Rod Words AZ

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well! Today, I returned to the local farmer’s market that I was lucky enough to participate in a few years ago, it was so great to be out there again. So a lot of my free time this past week was spent in the kitchen, except for Thursday night. I was very fortunate to take part in a unique blog event taking place at Rod Works located at the shops of Norterra, one of two of the AZ locations. All together they have 9 locations in AZ, Utah, Nevada, California and very soon adding store #10 in Colorado.

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When we (we meaning my sister and I, she blogs at first arrived, we were greeted with so much warmth and kindness that we felt that we were entering someone’s home instead of an amazing shop. I was blown away by how much stuff there was to look at. My family and I are huge Halloween deco fans, so beyond entering we noticed the beautiful Halloween display located in the very front of the store, that any passerby would be drawn to.  This store is like so many but like nothing I have ever been to and I know that sounds confusing but it had so many things. I had such a hard time picking my absolute favorite part and products of the store that I simply can’t. Once I got home I was instantly planning my next visit, and I’m so excited for the Christmas Decorations that will gracing the walls of this homey store very soon!

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I also received a pretty sweet swag bag containing, a Shops of Norterra To go hot beverage cup, Some adorable glasses from Amazing Lash Studio, 3 different gift certificates to Norterra Salon and Spa, a coupon to Texas Roadhouse and also a coupon for Charming Charlie’s. As well as, when signing up to participate in this event, my sister and I received a $75 gift card(each) to spend at Rod Works. The prices are so incredibly reasonable, it was unreal. My sister and I easily got nearly a dozen items between the two of us and definitely left wanting more and eager to return. Along with many incredible attributes of this store is they will help you design and decorate any space you need help with! To give you an idea of what sort of store they are, check out their website at,

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If you happen to live in the Phoenix/Gilbert area, on September 30, 2017 they are hosting a “Ghouls Night Out” Party. Where they will have prizes, treats and 20% off entire purchase for all of their customers! If you love fun, love, Halloween, cottage chic, kitchen décor and so much more, you will absolutely love this store!


Here is a picture of the haul that my sister and I made while shopping and mingling with fellow AZ bloggers.



I just want to take a second to thank everyone that put this amazing event together and to the wonderful shop owners, Eileen and Scott Salmon for opening their doors to us bloggers.

While I did receive some pretty great “treats “all of these thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have a great day!!


Music Monday


Hello Everyone!

I hope this Monday finds you all well and happy! Last week was all sorts of stupid, work issues, messed up schedules, starting a new adventure (one I’m really excited about) and a rather stressful cookie order/pick-up. I won’t go into detail but I really really really hope this week goes better. To kind of share what I’ve been up to, last weekend I did a quick trip to California with my family for my little sister’s birthday, last Monday my mom and I got an order on our Etsy store. Then this passed weekend, on Saturday I got fitted for “fancy” running shoes, not really fancy just way more appropriate for the type of training I will be starting very soon. I ended up with Brooks Ghost 9’s and I’m very excited about that, considering I’m now a Brooks endorsed runner. Please save the congratulations, anyone can become one. After getting the shoes, I went shopping with my sisters then with my mom. Then on Sunday, father’s day, we made breakfast for my dad, then took him to see Cars 3, review coming soon, then dinner at a local Mexican food restaurant.

So busy and sometimes irritated but overall good times on my end. I thought we could try something new this Monday, probably won’t be every Monday but just a fun little feature. The title kind of gives it away, Music Monday, where I share my Top 5 songs (of the week or month) and hopefully you’ll share yours!

So without further ado, here are my top 5 of this week:

  1. “Ground Control (Feat. Tegan and Sara)”- Artist: All Time Low Album: Last Young Renegade
  2. “Believer”-Artist: Imagine Dragons
  3. “Barcelona”-Artist: Ed Sheeran Album: Divide
  4. “Rejects”-Artist: 5 Seconds Of Summer
  5. “Life Changes” -Artist: Good Charlotte


Happy Listening!

Donut Worry, Be Happy


Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well! I have some exciting news…..On Wednesday evening, I made the jump and signed up for the 2017 Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, which includes:

  • The Spider-Man 5K: Friday, November 10, 2017
  • Infinity Gauntlet Challenge:
  • Thor 10K: Saturday, November 11, 2017
  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon: Sunday, November 12, 2017

So all of that equals to 22.4 miles over the span of 3 days. I’ll be arriving in Anaheim on my 28th birthday, November 9, and going to packet pick-up and the expo where I will most likely spend way too much money. The following day I will be getting up really freaking early and doing a 5k, I’ve done quite a few so I’m not really worried about it. Once that’s completed, I’ll probably try to nap, go get some breakfast and then go to Disneyland and California Adventure. After a few hours I’ll need to go to bed, to wake up really freaking early again to do the Thor 10k, which will be my first 10k ever. After that, nap, breakfast and beach. Then sleep to get up for the last time on this trip, you guessed it, really freaking early and do my first runDisney half marathon but second overall half marathon. From all of that, I will receive 4 medals, I’m excited but nervous but a good nervous.

I think because of this we should all celebrate by having a doughnut. And if you don’t want to celebrate with me, have a doughnut anyway for National Doughnut Day!

As a sweet deal, you can go to Dunkin Donuts and receive a free doughnut when you purchase any beverage. If you would rather work for your reward, below you will find one of my favorite recipes for cake doughnuts.

  • 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 Cup Margarine or Butter, Melted or 1/4 Cup Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs, Slightly Beaten
  • Oil for Deep Frying

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Stir in remaining ingredients except oil for frying, just until dry ingredients are moistened. If desired, refrigerate dough for easier handling.

Fill large saucepan or electric skillet 2/3 full with oil. Heat to 375 Degrees F. On a well floured surface, knead dough 1 to 2 minutes or until dough is no longer sticky. Roll half the dough at a time to 1/2 inch thickness; cut with floured doughnut cutter. With pancake turner, slip doughnuts and holes into hot oil. Fry doughnuts and holes 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown. Drain on paper towel. If desired, roll doughnuts and holes in powdered or granulated sugar, cinnamon-sugar mixture or drizzle with glaze Makes about 30 doughnuts.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!!!