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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Biking To Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta #BalloonFiesta

   The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2016 is happening very soon! I just can't wait to see all those hot air balloons in the sky. The 45th annual event will feature more than 500 hot air balloons and lots of people. The Balloon Fiesta can have crowds of 80,000 people so that means lots of cars and traffic. Trust me it is so worth it to deal with traffic as this event is so awesome. There are ways to avoid the traffic and the long lines to park and I am going to share my favorite way to get to the Balloon Fiesta. My favorite way to get to Balloon Fiesta is by bike and it is a 15-30 minute trip. If you choose to bike you not only get some great exercise but you also save $10 on parking and the stress of waiting forever in the long lines of traffic. There is even free valet parking for your bike which is staffed by local bicycle group volunteers.

Biking to the Balloon Fiesta is a great way to avoid congested traffic and parking conditions near Balloon Fiesta Park. My son and I biked to the event a couple of years ago and discovered a bike trail that runs along the AMAFCA North Diversion Channel and crosses underneath Paseo del Norte and Alameda Blvd. This trail continues north where it crosses from the west side to the east side ending just north of the Balloon Museum. There you will find the Bike Valet staffed by local bicycle group volunteers. There are many bike trails in Albuquerque that lead to this bike trail but I found an easier way to get to this trail and it involves way less bicycling time too. You simply put your bike in or on the car and park at the Los Ranchos/Journal Rail Runner station and the bike trail begins at that station. I recommend using this method on on the weekends and it might be hard to find a parking spot during the week. 

      I biked this trail last weekend and it only took be 15 minutes to get to the Balloon Fiesta park. The best part about this trail is you don't even have to ride with traffic as it is bike trails all the way. I am going to share some tips on how to bike safely to the park.  Since the balloons go up way early in the morning you will be biking in the dark so other than making sure your tires have air, make sure you have lights on your bike. Please remember when you ride to the morning sessions you will be arriving in the dark and when you leave the evening sessions you will be leaving in the dark. I recommend both a back taillight and front headlight as the trail will be dark. I also recommend a LED Light Reflective Safety Vest for great eye-catching visibility in the dark. I discovered a vest that works great for biking and running. This vest is light weight and comfortable. I really like the way the LED lights light up my body so I can be seen by other bikers. My younger boys want to borrow my safety vest for their Halloween costume this year. It is adjustable so it will fit them and it will make trick or treating safer too. 

Other tips that I have for biking to the Balloon Fiesta are 

Dress Warm in Layers  It can be quite chilly in the early morning so make sure you are dressed warm and don't forget the gloves. As Albuquerque warms up once the sun comes out you can then shed some of the layers of clothes for your bike ride back to your car. 
Wear a Helmet  Always be safe when bike riding and protect your head with a bike helmet.
Bring Water  Even though it is cold out you will need water as you are exercising.
Bring a Backpack  A backpack is great to carry your water and snacks in. Make sure there is room to put any clothes that you take off like a sweatshirt as it warms up.
Take Along Snacks  You will need some snacks to give you the energy to bike back to your car, of course, you can always buy some food at the Fiesta.
Money  You will need money to get into the Fiesta and to buy great food like breakfast burritos and New Mexico Pinon coffee.
Bike Baskets  These are nice to have but not necessary. I do a lot of bike riding and use my baskets for trips to the grocery store. If you have a basket or pouch, bring it to carry back any souvenirs. The backpack is also good for this.
CellPhone  I know most people don't leave the house without this. The phone is not only great for calls but also for all the pictures you will be taking. So bring a portable charger too. A camera also works great too. Who remembers the day when the Balloon Fiesta sold disposable cameras and film?

So considered biking this year to Balloon Fiesta and avoid all the traffic. You will get some great exercise and save money too. Check out all the below links for more information on the Balloon Fiesta and biking. I also included some links of bike maps and trails in Albuquerque just in case you want a great workout and want to bike all the way from your house. 

Official website of Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta guest guide for biking

Map of Albuquerque multi-user trails to the bike valet parking 

Los Ranchos/Journal Rail Runner station info  

Web site to purchase the LED Light Reflective Safety Vest

Photo from the Balloon Fiesta night time glow. 

"These opinions are my own and I received a LED Light Reflective Safety Vest to facillitate this post."

Payton's Sweetness On A Ritz - Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Football season is here and I have a delicious dessert that is perfect for a party. I made these chocolate delights after my family's favorite football player- Walter Payton. Although Payton is playing football in heaven, our family still thinks about him when we watch the Bears play. These scrumptious chocolate covered peanut butter sandwiches are so easy to make and the gang will love them. The salt of the crackers combine so well with the chocolate for a wonderful taste. If you love peanut butter cups then you have to try this. I made a batch for my family the other day and they were gone by the next day. My husband said I need to make them for our next football party.

All you need for these delicious chocolate covered crackers is a box of Ritz crackers, peanut butter, and milk chocolate chips.

 Payton's Sweetness On A Ritz
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Makes 16
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 jar creamy peanut butter
32 Ritz crackers
1.  Spread some peanut butter onto a cracker and sandwich together with another cracker.
2. Repeat until all the crackers are made into sandwiches with the peanut butter. You will not use all the peanut butter so save the rest for sandwiches or another recipe.                                                        
3. Place chocolate chips over a double boiler and melt. You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave.                                                                                                                                                 4. Once the chocolate has melted, using a small pair of tongs, or tweezers, dip the  peanut butter sandwiches into the chocolate until completely covered.                                                                       5. Shake off any excess chocolate and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.                                 6. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches and set aside to dry, about an hour. You can also place the tray into the fridge to set faster.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Aquagear Filter Pitcher Giveaway! $69.95 RV!

Aquagear Filter Pitcher Giveaway! $69.95 RV!

Sponsored By: Aquagear

Hosted By: 

Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner Will Receive: 

an Aquagear Filter Pitcher - a $69.95 RV!

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Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Love, Mrs. Mommy received an Aquagear Filter Pitcher at no cost to facilitate the above-mentioned review. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Free Sour Patch Kids or Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy

Free Sour Patch Kids or Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy Receive ONE (1) FREE Sour Patch Kids or Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy, any variety (7.2 - 8 oz). Available in most stores.
Exp 10/09/2016

This Friday, September 23rd, 2016 – ONLY, you can load a coupon to your Kroger (or Affiliate) Plus Card for one Free Sour Patch Kids or Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy. Coupon offer is redeemable through 10/09/2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Garden Of Life Raw Organic Protein Giveaway

 I love that my body is strong and I can exercise every day. I love that a plant-based protein gives my muscles what they need to be strong so I can have fun exercising. Today I decided to go on a bike ride and the place I wanted to explore was a trail that I had seen on my last ride. To get to this trail it meant a bike ride up a hill that was 2 miles long. That seemed like a fun way for me to get my legs and arms stronger as it meant a good strenuous workout. I rediscovered that biking is a good form of exercise when I visited West Palm beach last month and took a bike exercise class. The trainer showed me some moves that took my biking to a whole new level. So I biked up that hill and reached my destination. This pathway in the  desert of Albuquerque, NM was calling my name as I wanted to hike up those rock formations. So I walked my bike on the dirt pathway and then parked it as I climb up the formations. What I saw at the top was awesome.

 Just look at my view, more paths just calling my name. The mountains seem to be very cloudy today.

Here are some desert plants that I saw. I just love how these plants survive with very little water. My boys would have loved all these rocks. Next time I will bring them along.

I think this is my favorite desert plant. These purple flowers only stay on the plant for about one week so I made sure to get a picture of this the other day when I was out running.

So how do you like to exercise outdoors?

I have a container of  Garden Of Life Raw Organic Protein to giveaway to one lucky reader. The winner can choose the flavor. To discover more about this awesome protein visit this link.

Just enter on the form below and good luck!

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depends on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Sponsor is responsible for shipping out the prize. Void where prohibited

Ice Scream You Scream We All Scream For Probotics

By now you know that I love probiotics.

   As you can see from all my writing that I love probiotics and their awesome benefits. I just love how probiotics have helped my children be happier and healthier. So I am always on the lookout for new ways to get my boys to take their daily probiotics. One day they want to take their probiotic in a cherry chewable and the next day they decide they are tired of that chewable. So I like to keep several varieties of probiotics in the house in different flavors so they can decide which form and flavor they want for the day. If that what it takes to get them to take a daily supplement that keeps their tummy happy and to keep them healthy, then I will keep several different probiotics in the cabinet. My husband is the worse of all the boys as he will not take a pill form probiotic and will only take a chocolate probiotic. I want to keep him healthy too and keep the bacteria under control in his mouth so I keep him happy and buy the chocolate probiotic.

  You can imagine my excitement when I discovered a new flavor and form of probiotics! I discovered a probiotic that is soft and creamy and tastes like white chocolate vanilla ice cream. So now I have UP4 Kids Cubes in the cabinet to give my boys another delicious way to take their daily probiotics. This soft chewable even has bone support in it. I have never seen vitamin D3 added to a probiotic and I like that. That way my boys are getting an additional supplement to support healthy bone growth! They are also getting the superstrains of Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS®-1 and Bifidobacterium lactis for full digestive and immune support. My boys like that they can have a delicious vanilla chocolate/ice cream cube in the morning. Oh, by the way, this cube is also sugar-free! I like that this small piece of deliciousness keeps their gut happy. A happy gut makes a happy body! A happy body is a healthy body!

  I no longer have to remind my little and big boys to take their probiotics every day. I caught my husband sneaking the boys UP4 Kids Cubes  the other day but that is ok as I enjoy them too. You can find these delicious chews at many stores like Target and Sprouts. They are also sold online. Click on the below link to discover all the many stores that carry UP4 Kids Cubes.


  Another wonderful thing is for every purchase of the 60 count carton of UP4™ KIDS CUBES, UP4™ donates 25¢ to Vitamin Angels. Vitamin Angels is a nonprofit organization that delivers life-saving vitamin and minerals to at-risk mothers and children. How cool is that! Your kids/husbands get a delicious vanilla chocolate/ice cream chew and other kids get life-saving vitamins.

"These opinions are my own and I received a sample of UP4 Kids Cubes to facilitate this post."

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

$150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Amazon Gift Card

Welcome to the Dropprice $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Come enter for a chance to win some money for Amazon! I love Amazon shopping!

     Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how
important it is to share with other moms.

Amazon Gift Card

 In today’s promotion for the GUND Animated Peek-A-Boo Bear, it started out at $40.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

Amazon Gift Card

   You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!   Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.   Giveaway: Win a $150 Amazon Gift Card All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Peek-A-Boo Bear and you will be entered to win a $150 Amazon gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!   This giveaway ends on 10/2/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

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