Making Exercise Your Self-Care “Me” Time

Have you heard the latest craze going around the MomiSphere about “Self Care”?  Self care. Huh.  Sounds.... selfish.  And who the heck has time for self care, anyways?  With all the other demands on our time?  Plus all those other things we’re supposed to be doing, which are also important, like getting regular exercise?  And then there's the precious, regenerative yet oh-so-elusive "Me" time. What if we rolled it all into a ball:  Self care, "Me" time, and the need for exercise?  I’ll be honest, I really struggle with fitness motivation these days.  So I've been thinking maybe this is a fresh perspective that can help me. Could this put a more positive spin on getting my rear in gear? Finding Fitness Motivation I’ve always been a reasonably active person, who enjoyed staying in shape.  I do believe keeping yourself fit allows you to enjoy life more.  So when your friends invite you on a long hike, it's totally doable.  When your kids want to go on a bike ride, you've got no … [Read more...]

Top 5 Experiences at Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Allow me to tell you a little bit about Colorado’s loveliest zoo!  Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is truly unique, with one exhibit in particular that will knock your socks off, and possibly change your life.  But I’m getting ahead of myself. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a gem that has been brilliantly nestled along a mountain side, near Colorado Springs. Trails to view the animals slowly wind up the mountain, switchback style.  Foliage and trees are prevalent, and while some exhibits (like the monkey house) feel a little dated… most of the habitats are excellent. We visited on a cool, rainy November day.  Which I highly recommend!  The animals were active, and the crowds were very low.  One of the things I love about going to a zoo, is that each visit is unique.  Here are what we feel were the Top 5 Experiences at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. #5 Rocky Mountain Wild… Moose, Mountain Lions, & Bears! Especially given the natural Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings, I loved the Rocky … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Choose the Best Furnace Repair Company

The following article was written and contributed by one of this blog's partners. No matter how good your furnace is, there's bound to be the occasional issue. Parts break down and other problems arise, and that's when you need to have the right furnace repair company. There are plenty of repair companies available, but you want one that will provide high-quality results. The last thing you want is to hire spend time and money with one furnace repair company, only to have the job done incorrectly. Here are five tips on the qualities you should look for in your furnace repair company. #1 - Tools To repair your furnace properly, any repairman will need the right tools, which is why a good Denver furnace repair company will send its employees out with sizable toolsets. Ask if you can see the repairman's toolset. If they don't want to show you or they have only a small selection of tools, they likely won't be prepared for certain jobs. This means they'll either handle it … [Read more...]

2 Simple Plumbing Fixes That You Should Know About

The following was contributed by a blog partner. Plumbing and electricity are two areas where many people are not confident with doing the work themselves. This is understandable. While electrics can cause injury or even death, leaking pipes can rapidly ruin your home and cause a range of health issues. This is why it is important to have the number for an emergency plumber to hand; they can effectively save your home. You can learn more about your local plumber and the services they offer. It is worth learning these two simple fixes; they could be just what you need while waiting for your plumber to arrive: 1. The Running Toilet A running toilet is annoying; it can also be expensive as every bit of water will increase your water bill. It is actually very simple to deal with the running toilet. The cause is usually a stop valve or the floater switch. You can usually tell it is this by jiggling the handle on your cistern and the water will stop running. The water … [Read more...]

Best Travel Destinations for 2018

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 is the highly anticipated collection of the world’s hottest destinations! These are the breathtaking places that should be on every traveler’s wish list in the year ahead.  (Yaaaayy....! My favorite, Portugal, made the Top 10 List!) What a fabulous gift idea, for any who love to travel.  I love this gorgeous little book, plus it's an awesome size (5.8 x 7 inches).  Works beautifully as either a coffee table piece or stuffed right in your travel bag to bring along.  And it's jam packed with gorgeous photos, and helpful and inspiring tidbits for your wanderlust plans.  Or daydreams.  :) Once per year, Lonely Planet experts reveal their selections of the Top 10 countries, cities, regions and best value destinations. This is an excellent resource for travelers looking for recommendation on what to experience in 2018. Top Ranked Country, City, & Region Chile takes the coveted top spot of the best country for travelers in 2018! Seville … [Read more...]

How I Dislocated My Jaw at the Water Park

When you have a wild and crazy mom-and-kids getaway, you don’t anticipate you are the one who will potentially be injured.  Am I right?? A few weeks ago on Groupon, I spotted a hot deal for a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  If you’re not familiar, this is a hotel with an indoor water park attached.  We had stayed at this location a year ago, and had a great time. (You can see all this property offers from my highlights post Inside Peek at Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs.) Hmmmm… 5 per room. 5 water park bands included.  Me and my 2 kids, plus my sister-in-law and nephew = 5!   IT'S A COUSIN VACATION PARTY!  Now that’s an affordable and crazy-fun Thanksgiving Break trip made in heaven! So we decided to book a room, and share it.  At the thought of having three wild children all in the same room, I had moments of questioning the wisdom of this plan.  My son and  nephew are both energetic first graders. There were early moment like … [Read more...]

5 Winning Reasons to Visit Colorado Springs – “Olympic City USA”!

Nestled along a gorgeous stretch of Rocky Mountain Foothills, just a touch south of Denver, lies the city of Colorado Springs.  The front range views of this area are some of the most stunning in all of Colorado.  And there’s plenty of fun to be had during a family visit to what’s been dubbed “Olympic City USA”. Here are just a few winning reasons why your family will enjoy a visit to Colorado Springs. #1 – Rich Olympic Heritage, a.k.a. Olympic City USA Curious why this place is known as Olympic City USA?  Note these interesting facts: Colorado Springs is home to the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Paralympics They have two official Olympic Training Sites: the velodrome and ice skating facility The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center is located here, and is open to the public. Public tours are available year-round Monday – Saturday.  Visitors can then explore the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Rotunda, shop at the U.S. Olympic Store and check out the art … [Read more...]

How to Assemble a Winter Safety Kit

One of the biggest blessings and joys of living in Colorado, is also one of its biggest concerns – I’m talking about our beautiful winters. Our state’s Department of Transportation also does a fantastic job of clearing roads and putting salt and sand down when the roads get icy. So, there’s hardly ever any reason to be concerned about driving around in our ‘Winter Wonderland.’ Still there are those few and far between times when we must venture over hill and dale to get to a friend’s or family member’s house, or do an out of the way errand, and there’s always an outside chance that you’ll encounter any number of setbacks. Mainly, I’m talking about if your car either breaks down somewhere fairly remote, you get into a car accident, you lose traction and your vehicle goes off the road, or you get stuck somewhere because of a road closure. Neil Hillyard, a Denver attorney, who has lived here for more than 40 years, and has seen a fair number of winter car accidents can attest to the … [Read more...]

How To Get Rid Of Cluster Flies At Home

Flies in general are extremely annoying. They buzz round in circles, potentially carrying a huge range of diseases and then land on your food and work surfaces. Worse than this is the fact that they spit acid to dissolve their food and then suck the liquid up. A completely liquid diet means that they are constantly leaving a waste trail behind. Cluster flies are larger flies, approximately 10 – 15 mm and are a little slower than the standard fly. They are generally an issue in the autumn when they move inside; they need the warmth to stay alive during the winter. They find places to live in dark corners and they cluster together.  Every cluster fly emits a pheromone which will draw other cluster flies to them. This rapidly builds the swarm and the pheromone remains; even after the flies have died. There are several steps to take when looking to get rid of cluster flies. You will need to order a good fly control insecticide to aid with the process. Step 1 – Look for the flies in … [Read more...]

14 Places Kids Ski Free in Colorado

It's almost ski season in Colorado!  Many slopes have their opening this weekend.  My family is starting to make plans. and will be kicking things off in early December, with a visit to Crested Butte.  Although I'm not a die hard skier, it's something I want my kids to learn how to do.  Living in a state with the Rocky Mountains running through it makes me feel a little obligated! However, skiing with a family is not a cheap sport.  Fortunately many of the Colorado ski resorts offer deals, and it definitely pays to work these into your plans.  Saving on your kids lift tickets makes a huge difference!  Here's an excellent roundup I received from the non-profit  organization Colorado Ski Country USA. 5th and 6th Graders Ski Free - Passport Program First, let's start with the awesome 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program Colorado Ski Country USA offers any fifth grader the chance to ski or ride three days at 22 participating member resorts across the state absolutely free. That’s up … [Read more...]