Boo Baskets: Making a Halloween Basket for your Toddler that’s not all about candy

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am the first one to go through Charlie’s Halloween basket searching for my favorites. And Im also all about the traditions of trick or treating. BUT, I’ve made our own little family tradition of making “Boo Baskets” every year for him. They are quite similar to an Easter basket, but Halloween themed and “spooky” and honestly, just more fun! They would also make a great teacher/classroom gift to bring to the class instead of brining candy! Here’s our “Boo Basket” this year!

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Saving Space in the Kitchen with Calphalon

Sponsored by Calphalon

I was recently finding myself completely avoiding areas of my house that were disorganized. I would DREAD cooking because my pots and pans were so disheveled and often times I would have to take every pot and pan out just to find the one I needed. And that’s when I had ENOUGH. It was time for a complete cabinet remodel. I took out everything in all my kitchen cabinets. You guys, THE THINGS I FOUND….. Some happy things (like a platter I bought 3 years ago and thought I lost) and other not so happy things (like Charlie’s fake rat that nearly made me have a heart attack). I donated all my pots and pans (and the fake rat) and started over fresh.

I decided to go with Calphalon. Why this brand you might ask? Well first, Calphalon is one of my favorite brands, especially when it comes to cooking.  They are a premium cookware brand and in my opinion have the highest quality of products. So, I chose the Calphalon Premier™ Space Saving Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware for several reasons. Ready? Here I go…

  • They securely stack (and I mean securely… Charlie bumped them and they didn’t move).
  • They save 30% more space (and 30% more space feels like 50% more space in my cabinets)
  • They have flat glass covers that allow you to stack and nest in any order (so if one pot is dirty, you can still stack them! YAY for dirty dishes)
  • They include 10 pieces, an 8”and 10” diameter cookware and they form two smaller separate stacks to save more space in the kitchen cabinets.
  • They are made with anodized construction that makes them more durable, longer lasting and  allows for even heating with no hot spots
  • They are dishwasher safe (huge plus for me, is hand washing dishes even a thing anymore?)
  • They have a 3-layer nonstick interior that can withstand metal spatulas, spoons,  whisks, and Charlie’s occasional use of a pot as a instrument. 
  • They have a lifetime warranty.

I am SO happy I chose Calphalon to be apart of my kitchen. My kitchen is so small, but this 10 piece Calphalon Premier™ Space Saving Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware makes it feel big again.

Here are some before photos:

And now:

Wigwam

Historic authentic Arizona charm defines The Wigwam. Built over 90 years ago, the resort is built on 440 of acres, providing guests with a peaceful, quiet, and truly perfect southwest desert experience. A perfect summer escape is exactly what my family needed for our staycation.

We visited the Wigwam and we had the best time. We started our vacation by attending the Character Breakfast at Red’s Bar and Grill. Charlie was so excited to  meet Aladdin and Jasmine, and he was even more impressed they knew his name! Jasmine made him a balloon dog, who he named Rajah. Aladdin offered Charlie face painting but Charlie sadly declined. After meeting the characters we were able to enjoy a Saturday morning brunch at Red’s Bar and Grill. My personal favorite? The Biscuits and Gravy with a side of Bloody Mary. Because it was necessary.

After having breakfast, we found ourselves happy to be lost walking around the huge resort. In the very middle was the Tower pool alongside the Tower Bar and Grill. We quickly put on our swimsuits and spent the remainder of our staycation in the pool, staying cool from the Arizona 100 degree weather. The pool has a waterpark with two slides, poolside service, lounge chairs, and umbrellas. (and bathrooms right next to the pool so you don’t have to run around looking for them while your soaking wet!)

Saturday night we found ourselves sitting on the comfiest lounge chairs on the grass by Wigwam Bar listening to live music. It was a perfect sunset, the weather had cooled off, and the ambiance was amazing.

Our favorite food items at the Wigwam:

Wigwam Bar (breakfast): The Puzzle bread (It reminds me of my grandmothers monkey bread but its topped with even more caramel, bananas, and pecans. Its amazing)

Tower Pool Bar and Grill: The Kids Quesadilla (it’s a secret item and not on the menu but it is by far the best quesadilla Ive ever had. I ordered it three times while I was there. My favorite thing about it?  It’s made with gouda cheese and it comes with a side of sour cream and salsa).

Red’s Bar and Grill: The Red Wings (the hot sauce is made in house and is the perfect blend of spice, sweet and almost has a garlic spice)

Best drinks at the Wigwam:

Red’s Bar and Grill: The Bloody Mary

Tower Pool Bar and Grill: Wigwam Signature Margarita

Best Employees:

Red’s Bar and Grill employee, Anthony. He was so nice, accommodating and friendly. He also made Charlie feel super special during the Character Breakfast. Thank you Anthony!

Red’s Bar and Grill employee, Sam. He provided the best service to us for dinner one night. He made excellent recommendations on what to order and knew the menu like the back of his hand. Thank you Sam!

Tower Bar and Grill server, Aimee. She was so sweet, always asking if we needed anything additional and even going out of her way to help us move chairs and an umbrella. Thank you Aimee!

Overall, we had the most relaxing, enjoyable staycation at the Wigwam. I would recommend visiting the Wigwam over and over again. It’s perfect. Thank you so much for having us!

Back To School with Zappos and Psycho Bunny

Sponsored by Zappos

I hear the sound of school bells ringing… or is that mommy crying over here? Charlie is GOING TO PRESCHOOL. Was it not just yesterday I was giving him his first bath, encouraging him to take his first steps, and wishing the sleepless nights would be over? (gulp). I’ll be the mom carrying the tissue boxes while I drop him off for his first day (and it won’t be because I’m donating school supplies). But its moments like these that helps us all look back and savor all those sweet stages, even the not so sweet ones that seem like they will last forever in the moment.

Growing up as a kid, my favorite part about back to school was always picking out my first day of school new outfit, and it didn’t surprise me that it was Charlie’s favorite too. I mean who doesn’t love a crisp new shirt.

As most of you know, its July in Phoenix, which means it’s over 110 degrees outside, and this means mommy does all her shopping online. For Charlie this year, we did his back to school outfit shopping on Zappos. Zappos is my personal favorite because of Zappos Rewards, it’s free to sign up and includes free expedited shipping on every order! PLUS free returns! I got Charlie’s shirt the very next day!  Charlie’s top choice and the winner of this year’s back to school outfit went to Zappos Psycho Bunny Boy’s Crew Neck Tee. I love this brand because its affordable, high quality, and has that timeless classic look. It washes up well, and doesn’t loose 3 sizes in the dryer. Plus, it’s Charlies top choice, and to all those fellow parents, we all know getting dressed in the mornings can be a hassle, so when the kid is excited for his outfit, it makes mommy’s life a whole lot easier.

Our family would love to know your back to school traditions! Do you take them to pick out their first day of school outfit? Do they pick out a new backpack every year? I would love to know what traditions your family has created as this is not only Charlie’s first day of school, but mommy’s too!

 

One of a Kind with Nena & Co

Everyone has seen “the mom bag.” The hideous, filthy, cheerios stuck to the bottom, dried milk on the straps, if you touch it you’ll wake up with a cold the next day, MOM BAG. Yuck. I promised myself I would never carry around one of “those germ infested things.”

And that’s when I found Nena & Co.

Nena & Co has beautiful, high quality, purposeful bags and I had to have one. I loved the One of a Kind collection because I will be honest, I hate showing up places and seeing people with the same exact thing as me. For instance my Apple Phone, can’t people just buy the Samsung Galaxy? Kidding!! But really, I like to have unique things. So I went with Nena & Co One of a Kind convertible bag. The bag is curated from vintage fabrics woven from memory by a Guatemalan artisan up to 10 years ago. Each pattern on the bag is distinctive to the reign when the artisan lives. As if it doesn’t get any cooler than this? Nena & Co then adds hand cut leather to the bags to make them durable, sturdy, and mom approved.

Bodify

So, if you know me, you know that I definitely don’t love to work out, but I make it a priority in my life. I focus on creating a lifestyle for optimal health and also for confidence. In spite of my work out and diet I had some stubborn fatty areas on my abdomen. That’s why I decided to try coolsculpting at Bodify. 

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What is coolsculpting? 

Coolsculpting is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses cooling to eliminate areas of fat 

Why did I choose Bodify? 

I chose Bodify because of their experience. They have provided more coolsculpting treatments than any other provider in Arizona. Bodify also holds a “Beautiful Results Promise” so that you are guaranteed to be happy with your results after the process is complete. 

Beautiful Results Promise

https://www.thebodify.com/about-bodify-phoenix/beautiful-results-promise/

How was the experience? 

The consultation was easy, they listened to my concerns, and gave me their best options. For the next step, I returned for the cool sculpting treatment. Their office is comfortable and cozy, each room having a TV (with Netlfix), blankets, robes, and decorated to the nines. I sat down in the procedure chair and the staff thoroughly explained the process to me and what to expect before and after this procedure. The actual coolsculpting process was somewhat uncomfortable but not overall painful. I would describe it as a vacuum pressure with ice cubes until It eventually gets numb. Once the procedure is complete the wand was removed and the area was then massaged for 2 minutes. And by massage, I do not mean a “go to your happy place” massage. This part of the coolsculpting process was the most uncomfortable but at least short lasted!

How are your results? 

Here are my 16 week post coolsculpting results! I love them! I definitely notice a big change even with small fluctuating weight gain (it no longer goes to my abdominal region like previously). I would recommend Bodify over and over again.

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