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Make mom proud with these Mother’s Day deals

This Sunday, May 11, is Mother’s Day. Every mom deserves some extra special treatment for the things she does all year long. Businesses all over the valley are treating moms this weekend with beauty, health, food, drinks and entertainment. Treat your mom to a great weekend at one of these local spots!

Health and Beauty

  • Citrine Natural Beauty Bar – Pamper your mom all weekend long! Saturday, May 10, offers mini facials with a Tata Harper representative, which is a natural and nontoxic luxury skincare line. Guests also will receive a free gift with their facial. Sunday, May 11, brings beautiful makeovers for $50. Not only do guests receive makeovers, but also will receive a Per-fekt Mascara and a Jane Iredale lip gloss of their choice. Guests and moms will be served complimentary mimosas, juice and mini breakfast treats.
  • Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics – Does mom need some pampering? Rejuvena is extending Mother’s Day through the entire month of May with $50 Perlane Botox. Or treat mom to a pampering session with an anti-aging facial of lime and hibiscus products from Eminence or a hand or foot massage. Mom also can take home Eminence products for only $85.
  • Arizona Biltmore Spa – Treat mom the entire month of May with 20 percent off any spa treatment at Arizona Biltmore Spa. Promotions include: a jasmine hydration body scrub and wrap, which is a massage with custom body cream to promote warmth and inspiration; a Swedish relaxing massage, which is a full-body massage to relax and ease muscle tension; a focused massage, which focuses on specific muscle groups or areas of concern; a radiant glow facial, which uses cleansing techniques to hydrate the skin; and a NuFace, or a micro-current technology used to stimulate, life and tone facial muscles.

Food and Drinks

  • The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix – Mothers will love the traditional Mother’s Day Teat at The Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix. There will be a traditional tea service featuring signature tea blends and tea-infused finger sandwiches. Guests also can enjoy the sounds of Nicole Pesce on piano.
  • Salut Kitchen Bar – Treat your mom to $1 mimosas all day long and the rest of your party to half-price bottles of wine at Salut Kitchen Bar. The restaurant offers over 100 types of wine, perfect for a celebration. Drinks fit perfectly with the Mediterranean and American inspired cuisine.
  • Paul Martin’s American Grill – Moms can enjoy a three-course meal of an organic green salad, all natural prime rib and mashed potatoes and house-made ice cream. All dishes are made from scratch with high quality ingredients. Artisanal cocktails made with in-house spirits, craft beers and over 100 types of wine are also served.
  • The Melting Pot – Try the four-course experience at The Melting Pot, exclusively for Mother’s Day. The four courses include a creamy cheese fondue, fresh salad, an entrée of steak, chicken or seafood, and a chocolate fondue dessert. Reserve a spot starting at 11 am in order to try this Mother’s Day deal for $32.95!
  • Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill – Z’Tejas wants moms to remember their experience with a complimentary photograph and picture frame of their special day. The myriad of food choices of the South and Southwest will go great with mom’s free dessert!
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes – Does your mom love cupcakes? If yes, try Sprinkles Cupcakes MOM box that features favorites such as lemon, dark chocolate, red velvet and vanilla cupcakes. All cupcakes will be adorned with MOM and red daisy decorations and sealed with a “MOM Loves Cupcakes” sticker.


  • The Boulders – Moms can golf for free with another paying adult at The Boulders on Mother’s Day.
  • The Shout House – Normally, a 21+ venue, The Shout House will host a family night from 5 to 9 pm on Sunday, May 11. There is no cover and guests will be able to enjoy the dueling pianos, roasts and comedy (all PG of course), and moms will receive a complimentary mimosa.
coffee cake

The Dish: Mother’s Day Coffee Cake

Skip the crowded breakfast spots this Mother’s Day and show mom how much you love her by preparing one of her favorites! Share with us in the comments some of your mom’s favorite recipes. Who knows, maybe it’ll be featured on The Dish someday!

To start things off I’ll share one of my mom’s favorites.

My mom is a New Yorker through and through. She loves her back-east baked goods and always brings a suitcase full of bagels and bialys home with her each time she visits.

Another favorite that’s a bit more difficult to fit in her carry-on is coffee cake. The combination of soft, moist cake and crumbly topping go great with your morning coffee. It was ages before I found a recipe that did justice to a true New York style coffee cake. Trust me, make this recipe for mom and she’ll never want the stuff from Starbucks again!

As always, you can find this recipe and many more Mother’s Day inspriation at Scottsdale Living: The Dish on Pinterest!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Serves 12 or more

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely cut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 1 1/2-quart Bundt or tube pan.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl. Cream the butter in a separate bowl. Add 1 cup of sugar to the butter and gradually beat until the mixture is blended, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the eggs to the creamed butter mixture one at a time, beating well in between additions. Beat in the dry ingredients and sour cream alternately, beginning and ending in flour. Add the vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine the chocolate, pecans, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon.

Sprinkle a third of the chocolate and nut mixture into the bottom of the greased pan. Spoon in half of the cake batter. Sprinkle more of the chocolate and nut mixture over the batter, reserving some for the top. Pour the remaining batter into the pan. Smooth it out evenly and top with the remainder of the chocolate and nut mixture.

Bake for 45 minutes or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool. Remove from the pan to a rack.

Goes great with just a nice hot cup of coffee or sliced and served as part of a brunch buffet.

Share with us your Mother’s Day favorites and be sure to give her a big kiss this year!


Mother's Day Gift Ideas Beyond Breakfast In Bed

How many times does Mother’s Day slide under the radar until it is too late to find a creative and thoughtful gift for one of the most important people in our lives? That’s because mothers tend to be the ones to remind us of these special occasions.

Don’t be caught without a killer gift idea for Mom this year. Check out these great gift ideas to fit your mom’s personality and surprise her with something more than the typical flowers, chocolates and breakfast in bed!

perfume copyFor the Traveler

For the mother who is always out and about, Travalo will allow her to carry perfume with her at all times without the inconvenience of a glass bottle. Travalo is a refillable atomizer bottle with a patented easy-fill system. Best of all, it is TSA approved. us.travalo.com

wstopper copyFor the Wine Lover

For the wine lovers who have just about everything, soiréehome offers stopair. This vacuum wine pump keeps the bottle as airless as possible after opening and also serves as a bottle stopper. When it’s not occupying a wine bottle, stopair can be used for liquor and olive oil. soireehome.com

foodie copyFor the Foodie

The Cuisine R-EVOLUTION kit equips foodies with the ability to create at-home unique culinary presentations. The introductory molecular gastronomy kit guides users to create delicious balsamic vinegar pearls, soy sauce foam, chocolate spaghetti, tzatziki spheres and mint caviar beadsh. Mom will be cooking up new masterpieces in the kitchen in no time! Molecule-R.com

Color BarFor the Jewelry Lover

Customized jewelry from Kendra Scott Color Bar at the Scottsdale Quarter is a great way tie mom’s favorite colors and shapes into a beautiful piece of jewelry. Customers choose from 26 semi-precious stones and 23 silhouettes in gold and silver on a 55-inch, touch-screen monitor. Then, the jewelry is handmade right before your eyes! kendrascott.com

handbagFor the High-End Thrifty Shopper

Gifts from My Sister’s Closet and My Sister’s Attic can be far more meaningful than any department-store purchase. These treasure coves offer unique finds and high-end designer names. A beautiful handbag or pearl necklace will please any thrifty mom and save your credit card some unnecessary stress. mysisterscloset.com

concertFor the Event Goer

Take the whole family for a day trip to the Flagstaff area! The Beach Boys Special Mother’s Day Performance will be at Pepsi Amphitheater on Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m. Come for brunch and stay for tunes from the West Coast band, celebrating their 50th year. Even better, this even will benefit the Flagstaff Medical Group. pepsiamp.com

MassageFor the Pampered

How about a family road trip to Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona? Let mom have some time at the spa and enjoy morning yoga classes while the rest of the family is entertained with Sedona adventures including hiking, fishing, jeep tours and horse back riding. Each Amara spa treatment includes chakra, a practice used to capture the physical, mental and spiritual energy to rejuvenate and cleanse a targeted part of the body. Best of all, Amara offers all-inclusive packages for easy planning.  amararesort.com

How father of nine feels about Father's Day

How One Father Of Nine Feels About Father's Day

A father of nine, Tom Wells, event chair for DrugFreeAz.org, shares just how he feels about Father’s Day

Mothers’ Day is a widely celebrated event every year. The radio, television, Internet and newspapers are chocked full of advertisements touting the wonderful things to buy mom for “her” day. Huge family gatherings with grandiose spreads of food, all in the spirit of thanking mom for all that she does to keep the family functioning flawlessly. And flowers! All this and more is deserved.

Fathers’ Day … not so much.

It’s interesting to me that the father figure is often viewed differently. I’m sure there are numerous sociological reasons why this is, and these likely lend credence to rendering the importance of the father in the home as “less important.” Not true.

As a father of nine, ranging from toddler to adult, our family has dealt with the challenges of life at every social level; preschool, grade school, middle school, high school, college and life as an adult — all at the same time. Yikes! Our three oldest birth children prepared us for the future to follow with our six adopted children. A very common thread in the lives of foster/adopted little ones was there was no father. Oh, he may have been unidentified and known but nearly always non-existent. This lack of a father in the lives of children can be a significant negative. So, now that I’m done ranting about being a man …

Of all the obvious questions I get from people about our family, the subject that comes up the most (understandably) is about social pressures, specifically related to drugs or alcohol use. Being involved with adoption and a great organization, DrugFreeAZ.org, for a long time, I apparently have the answers for that. Be clear; I don’t. However, I do know this: I have to be involved in my kids’ lives. It is the basis for everything I can and do bring to the table. If I’m not involved with the kids, nothing else is significant.

My involvement is why my influence, voice, feelings, guidance and opinions are heard and understood. My relationship with my children is no different than a relationship with anyone else. The more involved, the closer the friendship and the deeper the trust. There is a certain “given” about a relationship with one’s kids that I get — I’m the dad — but that “given” needs to be nurtured and strengthened just like any relationship. With my adopted kids, it’s really important that they know I care and that I’m there for them.

Ultimately, my wife and I can’t be with our children 24/7, nor should we be. My goal, our goal, is to provide knowledge and understanding to enable our kids to make a good choice when faced with doing so. Whether that choice involves sex, drugs, alcohol or just disrespect for others, if my kids don’t understand the consequences of a bad choice, it’s hard to imagine them making a good one.

It’s really scary — no, strike that — it’s intense in today’s world. Nothing like when I was a youngster. There are so many avenues and potential influences that it’s just not feasible to control them all. More importantly, educating myself on these potentials becomes critical. It’s not good enough to just be aware; I need to know why. I’m into social media because my kids are. I pick my battles wisely and focus on controlling what I can, trying not to be oppressive. But, sometimes I just have to be.

In the end, I’m comfortable that we are providing a road that is potentially a successful one. I’m really not a father, just a parent with a great parent partner. I understand that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are simply justified by their economic impact. I don’t need a day to be recognized for my efforts; my kids leading healthy and productive lives is all the recognition I need.