Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy Monday! { Arizona }

Gorgeous rainbow today #scottsdaleaz #rainbow

Captured this beautiful rainbow against the gorgeous Scottsdale landscape today. Taken through my car window with my iPhone, while driving, so not the best quality shot but still amazing. Happy Monday!
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Out West Balloon Fest & Fun Run - FLASH giveaway!!!

We're excited about the Out West Balloon Fest & Fun Run on March 6th, 7th and 8th at University of Phoenix Stadium on Glendale, AZ. This is the inaugural year for this exciting event. Hot Air Balloons are such as part of Arizona - I love seeing them off in the landscape almost daily.



The event kicks off Friday night with a balloon glow. So many different shapes and colors - from bumblebees, to butterflies and even Smokey the Bear. Enjoy the view from the ground or take a tethered ride up high. There will be lots of food vendors, wine and beer tastings and a special kids area.

Saturday morning starts with a 5K fun run with proceeds benefiting the 100 Club of Arizona. Everyone who participates receives a shirt and special metal. Saturday there's also a "Hare and Hound" balloon competition.



A competitive balloon race starts off Sunday's activities. Hot air balloon pilots will show off their skills by competing in a race to launch and land at one of three declared spots to win a prize.

Tickets range from $10-$20. Kids ages 12 and under are FREE.

Now here's the exciting part. We're having a FLASH giveaway for 2 FREE tickets to the Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run. 

How to enter:
  1. To enter, visit the Sweet Shoppe Mom Instagram page  (@sweetshoppemom) and follow our page
  2. Comment on the event photo who you want to bring with you to the Our West Balloon Fest if you win the tickets
  3. Contest ends Friday February 20th at 4 pm (Arizona time). Winner will be tagged on instagram and must contacts us within 24 hours to receive tickets.
*this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram

Event Information and Schedule:

Friday Evening Balloon Glow 4-9 p.m
4 p.m.
Gates Open
4-9 p.m.
Vendor Market, Food vendors, Kidszone
5:30 p.m.
Tethered Balloon Rides
5-9 p.m.
Live music on the main stage
6:30-8:30 p.m.
25 hot air balloon glow
8:30 p.m.
Night skydiving demo by the Arizona Skyhawks
9 p.m.
Gates close
Saturday Morning Balloon Launch 6-11 a.m.
6 a.m.
Gates Open
6-11 a.m.
Vendor Market, Food vendors, Kidszone
7 a.m.
Morning Passenger Flights
7 a.m.
5K Fun Run
7 a.m.
Balloon launch, Hare and Hound competition
11 a.m.
Gates close
Saturday Evening Balloon Glow 4-9 p.m.
4 p.m.
Gates Open
4-9 p.m.
Vendor Market, Food vendors, Kidszone
5:30 p.m.
Tethered Balloon Rides
5-9 p.m.
Live music on the mainstage
6:30-8:30 p.m.
25 hot air balloon glow
8:30 p.m.
Night skydiving demo by the Arizona Skyhawks
9 p.m.
Gates close
Sunday Morning Balloon Launch 6-11 a.m.
6 a.m.
Gates Open
6-11 a.m.
Vendor Market, Food vendors, Kidszone
7 a.m.
Morning Passenger Flights
7 a.m.
Balloon Launch, Declared balloon race competition
11 a.m.
Gates Close
*Events subject to change based on weather.

***Some activities require an additional fee. Please visit the website at www.outwestballoonfest.com for more information.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Container Store Really Knows How to Throw A Great Party - Grand Opening on the new Glendale, Arizona store!

I was recently invited to Preview Party for the Grand Opening of the new Container Store in Glendale, Arizona. And if you have a love for organizing products like I do, you can understand just how excited I was for this opportunity.


@thecontainerstore really knows how to throw a party! Preview event for the opening of the new Glendale, Arizona location #ContainGlendale #thecontainerstore

What a party - valet parking, delicious food creatively displayed, drinks and live music! This event also served to kick off their partnership with the Humane Society where a percentage of all sales during their grand opening were donated.

The new store is HUGE! one of the largest I've seen. And the displays are just beautiful and so inspiring. Can't wait to go back to shop.

Have you heard? They're opening a 3rd location in central Phoenix later this year.

Sharing a few of my favorite products:


Tie and Belt Rack - I have two of these and use them for my scarves. Love them!



Stainless Steel Oxo Pump Dispenser - I use this in my kitchen for dish soap. So happy to have finally found a pump dispenser that works with dish soap (most are made for hand soap and don't last when dish soap is used in them)


24 Pocket Overdoor Shoe Bag - I use this in my craft room to organize my son's crafting supplies (glue, paint brushes, Popsicle sticks, etc) 

What are your favorite products from The Container Store?


disclaimer - I was invited by The Container Store to attend the preview event. I was not paid or compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.