Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

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.

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

All tickets available for purchase at

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.



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)

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


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!

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!! :)