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Arizona State Fair 2018-Monster Trucks

Posted on 28 October, 2018 at 2:24 Comments comments (11804)

                                                               Arizona State Fair 2018
Our visit to the fair this year was a little special. We toured the fair with Special (Needs) lenses, and observed from a sensory sensitive perspective.
The best way to share this is with a check list.
Parking was affordable, accessible, and available. The entire fair is encircled with copious offsite, and onsite inexpensive parking.
Admission/Rates ranged from $7-10 entry fee, and individual ride and game fees varied. Bands and discounts are available on designated days. Please visit the site   .
Toilets/Facilities were clean, convenient , family friendly, and average wait periods.
Handicap Accessible Amenities were available, and affordable. We were fortunate enough to park onsite, and effortlessly navigated through the parking lot. Upon entering the gate we immediately noticed rental scooters , and wheel chairs available for use. Handicap accessible ramps were visible, and staffed with friendly accommodating customer service representatives.
Sensory/Safety Accommodations available (for a fee) to patrons were ear plugs, and ear muffs. Tactile Accommodations was a small foot massaging machine conveniently  positioned close to the exit.  For one quarter the machine offers a seat, and welcomely timed foot massages to comfort your tired feet. My son has sensory challenges, and discovered something special in this device.
Food Booths were abundant, special diet friendly (Fruit, and drinks for Vegetarians), and unique. Let’s face it, this is why we visit state fairs- we want the unique foods that typically aren’t available anywhere else.  ATM machines were properly positioned, and convenient.
Paparazzi-Upon entering, Photographers greeted patrons, and (for a fee) offered professional fair photos-This beats a selfie stick any day.
Arizona State Fail 2018 delivered an incredible variety of friendly unique rides, entertainment,vendors, and games.

The highlight of our visit was a special behind the scenes visit with All Star Motorsport Productions  I had the pleasure of meeting with All Star Motorsport Productions Event Coordinator Stacey.  Stacey gave a quick interview. I asked Stacey the following questions;
1. Are there any special skills required to become a Monster Truck Driver?  Stacey explained that most Monster Truck drivers have been connected to trucks, motorsports, and racing. Majority of the Monster Truck operators love trucks, enjoy traveling, are very flexible, family friendly, and have some form of basic auto mechanic skills. 

2. How long have you been affiliated with Monster Trucks? Stacey told me that he has always loved trucks and motorsports since he was six years old. Stacey actually started operating(in some form) Monster Trucks about 17 years ago and is passionate about the industry. Stacey talked about how he thoroughly enjoys the crowds, the families, and the explosive energy from the audience.   

3. How are the large Monster Trucks transported? Majority of the equipment is disassembled, and packed in a large trailer truck. An inventoried stock of tools, tires, engine chassis, and mechanic components are neatly stored in one unit with the Monster Trucks. The large trailer trucks have comfortable truck driver sleeping quarters customized for one driver or a small family.
4. Does All Star Motorsport Productions travel and tour all over the USA? Yes,  provides a schedule/events link with tour dates, Etc. I asked about snow, and how shows are performed in colder climates. Stacey told me that shows scheduled in colder areas have indoor venues available. Stacey commented that The Fourth of July Weekend is one of many popular holiday events. 

The entire All Star Monstersport Productions Monster Truck Show was incredible.  We observed an elite  team of professional  individuals connect with the crowd, and deliver an energetic, explosive show that left me excited about attending my next Monster Truck event. The show provided Monster Truck rides(3-D Dog Monster Truck), stunts, tricks, and action packed fun. Please RACE to tomorrow’s Arizona State Fair to experience a Bucket List task. If you can’t make it to the show tomorrow, please visit , Follow on Twitter @AllStarMonster , Like on Facebook, and  follow allstarmonster on Instagram . 
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Gluten Free In AZ

Posted on 3 June, 2018 at 22:23 Comments comments (7113)
My how time flies. The GFAF Expo will be in Glendale, AZ in June. We have been fortunate to attend most of the Arizona expos, and find each event more exciting every year. The term Gluten Free is a word that was almost foreign more than 20 years ago. We are so very pleased to know that awareness, variety, and healthy choices is now the NORM. Restaurants, schools, hospitals, coffee shops, and most retail shops offer consumers the option, and empowers them with the freedom to now dine out and explore recipes/dishes. We look forward to learning more exciting things, and meeting some incredibly wonderful people. 
Please feel free to follow up with us on Twitter, and share some of your heartfelt stories of your visit to the GFAF Expo. Below are details about this exciting event.

When: The GFAF Expo is Saturday 23 June 2018, and Sunday 24 June 2018. 
What Time: 10:00AM-3:00PM
Where:  The Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa (Media Center) spa                                                                    Located: 9495 W. Coyotes Boulevard Glendale, Arizona 85305
Parking is FREE!

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Power to the People-Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo Phoenix

Posted on 23 January, 2015 at 12:24 Comments comments (4925)
GFAF managed to wow the Valley again. This year's expo was chocked full of booths and vendors sharing samples and knowledge. The event was a one day expo this year, unlike last
year's two day expo. The lines moved quickly, and we were spoiled with so many samples that I had no room for dinner that evening. The variety of local and national vendors also stood out more this year. We make a point of attending the GF&AF Expo, as quite a few of our followers are parents/caregivers of kiddos diagnosed special needs with food allergy challenges. Food allergies is a number one topic amongst our community. I actually talked to families(at the GF&AF Expo) who have testimonies about how their whole world changed, based on modifying their diet. Knowledge and insight is empowering. The power to control how, what and why we need to eat certain foods allows one to break things(nutrition) down to the most basic level. I honestly think that when we shop, and look at food/nutrition from a wellness perspective, we tend to refrain from buying so much junk. Valuing the impact of how food affects us is the mission of GFAF Expo.  
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GFAF Expo In Phoenix, AZ

Posted on 15 January, 2015 at 2:15 Comments comments (6921)
Well, It is that time again. GFAF Expo Time. We were honored with the priviledge to attend last year's GFAF Expo. Not only was the entire experience enlightening. We met some awesome attendees/vendors, and walked away with a wealth of knowledge. We hope to see you again this year at the Expo. Just in case you forgot, the event is on Saturday 17 January 2015 10:00AM-4:00PM at Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa  9495 W. Coyotes Boulevard Glendale, Arizona 85305
Phone: (623) 937-3700. For GFAF Expo Info, and ticket purchases, please visit

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MIMS The Word

Posted on 5 March, 2014 at 23:14 Comments comments (9760)
Last month I conducted a visit to the MIM(Musical Instrument Museum). Let's just say that this is probably one of the most exciting interactive museums in Arizona, or maybe even the world. The tour began with a check in at the front desk, literature(map/guide)and a ticket purchase. Part of the MIM ticket purchase included an awesome set of headphones(loaners only), and a free souvenir bracelet(same one on sale at the gift shop for less than $4.00). I was fortunate enough to receive a personal tour from the MIM staff. I later toured the museum on my own. The awesome headphones that I received at the beginning of my tour replaced my live tour guides. The interactive headphones are programmed to personally launch music, and details of each exhibit. It literally feels like a personal tour guide is in your head. The headset is aesthetically suitable, and adjustable for volume and comfort. The MIM has exhibits of each and every music instrument in the world(A-Z), including origin and history. There is a private children's area designated for younger kiddos. It has chairs ,tables and enticing brightly colored décor. Small group gatherings are held in this area. This children's area is kid friendly, and equipped with a family restroom close by for breaks. In addition to having instruments from every country,The MIM has an interactive area for children and adults. This is the area that I suggest you visit toward the end of the tour. I suggest this because this is the only area in the entire MIM space that actually allows the children and adults an opportunity to play the instruments. This interactive area taps into  three of the five senses- Hear/Audio, See/Visually, Feel/Tactile. The other senses (Taste and Smell) are fulfilled  at the Café.  

The MIM has scheduled concerts, and a variety of classes and workshops for children, and schools. The music collections showcased are incredible. Music collection pieces have costumes, and clothing actually worn by the artists. I was literally star struck, at each turn.

The MIM has a Café called Café Allegro which features  everything from locally grown to international cuisine. The café caters to all types of diets from Vegan to Gluten Free, with a unique variety of other exciting dishes to pick and choose from. I wrapped up my tour with a trip to the gift shop. I purchased postcards, and a beautiful key chain. The rubber red bracelet was given to me as part of the MIM ticket purchase. I added that bracelet to my souvenir bag.

The MIM is Family and Special Needs Friendly. I found the different areas within the MIM appealing to all. Sensory challenged individuals can step away from the areas that may cause sensory overload. The  MIM has tours tailored for individual or in groups(schools, field trips, organized meet ups). Please call for information about group tours. There are elevators, and handicap parking out front.  I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, and can't wait to return back to the MIM to impress friends, family and visitors (from out of state). The month of March is Spring Break for the Arizona children/students. I would highly recommend a Staycation at home, with plans to visit the MIM on the agenda. Yes indeed "MIM's The Word", however I suggest you not whisper it. 

Musical Instrument Museum
4725 East Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85050

HOURS are Monday – Saturday  9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday  10 a.m.–5 p.m.
First Friday of each month  9 a.m.–9 p.m.

Teens (ages 13–19)$14
Children (ages 4–12)$10
Children (ages 3 and under)Free
Women Who Rock$7 with museum admission
$10 exhibition only
Parking is free

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Going Gluten-Free, Even With Diabetes

Posted on 17 February, 2014 at 11:41 Comments comments (6974)
Going Gluten-Free, Even With Diabetes

(NAPSI)—A new guide can help millions of Americans who have diabetes, celiac disease or both.
Celiac disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder, makes people incapable of digesting gluten, so the common treatment for this condition is a totally gluten-free diet. The strong link between celiac disease and diabetes can mean a double challenge of finding foods to fit the dietary restrictions of both conditions. It doesn’t need to mean giving up dishes you love, however.
To help, chef Nancy Hughes and registered dietitian and diabetes educator Lara Rondinellis also an extensive list of resources, including organizations, books, websites and magazines.
It’s at, bookstores and (800) 232-6733.
A wonderful way to find out more about a Gluten Free lifestyle is to join us at the
Phoenix AZ Gluten & Allergen Free Expo

The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo will be here in Arizona on February 22-23, 2014 9-3pm. 
Free parking is available as long as you park and enter the gates open to the garage on 21 through the 23. Otherwise, there is  a self park garage ($4 for first hour, $1 each additional hour ($10 max including overnight) as well as valet ($8 day or $15 overnight). This Expo will be at the lovely  Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa  9495 W. Coyotes Boulevard  Glendale, Arizona 85305 Phone: (623) 937-3700 For more details visit

Be a part of our wonderful Gluten & Allergen Free Expo Ticket Giveaway!!! 
We are giving away 5 Tickets to 5 of our  local loyal followers. If you live in AZ, and would love to visit the Expo, please email us to be graciously tossed in the drawing. Winners will be announced by Thursday 20 February 2014.  

We will not have a booth at the Expo, we will be at the event checking out booths, connecting, and learning awesome things about all the wonderful Gluten & Allergen Free resources.
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