Santa Express Train at Royal Gorge

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All aboard the Santa Express Train for a magical journey to the "North Pole" in Colorado's very own Royal Gorge! The train runs Nov. 18 - Dec. 24, so visit royalgorgeroute.com to learn more and book your tickets to ride. In the meantime, watch this - it will definitely get you in the holiday spirit!!


                                

The Santa Express Train is Colorado's favorite Christmas train. This 1.5-hour ride through Colorado's Royal Gorge to the North Pole is chock-full of holiday cheer, where children wear their pajamas, listen to Christmas stories, sing Christmas carols and enjoy homemade cookies and cocoa. Guests of all ages enjoy views of the Royal Gorge on the way to the North Pole, which is decorated like a true Christmas town, including thousands of holiday lights. Once Santa boards the train at the North Pole, children await their turn to share their holiday wish list and receive their very special Santa Express Train gift. 




It runs through the Royal Gorge this Nov. 18 through Dec. 24 up to three times per day. Skip the fast food on the way and eat local on the train instead for lunch or dinner. Plus, there's a fully stocked bar featuring local microbrews, libations and wine available on any class of service.

For more information or to book tickets, call 1.888.724.5748 or visit royalgorgeroute.com, and royalgorgeroute.com/special-events/santa-express-train/ to read more about the Santa Express ride.

Parenting 14 Gospel Principles Book Review

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About the Book:

In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.

Tempting Tristan (A sexy standalone M/M romance) (Harborside Nights) - Book Review/Giveaway

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New Release........
Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, lovable alphas from the Harborside Nights series.

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try and figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault—he leads with his heart, not his head—and that’s never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he’s beginning to get a handle on things. That is, until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar...

Alex has spent eight years in the Army, months in a hospital bed, and far too long hiding his sexual identity. He’s guilt-ridden, damaged, pissed off, and up for a Silver Star—for the incident that nearly cost him his life, and kept him from his grandmother’s funeral. But all he wants to do is forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn’t necessarily accept, and live the life he’s always dreamed of.

Butterfly Pavilion Bug a Boo Event 2016 Was so Fun!

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*Disclosure: I was provided complimentary tickets in exchange for a review. These are my opinions and experiences only yours may differ.*






My family had a blast at the event on Sunday. It ran October 15 and 16 so it is not over but you can plan for next year. There was so much to so we ended up being there a few hours and even ate lunch there. 





This guy is awesome and one of my favorite parts of the pavilion. Another favorite part is the butterflies. I got some good pictures of them and am posting below. 

Zink Wireless Printer Review

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*Disclosure: I did receive a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest unbiased review. These are my opinions and experiences and yours may differ.*






I have always been a planner but recently discovered I could decorate my planner and make it beautiful. I am a paper crafts person and love to get creative through paper crafts. This Zink printer is an inkless wireless printer. You download an app to your phone or tablet and you can print out some awesome stuff. 



The printer was very easy to setup and get ready to use with my phone. I have an iPhone 6S Plus and the app installed and works well on my phone. All I had to do to connect was follow the instructions on the app and that came with the printer. 

As a planner person I decided to make my very own washi tape. I use it to decorate my planner. The app has a lot of Halloween character to choose from. Below is what I came up with. 



It takes a minute for it to print but it was well worth the wait. It prints an item that is about 3 inches long. I can and plan to buy paper that is wider so I can make some labels for my kitchen. 

Here is my planner with the new tape in it. I printed two to cover the area I wanted to. 


There are many uses you could get out of this printer. From labels to my washi tape and many more I just can't think of right now. I can't wait to get my hands on the 2" print paper! I will get a lot of use out of this.

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Halloween Trick or Treat Bags Review

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*Disclosure: I did receive a discount on this item in exchange for my honest unbiased review. These are my opinions and experiences and yours may differ.*






Halloween is right around the corner and you will be needing treats for the cute costumed kids. These little bags have pieces in them to build little characters. My daughter is 4 and did have some issues doing the building by herself but with some help she had fun.

Gecko-Loc Black Washroom Shelf Shower Caddy Review

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Before getting this product we had a hanging organizer in our shower. It has gotten pretty gross so we needed something new. This shower caddy has some awesome suction cups that stick it to the shower wall and hold it in place. I have it loaded with items and have not had any issues with it falling.


Crushing on Love by Melissa Foster (The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor) - Book Tour/Giveaway

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New Release........
Book #4 The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor

Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs.

Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance. 

When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too?

CRUSHING ON LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Healed by Love (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #1)

Meet the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor and fall in love with Nate Braden & Jewel Fisher in Healed by Love.

Nate Braden has loved his best friend’s younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he’s always kept his feelings at bay. Now he’s back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old—but there’s an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn’t make it out alive.

THE BRADENS AT PEACEFUL HARBOR are one of the newest additions to the Braden series and the LOVE IN BLOOM family.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Surrender My Love (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #2)
Fall in love with Cole Braden in the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor. Hot, sexy, & wickedly naughty second cousins to the Weston, Colorado Bradens we know and love. .

In SURRENDER MY LOVE... Annalise "Leesa" Avalon never realized that one sentence could change her life until one of her students revealed his crush--and within twenty-four hours she finds herself under fire. After a grueling investigation that turns her life upside down, she steals away to Peaceful Harbor, Maryland, with a new identity to try to pull herself back together and figure out her next step.

From the outside, Cole Braden lives a charmed life. He's a top orthopedic surgeon with a thriving practice, strong family ties, and friends he adores. But there's a lonely spot inside Cole that no one can see. He has an enormous heart--and a painful past--but the desire to love and be loved is too strong to ignore.

A chance encounter brings Leesa and Cole together, and the attraction is immediate and intense. But a relationship is the last thing Leesa needs--and the only thing Cole wants. Long talks, heated moments, and deep connections are hard to resist, but the harder Cole tries, the more Leesa pulls away. Cole might truly be the right man for Leesa, but is Leesa the right woman for him?

SURRENDER MY LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While SURRENDER MY LOVE can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**


My Review:

As I say every time I review a book from Melissa Foster I love her books! She never disappoints. She develops great characters that you grow to love. Steve is a mountain man who knows the woods in and out. Shannon comes in the picture because she is in the mountains for research. She is a friendly people person and the mountain is just not for her but will Steve make her want to stay?
There is a great mix of sexy and fun in the book and I really enjoyed it. It can be read alone but characters from the other Braden books do make appearances. The book lets you know who they are so you are not left in the dark. It was another great read!

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River of Love Book (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #3)
Fall in love with Sam Braden in the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor. Hot, sexy, & wickedly naughty second cousins to the Weston, Colorado Bradens we know and love.

River rafting and adventure company owner Sam Braden works hard and plays harder. He’s fast, focused, and determined—and never at a loss for a willing woman to share his time with. The trouble is, the only woman he wants refuses him at every turn.

Physician assistant Faith Hayes escaped her painful past and built a safe, happy life in Peaceful Harbor. She’s also put what she’s learned to good use helping others by founding Women Against Cheaters, an online support group. When her boss’s sinfully sexy brother sets his sights on sweet Faith, she knows the self-professed player is everything she shouldn’t want, and she’s determined to resist him.