We Got the FUNK: October 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

1950's Kids Photos You Just HAVE to See!

Look friends, I am a complete sucker for photos and I LOVE themed photoshoots.  Luckily my amazing friend and photographer also loves a good theme!  So when I approached Krista with the idea to use my daddy's 1959 Chevrolet Pick Up and dress my kids up, she was on board!  I won't bother you with too many details, I know you are just here for the pictures.  They are AMAZING!















If you are in the Colorado area, you HAVE to check out Krista Haffner and schedule your photos now.  She is a dream to work with, so easy and calm and very reasonably priced!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Hard Rock Cafe Goes Vegetarian! #ThisIsHardRock

Disclosure: I was provided nothing for this post, I just love working with Hard Rock and want to continue to share all the awesome information and deliciousness coming out of there!

A couple weeks ago, I was invited back to Hard Rock to check out some new menu options to celebrate Global Vegetarian Awareness Month.  Unfortunately, we could not make this work in my schedule, but I wanted to share the details with everyone because Hard Rock is one of our favorite places!

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When I first took a peek at the menu options, a few items popped out at me.  I love meat, but I also enjoy every single bit of vegetables you can throw at me.  I think I could easily be a vegetarian.  The salad pictured above is the Pico De Gallo Quinoa Arugula Salad.  I know we will be making a trip in to Hard Rock Denver soon because this amazing mix of fresh Arugula, Quinoa and Brussel sprouts has my mouth watering.

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Another item we cannot wait to try are the Cauliflower wings!  They have a spicy buffalo coating and are cooked to perfection.  We eat a ton of cauliflower in our home and this is right up our alley!

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Hard Rock is also offering two special Vegetarian cocktails.  The first is the Very Veggie 'Tini made with cucumber, red onion, mint and lime juice and shaken with greek yogurt and vodka!  The second is the alcohol free Wascally Wabbit, blended with carrot, apple and orange juice and ginger and Orgeat.  I am not a big carrot juice person, but I could see how this would probably have a pretty sweet taste to it.

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For the main course, there are two items I am really interested in trying out.  The first is the Cauliflower burger.  There is a patty of specially seasoned cauliflower topped with zucchini and squash with Monterey jack cheese.  This also has my favorite garlic aoili sauce on it, so I am sure this will be a hit for my tastebuds!

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Another item I would love to try out is the Grilled Ratatouille Wrap.  Made with the ratatouille vegetables and Sriracha Mayo wrapped in a grilled flower tortilla served with a side salad, this delectable dish is right up my alley.  I am really excited to get my hands on this vegetarian feast!

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I love that Hard Rock Cafe is always innovating, creating and putting out menu options that everyone can enjoy.  We love being included in their family and cannot wait to get into the restaurant to try these options out.  If you are interested in Hard Rocks Vegetarian menu options, make sure to head in before October 31st!  This menu is sure to be a hit!

Be sure to check out Hard Rock Denver on their websiteFacebookTwitter & Instagram. They love to give their followers some special attention and deals!

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Easy Ideas to Give Back for Back to School #40Pounds #ad

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We are eight weeks into school.  It is midterms week and the exhaustion is real.  I am thankful that even though my body resources are running low this week, that our natural resources are not. However, my reality is not the reality of many on this Earth.  As I reflect on this first quarter of the semester, I wanted to come up with some fantastic ways for us help everyone out.

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This morning when I got my kids out of bed, it was the first real fall day that Colorado has had this year.  My kids and I were both just exhausted.  I am in the midst of grading 180 essays, my son has conferences this week and the tiny peanut told me yesterday she was being naughty in class because she just wanted to sleep.  Like I said, our resources are running low right now.

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Thankfully, as our bodies are taking a hit, I have a little game plan to help us Emerge and see. Emerge restored. Emerge replenished. Emerge fortified**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Emergen-C® is a big part of keeping our bodies healthy and helping us to combat the fatigue and exhaustion that comes with our schedules.  You can find Emergen-C® at Walmart in the vitamin aisle and at just under $10.00 for a 30 count pack, that price cannot be beat.  Make sure to refer to product packaging for usage and directions.  

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I teach 180 freshmen and sophomores in Biology every single day.  I love my job, I love my school and I love science.  My passion is environmental issues and this week my students are closing out our human impact section of the ecology unit. Everyone is exhausted.

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My students have been wonderful as we go over natural resources, and the experiences of living in a first world country versus a third world country.  One of the big topics we discuss is water as a resource.  Water is one of those resources that we take for granted here in the U.S.  In other nations, there are wars happening over water.  Women and children are walking miles and miles to get water and carry it back to their villages and most of the time that water is not clean.  Those same kids are missing the opportunities to attend school because of the tasking job of fetching water. There are privatization of water rights happening all over the world, which is limiting the resources to native populations. Water is such a controversial resource on Earth.  Now comparing this to populations in the United States, we have regular access to water for everything.  We can drink, bath and clean anytime we really want for the most part. 

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It always amazes me that students struggle to understand that water is so valuable and that there are millions of people that do not have access to clean water.  I tell them that some kids cannot even attend schools because getting water is more important that getting an education.  I explain to them that while we are getting into the routines of being back to school, that other people are dying because they contracted a disease from polluted water.

My students tend to take these discussions to a place where they inquire about how they can help.  To that, I decided to come up with some easy ideas to help people give back.

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There are so many people that could use help, and access to clean drinking water is a right that every single human should have.  Some ideas I came up with are backpack drives for kids in need of school supplies, clothing drives would work the same.  At our school we sponsor families during the holiday seasons and I know there are organizations that also do this overseas.  Fundraisers are a great way for people to raise money to build wells closer to villages, or even purchase bottled water or Lifestraws to send overseas. One of my current favorites to help provide clean water and education is the #40Pounds Challenge.  

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For every #40Pounds Challenge photo uploaded to Instagram, Emergen-C® will donate $5.00 to charity: water to help fun programs that bring clean, accessible water to communities in Ethiopia.  All participants need to do is take a photo of them holding something that weighs around 40 pounds and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag #40Pounds and tagging @EmergenC.  If you want more details feel free to check out www.emergenctransforms.com.

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This is such an easy way to give back and help out.  I am excited to post our selfie above and so thankful that Emergen-C is partnering with charity: water to give back to people who desperately deserve the same access to water that we have. 


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Disney Updates! #Moana #APiratesDeathForMe #DoctorStrange

I keep meaning to post all these completely separate posts, but you know, life.  However, I still love to share the new information coming out of Disney Studios and todays update is SO exciting.  Three movies that our family cannot wait to see have new and compelling content to share.  Take a peek below.

Doctor Strange!



The video above is the launch video from Marvel Studios.  They have launched their Hero Acts campaign from here until the end of the year.  The gist of this campaign is that for every fan that uploads a photo of themselves in their favorite Marvel superhero pose, they will donate $5.00 to Save the Children (up to 1 million!).  This is in collaboration with Fotition (a new social change platform)!

If you want to help Save the Children please, upload your photo here on the Marvel Studios Hero Acts Gallery and include an awesome custom overlay with the hashtags #MarvelStudios and #HeroActs.

I know my little superhero and I will be uploading some photos soon!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales



Oh, you couldn't contain yourself either?  Yeah this is me.  I am a HUGE Pirates of the Caribbean fan and when I heard there was an addition to this already amazing Trilogy, I was beside myself.  This teaser trailer has me ready to hit the theaters now.  Too bad we all have to wait until May 2017.

Either way, we will have a lot of information coming up on this movie and for now, we can enjoy the teaser trailer and these sneak peak production photos below as well as the movie poster.

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Moana

I would say that the movie our little girl is most excited about right now is Moana.  You can check out the official trailer below and see why!



What made our week even better was that Disney Studios released some awesome family friendly games, bookmarks and coloring sheets to help us get ready for this movie premier.  November cannot come soon enough in our household.

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Reading in our house is becoming a bigger deal.  As our oldest is working to surpass his reading level constantly, we are starting to get into books that are longer and need a bookmark.  I am so excited to print these and laminate them for him to use.  You can print yours here. 

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Another awesome family fun night activity can easily be done with these fantastic memory cards.  There are 6 pages of awesome cards and I know that my littles will be all over these.  Print yours here. 

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Last but not least are the wonderful coloring pages.  Now although I know that my kids will be all over these, you can bet that I will be trying my hand at coloring the beautiful details in these coloring pages.  They have several options and you can print these here. 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Disney Updates!  What movie are you most excited about?


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Monday, October 10, 2016

Halloween Costumes with Great Pretenders

It is one of my favorite times of year!  Halloween!  In our family it is the time of year that we really get to spend with the extended cousins and have a lot of fun.  It is also the time of year that I get to be a bit creative and really test my crafting skills at Halloween costumes.  Thankfully, I have a bit of help from Great Pretenders to make life a bit easier this year.

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Our little girl is obsessed with mermaids right now.  When I was browsing Great Pretenders website I decided to search for mermaids and this awesome Under the Sea Skirt and Top costume came up.  I showed it to our little peanut and she told me that it was "PERFECT MAMA!"

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When the box arrived I had to actually hide the costume after I showed her it on the hanger so that she would not wear it before I took photos.  This girl was already so in love.  It sparkles and shines and has a very magical feeling. 

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I loved how easy it was to put on and that I could adjust the tail skirt up to make it more modest for our little girl.  I really liked how the bodice of the costume was made.  The sequins are perfectly placed and I appreciate that they made the top longer and stretchy.  

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The skirt is super shiny and really fun.  I like that it flairs out a bit for play time.  Our little can easily get around in this and she really loves that she can see the tail dragging behind her a bit. 

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Although I will be making our little girls costume, I am so thankful for Great Pretenders quality costumes for our littles to wear while they wait for mom to get their costumes made.  This mermaid costume is already a huge favorite in our household. 

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I decided to go a different way with out oldest's costume.  He wants to be Lego Batman and I have been having a heck of time figuring out how to make the headpiece to this costume.  Great Pretenders came to the rescue with a couple sets that my son just adores!

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The Bat Cape with Mask and Wristbands are going to be the perfect accessories to our costume this year and are going to save me some serious time.  The entire costume is very well made.  I was impressed with the quality of the material and that the details on the costume are not just decals.  

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My headpiece issue has been resolved as well.  My son really wanted a mask and the Batman head and I have literally been searching high and low trying to figure out the easiest way to do this. Thankfully that search is over now and I have a very happy boy.  

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The entire costume is going to be awesome when it is done and I cannot wait to showcase our Lego Batman with the Great Pretenders accessories tied in!  So incredibly cool!

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Oh also one of the coolest parts of the Bat Hood is that it is reversible and also they sell a reversible cape to match!  My superhero loving boy was totally into this part and thought it was great that he could go from Batman to Spiderman in a second!

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We are nearly ready to start this season and enjoy the fun that comes with dressing up as our favorite characters.  If you are interested in finding quality costumes for fantastic prices you MUST check out Great Pretenders.  You can also catch them on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook!

In addition they are offering 15% off with the code HALLOWEEN2016.  Head on over to their site and find the perfect costume now.  Shipping is pretty quickly and the ship to both the US and Canada!

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