Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Monday, April 27, 2015

The battle scars of being a poor single Mom


I showed up with a backpack of extra clothes, a snack, shampoo and conditioner as well as special leave in conditioner and a lock that spelled out a word instead of having a key that could get lost.

Two sets of towels and 30$.

All of this was for three kids to do Kids night out. For 3.5 hours.



I have been told that I over pack.

When my kids go to daycare (only about 5 days a year) I send lunch boxes with their names on circular stickers stuck to the back, bulging with hummus, veggies, fruit, yogurt and lots of other things in case they need variety, need to share with friends or for some unknown reason manage to eat EVERYTHING and might need more. They are only in daycare on those days for 6 hours... six...

My husband looked that lunches one day and said, "Don't you think you are going overboard?"

That statement brought me to tears.

Why?

Because I was a struggling single Mom not too long ago. When my older children were little we didn't have a lot of money. I managed PB&J sandwiches, crackers, an apple, and a granola bar. No snacks to eat in class, no fruit when they got home.



We lived paycheck to paycheck.

If I was sick one week, laundry didn't get done and they didn't have clean clothes until I could get around to doing it.

There wasn't extra socks, extra shorts or even special conditioner.

They had the bare minimum and sometimes less than that.

It leaves scars... it makes you over compensate when you don't have to, when they grow up. Or, if you are like me and have a whole other group of kids after the older ones grow up, you throw it all at them hoping to be forgiven.

Hoping to forgive yourself.

Don't discount yourself when this sneaks up and hits you. Don't dismiss the emotion, sometimes you see a parent "trying too hard", they aren't doing it to show you up and prove they are better, they are fighting their own inner demons.

Everyone has those.




Putters Pride Mini Golf - Things to do in Denver



I took my kids to play Mini Golf this winter for the first time and had NO idea they would love it as much as they did. So when I got the opportunity to do Putters Pride Mini golf I leapt at the chance. It's a great activity for a lazy summer night.

Putters Pride is open from 10am-10pm during the week and from 10am-11pm on the weekends. What a fun time to let the kids stay up and hit the ball around some obstacles for a little while.

Opened since 1996 they have created a great place for family and friends to gather.They offer entertaining fun for everyone with individual and group rounds of 18-hole miniature golf. Stop in for great golf fun in a memorable atmosphere.

Putter's Pride welcomes Birthday Parties, Corporate Events, Camps, Church Groups, Family Reunions, Local School and Non-Profit Fundraisers and everything in between.

 For details on group rates and availability on having your party at Putter's Pride please call (303) 985-3860 or email them at info@putterspride.com.



Click on the link to : Buy 1 Round Get 1 Round FREE Or 20% Off Birthdays 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sky Zone - Parker's Indoor Trampoline Park




Colorado in the winter is awesome! The temps aren't too painful, the amount of snowfall is exactly what we need and the beauty makes up for the crazy times.

However, being stuck inside with three elementary school aged kids can drive parents crazy. Trying to get the kids to remove their energy after a day stuck inside their brick and mortar building can seem impossible.



So over the past few years indoor play areas have been opening up, my favorite, trampolines. You want to tires out the kids? Put them on stretchy, bouncy fabric for two hours. They will come out sweating, happy and enough energy to do homework, eat dinner, take a shower and pass out. 

Parenting 101 win....

Throw your child the best party ever at Sky Zone! Your kids and their friends will experience the WOW of jumping, flying and flipping on our wall-to-wall trampoline courts. Give your child the best gift of all - pure joy!



 Voted "Best Party Ever," Sky Zone Parker makes birthday parties easy with their custom party packages, private rooms, and fitness-oriented activities that will have them bouncing off the walls! 

Jump on private trampoline courts under supervision, dunk like a pro on the SkySlam hoops, and flip over the Foam Zone!



(All opinions are my own. I was compensated for this post)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last Wordless Wednesday of 2014 - From our Family to yours


Blessings to you and yours in 2015.


Thank you for following my family and I on our journey. We went from single mom (with 6 kids) to a blended family with 7 kids!!

2014 was a wonderful year, onto 2015 and the adventures that come with it!


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Minecraft Christmas - Elf on a Shelf in Pixel form



My 20 year old daughter is in college. Though she is only about an hour away, we don’t see her a lot.  When you are a 10, 7 and 6 year old at home you think your big sister is a superhero; Because when you are that age, you are a super hero to everyone younger than you.

Ashlyn is a big kid at heart. She loves video games, anime and dressing up to act a fool. It’s perfect for little kids. So when she started playing Minecraft, they fell in love with it. They learned what they could from her and eventually were allowed to be on a server with her.


Then she came up with the idea of Glowstone. See, Glowstone is an Elf on the Shelf, in pixel form. He has spent every day decorating, building a house for them and counting down to Christmas. (And Issa’s birthday). This is what amazing things the kids found on the first day..




Pretty amazing right? It’s only a few more days to go before Glowstone goes away for the year, but I am certain next year they will look forward to seeing what Glowstone has in store for them.






Do your kids play Minecraft? If you do, would you consider doing an Elf on the Shelf in Pixel from?

Monday, December 22, 2014

I forget the little things sometimes

I forget the little things sometimes.

One of my favorite phrases about parenting is, “We are raising them to be productive members of society, because the world gets them longer than we do. We have 18 years… at most.”
So, I work hard to make sure they can function in the world, the world that they will be thrust into after college.

I forget that before I nudge them into the world with my hip, before I let them go and fight back the tears at every upcoming event, that I need to hold on.

My little girl crawled into bed with me this morning. She got the beginning of a cold, stuffy nose, a slight cough and sore throat. She rolled over on her side and slid her little hand into mine and it hit me… I am raising little adults, but I HAVE to enjoy the little things.

Curling up on the couch watching a movie… put down my phone. The laundry, dishes, floors can wait. I don’t have an entire lifetime to waste… each day that passes is a new opportunity to remember.

As a co-parent with their father, I get even less time with them, so the little things are what I need to hold on to.

Because one day I’ll be excited that they are coming home for the Holidays from college …. I want to remember what their hands feel like in the drowsy moments of the morning before I had to head off to work.


It’s the little things that make it all worthwhile.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Letter to Santa - Postmarked in time for Christmas


Last night my kids wrote their letter to Santa. We printed off special paper and allowed them to decorate the envelopes and then I told them I would mail them off.

I found an amazing website that will allow me to write a letter using their templates, or making my own for my kids. This made my life easier this morning when I needed to write a letter to my kids from Santa. Check it out, personalize, print... and it's FREE!!!

Then follow these directions for your child to get a letter back from Santa. (There is a deadline, December 15)




NORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa — complete with a North Pole postmark!

Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
Tell your child that you’ll place a stamp on the envelope and mail it to St. Nick for him or her.
Later, when alone, open the envelope, read the letter and write Santa’s response on the back of the child’s letter. Have Santa write: “It’s important to be green and save paper. That’s why I’m writing on the back.” (*I used the other website so I can keep the letters for when they grow up*)
When responding as Santa, reference your child’s accomplishments not included in his or her letter, i.e., Santa is so proud that you volunteered to help ____, or Santa is really impressed with the great job you’re doing in school — especially with math, etc. Sign it Santa Claus with a P.S. to get to bed early Christmas Eve.
Place the letter into a new envelope addressed to the child at his or her home. Be sure to include: Santa Claus, North Pole, as the return address on the envelope. Don’t forget to apply a First-Class stamp — such as a recently issued Santa or Rudolph Forever stamp.
Place the stamped envelope in a larger envelope (or Priority Mail envelope) with adequate postage addressed to:

NORTH POLE HOLIDAY POSTMARK POSTMASTER
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

Letters from Santa must be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than Dec. 15, 2014.
The Anchorage Postmaster will open the envelope, remove Santa’s letter addressed to your child, apply the North Pole postmark and mail it back home.
When Santa’s letter arrives, have your camera ready when you ask your child to open the letter and read it to you.
Share the photos on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #SantaLetters. Keep the letters and the photos in a scrapbook as a great family keepsake.



The Letters to Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is perfect for interesting youngsters in letter writing.