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If you are like me and have little athletes in your house you will want to check out these great Summer camps at D-1. Click here to register.







Date: 6/5-8 & 6/12-15

Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18
Price: $199
Build your functional movements and soccer skills in a camp led by Colorado Springs Switchbacks professional soccer player, Conner Bevans! There will be 8 sessions, all 1 hour long from June 5th to June 15th. The camp will be weekdays, Monday – Thursday. Ages 7 to 18 are welcome to register.


Date: 6/26 – 6/29
Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm
Ages: 14 – 18
Price: $99
This linebacker camp is specifically for high school students! Train with D1 Sports Training Head Coach and former DI linebacker, Taylor Rodriguez. The camp will be Monday – Thursday, June 26th – June 29th. Ages 14 – 18 are welcome to register.


Date: 6/19 – 6/22
Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm
Ages: 7 to 13
Price: $99
Former division 1 linebacker from the University of Northern Colorado and D1 Sports Training Head Strength Coach, Taylor Rodriguez, will be leading a camp specific to linebackers. Train with a DI athlete and develop your skills. The camp will be Monday – Thursday, June 19th – June 22nd. Ages 7 to 13 are welcome to register.


Date: 6/19-6/22
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18
Price: $99
Join us for a hitting and base running camp led by Colorado Christian college baseball player, Ryan Clark! The camp will be Monday – Thursday, June 19th – June 22nd. Ages 7 to 18 are welcome to register.


Date: 6/19-6/22
Time: 1:30 – 2:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18
Price: $99
Following the hitting and base running, college baseball player Ryan Clark will be running an infield camp! Learn from a former collegiate shortstop the techniques and skills to be successful in an infield position. The camp will be Monday – Thursday, June 19th – June 22nd. Ages 7 to 18 are welcome to register.


Date: 6/19 – 6/30
Time: 11:30am – 12:30am
Ages: 7 to 18
Price: $150
Learn from former college athlete Colton Harkins on how to improve and develop your vertical jump! The camp will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, June 19th – June 30th. Ages 7 to 18 are welcome to register.


Date: 6/24
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Ages: 7 to 13
Price: $49
Join us for a quarterback clinic led by former college football player, Kyle Windebank! The camp will be on Saturday, June 24th from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Ages 7 to 13 are welcome to register.


Date: 6/24
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Ages: 7 to 13
Price: $49
Train in our wide receiver specific camp led by D1 Coach and former college football player, Kyle Windebank! The camp will be on Saturday, from 12:30 – 1:30pm. Ages 7 to 13 are welcome to register.


Date: 7/17 – 7/27
Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18
Price: $199
Build your functional movements and soccer skills in a camp led by Colorado Springs Switchbacks professional soccer player, Conner Bevans! There will be 8 sessions, all 1 hour long from July 17th to July 27th. The camp will be held Monday -Thursday. Ages 7 to 18 are welcome to register.

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I just wrapped up my 2nd week of boot camp at D1 Sports Training. Don’t let the sports training fool you, I am not there because I’m an athlete, I’m not ( see my previous post here for proof). I’m here because I need to get in shape ( again, refer to post 1 for proof).

Have you ever worked out so hard you were certain you had to have lost a few pounds in that single work out? I have had a few of those days lately where I rushed home and was certain that the crazy workout had shaved off at least 1 or 2. This is not the case, BUT not to fear. What I’m learning at D1 and with my clothing is that it isn’t about pounds. It’s about inches.

Ladies, LISTEN! I’ve finished week 2 and I’m in the middle of week 3  and my clothes are fitting better! I’m firming up and I’m sore in places I didn’t even know existed. That has to be a good thing! The best part of this journey is I feel better. I feel strong and I’m proud that I’ve stepped outside of the box. In this case, I’ve jumped outside of the box. You will know what I mean when you try out D1.

What You Can Expect From a Class at D1

The biggest challenge of a D1 boot camp class is showing up for the first class. I was so scared and thought I would look like a fool. WRONG! There are people with various skill levels which includes mine ( wine drinking, cheese loving mom).

The class goes at a great pace. You do a fun warm up and then you are given a circuit of 5 or 6 exercises to do for 4 or 5 sets. It totally caters to my ADD because it’s always something different. See that picture? That’s me on the far right. I don’t look like I’m dying or anything! Yeah me. You will sweat, you will burn on average 450 calories per workout. That is awesome!! I wear a Fitbit and I burn between 410-457 per workout.

Once you start the boot camp, you will gain a little weight but lose inches.  YOU WANT THIS TO HAPPEN. This means you are converting fat to muscle. Muscle weighs more ladies. Once you have converted to muscle, WEIGHT LOSS! Don’t forget, THE MORE MUSCLE YOU HAVE, THE MORE CALORIES YOU BURN. I’m in the middle of week three, and it’s starting to happen!

I’m barreling through week 3 and I’m loving it. A side note, the trainers are easy on the eyes, incredibly helpful and I’ve made some new friends. I’ve also joined a professional soccer league, JUST KIDDING. I’m still in the wine drinking, cheese loving mom group thank you very much!

D1 is launching a MOM’S BOOTCAMP next week. It’s starting APRIL 3 at 9:30 am. This is a great opportunity to meet moms and be ready for tank tops and sundresses by Summer!

D1 is hooking MY719MOMS BIG TIME. If you follow the link below you can get the 4-week boot camp for FREE! Slots are filling up fast, though, so give it a try. I PROMISE you will love it! STAY TUNED FOR MY WEEK 3 REVIEW, I’M GOING TO TAKE THE PLUNGE AND POST PROGRESS PICTURES.


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We recently polled moms to find out if they had talked with their kids about marijuana. While many said they had, a large number hadn’t or if they had, they felt it was a brief, ineffective conversation. Having the “sex” talk with tweens and teens can be hard, but having the “pot” talk can be just as challenging. Many of the moms we spoke with were sidelined by some of the questions and responses from their kids when they brought up marijuana. Below are three of the most common questions moms were asked by their kids and suggestions from Good To Know Colorado for how you can answer them.

1. Marijuana is all-natural so it’s ok, right?

Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe, especially for teens. Tobacco is “natural” but we all know it’s not safe. Did you know that marijuana smoke has many of the same chemicals as tobacco smoke? Smoking marijuana can make it harder to breathe and affect your coordination, lung capacity, and athletic performance. Using marijuana can hurt your brain development too. Studies have shown that teens who use marijuana regularly are more likely to have learning and memory issues. And, marijuana can be habit-forming. It’s harder to stop using marijuana if you start at a young age. So, natural doesn’t equal safe.

2. Which is worse, alcohol or marijuana?

It’s not really about which is worse. Both are illegal for anyone under the age of 21. Both can be harmful when abused, and both have negative health effects. There are consequences to using both as well. If you’re caught with recreational marijuana, you could get charged with a MIP (minor in possession) and face fines, public service hours,misdemeanor/felony charges and even possible loss of your driver’s license. You could also lose your job, get kicked off sports teams, be suspended from school and even lose financial aid for college. It’s not worth it.

3. Why is it okay for you to use marijuana?

I’m an adult. The law says that adults over the age of 21 can use recreational marijuana. The reason for this is that teen brains are not developed enough to handle marijuana. Your brain is still developing until you’re 25-years- old. Using marijuana when you’re a teen has negative health and legal consequences, which could stand in the way of you achieving your dreams.

Many of the moms we spoke with said they felt completely useless once they got into the conversation about marijuana. It’s amazing how teens and tweens can reduce us to mush during these conversations. That’s why Good To Know Colorado also has developed the following tips that can help make the conversation more effective:

Know the Facts: Get informed about the laws, health effects, and negative consequences for youth who use recreational marijuana so you can answer your kids’ questions. Good To Know has lots of information here:

Choose the Right Time to Chat: I am the queen of starting the conversation at the wrong time. Watch and listen for cues. If you hear a commercial on TV about marijuana, that can serve as a good intro. If your child brings up the topic or if you encounter someone using in public, that can be a doorway as well. Make sure you have enough time to really talk and answer their questions.

Relate to What They Can Lose: If your tween or teen participates in extracurricular activities, they can lose this privilege if they’re caught with marijuana. If your child has a goal of college scholarships or military service, these can be lost as well. Tap into what is at risk and tangible to your child.

State Your Expectations: While you want to maintain an open door for conversation, as the parent you need to make your expectations clear. “I expect you to not use marijuana until you are of legal age,” is a very clear statement.You should also make the negative consequences clear and follow through on these consequences if your child is caught with marijuana.

Keep Talking: While you don’t want to beat a dead horse, you need to repeat this conversation. Experts recommend starting the conversation and continuing it until age 21.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Good To Know campaign is an excellent resource for parents, coaches and teachers to learn about how to talk with kids about not using recreational marijuana. There is so much great information for you to tap into at It’s also great for when you get stumped, and trust me you WILL get stumped by some of the questions and arguments you get.

Remember, DON’T STOP having the conversation!


Sponsored by: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Good To Know Colorado Campaign.

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This is me 4 years ago. I was a size four. I felt fantastic. I’m not exactly sure what happened but this is me now. I suppose if I had to guess as to how I got so big it would boil down to wine, food, age and a bit of laziness, okay, a lot of laziness. When I finally realized I was 20 pounds heavier I freaked. What do I do now? I tried all of the things I had done before to lose weight, but something about being over 40 changed the game.


For the past year, I have literally used my child as a human shield whenever someone wants to take my picture. Typically I won’t let anyone take my picture because I can’t stand to see how I look. That is pathetic. I avoid situations where I have to see someone that hasn’t seen me since I packed on the pounds. I tell myself this is to protect them from the utter shock of my reverse transformation. This is just a little snapshot of where I was a week ago.

Two weeks ago I was approached by D1 Sports Training to share with my readers their upcoming boot camp for women. As I spoke with them about their program I had a bright idea, which I blurted out. “Why don’t I try your boot camp so I can give them a full picture of what it’s like,” I said. It seemed like a great idea when I was sitting at my desk in black leggings and an oversized shirt. After the meeting, I realized what I had done. It would take a week for me to muster up the courage to show up.

WEEK 1: D-Day

I show up to D1 terrified. I’m certain the next hour will be the definition of humiliation. I walk in hoping to keep a low profile, but that was not to be. This is a good thing. I walk in and everyone in the class greets me. It’s almost like a team really. I was a bit intimidated because most everyone appeared to be in good shape, but that’s a good thing right? I mean it proves this stuff works. Over the course of the next hour I did exercises I hadn’t done in years and some I had never done. The hour flew by and I was constantly encouraged by the participants, not in a poor slob kind of way, but in a way like, we are glad you are here and kudos to you for giving it your all. I must admit the multiple fist bumps made me feel great.

I left that first class knowing I had an uphill battle, but that this might actually work. I have gone for a week now, thus the week one title, duh. As I write, I am sore in places I didn’t even know muscles existed. It makes me feel great. Yesterday was my best day yet. That was my 5th day. I ran, I jumped hurdles, I swung weights and came close to death, but guess what, I’m going back today.

What is D1?

D1 is circuit-based training That consists of a 1-hour workout that includes:

 Total Body Metabolic Training

 Cardio Training

 Strength and Resistance Exercises

 Core, Balance, Flexibility, and Injury Prevention

 Emphasis on muscle tone, strength development, and weight loss where desired.


What that means is you aren’t just doing one thing, which is great for my ADD. The class follows this format:

12-15 minutes of dynamic warm-up

Rest Break

12-15 minutes of a performance circuit

Rest Break

12-15 minutes of a strength circuit

 Rest Break

 Remaining time is core and cool down

The best part: You burn at minimum 480 calories per class. 480 CALORIES!!!!!!


I will be documenting my journey, but if you want to learn more about their upcoming boot camp and try them out for free


Click Here.



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Does my child have dyslexia? This is a question I have been exploring with my 8-year-old. From the time he was born I have read aloud to him. As soon as he was old enough to start grasping letters I began attempting to teach him to read. I continue to attempt to teach him to read.




Reading has played a major role in my life. It is one of my true passions and I want my son to embrace the wonderful world of reading. Unfortunately, he is not developing that love. He struggles with reading and writing every day.  It’s difficult, because, from the time he started kindergarten to present day which is half way through 2nd grade, I keep telling myself he would get over the hump. What has happened is that both of our frustration levels have increased and I have had to take a hard look at what is really going on.

In the majority of schools, they don’t start looking for or classifying dyslexia until 3rd grade. In my opinion, this is too late. My son is already struggling with the writing assignments in the 2nd grade. I have hired a  tutor who specializes in dyslexia and after a few sessions, she hasn’t determined whether he has dyslexia or not. She is leaning toward him not having it but hasn’t ruled it out. So we move forward hopeful that we can get him confident in his reading and writing. It is an uphill climb for sure.

I found a great resource I want to pass along if you might be in the same situation.  Follow this link to learn about the warning signs of age. This site is also an overall dyslexia resource site and I have found the content useful.


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I’ve asked lots of mom friends what their absolute-must-have Thanksgiving side dish is, and there were quite a few votes for Green Bean Casserole!

I love it too, but it has to be creamy and flavorful! One of my favorite recipes is this one from – it’s amazing, because it also happens to also call for bacon and cheese. Umm, and you just can’t go wrong with that THAT…. so enjoy!!




4 strips bacon, diced
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons sour cream
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 (16 ounce) packages frozen cut green beans, thawed
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup French’s French Fried onions


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a medium skillet set over medium heat, add the bacon. Cook, stirring often, until most of the fat has rendered and the bacon is beginning to crisp. Add the onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Remove the mixture to a paper towel-lined plate.

Sprinkle the flour over the bacon drippings and whisk to combine. Cook for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually whisk in the milk then add the sour cream and bacon mixture. Stir until the mixture has thickened to gravy consistency. Remove from heat and season with black pepper to taste.

In a large bowl combine the bacon mixture with the green beans, tossing to coat. Spread evenly among a greased 9 by 13-inch baking pan. At this point you can cover and refrigerate the unbaked, untopped casserole for up to 2 days. Top with shredded cheese and fried onions. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.



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What are 3 things every parent wants when planning a birthday party for their kids? Easy, Fun and Economical. Springs Trampoline Park gives you all three. Last Sunday we celebrated my son’s 8th Birthday at Springs Trampoline Park. He had a blast!




We chose the Springs Party Package and were really pleased with everything that was included in the package:

Up to 15 Jumpers

         Private Room

         3 Pizzas

         Water and Gatorade 

         Option to Bring Outside Food and Drink

         Your own Party Host


img_1537This birthday party was the easiest birthday party I have ever thrown for my son. I simply showed up with the cake and the staff at Springs Trampoline did the rest. If you have the budget the private room is a great option. It is spacious and gives you more privacy than the shared party rooms. I should add that the shared party rooms were great as well and very festive.  The party hosts at Springs Trampoline are on top of everything and extremely helpful. We had Stephanie and she did an amazing job!

I give Springs Trampoline 5 stars on their birthday party package! It was a great experience from start to finish.


For information on birthday parties at Springs Trampoline Park CLICK HERE.





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You might notice a new trend this Halloween where people display teal colored pumpkins on their porch instead of the traditional orange pumpkins. You also might be wondering why?

Food Allergy Research & Education, also known as FARE is hoping to start a new trend in allergy awareness in the spririt of inclusion and safety. Teal is the color of food allergy awareness, and children with food allergies can feel safe knowing that houses with teal pumpkins will offer non-food treats like small toys.

According to FARE 1 out of 13 children suffer from food allergies of some kind. Some can be life threatening. My daughter is one of them. She is severely allergic to tree nuts, and every Halloween we have to sort through all the candy she can and can’t have. This new trend can help these children feel less left out and accepted.

If you would like to participate in the teal pumpkin project this Halloween, you can visit FARE’s website for more info and download a free poster to display.

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My family has always loved fruits and vegetables, but in the last several months, I’ve made it my quest to delve into the shelves at Whole Foods and Sunflower Market and broaden our horizons even further.
On our journey, I’ve started following a lot of blogs and when reading recipes or posts, I quite often find myself asking, “What is that?”
Here are some of the “odd” foods and what they are.
Chia seeds-Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants, a good source of calcium, a plant-based protein and omega-3 fatty acid. They are dense in calories, at 139 calories per ounce, but low in saturated fat and contain no cholesterol. When they are combined with liquid, they turn into a gel.
How to eat them: Use them in smoothies, oatmeals, yogurt, or even in baked goods.

Goji Berries-berries loaded with antioxidants and compounds rich in Vitamin A. Some research suggests anti-aging effects and may help prevent heart disease. You may want to avoid goji berries if you are on blood thinners, have diabetes or are on blood pressure medication.
How to eat them: like raisins or other dried fruits-in cereals, trail mixes, oatmeal, or granola. The berries can also be rehydrated by soaking in warm water until they plump.

Kefir-a cultured, enzyme rich milk product that is similar to a drinking-style yogurt. It contains probiotics and yeast. It can be made of any kind of milk-cow, goat, soy, rice, sheep or even coconut. It can also often be consumed by people who are lactose intolerant because the yeast and bacteria produce lactase, an enzyme that consume much of the remaining lactose. It can be made at home with starter grains, or purchased ready-made.
How to eat it: in smoothies, dressings, substitute for buttermilk, yogurt or sour cream in recipes.
Cocoa Nibs-crushed cacao beans that have been fermented, dried and roasted.
How to eat them: Candy them and use them where you would add nuts, like in baked goods, as a savory topping for salads, or use to crust meat, or add to smoothies.
Wheat Berries-whole wheat kernels, that are boiled to become study, chewy grains with an earthy flavor. They are packed with fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, antioxidants and Vitamin E.
How to eat them: cook in salted, boiling water like other grains and add to soups, chili, hot as a side dish, or in a cold salad. Also good with milk and eaten like a cereal or oatmeal.

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Colorado is home to so many beautiful hikes and trials and Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of them! Hiking is a fun physical activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family, but there are certain precautions and tips that should be followed when hiking with children.  Not only to keep everyone safe, but also to make it an enjoyable experience for the kids (and parents!) Here are some great tips to follow below to make your hiking experience the best it can be!




Keep it technology free! Today it’s necessary to unplug before tuning into the natural world. Leave electronic gizmos behind. Consider your cell phone for emergency use only.

Pack day packs with bright colored clothing for warmth and rain. A boy in an orange ball cap straying off-trail is easier to spot than a brunette in blue jeans wandering into the forest’s shadows. Give each hiker a whistle with instructions to keep in their pocket and use only when lost. Stash the trail map, first aid supplies, and a surprise snack in your pack along with along with an “emergency only” cell phone (turned off) or GPS device.

Tell someone else where your group is going, expected return time and stick to the plans.

Invite your child’s buddy along, you’ll hear more laughs and fewer whines. The duo will keep one another entertained while hiking and the competition factor will make neither one of them want to look slow!

Arrive at the trail head early in the day. If you don’t, afternoon rainstorms may cancel the opportunity to see wildlife or play creek crossing games. Have all hikers use the nearest toilet, then check that each one has their own water bottle and day pack. In order to keep tabs on each hiker’s fluid intake you should discourage water bottle sharing.

Assign “TL” (trail leaders) (or “engine” and “caboose” for very young hikers), The status gives kids an energy boost and encourages them to pay close attention to the trail. If there is a lagging hiker, give them the opportunity to be trail leader, and it will keep the group moving at a steady pace.

Take interest in your child’s natural curiosity. When your son shows you a snail captured in his palm, enhance his discovery by asking him questions like, “How does it see?” “Can you find its mouth?” “Do you think it can hear us talk?”

Enrich your kids’ sensory awareness by encouraging them to sniff, listen, and feel along the trail. A mint plant, identified by its distinct smell, also gives kids a chance to feel its square stem between their fingers. Pause to listen for birds calling to each other. Marvel at the variety of colors in the field of wildflowers. Hug that mighty Ponderosa while inhaling its vanilla aroma. At creek crossings allow little hands to feel the rocks above and below the water. Explore why the two surfaces are different. Questions without answers develop your child’s inquiry skills.

Make rest stops frequent, short and standing. Your announcing, “Water and treats at the next switchback,” accelerates the climb. Breath-catching breaks should last thirty seconds to a minute and a half. Longer stops allow the cardiovascular system to slow down, making it harder to start again. Keep the crew standing, another energy-saving, motivation-preserving strategy. For truly tired hikers, turn around when continuing would do harm than good. Do so at a viewpoint or destination-like place, giving young hikers the sense of completing the hike.

Review with your crew after the hike. Wait till they’re well-fed and rested before finding out, “What did you like best about that hike? Should we go back in the fall, when the leaves are gold? Did we go fast (or far or long) enough? What treats did you like? Where do we want to explore next time.” Their answers are clues to having another fun outing with your kids.