Month: August 2010

Weekly Event Round-up: Larimer County Fair, Step Up For Cancer family event & more!

Friday-Tuesday. See what’s happening up north at the Larimer County Fair and Rodeo. The theme for this year’s fair is “Home Grown,” a salute to all the good things born and raised in Larimer County. In addition to livestock judging and animal demonstrations, this fair includes the Gnarly Barley Brew Fest, the Timber Works lumberjack show and, of course, lots of carnival rides. Another big highlight, as always, is three nights of rodeo presented by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 4-10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Carnival rides run until midnight each night. Rodeos start at 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. The Ranch and Budweiser Events Center, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland; 970-619-4000. Admission is free. Rodeo tickets are $8-$...

Denver Deal: Birthday Freebies, Denver Perks and Free Ink Refills!

“They say it’s your birthday”! My birthday is this coming week.  I don’t quite celebrate them quite like my kids do – complete with cake & ice cream and a Games2U set up anymore but I do love the word FREE so anytime I can get FREE for my birthday, I’m in!  Psst, I am willing to share my secrets to a FREE birthday celebration with you. You have to be willing to give out your email address so you can opt in to receive these deals!  So I start out my day with a Krispy Kreme donut or full breakfast at Village Inn. I have choices for lunch Noodles offers me an entree of my choice (nothing else to buy!) or I can go to Qdoba and have a burrito. Red Robin or I have $30 to spend at Bennihana for dinner. I finish the day off with a scoop of Cold Stone Ice Cre...

Pop culture: 10 frozen-pops recipes your kids will love

You may think the greatest piece of equipment in your kitchen is your knife, or your stove, or your panini press. But in the dog days of summer, it’s hard to beat the freezer. • You can puree just about anything you can think of, pour it into a frozen-pop mold, and within a few hours, one of the greatest pleasures of the season is in your grasp. • Here’s one nice thing about making your own pops: You control what goes into them (which means you can make them as healthy as you like). Here’s another: They’re appropriate any time of day, from breakfast to snack time to dessert. • Try one of these 10 frozen-pop recipes, or make up your own. The possibilities are refreshingly endless. Frozen-pop recipes Frozen Strawberry-Peach Pops From Country Living magazine, available...

Lunch With The First Lady of Panama, to Benefit Project C.U.R.E.

I often say blogging brings me interesting experiences. In truth, those experiences are also often uplifting and emotional too. That can be said for the luncheon I attended in Denver last week, where our Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter welcomed Marta Martinelli, the First Lady of Panama, to discuss disparities in healthcare around the world. The pair were brought together for a cause they both believe in Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment) – which was founded right here in Colorado in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world. I was amazed to learn that Project C.U.R.E. only has a 2% overhead rate. TWO PERCENT. Having worked in the non-profit world for 12 years, I can tell you that is AMAZING, friends. And t...

Help for autistic kids

The lives of thousands of Colorado’s autistic children and their parents just got a little easier — and it’s about time. On July 1, Colorado became the 12th state in the nation to reform insurance coverage for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It is now state law that private group health insurance providers cover a range of treatments — including speech and physical therapy — for patients with ASD. The law, known as HIMAT (Health Insurance Mandated Autism Treatment), prescribes applied behavioral analysis (ABA) as the legally mandated treatment approach. ABA aims to teach socially acceptable behaviors, such as appropriate eye contact, to give autistic kids a better shot at developing into higher-functioning adults. These pragmatic therapies must be delivered by ce...

Cherry Creek Shopping Center Clears the Table for a New Kids Play Area

Breakfast is no longer on the menu at Cherry Creek Shopping Center. The giant eggs, waffles, fruit and bacon that made up the mall’s roly- poly kid zone are gone, soon to be replaced by a menagerie of familiar, larger-than-life characters. The popular play area in the southeast corner of the mall’s lower level never had an official name, but youngsters and their parents gave the toddler-friendly playground their own names, like “The Breakfast” or “The Bacon Place.” A cozy pit outside of Macy’s, “The Breakfast” moved into the mall in 1998. But now, without the happy noise of kids jumping on ottoman-size chunks of banana and sliding on bacon slices, the area is oddly quiet. Suddenly the mall feels, well, all grown up. But the businesslike...

Crone thoughts: Being 40-something in a youth-obsessed culture

Obviously, a community called Mile High Mamas appeals to moms and not crones. Otherwise the URL above might be ColoradoCrones.com. Because of infertility and other factors, I arrived at motherhood late. I am an older mom who never gave birth. So I have already begun thinking of what comes after Motherhood, and I come up with this question: Am I a Crone? I am intrigued by the ancient notion of the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone. Although the idea’s origins  go back maybe thousands of years, I think the notion permeates our viewpoints today. Where some cultures revere the Crone as a wise-woman and healer, ours has just about nothing good to say about Crones: From American Heritage: n. An ugly, withered old woman; a hag. From Webster’s: An old woman; — usually in contempt...

Snooked Again: How a Reality TV Star Stole My Moment in the National Spotlight

I was in New York City this weekend presenting these family travel products on the Fox Network’s morning show, Fox and Friends. I know. I’m still shocked they would even allow The Amber Show to be broadcast nationally. Grant, a publicist in Arizona, arranged the gig after I appeared for his clients on the Tom Martino Show. He claimed my fun interaction with the hosts and thorough presentation of the products far surpassed anyone he has ever seen. He promised that when he booked a national segment, I would be his top choice. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that my smooth performance on the Martino Show was the exception, not the rule. This is me we’re talking about. Grant was true to his word and he flew me to New York City on Friday. I had just one day to prep a...

Effective August 1: Colorado’s new car seat law and how your children are impacted

**This post was originally published in May after Governor Ritter signed the new car seat law SB10-110. The law went into effect today. Please keep reading to find out how your children may be impacted. This was said as we got in the car on my daughter’s recent birthday. I countered with, “Sorry, Tessa. That’s not safe or legal.” “So when CAN I ride in the front?” “Mrmbmrmbmrmm……let me get back to you on that.” Most parents know that a newborn belongs in a properly-installed rear-facing infant seat. But after that, the requirements for safety get a little murky. So just in time for summer travel, here’s the low down on car seats and kids. Newborn to 1 year. Rear-facing child seat. The law: requires infants to ride in a rear-...

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