Month: August 2010

How will you be celebrating back-to-school “Me” day?

It may come as a shock to anyone who knows me but I really, really like to be alone. I also like to socialize, as my third grade teacher divulged on my report card when she said I had “verbal diarrhea.” Though I truly love exploring with my children, the toughest adjustment to motherhood for me was lack of alone time. When I was single, I frequently traveled, hiked, biked and played by myself. Since having kids, alone time is practically non-existent, especially during the summer. Today marks the beginning of what I call freedom. Others call it back-to-school. For three glorious hours a day, four days a week, I will have a sliver of time to work, play and recharge before delving into our wonderfully frenzied life all over again. A few weeks ago, my children and I traveled in a ...

School is Denver’s first to offer contraceptives in fight against teen births

Condoms, birth-control pills and emergency contraception are available to any Bruce Randolph School student whose parent has signed them up for services at the school-based clinic operated by Denver Health. The northeast Denver school for sixth- through 12th-graders is the first in the city to provide students with contraceptives, although a task force in 2007 recommended that clinics at six DPS high schools dispense birth control as a way to cut the teen pregnancy rate. That year, Denver’s teen birth rate was almost double the state rate, with 41.5 out of every 1,000 girls between ages 15 and 17 having babies, compared with 22.1 per 1,000 in Colorado. Denver’s teen fertility rate dropped to 30.8 in 2009, but it still far outpaces the state rate of 19.7, according to the Colora...

Museums where kids dig the past in Colorado

During road trips, nothing beats a museum for prompting a child’s eyes to glaze over. History? To kids, that means last year. But a handful of Colorado museums will pique the interest of otherwise jaded youth. Here are some of them: Giant Steam Shovel Colorado 119 at Colorado 72, outside the Nederland Mining Museum, Nederland Dig in. This behemoth, officially known as the Bucyrus 50-B steam shovel, was built in 1923 and labored at the Lump Gulch Placer mine near Rollinsville. When the mine closed in 1973, the steam shovel was left to itself for 35 years. In 2005, it was donated to the Nederland Area Historical Society as the last functional steam shovel of its kind in the world. It did not actually dig the Panama Canal, which was completed in 1914, long before the Bucyrus 50-B was a ...

The Children’s Hospital Q & A: Clean Clothes & Clear Skin

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 choosing the laundry detergent that is best for your child’s skin. Read up on clean clothes and clear skin. Kids come in contact with laundry detergent on a regular basis – like every time your little one touches clothes, bedding or towels. With detergent being a common cause of irritation and rashes, how do you choose the product that’s best for your family? How can I tell if my child is having a reaction to our laundry detergent? Exposure to detergent may trigger a reaction on the skin that can include: * Dry, chapped areas * Rashes * Redness * Scaly, itchy patches It looks like a skin reaction – now what should I do? If your child experiences any o...

You, too can get a Brazilian (an UPtown one) and at a DISCOUNT

I’m going to show you my new Brazilian. Every step of the way. Why did I get one? Why might you want one? Some are lucky to have gorgeous curls. Some are fortunate to have shiny sleek hair. And some are blessed with well-behaved waves. And some of us deal with the Dennis the Menace of tresses, like my unruly mane. I  have always thought I was a smooth-haired chick living under a wiry-haired dome. If only there were a perm that straightened hair. Guess what — now there is. This one is called the Brazilian Blowout. But unlike the “downtown” Brazilian (wax) we talk about only in hushed tones, this “uptown” Brazilian is one you can talk about in front of your kids. My friend, Crystal, is a stylist at a World Class Salon in Lakewood, and she let me know that ...

Weekly Event Round-up: Peach Festival, Kid Carnival at Bohemian Nights & More!

Saturday. Lafayette will be rolling in peaches during the 2010 Peach Festival. The day-long celebration salutes one of Colorado’s sweetest cash crops, the juicy peach, with peach pies, peach smoothies, peach cobblers and more. More than 30,000 pounds of fresh peaches will be trucked in from Palisade, too. Snag one and settle in for live music from Wendy Woo, The Informants and Triple Nickel. Kids’ entertainment includes Mr. Shine Music, Jim Jackson and Mary Sue and Cari, plus dance performances and face painting. Once you’ve had your fill of peaches, grab a snack at the farmer’s market or from a tasty food vendor. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. South Public Road between Kimbark and Cleveland Streets, Lafayette. Admission is free. For more information, visit lafayettecolorado.com. Saturday. The...

To Hell and Back: A Denver Mom Faces Her Worst Fear and Emerges Grateful

I must confess that I have been procrastinating this post. I blogged once a month last year about my surprise pregnancy and the journey that I went through emotionally, physically and financially to prepare for our third child. By the time the baby was due in January, I had arrived at a very excited and also peaceful happiness with the sudden change that my life was about to take. And on January 29, 2010 our third daughter arrived! Her name is Mae Marie Card and she is now almost six months old. It has taken me this long to write because her start was actually tremendously difficult. I just had to pause. My hands are a bit wobbly. I think I’ve chosen not to return mentally to the many difficult, dark weeks we faced early in Mae’s life. I choose to only focus on her perfection today. And sh...

Denver Deal: Ski Rex, Parade of Homes and Colorado Symphony Orchestra

I spent last weekend in Crested Butte (one of my most favorite places in the state)!  Despite the warm weather and the fantastic sunburn I got, I was thinking about ski season!  My son will be in 5th Grade this year which means he will be eligible for the annual 5th Graders ski for free pass offered!  (6th Graders are eligible also).  Plus, don’t miss the Ski Rex sale coming up on Labor Day weekend at all four Colorado Ski & Golf stores and Boulder Ski Deals.  You can grab all the equipment and gear you need all at a HUGE discount.  You can also get your Epic pass at the sale.  Plus, they have the best deal going on equipment for kids: Junior Trade In:  A complete set of used equipment is available for only $99.99 (includes skis, boots, bindings & safety binding check).  Equi...

The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Celebrates Grand Opening Week

Denver’s kids just got healthier! The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC), HealthONE’s “pediatric hospital within a hospital,” will mark the grand opening of a campus expansion at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center Aug. 19-22 and will begin treating patients Aug. 31. Grand Opening activities include: Kaleidoscope Ball: Through the Eyes of a Child What: The Kaleidoscope Ball is a fund raiser for Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation. Tickets are available to the public by calling 303-839-6782. When: Aug. 21, 6 p.m. – midnight Where: The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL, 1719 E. 19th Ave, Denver, 80218 Who: The Javon Jackson Band and The Tripping Griswolds Band Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Community Day

Back-to-school tips to alleviate stress for mom

Attention all Moms!! Back to school is right around the corner and with that comes some anxiety and stress. Our children have been on a carefree and relaxing schedule and all of that is about to change. Some other kids are starting new schools and may be a bit nervous. Now is the perfect time to implement small changes and create an environment that gets everyone excited and prepared to start the school year. Watch a short video that will offer some simple and practical advice to help make the transition easier for everyone in the family. Leslie Gail is a Lifestyle expert, author of the book Life Simplified-A weekly guide to creating a life you love and Mom TV web show host. On her weekly show she offers simple and practical advice to create more balance, wellness and joy. She lives in Den...

$4 million kids attraction debuts in Denver!

Denver Botanic Gardens is now the home of a $4 million garden designed for children. Janet Mordecai, through the Daniel and Janet Mordecai Foundation, donated the funds for a 3-acre exploring garden, and before construction began, she went on a nationwide tour of children’s gardens. “She would say, ‘The kids like this, but not this,’ and then we’d incorporate the ideas into the garden,” said William Jones, a spokesman for Denver Botanic Gardens. The end result is a “Big World Up Close” theme that takes kids on a tour of Colorado’s ecosystem. The journey begins with a cave tour, which opens into an alpine meadow. Towering above are Marmot Mountain and Pika Peak, connected by a wooden suspension bridge kids walk along. The path then leads...

Fall 2010 Children’s Consignment Sale Schedule!

Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. And for the second season in a row, Tracey Gifford saved the day. The proud mother of two elementary-age boys is the owner of the Just Between Friends sale in Denver and offered to compile this year’s schedule for me. As a word of thanks, I’d like to offer a little shout-out to Tracey’s sale September 17-19, which is the largest kids’ gear and clothing resale event in Metro Denver. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail. They are proud a partner with Catholic Charities and the Junior League of Denver. For times and location, see below. Be sure...