Month: April 2010

Mama Drama: Mama Needs a Minute

Dear Mama Drama: I adore my three-year-old daughter and love spending time with her. However, I have so much to do and she always wants my attention. I am frustrated as I can’t seem to get anything done when she is awake, which is most of the day. It ‘s impossible to even make a phone call! When I tell her I need ten minutes to take care of a few things she cooperatively says, “Okay, Mommy,” and then proceeds to check in with me every minute asking, “Is ten minutes over?” I need a little sanity, but don’t know what to do. I don’t want to put her in front of the television, but am not sure what other options I have. ~Begging for a break (photo credit) Dear Begging: There are so many mom jobs to get done throughout the day that your frustration is understandable. It is also important for chi...

$10 Dinners: The Denver Post’s third annual economical recipe list

Save money at home. Looking for specials, clipping coupons, buying veggies in season (think asparagus) and being flexible are just a few ways to put your grocery bill on a diet. The top tips for saving money are the things you already know but might not follow: Buy what’s on special. Clip coupons (really). Shop for food at drugstores, discount grocery stores and big-box stores, where you may find a smaller selection, but cheaper goods (although we found all of our ingredients for these recipes at a Denver-area Safeway). Hit the bulk aisle; you can save half or more on staples like rice, beans and spices. Buy what’s in season — asparagus is cheap and beautiful right now for a reason; tomatoes are not. Most of all, be flexible: If you’re planning on grilled rib-eyes, but yo...

Be among the first to visit the Children’s Museum’s new Bubbles exhibit for $1!

Mile High Mamas is teaming up with the Children’s Museum of Denver to announce that their new exhibit, Bubbles, will open for hands-on exploration starting May 15th. Children of all ages will experience the magical, scientific and fantastical world of bubble play like never before! Learn the science behind these translucent wonders in the most imaginable ways possible. The best news? Mile High Mamas/Mom It Forward will be bubbling over with fun at our own exclusive Night at the Museum. Here’s for hoping these bubbles don’t come to life. Join us on Wednesday, May 19 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The cost is just $1 per person. Space is limited so be tell your friends and RSVP here (you must sign up in order to receive the special rate). Please stay tuned for our official review of th...

Weekly Event Round-up: Colorado Children’s Day, Guys & Dolls’ Free Community Event and More!

May 9. It’s not too early to buy tickets for the Boulder Ballet’s special Mother’s Day performance of “The Sleeping Beauty.” Set to a score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells the familiar story of a cursed princess waiting for her prince. Boulder Ballet artistic directors Ana Claire and Peter Davison created new choreography for the show that isn’t limited to the stage, and edited the length down to help keep younger viewers engaged. Sections of the classic ,original ballet remain, too, including the Rose Adagio and Wedding Pas de Deux. Brunch packages are available including the ballet and brunch before the show at nearby 14th Street Grill. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 9. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder; 303-786-7030. Tickets are $15-$30. To purchase tickets, call the Boulder Theater or v...

To Open or to Close

The main course of this post will deal with the huge bag of worms called “openness.” But I’ll lead with a tasty little appetizer…..in case you haven’t read previous posts, my fingerprints came back approved! Yee Haw. At least now we’re OFFICIALLY waiting. Moving on. Open adoption. Semi-open adoption. Closed adoption. If you asked the general public what they’d prefer, they’d probably say “closed, for sure.” Because most people view the birth parents as scary and threatening and maybe even an invasion. Before we started the process, we kinda felt that way too. Until we went through training. We walked away from that weekend of enlightenment wanting nothing more than an semi-open or open adoption. The birth parents aren’t scar...

Denver Deals:Baskin Robbins, Einstein Bros, Lowes, & More!

Restaurant deals: Tonight(Wednesday, April 28th) is Baskin Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night!  Take the family out for ice cream between 5p.m. and 10p.m. on the cheap! This coupon expires May 2nd, so be sure to head into Jack in the Box to receive a free Deli Trio Grilled Sandwich with any purchase.  You will need to print this coupon to bring along! (Thanks, Carrie!) Einstein Bros has added another printable couponon Facebook!  This time you can get a free bagel and schmear!  Headed to Olive Garden for a date or Girl’s Night Out anytime soon?  Bring this printable coupon along to receive $5 off 2 entrees!  Coupon expires May 7th. Entertainment: It’s the first Saturday of the month which means admission to Denver Art Museum is free!  Doors open at 10a.m.! Lowe’s is hosting anot...

Mickey and Donald were not college roommates

One of my sons wants to be a plumber at Disneyland when he grows up. That’s a very specific job. Does the Happiest Place on Earth have in-house uncloggers? Probably. With thousands of mouse-earred visitors a day, the pipes and drains of the park must be tremendously strained. Because we want to show our son we take his desire seriously, we have discussed the steps he’d take to find himself snaking out the main line in the Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, where they should really lay off the pineapple. He’d need to be an apprentice, a journeyman, and finally he could be a master plumber. It would take 4 to 5 years of on-the-job training plus some classroom instruction in basic engineering and architecture. He’d need to be strong in math because often there are blueprints to read...

Gift Guide: What Denver Moms Want for Mother’s Day

Psssst…significant others. This post is for you. We polled Denver moms to find out their top picks for Mother’s Day. From the kids, we want homemade cards, gifts and treats. From you? Well, it’ll cost ya…but not always a lot. 🙂 Of course, we always love brunch but here are a few ideas to get you on the right path: Jewelry from Luna & Stella. This gift has my top billing because it is what I requested for Mother’s Day! There are many jewelry lines out there for mom but former Red Envelope and J. Crew executive Suzanne Ellis really knew what she was doing when she started this top-notch line. This collection of hand-crafted birthstone jewelry is both sophisticated and meaningful. Each piece is made-to-order and custom set with the birthstones of children, gr...

Mile High Mamas’ Official Takeover of Einstein Bros. Bagels

Friday’s stormy weather made it the perfect day to hunker down with an Einstein Bros. bagel, some of their Darn Good Coffee and relax. Well, unless you happened to stumble into the Einstein Bros. Bagels on 5131 Kipling Street in Wheat Ridge, in which case you would have encountered a restaurant full of Colorado’s social media moms and their rambunctious children. Einstein Bros. Bagels hosted Mile High Mamas/Mom It Forward for a casual mid-day meet-up. Our past events have been sans kids and in the evening. We look a lot different in broad daylight with kiddos bouncing off the balls swiping our food. Regardless, there was still a lot to celebrate: 1) If you become a fan of Einstein Bros. Bagels on Facebook you can print out a coupon for a free bagel on Fridays before 11 a.m. 2) ...

A Guide to Denver’s Go-kart Tracks

If traffic jams and high gas prices have made driving more like work and less like fun, maybe you need a little time behind the wheel where fun is the only object. A go-kart track could be just the ticket — and not that kind of ticket. The Denver area offers go-kart tracks for all tastes, from gasoline racers that blaze up to 120 mph to bunny-slope electric karts that are more like a walk in the park. On a gorgeous early-spring Sunday afternoon at Adventure Golf and Raceway in Westminster, the crowd was sparse — a far cry from what the track will look like when it gets up to speed in warmer months, said attendant Derrick Rivas, who was starting his second season there. The cars were lined up and waiting, neat and shiny and covered in logos ranging from NAPA and Goodyear to M&M’s...

Mother’s Day Grand Prize: Win an Overnight Stay & Brunch at the Warwick Denver!

**CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO MILE HIGH DAD RALPH KNUDSON WHO WON THE GRAND PRIZE FOR HIS WIFE!** For obvious reasons, we at Mile High Mamas love Mother’s Day! The following Grand Prize will make any mom’s Mother’s Day extra special but be sure to also enter to win our other contests that include a massage, mani/pedi, opera tickets, gourmet cookies and flowers. Grand Prize: The Warwick Denver has teamed up with Mile High Mamas for a “mama” of a prize package! Our winner will enjoy a one-night stay in this luxurious downtown hotel, Mother’s Day brunch for four (two adults and two children), complimentary valet parking, champagne on arrival for the adults, sparkling cider if the kids are in tow, and a bouquet of spring flowers for Mom. Oh, and don’t forget the ...

Mother’s Day Contests: Win Massage, Mani/Pedi, Opera Tickets, Cookies and Flowers

CONTESTS CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNERS KATY GRYBOSKI, PATRICIA NEGRON, MARILYN BELL, LORI PADILLA, AND ELLEN VIDAL! Mile High Mamas has a fantastic line-up of giveaways that would thrill any mom this Mother’s Day! Be sure to also enter to win our Grand Prize: An overnight stay and brunch for four at the Denver Warwick Hotel. All of the following contest deadlines are May 9, 2010. Win a 1-hour full-body massage from Body Massage Wellness Spa Conveniently located just off 16th Street Mall, Body Massage Wellness Spa includes a wide range of health and beauty programs that go beyond the traditional massage center. These include specialty and traditional massage services to hand and foot treatments as well as waxing services, skin and facial services, men’s services and nutriti...

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