This is for ANYONE! not just Gladden Farms Residents!! From 9am - 2pm. (I thought the town website would have more on this, I will link you to it later today if the Town returns my call or posts about it themselves)
It is the 234th annversary of Jaun Bautista de Anza's journey through Marana. (sounded kind of dry to me...but it looks like they have a fun day planned!!)
There is a pie and cookie contest (get out your family's secret recipe!) and fresh food for sale from the Farmer's Market. They will also have booths for kids, entertainment, the train and a peddle tractor too!
Does this all make sense? I hope it helps someone fill out their calendar like it helped me!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Go Marathoners Go!

Just wanted to say "Good Luck" to all those Marana Moms (and Dads) running in the St. George Marathon this weekend! Be Strong, Stay Tough, Take it One Mile at a Time! We're all cheering for you here at home!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fun Fridays

We're a group of moms from the Continental Ranch area that have preschool-aged children.
We try to go out every Friday to do something fun, so I'll post the activities here
in case anyone is interested in coming:


You're invited to . . .


Splash Pad


a free water park for kids!

Brandi Fenton Memorial Park
3482 East River Road

Friday, October 2nd, 10:00am

  • We've reserved Ramada D (right by the park ) so that we can have some shade.
  • Don't forget your suit, towel, and sunscreen.
  • It's a little far, but will be worth it.
  • Feel free to invite your friends/family/neighbors
  • Hope to see you there!
  • For more info contact Jeni at jenicone@yahoo.com

Friday, September 25, 2009

Park playgroups starting again

Now that the weather is cooling off we're going to start up the playgroups at the park again. This year there are two different locations/days to choose from!

Every Tuesday at 10am at Red Rock Park (starting Tues. October 6th)

and

Every Friday at 10am at Gladden Farms Park (starting Fri. Oct 2nd)


Hope to see you there!

9/26 FREE Admission for 2 to participating Museums

Smithsonian affiliated museums are offering a free admission this Saturday at over 1,000 museums around the country! You just need to register for your 2 free tickets!


Don't forget to get your two free admissions for Museum Day, Saturday, September 26th. Click here to register for your tickets.

Museums in Tucson available to choose from:

Arizona Historical Society Arizona History Museum


Arizona State Museum


International Wildlife Museum


Jewish History Museum


The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Lowe's: Free Kids' Clinics


October is Safety Month, and Lowe's is hosting a Safety Saturday children's event this Saturday, September 26, 2009. Kids can build this wooden firetruck for free from 10-11 am. Go here to register.


Ball Toss

Can't make it this Saturday? Your child will love building this cool Ball Toss game for FREE! Bring them in Saturday, October 10th to the class from 10-11 a.m. Go here to register.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Halloween Costume Exchange

I was going through my Halloween costume bin and had an idea. Having to buy Halloween costumes every year can get super expensive and frustrating. We have built up a little collection since we have 6 kids and they never want to wear the same one again or wear the one their brother or sister wore the year before. I thought I would post some of the ones that any of you are welcome to borrow for your kids. If you have anything you too would like to share with others, you could post them here too. Wouldn't it be cool if we could all save a few dollars this year by recycling our old costumes? I know for us, buying costumes for a holiday that I don't even care for is NOT on my priority list!

So, here's what I have. Remember, these are USED and therefore are not in PERFECT condition. In fact, they probably all need to be washed and some ironed. If nobody is interested in any of these, I will not be offended:).

If you see something you would like to borrow, just leave a comment here so other people know what is taken, then send me an email to: egmatson@gmail.com.

Thanks!

1. Bumblebee costume (0-3 mon.). 2. Witch costume (6-8). 3. Pumpkin costume (18 mon.-2T).


4. Cinderella costume which is a little haggared, but still usuable (size 7-10). 5. Cat costume (8, but fits more like a 4-7 year-old). 6. Bee jacket. You'll need black pants to go with it (3-4).

7. Indiana Jones costume (4-6). 8. Dorothy (Large-about 8-10) shoes are size 1.5. 9. Raggety Anne (3-4).

Gluten-Free Cooking

Lately I have been getting lots of questions about Gluten-Free cooking.




I have a good friend, Susan Bell, whose whole family except for Dad has Celiacs. They have lived on a Gluten Free diet for years. She is an amazing cook and makes the best gluten free rice bread! She just recently released her cookbook, so I now have her amazing bread recipe! :-)

Sorry for the late notice , but Chef Wendy Gauthier is teaching a class tonight. She will demonstrate how to work with and prepare gluten-free products. One of the nice things about the cooking demos at Whole Foods is that there are . . . samples! Learn and eat. Eat and learn!

RSVP to sonja.brown@wholefoods.com

  • Where: Whole Foods Market, 3360 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson 85716 (520) 795-9844.
  • When: Wednesday, September 23, 2009. 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
  • How much: FREE.
Thanks, Tucson on the Cheap, for this information!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

FREE GeoTrax DVD



Get a free GeoTrax DVD "Steamer & Samuel Save the Day" with 4 episodes from Mattel. This is absolutely free, there are no shipping or other charges. Thanks, Mattel!

TUCSON ATTRACTIONS

Does anyone have any fun suggestions on where I could take some out of town guests for fun? We've been to Old Tucson and The Desert Sonoran Museum, but are interested in some other family friendly attractions. Any suggestions?

Crib Mattress

Does anybody need a crib mattress? I have a crib mattress that is not being used and would like to just get rid of it. It is in excellent condition. If you want it, you can call me 682-3003 or just leave a comment on this post.

-Katie

Monday, September 21, 2009

9/24 Cold Stone Creamery Make-A-Wish Ice Cream Social




On Thursday, September 24th, 2009 5 - 8p.m., Cold Stone Creamery is giving a FREE 3 oz. Make-A-Wish® Creation™ with a Donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation!

Donate and receive a 3 oz. sample of Jack’s Creation served out of a ready-to-love pan in a Like It™ Cup.

While supplies last. No substitutions. Limit one per customer.

Do your kids love the Magic School Bus?

Magic school bus

You can get this FREE book from the US EPA by calling 1-800-490-9198 and requesting item number EPA420-K-07-001. They will enter in your mailing address. The operator told me that we would receive the book in 7-10 days!

There is a limit of one per household.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Carnival to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Sept 19

I found out this morning that the Chili's on Cortaro (located in the Arizona Pavilions shopping center) will be holding a Children's Carnival to benefit St. Jude's Hospital this Saturday, September 19. There will be local bands, stage shows, games, snacks, and jumping castles. The events will take place from 10am-5pm, and all proceeds will go towards St. Jude's.

Apparently, Chili's will also be hosting Happy Hour all day, in honor of the event.

Parking Rule Update

I was talking to HOA this morning. I asked about the parking.

The Police are enforcing the Town of Marana Rules. Which means... you must park on the street, not on the sidewalk. Don't park in front of driveways, or mail boxes, or facing the wrong way. If you are parked wrong, it is a $85 ticket. They can enforce this at all hours. Make sure your car is completely on the road!!

The HOA is enforcing No Parking on the Street. Meaning you park in driveways. As a heads up, call and let them know if you are having people over, or going over to someones home. As far as dropping kids off or whatever, that should be obvious that it is temporary. But if your staying to visit, you're suppose to let them know so you don't get a letter and fine. They are enforcing this during Business Hours. They are monitoring a different neighborhood each day, so it will take a week to make it through each one.

Apparently they are getting lots of complaints about people parking in the street, so now they are having to be very forceful in enforcing the rules. Can't say that I like this, but, I guess I live with it. So, just in case anyone else wanted to know what I learned. ~Tracy

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Upcoming Events for Kids!

Are you needing something to do? -Better yet, do your kids need something to do? Here are some ideas for you. If you have done any of these previously and would like to share comments on likes, dislikes, or what to be prepared for... please share!

September

September 19-20 (Sat 9-6 and Sun 10-4) Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show & Sale at the Tucson Expo Center (3750 E Irvington). Cost $7/adults, $3/kids 6-12 and free under 6. tucsonreptileshow.com, 405-7020.

September 23-Oct 4 Ramona Quimby play put on by Pima Community College. Fri-Sat 7pm, Sat-Sun 2pm at Proscenium Theatre. Tickets $6. School matinees available 9/23-25, 30,10/1-2 at 10am for $5. Call 206-6986 for more info.

Daily Through Sept 30, DIG: Prehistoric Gardens at Tucson Botanical Gardens (2150 N Alvernon Way), from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost $7/adult, $3/children. Explore geology, paleontology and botany to learn about our historic past.

Every Thurs through October, La Placita Outdoor Cinema, free admission ($3/person admission suggested), at 7:30pm. Located at 110 S. Church Avenue, on the southwest corner of Broadway and Church in downtown Tucson. Ample parking is available in the La Placita parking garage, located at Stone just south of Broadway. Most films are old classics and are NR (not rated) starring old film actors. Free all-you-can-eat popcorn. See cinemalaplacita.com for details and current schedule.

October

October 30-Nov 1 Cinderella play presented by CYT (Christian Youth Theater) at Crowder Hall, U of A campus. Dec 11-13 will be A Christmas Carol at the same location. Call 751-7510 or cyttucson.org for tickets. Matinee shows also available (we went to 2 of these plays this past year) on Weds at 9:30am or 12 noon for $5/seat. Reservations required.

October 10, Musical Magic for Kids presented by So. Az. Arts Council Assoc. (formerly GOVAC). Nearly every month through April (see Ongoing section), free, 10:30am at Music and Dance Academy (SE corner of Oracle and Magee next to Trader Joe’s). See their website for a list of events http://www.saaca.org/events-magicforkids.html.

October 15-18, Disney on Ice at Tucson Arena. Tickets go on sale 9/13. Tickets range from $15-45 and be purchased online at disneyonice.com.

October 23-25, Howl-O-Ween at Reid Park Zoo. Fri-sat 6-8pm and Sun 5-7pm. Cost $5/person or $4/member.

Ongoing
Kids Night at Chick-fil-A. Two area locations at 4585 N Oracle Rd and 3605 E Broadway Blvd. on Tuesdays 5-8pm. They offer free crafts and activities and a visit from the cow mascot. Also offer FREE 4-piece chicken nugget Kids Meal with purchase of adult meal or entrée salad.

Storytimes:
Bookmans on Ina and Thornydale Rd, 10-11am every Friday. Stories and craft.

Barnes & Noble at the Foothills Mall, 10am Wednesdays and 11 am Saturdays storytime and craft

Local libraries (see library.pima.gov), family, toddler and preschool storytimes.

Tohono Chul Park ‘Stories in the Garden for Children’ every Tuesday, 10-11am. Visit the amazing grounds and museum afterward. Admission is: $7 for adults (13+), $3 for students with valid ID and
$2 for children (5-12), children under 5 are free.
Reading with a Storybook Character First Saturday each month, 10:30 a.m., free. An hour of storytelling and activities with a storybook character is featured on the first Saturday of each month. UA BookStore at Student Union Memorial Center, 1209 E. University Blvd, Tucson, 621-2426

Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s Toys (4811 E Grant Rd, Ste 151, 326-0188) storytime every Tues 11am and Thur 1pm.

Zoowinkles at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s Toys 4811 E Grant Rd, Ste 151, 326-0188. Presented one Saturday a month at 2 pm, free (see calendar on website http://www.tiggytoysonline.com/calendar). “Live animals from Reid Park Zoo will be there along with their knowledgeable keepers. Fun activities in an imaginative toy store setting.” They offer KidzArt summer camps, $95/week.

Musical Magic for Kids presented by So. Az. Arts Council Assoc. (formerly GOVAC). Free performances at 10:30am at Music and Dance Academy (SE corner of Oracle and Magee next to Trader Joe’s). Dates: 10/10, 11/21, 1/9, 2/13, 4/3. See their website for a list of events http://www.saaca.org/events-magicforkids.html.


YMCA family swim, M-Th 6-8pm, $1/family. NW YMCA on Shannon and Magee.

Flandrau Science Center Mineral Museum open Fri and Sat 9-5 for $4 admission ages 5 and up. Also, the free Observatory is still open every Wed-Sat, 7-10pm.

Kitt Peak National Observatory has daily hour-long tours at 10am, 11:30am and 1:30pm. Cost is $4/adult, $2.50/kids ages 6-12. Located 56 miles SW of Tucson on Route 86- makes a great day trip. Call 318-8732 or www.noao.edu for more info.

Funtasticks, last Friday of each month is ‘Fellowship Night’. $10/person gets you in from 4pm-midnight to ride all rides and mini golf.

Providence Institute, ‘Yoga for Kids’ every Saturday, 2-3pm, $5/child, ages 4-10; parents welcome to stay too. 3400 E Speedway, Suite 114; 323-0203.

Tucson Children’s Museum- Let your child explore and learn about health, electricity, dinosaurs, under the sea, space, instruments, building and so much more! There are daily activities and various special events plus 1 free day per month. See website for details tucsonchildrensmuseum.org. Located at 200 S. 6th Ave. Open Tuesday-Sunday, closed Mondays except for “Monsoon Mondays” June-August; $1/person Monday nights, 5-8pm.

Pima Air and Space Museum, 6000 E Valencia Rd, (520) 618-4800. Open daily 10am-5pm. Jun-Oct low season rates $11.50/adults, $8 ages 7-12.

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way (at Grant), 326-9686. Open 8:30am-4:30pm daily; cost $7/adult, $3 ages 4-12, under 3 free. Costs vary by season so may have changed. See website for prices at www.tucsonbotanical.org.

Tohono Chul Park- The Park grounds are beautiful- voted top 10 Botanical Gardens in the world (Travel and Leisure magazine) and rated Best Park/Garden in Tucson for 2009. Open daily 8am-5pm. Admission $7/adults, $2 ages 5-12.
The 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. Reptile Ramble Fridays Apr-Oct at 10am, $5- hands-on reptile encounter. See website for more details http://www.tohonochulpark.org.

Pump It Up- Family Night, Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm, $8.95/child and $2.95/adult admission includes two slices of pizza and beverage each. Open mornings M,W,Th 9:30-11am, $6/child, $5 sibling, parents free; socks required to jump.
Starizona, 5757 N. Oracle Rd., Suite 103 • Tucson, Arizona 85704 • Call Us: (520) 292-5010. Free Viewing Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat nights (after dark)!
International Wildlife Museum, 1st Wednesday, 9:30-10am storytime and craft. $5 admission for child, parents free. Stay and tour museum, watch an animal movie in the theater or get some food at the snack bar. Various summer camps also available.
Tucson Mall, ‘Art with Nina’, every 2nd Saturday of each month, 11:30-1:30 next to Kid’s Play Area, free.
Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd., near the Grant Rd. intersection. Phone 296-5442, www.traildusttown.com
Enjoy Dragoon Street Wild, Wild West Stunt Shows (free but tips to actors appreciated), Sun- Thur: 7:00 & 8:00 pm Fri & Sat: 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00pm . You’ll also find the vintage Allen Herschell Fiesta del Presidio Carousel—the oldest operational carousel in the city ($1/ride, open daily 5-8pm). You’ll be able to ride the Trail Dust Town Railroad, a replica of the 1863 C. P. Huntington narrow-gauge train ($1/ride, open daily 5-8pm), visit the Museum of the Horse Soldier, pan for gold at Gabby’s Gulch ($1/person), check out the Rifle Shooting Gallery and grab a cowboy dinner at the various restaurants.

Old Pueblo Trolley Call 792-1802 or visit www.oldpueblotrolley.org for a route map and schedule. Take a step back in time with a trolley ride between University Blvd.’s Main Gate Square and the eclectic shopping district along Fourth Avenue—for just $1 a ride Fri. and Sat. and 25 cents on Sun. This is very near UA campus so maybe combine it with a visit to the Flandrau Center on UA campus or while exploring 4th Avenue.

Michaels 3749 West Ina Road, “The Knack” kids craft time, $5/child (ages 5-12), supplies included. Every Saturday 10-12am. See website for events calendar: http://www.michaels.com/art/online/events?storeid=9530

Lowe’s ‘Build and Grow Clinics’ for Kids (recommended 1st-5th grades). Marana location (off Ina Rd), 572-7300, every 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10-11am. Make fun crafts and projects; free or small fee. Please register beforehand online at lowes.com, under Services go to Build and Grow Clinics or call to sign-up.

Rocks and Ropes, “Kids Climb” lets kids (under 12 only) climb without the adults getting in their way. 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.

SASI (Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute)
4th Sat of each month (except Dec) is a FREE admission day open to the public from 9am-3pm. Gates Pass Rd, ¼ mi E of Kinney Rd (a few miles from the Desert Museum).
In the mornings they have a nature walk then lectures and classes. After lunch are kids activities- live creature encounter, craft, activities. They have a butterfly garden and live demos.
Children's Drumming Circle 17th Street Market 810 E. 17th St., Tucson, 624-8821 Ext. 145, Bonnie Brooks. Every Friday, 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 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. Free. Age Restrictions 6-12 years old.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cleaning

Perhaps I wasn't too clear on my post for help on finding a cleaning company. My Dad was recently diagnosed with cancer and my mom does not have the energy or time to take care of both. My sisters assigned me the task of asking around for a good company. So if anyone has any suggestions, thank you.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Backpack baby carrier

Does anyone have a Backpack Baby Carrier that I can borrow? Rylan & I want to go on some day trips and will have to take the baby along.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Parking FYI

Today when I was dropping the kids off at Joy School, there was a motorcycle cop circling around a van parked on the street. He was asking me about the van and how long it had been parked there or if it was parked there frequently. He told me that they have been getting a lot of parking complaints and he was out today going through the neighborhood giving parking tickets. He ended up giving the van a ticket. I saw him later giving another car a ticket. While I think the the "no parking on the street" rule here is pretty stupid, I'm going to be more careful now because I don't want to get a ticket. He was looking for signs that the car wasn't just there for a few minutes (like sun visors in the windshield). Just thought you all might want to know that they are taking this rule seriously and it could end up costing you or your friends more than a HOA fine.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

House Cleaning

Does anyone have a reference for a reputable house cleaning service? Renee
I also have an older double stroller if anyone is in need of one.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Kids art class this Friday



Just a reminder that this Friday at 10am we are having an art class at the Church for kids ages 3-5. Some teachers from KidzArt are coming out to teach the class and the cost is $6.50. If you didn't get a chance to sign up yet it's not too late--just let me (Tiffany) or Lynette know that you are planning on coming so we can let the teachers know how many kids to prepare for.

We'll have a room with toys for the younger siblings. It should be lots of fun!
For Labor Day we went up to the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, the one by Picacho Peak that we all pass on the way to Phoenix. I have lived here five years and never been there or looked twice as we pass. However, I came across their website last night and saw all the fun things to do there. So this morning for Labor Day we went up and had a blast. I highly recommend that you check out their website www.roostercogburn.com . It was a holiday today so we did get to do the monster truck tour. It costs a few bucks, but was so well worth it. I would recommend that you go at a time when you can do the monster truck tour.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Doctor

Does anyone know of a good family doctor / primary care physician?

EBATES Deal

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I love EBATES! Whenever I shop online, I can log onto ebates.com and go to any major retailers website and shop online as I normally would. You still get all the great deals the company offers. The bonus is that you get a rebate for your purchase!

Right now, you can get 5% back at JcPenneys. They are having a huge clearance sale/Labor Day Sale. You can get free shipping on any order over $49 using the code: WEWORK4U
Or you can use the code: SEPSURV9 for 15% off

It's free to sign up for ebates! Plus they give you a $5 signing bonus

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Pink Camera


I have a Sony Cyber-Shot Camera that I received for Christmas this past year and it has been sitting in my closet ever since. It has never been used and is in brand new perfect condition. I tried to sell it on craigslist and just got scammers so I thought if anyone is interested in a great pink camera-I have one. As I researched they are going for around for $100. It is the DSC-W120 w/ 7.2 megapixels model if you want to look it up. So if interested you can email me at tarahorsley@yahoo.com

Friday, August 28, 2009

Internist?

Thanks for the help finding an orthopedic surgeon - now, does anyone have any suggestions for an internist? The spell checker says that I spelled that right- but I'm not sure :). Again you can email me at nicole@desertbrilliance.com. Thanks!

Happy Birthday!

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Today (the 28th) I will be live on the 4 p.m. news on KVOA 4 sharing a pluthera of birthday freebies for kids available in Tucson! Set your recorders or watch it live!

Here is the start of the list!

ACE - Join The Ace Kids Club For Special Birthday Goodies!

Applebee’s - Free dessert and song on your child's or your birthday. No sign up necessary. For kids and adults!


Bookmans -
Sign up for the Kids Club at any Bookmans location. Just fill out the form and they'll give you a special Kids Club pouch full of fun stuff, including your official Kids Club card for 10% off every purchase you make with your kids there. Fore kids 14 and under. They mail you a $5 coupon off anything in the store for your child's birthday! For every 10 books read, your children can earn a free book.

Boston Market - Kids 12 and under will receive a birthday coupon good for a free kid’s meal, drink, and dessert at Boston Market.

Burger King - Sign up your child to be a member of Club BK so they can get a free kid’s meal on their birthday.

The Children's Place - Get a free gift for your child's birthday. Current gift is a 15% coupon emailed to you.

Cold Stone Creamery - Cold Stone Creamery will send you an email with a coupon for a free ice cream creation to enjoy for your birthday. The nice part is that the coupon is good for approximately 1-2 weeks. So, you don't have to go on your real birthday. For kids and adults!

Denny’s - Fill in and mail or fax in this form to enroll your child (10 and under) in the Denny’s Kids’ Birthday Club where they will receive a mailed birthday card entitling them to a free kid’s entrée and sundae with an adult entree purchase.

Disneyland - Get free admission on your birthday when you register in advance. You will need to bring the confirmation along with your ID to the park.

Fuddruckers - Join the Fudds Club. This year they emailed me a coupon for a free shake for my birthday. Other years they have gifted a free burger. When you sign up, you can sign up your kids 10 and under as well!

IHOP - Come on into IHOP and get a free song and sundae on your birthday. For all ages!

Visit Savvy Savings Tucson for the entire list for kids and adults!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Orthopedic Surgeon

Does anyone know a good orthopedic surgeon that specializes in knees? Mine has retired and I need to get back in to see about my knee. You can call me at 578-0172 or 260-7241, email me at nicole@desertbrilliance.com or just comment here. Thanks so much! Nicole Gonzalez

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Subaru For Sale




















$9,500
2003 Forester XS 73250miles clean title. Auto trans, power windows/doors, recent full tune-up.E-Mail JoCoNew@gmail.com 520-370-6713 (more pictures available on request)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Childrens Place Summer Clearance- 3.99 and Under

I went into Childrens Place at the Foothills Mall on Friday and noticed there were many racks of Clothes marked from $3.99 to $ .99. I hear they usually have the best selection for clearance since they are the outlet store for our area.



Online Code:
15% off your entire order FA79 - exp 09/07/09

$5 flat rate shipping. No code required.

ChildrensPlace.com LINK

Items like:


big girls cargo pedal pushers
Was $16.99
Now $3.99


jammer cargo shorts
reg - $14.50
now - $3.99


classic polo *lots of colors*
reg - $9.50
now - $3.99

Reg- $6.50

now- $.99


crochet-trimmed print dress baby girl

Reg- $16.50

Now- $3.99


Thanks, Pinching Your Pennies!

FREE Brainy Baby DVD

Free Brainy Baby® DVDs

Dear Savvy Shopper posted this great deal. Brainy Baby is giving a free DVD (value $17.99) in celebration of their birthday! You just pay the shipping- $6.95. Limit 1 DVD per household.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Wanted: Babysitter

Hi everyone, I'm new to the area (AZ) and am looking for a great babysitter. I have two kids (1 and 4 yrs) and am looking for a reliable, stable sitter to watch the kids for a few hours every week as I am going to be going back to work soon. If you have any recommendations please let me know. Thanks.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

8/20 FREE Admission to Reid Park Zoo

We need to get a group together to go to this! What a great freebie!

August 20th, 2009

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Reid Park Zoo

Happy birthday Tucson! The Reid Park Zoo will be open 8/20 for FREE in honor of Tucson’s 234th birthday.

Thanks, Macey!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Papa Murphy's Pizza Tour

We are going on a tour of Papa Murphy's on Friday (August 14th) at 10 AM. The location is at the Fry's center at Cortaro and Silverbell. There will be a short tour and then the children will be making their own mini pizzas. There is no cost for these pizzas. If you didn't sign up on Sunday but would like to come, please contact me or leave a comment as I need to contact the owner by Wednesday about how many people he needs to prepare for.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Super Saturday

We set up a blog to be able to view the projects offered.
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Orders and money is due Sunday August 16th. We must have the money by this time. There is a lot of prep work that needs to be done, so we need all the time we can to get this done for everybody. We want this day to be a fun easy going day for everyone! If you are not interested in the projects but are able to attend, we would still love to see you there! You may also bring any unfinished projects of your own to work on. Hope to see you there. Be sure to look at the potluck assignments on the blog.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

This information came from Robin Bringhurst. This is a mom she knows from a dance class her daughter used to take and she asked me to pass it on to you.

Hello!! My name is Leah. I am offering day care in my home for children, of any age. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona. I have 3 years experience as a substitute teacher in elementary schools within the Amphitheater, TUSD, and Marana school districts. I also have my government issued fingerprint clearance card. I have current CPR and First Aid Certification. I have been a volunteer for a community based theater company for the past sixteen years, assisting in their classes-- music, dance and theater, and helping with the children back stage. I also currently teach private piano lessons. I am also a certified Respite provider for autistic and special needs children. I am a very creative and energetic person. I enjoy finding projects that entertain and educate children of all ages. Daily activities I offer are age appropriate-- arts and crafts, music, dancing, story time, rest time, baby sign-language, and an introduction to preschool. Snacks and lunch are also provided. A little about me-- I have been married 8 years. My husband works full time. We have two children, both girls, ages 6 and 1 1/2. We are a non-smoking household. I live in Marana, off Avra Valley Road. I also travel to the Cortaro Rd./ Arizona Pavilions area daily to drop off my daughter at Twin Peaks Elementary School. I am available for children to be dropped off at my home, or I can pick them up at your home. I have a clean driving record, references and a resume available on request. I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks! Leah 440-2411 rubenandleah@yahoo.com

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Peaches

Peaches are 49 cents per LB at Sunflower. I got them last year for 39cents per lb & canned a ton, but I assume that with prices going up on everything, this is the lowest you are going to see per lb this year. Don't forget you can price match at WalMart. But if you are going to can I would go to Sunflower they usually have good quality produce.

8/01 Free Pre-Natal Yoga Class

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Our friends at Tucson on The Cheap posted the following deal!

"Tucson’s Yoga Connections offers a free pre-natal yoga class that will be held this Saturday. I’ve taken yoga classes over there before and LOVED it–they are very good and the studio is high quality. Yoga Connection has mats and blocks and straps available, so you can use their equipment.

You DO need to reserve a slot, so pick up the phone.

Where: Yoga Connection, 4893 E. Speedway Tucson 85712 (520) 323-1222.

When: Saturday, August 1, 2009 12:30 PM -2:30 PM.

How much: Free."

Monday, July 27, 2009

FREE Movies!

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2009 International Children's Movie Festival


Tatiana, thank you for emailing me the following information to share!

"Just passing along a week long of FREE movies at the loft cinema. Plus they are passing out free books and goodie bags each day. Starting Sat, July 25th through August 2nd at 10am, they are showing various children's movies."

This Weeks Back To School Deals

Going Back to School

It's hard to believe school starts in just 1 week-
August 3rd for the kids at Estes!

Here are the deals that I posted on Savvy Savings Tucson for those of you procrastinating the back to school shopping! :-)

CVS

3-Day Sale Sunday Through Tuesday Only

Caliber 100 Page Composition Books $.99 Earn .99 ECBs Limit 2
=FREE after ECBs!

Caliber Pencil or Index Card Case $.99 Earn .99 ECBs Limit 2
=FREE after ECBs!

CVS Erasers, Push Pins or Binder Clips $.99 Earn .99 ECBs Limit 2
=FREE after ECBs!

Pilot Easytouch Pen 2 Pk $.99 Earn .99 ECBs Limit 2
=FREE after ECBs!

Swingline Tot Stapler or Caliber Sticky Notes 2 pk $.99 Earn .99 ECBs Limit 2
=FREE after ECBs!

ECBs are Extra Care Bucks printed at the bottom of your receipt to be used on your next purchase! For example, you pay $3 for the binder, and a coupon for $3 prints at the bottom of your receipt!

Walgreens
Buy 1, get 2 free (page 1)
2-pocket folder: 3 for $0.59
1-subject notebook: 3 for $0.99
Composition book: 3 for $1.99
Filler paper (120, 130 sheets): 3 for $1.59

3 for $0.99 (page 9 of ad)
5-tab dividers
Sheet protectors, 10 ct.

3 for $1.99
Scissors
Sharpie (2-pack)
Crayola Crayons (24 ct)
Poly portfolio
Colored pencils (12 ct)
Glue stick (3 ct)
Carry-all pouch

3 for $2.99
Corner Office pens or dry erase markers
Highlighters (5 pack)
Mini Stapler

39-cent sale
Elmers Glue with in-ad coupon (page 10) - limit 4
Posterboard with in-ad coupon (page 10) - limit 6
Scotch bubble mailer
Penway school supplies (protractor, ruler, pencil/crayon sharpener, pencil case, index card case)
2-pocket poly folder (3 for $1)

99-cent art supplies

Construction paper, 96 sheets
Makers, 10 ct.

Office Depot

Office Depot Student Compass with Refillable Pencil .05 Limit 3

Scholastic Glue Stick 4-pk .20 Limit 3

1" School Binders .75 Limit 3

Verbatim 8 GB USB Drives Reg 44.99 Sale $24.99

Office Max

Schoolio Von Hoolio Crayons, 24 ct .01 Limit 3

Westcott Junior 5" Scissors Blunt or Pointed .20 Limit 3

Assorted Erasers and Grips .25 Limit 3

Schoolio Von Hoolio 2 or 4 pocket Ploy Folders with or without Prongs .25 Limit 6

Sandisk Cruzer 4 GB USB Flash Drive Reg. 29.99 Sale $14.99

SRX Mechanical Pencil Starter Set .99


Walmart
2 pack Black Dry Erase Markers 1.50
40 pencil top erasers $1
Crayola 24 ct .25
Index Cards .44
1/2- 1" Binders $2
Spiral Notebooks .15
Elmer's 2-pack Washable Glue Sticks .25
Elmer's 4-ounce Washable Glue .25
Trapper Folders .50
Trapper 70-Sheet Notebook .50
Crayola Markers $1
Crayola 12-ct Colored Pencils $1
24-ct #2 Pencils $1
Purell Hand Sanitizer 8 oz $2
Ziploc Bags 30-120 ct $2
Puffs 4-pack Tissues 3.24
Backpacks $9

Thursday, July 23, 2009

PEACHES AND PEARS

Utah Peaches and Pears are coming in September. They are $29.00 per box.
I believe, each box is around 35 lbs.
These are great for canning and just plain eating. They are delicious!!!!!

All money has to be in to Heather Parris by August 20, or your order will not be placed.

You may contact Heather Parris at 744-6573 to place your order.
All payments needs to be sent to:
Heather Parris,
6880 W. Tombstone Way, Tucson, AZ 85743.

Any questions, please call Heather.


I just have to add that I have ordered these through Heather twice before and I have canned enough peaches and pears to last me all year to the next order and it is SO WORTH IT! They are delicious!! (to eat fresh they are also AMAZING!) -Kati

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

FREE Kids' Summers Space Camp at Borders

On Saturday, July 25, 2009, participating Borders and Waldenbooks stores will be hosting a FREE Kids' Summers Space Camp. Participating locations and time may vary, so call ahead to your local Borders to find out the details.

A bit of what your kiddos will enjoy:

  • Storytime
  • Games
  • Moonwalk Trivia
  • Crafts
  • Face painting

Monday, July 20, 2009

Preschool Opening

Hi, my name is Amber Kunz. I live in Continental Ranch and run Little Busy Bodies Preschool from my home. I currently have an opening in my four year old class and was looking to see if anyone out there might be interested in enrolling their child in preschool at this late date. I currently have 4 boys and 1 girl (any girls out there?). Class is Monday/Wednesday 9:30-12:00 noon and tuition is $85/month. If you are interested, email me at amber_kunz24@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Amber

Thursday, July 9, 2009

TV

Does anyone else in Gladden Farms NOT have cable/satellite TV. We do not have either one of those and got the converter box for the "Big Switch", but now we only get telemundo-with or without an antenna. Does anyone have any suggestions? Renee

Crib & Mattress Free

We have a crib someone gave us that we have never used & don't need. It's in good condition(probably needs a paint job & then would look really cute) and comes with a mattress. Free for the taking. Let me know if anyone wants it or else Dare is going to trash it for taking up precious space in his garage.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

It's HOT outside!

‘Beat the Heat’ Ideas:
Brandi Fenton Memorial Park/Splash Pad **FREE**

*please leave a comment if there are specific activities you have done and really reccommend. Or maybe other suggestions that aren't listed. I can't speak for everyone, but I appreciate ideas or suggestions before I spend the money or take the time to do something!


Anytime:


*Swimming- YMCA pool on Shannon Rd. $3/adults, $0.75/kids; Oro Valley Municipal Pool (at Kriegh Park- next to CDO High School) at 23 Calle Concordia $2/adults, $0.50/kids; ARC-Edith Ball Pool at Reid Park (next to the zoo entrance) $1.50/adults, $0.25/kids.
*Tohono Chul Park
*Pima Air and Space Museum and *”Bone Yard”
*Breakers Water Park
*Letterboxing- visit letterboxing.org to find local clues
*Scavenger Hunt Guides- activities to keep your children engaged while visiting local attractions. Visit aimforcollege.com for more info.
*Reid Park- Zoo: feed the giraffes, get some $1 menu lunch, cool off in the ‘Kenya Wet’ area; swim at the ARC pool (next to the zoo entrance), play at the park, waterfall and playgrounds, ride the train, feed the ducks or walk through the rose gardens.
*Funtasticks – East of the Tucson Mall, open most days 10am-midnight, costs vary
*International Wildlife Museum
*Tucson Botanical Gardens
*Libraries- all have some summer activities- see website (library.pima.gov) or pick-up a flyer at your local library. Events are free but most require reservations.
*Classes or summer camps available at: My Gym, Gymboree, Little Gym, KidzArt, L’il Chefs Academy, YMCA/Triangle Y, Int’l Wildlife Museum, *Desert Museum, Tucson Children’s Museum, Christian Youth Theater
Mornings:
Mom’s Morning at Breakers

*Brandi Fenton splash pad

*Desert Museum Old Tucson

*Pump It Up
*Bike rides hikes play at a park storytimes at the libraries or bookstores summer movies

Afternoons:


*Bowling at Bedroxx (open most days at 1pm, maybe earlier for the summer) Indoor food and play: Peter Piper Pizza, Monkey Business, Chuck E Cheese, Chik-fil-A, McDonalds, Burger King Play areas at Foothills and Tucson Malls Swimming at local parks and recreation pools or YMCA

Evenings:


*Traildust Town La Placita movies (see ‘Ongoing’) La Encantada Courtyard concert series and events Other ideas in ‘Ongoing’ section

Daytrips:


*Sabino Canyon- tram and trails Mt Lemmon- cooler weather, hiking, lakes, ski lift at Winterhaven, camping Ghost towns (google it and hit the road!)

*Ostrich Farm at Picacho Peak (Jun- Oct, Fri-Mon 9-5, $5 ages 6-adult) *Shamrock Farms- tour real dairy farm by tram, see website shamrockfarmstour.com
ENJOY!
and special thanks to Melanie for putting this list of ideas together! Thanks!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

6/29 Gladden Farms Family 5K with Papa Murphys Pizza


Gladden Farms Family 5K
This Monday's (6/29) Family 5K will be followed by pizza from Papa Murphy's Pizza. We didn't have to make dinner last time they came! Plus he brought lots of coupons for us to take home!

You don't have to live in Gladden Farms to participate. We have families coming from Red Rock as well.

Join us every Monday night at 630! Meet at the corner of Gladden Farms Dr and Lon Adams.

This family friendly 5K route is open to walkers, runners, cyclists, and strollers. Everyone is welcome!

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