Friday, August 15, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Campfire Hot Dogs


How can hot dogs roasted over the campfire taste even better?  By adding cheese and bacon to them!

According to Ben, everything tastes better with bacon, so at Cub Scout camp this spring, we made special campfire hot dogs, stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon.


All you need is hot dogs, string cheese, bacon, a knife, and roasting forks.

  • Cut a packed lengthwise down the hot dog.
  • Cut the string cheese into quarters (also lengthwise) and place one quarter into the hot dog pocket.
  • Carefully wrap the bacon around the hot dog, securing the ends with a toothpick if necessary.
  • Spear the hot dog onto the roasting fork.
  • Roast over the fire, turning frequently until the bacon is cooked.
  • Place in a bun and eat!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mountain Resorts in Steamboat Springs


It's hard to believe we are heading back towards wintertime in Colorado!  I just told the husband last night that opening day where we ski most weekends is October 31.  Since the kiddos and I were still skiing in April (and one resort was open till the end of June), I'm kind of wondering where summer went.


On the flip side, I absolutely adore skiing and we want to explore a few more resorts this year (I took the kids to 4 different ones this past season).  The husband really wants to head back to Steamboat since that was his favorite as a kid and I'm looking forward to trying it with our too.


Mountain Resorts offers a wide variety of attractive, well-maintained accommodations at prime locations in Steamboat Springs, Colorado surrounding the Steamboat Ski Area, with rates ranging from affordable to indulgent. If you're planning a winter vacation to Steamboat Springs there is no better time to book your trip. When you book early you have access to the best properties at the greatest discounts.

Check out these early booking deals. Up to 35% off lodging and 25% off lift tickets! For more information and reservations call 800-995-6049 or visit us online to book!

Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide, no compensation was received, all opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

More from the Adventure Company: Whitewater Rafting


Colorado could have a new national monument and there is an overwhelming amount of support for it. Mark Hammer, owner of Colorado white water company, The Adventure Company, and 28-year veteran rafting guide declared his support for the Browns Canyon and Wilderness Act of 2013, written by U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) to establish a 22,000-acre Browns Canyon National Monument and a 10,400 acre area of wilderness around the Arkansas River south of Buena Vista as a national monument. Udall's bill is derived from the input of rafting outfitters, local business leaders, fishing guides, and ranchers. Hammer said he and other business owners support the bill because it will provide increased wildlife preservation, sustainability of the local outdoor recreation economy and the ability for future generations to enjoy pristine scenery and clean water.


Browns Canyon between Buena Vista and Salida is a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, anglers, and boaters. This rugged environment provides critical habitat for eagles, elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer, mountain lion and black bear. Browns Canyon was recently designated Gold Medal status by the state of Colorado making it the longest stretch of Gold Medal waters in the state.

"Colorado and the Arkansas River valley depend on tourism and recreation for economic health. Browns Canyon is one of the most popular stretches of river in the country for whitewater rafting. This Colorado resource is also known for its rugged beauty, gold medal fishing, abundant wildlife, and world class outdoor recreation. As a company that annually contributes a percentage of our rafting income to the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas (LTUA), The Adventure Company believes that river conservation is of the utmost importance in protecting this special area for the future, " said Hammer.


The US Bureau of Land Management currently manages Browns Canyon as a wilderness study area. This designation temporarily prevents mining and some development in the area. Udall's legislation provides permanent protection for the region, its habitat and for tourism and recreation including whitewater rafting in one of Colorado's most popular river rafting spots. Upwards of 100,000, people raft through Browns Canyon each summer, accounting for almost 40 percent of Colorado's entire river rafting activity.

The Adventure Company is open until 8/31/2014 while water levels on the Arkansas River are still fantastic! Rafting through Browns Canyon is a spectacular experience and should not be missed. Their trips on the Arkansas River meet at their Adventure Base Camp in Buena Vista, CO, an easy and scenic two hour drive from Denver.

Call 800-497-7238 or book online at http://www.theadventurecompany.com.

Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received a rafting tour in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own.
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Marvel 4D Superhero Experience at Madame Tussaud's Review


We had an amazing time on our California Adventure!

Even better, as part of our blog projects, we had the opportunity to check out some fun activities right in LA that don't exist here in Colorado.  One of our favorites?  The Marvel 4D Super Heroes Experience at Madame Tussaud's in Hollywood!


We had never visited the wax museum before, so we made sure to walk all the way through and take pictures with all the amazing statues on the way.  The kids loved playing "Name that Person" and "Name that Movie".  The husband and I kind of enjoyed that too--Ben in the bathtub scene with Psycho was hysterical and Faith had to pose in the display from Grease!

But the piece de resistance?  The Marvel 4D experience!


The awesome Spiderman display was merely a prelude for things to come.  We all stopped to take pictures with it, and with a bit of handy apps, I was able to have Ben squarely on the ceiling being SpiderBen along with Spiderman.


We turned the corner and found Stark Enterprises, along with Stark himself, Ironman, Captain America, Wolverine and Thor.  After taking a few pictures, we headed into a very special Stark Enterprises press conference, complete with our 3D glasses.

I have no clue why my children think superheroes must be so serious

The press conference was amazing, complete with guest appearances by several superheroes and plenty of action.  We won't ruin the surprise for our readers, but you really need see it for yourself!  It was so much fun and all four of us loved it.

It was a great afternoon and the museum is set up to be able to really walk through and enjoy it at your own pace. We didn't realize how much fun it would actually be for all four of us!


Don't forget, Madame Tussaud's Hollywood is offering a great deal--kids go free with adult admission!  Click here to get the coupon for your family too.

Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received tickets to Madame Tussaud's in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own.
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Save 20% on Label Daddy labels for Back to School


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These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels -- they're washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Our exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for camp!


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These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.


Save 20% on your entire Label Daddy order, the best discount available anywhere. Just use code USFAMILY20 at checkout.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. All opinions are my own.
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Saturday, August 09, 2014

In the last two weeks ...


We have:
  • Taken an early anniversary 2-day rafting trip without the kids
  • Driven to California and back from Colorado
  • Spend three days at Disney/California Adventure
  • Braved tons of roller coasters at Magic Mountain
  • Explored the beach at Seal Beach
  • Visited the new Marvel Experience at Madame Tussaud's in LA
  • Had a pirate dinner at Pirates Dinner Adventure
  • Observed the craziness at Fremont Street, Las Vegas
  • Walked up and down the Strip in Las Vegas
  • Celebrated our 14th anniversary
  • Celebrated Ben's 9th birthday
  • Took the kids on another whitewater rafting trip for Ben's 9th birthday
Maybe this is why I'm tired?
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Adventure Company: Whitewater Rafting


We are continuing our Colorado Adventure summer, this time whitewater rafting with The Adventure Company in Buena Vista.

This summer, the rivers in Colorado are flowing beautifully.  As a result of the above average snowpack this past winter and the cooler spring temperatures preventing early season snowmelt, river flows are very sustainable this season.  This makes for really awesome whitewater rafting.


Since 1987, The Adventure Company has been setting the standard for top quality white water rafting. In order to ensure guests have a safe and fun trip, The Adventure Company hires guides that have at least four years of commercial white water guiding experience. As the only company in Colorado with this strict guide experience policy, guests will have an expert guide even on a beginner trip.

The Adventure Company guides are able to share their knowledge of the river, canyon geology, point out wildlife, and tell stories to their guests because their high level of experience and confidence means they are not just focusing on getting through the rapids. Guides know the river like the back of their hand and they give their guests an education and fun experience.


To ensure the safety of our guests The Adventure Company takes extra measures by doing the following:
  • Only hiring guides that have a minimum of four years of commercial white water rafting experience
  • Adhering to state regulations regarding river flow cutoff levels for commercially guided trips
  • Employing an expert "safety kayaker" on trips to direct and assist any guest if they become a "swimmer" and are no longer a "rafter." This helps ease the guest and ensures that their time in the water is greatly minimized.
  • We add a 2nd guide to the boat for added safety and security during high water if our guests are challenged in any way, of a young age or elderly.
  • Keeping our boats on the river close together and establishing an organized sequence so that should a rescue arise, our boats have the ability to help each other very quickly.
  • Training for safety and rescue protocol and requiring our guides to be CPR/First Aid certified. Most of our guides also have advanced certifications and Wilderness Medicine training
  • Ensuring our equipment and rental gear is always updated, maintained and operable.
Are you going to try rafting this summer?  The Adventure Company is currently offering a great special for a free wetsuit with each rafting trip, click here for the coupon.  To book your trip, call 800-497-7238 or book online at http://www.theadventurecompany.com.

Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received a rafting tour in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own.
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