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Friday, May 27, 2016

Childhood, Feel Good Memories with Cheerios™ #GiveABox [ad]

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In just a couple weeks our family will be celebrating a wonderful woman.  My mother has been the cornerstone and true matriarch of our family and soon she will be a few years over 50!  She still looks stunning as ever and to pay homage to this lady I thought I would share some stories, a couple recipes and most of all love.

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I did not necessarily have a normal childhood.  In fact, explaining to people that your parents own and ran a successful roller skating rink, which we also lived in (yes literally), while at the same time talking about how your parents were true to life, hard core bikers (Son's of Anarchy was my childhood) and also the best parents ever, would often earn some extra odd looks.  However, my parents were all those things and more.  I grew up in a fantastic environment and although my childhood was FAR from normal, my mom and dad did their very best to make it as normal as possible.

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I always felt lucky that I could call on my parents any time of day and they would be there.  My sister and I got to go to work with my parents every single day.  My mom in particular made every effort to attend anything possible at school and to this day does the same for my kids.  This woman would do anything for her family and I lean on her a lot for support, advice, help and friendship. 


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When my mother-in-law passed away and we found out we were pregnant, my mom said that she would just work extra hard to make sure our children knew what a wonderful woman she was and she would be a super grandma to them.  She has never faltered on this.  If I need a break my mom is there to help, if I need to vent, she is there, if I am rushing one of my children to the doctors or hospital she is speeding behind me.  She has spent countless days and nights helping our family to be successful and does so with little complaint.   

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My kids adore their grandma and I adore my mom.  This woman is fantastic at anything she sets her mind to.  She is very artistic, loving and one heck of a cook.  I wanted to do something a little special for my mom as we approach her birthday.  I remembered back when we were younger that my mom rarely bought name brand cereal.  In fact to this day she tells us that she would purchase the off brand because she wasn't paying an arm and a leg for a box with a picture and toy.  However, one brand my mother always had on hand was Cheerios™.  You could count on our pantry having a stock of Honey Nut Cheerios™ (my favorite) and original Cheerios™. 

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So while I was shopping in Walmart this week and I saw the buy a box, give a box message to share with someone I love, my immediate thought was to send my mom a couple boxes of the cereal she has always preferred.  I purchased two boxes an several other items because I had something special in mind.  The first thing I did was come home and jumped online to redeem my coupon codes. 

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I sent my mom two boxes!  You can choose to send the coupons (redeemable at Walmart) in the mail or through email with an E-card.  My mom is not a big email fan so I sent her coupons to her via the mail with a special message!  I cannot wait until she receives the coupons for the boxes and the special message that I sent.  They should arrive around her birthday. 

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Now I still had my own boxes to create some memories with so I decided that I would create some special breakfast treats for our last week of school.  You see my mom has been helping us out all week with childcare.  Our babysitters oldest son graduates from high school and she has been busy with the party plans.  My mom stepped in as always to give our babysitter a much needed break. Mornings are early, fast and furious around here.  Our typical breakfast is a granola bar or a donut. Anything we can grab and run out the door with.  I wanted to make some breakfast options that were still grab and go but also easy to make and really tasty!

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The first option I went with was a Cheerios™ Fruit Parfait.  This was very simple to make and only took a couple minutes to prep.  

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Ingredients (makes 5-6 cups):

  • 5-6 medium strawberries, sliced.
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 2 cups of Cheerios™
  • 2 cups of Vanilla yogurt. 
Directions:
  • Place some strawberry slices and a few blueberries in the bottom of the plastic cup (I found these at the dollar store). 
  • Add 2-3 TBS of vanilla yogurt on top of the fruit
  • add 1/8th cup of Cheerios™ on top of the yogurt layer
  • Layer another 2-3 TBS on top of the Cheerios™
  • Top with strawberries, blueberries and Cheerios™

For easy storage, cover them in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
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It has been great to have these awesome parfaits in the house and I know my mom appreciated how easy it was to grab some easy breakfast and get out the door in a rush this week.  I am so excited for my mom to get her boxes in the mail too!

Tell me who you would share a box with?


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Alice Through the Looking Glass In Theaters TODAY!

Tuesday was date night and we met up with some awesome friends to catch a preview of Alice Through the Looking Glass.  It was everything!

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I have been waiting on pins and needles for this movie.  Alice has been one of my favorite books and movies for as long as I can remember.  Pair the story I love with actors I adore and waiting for the premier was nearly killing me.

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The movie stars Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the white queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the red queen, Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time.  It tells the story behind the feud of the red and white queens.

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There were tons of emotions in this movie.  I laughed a lot, however, there was some moments of sadness.  One particular moment was when Alan Rickman's voice came through the screen.  All the feels!

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The cinematography, costumes and effects in the movie were really good too.  The movie opens with an amazing, ship scene in which the viewer feels very much a part of the action.  The action does not stop there.  Alice Through the Looking Glass is so very good!

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So blast P!NK's new song "Just Like Fire" and prepare for a fantastic ride Through the Looking Glass!  You will not be disappointed.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

It's Finally Finals! #Teacher #SummerBreak

Today and tomorrow I administer the final exams for the classes that I teach.  It has been a long, arduous year and although I have learned a lot and accomplished a lot, I am very much feeling the struggle.  I figured many teachers are feeling the same way, so I decided to put together some funny memes for every teacher out their struggling to get through!

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I have personally had a countdown going on since we returned from spring break in April.  I set one on my phone and each day I have checked it.  For some reason in teaching a countdown is motivation.

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About a month ago, our budgets were closed out for the year and we hit our copying budget as well. This meme about sums up my current situation.

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As I am writing this I have 32 little science souls taking a final that I KNOW they will do well on. However, I have caught my fair share of these fun spirits making this exact face today.  It cracks me up every single time.

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In two short days the reward for all our hard work will be here.  Time to recharge to relax to re-center. Summer vacation is our reward for not just surviving May, but for surviving the year.  We did it!

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Now when my stay at home mom friends or family ask me what I am doing next week, they might get this reaction!

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Here is to another amazing, successful year teaching tomorrows future, within the walls of a fantastic public school.  I am so proud of my students, I am so proud of my colleagues and I am so happy that this year is over. 

Share this with a teacher you know!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Field Day!

Field day has changed a lot since I was a kid.  For us we would travel to our local high school and actually compete in track and field events.  The 800m, long jump, hurdles, you name it we would compete for those darn ribbons!  I am sure that if I went through boxes at my moms house I would find a ribbon or two...that is it because I am awful at most sports that involve running. 


Enough about my history with field day, lets jump into how fun it was to watch my little guy compete in his field day.  The day started out with class awards and then some relays.  The kinder's competed against 1st grade for bragging rights in about 5 different relays.  I am not entirely sure who won but it was super fun watching the kids crab walk, push a ball with their nose and work in teams to move a ball to the end of the field and back!




Once we finished the relays section of field day we headed inside for the free swimming portion.  It was so fun to watch all the littles swimming around.  I did not take any pictures because it was so humid in the pool and I was trying to keep a close eye on a several littles to help the teachers out. 


Next up was some gym activities.  The kids played with hula hoops, basketball, football, volleyball and even the parachute!  You all remember the parachute! My little guy preferred to stay at the hula hoop throwing station and played catch.  


We ended the day with popsicles and hugs with our teacher.  She is not returning to the school next year and we are super bummed, I did not post her on here because I did not get her permission, but she is fantastic and we are so entirely lucky to have had her teach our little guy.


Happy End of the School year!  Here is to field days, sunscreen, and all the fun!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass Preview!

Hey Denver readers have the opportunity for you to see a special advance screening of Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS in 3D!!!

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In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock. 
 
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.
 
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Bacon Garlic Rump Roast and Creamy Dill Potatoes #Recipe

Monday was extremely busy in this household.  I went to work, rushed to get the kids from our babysitters and then hurried home to make dinner and get our son to his first school program.  I really wanted to make something quick but tasty and have enough left overs for lunch so I decided on a rump roast and potatoes.


My search for a rump roast was super easy.  Normally we purchase a quarter to a half a cow locally and freeze it.  Unfortunately, we have not had a chance to and our beef choices are limited.  I like to keep our meat as free range and limited on hormones and steroids.  I found Jones Creek Beef at Walmart and right on the label you can see that it is 100% free range, grass fed with no added hormones or steroids.  I was sold. 


I had never cooked a rump roast without the slow cooker before so this was new to me.  I found some basic directions and began by searing each side of the roast in a pan until brown.  While doing this I preheated the oven to 400 degrees.


Once browned, I used salt and pepper as well as Italian seasoning, garlic salt, bacon chunks and diced garlic to season each side of the rump roast and I placed it in a casserole dish. I then cut up a full stick of butter to help with the toughness of this cut of beef and placed it under and on top of the roast.


I placed this in the oven for about an hour and fifteen minutes and when it came out of the oven it smelled divine and looked tasty.  I had read that it was important to let the roast sit for about 20 minutes before serving.  

While waiting, I boiled some little red potatoes until soft.  I wanted to make my creamy dill potatoes. These are so easy and are a family favorite!


Next, I cut the potatoes into quarters and placed them in a medium bowl.


Finally I added about 4 TBS of sour cream, 1 tsp of garlic salt and 2 tsp of dill seasoning to the potatoes.  Using a spoon, I mixed the sour cream and seasoning mixture into the potatoes until each was covered generously.


Once the roast had set and the potatoes were done, I used a large knife and cut the roast into inch thick sections.  It looked really great and I was so excited to eat!


I plated the creamy dill potatoes, bacon garlic rump roast and some green beans and got ready to dig in.  Everything looked and smelled so incredible and my hopes were high.


We dove right in.  The potatoes were just as I expected, perfectly cooked and so creamy!  I cut the Jones Creek rump roast into smaller pieces and took a bite.  The flavor was very good. Just the right texture and perfectly seasoned.  Dinner and lunch the following days was wonderful!  I do recommend cooking the rump roast a bit longer and I prefer it in the slow cooker but I was still very happy with how this turned out.  The Jones Creek Beef website has cooking preparation directions for every cut of meat and is sold at Walmart.  They have a good selection and all their beef is raised grass-fed, on a pasture with no added steroids or hormones.  

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The One Thing that "Drives" My Husband Crazy #SummerCarCare [AD]

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Ten years ago, I moved in with my husband and that was the point in our relationship that I began to "drive" him crazy.  This weekend I resigned myself and ate my pride to create a car care safety kit that would ease his struggle.

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I will be the first to admit that I am usually 100% prepared and so good about organizing.  However, the one area that gets the least amount of attention in my life is my vehicles.  Up until this weekend my truck storage was empty.  My gas light was on, my oil gauge was low and I can't even remember the last time that I washed the truck or put in window wash fluid.  The husband and I have an agreement.  He takes care of the outside of our home and I take care of the inside.  It is an unspoken agreement on my end that the outside includes all the vehicles and garage. 

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This unspoken agreement absolutely drives my husband insane.  He is consistently telling me that I am not prepared for an emergency or that I do not take care of my truck.  He harasses me on a weekly basis to check my fluids and take care of the truck.  I always say "I keep the inside clean, your job is the outside".  This little conversation has always been in good fun, however, a few weeks ago we did have a car breakdown and luckily my husband had a safety kit in that particular car.  We were able to get him home safely and with minimal damage to our old little car.  This inspired me to create a car care safety kit for our family vehicle. 

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I ran to my local Walmart and grabbed a few items for our vehicle and also gathered some supplies from around the house.  The big items that I purchased were a car package that had a tow strap, flashlight and jumper cables in it, also a FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter, a container of oil, window wash fluid, some snacks and water, some baby wipes, a first aid kit, blankets, cash, antibacterial hand cleaner and a tote to put everything into conserve space.

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I packed everything into the tote and stored it in the back of the truck.  My husband was pretty happy that I took the initiative to put this together and was impressed that everything fit into the plastic tote. He was also impressed that I purchased the right air filter for my truck (pshhh, #momskills). However, I actually used the online FRAM Filter Catalog from Walmart before heading into the store. It was easy to punch in all my vehicles information, write down the item number and then grab it in store.

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My husband commented on the fact that I chose a good air filter and that an air filter is the cars first line of defense against debris.  He went on about how it improves airflow, increases acceleration, as well as overall vehicle performance.  The man's excitement for my correct air filter choice was pretty funny.

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It was during all this air filter discussion that my husband then asked me if I knew how to change my own air filter.  With all my mad confidence in purchasing the right filter I obviously responded "yes". He popped the hood and told me to show him...this is where things got a little tricky.

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I had a difficult time figuring out where the air filter chamber was and actually had to get my vehicle manual out.  Once I located it, the next question was how to open it.

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First I tried to pull it open and then I realized that there were screws in it. This was the point that I realized putting a mini tool kit into the safety kit would be a great idea.  So I added that.  I also used those tools to remove the screws from the air filter housing. 

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Once I removed the screws, the top of the air filter housing was simple to open and then my horribly dirty old air filter was revealed.  

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I simply reached in and removed it.  Then I compared it to my new FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter.  You can see very clearly that I needed to change my air filter. 

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I replaced the old air filter with the new FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter, in about 3 seconds.  It fit perfectly and I was proud that I had actually picked up the correct filter for my vehicle. 

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I replaced the air filter lid housing and then screwed it together with my little tool set.

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I closed that vehicle lid and turned to my husband with a little smirk.  I was darn proud that I was able to figure this out.  He gave no directions and although the manual came in handy, I did the work. I also ended up checking all my fluids to show the husband that I am perfectly capable of handling the vehicle responsibilities.

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I then kissed the man and told him that although I can do it "the outside is his and the inside is mine". I handed him the keys and asked him to get a car wash and fill up the gas tank.  He smiled, laughed and jumped in the truck and left. 



I am very happy that not only did a create a car care safety kit, but I also learned how to change my air filter.  I highly recommend checking out the online FRAM catalog as you prepare your own car care safety kit.  

Are you inspired to get your mechanic on and prepare your car for summer yet?

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Our Whirlwind Trip to NYC!

This weekend, Censie and I took an incredibly fast but fantastic trip to NYC for a blogging conference.  We had a great time and although my phone died, we still snapped some great shots.  I thought it would be fun to take you through our little trip in photos...A LOT of photos. Enjoy!

We started our trip out with a very long flight and some Ativan (hello flight anxiety).  We arrived around midnight in NYC and hailed our first cab to our hotel.  We crashed out pretty quickly and then were up bright an early to head into Manhattan.  We decided to take a guided Grayline Bus Tour around the city to see as many of the sights as we could fit in!  We jumped in our little bus and experienced all the traffic NYC has to offer...oh and some stunning architecture.

on the bus!


Central Park

The Met Museum


The Empire State building.  So tall that you cannot get a good picture of the top when you are underneath it

Fifth Ave. and The Flatiron building. 

Driving around was an experience and it made us both appreciate not having that sort of insane traffic in Denver.  It was difficult to get pictures while in the bus because there was so much quick starts and stops that many of my pictures were blurry.  It was also a very overcast and eventually rainy day, but still wonderful.  We were able to get off the bus and enjoy a fantastic lunch in Little Italy and walk around.  These were some places and items that caught my eye.

The Grotta Azzurra Ristorante was delicious!

Parking was 32.00/day and they parked people on these lifts!  


I loved that subway entrances.

This is silly, but I honestly thought that the fire escapes were not real...

There were these little external basement entrances where stores and restaurants stored their stock.

Clearly there is a winner in NYC in the over/under debate. 
After wandering around for about an hour we were back in the bus and crazy traffic and headed towards Wall St. and the 9/11 Memorial.  It was unreal and almost hard to breathe while in the memorial.  The beauty, the quiet even amongst thousands of people was breathtaking.  

On Wall Street

One WTC

One of two memorial pools.  Every person who died in the 9/11 attacks has their name on the memorial

When it is the birthday of a victim, the put a white rose on their name.  

When we finished at the memorial we jumped on a fairy and headed out into the bay.  We were able to see the Statue of Liberty and all the bridges.



Brooklyn Bridge
We got off the fairy and drove to Rockefeller Center.  This was the last stop of our guided tour.  We were able to take the elevator to the "Top of the Rock" and see the skyline.  The only issue was the weather and visibility was not great and it started pouring rain. 




Turns out Rockefeller Center has shopping and all sorts of things.  We found the entrance to the Jimmy Fallon Show!

Also Payphone still exist in NYC

Token picture with the NBC Marquee. 
Once left to our own devices we navigated the city with the help of Google Maps and were able to get all the way to Times Square, Carlos Bakery and even catch a Broadway show before calling it a night.  






Chicago was wonderful, super funny and incredibly entertaining.  Our night ended and we grabbed a car back to our hotel to end the night.  The next day we were up bright and early and headed to our conference (more on this later).  It was our first walk through Brooklyn and was really awesome.  We enjoyed our conference and then hit the town for some evening sightseeing and some fantastic pictures of the brownstones and the skyline. 

Junior's Cheesecake...HEAVEN


The little neighborhoods and the brownstones were beautiful


In a way, NYC was much smaller than I expected.  I truly thought that much of what I had seen on TV was just a TV set, modeled after an older NYC.  However, after getting into the city it truly does have all of charm and beauty that I have only previously watched on TV. 


Our trip was quick, but it was wonderful.  Until next time NYC. 


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