Monday, April 13, 2015

Family Fun

The weekend is always better when family is in town. Sean's dad came to visit and we went to the  Red Rocks Amphitheater and explored a little bit of Evergreen. The boys had a great time with their Papa. I love learning about the new state we live in and and we found so many cool places that we would like to visit this summer!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Letting Kids Be Kids With all free clear #FreeToBe

Now that spring is here and the weather is nice, the boys and I are exploring the open space behind our home more and more. We go out looking for treasures, see what they can climb and what adventures we can go on. It also means that allergy season is upon us and kids will be kids no matter what is in the air.

We gather sticks and rocks that catch our eye, we jump over streams, hop over deer poop (yes, they like to point that out) and avoid the cacti at all costs. My boys are always up to play outside and go on adventures. They often play out there on their own, within our boundaries, but I like to think when I join in on the fun, it's a bit more magical for them. They like to teach me about their surroundings and what they have found. I listen and try to remember their stories and love how their imaginations work.

Often times, ok pretty much every time, when they go on their little adventures, they come back filthy. It just goes hand in hand with having boys who love to learn on their own. I've learned to let go and not freak out when their jeans are covered in mud because it can all be washed. I want them to live free.

Speaking about washing, I've been using all free clear laundry detergent for my family lately and I've been so happy with it. Not only does it get out all the stains they may get but it helps simplify my laundry routine and I don't have to worry about any skin issues because it is 100% hypoallergenic! I want their memories in their mind, not on their clothes.

As a mom of 3 active boys, I love that I can use just one laundry detergent that is #1 recommended by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians. Other detergents just don't measure measure up to all free clear!

If you want a laundry detergent that is tough on stains but gentle on your kids' skin, then I highly recommend all free clear. Go here and see all the all free clear products to buy on your next grocery trip. Let your kids be kids and allow them to be #FreeToBe! 

Friday, April 3, 2015


G loves the park. / Water table fun. / Lacrosse practice.
Spring is here! / Perfect seat. / Good morning!
Denver Zoo. / Slime time. / Crazy drivers.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Trip To The Zoo With Skip Hop {review & giveaway!}

When we moved to Colorado last summer we started looking into fun local places to take the kids. We decided to get passes to the Denver Zoo and we've been a bunch of times now. I swear every time we go, we discover a new animal and we always have a great time.

We kind of have a little routine when we go now. We walk around the park counter clockwise, we have to stop and see how big the boys are compared to the penguin on the wall, we all ooh and ahh over the orangutans, we stop to play the drums, we take the nature trail, we pause for a snack and so on.

My boys each have their favorite animals that we must visit. Hudson has to visit the cheetahs and he loves talking about being a zookeeper one day. He also wants to become president so he can make cheetahs household pets (good luck on that one, bud). Parker loves the giraffes because of how tall they are.

When I take my boys out on adventures to places like the zoo, I love to use my new Skip Hop Forma Backpack.  I can throw everything we need for the day in it and still have my hands free. That is so important to me when chasing around a 1 year old!

Before I used this, I was just using a bulky old diaper bag and pretty much kept it in the car and would throw a few diapers and a pack of wipes in my purse when we would go places. This backpack has been so awesome since it has plenty of pockets, a changing pad, 2 multi-purpose packing cubes (hello snacks!), and it can clip to the stroller handle to free up storage in your stroller's basket. I also love the quilting detail. This backpack diaper bag is perfect for parents on-the-go!

Want to know something great? I am giving away a Skip Hop Forma Backpack to one of my readers! Good luck!

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The diaper bag was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Skip Hop for hosting this giveaway. All pictures and opinions are 100% mine.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Finished Quilt Top

So a couple weeks ago I decided to take a quilting class at a local quilt shop. I've been sewing since I was 16 years old but I am all self taught. I have made things here and there but I never know if I am actually doing it correctly so I signed myself up to make a quilt.

It was 4 hours of learning, doing, laughing, eating and generally having a good time.  I didn't know a single person when I signed up but I am so glad I did it and will most likely do another class in the future.

I did all of the cutting and a little sewing in the class but I ultimately finished the quilt top at home and I am really happy with how it turned out.

Isn't it pretty!

I am making it for myself and just love all the colors. I still need to pick out the rest of the fabric for the back and then I will show you when it's all finished!

Friday, March 13, 2015


Silly baby. / H earned his Tiger Cub badge. / Baking with these.
Keeping an eye on his fish. / Wrestle Mania. / Picnic time.
16 months! / Waiting for Spring. / He was stuck in the mud.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Let's Coupon! {part 3}

It's no secret that I love to save money so I have pretty much become obsessed with couponing. I've taken on this challenge to see how much money I can save each shopping trip and I love it. If you want to know how to start shopping with coupons, I mentioned in Part 1 the basics of couponing and in Part 2, I mentioned how I use my phone to coupon.

Today I'm going to get more into how I get ready for a shopping trip.

1. Make a list. This is simple. Just write down what you need. Later I will break down my list by store by who has a better deal.

2. See what's on sale. I do this by looking at ads in the newspaper I get or going to my store's app. Using an app is a great way to see the weekly ad and know when a sale starts and ends.

3. Try new brands. This has been a big thing for me. I really like certain brands but since I've started couponing I've really learned to try new things.

4. Check your coupons. After I've made my list and checked the sales, I go through all my coupons and the sites I like to print coupons from (like I see how many I have and write it down next to the item I want.

5. Know your store's coupon policy. Every store has one so make sure to check it. You never want to hand over 10 like coupons and are only allowed to use 5. I have found the more organized I am with my coupons, the nicer the cashiers are about scanning them.

6. Organize your coupons by store. Once I have my list for each store and the coupons all clipped, I paper clip them together. If I'm shopping at multiple stores in one day, I'll use a small piece of paper at the front with the store's name so I don't get confused.

Sounds pretty simple but please know matching up coupons with sales does take a bit of your time and I think some people get discouraged by this.  I usually try to do this when the boys are at school and the baby is taking a nap or after all the boys have gone to bed at night.

Now it's time to go shopping! One of my biggest tips for people who want to start couponing is do small shopping trips the first few times. Get used to matching up coupons to sales, finding the right items at the store and the right price, and using the coupons. Even if you just save 30% off on your total, it's still saving!

So do you coupon? Anything specific you'd like to know?