Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Finds Linky Party #6

LinkyMain2-04 Happy Halloween! Before you head out for the evening, be sure to share the latest creation you've been brewing! Here are our favorites from last week's party. Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Oreo Halloween Desserts from Happy With Printables
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Reversible Wood Backdrop from Over the Apple Tree
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
DIY Tray Stand from My Love 2 Create
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Breakfast Stackers from Amy's Cooking Adventures
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Gold Tipped Cork Leaf Wreath from Shaken Together
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How to Make Origami Bats from Satsuma
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Pumpkin Guts Dip from Shaken Together
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DIY Halloween Pumpkin Diorama from Tinsel + Trim
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1. Link to a specific post on your blog 2. Limit 3 Links per person 3. Comment on at least 2 other blogs from the linky party 4. Please do not link to any giveaways, other linky parties or products that are for sale 5. By linking here, you give us permission to post your picture on our blogs (with full credit!) 6. Link back to this blog with a text link. 7. Starts Friday at 2pm and ends Wednesday at 2pm.

Affordable Thanksgiving Decor

Posted by Tara

So excited to share my latest creation with you today! With the holidays approaching I feel like my budget is getting tighter and tighter, but I also want my house to look festive for the holidays. As I searched Pinterest, I saw lots of burlap for Thanksgiving decor. I came across this idea and thought I could do it with just a few supplies and what I already had available at home. 

I headed to Walmart a picked up a burlap canvas. It was $4. I wasn't sure how well a painters pen was going to write on it, but I picked up some to use for the lettering. Everything else I had in my junk drawers at home.
I first taped off where I wanted to write. If you have painters tape, that would work really well, all I had was some scotch tape and it did just fine. I then wrote out a list of LOTS of things I am thankful for. It can be anything.. you'll see I have from ice cream to flowers. I practiced how I wanted to write in cursive on a scratch piece of paper. Then I measured about 1/2" down from the top and tried spacing words out where they weren't all symmetrical. I also ended up using the sharpie. The painters pen was catching all the fibers on the fabric and wasn't writing very well. Use whats easiest for you. 

After I wrote all the things I was thankful for, pick a quote for the top over lay. I chose Give Thanks. If you have a cricket or silhouette this is where it would come it handy to print out a stencil. I used Word to find a easy font to cut out and used a exacto-knife to do it. It was tedious and time consuming, but it needed to happen! So if you have either of those machines, I envy you. I didn't show a picture of me stenciling, partly because my way was pretty hard to do and snap pictures of, but I am sure you get how to stencil. You can also go to Hobby Lobby or Michael's and buy a stencil for lettering. Be sure to tape your stencil down if its not vinyl to hold it in place. 

Here is my finished product. I love how this came out! It was very inexpensive and added a touch of "Thankfulness" to my home. I enjoy looking at it and seeing/remembering all the things I am thankful for! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Linking up with: Just us Four, Practically Functional, Linky Party Palooza, Flusters Buster

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BUHS District 2014 Bond Post III

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. **

Don't let the minority be the majority!

We have over 8,000 parents/guardians in our district and many, many, many more supportive community members.  However, only a few thousand voters have turned in their early ballots and voter turnout at the polls is historically low, this allowing the minority to speak for the majority.

By voting, and voting yes in support of the BUHSD Bond and for candidates that support education, you can have your voice heard that our kids are important and they are a key component to our present and our future.

The tax rate will NOT increase.  Previous debt is being retired, thus creating capacity for funding within the same tax rates.  Actually the combined primary and secondary 2014 BUHSD tax rate was REDUCED by $0.14!

The schools of BUHSD are quality schools with quality teachers and quality kids.  Support these efforts and invest in the future of our kids by supporting the bond initiative.  Arizona continues to be at the bottom in funding for schools, but a YES vote for the bond combats this lack of funding, at least at the local level, and supporting solution orientated candidates that supports education can help move the entire state forward, thus creating a brighter future for kids and a more attractive Arizona.


In 2007, the Buckeye Union High School District Governing Board took an important step in “Growing Smart” by directing District Administration to design and build schools to house 2,000 students.  This accomplished two important tasks.  One, the district could reduce the number of schools it would need in the future by nearly 50% which would save money and tax dollars for our community.  Second, the 2,000 student school would have the necessary enrollment to offer a variety of classes and extra-curricular activities to meet the student's needs, but our youth would enjoy the “small school” feel that has been very important to our community.

The Buckeye Union High School District is seeking a bond election this November.  Included in the bond program is the expansion of the existing campuses to support an enrollment of 2,000 students each.  This will allow the district to “Grow Smart” and reduce the costs to our community members by requiring the construction of only one additional high school in the next decade based on the current levels of student enrollment growth.  Please join me in supporting the district with a “Yes” vote on the bond election in November.” 
         –Craig Jones, BUHSD Board Member

Our community has supported the Buckeye Union High School District bond elections in the past.  The district has been good stewards of our taxpayer dollars and has delivered quality facilities that directly benefit our students.  To protect our investment, we need to continue to provide funding to maintain and renovate school buildings and grounds.  If we continue to wait patiently for the State of Arizona to meet their funding obligations, our students will not receive the facilities they so strongly deserve. Please join me in voting “Yes” on November 4th and let's continue to invest in the students of our community.
    –Charlene Powers, Community Member

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mint Polka Dots & Mermaid Hair

Posted by Devin

Last May we were traveling through the Payson area on our way to our family cabin and Jake and I spotted this really cool area with awesome old buildings and cars. It was such a great place for a fashion shoot so Jake suggested we stop and snap some pics! I was originally wearing some flats but I threw on my heels I had packed and my favorite blazer and decided to show how I would wear this outfit for a date night. I love outfits that convert so easily from busy-day wear to dinner out at night!

I love this top I picked up from Forever 21 awhile back. Mint and polka dots. Does it get any better than that?! It's a very subtle mint color, but I love the subtlety since I can pair it with so many things. As I said before, I paired my polka dot shirt with my favorite black blazer from... guess where??? Forever 21! And did I mention that my bug locket is also from Forever 21? Oh F21, what would I do without you?

If you don't currently have a nice black blazer you like, I highly recommend getting one. I love the versatility of a blazer. You can wear them with dresses and skirts or jeans and shorts... I bought mine a few years ago and can't believe I didn't get one sooner. They are the best!

My skinny denim jeans are a newer purchase and also a wardrobe staple for me. I like to have atleast one pair of denim skinnies and one pair of denim bootcut jeans that I love in my closet. They are my go-to pants for sure.

My "mermaid hair" was a bit crazy, but definitely as easy as it gets. I had put my hair into milkmaid braids that morning and then taken them out on our drive and voila! Crazy, wavy hair. "Crazy" and "wavy" happen to be two things my hair does really well.

What I Wore:
Polka Dot Top - Forever 21
Blazer - Forever 21
Denim Skinnies - Target
Heels - Ross
Bug Locket Necklace - Forever 21
Earrings - Charming Charlie

Linking Up With: The Pleated Poppy // Style Elixir // Manic Monday // Join the Gossip // Trend Spin Linkup // Because Shanna Said So // Three-fer Thursday //


Friday, October 24, 2014

Date Night with Glossy Box

Posted by Tara

I recently received my first GlossyBox, and I'm super excited to share with you what I got inside this fun box! I decided to use my GlossyBox to get ready for a date night with the family. So many great products in one box.
One of the first things that caught my eye was the Sesha Skin Therapy Botanical Hydro Mask. I have never done a face mask like this before, and was excited to give it a try. It says to leave on for up to 30 minutes, so I showered while it worked its magic.

These photos have not been edited. The first picture is me after I washed my face. The second is what it looks like with it on (Happy Halloween!). When I took it off, my face felt really soft and smooth. Did it remove blemishes, no. But I don't think that is what is was supposed to do. I felt like it helped my dry skin and hydrated everything. Just what I needed living here in Arizona. 

When I opened the box I was very excited to see the name Tarte. I have love Tarte cosmetics for a few years now. I wear their blush daily and love their foundation as well. The Tarte LipSurgence pencil adds the perfect touch of color to my lips. The color I got was Flush. It is a lovely pink color. Here I paired it with a dark lip gloss. 
Next in the box was a travel size bottle of perfume. I feel like I am pretty picky about my perfumes and sprays, and when I smelled this one, I felt like it was a perfect fit. It's called Amore by Vincent Camuto. I have worn it everyday since I got this box! No lie. 


I always have my nails painted. I wear all different colors. I've really been loving all the dark colors for the fall. The Nails, Inc. matte finish adds a new touch to painted nails. I'm not really a huge fan of matte nails, but I tried it on a ring finger to add some texture and it didn't look bad. 
In the box was a sample of the Proganix Root Boot Finish and Body Builder. I towel dried my hair, applied my Moroccan Oil (Can't live without that stuff), then sprayed a few sprays to my roots before blow drying. You can even add a few sprays to your already finished hair as well. Such a great product! I'm always down for adding freshness to my hair and style. 
On top of all these great products, I also received a $40 gift card to Hello For all those that struggle with getting dinner on the table, this company does all the hard work for you. You go to their website and pick your ingredients and they put together recipes and box them and ship to you weekly or bi-monthly. All the recipes are quick and healthy. You can't beat that!
Thanks for checking out my contents to my GlossyBox. If you are interested in getting your own every month with lots of surprise beauty products, follow this link to learn more!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mexican Getaway with Sea Side Reservations

Posted by Devin

Last weekend Tara and I had the opportunity to go with our hubby's to one of my favorite places, Puerto Penasco, Mexico, for a couples' weekend. Tara and Seth AND Jake and I had been having some stressful weeks lately so this mini-vacation could not have come at a better time. Can you tell by the picture above that we were a little excited? ;)

As soon as we got to Bella Sirena Resort we were instantly taken with the gorgeous view from our condo. I mean, come on, can you believe this view?!! I don't think I could ever get tired of gazing off this balcony. This crystal clear turquoise water, the blue sky, the well-manicured lush grounds and beautiful buildings on the property... Everything was perfect.

Our stay at Bella Sirena was booked through Sea Side Reservations and everything from check-in to check-out was easy and smooth. Paulina, who we booked with, was so pleasant and sweet! I hope I have the opportunity to work with her again. Our 2-bedroom condo was lovely, well-stocked, and super roomy for the four of us; but I have to admit we didn't spend a lot of time in it. The outdoors were simply calling our names!

The grounds at Bella Sirena compete with any tropical vacation resort, in my opinion. You feel like you are strolling through paradise! Oh man, I want to go back already.

And Sandy Beach, where Bella Sirena is located, is just my favorite. The water is the perfect temperature for ocean swimming. It's not frigid and freezing like the water at many beaches. You feel just right when you are out for a swim, it's simply refreshing. And every time I relax on this beach I have the perfect combination of warm sun and cool breeze. Ahhhh... I can feel it now. Sandy Beach also has an amazing tide that exposes super cool tidal pools when the tide is out. Whenever we bring our boys, they have SO much fun exploring the tidal pools and all of the interesting creatures they find in them.

Besides the beautiful resorts and perfect beaches, the other thing that always brings us back to Puerto Penasco is the food. We basically end up wanting to eat about 20 times a day because the food is just SO GOOD. The pictures above are from our favorite taco shop, Combo Taco. Jake and I always get the shrimp tacos and the yellow pepper fish tacos. It has me drooling just thinking about it! And Tara was loving the freshly made Horchata. I tried it and although Horchata is not usually my thing, I thought this Horchata was delicious! You can find Combo Taco a half a block East of the main drag on the road that leads to Las Conchas.

We also have a local bakery that is a favorite stop. This gentleman is always here making his delicious breads and pastries in this tiny little shop at a hard to find location. If you want to try to find it, look for La Iglesia de La Luz del Mundo on the first paved road West of the railroad tracks (the road is called Luis Encinas). His panaderia is one block directly East of the church. Look for the sign I pictured above and then walk back and to the left to find the entrance. Pastries are warm and ready at about 11:30am every day. Like I said, it's hard to find but totally worth the effort if you successfully find it!

A few more foods you won't want to miss: the mangoes on a stick on the beach (get the lime and chili but skip the red sauce), the block of shredded coconut candy vendors on the beach sell (I never saw the women who sell it on this trip, wah!), and Pollas Lucas on the main drag. The Best. Chicken. Ever. And if you want a dinner with an amazing view, hit up La Capitan by the lighthouse above Old Port. Go at sunset and you won't be disappointed.

A big thank you to Sea Side Reservations! We had an absolutely wonderful trip and can not wait to go back!

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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!

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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 leave a comment on this post including your email address for a chance to win! Don't want to wait for the contest to end? You can buy your own on their website: . I know you'll love 'em!

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