Party at Whole Foods Market Tempe This Weekend

Disclaimer: This isa sponsored post of Whole Foods Market Tempe

This weekend seems to be the start of Spring Break for a lot friends in the Phoenix area. Looking for something fun to do and you happen to be in the Phoenix/Tempe area? Whole Foods Market Tempe is celebrating a new partnership with River Jones music and is throwing a party! Everybody loves to be invited to a party, right?



Here are all the details you need to know…

Who: You Are Invited!

What: Whole Foods Vinyl Record Launch Party

WhenSaturday, March 8th, 2014 from 4-7

Where: Whole Foods Market Tempe: 5120 S. Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282

Why: Who doesn’t love music? Whole Foods Market Tempe now carries vinyl records and CD’s from over twenty local and regional bands because of their new partnership with River Jones music. Proceeds will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation.

River Jones Music and Whole Foods Market Tempe

What You Can Expect:

  • Live performance from local Phoenix band Ruca!
  • Food sampling (salsa, yum!)
  • Food demonstrations from local suppliers: Empanadas and tamales in prepared foods, create your own custom guacamole, Whoopie pies decorated line vinyl records and so much more!
  • Featured Deals like:
    • All Arizona Cheese Company Cheese Curds will be 20% off
    • Local Arizona Mariya Salsa on sale – by one get one free $3.99 each

Local Phoenix Band Ruca

Showing our #DisneySide Birthday Style

“I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.”


We have had a lot of fun celebrating and sharing our #DisneySide with our friends this past month. A month ago we had a wonderful surprise. It was a package my oldest watched for daily once he knew it was coming. And boy where they excited for our @Home Celebration Kit to arrive.

#DisneySide Party Arrival


We decided to use our #DisneySide kit to throw a surprise after school party on my son’s birthday. So, I baked some cookies and shaped them with our Mickey Mouse shaped cookie cuter…

Mickey Mouse Cookies #DisneySide


And put up our Disney themed decorations and put together some yummy snacks including some Mickey Mouse shaped cheese I was able to find at the store…

#DisneySide Birthday Party


He did not expect friends to come over on his birthday, so it was fun to have them show up just as we got home from school. And boy, oh boy, was he excited!!!

We played one of his favorite games…Connect Four. Who does not love a Connect Four Tournament.

#DisneySide Game Time


The snacks were enjoyed, of course!

Snack time #DisneySide Style


Then we turned on a Disney Music station on Pandora to dance, jump on the trampoline and play #DisneySide Bingo.

#DisneySide Bingo


We finished the afternoon with our yummy #DisneySide Micky Mouse cookies…

Everyone loves Mickey Mouse #DisneySide Cookies


…and Goofy temporary tattoos!

#DisneySide Goofy Tatoos


Everyone had fun and we had plenty of cookies leftover for the rest of us to enjoy. We also had plenty of additional activities leftover, too. That is right, I planned way more than we ended up having time for. You know what that means? Yup, more fun for another day. I am thinking we have to do something fun with it all for Spring Break. Bring on the fun!

#DisneySide Cookies


And just to add one more fun moment to the night, we decided to show our #DisneySide via our Mickey Mouse Pizza for his Birthday Dinner. Super easy to create by adding 2 additional pepperonis to each pepperoni already on the pizza. You can not go wrong with that!

#DisneySide Pizza


More important than anything is that my son loved the party and I loved how easy it was to put together with the help of our @Home Celebration Kit! If you want to put your own #DisneySide party together, stop by DisneySide Celebration to get more ideas.


How do you share your #DisneySide?



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 3000 Fan Celebration!!!

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Week 5 #FitnessChallenge Check In

Oh me, oh my! Can you believe there is only 1 week left?!?! Let’s make this the best week, yet…No regrets!


Fresh Start Fitness Challenge 2014 #freshstart2014

Now it is your turn! Check In HERE!

If you are wanting to join in on the fun, go here to find out the info and how this Fitness Challenge works. It is never too late to start!

What prevents you from being successful?

5 Great Potty Training Tips with Disney Princess Magical Sparkle Potty System

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I will be the first one to admit that I do not know everything, but boy do I love a good tip or idea. Through my own experience potty training 2 children and through other moms around me, I have learned some fantastic potty training tips that I would love to share!


Start Practicing When You See Signs of Readiness

Watch for those signs of interest/readiness and slowly move forward with training. My youngest started showing signs of readiness around 13 months. I thought I was making it up in my head, but she did it every day (i.e. bring me diapers when she needed a diaper change or she would hang out near the bathroom when she was doing her biz). I think it is a bit early to start full on potty training, but I can start practicing. Every morning when she wakes up, I will have her sit on her potty chair and she will usually “go” within a few minutes. We make it fun by singing a few songs while we wait and definitely shouting for joy when she does “go”.

Potty Chair Review - The First Years - Princess


Pick the Right Potty Chair For Your Child

Take your time to research a good potty chair that will work for your family and more importantly one that your child will love to use. When it was time to start potty training my first child, I rushed to my local store and picked what I thought would work best for him from the three options there. We went through 2 different potty chairs and he never really liked using them, but they made great stools!

Times have changed quite a bit in the last 7 years and technology has improved. There are plenty of ways to research for a good match on a seat and you are definitely getting more bang for your buck if you can find something like the Disney Princess Magical Sparkle Potty System by The First Years that is a 3 in 1 (a potty chair, removable seat to be used on the family toilet and a stool that can be used for years to come). It is available on

This particular chair is perfect for my youngest. She loves everything girly and with the pink, purple and the added “magical twinkle” sound at the push of a button, this fits her just right. An added bonus is that her big sister is so excited that it has princesses on it, she is always around to cheer our toddler on in her potty training efforts! Big sister was always a fan of the Huggies Princess Pull-Ups Brand Training Pants and this chair matches perfectly.

2014-02-25Potty Chair Review - The First Years - Princess

Other features that I really like is that is comes with a padded soft-seat that she seems to like. We have tried another chair and I simply cannot get her to sit longer than 10 seconds on it. I do not have that problem with this chair. It also comes with a lift-out pot for easy emptying and cleaning, which  is also awesome because I can see if and how much she went. And finally, I love that it can be used on the adult seat, too. I was a little confused on how to do this at first, but you basically remove the entire lighter pink part of the seat. And, at least on our toilet lid, the potty chair has some clasps that hooked under the rim of the toilet seat to prevent her from wiggling the potty chair around or accidentally tipping the whole chair forward.


Make It Exciting

Make potty training an enjoyable experience for everyone involved! If everyone is stressed out, nothing is going to get accomplished. So, find their reward button. For some it is treats, for other’s it is praise (i.e. shouts of joy and sticker charts), little toys or some other creative reward. Since I am starting my youngest daughter a lot younger than her siblings, we are aiming for the fun and praise and hope it will be enough. It took me a lot longer to figure out the magic reward for him was that he was banned from wearing shorts and flip flops unless he went on the potty. Ha! I guess he really loved his shorts and flip flops a little too much.


Think Ahead and Take It With You

This is a fantastic tip that I learned from watching a good friend potty train her oldest. At some point in the potty training journey we all have to leave our house and when we do we may be leery of trying a public bathroom. Instead you should just keep one with you in the car. A potty system just like the one above is perfect to keep in your trunk and use when you are on the go with your potty training child in hand. Before you leave your car you can have them sit and do their “business” (hopefully parked in a discreet part of the parking lot away from the public). Keep a couple plastic bags and bottle of water in the back of the car with the chair to help rinse and dispose of any potty “treasure”. This will be so much easier on you and your child.

P1110299Potty Chair Review - The First Years - Princess


Every Child Has Their Own Time Schedule

Most importantly you need to remember that every child has their own schedule, Even though you may want them to be potty trained yesterday, they may not be as eager or ready to start. My eldest was not ready to fully potty train until he found out at 3.5 years old that his boy cousin, who he thought was the coolest, could go to the bathroom on his own. My 2nd was on a schedule of her own. It drove me bonkers! No matter how much we bribed, pushed and encouraged, she took her sweet little time and was ready to be potty trained when she decided. My youngest, thank goodness, is a way more eager and so I am encouraging her at slow speed. She has some great examples around her, a seat she enjoys and a ton of encouragement, so I am hoping we will have an early, or at least earlier than her siblings,  potty trainer!


What Are Your Favorite Potty Training Tips?


**I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Homemade Bubble Blowers

Looking at the weather lately I do not know what to think. I feel so bad for my friends who are freezing their toesies off and, yet, I am loving the “way to early to be this warm” weather here in sunny AZ. I have lived my fair share of years cooped up inside during the winter, so I totally feel the pain of being cooped up. So in honor of everyone warm or freezing, we are sharing a fun and inexpensive activity that everyone should love indoors or out!

1 Bubble Fun with Straws


What You Need:

  • Bubbles
  • 2 straws - I always snag a couple extra when we go out to eat just for these occasions!
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Small measuring cup (medicine size is perfect)
  • Stir-crazy children



Step 1: Cut two straws in half.

Bubble Straw Blowers


Step 2: Tape all 4 straws together to make a Bubble Pipe (see below). We found it helpful to tape in the middle, but also 1/2 inch from the edge the bubble mixture will be touching.

Bubble Straw Blowers 1


Step 3: Fill your measuring cup half way with bubble liquid. See the cup below? Perfect, right?!?!

Homemade Bubbles


TIP: We discovered the small measuring cups were perfect for this kind of bubble play! They are a good fit for the kiddos hand/fingers, fit the straws perfectly and, most importantly, if they happen to “accidentally” spill it, you did not loose the whole bottle!


Step 4: Go outside and let them blow away!!! OR…

Bubble Fun - with strawsBubble Fun with Straws


…Go to the bathtub and let them blow their little bubble hearts out! The bathtub is a great place to contain the bubble mess and they still can go crazy!

P1110205Bubble Fun with Straws


In case you are wondering, you can fit 3 kiddos comfortably in the tub area. Ha! But the wee one was ruling the zone!

Fighting indoor boredom with bubbles


They had a lot of fun and it was a super easy clean up!

Homemade Bubble Blowers


What are your favorite Bubble Activities?


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