The Splash Pad: This Mom’s Best Friend

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We love the splash pad. Like LOVE it. I’m not sure if everywhere has jumped on this trend, but here in the greater Phoenix area, they’re everywhere and it’s down right terrific.

There are so many good things about splash pads.

First of all, they’re free. Located in parks, malls, the zoo, and neighborhoods, they are easy to find and don’t cost you anything to get in just to have your toddler run around and stay cool!

Second, they’re free! Just kidding, but it’s a pretty good selling point.

Second, (I feel) they’re pretty safe. The only thing you really have to worry about is your child, who is running full speed through spraying water with their eyes closed, running into another child doing the same thing. For the most part, they can’t really drown, there’s not usually anything to climb up on to fall off of, and I’ve always seen them kept clean.

Third, going to the splash pad completely counts as that day’s bath. Judge if you choose, but it counts.

Fourth, it’s great exercise for kiddos! My little guy can run around like crazy and he doesn’t come home sweaty and smelly. Win!

Also, splash pads get extra bonus points from me if they have shade where the parents can sit, and even more points if it’s all shade so I don’t have to worry about remembering to put sunscreen on my kids.

It’s not even summer yet and we’ve already been enjoying Arizona splash pads! Text some friends with kids, pack some snacks, meet at the splash pad, and have fun while you try to beat the heat! And if you really don’t have good splash pads where you live, maybe it’s time to come visit us in AZ!

Check out this link for a great list of splash pads in Phoenix: Phoenix Splash Pads

Muffles for Breakfast!

Have you ever had a muffle? Let me tell you, it’s quite possibly the easiest and most delicious breakfast you can make that looks like it took you a lot of time and effort.

Now, I’ll begin by saying that I’m completely OK with using quick and easy, prepackaged things. Ya, I make homemade things from scratch too, but there’s not always time or the desire to. These Betty Crocker muffin mixes are great because they require only water and some stirring. They come in different varieties such as blueberry, chocolate chip, and triple berry, which is what I used. Oh, and they’re inexpensive. We used 2 pouches and got 3 large waffles, so you almost need a pack per person.

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Grab a few bags of these babies, mix em up, and pour them into your waffle maker.  MUFFLES! They’re SO good and SO easy and I like them even better than making them into actual muffins. We ate them so quickly that I didn’t even stop to take a photo of how pretty they turned out!

Top with fresh berries, maybe some powdered sugar or whipped cream, and you’ve got an amazing breakfast that only took a few minutes! Plus, my toddler loves to help make waffles muffles in the Belgian waffle maker, so it’s fun and keeps him involved too! Ours is the kind that you get to flip over, so it’s pretty much the best thing in the world if you’re three years old. If you don’t have one, it’s not a bad thing to get. You can pick one up right at Walmart.

Enjoy your muffles!

*The opinions in this post are entirely my own and are not influenced or endorsed in any way by Betty Crocker or any products or stores mentioned. 

An Easy Game To Play With Your Toddler

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In between playing with cars, trucks, planes, helicopters, 6 different firetrucks, and a variety of bouncy balls in varying sizes, I try to squeeze in a game that makes my little guy really think! I love his imagination games and I encourage him to be (most of the time) loud and all over the place, but I also love it when he sits, focuses, and learns new things. Today we played a seek-and-find type of game that requires no prep, no materials, and pretty much no effort! Sounds good right?

While sitting in our living room, I started to ask him to find different types of things around the room. Here’s some of the questions I asked…

Can you find something purple?
Can you find something soft?
Can you find something tall?
Can you find something hard?
Can you find something that’s a circle?
Can you find something skinny?
Can you find something tiny?
Can you find something really big?
Can you find something bumpy?
Can you find something that is really smooth?

You get the idea. You can use any colors or shapes, but I really enjoyed including words that may have been a little less known to him. It allowed us to have some great conversations and do some compare/contrast with opposites. The bumpy/smooth and tiny/really big were fun and I could keep asking him to find something even tinier than what he previously found! We had a great time and it took pretty much zero effort on my part!

Just think about how much fun this game would be in different rooms or places! The garage, backyard, in the car, at the grocery store, at a restaurant! And if your children are a little older, teach them how to play it together in more of an “I Spy” fashion and you just might get to sneak out of the room and go pee with no one looking for you!

Share one of your favorite quick games you like to play with your kiddos! I’d love to hear them!

Pogo Pass

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Have you heard of Pogo Pass? It’s awesome. Pogo Pass is a membership that provides you 12 months of access to the best entertainment venues in Phoenix . Whether you’re a parent with one kid or five, single, married, dating, or just anyone who likes to go out and have fun, the Pogo Pass is something to check out. One pass, one price, 17 different venues! That’s right, SEVENTEEN! And many allow multiple uses. We’ve purchased Pogo Passes for the past couple of years and even though we don’t use everything, it pays for itself after just a few uses. Here’s the details…

For one price per person, you get your Pogo Pass which is valid for one full year. The regular price of the Pogo Pass is $99.95. Think that’s too much? Me too! That’s why you can now enter promo code AWIFEANDMOM to get each pass for only $39.98!

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There’s great venues for families with children such as Makutu’s Island, Enchanted Island, Skateland, Castles and Coasters, Sunspash, IDEA Museum, Phoenix Zoo, Fat Cats, Pump It Up, and Stratum Laser Tag.

There’s also great venues for date nights such as AZ Rattlers games, ASU sports events, Phoenix National Comedy Theater, Paintball, and the Phoenix Rock Gym.

The new Fat Cats in Mesa gives you ONE FREE GAME OF BOWLING PER WEEK with your pass!

One trip to the IDEA Museum costs $8 per person. A family of four will almost pay for one entire Pogo Pass, AND you still get all the other venues.

The hilarious IMPROV shows at the Phoenix National Comedy Theater cost $14 per show. With the Pogo Pass you get TWO FREE shows. Again, that almost pays for your pass and that’s just one venue!

The savings with the Pogo Pass are so worth it. Maybe you want to be able to have family fun on a budget. Maybe you just like doing new things. Either way, this is a great deal.

Visit pogopass.com to purchase your passes or read more about the venues.

*If you had Pogo Passes in the past but they’ve expired, you can delete the old passes from your account and then add them again to use the new promo code AWIFEANDMOM!

Go get your passes and then tell me all about how much fun you’re having while using it! And don’t forget to tell your friends so you can all go out and have fun together!