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Ultimate Halloween Event Round-up: Masquerade Balls, Bootown, Creepy Walk in the Wood and More!

Mile High Mamas’ weekly event round-up includes the ultimate guide to keep adults and children spooked this Halloween!

Halloween Calendar

Boo Coo Jazz Band Masquerade Ball

Oct. 31 Come dressed in costume for live music, food and drink. Great for young adults. 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. 601 E. Sixth St., Glenwood Springs. Call 970-945-2414 for tickets.

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 23-25 Families with young children can trick or treat in a safe environment at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo from 5:30-8:30 p.m. $15 for ages 3-65, $13 over 65, free under 3. Ride the free shuttle from the Sears parking lot at the Broadmoor Towne Center. 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs. 719-475-9555

Bootown at Heritage Square

Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Non-scary 5,000-square-foot outdoor Halloween maze for children 2-10. Children $6. Adults free with paying child. Noon-5 p.m.18301 W. Colfax Ave. Golden. 303-727-8437

Colorado Symphony Classic Halloween

Oct. 29 CSO performs in full costume and audience invited to come in costume also at Boettcher Concert Hall at 6:30 p.m. Pre-concert activities begin at 5 p.m. $12.50 children under 18, $25 adults. 14th and Curtis Sts. 303-6237876, tickets@coloradosymphony.org.

Creepy Walk in the Wood

Oct. 29-31 Oct. 29-30 from 2-9 p.m. and Oct. 31 from noon-9 p.m. with a scary walk through a wooded area near Loveland. Daylight hours are geared toward children under 13 with fairytale characters distributing candy. The evening hours are for scares and horror. $3 per person from opening until dusk. After dusk $8 per person. 1750 Savage Road, 2 miles west of Loveland, second right-hand turn off Glade Road — follow the signs. 970-667-3002.

Family Fun Forum

Nov. 1 Halloween-themed activities for all ages from noon-2 p.m. at the Newman Center for Theater Education. Costumes and reservations encouraged. Free. 1101 13th St. 303-4464892.

Fon-Boo Fright Night

Oct. 23-31 Halloween-themed foods ie: Tarantula Salad, Cheese Eyeball Fondue at the Melting Pot 9 p.m. weekdays, Friday-Saturday 10 p.m. Complete dinner $100 per couple including ghost stories. RSVP2707 W. Main St., Littleton. 303-794-5666.

Fright Fest

Oct. 23-Nov.1 Elitch Gardens brings you Bloodlust: The Immortal Crave, The Suffering, Wheel of Misfortune, Trick-or-Treat Trail, Monster-less Matinee (haunted house with the lights on), scare zones, the Awakening, ghoul gross-out, Scream It Out and a costume contest. Kid-friendly Boo Gardens Oct. 24-25 where kids can trick or treat from noon-6 p.m. Over 48 inches $39.99, under 48 inches $19.99. Discount tickets at King Soopers and coupons at Dairy Queen. 299 Walnut St. 303-572-4522, elitchgardens.com.

Got Milk?

Oct. 29 The Official Drink of Halloween team is hosting Halloween-themed event at the

PlasmaCar Giveaway…Score big with the Kids this Holiday!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.  THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR ENTRIES.  THE WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED:)

Well, it’s about that time for some “Trick or Treat” fun, so I decided to give you all a chance for an awesome TREAT.  I am sure most of you are familiar with the PlasmaCar by PlaSmart.  If not, then I am here to tell you all about it.

The PlasmaCar is great for moms and children.  Great for moms, because there is no more looking for batteries that you don’t have.  Why??… because the PlasmaCar requires no batteries, no pedals and no gears.   Great for your children, because it is fun, unique and provides hours of entertainment.    The best part is that the PlasmaCar runs on your kiddos energy .  We all know they have lots of that!   We reviewed the red PlasmaCar at our house and I have to say, it was a lot of fun.  We had the entire street coming over to take a turn.

With the PlasmaCar you can ride it on any smooth,  flat surface.  Just turn the steering wheel left and right and watch it go.  It holds up to 220lbs, so when the kids aren’t using it, you can even take it for a spin!!  That was the biggest argument in our house.  Who got to ride next, me or my son.  It comes in several great colors and is priced at just $69.99.  It is recommended for ages 3 and up.  Let me just say, I have seen a 59 year old woman try it out. (Don’t let my mom know I told you though!)   If you are looking for a great gift for the kids this holiday season, look no further. 

If you would like a chance to win yourself a PlasmaCar, then just enter here.  Surprise your kiddos when they find it under the tree this year.  Good Luck.   This giveaway will end on November 14th at Midnight.  We will notify the winner by email.

Daily Deal-Corndog Anyone?!

While you’re out trick-o-treating you can stop by Sonic for a $.50 corndog from 5pm-10pm.

Don’t forget about the free Black Jack Taco at Taco Bell from 6pm-midnight!

What about the free burrito at Chipotle?  Click here for details on how to get free food on Halloween night!

Have a fun trick-o-treating and be sure to check out all of the Halloween events!

Email me with great deals!

danielle at milehighmamas dot com

Twitter ID: @denvermetromoms

Mama Drama: Sibling Rivalry and Playtime Struggles

Dear Mama Drama,

I recently took my 6 and 8 year old daughters to a pumpkin carving contest. It is a wonderful family event that focuses more on community than competition, but the pumpkins are judged and there are winners. My 6 year old won and my 8 year old did not.  At first, the 8 year old was very supportive of her sister, but then she started crying. When we finally got to the root of the problem, she was upset that she had given her sister ideas and that her sister had won and she didn’t.

This sibling competition expresses itself frequently in negative ways in our family and I am unsure how to react or what to do about it.  Growing up most of my life as an only child, I really don’t understand and am not very sympathetic to sibling rivalry.

How can I encourage my children to be loving supportive sisters and discourage them from being self-centered and competitive?

~Seeking Harmony

Dear Seeking Harmony:

Sibling rivalry is a normal part of growing up with brothers and sisters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have that harmony you are seeking.

Trip of the Month: Park City Mountain Resort–A Cut of the Good Life for Families

“This is my best day ever!”

Thus squealed my 4-year-old daughter Hadley. It was Day 1 of our family vacation to Park City Mountain Resort last year. I suspect her proclamation had very little do with the 8-hour drive from Denver we had endured and everything to do with the soak in our private hot tub at Ski Lift Condominiums that overlooked the pulse of Park City’s Historic District.

I moved away from The Greatest Snow on Earth six years ago. And while Colorado is certainly not lacking in great resorts, there’s no place like home. I once made a career out of extolling the virtues of Utah’s powder playgrounds. This was my first time to return with family in tow so expectations to reap what I had once sowed were high.

Family Vacations Without the Kids

I love my children. Really, I do. But sometimes family vacations don’t have to be entirely about the family. Early in my children’s lives, I sacrificed the number of days I spent on the slopes. At Park City, those days were no more.

Clubbin’ at The Clubhouse
We dropped 2 ½-year-old Bode off at The Clubhouse, Park City’s hourly childcare center that accommodates children ages 2 months – 12 years. This was the first time I have left my self-professed Mama’s Boy in unfamiliar surroundings and I was a bit nervous.

My apprehension lasted exactly 2.5 seconds when the doting staff offered to change his noxious diaper prior to my departure. I then watched as my Mama’s-Boy-no-more joyfully delved into the onslaught of toys and activities that included arts and crafts, reading time, games, and song and dance activities. He had snacks, a healthy lunch he actually ate and naptime in a tranquil, darkened room. After his revelries at The Clubhouse, he was asking,

“Mommy? Mommy who?”

Park City’s Signature Ski Program

With one down, I had only one more to go. I enrolled Hadley in Park City’s Signature Ski Program. Classes feature a child-specialist instructor and blend ski instruction with additional activities in their world-class mountain school.

This was Hadley’s third time on skis and her previous attempts had been sketchy at best. But after two days in the program, she was getting on and off the chairlift by herself, snowplowing, turning and stopping. I couldn’t have taught her better myself.

This is exactly why I left it to Park City’s professionals.

When Grown-Ups Become Kids Again

For two uninterrupted days, my husband Jamie and I played to our heart’s content. We demoed top-of-the line skis from Park City Mountain Rentals. We tackled expanses of untracked powder, experienced thrills and spills on the moguls and marveled at the sea of awe-inspiring Wasatch mountaintops. Jamie’s family joined us for our second day and we played on the terrain park’s jumps, rails and funboxes. OK, more like they played while I took their picture.

I was not that intent on reliving my thrill-seeking years.

To add a dash of variety to its on-mountain activities, Park City Mountain Resort has added the

Daily Deal-Free Bowling Passes

Looking for something creative to pass out instead of candy on Halloween?

Here’s the perfect solution!  You’ll help the kids burn off the extra energy they’ll have from consuming all of their Halloween candy!

Click here to print out 6 free bowling passes for Brunswick Bowling Centers.  Simply print them, cut them, and pass them out to your trick o treaters.  Be sure to save some for your family as well!

Find a location near you!

I was so excited when I came across these a couple weeks ago-I think they’re a great alternative!

Have fun!

danielle at milehighmamas dot com

Twitter ID: @denvermetromoms

Ask.com launches Ask Deals.com! An Easier Way to Find Deals On-line

Ask.com has asked me to share a new site designed to save you money called Ask Deals!”

Ask.com’s new ‘Ask Deals’ offering helps busy Moms save on everything from groceries to household items to adorable costumes for Halloween by presenting online and printable coupons in one, easy-to-navigate results page, helping to eliminate frustration by actively scouring the internet for the best, freshest deals; quality checking them to ensure their validity; ranking them and integrating them right into the search experience.

Ask Deals scours the Web for all the deals available online – from cheap Halloween costumes to restaurant coupons – and organizes the best money-saving offers front and center on the results page, eliminating the need for consumers to search multiple coupon sites or search engine links to find their answer. The Ask Deals database is continuously refreshed and editorially refined, giving consumers the most up-to-date and highest-quality savings offers every time they search on Ask.

Unique features of Ask Deals:

  • The Web’s best deals – in one place: Ask Deals aggregates more than 1 million high-quality savings offers on the Web for hundreds of product categories and rolls them into one, easy-to-read display.
  • Easy-to-find deals, front and center: Ask.com saves users time by blending deals into the search results page, making them easy to find via “Smart Answers” with yellow savings arrows at the top of the page, as well as green money-saving icons within the search results.
  • Money-saving related searches. Consumers can easily find additional great discounts by clicking on “money saving searches,” built with Ask.com’s award-winning Zoom Related Search™, which appears at the top of the right side of the search results page.
  • Easy sharing. Consumers can share coupons and deals with friends and family through email and popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Digg.
  • Deal of the Day. When consumers choose an Ask Deals homepage skin, they’ll get daily “can’t miss” savings offers, chosen by the Ask Deals editorial team, streamed right onto their Ask.com homepage. Users can also sign-up for “Deal of the Day” emails to receive new and timely deals every day.

Ma! motherhood with attitude Review and Giveaway…

******THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED**********THANKS FOR ENTERING:)**********

How fun when you can find really cool gifts to share with other moms.  The ladies at Ma! motherhood with attitude have created gifts that are just that.  I love the products that they offer.  Only another mom could come up with the humor they use in their greeting cards, notepads, notecards and magnets.  The best part is the women behind Ma! motherhood with attitude reside right here in Colorado!!

Being a mom myself, I know that sometimes we all need to laugh at the things we face in this thing we call  “motherhood.”  It is definitely a blessing, but as we all know, it sometimes can’t be taken too seriously.  That is what I loved about the boxed set of cards I was sent to review.  They were so much fun and gave me a laugh with each and every one in the box.  They helped to remind me that other women feel the same craziness humor in their day to day life that I do.  As a matter of fact, Ma!  is so awesome, that they were recently featured in “Redbook.”  If you would like to see the article, take a look here. They are offering an amazing Redbook Celebration Sale. You can receive 25% off at checkout by entering code “redbook1” in the discount field. You don’t want to miss out on that deal!
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Don’t take my word for it though, visit their website to see a sample of all the products they offer.   While you are there,  take advantage of the fun e-cards they offer.  Brighten a friends day by sending one today.  Ma! motherhood with attitude even donates a portion of all profits made to a non-profit organization called “A Mother’s Wings.”  It is set up for women who are facing post-partum depression.  I love to find companies that give back to other moms in need.  If you know of anyone with children, and of course you do, this would make a perfect gift for anytime of year. They are great for stocking stuffers, teachers gifts and just about any other occasion you can think of.   It is a great way to support some local moms and share a fun and unique gift with a friend.

If you would like the opportunity to win your own set of boxed cards, you can do so by entering here. I know you will enjoy them just as much as I did.

*I was sent a notepad and a boxed set of cards for review. I was not compensated in any other way.

Expecting…minus the baby bump and stretch-marks

Here we go…

We’re expecting. For the second time. Technically we’re about 2 days along with ohhh, 2 months, maybe 9 months, who knows…maybe 2 years to go before the teeny weeny joins our family. The first time around, we were “expecting” for 3 months and BOOM! Our little dude entered our home and invaded our professional, financial and personal lives, but most importantly, our hearts, in a matter of 24 hours. Just..like…that. I am (was) a planner. Big time. And there’s no planning when you’re traveling down the adoption road. We learned that firsthand with our dude, so we’re holding on tight this round. Holding tight to faith, hope, patience and most importantly, our senses of humor.

Why this blog? Well, we’re starting the process again, pretty much from scratch. We’re pumped…we’re anxious…we’re giddy and we’re overwhelmed. The hardest part for me though is that the most important people in our lives, in addition to complete strangers, don’t really get what this all means for us. They’re not sure how we’re feeling from day to day and they don’t want to intrude. They don’t want to assume or not assume or over ask or under ask. It can be isolating, so we’re trying to find ways to show people what this process looks and feels like. And it’s tough. Infertility and adoption are like so many situations in life…if you haven’t lived it, understanding it is impossible. And we get that. Many people see the “Hollywood adoption” as the norm, but common folk in the real world don’t hop on a private jet, swoop up a child in distress and live happily ever after in their home in the hills.

Mound-of-whitenessAnd so here I go. My intent is to walk you through a domestic (in-USA) adoption. This freaks me out a bit, since we have no clue what’s going to happen. We just got our paperwork this week and we’re spending some time observing the mound of whiteness…allowing it to get lost on the kitchen table for a good while before we tackle it. And I mean tackle it. So join us. I promise to be honest and candid and will try to avoid a ton of “sap.” The sap does come with the territory though. It’s just a given. Check back for updates from time to time. Get a feel for what it’s like to be “expecting,” minus the baby bump and the stretch-marks.

Guest Blogger Gwen is expecting…for the second time. And once again, no baby bump or stretch-marks will grace her with their pending bambino. Step inside their world of growing a family through adoption. Follow along here at Mile High Mamas and her blog and get a candid feel for the ups, downs, highs, lows and surprises that go hand in hand with the struggles of infertility and the miracle of adoption.

Daily Deal-Hands On Small Business Classes

I’m taking a break from the Halloween deals today to let you know about these great classes.

The best part….THEY ARE FREE!

These Hands On Small Business Classes(sponsored by Kirtsy and Microsoft Office Live)  are being taught by Mile High Mama Aimee from Greeblemonkey.  Learn more about the classes here.

Practical advice, direct instruction, and application tips for free online and social media solutions to help small businesses are a few things you can expect to learn from the classes.  But-you don’t have to be a business owner or a woman. 

Join Aimee next Thursday, November 5th from 6:30-8:30pm for a great class that will benefit you and your company(if you have one!)

Details for upcoming classes:

Thursday, November 5th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday, November 12th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday, November 19th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

I hope you can make it to one of these.  I will definately be freeing one of my nights and am excited to see what Aimee has to share with us!

Email me with any great deals, freebies, or free events!

danielle at milehighmamas dot com

Twitter ID: @denvermetromoms