Great Gift Idea From Best Buy and Canon!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


My husband bought me the Canon Rebel from Best Buy a while back and it has been the perfect camera for my family (and blogging, too)!  I take it with me on vacations, adventures around town and events I know my cell phone camera just won’t cut it.  I honestly didn’t even know all this amazing stats about the Canon EOS Rebel T5i but I did know I love love love my camera and often recommend it!  canon1

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs for good reason, it’s user friendly, even for a novice like me. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.
•      Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video

•      Continuous autofocus while taking HD video

•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.

•      The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Friends and family often ask me to bring my camera places, because they know I will get a good shot with my Canon Rebel T5i.  Well, now, I can tell them to pick up there own at Best buy with this awesome offer!

Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20


Believe me, this would be a gift that would benefit the whole family.  Seriously, take a look around my site; you will certainly be able to tell right away which photos are from my Canon EOS Rebel T5i and which ones are quick shots with my camera phone.  For my family’s memories, there is no comparison!  Best Buy is the place to go for all your gift needs!

NCAA Tailgating With Walmart, Axe, Dove Men+ and Degree (Plus GIVEAWAY)

This post is sponsored by Global Influence, as always, my opinions are 100% my own.

I’m a Devil.  An Arizona State Sun Devil (FORK ‘EM)! Most my family is, too.  We have the black sheep side who favors that other Arizona University (that shall not be named) and our rivalry is (mostly) friendly.  Luckily, my husband is a Sun Devil fan…lucky for him, since there’s no way I would’ve married him (just kidding, honey).  College sports are fun to follow and even more fun to celebrate.


Tailgating and pregames are tradition in our family.  Good food, good friends and making sure we all feel game ready is important.  Most our traditions center around food, BBQing, setting up a buffet style table and getting comfy in our seats (who are we kidding; we jump up to cheer and yell every chance we get!).

Walmart and NCAA have teamed up with products like Dove Men+, Axe and Degree to help fans take pride in their pregame grooming, just like the athletes.  You can score a $5 gift card when you by $15 worth of Unilever products in a single transaction at Walmart.  That is a great deal of products you probably already use and definitely products you need!

This partnership brings giveaways, too!  Who would you take to a college bowl game?  You can enter to win a trip for you and a friend to a NCAA college bowl game of your choice!

Share your #PreGamePride (using the hashtag) and enter to win one of 10 $50 Walmart giftcards (or one $500 gift card!) below!

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AT&T Holiday Promotions + GIVEAWAY!

Recently, my husband and I got to check out some products from AT&T.  If you follow on Instagram, then you probably saw all the amazing toys we got to play with.

AT&T Giveaway

If you have even considered AT&T as your service provider, I am here to tell you: Go check it out!!  AT&T has some amazing deals this holiday season.  If you are already a customer than you know about the great customer service but did you know AT&T’s network in Phoenix is ranked #1 for overall performance by RootMetrics?!

If you switch to AT&T you can receive a $150 bill credit for wireless customers who add a smartphone with AT&T Next.

Looking for holiday gifts?  AT&T has got you covered. If you buy 2 tech accessories (speakers, chargers, fitness trackers, cases, etc.) you save 10%. Or you can buy 3 tech accessories save 20%!  Pssssst: You can save the accessories for yourself, we won’t tell!

I have been coveting the iPhone for years.  If you are lucky enough to already have one, AT&T will give you up to $300 in credit when you trade in your current iPhone for a new one.

A couple other current promotions to consider:

  • Get the Samsung Tab 4 8.0 for $0.99 with the purchase of the Samsung Alpha on AT&T Next*
  • Get the LG G Pad 7.0 for just $0.99 with the purchase of any smartphone on AT&T Next*

* Smartphone requires purchase via 2-yr wireless agreement or AT&T NextSM installment agreement and qualifying service activation. Tablet requires purchase via 2-yr wireless agreement and qualifying service activation. See bundle requirements.


AT&T has more than 20 stores across the Valley. You can find the one near you by

Find out more info on the AT&T website, Twitter and IG!


Enter to win this amazing prize, The Jawbone 24 Up Activity and Sleep Tracker, from AT&T!

Simple Drop Biscuit: Perfect Holiday Recipe

Thank you to Mezzetta for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to get creative and create a unique recipe for the Holidays. 

Drop Biscuits are a staple in our home.  You’ll find them at breakfast, lunch and dinner here.  Biscuits and gravy, jam or butter, as a side for soup, chili and even pastas.  Drop biscuits are easy and the variations are endless.  You can add herbs, cheeses, peppers and even fruit, truly you are only limited by your own imagination when it comes to these.  These are the perfect holiday recipe because they are simple, quick and delicious.


I used Mezzetta to elevate my recipe and made these Jalapeno Cheesy Biscuits. These biscuits are perfect for passing around the dinner table and  I have always loved jalapenos. The endless possibilities are endless when using quality deli peppers, like these Mezzetta® Tamed Jalapenos, in dips, salads, appetizers, pizzas and more.


During my both my pregnancies I craved jalapenos.  I wanted them on and in everything.  However my children are not fans of a lot of ‘spice’ so these tamed jalapenos (which are a hybrid of jalapenos and bell peppers) is a perfect compromise. Side Note: I also ate (and still eat) Mezzetta® Peperoncinis whole.  My mouth is watering just typing this.

You Will Need:

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 Tbsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Salt

1/2 Cup Cold Butter (1 stick cut into small pieces)

1 Cup Milk

1/4 Cup Mezzetta®  Jalapenos

1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese


First, preheat your oven to 400. Mix dry ingredients well.  Use forks or a pastry cutter to mix in the cold butter, you want to do this quickly, so the butter stays cold (this with help give you flaky biscuits). Once the butter is combined you will have a mixture that’s texture is like corn meal.  Make sure your milk is cold, this is to help keep that butter cold, and add it to your mixture.  Next add Mezzetta® jalapenos and your cheese and mix it all together.  Don’t over mix, that will create a tough biscuit. You want everything combined just enough.  Drop large mounds onto your baking sheet (no need to grease).  Bake for 18 min (although times will vary based on your oven) and until biscuits have a light brown bottom and a bit of color to the top. This recipe will make about 10 good sized biscuits.


Do you have a recipe you could elevate or twist to include some of the great Mezzetta products?  Don’t forget to get the coupon for .50 off and enter to win the daily prize basket from Mezzetta!  The giveaway will run from December 1st through December 31st. That means there are 31 daily prizes!

Teen Bed Time Routine With Clearasil

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

My teen years were spotted with the constant struggles that come with moderate acne.  I say moderate; but it was persistent and constant and never ending; but not considered severe.  Who am I kidding?  I still deal with acne on a pretty daily basis (I thought once I ‘grew-up’ I’d finally get relief!).  Jelly Bean recently turned 13 and I don’t want her to have to deal with the same skin issues I had growing up.  I know a lot of it is biological; but I want to arm her with the right information and healthy habits to help avoid acne as best she can.Clearasil

Clearasil created two facial cleansers to help us fight acne and feel confident in our own skin.  Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Oil-Free Face Wash cleans thoroughly, fighting acne and preventing further breakouts, but with a formula that gently cleanses that won’t overdry your skin. After all, no one wants to trade acne for a dry and flaky complexion as a result of an overly harsh wash. The second cleanser, Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Daily Face Wash, works fast, resulting in visibly clearer skin in as little as 12 hours.

We’ve added Clearasil to her nightly bedtime routine by simply using the products in the shower.  It is super simple and far better for her sensitive facial skin then a bar of soap.  Her days are long and her mornings go quickly.  Luckily, she doesn’t need to use an acne product in the mornings; she simply wakes herself up with a splash of water.

One of my own personal pet peeves with acne cleaners is the tight, dry feeling after using them.  I wanted Jelly Bean to know that whatever she uses on her delicate, young skin should NOT be harsh on her skin.  Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Oil Free Face Wash is the perfect daily cleaner for teens (and adults).  It helps wash away the day and is especially great for Jelly Bean, who doesn’t wear face makeup on a day to day basis (or ever really).

This girl is gorgeous all on her own.  Clearasil just helps maintain that beautiful skin and complexion she has had her whole life.  She likes the easy pump on the Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Daily Face Wash and the creaminess of the Hydra Blast.

OK, full disclosure time.  I have also started using these products.  I have added the Ultra Rapid Action Daily Face Wash to my evening and morning routine.  I was worried about using it twice a day; I was concerned it might be too harsh but my skin feels healthy and not overly dry or rough/flaky.

We both agree: This product rocks!

Donate, Keep, Trash: Cleaning House While Doing Good

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by Savers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Get Rid Of Clutter

Each year, just around the holidays, I encourage my family to go through their belongings and re-evaluate.  It can certainly be a task getting kids to really think about their things and make decisions on if they should keep, trash or donate (give away).  I take the approach of explaining how donations help others and focusing on all we do have.  Even though we are trying Want, Need, Wear and Read this year,mentioning the making room for new gifts from Santa doesn’t hurt, either).

Savers Donations

I assess the situation. Their stuffed animals were over flowing, the basket that contains the cars full and the toy animals out numbered the hairs on their heads so we dove in.  If the someone wanted to ‘keep’ an item they had to make their case.  If I got an answer like, “I don’t know.” I asked the simple question, “Why is this important to you?”.  That question gets the kids thinking and sometimes they realize that the toy or animal isn’t really important.  I try to be diligent about throwing away broken toys when it happens, but we toss anything that is broken or unable to be fixed.  We donate everything else (I go through clothes and shoes alone, donating anything they’ve out grown).  With three boys ages 5 and under this can sometimes take a while so we attack each category separately, usually one a day.

Donating at Savers

We make sure to donate somewhere it helps people locally, and for us, that is Savers.  Savers in Arizona is partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.  We start this tradition early to ensure we have plenty of time to donate in time to claim it on taxes!  Yes!  Donating is not only great for teaching children about giving, de-cluttering and cleaning house.  It’s a tax right off, too.  In order to be eligible to include the donation, though, you must donate before the end of the year (December 31st).

Free Printable! Christmas List: Want, Need, Wear and Read

christmasThis year we are trying out a new approach to Christmas lists and gift giving.  We have fallen into a never ending cycle of ‘out-doing’ ourselves each year when it comes to piles and piles of gifts shoved under our tree.  This is not a tradition I want to continue.  I want my kids to remember the feeling of joy and fun being with their family not the endless mounds of wrapping paper after a marathon of tearing open presents they’ll barely look at later.christmas2

Luckily, 3 of our 4 kids are 5 and under and the thirteen year old is such a good kid, which will make this year’s change easier.  We are opting for a Christmas list that contains something they each want, need, will wear and to read.  This isn’t a new concept, though I truly don’t remember where I first learned of it.  We’ll still do stockings, which has always been my favorite part.  Growing up my dad made stockings such fun.  And we will likely continue our tradition of ‘family gifts’ (one year it was an Xbox Kinect, clearly mostly for the kids, but fun for the grown ups, too).  This isn’t a hard and fast new rule to Christmas presents; just one I hope will help my kids understand it isn’t about getting stuff and help me reel it in a bit more. Wish me luck!

I created a little free printable to help kids fill out their Christmas list, you are welcome to use it, too!  You can download it here.


What are some ways you cut down on the excess at Christmas time?  Let me know in the comments.

LG OLED TV at Best Buy: The Perfect Gift

*The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Best Buy

Best Buy is the perfect place to cross everyone off your holiday gift list.  Gifts for the men in my life are always the most difficult; but any family room or man cave (something my husband has been hinting about wanting; do your husbands have their own man cave?) would be complete with the LG OLED TV from Best Buy.

The LG OLED TV uses Infinite Contrast and 4 Color Pixel technology which makes for beautiful, accurate, realistic and natural viewing.  The thin design makes it easy to add to any room and easy to move, if needed.  LG OLED TV also uses webOS, which means finding content is fast and efficient.   Best Buy provides a great price on this big ticket item, too. Best Buy’s everyday price is $3499 (a savings of $500; and I like savings).


The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here:

Your first kiss. A baby’s first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

Jelly Bean Turns 13: Castles N’ Coasters + GIVEAWAY (Phoenix, AZ)

Things to Do in Arizona

Here’s another one for my local readers (or anyone visiting the Phoenix area)!  If you have spent some time here in Phoenix, Arizona, you have likely heard of Castles N’ Coasters.  Just off the I-17 (and Dunlap) near MetroCenter Mall, Castles N’ Coasters has been around since I was little.  It’s been upgraded and, of course, new attractions and rides have been added since I was a kid.  

Castles N' Coasters in Phoenix, AZ

I remember standing up as tall as I could in the line for Desert Storm, the big green looping coaster you can see from the freeway, which is still there.  Castles N’ Coasters is Arizona’s Finest Family Fun and Thrill Park and when we were planning a celebration for Jelly Bean’s 13th birthday this was the best choice.  She wanted to invite a couple friends to just hang out, instead of having a huge party.  Castles N’ Coasters offers party packages but we only had four kiddos so we got unlimited ride passes (plus miniature golf ) and I sent them on there way.  I stayed on site, in the arcade area, while the girls enjoyed the rides and games.  

Fun Things for Kids in Phoenix, AZ

Later, my cousin met up with me and we decided to play some arcade games while we waited.  We played old school Pac Man, Pinball, Air Hockey and Basketball but there are tons of modern games, too. I, of course, beat her pretty consistently.

Arcades and Games in Phoenix

When K turned 4, I took him for special Mom/Son time to play mini golf and he’s been begging to go check out the rides.  He’s actually tall enough for quite a few, now, so perhaps I’ll take him for rides next time.

Have you been to Castles N’ Coasters?  What’s your favorite thing to do there?  If you haven’t been, check out the website and let me know what you think you’d like to do in the comments below.

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Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome! (Phoenix, AZ)

Comerica Theatre – November 25th Yo Gabba Gabba! will take the stage this Fall with Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome!.


The new live stage show marks the 5th anniversary of the live tour. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome! will be directed by Yo Gabba Gabba! creators Christian Jacobs (The Aquabats) and Scott Schultz (Majestic). DJ Lance Rock, (Lance Robertson, St. Louis native and founding member of psychedelic electronic pop band The Ray Makers), the colorful cast of Yo Gabba Gabba! characters, fan favorite Leslie Hall and beat boxing legend Biz Markie will return to the road together to perform for more than 200,000 enthusiastic fans on a 30-city tour that will begin on Tuesday, October 14 and will run through Sunday, December 7.


The Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome! tour is produced by S2BN Entertainment in association with DHX Media.

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