Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Friday, November 18, 2016

YMCA Estes Park Center - Perfect for family gatherings all year round

The holiday season should come with a disclaimer that comes across our phones and say, “High Stress, huge reward. Make sure you take time for yourself.” Then people would make sure to book their trips for the upcoming season in advance.

My husband and I did just that the weekend before Halloween this year. We didn’t want to do anything too far from home because I was co-coaching my daughters LEGO Robotics team and needed to get home for practice on that Sunday, but we wanted something that was relaxing and allowed us to reconnect.

(Photo by: Grace Communion International)

When we got the chance to stay at the YMCA in Estes Park we knew we were going to find that there. No TV’s in the lodge rooms, buffet style meals three times a day and endless events for the Fall Festival. What more could we ask for? Who doesn’t love walking through the brisk air of Estes Park, holding hands, watching the plentiful deer wandering around and carving pumpkins or interacting with the loads of kids in costumes welcoming you to the center? It’s as happy a place as you will find in the Rockies.

Lodging: YMCA Estes Park has wonderful lodging options, a multitude of lodges with comfortable rooms and cabins big enough for family reunions. We stayed in a lodge room overlooking the whole complex, we watched deer outside our window and slept comfortably in a room with two queen beds, bathroom, shower/tub combo and enough room to store all our items for the weekend. There is no way to cool the rooms, however we did have a fan, so we put that in the window and it kept the room plenty cool throughout our stay. Parking was plentiful and an easy walk to the lodge.

(Photo by: YMCA Estes Park)

Food: The food is very good at the YMCA. Imagine camp food, all you can eat, hot, great staff and the people watching is fun. You can sit with a view of the mountains in front of you and even walk out on the porch and appreciate the cool morning air.

Amenities: Pool, arts and crafts, archery, campfires, talks, fising, minigolf and yoga. At the YMCA there is something to do for everyone or you can sit quietly in Adirondack chairs outside and do nothing!

Location: YMCA Estes Park Center is located right on the outskirts of Estes Park, Co. buried within the trees, decorated with elk, snow capped hills and the stars. Nothing more is needed to enjoy this rustic beauty. There is so much to do in the surrounding town and National forest, that if you get bored you aren’t looking hard enough.

Visit YMCA Estes Park any time of year, they have activities and events going on that will help you and your family create memories together.

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Ringling Bros. Out Of This World 2016

I love surprising my kids! My family calendar is full of “SURPRISE” days. Two month ago I managed a surprise to my kids and when I say that, I mean almost every single one of them.

We were heading to the Greatest Show on Earth! Three of the kids that I was sitting next to had NEVER been to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

This years show is Out Of This World and it truely was!

Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun! Launch into the future with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out Of This World™. Children Of All Ages can take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn. Your entire family will be amazed by this cosmic voyage as you discover the wonders of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless daredevils and humorous clowns

First thing I will have to say, the elephants are gone. I commend RB&BB for making the choice to retire all the elephants from their show after 145 years of having them a part of this magical troupe. There is a part of me that was sad to not see them there. You can find how Ringling Bros and Barnum are assisting in the conservation of these majestic beasts at the Center for Elephant Conservation

Instead they had:
*Tons of dogs
*and a surprise critter!

This was the kids favorite part! So many things to see at the once, even my 10 month old grandson was enthralled and stayed awake the entire time! 

There were stunts that made me gasp, however, I was honestly so happy to sit and watch my kids faces. There is something magical about the circus, the storyline, and kids, no matter what age!

The circus is a rite of passage for families big and small, it's a memory that kids will always have and share with one another for their whole lives.

If you are looking for a show in your area that is upcoming, check out their schedule here.

(I was compensated for this post)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Finding Dory - In Theatres Now!

13 years!!

After a 13 year wait we finally have the answer to how in the tarnation Dory managed to survive the years before she met Nemo and Marlin.

Pack up the kids, get them to the movies in the air conditioning with some popcorn. Recline your seats and enjoy the movie that was made for you. What... you are 23 years old and your 10 year old self is screaming at you to head to the movies... do it. You won't be disappointed.

The characters are just as real and honest as they were in Finding Nemo. This story will make you fall in love with the characters, your own parents and the child within.

Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Water World 2016

Water World is open for the 2016 season! My family and I will be attending the event next weekend for fun rides, and lots of sunshine!

- Water World will introduce Cowabunga Beach, a first-ever of its kind wave pool specifically designed for boogie boarders, offering an ocean style boarding experience. Riders will enter from one of three beach entry points at one end of the pool, and board-surf approximately 100 feet to the attraction edge. At least 30 specially-selected, fresh-water boogie boards will maneuver the continuous three-foot breakers. This new installment replaces the Captain Jack’s Wave Pool that had been on site since 1980.

- Turtle Bay will also be opening. This is a mini wave pool designed specifically for toddlers and
preschoolers to enjoy. It will offer a turtle-themed 18” deep pool that features gentle waves, a
waterfall and turtle-themed spray structures.

Upcoming Events:







Visit Water World for tickets/hours and more information.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Jungle Book - In Theatres April 15, 2016

Mesmerize, Enthrall, Spellbind, Entrance

These are words I'd use to describe this movie! I spent the first hour of this movie on the edge of my seat staring at the screen in awe. The cinematography is outstanding.

Even as an adult who has seen The Jungle Book since I was a young girl, this movie captivated me at every turn. Key things about the movie:

* No bloodshed. Yes, there is blood, but it is NOT gruesome.
*Death is swift and not drawn out with unnecessary sounds or gore.
*The story is rich, as rich as it was when we saw it in animated form years ago.
*I would not suggest this movie for kids under the age of 7. It can be a tad startling. It is rated at PG-13

The soundtrack is mesmerizing and the cinematography is unmatched for Disney movies. Take your kids out and make sure you see this movie as soon as you can. We will be purchasing it when it comes out on Blueray for sure!

Movie comes out today!

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