Wednesday, November 12, 2014




Could your little one be the next Masterchef Junior?  MasterChef Junior is on a nationwide search for the most talented young home cooks in America between the ages of 8-13.

To apply go to WWW.MasterChefJuniorCasting.com for application instructions, audition guidelines, eligibility requirements and open call details.  Phoenix Open Call takes place Saturday, November 15th 2014 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort.  The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is located at 
7677 N 16th Street, Phoenix, Az 85020.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Gratitude Challenge

Thankfulness.  Gratitude.  Appreciation.  

Every year I get the emails and see the posts challenging me to express my daily thankfulness during the month of November.  I see my friends and colleagues posting the things they are thankful for.  I think about doing it. Maybe I do it for a couple of days.  Then I forget.  Perhaps I post something and then feel like I may be judged for it.  Should I delete that?  Maybe I get embarrassed that I forgot to post for a couple of days and let it go.....  

Does that make me any less thankful for the good things in my life?  I don't think so.  I hope not.  

I admit that I do enjoy reading other people's gratitude posts.  They usually make me smile, sometimes make me laugh and occasionally one will make me cry.  Regardless of my reaction, the posts always make me feel connected to that person in some small way.  And for that, I am grateful.

So this year I have decided to accept the "30 Days of Thankfulness" Challenge and I challenge my fellow Mommies to participate!  Each day in the forum there will be a new post - a new opportunity - for everyone to share their daily gratitude.  It doesn't have to be big.  Mine won't always be.  You can be thankful for anything from a medical miracle to extra pickles on your cheeseburger.  And if you miss a day you can post retroactively or skip it entirely.  It's ok.  We aren't here to judge.  

We appreciate the time you take to share and connect with us.  

Today and every day.

Lisa~~







Thursday, October 16, 2014

#MrsFieldsMoments Slow Down And Enjoy A Cookie With Someone You Love! #USO #cookies #family


                                                               


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 Mrs. Fields Famous Brands ("Mrs. Fields") and Interbake Foods LLC ("Interbake Foods," the company responsible for the manufacture and sale of Mrs. Fields branded pre-packaged cookies sold at retailers throughout North America) today kicked off "Mrs. Fields Moments," a national campaign inspiring busy cookie lovers to slow down and enjoy a cookie moment with loved ones.
At a time when obligations leave precious little time for the ones that matter most, Mrs. Fields is encouraging a nationwide movement to dedicate Sunday night to cookie moments with family and friends. Mrs. Fields wants every cookie lover to embrace and share their #mrsfieldsmoments – from milk-and-cookies to bedtime treats – and has provided fun and useful tools for doing so at www.mrsfieldsmoments.com.
Mrs. Fields is a Proud Supporter of the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO), and "Mrs. Fields Moments" builds on the Organization's "Every Moment Counts" campaign, which helps all families – military and otherwise – make the most of every moment together.

"When you buy Mrs. Fields cookies, you're not just buying a cookie: You're helping create moments that matter for troops enduring long deployments," said Kevin McDonough, President of Interbake Foods. "By buying a box of Mrs. Fields cookies, you help give a cookie moment for you and for them. It's a touch of home to those who need it most."
Visit MrsFieldsMoments.com for "Snacktivity" ideas, Conversation Starters, more information about the Mrs. Fields–USO partnership, or to find a grocery store with Mrs. Fields Cookies (look for the USO banner on the box!).


About Mrs. Fields Famous Brands The Company is a well-established franchiser in the premium snack food industry, featuring Mrs. Fields® and TCBY® as its core brands. Through its franchisees' retail stores; it is one of the largest retailers of freshly baked, on-premises specialty cookies and brownies in the world and the largest retailer of soft-serve frozen yogurt with live active cultures. Its franchise systems operate through a network of more than 950 franchised and licensed locations throughout the United States and in 23 foreign countries. In addition, it operates an internet and catalog gifting business, a branded retail business and has entered into licensing arrangements that leverage awareness of its core brands among its retail customer base. The Company is currently relocating their headquarters from Salt Lake City, Utah to Broomfield, Colorado.
About the USO The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.





About Interbake Foods Headquartered in Richmond, VA Interbake Foods LLC is a baked goods manufacturer with over 110 years of business experience. Interbake Foods is the North American cookie and cracker Division of Weston Foods.  This includes Interbake Foods in the USA and Colonial Cookies Limited in Canada.  Weston Foods' mission is to be recognized by its customers as providing the best bakery solutions in North America and Interbake is privileged to serve the marketplace with our award-winning products and services.  Interbake Foods consists of three distinct business segments: Retail Private Brands, Contract Manufacturing and Girl Scout cookies through our ABC Bakers Division. 

We would like to encourage you to spend a little extra time this Sunday with your family, here is a list of great "Snacktivities" to enjoy with the kids, from mix and watch movie night.....to a family costume contest, these ideas are so much fun. Turn off that TV and put down those devices for a little quality time.  Enter to win the trip of a lifetime for your family in the #MrsFieldsMoments contest HERE , just upload a fun photo of your cookie moment and you will be entered to win a trip to Washington DC. 

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Don't Miss Out! Kids Closet Connection #costumes #halloween #arizonamoms

The weather is starting to cool....is your little one's wardrobe ready?  Need a Halloween costume or a special Holiday outfit?  Stop by the Kid's Closet Connection consignment sale today and tomorrow and find great bargains on kid's fall, winter and holiday clothing.  If you are already stocked up, check out their amazing array of toys, baby items and maternity clothes.  Need more info? Go to http://www.kidscloset.biz/.  This is their last sale of the season so don't miss out!  

Kid's Closet Connection 
13802 N Scottsdale RdScottsdale, Arizona 85254

Sale is located at Scottsdale Towne Square on the NW corner of Thunderbird & Scottsdale Road.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Crafty Kids: DIY Shaving Cream Paint Creations #crafts #kids



Crafty Kids: DIY Shaving Cream Paint Creations
Rheney Williams-Guest Blogger

For moms who grew up in the '80s like I did, you'll probably remember those spinning art toys that let you create splashes and spiral smears of paint. You know – there was a spinning platform with paper exposed underneath, you dropped dots of paint into the middle and the spinning motion and centrifugal force pulled the paint out to the edges of the circle and you were left with these crazy, tie-died-looking paintings? 

Although the toys have changed over the years, a kid's (and kids at heart!) basic desire to see swirls of paint and crazy combinations of colors hasn't. And an old-school product is making new spiral innovations possible: Shaving cream! All you need are a few basic supplies and you and your kids can have hours of creative and colorful fun with a beautiful piece of artwork to show for it at the end of the day. 


Gather the materials for your shaving cream paint projects. You'll need: 
  • Foam Shaving Cream (not the gel)
  • Paints in an assortment of colors
  • Heavy card stock or construction paper
  • Spatula or ruler
  • Skewer or little fingers!
  • Large cookie sheet or use smaller individual trays, one for each child

Tip: To make clean-up a breeze (and avoid having to buy a disposable tray), line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil first. Then all you have to do is remove the foil and you're done! 

 1. Spray a few lines of shaving cream onto the sheet and use the spatula or ruler to spread out the shaving cream flat and in a square or rectangle about the size of the paper. 
2. Add a few random dots of paint or food coloring around the shaving cream palette. 
Tip: If you have leftover paint samples from the last time you painted a room, this is a great way to use those and ensure whatever masterpiece your kids come up with coordinates with the space! 

 3. Use the skewer to make swirls with the paint in free-flowing circles or waves and if you have little kids, just let them go nuts with their fingers. 
4. Place the paper into the shaving cream with the right-side facing down so that when you pull the paper off, the paint is on the correct side. 

5. Gently push the paper into the shaving cream so that all surfaces touch and allow it to sit for about 10 seconds before carefully peeling the paper off of the shaving cream. 

6. Place the paper on a flat surface (in my case, I had another foil-lined sheet pan at the ready) and carefully scrape all of the shaving cream off of the paper to reveal the magical marbling below! 

7. Set the paper aside to dry thoroughly and if the edges start to curl, place a glass or other heavy object on the corners to keep them down during drying. 

From here, take some time to admire your work and see what imaginative images your kids can find! Can you spot the hidden smiley face that appeared in my swirls? In addition to your classic refrigerator pin-up, here are some other creative uses for your pint-sized Picasso's masterpiece: 
  • Make DIY bookmarks to give as Christmas gifts to the readers you love
  • Use the brown paper bags from the grocery store in your shaving cream paint project and have unique book covers for school next year
  • Frame it so you always have a custom piece of art in your office or work space
  • A DIY puzzle: Cut it into a bunch of different pieces that your kids can put back together and learn about how shapes and patterns relate to each other
What other cool things can you and your kids come up with for shaving cream paint creations? 

Rheney Williams is a prolific crafter with a background in theatre arts. Besides writing about projects for Home Depot, Rheney is currently putting her DIY expertise to work by remodeling her first home and experimenting with colors and textures in her home decor.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Are you a Business Owner? Now Sponsorship is easier (and cheaper) than ever!!!!

Every day, moms across the country are logging into their chapter of The Mommies Network, thanks in part to the support that we get from our sponsors... and our moms are returning the favor by finding out more about those businesses that support their chapter.

That could be you!  Sponsorship is a really inexpensive option to marketing, and this week, it's even more affordable.

Now until July 23rd, we are offering 50% all Forum Sponsorship spots with a graphic and text.  For as little as $10-$125, your business can be in front of our members for a whole year!!!! 

And, we try to make it really easy for you.

Simply Click Here and select the 50% Forum Sponsorship Option.  From there, select your chapter and how many spots you want and fill out all of the other information and your discount is instantly applied.  Or, you can look around to see if one of our other options works better for you!

After submitting your sponsorship, you'll be taken to a secure PayPal page, and with that complete, we will have your sponsorship up and running within 24 hours!! 

An entire year of presentation to our members for as little as $10.... how can you NOT afford to! 

Click Here to order your sponsorship today.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Please support Phoenix Mommies and help us raise some dough!  We are holding a fundraiser at the Peter Piper Pizza at Metro Center Mall on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Peter Piper Pizza will donate 15% of food, token and non-alcoholic beverage purchases to Phoenix Mommies!  You can click the flyer image for a printable version!

So mark your calendar, print off a flyer and stop by anytime, all day!  This is only for the Peter Piper Pizza location at Metro Center Mall 9620 North Metro Parkway West, Suite #130 Phoenix, 85051.