Best Birthday Party Venue in Colorado

If you’re a Mom, you’re bound to be in a Facebook Mom group, or twelve. If so, you’re sure to come across the daily post, “Where is the best birthday spot for a *insert age* year old?” and a slew of answers will come.. In Colorado, being such a family-focused state, we are blessed with a wide variety of birthday party venues. This being said, one of the top places recommended will surely be Little Monkey Bizness Westminster.

Not only does it have everything an older kid could want: Bouncy houses, snacks, an art room, mega slides, but also imaginary play areas for younger kids like: Veterinarian stations, safari outpost station, postman station, climbing structures, flashing light games, and more!

When booking a birthday party for your little it can be stressful worrying about the differences in ages, siblings of friends, and babies that may accompany adults (Did I mention they have a baby area?! Yeah..). But Little Monkey Bizness Westminster literally takes the stress out of everything for you, all you have to do is book your party and let them take the wheel.. 🎶

With different tiers to fit your budget, they have exactly what you’re looking for in a party. Need a weekday? They’ve got you. Want it private? Covered. Want it private AND on the weekend? OH snap, already done.

It’s literally the best of both worlds. Easy for parents. Pure-energy-burning-fun for kids. So, next time you’re planning a birthday party in Colorado for your kiddo, DEFINITELY book it with Little Monkey Bizness Westminster. This month we are having our second and third birthday party here and have had other friends do there’s here because they loved it so much, too! Highly recommend (did I mention they have a coffee shop inside, too?! Yeah.) and you can have pizzas delivered to the party. Just sayin’. 🐒

Book here – https://westminster.monkeybizness.com/birthday-bookings/

( I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own )

Blush and Tease Boudoir

I’ve almost been working for Adena at Blush and Tease for a year now, a whole beautiful year of “pop that booty”, “part those lips”, “look down at my floor and laugh, my floor is hilarious”. To put it simply – I love my job, and my boss.

And a month ago, I was blessed with the incredible experience of a photoshoot with her. You’d imagine that after almost a year of working with her I would be prepared, but I wasn’t. I don’t know if there is any amount of time or experience that would prepare you unless you had already done a shoot before.

My first exposure to the experience was the planning meeting to go over what this would mean to me and it opened me up like a book. It turned into an awakening that made this feel like so much more than just a photoshoot, it was like a reminder of who I was as a woman and a person, before life got complicated. I cried, I laughed, and I felt even closer to myself and Adena. It made me trust her and the process even more, almost like a counseling session for my heart.

Next was the homework of Pinterest searching on how I wanted my hair and makeup to look and shopping for my outfits.

I am incredibly thrifty, and my favorite local spot is Plato’s Closet Westminster, I went there over the period of a few months and found literally every. single. piece. but one (the other was a gorgeous leather bralette from Angel’s at Femme Fatale!) for my shoot and only paid $50 total. I love that this part of the process doesn’t have to break the bank.

Even though I send out tons of prep emails a month and watch photoshoots unfold every other day, the night before my shoot my nerves had really began to set in… I wasn’t sure what to expect.

When I woke up I was mixed with pure excitement and anxiety – How was I going to feel?! Nervous?! Shy?! What about this part of my body?! Or that part?!

I showed up and the familiar, beautiful faces of my boss and the lovely hair and makeup team were so excited and happy to see me and it definitely helped to ease some of my anxiety.. Coffee in hand, butt in the makeup chair – I was ready. Or at least I thought it was, until I saw the transformation. BAM – They had literally transformed me into the hot mama self I knew I still was.

Walking into the bedroom, I was on Cloud 9… Done up to the nines and my outfits from Plato’s Closet laid out, I felt incredibly confident in my choices and was READY.

From there, Adena worked her Adena magic, making me feel comfortable and bringing the true me out. I saw it when I saw what she captured on the back of her camera. All of the flaws I thought I had.. gone.. not a worry in mind. It’s an experience I’ve never felt in my entire life and cannot wait to experience it again.

Even though I had heard it so many times before, at the reveal meeting, hearing her describe the album to me made so much sense. They have a way of taking you back to that day and reminding you how you felt as that woman again. I wanted to capture and remember that, so I had to order one. And bought one that matched the color of my favorite Plato’s body suit!

To anyone who may be on the fence about this experience. Don’t hesitate. It took me a YEAR of working with Adena to finally shoot with her – And I deeply regret waiting so long. I’ve never felt more empowered, more enlightened, and more powerful as a woman as I do today. And it is all because of my beautiful, amazing, sweetly-bossy-boss, Adena Rossiter. THANK YOU and I love you!

xo Unicorn

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(I was compensated for this post, opinions are my own)

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

My family has loved the Hotel Transylvania franchise for years and when we saw the previews for this movie we were so excited! And my kiddos were even more excited when they heard that we were going to get to watch the pre-screening from the comfort of our home!

After hours of playing with toys anticipating our movie night, we cuddled up with our bowls of popcorn, cookies, and blankets and got ready for the big show! Yes, a lot like the beginning of the trailer below.

I’ll be honest, when I heard that Adam Sandler wasn’t going to be voicing Drac, I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was perfectly taken over by Brian Hull, I couldn’t even tell it wasn’t him – He did a phenomenal job!

The movie was adorable, the kids were laughing, we were laughing, and it was a memorable night that we can replay over and over again because it’s on Prime Video!! It was such a clever plot that was fun from start to finish and kept the kids entertained the whole time (which is a feat!)

The family bond Drac, his kids, and his friends share is so strong and is such a strong message that is important for all to see and hear – Such a great family movie with laughs and lessons. Wonderful for all ages!

This franchise never leaves you feeling like it’s dragging on, and I hope they come up with more! Watch this with your kiddos, you won’t be disappointed, and neither will they! ❤

Drac (Brian Hull) and Monster Johnny (Andy Samberg) in Columbia Pictures’ HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA.

There’s nothing more convenient than having young kids and still being able to have a good ol’ fashioned family movie night from the comfort of your home (and not spending $15 on a single snack/drink).

To get the movie night started, I’ve attached a fun Activity Book for your kids to do while they’re amping up to watch! It’s fun to get them excited while you cook dinner!

(I was compensated for this post via a pre-screening of the movie, all opinions are my own)

Barilla Pesto

My favorite new kitchen sidekick is Barilla’s Pesto Creamy Genovese. It literally pairs well with everything and even the kids like it because of its creamy and cheesy taste!

Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto is a versatile product that can be used in a variety of ways and does not need to be heated before use. Here are some of my favorite delicious options right now: Stirring into warm pasta and grains (one jar to one 16-ounce box of pasta), spreading onto sandwiches, toast, OR tortillas for taco night, marinating meats and vegetables, and using as a dip for veggies and pita chips!

To preserve the natural color of basil and the fresh aroma of Italian Cheese, Barilla minimizes the handling of ingredients and rapidly prepares their recipe in as little as three hours from the start of ingredient preparation to the tightening of the lid.

I’ll forever be a pesto lover, but the Barilla brand by far has my favorite ever. If you haven’t tried it yet you NEED to!! Like, NOW!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Gladskin Eczema Cream

All of my life I have struggled with extreme eczema and sadly I have passed it on to two of my three boys. So looking for something that works for all of our skin types, all of our sensitivities, and that is steroid-free was a huge challenge.

But I found Gladskin Eczema Cream through Mom’s Meet and it held a ton of promise with all of its positive reviews so I tried it out and fell in love! It’s creamy enough without being thick and pasty and it doesn’t burn my poor boys when I put it onto their aggravated rash areas.

I always carry a trial size with me in my car, now and make sure to keep a healthy stock in the boys’ rooms.

If you’ve always struggled with eczema and need to try something new during this dry/transition time of year then TRY Gladskin, you won’t be disappointed. And you’ll save 10% on your order on gladskin.com with code GLADMOM10 on their website.

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Pact Dream Big Pajamas

I’m all about eco-friendly, water-saving, fair trade certified companies – And one of my favorite clothing lines now is Pact, because they’re ALL of those things. Pact is an apparel company on a mission to make Earth’s Favorite™ Clothing. Their products are made of organic cotton—to support a healthy planet—and manufactured by a Fair Trade certified factory—to take care of the people on this planet. By using natural farming practices and contributing to Fair Trade initiatives, Pact creates clothing that is better for the world, and better for your family.

I bought matching pairs of them Dream Big Pajamas for the boys and it’s their favorite things to snuggle up and sleep in. They’re insanely soft, their prints are adorable, (or cool if you ask them about their shark jammies) and I feel better purchasing them clothing that is better for our Mother Earth (and still affordable!)

Pact Dream Big Pajamas are top-sellers and available in kids’ sizes 18 months to 10. They are made of soft, breathable, 100% organic cotton that is made without toxic chemicals and with 91% less water than conventional cotton. Pact’s cotton material is Fair Trade Certified and GOTS Certified Organic Cotton. Dream Big Pajamas provide a snug fit for safety, with a pull-on waistband and banded cuffs at the wrists and ankles. All Dream Big Pajamas for kids are made with a tag-less label on the back to prevent discomfort and skin irritation. The fabric is pre-washed and shrink resistant. Pact Dream Big Pajamas for kids typically retail for $30.

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(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Best Places to Take Kids in Denver, CO

As a family traveler it’s exciting planning visits to places you’ve always wanted to see. But with kids in tow you’ll need to plan some kid-friendly excursions to keep the boredom woes at bay.

This list is a comprehensive guide to the best spots to take your kiddos while traveling in Denver that’ll surely make lasting memories, they’ll beg you to bring them back!

1. Denver Zoo – This zoo is stocked full of amazing exhibits, great restaurants and thrilling events. The built in aquarium is designed to feel like you’re walking into a muggy rainforest and the animals are so close the kids feel like they’re really in the wild!

2. Denver Aquarium – Experience interactive fun like never before. With tanks that have cut outs for kids to stick their heads into so it feels like they’re swimming with the sharks, “real” mermaids that put on beautiful shows while swimming with the fish, and a sting ray cove where they can feed and touch the sting rays the Denver Aquarium is a thrilling experience for children of all ages! *Did I mention they also have tigers?!

3. Colorado Railroad Museum – Have a train lover? I know I do! This museum has real trains built into the side of a mountain kids can experience the history and beauty of old stream engines (and even ride them!) Thomas the Train comes every September for a fun train ride around the train yard! As well as the Polar Express with reenactments of the entire movie – It’s serious fun for the entire family!

4. Butterfly Pavilion – Ever wondered what it would be like to have thousands of butterflies surrounding you while you take in the smell of tropical flowers? It’s s a constant reality when you’re at the Butterfly Pavilion! They have so many interactive and educational stations for children of all ages it’s an amazing way to kill a few hours while letting your kids get their wiggles out and their minds growing!

5. Denver Museum of Nature and Science – This is a favorite of my family’s. Three stories of incredible history, interactive exhibits, an IMAX theatre and a planetarium. If you’re looking for a way to spend an entire day with the kids this is the spot. With a built in cafe and restaurant, a rotating travel exhibit area, and a kid’s indoor playground this is the place to bring the kids. Seriously one of our favorites!

6. Children’s Museum of Denver – Newly revamped and reimagined this eclectic museum has the coolest places for kids to play, learn and imagine. Another place to spend all day and wear them out (win-win!)

7. Elitch Gardens – Like amusement parks? You’ll LOVE this place. Stocked full of rides for people of all ages, you’ll easily spend an entire day drinking beers, riding crazy rollercoaster and eating some of the best comfort foods you can find!

8. Water World – One of my favorites since I was a kid. An amazing water park filled with some of the best rides and best funnel cakes Ive ever had. This is a MUST do on a warm summer day! Easy to spend an entire day here but definitely an unforgettable memory locale!

9. Denver Art Museum – Have an artsy kiddo? They’ll love the beautiful design of this building and even more beautiful sights inside (ha!). There is some gorgeous and unique art along with interactive STEM fun to keep kids engaged and happy 😉

10. KidSpace – STEM based play space for kiddos. An amazing spot for them to climb, play, learn and experience science with hands on exhibits. Also, it has a built in coffee shop, how cool is that?! It’s a spot we frequent for sure!

11. Little Monkey Bizness Westminster – Another absolute favorite of ours for sure. We come here about once a week, because it also has a coffee shop, an art room, and huge inflatables for kids to get ALL of that crazy energy out. they even have a spot for infants so they don’t get trampled on 😉 You can save 10% off with code SIMPLYKARALIZ_fff.

Obviously, outside of the Denver metro area, there are a million other amazing spots to hit but these are some of our Denver favorites that we go to often!

Looking for great recommendations on places outside of the city? Then check out this amazing post on fun things to do in Breckenridge, CO over at Champagne on Deck!

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Top 6 Items For Road Tripping with Kids

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These are the top 6 items I have on my list when it comes to packing my car for a road trip (Obviously there are TONS more and I’ll do a full comprehensive post whenever I get more time, but this is a good start list!) With kids, a road trip isn’t as glamorous looking as it is on TV but you can still really have a great time if you put in the effort to pack effectively and wisely!

  1. Car Trash Can – An absolute necessity, that’s why it’s number one! Without a trash can your car will be the trash can and I promise it will drive you crazy, quickly. Make sure to clean your car out super well before you travel too, helps create the mindset that the car shouldn’t be made messy.
  2. Car Caddy – This specific one is technically meant for diapers but I love it. It’s sturdy, cute, and handy! Having a one spot, handled carrier for snacks, motion sickness meds, water, gum, etc is amazing. Instead of being that parent swerving all over the place because you’re trying to find and throw back the snacks to the screaming kids, you’ll have a handy handle (ha) that you can simply hand back and they can sort amongst themselves. Easy peasy!
  3. First Aid Kit – Maybe it’s the nurse in me (Cuz I literally have three bins in my trunk full of CPR masks, first aid, razor sharp shears, and more) but I couldn’t imagine not having an emergency first aid kit on hand. You never know what could happen on the road and you certainly don’t want to be unprepared for a medical emergency!
  4. LARQ bottle – I posted this in my last travel necessities guide because I find it so crucial for any situation. It uses UV-C lights to kill bacteria, it has the capabilities of even making stream water drinkable. The survivalist in me couldn’t iagine not having that on hand. Being that water is the most essential thing in life next to oxygen, I highly recommend grabbing one – Seriously!
  5. Travel Journal – They’ll get tired of their tablets and then, they’ll start telling you how boreeeed they are. So have other toys/books on hand! This one is great for being on the road. They can jot down their thoughts, play games and engage with their siblings using these journals and it’s really fun to see flourish.
  6. Steering Wheel Table/Desk – Work on the road? This desk is amazing for those last minute meetings that pop up or if you are just stopping to grab some fast food and have no where else to eat because your car is packed (literally, ha!) This is seriously one of my favorite things to hand on hand all the time, when the babies pass out on a drive I pull over, grab my iPad and do some work while they sleep so I don’t disturb their schedule – This thing rocks!

I’ll be doing some more, like I stated above, comprehensive guides in the future just really wanted to put these out there because it’s almost traveling/vacation season and I know so many families would benefit from these items! I know we do!

What other items are must haves in your family? I’m literally always looking for more ways to efficiently travel with three boys!

Best Hidden Date Night Spots in Denver

I love Red Robin and Chili’s more than the next gal, but when you’re traveling and looking for a unique spot, you want something authentic and memorable. I’ve lived in Denver long enough to find the most amazing spots hidden in plain sight – And been desperate enough to try anywhere if that means making my babysitter time worthwhile, ha!

5. 740 Front – 740 Front St, Louisville, CO 80027 – $$

Built in 1904 this Louisville saloon restaurant has a lot of history with many stories to tell. But their greatest story is their phenomenal food. Known for their incredible seafood and steak, there are many amazing items to choose from so even the pickiest of eaters will find something they’ll adore. Their drinks are artfully handcrafted and their staff exudes sophistication. This is the perfect spot for a fancy night out for an anniversary, birthday, etc.

4. Ocean Prime1465 Larimer Street Denver, CO 80202 – $$$$

One of the best meals I’ve ever eaten was eaten here. Their food is incredible, their drinks are unique and dreamy, but their location is gorgeous. Right in downtown Denver you get an amazing view of Larimer Square that’s always lit up and always lively. This place is amazing if you’re looking for a classy dinner to impress and celebrate with a loved one. Try their lobster mac n’ cheese, seriously drool worthy.

3. EAT! Food and Drink – 520 Zang St N, Broomfield, CO 80021 – $

Love this place. It is tucked into a cute little strip mall but packs a big punch. Amazing food, along with gluten-free options, patio seating while sipping on a cold, refreshing cocktail, and pleasing conversations are only a few of the amazing qualities this place has to offer. The owner creates unique and thoughtful menu items that make it a place to try and remember!

2. Jack’s & Steamers – 8565 Five Parks Dr #100, Arvada, CO 80005 – $

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Owned by a former Olympic skier, Jack and his wife, Athan, own this incredible restaurant and created a training kitchen in order to support and employ people with developmental disabilities. Their kindness is not the only amazing thing they offer – Their unique and delicious menu keeps locals and travelers coming back time after time.

  1. Aspen Lodge Bar and Grill – 8125 W 94th Ave, Westminster, CO 80021 – $$

Literally, my number one favorite place to eat in Colorado. We’ve been coming for 6 years now and it’s become a tradition to take family and friends every-time they’re in town. Owned by Turkish native, Mesut, his restaurant is like a scene out of a Christmas lodge, but in the background, there is always Iron Maiden playing. An eclectic restaurant with American/Turkish foods will leave you full and happy. You’ll never experience anything quite like it anywhere else – When you come make sure to order his Mesut Burger (a traditional burger with a Turkish twist!) and his award winning Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich! Best place in Denver!