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 WestminsterLittle 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 WestminsterLittle 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? WestminsterLittle 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!)
The beauty and wonder of tea parties as a young girl is something I still fondly remember.. So when I heard of a TRAVELING tea party that brings the dress up clothes/accessories, fancy tableware and games TO you I knew I HAD to do it for my step-daughters’ 9th birthday party..
We’re now at an age where pretend play is not as much of a desire so as my only girl I knew it was my last chance for a tea party. I called up Traveling Tea Party and the sweetest women, Nancy and Linda, who own it were so sweet and enthusiastic! They were just as excited for the party as I was!
They supplied themed invitations that were adorable and included in the package – She was very excited to write out her own invitations for all her friends!
We started setting up and they were incredibly fast at getting all of the outfits laid out and a station for makeup and accessories. The birthday girl got to have first choice of her outfit and it was a point of pride and excitement.. She looked BEAUTIFUL. They had an impressive collection!
Once all of her friends were dressed and gorgeous they began their parlor games, games that taught poise (While still having a blast!) and class.
Afterwards we began the lunch. The tea was pink lemonade and they supplied pink wafer cookies which were perfect for dipping in the chocolate fountain we brought! I loved the beauty and grace of the event as simple things like the lady of the table ringing a bell when she was ready for tea time, serving the tea to each guest (Gracefully, of course) brought you back to a lovelier, simpler time where such things were expected.
Although her friends and her are getting older they absolutely loved the party and were raving about it for weeks. Nancy and Linda were so so sweet and the cutest things! If I had more girls I’d book them every year but my boys much rather prefer to smash things over tea time. 🤦🏽♀️
I highly recommend Traveling Tea Party to any Parent in the Denver area looking for a wonderful idea for their child’s next birthday party. You will not be disappointed and your little princess will feel like the bell of the ball!
(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)
Kids are gross y’all.. And so are 80 year old Father in Laws who live with you 😉 BUT.. I wouldn’t change having them for the world, that’s why I buy tons of hand sanitizer.. But as you’ve seen me mention before I believe what you put on your body is as important as what you put into your body because it still gets absorbed..
So when school/flu season started back up and I needed to stock up I decided to go for a plantbased-betterforourskin sanitizer. I found Desert Essence to be my favorite! Their scents are pleasant, their botanical-infused formulas kept my skin from breaking out due to artificial fragrances and it contains probiotic-packed Kefir which keeps my hands from getting dry and eczema ridden.
It comes in mini and large bottles so the kiddos can clip it to their backpacks and I have big bottles at home for my germaphobic self..
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(I was compensated for this post – All opinions are my own)
Being the Mom of three boys now it’s necessary for me to take time for myself to breathe and recenter. But I’ve never stopped to think of how my older children may be needing the same thing. With the new household dynamic with the twins here it can be stressful on my three year old to share attention and constantly hear crying.. So I realized I needed to get something for my sweet boy that’ll allow him to also have some meditation time for himself.
That’s when I found Zafooz. It’s a spirit animal cushion that helps children focus on mindfulness and meditation.. I feel it’s as important for them to have time to slow down and just be within themselves as it is for us.
Since the twins were born Hudson has had his Lotus Ladybug with him everywhere throughout the house. He takes it outside when the sun is getting low and back up to bed with him when it’s time to unwind.. There are a few different stuffed animal friends to choose from and each one has their own description and children’s emotional/spiritual needs. It’s fantastic!
Along with the cushion, Zafooz has guided meditations on the their website to help your children ease into their relaxation mode. It’s been such a wonderful, peaceful friend for Hudson and I’m very thankful we found it! Because again, I feel it’s just as important for them to have self time and these cushion allow them a comfortable, safe space to do so.
Right now, you can save 15% on your zafooz.com/shop purchase by using the promo code breatheBhappy. Valid until July 22, 2019.
(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)
I realized the main three niches of my blog are food, lifestyle and family and I haven’t touched on family in awhile. So I wanted to talk about something that a lot of parents may be feeling – I know I certainly was.
Parent Guilt for adding an additional sibling into the family (Especially when you’ve got an only child). When I first found out I was pregnant I was elated.. So excited to be bringing another wonderful soul into this world who would hopefully carry my values, my love for God and my humor 😉 But then I began to feel a deep pain for my Hudson. He’s got other siblings on his Dad’s side but they’re part time and he’s got his Mommy 100% of the time. It’s been Mommy and Hudson for 3 whole years and it’s been amazing..
But now it won’t be.. And in our situation it’ll be TWICE the sharing now that we found out we’re having twins. I spent many a nights crying myself to sleep.. It hurts to say but I was no longer excited for my babies anymore, because I felt like I was completely betraying my little boy.
But after speaking with other parents who had multiple children it always came down to the same answer.. Your heart finds a way. All of the anxiety and pain goes away as soon as you meet your babies and you realize you have way more room in your heart than you thought was humanly possible and when your little sees their new lifelong best friend(s) they don’t see it as a competition for your love (Well maybe a little, but not to the extreme you imagined 😉 ) but instead they see an exciting new chapter with new loved ones.
That has completely eased my mind. Hudson is so in love with my belly and talks about his little brothers often as if he can’t wait to meet them.. And because of the advice and my son’s adoration it’s completely cured my Mommy Guilt. So don’t worry Mommy, or Daddy.. It’ll be okay, you’re capable of tremendous amounts of love and the only thing you can do is continue to tell your little how much you love them and always will.
I’m supposed to be on light bed rest but instead I’ve been taking Hudson out and spending as much time with him as I can so he knows that even though Mommy is exhausted with these babies that he’s still important to me and always will be.
Parenting is the most rewarding and scary job in the world – But I wouldn’t trade it in for the world. So let go of your guilt.. You’re killing it!
Sprout Kids is an amazing American made, eco-friendly kid’s furniture company. Their environmentally conscious culture makes their business so easy to support and love!
They’re about to release their new Kitchen Helper and it looks amazing. And before pre-order opens, they’re doing a Giveaway!!
If you haven’t entered yet, you can still enter the Giveaway any time this week by going to the Sprout Kitchen Helper page and click “Get on the List” so you are the first to know when pre-order is live. This will enter you in the giveaway. The winner will be announced next Tuesday right before pre-order is opened.
A very unique card game that allows you to get to know the different world perspectives of your friends and family! It asks questions about individuals’ beliefs, aspirations, relationships and more! Not only do you get to learn new perspectives on interesting topics but you can even play with younger children and see the world through their eyes (Which sure can be refreshing 😉 )
I don’t think much needs to be said about this one: Slime is huge right now! And 3 lbs of it?! Yeah, the kids are so excited to get it popped open once I finish the news segment LOL. However, one thing I really do love about this one is that it’s water based and non-toxic (Which is necessary for a 3 year old 😉 )
The Green Toys™ Ambulance & Doctor Kit comes with everything needed to play doctor, nurse, EMT – or all of the above! Made in the USA from super-safe, 100% recycled plastic, this 10-piece set encourages motor skill development, imaginative play, and pro-social behavior, while also helping to ease anxiety about doctor visits by making the components of a check-up familiar and fun.
Thrill your little one with a magic surprise! Squishy croissants, pastries and sweet rolls transform into soft, fluffy puppies. Each treat smells as good as they look: fresh baked bread, chocolate, cinnamon or strawberry. Collect all 12 for a seriously sweet squad! Sweet Pups sold separately, styles and colors are randomly selected upon ordering.
EXIT: The Game is a new series of party games for up to four players that offers a unique, unforgettable gaming experience. These games allow you to bring the excitement, intensity, and team spirit of an escape room to your living room.
In each EXIT game, your team starts out locked in an imaginary room, or trapped somewhere. You must solve a series of riddles and puzzles in order to unlock doors and reveal new riddles. Each correct solution brings you to another riddle and eventually to freedom.
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..
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 😉
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*
We wrapped up our trip and headed back to the hotel for naps, swimming and their game room!
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!
Obvsies y’all know we’re a healthy eating family. I hate the idea of sending my kids to school or activities with a stomach full of processed gunk. We pack the healthy lunches with energy producing sides to make sure they don’t crash and can continue to thrive in school… Well what about when they get home? You’re exhausted from your day and your kids are bouncing off the walls..
It can seem difficult to find the motivation to prepare a nutritional meal for your family but when there are options that are healthy and just as easy as processed foods then you’ve GOT to choose the healthy route – There’s not excuse at that point!
Currently, my favorite healthy side for my kids’ dinners are Rollin’ Greens’ Millet Tots!! They’re delicious tater tots made from only good ingredients and millet, an ancient grain! They taste delicious, take the same amount of time and are easypeasy! (And what don’t tots go with? 😛 )
So if you’re looking for a delicious side alternative for lunches or dinners try the Rollin Greens’ tots! There are three delicious flavors so you can switch it up and see what they and you like best!
They’re available in the freezer aisle at your local Sprouts Farmers Market!
↓ They’ll be changing their packaging soon so be on the lookout for these beauts! ↓
(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)
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.
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!
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 : ❥
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 😉
(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)