The Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cavalia's Odysseo in Denver {Colorado Outings}


Faith and I got the opportunity to check out Cavalia's Odysseo a few nights ago in Denver as part of their social media night.  It made the perfect, early 12th birthday gift for my girl and was an absolutely amazing show.

Not only did we enjoy premier seats to view the beautiful horses and talented performers, we were able to enjoy a delicious VIP meal beforehand and a tour of the stables and stage afterwards.  It's hard to describe the beauty of the show in words, pictures barely do it justice.


Odysseo combines music, dancing, acrobatics, along with horses to give the view a truly multi-dimensional experience.  Faith and I both felt it took the viewer through a year (seasons) with the performers and the horses, depending on the music and scenery in each act.

The effects, including 3 Imax screens in the back of the stage, truly make the show.  The screens accent the hill, so the horses really are coming towards the audience at many points.  The water finale is also incredible with the waterfall imagery and the actual water in the main stage area.

Odysseo is playing in Denver until October 12, 2014.  The social media team from Cavalia has offered us a discount to share with our readers. Use the code SMNDEN and you will receive 10% off your next ticket purchase online, at the box office or over the phone.


Disclosure: As noted, we received our tickets to Cavalia's Odysseo as part of their social media promotion.  No compensation was received for this post, all opinions are my own.
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Ladies' Night Out at iT'Z


We always enjoy a fun family day out at iT'Z.  The kids love the pizza buffet and game room, and the husband and I enjoy sitting back and letting them have a good time.

Right now, iT'Z has a fun new event going on, on October 2, 2014, at the Colorado Springs location!


Please join iT'Z for a special Ladies' Night Out event, where you will enjoy a discounted buffet, arcade games, attractions, and on-site vendors who will be providing coupons, services and more!

Each attendee will receive:
  • $4.99 buffet, which includes drink & a $10 game card 
  • Complimentary gift bag 
  • On-site vendors with coupons, services and more
Space is limited. Reserve your place by registering online here.

Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received a family pack to iT'Z in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Trick or Treat and Lego Fun at the Wildlife Experience


A couple of years ago, Faith and I went on a really cool Girl Scout overnight at the Wildlife Center up  near Denver.  The girls had a blast exploring the museum and it's where we developed our taste for geocaching.  We keep meaning to go back up again since Ben hasn't been there yet, and there are lots of great events going on at the museum!


Trek-or-Treat Off the Street is a Halloween celebration with plenty of spooky surprises for children of all ages. Will you dare take the Haunted Trek through Ghoul-ology? This event features a variety of activities including creepy crawly crafts, ghost stories, traditional trick or treating, and much more for the entire family! Meet three live owl species and watch flight demonstrations at 3 pm & 4 pm!


ANNOUNCING LEGO TRAVEL ADVENTURE!

A new exciting exhibit opening on November 1, 2014. Students will plan a voyage that encourages them to think geographically and apply physical science in building and testing LEGO transportation models. They'll work together to determine how to get over land, over water, and through the air. After designing and building, they'll test, revise, and share results.

Want to check one of these out?  Right now, we have a coupon for our readers for $1 each admission to the museum.  Just click here for the coupon!


Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received tickets to Wildlife Experience in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Make Girl Scout Cookie Crowns


Girl Scout cookie booth sales are a great way to raise money for your Girl Scout troop besides door-to-door sales.  Make your booth stand out in a crowd with some cute crowns for your Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, or even Cadettes to wear!

Our troop is Cadettes and up, so we needed an idea that they would also enjoy.  With a bit of help from my own daughter, I devised a set of Girl Scout Cookie crowns!


What you need:
  • Empty Girl Scout Cookie boxes, different colors
  • Birthday Tiaras (I purchased packs of 4 from the Dollar Tree)
  • Square and circle punches
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
The best way to gather up extra cookie boxes?  We saved some from our cookie rally and asked our neighbors to save us theirs from the earliest door-to-door sales.  I also flattened and saved a few from the previous year, knowing we would likely need them.

How to make your own Girl Scout Cookie Crowns:
  • Pull the boxes apart at seam to have one large area to work with.
  • Cut out the cookie name/logo area that is shaped like a trefoil/clover from each box.
  • Using your circle and square punches, cut out pairs of shapes in each color (ie. 2 green or Thin Mint circles, 2 blue or Trefoil squares, etc).
  • Take your birthday tiaras and cut off part of the cardboard design, leaving about an inch or so left to support your new crown design.
  • Cut your trefoil name piece so the bottom will fit against the crown headband.  Hot glue to the center of the cardboard.
  • Use circles and squares on either side of the name piece to hot glue "jewels" to your crown.
  • Let the glue dry and your Girl Scout Cookie crowns are ready to be worn!

I made 8 so we had enough at each cookie booth, mixing and matching the colors of each one.  Everyone who saw them asked about them and our Cadettes were happy to wear them.

We saved them with our Girl Scout Cookie booth materials so we can use them again next year!  A Girl Scout is nothing if not thrifty!
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Wishing Star Farm Fall Festival


When we lived back in Texas, one of our favorite things to do each fall was take F&B to the pumpkin patch.  It's sort of fallen by the wayside since we moved to Colorado and the kids have gotten older, but I've really missed it.

This year, we received an invitation to check out the Fall Festival at Wishing Star Farm out in Calhan and we can't wait to visit.  Pony rides, hay rides, duck races, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn bins, it's pretty much everything I want for fall!


The foundation of their Fall Festival is celebrating the harvest, a medley of bright colors and distinctive flavors that epitomize fall.   One of the most unique experiences offered as an agricultural entertainment facility is the opportunity to see and pick pumpkins right out of the field. Wishing Star Farm believes this is an important educational experience  for children especially.


Everyone is invited to take some of the fall harvest home with them. Pumpkins $3 each, purchase your pumpkin ticket with your admission.  Click here for a coupon for $1 off your admission.

Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received tickets to Wishing Star Farm Fall Festival in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends DVD {Giveaway}

Even with my not-so-much fun almost-12 year old, I still love Strawberry Shortcake!  Thankfully, my friend's little girl is more than willing to enjoy it with me, so I can live vicariously through her.  And it's always fun when Strawberry Shortcake has a new DVD out!

It’s friends first for Strawberry Shortcake and her favorite gal pals in Berry Best Friends!

When Orange Blossom’s general store overflows with a new line of fruits and veggies, she tries to handle all of the details without any help from others, and, as a result, she’s exhausted! Strawberry is excited to be building a new marketplace, but has a tough time learning how to graciously say, “no, thank you.” Both soon learn that talking about what you need is the berry best thing to do.

Click the above graphic for a Berry Best Friends Coloring Page!

When the BFFs form a new band called Strawberry and the Sweet Beats, they’re all jazzed to head out on the road...except for Orange, who is afraid to admit that she doesn’t want to leave home. Once she tells her friends how she feels, she’s ready to set out for a rockin’ good time!

Do you love Strawberry Shortcake too?  We have the perfect snack for a Strawberry Shortcake movie--Strawberry Nutella Bites!


Just chop up a strawberry into small pieces and set aside.  Spread the tops of several vanilla wafers with a dab of Nutella and top with a strawberry chunk.  Eat and enjoy!

Want to win a copy of Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends on DVD for yourself or your kids?  Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter our giveaway!  Tell me in the comments what your favorite strawberry snack is.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to receive an advance copy of Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends for myself and a copy to giveaway as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Decorations


What else does a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday party need after you have TMNT cupcakes and pizza?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles decorations, of course!

Since Ben's birthday party was being held on location, I wanted easy to use, budget friendly decorations.  Our local craft store had a number of items on sale in June and July in summer colors, including an awesome shade of green.  I picked up striped napkins, striped bags, key lime candy melts, solid plastic green Solo-style cups, and green and white paper fans, all for a fraction of the regular price.


The paper fans were one of my favorite parts.  I saw assorted online options for putting printables in them, making them into turtles, etc.  Since Ben received a bunch of TMNT items from us and my family, I cut scenes and logos from those boxes to affix in the middle of each fan with hot glue.  We ended up hanging these from the tables at different angles.


The key lime candy melts were just an added find at the last minute, so we made key lime popcorn.  Just melt the candy melts in the microwave and toss with popcorn (I bought bags of ready-made popcorn at the grocery).  Sprinkle some green sugar crystals into it, then let it cool, set, and bag it up.  We used the green and white striped bags so it matched.


For favors, I turned the green Solo-style cups into turtles!  They were quite thick/heavy, definitely not a disposable cup.  I wrapped a segment of washi tape around the middle of each, then hot glued googly eyes to make the turtle bandana.  We put TMNT lollipops, fruit snacks, and other candies into each for party favors.


Looking for more TMNT ideas?  Check out our cupcakes, apples, or my Pinterest TMNT board!
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