Denver storms

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Chick-Fil-A – Grilled menu items are great in kids’ books!

Chick-Fil-A Grilled chicken menu is such a great choice for picnics or sporting events. Quick healthy meal on the go, a fit for all family members #ad

Chick-fil-A officially has rolled out three new entrees – the Chick-fil-A® Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Chick-fil-A® Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich and Chick-fil-A® Grilled Nuggets – in an ongoing effort to provide more flavorful and “craveable” grilled options for its nutrition-minded customers. I brought the delicious tasty Chick-Fil-A food to my youngest boy's baseball practice with all the fixins and we had a little dinner picnic at the field the other night.  I know we are not alone in the race to get home from school, do homework, feed the kids {a healthy meal}, and get to where we need to be at a certain time for an after school activity.  I know this to be very true. Chick-Fil-A food … [Read more...]

Elitch Gardens Opens May 3!

Elitch Gardens in Denver

Visitors and Denverites look forward to summer time cause that means the opening of Elitch Gardens, America's only Downtown Theme and Water Park!!!  Ah yeah!!!! It seems different this year for me because the boys are getting older and I actually want to bring them with me to Elitch Gardens.  In the past, I may have been guilty of sneaking away with my girlfriends and leaving the kids at home ... or maybe not.  I love my boys but sometimes Moms have to have theme park fun too!  But now that they have matured and grown up, it will be MORE fun to come ride the rides together. Check out my momma friend (and fellow Canuck!), Amber from Mile High Mamas!  We may have had a LOT of fun on the … [Read more...]

I Shaved my Head

She shaved her head to raise money for childhood cancer research. What an inspiration

Yes, it's so very very true!  My shoulder length, thick but fine, soft, dark hair is gone.  I shaved my head to raise money for Children's Cancer research through the St Baldricks Foundation.   The Fado Pub location raised over $415,000 by 600 participants!  That is crazy! Here is a picture of me and my hair Friday morning...  And here is one from yesterday... It was such an emotional experience.  Very liberating mostly.  Would I do it again?  Definitely.  Will I do it next year?  Not sure about that right now.  I say that not because of the experience but because I might want to grow my hair.  Will I do it in the future?  Most likely. I have never really put much thought in to shaving … [Read more...]

Shaving my head

Head shaving is about to happen

Yes, you read that right. St Baldricks Day is coming up. What is St Baldricks? Take a look... You can help. Donate ... or join our team and shave your head too! This is something that is very exciting for me.  We have a little 6 year old boy at my boys' school who is going his THIRD round with leukemia.  He will be getting a stem cell transplant in the very near future. This is my why. What's more is that for the last couple of years, my youngest boy and Jaiden played together in the playground as their older siblings went inside to school.  Matthew will hug Jaiden just walking by him.  It's really interesting to see the dynamic between 2 little boys that they probably are so … [Read more...]

Sleep Problems? Try the Sleep Fairy for your kiddos!

Sleep problems for your kids?  Try the Sleep Fairy!!  She

Some nights are hard for my boys to go to bed. {hold me! and grab me a glass of wine}  Some nights make me want to scream! {tell me I’m not alone} A pediatric occupational therapist gave me this ah-mazing idea.  She actually did it with her kiddos. Meet ... THE SLEEP FAIRY! Oh, she’s the sweetest fairy!! She does THIS!! She leaves the boys notes to tell them what she saw at their bedtime.  She is encouraging and provides ‘incentives’ for them for good behavior at bedtime.  She is real to the boys which is awesome.  The funny {and somewhat common} thing about this situation is that they’d rather IMPRESS and LISTEN to her! But, oh, no, not me ... why would they listen to their … [Read more...]

Cleaning the house

House cleaning

I just HAD to share this cute series of pictures of my boys cleaning. Not sure about you, but it is sooooooooooooooo hard to get my boys who are 6 and 8 now to do anything around the house WITHOUT pulling teeth or some crazy incentives {aka bribery} ... yes we have a chore chart. The point is that they actually WANTED to do this on their OWN.  Not even because they wanted something ... WHAT??? So, yeah, I had to document this serious act of God.... I love his look when he realized I was taking pictures of him .... Does this ever happen in your house?  Like, you wish they would just WANT to pitch in because it's 'fun' not because they HAVE to ... … [Read more...]

Taradara on Rachael Ray

Taradara has her 'debut' on the Rachael Ray show cooking up one of the Top 10 Recipes of 2013 as … [Read more...]

Silhouette Black Friday Deals + Christmas Craft

Easy Canvas Holiday craft with Silhouette

Silhouette is having an AH-MAZING BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!! It’s their BIGGEST EVER!!! {be sure to use "TARA" as your coupon code} If you’re thinking of buying a Silhouette or getting supplies, this is the time to jump on it!!    So, I made a little Christmas Themed canvas wall hanging using my Silhouette Vinyl. Here’s how I made it... Get your supplies:  Computer, Silhouette, Vinyl, Canvas, Paint, Paint brushes, Ribbon, Hot Glue Gun Open your Silhouette app on your computer. Click the ‘text’ icon Type in your message.  Mine says: “Were you naughty or... nice??? Hmmm...” I then highlighted it and went through the different fonts and used one that I liked. Then click the … [Read more...]

HyperWear review

I'm wearing my HyperWear vest and showing exercises you can do with HyperWear sandbells. I really do love these … [Read more...]