Hi, guys! Remember me?! Just popping in today to share some photos from our most recent fishing trip to Manitou…
Hi, guys! Remember me?! Just popping in today to share some photos from our most recent fishing trip to Manitou…
Hi, guys! Remember me?! Just popping in today to share some photos from our most recent fishing trip to Manitou Lake.
Colorado has some nice spring days in between the weirdo freak blizzardy, snow days.
Maddie gave Owen a chip. She convinced him it wasn’t spicy. He believed her.
I hope life is being kind to you, friends.
Happy Friday! I hpoe you guys have a had a great week, if not… at least it’s over! Can I get an Amen?! Uh-huh! Phew, it’s been a long one here too. I did however FINALLY make progress with my whole no license thing. A lady at the DMV on post finally opened a law book, checked Alaska laws and turns out, when you pair it with my Military ID, it’s still valid! It’s valid up until we go back to Alaska, or up until 90 days after David gets out of the Army! WHAT THE WHAT!?!?! So we printed off the papers, took it back to the social security office, and wham! Bam! Done! She ordered me a replacement card AND changed my name. AMBER MCCAIN! No more last name crap messing with everything. I wish I could sit & write up the whole long story, but it’s too much to even make sense of. But, believe me when I say that Social Security can mess up. Remember all our Tax Return issues? Lordy. Anyway, so I still had to order a new birth certificate (even though I have the original), but rules change and I had to cough up $57 to order a new one. Ordering over phone saved me $20. Online it would’ve been $77. Isn’t that insane?! For a new birth certificate! WHEN I HAVE THE ORIGINAL! So crazy. But, in about 2 weeks I’ll have my new Social security card and my birth certificate, so I will be getting a COLORADO license that says McCain. I AM SO FLIPPIN’ EXCITED! David & I have been married for TEN years and this is just now happening. Seriously, it’s been a process.
In other news, I’ve lost weight. If you follow me on Instagram (I don’t know why you don’t already) you’ve probably seen this… that shirt is a size MEDIUM! I’m usually a large or XL depending. Now, I have a closet full of cute clothes & literally nothing to wear. It’s weird. They’re all too big. I told David that I was glad I at least still had all of my shoes. But, I love a good excuse to shop, so yay! Except I’m totally too cheap to pay full price. I don’t think that makes me cheap…I think clothes just cost too much. While I don’t mind paying full price for some things (boutiques, small businesses, friends’ shops), I don’t think that Gap needs $20+ for a basic gray undershirt. I go thrifting. I scored 4 shirts (all mediums, WHAT?!) for under $15 the other day! That is a win, folks. That’s a total win.
So, if you have recommendations on what I should do with my old clothes (seriously, they’re good and cute), let me know before I just donate them. And any suggestions on where to shop for new clothes? Thanks in advance!
I love Colorado. Have I said that?! I do. It’s so pretty here. The other day, David & I loaded up with Owen and headed out West. (I think it was West) We ended up in a tiny town just outside of Woodlawn Park.
Isn’t this place just gorgeous?! And let’s talk about that Bear Proof trash can! What the what?! This is so crazy!
I’m off to grocery shop now. Well, pick up a few things we forgot yesterday when we went. I hope you guys have an awesome weekend! Pop back in Monday and link up to the Best of the Blogosphere!
Happy Friday, folks! We’ve made it til the weekend! That’s a win, right? Owen (my preschooler) has no school today or Monday, yet my older two do. We have big plans today, folks… we’re going to order a new Social Security card and…. wait for it…. HOPEFULLY GET ME A NEW DRIVERS LICENSE! WooooO! I know you’re all as equally excited about that as I am. If you’re clueless as to what I’m talking about, I talked about it here (and then talked about Dolores Jane side-eying me here)
I wish I could just let all of you come stay with me for a bit, just so you could take in Colorado’s beauty with me. We went fishing last weekend and headed towards a different place. This time, we went up to the Skagway Reservoir, up near Victor, Colorado. It was GORGEOUS! I actually preferred Manitou Lake, but this place was gorgeous and it was nice to see somewhere else. The drive up was INSANE! Through one stretch was NOTHING but people parking to take photos. It was so insane. I thought for sure we were going to see someone fall off of a cliff. Thankfully, we didn’t.
I shared an outfit post (Fall sweaters rock!) and it was CUTE! Check that out here.
We didn’t catch anything, but that was fine with us. We ate, hung out, enjoyed the beauty, and fed some ducks. I wasted a whole sandwich trying to get a duck to cooperate so that David could take photos of it. He shared them here if you’d like to check that out. Overall, it was a really nice (chilly) day.
I hope you guys have had a great week! I’ll be back first thing Monday morning with another round of Best of the Blogosphere! Get ready to link up your best posts.
And then on Tuesday, I have a really yummy, kid friendly recipe for you! It was good!
Happy Tuesday, friends. I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and have a good week. Saturday we packed a cooler, loaded up and headed out to Maintou Lake in Woodland Park, Co. IT WAS GORGEOUS! When we lived in Georgia, there was a little pond down the road that we’d often head out to spend the day at. We’d been missing that pond lately, so David finally Googled fishing places near us. Oh my goodness, you guys. While the kids didn’t catch a single thing (totally fine, because we’re catch and releasers anyway), we had such a nice day!
We stayed for a few hours, ate lunch, fished, and then David & the kids tossed around a football while I browsing through pictures I’d taken earlier that day. We ended up a little sunburned, but overall we’re good. Fin’s face was fine by the next morning. My lips were puffy by the end of the night from being so sunburned. They peeled yesterday and it was super gross and all flakey and I couldn’t do much about it without making my mouth bleed. It wasn’t fun. Especially since yesterday was preschool after a week of being gone, so all eyes were on us already. Good times, good times. After tons of coconut oil, they’re better now. Raw, but super smooth.
We hope to head a bit farther out next weekend to try out a pond David read about. I’m so glad that Fall is finally trying to roll in and that the weather is a bit cooler. It makes it more fun to do outdoor activities and easier to spend longer outside.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LiveWell Colorado . The opinions and text are all mine.
Did you know that Colorado adults are some of the healthiest in the country?! Makes sense right? All the gorgeous hiking trails, swimming holes, snowy adventures, and outdoor beauty it’s no wonder that we spend our time being active outdoors. But, did you also know that Colorado ranks 24th out of the 50 states for our kid’s physical activity? 24th! What is that?! Isn’t that sad? We should be #1 or at least the top 10! I’m happy that my husband and I enjoy spending time outdoors and that we involve our kids in everything that we do, but that’s not the case for everyone.
We lucked out really. We live walking distance from a beautiful park with awesome climbing trees. We’re a couple of miles from family friendly hiking spots. The kids go to a great school that encourages healthy choices & outdoor play. My 4th-grade son’s teacher told the kids on their first week of school that they only homework they’d have would be whatever they didn’t finish in class. She said she wasn’t going to give any homework this year in attempt to help kids get more outside play time. I jumped for joy when I heard that and I’m sure they all did too! I wish more teachers took this route!
Unfortunately, not everybody is as lucky as we are. More that a quarter of Colorado kids are obese, increasing their likelihood of suffering from health problems like high blood pressure and symptoms of prediabetes in the near future. That’s NOT okay! That’s where the NoMore24 campaign comes into play. The NoMore24 campaign aims to increase Colorado’s awareness of childhood obesity and to encourage people to sign the No More 24 Pledge. A movement to change our communities, schools, and our state to put an end to childhood obesity. Kids don’t have the freedom in today’s world to play outside nearly as much as I did when I was their age. When I was growing up, my siblings and I spent our afternoons running wild in our “backyard”. We spent time hopping off hay barrels into hay piles and following creeks just to see where they go. My mom literally rang a big ole cow bell to call us home for dinner. I wish I could give my kids that freedom now, but this is a different time and we don’t live in the backwoods of a small southern town anymore. That’s why it is so important that kids have recess and PE. We need to remind schools that recess is important, safe routes to walk or bike to school are important, and healthy lunches are important.
Join me in signing the pledge to end childhood obesity at NoMore24.org. No more 24, Colorado! Are you in? Childhood obesity ends with you.
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Now that we live in Colorado, we do a lot more hiking. Nothing too strenuous because we always have the kids out there with us, but we still go out for hours at a time just seeing what’s out there. Each time we go, I make sure to pack a bag full of things we definitely need and things we might need. So today, I thought I’d show you how to put together the perfect hiking bag since I’ve kind of become a champ at it.
Snacks. I go with these goodnessknows® Snack Squares for me & David because they’re tasty, come in three different flavors (Cranberry, Almond, Dark Chocolate, Apple, Almond & Peanut, Dark Chocolate, and Peach & Cherry, Almond, Dark Chocolate) so there is a bit of a variety to choose from. And then I let the kids pick what snacks they want for the day.
Sunblock. Being almost 10,000 feet closer to the sun means you’re definitely more likely to get burnt. Even if you don’t live in a higher altitude like we do, being in the sun for hours at a time without sunblock probably just isn’t the smartest choice.
Band-Aids. You just never know when you’ll need a band-aid. You could get scratched by a tree, fall while climbing and scrape yourself up, or if you’re my kid, you could just need one because you like the design and you’re four years old.
Sunglasses. I feel like this one is a given. It gets pretty bright outside.
Neosporin spray. Goes hand in hand with the band-aids.
Deodorant. (hello, sweat)
Chapstick. Don’t question it, just trust me.
Wipes. Do you know how many times I’ve wanted to just wash my hands while hiking? Wipes are always a good thing to have on hand.
A handy bag. I went with the a rope bag because it’s handy & hands free! It has two main pockets – one for snacks and one for other items.
Water. Good ole h2o. Again, spend lots of time outdoors and you’ll need to stay hydrated! I use one with a clip to clip it to my bag (hands free!)
Good hiking boots. My mom & brother got me a pair for Christmas and I love them! I didn’t think they’d make such a difference, but they definitely do!
What about you? Do you and your family hike? Spend time outdoors? What else would you add to your bag? Have you tried these goodnessknows® Snack Squares yet?
I found them near the checkouts – be sure to grab one up next time you’re checking out of Walmart! I think the goodnessknows® Apple, Almond & Peanut, Dark Chocolate is my favorite. Which one is yours? goodnessknows® Snack Squares reminds us that doing a little good for yourself can go a long way. Give yourself a break and enjoy life.