5 Easy Tips to Save On Back to School

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Can you believe we are only a month away from sending our lovely kiddos back to school!? For us, the summer has flown by, and as much as I hate the fighting at home, I dread sending them back. I’m also horrified by the idea of those back to school supply lists that put a serious pinch in our budget every year. With 4 kids going to school this fall, I need to save every penny I can on supplies! Here are 5 tips to save on back to school that will help pad your pocketbook!

5 Tips To Save On Back To School

Cutting coupons is great IF you have the time and organizational skills….I DO NOT. Thus I use these methods to help cut back on my bills! Continue reading “5 Easy Tips to Save On Back to School”

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Creamy Lemon Cake: Refreshing and Simple!

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My favorite part of any meal is dessert, by far!  Summer, however, ruins some of my favorite treats as they are just too heavy for the hot and muggy weather. Thus, I usually avoid cake this time of year. This simple, creamy Lemon cake, however, is amazingly refreshing and light! Perfect for hot summer days and get together’s!

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This recipe is also super simple. Between my kids sports, 4H projects and general summer activities, I don’t have time to sit in the kitchen for hours on end. Therefore this dessert is geared towards those of you that need a quick dessert fix, packed with flavor and simple ingredients. Continue reading “Creamy Lemon Cake: Refreshing and Simple!”

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Protect Your Children With This Free Child Safety Kit Printable

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Nothing is as terrifying as the thought of our children’s safety being compromised. As parents, this is our main job, to keep our children safe, to protect them from the horrors of the world for as long as possible. However, no matter how hard we try, there are forces in this world that are constantly putting children in danger. This Free Child Safety Kit won’t keep those forces away, but it will help find your child faster should danger ever cause them to go missing.

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Best Parks In Denver Metro Area For Kids: #1

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always on a mission to find the best parks in Denver, CO to take my kids to. My worst nightmare is getting everyone ready to go and, five minutes after arriving, I hear the dreaded call of boredom; “There’s nothing to do,” “I’m hoooooot.” Therefore, this year I am on a mission to find the very best parks in the Denver Metro Area. These parks must have  a smattering of fun equipment, a bathroom, water of some kind, benches and/or picnic tables so my tired booty can sit, and be within about a 20-25 minute drive of my house. Best Parks In Denver

The first park I have found this summer that kicked absolute butt, is in Arvada just off I-76 and Sheridan. A friend of mine happened across this awesome-pants location and managed to drag our brood along to check it out a few weeks ago! Clear Creek Valley Park: Best Parks In Denver

Clear Creak Valley Park, brand new as of March 2017, is definitely one of the best parks in Denver. With literally everything I could hope for in a great place to spend a few hours playing, we will be going often this summer!Clear Creek Valley Park: Best Parks In Denver

Nestled next to a beautiful pond (literally teaming with fish if you’re looking for a little fishing expedition) this whimsicle park has something for everyone.

Your little ones will love and 5 and under area complete with swing-set, playhouse and slide. Clear Creek Valley Park: Best Parks In Denver Clear Creek Valley Park: Best Parks In Denver Clear Creek Valley Park: Best Parks In Denver

The bigger kids in your house will love the Tree House and Zip Line…let’s face it, everyone, including the parents, will love the zip line!Clear Creek Valley Park: Best Parks In Denver Clear Creek Valley Park: Best Parks In Denver

Clear Creek Valley Park: Best Parks In DenverWhile the zip line and play equipment are all super fun, the number one activity for my kids was the water feature.  Water pumps and a flowing stream through the middle of the park brought hours of amusement during a hot day!Clear Creek Valley Park: Best Parks In DenverClear Creek Valley Park: Best Parks In Denver Clear Creek Valley Park: Best Parks In Denver Clear Creek Valley Park: Best Parks In Denver

I also love that this park is full of covered picnic table areas (over 15 tables!) and benches EVERYWHERE! Therefore I could always find a spot to sit my pregnant self down rather than stand on a hot day and watch my littlest ones run amok and we could eat our picnic lunch in the shade on a nice clean table.

The bathrooms are another great feature of this park! For pregnant ladies this is a real concern! There are no port-a-potties or dirty stand alone’s here! The bathrooms are set slightly away from the park and are oh so very nice! Clear Creek Valley Park Bathrooms: Best Parks In Denver For those of you looking to get your fitness on while your kiddos run off some evergy,  Clear Creek Valley is also equipped with a full, body weight gym! Featuring an elyptical machine as well as equipment to help tone your arms, the sides of your waistline, and even your booty, this park has everything you could possible want!Clear Creek Valley Park Exercise Center: Best Parks In DenverClear Creek Valley Park Exercise Center: Best Parks In Denver

Behind the park, just to the north, there is HUGE green belt for all your sports activities! Add this to the beautiful pond to the south and you are surrounded by things to do, keeping you and your kiddos happy and busy for hours!Clear Creek Valley Park Pond: Best Parks In Denver Clear Creek Valley Park Greenbelt: Best Parks In Denver

For more information on the specifics of this park, including how it was funded and exact specs on it’s area and cost, follow this LINK.

For directions from your home using Google Maps, follow this LINK.

Clear Creek Valley definitely has my vote for one of the best parks in Denver! I can’t wait to go check out a few more amazing parks I have hears of around the Denver Metro Area!

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Super Easy & Delicious Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes!

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Want to know how to make these amazingly easy and delicious Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes!? You know you do!

A few weeks ago my daughter came home from softball practice feeling a little down in the dumps. Most of the girls on her team had been teammates the year before and so she was having a little trouble breaking into their clique and making friends.

Nothing makes for a better icebreaker than cupcakes, I say! So we decided to bake up a batch of yummy desserts for the team. Continue reading “Super Easy & Delicious Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes!”

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10 Best Social Media Growth Sites With Free Trials!

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What to grow your following on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram for FREE!? This article gives you 10 social media growth sites with free trials, as well as  run down on the pro’s and cons for each!

Social media in all it’s forms, is an essential part of blogging and business. While these sites are easy to sign up for, getting a following and, thus, having your content seen by the maximum amount of people is the hard part.

It’s stinking BRUTAL actually, especially when you are just starting out!

I took it upon myself to try out a variety of sites and apps that claim to grow your social media accounts for you. What could be better than me having to do nothing to gain followers!?

I found that some sites made elaborate claims but couldn’t follow through, some sites were so overly complicated that they took more time than growing my following on my own would, and some sites were down right AMAZING!

Here are my top ten sites that helped to grow my social media. And the best part? They all offer FREE TRIAL periods! I never once paid to gain followers and that’s how I plan to keep it!

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GetRiver– (7 day free trial) This free trial is a pretty amazing one. I gained over 200 followers in a week, and considering that it took me 4 months to get to 400 followers that is quite the feat! The interaction on my photos also increased substantially, I went form a max of 40-50 likes to upwards of 700 on some photos! The only disadvantage is this only works as an app on your phone or tablet, and if you have a windows phone like me, you will have a much harder time using the apps many functions. Still totally worth it though.                                                                                                  Bottom line: This site is easy to use and has quick, inspiring results- SIGN UP NOW!

Influx Social– (7 day free trial)- I was immediately impressed by how great this site is at helping you navigate it’s many features and ways of singling out people to follow and photos to like. It also has a great feature for un-following people and another to keep certain people from being un-followed. Pretty handy! I started my trial with 667 followers and an average of 50 likes per photo, by the end of the first day I had gained 62 followers, however the software also followed almost 600 people for me in that day. Be sure to check your “follow” settings so the software won’t just follow 5000 people to gain you a few followers. I gained 200 followers over my 7 day trial.                           Bottom Line: Sign up today! It’s easy and totally worth it!

The Chrons– (3 day trial) – The Chrons is a totally different experience than most other sites as you have to apply to the trial and, once accepted (they accept everyone, they just do a little info gathering before activiating your trial) have no control over your trial whatsoever. You cannot log into their site, you can’t look at your growth or control how you are growing: nothing. This freaked me out initially, but I had fabulous success with them on Pinterest so I figured Instagram deserved a shot. I started out the trial with 867 followers and ended with 1,187…                                       Bottom line: Get going already!

Riotly Social -(6 days free)  I started this free trial with 1,696 followers and had been hovering around this number for awhile, only gaining around 10 followers a day. I signed up for Riotly Social, filled in the required fields and didn’t visit the site again for the entire trial period. On day 6 of my trial I had 1,986 followers! I gained almost 300 followers in a week! Best of all, unlike The Chrons, I didn’t find myself following a couple thousand extra instagrammers. Instead I found myself following about as many people as had followed me during these 6 days. THAT I can handle! Bottom line: Totally worth your time!

Target Grow (7 day free trial) – This site is easy to use and quickly allows you to target your audience with hashtags. Choose 3 hashtags that best fit your needs and leave the rest to them! (I started with 1986 followers). Unfortunately, even using the most searched hashtags in my niche, my instagram only grew by 22 followers during this trial….However, while I wasn’t WOWED by my growth, it was better than nothing!                                                                                                       Bottom Line- Might as well!

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Swift Social– (7 Day free trial)- While my current scale of growth didn’t really change that much during the free trial, I did see a large increase in engagement. The tweets this app sent out correctly matched the profile I set up and increased the amount of likes an RT’s on my account. I also LOVE the un-follow feature! Most sites require a payment to help you un-follow accounts that aren’t following you, this one is happy to show you how useful it is in this area. This helped me a TON.                                                                                                                                                               Bottom Line: Signing up just for the un-follow option is totally worth it.

Owl Lead – (15 day free trial) – This site is easy to use and follow your own goals. You simply choose the handle of another twitter user who has followers in your niche that you would like to gain. Enter this handle into a new campaign and the app helps you attract followers. For example a candy company like Nestle would enter the handle for Hershey. I started this trial with 3,057 followers and generally gain about 15-20 followers per day on my own. After 15 days OwlLead reported that it won me 208 followers. I gained 500 total followers during this time, so it almost doubled the followers I would have gained in two weeks. While these aren’t staggering results, they are better than any of the other twitter apps I have found.                                                              Bottom Line: GO! Go! Go!

Social Quant– (14 Day Free Trial) – Un-follow options! This is something that a lot of free trials don’t give you access to that I LOVE! I appreciated how easy it was to sign up for this trial and the CEO’s video tutorials were very helpful. I started off this 2 week trial with 4,570 followers. At the end of my trial Social Quant showed an 11% increase in followers with my follower total ending at 5,076. Getting above 5,000 followers has been my goal for months so I am so happy to have had the help! Bottom Line: Totally worth it

TweetFavy– (14 Day Free Trial) – This Website has changed to Social  Crumble but still offers the old TweetFavy for those looking for the older option. I went ahead and signed up for a 14 day trial with Social Crumble. What I like about this site is how easy it is to manage and understand. Some sites get a little too technical for my skill level! Social Crumble gives you easy ways to increase your following from their growth manager dashboard by suggesting other users in your niche to follow who are most likely to follow you back. Then they give you popular tweets to like and RT so that you easily share fresh content.  This site also has un-follow options, which I love, so that you can stop following those that don’t follow you back. A few other sites do this as well, but what I love about this site is that they tell you exactly how long ago you followed them so that you know if you followed them 9 minutes ago or two weeks ago. You may want to kick those 2 weekers to the curb but give those who you followed within the last few days a little more time to follow you back!  in just 4 Days this site was responsible for 87 followers in addition to what I usually gain on my own!  Bottom Line: Great, easy App and totally worth it to help find legitimate followers!

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The Chrons– (3 Day Free Trial) – I was initially a little wierded out by the application process for this site, you can’t just sign up, but have to apply and then be accepted to your free trial. After which you are given no access to the site in order to change settings. However, I gained over 600 followers on pinterest in 3 days! This is a super hard area of social media for me to grow so this was spectacular and totally worth it.                                                                                                                Bottom Line- Amazing growth!

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Are you guys ready for some free growth!? Let me know which sites you liked the best as well as if you have any sites that you would suggest I add to this list!

 

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Sorry (NOT Sorry) I Missed Your Facebook Birthday

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We’re all adults here aren’t we? Can we agree that, for the most part, that after age 21 our Birthday’s are a day we celebrate quietly with our closest friends and family?

Some of you are glaring at me already…I know who you are, I’ve seen your facebook page, i see your updates and pictures beginning with day one of your birthday MONTH. WTF does that mean?! I mean, I think it’s great that you were born, and you should pour yourself a hefty glass of something alcoholic for making it this far, but I think you love yourself a teensy tinsey bit too much if you celebrate all month! Even a week is too much….You get one day! ONE! You’re mother wasn’t in labor for a month was she? And if we are deciding the length of your celebration based on how long your mom worked to squeeze you out, we should really be celebrating her!

But I digress. If it’s your brithday, Happy freaking Birthday, but don’t expect a facebook post from me!

If we are close enough, or at least related enough, I will gladly contact you via phone -probably just a text cause let’s face it no one likes to talk anymore!- and bestow happy wishes for a wonderful birthday….If we are not that close but I still REALLY like you, I may post on your timeline just to let you know that I’m thinking of you…

Otherwise, I hope you have a great day, but I’m not part of it, and posting on your FB timeline isn’t going to change that!

I get at least 5 notifications a day for birthdays and, to be honest, most the time I don’t even really recognize anyone’s names! I hit DISMISS every single time….HAPPY BIRTHDAY…I don’t really care.

That may seem heartless and mean. But honestly, do you care if one more person posts on your timeline with the EXACT same message as everyone else? Will it make your birthday more special if someone you haven’t spoken to in years writes 13 letters with an exclamation point? Will you feel left out if someone whose posts you scroll by without notice doesn’t post these 13 letters on this particular day?

NO! And you you know why? Because we are freaking adults and this new trend of having everyone you don’t spend time with, talk to, or even think about, post on your FB on your big, fabulous day of birth, is just asinine.

“But, but, but it doesn’t take much time to impart your happy wishes!”

DON’T CARE. It takes SOME time and that’s enough. I either have to drag my butt to the computer and spend five minutes typing a birthday wish to the 8 people born on that day who won’t even notice my lame attempt amongst all the happy thoughts of people they actually care about OR I have to try out the crappy app on my equally crappy phone and spend even more time…

Time is precious my friends. Those five minutes could be the only quiet moments I get in a day…

So, sorry, but not really, that I won’t be acknowledging your birthday on FB…I’m sure you won’t even notice, and that is perfectly normal. For those of you that need 300+ birthday wishes from people you barely recognize and never speak with starting a month before your actual birthday even occurs….YOU HAVE PROBLEMS.

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Workout Wednesday’s #19: Guest Post- Top Benefits of Pregnancy Pilates by Oliva Wilson

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Top Benefits of Pregnancy Pilates Classes

Are you pregnant? Well, congratulations! Pregnancy brings so much joy, but can also be accompanied by of stress and anxiety. However, this state of mind is not beneficial to the mom-to-be or baby. This, many pregnant women join pregnancy Pilates classes, which can help keep them calm and stress-free. Aside from these benefits, did you know that these classes are also helpful for the baby’s health and  delivery?

Let’s discuss the benefits of the prenatal yoga and other exercises:

  • Helps with accepting change:

It’s a known fact that our life is constantly changing. However, during pregnancy, the pace of those changes increases to a new level. Adhering to those changes is a bit tough, although the pregnancy Pilates class supports the body and helps it in change the way it requires. Pilates and Yoga encourages stretching and other easy exercises that will prepare the body for all the changes it is going to face, especially in the lower region where the maximum weight is going to sit.

  • Stamina and strength:

As the time goes on, pregnant women, need more strength and stamina to carry a new life inside their body. The exercises, which are part of these classes, allows pregnant women to build stamina and strength in their hips, back, and arms, as well as shoulders. This extra strength helps women to carry the extra weight of the baby easily, while also protecting her from injury.

  • Physical & Emotional balance:

You might have heard pregnant women crying, saying that the tears are just because of hormones. Well, it’s true, during pregnancy women are indeed a mess of emotions along with physical changes. During this period, hormones like progesterone and estrogen are increasing. Pregnancy Pilates classes help maintain the balance between physical changes and emotional outbursts by providing an outlet. Ever gone for a run to burn off some anger? Try a pregnancy pilates or yoga class to burn off some hormones!

  • Relaxing:

Pregnancy brings stress in various muscle groups of women’s body such as the lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck, and shoulders. Pilates exercises help in relaxing these muscles and spreading the feeling of calmness throughout the body. While back rubs from your spouse are great, They can’t conquer the stress of 9 months of pregnancy. Pregnancy Pilates classes offer a more potent solution, helping you strengthen your mucsles while also including stretching to calm and soothe them.

  • Preparing for labor and delivery:

The Doctor says, “When we’re afraid, we tighten up,” which can cause problems during labor and delivery. However, these exercises help women and their body to prepare  for the big day by sternghtening and stretching all the muscles that will be so important for delivering baby.  Pilates routines allow women to trust the fact that when the time comes they will be able to open up and give birth easily. Pregnancy Pilates classes not only boosts women’s confidence but also offers to support for their body.

  • Connection with the baby:

No woman wants to lose the chance to connect with their baby even before it is born. “You can connect with your baby by imagining that, as you exhale, [you] sink your belly gently back toward the spine, as though you are giving your baby a hug,” says Jessica Berger Gross, mom to 5-year-old Lucien, in the November 2013 issue of Yoga Journal.” These exercises require focus on the body and when you focus on your body, you can feel the baby’s movement along with yours.

  • Breathing:

Pregnancy Pilates classes help women to practice the very that will come in handy during contractions and delivery. In these classes, pregnant women will learn all about the technique and process of breathing, which will be required in the coming future.

As you can see there are many benefits to Pilates and yoga classes during pregnancy.  Have you ever tried one?

Oliva Wilson is a knowledgeable and qualified blogger. She adores writing blogs on many topics such as Home Improvement, Pets, Food, Automotive, Business, Health, Lifestyle, Family etc. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+.

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