TinkerActive Workbooks

Anyone else SO excited for school to start again?! Not that I don’t love my kids being home.. But it’s so nice having a set schedule again.. Hudson is in swimming and soccer and is starting preschool in September and Marret starts school this Wednesday and has dance every Wednesday night..

It’s just nice knowing what to expect.. And one thing I knew was coming was my kids’ brain being stuck on Summer mode – As much as I love it I needed to kick start their minds before school started to give them an edge. The Moms Meet website had a ton of recommendations for the odddot TinkerActive Workbooks so I gave them a try and the kids LOVED them (I do too, secretly 😉 ) There are Math and Science books from grades Kindergarten to 2nd and they’re not like any of the the ones we’ve tried before.

The workbooks are hands-on and very visual. They aren’t just boring equations on a sheet – The exercises flex our children’s’ brains with projects that allow them to tinker, create and engineer at home! It is very STEM based which I am all. about. Plus, they’re FUN and we all know if our kids enjoy something it won’t be considered work to them 😉

Looking for something extra for your kids to do to help develop their fundamental skills before school begins (Or even as a supplement during school!) then y’all MUST check out TinkerActive Workbooks – You won’t be disappointed and neither will their brains 😉

They can be purchased wherever books are sold – And if you decide to purchase on Amazon, please leave a product review directly on Amazon – That’s how us parents figure out what actually works! ❥

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

FOX 31 News – Toy Fair 2019

Hey y’all – Another year of the hottest toys are here and on Friday I was on KDVR FOX 31 News to showcase some of the biggest!


Authentic Agility – $24.99

A very unique card game that allows you to get to know the different world perspectives of your friends and family! It asks questions about individuals’ beliefs, aspirations, relationships and more! Not only do you get to learn new perspectives on interesting topics but you can even play with younger children and see the world through their eyes (Which sure can be refreshing 😉 )


Compound Kings Neon 3 Pound Bucket of Slime – $9.99

I don’t think much needs to be said about this one: Slime is huge right now! And 3 lbs of it?! Yeah, the kids are so excited to get it popped open once I finish the news segment LOL. However, one thing I really do love about this one is that it’s water based and non-toxic (Which is necessary for a 3 year old 😉 )


KUPERNIK Dual Action Poker Plus – PreProduction

Experience double the fun with Dual Bet Poker Plus, a new and exciting game that combines the strategy of Texas Hold’Em with the twists, turns and intrigue of board games!


Green Toys Ambulance & Doctor’s Kit – $39.99

The Green Toys™ Ambulance & Doctor Kit comes with everything needed to play doctor, nurse, EMT – or all of the above! Made in the USA from super-safe, 100% recycled plastic, this 10-piece set encourages motor skill development, imaginative play, and pro-social behavior, while also helping to ease anxiety about doctor visits by making the components of a check-up familiar and fun.


Sunny Days Entertainment Sweet Pups – $9.99

Thrill your little one with a magic surprise! Squishy croissants, pastries and sweet rolls transform into soft, fluffy puppies. Each treat smells as good as they look: fresh baked bread, chocolate, cinnamon or strawberry. Collect all 12 for a seriously sweet squad! Sweet Pups sold separately, styles and colors are randomly selected upon ordering.


Thames and Kosmos EXIT: The Game – $14.95

EXIT: The Game is a new series of party games for up to four players that offers a unique, unforgettable gaming experience. These games allow you to bring the excitement, intensity, and team spirit of an escape room to your living room.

In each EXIT game, your team starts out locked in an imaginary room, or trapped somewhere. You must solve a series of riddles and puzzles in order to unlock doors and reveal new riddles. Each correct solution brings you to another riddle and eventually to freedom.

Happy Spring Y’all!

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I love Spring! The trees are blooming, green grass is beginning to show, I get to TAN, and my family and I spend so much time outside together! It’s amazing and I’m so excited it’s finally here!

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Now that warmer weather is here I decided it’s time to plan a fun family mini-cation – I think we all could use it! So I went online to Great Wolf Lodge and booked us a room in May which includes full access to their amazing water park! We haven’t told the kids but we’re SO excited to have time for all of us and not have any other worries in the world!

I bought everyone new swimsuits (Got an adorable Mom appropriate swimsuit here, LOVE it.) and now we play waiting game.. But, my Husband and I have something super exciting to look forward to everyday and it’s really fun for us!

You deserve a mini-cation too! Book something for your family or for yourself! Something you can look forward to that excites you for Spring and new experiences!

Made in Nature – Sprouts Event

I love living in Colorado – There are so many options for healthy eating in restaurants and so many local businesses that are known nationwide for their snacks/food. I’d heard of Made in Nature before so was very excited at the opportunity, thanks to Sprouts, to get to hang out in their test kitchen and try my hand at making my own Figgy Pops (Something they’ve MASTERED. Try them, they’re delicious!).

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Their staff was so friendly and welcoming – The 10 of us bloggers felt instantly comfortable! And Sprouts was gracious enough to bring us a ton of food options for dinner.. I had their delicious vegan salad 

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Their test kitchen was lined with delicious options for figgy pop making and we couldn’t wait to get working!

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We began at station one with their pastes, they had Apricot, fig and dates. They were all so delicious so with both batches I made I used dates then added apricot to one and fig to another – Wish I could make these pastes at home, they were perfect!

Then we could add some dried fruit, dried nuts and anything else we wanted in our figgy pops! (They had so many options as you can see!) My first batch was made with date and apricot paste, dried mango, diced almonds and acai powder! My second was made with date and fig paste with cranberries, pistachios, almond butter and Himalayan sea salt! Wish y’all could try mine.. I’m pretty proud with how they turned out!

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We found out we were the first outside people to come in and make our own figgy pops.. How exciting is that?! That’s why I love Colorado.. Amazing businesses like this that are 20 minutes away and we can do fun stuff like this! Such a treat. They treated us like family and we got to experiment with some fun ingredients and learn new tricks! I’ll be taking what I learned from this event to make figgy pops at home (My kids are already hooked.. I was so excited I let them have one for breakfast haha!!)

Thanks Sprouts and Made in Nature for such an unforgettable evening with good friends, good food and tons of fun!

Try their delicious healthy snacks for yourself! They’re available at Sprouts and on their website! Enjoy y’all!

Toy Fair – Hottest Toys and Trends

Hey y’all! These are some of the biggest toys showcased at this year’s Toy Fair – The largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere!

Huggers by Wild Republic

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These adorable little guys are huggers! Fun plush stuffies that hug you back! Their arms are made from snap bands so they safely and comfortably hug onto wrists, backpacks, strollers, bikes and more! They come in a large variety of different animals and are only $7.99! They’ll make any kid feel snuggly cozy! ❥

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Glove-A-Bubbles by Zing

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You may have seen these fun little gloves on their commercial and they’re JUST as fun as they look! They come in 8 different animals and are only $8.00 for a 4 pack! Just put the glove on (They have handy finger slots so they don’t easily slide off your kid’s hands!), dip them into the bag of solution and wave back and forth to create tons of different sized bubbles! Your kids will LOVE these!

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Dough Sets by Green Toys

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We LOVE Green Toys products in our house but their new dough sets are our kids’ favorite new playtime activity! They are safe for children ages 2 and up because they’re non-toxic and made with organic flour in US food-safe facilities! Their tools are made from 100% recycled plastic and are dish washer safe! How nice is that?! They have 4 different sets: Race Car, Flower, Cake and Meals! They’re really fun and a great company to get behind!

**They’re regularly $24.99 but are currently on sale on Amazon.com!

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Poof Lacrosse Launcher by Alex Brands*

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These are really fun lacrosse launchers that are pump action and can shoot out one or multiple balls at a time! Perfect for team or solo practice sessions! They will be available this Spring and would be amazing for any kiddo in lacrosse!

* Link to product not available yet. Can be found this Spring on https://www.alexbrands.com/

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Brackitz Pulleys Set by Brackitz

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These amazing STEAM toys were made by a Colorado Dad whose Children were outgrowing the tradition blocks and puzzles. So he designed Brackitz to promote next-level thinking. They’ve already got some great sets but their pulleys sets are new and show children the relationship between the pulleys, cranks, axels, hooks and strings in relation to the crank mechanism to haul and lift the bucket!

It’s an amazing toy that teaches basic engineering and architecture! They retail for $39.99.

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I’ve got all of these toys in my home and my kids love them!

Toughest Monster Truck Tour

Hudson has been obsessed with vehicles for a long time.. Right now it’s all about his big trucks!! So we’re REALLY looking forward to April when the Toughest Monster Truck Tour comes to town so he can see them up close and personal!

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The Toughest Monster Truck Tour brings only the best and baddest monster trucks in the nation to compete in 3 competitions each night. Only one can be the Toughest!

In addition you might see high flying Freestyle Motocross riders, a giant fire-breathing mechanical dinosaur, ATV/quad racing, tough trucks or a 2,000 hp jet powered ATV!

Tickets On Sale Now! Find more information and view the upcoming schedule by visiting http://www.toughestmonstertrucks.com/upcoming-events/

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January 19th – January 20th, 2018 Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Santa Ana Star Center

February 2nd – February 3rd, 2018 Youngstown, Ohio
Covelli Center

February 10th, 2018 Casper, Wyoming
Casper Events Center

February 17th, 2018 Salina, Kansas
Bicentennial Center

March 9th – March 10th, 2018 Saginaw, Michigan
Dow Event Center

March 23rd – March 24th, 2018 Lafayette, Louisiana
Cajundome

March 30th – March 31st, 2018 Stockton, California
Stockton Arena

March 30th – March 31st, 2018 Independence, Missouri
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

April 13th – April 14th, 2018 Loveland, Colorado
Budweiser Events Center

April 21st, 2018 Grand Forks, North Dakota
Alerus Center

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New Years Resolution

Happy New Year y’all.. I know, most of y’all see my title and think “Oh, here we go with some cliché resolution”, but NO. Hear me out..

I have a few New Years resolutions.. Is one of them to get back on track with eating better? Well, yeah. Duh. Holidays are tempting. But mainly it’s to connect more with my child and be more active.

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I know I am a great Mother, but I felt like my boy needed more from me so I started reading Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham and it has changed my life. It’s made me realize that I am doing so many things right but that there are some additional things I can do to make my amazing son and my relationship even stronger..

I’m not kidding when I say I’m not even halfway through the book and it has changed my life. Not only am I finding myself to be more engaged with him but I’m feeling more motivated to go out and do fun stuff with him because we’re both in sync and there’s almost NO moodiness from him or me! (Terrible 2’s?! No way! Just give your kiddo the connection they need!)

It’s only 5 days into the New Year and I’ve already been OWNING my resolutions. Eating better? Check. Being more active? Check. Building an even stronger connection with my son? SUPER CHECK. I know, this post is a little scattered and I promise I’m in no way collaborating with the book for promotions I just love how much a book has changed my perspective.

The moral of this rambling post is really go at your goals this year. Read a book, be more active, step out of your comfort zone.. Just live in the moment and cherish the things that are most important.

 

Penwizard Books

Hey y’all – Be prepared for a ton of gift idea posts because IT’S SO CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS I CAN SMELL IT! One gift I am so so so excited for is one for my Step-Daughter. I found out about Penwizard which is company that makes amazing personalized Children’s book that adds your kiddos INTO the action of which story you choose.

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They’ve got my step-daughter’s two favorite cartoons as options (Peppa and Paw Patrol) so I had a super hard time deciding but the Peppa book gives you the option of even creating a little avatar of them, sooo… Decision made — I am SO excited to see her reaction!

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It isn’t often you get to read a book with your little that’s all about them.

Each and every book Penwizard prints is unique, just like your child! Founded from a love of children and children’s books, Penwizard set up a company that took children’s publishing to the next level.

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For more than 10 years, they’ve used their skills and expertise to push the boundaries and create inspirational books where children actually appear in the illustrations. You can get 15% off* your entire order or personalized books at Penwizard, just in time for the holidays! Use code HOLIDAY15 at checkout. *Valid until 12/25/2017.

I CAN’T WAIT TO GET IT! Pictures to come once I do 😉 

Good Buy Gear

Ever have such an amazing experience with a company that you want to tell the world about them? That’s what this post is about. For parents living in Colorado, you’ve GOT TO TRY Good Buy Gear! They’ve got some AMAZING products with a unique twist. They’re an online infant/toddlers/children’s consignment shop that picks up the items and delivers!!

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I had things PILLING up in my garage from the kid’s past bedroom decor, to toys, books and more. I wasn’t having luck on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace and honestly felt uncomfortable meeting people whenever doing a sell without my Husband home – So decided to try something new. I had heard of Good Buy Gear from another Mom and decided to check it out.

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They’ve got some AMAZING products at such incredible prices!! I was able to get quite a few gifts for the kids for Christmas but most importantly.. I was able to make some room in our garage! I scheduled a pick-up appointment time to come grab my items and they made it SO easy for me! They did the research for descriptions, they clean up the items if needed AND find a great price to sell it at that people would find appealing (They run the prices/posts by you first before posting them!)

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Their Huge Warehouse in Arvada!

This is exactly what adapting to the future looks like! Making a consignment store online with the convenience of delivery/pick up is SO perfect for people who would be using this website – Parents with Busy Schedules!

Try it out!! There’s SO many amazing gifts for your kids AND a $10 gift code (TRYGOODBUY)

I just spent $42 on some amazing gifts!!! 😀 Can’t wait! ❥

Ghoulish Halloween Dinner (For Kids!)

It’s almost Halloween!! Our kids are SO excited. They’ve nearly got their costumes by the front door hahaha! We’re excited for all of the plans we have starting today til Halloween! Pumpkin carvings, haunted houses, festivals, Boo at the Zoo, and ghoulish treats!

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For dinner tonight I decided to make the kids some delicious and hilarious looking goodies – Mummy Dogs and ghost bread! I preheated the oven to 350°F and grabbed a roll of Crescent Rolls, some cheddar cheese and a pack of Oscar Meyer Weiners!

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I opened the dough roll, laid it out flat and cut the dough into long strips to make it easier to wrap the dogs in their Mummy Wrappings (I placed the cheese over the weiner before wrapping it) Obviously they weren’t going to eat ALL the weiners so I used the leftover dough to make Ghost Bread (I didn’t have any Halloween cutters so I used a gingerbread man and joined together his legs hahaha!) and BRAINSS (Which was balled up leftover dough with red food coloring)!

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I placed the pan in the oven and cooked for about 13-15 minutes! I kept a watchful eye on the ghost bread since they were a little thin (But they got SO fluffy! So they cooked ALL perfectly at the same amount of time!)

 

Once they were done I dotted eyes on the mummies and biscuits with ketchup and mustard and the kids DEVOURED them! I added a jack n’ cheese cup to their dinner for a cute Halloween extra 😉

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The kids had some pumpkin honey on their brainssssss and ghost bread! It was sooooo yummy!

It’s little meals like this that really get the kids excited for Halloween AND helps them eat if they’re being picky hahaha!

Try it for your kids today, they’ll love them!!