Month: April 2010

The Children’s Hospital Q & A: Pet Allergies

Every month, Mile High Mamas features a Q & A from The Children’s Hospital on a different health topic. This month’s topic is all about living with pet allergies. Find out how to make your child’s allergies more bearable – without getting rid of your furry friend. If your child develops itchy eyes or begins to sneeze while around the family pet, he or she could be one of approximately 10 million people in the U.S. with pet allergies. How do I know it’s pet allergies? The first step if you suspect your child may have a pet allergy is to discuss his or her symptoms with your family physician or pediatrician, who can help decide if you should be referred to a pediatric allergy specialist. “Symptoms usually begin within minutes to an hour of exposure to a pet and commonly consist of itchy ...

Picture Day Sticker Shock

Back when I was in Elementary School, Picture Day came once a year. It was the one day a year when it really mattered that your hair was combed, and your clothes were clean and straight, and that you didn’t fall down on the playground at recess. (Here is my 1979-80 Kindergarten Photo, both the class group photo and the single shot of little JoAnn as a Kindergartner.) Unlike my own daughter, I hated wearing dresses to school, but I had to on Picture Day. My mom made me do it. If I was good, sat still, and smiled like a good little girl, I got to keep the little fine-tooth comb with the Photography Studio’s name imprinted on it. Something tells me everyone got to keep the little comb, but it did the trick. The Picture Torture Session was over in a flash (pun totally intended), and then we ha...

Green Reading List for Children of All Ages This Earth Day

Want to instill a healthy pro-environment mentality in your children? Check out this Green Reading List from the National Environmental Education Foundation, which includes a fantastic selection of new and classic books for all ages. Elementary School: The Berenstain Bears Don’t Pollute (Anymore) by Stan & Jan Berenstain The Lorax by Dr. Seuss Where There Once Was a Wood by Denise Flemming The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein Where does the garbage go by Paul Showers Pee Wee and the Magical Compost Heap by Larraine Roulston A Day in the Salt Marsh by Kevin Kurtz Where Butterflies Grow by Joann Ryder Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin The Dragon and the Unicorn by Lynne Cherry Forests for All by Melanie Richardson Dundy Middle School: The Big Book for Our Planet by Jean Craighead George ...

Weekly Event Round-up: Earthfest, Cherry Creek Sneak, Aida and More!

Friday-Sunday. The Northglenn Youth Theatre presents a tale of forbidden love in their production of Broadway hit “Aida.” Featuring actors ages 8 to 18, the musical tells the story of Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess, and Radames, an Egyptian soldier. Despite the dangers, the two become devoted to each other and help usher in peace between their nations. With music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, it’s no wonder “Aida” won a Tony Award in 2000 for best original musical score. 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. D.L. Parsons Theatre at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn; 303-450-8800. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for children and seniors. Learn more at dlparsonstheatre.org. Sunday. There’s murder and mystery afoot when the Colorad...

Weekly Deal Round-up: Go to 10 Movies for $5

The weather has been gorgeous and there’s plenty to do in the Mile High City!  Saving a buck or two along the way can put a smile on any one’s face! If you’re looking for some family free events(free that is!) within the next week, check out these events! The Children’s Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens isn’t open yet(opens this summer), but there is still plenty to check out!  On Thursday, April 22 admission to Denver Botanic Gardens is free.  They are open from 9a.m. to 5p.m. and are located at 1007 York St, Denver, CO.  Dads, be sure to bring the kids to Michael’s this weekend for a free Mother’s Day event.  The kids can make a magnet out of Puffy Clay just for Mom from 10a.m. until 1p.m. If a day out with the kids is in the works, treat them to ...

Another chance to win a $25 Einstein Bros. gift card

CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATS TO WINNER SARAH STRAUGHAN! STAY TUNE FOR MORE GIFT CARD GIVEAWAYS LATE-MAY. Einstein Bros. Bagels is running a campaign that is all about MOM! Every few weeks, Mile High Mamas is giving away $25 gift cards and also offering you great discounts. Be sure to check out Coffee and a Bagel at Divine Caroline where they are offering weekly $25 gift card sweeps plus a grand prize. Become a fan of Einstein Bros. Bagels on Facebook and receive exclusive offers and discounts such as $2 Tuesday and free bagel Fridays. Go here to enter to win a $25 gift card to Einstein Bros. Bagels. Contest deadline is May 5, 2010.

Oh, no — not the Smasher!

Our new Wii brought a such happiness to my son, Reed. He spent all of Christmas morning plotting just exactly how this new addition would change his life. He angled to get the Wii set up in the basement, where he and Tessa have their DVDs and old-style game system set up (not quite Atari, but close). When I told him that the Wii would be set up in the family room — the room where Daddy watches sports and where Mom works — his plans for unfettered access were dashed. He heaped all his frustration and anger on me, yelling how now he’d NEVER get to play and then huffing up to his room. I think he may have accused me of ruining his life. For those new to my family writings, let me spell out that Reed, 6, is ultra-uber-super-duper sweet. Watching him pull a Tessa — well,...

How garage doors result in the downfall of marriage

My family spent Spring Break in Utah. The children and I flew out several days before my husband who later joined us to ski Park City Mountain Resort. Jamie is good at many things: growing giant pumpkins. Calming me down when I set the oven on fire. Remembering to feed the cat is not one of them. My children and I spent 10 days in Canada last winter, during which time our new cat Remy a.k.a. “Fat Kitty” was put on a forced diet due to Jamie’s negligence. Call me crazy but “Skinny Kitty” just doesn’t have the same ring. This time around, Jamie’s one responsibility was to take our garage remote control over to our neighbor Jean’s (we don’t do keys at our house) so she could let herself in to feed the cat. I’ll admit it: I was parano...

Sassy, sexy aprons shrug off sexism, tie on a trend

When Kate Linehan ties on her apron, she feels a bit like Super Woman slipping into her cape. Behind that flutter of fabric, Linehan is empowered and ready to take on any task. “I love aprons so much. I love their functionality. They create a sense of being in control. You put on the apron and you are ready to go,” said the 26-year-old apron collector and creator from Aspen. Recession, nostalgia and, yes, girl power are fueling a trend that has women of all ages and interests tying on aprons. These aprons may serve as spill catchers, hand wipers and garden-tool holders. But they are also fashion statements. “Hip” and “hot” are adjectives often used to describe today’s aprons. Aprons sporting names like “Whisk Me” and “Mai Tai̶...

Cheap Like Me blogger finds her frugal lifestyle is also kinder to planet

Actually, it is easy to be green, and often less expensive too, says Cheap Like Me blogger Susanna Donato. “I recycle everything I can,” says Donato, a Denver-based writer and editor. “Items that our local recycling won’t accept, I stash in the basement to take to Eco-Cycle occasionally. I have bags of Styrofoam blocks, yogurt tubs, milk cartons, sometimes worn-out sneakers, and a bag of lids to take to Aveda.” For the past three years, her daily installments on cheaplikemeblog.com have testified that thrift and a recycling mentality are a natural partnership. Many are tips that your grandparents (or great-grandparents) might have followed: Use a clothesline to dry your laundry, and reusable containers for packed lunches. She avoids buying products that can...

Earth Day Events in Denver

Earth Day is officially celebrated April 22 but dozens of events in Colorado in the days before and after have popped up, all intended to encourage folks to love Mother Earth. Organizers of the big-deal global celebration say Earth Day 2010 represents the opportunity to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. Here’s how the locals are responding to the challenge: WEDNESDAY April 21 “Earth Week” film screening event “The Cove,” an Academy Award-winning documentary, follows a team of environmental activists and filmmakers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a large dolphin captivity program in Japan, where approximately 23,000 dolphins are being killed each year, will be shown at 8 p.m. at Colorado College, Screeni...

The returned Russian boy and casting stones

Said by me in utter hubris, pre-2001. No child of mine will ever go up the down escalator or inconvenience others by playing with the elevator buttons. No child of mine will ever make too much noise on an airplane. No child of mine will ever run wild in a sit-down restaurant. No child of mine will ever sass back to me like that. These were just some of the judgmental thoughts I once had. Before I became a mom (via adoption, incidentally). But actually being faced with the challenges of raising normal, even spirited children — well THAT has been a humbling experience. I try now to not judge other people — parents in particular — because I really have no idea what it’s like to walk in another parent’s shoes. Which is why I’ve had very few opinions on the t...