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!

Creamy Lemon Cake

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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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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Tidbits To Remember When My Children Are Grown

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Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs, bad decisions and good, regrets and triumphs.  Looking back at my own childhood, I have so much sympathy for what my parents endured. While they were on a journey that took them down a different path than my own jaunt so far, I see many parallels between our lives, our adventures and misfortunes.

I also see many areas that I want to learn from. Not necessarily mistakes that they made, but small divergences from the path I want to remain on, that I hope not to repeat. These lessons are not just from observing my own family and experiences, but from friends and even strangers I have watched along the way.

Knowing how my mind works (meaning it doesn’t) I think it prudent to write down these lessons, these little tidbits of advice for my future self. Seeing as I can barely find the sunglasses on my head…

Remember Your Younger Self

Remember how hard childhood can be, how difficult it is to try and discover yourself and be your own person. Remember that you feared becoming your mother as a teenager….and it’s ok if your daughter feels the same way. Remember that there were days that the world overwhelmed and terrified you to the point where all you could accomplish was curling in a chair to read a book all day, and your son may feel the same way at times and need a video game break.  Age changes your memories, it makes certain pieces of your past stronger while fading others. For your own children’s sake, endeavor to remember and to find sympathy in those memories.

establish equality when they Marry/Become Parents

Remember to treat your children and their significant others equally on their big days. Whether this be with wedding planning or baby shower gifts, each day should only be marked by the specialness of the occasion not by how one child was treated differently than another. Find a set of specific gifts to bestow on each child for their first baby, set aside a certain amount of time and money for each wedding…deviating from this path can create bitterness and hurt feelings.

Give Information

As your children grow older they will become enmeshed in their own lives; time will fly by and they will suddenly realize that they haven’t seen their grandparents often enough. Work, children, and LIFE simply gets in the way. However, when illness strikes, your children will come to visit, they will make the time. Do not shelter them from the facts, let them know what is going on. Tell them if grandma is having tests done or has planned a surgery, warn them of an impending biopsy or worries about grandpa’s memory…You may think you are protecting them by keeping such information private, but all you are doing is taking away valuable time that your children could be making memories, or saying goodbye. Give the information and let your children process it and take steps as they see fit. Have pride and trust in the in people you raised to be able to handle the news and act accordingly.

Love Your Son and Daughter In Laws Like Your Own

Giving your children away to the care of someone else is going to be hard. It’s going to bring tears of joy and sadness as your children create lives of their own with someone else. You may find this even harder if you aren’t a particularly big fan of the person your child chooses for a mate. However, your child loves that person, your child wants them in their lives forever, and one sure way to create a rift between yourself and the life they create is to openly dislike them.  Hopefully, you will fall easily in love with the person your child has chosen, but if not, you must rise above your distaste and treat them with respect and care. Make them part of your family, as your child has. Don’t show favorites between your sons and daughters in law, even if you feel them in your heart.

let go

A time will come when your children struggle, when they need your help to pick up the pieces of the life they fought so hard to create. Bouey them, be their rock and give them the support and tools they need to begin again. Give them time and love…but do not be a crutch forever. As much as they need you to pick them up, they also need you to let them go, to force them to live their life alone once again, to make their own decisions, mistakes and bask in their personal triumphs. Do not let them forget to live as much as you may love having them around again, you did not raise them to live in your basement…push them to find their own path once more.

Take Your Grandchildren/Visit Often

Once again, your life will be busy and crazy and it will be easy to let your grandkids grow up too fast with not enough of you in their memories.  Take your grandchildren often. Set aside special backyard campouts and days at the park. Take them individually for special alone weekends and big pancake breakfasts where no one tells them they used too much syrup or butter and give them their own can of whipped cream to add as much topping as they would like. Babysit them whenever possible, even if it is inconvenient. Children grow so fast, and you are only getting older, let them help keep you young.

Be Consistent

Hopefully you will have LOTS of grandchildren. Make sure that you treat them each equally. Spend time with them all and be sure not to show favorites.  Make sure presents at Christmas and Birthdays are both different for each child yet comparable. If you have some grandchildren that live farther away, be sure that you send them small gifts of love to let them know you are thinking of them even as you spend one on one time with those that live closer to you. Call them on their Birthdays and holidays that you miss, Send silly cards for the sake of saying “hi” or “thanks” and always include a big hug or kiss. You won’t be around forever, make your love known now.

Don’t Forget, Everyone is Crazy

And so are you, in your own way. Try to be patient with your family when they drive you nuts rather than driving them away. There will be times when you drive everyone around you nuts as well. Your children will make decisions and act in ways that you cannot understand when they are older, try to remember that you raised them to live their own lives and not simply to abide by how you would live their life. Allow them to make their own mistakes and do not offer judgement, be humble and never jealous when they outshine you. Celebrate their every triumph, even if you do not consider it to be one.

My children grow older with every moment. Soon I will look around and find a quiet house, a clean house that I despise. Hopefully, remembering and abiding by these tidbits will keep my house busy with visits from my grown up babies and the children they have made.

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