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!

Best Parks In Denver: Clear Creek Valley

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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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I’m Not F*$#ing Hormonal!

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As women, we have all heard it: “Is it that time of the month?” “Your hormones are raging!” “Pregnancy must be so hard emotionally with all those hormones” “Watch out, she’s super hormonal right now…”

Well, I’m here to tell you, WE’RE NOT F*$#ING HORMONAL!

You assume that because I am more upset than usual, it must be hormones, or because I yell at you when I would usually just accept circumstances as they are, that I must be mid-PMS or my preggie hormones are raging. Can you guess which finger I’m pointing at you? Continue reading “I’m Not F*$#ing Hormonal!”

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Mother’s Day is For Mom’s: “Pet Mama’s” Move Aside!

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May is just around the corner, and with it comes a day that every mommy looks forward to: Mother’s Day.

Mom’s spend a lot of time doing a lot of thankless tasks throughout the year, we are yelled at by the tiny people we are trying to rear and clean up the same mess 10 times a day simply to do it all again tomorrow.

On Mother’s day, our tiny humans thank us with cards and extra kisses, our spouses shower us in relaxation and breakfast made by anyone but mom.

It’s a wonderful day, just for MOMS. For the women who have created life inside their own bodies or chosen to spend their lives raising children they married into or were fortunate enough to adopt.

We deserve this day.

Which is why, while I search through the card aisle for the perfect card for my own mother, who has put up with 34 years of ME, I get pretty annoyed with the card category entitled “Pet Mom.” Continue reading “Mother’s Day is For Mom’s: “Pet Mama’s” Move Aside!”

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20 Things I Do In A Day To Ruin My Kids’ Lives: Part 1

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While my main goal is to get my children through each day without dying, I apparently am slowing killing their souls with my every action.

The amount of crying, whining, groaning, incessant wailing, and foot stomping indicates that I am constantly working towards their inevitable destruction.

In order to slowly ruin my children’s lives each day, I make them: Continue reading “20 Things I Do In A Day To Ruin My Kids’ Lives: Part 1”

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Take the Boredom Out of Summer with Avid4 Adventure Camps!

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Summer is almost here! YIPPEE!

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to a break from the school grind as much, if not more than my kids! No more homework, no nagging about projects or paying attention in math….

There is one thing about summer I don’t look forward to, however. Five whiny little voices complaining that they are bored; “There’s nothing to do!” “It’s too hot to play outside” “There’s nothing fun to do!”

Ugh! This drives me nuts. I want my children to play outside, to be adventurous and learn from their environment. I want them to scrape their knees, climb trees, make friends, and BE CHILDREN for Pete’s sake!

The solution? Avid4 Adventure Camps throughout Colorado and California! You can sign up at www.avid4.com or call 800-977-9873 Now! If you need more convincing, read on to see what these amazing camps will do for your children!

This isn’t your average summer camp of crafts and lame field trips. These camps provide exciting experiences that will create lasting memories as well as bonding friendships and tons of stories to tell!  From hiking and biking to rafting and horseback riding, your kids will have the time of their lives!

Check out this amazing video about Avid4 Adventure Camps!

Aside from getting kids off the couch and away from their gaming consoles, these camps are also providing valuable life skills for children.

Trying new things, things that may have seemed a bit scary and out reach before camp, empowers children to continue to take risks in life, to break out of the mold and be whoever THEY want to be.  Trying new things inspires confidence and courage, giving children an inner strength that many seem to lack in today’s world.

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As a parent who was once a child lacking in confidence, the one thing I want to instill in my children is self assurance and pride in their accomplishments. Avid4 Adventures is the place for my child to bolster these skills or to start learning them if they haven’t already!

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With options for 1st-11th graders your child will find their niche and gain confidence in their abilities, physically and emotionally with these camps. Children can also choose to join a camp that explores multiple sports or focuses on one, they can choose to join an overnight camping team or participate with other children who return home each evening to boast of their amazing feats!

With locations for Colorado Day camps in Colorado Springs, Boulder, Golden, Highlands Ranch, Denver, Lafayette, and Castle Rock. Overnight camps in Bailey and Evergreen, and locations in California in Santa Cruz, Mill Valley, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Oakland, Campbell, Moraga and Walnut Creek your child will find the summer adventure of their lives!

Learn more today and sign up at www.avid4.com or call 800-977-9873

With so many adventures I was particularly impressed by the camps’ approach to safety and vigilance over the children they are entrusted with. I take my children’s safety seriously and they do too! Read their approach to safety HERE.

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5 Pregnancy Side Effects to Fall in Love With

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The making of life is an event for celebration and awe. More often than not, however, we become so embroiled in the discomfort that pregnancy brings throughout all 9  months (check out my article “5 Things You Didn’t Expect About Morning Sickness“), that we forget the side effects of baby creation that are pretty amaze-balls! Continue reading “5 Pregnancy Side Effects to Fall in Love With”

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