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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cirque du Soleil: Varekai Traveling Show

Date Info: 
Cirque du Soleil Traveling Show 
Price: $40-$120 per ticket (look on deal sites, that's how we found ours) 
Location: Traveling- most major cities in the U.S. (Several stationary in Las Vegas) 
Website: Cirque du Soleil

After seeing our first Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas, we've always wanted to see more! The concept is to make the circus something incredible that you have to see in person to believe. Think of the days before radio and television, seeing a traveling show was all the rage to see amazing stunts and unique things. Cirque du Soleil has made that nostalgic experience new and very real all over again. It's hard to find a cooler date! 

When we heard the traveling show, Varekai, was coming to Phoenix, and that you could get some seriously discounted tickets through Groupon and other deal sites, we knew we had to rearrange a busy weekend and fit it in. There's nothing like seeing this athleticism in person! 

You can always expect aerial stunts, acrobatics, tumbling routines, strength and bar style dancing, and a few weird antics to keep the show light-hearted and entertaining. There's always some surprises too, which makes it pretty incredible!

Admitting, the stationary shows in Vegas are better, I mean they can set up permanent props and attract amazing talent that prefers to live in one place, but the traveling show was still excellent, and we'd gladly go see another!

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Thursday Night Fiesta

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This post contains sponsored content that helps make our weekly Thursday Fiestas possible, but as always, all products mentioned are products we love, use, and recommend. 

Does anyone else ever find himself or herself so extra ready for the weekend that you start mistaking Thursday for Friday? I do it often, I get all excited it's date night only to realize I still have to wait another day. 

I've learned to love Thursday nights, they have this exciting anticipation for the weekend that is the direct opposite of the Sunday-night dread, when you know Monday is coming. 

We are so busy every other weeknight, Monday is work late, long commute, lots of chores to do and errands to run day. Tuesday and Wednesday are consumed with church responsibilities and volunteering, in separate roles that pull us apart, plus some cleaning and meal prep if we can squeeze it in. By the time Thursday rolls around we are so happy to actually get to see each other after several nights apart we can't contain it! Even if it means it is laundry or cleaning night, we're just glad to be together. HOWEVER, more often than not we're both inclined to relax from a long week and have a Thursday fiesta. This typically included making some form of Mexican food, our favorite, plus hey, we're in Arizona jalapeƱos are a staple in these parts! Some nights we just decide to be responsible for an hour or two, and then we let ourselves watch a movie and soak up cuddle time. But every now and then a mini date happens where we pull out a theme, a surprise, a quick trip to grab some dinner or dessert, or just something exciting to do at home. 

This Thursday was a true Fiesta, Jacob had just returned home from a week's business trip out of town. I knew we didn't have a lot of time to be together, but I knew he still needed a party to make him feel welcome to be back at home. 

A few mini sombreros, virgin margaritas, Pringles® Tortillas, and and a few episodes of Parks and Rec later, and our batteries are recharged from a fun Thursday fiesta at home! I totally loved getting Pringles® Tortillas since they are the perfect snack to have on hand. They are delicious tortilla chips with a tangy tomato flavor that don't require a dip- so they are perfect for couch snacking! 

Pringles® has their own weeknight fiesta happening on Twitter on Tuesday, March 1oth at 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST where they will be giving away fun prize packs, each valued at $125.00 You don't want to miss it! 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pringles® 

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Arizona Blogger Meetup- Galentine's Day

I think once you've gone to business school you can never shake the feeling that you should always be networking, meeting groups of people, and making connections with like-minded people. 

Two years ago I had this crazy idea to see if there were any bloggers/influencers in Arizona outside of the two I knew, and form the Arizona Blogger Meetup Group. With a leap of faith, a lot of elbow grease, and the support and help of my dear friend Katie, something pretty awesome was born. 
All photos provided by Photography-Hill

Two years, countless hours, and many meetups later, I am starting to believe Arizona really is one of the powerhouse places to be a blogger where you can always find a network of friends to collaborate with and bounce ideas off of! And did I mention the nicest community? I've been amazing how welcoming and encouraging each person is, it's truly amazing to hang with some of the most amazing talent and egos are checked at the door (if they were every there to begin with)!

We've had about 50 people show up to each event, often with a wait list, and it never ceases to amaze me how more than half always seem to be new faces. What an amazingly creative state I live in!

This meetup had the theme of Galentine's Day, which included providing a gift you thought another blogger assigned to you would love. It was so great to hear about so many awesome blogs/influencers and see the thoughtfulness behind the gifts.

These couldn't happen without the work of two of my favorite friends, my event team/organizers, and brains and beauty behind all the planning, coordinating, and hours behind each event. Kayla and Chrissy bring all the business and creativity together to help us create a fun event quarterly with amazing sponsors and all the details in place.

I always love the fact that I get to spend some time with some of my favorite people. They always say you should find your tribe in blogging and make some soul mates, I bounce so many ideas off ideas of Jen and Kayla it's kind of amazing. Plus they are there to laugh with me (like REALLY hard), share angsty feminist articles with, talk academics with, share the joy of being married to engineers with, and cry with on the needed occasion. To anyone thinking of starting a local blogger meetup, I'm telling you some of my sweetest blessings in life have come through the friends I've made as a result of in-person meetups.

And we have taken enough pictures where at least one of us is making awkward hand movements that it's just a thing now.

I am grateful for the new friends made too! Roe, your coming early to help and staying late to help me stack chairs- my word, I'm ready to get BFF necklaces whenever you are!

Thanks to Shari's Berries for providing the most delicious party favor I've ever had!

And Waffle Luv for the best liege waffles in the history of ever.

I'm already ready for the next one!


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