South Dakota Vacation

Have you ever taken a trip and loved it so much you have to go again in the same year? Well that’s how I feel about South Dakota.. If y’all recall I went back in May with Hudson and my little sister, Eulalia. We had so much fun we had to go back but this time I was taking Hudson, my Husband Brent, my Father in Law Charles and my step-daughter Marret. None of them had ever been to South Dakota and always thought it was desert-y.. Man were they in for a surprise..

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I planned the whole trip and booked the same Roosevelt Inn we stayed in earlier in the year because it was so amazing! We made the 5 1/2 hour drive from Colorado to Keystone, SD (The BEST city to stay in because it’s 3 miles from Mount Rushmore and about 25 miles from Rapid City but it still so quiet and gorgeous!) We arrived at our incredible hotel, Roosevelt Inn and were as usual greeted by the amazing staff there (They even recognized me!) and made it up to our amazing loft bedroom! Two queen beds downstairs and two twin beds upstairs.. The kids were SO excited to have their own space… And TV 😉

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We didn’t want to waste anytime at all so we headed straight out from the hotel to see the sights.. We headed through the gorgeous black hills to the famous Reptile Gardens, it holds the world record for most reptile species on their grounds.. The gardens are gorgeous and so well taken care of.. Even in the beginning of the cold season their flowers were blooming and beautiful.

They’ve got incredibly large tortoises for the kids the pet and pythons to feel.. Inside their monster dome they’ve got the most beautiful exhibits holding scary yet amazing snakes, crocodiles, alligators and more! It was SO cool for the kids to see up close!

After exploring for an hour and a half we decided to head out to Rapid City for a look at their Dinosaur Park (Y’all know how obsessed Hudson is with dinosaurs 😉 ) They were HUGE statues made in 1936 for the incoming tourism and the kids are able to climb, learn and slide down their tails! It’s at the top of a large hill smack in the middle of Rapid City so you can see the city in all directions. It was awe-inspiring!

We decided to head back to the hotel after a long day of driving and exploring – When you drive into Keystone you feel like you’re in a quiet, nestled mountain town with cute shops and amazing food.. But the best part is driving up to our gorgeous light house looking hotel.. The Roosevelt Inn is exactly how it sounds.. A hotel inspired by Theodore Roosevelt.. With quotes on the walls, decoration inspired by his interests and even a “Selfie with Teddy” spot 😉

We settled in and headed down to their wonderful heated pool and spent an hour splashing and playing without anyone else! It was a wonderful way to unwind after a long fun day..

The next morning we were greeted by amazing smells coming from the lobby. They’ve got a complimentary breakfast every morning and it’s amazing!! Always stocked, always delicious and always something different!

After filling our bellies with a hearty breakfast we began our next day adventures! Our first stop was right down the road at Mount Rushmore.. It was a little chilly outside so it was actually really quiet! We parked and walked up to the monuments and took in their grand and glorious faces.. It’s not like anything you’ve ever seen and won’t know until you see it!!

We shopped at their decently priced gift shop then headed to our next fun-stination (See what I did there? 😉 )

I’d ALWAYS wanted to visit the Cosmos Mystery Area.. I’d seen it in a text book when I was younger and always found it’s story so fascinating!

Their history states: “In 1952, two college boys searched the Black Hills looking for the perfect spot to build a summer cabin. Upon their search, they stumbled into the mysterious world of the Cosmos.

The old cabin areas especially piqued their interest as the laws of logic and physics seemed to be turned upside-down. They continued to experiment and develop the demonstrations until they eventually opened their discovery to the public in 1953.

Come experience for yourself what continues to amaze and baffle visitors for over 65 years.”

It is just as mysterious as it sounds.. Balls rolled upwards, water drained up, people were taller standing on different but same levels and it was so disorienting your head would spin! It’s like nothing you’ll ever experience anywhere else..

It was my step-daughter’s favorite part of the trip because it was just so different!! They had friendly staff and a cute dog named Albert to meet you once you were finished too 😉 We’ll absolutely be back next time we visit!

Once we left we had some delicious lunch at The Front Porch and it was some of the best food we had the entire trip!! <3

After a quick nap at the hotel we walked around Keystone’s cute little shops for a few hours then ate some delicious dinner at the Ruby House for my birthday dinner! It’s a gorgeous old fashioned parlor themed restaurant with old paintings and guns hung all over the wall.

We were exhausted from the day so went back to our hotel and snuggled into our comfortable warm beds eager for the next days adventures..

We woke up to another morning of amazing breakfast which kickstarted our last day of fun!

I’d never seen so much fog than we had that morning! It was dense and really hard to see but we weren’t going to let that ruin our fun.. We drove into Rapid City for some sight seeing then on our way back decided to stop at the Dinosaur Museum.. They had over 50 life size dinosaur replicas.. Hudson was in HEAVEN! There was also a spooky mirror maze the kids wanted to go through and it was crazy cool! We were all so disoriented haha!!

After our dinosaur adventure we headed to my favorite part of our trip… Bear Country USA! It’s a drive thru park where animals roam free.. We had bears in the road, wolves ran right passed the car, elks were grazing and so much more… The fog had lightened up just a little but it actually made the experience a little more creepy and COOL! It was $55 for our vehicle but it was SO worth it.. Never will we ever get a chance to see a bear up THAT close again.. (Hopefully :p ) *I’ll add the bear photo as soon as I get it from my Husband’s phone :P*

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We wrapped up our trip and headed back to the hotel for naps, swimming and their game room!

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We were sad it was our last day.. So we went to do one last fun activity with the kids.. Some cosmic putt-putt at Putz n Glo.

After a fantastic night’s sleep we had one last breakfast, said our goodbyes to our amazing Roosevelt Inn staff and headed home.. This is a trip we’ll always remember.. It was the perfect weather and it was the end of their season so everything was quiet and slow.. Now that we’re back to fast paced Colorado living I’m already missing the sights and lifestyle South Dakota brings but we’ve decided to make a trip up every year as a new tradition.. And another tradition will be for us to always stay at the Roosevelt Inn because it was by far the most beautiful hotel we saw the whole time and added to the experience with it being president themed..

We highly recommend these adventures to anyone.. For only 5 1/2 hours away from Denver it makes for a perfect quick weekend getaway for families, couples or anyone wanting to slow down a little!

Thank you South Dakota for the best family vacation we’ve ever taken… We’ll be back!

Boulder Clean Natural Cleaners

In our household we exclusively use eco-friendly, kid-safe products. As I’ve said many times before I believe that it is just as important what you put on your body as what you put in it. Our skin can easily absorb harsh chemicals – You wouldn’t ingest bleach would you? Then why spray it all over your home only to have it produce harmful fumes and toxic surfaces?

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My kids play in every inch of our home, so I would never want to douse it with chemicals I knew could easily get onto their hands and possibly in their mouths/eyes/nose/whatever! All of these and more are reasons to choose a natural cleaner. After trying all of the different natural cleaners I could I found that my favorite was always Boulder Clean. They’ve got all the items needed to tackle any type of house cleaning project: Laundry items, dishwashing products, soaps, cleaners and more!

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My dishes always come out cleaner, my clothes always come out smelling fresh and are safe for my kids’ skin, and their cleaner sprays smell amazing all with different surface cleaning specialties!

It took me awhile to adjust to the natural cleaners when I first got into it because I always thought bleach means clean but once you do your research and realize how much of a difference it makes for the environment and your families health you’ll never go back.. And Boulder Clean has their ingredients transparently listed on their website so you know exactly what you’re using!

Now, I want to help jump start some of y’all’s future in eco-friendly natural cleaners with a…..

GIVEAWAY!

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With back-to-school around I want to help you give your kids some fresh, amazing smelling clothes they’ll feel comfortable and irritation-free in! I’ll be giving away an entire laundry bundle to one lucky winner! This will include their Original Natural Laundry DetergentFabric Softener Dryer Spray, and Oxi-Smart Pre-Treat Stain Remover SprayI use these for my family and they’re incredible (Especially the Stain Remover Spray! I actually spilled red wine on my favorite white shirt and it took it out like friggin’ magic!)

Giveaway is hosted on my Instagram so head there to enter! Contest will end September 29th at 12:00PM MST so get those entries in! <3

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Tummy Shield by Safe Ride 4 Kids

Update:: I am now four months pregnant with my twin boys and I cannot drive without using the Tummy Shield as I don’t feel safe at all without it! It’s securely fastened to the back of my seat and the belt adjuster makes my seat belt very tight without constricting my tummy! I am obsessed with this product and completely recommend it to all pregnant women – Especially if you live in an area with inclement weather! It’s literally a life saver!

“Automobile crashes are the largest single cause of death for pregnant women and the leading cause of traumatic fetal injury mortality in the United States.” U.S. National Library of Medicine.

My biggest fear when I was pregnant with Hudson was getting into a crash. I was petrified. What would happen if the airbag hit my tummy? What would happen to my boy? I avoided driving like the plague. Unless I absolutely had to I would stay at home. I really wish the Tummy Shield was around when I had him because I would’ve felt comfortable driving ALL the time.

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What is the Tummy Shield? It is the ONLY crash-tested pregnancy seat belt adjuster that actually protects baby in the event of a crash, the Tummy Shield:

  • has a patented design that redirects the seat belt away from the pregnant belly, securing the seat belt at the leg, not the across the low belly where it can injure your unborn baby
  • is constructed of a stainless steel plate and anchor that attaches securely to the car seat and holds the seat belt firmly in place, without dangerous slippage or excessive slack
  • was successfully crash tested showing the seat belt continues to comply with current safety standards
  • was engineered to be at least as strong as the seat belt.

A little piece of insurance and a lot of peace of mind!


Thank goodness I planned ahead and got this before my next baby.. I won’t have to worry when the time comes.. 🙂

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

Colorado Renaissance Festival

An every year tradition in my family is to visit the Colorado Renaissance Festival. I remember going as a child and the fun memories have lasted over many years. My Children have such a blast – From seeing beautiful fairies to knights in full armor, they’ve got hundreds of things for children to see and do.

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My beautiful Family

But they don’t skimp on pleasing the adults – They’ve got alcoholic beverages from beers, ciders and margaritas for only $4.50! As well as decently priced meals and snacks!

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A gorgeous water statue dancing to Lakmé, Flower duet

Now.. Not only do they have fun festival games but they’ve also got camel/llama rides, pirate shows, jousting and royalty parades! I don’t think I’ve ever seen my step-daughter light up as much as when she saw the princesses.. A look I’ve seen before on myself when I too was younger : ❥

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My Prince ❥

Hudson loved the beautiful ladies in their fancy dresses (Such a flirt…) but I think his favorite moment was the camel rides.. He lit up like a Christmas tree : ❥

I highly recommend the Colorado Renaissance festival to anyone!! Families, Singles, Adults, ANYONE. You’ll have a blast from the PAST 😉

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“Wheeeee!”

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

Fondue Fairytails at The Melting Pot

Y’all with girls are sure to understand – There is nothing more magical than princesses… My step-daughter LOVES all things Princess, even at 7 years old and I love it. It reminds me of a simpler time when I too still envisioned myself as a princess finding my prince charming 😉

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When I heard The Melting Pot in Louisville, CO had a Fondue Fairytails event I HAD to take my kids! My step daughter dressed up in a lovely Arielle dress, a tiara and brought a mini koala pet.. “Because every princess has a small pet in the movies..”

The boys dressed in their Sunday best and we made our way to their restaurant! It was SO adorable – It looked like an old mine.. Very Colorado-esque!

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Their staff was so welcoming and sweet and REALLY got into the Prince and Princess roles.. It was so genuine and fun for the kids. We were sat down and immediately greeted by one of the best waiters we’ve ever had – Kay! She was so sweet and REALLY got our kids excited about the foods and events!

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It was only $34.95 per adult and $19.95 per kid and it included a 4 course meal!! The kids were ecstatic when asked which kind of chocolate sauce they wanted in the end 😉

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Hubby’s meat platter!

All of the meals were amazing and they were very accommodating to food allergies/preferences!

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There was dancing, singing, games, hand outs of tiaras/crowns/wands and in the end they gave the kids autographed photos of Princess LaFonda (HAHAHA – She said it was like Napoleon Dynamite) and the King (Who told Brent he was going to the “Pit of despair, dilly dilly” LOL)

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Their cocktails were divine

It was such an amazing experience for both my kids and us adults and we’ll absolutely be back SOON (The kids are already asking!)

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Thank you Melting Pot for creating such a fun event for our kiddos – We love restaurants like you!

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Hudson stole his sissy’s tiara.. LOL 😉

They’ll have quite a few more Fondue Fairytale dates available at their Louisville location – July 8th and 22nd as well as August 5th and 19th. Check them out – You WON’T be disappointed!

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Silly Bro Bro 😉

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

Raising Chickens

We’ve had our chickens for almost 3 months now and I’m so in love with them. They’re fun for our children to learn about, take care of, clean after and feed – A great way to teach them responsibility! We’ve learned so much so wanted to share some of our favorite projects/products with y’all that are interested in becoming chicken owners!

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Firstly, we bought our chickens early Spring at our local ranch and home supply store Murdoch’s. They had some really healthy chicks (They also had ADORABLE ducklings! That may be a future project ;)) that were supposed to be all females which was all our city would allow us to have. (Check your local laws to see if chickens are allowed and if so, how many/what kinds!)

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For their breeder box we kept them in a pack n’ play with a heating lamp clipped to the side pointed down at them to keep them toasty! We had standard feeder/waterer’s for them and their substrate was just softwood shavings (Made it easy to clean 🙂 )

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Once they were aging we went looking for a chicken coop.. They are SO expensive. We checked on our local Buy, Sell, Trade pages on Facebook and asked around and got one for FREE. It was in amazing condition but was only large enough for 3 (We had 4) so my Husband built an add-on to their coop for pretty cheap *Only about $80?* and they LOVE it.

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Isn’t it so cute?! Super rustic ❥

For their food we use standard pellets and I add some supplements to their water supply for an additional nutritional boost 🙂 Now.. This was what I wanted to discuss the most because I’ve had some troubles, now that they’re older and in their coop, on what feeders/waterers are the best. We’ve got some rodents nearby since we live right near a lake and worried about them getting into the hens’ food so we found some amazing feeders that hang ON the chicken wire so there’s no way for them to reach it! Product below ->

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As for their waterers we’ve gone through 3 different ones before finding the one we liked! They all leaked and all got dirt in them CONSTANTLY which really wasted their expensive supplements. So after tons of trial and error I found this (pictured below) waterer which can be hung and hold a ton of water without the waste because there’s only little mini spouts that fill up when the nipple it pressed down. We have it sitting on a block so that it’s elevated but it took up too much room in the coop so I moved it to their add-on run which didn’t have as strong of wire for it to hang from.. 4 gallons is quite heavy 😉

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So – Hopefully this saves some of y’all time when planning on getting chickens and feel free to message me with any questions. We love our chickies! ❥

Mama’s Jewelry

Wanted to tell y’all about the amazing jewelry I received from Mamas Jewelry! I got some pieces for myself and my Mother and SO happy I did. She loved the pieces and thought they were WAY more expensive than they were!

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I also got myself a pair of their earrings and have gotten a ton of compliments already!

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Mamas Jewelry has been designing rings for moms for 30 years and are committed to creating exceptional mothers pendants, rings and earrings at affordable prices. My readers can save $10 Off already low prices. Use Code: MAMAS10

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

Eco at Heart

Anyone else part of the Anti-Plastic Straw movement? In our household we’ve officially given them all up – We’re huge recyclers and it really bugged us how bad for the environment they are! My Husband uses straws everyday for coffee and wine and I use them for my tea and smoothies!

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SO. We decided we were going to buy some reusable-goodfortheEarth straws! We found Eco at Heart on Amazon and they had such amazing reviews we decided to give them a try.

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We just got ours last week and we LOVE them. They’re not too long (Which is a problem I’ve seen with some of the stainless steel straws) and it comes with a brush so they’re really easy to clean!!

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They come with five so our whole family can have their own and we’re teaching our children to think about the Earth and not to be wasteful. I highly recommend the change to anyone – Especially in honor of Earth Day!

(Put one in your car and tell Starbucks, McDonalds, etc. to skip the straw!) You’ll feel better because you’re actually making a difference!

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

Happy Spring Y’all!

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I love Spring! The trees are blooming, green grass is beginning to show, I get to TAN, and my family and I spend so much time outside together! It’s amazing and I’m so excited it’s finally here!

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Now that warmer weather is here I decided it’s time to plan a fun family mini-cation – I think we all could use it! So I went online to Great Wolf Lodge and booked us a room in May which includes full access to their amazing water park! We haven’t told the kids but we’re SO excited to have time for all of us and not have any other worries in the world!

I bought everyone new swimsuits (Got an adorable Mom appropriate swimsuit here, LOVE it.) and now we play waiting game.. But, my Husband and I have something super exciting to look forward to everyday and it’s really fun for us!

You deserve a mini-cation too! Book something for your family or for yourself! Something you can look forward to that excites you for Spring and new experiences!

We Got Chicks!

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We have wanted to raise chickens for years and this year we’re FINALLY doing it! It’s so exciting.. We got our brooder box set up and got 4 sweet little chicks! Not only are they ADORABLE and the kids LOVE having their own chickens (Their names are Heihei, Baba, Kickin’ Wing and Daffodil) I know, right?! haha But they’re also an investment! We go through nearly 2 dozen eggs a week and these babies will one day be giving us TONS of beautiful eggers!

Not a real blog post.. Just wanted to share and maybe encourage more folks to do their research and look into getting their own chicks! We’re getting solar panels, growing our own vegetable garden and now have our own chickities.. We could be fully off the grid if needed! Just incase a zombie apocalypse happens.. Just sayin’.

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