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Dresses from Shabby Apple

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.

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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!

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

Potty Training with Pull-Ups

As many of you know, we have been trying to potty train Vivien now for a while. She hasn’t responded well with it, so we have decided to take it slow, and not push her (which inevitably induces a temper tantrum of epic proportions.) One thing reigns true though, she loves being able to take her own “undies” on and off and sitting on the potty when she sees fit.

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Wordless Wednesday: Impromptu Photo Shoot

Vivien is at the age that she actually enjoys having her photo taken, which seriously warms my heart as a mom-tographer. So when she actually suggests doing a photo shoot in the front yard? I’ll take it!

Seriously? Slow your roll, Tyra.

Oh, and “Budder Bear” also had to make a debut:

Be still my heart.


{Leggings courtesy of Sew Itty Bitty Designs}