Month: January 2011

Denver Deal:Give Kids a Smile, CU Basketball, Free Days and More!

I love when I get to tell my friends and family about great deals.  I am delighted when someone tells me that I “always know about great deals.”  But in a recently conversation, I could not really define the difference between being “cheap” and being “frugal.”  Maybe you can help. Make Cheap Chic or Frugal Fun….share the same great deals with your friends too.  Show them this blog.  Ask them to get the RSS feed.  Ask them to join you in one of the free/cheap activities.  Give Kids A Smile Seeing a happy kid with a fantastic smile just makes my day!  This Friday, February 4 dentists will give kids a smile with the Give Kids A Smile Day.  This fantastic program, offers free dental care to low income families all across the country!  Sign up to find a...

Your opinion: A (Pink) Bone to Pick with the Susan G. Komen Foundation

I was taken aback when I read that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure was canceling their three-day walk for breast cancer in Colorado because, according to their PR agency, “it just didn’t meet financial goals.” Nevermind the thousands of dollars Denverites have raised in what has became one of our city’s most highly-attended and beloved charity events. Well, the fundraising giant’s public relations staff will be working overtime over their latest controversy: They are threatening legal actions around any other event and charities that use any variation of “for the cure” in their name. Isn’t it just swell to think of donor’s funds going to

Calling all campers!

Send us your camp listings It might be winter, but it’s time to start thinking about summer camps. The March 15 Denver Post LifeStyle section will include listings of hundreds of camps in Colorado and elsewhere. The submission deadline for new camps is Feb. 18. Camps that were in last year’s list will be contacted to update their information. Send information on whether it’s a day camp or overnight, coed or single-gender, computer camp or other specialty camp. List a few activities and dates, price, address (including county), telephone number, cost, website address and e-mail address. Send listing to: [email protected], and put “day camp” or “overnight camp” in the subject line. Questions? Call 303-954-1281. Or go to

Mobile-phone programs track steps, beats and calories

No smart-phone application — at least not yet — can accelerate heart rates, inflate muscles or trim waistlines. To accomplish that, bodies must be moved, not just thumbs, and calories watched. While apps alone can’t transform a beer gut, they at least offer quite a bit of guidance, and they are legion, offering everything from daily yoga poses to videos demonstrating proper bench-press form. Applications can be downloaded to a computer or smartphone, and not just the iPhone anymore. These days, app developers write software for BlackBerry and Android operating systems too. And, given Colorado’s emphasis on

Ski Sunlight as a Family: Manageable and Fun!

Honestly, I didn’t know there was any skiing in Glenwood Springs until last summer when we went to explore. Up top, at the Glenwood Caverns, our guide told us about how the town was a great place for families—with year-round activities—and how his own kids had learned to ski “up at Sunlight.” Our eyes followed in the direction he was pointing, up beyond the red, iron-rich hills to the thickly wooded mountains above. And we thought, Someday, that’d be fun to see. So we were excited to be invited sooner than later, to experience the Ski Swim Stay package (starting at $89 per person) that’s offered widely in Glenwood. And we came away thinking it was a package we could recommend to anyone. Our family drove up on a Thursday, and enjoyed no traffic, which got us there in under three hours (from...

Patrons brace for week-long closure of Denver libraries

At least twice a week, James Austin visits the Denver Public Library’s main downtown branch to check out a book, peruse the stacks, browse in the map room — he’s avid about cartography — and in general find some peace and quiet. So when the library closes Thursday for a week-long, system-wide computer upgrade, the retiree will be somewhat adrift, if only until the Feb. 3 reopening. “I’ve joked with my wife that I won’t know what to do with myself,” Austin said on a recent snowy afternoon. “It’s just a week, but I’ll still miss coming in. The library is such a part of my routine.” Austin is not alone in his sentiments. Each week, the Denver Public Library system gets 78,000 visitors, according to DPL statistics. About

Event Round-up: Alegria, Dinosaur Festival, Flat Stanley & More!

Through Sunday. It’s the last weekend to catch Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegria” before it swoops out of Colorado. The show uses acrobatic feats, crazy contortions and colorful characters to tell its story, a meditation on the passage of time. Playing in Loveland through Sunday, the fanciful show features music from all over the globe, from klezmer to tango to pop. 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland; 970-619-4100. Tickets are $35 to $90, with discounts available for children, students, seniors and military. To buy tickets, call 877-544-8499 or call Learn more at Wednesday. Opera Colorado presents a special production of “Hansel and Gretel” just for little ones at the Child...

How to recognize depression in teens

Many of us were moved by our recent guest blogger Casey’s story about depression and overdose while pregnant. She was so brave to share her story with the world so that could help others. I co-own a company that does health education research (and multimedia development around the research – that’s where I come in) and we try to help people in many different areas of health. One of our research scientists, Andrea Dunn, specializes in exercise for the treatment of depression. After having Casey’s post here on Mile High Mama’s, I asked Dr. Dunn to write a follow-up article for us, to help us understand possible signs of depression as our children grow.

Denver Deal:Qdoba, Pei Wei and Breckenridge

Wow!  January is almost over already!  I think I’m doing well with my New Year’s Resolutions – one of which was to maintain my budget but still try to do a bunch of great stuff!  I love to find great deals and share them with you.  The kids and I have a “full dance card” this weekend all with items that were a part of this blog.  My son relishes the idea that we get to go and do so many things.  While my daughter prefers to have days where she can sleep in (she can sleep in until 11 a.m. if I let her) and then spend the remainder of the day in her pajamas.  So, I really must look for things we can do “at home.”  Maybe you can enjoy your Qdoba and Pei Wei at home – but as for us this weekend?  We are on the way to Arena Cross (tickets still av...

Win Tickets to Disney Live Mickey’s Magic Show (or use our discount code)

**CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER LYNNE TANDLER**. Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show at the Wells Fargo Theatre February 4 & 5, 2011. Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show! Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and a host of Disney friends come together with world-class illusionists to perform magic from legendary Disney films right before your eyes. See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the spectacular levitation of Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine; and the enchanted dancing brooms of Fantasia. Join Donald Duck and Goofy, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and many more for a one-of-a-kind stage show you’ll never forget. Tickets are $15, $22, $26 VIP, $42 VIP, & $67 VIP Stage-side (service charges and handling fees may appl...

Colorado GOP lawmakers open to reversing votes against school breakfast subsidy

Two Republicans on the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee signaled Monday that they were open to reversing their votes against additional funding for a school breakfast program, while Democrats promised legislation to provide the money. And the former budget director for Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter’s office confirmed Monday that months earlier he had also denied the request for additional funding for the program in an action he now terms a “mistake.” The comments from Republican Reps. Cheri Gerou of Evergreen and Jon Becker of Fort Morgan come after a firestorm of criticism over a 3-3 party-line vote the JBC took last week to deny additional funding to the Start Smart program for the current budget year, which ends in June. Without the additional money, thousands ...

If someone you know struggles with fertility

Melissa Ford, author of "Navigating the Land of IF: Understanding Infertility and Exploring Your Options," answers questions about IVF, IUI, adoption, surrogacy, donor egg, donor sperm, and child-free living.

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