EAT! Food and Drink

Again.. Y’all KNOW I love local places that have paleo/gluten free options and I found one that’s literally 8 minutes down the road. A new hip spot called EAT! It’s in the lively shopping centers across from Flatirons Mall seated on the edge of Broomfield.

When you first walk in, you’re greeted by an industrial rustic vibe and friendly staff! The menu is full of classic brunch foods with unique twists, but don’t be fooled because they also provide health conscience items to meet your dietary needs!

They had amazing sweet potato fries and were able to provide us with gluten-free options for our burgers! *They had three different GF bread options, how awesome is that?!

Their drink menu also included some very unique recipes that were delicious additions to our brunch! (They grew the mint in house and used it for their drink infusions.. I love that!)

As amazing as the food and people were at the restaurant (Talking about you David and Alex!) the thing that really stood out to me was their amazing kid’s menu. It doubled as an activity booklet that used a PENNY as the writing utensil.. How eco-friendly is that! No waste, no chemicals.. Just a penny. I love it and I am hooked on that idea!

We’ll absolutely be back again – The hospitality and atmosphere makes you feel as though you’re in a hip downtown eatery but it’s in our own backyard and it’s super kid friendly! Thanks EAT!

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

KidSpace A Children’s Exploration Center

Y’all know I love to do local places – This is one I really love to take Hudson to! It’s fun, educational AND health conscious so wanted to share them with y’all incase you’re looking for some fun places to hit up during these cold Colorado winters!

You walk in and it just screams interstellar.. There are themed sections everywhere! You see scientific experiment games based on Archimedes’ work, a launch lab where kids can use different levels of strength to get a rocket ship to different planets, a ballistics zone where kids can run, play, climb and use air launchers to shoot balls – And SO much more!!

Wherever you look there’s STEM play and that’s an amazing feeling as a parent to have the opportunity to have your kids learn as they play! I believe STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is so crucial for children, especially at a young age as it allows their minds to bend and flex in ways they wouldn’t be able to ordinarily.

They have hourly planetarium shows in an amazing blow up igloo which is so fun for the kids!

Something all parents can appreciate is the extreme cleanliness of the entire facility – I never feel as though I’ve got to give Hudson a bath after he leaves! Another parent pleaser is the amazing full espresso bar with delicious coffees and healthy snacks!

The owners are so friendly and passionate about their creation and they should be. You can easily spend hours here.. So if you’re looking for a fun, indoor place to take your stir crazy kiddos – Bring them here!! You won’t be disappointed and they’ll be begging you to come back!

Dinosaur Birthday Party

Like a ton of other little kids his age Hudson is obsessed with dinosaurs.¬†So it was a definite theme for his 3rd birthday! We decided to do it at the WOW! Children’s Museum in Lafayette, CO – It’s small enough where we won’t be overwhelmed but the kids can still have tons to do and it’s large enough for us to hold all of our close friends and family. ūüôā

Their prices were great for a 2 hour session (This was my first time doing an “outside of the house” party so I was excited it was affordable ūüėČ ) and they helped so much with the set up! Y’all know how thrifty I am so I decided to ask around my local Facebook Mom groups and found ALL of my dinosaur decorations for FREE. I was pretty proud considering it turned out looking uh-mazing!¬†

The room was large enough for 20 people with space to spare and there TONS of tables for food, gifts, cake, etc.

Sprouts Farmers Market has the best catering platters!!! I grabbed 6: A veggie tray, a fruit tray, a sandwich tray, a dessert tray and a breakfast tray. They were all amazing, affordable for how much you got and they were a HIT. Anyone with any kind of food restrictions had plenty to eat which is obviously important to us as paleo eaters!

One of my favorite parts of this party planning was getting him a custom cake made by a local baker.. She does some AMAZING work and I’m SO happy I trusted her to make his cake! She made Hudson an AWESOME dinosaur cake and he LOVED it (Then she made this preggo Mama an INCREDIBLE carrot cake and omg it was gone in minutes haha!)

Hudson’s looking at this picture right now and really wants it.. haha!

Her bakery is located in Broomfield, CO and has the CUTEST name! The Book Tree Bakery! Contact her if you’re ever looking for any baked goods – You’ll be amazed¬†‚Ě•

At the end of the party we passed out little goody bags with different dinosaurs printed on them and each kid/adult got their own healthy snacks to take home РAnd my favorites, of course! SunRype Fruit Strips and Made in Nature snacks!

Everyone had such a blast and most importantly so did my little three year old! Highly recommend ALL of these places and goodies to anyone hosting a birthday party in the Colorado area! (Or anywhere else ūüėČ )

(I was compensated for some of the aspects of this post, but all opinions are my own!)

Good Samaritan Medical Center

It’s a pretty tough decision choosing the right hospital for your labor delivery. If you ask another parent they’ll all give you hundreds of different suggestions.

When I was pregnant with Hudson in 2015 I decided I wanted it to be solely my decision based on what I believed was most important for my son and myself.

After doing a lot of research I decided Good Samaritan seemed like the best fit because it was designated Colorado’s first Baby-Friendly Hospital by UNICEF. They were very pro-breastfeeding which was something I’ve always been so passionate about due to the plethora of health benefits it provides your baby.

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I did a hospital tour after making my decision to ensure it was in an area I felt safe and would feel proud to have my family come to to meet my gorgeous baby boy.

Upon arriving my Husband and I were in awe. It was absolutely beautiful – Tucked in the town of Lafayette there were mountain views, modern touches, delicious food/drink shops and the classes they had consistently running were such an amazing perk. We decided then and there this was the hospital for us.

On November 22nd I began having my contractions and we were off to Good Samaritan! It was such an exciting ride. Once we arrived we were pleasantly greeted and placed into a beautiful, comfortable room waiting for our little Hudson to grace us with his presence. After 10 hours he was ready. This was my first baby so I was terrified of labor but the nurses were absolutely incredible and my Doctor was so helpful that it made the whole experience a lot less stressful!

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Once Hudson was born the caregivers were there every step of the way! A lactation specialist came in and assisted in teaching me how to get him to latch and came in every few hours to ensure it was still going well. I had a free post-labor massage which was AMAZING and we had some delicious food!!

We stayed for a few days then when we were getting ready to head home were given a humungous bag of food so we didn’t have to worry about cooking for a few days! We were also scheduled a nurse to come to our house a week after taking him house to make sure Hudson was healthy, I was healthy and that breastfeeding was still going well.¬†I love how breastfeeding focused they were!

We still talk about the wonderful experience we had at Good Samaritan and plan on using them for our next baby’s delivery as well! Highly recommend them to anyone looking for a comfortable, breastfeeding encouraging hospital in the Denver area!

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

Flower Child Begins Serving Up Healthy Food in Boulder August 22

Flower Child Рa restaurant that serves made-to-order, healthy food in a fast-casual setting Рis opening on Wednesday, August 22 in Boulder at 2580 Arapahoe Avenue! The restaurant offers conveniently nutritious and delicious dishes, including salads, hummus, soups, plates, bowls, wraps and a kids menu in a light and airy environment with modern bohemian decor. Flower Child is celebrating its opening by donating a portion of proceeds from grand opening day to local non-profit Boulder Food Rescue and providing several local-inspired giveaways for its first customers.

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‚ÄúOur mission at Flower Child is to provide healthy food for a happy world, and to us, that starts at the community-level where our restaurants are located,‚ÄĚ said Sam Fox, Founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre excited to be in Boulder and support locals‚Äô active lifestyles with our nutritious menu. Similarly, our partnership with Boulder Food Rescue is a natural fit as they are focused on a less wasteful food system and providing healthy food options to low-income individuals.‚ÄĚ

To invite guests in on opening day, Flower Child will be hosting several giveaways on August 22 including: 

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Handing out complimentary flower bouquets from Boulder Gardens Florist to 300 lucky guests

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Distributing flower seed lollipops from Amborella Organics. Eat the lollipop and plant the stick in your garden for a flower or herb surprise!

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Sampling Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha throughout the day, which is available on tap daily at the store

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Flower Child features vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free menu items. Guests also have the option to add all-natural chicken, sustainable salmon, grass-fed steak and organic non-GMO tofu to their meal. The menu is divided into six categories including: Salads, Hummus & Soups, Plates, Bowls, Whole Grain Wraps and a Healthy Kids menu. Guests can order organic juices, organic cold brew on tap, coffee, seasonal lemonades, organic wine, local beer or signature kombucha on tap. Each menu item is made-to-order, fresh from scratch in a full-service kitchen.

Some signature dishes include:

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Skinny Cobb Salad¬†¬†romaine, arugula, red cabbage, avocado, tomato, cucumber, crunchy corn, pickled onion, smoked almond, gorgonzola vinaigrette¬†

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Mother Earth Bowl¬†– ancient grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber, broccoli pesto,¬†charred onions, leafy greens, red pepper miso vinaigrette, hemp seed

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Vegan Poke¬†–¬†marinated beet, avocado, pickled mushroom, cucumber, radish, wasabi pea, smoked dulse, brown rice, spicy ponzu

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Rebel Wrap –¬†grass-fed steak, charred onion, port salut cheese, arugula, horseradish yogurt

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The restaurant space seats 68 and includes decorative tile, painted brick, bright stone tables, and greenery throughout. A large mural is painted on the outside wall of the restaurant next to the patio, which seats 28 customers.

For opening day, Flower Child has partnered with Boulder Food Rescue (BFR). The non-profit organization’s goal is to create a more just and less wasteful food system. BFR facilitates the sustainable redistribution of healthy food to agencies who service low-income individuals and participatory No-Cost grocery programs.

To further celebrate its opening, the restaurant is hosting a lemonade stand on Saturday, August 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of McGuckin Hardware, giving away free lemonade samples and Flower Child swag. McGuckin Hardware is located at 2525 Arapahoe Ave. in Boulder.

Flower Child will be open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is located at 2580 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, Colo.

For more information visit http://www.iamaflowerchild.com, follow them on Instagram @eatflowerchild and like them on facebook.com/eatflowerchild.

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Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria and Wine Bar Launches New Sunday Brunch with Italian-Inspired Menu

My FAVORITE Denver restaurant РMarcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria & Wine Bar, located in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver, is thrilled to announce the launch of Sunday brunch featuring chef-driven cuisine inspired by authentic Italian recipes. The menu includes shareable antipasti, hot and cold plates, pizzas, soups, salads, pastas and delicious brunch entrees. There will be Sangria Sundays, $20/person bottomless; Bellinis, mimosas and bloody Mary’s in addition to Italian wines, handcrafted cocktails and local beer. To kick-off brunch, the restaurant will offer bottomless sangria for just $10 on Sunday, August 19 and Sunday, August 26.

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‚ÄúBrunch has become a widely popular event for locals and visitors alike,‚ÄĚ said Dain Cooke, general manager at Marcella‚Äôs. ‚ÄúWe are thrilled to bring it to our LoHi location and offer guests a chef-driven menu with Italian-inspired twists. From brunch celebrations and day parties to family and communal gatherings, our Sunday brunch has something special for everyone.‚ÄĚ

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The brunch menu includes specialties like: a Nutella Waffle with chocolate, hazelnut and whipped butter; a Ricotta Crespelle with crepes, macerated strawberries and marcona almonds; and Short Rib Hash with Yukon gold potatoes, pepperonata and sweet garlic sauce. In addition, there are such items as Truffle Eggs with poached eggs, toasted ciabatta and taleggio as well as Shrimp Polenta with poached eggs, toasted garlic, tomato and basil.

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Marcella’s seats 152 guests inside and 40 guests on the patio, which faces downtown Denver. The large patio offers unobstructed views of the city. Marcella’s is located at 1801 Central Street in LoHi. Free parking is available in the Centric building where the restaurant is located and complimentary valet is available on weekends for dinnertime.

Marcella’s is open Monday-Thursday from 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight; Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3-9 p.m. On Denver Broncos home game Sundays, Marcella’s will open at 9 a.m.

For more information visit marcellasrestaurant.com or follow them on Instagram @Marcellasdenver.

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ABOUT MARCELLA’S RISTORANTE, PIZZERIA & WINE BAR

Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria & Wine Bar, located in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver, is a bustling Italian café featuring chef-driven cuisine inspired by authentic Italian recipes and serving Italian wines, handcrafted cocktails and local beer. The restaurant offers shareable antipasti, hot and cold plates, pizzas, pastas and entrees. Marcella’s bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling 50 Italian wines served by the bottle or quartino, as well as handcrafted cocktails and weekday happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The restaurant is located at 1801 Central Street in Denver and is open for dinner Monday-Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday for dinner from 4 p.m. to midnight; and dinner from 4 p.m. to midnight; Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Denver Broncos home game days the restaurant will open at 9 a.m. For more information visit marcellasrestaurant.com or follow us on Instagram @Marcellasdenver.

Birch Benders

As y’all already know – We’re big paleo eaters. It’s been amazing for our health but it can be a little challenging at times when cravings kick in. A big one in my family is waffles and pancakes. Hudson is¬†obsessed¬†with waffles and the kids always want pancakes on the weekends. However, I really¬†hate using regular sugar and flour – So much bleach, gunk and chemicals, so I would take forever trying to make paleo pancakes and they’d only come out “okay”.

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But when I stumbled across a Birch Benders’ Paleo Waffle/Pancake mix in Sprouts I was SO excited. “Only Add Water¬†SO much easier than 20 minutes worth of trying to get the consistency and taste justtt right.

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Well.. 2 years later and it is a staple in our home. That long being a customer and I happened to get an invite to an exclusive writer’s event thanks to Sprouts to Birch Bender’s Denver office!!¬†I was literally giddy!

Once we got there we were greeted by the sweetest people ever РTheir employees were so friendly, really passionate about their product and just happy with life (I would too if I worked for such a fun company!)

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The event was hosted by Sprouts and as usual they supplied delicious meals and drinks!¬†Thanks Sprouts, y’all are¬†the¬†best!

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Now.. Something I hadn’t known (Not sure HOW) was that they had created some DELICIOUS new products – Frozen Waffles!! Even PALEO waffles which they had learned to make straight from master waffle makers in Belgium.. How amazing it that?! They were so dedicated to creating delicious and healthy waffles that they searched all over the world. That is a company I love to support!

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Now I had a delicious, REALLY quick option for Hudson for breakfast since he’s obsessed with waffles! (And not just any kind… But specifically the frozen kind, because it’s an on-the-go-can-hold-it-while-I-am-rambunctious kind of waffle.. LOL) They taste just like a normal waffle but fill my children’s tummies with the good, wholesome ingredients they deserve.

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Their theme for the event was Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches.¬†They had a whole bar set up ready with all their new waffle types, different ice cream options and toppings. It was so delicious and brilliant – Decided I am going to do this for Hudson’s birthday party in November at the Colorado Railroad Museum! It’s going to be SO fun, so you’ll be seeing more of these kinds of photos soon ūüėČ

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Birch Benders is such an amazing company – Not just because of their delicious products but because of their passion behind it. We’ve been their fans for 2 years now but this event has only exacerbated this.. We’ll forever be Birch Benderites and we’re so proud they’re in our gorgeous state!

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Colorado Renaissance Festival

An every year tradition in my family is to visit the Colorado Renaissance Festival.¬†I remember going as a child and the fun memories have lasted over many years. My Children have such a blast – From seeing beautiful fairies to knights in full armor, they’ve got hundreds of things for children to see and do.

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My beautiful Family

But they don’t skimp on pleasing the adults – They’ve got alcoholic beverages from beers, ciders and margaritas for only $4.50! As well as decently priced meals and snacks!

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A gorgeous water statue dancing to Lakmé, Flower duet

Now.. Not only do they have fun festival games but they’ve also got camel/llama rides, pirate shows, jousting and royalty parades! I don’t think I’ve ever seen my step-daughter light up as much as when she saw the princesses.. A look I’ve seen before on myself when I too was younger¬†: ‚Ě•

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My Prince ‚Ě•

Hudson loved the beautiful ladies in their fancy dresses (Such a flirt…) but I think his favorite moment was the camel rides.. He lit up like a Christmas tree¬†: ‚Ě•

I highly recommend the Colorado Renaissance festival to anyone!! Families, Singles, Adults, ANYONE. You’ll have a blast from the PAST ūüėČ

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

Sprouts Event – Plant Based

As a paleo eater I love all things whole foods – Fruits, Meats and Veggies which are just so important for our bodies! The paleo lifestyle is based on caveman eating – Only things you would have found in nature (Obviously nothing artificial or processed). However, I don’t eat nearly as much meat as my Husband does so plant based eating has always intrigued me! So I went to a Sprouts Event where Dietitian¬†Suzanne Farrell explained the benefits, methods and products that plant based eaters use (and why!)

Screen Shot 2018-07-05 at 2.55.46 PMIt was so informative – I learned things I should be adding to my own diet to acquire certain vitamins/nutrients I may be lacking! Such as certain nuts (Almonds and Peanuts) that are amazing sources of protein, foods that provide Omega-3s if I’m not eating a ton of fish (Such as chia/flax seeds and spinach!) and so much more!Screen Shot 2018-07-05 at 2.55.23 PMThere were plant based products I never realized were paleo that were so tasty! (Like almond based hummus dip.. It’s SO good! Go to your local Sprouts and search around the hummus area – There are some great options for paleo snacking!)

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They were handing out samples of their watermelon to people in the store.. What other grocery store does that?!

I love Sprouts for their deals, their fresh foods and their products’ ingredients but most of all their tie to their communities. They’re always wanting to educate, help and assist everyone who’s wanting to learn about healthier eating! I love Sprouts!

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

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!