Monday, June 6, 2016

Wildlife Festival & Chuckwagon at Wildlife West - Edgewood, NM

Wildlife Festival & Chuckwagon at Wildlife West

News release: 

Join the celebration of New Mexico’s native wildlife at Wildlife West Nature Park’s Wildlife Festival in Edgewood on Saturday, June 18.  Wildlife West’s zoo is one of the few places where people can be close to and observe wildlife in their natural habitat.  Get a behind the scenes tour of Koshari, a 500 pound black bear, Wiley Coyote and the newest arrivals – two 8 month old mountain lions. Tours start at 10 a.m. and run each hour throughout the day.        
This year’s Festival will include a special presentation by Joe Viljoen from the ChaZen Nature Conservation & Education Center located in the Vredefort Dome in South Africa, an international World Heritage Site and largest and oldest meteorite structure on earth. Come hear about their efforts to promote wildlife conservation and learn about exciting opportunities for African safaris near their Center that will benefit Wildlife West.  Other presenters include US Fish and Wildlife, Herpetological Society with their reptiles and other environmental conservation groups.
Stay for the first of the summer season Cowboy Chuckwagon and Western Swing Dinner Show beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a free-flight Peregrine Falcon show by Tom Smylie, Falcon expert.  Come see these incredible birds and learn how the fastest raptor on earth survives in the wild.  Then a barbeque dinner, followed by live western-swing music performance by the Bucketeers, ending at 9 p.m.  The show is held in a covered all-weather amphitheater and includes a free hayride.  Reservations for the dinner are required by 2 p.m. on the day of the show.  Chuckwagon tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $12 for children 5-11, and kids under 5 are free.
All activities throughout the day, except for the Chuckwagon Dinner Show, are included with regular admission to Wildlife West:  $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 students and children under 5 are free, plus free parking. 
Wildlife West is located just 25 minutes east of Albuquerque, off Interstate-40 and legendary Route 66 in Edgewood. To make reservations for the Chuckwagon show call 505-281-7655, or for more information visit    

Photo:  Wildlife West’s newest arrival – two 8 month old Mountain Lions, Photo by Roger Holden, volunteer for Wildlife West

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

DIY Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

Do you have any DIY gift ideas for teachers?

Last year, we made these super cool rose vases:

Roses came from my garden, glass bowls and decorative pebles from a dollar store. 

This year we also gave flowers and personalized notebooks I scored on Amazon. 
I had to add a DIY item :-) It was the Stress Relief emergency kit I made with recycled bubble wrap:

And I  received this brilliant gift from my student! 
So clever and thoughtful!

What are your ideas for do-it-yourself gifts for teachers?

I'm working on some presents for the last day of school :-)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Mexico International Auto Show 2016

Hundreds of new cars, trucks and SUVs filled the Albuquerque Convention Center for the 2016 New Mexico International Auto Show ! It's been our second time attending this family event, and just like a year ago, we had a great time this past weekend :-) 

Drive FCA! Experience made it possible for attendees to drive and experience the latest models from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and FIAT with no additional charge or pressure to buy (all without leaving the show). My husband really enjoyed getting behind the wheel and test driving the latest models. Here are his FCA Impressions:

At the 2016 New Mexico International Auto Show I drove four vehicles from Fiat-Chrysler America (FCA).  Specifically, the Fiat 500 Abarth, Chrysler 300, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Renegade.  I'd say the biggest surprise was the Renegade.  It seemed well appointed and for my size/style a very good fit.  I would have liked to have spent more time in it.  I drove the 300 because last year I was very surprised at it's solid delivery, smooth power, comfortable ride, and a drive that belied it's large size.  It was a pleasant surprise in 2015, and it seemed only better in 2016.  I am typically a small car buyer, but if I was in the market for a larger family car, I would definitely shop the 300 against well known foreign examples.  The Cherokee met expectations, and again, like the 300, drove smaller than it seems on the outside.  Comfy, with a more spacious cabin than I recall from previous encounters.  I can't say I like the rotary shift knob, however, it's just unusual for me! Last, the 500 Abarth--small, very fun, and definitely punching a class above its weight.  I daily drive a modified Golf GTI, so I was hoping I knew what to expect from the 500 Abarth, and I was not disappointed.  The car rags always gush about the engine note in the Abarth 500 when it's wound-up, and it's every bit true.  It sounds fierce!  It seems like the perfect fun car for someone who doesn't need much room and has an itch for having fun on every corner.
I got a chance to enhance my knowledge about different brands of cars :-) 
One of my favorite cars were: Volkswagen Golf R, Ford Focus RS and Volvo S60 Cross Country. 

Our daughter had a blast driving battery powered vehicles, as well as getting inside the biggest vehicles she could find :-)

Thank you for the opportunity :-)

See you there next year!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The New Mexico International Auto Show 2016

Last year my family attended this event for the first time and we really enjoyed it!
This year we're coming back :-) 
Stay tuned for our coverage and we hope to see you there!
Ticket information HERE.

From Friday, April 15th through Sunday, April 17th, show-goers can test drive any available award winning vehicle from FCA US. 

Just for participating in the Drive FCA! experience, show-goers are entered into the 2016 FCA US National Giveaway for a chance to win $45,000 towards a vehicle from the Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands.  A winner is drawn in early 2017. Please refer to the media alert below to find a list of the exact vehicles that will be available onsite.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest

Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest
Saturday, March 19 
& Sunday, March 20! 


Friday, March 4, 2016

Instrument Petting Zoo - FREE Family Event

Saturday, March 5th, 2016
UNM's Keller Hall (across the lobby from Popejoy Hall) 
Noon - 1:00 PM

This super fun annual event is made possible by the UNM Music Prep School and UNM NAfME (N'tl Assoc. for Music Educators)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Win a $30 gift card to the Frontier Restaurant!

Visit PerksABQ on Facebook and try your luck at winning a $30 gift certificates to the Frontier Restaurant! That sounds really yummy :-)

Act fast - the giveaway ends on Sunday, January 10th, 2016 at 3pm.

Good luck!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sign up to win a free business spotlight!

Local giveaway from Shawna Baker Photography!

Shine The Spotlight On Your Business!
Your business has a story!  Tell it through custom imagery and social media promotion.  Every business has a story, whether it’s an established family-owned business or a start-up. And your story matters!  Your customers and potential customers want to  have a look & feel for your business.  With custom photography, you determine the unique identity for your business. Emotions greatly impact our buying decisions, and unique images make your business relatable. Original images help your customers have familiarity, comfort, confidence and trust in your business.  Quite simply, that association becomes stronger when presented visually.  And an added bonus of custom images is building a library of photos that can be leveraged in perpetuity!  And where does your beautiful custom imagery go?  Where your customer is…and your customer is online, and mobile.  Shawna Baker Photography promotes your Business Spotlight via multiple channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and more, in addition to use on your own website and social channels.  Let’s tell your story!
Spotlight Includes:
Up to 15 custom images (one location)
Interview for story/content
Published blog with embedded custom images
License to unlimited use of images forever
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To enter, click HERE
Good luck! 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Winner, winner!

Today I picked up my prize I won from The 12 Days of KISSmass contest

It's a beautiful silver ring from Shelton Jewelers! I'm very happy with it :-)

 Thank you KISS 97.3

You can still register to win today's prize! Go to: 


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Albuquerque Hopfest - discount code!


Isleta Resort & Casino


Use a discount code – FRUGAL for 10% off general admission and extra hoppy tickets througt August 28th!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Macaroni & Cheese Festival - Albuquerque 08.15.15

I won a pair ot tickets to go to the Mac & Cheese Festival! Yay! 
This weekend in Albuquerque :-)