Monday, December 8, 2014

Winner of Just Sports Giveaway

We are excited to announce the winner of the $100 gift card to Just Sports.

I had my two five year olds randomly pick ....

Jonathan Rogers

Jonathan said, "My two boys love sports. What is really fun is that my wife and daughter love sports too. My wife texts me updates on games when I am at work and she knows exactly what is going on. We all love football and we have gone to the Cardinals training camp for the past few years. With the gift card, we would get Cardinals gear for everyone. My boys turned into huge John Brown fans after his catch and dance against the Rams."

Jonathan, we are excited to see you get some new Cardinal gear!  Just e-mail us your mailing address at contactus@iheartaz.com.

Remember, shop local this holiday season and for the fans in your life, check out Just Sports.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Just Sports Giveaway



Monday, December 1, 2014

Introducing I Heart AZ's Big Holiday Guide

Here is a little (or a BIG) early Christmas present from our families to yours. This guide took us longer than expected because there is SO MUCH fun to be had in Arizona this winter and it took a lot of work to get it all ready for you. 

We hope you will find it useful and if you do, that you'd consider sharing it with your friends and family. 

Here it is!


Our Big Holiday Guide includes 30+ pages of things to do: 
  • A huge event calendar of things to do in the Valley and around AZ
  • Snow trip ideas
  • Local shopping ideas
  • Places to buy fresh Christmas trees
  • Suggestions for seeing holiday lights
...and more!

We hope this guide will help to inspire you and your family to have a great holiday season. We love it when we get to lead our readers to a new favorite activity so let us know what you enjoy (and what you don't.)

We hope you can use this to plan a fun and memorable fall season.  
As always, you can contact us via email at contactus@iheartaz.com or on our facebook page. 

Thank you to Angela Hardison for the cover design for our Holiday Guide. And thank you to YOU! Thank you for reading and thank you, thank you, for sharing what we do with your friends and family. 


If you are already subscribed to our email list, check your inbox!

If you would like to subscribe to make sure you receive all of our seasonal guides, click here.

With love,

Kathryn and Marily


P.S.  Don't forget to enter our $100 giveaway to locally owned Just Sports!



Own a local company? Are you interested in advertising in future guides or on our website? Email us at contactus@iheartaz.com  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sneak Peak at I Heart AZ's 2014 Big Holiday Guide: Events


We have been working hard to finish our 2014 Holiday Guide and wanted to give you a little Thanksgiving Day present: a sneak peak at our Calendar of Events section.  We hope you enjoy and subscribe below so that you can receive the full guide on Monday in your e-mail inbox!  The guide will be complete with snow day ideas, a buy local guide, listing of holiday concerts and theater, a guide to Christmas light displays in the valley, Christmas farms and more.  Remember to subscribe here.

Click here to subscribe to the full guide!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Charming Pony Parties' Winter FROZENland Giveaway

The movie Frozen is big time in many many houses across the country, probably even the world.  It has taken parents by storm (hah - catch my little pun?).  Well, with four little girls, Frozen fever hit my house too, but probably for a different reason:

8 years ago I named one of my precious baby girls, Elsa.  I also have a daughter named Annie.  At least I don't have an Olaf.
My Elsa dressed as Queen Elsa for Halloween.  This costume proved a bit more tricky to sew than I had anticipated.  I ended up hot gluing parts of it instead.  Hah.
So here, Frozen is personal.  My girls LOVE the movie, LOVE dancing to the songs over and over, LOVE singing the songs over and over, LOVE dressing up like Elsa, and LOVE their Elsa and Anna dolls.

We have posted about The Polar Express and The North Pole Experience, two popular winter destinations here is Arizona.  But, I recently found out about a holiday event that would make my daughters squeal:  Charming Pony Parties' Winter Frozenland where kids can come and play with Elsa, Anna and Olaf in real snow.  Included in tickets are Anna, Elsa, and Olaf character meet and greets, a petting zoo, horse and carriage rides, 30 tons of real snow to play in, and pony rides.  For an additional charge you can book pictures with Santa, shop at the vendor boutique, and purchase food and hot chocolate from food trucks.

Click here for how to enter the giveaway!

Tips and Tricks for the Grand Canyon Railway's Polar Express



Each year the Grand Canyon Railway is transformed into the Polar Express.  Riding on the Polar Express is a popular winter activity for many Arizona families.  In our family, while our kids are little and aren't requesting expensive electronics for Christmas, we keep Christmas day simple and like to spend more of our holiday budget on family activities.  We enjoyed our family trip to the North Pole via the Polar Express two winters ago when my girls were ages 6 and 3.  It was a magical time.  But sometimes the amount of magic depends on how prepared you are as a parent.  Was this a perfect trip?  Nope.  Two adults, four little girls is not always a blissful experience.  But, our trip was made better because we took the time to gather tips from other family members who had previously gone.  This is not a sponsored post.  I just wanted to share some of the tips and tricks that helped us.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bearizona: Arizona's North American Wildlife Park


Bearizona - Arizona's North American wildlife park.  Located just minutes from Williams, Arizona, Bearizona is a unique Arizona adventure.  Enjoy seeing wolves, black bears, bison, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats from the comforts of your own vehicle.  We loaded up our girls, paid the admission, tuned our radio to the guided tour station and were off.  It felt very Jurrasic park-ish, without the nerves that I'd actually be eaten alive.  Of course some enclosures you can have windows down and some, you better roll up and be safe.  My girls were in awe and my husband and I were too!  We had never been so close to some of these wild animals. 
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