Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

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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:

*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!


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 (, 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& 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