Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Friday, January 29, 2016

Working out - New Tech Toys - AT&T


New Year, New You, right?

How about New Year, New Toys.

I have been working with AT&T for a few years now, trying out new things, getting my hands on some pretty cool items every year to play with.

This Christmas I gifted my husband with a new Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker - Mint this thing kicks out a TON of sound from the basement while he is on the recumbent bike. He works out to Techno/Dance music and even I dance around the kitchen while he is spinning. It is not only Bose sound quality in a tiny speaker, but it allows for


  • Voice prompts make pairing your devices easier than ever
  • Charge from most USB power sources or a wall outlet
  • Up to 8 hours of music from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Wireless connection to your Bluetooth-enabled device up to 30 feet

It even allows him to enjoy music wirelessly from not just one, but two smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled devices. It’s easy to quickly switch between them with the touch of a button. The speaker will also remember the most recent eight devices you've used, so reconnecting is even simpler. No Bluetooth? There’s also a standard 3.5 mm audio input to allow you to plug into other music sources! This is going for $129.00 on the AT&T store site.




Train smarter with the Fitbit® Surge™ super watch. By giving you an in-depth look at your training stats, sleep patterns, and heart rate readings, Surge helps you reach your fitness goals.
Key features include: 
  • GPS tracking
  • Automatic, continuous PurePulse™ Heart Rate
  • Wireless syncing
  • Bluetooth® connectivity for notifications and music

This thing does it all and it even tracks sleep on the FitBit app. This is going for $249.00 on the AT&T store site. It's worth every penny to track your daily activities, heart rate and not miss any social media happenings!

This year we are committed to working out and making it happen. All these new little toys will make is easier, keep us motivated and help us enjoy more years together!

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. I received these items through AT&T*

Friday, January 15, 2016

Texas Girl with a Colorado Soul


I was born and raised in Texas.
I learned the history, the songs, 
the crazy terms 
and so many other things that make me a Texas girl at heart.

I hate the heat. 
Hate it; makes me wanna cry when I am in it. 
Seriously, I am 42 years old and it makes me cry

When I was 16 my father brought me to Colorado on vacation.
That was it, I told him I'd move here one day.
I did, about 5 years later.

I moved here permanently 
at the age of 27.
I love my life here.
Camping in Colorado can't be missed.

I would not have met the man of my dreams
if I didn't take the adventure half way across the U.S.

However, lately I am feeling a tug at my heart.
I miss my family in Texas.
(and Whataburger, but that is another story)

I wish I could go and make dinner for my folks once a week.
I wish I could go see my nieces and nephews.
I wish I could see my sister and listen to her stories in person.

My soul belongs here in Colorado,
but my heart really wishes everyone else
 I love would just move here and make
it easier on me.

#selfish #sorrynotsorry

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Norm of the North - In theatres tomorrow 1/15/2015


Tonight my husband and I took our two girls (ages 8 & 9) to see Norm of the North, which comes out in theatres tomorrow.

After walking out of the theatre we all had the same feeling. Cute movie, great for younger elementary school kids and had some very strong characters in it. The mother is strong and successful. Norm is funny and not a dumb male character (which is refreshing these days) and the little girl is brilliant and not inhibited by anything.

There are a lot of teaching points in this show and would be great for a class that is learning about helping save the planet and how just ONE person (or bear) can make a difference.

Comes out in theatres tomorrow, which is a fun Friday night movie. If you want to surprise the kids and do the movie on Saturday, feel free to use these printables to keep them entertained on Friday night.



Check out Norm of the North on Facebook as well.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Holiday gift idea - From the photographer - AdoramaPix





Parents are hard to shop for! They never NEED anything but you know you should always GET them something. So this year, My mother is getting a photo, but this one will be different, it'll be on metal! How cool is that, it's unique and will be exactly what she needs for that one spot on her wall she never knows what to do with it.


AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Because your images are infused right into the metal, and not painted on the surface, their metal prints are extremely durable. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. You can even clean it with glass cleaner. Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints.

You can find all the fun gift ideas HERE


My readers get to save! 35% off all metal prints. Use code: pxusfam35m expires 12/15/2015

Holiday break in Crested Butte, Co - Crested Butte Lodging


I am always looking for a fun way to experience Colorado and do something new with my family. Colorado is full of things to do in the winter, as well as early Spring. Spring Break people think of beaches and sun, how about skiing and hot cocoa at night?? Come break the mold in Crested Butte!




Vacationers looking for an off-the-beaten-path Colorado getaway with all the frills of a major resort should head to Crested Butte, an historic town tucked away in the Colorado Rockies Elk Mountain Range. With its affordable accommodations, gourmet restaurants, cozy pubs, and eclectic shops, Crested Butte attracts a devoted legion of repeat visitors year-round! Crested Butte Lodging & Property Management Inc. offers a large selection of quality lodging in Mt. Crested Butte. Choose from studio condominiums to 4 bedroom condominiums in prime locations including ski-in/ski-out or walking distance to the slopes.

At Crested Butte Lodging & Property Management, we understand the quality of lodging can make or break your vacation. We have carefully evaluated and inspected each property and have categorized our accommodations to further help you make your lodging selection. We want you to come to Crested Butte, Colorado to relax and have fun - not hassle with your accommodations. We promise a vacation you'll never forget!


Winters in Crested Butte, Colorado, are a skier's and snowboarder's paradise. If you like short lift lines and uncrowded ski terrain, you'll love Crested Butte. Winter fun includes Nordic skiing, telemark skiing, ice-skating, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, dog sledding and more.

Few places on earth offer such a remarkable combination of breathtaking beauty, diversity of activities and genuinely friendly people as Crested Butte. Often referred to as "The Last Great Colorado Ski Town," Crested Butte boasts a delightful Victorian charm combined with world-class slopes.

Book your Spring Break Ski Vacation now and get 25% Off.- Book online using promo code: skimSB or, call us at 888-412-7310.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tween Stars Live - Denver and Colorado Springs (Flash Ticket Giveaway)




Shhhhh... Don't tell my little girls that Saturday afternoon I am taking them to do something special.

On Saturday, the National Western Complex Denver to see some of the biggest names from Disney and Nickelodeon, and features 90 minutes of games, songs, trivia and loads of fun! Fans will interact with the celebrities, joining them on stage and in the audience - the ultimate opportunity to meet their favorite television personalities up close and personal!

What is Tween Stars Live?

Thousands of Screaming Tweens Take Over Denver as ‘Tween Stars Live’ Kicks Off National Tour
Tween Stars Live Begins Nationwide Tour in Denver, CO October 17.

Denver CO (October 14, 2015) – Tween Stars Live will bring the best and brightest young stars from television to fans across the country with a series of interactive shows. The nationwide tour begins on Saturday October 17 at the National Western Complex in Denver, featuring Calum Worthy (“Dez”, Austin & Ally), Spencer Boldman (“Adam”, Lab Rats), Peyton List (“Emma”, Jesse and Bunk’d), Corey Fogelmanis (“Farkle”, Girl Meets World), Trinitee Stokes (“Judy”, KC Undercover) and Brec Bassinger (“Bella”, Bella & The Bulldogs).

This highly interactive family variety show features 90-minutes of surprise-filled family fun, plus the opportunity for fans to interact with their favorite TV stars, all together on one stage. The show features comedy, music, games, improvisations, unpredictable funny in-audience Q & A session, behind the scenes secrets, totally Tween trivia, multiple opportunities for fans to play along on stage and in the audience up close and personal with the Tween Stars. There are prizes, surprises and fun for the whole family.

Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to purchase post-show VIP Party tickets, to hang out with the tween stars, take pictures and selfies, get autographs and personally meet all of the celebrities.

“These fans who have been following us for years on our TV shows, now get to come on stage to perform and interact with us. Afterwards, we always do an autograph signing and take photos. It’s definitely something that everyone has to check out,” said Calum Worthy, “Dez” from Austin & Ally and one of the Tween Stars Live cast members.

Chicago Stage review called it, “the best family show ever”.

When: Saturday October 17, 2015

Where: National Western Complex, 6008 W 4655 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80216

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm Show, 4:00 – 6:00 pm VIP Autograph & Photo Session **Parents do not need a ticket to attend the VIP Party.

Who:
Tickets:    $18.00 - $59.95 for show
                 $75 for VIP party, must be purchased with a show ticket

All tickets available for purchase at http://www.BYOUmagazine.com/Tween-Stars-Live

The tour will make stops at the National Western Complex in Denver, CO ; Colorado Springs World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO ; Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL; Adler Theatre in Davenport, IA; Mobile Center Arena & Theatre in Mobile, AL and Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles LA.

The tour will run until Spring 2016 with more shows to be announced in the coming weeks.
Tween Stars Live is presented by Style Me Up, who will have prizes and giveaways at each show, product demos and great takeaways for the whole family.

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GIVEAWAY

This is going to be a very simple and fast giveaway so people can plan for the weekend. It will end at 8am - Friday October 16, 2015

If you win this giveaway you have to respond by noon at the latest on October 16, 2015 or I will have to pick another winner!

The winner will get 2 tickets to the Tween Stars Live in Denver at the National Western Complex in Denver, Co.
 (VIP tickets will have to be purchased separate if you wish to attend)

Rules:
Answer this question in comments: Who is the celebrity your child (or yourself) would most like to see at this event?

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Disclaimer: All opinions are my own, I was compensated for this post.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Battle against being Invisible


There is something people don’t talk about enough. You hear about it in whispers.
Middle aged women all over the world experience it every day. We hit 40, hustle between jobs, family and a wine night out with our girlfriends if we can fit it in, only to find out that the only person that sees us, are the ones that don’t want us to leave.

We start to feel invisible.

If we are lucky our kids still see us as someone who is the most beautiful woman in the world. Our significant others look at us right before bed as we are sliding in next to them and give us that “Welcome Home” look.

But what about us?

I am a 42 year old, size 18 woman that hasn’t seen herself in over a year. Now, I am not one that has a low self-esteem, I seriously think I’m the most slammin’ hot woman with amazing skin, exquisite hair and a sense of humor that draws people to me in droves. But I still see myself as a size 8, because that’s what my ego says I am.


My ego is fierce; she’s a beast of a woman.

It occurred to me when I went out for the first time and acknowledge the world around me that I’m no longer acknowledge by the rest of the world. When did people stop smiling at me to get my attention? And then I walked by my reflection in the store window, “Who in the hades is that woman?”

My ego became less fierce for about two months. It’s the only time I’ve ever felt what people would call depression.

Thankfully, my parents taught me never to be invisible, even to me.

I decided that it was time for me to start seeing ME, not my waist/butt size or what I wanted other people to see.

What did I change?

*I started looking people in the eyes when I spoke with them. If you haven’t tried this, do it. It changes how people react to you; it shows them that you are present with them.

*I bought clothes that fit, clothes that I felt comfortable in and that accentuated my best assets.

*I stopped brushing off the look my husband gives me. He isn’t doing it because he has to; he does it because he means it.

When I started making those changes, I could look in the mirror at me. It was like the world slowly came in focus again. I was not invisible to me or to the people I love. I was not invisible to the people I met on a daily basis because I forced them to look at me.

 I quit being invisible to myself and quickly realized that perhaps I wasn’t as invisible to the world around me, perhaps it was me that tried to become invisible to them.

So today, look at yourself in the mirror. Really look, don’t make any judgments on what you see. Look at yourself in the eyes; force yourself to see what it is the rest of the world will see today.


You – All of the amazing that is YOU!