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*Crickets*

Hi friends. I feel like I should start this out with a “long time no blog” disclaimer. However, the holidays are upon us all, and for me and my family, that actually means that the madness starts in October with Vivien’s birthday, rolls into our wedding anniversary/Halloween a week later, into William’s birthday 3 weeks later, Thanksgiving a week after that…oh, and then that pesky holiday called Christmas.

You get the point, fall is a busy time in my household. My Mom is rolling into town tomorrow, and I’m taking a quick hiatus from my “day before visitors arrive cleaning the house dash” to check in, reassure everyone that I still have a pulse, and drop some stupid cute photos from the past couple weeks.

Like everyone else and their brother, my kids dressed up as Elsa and Olaf. Vivien adored trick or treating, and has the whole system down pat. She’s still eating all her treats she scored (that is, after I raided the plastic pumpkin from all the chocolate and left her with 1,000 tootsie rolls.)

Oh look! Here I am, for once!

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Anyway, speaking of cleaning my house, if you’re in the Denver Area, like I know many of you are, let me tell you about a rad company I just stumbled upon (review coming soon! So excited!)

Mile High Cleaning Company is family owned and operated locally here in Denver. We offer many different cleaning services for both the residential and commercial customer. No job is too big or too small.

Get 2 hours of cleaning for $44.95 or 3 hours of cleaning for $59.95 from Mile High Cleaning Company .


Healthy Lunch: A Recipe Post with Daisy Cottage Cheese

Anyone that has ever visited Colorado can tell you one thing: it’s a healthy state. My best friend came to visit and muttered something like, “How can you stand to be around so many fit people, all the time?” In reality, I don’t pay much attention to people watching these days, since when I’m out in public I’m simply trying my hardest to wrangle my own kids and keep them from doing dangerous things like running in the street, or teething on street garbage.

I do try to eat healthy though, and I try super hard to feed my kids healthy options. Many times, breakfast and lunch is hurried between various activities, outings, or an impending nap time. I also have a typical picky toddler, who’s favorite phrase of the late is, “VV don’t liiiiiiiike it.”

If she could survive off breakfast foods alone, she would be the happiest kid in the world. Girlfriend loves yogurt, fruit, cereal, oatmeal…but she hates eggs. And she also isn’t fond of breakfast type meats. Which means that her protein in the morning basically consists of anything dairy she eats. That’s why I started feeding her cottage cheese at a young age- and she still loves it.

For breakfast she and her brother both love eating cottage cheese mashed up with banana. I recently added another cottage cheese favorite recipe for them, but it’s a yummy (and healthy!) lunch recipe.

As for cottage cheese, all are not created equal. I prefer to only feed my kiddos the best, and Daisy Cottage Cheese has my vote of confidence. First off, I’m not big on the “low fat” craze and prefer to feed my family full fat options (within moderation) rather than reduced fat products. Daisy Cottage Cheese has no more than 4 ingredients; total. It also has none of the additives or preservatives found in other brands.

Healthy Lunch Cottage Cheese Recipe:

Ingredients Needed:

  • Daisy Cottage Cheese
  • Organic chunk lite tuna stored in water (I typically buy the bag kind, because I’m not a fan of BPA lined cans.)
  • Salt and Ground Peppercorn to taste

How To:

  • Scoop out 1/2 cup serving of cottage cheese with a measuring cup
  • Spoon some tuna on the side
  • Garnish with salt (I’m super into Pink Himalayan Sea Salt lately) and ground fresh peppercorn
  • *Optional* If you’re a fish lover, but trying to limit because of pregnancy, etc, sardines can be substituted.

About Daisy Cottage Cheese:

Because it has just 90 calories and 13 grams of protein (26% of your daily value!) per 1/2-cup serving of 2% cottage cheese, you can enjoy low-fat, 100% natural cottage cheese without giving up the creamy, delicious taste.

Whether you’re enjoying it as a quick snack or making a healthy meal, Daisy Cottage Cheese will help keep you going throughout the day.

100% pure, with no additives, preservatives, or added growth hormones* it’s also an excellent source of protein, a good source of calcium, and gluten free.

Nutritional Info:

Daisy Original Cottage Cheese 4%

- 3 ingredients (Cultured skim milk, cream, salt)
- Nutrition information (per ½ cup serving): 110 calories, 13 g of protein, 4g total carbs [see backup material for full nutrition fact panel]

 

About Daisy Brand:

Daisy Brand is a 4th generation, family owned dairy business, focused on making high quality, limited ingredient dairy products.

Daisy Cottage Cheese has been a dream of the 4th-generation owner for over 35 years. He was inspired to make a high quality, clean ingredient product in a category with no true quality leader.

His dream came to fruition when the company decided it was time to create – literally from scratch – a new product using innovative, never seen before processing techniques. After a decade of commitment, Daisy Brand launched an all-natural cottage cheese in 2007.


Thanks to Daisy Brand for sponsoring today’s discussion.


Meeting the Roxtars at Hard Rock

There’s just something fun about going to Hard Rock. The atmosphere is super rad, and it recently added in becoming a hip place to take the kiddos as well with their newest line of Roxstars.

Meet the Hard Rock Roxtars:

  • The Hard Rock Roxtars are each unapologetically original and designed to inspire kids of all ages to rock an inimitable brand of cool, allowing their originality to shine
  • Band members include:
    • Razzi™, “the motherly type” who is famous for squishy hugs and keyboard skills
    • Sir Kingston™, a British-invasion inspired rock-and-roller on lead guitar
    • Styler™, a free-spirited and accompanying guitar player
    • Buddy Jr™, a wild man who loves nothing more than a good drum solo
    • Skiddley™, the lead singer and “Mr. Cool” of the group   

Dress Like a Hard Rock Rock Star: 

  • To launch the Hard Rock Roxtars, Hard Rock Cafe is hosting “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?”  Contest to encourage guest interaction with the new Hard Rock Roxtars characters, kids menu, and merchandise
  • For one night, during the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, kids eat free* at Hard Rock Cafe with a paying adult
  • Guests can bring their favorite pint-sized rock star dressed in their best costume to the cafe for a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift card or a 2015 birthday party* for eight of the rock star’s closest band members and entourage
  • For additional information about the Hard Rock Cafe “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, contact your local cafe for contest details

Eat Like a Hard Rock Roxtar:

  • Children who dine at Hard Rock Cafes worldwide are greeted with their own Hard Rock Roxtars activity book, themed menus, guitar-shaped plates and photo opportunities
  • As part of The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining, a mission and online resource that helps parents and children alike select healthy menu options when dining out, Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will offer healthier food options, such as Skiddley’s “Not-so-diddley” chicken breast and “Twisted ‘n tasty” cavatappi pasta

 

Stay Like a Hard Rock Roxtar:

  • The brand also has plans to globally expand the program to engage families traveling to select Hard Rock Hotels®, with the Roxity Kids Clubs®
  • Children who stay at Hard Rock Hotel locations with their families will receive a special Hard Rock Roxtars Activity Book at check-in and unlimited entertainment at Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club, a family-friendly, music-inspired haven, where kids can rock to their own rhythm, catch a live Hard Rock Roxtars performance or take part in experiential, engaging and music-infused learning activities

Win It:

One lucky reader will win a Hard Rock gift pack which includes a themed guitar-shaped plate, a 6” plush Hard Rock Roxtars character, a Hard Rock adult t-shirt, an activity book, and a $50 Hard Rock gift card!
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*Restrictions may apply.
The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest.”


Baby, it’s fall outside

I’m well aware that is not how the song goes, however, I love fall and I wish there were more festive jingles involving MY favorite time of the year.

On Sat. we went to Mile High Farms for our annual pumpkin patch trip. It was so much fun recreating photos I took of Vivien last year, an entire year later. The biggest addition is that I was 8.5 months pregnant last time, and now William is here and 10 months old! Late fall babies trip me out- like this year will be William’s first Halloween. But I digress.

We really had a fun day at Mile High Farms, and were able to let Vivien dictate what she wanted to do. Which meant riding the “choo-choo” about 8 times.

This isn’t the best picture but I absolutely adored watching her ride it, and every time she’d pass us, I’d see a tiny little hand pop up and a small (big) voice yelling, “Hi Mommy!” I nearly collapsed from the cute overload.

We all love Mile High Farms because once you’re in, everything is free pretty much. They don’t try to upsell you to buy train rides, or bounce house turns, or petting zoo admission. Sure, there’s food available there for a cost- and the pumpkins you pay for (at a very reasonable rate) but all in all, it’s a fun and cheap family outing.

We were able to walk in to the corn maze, but Vivien wasn’t feeling it, so we didn’t get to do it. Last year we did, so maybe she will enjoy it again next year. Or maybe that will be our first stop next year, instead of one of the last. Regardless, they have two different mazes available- a large one, and a small one, so it’s perfect for kids of any ages. (Like I mentioned before, Vivien walked the entire mini-maze last year by herself at 23 months old.)

This post has been fairly Vivien-heavy, but William was there too, and really loved all the extra daddy snuggles he got in the ergo. He even took a pretty good nap in it.

We then boarded the hayride (which consequently, we found out the hard way that Vivien is allergic to hay) and headed to the massive pumpkin patch.

Once there, we searched long and hard for the “perfect pumpkin” and Vivien chose her favorites.

One of my favorite things about Mile High Farms is that it’s a legit pumpkin patch- like you have to choose it and cut it off the vine. I hope you enjoyed the photo dump of fall cuteness as much as we enjoyed the memory and (now) tradition of going to Mile High Farms. If you’re in Colorado, I highly recommend taking the trek to Bennett for this hidden gem. It’s well worth it!

Happy Fall, friends.

Visit Mile High Farms Receive $2 OFF ADULT / $1 OFF CHILDREN & SENIORS 


Disclaimer: My family and I received paid admission and free pumpkins in exchange for my post. However, we have paid to go ourselves in the past, and will continue to go every year because we love it that much!


Favorite Fall Activity

Every year I anxiously wait to go to the Pumpkin Patch. Last year we visited Mile High Farms (see my post here) and it was so much fun that I can’t wait to share with you some promos they have going on. We’ll be going to the Farm around the beginning of October, and I can’t wait to share those photos with you again. If you’re in the Denver area, don’t miss the coolest corn maze around, and our favorite place to experience fall fun with a hay ride and pumpkin patch picking frenzy.

This year at Mile High Farms get ready for our newest additions of activities inspired by the most creative individuals on the planet – kids of course! We have a Craft Castle full of imaginative stations for the entire family. Also, we’ve upcycled a 1937 Chevy School Bus into a birthday party destination where you can host your child’s special events! And you don’t want to miss our new maze inspired by what we believe to be an undiscovered dinosaur found on our land while planting our pumpkins! Our approach is simple; plant with imagination, water with fun, grow something special. Follow us on Facebook for all the details. Fall Into Fun at Mile High Farms!

Click here for a special coupon for you : $2 OFF ADULT / $1 OFF CHILDREN & SENIORS


Thanks to USFamilyGuide and Mile High Farms for sponsoring this post.