Month: June 2010

Weekly Event Round-up: Heritage Square’s “Unbelievable” magic, kid’s parade and more!

Friday-Sunday. Ski season’s long gone, but Copper Mountain will be hopping for a “3 Ring Weekend.” The three-day event combines family friendly fun with an ecological message. The party starts Friday with a concert by Rojos Calientes at West Lake, followed by an outdoor screening of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” Saturday begins with a 10K race; meanwhile kids can join the “Primp My Ride” party and decorate their bikes in preparation for a parade. Sunday’s main events are a half-marathon and fun-run for kids. Both days also feature fireworks, a “Conscious Carnival,” free concerts, DJs and more. 6 p.m. tonight, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Copper Mountain Resort, 209 Ten Mile Circle, Copper Mountain; 866-841-2481. Admission is free. Saturdays and Sundays. Add...

“Eclipse” shines bright for vampire-series fans

If you are feeling a bit “once bitten, twice shy” about seeing the third installment of Stephenie Meyer’s blockbuster vampire tale come to the big screen, you can let that go. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is a finer outing than 2009’s “New Moon.” Managing to be both sulky and cheesy, that second film was a sequel only fans could love. While the new “Eclipse” remains foremost a flick for devotees, it has sturdier pleasures and takes on its emotional ambitions with renewed dedication. Themes so deliciously part of the vampire ouvre — the anguish and longing, the hunger and thirst — are handled well by returning screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and new director David Slade (“30 Days of Night” and “Hard Candy”). ...

Daily Deal: Qdoba, Disney Store, Fireworks

Hello! My name is Gretchen.  I love to get a great deal and I love even more to share it with you!  I am a Colorado Native with two kiddos (ages 9 & 10).  I would love to hear from you.  Do you like restaurant deals? Store deals? Entertainment deals?  I want to help search out the deals that will be most helpful for you to stretch your family budget, get a great deal and have some fun!    Restaurant and Store Deals Kids eat free at Qdoba restaurants this weekend! The weekend offer includes one free Kids Meal for children ages 12 or under with the purchase of one regular entrée. The Disney Store is having their Twice Upon a Year sale.  There are some really great deals – depending on what you are looking for – but I found flip flops for only $2.99 and swimsuits for only $9.99! If you ar...

One Year After Thyroid Cancer Surgery and Divorce: One Mile High Mama’s Story

One year ago, on June 12th, I underwent a thyroidectomy (complete removal of the thyroid) surgery, and a neck dissection to remove almost all of the lymph nodes in my neck, because I had cancer. (You can read more about the surgery here, After Thyroid Cancer Surgery. I have posted some other pictures at the end of this post, I thought may be helpful to others who are facing a similar surgery.) A lot has happened during the past year. At the time it was my biggest challenge. Cancer is a big deal. Even thyroid cancer, which most every doctor will say is the “best” cancer to have is a major, life changing event. I haven’t talked to one thyroid cancer survivor yet, who hasn’t experienced some type of problem, or issue with their recovery. For me, it was a mistake the en...

Mile High Mamas’ Family Trip of the Month: Crested Butte

Last summer, my family embarked upon a roadtrip that highlighted the best that Colorado has to offer. We loved every single destination but Crested Butte was the one standout and is our choice for THE must-visit destination in July. Crested Butte is a haven for outdoor summer activities including hiking, climbing, mountain biking, boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, camping and horseback riding. But let’s face it: you’ll find most of these activities at Colorado’s other mountain resorts. There were three things that made Crested Butte one of my family’s favorite all-time vacations: the kid-friendly Crested Butte Music Festival, the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory’s Summer Camp and the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. Crested Butte Music ...

Top 10 Family-friendly Rafting Trips on Colorado’s Rivers

I love rafting but I have not been since my children were born because I assumed they were too young. I was delighted to discover I was wrong. Mile High Mamas has teamed up with the Colorado River Outfitters Association to bring you a guide to the Top 10 Family-friendly Rafting Trips on Colorado’s Rivers that includes age guidelines. With more than 20 rivers across eight major basins, Colorado families are discovering the world’s largest water park is right in our own backyard. In no particular order, the top rafting opportunities for paddle-happy families are the following: 1. Ruby – Horsethief Canyons, Upper Colorado River Providing breathtaking views of dramatic western Colorado canyons, this tranquil 25-mile stretch just west of Grand Junction is perfect for rafting, inflat...

Families step into 16th-century fun at Renaissance Fair

It was a cold and rainy Saturday morning when Lady Bette Bernd waited an hour outside the palace gate for the guards to fire the cannon. She couldn’t think of anywhere else she’d rather be. “It’s not usually cold,” said Bernd, who’s attended the Colorado Renaissance Festival for the past 15 years. Though the temperatures may have added some authenticity to the moment. “But what is the weather in England like?” she asked. The 34th annual family-run fair opened June 12 and runs for eight weekends. Over the course of the summer, about 200,000 people attend, said Jim Paradise, the fair’s marketing director. The medieval theme park in Larkspur takes visitors on a tour of the 16th century, providing an opportunity for hard-core Reniassance fa...

FamilyFun Craft Ideas for the 4th of July!

It’s almost time to celebrate our nation’s birth! Check out these great 4th of July activities from Disney FamilyFun magazine. * Confetti Launcher: Fireworks happen only after dark, but this craft creates a pop of color any time of day. Kids pull back on the string to release a shower of tissue paper confetti, then gather it up and refill the launcher again…and again…and again. * Hand-some Tee: With a design fashioned entirely from palm-and-finger prints, this tee will be the talk of eagle-eyed revelers. * Wig and Tutu in One: Powdered wigs are so 1776. Celebrate the Fourth in 2010 sporting a crazy red, white, and blue pompadour. Or, if you prefer, wear the tulle creation as a tutu. * Spirited Bike Spinner: Old Glory won’t be the only thing blowing in the breeze this Fourth. Made from a st...

The Children’s Hospital Q & A: Growing Pains

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 your child’s growing pains. Find out why that tiny voice in the middle of the night keeps whispering, “Mommy, my legs hurt.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as many as 40% of children in the U.S. ages three to five and eight to 12 have growing pains; that’s because most kids experience significant growth within these ages ranges. How can I tell if my child is experiencing growing pains? The following symptoms are the most common indicators of growing pains: * Pain is concentrated in the leg muscles, particularly the front of the thighs, calves or behind the knees. * The pain is felt in both legs. What causes growing pains? “We don’t kn...

Changing of the Guard

I turned 40 last month. I refuse to consider myself middle-aged, but seeing as my mom turns 70 this year and I have a 7 year old son – I suppose you can think of me as middle-ish. What’s weird about being in the middle is you start having a parental role for not only your child – but also with those who raised you, those who smacked your bottom when you were bad (back when they did such things), those who dried your tears, those who taught you pretty much everything about life starting from the birds and ending with the bees. It’s a slow process, of course. First your mom will email and ask your opinion on something. And you will look at the screen and think, “Whoah. Did my MOM, the one who gave me her hand-me-down Chevette 20 years ago really ask me if I thin...

New Denver-area grocer offers the best of both worlds with warehouse/supermarket hybrid

Part warehouse grocery, part conventional supermarket. That’s what customers will experience at SmartCo Foods, a new chain that opened the first of its five Denver-area stores Tuesday. SmartCo is pitching an all-things-to-all-shoppers approach that analysts say could prove popular — if the chain can establish its identity in Colorado’s competitive grocery industry. Parent company Smart & Final of City of Commerce, Calif., acquired five metro-Denver sites formerly occupied by Albertsons. In addition to the newly opened store at 1442 S. Parker Road, outlets in Denver, Centennial, Littleton and Longmont will launch in July and August. Each store will employ about 110 part- and full-time workers. Store officials said they’ve received more than 4,000 job applications. Sma...

Weekly Event Round-up: Cherry Blossom Festival, German Heritage Festival and More!

Saturday-Sunday. Dance to the beat of your own taiko drum at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Held on downtown’s Sakura Square, the fest celebrates Japanese-American culture in Denver with food, demonstrations and live performances. The main stage on Lawrence Street features drummers, dancers and martial arts, while a smaller stage is set for all kinds of demos: Learn how to use furoshiki cloths, wrap yourself in a kimono properly, do origami or make Spam musubi. Inside the Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple, quieter classes take place, like ikebana (flower arranging) and bonsai plant-growing. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Sakura Square, between Larimer and Lawrence and 19th and 20th Streets. Admission is free. Friday-Sunday. Do a good turn for the environment when Rocky ...

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