Lifetime Fitness

This quarantine has been rough on the waistband. Like, really rough. Between stress eating, happy eating and the holidays being in the mix it’s been a struggle not to binge. Binge watching the Mandalorian with a bag of personal popcorn is pretty legit but I was feeling myself becoming foggy brained, sluggish and slow. I had no energy and no motivation. I’m sure most people felt this way – It’s been rough, hasn’t it?

I kept telling myself I couldn’t workout because I’d be interrupted by the boys and my old gym still hadn’t opened their kid’s center. But at one point when I looked around the house and saw piles of untouched mess I realized I needed to get off my butt. I deep cleaned my house, donated toys, clothes, and restarted a nightly beauty regimen. I was starting to feel like myself again, but I still wasn’t liking what I saw in the mirror.

I decided to make a change. I went back to strictly eating paleo and decided to look around at gyms. Due to COVID I was limited in my options due to the restrictions on child care and with three boys and a working Husband there was no way to make it work unless I found some help.

Then I stumbled upon Lifetime fitness.. They said their Kid’s Academy was open so I decided to tour it. I walked into a gorgeous facility that radiated class. It was clean, professional and pristinely high end. The staff at the Kid’s Academy had classes planned, safety/health precautions in place and made the kiddos feel so welcome.

There were so many wonderful classes to choose from and an array of amenities available. This place felt too good to be true. And that was a month ago. I signed up on the spot and have been going multiple times a week ever since. Hudson has been having a blast participating in events like Polar Express Christmas Eve party, New Years Eve party and so much more. It’s been like another home for all of us. With a built in spa, a cafe, and a pool (with kid’s swimming lessons, I might add) It’s felt like a little bit of normalcy again, for all of us.

I can’t say enough about how incredible this has been for all of our mental health – And I have more energy than I can ever remember having. Eating better, drinking more water, exercising regularly and mental health in check, this place has been a lifesaver.

This is not even an ad, only a referral because I know so many people would benefit from the effects this place brings. You’ll never want to leave. Especially the in-locker-room hot tub.

Start your journey today, here. To better mental health, more energy, and you time. I mean, we love time with our kiddos but they love having them time too, you know?

An International Camp Experience!

Give the gift of soccer camp this holiday season! After being stuck in quarantine, the coaches at Challenger Sports are excited to get back on the field playing and teaching the game they love! Hudson is so excited to get back on the field with these amazing coaches, especially after a long year of no sports.

Sign-up in December and receive a free custom player poster that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your child’s face! Along with your free poster, you will receive a jersey, camp t-shirt, and soccer ball! We still have our soccer ball from years ago because it’s such high quality and I may have gotten a jersey for myself too because they’re so comfortable and cute 😉

Register today at https://www.challengersports.com/summer-camps/

#ChallengerSports #EarlyBirdOffer

Boiron Meltaway Tablets

Y’all – These holiday treats have been crushing me. I love pecan pie more than the next guy but I’ve got no self control lately! I’ve been having to take some heartburn relief lately but had trouble finding one that actually worked that didn’t have crummy ingredients. Thankfully found Boiron! They had a wide range of comfort tablets that have been a lifesaver.

Heartburn relief for me and gas/bowel tablets for my Father in law who has been happily eating all of the holiday treats I bake 😉 Alongside the Boiron tablets I’ve been trying to make my comfort foods a little less.. Comfort-y 😉 Sharing my paleo green chili recipe. This healthy recipe helps with all of those digestive issues and is delicious but happy I had Boiron – I’m sure I’ll need it again for Christmas 😉

Simplykaraliz’ Paleo Green Chili

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  • 1 lbs of Shredded Pork or Any meat of your choice (Mine was leftovers from Crockpot Pork I made)
  • 7 Hatch Green Chilis
  • 2 1/2 cups Organic Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 4 tbsp Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/2 Cilantro, half bunch
  • 1 can of diced green chilies
  • Handful / Or 1 Full Jalapeño
  • 2 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Sea Salt
  1. In a large pot, melt your coconut oil and add your diced onions and minced garlic. Cook until your onions are brown.
  2. Add the cumin, paprika and black pepper to the mixture and combine.
  3. Add your chicken broth and meat, bring to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat to low and allow to simmer.
  5. Cut up your chilis and peppers (if applicable) and throw into pan. Cook them until blackened.
  6. Put chilis, jalapeños, juice from your lime and cilantro into the blender to desired consistency (I like mine smooth but a little bit chunky)
  7. Add your blend and your can of diced green chilis to the pot and allow to simmer for 1 hour.

(Anymore time will make it really dry, can add more broth at any point if needed)


Chebe Bread – Rolls

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  • Chebe Focaccia Bread Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 tbsp Almond Milk

Follow directions on the box – However, if you want the rolls: Oil a muffin pan and place pieces of the batter in the bottom of each muffin tin and spread till it fills the bottom. And bake for 25 minutes at 375°F.

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Hello Bello Diapers

This is not a paid ad. I’ve been using Hello Bello diapers for the boys since they were 1 month old. We were initially gifted Huggies and Pampers, both of which caused allergic reactions and leaked terribly. We searched around and tried Honest diapers, which were fab but way too expensive for twins diaper buying.

That’s when we found Hello Bello diapers. They are plant based, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, chlorine free and started this company with the motto that everyone deserves premium diapers, not just those who can afford them.

I fell in love with their philosophy.. Also, when I realized it was a company created by Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell I was ecstatic.. Have I mentioned I’m a big Kristen Bell fan? So we gave them a try and have not turned back since.

We buy all Hello Bello products from their diapers, wipes, lotions, body wash, etc. Their items have never caused reactions to the boy’s sensitive skin and we are signed up for their subscription service so we choose our adorable prints every month and they’re delivered right to our door so no last minute outages and store runs with stinky baby in tow.

Again, this is not an ad, I just genuinely love this company and their products so wanted to share the love and my referral code for $15 a Hello Bello diaper bundle! I promise you’ll never wanna go back to another brand.

I mean.. How cute are these prints?!

Hudson’s 5th Birthday

Remember when we were kids and it was the most exciting thing ever to choose our birthday party venue? Those were the days. Our friends buzzing about how excited they are to play, eat pizza and get sick on soda? Now that we’re parents it’s crazy how much more fun it is for us.

Not only do we get to look around at fun venues, imagining our kids cutting up having a good time but we get to see our kid’s excited faces when we tell them and they get to tell their friends.

Hudson has been dying to go back to Westminster Little Monkey Bizness and when I told him that’s where his party will be he literally screamed. He told every friend he could and has been counting down the days ever since.

As much as I love the whole themed party thing life has been crazy and I’m thrilled he’ll just get to have an amazing party with his friends and Westminster Little Monkey Bizness will supply everything I need.. That’s right.. No streamers or silly string to clean up at my place! They’ll literally clean up after these rambunctious kids and I get to go home. Full, happy and my kids’ll be passed out in the back.

Did I mention they had private parties? No risk, cleaned just for us and he can feel like a king having the whole place just for him. And I did it at night.. Why? Strateg-ery 😉 Bouncing fun for 2 hours, pumped full of soda and pizza? Reminds me of the old days.. Except I’ll be the adult reveling in the silence and happiness.

Have a little who’s birthday is coming up and not sure where to have it? Westminster Little Monkey Bizness will not disappoint. Their snack/coffee bar, toddler space, and mega sized bouncy castles will have your kids begging to come back. Literally. Every. Day. You’re welcome 😉

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own and we’re literally as excited as we sound!)

Young Living Essential Oils

As a health blogger now for 4 years I’ve begun the journey towards a chemical-free home and that’s brought me to Young Living! Amazing baby products, great household items, and of course… Essential oils!

I got a premium starter kit with the beautiful aria diffuser and I’m so excited to start filling our home with calming scents without the environmental impact 🌳

Enroll with me today by purchasing a Young Living Premium Starter Kit here -> https://www.myyl.com/simplykaraliz

Priddy Books Early Learning Collection

Colorado weather has been insane. Hottest summer I’ve ever seen with constant 90*F temperatures. Along with these we’ve had the worst fires Colorado has ever endured, creating dangerous air quality levels. These conditions are a perfect storm for more indoor time, as if the COVID lockdowns weren’t enough.

With all this time inside I’ve been desperate to find a way to have my twins engaged in sensory play and Priddy Books has been my answer! Their books are specifically designed to spark creativity and encourage development, essential for their little minds.

Not only has it been a hit for my 15 month old twins but my 4 year old has also been having fun playing alongside his brothers!

Their My First Play and Learn Farm is designed for ages 3-5. Love that not only are they focusing on the development of our babies/toddlers but also on our older kiddos! As you can see it was a major hit with my 4 year old!

Their amazing collections can be found on Amazon (2 day shipping, yeeeeah!) and is 100% worth it! Your kiddos will be carrying them around the house and plopping down for hours to play and read.

Fun Fact : This year is the Priddy Books’ 20 year anniversary!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Get Duked!

Looking for a good watch this evening? Get Duked is an anarchic satire of generational politics, hip-hop loving farmers and hallucinogenic rabbit shites that puts the youth of tomorrow against the status quo of yesterday.

Having just joined Amazon Prime August 28th, this movie will keep you laughing and quoting for weeks! It’s a sharp fork..

Starring: Samuel Bottomley, Rian Gordon, Lewis Gribben, Viraj Juneja and Kate Dickie with James Cosmo and Eddie Izzard

Written and Directed By: Ninian Doff

**WINNER: AUDIENCE AWARD – MIDNIGHTS – SXSW 2019**

**WINNER: JUST FILM GRAND PRIX FOR BEST YOUTH FILM – TALLIN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL 2019** 

“An off-the-hook black comedy.”- Peter Debruge, Variety 

“A hilarious retort to the critics of youth and a rousing late night movie for a new generation.”- Joe Blessing, The Playlist 

“The hippest, wildest, most energetic genre blowout to come from the UK since Attack The Block.”- Matt Donato, Slash Film

Only available on Prime Video! Stream now!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Westminster Little Monkey Bizness Birthday Parties

This pandemic has been really rough, not just on us but also for our children. They weren’t able to see friends, go to the park, go to sports, have normal birthday parties and so much more. Their sweet little brains can’t comprehend the complexity of COVID and the reasons we need them to be socially distanced.

But, when there is a business that understands children and the importance of cleanliness during this unprecedented time you can give them something special that can bring back a little bit of normalcy – A birthday party at the Westminster Little Monkey Bizness.

Not only are they cleaning around the clock but with an area for both babies and older children, all kids can get out that pent-up lockdown energy! Did I mention they also have a cafe? Normal birthday party… Clean facility… Energy release AND a chai tea latte? Yup.. All of this is possible at the Westminster Little Monkey Bizness!

We plan on having a party for Hudson’s 5th birthday in November and he’s CONSTANTLY asking if it’s November yet. It’s a memorable place that gives kids that bit of normalcy they need and deserve.

You can have Monkey Bizness all to yourself!! Just you and your guests playing together, no worrying about the other party the table over from your or kids running around you don’t know. Enjoy your time, worry-free, in our private and clean play space.

Private birthday parties are $239 – Amazing price for an amazing experience! Book your party today and give your kids a birthday they’ll never forget!

(I was compensated for this post – All opinions are my own)

South Dakota Tourism

It’s not just the proud American in me, but our favorite place to vacation as a family is South Dakota. The wide open ranges, the rolling black hills, the historical monuments and the people all make South Dakota a magical place.

I surprised my family with a last minute vacation to get them out of their cabin fever mindset and it did them wonders! We always stay in Keystone. 3 minutes to Mount Rushmore, 45 minutes to Rapid City and an adorable tourist-y town that provides unique food and fun shopping!

Our favorite hotel of all time is the Roosevelt Inn. It’s at the edge of town, close to Mount Rushmore and provides peace and quiet while also being walking distance from the bustling town!

Our view from the hotel.

They have an amazing pool, an arcade room, and the most beautiful views available in Keystone. They recently renovated it making it even more comfortable and eye-catching. Their breakfast is beyond delicious with many different options and selections to choose from.

Not only is this our favorite place to stay for the amazing amenities, rooms and people but across the street.. It boasts tubing hills, alpine slides, bungee jumping, zip-lining and more. That was the first thing we did when we got there because although it’s only a 5 hour drive from our house the kids were so excited to get exploring!

For dinner we decided to check out the Keystone board walk and tried a newly opened pizza place called Blazers Pizza. Incredible food, beautiful views of the strip and wonderful owners who were passionate about their food!

After dinner we went back to the hotel and enjoyed a dip in the pool. It’s always empty and we had the whole area to ourselves. The kids were stoked and exhausted afterwards 😉

After an amazing nights sleep we drove up to Rapid City and tried out the WaTiki Water Park. Let me tell y’all.. I am SO jealous this is an exclusive South Dakota thing because we had a BLAST. I wish we had something like this in Colorado!

There were slides, a lazy pool, a bar and a bistro – Something for everyone in the family! We booked a table and they had a basket full of everything we needed as soon as we got there. Complete with stuffies for the kids to keep, towels, waters, a bistro coupon and more!

The kids were BEAT after this so we went back to the hotel, took a nap then hit Rushmore. It never ceases to amaze me the grand scale of the sculptures and the feeling of being so close to such an important part of our history.

After walking around and reading we decided to head to dinner. We tried the Powder House for the first time and man I’m kicking myself that we hadn’t gone sooner. It was amazing. Beautiful full mountain views, delectable food, and wonderful service.

After an amazing dinner we went back to the hotel, got some rest and got ready for our last day of adventure. The kids were bummed but looking forward to another day of fun.

Wanting to make the most of our last day of vacation we got an early start with the Roosevelt Inn’s amazing breakfast stocked with a variety of goodies for even the pickiest of eaters!

A family tradition is to always hit the Bear Country Zoo on the last day. It’s fun, calming and so memorable we never want to rush through it so we ensure enough time to take our time!

The kids were so excited to see so many baby animals and they were all out and active – Especially early in the morning when they’re ready for food and play!

Down the road is an amazing dinosaur museum that we make sure to hit everytime for Hudson, because obviously he’s a dino-wiz.

Sadly it was time to leave, but we stopped at the Crazy Horse memorial before we made it out of South Dakota because it is such a powerful place to learn and discover the beauty and importance of preserving the Native American culture. The kids loved it and we were in awe at the progress they’ve made on the sculpture just one year later!

South Dakota will always hold a special place in our heart and our favorite family vacation spot as it’s wholesome, quaint and historical.

We cannot thank the Roosevelt Inn enough for allowing us the opportunity to stay there for another year of cherished family memories. It’ll always be the place we stay when we come into town and the kids constantly ask to go back. Interested in booking a stay there? They’re affordable, clean, and always friendly. They’re located at 206 Cemetery Rd, Keystone, SD 57751, call (605) 666-4599 to book a room for your family and let them plan your stay while you plan the fun!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)