Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Hitting the beats - Father's Day gift Surprise

My husband works in a smaller office, I think a total of 10 people work in the office, however rarely are there more than 5 in the office at the same time.

So when he sits down to put out bids and/or do a lot of computer work, he puts in his headphones, turns on his Bluetooth and listens to his music until the is done.

His other headphones are large, bulky and not very streamlined. He also can't wear them when he's outside because although we live in Colorado, it still gets hot outside and it would be too hot.

For Father's Day I surprised him with a set of Plantronics Backbeat Fit Green Stereo Headphones:

Whether you’re training for a marathon, weight-lifting competition, or just for fun, the sweat-proof Plantronics® BackBeat FIT wireless stereo headphones keep up with you every step of the way. Just connect them with your device and work out, your way.

Key features include:
• Comfortable design
• Sweat-proof protection
• Bluetooth connection
• Long battery life

BackBeat FIT is compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device so you can get hands-free
calling or listen to music with up to 33 feet of roam range. When BackBeat FIT is out of range from your device, the DeepSleep power-saving mode keeps the headphones charged for up to 6 months.

You can purchase them on AT& for $129.00. If you order before 6/2/15 and use the code BACKBEAT99 you can get them for $30/off. So hurry!!

Offer ends 6/25/15 at select locations and at 6 PM PST 6/25/15 online. For smartwatches, $100 discount off Samsung Gear™ S & Samsung Gear™ Fit, $200 discount off LG G Watch; for speakers, $30 discount off Moto Silver II, BOOM Swimmer SRP $60 (buy 2 for $99); $30 discount off Plantronics BackBeat FIT. Other exclusions may apply, incl. select colors. Device price may vary by location. Online: Enter promo code BACKBEAT99 (for Plantronics Backbeat Fit only) in cart. Online purchase limit of 4 discounted items/transaction. 

Cell phone Battery Drama- AT&T IFrogz

I need to find a way to make batteries for cell phones last forever. I'd never have to work again.

Until then, I am always searching for new ways to make my cell phone last through the day. My day doesn't end after 8 hours at work, I get home, grab 1-3 of my kids and we are off again at sports, activities, play dates, dinner plans, etc.

If I want to keep up with my friends and my husband, I have to have my phone charged, otherwise, I'm in this weird modern day limbo where no one knows where I am. When it's me and 3 of my daughters, that can be scary these days.

So when I was offered a chance to try out the IFrogz GoLite Universal Battery I was very excited. This is different than the usual battery chargers I have used in the past.

The GoLite 7800 is a compact, low-profile mobile charging station that features a bright LED flashlight to help illuminate any low-light situation. But the GoLite 7800 really shines when it’s used to charge your favorite devices. Offering 7800mAh of portable power and two charging ports, it provides up to four smartphone charges, or up to one complete tablet charge. Charged and ready to go right out if the package, the GoLite lets you start your adventures without delay. Available in a variety of bright colors, the GoLite 7800 clearly outshines its competition.

It is available online at AT& for $36.49. But hurry, the sale ends on Wednesday!!

(I received this item for review from AT&T)

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Royal Gorge - Recovering from 2013 Fire season

Old, new attractions await visitors 

During the 2013 fire the historic Royal Gorge Bridge, affectionately known as "America's Bridge," suffered minimal damage. The venerable bridge remains the most well-known and loved attraction in the park. Complementing the bridge's man-made splendor is the area's history, geology and the breathtaking views and scenic vistas.

The crisp air and scenic beauty makes it an exhilarating place to experience the park's exciting additions! For an extra fee, more adventurous guests can experience awesome thrills on the recently installed Royal Gorge Cloudscraper by Zip Rider. This zip line travels a distance of 2,400 feet across the Royal Gorge at 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River. Additional attractions include: the brand new aerial tramway with 6 shiny new gondolas traveling right next to the zipline, the Royal Rush Skycoaster( an extra pay feature), the Plaza Theater, the Mini-Train, a Children's Playland with new state-of-the-art playground equipment, carousel, and water pad. Visitors can also enjoy the Bridge View Barbecue and Cliff Side Patio, and a new trolley system that takes guests across the bridge.

The impressive new Visitor Center uses blackened Royal Gorge Bridge planks from the fire on its outside decor. It includes a gift shop and Cafe 1230, a restaurant named for being 1,230 feet above the Arkansas River. Cafe 1230's large observation deck, equipped with comfortable seating and a large fireplace, overlooks the gorge and bridge. Background info:

The Royal Gorge Bridge, built as an attraction in 1929, has remained the premier southern Colorado attraction with attendance averaging 300,000 per year. The fire destroyed 90 percent of the park June 13, 2013, on both sides of the Royal Gorge, taking 48 out of 52 structures and attractions. The 2015 tourist season is the first season in which the park will be fully operational since June 2013. For more information, visit for updates.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Colorado Camping- Weekend Campfire cooking menu

This past weekend we had a wonderful time camping. The weather wasn't very nice Friday night or Saturday morning, however my the afternoon I could use my grill and in the evening and Sunday morning we got to have a fire. So it was really nice for me to try out the new camping recipes I had been wanting to do.

Friday Dinner

cooking, camping, fire, chocolate cake, orange cake

Saturday Breakfast

camping, cooking, Pull apart sandwiches, Suzanne Bastien

Saturday Lunch

Colorado, camping, weekend menu

Saturday Dinner
Cream cheese stuffed peppers

Camping, Colorado, cooking over open flame, Suzanne Bastien

Sunday Breakfast
Breakfast Sandwich

Cooking, pancakes, open fire, apples, suzanne bastien

We did change up some of the recipes and will add a different twist to them over the next few camping trips! But I can saw we ate well, and planning is going to be easier as we move along. This next weekend we will have the 4 youngest kids with us and that will change how we eat and prep our foods in advance.

Camping, Cooking

Camping- Colorado Style- Blue Mesa Reservoir

We finally got our popup out of storage and ready to go. We put all the toys, dishes, food, etc back in the pop up and ready to go. I had booked us a site in a location I've never been.

I need to learn more about maps and geography. It was a 4 hour drive to our location and I was starting to feel like I'd made the wrong choice until we pulled up to our location.

Colorado, camping, Suzanne Bastien, Blue Mesa Reservior

 ( Blue Mesa Reservoir - Lake  Fork Campground - Space 20 )

This location was ideal. Unobstructed views of the Reservoir, boats coming in and out, restrooms were an easy walk away and the campground host was on the way. I couldn't have asked for a better location for us to be.

Colorado, camping, lake fork campground, suzanne bastien, crunchygreenmom
Blue Mesa Reservoir - Lake fork campground- view from space 20

This campground is located in between Gunnison and Montrose, it was an easy ride to either city however I preferred Montrose because of the beautiful rolling foothills that we saw. Colorado is under a lot of rain this spring so everything is green and flooded. Very good for those of us that love a campfire when we are out.

Colorado, camping, blue mesa reservoir, suzannebastien, lake fork campground, space 20
Blue Mesa Reservoir - Space 20-25 - Lake Ford Campground

I would not come here if I had my younger kids with me. They would want to do a lot of running around and over the front side of the space is a cliff that looks down to the boat ramp, fishing area. AMAZING for the views, not so fun for the kids to run around in.

Each space has a picnic table, a fire pit with a grate and a spot large enough for a camper and vehicle to be side by side. They also have pull through sites, boat trailer parking and tent only sites.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jawbone UP24 Fitness Band Review

My husband is a nut. I don’t mean a health nut or a fitness nut, but he is a nut when it comes to weight loss about twice a year. He gets something in his head and needs to lose a lot of weight before an event. So when I got the Jawbone UP24 fitness band from AT&T it was right up his alley. #1 because he was on one of this weight loss events and #2 I was about to go in for surgery and wasn’t going to be allowed to work out for two months.

The things we loved about the Jawbone:
  •         My very manly husband that works in the construction field had no issue wearing this on his wrist. It didn’t get in the way, it didn’t look like a girly weight loss product and it did everything he needed with very little issue.
  •         It fit around his wrist so he could wear it all day and all night without feeling tied down to the product.
  •      It tracked his sleep, so we could see if he was getting enough and how to help him during those times of low REM.
  •      It showed his activity, so he could see how often he needed to get up from his desk and/or if he needed to do more at night after dinner.

Things we didn’t particularly like:
  •  It did not fit around my wrist comfortably. I am not sure if that was because of the surgery or perhaps I was bloated from lack of fluids, however I wasn’t comfortable in it.
  •  I am a forgetful lout and wash everything I love. Even electronics (hence my last phone) so I would wash this if given half the chance. This is not the manufactures fault, it’s my own issues.

I have personally used a lot of different types of fitness bands, pedometers, etc and this one does more than any of the other things I have tried. I like the sleep cycle charts and the vibrating reminders to get you up and moving when you are sitting for too long. As someone who works at a desk all day long, it’s good to have a reminder so I don’t end up stationary for too long.

The Jawbone UP24 can be found on AT&T for $120, with an $80 discount you can get it for $49 here.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Digital Media Academy - Made by Girls

This past year I have been looking at the whole STEM initiative that has been prevalent in the news.

What is STEM? 
  1. STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, [note 1] technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology development.
This is something big on my list because I have daughters and the numbers say that after elementary school girls believe that they can't do science related work. Society & peer pressure can sometimes speak louder than reality. Test scores across the board for boys and girls are equal, however the facts are that boys move into these fields more than girls.

So I want to change that, at least for my daughters: One of the ways is by looking into a camp that specializes in STEM for Girls. Digital Media Academy is also proud to introduce Made by Girls, a new program dedicated to empowering girls and closing the gender gap in the tech industry.

Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child's confidence through project-based learning. Learn at some of the most prestigous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by June 30th to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!