Monthly Archives: October 2011

Straight No Chaser charms Denver – Ooohhh, Ahhh Cappella!!

I was lucky enough to be able to see, hear, and even meet ‘Straight No Chaser’ (SNC) a 10-member (all male) A Cappella singing group in Denver on Thursday October 20, and they were fabulous.  It was a good show with one intermission and was roughly 2-hours of singing, dancing, and antics.  The singing group is super talented, of course, the fact that they are all very good looking doesn’t hurt either, and the entire show is PG so kids are welcome.  And, yes, they let you videotape, photograph, and encourage you to share with your friends.  Their website is a great place to share comments, photos, and stories.  

Ryan & Randy

My previous post on SNC was written a few months back when I did not know much about them but had only seen a DVD with their music well, now, I am here to say, I am a true fan!  The show was amazing and they performed two encores, one being their popular ’12 days of Christmas’ which is so hilarious and well-sung too.  I have been to three concerts now this year, and I was most

impressed with how they sit down at a table afterwards to meet each fan- not a single one turned away.  Exhausted, and beat, they still rustle up energy and enthusiasm to meet with their fans after the show, to autograph, to say hello, shake hands, and simply be their fabulous selves- down to earth and friendly. Did I mention they will follow you on twitter and write you back too?  Yes, that is the type of talent you are dealing with here – make no mistake, the fame has not gone to their heads and they are still the college guys from Indiana University who are ready to respond to you, answer your questions, and just be themselves.

The show is great and if you can catch them at a venue near you, I definitely would.  Don got a lot of attention at the Buell theater in Denver because he is from Littleton.  I was very impressed with the diversity of this group too and their backgrounds.  You can check out their bios at: and get to know each of the members.

Pic with Rome, Mike, and Seggie

Amazing time with my amazing friends and my new ones too!





LEAD: Michael; L to R: Randy, Don, Ryan, Walter, Tyler, Jerome, Dave, Seggie, and Charlie

Keep Monkeying Around —Monkey-Toes Shoes for toddlers

A good friend of mine has her own company called Monkey Toes — Jen, a mom of three, started the company 10 years ago and was hand painting each pair of her very cute shoes.  Check out all the products here.  Pictured to the left is the pair we were able to try out — the size 7, Shiver Mary Janes – perfect for the upcoming holiday season.  Monkey Toes tennis shoes (with laces or lace free) come in sizes 4 through 8 and Mary Janes with the elastic buckle come in sizes 3-7 so your child can be in their first pair from the moment they start to walk!  My older daughter has biggerfeet and is jealous she cannot get them in a size 10… yet 🙂

They are comfortable and easy to slip on and off.  If you get the  mary janes (with the elastic strap), you may need to figure out, when you first get them, the proper fit for your child’s foot and may need to poke an extra hole if the strap does not fit.  Some kids have smaller feet than others.  But once you do, then you will not have to fool with the strap again unless you want to, of course.  If you go with the tennis shoes, I really think it is a good idea to try to shoeless laces and that way, they can slip them on and off themselves.  My husband was frustrated initially with the MJs because we did not know they were elastic slip on and also we had to poke an extra hole to make them a little tighter for our monkey with tiny, small feet.  But, once you figure these out, they are pretty easy!

Additionally, every pair of the monkey-toes shoes are packaged in adorable keepsake boxes which coordinate with each styleof shoes.   The company also includes trading cards in every box – keep them or share them with friends.  In our case, my girls fought over them – oh oh!  Try to have plenty on hand.  Retail price is $29.99 available online at or available at specialtygift stores nationwide.  Considering I spend $20-$35 at stride rite on shoes for the kids, I think this is reasonable and you can also buy accessories at the website as well.  Check it out – the pumpkin shoes are perfect for fall – in mary jane style or tennis shoe and no-tie laces are only $2.00.

And, my friend at Monkey-Toes is giving Get Clued In readers is a special deal through November 15 at Monkey-Toes–  25% OFF your purchase.  What a great deal – for the shoes that is over $7.00 off the retail price.  Don’t miss this opportunity, and enter CODE: GCI2011 check-out.


Truly the Greatest Show on Earth- Ringling’s “Fully Charged” Electrifies Denver

Now through Oct 9 - click to get tickets

We were so excited to attend our first circus as a family.  We are so lucky to be part of a family called the Feld Family Activators and I have to say of all the shows I have attended so far, this just was truly ‘The Greatest Show’ we have seen.  The hype lives up to its promise- The Denver Coliseum was ‘Fully Charged’ on opening night and will continue to be through October 9.  See my post here and get your tickets as soon as possible.  Even on opening night which was a school night, it appeared sold out.  There re multiple shows and even afternoon shows on the weekends.  The Denver Coliseum though is a perfect venue and boasts free parking as well.  Perfect venue for the perfect family show.

Included with your admission 1.5 hours before show time

Your ticket includes three events in one- there is an open animal tour which begins 1.5 hours before show time and then, 1 hour before show time is a real treat.  It’s a full-access pre-show right there on the coliseum floor so you can take your kids and see all the action right up front.

watching the zebras

And, the show will start one hour later and last over 2 hours with an intermission!  Talk about getting your money’s worth and keeping your kids over stimulated.  Even after I got home, I was definitely ‘fully charged.’  I think the kiddos were too though- oh no!

Kids were able to dance along - full access pre-show


The pre-show, full-access show on the floor was a treat – the kids and the older kids too can ride on circus props, put on costumes, take pictures with clowns, and even dance with the amazing dancers.  There are amazing tricks performed right before you and you can get autographs, and pictures to your heart’s contend.  Since our kids are younger, the animal tour which is on coliseum grounds (so they can run around), and the pre-show were a lot for them and perfect.  The littlest one loved all that action more than the circus itself which fails to keep the attention of a lot of 2 year-olds. But, my 4 year-old, hubby and me were completely enthralled and did not want to move during the main show either.

Fully Charged show

The show itself also has something for everyone and talk about talented- wow!  The dancers, comedians, clowns, tight rope artists, and animal trainers are amazingly talented. And, at the Animal Open House and Tour, we even got a chance to meet the veterinarian.  I have to say that was awesome… considering all the rumors out there regarding care and treatment of circus animals, we were thrilled to ask questions, to see the care in process, and get educated on what Ringling and others are doing to help animals instead of harm them.  It’s an open book and in this time and age, we were thrilled to learn so much more about their care for the tigers, horses, zebras, and the endangered  elephant.

tightrope act- amazing talent

All in all, I have to say, this is a must-see for families!  If you choose to spend money on one show this year, make it this circus and enjoy this ‘greatest show’ and definitely use the discounts available.  There are tickets available directly from ticketmaster, and discounts available from other outlets as well.  Coupons were sent out as well to businesses and homes so check, and remember kids can get in for $10 with adult admission.  Definitely not a show to miss – check out Ringling bros. ‘Fully Charged’ before it leaves Denver or a city near you.