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Hooray! Score Around HALF OFF Tickets to Ballet Arizona’s Nutcracker! As Low as $23 Plus Fees (Usually $45-$159 Plus Fees)!


I have been waiting for this one. Today we can all head over here to get around half off tickets to Ballet Arizona’s version of The Nutcracker on Goldstar. Seats are available for $23-$80 plus fees, usually $45-$159 plus fees. 

I would book early to make sure you get the date you want (for a deal)! We love going to this every year, it really is a magical experience.

“The New York Times called Ballet Arizona’s production of Ib Anderson’s The Nutcracker “one of the three finest” in the country. Lovers of ballet, lovers of the holidays or simply lovers of pure, thrilling spectacle flock each year to this Tchaikovsky classic. Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the tale of Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince has enraptured generations of children and adults. Now Ballet Arizona returns with its traditional yet dynamic version of The Nutcracker, which is charged with the stunning choreography of Ib Andersen, the company’s acclaimed artistic director, and accompanied by the Phoenix Symphony. Create a new holiday tradition — or relive memories of holidays past — with Tchaikovsky’s immortal The Nutcracker.:

I’m pretty excited about the new Easy Cancel option on Goldstar too!

“Frequently Asked Questions

What is Easy Cancel?
It’s one of the perks that comes along with buying tickets on Goldstar. It allows you to exchange your current date for another date or pick a new event entirely. These options are available to you as long as the offer (date/time) you purchased is still on sale on our site or app. If you choose to use Easy Cancel, you’ll get Goldstar store credit in the amount of your purchase. Goldstar credit includes the ticket prices as well as any service fees.
How do I use Easy Cancel?
You can start the exchange or credit process by clicking the Use Easy Cancel button on the My Tickets page. From there you just choose the number of tickets you want to cancel and select “confirm.”
How do I know if the offer I purchased is still on sale so I can cancel my tickets?
On your My Tickets page, under the “Need to Change Your Date” section, you’ll see the date and time the offer is set to expire. The offer expiration date/time is set in advance by the ticket supplier and it typically does not change after it’s been set. However, the ticket supplier can close sales early, and occasionally they choose to do so. It’s always best to view the offer expiration date/time at the time you receive your gift or complete your purchase. If you are considering using Easy Cancel, the sooner you can make your decision, the better. If the offer you purchased hasn’t yet expired, you can change dates or get credit for your tickets. If the offer has expired, you will see a message saying that tickets are no longer cancellable.
Will Easy Cancel cost me anything?
No. It is one of the perks of buying on Goldstar, and you get Goldstar credit for both the ticket price and service fees.
What is Goldstar credit? Where does my credited money go?
If you use Easy Cancel, the full value becomes credit on your Goldstar account. This credit never expires and can be used for any purchase on Goldstar. The credit will appear automatically during the checkout process when you make your next purchase. You can see your credit balance on the left side of your Account.
I bought a ticket for a friend who can’t go to the event. Can I get a partial credit?
Yes, with Easy Cancel you can cancel some or all of your tickets for Goldstar credit, as long as the offer (date/time) you purchased is still on sale on our site and app. Just select the number of tickets you would like to return, and you will receive a full Goldstar credit for those tickets and service fees.
Why can’t I use Easy Cancel on every purchase?
You can no longer use Easy Cancel after the offer you purchased has expired because at that point, sales have closed and the will-call list has been sent to the supplier. Once the supplier has received the will-call list, they must be paid for every ticket, so cancellations are not possible. Occasionally, offers may expire earlier than expected due to a supplier request to close sales. Also, there are a very small number of events for which cancellations are never allowed. These special instances are identified before you get to the purchase process so there are no surprises.”

I love this!


Through Tonight Book a Two Night Getaway Cabin at the Greer Lodge Resort for as Low as $89.10/Night (Usually $299/Night)!


If you’re looking for the perfect fall getaway, this could be exactly what you need! Head over here to get a two night stay at a cabin at the Greer Lodge for as low as $89.10/night with code HARVEST (usually $299/night). Code HARVEST is good through tonight (9/25) only.  The weekdays seem to be less expensive than the weekends. The reviews of this place are PHENOMENAL!

“Property at a Glance: Greer Lodge Resort & Cabins

Greer Lodge Resort & Cabins has been welcoming hunters, fishers, and nature lovers since 1948. This rustic lodge on the Little Colorado River is surrounded by the White Mountains and national forests; it features private trout ponds, river vistas, and open spaces perfect for kids and pets in need of stretching their legs. While here, you’ll have access to restaurants and resort-like amenities, yet still be within steps of mountainous wilderness.

  • Cabins have fully equipped kitchens, outdoor grills, flat-screen TVs, covered decks, and views of the river or ponds.
  • Bring your pup: Two dogs up to 50lbs. are welcome in dog-friendly cabins.
  • Praise from the pressSunset magazine named the lodge one of the top nine hotels for nature lovers.
  • Stay connected with free WiFi.
  • Hiking trails abound in the area—there are 16 close by in Greer. You’ll also have free access to nearby national forests.
  • Explore the White Mountains: Sunrise Park Resort, a 30-minute drive away
  • Recent accolade: TripAdvisor’s 2018 Certificate of Excellence”

Enjoy and book fast before they fill up!

Ballet Arizona Offering Free Ballet Under the Stars Performances September 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th at Locations All Over Town!


I’m so happy to see that Ballet Arizona is doing Ballet Under the Stars again this year! Head over here for more information about the performances at locations all over town. They’re all free and loads of fun.

“September 12 – ** NEW LOCATION Tempe Sports Complex, Tempe
September 13 – Fountain Park, Fountain Hills
September 14 – Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, Goodyear
September 15 – Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix
All Performances begin at 7:00 PM

Join us September 12-15 as we kick off the season with free events & dance performances for the whole family in Phoenix and across the Valley. During our annual Ballet Under the Stars program, you’ll have a chance to see several exciting pieces of dance! Don’t miss ballet performances in Phoenix, Tempe, Goodyear, & Fountain Hills this September.

Free and open to the public, Ballet Under the Stars allows Arizona communities to enjoy dance in a unique outdoor setting complete with a stage, lighting, costumes, and beautiful Arizona weather.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a varied program, ranging from classical to contemporary. You won’t want to miss this perfect show for the entire family – it is a great way to introduce ballet to your children for the first time!”

My daughter loves this every year!


Happy First Friday! FREE Admission to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the Heart Museum!


It’s the First Friday of the month and that means it’s a GREAT night to head to downtown Phoenix for First Friday fun.

Admission is FREE to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix from 5-9 PM. Head over here for more information.



Admission to the Heard Museum is free from 6-10 PM. Head over here for more information.

Pick one museum or try to hit both(save huge and learn a TON)!


See the John McCain Documentary Free at Harkins Camelview and Harkins Sedona 6 Sunday at 4!


If you’d like to remember and learn more about our great Senator John McCain, Harkins Theatres is giving us all the opportunity to see the new documentary “For Whom the Bell Tolls” for FREE this Sunday, September 2nd at 4 PM. The showings will be taking place at Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square and Harkins Sedona 6. Head over here for more information on their Twitter page.

John McCain’s family has been in our family’s thoughts and prayers all week. So beautiful to see the tributes to a man who always wanted to unite us. I remember running into him when I was a child hiking with my parents and siblings near Sedona. He was so nice to us, shook all of our hands, and looked us in the eye. I was so impressed with him especially when my dad told me about all he had been through. Wish there were more like him in politics. He makes us all proud to be from Arizona. Rest In Peace Senator McCain ❤.


LAST DAY for Groupon 25% off Deal! Score a BBQ Picnic Package from Can’t Stop Smokin BBQ for $22.50 ($55.94 Value) and More!



It’s the last day (8/29) to head over here and score an extra 25% off Groupons with code FF25. This is EXCELLENT savings on top of savings!

Here are some of my top picks:


Head over here to pick up a BBQ Picnic Package from Can’t Stop Smokin BBQ for $22.50 with code FF25 (a $55.94 value). Note: You must buy the voucher (here’s a link straight to it) then bring it to the restaurant (good at the 2650 East University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85213 location or the 7250 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226 location).

 Check out what’s included:


  • “One pound of beef brisket, tri-tip, pork ribs, or beef ribs
  • One pound of any other meat
  • Two medium sides or three salads of any size
  • One medium cobbler

The restaurant gets great reviews! This sounds much easier than cooking for a Labor Day get together to me (call stores for hours).


You could head over here and get a new Senita Club family membership to the Desert Botanical Garden for $55.12 with code FF25 (usually $109)!

Check out what’s included in the Senita Club membership:


  • Visit as often as you want with unlimited annual admission
  • Receive advance ticket offers for special events
  • Enjoy reciprocal admission to over 300 gardens, arboreta and conservatories
  • Get discounts on classes, plant sales and gifts at the Garden Shop
  • Butterfly Pavilion Admission (Opens March 2017)
  • Enter the Garden an hour earlier than the public every Wednesday and Sunday
  • Subscription to The Sonoran Quarterly magazine
  • Reference privileges in the Garden library
  • Members’ nights at Las Noches de las Luminarias (December)
  • Members’ days at Plant Sales (March and October)
  • Click here for Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine discounted subscription

Member Discounts:

  • Music in the Garden concert tickets
  • Advance ticket offer and discounts for Las Noches de las Luminarias
  • Other special offers for Garden members
  • Classes and workshop fees
  • Guest admission
  • Garden Shop purchases
  • Plant Sale purchases
  • Discounts on rentals at the SRP Visitor Center
Your Senita Club Membership also includes these benefits:
  • Free annual admission for two adults and your children or grandchildren under 18 years of age
  • Two free, one-time guest passes “

This is such a great place to take out of town guests or to visit yourself!


Love tacos? Head over here to score a ticket to the Arizona Taco Festival for $6 with code FF25 (code good through  8/29, tickets usually $13.83)! NOTE: I would buy each ticket individually so you get the $2 off every single one (you can use code FF25 up to three times per account).

The festival is happening 10/14 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

“The Arizona Taco Festival celebrates the Mexican food favorite with a weekend of taco tastings, live entertainment, and interactive events. Each day, more than 50 teams prepare samples of their unique recipes for chicken, beef, pork, or seafood tacos, all competing for cash prizes.

Meanwhile, a special expo on Saturday features more than 100 types of boutique tequila, and live entertainment ranges from lucha libre wrestling to a chihuahua beauty pageant. Other events include chili-pepper-eating contests and live bands playing festive reggae and mariachi sets.”


Save Big at Arizona Museums With 20% off Groupon Code!



Head over here and use code SAVE20 (so happy there was a new one this morning) to get an extra 20% off up to three Groupon local deals. This deal is good through Saturday (8/18) only and is a perfect opportunity to snag AZ museum discounts at a big discount. There are tons of great learning opportunities in our great state!

Head over here and use code SAVE20 to get two admissions to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix for $11.96 ($29.90 value)! Choose to pick tickets from now until September 30th or October 1st-November 18th (perfect if you have a trip planned)!


Head over here to get an adult ticket to the Arizona Science Center along with a Planetarium ticket for $12.76 with code SAVE20 (usually $27). Get a child ticket and Planetarium ticket for $9.56 with code MEGA (usually $21). The discounted tickets are good through September 18th.


Head over here and use code SAVE20 to get four people into the Hall of Flame Museum for $12.80 (usually $28). This tickets are good for 90 days after purchase.


Head over here and use code SAVE20 to get two tickets to the Rosson House museum for $9.20 (usually $18). This was the home of a prominent surgeon in 1895 and I’ve heard great things about the tour.


Head over here to get two tickets to the Biosphere 2 for $22.40 with code SAVE20 (usually $40). Our family really enjoyed our visit (could be a fun day trip to Tucson)!

Enjoy and remember code MEGA is only good through tonight (8/16)!

Get an All Day Pass to H2-WHOA at Lake Pleasant for a Huge Discount!



If you’re looking for something exciting to do you could head over here to get an all day pass to H2-WHOA in Lake Pleasant for just $40 (a $75 value). If you buy passes for four you’ll pay $129  (a $300 value). That comes out to $32.25 a person!

“What You’ll Get:

  • All-Day Pass for One, Two, or Four to H2-Woah

Additional Information:

  • When can I visit?: Water park opens 11 a.m. on Weekdays and 10 a.m on Weekends
  • Recommended for ages 7 and up.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 1, 2018. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 180 days. Call for reservation. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. H2-WHOA is recommended for ages 7 and up, but all ages are welcome to attend. Must sign waiver. Weekends often reach capacity, starting wait times may reach 10–15 minutes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About H2-WHOA

Taking a dip in the nearest body of water is a must come summer’s scorching temps, but H2-WHOA redefines the word “dip”. That’s because its 32-foot high, 80-foot long slides, each ending in a ramp of varying steepness, rocket swimmers up into the air before plummeting them into the cool depths of Lake Pleasant below. The towering colossus is designed for thrill-seekers, letting them catch massive air, flipping and twisting off one of H2-WHOA’s three connected slides. And safety is of high priority here too, with every guest required to wear a life jacket and a resident lifeguard sitting watch.”


Feel Like a Nice Night Out? Get Up to Half Off at Donovan’s! I’m Buying This for My Husband for Father’s Day!


If you feel like a nice night out, head over here to get $80 to spend at Donovan’s Steak and Chop House for $45 or $180 to spend there for $90. This is my husband’s favorite restaurant and I think this would make for an excellent Father’s Day gift.

Update: I just called them and they confirmed the certificate IS VALID on Father’s Day! WOW!

“Choice of:

  • $80 Value Towards Food and Drinks
  • $180 Value Towards Food and Drinks

See the menu

Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

As soon as diners enter Donovan’s Steak and Chop House, it’s clear they’re in an upscale establishment. Whether it’s the handsome dark wood that lines the walls or the expansive wine cellar, winner of Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence, the restaurant oozes sophistication. By combining this VIP atmosphere with a menu of mouthwatering steakhouse cuisine, Donovan’s locations have earned plenty of praise from diners and media outlets alike.

Awards and Accolades
  • Phoenix New Times Best Steakhouse of 2011
  • Top 10 Steakhouses in Metro Phoenix
  • Gold Medallion for Best Steakhouse Fine Dining from California Restaurant Association
  • San Diego location named a AAA four-diamond restaurant in 2016
  • Zagat rated
Steaks By Size
  • 8-ounce Prime filet
  • 10-ounce Prime filet, peppercorn filet
  • 12-ounce new york strip
  • 14-ounce Prime filet
  • 16-ounce new york strip, Cajun rib-eye, Prime rib-eye
  • 20-ounce bone-in new york, Prime porterhouse
  • 24-ounce bone-in rib chop

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Not valid for prix fixe menus. Limit 3 per person, may buy 2 additional as gift(s). Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Must use promotional value in 1 visit(s). Valid only for option purchased. Valid only at listed locations. Not valid for happy hour specials. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.”

Have a Big Surf Trip Planned? Score Tickets for $13.60 Good Any Day This Summer (Usually $32.95)!


If you have a Big Surf trip planned any day this summer, head over here to get tickets for $13.60 each with code QUICK20 (code good through 6/5)! Tickets are usually $32.95 so this is a huge savings!

Friends don’t let friends pay more than they have to.

Have so much fun!