Friday, May 22, 2015

Support Goodwill! and a GIVEAWAY!!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Bloggin' Mamas. I was not financially compensated for sharing this information.

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Donate stuff. Create jobs.

There’s never a bad time to clear the clutter out of your home or garage or to do a wardrobe purge. When you donate your stuff to Goodwill, the revenue from the sale of your donations helps fund job training and placement opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantages directly in your community. That’s cleaning with a purpose.

Goodwill in currently running the “Donate Stuff. Create Jobs” campaign. Thanks to the programs and support services made possible by donations of clothes and household items, more than 261,000 people earned jobs in 2013 – that’s one person finding a job every 27 seconds of every business day. So you’re literally donating your stuff AND helping to create jobs. Check out this quick PSA:


 You can even calculate how much your donation helps your local community by using Goodwill’s Donation Impact Calculator. Simply input the items you’re donating to calculate the number of hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services you’ve helped provide someone facing challenges to finding employment.

I'm a big fan of Goodwill - both as an option to donate my unwanted items and as a shopper. I'm always working on decluttering my home. I keep a two baskets in my house, one on each level, that I fill with items that I no longer want and when they get full I put it in my car and I'm off to Goodwill to donate. Especially having a 9 year old son - there's always clothes, books and toys that he's out growing.

Bloggin' Mamas is supporting the Ad Council in spreading the word about Goodwill®, by sponsoring this $100 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway. It runs 5/19/15 12:01am EST through 6/2/15 at 11:59pm EST, and is open to US residents 18+. ENTER BELOW!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy Stars Wars Day

Happy Star Wars Day 

May the 4th Be With You! 

Perfect excuse to share some fun Star Wars inspired sweets that I've created over the years. These are always fun because its gives me a chance to play with my airbrush using some black, silver and pearl colors.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Octopus Hideout Comes to Sea Life Arizona

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 Have you visited Sea Life Aquarium in Tempe? My son and I have visited several times over the years and  I was very excited to receive an invitation to preview the new Octopus Hideout exhibit. The traveling exhibit opened March 20th and will be on display for the rest of 2015.

The new exhibit includes a Giant Pacific Octopus, Common and Dwarf Cuttlefish, Chambered Nautilus and a Peacock Mantis Shrimp. My favorite, besides the octopus, were the nautilus - just so unusual and mesmerizing to watch them move around the tank.



Have you visited an aquarium lately? Its such a great way to learn about some of the amazing animals that live in our oceans. Unless you scuba dive, you would otherwise never have the opportunity to observe some of these creatures.

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SEA LIFE Arizona is offering an awesome spring break special right now - tickets only $10!

disclosure: I was invited by SEA LIFE Arizona to preview the Octopus Hideout exhibit. I was not asked to write or compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Arizona Science Center's Gridiron Glory

Disclaimer: I was provided the opportunity to visit the Arizona Science Center and Gridiron Glory exhibit through a campaign with Blended Extended. All opinions are my own.

We love the Arizona Science Center and recently visited their new special exhibit Gridiron Glory which is showing now through May 3, 2015.

Checking out Gridiron Glory exhibit @azscience #azscience #blendedconf #neverstopwondering #arizona #phoenixaz

Gridiron Glory features over 200 items for the Football Hall of Fame including gear, photos and documents from throughout the history of football. The exhibit also features some great hands on displays that kept my active son engaged including the chance to toss a football, try on real football gear and measure up against professional football players.



Gridiron Glory - sizing up

Arizona Science Center
600 E Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85004
open 10 am - 5 pm daily (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas)
For more information visit or 602.716.2000

And now for the exciting part - we are thrilled to be hosting a giveaway for tickets to the Arizona Science Center so you and your family can experience Gridiron Glory. Giveaway ends March 31st.

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