Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rocker 7 Farm Patch

Posted by Tara

I love October. The changing weather, the fun decor, Halloween, and of course; the chance to take the kids to a farm for some pumpkin pickin'! Last weekend my kiddos were able to visit the new Rocker 7 Farm Patch here in the West Valley with their Mimi and Papa Dee for a day of fun on the farm. We actually live right down the road from this farm and when we saw what was being put in there we were all really excited! There are so many fun activities for the kids to do! The West Valley doesn't always have as many activities for the kids as other areas around town, it seems like we are always having to travel to the East Valley or Phoenix to attend fun venues and events. Now we have a great farm to visit in the Fall in our own neighborhood! Yay!

(pictures taken by the kids' grandparents)

The first thing the kids wanted to do was the corn maze. My older kids loved running through it and trying to find their way out. And don't worry, we only lost one kid. Lol! 4 out of 5 isn't bad, right? I'm a huge fan of corn mazes, they are so much fun for all ages.

The boys also enjoyed climbing on some of the sand-filled tires they have stacked up for the kids to play on. Boys can't turned down climbing on tires!  Or on anything, for that matter. ;)

There is also an educational barn on the farm where the kids can learn all about farm animals such as cows and chickens. Blake loved trying his hand at milking a cow!

And Neela loved the beautiful sunflower garden. Neela and big, pretty flowers just go hand-in-hand. And yes, she is coated in corn dust. See the picture below!

My kids loved burying themselves in this pile of corn feed. So. Much. Fun! There were all kinds of different things to keep the kids busy and exploring.

The farm also has a concession stand where they sell Kettle Corn and all kinds of goodies to enjoy while you visit. And you definitely won't want to miss the darling train that drives around for the little guys to ride on. Rocker 7 Farm Patch is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am-6pm. This coming weekend is the last full weekend they will be open. They will be open the following weekend on the 31st only. This is a great place for the whole family to enjoy a fun-filled, Fall day! Head on over this weekend and support a wonderful, West Valley event!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Clever Crates Product Review

Posted by Devin

I use crates ALL. THE. TIME. Whenever we go on family trips, I always pack our food and various supplies in crates to help keep things from getting broken or smushed. When it's my turn to take snacks to my kids sporting events, I pack everything into a crate for easy hauling. On the first day of school when we need to carry in loads and loads of school supplies to the boys' classrooms, I bring it all in crates; one crate for each boy to keep things organized. You get the point: I like crates. So when Tara and I found out about Clever Crates, we were super excited. These things are awesome!

Here's what makes Clever Crates different from a regular crate: they are collapsible! The design of Clever Crates is so genius. When you are done using them, you can simply fold them down and then they are able to be stowed so conveniently! Need to use it again? It's super easy to lift and pop them back into place! Check out the video below to see how they work.

Here is Cash demonstrating just how easy it is to lift these things up and get them ready to use. This 4 year-old had it figured out in a matter of seconds. Pretty easy, huh?

Our family recently bought a new-to-us, vintage camper trailer. It's a teeny little thing so I am going to be looking for space saving solutions when we pack and supply it for our trips. These Clever Crates could not have come into my life at a better time! As supplies are emptied from the crates, I can fold them down, stack them, and easily slide them into our camper's storage areas. It's great! I already have two, but I think I am going to be needing more! Here's Cash ready to go with our trip supplies!

One last thing to mention about Clever Crates: they are super affordable. I love smart products, but if they are going to cost me an arm and a leg, I usually have to pass. That's not the case with these babies! They are a bargain. They come in two designs and each design has three sizes. Prices range from $9.99 to $19.99.

Want a Clever Crate of your own? We are giving one away! Simply comment on this post for a chance to win! Don't want to wait for the contest to end? You can buy your own on their website: http://www.clevercrates.com . I know you'll love 'em!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Touch of Glam

Posted by Tara

It's always fun dressing up, especially with the holidays around the corner. And nothing compliments a fancy ensemble better than sparkly new accessories! Today I'm sharing how I styled a new statement necklace and earrings I received from BaubleBar.

This necklace adds a touch of glam to any outfit! It's beautiful and fun to wear with a blouse and denim or like I did with a skirt and top. 

The earrings are very interesting and not your usual run-of-the-mill accessories. You don't see earring like these often and I loved what they added to my outfit. 

Every girl loves a little sparkle! You can't go wrong adding pieces like these to your outfits! 
I love the glamorous touch these pieces brought to this outfit.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Friday Finds Linky Party #5

LinkyMain2-04 From fashion to desserts, inspirational art to Halloween costumes...we've got a little bit of everything for you with this weeks picks! As always, thanks for visiting and sharing your creativity with Friday Finds! Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds

Scary Berry Halloween Parfaits from Shaken Together
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
diy-halloween-mummy-vaseHalloween Mummy Vase from Tinsel + Trim
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halloween bingo Halloween Bingo from Blooming Homestead
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
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Be You Bravely from Home Is Where The Heart Is
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
BUTTERSCOTCHSAUCEButterscotch Sauce from My Name is Snickerdoodle
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azuli earrings dIY1DIY Azuli Earrings from Jewels of Sayuri
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Posted by Tara

Have you ever heard of Chic-a-Peas? I hadn't till a couple of weeks ago. Chic-a-Peas are baked chickpeas that are made with pure and simple ingredients. You can add crunch to the tops of salad, or in your sandwich or just eat them straight out of the bag.

Here is how they got started:
When entrepreneurs David Levi and Darren Shlisky reheated leftovers a few years ago, they had no idea that one small cooking misstep would result in a different career path for both of them. Levi and Shlisky, both lifelong fans of Mediterranean food, had some leftover chickpeas from a dinner out the night before, and they accidently left them in the oven a smidge too long. The result was a crunchy (albeit slightly burned) and very tasty chickpea—and after a year of refining and perfecting the recipe, Chic-a-peas was born as a new snack foods company in 2013.“We love food and we love being healthy. It’s really that simple. We’ve always questioned the ingredients in ‘healthy snacks’ that contain a bunch of ingredients that are hard to pronounce. Ultimately that’s why we created this truly delicious and healthy snack,” said Levi.

Chic-a-peas come in two flavors, Sea Salt and Falafel. Sold in 3 oz., resealable pouches, the Sea Salt flavor is made from simply chickpeas, a touch of oil and sea salt. Falafel flavored Chic-a-peas contain chickpeas, a dash of oil, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and other spices. 

Chic-a-peas are high in fiber and protein, containing 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per 110 calorie serving.

I decided to top my salad for lunch with some Chic-a-peas and I loved the crunch and the flavor it added. What a great option for replacing croutons and cutting those calories.

If I had to choose flavors, my favorite was the Flalafel. It was delish on my salad and I even caught myself eating handfuls throughout the day. While working on my computer or cleaning up my kitchen. I love that a little bit goes a long way, I feel full with a handful or two.

Today we thought we would share some Chic-a-Peas with one of our followers! Comment below, and we will choose 1 lucky winner to receive a bag of each flavor pictured above to try out! Giveaway ends Friday, October 24th, 2014. Good Luck!

What's Your Fall Shoe This Season?

Posted by Devin

I love shoes. Who doesn't, right? And I particularly love shoes suited for the cooler weather. Maybe it's because we can wear flip flops 90% of the time here in AZ, but being able to switch over to something with a closed-toe always gets me excited! So today I am going to show you 4 pairs of shoes from Rack Room Shoes that I am loving this Fall season!

First up are these amazing pair of Oxfords. I have been pining over Oxfords for quite some time and drooling over all of the cute outfits circulating on Pinterest with girls sporting them. Now that I have a pair of my own, I couldn't be happier with them. Menswear-style shoes are super on-trend this Fall and I think Oxfords are the creme de la creme of menswear-inspired footwear. They bring a touch of class to any outfit without being too stuffy or formal and they are comfortable for me to wear all day long while I run errands and try to keep up with my busy schedule. If I was only going to get one new pair of shoes this Fall, it would be these.

But thankfully, I didn't have to limit my shoes to only one new pair this season. ;) Next up are these super cool and casual boots by G by Guess. I'm not exactly sure if you call it a combat boot or a fold over boot or maybe a combination of both, but I love them!

I had been wanting a boot with a bit of an edgy feel to them and I think these fit the bill. The extra zippers and buckle details along with the lace-up style definitely give these a punk, rock 'n' roll vibe that I love. These boots are made for walkin' and I plan on doing a lot of walking in them this Fall!

As I said before, we have a lot of warm weather here (duh, right? like you didn't already know that Phoenix is hot) which means that cute sandals are also a must for Fall shoes. These brown, platform sandals can be worn with a casual outfit or a dressy one. I love that they are so versatile.

I have been wearing platform shoes since I was a teenager. Maybe I should have been born in the 70's? Anyways, my Dad used to always tell me "you're going to break your ankles!" when he'd see me wearing them. So far, no ankle breaking incidents have occurred! I don't think platform shoes will ever be out of fashion in my book.

Last but not least I have a pair brown, faux leather ankle boots. Are you starting to notice a trend here with my 4 Fall shoe picks? Each and every pair is brown! I didn't even notice I had picked all brown pairs until I lined them up in my room, lol! And it made me realize that for me, brown shoes just scream "Fall!" Maybe it's because brown is a warmer tone than black (which has more of a winter feel to me), but I always gravitate towards the brown tones this time of year.

I love these super cute ankle booties. Wear them with a dress or wear them with jeans, they are lovely either way. And this Fall, ankle boots are everywhere. If you are looking for a new pair of shoes that are going to keep you on-trend this season, you can't go wrong with ankle boots!

What I Wore
Outfit 1:
White Blouse - Calvin Klein
Jeans - American Eagle
Shoes - Rack Room Shoes
Bag - Dooney & Bourke

Outfit 2:
Yellow Sweater - Forever 21
Jeans - American Eagle
Boots - Rack Room Shoes
Scarf - Target

Outfit 3:
Plaid Button-Up - Ross
Jeans - JC Penney
Sandals - Rack Room Shoes

Outfit 4:
Jacket - Ross
Green Tee - Target
White Jeans - Old Navy
Booties - Rack Room Shoes

Linking Up With: The Pleated Poppy // Style Elixir // Because Shanna Said So // Three-fer Thursday // DC in Style // Join the Gossip // Fizz and Frosting // On The Daily Express // Rhea Et Cetera // Trend Spin Linkup //

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BUHS District 2014 Bond Post II

Elections are almost here! Are you informed about the issues in your community? Voting is an important and crucial part to being a responsible and involved citizen and every vote counts. When we were approached to share information about this Bond to our local readers, we agreed in hopes that it would help residents in our area make informed decisions on election day. No matter how you are voting this year, make your voice heard!

** This post is part of a campaign sponsored by The Citizens of Quality Education to spread awareness and provide information about the Buckeye Union High School District Bond to local residents. All opinions in this post are not our own. **

The district heard the community's concerns about last year's bond election and has made the following adjustments for this November's ballot measure:
  • More focus on technology with a sustainable plan.
  • Eliminate school #4 until the student growth becomes more substantial.
  • The passage of the bond can't and won't result in an increased bond tax rate.

BUHSD recognizes that an effective technology plan must include replacement of devices and revitalization of the network. Each student will keep their compluter/tablet for their entire high school career. The technology budget of the bond includes not only the initial purchase, but the maintenance, support, and replacement of nearly 4,000 devices multiple times over the next decade. A huge investment in the future, both for the community and our students.

If you have a second grader or older attending a feeder school of one of Buckeye Union High School District's local high schools (Youngker High School, Buckeye Union High School, or Estrella Foothills High School), your student would be part of the 10-year laptop distribution plan supported by the funding from the upcoming bond election. With a "Yes" vote on November 4th and the new 10-year bond funding allowable under the State statute, this year's high school juniors all the way through this year's second graders would receive a laptop for academic use during their high school careers.

Student Transportation Vehicles 
  • Did you know BUHSD transportation drives nearly 750,000 miles per year?
  • An 84-passenger school bus with air costs $150,000 per bus.
  • It is critical that the fleets be rotated properly for the safety of the students. With your YES VOTE, BUHSD will be able to purchase 2 new busses a year over the next 10 years.

Building and Maintenance Repairs
One of the bond categories involved in the upcoming election is building, repair, and maintenance. Remember, the State repealed it's own Building Renewal Fund law that assisted district with a dedicated funding source to address building, maintenance, and repair costs. Since 2006, the State withheld $800,000 in funding for these types of repairs from BUHSD. Pictured are a few examples of some of the projects that would be completed if the bond passes this November.

No Bond Property Tax Increase
Since the main underlying concern of the bond election continues to focus on the bond property tax rate, it will be very important that the voters understand how the bond works. There are multiple strategies the district can utilize to make sure the bond tax rate remains at or below $0.85.
1. The repayment of the bond debt can be spread over multiple years to make sure not too much is required to be repaid in one year.
2. The bonds will be sold over multiple offerings to investors, not all at once.
3. Investors can be offered different types of bonds that assist the district with managing the debt repayment while still making the bonds "attractive" to investors.
4. The growth already returning to the area in both commercial and residential development will supply additional tax payers to share in the cost of the repaying of the bond debt.


Click on the image above for a better explanation of the bond tax rate.