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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mohawk Carpet is Made for Stains - Get In On This Sale!

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #GoodbyeWorry

Well we have these adorable kiddos and one sweet kitty who seem to think our carpet is the place for all things GROSS.  It really is true, once you become a parent, yes even a furbaby parent, your things become just THINGS.  Nothing stays beautifully placed for long in our home.  It's just a fact.  My long time friends will tell you that before I entered the world of parenthood I was a FREAK about the cleanliness of our home.  I'm talking about crazy things, like if the picture frames were in the right place or the candles matched the couches. Yes, that was me...in the past.  Now I am pretty sure we could make a treasure map on our carpet from all the stains that it has encountered in the last 4 years.  


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About a year ago I was introduced to the Mohawk Smartstrand Carpet that I now have on our 10 year wish list of upgrades.  Wondering why I have that on our list?  Well, let me me real blunt, this carpet is magic.  Seriously! 

We took the challenge again and had some fun with Mustard and Ketchup and our little square sample came out super clean!  Smartstrand Carpet has a built in stain and soil resistant protection that is permanent - it will not wear or wash off.  

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Most stains can be removed with no chemicals!  Hey Hey!!  Simply use some warm water and a mild detergent and the stains disappear...magic I tell ya!  


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Not only is this carpet amazingly soft but I really love the idea of being able to take care of all of our many disgusting stains with water and soap.  One day, our home will be covered in this from floor to ceiling!  HA!  Okay, maybe not.  Let me bring into my world of parenthood for a moment, just so you understand why I so badly want to have this Mohawk Flooring in our home ASAP!  


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She is cute right?  She always has been, except for that one day.  Let me tell you about that ONE day. I thought once I had a boy I had seen it all.  Exploding diapers, dirt pies, sand in butt cracks and pee arches but my sweet little lady put all of that to shame that ONE day. Our sweet little cupcake was almost 1 year old on the day I will never forget, the day that Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet was put on our wish list.  She was crawling around our room like a pro.  I was watching her with a smile on face and then I saw it.  Wait...oh no...NO it cannot be.  YES, Oh.My.Gosh! It is!  A four letter word - POOP!!  


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Now that fly on my wall got a great view of me racing to that sweet girl and picking her up and running to the changing table.  YIKES!  POOP, every where!  After she was cleaned I went to our lovely light beige carpet and saw the trail.  Guess what, I cleaned and scrubbed that spot for an hour - we do not have SmartStrand so every morning I walk on that trail.  I know where it is still, no one else does but I do.  YUCK!  


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Well that perfect trail could be washed by us finally being able to check that SmartStrand Carpet off of our Wish List.  We are in luck.  It is time to celebrate with Mohawk!  

Now's the perfect time to buy new carpet because of the Mohawk Anniversary Sale & Sweepstakes - this sale is happening now through October 27th!  Save up to $500 on new flooring or Save 50% on select carpet!  Perfect.  Time to indulge and allow those Root Beer Float Parties in the bed room with out worry!  

BUT there is more to celebrate!  Time for you to enter the Mohawk Sweepstakes too!  Simply follow the link and you will have the chance to win one of three cash prizes!  CELEBRATE!!  

Once we get that dirty old carpet out of our house we will finally have something that stays nice and looks clean all the time!  I cannot wait!  Mohawk Carpet is totally made for crazy families like ours.  


* Offer available on select Mohawk SmartStrand carpet styles and Mohawk ArmorMax hardwood purchased from September 12th thru October 27th 2014.
** Offer available on select Mohawk carpet styles and only at participating Retailers purchased from September 12th thru October 27th, 2014
Offers can not be combined.
Special Financing Available - ask Retailer for details.


What is one thing on your Wish List for your home?  

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Candy Corn Poke Cake #Recipe

I know that not everyone loves the traditional Candy Corn Halloween treat but I do.  The fall bug has bitten me long ago so I am already thinking everything Halloween.  Now don't get me wrong, I adore the Halloween spook but I mostly enjoy the cutesy costumes and decorations.  I decided to treat my friends and family to an early Halloween Dessert last weekend and they were not disappointed!  I love me a good Poke Cake because they are delicious but also super easy. This is a little different take but still simple and still moist and perfect!  

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Candy Corn Poke Cake

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Ingredients:
2 boxes of WHITE cake mix, plus everything to make batter as directed on box
1 tub of Cool Whip
14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
Yellow and Orange Food Coloring
Candy Corn 

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Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 baking pan.
2.  Mix both cake mixes as directed on boxes.  Separate the batter into 3 bowls.  Add the Orange food coloring to one bowl and mix well.  Do the same for the yellow food coloring.  Leave one bowl as is - white.


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3. Starting with the Yellow batter, spread the batter evenly in the cake pan.  Make smooth.  Next add the Orange batter on top of the Yellow batter.  Carefully spread it evenly.  Finally add the white cake batter on top of they Orange batter.  Again, carefully making the batter even.  

4.  Bake cake for 30 minutes.  


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5.  Immediately after removing the cake from the oven, start poking holes into the cake using a wooden spoon end or long tooth pick.  

6.  Once the holes are through out the cake, pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake.  Cover the whole cake.  

7.  Cover cake and refrigerate overnight.  Once ready to serve, top with Cool Whip and decorate with Candy Corn!  

Enjoy!!  

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The moment I took this cake out to slice it I was in love.  The colors are perfect and don't get me started on the taste!  Oh.My.Gosh!  SO GOOD, so moist and so delicious.  I foresee this being a start to Halloween Treat tradition in our home.  

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jude's 2014 School Photo

This year Jude's school picture shows us how much he has grown up.  Sure we see that funny CHEESE face every once in a while but then we see this handsome grown up little boy too.


4 Year Old Preschool - 3 Day Half Day.  

ADORABLE!  

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Feathered Halloween Door Wreath #DIY

Halloween!  Have you decorated yet?  Have any traditional decorations that you display in your home or even in your yard?  We do not SOOOO I decided to get crafty this weekend and create something perfect for our front door!  I am finding myself in love with Door Wreaths recently - a perfect addition to our home.  

Feathered Halloween Door Wreath


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While I am in love with all things Door Wreath I really do not have time to spend hours on a wreath so while I was feeling crafty I headed to my local Michaels and found a way to get our home ready for Halloween but on a great budget and in less than an hour!  

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Items You Will Need:
Foam Wreath - I used a 16 inch
Glue Gun and Hot Glue
4 yards of boa feathers (I found 2 different colored ones on SALE!)
Embellishments of your choice - see the glitter spiders!  Fun!

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Directions:

Like I said, this took me way less than an hour to create, which is the reason I love it.  To start your wreath take one of the boas and start the wreath by hot gluing the end to the foam wreath.  Let set for just a minute.  

Next, simply wrap the boa around the wreath, covering all the foam.  Start the second boa the same as the first.  Again, making sure to cover all of the foam wreath.  Hot Glue the ends in order for the feathered Boa to stay put.  Simple!

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The last step is to decorate the wreath with the embellishments.  I strategically hot glued the spiders into the feathers.  

Once decorated to your taste, simply hang up and enjoy!!

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I love the Orange and Purple color combo for Halloween.  It brings so much more color to the dark holiday.  


Do you have any plans for crafting this Halloween?

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Thomas The Train

Last weekend we had a family day to the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden Colorado to spend a Day Out With Thomas!  This was the third year that we have gone to see Thomas the Train but this was Teagan's first year.  

The weather was perfect!  Not rainy like last year.  Once again, the Colorado Railroad Museum showed us a fantastic day!  The activities and train ride is so well run that even though it seems like an expensive day out it is SO worth it!  


These two!!  Can you tell that they are related?  CHEESE FACE for Thomas!  


Jude has always been a fan of trains and Thomas but Teagan hasn't ever really showed a huge interest in him but when she saw Thomas all over the train yard she was so excited!!!  She kept saying "OMas" over and over again!  So cute.  And Jude was just as smitten with Thomas for the 3rd year.  


I absolutely love visiting the Colorado Railroad Museum.  It is a small but fun outdoor museum with a tons of trains that the kiddos can play on and climb into.  Its a great museum for active kiddos.  Plus these trains are so cool to look at, some of them are so big!


Thomas tattoos for everyone!!  


Teagan was all over the place, needless to say we were exhausted by the time we left the museum!  We decided to not bring the stroller so she was running and climbing on everything.  She was loving the freedom and the dirt!!  HA!


That smile!  She has us wrapped around her little finger and man she knows it!  


Out for a ride with Thomas.  Teagan loved when we turned a corner because then she could wave to "Omas"!  Hi OMAS!  So cute!


My heart!  These two know how to challenge me and my mommy skills but moments like these that are captured in photos help me stay positive and thankful for the moments I have with them - even the rough ones!  


If you are looking for a hands on place this is it!  



SO big!!  The Rio Grande Yellow train is something spectacular!  I love taking pictures of the kiddos in front of it.  I hope that we can do this every fall and see them grow.  


I was trying to be artsy with this shot but Jude and Teagan had other plans - RUNNING!! 



Seriously, the photo opportunities at this museum are fantastic.  This is a giant snow plow for a train. Even Jeremy and I felt tiny when we looked at this train.  I cannot imagine seeing this coming down the tracks.  


Teagan was terrified of Sir Topham Hatt.  I cannot blame her, he is a bit funny looking.  So since she wouldn't stand by herself we decided to make it a family picture with him.  


Sorry for the picture overload!  It was a great day and we got some great photos of the experience! 

Have you visited Thomas with your family?

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie #Recipe - Medifast - Week 9

Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Program.Medifast products and the Medifast Program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.



Week 9 Updates:

Hard to believe that I have been on this rocky journey for 9 weeks!  But it is true.  Last week I recommitted myself and in doing so I lost 1 pound!  While it isn't a TON I felt a huge relief when I stepped on the scale and saw the numbers go down.  This puts me at a total loss of 16 pounds!  YES!!  

Recently, I have been craving cookies!  GIVE ME ALL THE COOKIES!  So I decided to turn the Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, that I have a horrible time eating even though I adore oatmeal, into cookies! Yes, cookies!  This recipe is super easy and I make enough for 4 meals (4 packets of Oatmeal) and separate them into ziplock bags for easy meal options on the go!

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Medifast Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Recipe:


Ingredients:
4 packets of Medifast Oatmeal
1 tsp cinnamon
9 packets of Splenda 
1 1/4 cup cold water
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla  

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Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray. 

2.  In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients.  Mix well!

3.  Let mixture sit for 8 minutes.  

4.  Spoon mixture into 12 cookies on the cookie sheet.  That equals 3 cookies per meal.  

5.  Bake for 12 minutes. 

6.  Let cool before putting cookies into ziplock bags.  I keep my cookies in the refrigerator until eating.  

ENJOY!  

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Upcoming Worries:
My very best friend and her husband are moving to Colorado this weekend.  It is going to be a crazy weekend of helping them move in and we also have 2 BBQ's to attend!  Yikes.  I will be focusing on my water intake!!  This week at work I have been trying to drink more water and it has helped me stay focused and feel full.  That is so important while at work so I am hoping I can use that trick this weekend as well.

Goals:
WATER!  WATER! WATER!!  I feel so much better when I drink more water.  The bloat goes away and the munchies disappear too!  


Weight Loss:

Month 1 (-9, -2, -1, -2)
Month 2 (-1, 0, 0, 0)
Month 3 (-1,

Total Weight Lost = 16 pounds


GOALS:

Goal 1 - To make Medifast a new habit (21 days!)  Started the program on  7/20/2014 - stay on plan until 8/10/2014!!  COMPLETED!!

Goal 2 - 20 pounds gone

Goal 3 - 30 pounds gone

Goal 4 - 50 pounds gone

Goal 5 -60 pounds gone


Start a new journey and save some money while doing it!



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Limit one per customer. The OURSTORY28 code is limited to new customers only and not valid with prior purchases, Medifast Advantage, or any other promotions or discounts.


Both codes expire on 12/31/2014. See website for complete details on program and discounts. Consult your physician before beginning a weight-loss program.



What are your Tricks when you head to BBQ's?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hard Rock Cafe Denver - Kickoff to #Pinktober Celebration

Disclosure:  We were VIP guests of this event in return for my review. 


Our Date Night last weekend was full of music, fun and Pink!!  Yes, Pink!!  I was honored to take Jeremy to the re - Grand Opening of Hard Rock Cafe Denver and to be a part of the kickoff for a great cause called Pinktober!  The Hard Rock Cafe Denver is in the heart of downtown on the 16th Street Mall and I was excited to see the changes and enjoy the new memorabilia that I was told about.  I had not been to the Hard Rock Cafe for at least 10 years!  The moment we walked into the cafe I could tell that the remodel had been done - the cafe is modern and totally updated!  It looked fantastic and honestly I started wondering why we didn't come to the HRC more often!  Music, good food, great drinks and lots of great memorabilia that will have you and your friends/guests talking all about your favorite musicians and bands.  

photo credit - Essence By Chelsea

Check out our happy smiling faces!  Those faces might have been from too many pink margaritas!!  Delicious!  I was very excited for a night on the town with my hubby but I was also super excited to be apart of the Kickoff to Pinktober.  

The Pinktober Celebration was all celebrated with a Pink party!  Our favorite Local radio personalities from  Alice 105.9, Slacker & Steve, kicked off the evening with a Pink Party, launching Hard Rock Cafe Denver’s annual PINKTOBER campaign, in support of breast cancer awareness and research. All of the guests could have registered to participate in the Race for Cure, donate their bras to Slacker & Steve’s Banner of Bras for display at Race for the Cure and make a donation to Susan G. Komen Colorado.  The house was packed and those bras were being dropped in the box like crazy!  


The food was fantastic and it made be realize that we need to visit the Hard Rock Cafe for more than just drinks in the future!  SO GOOD!  Aren't these PINK chips and Margaritas the coolest?  


The stage was set for a great evening of music.  We got to hear a band from the local School of Rock of Denver.  Those kids were fantastic.  The music is in their hearts that is for sure.  After the School of Rock band performed we got a chance to win a ton of prizes and then enjoyed a concert from Rachel and the Kings.  A great way to wrap up the night.  


Oh and Jeremy was happy that he got to enjoy a street taco!  Yum! 

Hard Rock Cafe Denver’s New Vibe


Originally opened within the Denver Pavilions in November 1998, Hard Rock Cafe Denver’s renovation, encompassing 
the entire 10,938-square-foot property, includes new modern d├ęcor; an expanded bar area with 24 beers on tap, more than half of which feature local microbrews; outdoor seating with views of downtown Denver; the Rock Shop retail store; and the signature hard Rock Cafe stage, highlighted by four new state-of-the-art 52-inch multimedia screens. The private Red Rocks function room overlooks Denver’s iconic 16th signature 20-foot neon guitar, and also received a floor-to-ceiling makeover.

The renovated cafe offers a unique look at the history and future of music, with an entirely new memorabilia 
collection. The more than 200 unique pieces showcase the history of rock and roll, with a focus on artists who have 
performed at Denver’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Highlights include boots worn by The Doors’ Jim Morrison; 
a guitar smashed in 1964 on stage by The Who’s Pete Townshend, when the band was still called the High Numbers; “ventilator” glasses worn by Elton John during a performance; a set of handwritten preliminary lyric ideas by the legendary Jimi Hendrix; handwritten lyrics to “Rhiannon,” photocopied by Stevie Nicks, with notations added; and a tobacco burst Gibson Howard Roberts acoustic guitar used by Alex Lifeson of Rush, among other items. These pieces and more will be further highlighted on the cafe’s cutting-edge, multimedia Rock Wall SoloTM, featuring multi-touch technology that enables fans to explore the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia collection, and virtually tour all of Hard Rock’s venues worldwide. 

Adding to the excitement of Hard Rock Cafe Denver’s new look, Hard Rock International recently rolled out a newly 
redesigned menu, following more than 14 months of culinary development, intensive research and guest evaluation. 

The extensive process resulted in the addition of 30 new menu items, and the modification of 28 existing menu items. As it always has, the made-from-scratch menu remains full of fresh ingredients, but more local and seasonal 
offerings have been integrated as well.


Make sure you take part in the 2014 Pinktober campaign if you live near a Hard Rock Cafe.  

For the last 15 years, the PINKTOBER® campaign has raised millions of dollars globally for breast cancer awareness and research. What makes the PINKTOBER® initiative so unique is that it mobilizes the rock and roll community and its patrons from around the world to join the fight against breast cancer through creative and exciting partnerships, events, merchandise, and music! This year’s campaign includes limited time menu items, beautifully designed merchandise and electrifying events at Hard Rock properties worldwide.

Support the cause while satisfying your hunger and quenching your thirst. During the months of September and October you can order from a variety of food and beverage options that will send partial proceeds directly to our breast cancer charity partners. Choose from a Red Berry Press, Wild Berry Smoothie, or get a Fight of 3 Margaritas coupled with pink tortilla chips to get your meal going. If dessert is more your tune, our Decadent Red Velvet Cake is sure to satisfy that sweet tooth.

FIFTEEN YEARS, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, ONE GLOBALLY UNIFYING CAUSE



Have you visited a Hard Rock Cafe recently?

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