Colorado Vacation: Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

When we were planning our trip to Colorado, many people recommended that we visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.  It was a bit off of the path we had decided on traveling, which almost caused us to skip it. I can speak for everyone when I say that we are so glad we didn’t skip it!royal gorge

Hanging high above Colorado’s wild Arkansas River, the Royal Gorge Bridge is America’s highest suspension bridge and a legendary feat of engineering renowned the world over.   Built in 1929 for $350,000, the cost today would easily exceed $20 million.   It was a world wonder then and still is today.  For those who venture across it, whether walking or driving, the experience is priceless.

The journey up the mountain to the park was along quiet and narrow, winding roads.  Most of the trees and plants were destroyed in the fire.  Once we reached the top, the road opened into a parking lot filled with hundreds of cars.

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Royal Gorge Visitor Center



The Visitor’s Center is huge, clean, and packed full of cute and unique souvenirs.  There are large screens showing the history of the bridge, along with updates on the recent fire. There is a nice cafe adjacent to the Visitor’s Center that has some amazing gourmet sandwiches.

Royal Gorge Gondola

Royal Gorge Gondola


The Visitor’s Center opens almost directly onto the bridge.  General admission includes unlimited gondola rides across the gorge.  A gondola is a small car that travels across the Royal Gorge via a cable.  Each car holds approximately 6 people and is filled with windows so that you can view the Arkansas River- 956 feet below.

I’m not usually scared of heights, but I am often considered the scaredy cat of our family.  I tend to do nothing dangerous, but decided that I was going to step outside of my comfort zone for this trip. The gondola was one of my favorite stops of the entire vacation.

Royal Gorge Zipline

Royal Gorge Zipline

My guys are fearless and my daughter is a bit more cautions, but she will try almost anything once.  While my daughter was too light to ride the zipline, my husband and son anxiously exited the gondola and got in line to ride the zipline back across.  The zipline is taller than the gondola cables, and it takes you back across the entire gorge.  They really enjoyed it and thought that would be the adrenaline rush of the afternoon- boy, were they wrong!

Royal Gorge Skycoaster

Royal Gorge Skycoaster

There is also a Skycoaster, which they thought would be a mild ride in comparison to ziplining across.  In fact, I had to convince them to give it a shot.  Up to 3 people lay on their stomachs in a harness.  They are hoisted 100 feet in the air and then dropped into a free fall to swing out over the Royal Gorge at up to 50MPH.  Needless to say, when they were finished with the ride, they were begging to go again.  My husband admitted that it was one of the scariest rides he’s ever been on.

I am so glad that we decided to visit the Royal Gorge, and it’s on our list of places to visit on our return trip.  At first glance, it doesn’t seem like a budget friendly stop for a large family, but we spent all afternoon there and practically had to drag ourselves out at closing time.

Click here more information on the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

*We received a family pack of tickets to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.


Become a Blogger in 7 Days Online Workshop Begins on June 14th!

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Have you always wanted to start a blog or website, but weren’t quite sure how? Maybe you’ve looked at online tutorials and found them too overwhelming to even start? It’s time to quit looking and start creating! The Become a Blogger in 7 Days online workshop will get your site up and running in as little as a week. That’s right- a WEEK!

Become a Blogger in 7 Days is geared towards absolute beginners. The written lessons are packed with screenshots and will walk you through each step of creating your site. Unlike other beginner classes, Become a Blogger in 7 Days will teach you how to set up your site to leave room for maximum growth and monetization.

In addition to the written lessons, you’ll receive access to an exclusive Facebook group for 30 days. Why just 30 days? I’ve learned over the years that there are two things that will push you to succeed: time and money. If you take a free class, do you place as much emphasis on it? Of course not. The same goes with time. By creating the limits, you’ll work much faster and put more of an effort into it.

The Facebook group is a place for you to ask questions, receive assistance, talk out any issues you may have, and receive support from people going through the exact same thing that you are.

So, what are we going to cover in Become a Blogger in 7 Days? Everything you need to know to get your site up and running. This class is based on setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog, and we’ll also go over how to use it to create a static website. The lessons include:

  • Assessing Your Expectations
  • Basic Terminology
  • Choosing Your Domain Name
  • Purchasing Hosting
  • Setting Up Your Site
  • Creating Your Header
  • Installing Plugins
  • Creating Menus
  • Customizing Your Site

Each lesson has a short assignment that will help you grow your site and prepare for the next lesson.

What you’ll need to get started:

  • A computer and internet access (you won’t be able to do this from a tablet or phone)
  • At least an hour a day to devote to each lesson
  • In addition to the class registration fee, you will have to pay for one year of hosting and your domain name (around $72).

This class will run from May 4th-10th and is limited to just 25 students! If you cannot complete every lesson that week, don’t worry. The Facebook group will remain open until June 4th and you’ll have access to all of the lessons and information until then.  You can also elect to purchase an optional 60 day membership to the group so that you have a place to ask your questions.

When you register, please make sure and enter the name you use on Facebook, along with the email address you use to log in.  This will allow me to invite you to the group where you’ll receive all of your lessons.  You will receive a response within 24-48 hours of registering.  If you have any trouble with registration, please email me at  


Legoland Discovery Center KC Discount Coupon

While you’re planning your Kansas City trip, make sure to allow time to visit Legoland.  It’s perfect for kids ranging in age from 3-10, but all Lego lovers will enjoy it.  We plan on taking a trip this summer and will post a full review afterwards.  I’ve also got a $3 discount coupon for you guys!

Explore LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City, the ultimate indoor playground for kids ages 3-10 who are the biggest fans of LEGO! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City is one of Kansas City’s best attractions for kids! Reach out and touch the stars in our 4D cinema, build the fastest car in Build & Test, save the princess at Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, or have the ultimate LEGO birthday party. Plan your family visit and jump into the biggest box of LEGO bricks!

Have you been to Legoland?  Do you have any tips for us?


Visit SEA LIFE Aquarium in Kansas City and Save $5 Per Admission

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The Kansas City area offers some great family friendly attractions.  One of those attractions that my family will be visiting this summer is the SEA LIFE Aquarium.  I’ll be doing a full review after our visit, but if you’d like to make arrangements for your family to visit, I’ve got a $5 admission coupon for you!  

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium will transport you into the amazing underwater world. Come nose to nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. To get any closer you’d have to get wet! Are you a Shark lover or Seahorse fanatic? Perhaps it’s the graceful rays or the clever Octopus that you love the most. Maybe you simply can’t decide! Here at SEA LIFE Kansas City you can make up your mind and see them all – from the curious and the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. And you’ll be able to get closer to them than ever before.


Fun at Copper Mountain + Save up to $20 on Summer Activity Pass

Searching for vacation destinations can be tricky when you have a toddler and teenagers.  Copper Mountain in Colorado Springs has made it onto our list to visit this summer!  They offer plenty of activities in the village that will keep everyone occupied.

In addition to the beautiful scenery and close proximity to local attractions, Copper Mountain also offers activity passes for the following:

  • Bungee
  • Go-kart
  • Zip-line
  • Mini golf
  • Hydro bike
  • Bike haul
  • Diggler
  • Scenic chair
  • Bumper boats
  • Climbing wall

They are currently offering my readers a coupon to save $10 on a Summer Activity Day Pass or $20 on a Season Pass ($49-$109).  Click here to get the coupon.

Save $3 at All 8 Ripley’s Attractions in Gatlinburg- Perfect for Your Smoky Mountain Road Trip

We’ve been gathering suggestions for some summer trips, and the Smoky Mountains was one of the most suggested ones!

Gatlinburg has many attractions, but I had no idea that there were EIGHT different Ripley’s attractions there.  My kids are going to love visiting them all when we schedule our trip.

Experience eight unique attractions including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, our 85,000 sq ft Aquarium of the Smokies, a 5D Moving Theater, our bone-chilling Haunted Adventure, the mind-bending Marvelous Mirror Maze, and our two fully themed mini-golf courses!

They’ve extended a $3 discount on all adult admission tickets ($2 on each child’s ticket) when you order online and use the coupon code: USFAMILYGUIDE


Incredible Pizza: Buffet Only $.99 with $15 Game Card Purchase

tile_incrediblepizza-stl-tileIncredible Pizza has a great new printable coupon for a $.99 buffet with a $15 game card purchase.

Fun, Food and Family America’s Incredible Pizza Company is the place to find it all! Incredible Pizza Company delivers high energy and a quality experience for the entire family. After enjoying our freshly homemade buffet; enter our world famous Fair Grounds and play over 100 arcade and carnival style games. Race to the finish line while driving our go karts, get lost in a friendly game of laser tag, get a hole-in-one while playing glow golf, and spin away on the bumper cars and more! So whether you’re 6 or 60, enter our fairgrounds and have an incredible time while making memories that will last a lifetime!



Spring Burt’s Bees Grab Bag + Free Gift: $20 ($5 Shipping)

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There’s a new Burt’s Bees Grab Bag available, and it qualifies for a $15 bonus!  The Spring Grab Bag includes:

Super Shiny Mango Shampoo
• Mango & Orange Energizing Body Bar
• Mango Lip Balm
• Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion (2.5oz)
• Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract (10 ct)
• Tinted Lip Balm in Honeysuckle
• Radiance Day Lotion Travel Size
• Festive pouch

The bonus is pictured below:







Shipping will be $5 on one set or $6 on two.  These always sell out very quickly!


Heads Up! New Blue Bunny Coupon in Sunday’s Paper!


There will be a new Blue Bunny coupon in the May 10th newspapers- that’s this Sunday!  I’ve been living off of Fudge Bars for the past week due to some dental work, so I’m really excited about this one.  There have been some great sales lately, which should pair nicely with it.

To find out where you can purchase Blue Bunny® products, click here: