Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sister Trip to New York City - Classic Harbor Line is on the list!

Two weeks from today my beautiful sister and I will be meeting up in New York City for our first Sister Trip!

We have an itinerary that even makes, me, the queen of busy feel tired. Broadway shows, museums, exquisite food, coffee and more walking than I've done all year.

One of the things on the list that have us both excited is to experience New York like we never have before and leave the noise of city street life behind. Sit back and enjoy the luxurious view of the island from the cozy solarium or the open decks of a gorgeous, 1920s-style yachts!

Highlights on this 1.5 -hour cruise include:

  • A narrated tour by the captain
  • Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the Financial District
  • Governor's Island, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Parts of Brooklyn, Queens and the New York City skyline
  • The Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges of the East River

The Manhattan and Manhattan II offer elegance and comfort wrapped in turn-of-the-century tradition. They are equipped with teak decks and mahogany trim.

These spectacular glassed-in observatories on the back decks are equipped with cushioned seating around conversation-friendly tables. They are heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer, and provides stunning, panoramic views, all within climate-controlled comfort.

Beer, wine, champagne, soda, juice or water and a full bar is available aboard the Manhattan and Manhattan II throughout the trip. (One complimentary beverage is included.)

My Readers receive 15% off each ticket purchased at using ONLINE promo code Mom2015 - Valid for any Day Sail, Sunset Sail, City Lights Sail aboard Schooner Adirondack, Schooner America 2.0 OR any Cruise aboard our 1920's style motor yacht: Yacht Manhattan!

(All opinions are my own, I was reimbursed for this post with a trip for two on the yacht. Not a bad trade off right?)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Happy Birthday to my husband

See that man right there with me?

Today is his birthday.

I say Happy Birthday to my kids, my relatives however I never can show him enough what he means to me!

Seven years and two days ago I went on a date with him. Our first date. The first time we ever laid eyes on one another.

Two days after that we had another date, it was his birthday and for lack of knowing what in the heck to get a man I just met for his birthday, I got him a Charlie Brown card, because when it comes to anything in life, Charlie Brown and the gang always makes it easier.

We never stopped dating one another since we met.

Every one of his birthdays has been surrounded with an anniversary since then, however without his birthday, we wouldn't have any anniversaries.

So... Let me say, from the bottom of my heart:

THANK you to his parents 
for bringing the best man I've ever met into this world.
For raising him, encouraging him,
Tempering him,
and allowing him the strength to be the man he is today.

Happy Birthday my darling husband.
I expect at least another 44 years out of you!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Parenting Win: My new reader

Much to my dismay, my little girls had trouble learning to read when they were little. They were in reading groups at school, did extra reading with teachers and assistants. It has been a long 3 years for all of us trying to get them to where they are now. I now have a 2nd and 3rd grader that are improving everyday.

Every night my girls and I read. They read to me and then I read to them. Sometimes it's Shel Silverstein, sometimes it's the new monthly book for our book shelves. We have books about Albert Einstein, President Lincoln, Rosie the Riveter and dragons. I am not picky about what we read, as long as we can all get lost in the book.

My girls love our hour we do at night, however they never seemed to get the bug and do it on their own much. Then it happened, I had gotten done with chapter one of "Smile".

I told the girls that we would read more the next night, when I looked up into my 8 year old daughters eyes, they finally showed the look I've had my whole life. They were hungry for more. She wanted to read until she fell asleep, then wake up and read more. I told her No at first, then decided it couldn't hurt anything. Gave her a flashlight and her book and let her read for another half hour on her own.

That is what starts the addiction, the need for the quiet time and a good book. To me,this is when a kid is never alone, a good book, a light and someone to urge them on.

I have a reader!!

Feeling like this is my best parenting win for the month!! :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Harvest Farm - Fall Festival Oct 2-31 2015

It is that time of year again! Colorado leaves are changing into golden hues, crunching underfoot and the days are finally cooling enough for boots and sweaters. My favorite time of year, this year my family is doing something different for our Pumpkin picking.

I heard about a new place called Harvest Farms.. Proceeds from the festival directly support the New Life Program at Harvest Farm. An outreach of Denver Rescue Mission, Harvest Farm is a 209-acre rehabilitation program in Wellington, CO. The Farm accommodates up to 72 men recovering from chronic homelessness and addiction and helps return them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.

I spoke with the Stacy Parker (PR Coordinator) of the Denver Rescue Mission with a few questions about the Farm:

* How are the men chosen to be part of this program? We have chaplains and case managers at Harvest Farm who go through an intensive process selecting the men. Currently, we have 72 men in the program and they come from all over -- the prison system, homeless shelters, other rehab facilities, etc. They have to be serious and committed to the program in order to join. We also conduct regular Urinary Analysis and Blood Alcohol tests to ensure our participants are committed to staying sober.

* How long do they stay on the farm? Is it a year long commitment? Just during planting season? Do they live there during that time? Our rehab program is an up to 2 year life change. It’s not just a quick fix for past life mistakes or drug addictions or homelessness, it takes time to get to the core issues before change can happen. During their time at Harvest Farm, we look at developing the whole person through education, Christian counseling, case management and work therapy, which involves working on our farm.

* What is the success rate of the program? We celebrate graduations from our program on a continual basis. The goal at the end of the program is for each individual to be addiction-free and have the tools necessary to achieve lifelong self-sufficiency.

* Are there minimum and maximum ages for this? Men must be at least 18 years of age.

So, What does the Harvest Farm festival have at it?


  • Corn Maze
  • Hay Wagon Ride Tour
  • "Eggucation" Station
  • Pig Races
  • Goat City
  • Petting Zoo
  • Campfire In the evening
  • Roping Arena
  • Natural Play Area
  • Yard Games
  • Mini Maze
  • Bunnington
  • Kettle Corn

  • Obstacle Course
  • Hay Bale Pyramid
  • Sheep Herder's Wagon
  • Pumpkin Junction
  • Big Chair
  • Barn Playhouse
  • Playground and Bouldering Wall
  • Corn Box Covered Wagons
  • Face Painting
  • Recycled Tire Dragon
  • Food Trucks
  • Corn Cannons

I have no idea what a Corn Cannon is, but I wanna use one!

More information:

WHEN:              Every weekend October 2-31, 2015
                        Fridays10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
                        Saturdays10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
                        Sundays12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:            Harvest Farm   
4240 E. Country Road 66
Wellington, CO 80549
(Exit 278 off I-25

TICKETS:            Child (0-3): FREE
Child (4-12): $13.00
Adult (13 & up):  $15.00
Senior (60 & up): $10.00

Special Discount: $10 admission on Grand Opening Weekend October 2-4

(Disclaimer: All opinions are my own)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Taste of Colorado 2015 - Family Friendly Fun for Labor Day Weekend

When my now-adult kids were little, I used to always search for ways to entertain them for free or cheap. I was a mostly single mom and didn't have a lot of disposable income for expensive attractions.

So every year when the Taste of Colorado came around, we would all pile in the truck and drive to downtown Denver (one of my favorite downtowns in the country). We would park many blocks away and walk in to the free event.

Now that my adult kids are grown, I have a family of younger kids that haven't been as often. So this year I am changing that. We are going to walk around and enjoy the night air, enjoy the festivities, maybe even enjoy the afternoon and see one of our favorites on stage, Mary Lambert.

Taste of Colorado has so much to offer families and couples alike.

The KidzStage (lineup listed here) features music, magic, clowns, puppets, and more, all in an intimate setting, where kids can get up close and interact (right on stage, if they want) with the entertainers.

The Baby Oasis presented by is a convenient area located in the KidZone where parents can nurse, change diapers, and relax in a private environment complete with a rocking chair. An assortment of supplies, including diapers and baby wipes, is provided. 

Taste is an opportunity for parents to encourage their children to try new foods from places like the Middle East, Japan, Poland, India, and the Caribbean, as many of the restaurants offer "taste-sized" portions for one to three tickets 

Enjoy Carnival Rides and Games, located on Lincoln Street and Colfax Avenue, Saturday through Monday,presented by KOOL 105. EARLY BIRD wristbands can be purchased for $15 from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday through Monday, and are good on the day purchased until 5 p.m. ALL DAY wristbands can be purchased for $25 from 10:30 a.m. until two hours before closing Saturday through Monday and are good on the day purchased until closing. Wristbands are only available at the ticket booths on Lincoln Street. Individual rides are also available for generally two to ten tickets per ride. Carnival hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 4 through Sun., Sept. 6 and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon., Sept. 7.

In the Festival of Mountain and Plain area, families can learn about the state's pioneer past. Featured artisans will demonstrate Navajo weaving and culture, spinning, lace crocheting, and felting, along with the popular blacksmith demonstration.

Be creative and take home fun works of art - the KidZone will also have a variety of free, hands-on craft activities for children of all ages.Glitter, feathers, paint, and more are just a few of the materials that will be available.

No carry-ins are allowed (including picnic baskets or chairs) however you can have backpacks and diaper bags, they are subject to being searched. You can bring in an empty water bottle and fill it up at one of the several water fountains/bubblers in the park.

The Taste entrance closest to the KidZone and KidzStage is at Bannock St. & W. Colfax Ave.

For a hassle-free transport, park further down the 16th St. Mall and hop on the free 16th St. Mall Ride, which will drop you off right in front of the festival.

If you haven't been in a while like us, go and see what it's all about!!

Taste of Colorado will run from September 4-September 7th,


FRI: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
MON: 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Monday, August 10, 2015

Summer 2015

Backpacks are by the front door stuffed with supplies, all pockets bulging awaiting back to school meet and greet. First day of school outfits are hanging in their closets and snack is being decided. Everyone went to bed early and woke up to their alarm clocks for the first time since June.

We are on 3 days and counting, Three days left of swim practice, all day computer time and ice cream on the back porch. Three days of me not having to get off work at 3pm and zip to their school, find a parking spot and be waiting at the glass doors with my Mommy friends to give big hugs and asking, “Let me hear all about it”

Summer 2015 is almost over.

This summer we had a lot of firsts. First fish caught, first tubing trip, digglers and riding the ski lift in Copper mtn, first bumper cars on ice, first time at Disney & Vegas , swimming and seeing the ocean. There were playdates, Water World, camping trips, new foods and two sports camps. They learned so much this summer.

I will miss their tan legs draped over me as we watch a movie, or listening to them through the open windows in the evening as they eat on the back porch. Their scooters littering the front yard was well as Popsicle sticks and random dolls that made it outside the house. I will miss simple dinners of veggies, fruit and sandwiches. It’s like the calm days of summer will fade away the moment that first bell rings and their little feet pitter into the school building getting hugs from favorite teachers or office staff.

As I look out the window at work I see a summer rain beating against the glass, I’m leaving work in 30 minutes to zip home and take my youngest to gymnastics and get in an hour with a good book. I’m not willing to give up the feeling of summer, even if I know the truth in my heart.