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First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe

Sometimes it’s good to get out of your comfort zone. My Husband and I don’t go to Downtown Denver at night much anymore. BUT it’s such a treat when we do! When we went to Mmm… Coffee! A Paleo Bistro a few weeks ago we had heard from them about the First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe (Where they’re also located) which features the art culture in Denver. There are food vendors, musicians, poets, artists, and so much more!

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We were intrigued and thought it would be a great adventure for us to go on together as a date night! So we got our wonderful baby sitter, got dressed up (Isn’t a formal event but definitely feels nice dressing up every now and then! Especially inside the fancy art galleries ;) ) and headed downtown to the Lincoln Park area!

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Parking was kinda a pain but we eventually found a ton of spots near Sunken Gardens Park and it wasn’t a bad walk at all! We headed towards the Santa Fe strip and decided to stop at Mmm… Coffee! A Paleo Bistro first for a quick coffee and a stuffed bacon wrapped date! It was just as good as last time and the owners even remembered us! How sweet are they!

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Once we were done we saw they had a HUGE line. They were super popular! So we stepped out and saw how busy it had gotten on the strip (It was amazing seeing so many people come and check it out!) and were eager to get in on the action!

It was just starting to get dark since it started at 5 but the street was lit up so, so beautifully – The lingering sun had just enough time to shine off of the many street performer’s instruments.. It made for a very mystical scene.

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There were also many artists in the street as well and they were all amazing! I’ve always loved spray paint art and there was an artist creating a piece for a little girl who wanted a city skyline. We loved getting to see something in the making – Think it’d be fun for anyone to see!

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A kids area for making their OWN art! How cute! ❥

The air was filled with amazing smells of all different types – There were Mexican food trucks, BBQ, American, Indian, Healthy, Gluten-Free.. SO many. Made me so proud of our state. We’ve still got some delicious food options or if you’re feeling something light OR something that’s specifically for people with food sensitivities, they’ve got it! If I hadn’t just eaten that wrapped bacon date I would’ve eaten EVERYTHING.

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As the sky was continuing to dim we walked around to check out all of the street performers before they left so we didn’t miss them. One of them was a VERY talented little girl playing the violin AND singing – There was a huge crowd surrounding her and cheering for her. I could hear whispers of awe coming from nearly everyone and it made me fall in love with this event even more. People weren’t coming out for just the drinks and food – They were truly coming out to support and admire the talent our beautiful city holds!

 

Once it got really dark we began to pop into each of the art galleries. There were so many beautiful and unique pieces in every building with the artists proudly standing beside them. I loved to walk by and tell them how talented they were – Their warm smiles were worth it. I had the chance to really speak with a few and get some photos with them and their art!

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After we’d seen it all we said our goodbyes to the sights, sounds and smells and leisurely walked back to our truck raving about everything we had seen. We were happy we did something out of our comfort zone as it was a unique experience that made us feel closer together and more in-tune with our city.

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We’ll be back as often as we can now and recommend any native or tourist to try it out and enjoy it for themselves!

Detox Water · Health Tips · Lifestyle

Vitamin C Deficiency

As I’m sure some of you have seen I’ve been really struggling lately with extreme fatigue. I was very concerned as no Doctor could figure out the reasonings. Rest was their recommendation. Well I’d been resting a TON because I literally couldn’t keep my eyes OPEN. I knew it wasn’t rest as I felt worse than I’d never felt before. Something was wrong.

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TRUST your body. You know what feels normal. After repeated attempts of not being able to find an answer I decided to figure it out myself. I looked up what could possibly be going on (I know.. The internet can be a terrible resource) and after seeing all my symptoms on almost EVERY illness out there I freaked out. But little by little cancelled out each one I knew it couldn’t be.

I finally stumbled upon Vitamin Deficiencies (In the beginning I thought it was an Iron deficiency but it came up normal in lab results) and Vitamin C sounded like it checked ALL of the boxes. Great! I had SCURVY haha! SO I asked my Husband to swing by the store for some Vitamin C tablets on his way home from work so I could try it out. He was sweet and got me Vitamin C AND E because they were BOGO ❥

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Since we’d been to Louisiana in May I’ve been really off the wagon with all of my smoothies, constant fruit, lemon water, etc. To rule out whether it was Vitamin C or not I began taking the vitamins daily and drank nothing but lemon water. After a few weeks I slowly began to feel my energy increasing and my need to rest was dissipating. Then I knew.. I had scurvy! ☠

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It took myself knowing my body well enough to know I wasn’t feeling right and because I wasn’t getting the answers from my Doctors, I had do it myself and I did. I’m still (rarely) having symptoms of the deficiency but I’m slowly getting back to myself and it feels great. Soon I’ll be able to workout regularly again and just feel like myself!

Moral of the story – TRUST your gut feelings and help yourself heal! Also, eat HEALTHY. This has been a wake-up call to get back into my strict Paleo eating. Oh, and DRINK LEMON WATER. IT’S AMAZING! ‎🍋

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Lifestyle · Local · Paleo · Reviews

Colorado Beef Council Event – Sponsored by Sprouts

*Sorry for my short hiatus! It’s been a really busy past week!* I recently had the pleasure of attending an amazing event sponsored by Sprouts with other local bloggers and it was a blast! I drove down to the Colorado Beef Council facility and got to learn all about the different cuts of meat, the proper way to cook them to my preferred temperature and the art of plating!

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The staff at the Council was so passionate about what they did and it showed in their pride while explaining their processes, their meats and their company. We were given flyers they have (That they even use themselves) that describe all of the different cuts and all of the best ways to cook them each. They also demonstrated the ways to cook them on the different cooking surfaces. (I prefer the grill.. I love the crispy grill lines and it just looks good 😉 )

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They had some delicious mock-tails available – They were delicious! They showed how easy it was to create good mixers for your adult beverages 😉

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Before we began our cooking we were shown the art of gorgeous food plating with meats, vegetables and especially colors and designs when it came to sauces/creams! I never thought of adding splashes like that to my plating photos but it’s brilliant! (A ton of the bloggers there were food related bloggers so it was perfect for all of us to learn!)

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It was time for us to begin creating our own masterpieces after learning the best way to showcase, to grill to our preferred temperature and how to plate without it being too full looking on the plate. Again, Sprouts had sponsored our entire event (Thanks Sprouts!) and had an amazing array of vegetables for us to choose from!

After choosing our preferred piece of steak we grabbed the vegetables we wanted to use as our sides and cook them as we saw fit. (This was then going to be professionally photographed and put on a HUGE screen for all bloggers to see… No pressure at all! haha!)

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I love basic sautéed vegetables so I partnered with some blogger friends and we took up one of their many cooking stations and I began to cook my peppers, zucchini and mushrooms! Once they were close to done I threw my steak on the grill and cooked it til it was rare/medium-rare.

After my steak was done I topped it with a little rosemary sprig for color and dimension. I tried to plate as best as I could and actually loved how it turned out! I take photos of food I plate regularly so loved learning the best way to do so. It was photographed BEAUTIFULLY (I need to get myself a little professional photo box haha!)

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I got many compliments from my bloggers friends and there’s were all great as well! I cannot wait for the next Sprouts event – It was all valuable information to learn and as usual it was great having some time with my bloggers friends! (It’s nice not feeling absolutely crazy for once for taking 100’s of photos of one meal hahaha!)

Thanks Sprouts and Colorado Beef Council!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Collaborations · Coupons · Lifestyle · Reviews · Thrifty

Groupon Coupons

If you’ve been following my shopping posts long I do NOT like to pay full price. I worked in the retail world long enough to know there are almost ALWAYS coupons somewhere! So anytime I’m shopping I always check for coupons and almost always find one! Who doesn’t love a good deal?! (Leaves you feeling way less guilty about spending 😉 )

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My favorite coupon site is Groupon – That’s where I love to find my favorite local deals so figured they’d also have the best coupons and they always do! I’m currently most excited about their Finish Line coupons as I used to work there as a store manager (And that’s where I met my Husband 😉 ) and still loveee their products! Especially with Back To School coming up, have got to get these quickly growing kids new kicks!

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Groupon has both in-store and online coupons when available such as their current online promo code for Finish Line for an extra 25% off AND flat-rate shipping – That’s a killer deal for some sweet new shoes! (They also display the current sales going on – So convenient)

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I’m probably a little biased when it comes to Finish Line but I use their deals myself and love the ease the Groupon coupon’s page provides! I highly recommend checking it out next time you make ANY purchase – Online or in-store!

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(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

 

Collaborations · fashion · Lifestyle · Reviews

Sock Fancy

I love socks. They’re comfortable and keep my oddly ALWAYS COLD feet toasty warm. Well – I had no clue this was a thing but apparently they have SOCK subscription boxes and I just tried Sock Fancy and LOVE THEM. They have hundreds of designs they make in house every year and they’re not like normal long socks that are too tight around your leg, too hot, or uncomfortable – They’re CUTE, they’re light and airy, they’re loose around the leg AND they’re SOFT!

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Each month I receive two pairs of socks. The first pair I got looks like LSU colors AND tiger stripes (GEAUX TIGERS! Gonna miss you this year Fournette 😥 ) So now I can comfortably and ADORABLY show my pride (And now have lucky team socks 😉 )!

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Also, if you’ve been following me at ALL you know I have a pineapple addiction – So I’m SO excited to have a pair of PINEAPPLE socks!! They shall be my blog recipe inspiration socks XD. Needless to say, I LOVE Sock Fancy and am so excited to have such good looking and high quality socks sent to me every month!

Check them out!

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(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Bodhi Body · Collaborations · Lifestyle · Local · Reviews

Bodhi Body Studio Progress – Part 2

Well, I’ve been getting regular massages (Every 2 weeks) from Bodhi Body and am continuing to see wonderful progress in my overall well being. Being a parent in general is exhausting so it does feel wonderful to get the pampering – But it goes so much farther than that.

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When I went recently by myself, I had Zach who is an amazing massage therapist and was able to feel I had a little weakness in my left arm (I’m having a rough go with my nerve damage) but he was able to work it enough that I haven’t had ANY problems whatsoever! Nerve damage really wrecks havoc on my life as a Mommy and writer so it’s nice to know that I can get legitimate healing from massage and that I can see significant progress in how often I have the damage coming back.

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My Husband has also been having some shoulder pain from work so I surprised him with a romantic couples massage with their therapists Tonya and Garrett. They were both wonderful and my Husband left feeling completely at ease and pain free!

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They also started giving their customers gift bags that contain a gorgeous smelling candle that can be used as massage oil (And they’ll refill it once it’s all gone! How cool is that?!)

I don’t think it’s a mystery on how much I love this place. It’s helping me in so many different ways and I couldn’t imagine going without my bi-weekly massages now!

Use my code SIMPLY when booking online for a FREE 30 minute massage!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Family · Lifestyle · Local · Reviews

Family Day – Putter’s Pride

The day finally came where I surprised my family with a fun afternoon at Putter’s Pride mini-golf. This cute little park is situated right outside of Denver. We were welcomed at their entrance with a gorgeous bridge with flowers alongside it so had to snap a few cute photos!

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We walked in and were pleasantly greeted by their friendly employee Hazel who got us all situated and ready in no time! It was so so lovely once we walked in – So many trees (Which was great because it was SO hot and sunny today) and gorgeous gazebos with lovely, overgrown flowers all over!

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We were eager to play! Hudson was all comfy in his stroller with lots of snacks to keep him happy and us 3 began our fun putt-putting adventure!

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Because we had Marret with us we started with the medium putting area (Foothills) and it was just challenging enough for Marret to enjoy and feel a sense of accomplishment when getting a hole in one!

 

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She absolutely LOVED all of the different scenes featured – They were REALLY cool!

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Hudson enjoyed it too – There was a lot of people he got to watch 😉

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Marret started feeling unwell not long after so we had to cut our visit a little short but it was such a fun experience for our family! The putt-putt place we usually visit isn’t nearly as cool as this place and although it’s 40 minutes from our house Putter’s Pride is now our favorite family outing! We’ll be back once Marret is feeling better ❥ Especially since we heard they have Free Hot Dog Wednesday Nights!

Check it out next time you’re in the Denver area!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)