September 18, 2014

Little Passports Fall Fundraising

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Planning a fundraiser at your child's school? Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love.

Here's how it works: your community shops at Little Passports and we donate 15% back to your school. They even have a flyer to help you spread the word. Get more information here: www.littlepassports.com/schools. The fundraising period is from October 21 - 28 and the deadline to sign-up is October 10th so check it out today!

Heavenly Island Lifestyle


Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Heavenly Island Lifestyle, a new cafe in the Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, will celebrate its grand opening on September 22.

Heavenly is an innovative new restaurant concept from the Aloha Table Group, where locals and visitors alike can sip, snack, and socialize. Heavenly will feature a health-conscious menu that reflects the richness of Hawaii using local and organic ingredients sourced from nearby farms in Waianae, Waimanalo and Kahuku. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Heavenly will offer a diverse menu with an array of healthy dishes, including acai bowls, soy cinnamon vanilla fresh toast, farm-fresh omelets, quinoa mac-n-cheese, whole-wheat quesadillas, acai risotto, and pork and chicken dishes. Heavenly will also offer a unique variety of fresh juices, smoothies and organic wines. With a surfer-chic style and relaxed vibe, Heavenly will be an open and airy oasis, embracing the spirit of the island. From its natural wood d├ęcor with injections of vibrant color to its delectable dishes, Heavenly will complement its new home at Shoreline Hotel Waikiki.

For more information, visit http://www.heavenly-waikiki.com/.


Heavenly Island Lifestyle
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki 1F
342 Seaside Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-923-1100

September 16, 2014

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Prize Pack Giveaway #RickyRicotta

Disclosure: Complimentary books were received for review purposes.


My oldest son has recently been introduced to the Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Series by David Pilkey & illustrated by Dan Santat.

ABOUT THE SERIES
From Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, and acclaimed artist Dan Santat, an out-of-this-world friendship adventure with brand-new full-color illustrations and mini-comics throughout!

Ricky Ricotta is a little mouse with BIG problems! Every day he is picked on by the neighborhood bullies. He lives in Squeakyville with his mother and father, and being an only mouse, he is often lonely. That is until SOMETHING BIG HAPPENS! A giant flying robot enters Ricky’s life and an unlikely friendship is born! Together, Ricky and his Robot must save the planet from a galaxy bursting with bad guys!

ABOUT BOOK ONE: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT
Little Ricky Ricotta has a problem: the bullies at school pick on him all the time. Until one day, he saves the life of a mighty robot. Together, Ricky and his Robot face the bullies, and save Squeakyville from a giant evil lizard monster. That's what friends are for!

ABOUT BOOK TWO: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS MUTANT MOSQUITOES FROM MERCURY
Mr. Mosquito hates Mercury. The days are so hot, they melt his flip-flops, and the nights are so cold, his toothpaste freezes solid! He's decided to take over Earth instead. Ricky and his Robot must stop his army of massive Mutant Mosquitoes!

ABOUT BOOK THREE: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS VOODOO VULTURES FROM VENUS
Victor Von Vulture hates Venus. His toasted cheese sandwiches are always way too gooey, and ice cream melts in a second! So he and his army of Voodoo Vultures try to cast a spell on the Earth. It's up to Ricky and his Robot to stop them!

ABOUT BOOK FOUR: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS THE MECHA-MONKEYS FROM MARS

Little Ricky Ricotta has a problem: the bullies at school pick on him all the time. Until one day, he saves the life of a mighty robot. Together, Ricky and his Robot face the bullies, and save Squeakyville from a giant evil lizard monster. That's what friends are for!


My son really enjoys the series. He loves the colorful illustrations and the interesting stories. 

He finds the different villians from each planet very intriguing, and the mini comics inside the books make the story even more engaging.

My son especially loves the Flip-O-Rama pages in which the pages seem to come to life just by flipping them. He is so eager to read the rest of the series and see what the rest of the planets have in store for Mighty Robot.

For even more fun, check out the Make Your Own Robot Game and these Ricky Ricotta Printables


Win: One lucky winner will receive a Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Prize Pack which includes:
-          3-D Glow-in-the-Dark Solar System
-          Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot
-          Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs Mutant Mosquitos from Mercury
-          Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs the Voodoo Vultures from Venus
-          Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs The Mecha-Monkeys from Mars.




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September 12, 2014

101 4x6 Free Prints from Shutterfly (New Customers)

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If you've been snapping lots of photos this year, you're in luck. If not, feel free to go trigger happy, then use promo code 101MEMORIES to redeem for 101 4x6 free prints. Choose from 500 border treatments, include dates or names with free back printing, and ensure crystal-clear quality with our VividPics technology. This is perfect for that favorite family photo you've wanted to send all of your friends, colleagues, or relatives.

Offer expires 09/30/2014 (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for 101 free 4x6 prints through shutterfly.com, Shutterfly iPhone, iPad or Android apps. Valid only for new Shutterfly customers (those who have never purchased from Shutterfly)Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Not valid on other sizes, prepaid plans, other products, prior purchases, orders placed for in-store pick up or purchases made through Shutterfly Pro Galleries. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale.

September 10, 2014

WW: #LuckyWeLiveHawaii


September 9, 2014

Go Math! Academy Review #HMHAcademy

Disclosure: I received compensation from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for writing this post


My three boys love going on the computer to play educational games, so it was only natural that they'd enjoy GO MATH! ACADEMY.

About Go Math! Academy:
Go Math! Academy™ is an online, at-home learning program based on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s enormously successful GO Math!™ textbook curriculum, used by over 7 million kids worldwide. Go Math! Academy offers thousands of math practice problems, hundreds or help videos, and plenty of games and rewards to make learning fun!

Grades K- 6 are available now.

Key features of Go Math! Academy:

· Lively, engaging online experience lets children select a theme to launch their own personal math journey.
· Independent learning empowers children to complete the grade-level curriculum in order to select the skill they want to practice.
· Skill-boosting approach offers step-by-step math problems to support practice.
· Entertaining help videos feature expert instructors (and lovable puppets to engage younger kids) who make math concepts clear and fun!


SUBSCRIPTION DETAILS
Go Math! Academy is available in your choice of three payment plans (access for up to 5 children):
· Monthly: $9.99/month
· 6-months: $49.99 ($8.33/month) – a 17% savings
· 1-year: $79.99 ($6.67/month) – a 33% savings



All of my kids (Pre-K, 1st grade, and 3rd grade) have been using Go Math! Academy.  I set up a profile for each of my sons and selected the appropriate grade for each.

Once set up, my son can select from either a Rocket to Space or Sub Under the Sea journey.

He then selects a skill, and is asked several questions. 





If he wants to check an answer, the "check answer" button can be clicked.  If the answer is incorrect, a short explanation why the choice is wrong will be given.

There were a few questions that my kids would have a lot of difficulty answering, and at times a Show Me video is accessible which gives a lot of great hints to assist in answering the question.



If my child still has trouble, he can select the "Help me" button, which will select the correct answer for the child.

If 80% or more is reached on a journey, the next journey can be taken in the same topic, or my son could choose a new topic.  If 80% is not achieved, he has the option of practicing the skill again or selecting a new skill.


As each skill is completed, Power Progress awards are given until he becomes a Math Master.

In addition to earning awards, kids can unlock fun math-related games (my kids' favorite part of Go Math!). 

In order to choose a new topic, kids simply have to click on the Kids Dashboard to select a new one. For Grade 1, the topics included subjects such as Addition, Subtraction, Geometry, Length and Time, Graphs and Charts.

Kids can go back to any skill at any time to review, but I do wish there were more questions in each skill set in order for my kids to get more practice, but overall I think the variety of topics and skills is very good.

Although some of the topics are ones that my kids have not learned in their grade level yet, I thought it was great that my kids were given exposure to new concepts, giving them a bit of a head start until they learn the concepts in their class.

My youngest son is not in Kindergarten yet, but he was still able to answer several questions via touch screen (he has difficulty using a mouse). It was a great introductory to the use of online programs for him.




Every week a Progress Report is emailed to let you know how well your child is doing in terms of skills completed and awards earned.  Getting this information is great, but perhaps in the future how much time is spent on each topic or skill could be noted, that way it could possibly indicate which areas my kids need more assistance in.

I love that Go Math! Academy uses a fun format (a submarine and rocket ship), and that rewards and unlockable games make the program even more enjoyable for my kids.

What I especially love about Go Math! Academy are the Show Me videos.

My kids use other online programs assigned by their school, and whenever they get to a problem they have trouble with, I try my best to try and explain what the problem is and how to get to a solution (if I truly understand the problem), but sometimes what I say just doesn't get through to my kids.  The Show Me videos are a very engaging and informative way of giving my kids the help they need to answer the questions.

Go Math! Academy is a great tool for kids to learn new math skills as well as practice ones they already know.

For more information on Go Math! Academy, click here.

September 8, 2014

Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave Activity Sheet and DVD Giveaway



Join the pups on a journey filled with surprises just in time for Halloween as everyone’s favorite wolf pack is back in Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) October 7 exclusively at Walmart from Lionsgate Home Entertainment The film will be available on Digital HD and Video on Demand September 23. After three wildly successful Alpha And Omega releases, with over 1.5 million DVDs sold to date, the Alpha pack sets out on a ghoulish adventure in this exciting fourth chapter.

The Alphas and Omegas share a thrilling adventure filled with surprises, humor and heartwarming moments after Runt - Kate and Humphrey's Omega wolf cub - sneaks off to explore the haunted Saw Tooth Cave. When Runt finds a wolf who's been driven from her pack for being different, he musters all his courage to help her - and learns the joys of lending a paw to a friend in need.

A pawsome adventure that will leave you howling for more, the Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave DVD contains all-new special features including the “Race to Rabbit Poo Mountain” and “What Happens Next?” games, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES (subject to change)
·       Race to Rabbit Poo Mountain Game
·       What Happens Next? Game



Click here for a fun Alpha and Omega activity sheet!

Win: One lucky winner will receive a copy of Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave on DVD!

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September 5, 2014

For a Lash Transformation, See Kristin Wood

Want to look your best and get your eyes to pop, but don't have the time to mess with makeup?  Kristin Wood's eyelash extensions are designed for today’s on-the-go modern woman.  Her semi-permanent Couture, Designer and Ready-to-Wear Collections dramatically enhance the length and volume of the natural lash, using Kristin’s proprietary Multi-faceted Lash technique. You can expect to receive a customized look in one session.  Need more reasons?  Here's 5 more.

I am no stranger to eyelash extensions having them done for the first time in 2006 when they were still fairly new to the scene.  I wasn't well educated on the maintenance of the extensions and while they were pretty, they didn't last a week.  I decided to give it another go about two years ago when I decided that I needed a make over.  I had tried Latisse, the prescription required treatment for lash growth, and while I noticed a difference it wasn't big enough for anyone else to notice.  I decided to give eyelash extensions another shot.

I had mixed results.  The first application looked great.  When I went back to get them re-done, they fell out within a weekend.  When I went back for my third set, it seemed like my eyelashes could not support the weight of the extension and I had a sleepy kind of look going.  I chalked it up to the fault of my sparse and weak lashes and I decided to only wear eyelash extensions for special occasions or vacations.  

It was kismet that I was offered a complimentary lash of luxury treatment from Kristin's Ready-to-Wear collection.  I practically jumped for joy since I could time the extensions for my birthday and show them off at all my birthday celebrations.

I had heard many great things about Kristin from my friends and all her Yelp reviews are exceptional.  Kristin has over 18 years of experience in the cosmetology industry and is a renowned eyelash and beauty artist with an extensive following.  Through education, research, apprenticeships and occupations at some of Oahu's top luxury spas and salons, Kristin garnered exclusive training, which led her to become Hawaii's first Certified Eyelash Extension Trainer.  
Kristin's studio in Kilohana Square has many comfortable and chic treatment rooms.
Kristin started off the consultation with a discussion of the lash extension application process and maintenance.  We talked about my exercise regiment and while it doesn't include strenuous activity, she has many clients with active lifestyles and they can resume activities after 48 hours after the extensions are applied.  It's important not to get the extensions wet the first 24 hours in order for the adhesive to set so plan accordingly.  Kristin is introducing a new technique that will cure the adhesive faster, but is still researching through case studies and has received great feedback from her clients.   

We discussed what kind of look I wanted to achieve.  With the Ready-to-Wear collection ($150), about 80-100 semi-permanent faux mink extensions would be applied per eye and  we could go classic or cat eye.  She discussed the different types of curls of eyelash extensions and the varying lengths.  Having a small eye, I wanted to add length to the middle of my eye, hoping to open my eyes a bit.  I admit, I may have used the words "younger" and "cute" to describe the look I wanted.  We decided on a D curl with the longest length being 12 mm.  Kristin can use up to 5-6 different lengths on one eye.  For a more natural look to enhance the eye, she will use 2-3 varying lengths so the possibilities are endless.         

The difference between the J, B, C, and D curls are in their curvature.  
The session for the Ready-to-Wear collection takes about 1.5 hours and was so relaxing that I immediately fell asleep.  Everyone is so busy these days that taking some quality R&R time is really hard to do.  Consider eyelash extensions at Kristin Wood's lash studio as multi-tasking!  What's also really nice is that instead of using tape on your eyes during the treatment, she uses an under eye treatment so your eyes are refreshed as well.

Kristin also offers 2 other collections in addition to the Ready-to-Wear collection.  The Designer collection ($250) takes 2 hours and was inspired by Kristin's diverse and gorgeous clientele, using 160+ luxurious faux mink extensions per eye to achieve a truly customized designer look.  The Designer Re-Lash is $100 and takes about an hour and will maintain the customized Designer look using an estimated 50+ faux mink extensions per eye.  

For her clients looking to experience the ultimate lash of luxury, Kristin offers her exclusive Couture Collection which features her proprietary Multi-faceted Lash Application technique.  The Couture Set ($350) will take 3+ hours as 250+ luxurious faux mink extensions will be applied per eye.  The Couture Set promises to dramatically enhance the length and thickness of the natural lash.  The cost of the Couture Re-lash is $150 and clients will need to allot up to 1.5 hours as 75+ faux mink extensions are added per eye.  

When I saw my before and after pictures, I was stunned!  I knew my lashes were pretty puny, but I didn't realize how much in comparison.  What shocked me was that even though the extensions quadrupled my natural length and volume, they didn't look ridiculous.  They looked gorgeous.  Please excuse the filters on the photos below.  Decided to spare you lovely readers a close up of my pores. 
  
I was shocked to see the difference extensions can make.
A photo with the lash maven herself, Kristin Wood.  She is awesome, talented and very personable.  
Here's a couple of selfies I took before and after my Ready-to-Wear lash extension session. 
I have lashes!  The lash extensions really soften my look.

Not only do I love my new look, but I have received a lot of positive feedback from my very honest friends and family.  They are also amazed how natural the lash extensions look and I have had at least three friends comment that they like these extensions much better than my previous ones.  Did I mention they were honest?  They felt that the Kristin Wood lashes looked more natural and that the color of the lash looked darker which made for a bigger impact.  It was great feedback for me because it was the look I wanted to achieve.  I love that I can skip eye makeup all together and still look put together.  These extensions have saved me a lot of time.
   
It's been a week and my extensions still look beautiful.

When I first went to see Kristin, I didn't have the intention of scheduling any re-lash services which is recommended every 2-3 weeks to maintain your customized look.  But now that I am on my second week and lash maintenance has been a breeze, I've decided to schedule re-lash sessions as I have a couple of big events coming up.  For the Ready-to-Wear re-lash, the session is about 45 minutes (still long enough for a nap) and the cost is about $65.  Think of eyelash extensions as the new mani/pedi but with a bigger impact on your busy life.  One thing that did take some time getting used to was not rubbing my eyes.  But being a Mom of a germy preschooler, it's actually been a blessing in disguise as I'm now much more cautious about touching my face.    

Kristin has had much success with her signature eyelash services and with increasing demand for her talent, she will be expanding to new locations in Hawaii as well as Las Vegas!  She plans to continue to develop new products and techniques as she finds her work rewarding.  Kristin loves that her services can add value to someone's life and make them feel good and create more confidence.  I definitely will vouch for that!  My experience has been great and it's one of those that you must try for yourself.  If you do decide on this amazing transformation, I highly recommend you seeing the best lash artists in the business at Kristin Wood. 

Kristin Wood
Kilohana Square #260
1016 Kapahulu Avenue
(808)738-7386         

September 4, 2014

Culturelle Kids Review

Disclosure: I received complimentary samples for review purposes.


I personally believe that probiotics are very beneficial to one's health, which is why our entire family takes Culturelle.  

My kids are given Culturelle Kids Probiotic Packets and Chewables daily.

About Culturelle Kids:
The ingredient in Culturelle Kids probiotics is clinically proven to help reduce occasional tummy troubles like gas, bloating, and diarrhea by helping to restore the balance of good and not-so-good bacteria in their digestive systems.* Taken regularly, it actually helps your child’s digestive tract to work better and supports a healthy immune system.*

Happy Tummies, Healthy Kids, Relaxed Parents. Support your kids’ natural defenses and keep their digestive system happy with Culturelle probiotics.*

My younger two kids are given the probiotic powder every morning, mixed in with their orange juice or milk.
I need to stir the powder in really well with the drink otherwise it will stay clumped on the bottom of the cup, but once it's stirred in well, my kids have no idea the probiotic is in there!  It's flavorless, so my kids only taste juice or milk.

If I forget to give them their probiotics in the morning, I simply mix the powder in with yogurt for their afternoon snack.

My oldest son takes the chewable daily.  He enjoys the berry flavor.


Both the packets and the chewables are easy to tote in a purse and to take on trips to ensure my kids get their daily probiotics.  

To find out more about Culturelle for Kids, click here.

To find a store locator near you, click here.


* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

September 3, 2014

WW: Haleiwa Beach Park


August 28, 2014

Ocean Potion Protect & Renew Review

Disclosure: I received complimentary samples for review purposes.
I go through a lot of different types of sunscreens, but it wasn't until I received samples of Ocean Potion did I try a sunscreen that not only has ingredients to protect my skin, but also has ingredients to renew my skin.

I was fortunate to receive samples of Ocean Potion's Protect & Renew Face SPF35 and Protect & Renew Body SPF45.

About Protect & Renew Face: Ocean Potion Protect & Renew Face SPF 35 reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with patented collagen-boosting peptides and vitamin E that protects against free radicals generated by ultraviolet light. MSRP $8.99.

About Protect & Renew Body: For hands and body, Protect & Renew Body SPF45 brightens and evens skin tone with vitamin B3 and hydrating Pentavitin that lasts more than 72 hours. Both offer broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and are supple and natural to the touch, which is unusual for high SPF products. MSRP $8.99. Learn more at oceanpotion.com.

Since I'm not getting any younger, and skin care is really important to me these days, I love that the Protect & Renew sunscreen products contain ingredients that are good for my skin.  An anti-aging and sunscreen product in one?  Love it!

I also love that the products are fragrance-free, non-greasy, and easy to apply.

Both products are small enough to carry in your purse to make sure you never go without sunscreen, and the Protect & Renew Face is even small enough for you to carry on when traveling.

The products are water-resistant, although the Protect & Renew Body product is water-resistant for only 40 minutes, whereas the Protect & Renew Face is 80 minutes.  

Ocean Potion also offers other products, including sunscreen for babies, cooling lotions, and aloe vera gel.

Just because summer is almost over doesn't mean you no longer have to wear sunscreen.

Visit OceanPotion for more information on their product line.

ModCloth's Open Casting Call for All Event

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Fashion mavens, rejoice! ModCloth is inviting you to come showcase your unique style at their #FASHIONTRUTH Casting Call for ALL event in New York City on September 3rd. All you have to do is show up in your cutest outfit and you could be featured on ModCloth and across their social platforms. Anyone and everyone is invited, so if you’re in the area, grab your friends and go -- this is an event you won’t want to miss! Head to the ModCloth blog for more details and RSVP info.

August 27, 2014

WW: #LuckyWeLiveHawaii


August 22, 2014

Hot News at The Wigwam

Designated as a "Historic Hotel of America,” The Wigwam is an iconic Arizona landmark and AAA Four-Diamond resort located in the affluent community of Litchfield Park, just 15 miles west of downtown Phoenix. In operation for more than 80 years, the property is rich in history. The Wigwam’s beginnings date back to 1918 when the resort was first built as a quaint gathering place for the Ohio-based executives of Goodyear Tire & Rubber who discovered the West Valley of Phoenix as a prime location to grow cotton for rubber production.

Today, The Wigwam spans over 440 acres on an estate-like setting and features 331 casita-style guest rooms, including 72 suites, crafted from distinctive adobe architecture. The resort offers 54 holes of championship golf, the 26,000-square-foot Red Door Spa, four pools with two twisting water slides, and seven restaurants and bars. The Wigwam invites guests to create new traditions and lasting memories by participating in a variety of activities from morning nature walks to cooking classes, wine tasting events, ice skating and more.

RENOVATION
The Wigwam recently put the finishing touches on a $16 million, multi-phase renovation that maintains its character, rich in Arizona history, while getting an updated look. The resort’s new interior design scheme features comfortable, contemporary Southwest charm based on a warm desert color palette and motifs. As the site of the original property, the spacious new lobby pays homage to the resort’s storied past with historic photography, original hardwood floors and Arizona artifacts. The new pool complex features both adult and family areas, while the new restaurants and bars offer al fresco dining and entertaining areas. Groups and meetings have a variety of new social areas and event lawns to choose from. The updated guestrooms feature custom-made furnishings with rich cherry wood tones, an elegant console with a state-of-the-art LCD television, and renovated bathrooms with all new granite top vanities, luxurious glass-enclosed showers, new fixtures, and decorative amenities.

CULINARY WINEMAKER DINNERS
Sip and savor at The Wigwam during the intimate “Winemaker Dinner Series” featuring an exclusive four-course dinner presented by Executive Chef Rich Hinojosa, a certified second level sommelier. Each dinner begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a special menu Chef creates to expertly pair and complement each wine served. Guests have the opportunity to interact with Chef Hinojosa and a winery representative throughout the evening and gain insight on the art of pairing food and wine. The cost of the event is $69-$99 as it varies per winery. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 623-935-3811. Wine down with room rates starting at $99-$199 per night depending on the season with promo code WINEDINNER (subject to availability, blackout dates apply). 

Upcoming wine dinners include:
  • Sept. 19, 2014 – Trefethen Family Vineyards
  • Oct. 17 & 18, 2014 – ZD Winery
  • Nov. 21 & 22, 2014 – Newton Vineyards
  • Dec. 19 & 20, 2014 – Chandon Champagne
  • Jan. 16 & 17, 2015 – Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars
  • Feb. 20 & 21, 2015 – Nickel & Nickel and Enroute Wineries
  • March 20 & 21, 2015 – Caymus Vineyards
  • April 17 & 18, 2015 – Heitz Cellar
NEWLY REVAMPED F&B PROGRAM
Paying tribute to the roots of the farming community of Litchfield Park where The Wigwam is located, Executive Chef Rich Hinojosa planted his own onsite garden and works with nearby growers and purveyors to provide locally sourced farm-to-table fare. Phoenix area farms, dairies, mills, and artisans include Hayden Mills, Fossil Creek Creamery, Crow’s Dairy, Hickman Family Farms, Cedar River Farms, Gina’s Homemade, JH Grass Fed, Queen Creek Olive Mill, Stern Produce, Litchfield’s Garden, and the resort’s own garden. As part of The Wigwam’s $16 million property-wide renovation, major efforts were focused on the reconceptualization of the food and beverage program.

Updated offerings include:
  • Litchfield’s made its debut in early 2011 as the resort’s signature restaurant and is named after Paul W. Litchfield, then Goodyear Tire & Rubber Executive and founder of Litchfield Park. The restaurant pays tribute to the local farming community with a menu crafted from farm-to-table cuisine featuring locally sourced produce.  Guests have the option to choose their setting – intimate tables, al fresco dining at a cozy corner table on the patio or interactive counter seating in the bar – and settle in with favorites such as Mesquite Glazed Arizona Chicken and House Made Queso Blanco Tamale. The restaurant was honored with the 2014 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.
  • Red’s Bar & Grill is named for Wigwam Golf Club’s beloved former golf professional of 42 years, Red Allen. Appropriately, this restaurant overlooks the arched palms and rolling greens of the historic Gold and Patriot Courses and offers timeless comfort foods such as soups, sandwiches, and burgers.
  • The Wigwam Bar serves grab-and-go breakfast, small plates for lunch and dinner, and features a full indoor/outdoor bar overlooking two new, custom built regulation masonry Bocce Courts as well as volleyball, ping pong, and cornhole.
  • Tower Bar & Grill offers light lunch and refreshing drinks poolside at the Lodge Pool.
  • In-room dining is available is available 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6:00 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.
FAMILY FUN
Families have been creating memories at The Wigwam for decades and the fun continues with interactive family friendly activities for kids of all ages. Children enjoy barreling down dual 25-foot water slides and have a splashing good time with seasonal water activities like underwater treasure hunts, frozen duck races, Pirate & Princess PJ Party, “winter fun” in the summer with ice cube floating races to keep cool and much more. Adults can unwind with live entertainment, happy hour, golf, spa and a variety of dining options. Families enjoy testing their skills with games of cornhole, Bocce, ping pong and volleyball. Holidays bring an outdoor synthetic ice skating rink, tree lighting, breakfast with Santa, Christmas carolers, stories with Elf on the Shelf and other festive activities to celebrate the season.

For more information, visit The Wigwam.

August 21, 2014

Orkin Fact or Fake Blog App and Back-to-School Prize Pack Giveaway #OrkinMan

“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.”
“Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.”
“Ants can survive underwater.”
You’ve heard the myths about bugs before. Do you know what’s fact and what’s fake?
Take Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz to test your knowledge, and be sure to watch every clip for the scoop on these infamous bug myths.
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Also, check out the fun Orkin Fact or Fake Blog App below where you can take the Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake Quiz to test your knowledge, and also watch every episode of Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake and find out the answers to these age-old bug myths.

Win: One lucky winner will receive an Orkin Scientific Back-to-School PRIZE PACK which includes:
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