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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Girl's Afternoon with #HeinekenSummer #SP

Last weekend one of my best girlfriends and I finally got to meet up for a girls afternoon with Heineken and some delicious treats! It was the best. 

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We had planned this afternoon nearly a month earlier.  It had been over a years since we were actually able to get together and chat and hang out.  I wanted to try out this new alcohol delivery service called Drizly to order some Heineken for our afternoon, so when I arrived, my awesome friend was just snapping pictures of all our fun!

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I walked in with some fun little coozies for us and she treated me to a fantastic spread of chicken, grilled veggies, fresh fruit and hummus.  Seriously, folks, I love this girl and our afternoons together!

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I handed her a Heineken coozie and a keychain and we started to eat, but my surprise had not arrived yet!  Soon enough, up walked our awesome delivery guy from Drizly with my Heineken.  He check my ID, I had already paid online and was able to give the tip and off he went. 

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When I pulled out the Heineken, my friend and I just started giggling!  Our girls afternoon was already off to a great start and seriously people, alcohol delivery is an awesome thing.  I cannot believe how easy it was to place my order online and set the delivery time.  I loved that I could pay online and include the tip and that I did not have to take extra time from my already 1 hour drive to see her to swing by the liquor store on a Sunday.

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Our lunch was fantastic and the Heineken paired very well for a hot day in the Colorado weather with great food and company.  I mean look at this amazing food.  It was so good and I am every thankful for such a good friend in my life.

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We sat for hours just catching up, talking about teaching, and marriage and life and really enjoying our afternoon.  My friend loved her coozie too and my little Drizly delivery surprise!

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After our afternoon was over, we said our goodbyes and made plans to definitely do that again because it was a blast.  I was so thankful for her invite and glad to spend a day in beautiful Boulder Colorado with her.

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If you are interested in trying out Drizly or want to have your own #HeinekenSummer, make sure to check out their sweepstakes as well as Facebook and Twitter!


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

1st Grade...WHAT?

Please excuse my while I cry into my coffee that I am drinking at 10 PM as I write this. 


You guys, my amazing little boy is now a big 1st grader and although I am very excited for him, I am also just so sad to realize that time really did just fly by and that in a few years he will be driving and then graduating and then, oh I just can't go there.  This boy will live in my basement with his wife and children if I get my crazy mom ways. 

In all seriousness, he is growing so quickly.  I swear he sprouted another foot and all the sudden he has outgrown all his clothes that should fit him, he has opinions of what to do with his hair and clothes, he is bringing home love notes from little girls (yes with hearts and googly eyes folks) and he is so responsible (kid takes care of the dogs and cleans the house and asks for homework).

1st grade will do this boy good.  He needs to be back in the school routine.  My little technology obsessed kid needs some structure.  I took the summer off from structure and we spent a lot of time just hanging out watching movies, playing various board games and entertaining ourselves with apps on the iPad.  It was pretty blissful to just relax, but now it is time to get back in routine.


When I took him to his first day he told me that I could just drop him off.  Clearly, I couldn't handle that so I walked him to his class meeting area and waited through the morning announcements and even walked with him to his classroom.  He was eager to start the year and I was feeling both the excitement and a bit of sadness as my first baby became even more independent.  He waved goodbye and I got into my car, cried and bit and then went to greet my own classroom of eager students (180 of them to be exact).

I know it is good for him.  I LOVE his school, I LOVE his teacher and I LOVE how much he values school.  He is just growing too fast and I need to take it all in.  I mean look at that face, I swear I still see a tiny baby boy in there.

Happy first week of school buddy!  We are so proud of you!

(mom)
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Friday, August 19, 2016

ESPRO Sports Cleaner Review & #Giveaway #ad

Disclosure:  I received the product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Over the summer our family became a T-ball family and it was easily the most fun we had this summer.  I never understood how parents get so passionate about their kids playing sports until our little guy started his T-ball adventures.  However, those adventures come with some stains and boy was I struggling to combat those. 

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Thankfully Espro Sports Cleaner stepped in and saved the day.  They sent me the awesome package you see above.  We have the full size bottle of sports cleaner, a travel bottle which we are keeping in the T-ball bag along with the stain wipes.

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Our little guy fell in love with sliding into base and that red clay was not coming out.  I washed his pants immediately after every single game and the picture you see above is after washing it.  I tried every single stain treater on the market and nothing touched this red clay stain.

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Nervously, I tried the Espro Sports Cleaner.  Following the directions on the bottle, I sprayed the stain, then I allowed the stain cleaner to sit on the fabric for 5 minutes. Finally I popped it into the wash and put it through a normal cycle.

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The stain was very set in and layered from all the games that my son had played over the summer. Like I said, I had washed it a million times and the stain did not budge.  After washing, I pulled the baseball pants out and I was taken back by how much of this awful set in stain came out.  Easily 95% of this caked on awful mess was taken out and I would bet that after another treatment, it would be completely gone.

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The reviews on this product are also seriously fantastic and it works on so many items.  From athletic uniforms to carpet to upholstery, Espro Sports Cleaner can get out your tough stains.  It is a powerful, versatile and safe cleaner.  There is no bleach, it is safe for use around kids and pets and environmentally friendly.  I really love it and it has been a great addition to our laundry routine!

If you want to try out Espro Sports Cleaner or if you want to learn more about them, check them out on their website, Facebook and Twitter.  Also, one of my lucky readers will win a deluxe package that includes One 32oz spray bottle ESPRO SPORTS CLEANER, one 64oz Family-Size Refill Bottle ESPRO SPORTS CLEANER, one Pack (12) of ESPRO Stain Wipes and two Microfiber Towels! A $40 retail value.  Enter below!



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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Back to School with Xfinity #XfinityBTS #ad

This week I start my 8th year teaching and both my kids start back into their school routines. This means busy nights balancing homework, grading and family time. Thankfully Comcast has everything we need to keep life in balance.


Our school schedules are hectic to say the least and right now we haven't even added in our normal after school activities. Once those are added, our schedule will be crazy. It is very difficult for us to find time for family nights and to make sure that we are all able to keep up on our school work, but as a teacher I know the importance of this.


We keep a calendar in our family command center and that helps keep us organized. Often we have to schedule in our family time, homework time and even our downtime. It is ok and it works for us.


One thing that our entire family loves to keep on our schedule is family movie night, and X1 by Comcast makes these so easy. We simple speak a movie title into the remote and it pops up on the screen. It is a rarity when we cannot find the movie we are searching for. They have a huge selection of On Demand movies and shows and our family takes full advantage of the variety.


Our time is made easier with Comcast. We have the Xfinity triple play and it has been fantastic. Fast internet service for my work (both teaching and blogging) as well as the kids homework and practice. Comcast really helps our family stay on track and has been very reliable. We do not necessarily live in a metropolis and even being where we are, our service has been great.


We had some work done on our Comcast home security system recently and the technician showed us this really awesome speed test to check our connection speeds. It was interesting to look at our upload and download speeds and compare it to the peak usage data. Our internet is working great and we were told that if it slows down to check out the "speed factors" tab. We have not had to do that yet!


Our kids are on their tablets often. Our oldest is not quite to the point that he is working on research projects, but he does practice his reading and writing on our devices. Many of the apps and websites need a quality connection and we have not had a problem connecting all our devices at the same time ever. It has kept up with our high demand without fault.

Comcast with X1 has been a great addition to our family and really helped keep us organized and on track. I love that I have a service that I can count on. If you are looking for a reliable service provider to help set your family up for success check them out on their website and Facebook.


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of XFINITY. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fondue Fairytale's with The Melting Pot

Disclosure:  The Melting Pot hosted us for an amazing afternoon.

Last weekend the family and I took off for a wonderful lunch at The Melting Pot in Littleton Colorado for Fondue Fairytale!  

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When we arrived we were sat on the patio under a nice shaded area.  The event was about to start and everyone was buzzing with anticipation.  The boys were most excited about the food and the girls were very excited for the princesses!

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The princess and I dressed up.  I wore a Cinderella shirt and skirt while the peanut went with her favorite princess, Elsa.  The kids were given princess and knight coloring sheets to keep them busy until the main event started.

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The table was beautiful and covered in fresh rose petals.  Our menu was appetizing and we were all eager to eat.  Our waitstaff was prompt and got things going right away.  We enjoyed our cheese fondue and salads very quickly after arriving. 

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While the appetizers and first course were happening the princess festivities started and oh boy did our little girl just melt for them!  There was Anna, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty!  Our princess ran up to sleeping beauty for an adorable embrace!

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It was so cute and seriously made the entire experience magical! The princesses were so attentive to every child there and we really felt like even though there was a good amount of people there, that the princesses did a great job making each child feel special and important. 

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There was also Prince Charming and he was a fantastic addition to the fairytale day.  There were not many boys at the event, but my little guy was very happy to have another guy there and they even knighted him and gave him a couple swords!

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The day was full of sing alongs, trivia, prizes and games.  Our littlest walked away from the day with tiaras and wands and necklaces, rings and a balloon bracelet.  It was pretty awesome.  In addition, each fairytale character autographed a picture and they made sure to take as many photos as parents wanted!

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Obviously it would not be a Fondue Fairytale without the actual fondue!  The food was incredible as it always it.  We love The Melting Pot in Littleton Colorado and the food is just mouthwatering good! The kids favorite is always the chocolate fondue.  We went with both a dark and a milk chocolate option and we ate nearly every bite of the fresh fruit and sweet snacks!  All of the food was amazing and it is such a fun experience to have the kids cook their meat right at the table and enjoy taste testing all the fancy sauces.  We just love it!

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Once our day was over, the fairytale characters took a group photo with the groups as we all left.  The day was amazing and I know my kids will not soon forget that time we went to The Melting Pot and had a Magical day!

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I highly recommend this experience to anyone in the Denver Metro area that wants to share a magical experience with a little girl or boy in their life.  You do need to call and make reservations and you can get the number here.  They also host birthday parties during the event and the prices are really affordable!


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For the little superheros in your life there is also SuperHero Sundays and you can read more about our experience with this here!  They really know how to host great events!  If you want to check out these awesome events and enjoy this amazing atmosphere, please contact The Melting Pot in Littleton Co.  You can also like them on Facebook for awesome deals and giveaways and follow them on twitter!


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Pete's Dragon Review!

Last week we had the awesome privilege to screen Pete's Dragon and I have nothing but amazing things to say about this movie!

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My mom, the kids and I took off to the movie screening and we were very excited.  My kids and mom had not watched the original Pete's Dragon so they were completely fresh to the storyline.  The movie opened with a bit of a sad scene, but you could still feel the Disney magic in the air.

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Soon enough, Elliot and Pete united and a fantastic friendship was formed.  The digital animation of Elliot was fantastic.  Disney did a wonderful job creating a friendly but protective dragon and so much of the special effects were amazing.

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The movie is set in a old growth forest and has a dark feel to it.  It is not really ominous, it is just literally dark because of the setting.  Pete is an orphaned boy who is taken under Elliot's wing and the friendship that forms makes us all wish we had our own Elliot.

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Elliot is the star of the film and although he is a large green dragon that appears scary, his personality is huge and he is quickly your favorite character.  You love his silly side, his playful side, his protective side and his heart.

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Pete is a curious kid, who you just want to hug, but at the same time you are so impressed with his imagination, his curiosity and his innovation.

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We really enjoyed Pete's Dragon and had a nice time.  I will say that I do not think that this movie is for little kids.  There are a couple scenes that are a little action packed and can be construed as scary and sad for little kids.  Our 3 year old did just fine, but my mom and our son were visibly upset, although everything ended wonderfully.  

Pete's Dragon is in theaters now and the reviews from everyone are fantastic!  Make sure to get to a theater ASAP!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Roofs, Accidents & A Funnel Cake

Today is my last day of summer break.  This summer has been eventful and boring all in one.  I think much of it has to do with my depression and the struggles we have been facing in our personal lives. We have been dealing with so much and it all culminated this past week. 


While on our vacation in Mexico, our neighborhood got hit by a massive hail storm.  Our roof, fence and house took a beating and so for the entire summer we have been working with contractors and insurance to get all of those items fixed.  As I write this, the roofers are making some pretty awesome noise atop our roof.  Stressful does not describe this experience. 



To add to this, on Thursday we were driving home from swimming with our cousins and we had a little accident.  I was on the main highway in Colorado and traffic came to a stop, so I stopped and the car behind me did not.  She hit me at 55mph and although my truck does not look like it sustained a ton of damage, the impact was pretty hard and I have been fighting through the aches and pains.  Her car was totaled. 


The kids were in the car with me when the accident happened.  It has been a bit of a nightmare because she was in a company vehicle with an out of state insurance company.  I will need a rental car and new carseats all before I return to work tomorrow.  I am not confident that will happen and am very frustrated with this process. Yesterday when I called to find out about our claim, they notified me that an adjuster had not been assigned and that they thought we were in a different state.  I can see this is already going to be a rough experience.


On the upside, my sister and brother-in-law treated us to a night at the fair this past weekend.  The kids had a great time riding the rides and eating this funnel cake.  My sister is due with that baby any day now and we are all on pins and needles waiting for his arrival! You can see where her focus is though :)


My kids had never eaten a funnel cake before and this family sized one was perfect for their first experience.  You can see that they both loved it!


The little one is just like her auntie and was licking every bit of powdered sugar off the box!  So I guess all hope isn't lost.  In the end, our home and vehicle are fixable and the kids are happy, so that is all that matters. 

Happy Tuesday!

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