South Dakota Vacation

Have you ever taken a trip and loved it so much you have to go again in the same year? Well that’s how I feel about South Dakota.. If y’all recall I went back in May with Hudson and my little sister, Eulalia. We had so much fun we had to go back but this time I was taking Hudson, my Husband Brent, my Father in Law Charles and my step-daughter Marret. None of them had ever been to South Dakota and always thought it was desert-y.. Man were they in for a surprise..

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I planned the whole trip and booked the same Roosevelt Inn we stayed in earlier in the year because it was so amazing! We made the 5 1/2 hour drive from Colorado to Keystone, SD (The BEST city to stay in because it’s 3 miles from Mount Rushmore and about 25 miles from Rapid City but it still so quiet and gorgeous!) We arrived at our incredible hotel, Roosevelt Inn and were as usual greeted by the amazing staff there (They even recognized me!) and made it up to our amazing loft bedroom! Two queen beds downstairs and two twin beds upstairs.. The kids were SO excited to have their own space… And TV šŸ˜‰

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We didn’t want to waste anytime at all so we headed straight out from the hotel to see the sights.. We headed through the gorgeous black hills to the famous Reptile Gardens, it holds the world record for most reptile species on their grounds.. The gardens are gorgeous and so well taken care of.. Even in the beginning of the cold season their flowers were blooming and beautiful.

They’ve got incredibly large tortoises for the kids the pet and pythons to feel.. Inside their monster dome they’ve got the most beautiful exhibits holding scary yet amazing snakes, crocodiles, alligators and more! It was SO cool for the kids to see up close!

After exploring for an hour and a half we decided to head out to Rapid City for a look at their Dinosaur Park (Y’all know how obsessed Hudson is with dinosaurs šŸ˜‰ ) They were HUGE statues made in 1936 for the incoming tourism and the kids are able to climb, learn and slide down their tails! It’s at the top of a large hill smack in the middle of Rapid City so you can see the city in all directions. It was awe-inspiring!

We decided to head back to the hotel after a long day of driving and exploring – When you drive into Keystone you feel like you’re in a quiet, nestled mountain town with cute shops and amazing food.. But the best part is driving up to our gorgeous light house looking hotel.. The Roosevelt Inn is exactly how it sounds.. A hotel inspired by Theodore Roosevelt.. With quotes on the walls, decoration inspired by his interests and even a “Selfie with Teddy” spot šŸ˜‰

We settled in and headed down to their wonderful heated pool and spent an hour splashing and playing without anyone else! It was a wonderful way to unwind after a long fun day..

The next morning we were greeted by amazing smells coming from the lobby. They’ve got a complimentary breakfast every morning and it’s amazing!! Always stocked, always delicious and always something different!

After filling our bellies with a hearty breakfast we began our next day adventures! Our first stop was right down the road at Mount Rushmore.. It was a little chilly outside so it was actually really quiet! We parked and walked up to the monuments and took in their grand and glorious faces.. It’s not like anything you’ve ever seen and won’t know until you see it!!

We shopped at their decently priced gift shop then headed to our next fun-stination (See what I did there? šŸ˜‰ )

I’d ALWAYS wanted to visit the Cosmos Mystery Area.. I’d seen it in a text book when I was younger and always found it’s story so fascinating!

Their history states: “In 1952, two college boys searched the Black Hills looking for the perfect spot to build a summer cabin. Upon their search, they stumbled into the mysterious world of the Cosmos.

The old cabin areas especially piqued their interest as the laws of logic and physics seemed to be turned upside-down. They continued to experiment and develop the demonstrations until they eventually opened their discovery to the public in 1953.

Come experience for yourself what continues to amaze and baffle visitors for over 65 years.”

It is just as mysterious as it sounds.. Balls rolled upwards, water drained up, people were taller standing on different but same levels and it was so disorienting your head would spin! It’s like nothing you’ll ever experience anywhere else..

It was my step-daughter’s favorite part of the trip because it was just so different!! They had friendly staff and a cute dog named Albert to meet you once you were finished too šŸ˜‰ We’ll absolutely be back next time we visit!

Once we left we had some delicious lunch at The Front Porch and it was some of the best food we had the entire trip!! ā¤

After a quick nap at the hotel we walked around Keystone’s cute little shops for a few hours then ate some delicious dinner at the Ruby House for my birthday dinner! It’s a gorgeous old fashioned parlor themed restaurant with old paintings and guns hung all over the wall.

We were exhausted from the day so went back to our hotel and snuggled into our comfortable warm beds eager for the next days adventures..

We woke up to another morning of amazing breakfast which kickstarted our last day of fun!

I’d never seen so much fog than we had that morning! It was dense and really hard to see but we weren’t going to let that ruin our fun.. We drove into Rapid City for some sight seeing then on our way back decided to stop at the Dinosaur Museum.. They had over 50 life size dinosaur replicas.. Hudson was in HEAVEN! There was also a spooky mirror maze the kids wanted to go through and it was crazy cool! We were all so disoriented haha!!

After our dinosaur adventure we headed to my favorite part of our trip… Bear Country USA! It’s a drive thru park where animals roam free.. We had bears in the road, wolves ran right passed the car, elks were grazing and so much more… The fog had lightened up just a little but it actually made the experience a little more creepy and COOL! It was $55 for our vehicle but it was SO worth it.. Never will we ever get a chance to see a bear up THAT close again.. (Hopefully :p ) *I’ll add the bear photo as soon as I get it from my Husband’s phone :P*

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We wrapped up our trip and headed back to the hotel for naps, swimming and their game room!

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We were sad it was our last day.. So we went to do one last fun activity with the kids.. Some cosmic putt-putt at Putz n Glo.

After a fantastic night’s sleep we had one last breakfast, said our goodbyes to our amazing Roosevelt Inn staff and headed home.. This is a trip we’ll always remember.. It was the perfect weather and it was the end of their season so everything was quiet and slow.. Now that we’re back to fast paced Colorado living I’m already missing the sights and lifestyle South Dakota brings but we’ve decided to make a trip up every year as a new tradition.. And another tradition will be for us to always stay at theĀ Roosevelt Inn because it was by far the most beautiful hotel we saw the whole time and added to the experience with it being president themed..

We highly recommend these adventures to anyone.. For only 5 1/2 hours away from Denver it makes for a perfect quick weekend getaway for families, couples or anyone wanting to slow down a little!

Thank you South Dakota for the best family vacation we’ve ever taken… We’ll be back!

Your Space, Your Time

You learn a lot of things when you become a Wife and a Mother. One thing I’ve learned is how important it is forĀ everyone to have their own time. Finding it hard to catch up on cleaning? Too tired to cook? Yup, we all do at times. But one thing I’ve finally realized isĀ IT’S OKAY.

If I don’t feel like I’ve got the energy or have the patience I make sure I get 2 things done: I take care of my childĀ thenĀ I clean my room. Why my room? It’s my space. And it’s one thing done that I’ll really appreciate. It’s decorated the way I want, I’ve got my Google Home in there to listen to relaxation music, I’ve got my Essential Oil Diffuser and I can close the door.. :p

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So once my son goes down for a nap that is MY time. Sometimes I don’t need it, but when I do and don’t want to do anything else while he’s asleep – I clean my room, make my bed and just relax in here. I’m actually doing it RIGHT now and it’s amazing.

Some people don’t take enough time to recenter themselves and empty their minds. Which ends up leaving people feeling overwhelmed and pissy. How do I know? That was me too. Sometimes it can make my family resentful that I need this time but in reality I’m helping them out, hahaha!

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So don’t feel guilty about having you time, just do it! And make sure you do it in a space that feels like yoursĀ ā„

Coobie Seamless Bra and Giveaway

Y’all.. Ever since I’ve gotten my Coobie Seamless bra in the mail I’ve worn it every. single. day. It’s claim of “Most Comfortable Bra Ever” is 100% TRUE. It’s literally the most comfortable bra I’ve EVER worn! It has great support, soft fabric, is washable (with easy to remove pads), is really classy (I got the lace one!) and doesn’t look like a bra so can be used to look like an undershirt when layering!

28I’ve got only one but will soon be getting more because I can’t even stand my underwire bras anymore hahaha! AND I love them so much I am hosting a giveaway for TWO lucky winners to receive their very own!!571Want a chance to win? Comment below with which bra you’d choose and you’re entered! Winners will be chosen Saturday, December 16, 2017! Can’t wait? Use code USFG on their website for 30% off your order!

(I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own!)

@usfg #shopcoobie #coobieluv #comfort #bra #usfamilyguide

Penwizard Books

Hey y’all – Be prepared for a ton of gift idea posts becauseĀ IT’S SO CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS I CAN SMELL IT!Ā One gift I am so so so excited for is one for my Step-Daughter. I found out aboutĀ 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 madeĀ —Ā 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 aboutĀ them.

Each and every bookĀ 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 šŸ˜‰Ā 

Coobie Seamless Bras

This is not my usual type of post (Even though I do want to start doing a little more fashion šŸ˜‰ )Ā But I am SO excited to get my Coobie Bra because I’ve heard SO many great things about them! After becoming a Mom you realize how much your body changes and you need new types of bras. This has been such a problem for me lately. Been looking for a supportiveĀ yet comfortable bra for ages so was very intrigued when I heard Coobie deemed themselves with havingĀ The Most Comfortable Bra Ever.

Their reviews are outstanding and they’ve even got nursing bras for those expecting/breastfeeding! (I’m all about the #NormalizeBreastfeeding movement soĀ love when companies haveĀ actual Mom-friendly bras!)

They’re perfect for everyday wear with their versatile one-size fits 32A – 36D, available in 7+ styles and 70+ colors/patterns, with adjustable straps and removable pads!! As most of us Moms do I’ve already got one for myself for Christmas from my Husband hahaha I cannot WAIT (May have to wear it til Christmas then box it up for myself last minute. Just too excited)

PROMOTION: My readers can save 30% on their entire order at http://www.shopcoobie.com Use code: USFG

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Try one with me, you’ll love it!

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

 

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 TRYĀ Good Buy Gear! They’ve got some AMAZING products with a unique twist. They’re anĀ onlineĀ infant/toddlers/children’s consignment shopĀ that picks up the items and delivers!!

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I had thingsĀ PILLINGĀ 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 neededĀ 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 onlineĀ with the convenience of delivery/pick up is SO perfect for people who would be using this website –Ā 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!!! šŸ˜€ Can’t wait!Ā ā„

Organizing Holiday Decorations

Hey y’all – I’ve got a 9 day cold going on and am miserable. So, the last thing I wanted to deal with was a ton of decorations thrown back into flimsy boxes and hoisted up into a random spot in the garage. So amid my illness I decided to try something new.

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I sat my butt on the couch and created an excel sheet that would assist me in labeling each box by number for each holiday (So that if I ever didn’t need a box I could reuse it for another holiday or for the kid’s Winter/Summer clothes!).

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I ran to Walmart and picked up 6 (For Now) clear large bins (For only $4 each!) and a thick Sharpie! I ran home and marked each bin with a 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on. I was able to get ALL of my Halloween decorations to fit into 3 bins (With bulky stuff sitting to the side of course) Made it so much less stressful and looks way cleaner now!

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Now I cannot WAIT for Christmas – It’ll be SO much easier to get everything back into their respective boxes without the worry of missed boxes AND the flimsy cardboard boxes being so heavy that they empty through the bottom of the box when trying to bring them down or put them back up!

LOVE this idea and wish I would’ve thought of it earlier! Recommend it to anyone really but especially families because it makes it way easier to find decorations instead of making it an entire afternoon ordeal just trying to find each box when your kids are dying to put stuff up!

Bye Halloween! Helloooooo Thanksgiving and Christmas!Ā ā„