We Got the FUNK: September 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

Join Us at the Circus! #RinglingBros #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was provided with free tickets for this post.  

Ringling Bros. newly imagined circus experience is coming to Denver and one of my lucky readers will win a family pack of tickets to enjoy!  Read on to learn more. 

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I am so excited to see this new show and check out the amazing acrobatics, the sights and the sounds with our kids for the first time.  I know they will enjoy every second of it!

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The new show entitled, Out Of This World is being called the largest refresh in the brand’s nearly 150 year history. It will be a multi-sensory show featuring immersive technology, an interactive, action-packed, and space-age storyline, and unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. For the first time, the show will also feature thrill skaters – and acts will seamlessly transition from floor to air to ice, a feat never before done in Ringling Bros.

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If you are looking to check out a show, you can snag tickets online for one of the shows below at the Denver Coliseum. 
  • Friday, September 30: 7PM
  • Saturday, October 111AM & 7PM
  • Sunday, October 25PM 
  • Thursday, October 67PM
  • Friday, October 711AM & 7PM
  • Saturday, October 811AM & 7PM
  • Sunday, October 911AM & 7PM
In addition, one of my lucky readers will win a family 4 pack of tickets to next Saturdays (October 8th, 2016) 7:00 PM show!  To make entries easy, all you need to do is comment on this post and I will do a random name drawing from the comments!

EDIT:  Giveaway has ended.  Winner is below!


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fall Table Decor Ideas!

In March, after 10 years, the husband and I finally decided that it was time to buy a table that was family friendly and would last a long time.  We found an amazing deal on our table and are so happy with the quality and look of it.  Now that we have a new centerpiece in our home, I want to bring some festive decorations to it and decided to start with a simple and affordable fall table scape. 

Fall in Colorado is life.  If you have never witnessed the Aspens changing or the beauty of the weather here, you need to put that on your bucket list.  Every color imaginable is all around us and fall is really a magical time.  I wanted to bring those stunning colors into our kitchen and put together an inexpensive yet fun little table scape.  I am pretty happy with how this one turned out. 

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If you have been around the blog for a while, you know that I love me some Target dollar bins and the Dollar Tree!  You can find some cute stuff there for sure and the price is hard to beat!

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I bought the tablecloth at Kohl's.  I love it because it is so soft and the colors are vibrant.  The placemats are just those simple felt decor pieces that the Dollar Tree sells.  They work great for placemats and my kids just love playing with them.

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Candy in our house, particularly chocolate is our weak point.  We LOVE it.  Target had a great sale on these candies and in addition, I had a coupon so I decided to splurge.  I will say that I had to take the apple picking bucket off the table, because the littles were sneaking down and snagging a candy in the middle of the night.  It was great while it lasted though.  The bucket came from the Target bins for $3.00 and the "Welcome" sign was a Dollar Tree find.

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When I found the little ceramic animals in the Target bins I fell in love.  They were $3.00 each and I knew that I wanted to add a little something to them so these little argyle coasters were a great way to add a little more flair.  The coasters were only $3.00 as well!

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My last find of the fall table decor was the napkins and the cute acorn salt and pepper shakers.  I snagged those at the Dollar Tree and they really brought everything together.  

I am really happy with our new grown up table and how this simple and cute table scape came together.  In total I spent $21.00 on the decor (not including candy or the tablecloth).  Already friends and family have been complimenting how festive, warm and welcoming it is.  

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I am definitely going to put together more table decor ideas for the upcoming holidays.  Look for more budget friendly ideas coming your way!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Rusty Bucket Comes to Denver! #MyRustyBucket #BucketLifer #Hosted

Disclosure:  We were hosted and provided with a complimentary food and service.  It was wonderful. 

Last week I was invited to enjoy an afternoon checking out Denver's newest family-friendly restaurant.  With roots out of the eastern states, and a huge following, The Rusty Bucket was eager to make a big impression on Denver's growing population.  Let me tell you, they definitely are making waves and I can totally see why!

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The restaurant is located in the Orchard Town Center in Westminster Colorado.  Walking in, there is a very clean and calming feel.  In this particular restaurant there is a lot of older pictures of Westminster in its younger years as well as Denver memorabilia.  It really is a hometown type of restaurant.  The staff is wonderful and takes us to our private room.  As we walk, I notice a wonderful outdoor patio and how busy the restaurant is at just 3:00.

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We started the meal off with some drinks and appetizers.  There were some great beers from the Left Hand Brewery (one of my favs!) as well as three specialty drinks.  From left to right in the photo above are the Pink gin Fizz, Bourbon Raspberry Smash and the Blueberry Bella.  I loved the Bourbon Raspberry Smash.  It was the perfect blend of sweet with that rich bourbon whiskey flavor.  All their drinks are made with fresh ingredients, like freshly juiced raspberries and lemons.  They are so good!

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I enjoyed this afternoon with one of my awesome coworkers and we really had a nice time just sampling everything and learning all about The Rusty Bucket.  My favorite take aways were that they came to Colorado because we have a high demand for craft beer (and they have 24 on tap!) and made from scratch foods.  They price themselves on making Yes the answer for every guest that enters the establishment and will make anything your heart desires, even if it is not on the menu.  All ingredients are fresh and never frozen (except for fries) and all employees are extensively trained in creating everything on the menu.
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The food. Oh my the food was fantastic.  You can really tell that the ingredients are fresh and that the chefs take huge pride in the food that they are creating.  Anything can be made special with no issues from the staff.  In fact they like a good challenge and enjoy the creative process.  There is something for everyone at The Rusty Bucket.  We sampled so many scrumptious foods an there was nothing I did not like.  My favorite was the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.  Whoa was this amazing, the chicken was juicy and the panko covered buffalo crust was cooked to perfection.  I also loved the french fries. As the only frozen item they have on menu, I wasn't expecting them to be spectacular but oh my, even those had a special Rusty Bucket touch with the perfect crisp and seasoning that we ate them all!

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Then there was dessert.  Our chef Jason who prepared the meal studied as a pastry chef and takes great pride in his career and his desserts.  I am a huge chocolate fan so the Triple Chocolate Cake was exciting to me.  What I was not expecting was to fall in LOVE with the Sticky Bun Bread Pudding.  I have never really liked bread pudding, until I tasted The Rusty Buckets bread pudding.  It is perfectly crisp and flavorful, not soggy and is just rich enough that you cannot wait to eat more.  I am totally ordering it the next time we go in.

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The Rusty Bucket is at the top of my list for dining out and I love how family friendly and health conscious they are.  They have a Kids Live Well option on their menu with healthier foods for our kids, Dum Dums when you enter and a fantastic gluten free menu.  In addition, it was wonderful to hear their employees be so incredibly thankful and boasting eagerly about the company they work for.  They truly believe in the growth of their employees and you can tell the staff is happy to work there.  

If you are interested in checking out The Rusty Bucket, you can catch their menu online and they also offer a great happy hour from 3-6 with $1.00 off all drinks and 1/2 price appetizers.  They are growing exponentially and plan to expand a lot in the coming years.  I urge you to check them out, you will not be disappointed!


Monday, September 26, 2016

Doggy Hospice

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you saw my post about our precious girl.  If you missed it, it is below.  Hold on folks, it is a long post.

In May, our precious Mia was outside playing.  It had been raining lightly and we have tile floors in the house.  We have a rug runner in the kitchen by the door the dogs go in and out of to help mitigate any potential falls.  Regardless, the girls came running in faster than normal and Mia fell and flew across the floor.  She got up quickly and seemingly was just fine.  The impact to her left shoulder.

About a week later she began limping on that side.  We took her to the vet and the vet examined her and felt that everything was in place, ligaments were fine and bones felt good.  We settled on a diagnosis of a shoulder strain and were sent home with some anti-inflammatories to help her heal.

Except on and off throughout the summer, she would limp and then she wouldn't.  She was still running and jumping and very playful.  In fact, aside from the husband and I limiting her now, she is still very much the same happy, playful, excitable girl we have always known.

Over Labor Day we went up to the mountains and the dogs had a blast wandering around and just taking in a nice little getaway.  When we came home, the limp was back and worse than it had been before.  In addition, we had noticed there was a bit of a lump on the joint.  At this point the husband and I were pretty sure she had a broken bone.

After this past week, we learned we were way off.  Instead of a broken bone, our sweet 8 year old girl has osteosarcoma (bone cancer).  The prognosis is not good.  The treatment options are limited and after reading some peer-reviewed research, even with treatment, her time is very limited.

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So instead of forcing her to spend her days getting used to 3 legs, or dealing with a lot of medication and a low quality of life, we have decided to start doggy hospice.  Essentially, our version of this is to allow her to live her life and take in some special enjoyable things, while managing her pain.   

She has been on a very restricted diet for about 7 years.  After being spayed she had some incontinence issues and so we had put her on a restricted diet to curb this.  It helped, but that meant no treats.  Not anymore.  This girl has enjoyed table scraps, beef bones, and many many treats in the past few days.  We are still being cognizant of amounts of food as we know that gaining weight could cause issues on her bones.  We realize that at any point her bones could break and instead of treating those as normal, we would have to allow the vet to help her cross that rainbow bridge. 

We have some special outings and playdates planned for her as well.  We have friends who have lent us pet stairs to allow her to get up and down from our bed and furniture as she loves to be a little snuggle bug.  We are just trying to make her time with us as special as possible, while realizing that our time is very limited and at any moment we could lose her. 

I am struggling with this.  I logically know that treating her is not fair to her.  I have read the research, I know this is terminal.  However, the mama in me is just so upset.  I am crying all the time. I broke down in the pet store knowing that we are essentially buying her final toys and snacks.  I am overprotective of her.  At 80 lbs, I am just about carrying her around to keep her off her front feet. The good foot that is cancer free has started to show a lot of strain, so I bought a cast to help her.  I just am not handling this well.  I feel like I could save her. 

We appreciate the outpouring of love and support.  2016 has just not been our year...shoot these last 7 years have not been our year.  Too much loss and sadness.  Thank you all for your love!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hump Day #Disney Updates #Moana #DoctorStrange

It has been a while since I posted a Disney Update.  As you know things have been hectic, but I can't get enough of sharing what is up and coming from Disney!


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Excited does not quite cover the feeling this movie is bringing!  Disney just released a new trailer that you MUST check out below.  I am so ready to see how this movie plays out and I love Moana already and Dwayne the Rock Johnson as The Mighty DemiGod Maui is already bringing such a wonderful character to life! Just incredible!

This trailer is mysterious, funny and if it is any indication of how good this movie is going to be, I think that this Thanksgiving we will be spending part of our day at the theater!

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Disney's synopsis explains that three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016

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Marvel's Doctor Strange!

I think the movie my son is ready to see now is Marvel's Doctor Strange!  This boy loves anything Marvel.  I am hoping for a good family friendly movie for him!

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I am particularly excited for the cast in this movie myself.  Yummy! Just a little over a month before this is released and I am sure that in 3D this movie is going to blow minds! Check out the new featurette below and let me know what you think of the upcoming release!

November 4th is rushing upon it and from what I can tell this is going to be an epic release from Marvel Studios!  I know we will be at the preview and I am sure I will bring you some details of this exciting movie!

Which movie are you most excited for?


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

August Challenges

I have gone back and forth about writing this post.  However, I think that it is better for me just to keep people in the know and let my beautiful readership in on why I have not been blogging as regularly.  I wish that it was all happiness and rainbows, but the majority of it is not.

August opened up with a nice little car accident that I am STILL dealing with.  I finally got my truck back on Friday of last week and it has been wonderful, however, the insurance end of this has not been wonderful.  Although the accident was not my fault, the at fault insurance company is less than helpful and terrible at communicating.  I am trying to be patient but every time we turn around something else goes wrong and I am on my last thread with these folks.

August was made terrifying because my daddy had a major health scare.  I would say that out of everything that has been happening in our life, this made me take a step back.  My dad is only 51 and had several small heart attacks last month.  Some of this is lifestyle related but unfortunately from this even my sister and I learned that there is quite the family history of heart disease in our family and that most of my dads grandparents, and uncles have either passed away from heart attacks around 50 or have been treated for this awful disease.

This rocked my family pretty hard.  My parents, Sister and I am very, very close.  We live close together, we talk daily, if not several times daily and we hang out all the time.  My kids are enamored with their grandparents.  They spend the night or the weekend with my parents at least 2-3 times a month if not more.  My parents are just as much their world as they are mine.  When we found out what happened with my dad, we all rushed to his side and stayed there and for the last month we have done the same.  We are encouraging to life a healthier lifestyle, make healthy choices and we are spending a lot of time with him.  My son took grandpa's heart attack pretty hard and cried and has been very empathetic and needy.  Everyone has been scared and nervous and just needing to be together as we rally around my dad and his health.  On the upside, he has quit smoking, he has cut out nearly all salt and he is making great lifestyle choices.  He feels better.  His heart is healing and although he is not out of the woods just yet, those baby steps are making a difference.

The final challenge has been an awesome one!  My sweet little nugget nephew is growing strong and is getting more personality each day!  I love him so much and thought it would be best to end today's post on a positive note!  

Thanks for bearing with me!


Saturday, September 17, 2016

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Disclosure:  I am partnering with Groupon to bring you this post.

This past June, the Husband and I snuck away for a beautiful week in Cancun Mexico!  We stayed at the Ocean Corals & Turquesa which was an Apple Vacation!  It was our second experience with Apple Vacations and one that I would really love to repeat soon and I found a great way to save with Groupon Coupons!

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Each time we have chose a vacation destination we looked for a resort with a 5-6 golden apple ranking at a good price.  We like the all inclusive options with hotel, food/drinks, flight and transfers included.  We also like to keep it around a grand per person.

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The resorts have both been stunning.  The rooms and service amazing and the relaxing atmosphere is just what this couple needs!  We love how the staff is always so welcoming and fun to be with.  We always get servers who tend to wait on us our entire visit and we love catching the shows and every aspect of the atmosphere.

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I will only stay at a nice hotel or resort.  I am deathly afraid of bedbugs and so I do a lot of research before we book our stays.  Both Apple Vacations we have taken have been extremely clean and well taken care of and obviously no bedbugs.  Our housekeepers have always been great too us and we like to leave them good tips too because they keep our rooms so clean and fresh and those minibars stocked up.
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What we come for is relaxation and time together.  On a beach.  Our stay in Puerto Vallarta for our first Apple vacation had the darker beaches and colder water.  We still loved it.  However, you cannot beat the beauty of the Caribbean beaches in Cancun and the beautiful crystal clear water. 

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Relaxation is just what we have received with our experiences with the Apple Vacations family.  I highly recommend Apple to anyone looking for a fantastic experience, great atmosphere and wonderful time.

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I was very excited to see that Groupon Coupons have teamed up with Apple Vacations to offer some fantastic deals.  It is just another way that Groupon is becoming my favorite money saving website.  I cannot believe how easy it is to save money on everything from vacations to rental cars to shopping to cell service.  

You have to check them out!  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for awesome updates and savings!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

#SnappleRollback at Walmart! Get this Deal Now! #ad

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I could not pass up this awesome deal to share with my great readers!  Can you believe this rollback? Let me tell you, I would definitely take time for a Snapple right now and what a great back to school teacher gift this would make!  

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Enjoy more for less with Snapple’s $1.50 Rollback on 64 Oz. Bottles at Walmart
Buy Snapple 64 oz. Peach, Diet Peach, and Kiwi Strawberry for only $1.50 (was $1.98) from now until November 30th at Walmart. Make Time for Snapple!

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You should probably know that I am a bit of a Coach Bag obsessed consumer.  For the last nearly 10 years they have been my only purse.  I have clutches for going out, my beloved wallet, a diaper bag that I use as a work briefcase and several bags.  So when I was offered the chance to get in on an authentic Coach bag giveaway for one of my readers, I had to join!  Check out the details below!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Last week, I took the day off work as I always do for my kids first days of school to get my tiny peanut off to her first day of preschool.  

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I do not like to post details about my kids schools, so I do not have that picture in front of the school sign to share, however, I will tell you that at drop off, the girl dropped her backpack off in her cubby and ran to go play.  No tears, no bye mom, nothing.  I had to practically run over to hug and kiss her bye and that girl didn't even notice!

Her school is 4 days a week for 2.5 hours and for the 3 year old classroom it is more play school and socialization.  All of the kids in her class have either been with a grandparent or parent all day and not in a daycare setting, so play school is pretty critical to getting them ready for school in a couple years!

Our little one loved the first day and told us she was done with school, but when our babysitter took her to school the next day, she was fine and every day after, she has asked to go to school.  I think she likes it and she is so cute with that oversized backpack!

How was your littles first days of school?


Monday, September 12, 2016

I am an AUNTIE

People, FINALLY, I can share that I am an aunt!  On August 26th, my amazing sister endured 40 hours of labor that ended in a csection, because to our surprise my tiny sister who barely looked 7 months pregnant was carrying a 8 lb 11 oz beautiful baby boy!

You guys, I love my kids, like I seriously love them so much.  However, I did NOT expect to love this little boy the way that I love my own kids.  I find myself tearing up just looking at him.  Just looking at my kids with him.

He is so handsome and absolutely the sweetest little nugget I have laid my eyes on!  His start to life was a little rough, but after almost a week in the hospital, he is doing so good!

He loves his auntie.  I know people say that the babies don't know people, but I swear he loves me the most (I mean next to his actual parents).  He always calms for me, he loves to snuggle me and I think he just knows that we might be kindred spirits!

I mean he only smiles for me in selfies!  Ok, that might be gas or just a silly baby face accidentally made, however, both times I have taken a selfie with this little nugget he has totally made a "smile" and so I count that.

Becoming an auntie has been the biggest dream, next to becoming a mom.  I am so happy for my sister and brother-in-law and I cannot wait to watch this little boy grow up with our family.