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Charity (and Saving) Starts At Home

Carrying on a tradition from Bryan’s grandmother, Declan’s Grandma has been sending him cards with bits of cash in them for the past year or so. Lately, it’s been 5 dollars since Declan is, well, 5 years old. The only problem with this is now every time Declan gets anything in the mail – he holds it up in the air and shakes it, expecting money to whimsically float past his eyes like a capitalist’s dream.

At first, I will admit we approached the problem the wrong way. We asked Grandma to slow down the money train. Not only did that hurt her feelings, but hello. It stopped the money train.

A few weeks ago, I noticed an article about teaching your child to be money-savvy. And since Bryan and are the furthest thing in the world from money-savvy, I figured we could teach Declan, and in turn he could teach us.

Win two tickets to ski Keystone!

[photopress:ski.jpg,thumb,pp_image]Got cute kids? They could land you on the slopes! Summit Cove, a family-friendly condo rental company in Keystone, is offering two tickets to ski Keystone Resort. And all we need is a picture of your little cutie!

Cheri Reesburgh is an avid Mile High Mamas reader and manages Summit Cove with her hubby. They currently have more than 100 condos in their rental pool and they encourage all their owners to cater their units to families. Before deciding on a unit, guests can view all amenities for each condo including whether it has a high chair, pack and play, children’s toys and proximity to a playground. Talk about the ideal family-friendly accommodations!

Summit Cove will do a 15% off discount to anybody who books with them, using the code, “milehigh.”

To enter our giveaway for the Keystone ski tickets, simply download a picture of your cutie to our Cute Kid Pics. Then drop us an email at giveaways@milehighmamas.com with the name of your photo in the subject line. The winner will be randomly selected on March 4th at 9 a.m.!

Men in tights and the women who watch them

When Nini, my sister-in-law, and I stepped off the elevator and into the crowd at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, we didn’t know which way to go.

We had just left my car on the eighth floor roof of the parking garage. The fact I had to drive up the equivalent of the most extreme curly slide in the world should indicate how intensely busy the DCPA was this past Saturday night. I was feeling a bit turned around and food-intoxicated from the massive Prime Rib dinner I had just devoured over on 16th Street. For our Girl’s Night Out we chose a restaurant where the menus are not laminated and napkins don’t pop out of a magic silver box.

The crowd was diverse and happy to be out on such a beautifully mild February night. Neither of us had been to any performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, so we decided to pick people out of the crowd who looked like they were going to the ballet, as opposed to going to cage fighting. We’d follow them. A group of rouged ladies in long furry coats seemed promising, so we hooked on to the train of Chanel in the air and followed them to

Pigs Over Colorado Book Giveaway!

Congratulations to Karen J., winner of our pendant and earrings giveaway!

I am always eager to support local entrepreneurs but Kerry MacLean took her ideas to a new level by writing award-winning children’s books about Colorado. Join us for a fun Q&A and enter to win two of her books, the perfect gift for any Colorado kid!
[photopress:pigsski_1.jpg,full,pp_image] Q. Tell us about your books about Colorado. What was the inspiration?

A. It all started with Pigs Over Boulder. I went to the store to buy my children a fun book about living in Boulder and to my shock, there wasn’t one! I realized other parents would be wanting books to help their children familiarize themselves with their home town or state – I wanted to offer something that would help our children take pride in who they are and where they come from.

Mama Blogger of the Month!

Each month, Mile High Mamas will feature a different mama blogger from our blogroll (our listing of Colorado’s hottest mom blogs). We have chosen Amy from Crunchy Domestic Goddess for our latest spotlight. Amy is a fascinating mama who is a firm believer in green living and natural birthing.
[photopress:cdg_family_1.jpg,full,pp_image] 1) What is the history behind the name of your blog “Crunchy Domestic Goddess?”

I began my blog rather on a whim, excited after receiving a positive response to my first letter as an activist. I wanted a blog title that I felt defined me as a rather new stay-at-home-mom AKA “domestic goddess.” Since I was the most environmentally-conscious of my then-friends, I felt the moniker “crunchy” (AKA granola) was a good choice. My blog started out as “Musings of a crunchy domestic goddess,” but after a while I dropped the first part to make it a bit more compact.

Life With Boys

The Scene: We’re getting dressed for work and my 5-year-old son Declan is in the room goofing around and jabbering on. While he is jabbering on, he is continually looking at my, um, breasts. I lift his chin once. I lift his chin twice. Finally…

Aimee: “Declan, it’s not polite to stare at a woman’s breasts.”

The Son: (Wearing a huge grin) “But I like to, because they’re so cute!”

The Husband: (Who proceeds to wipe his eyes with fake tears, shake his head and smile) “This is the proudest day of my entire life.”

I think it’s time to banish Declan from the bedroom while I am getting dressed. Or maybe the husband too. I’m not sure.

Womb Pendant and Earrings Giveaway

Congratulations to Kristine C., winner of our Colorado ballet tickets! Also, kudos to Sheila J. and Suzanna B., winners of our Oral B prize packs!

In honor of my birthday today, I thought I would offer you two of my favorite finds on Etsy – the Web’s hottest site for buying and selling all things handmade. Because I am a giver like that.

Oh, and because I can’t win my own contests.
[photopress:wombPENDANT_1.jpg,full,pp_image] The first giveaway is an ultra-cool pendant for any mama or mama-to-be. It is a beautifully-aged poker chip that has been collaged with a carefully scavenged bit of vintage ephemera to create a large, one-of-a-kind pendant. The image was gleaned from a 1940’s obstetrics book. Just place on your favorite chain, choker or a bit of pretty ribbon to wear and enjoy! Suzanna Scott created this and many other treasures at Sushipot and her inspiration comes from all things old, chipped, cracked, worn, dusty, used, found, buried, designed, loved, pieced, intricate, aged and transfigured.

Part II of our giveaway is PamperingBeki’s gorgeous earrings

Hernias, Abstinence and Guardian Angels on the Move

Last weekend, my husband Jamie helped his brother move to Utah. It allegedly went smoothly. Well, if you can count the U-haul’s brakes catching on fire going smoothly. Jamie called it a minor inconvenience.

It is a drive we did many times while we were dating. I lived in Salt Lake City while he called Denver home. Prior to our wedding, the plan was for him to fly to Utah and help me move to Colorado.

Until he got a hernia.

He had the choice to have the surgery before or after our wedding. We were holding out for

Oral-B Stages Prize Packs!

Congratulations to Kristine C., winner of our ballet tickets, Ashlee L., winner of our “Living the Dream” T-shirt, Pamela B., winner of our Least Likely 2 Breed balms and Amy S. won our Shabby Apple dress.

Whoever designated February as Children’s Dental Health Month obviously did not take into account that The Holiday of Candy and Chocolate is smack dab in the middle of the month.

Or maybe that is exactly why they did it.
[photopress:OralB.JPG,full,pp_image] Oral-B Stages is offering a prize pack to help your children’s post-Valentine’s Day repentance process. It will include one brush from each Stage, plus the Oral-B Baby Tooth and Gum Cleanser, which is fluoride free and designed for children under 2, and Oral-B Stages fluoride toothpaste with fun and engaging characters for older kids.

Colorado Ballet Tickets Giveaway for Mama!

Our final giveaway for our Valentine’s Week of LOOOOOVE is two tickets to the Colorado Ballet’s production of Coppélia – the perfect night out for mama! This whimsical tale of young love and comedy involving a doll comes to life February 23rd – March 2nd.

This classic ballet is filled with magic and mayhem. Start with one eccentric toy-maker, throw in a plan to bring a mechanical doll to life, and mix well with a red-blooded young lover, a jealous fiancé and an array of mischievous maidens. You end up with a wild mix of abracadabra, spooky adventure and plenty of old-fashioned love.

Colorado Ballet has two deals for those not in the Mile High Mamas’ winner’s circle: $52.80 for two tickets or $100 for four tickets.

The two complimentary tickets are valid for February 23rd, 27th or 29th. To enter, simply email us at giveaways@milehighmamas.com with your mailing address and “Mama’s Night Out” in the subject line. The contest deadline is Tuesday, February 19th at 9 a.m.