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...]

Simple and Delicious Cookbook is Perfect for Busy Back-to-School Season

With the arrival of the blissful Fall season, comes crazy school schedules and busy weekday evenings.  Back to school certainly creates its fair amount of chaos around our house.  And this year with a new kindergartner, new middle schooler, and two very different start times... things have definitely been interesting! Weekday meals are always challenging, so I was excited to get my hands on the new Simple and Delicious cookbook.  It's just been released for sale, so I wanted to tell you a little bit about this helpful tool. The New Simple and Delicious Cookbook The Simple and Delicious cookbook comes in an easy-to-navigate binder with tabbed sections.  It contains 1,357 easy recipes for today's "family cooks".  That's me!  (Ok, and my husband. We operate about 50/50 on supper duty...) Right away I noticed the practical and fun categories: Make-Ahead Magic ~ Although not organized enough to try this yet, it's my goal to.  It makes so much sense. Cook Once, Eat Twice … [Read more...]

Why It’s Vital to Know Your Stuff… Plus a Free Home Inventory Tool

Have you or a family friend ever experienced a home fire, or weather catastrophe that left extensive property damage?  It’s an extremely stressful time, and not something I’d wish on anyone. It's not a topic you may think about often.  But it could definitely pay off in the future, if you simply take some time today to think about gathering a home inventory.   Better yet, read on to find out about a free tool you can use to easily do so. Why It’s Vital to Know Your Stuff Our good friends recently went through this with a house fire.  Once the smoke damage was accounted for, their entire home and all its contents were considered a loss.  Fortunately, they had insurance to help them with replacements. Before watching them go through such a sad and stressful experience, I had never thought about it.  Can you imagine attempting to remember each and every one of your belongings, in such a scenario?  Where would you even begin? Having a good home inventory can be a vital step, … [Read more...]

Jurassic Quest in Grand Junction, CO This Weekend

Having a 5 year old son whose love of dinosaurs is just starting to fully blossom, hearing that Jurassic Quest was heading to Grand Junction, Colorado, on the weekend of September 11-13th definitely caught our attention.  We had a chance to check it out today, and I wanted to give you some scoop on what your family can expect if you head down to the Mesa County Fairgrounds for this venue. Jurassic Quest ~ Admission Options First, Jurassic Quest isn't cheap.  If you go, I do recommend that you go ahead and purchase the "Kids VIP" pass for $22, which will include the extras like access to the bump and jumps, riding the mini animatronic dinosaurs, mini jeep rides, and fossil digs. Other than just walking through and looking at the large animatronic dinosaur display, which granted is the highlight, I'm not sure what else they *can* do, if they don't have the VIP pass.  I think a kid would feel pretty left out.  VIP gets you a wrist band to wear, which Jurassic Quest staff checks … [Read more...]

March Events at Denver Botanical Gardens

I simply had to post this "March Events at Denver Botanical Gardens" release below, because several of these sound so creative and fun!  What a great way to welcome Spring... I know I'm already starting to feel ready.  Check it out if you're in the Denver area. Raising dwarf dairy goats in your backyard?!  Hmm... interesting.... verrrry interesting!  :) March Events at Denver Botanical Gardens March is filled with garden preparation at Denver Botanic Gardens, with offerings and events for all ages and interests – from families, foodies and crafters to urban homesteaders and fitness buffs. Select events are featured below. Programs are subject to change; visit www.botanicgardens.org for the complete calendar. Denver Botanical Gardens ~ GARDENING NEW GARDENER BOOT CAMP Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $80, $60 member (materials included) This comprehensive, full-day event will present a comprehensive overview of the Gardens best beginner gardening classes, including “Beginning … [Read more...]

Traveling Without Your Kids

With our impending 10th Wedding Anniversary just around the corner, I've been in full travel dreaming-and-planning mode.  As part of our celebration, my husband and I plan to take advantage of my parents offer to stay with our two kids, ages 2 and 7, and take our first trip sans-kiddos, since having kids. Traveling Without Kids - Should You Feel Guilty? We have friends who have traveled without their kids starting when the children were quite young, who appear to do so regularly, effortlessly, and seemingly without guilt or any second thoughts whatsoever.   In the spirit of brutal blogging honesty, I will tell you that I find myself judging them for this, just a bit. But when I dig a little deeper... I know that it's primarily stemming from my own jealousy.  Partial jealousy of their circumstances which enable them to do so, but also jealousy that they can pull this off emotionally. Because of my own excessive, typically daily guilt which I feel as a grown mom and wife (I … [Read more...]

Sledding – Good Old Fashioned Fun

In an age where technology has taken over the entertainment of our children - I think it's neat that sledding is still considered universally by kids as a very fun thing to do.  School called off by a "Snow Day"?  The nearest sledding hill will likely be packed. … [Read more...]

I make milk. What’s your super power?

Years ago while using a one room, no stalls restroom at a client site - I observed that it contained an extra, loose chair.  Just sitting in there.  So that's:  sink, stool ... and extra chair.  I tend to prefer order and reason in my world, and I was completely baffled, and somewhat disturbed, by the what the purpose of this piece of furniture in that environment could possibly be?  Little did I know I had just had my first glimpse into the self sacrificing realm that is the Nursing Mommy!Fast forward a few years, and it was me who was headed to a similarly degrading, smallish room for the task.  Now that I have the La Leche League proponents all up in arms for my use of the term "degrading" - please don't misunderstand me.  Allow me to at least defend myself by saying that I nursed my first child until age 2, and am currently nursing my second child who is 15 months.  And I wouldn't have it any other way.  It is an experience that I … [Read more...]

1st Grader’s Perspective: Movie Candy Smuggling

Are you a Movie Candy Smuggler?  How about a "Sodas and Bottled Water in your Huger Than Normal Purse" Movie Goer? Image courtesy of digitalart Oh, I'll patronize them for their $64.50 large bucket of hot, buttery popcorn.  It's out of my realm of control, really - I have to do it. It doesn't matter what strategy I try to employ, prior to a trip to the movie theater.  I can be filled to the brim after eating an entire ribeye hanging-off-the-sides-of-my-plate steak dinner, five minutes prior to leaving for the theater.  It won't matter.  The second I get a whiff of the concession stand's steaming, freshly popped popcorn ... I'm getting in line for some. … [Read more...]