Friday, August 28, 2015

We Were Rollin Down the Arkansas River @adventureco

Thanks to the  The Adventure Company  rafting down the Browns Canyon, Arkansas River was one of  the highlights of our summer.

We arrived in Buena Vista, Colorado a couple of days before our rafting trip.  Almost everyone we met would ask if we were going rafting or if we had done so.  White water rafting is the thing to do in Buena Vista.  Well, I guess Colorado.  I kept telling my son and daughter, we are in the mecca of white water rafting.

We were scheduled for a Friday, half day rafting trip that would be from 8:00 a.m. to Noon.  My family arrived promptly at 8:00 a.m.  We checked in, signed waivers and put on our gear.   We were then told to go to a waiting area with all of the other people that were going rafting.  We were then introduced to the tour guides and were supposed to get on the buses that would drive us over.  By this time it was 8:30.  There was a group of people that were running late.  The guides tried to wait, but decided to leave and let them catch up.  We finally made it to the location for our trip to begin.  I think that is when I got a little nervous.  While the tour guides gave us safety tips a bus with the late arrivals pulled up.    After receiving our tips we were each told to grab a side of our designated raft along with our guide.  It was time to go rafting!!!  By this time it was 9:00 a.m.

We were finally in our raft headed down the river.  I was really concerned about my 10 year old son, but I began to calm down after realizing we were going at a nice speed down the river and our guide was very knowledgeable and personable.  

The trip started out slowly and we all wanted more.  The views were amazing as we coasted down Browns Canyon.  It rained while we made are down the river.  I thought it would be cold and ugly, but I loved everything about this day.

When the trip picked up and we moved down the river at what we thought were top speeds, everyone in our raft was thrilled and on a high.   The excitement did not end there.  Our guide gave us an opportunity to get out of the raft.  My son and daughter were the only two, to do so.   Since then they have been telling everyone about this amazing experience.

At about 11:30 our trip came to an end and we were back on the bus headed back to The Adventure Company.   This was not a half day rafting trip it was more like 2 1/2 hours.

Although the time was not what we expected we had a great time.  We have been telling everyone about our trip.  I could not wait to post pictures on Instagram and Facebook.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

This is How I Decorated a Wall With Two Canvas Prints

My wall is almost complete!  I need to paint it, but it looks nice with my new Fara Bell, Touches of Fall II, framed art abstract .

A few months ago I ordered the Fara Bell Touches of Fall I.  It was not the exact size I needed for this particular wall, so I could not wait to order the Fara Bell touches of Fall II to compliment it.

When ordering the second canvas I made sure I ordered the same size.  I was excited because my wall would be complete.

After placing my order made sure they let me know when it was in route and the estimated time of delivery.  I did not have to wait long for my painting to arrive, it arrived in a few days.

Upon arrival, I held it up to the wall,  below my first canvas just to see how it would look underneath.  I wanted to place it underneath the first painting because it looked too small.  I knew placing the second painting underneath would fill it out.  I immediately noticed that it it was slightly smaller in width.  I did not put it up for a while because, I was a bit disappointed.  After some time and with house guest coming I finally hung it up.   It did not look too bad.  No one has said anything.  I think I will feel better after the wall is painted.  That may help.

As for the quality of the canvas, it is as I expected.   I really like the colors and the texture.  Both pieces are not cheaply made, they add a bit of flair to my kitchen.

Last night, I was watching the new HBO show Ballers and noticed a family painting.  It was a Fara Bell.  I was excited to see a similar painting to mine on television.

Overall, I do like my new painting I just wish it was sized correctly.  

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Summer Snacking with G.H Cretors #organicpopcorn

I have been snacking on  G.H. Cretors throughout the summer.  I say, " I "because, I did not share this with my family.

Picnic season is still here and what could be better for summer snacking than popcorn?! Enjoy this delicious treat in an all-natural way with G.H. Cretors’ organic line of non-GMO popped corn.

Using simple, high-quality ingredients that are completely free of GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, G.H. Cretors has perfected the art of popcorn making. The organic line in particular features only organic non-GMO popcorn, 100% organic oils, and pure sea salt. Great for outdoor entertaining, kids’ lunches, gluten-free recipes, and more!

I have enjoyed snacking on this popcorn because, it is light, healthy snack.  I am trying to stay away from a lot of carbs and when I get the urge to eat something carb related I will get a hand full of popcorn.  Don't get me wrong, I will eat carbs, but this has been a life saver. 

Summer is coming to an end, but there are still movies in the park, concerts in the park and many fun events that allow me to take my G.H. Cretors with me.  Trust me it works because, then I am not purchasing things at the different vendor stations.    

Available in two flavors – Simply Salted and Extra Virgin Olive Oil – this popcorn is bound to make this summer the best one yet.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Don't Be A Bully @compassionbran #compassion #antibully

Live Free!!! Yes,  I proudly rock my Compassion Brands anti bully shirt.  It represents so many things for me.

This shirt  reminded me of the name of my blog, Free and For Me.   I have said many times I was inspired by the book Free to Be You and Me as a child.  The book inspired me to live free and learn to be a confident individual in which now I have instilled that in my daughter and am now instilling in my son.

Aside from the impact Free to Be You and Me had on me, I have thought of my son and daughter and the challenges they have faced with bullies.  Don't get me wrong I have faced a few bullies in my life time as a child and as an adult.  My children have faced bullying from their peers, teachers and parents.  As their mother I have tried to protect them from people like this.  It has not been easy, but we have found a way to deal with and move forward.   I hate the fact they have been faced with such ugliness, but I do know it has strengthened us.

With it being the beginning of the school year, I think it is important to bring awareness to bullying.  Supporting brands like Compassion Brands sends a powerful message to others and ourselves.  While wearing my shirt people have glanced, read my shirt and/ or complimented it.

I feel good wearing my Live Free shirt.  Of course whenever you wear something that looks good you feel good.  Not only does this shirt look good and I feel good wearing it, but the message and the weight it carries makes others feel good as well , question their actions or send a message that it is okay to be you/be confident!!!

I can go on and on about the many messages this shirt sends.  Let's just say this is the perfect shirt to wear during the times we are living in.  

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Finding New Ways To Live A Healthy Lifestyle #wfinspire @thinkproducts @womensforum

This post is sponsored by thinkThin®. All opinions are my own. 

Yoga has never been my exercise of choice, but after attending the sunrise yoga event last Friday, I see yoga in a different light.

For the first time while doing yoga, I did not watch the clock, lay flat on my mat, stress out or struggle.

The sun had risen and the fresh ocean breeze from the Santa Monica Beach was the perfect air conditioning while doing our yoga moves at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica.

I am not familiar with all of the yoga terms, but I think I followed them correctly. As I turned to my left and then to my right, I seemed to be in sync with everyone else.  Either way, I felt good!  I felt so good that when the instructor was bowing forward and saying namaste, I felt a rush come over me.

I turned to my daughter and said, "I felt something."  She looked at me and said, "Yes, you are supposed to feel something!"

Prior to this day, she had suggested I not participate in yoga classes because I act like it is pure torture.  Now, I have been given the green light.

After our yoga session we tried some thinkThin bars and oatmeal.  I have eaten thinkThin bars, but I was introduced to thinkThin oatmeal for the first time.  It was absolutely delicious!

Like the bars, the oatmeal, is high in protein and low in sugar. I learned at an early age that it is important to have a high protein intake, and  now as I am getting older I am always searching for foods and snacks high in protein.   I love that thinkThin is meeting my protein needs.  The oatmeal is low in sugar, some of us added a little brown sugar and raisins.   We quenched our thirst with water and tea.

I strongly believe in exercising and eating healthy.  Lately, I have been trying to find new things to incorporate into my diet and have been trying to change my exercise routine.  Thanks to Andrea Metcalf, thinkThin and Women's Forum, this event was just what I needed.

I am empowered to continue my healthy lifestyle!!!

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