Cool crested saguaro!

December 11th, 2015 · Comments Off on Cool crested saguaro!

Is that what they are called? The ones that are all tangled up on top?

I’ve seen one on the University of Arizona campus, near Old Main, but never have happened upon one while hiking.

Can anyone guess where this one is? I’ll tell you if you give up.

(This was last weekend. Who’d think that a December hike would lead to a very sweaty and hot family? Ah, Tucson…)



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Introducing Studio 37 Nail Lounge

December 11th, 2015 · Comments Off on Introducing Studio 37 Nail Lounge

Studio 37 Nail Lounge is the new iteration of Nails 2 Go Go, which I posted about previously (NEARLY 4 MONTHS AGO! CRIMINY!).

It’s a few doors down from the the old Nails 2 Go Go, but is still mama-owned, super clean, affordable, friendly, and fun. Kids’ mani/pedis are half-price! It’s Lincoln and Clementine’s favorite mama date (we don’t go often enough for their liking, of course!)

It’s in middtown, and it’s open Sunday, which is my favorite part! Also, no acrylics, so none of that funky smell that I imagine can’t be too good for the lungs. They do have gel, though, if you want the long-lasting pedi!

Please support this locally-owned, mama-owned business! They will give TucsonMama readers a discount, so mention TucsonMama when you book! (Also, they will come to you–if you get a few friends together, the price is the same for a pedi sitting in the comfort of your own home…not bad!)

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Okay folks–an affordable, clean, non-sweat-shop, mama-owned nail salon!!!!

August 24th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been freaked out about getting a pedicure after reading articles about flesh eating bacteria and truly horrid living conditions of the “employees” (who are indentured servants in many cases–the reason those places are so cheap is that the people doing the work don’t get paid…)

Yet I can’t afford to go to the more chi-chi spa places ($60 for a pedicure? I do love them, and lord knows that my toes look like crap when I don’t get a pedi now and then, but I can’t justify the cost.)

So a big YAY for the very perfect place to get a mani, pedi, even a facial or massage:

Nails to Go Go.

The name comes from one portion of their business, which is mobile mani-pedi–if enough of your friends are up for it, Nails to Go Go comes to you with all their goodies and the cost is about the same if you have enough people.

I go to the salon, though, because it’s convenient–midtown, easy parking–and so dang fun.

What I love most about this place is that it’s mama-owned. Monique is a great business owner, a mama, and she treats her employees so well. It feels much more like a team than a “shop”. Monique’s doing pedis along with Melissa, Lucy, and the others, and everyone seems to be having a fine time of it. There is NO turnover in staff which is a strong indicator of a great salon.

They use metal bowls, not those plastic spa bins or whirlpools (which feel nice, but are impossible to sanitize properly), so you don’t have to worry about scary bacteria. It’s super, super clean.

And no one is forced to sleep in the back rooms at night. It’s a very humane and happy place. They have photos of their kids on the wall, and they support one another.

Oh, and they’ll do kids’ nails for HALF OFF. I take my kids with me (yup, the boy-kid too) sometimes and they are SO sweet to them–they put extra pillows on the chair so they fit better. For the World Cup, Linc got the Argentinian flag on his toes–it was quite a work of art. They’re always up for trying something new and fun.

It’s also incredibly affordable.

I got a gel pedicure mid-July before our summer vacation and my toes still look nice!

You can always book their “very cherry mani-pedi” on their website–you can select the Groupon options to get half-off without buying a Groupon (please do this instead of buying the Groupon, so that the shop gets to keep as much of their income as possible)–this is available to TucsonMama readers.

If you don’t want to use the 24/7 online booking, just call 795-1099.

Or check this sweet deal through the rest of this week:
Nails 2 GoGo
4500 East Speedway Blvd #88
Tucson, Arizona 85712

Limited Time Offer
40% off
Valid From: Aug 26,2015 – Aug 28,2015
For this week only when you book on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday receive 40% off any single service. Some of our best sellers with the 40% off; Gel Manicure for $21 Gel Pedicure for $27 Deluxe Manicure for $18 Deluxe Pedicure for $33 Deluxe Facial for $33 Act now space is limited
Fine Print
Offer good thru August 26-28, 2015 on any one service Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions Not valid with already scheduled appointments

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