City girls visit a Farm

20140912_170346I don’t even like to camp, much less dig up dirt with my fingernails and root up a carrot or potato, but I had a rare opportunity to visit a local farm.  It was awesome!  My daughter’s class had a field trip to Miller Farms in Platteville, and it was a great experience.  Sure, it was a crisp, cold 30-degree day in early September, but we managed.  The kids couldn’t feel their fingers and toes by lunch time, but they managed to still pack a bag or two, three or four of fresh, organic produce to take home.   Miller Farms has a fun play area for kids, and places to take pictures, and burn off steam.  If the weather would have been nicer, the kids might have played harder too!

20140912_120716Since the field trip, we are enjoying the yummy eats so much, I am considering going in on a farm share or visiting a farmer’s market weekly.  The tomatoes taste fresh and so darn good that you can just bite into them.  The fresh sweet corn is edible without cooking.  In fact, kids were removing the husk and eating the corn on the tractor, as we went from field to field, picking fresh produce right off the vine, husk, or digging them up from the dirt.  The potatoes were great, and the carrots are sweet and perfect.  We got peppers and onions, and enjoyed green beans.  With all this great produce, plus the squash and zucchini from my neighbor’s garden, we are eating very well in our house.  Menu planning for tomorrow: DONE!  Carrots as snacks, mashed potatoes, and corn, with a pasta dinner.  Tonight, I made a quinoa salad with spinach, black beans, garlic, and the tomatoes and fresh peppers we picked.  YUM!  I made samosa puffs with the potatoes, added20140912_102635 peas and wrapped them in croissant dough – baked up and yummy.  Last night, we enjoyed vegetable stir fry with the green beans, squash and zucchini,  buttered corn on the cob, and peeled carrots.

If you know of a good organic farm share, let us know your thoughts in the comments.  I think I am really liking the idea of making fresh, yummy things at least a few times a week.

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Frozen at Hollywood Studios- “All good things” on a 110-degree day

20140728_135909 20140728_132255 20140728_132355We traveled a lot this Summer, and the highlight for the kiddos was probably the limited engagement Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.  This limited engagement is going on until September 28, 2014, and it’s super  cool to visit on a typical Florida Summer day.

We had one day left on our MILITARY SALUTE 4-day hopper, so we chose to go see this extravaganza since the kids can’t get enough of Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and the gang. It was different, and I think since we just visited Hollywood Studios in January, this was a real treat to see some different things, and experience Disney in a different way.  The park was not very crowded when we went, probably because the heat index was 110, and the rides were not crowded either.  Parking is the same at Disney no matter what you do – über 20140728_122408pricey.  Take the tram to the front, and the kick off parade at Hollywood Studios for Anna, and Elsa, and their whole crew is 1045 am.  You do not want to miss this.  It ends at the Sorcerer’s Hat for a dance spectacular.  After this, you can go visit a few special exhibits, but before you do so, get your Fast Passes for the rides/shows you want, and then go get tickets at Stage One for the FROZEN Sing-A-Long – this is fun for younger audiences, and it is a sing a long with Anna, and Elsa, and Kristoff.   Here is a list of all the special things as part of FROZEN Summer Fun LIVE!

The kids favorite part was the Sing-A-Long but they loved playing in the snow in Florida in the blazing heat of Summer- granted, we live in Colorado, and get the real stuff, but there was something magical about it.  All the cast memb20140728_122011ers had the Oaken’s outpost accent too which transformed us to Norway for a bit.  There is an ice rink inside this exhibit and you can rent ice skates too!  But since we live in Colorado and can skate at Keystone or Vail, we skipped it.  The parade was magical in the morning, and kicked off the day nicely, 20140728_111034and we did not stay for the fireworks they are only for certain days, so check the website or listings before planning for this.  All in all, it was nice to cool 20140728_122737off indoors and with Anna, Elsa, and the gang on an extremely hot day in Central Florida.

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Kidecals – A Review

KidecalsI reviewed kidecals’ labels.  I have already been a fan of good, solid labels for all the kids’ items.  These are a bit cheaper than the Mabel’s Labels I reviewed, but they all come in one shape/size, and they come on one flat sheet or two, so they are tougher to store than Mabel’s Labels, but functionally, they serve their purpose.  For back to school, they are perfect and do the job!  They are waterproof, washer/dryer safe, and you can stick them on backpacks, canvas, plastic, containers, and inside of shoes too.  For these labels, you can get a sheet with different shapes, or all the same shape in different sizes.

If you are looking for a solid product and some cute designs and shapes, kidecals may be a good alternative for you to more expensive back to school label packs on the market.  I designed my child’s with first/last name and my phone number.  Since she is starting Kindergarten, things can get lost, so hopefully with the cell phone number, it can also be found.  Happy Back to School to you all!

*Disclaimer: I tried free Kidecals pack (mega combo) to review.  The opinions expressed here are my own. 

 

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Milestones & Memories — They are both in School!

20140818_07323720140818_073234Well, it is another milestone year!  Our little one started Kindergarten, and now they are both in full-day school.  For us it is not a schedule change, and nor were tears shed because we both work outside the home.  The kids are used to going to some sort of school, daycare, etc., year-round. But, it is still a milestone.

Part of me is sad because this signifies the beginning of letting go.  And yet, part of me is relieved to drop off and pick up at the same location.  It’s the little things, really.  We are excited for this year to get going since the first week is a little slow.  We are at a great school and the kids have great teachers so we are stoked.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t share these important milestones.  And low and behold, we are now planning for winter camps, spring break camps, and yes, summer 2015 camps.

Is it really that time already? I think we will blink, and it will be Christmas.  Have a great school year everyone and enjoy your milestone moment, whatever that may be.

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Back to School Review of Mabel’s Labels

It’s Back to School time, and that doesn’t just mean shopping for a new wardrobe, a new backpack, lunch bags, and supplies (oh, those dreaded supplies), it also means labeling all that stuff and labeling it so your child’s pink Carter’s jacket doesn’t get confused with the identical one in her classroom. So, this summer, as you are shopping for supplies and all that new gear, don’t forget to get some cool labels for your child’s back to school. For us, our second (youngest) daughter started Kindergarten! But, alas, that means labeling and re-labeling it all including jackets, shoes, lunch box, containers inside the lunch box, and of course, her backpack and supplies.

Mabel’s Labels has a great Ultimate Back to School Combo TM.  Check out all their cool products here and act now to get the amazing discount – it is a great deal. I got to try out their Ultimate Back to School Combo to write about today and let me tell you, we are set.  For just one of my daughters, we received these dishwasher safe, microwave safe, UV resistant stickers that include fun colors and designs, 40 skinny-minis as pictured on their site, and 50 tag mates, 16 shoe labels, and 2 teeny tags. Talk about being set for the new school year.

I have used many of their products for 2 years now, since my eldest started kindergarten and their products are well made, and last – whether you need to label lunch bags, back packs, shoes, books, containers, or anything else, these labels take a beating, a washing, and keep on going!  Give them a try.

Happy Back to School to you!

* Disclaimer:  I received one ultimate combo back for one of my kids in exchange for a review.  The opinions expressed here are my own.  I was offered no additional compensation.  Please read my general disclaimer as well.

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