Month: May 2011

Denver’s Memorial Day Events

Don’t miss the chance to instill the importance of Memorial Day with your children. Here are Denver’s area events: May 27 A Veterans Benefit Informational Town Hall Meeting, hosted by US Department of Veterans Affairs, will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at College Heights Baptist Church, 2035 Church Ave., Alamosa. Veterans and their families can learn about the wide range of VA benefits that they may be entitled to receive, such as medical care, disability benefits, guaranteed home loans, educational benefits and life insurance. Info: va.gov or 1-800-827-1000. There will be an Open House at the

Cheers to SPF and Age-Perfected Anti Aging Serum

Human skin – it’s a funny thing. Of the many purposeful uses and all that the soft tissue must encounter each day, one might think we’d come equipped with full armor. But, no, we burn, bruise, puncture, bleed…wrinkle, freckle, splotch and sag. As moms, the attention we give to protecting this fragile attribute of our children is insurmountable…and evident in the budget allotment for sunscreens, floppy hats, kneepads and Scooby Doo band-aids. No doubt, we spend a little on our own skin as well…nigh creams, mud masks, foundations and whatever the “new thing” might be. Human skin is similar to that of other mammals except for the fact that it is not covered by a protective “pelt.” Nope, just the garments we place on our bodies, and *no* the pelt argument is not sufficient for furry, frivolous...

So, if you’re interested in activities in NW Denver….

Summer is upon us. Eeek! As a parent, my excitement about the open-ended days of summer is tempered with dread. Don’t get me wrong: I love hanging with my kids. But sometimes… well, sometimes Mommy is Too Boring. (Not to mention bored to tears at the thought of playing yet another round of Spiderman vs. The Green Goblin.) Finding opportunities for my boys to get their ya-yas out with other little people will be essential for our summertime sanity.

Edging Up On 40: What I’ve Learned

I’m going to turn 40 this year. A few years ago, even a few months ago, I wanted to deny it. I felt like 40 was going over a cliff somehow. A cliff of not being hip (not that I have ever been cool), not being young and free (not that I’ve felt that since having children), too old for my career (I’ve changed professional directions more times than I’ll admit), and no longer respected, because I’d be an “old” person. I have since realized that none of those things are true. I am who I am, Yes, I have faults. Yes, I have pieces of my personality I want to tweak, mistakes and words I’d like to take back and moments of my life I’d rather skip over. But all of these things make up who I am today.

Win 15 Passes to the Colorado Music Festival’s Young People’s Concert!

Are you: 1) A mom? 2) Got friends? If so, round ‘em up for this very cool contest. The Colorado Music Festival is giving away 15 passes for you and your friends to attend their Young People’s Concert “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” on either June 25 or 27, 2011 at 10 a.m. Not familiar with the Colorado Music Festival & Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts (CMF & RMCMA) 2011 Summer Education Programs? Allow me to familiarize you. This great program is designed to connect kids from ages 3 to 18 to

Edging Up On 40: What I’ve Learned

I’m going to turn 40 this year. A few years ago, even a few months ago, I wanted to deny it. I felt like 40 was going over a cliff somehow. A cliff of not being hip (not that I have ever been cool), not being young and free (not that I’ve felt that since having children), too old for my career (I’ve changed professional directions more times than I’ll admit), and no longer respected, because I’d be an “old” person. I have since realized that none of those things are true. I am who I am, Yes, I have faults. Yes, I have pieces of my personality I want to tweak, mistakes and words I’d like to take back and moments of my life I’d rather skip over. But all of these things make up who I am today.

Event Round-up: Wildlife Experience’s Megalodon, Animal Stars at the Zoo & More!

Through Monday. Celebrate the arrival of summer fun at the Boulder Creek Festival. The weekend-long fest starts Friday with a concert, starring That Eighties Band at the 29th Street Mall. Things kick really kick into gear on Saturday: Two food courts, five stages of entertainment, an art show, carnival rides and more, all running through Monday. One of the fest’s signature events, The Great Rubber Duck Race, starts at 4 p.m. Monday: Sponsor a duck for $5 and cheer it on as it floats down Boulder Creek—the big winners get sweet prizes like a trip to Mexico or $1,000 cash, and the duck money benefits Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department. Kickoff concert: 6-9 p.m. Friday. 29th Street Mall, 1710 29th St., Boulder. Festival: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday....

Mama Drama: Tween Tension

Dear Mama Drama: My twelve-year-old son and I have a very close relationship. He has always been able to talk with me easily and we enjoy spending time together. In public he has always liked to walk with me and usually stands near me in a group. Recently I have noticed him pulling away from me when he is around his friends. He includes me in conversation less, walks ahead of me rather than with me and seems to intentionally stand as far away from me as he can in a group. I’m confused by his behavior and am not sure how to approach him about it. We haven’t had any arguments or difficulties, so this change feels concerning. The other odd part of it all is that he continues to be very loving and cuddly with me at

After 25 years, 25 memories of Oprah (and share your own)

Oprah Winfrey will leave behind a few tears and many indelible memories when she concludes her syndicated show Wednesday (locally 4-5 p.m. on KCNC-Channel 4) after 25 years of steamroller ratings, 47 Emmy Awards and a lifetime of culture-changing talk. Among the high points . . . 1. Weight loss, 1988, (that indelible photo of her pulling 68 pounds worth of fat in a little red wagon). 2. Empathy central. For abuse, humiliation, hurt of every variety, she’s the nation’s hand-holder. According to O, Oprah’s monthly magazine, she’s cried on camera 79 times. 3. Car giveaway, 2004. Great moments in cross-promotion. The beneficent host bestows $7 million worth of vehicles. “Everybody gets a car!” 4. Her feud with

After 25 years, 25 memories of Oprah

Oprah Winfrey will leave behind a few tears and many indelible memories when she concludes her syndicated show Wednesday (locally 4-5 p.m. on KCNC-Channel 4) after 25 years of steamroller ratings, 47 Emmy Awards and a lifetime of culture-changing talk. Among the high points . . . 1. Weight loss, 1988, (that indelible photo of her pulling 68 pounds worth of fat in a little red wagon). 2. Empathy central. For abuse, humiliation, hurt of every variety, she’s the nation’s hand-holder. According to O, Oprah’s monthly magazine, she’s cried on camera 79 times. 3. Car giveaway, 2004. Great moments in cross-promotion. The beneficent host bestows $7 million worth of vehicles. “Everybody gets a car!” 4. Her feud with

Denver Deal: Denver Arts Festival, Boulder Creek Festival & BigPapa’s BBQ

Ahh the joys of summer.  Memorial Day gives us all kinds of things to do and fun to be had.  What is your plans? I am super excited about planning to check something off my personal “bucket list” with a trip to Zip Adventures in Vail on June 5.  Plus, kids that are 60 pounds or more get to zip too!  My daughter is delighted to get to do it!  As for this weekend – I’m excited to have a full three day weekend!  There are a ton of fun (and inexpensive or free) things to do in Denver.  The Rockies play the St. Louis Cardinals – you can always get inexpensive seats (especially with the rock pile) and enjoy a day at the park.  Consider visiting the Downtown Denver Arts Festival at the Denver Pavilions or the Denver Day of Rock. Denver Day of Rock is a one-of-a-kind ...

Golden’s Must-do Activities & a Giveaway Extravangaza (including tickets to Splash, Heritage Square & more!)

I’ve been a fan of the city of Golden since I moved to Colorado eight years ago but it wasn’t until my family did a staycation there last summer that I truly fell in love with the darling shops on Washington Avenue, biking along Clear Creek’s glorious bike path the “Chicken Lady” at Clear Creek History Park and so much more. Last week, Mile High Mamas congregated to catch a glimpse of what Golden has to offer this summer. And believe me, it’s a lot. We are giving away passes to Splash Aquatics Park, the Colorado Railroad Museum, Heritage Square’s new Miner’s Maze Adventureland and much more (scroll down to enter). A couple of other not-to-be-missed activities include: