Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Schools End 2015


7 schools days * 1 week * 1 Monday, 2 Tuesdays, 1 Wednesday, 1 Thursday, 2 Fridays*
Until school is out for the 2014-2015 year.

Not that I am counting.


What am I looking forward to the most? Not planning for "sharing" on Mondays. Not setting out the kids clothes every night. No homework, panicked evenings if we have activities and no school lunch stresses.

Colorado, summer, river rocks
Kids at the River - Summer 2014

What am I NOT looking forward to? A messy house when I get home, kids that are covered in butter from popcorn snack and their hair looking like a robin decided to stow away in it.

I will handle all the "ick" for a relaxing evening. I want to come home, sit on the back porch with a cocktail and my husband while watching the kids play in the grass. I want to grill every night and spend the weekend in a remote spot in the Rockies camping with my family.

Hiking - Summer 2014

When summer comes to an end, I'll be ready for the schedule to get back to "normal". Until then... I am excited to embrace the warm weather, laughter and memories I see ahead.

What are your plans for Summer 2015?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Beaver Run Resort - Travel within the world you know




I have a confession.

I am not native to Colorado.

Please don't flog me for that, I got here as fast as I could.

My father brought me here when I was 16 years old for vacation and I fell in love. I turned and looked at him while I was staring out the window of the cedar lined cabin watching the rain fall and said, "Daddy, when I grow up, I am going to move here"

He nodded at me like any good parent and dismissed my statement.

Five years later I hopped on an airplane and moved to the Centennial State.

Then I found out about this Staycation thing when I got here, lucky for us we don't have to go very far to get to a place some people wait all year to travel to.

Breckenridge became a place my future husband and I would visit and realized it spoke to our souls. We brought family and friends here, found our favorite distillery and got married in. We visit as often as we can however we haven't done too much of Breckenridge in the summer.



Now we found a place we could easily fall in love with. Beaver Run Resort has all the amenities, two heated pools, multiple hot tubs, mini golf and a game room. It's easy to see why this is a 3.5 star hotel in the middle of Breckenridge with an easy walk to bars, restaurants, live music and the beautiful scenery that Breckenridge is known for.

It also has something a lot of places don't have:

The room and comfort for two people to enjoy, as well as the accommodations for a large blended family like ours. We have 7 kids, however, most of them are off to college and not home when we do the bulk of our traveling. But some places can't even accommodate 3 kids and two adults, so that makes stay-cations even more difficult.


So because of that, I ask.. no... plead with Beaver Run Resort to pick us. Me and my husband for a weekend away, or a family stay-cation for 3 kids/2 adults. Either way it would be a weekend to remember for everyone!!

If you are up in Breckenridge this summer or fall, make sure you check out the Beaver Run Resort: All CGM readers are being offered up to 35% off when you book a Friday or Saturday arrival through November 19! Check out the resort at this link.

Digital Media Academy - Aspen, Colorado



When you live in a great place like Colorado, stay-cations are very common. Why leave the vacation spot of winter and summer when you can sneak up to the mountains for two weeks and not have to pay for flights.

So, when I heard about the Digital Media Academy in Aspen, I realized that this is the perfect thing for a stay-cation is one where the kids can do something they love and I can relax a little in a cabin with a view. So if you have plans for a trip to the beautiful mountain town of Aspen, how about this for a change:


The DMA Experience from Digital Media Academy on Vimeo.


Digital Media Academy is ranked as one of the ten best summer camps in the world.

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org. Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by May 31 to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!

Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry experts and tech professionals. Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more.

Digital Media Academy is also proud to introduce Made by Girls, a new program dedicated to empowering girls and closing the gender gap in the tech industry.

Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child's confidence through project-based learning. Learn at some of the most prestigous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER. Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by May 31 to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!

Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org and mention the US Family Guide Special Offer


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Blue Wings of Freedom


We called it the Blue M&M, years later the name changed to Snorlax.


(I even had this sticker on my car)


It was a tiny blue Geo Metro that fit 3 children and two adults quite snug; however it fit a family of 4 just right.

One mom and three kids.

That was all we needed, room for 4 of us to travel around town; to school, to the museum or the zoo on free day. However, my favorite trips were the long ones.

Sometimes I would take all three of my kids and other times I would go alone. I’d get the car ready the week before, vacuumed, scrubbed and check the engine. Then the packing would begin, enough for bedding, clothes and some snacks because the money I had was just enough for fuel to get there and back.

Then we’d drive. 12-14 hours from my home in Colorado to my destination somewhere in Texas. Listening to music, singing, laughing, telling stories or making up new games on the road, it was something we did every few months.



My mother and father would fret the entire trip; we didn’t have cell phones or GPS tracking, just the knowledge of when I left and when they thought I’d be there. It was one of the times I felt most free in my life. No one was there to “save” me if I got into trouble. I did it all on my own.

It was the beginning of finding my new “normal”. Finding a way to do it on my own, finding a way to create memories with my kids and forced me to have the wings that everyone talks about when you find the ultimate freedom.


Blue wings… in the shape of a little blue chariot.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Make your Blog Beautiful this Mother's Day! Cure.org donations

Will You Join Me? 

Make Your Blog

It’s really easy!






  • Mom Bloggers – If you’re a mom blogger who would like to see your blog made over into something beautiful, something you can be proud of, I’d love to have you join us!
  • Know A Mom Blogger? Do you know of a mom blogger who could use some encouragement with her blogging – and you’d like to donate in her name?  We’d love to have you join us, too!
By the way, 100% of your donations will go to Cure.org.  See below for more details on that…

How It Works

  • Donate $10 (min.) to secure a makeover for your blog – you can also gift a makeover to another blog.
  • Once, we receive your donation, we’ll send you a form requesting the info we need (your blog link, your particular blog situation, etc.)
  • To help spread the word, we require you to blog about the movement and/or share about it on social media.
  • Once we've confirmed your post and/or shares, we’ll lock your blog’s makeover date on the schedule!
  • We’re only able to makeover 1,000 blogs, so if you know of a mom blog in need of a makeover, Act Now!
Where Does The Money Go?
100% of your donations will go to Cure.org.  Everything you send our way will help us make a big impact in the lives of the children that Cure works with!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Digital Media Academy - Summer camp at the next level (Code for $75 Off)


Every summer is the same thing. However usually the planning starts in January and if you don't have your ducks in a row by March everyone is looking at you like you have missed the bus.

No fear! 

Here is a summer camp that will make you SUPER Parent for one or more weeks. Is you child into photography? Computer graphics or even wishing to be a video game designer? Looks like you need the help of the Digital Media Academy.


Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, film making, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry experts and tech professionals. Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more. 



Digital Media Academy is also proud to introduce Made by Girls, a new program dedicated to empowering girls and closing the gender gap in the tech industry.

Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child's confidence through project-based learning. Learn at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org. Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by May 31 to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!

Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org and mention the US Family Guide Special Offer

#CreateTheNext this summer at Digital Media Academy!

Kids to Park day! May 16, 2015 (and Giveaway)




This year my daughters and I will be celebrating Nation Kids to the Park Day in Bailey, Colorado assisting with Set Up Weekend for a local Girl Scout camp. We get to be outside, enjoying the fresh air, helping out others and at night, I plan on having them lying in the grass at night looking at the sea of stars.

This year the National Kids to Park Day is May 16, 2015.

 What does it mean for you? It means plan a play date, tell your kids you are taking them on a surprise (then plan a picnic), attend one of these events: (These are for Colorado, if you are looking for another state, please go here)

24th Annual Arkansas River Cleanup/Greenup
 May 16, 2015 8:30 am to May 16, 2015 3:00 pm At  Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area


City of Boulder Kids To Parks Day  May 16, 2015 12:00 pm to May 16, 2015 4:00 pm At Scott Carpenter Park 

Connections: Circles, Webs & Chains  May 16, 2015 10:00 am to May 16, 2015 12:00 pm At  Lathrop State Park 

Guided Bird Walk  May 17, 2015 8:00 am to May 17, 2015 1:30 pm At  Roxborough State Park 

Homesteads Hike  May 17, 2015 9:30 am to May 17, 2015 12:00 pm At Roxborough State Park 

Kids to Parks Weekend  May 15, 2015 12:00 am to May 17, 2015 12:00 am At  Mueller State Park 

Meet the Natives May 16, 2015 10:00 am to May 16, 2015 11:30 am At  Roxborough State Park 

Rox Talk: A Geology Chat  May 17, 2015 to May 17, 2015 At  Roxborough State Park 

Roxborough Revealed: Rattlesnakes May 16, 2015 10:00 am to May 16, 2015 11:30 am At  Roxborough State Park 

Staunton State Park Living History Days  May 16, 2015 10:00 am to May 16, 2015 4:00 pm At  Staunton State Park 


Make sure you register with NPT. Everyone who registers will be entered to win a Nikon COOLPIX L830 camera! Register here: http://parktrust.org/youthprograms/national-kids-to-parks-day

National Park Trust is encouraging children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature and adventure right around the corner or just across town. Their website can help jumpstart your adventure. Visit them at kidstoparks.org

National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build a greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country's public lands and parks. To learn more about their work visit www.parktrust.org or call 301-279-7275.

They are also offering a wonderful prize pack for one of Crunchy Green Mom readers:



-CamelBak BPA- and BPS-free reusable bottle
-National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide Book
-"Buddy Bison” mascot stuffed animal
-National Geographic Secrets of the National Parks Book
-Kids To Parks T-Shirt
-NPT Activity Guide

Required Question: (Please put your response in my comment section) (Make sure you leave a valid email address so I can email you if you win!)

What is your favorite activity to do with your kids (or dog, friend, solo) outside?
Contest ended: Winner is Gretel Baker!!!!


Disclaimer: One reader will win all 6 items provided by the NPT. Giveaway starts on April 30, 2015 12am and ends on May 8, 2015. The winner will be notified by email and will need to respond within 24 hours.