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...]

20 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

This article contributed by one of this blog's partners. Now that you’re expecting, it’s important to look after yourself. If changes feel difficult, keep in mind that they benefit your little one! Here are 20 quick tips for a healthy pregnancy.  Healthy Pregnancy Tips Be sure to get an ultrasound early on to ensure that your baby’s development is progressing normally. It’s normal to get one around week 9 although anytime between 8 and 12 weeks is considered standard. Not a fan of fruits and vegetables? Now is a great time to start adding them to your diet. Create a healthy exercise habit if you haven’t done so already. Remember to get your doctor’s OK before beginning, and ease your way into your new activity to prevent sore muscles. If you smoke, stop right away. Get support if you need it. Take prenatal vitamins, and ensure that your brand contains at least 400 mcg of folic acid. Avoid exposure to chemicals that could harm you or your baby. Have a cat? … [Read more...]

Pure Integrity Candles Add Cozy to Your Home [Giveaway, Ended 11/8]

It’s that time of year, when there’s a chill in the air. We get out our sweaters and boots.  Start spending a bit more time inside our cozy homes.  And hot cocoa, throw blanket, movie watching lounging begins!  Plus, I’ve recently re-discovered my love of burning a great candle. Candles add such a cozy ambiance to your home.  They add to your décor, but also serve an enjoyable purpose.  And when specialty Fall scents become available – like Pumpkin Spice and Apple – all the better!  Allow me to introduce you to some pretty fabulous, natural soy candles I’ve been using:  Pure Integrity Candles. Pure Integrity Candles ~ Review Pure Integrity Candles is a family-owned and operated business.  They were developed by parents who wanted to create a toxic-free candle that burned clean. Pure Integrity candles are 100% made in the USA using cotton wicks, natural soy wax and healthy fragrances.   The are not only clean-burning, but are highly scented candles.  But not overpoweringly … [Read more...]

Try a Spa “Daycation” at Vail’s The Sonnenalp

The Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail Village, Colorado has created a locals only experience so guests can enjoy the day the Sonnenalp way. For daycation reservations please contact 970-479-5404 or email spa@sonnenalp.com. My family has visited this amazing place, and we absolutely LOVED our time here.  You can see more about The Sonnenalp in my article I wrote for TravelingMom:  Sonnenalp Hotel - A European Getaway in Colorado. The Sonnenalp Daycation $275 50 Minute Spa Treatment 10 Minute Oxygen Bar Treatment Lunch at the Bully Ranch (alcohol not included) Daypass for the indoor/outdoor pool, steam rooms, sauna, whirlpools and solarium PHOTOS The Sonnenalp Daycation Experience   Your pampered day at Vail's The Sonnenalp Hotel Spa will include the following: Spa Treatment One 50 minute spa treatment from the Sonnenalp Spa. Full spa menu here. Top choices include:  Head and Toes Thai Poultice Massage - Indulge in this warm herbal compress massage based on … [Read more...]

Kids FREE November in Jacksonville, Florida

Did you know that Lonely Planet recently name Jacksonville, FL  one of the "World’s Top 10 Best Value Destinations”?  To celebrate, the city is hosting Kids Free November all month long!  Jacksonville kids free November is a special promotion that offers FREE admission, and other discounted activities, for children at local museums and attractions. Jacksonville is an affordable, family friendly getaway year around. A trip to Adventure Landing will have the entire family engaged.  Try your hand at mini-golf, drive go-karts or play in the water at their ShipWreck Island waterpark. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is one of the most visited attractions in Northeast Florida. It's also one of the top 9 animal attractions in the nation. Kona Skate Park is the oldest operating skate park in the nation.  Lessons are available for all skill levels. Jacksonville’s beaches are also highly family friendly.  They offer dozens of activities for the entire family to do including … [Read more...]

7 Amazing Things I Loved About Portugal

Named “2016 Hottest Destination of the Year” by Travel & Leisure, and now #3 on Lonely Planet's "2018 Top 10 Countries" list, Portugal is an amazing Europe destination that's getting more and more attention as people discover it's unassuming treasures.  This was my FIRST trip to Europe, and what a wonderful, eye-opening experience it was!   Pastries, kayaking, beaches, seafood galore, a perfect family resort, and visiting one of Europe's most unique castles.   Bliss. First Timer in Europe ~ Why Pick Portugal? My recent visit to Portugal was my first time experiencing Europe, and was certainly a thrill.  Fellow world traveling companions provided some insight for me along the way, pointing out just how many of this country's wonderful features were unique in all of Europe. Portugal offers relatively low prices, lots of English speaking, friendly people, delectable foods (including tons of mouth watering fresh seafood), and amazing coastline scenery. For these reasons and all … [Read more...]

A Disney World Fireworks Cruise Will *Blow* You Away!

We were blown away by the Disney World fireworks cruise my family took, to view Epcot IllumiNations! Here are the details of what to expect, what it includes, how much time to allow, and how much a Disney World fireworks cruise costs.  Plus a preview video of our on-the-lake view of IllumiNations! Did you know that your family can take a Disney World fireworks cruise aboard a pontoon boat? My family tried this fabulous experience out during our most recent Walt Disney World vacation.  The fireworks cruise we took was near Epcot, where we had an up close and personal viewing of Illuminations.  It was absolutely breathtaking! A Disney World fireworks cruise is such a unique and over-the-top experience, that I absolutely recommend your family trying this at least once.  Put it on your Disney Bucket List! Disney World Fireworks Cruise ~ Schedule & Location Our Epcot IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth cruise departed from Disney’s Yacht Club marina.  We had to meet at the … [Read more...]