Sunday, May 14, 2017

March for Babies - March of Dimes

Saturday, May 6th 2017
UNM Johnson Field

Trooping with The Galactic Academy Ord Mantell School of New Mexico
and 501st Dewback Ridge Garrison 

Monday, January 16, 2017

National Parks open for free today!

Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Free admission to the U.S. National Parks :)

New Mexico:

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
White Sands National Monument
Valles Caldera National Preserve

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

#SpottheWonder & Win $1921, Camera and More at Balloon Fiesta!

Wonder will be hosting a #SpotTheWonder  contest.  Attendees will have a chance to win $1,921, a high-end camera and special items from Wonder by uploading their #SpotTheWonder photos of the balloon or Wonder vehicle on Twitter and Instagram during the festival.

Wonder® Balloon Takes Flight at 45th Annual
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

THOMASVILLE, Ga. – Wonder®, one of America’s most iconic brands, will fly high above Albuquerque, N.M., Oct. 1-9, 2016 as the colorful hot air Wonder Balloon takes flight at the 45th Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.Festival attendees and Albuquerque residents are encouraged to upload their photos of the Wonder Balloon during the 9-day festival using #SpotTheWonder on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win a high-end camera and $1,921, a nod to the year the Wonder Bread brand was born.
The awe-inspiring Wonder Balloon, which has been flying for 15 years, is more 90 feet high and 75 feet wide, and when fully inflated, is large enough to hold more than 90,000 basketballs. It will be one of approximately 500 hot air balloons at theAlbuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the largest gathering of its kind in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Wonder is partnering with Special Spaces of Albuquerque, an organization that creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses, to give one special child the chance to take part in this magnificent gathering through a VIP experience. Wonder Bread will also be making an impactful donation to Special Spaces to support the construction of its next bedroom, so one more deserving child from Albuquerque has a place of peace and comfort.

Balloon pilots from all over the world, including the Wonder Balloon’s own veteran pilot Chris Sabia will fly in the event, taking advantage of the famous “Albuquerque Box” – a weather phenomenon where the lowest winds are moving in one direction and the higher level winds are moving in another – created by the Rio Grande Valley and enhanced by the Sandia Mountains. The “box” enables balloonists to backtrack their flight path at times and land close to their launch site.

“I took my first ride in a hot air balloon when I was 12 years old; it was a birthday gift from my father. My love for ballooning and my aviation career took off from that point on,” Sabia explains. “I pilot the Wonder Balloon in festivals all across the country and seeing the look of awe and wonder on the faces of spectators as they watch these giants ascend up into the sky reminds me every day what a dream job I have.”

About Wonder
The Wonder brand was born in 1921 after Elmer Cline, an executive with Taggart Baking Company was "filled with wonder" by the sight of hundreds of balloons creating a kaleidoscope of color at the International Balloon Race at the Indianapolis Speedway. Inspiration struck, a brand was born and, for the last 90 years, the wonders haven't ceased. Wonder Bread fans can learn more at and get recipes and ideas at and Bread is owned by Flowers Foods  (NYSE: FLO), one of the largest producers of fresh packaged bakery foods in the U.S. Flowers operates bakeries across the country that produce a wide range of bakery products. Among the company's top brands are Wonder, Nature’s Own and Tastykake. Learn more at

Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Chairlift Rides - Ski Santa Fe

Have you visited Santa Fe ski area in the Fall? Check Ski Santa Fe website  for information about chairlift rides and other activities going on this month. We went there last weekend and the views were just spectacular!!!

Photo credit: JCJ

Saturday, September 24, 2016

H&M Albuquerque NM - Summer Sale!

Going shopping this weekend? Visit H&M in Coronado Shopping Center! I love the brand and I love SALES :-) I got men's shorts for $7 (reduced from $29.99), child's shorts for $3 and a child's swimsuit for $3 (the tag said $7).  
Yes, I love $3 items! And if you bring a bag of clothes to donate, you will receive a 15% off coupon. Here are some photos to give you more ideas. Happy shopping!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Dirty Dash at Wildlife West Nature Park

 *** News Release from Wildlife West Nature Park ***

Sign up now for the incredibly fun in the mud Dirty Dash 5K run through Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood on Saturday, August 20th.  The Dirty Dash is where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year old’s fantasy. This year the course promises to be more mud and less torture with 12 obstacles and 8 mud pits.  All ages are welcome and costumes are encourage.
     Free parking and showers at the end. Register now on the Dirty Dash website at and to see pictures of past events.
     The Dirty Dash is held in locations around the country and partners with nonprofit organizations by contributing some proceeds to Wildlife West for this one day event. In addition, they will donate $75 per person to the rescued wildlife at the Park for every volunteer who works at least 6 hours setting up before the event and during the run.  Call Wildlife West to volunteer at 505-281-7655 or visit for more information about the Park.

Photo by Roger Holden:  Dirty Dash participants race through the mud at Wildlife West during the event last year.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Star Trek prize pack win!

I have been, slowly, entering contests again :-)

I have won this cool Star Trek Beyond prize pack!  I haven't seen the movie yet but I have a perfect jacket to wear to the theatre, lol. Actually, the jacket is for my husband :) I just like the winning, the prizes I usually give away :)
This win is very encouraging. I am motivated to be entering more contests!

You can't win if you don't enter :)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

14th Annual Edgewood Music & Art Festival Wildlife West Nature Park, July 28-31

14 Bands Perform at
14th Annual Edgewood Music & Art Festival
Wildlife West Nature Park, July 28-31

   Hot Texas Swing Band and The Blue Canyon Boys will join 12 other bands for a jammed-pack, foot-stomping 14th Annual Edgewood Music & Arts Festival on July 28-31, 2016 at Wildlife West Nature Park.  Don’t miss this phenomenal music Festival that also includes a high energy Country Western Swing Barn Dance, musicians’ workshops with the headliner bands, local and regional artists, and activities for kids.  Plus wildlife viewing, hayrides, specialty craft beer by local Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, and free camping and parking. All performances are held on 2 stages in a covered all-weather amphitheater and historic pinto bean barn with plenty of seating and shade.
            This 4-day Festival starts on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. with a delicious Cowboy Chuckwagon BBQ and music by Holy Water & Whisky. The Blue Canyon Boys, a premier bluegrass band of the Rocky Mountain West, takes the stage on Friday night along with another fabulous Chuckwagon BBQ. Come early to walk around the wildlife zoo and at 5:30 p.m. a special free-flight Peregrine Falcon demonstration will be presented by world-renowned falconer Tom Smylie. Reservations for the Chuckwagon dinner shows are required by 2 p.m. on day of show.
            Backed by a passion for traditional Western Swing, the 6-member Hot Texas Swing Band, will perform for the Country Western Swing Barn Dance featuring Paul Anastasio on fiddle on Friday at 7:30 p.m.. Anastasio has toured with Merle Haggard and Asleep at the Wheel. Tickets for the Barn Dance are just $10. The dance floor has been expanded so bring your dancing boots for these energetic bands.
On Saturday, bands change each hour, starting at 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. With one boot in Cowboy music and the other in Swing, the talented Hot Texas Swing Band will perform throughout the weekend. The Blue Canyon Boys blend incredible pitch-perfect harmonies and hard driving instrumental proficiency, becoming one of Colorado’s most celebrated and award winning groups. This fast-paced 4-day Festival also includes the lively all-female trio JeeZ LaWeeZ, Kubatana Marimba Southwest, Singing Pilgrims, Atomic Grass, Cali Shaw Duo, Red Light Ramblers, Roadrunner String Band and more.
On Sunday, performers start at noon and play until 4 p.m. beginning with Kombucha Marimba Ensemble, Holly Water & Whiskey, followed by the headliner bands Hot Texas Swing Band and Blue Canyon Boys. 
The Festival will have a variety of tasty foods and local craft beer, which is a beer made in a traditional or non-mechanized way by Moriarty’s Sierra Blanca Brewery.  Plus an amazing juggler for the kids. Throughout the weekend, visitors can stroll around the wildlife zoo and experience wildlife up close in their natural habitat, including Wildlife West’s newest arrivals – two nine-month old cougars, 500-pound black bear, elk, javelina, crested caracaras and more. It is fun for the entire family ─ children under 12 are free. 
Get a discount by buying tickets now online at See the website for a complete list of performers and times, more information and advanced discount tickets, or call Wildlife West at 505-281-7655, toll free 877-981-9453
Don’t miss this incredible line-up of musicians in a beautiful high desert setting that is just 25 minutes east of Albuquerque off Interstate-40 in Edgewood. The festival is made possible in part by the New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.  

What: 14th Annual Edgewood Music & Art Festival
When:  Thursday – Sunday, July 28-31, 2016
Thursday 5:30 p.m.Free-flight Peregrine Falcon show, Chuckwagon BBQ with Holy Water & Whiskey
Friday5:30 p.m.Free-flight Peregrine Falcon show, Chuckwagon BBQ with Blue Canyon Boys
Friday7:30 p.m. Country Western Swing Barn Dance with Hot Texas Swing Band
Saturday11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Bands change hourly on 2 stages, see for schedule
Sundaynoon – 4 p.m. Bands change hourly
Where:  Wildlife West Nature Park, 87 North Frontage Road, Edgewood, 25 minutes east of Albuquerque off I-40, take exit 187 and follow the signs.
Cost:  Thursday & Friday Chuckwagon BBQ & Music show $28 at gate, advance tickets: $25 adults, $23 seniors, $12 for children 5-11 years, free for children under 5 years; or purchase multi-day pass below.
Friday Barn Dance:  $10
4 day pass Thursday-Sunday, $85 at gate, $80 advance
3 day pass Friday-Sunday, $60 at gate or $55 advance
2 day pass Saturday & Sunday, $35 at gate $30 advance
Children under 12 admitted free on Saturday & Sunday
Purchase discount tickets online or full price at door 
Contact: Wildlife West Nature Park 505-281-7655, toll free 877-0981-9453, or


Thank you Wildlife West Nature Park for the information :)

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!