Dashingly Dirty

It’s dashing and it’s dirty…it’s the Dirty Dash and it’s coming to a location near you. Well, maybe not. That depends on where you’re at BUT it’s coming to a location near me! Can you say #TeamFineS’Wine!

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Intimidating, I know. Fear not…this race is great for all skill levels AND you can whoop it up for the cam an we’ll never know how many pits and obstacles you decided to tiptoe around. As for team Fine S’Wine, well, let’s just say there *was* blood, oh ya.

411 Recap from last yr? Here: 411 Recap from last yr.
Photo Journal? Here:
Photo Journal.

What’s the chapstick first aid about you ask? Well, let’s just say — that Fine S’Wine wasn’t a Boy Scout ;)

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Get the scoop on this year’s muddy mess…and start training now! Beer, mud, more beer, friends. Yep. That’s it. You’re in! Oh, camera. Check.

 

ColorCoatedGnar’s Favs @ColorMeRad

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If pummeling your friends with powdered color bombs and getting hosed down by perfect strangers armed with liquid color spray are your idea of a good time, then this is the 5K for you! What I love most about these silly themed, untimed races – um, besides the silly theme and the fact that it’s untimed - is that they’re ideal for beginner runners…aka: my five-year-old, whom raced via piggyback for most of this one #mommyworkout

Top Favs and/or Least Favs:

Blue boogies – two days worth, yum
Uber blue bath water – and the ring it left behind
The blue glow on our skin – three showers later!
Can you say #PhotoOp? (yes, in shades of blue)
Blue stain – how is it that the entire rainbow of colors we encountered = blue?

Late Season Ski Fix…Monarch Mountian

Just for a weekend, but squeezed it all in…epic powder @ Monarch Mountain, Amicas, The Jug, Patio Pancake, Riverside Park, Tenderfoot, F Street Bridge views of the Arkansas River and invaluable time with family and friends in a little town dear to my heart…Salida, CO.

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Learn to Ski/Board on the Cheap @ Echo Mountain

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Wouldn’t it be great to have a ski area close enough to Denver to avoid all the I-70 mess? How about a place with affordable prices, small enough to set the kiddos free – night skiing available (to squeeze a few runs in after work/school). I guess I’d wish for close-in parking, reasonably priced food and amazing views too…but we can’t have it all, right?

Well, maybe we can @ Echo Mountain!

Echo is fairly new to Colorado, privately owned and designed to meet the needs of families…but they let experts on the slopes too, particularly in the tricked-out terrain park, where boarders can be seen from the chair lift – entertaining crowds with their daring performances. The lodge offers spectacular views of the Rockies, free WiFi AND a close watch on the one, main lift as well as a good portion of the mountain. What does that mean to you? Well, if your kids are old enough, you can relax, work, surf the net and maybe even sip a cocktail…all while the kids take their wild energy to the slopes.

Not quite there yet? Echo has ideal accommodations for the little ones too! With a magic carpet, handle toe and several novice runs, you are assured opportunities for those in their early years on the mountain. Kid’s lessons are a good idea too. Get ‘em up there young and they won’t have to endure the pains of adult learning!

Don’t forget to gear your little ones up right! “Best Winter Gear for Kids”

We Saw the Sevens but Not the Falls

It was my son’s comment as we were leaving from our visit to Seven Falls in Colorado Springs, CO. His lack of enthusiasm had much to do with our timing – not just that we chose to visit in the month of December when the falls are frozen over, but because we had set out before sundown in hopes of benefiting from the sun’s warm rays. One small detail overlooked: the icy falls light up at night. Oops.

I wouldn’t say the trip was disappointing though because we did get to see many beautiful sights, ride the elevator to the top of the mountain (stairs closed due to ice) and shop inside the toasty warm gift shop.

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If I had known then what I realize now, yes, I would have suggested a winter *evening* visit so we could enjoy the lovely Christmas lights and the colorful glow of each of the seven frozen falls. I guess that’s what this blogging stuff is all about though – providing helpful tips to other families, right? We’ll just have to take the kids back in the summertime to hike around and experience the falls…not just the sevens.

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A Hop Back in Time…Thanks to Air Pogo

Flashback circa de 1988 to scrunchie-held side ponytails, layered socks and stonewashed, pinch rolled denim. It was the stage of life where a transition from childhood tomboyish tendencies into a seemingly well-mannered young lady is a mandatory progression if one is to survive scrutiny of the unyielding judgments projected from hormonal preteens…particularly of the female sort.

It was my escape. An acceptable means of releasing a pent up need to just be silly – play, jump, laugh till your tummy aches kind of fun. I could jump rope with it, experiment with the forces of gravity with it on the trampoline – braving the no-net, dauntingly exposed spring edged rectangle of fun – or use it as intended…and my proper development into preteen maturity was not doubted by any.

So, you can imagine my delight when I received this product for review. The Air Pogo Jumper…my children’s pogo ball. It was just as I had dreamed but increasingly innovative. This Pogo Jumper arrived in a box with a pump. Assembly was easy: insert the red ball into the center, pump to desired firmness…and bounce.

My eight-year-old son was a natural. My four-year-old found it to be more of a challenge (it helps to let some of the air out so she can balance,) but that makes sense considering she’s a bit young for the recommended age…but don’t think she’s going to give up that easily…we’re still recovering from our summer At the Rodeo!

CReaTIvE ExeRCiSE…and we’ll be trying this out on the trampoline once the snow melts. *Not a recommended use but with safety nets, padded springs and the convenience of 911 on the cell phone what could go wrong, right?

 

 

 

 

What’s That Mouse Doing in Your Stocking?

That’s no ordinary mouse…

While our family won’t be making a stop at a Disney theme park this winter (hopefully a summer trip!), we will experience the whimsical charm – vicariously through Disney favorites found stuffed in our stockings for Christmas morning.

Walt Disney toons have been a holiday favorite in our home since our first child was born. I get a year-round giggle when I think back on a quote from one of the Mickey’s Magical Christmas movies ~ a princess explains what she’s thankful for: friendly mice who make beautiful evening wear!

Unfortunately, we don’t have designer mice at our home (or in our stockings) but we do have enough of one special mouse to make us all smile…Mickey Mouse. His ears are in my son’s closet, his stuffed clone on my daughter’s shelf and this holiday season, he’s making a grand appearance, mostly in one specific room in our home – the children’s bathroom!

With foam soap dispensed from these familiar ears, the kids will be delighted to wash their hands – we might even personalize a set of Disney hand towels to assure our hands get dried! Boo boos will be handled by…guess who…Mickey. My son will learn to shave with lessons from, yes, Mickey (and a handy learn-to-shave kit). AND (this one is a stretch but worth a try) we’re going to see if a Princess Hair Care Set might help convince my wild one to sit still for a do!

You can find these and many other Disney products, well, pretty much everywhere…and check out the Mickey’s Magical Christmas movies for sweet memories and giggles all year long!

 

For fun family tips and a chance to win a trip, check out Disney’s D-Lightful Living on Facebook.

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