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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 Handletheheat.com – 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!!

 

 

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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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.

 

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This Easter Bark recipe is super cute and super easy, not to mention slightly delicious.  It will have everyone hopping over for another bite! I also love that it’s versatile!  We used jelly beans, but you can change up the look and color by using Easter M&M’s, sprinkles, edible sparkles, etc.  Get creative and have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) White Morsels
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup Jelly Beans, divided

Directions

  1. Line baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Microwabe morsels and vegetable shortening in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on Medium-high (70%) power for 1 minute;
  3. Stir. Morsels may retain some of their original shape.
  4. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.
  5. Stir in 1/4 cup Jelly Beans.
  6. Spread mixture to 1/4-inch thickness on prepared baking sheet.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Jelly Beans.
  8. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or until firm.
  9. Break into pieces.
  10. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

 

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Because the countdown to my son’s next birthday always begins the day after his birthday, I am faced with the challenge of picking something exciting to do each year. My house is on the small side and we can’t plan one outside due to the unpredictability of the weather in October, so I usually do parties off site.

This year we decided to try out Bullseye Battlefield in Colorado Springs . Bullseye Battlefield is an indoor Nerf arena for kids 5 and up. When I decided to book the party, my son and I had never been to Bullseye so we were unsure what to expect. I knew my son liked Nerf Guns so you can’t go wrong. Below is a review of our experience.

 

IMG_0713Party Package and Party Area: The party package costs $225 for the following; Party area, Party host, Level One Equipment Rental, Safety Briefing.  They offer add ons as well, if you want them to supply plates, food etc. We had our party on a Sunday which is an extra $150 but you get the arena to yourself, no outsiders. It should be noted the $225 package isn’t private, which means there could be other players while you party is playing. I don’t see this as a huge issue because the more people you have the more fun it is to play.

 

 

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Review of Package:  The party from beginning to end ran very smoothly. This was in great part because of our party host. From the moment we arrived until we left she coordinated everything. The checking in process can be hectic, and to have someone coordinate is great. They even have a thank you card list that they put together for you. I loved that. They have two party rooms one downstairs one up, we had the upstairs room and it was great.

 

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Equipment: With the party package you receive level 1 equipment. They then have 2 more levels of guns, but you have to pay extra. One major thing I forgot to tell my guests was that they can BRING THEIR OWN GUNS! It wasn’t a huge deals because 6 year old boys loving playing with different guns. they have a huge variety of guns, so it’s great. The guns pictured are Level 1 Guns.

 

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Safety: I love that Bullseye puts a focus on safety and teamwork. Everyone gets a safety briefing prior to play and everyone wears a vest and safety glasses. I loved that there was a director on the arena to give the kids games and challenges. I even joined in and it was a blast! They do not allow shooting others between play and they monitor the arena to make sure everyone is following the rules.

 

 

On a scale of 1-10 for birthday parties. I would rate Bullseye Battlefield a 10. My son had a blast went without a hitch. For more information on Bullseye Battlefield. Click here.  

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The Springs Fitness is giving away a free month’s membership to their new club.

 This is a great opportunity to get into an elite fitness facility for the whole family.

 

 

Membership Includes:

  • Fitness Coach to work with you on your goals and nutrition

  • Childcare

  • A Full Range of Classes such as Zumba, Pilates, Barre, Kickboxing, Swim and More

 

 

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Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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Last night I decided to tackle my spice cabinet. You can see from the photo I had to gear up for this with a glass of wine. After about 15 minutes of pulling everything out, I realized I was doing nothing but pulling all of this out, only to put it back in and have the same messy cabinet a week later.

 

I realized I needed help, so I asked our readers what their best tips were for organizing a  spice cabinet.  Below are the top suggestions along with the system I chose.

 

 

1. Drink more wine. I personally love that suggestion

2. Organize them “by season” so things like nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, etc go in one corner, everyday spices     up front and condiments, “extras” have their own separate space…works for me!

3. Alphabetize

4. Get rid of everything expired and don’t replace until you need the spice. Try sticking with one brand so      that they all match eventually. And then I put my most used spices on the bottom shelf, occasional use    middle, and hardly ever used on the top/hard to reach shelf.

5. Get rid of the middle shelf and get stair steps. You can get them at the Container Store. They work great and you’ll be able to see everything.

6. Get one of these “as seen on t.v.” shelves, at Walmart or online. I got one. It was very helpful.

I received many great suggestions, but in the end I went with the “As Seen on TV Product” You can order one from Walmart or go straight to www.asseenontv.com.

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If your kids loved Hotel Transylvania, they will love number 2! If you are an adult that has to accompany said child to all things animated, you won’t be disappointed. I didn’t care for the first Hotel Transylvania, but the sequel kept me engaged the entire time. The storyline is good and there are plenty of one liners that adults will enjoy. We opted for the 3D showing and it was great. MOMMY RATING: 5 out of 5! Age Range 3+