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Win Tickets to Elmo’s Green Thumb!

***CONTEST CLOSED*** Congratulations to Michelle Marquez, winner of Elmo’s Green Thumb tickets. Thank you to all who entered!

There are three things that make my children irrefutably happy:

1) Junk food
2) Messing up the house to such a level that mommy’s eyes bug out
3) Elmo

It’s no stretch of the imagination to figure out which one I support and that’s why I’m thrilled to take them to Sesame Street Live’s Elmo’s Green Thumb. Our favorite furry monster is coming to the University of Denver’s Magness Arena April 16 – 19, 2009.

For the performance schedule and ticket information, go to Ticketmaster. Be sure to enter “ELMO” as the Promo Code for $3 off your ticket.

About Elmo’s Green Thumb
Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie…and more. Each performance is 90 minutes of singing, dancing and audience participation, including a 15-minute intermission.

Elmo’s sunflower, Sunny, outgrows his flower pot, Big Bird’s garden seems to be the perfect place for Sunny to flourish. An excited Abby Cadabby, Sesame Street’s fairy-in-training, casts a spell to make Sunny grow faster. The spell does just the opposite and, instead of growing, Elmo and his friends shrink! As Abby tries to reverse the spell, Elmo, Zoe, Telly and friends explore Big Bird’s garden from a smaller perspective and learn some big lessons about patience, overcoming fears and appreciation of nature. From dancing ladybugs to grouchy beetles, get ready for a fresh, original Sesame Street Live on a whole new scale!

We have four tickets up for grabs. To enter, simply email us at giveaways@milehighmamas.com with “Elmo’s Green Thumb” in the subject line. Be sure to include your mailing address and how many tickets you would need if you won. Contest deadline is April 11, 2009.

Product Picks for April 4, 2009

I’m always happy to get to read a good book to review for Mile High Mamas, and it is even better when it’s homegrown. Author and Speaker Jean Blackmer lives in Boulder with her husband and three sons.

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As a mom of two young boys, I read Boy-sterous Living: celebrating your loud and rowdy life with sons like a prediction of my future. Jean Blackmer knows what I have to look forward to: Noise. Risk-taking (and worry). Competitiveness. Fascination with all things that EXPLODE. And trips to the ER.
But rather than a list of parenting to-dos or admonishments to keep your boys under control, Jean Blackmer’s book is nothing less than an ode to the joy of living with boys….

Full review here.

If you would like to have a product reviewed by one of our Mile High Mamas, please email Amber at amber@milehighmamas.com.

Blogging: World Domination Tour

This week, Mile High Mamas will be dedicated unto the joys of blogging. We have discussed why and how to start a blog. Now it turns personal.

I have asked our bloggers to share the reason they started blogging and their favorite post. For me, blogging was an outlet. After surviving a hellacious first year with a colicky, insomniac baby I felt isolated even though I was surrounded by people. I just did not feel like I connected with anyone and desperately needed to feel I was understood.

I felt terribly guilty I was not keeping a journal. I am also a failure-of-a-scrapbooker so I was in dire need of an outlet that did not involve scissors and superglue. Then I discovered blogging. It helped me capture those joyous and difficult moments, gain perspective, laugh a lot, and connect on a deeper level with my loved ones. Suddenly, I had network all over the world of blogging moms who understood.

My favorite all-time post is not necesssarily my most poignant or best written. I love it because it represents why I started blogging: to record all those precious, easily-forgotten moments of my children’s young lives.

And to serve as future evidence during their therapy sessions.

Mama’s Weekly Picks for Denver’s Best Events!

Mile High Mamas is thrilled to add Jennifer to our line-up! Jennifer has maintained a popular Yahoo group of the area’s best family-friendly activities and has established herself as one of Denver’s leading event gurus. Join us each Friday as she shares her favorite picks. Do you want Jennifer to consider one of your events for inclusion? Email her at jennifer@milehighmamas.com.

Recent weather aside, spring is in the air! The Arvada Kite Festival has been postponed until next week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do this week. First and foremost, it’s First Friday! Check out the art scene on Tennyson Street in North Denver, or head down to Santa Fe or the Golden Triangle in Central Denver.

As with everything, call before you go. Prices and hours are always subject to change, and you just can’t hold me responsible if that happens. Of course, I hope that it doesn’t, and that you have a great time this week, exploring all the great things the Denver area has to offer.

Next week: Easter Egg Hunts!

Upcoming Free Days, because who doesn’t want to save money in this economy?

Friday, April 3: Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Park, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton 303-973-3705 or www.botanicgardens.org. The weather looks like it will be warmer toward the end of the week–just bundle those little ones up, and enjoy the first signs of spring.

Saturday, April 4: Free First Saturdays at the Denver Art Museum (free for Colorado Residents), 100 W 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver (in the Civic Center Cultural Complex, on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock). 720-865-5000 or www.denverartmuseum.org. A new exhibit has just opened, featuring psychedelic art from San Francisco, dating back to before some of us were born. Far out, man.

Tuesday, April 7: Free First Tuesdays at the

My Oma, the Oenophile

I love sitting around with my mom and aunt, swapping old stories. Many of them I have heard repeatedly, but I don’t mind hearing them again – because the stories bring back the childhood I can’t remember on my own – AND bring me closer to my loved ones who love so far away.

Aunt Heidi has so many to choose from when she gets going on her deceased husband, Bill. Uncle Bill was a wizenheimer of the tallest order. The Uncle Bill story she told me recently was one I actually had NOT heard, but ran right up the charts to an all-time fave.

Apparently before this latest make-it-yourself wine-making craze, there was another make-it-yourself wine-making craze back in the 70’s. Uncle Bill went NUTS. Bought everything. Told everyone they were getting wine for Christmas. Watch out, Galio Wines – Uncle Bill was about to dominate the table wine market.

He pulled out all the supplies, he set them up, he mixed the juices, and he covered it all with cheese cloth. Enter the fruit flies. And then enter Aunt Heidi, who absolutely refused have said fruit flies in HER house.

So ended the long and illustrious wine-making career of Uncle Bill.

But, what was he to do? He promised

Colorado Spring Consignment Sale Schedule

There are three things I love about living in Colorado:

1) The mountains
2) Grandparents who willingly babysit
3) Children’s consignment sales every spring and fall

Obviously, my love for these sales runneth deep and the spring sale season is upon us! For those not in the know, these consignment extravaganzas feature children’s clothing from newborn to size 12, maternity clothing, car seats, cribs, bedding, feeding supplies, high chairs, potty chairs, bouncy chairs, swings, strollers, toys, books, videos, etc. at a fraction of the cost. Most of the sales have a nominal entrance fee and have half-price deals on the final day.

Also, I will let you in on a little secret: these sales are not a secret to oodles of women. So come early loaded with a large bag or laundry basket, cash and extra sharp elbows err…the love for your fellow [wo]man.

Spring 2009 Consignment Sale Schedule

March 7
Twin Connection
Noon – 3 p.m.
Where: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue, Golden
http://www.orgsites.com/co/twinconnection/_pgg2.php3

March 13 – 14

April Fool’s Day–Mile High Mamas Style!

I come from a family of pranksters. A recent example is when my brother Jade spotted a toilet on the side of the road. Most normal people would pass by and avoid contact at all costs. Not him. His co-worker arrived at work to find this delightful addition to his work space.

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Well, at least productivity went up as trips to the bathroom went down.

Family Fun.com recently listed some great pranks to pull on your family:

April Foolery for Families
Unexpected dandruff
Bedtime switcharoo
Call of the wild
Fun on the fly
Time warp
Toenail trauma

Kitchen & Food Pranks
Garden fungus
Fake doughnuts
Faked potato
Kitchen sink surprise
Big Foot and rising pancakes
The Big Spill

Silly Setups
Really heavy metal
Buggy toothpaste
Endless lint
Instant carrots
Wet paint

What are some of your favorite April Fool’s Day pranks? Are you generally the “Pranker” or the “Prankee?”