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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!

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)

Family · Hudson · Local · Paleo · Reviews

Mmm… Coffee! Paleo Bistro

There are some amazing paleo restaurants in nearly every state and I love discovering the hidden healthy gems near us, so was very eager to try Mmm… Coffee! after reading some very promising reviews.

Their menu had many delicious paleo options so my Husband and I decided to make a trip downtown to try it out! It was in a very trendy and artistic side of town in the Lincoln Park area off of 9th and Santa Fe. Their bistro was hidden in a gorgeous and secluded courtyard shown only by their adorable sign out front.

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We were immediately greeted by some of the friendliest people we’ve met in a long, long time. The owners Jami and Derek were so very sweet and inviting which made the already lovely ambiance even more comforting. We asked what they were best known for and wanted to try it all! (They were one of the first 100% grain free restaurants to open in the nation!)

 

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We started with their amazing soup that changes daily (They’re REALLY popular for them!) And my Husband LOVED it. Said it was the best soup he’d ever had and it was accompanied by some delicious plantain chips (My obsession) ! 

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I had their Paleo Power salad which was amazing and we split their tuna wrap (SO GOOD) and INCREDIBLE bacon wrapped stuffed dates which was chicken breast roasted in enchilada sauce, stuffed into dates and wrapped in turkey bacon! *drooldrooldrool*

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We couldn’t stop there. Jami was so passionate about the food she made we had to keep trying more as they were so creative, delicious and unique! Their mocha latte was delicious and they make their own chocolate IN HOUSE, so I had to try some of their delicious concoctions!

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Hudson enjoyed the chocolate too 😉 Yummm!

We finished our lunch with two delicious chicken legs which were simplistic yet delicious!

 

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We asked what the best desserts were and decided to try one of each (of a few!)

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Again, Jami is INCREDIBLE. Her food was amazing but her desserts were out of this world! She’s been eating paleo for a long time so has been able to master so many different techniques. We tried their muffins, cookies, cake, granola, macaroons, and punkin’ bar. It was all SO GOOD. Did NOT taste paleo or healthy but it WAS.

Her cake was AMAZING. It was a made from BEETS. It was an adorable dark purple color with delicious looking frosting on top and tasted JUST like a red velvet unhealthy cake would taste. We decided we’re coming to her for any cakes we ever need (She had sold a wedding cake she had made while we were there!)

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The inside of their shop was adorable and warm – They have wonderful options for comfortable indoor seating and gorgeous outdoor courtyard relaxing. One thing I love is when a local business supports other local businesses. They have many items available inside from other Colorado companies such as kombucha, kale chips, beef jerky, etc.

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After we were done I wanted to thank them so much for all of their kindnesses, wonderful food and inspiring creativity. I had the pleasure of getting to speak with them about their journey and got to take a fun photo with them in front of their paleo sign!

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And it was Derek’s idea to grab their sign from in front with the mini bike attached to take a photo with Hudson on it.. HOW CUTE?!

This is by far our favorite new paleo stop. The people were amazing, the food was outstanding and the location was comfortable and upbeet (Like my food pun? 😉 )

We’ll absolutely be back and recommend anyone in the area (or visiting the area) to try it out – You’ll never want to leave.. I’m already missing it!!

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)

 

Family · Lifestyle · Local · Paleo · Reviews

Just BE Kitchen

My Father was in town for a week recently and we had such an amazing time. My Dad is an old fashioned cowboy from Texas. He’s ALWAYS loved Colorado and was excited to venture out with me to all it had to offer.

Again, my Dad is old fashioned so he LOVES meat, potatoes, and all of the manly foods that come to mind.. hahaha! So when I told him I had a paleo restaurant called Just BE Kitchen I’ve been dying to go to he was a bit hesitant..

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We headed downtown on a gorgeous afternoon and met one of my lovely blogger friends Jennifer to grab some paleo eats. Upon entering we were so pleasantly greeted with their incredibly warm and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant is filled with lovely quotes on the wall, vintage furnitures and calming colors that remind you of early Spring.

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All of this is then backed up by the warm greetings of the employees and the amazing owner Jennifer – They were all SO sweet and SO knowledgable in all of the different food sensitivities and paleo (Of course).

I felt like a kid in a candy store.. I had SO many options and nothing to hold me back from choosing WHATEVER I wanted because it was ALL paleo!

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My Dad wasn’t so sure about the options because he’d never encountered it before but found a great sounding breakfast called the SIMPLICITY which was just a basic yet delicious sausage, egg, paleo biscuit and sweet potato hash meal. He LOVED it.

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They also had a wonderful kids menu, where we got Hudson a chicken tender and carrots meal and I’ve literally NEVER seen him eat as much food at a restaurant than he did here. It was delicious (Yes, I even had to try a nibble 😉 ) and he nearly finished it all!

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As for me.. Being paleo it’s really difficult to get a good burger because you obviously can’t have a regular bun! So when I saw they had a Bacon Cheeseburger on a PALEO bun I was ecstatic.. I had to try it. And I am not kidding when I say.. It is THE best paleo meal I’ve ever had!! The bun was PERFECT. Not the normal dryish bread you sometimes get when using paleo ingredients.. It was PERFECT. SO PERFECT, I had to order another to bring home to my Husband because he wouldn’t have believed me otherwise haha!

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The owner Jennifer was so wonderful she brought out a few things for us to try such as the chia pudding (I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try it) and it was SOOO good.. Hudson DEVOURED it!! I’ll definitely have to make that sometime.. Maybe today?? And their FULFILLED Burrito which is a huge seller for them. My Husband and I make paleo tortillas all the time but this was the most normal tasting and looking tortilla I’ve ever seen made paleo. It was DIVINE. Their green chili made that meal POP even more. I’m definitely getting that next time!

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I’ve eaten at paleo restaurants before but never have I quite experienced a place like this. They did things so very differently and that absolutely makes them stand out – Such as the use of MCT oil in many of their items which are medium chain triglycerides that are saturated fatty acids that hold a TON of health benefits. I’ve never seen another restaurant use these!

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I could go on and on about our experience here. My Dad enjoyed it, my Son loved it and I’m a customer for life now. I highly recommend this place to anyone in the Denver area – I promise you wont be disappointed! ❥

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

Family · Lifestyle · Local · Paleo

Ba-Nom-a-Nom Nice Cream Truck

Anyone else LOVE Nice Cream?! A guilt-free and delicious alternative to Ice Cream – I love it and it’s PALEO. When I was driving back from the store last month I was behind the Ba-Nom-a-Nom truck and was INSTANTLY intrigued when the back said NICE CREAM.

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That’s not something you expect to see very often with all of the unhealthy food still going around BUT in our gorgeous state of Colorado we’re doing a really wonderful job of finding healthier alternatives for ourselves and our children!

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I went to their website and found their schedule. You can catch them in Denver at the Civic Center Park most Thursdays and Pearl Street Farmer’s Market in Denver nearly every Sunday! If you’re outside of the metro area you can find them up in Fort Collins on Tuesdays and Longmont on Mondays! They’re then in random locations all throughout the week! Their wide spread stops makes it really convenient for anyone to catch them!

So we picked a time and place that worked for my family and brought them to try some! I got an amazing Peach Mango flavored nice cream with vegan organic chocolate sauce and almond granola – It was DIVINE. I’m salivating just thinking about it..

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And my Dad was in town from Texas (He’s an old cowboy kinda guy, I love him ❥) and wasn’t sure what he would think but after he saw the options he decided to get a strawberry and banana flavored nice cream with vegan organic chocolate sauce and he LOVED it. Said he couldn’t tell a difference!! (That was my win for the day 😉 )

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The owner is an amazing woman named Sarah who wanted to bring a healthy alternative to the people of Denver and it’s making a huge difference. Kids get excited about all of the different flavors and toppings and you as a parent can feel great about the food you’re allowing them to eat because it’s beneficial for them but also GOOD which is a WONDERFUL lesson to teach your kids – Healthy. Can. Be. YUMMY!

I LOVE this truck!! We’ll be back!!! ❥❥