Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

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 ColoradoKids.com 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,

CIVIC CENTER PARK
DOWNTOWN DENVER

FRI: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
SAT & SUN:
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.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Eyeglasses for $29.99 at JCPenny - Back to School





I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

At the end of last year I got a letter from the school nurse requesting my littlest girl get checked for glasses. 

Little LaLa has some issues with reading and we always assumed it was a learning issue not a sight issue, however after watching her read, I began wondering if it was something else. She just couldn't see.

So we took her in to JC Penney Optical because we found out that they had a GREAT deal on select Kids’ frames up to $120, FREE impact & scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses, FREE UV protection and FREE eyeglass protection plan for any school-aged child 16 & under.

I went out to the Park Meadows Mall here in Colorado (check here for the closest JC Penney in your area) and got an appointment for the next week. It was an easy online sign up and I even signed myself up for one while I was there, might as well kill two birds with one stone. The doctor was on time, very easy to talk to and answered all of our questions.


(Not the glasses you will find at JCPenney, but they are too cute not to share!)

We were in and out of the appointment, ordering process and headed to lunch in an hour.


Now, little LaLa is a brave soul, but sometimes when things are new, she gets anxious and will cling to me. However she was mesmerized by all the doo-dads and things to touch. She asked a multitude of questions and wanted to know everything about the process.

We ordered her some adorable new glasses for school and of course made them as kid proof as possible. 2nd grade kids aren't the best when it comes to being careful with their glasses. She was asked to wear them all the time and hopefully her world will finally come into focus.



Now, JCPenney is having a back to school contest, you can find more details on the JC Penney Optical page.

Share a pic of your kid looking ready for school for a chance to win a $30 JCPenney Gift Card to use on Kids’ designer frames! To enter, post your pic with ‪#‎PicMyKidContest‬ on Twitter, Instagram, or our Facebook Page Wall. Click below to learn more. See official rules: http://bit.ly/1HNzxfZ

*12 winners will be picked to win a $30 JCP gift card to purchase new frames for their child.
*Dates for entry: 7/8 – 8/16

I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Water World Colorado Opens a new ride: Warp Speed


My kids and I went to Water World at the beginning of the summer for a fun kick off weekend for us. I can promise you that nothing else will wear out a group of elementary school kids and their family better than water slides, wave pool fun and sunburn!

Nothing.

While we were there we saw a new ride being built. Now it is done and it looks AMAZING!

Warp Speed is a first generation interactive water slide gaming challenge, Some equate it as if playing Guitar Hero - using your whole body to navigate through 3D space. It is the area’s first dual flume experience using a Slideboard, a totally new water slide vehicle product being debuted in the United States this year.



Consistent with Water World’s cosmic theme, “starcraft” riders will be treated to a personalized journey through a worm-hole, with a story line that puts them in a space outpost training simulator traveling at warp speed while shielding themselves from cosmic hazards. Using hand held light seeker buttons, riders try to eliminate those threats. Automated scoring will track each rider’s individual success and allow them to go to a higher gaming level in their next journey.

Space riders can actually sign into the game’s App at home to play the game virtually (slideboarding.com), then come to Water World to experience the game physically on a Slideboard. Afterwards, riders can be gaming on the App at home to increase their score until their next visit to the park.
As soon as I can get back out there I will let you know what the ride is like, looks like more fun that will make me win Mom of the Year again!!

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&T.com 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&T.com for $36.49. But hurry, the sale ends on Wednesday!!

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