Month: October 2011

Denver Deal: Michael’s, Halloween Events, and Museum Free Day

I was excited to get my pin-up photos done by the amazing Iman Woods. I felt so fun, flirty, and beautiful when I was made up and had my hair done. But, what I found even more delightful was the AWESOME conversation and heart of Iman (and her colleagues Dawn and Sarah). She wants to make women feel beautiful and then captures that in photos. Her message is simply that we are all beautiful. Michael’s Arts & Crafts Michael’s have several crafts events throughout the week. Tuesday, Oct 25 from 10 a.m. to noon make Paper Pumpkins. Wednesday, October 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. make a Halloween visor.  Thursday, October 27 from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. make a Halloween mask. Friday, October 28 from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. make a Halloween clay pot. Saturday, October 29 create a Halloween duck tape ...

Event round-up: Trick or Treat Street, Boo and Brew & More!

Saturday-Monday. The Children’s Museum of Denver turns into spook central for the three-day “Trick or Treat Street” festival. Activities will be happening all over the museum, inside and out—storytellers, magic shows, a “Mad Monster Lab” and lots of arts-and-crafts activities. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes, naturally, and go on a trick-or-treat run at “treat houses” throughout the fest. Activities are included with museum admission, except for rides on Vern’s Mini Train—they’re $2 each. 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive; 303-433-7444. Activities: $8 for guests ages 2 to 59, $6 for 1-year-olds and seniors age 60 and older. mychildsmuseum.org Friday. Formulate some Halloween fun at “Mad Scientist Halloween,...

Dealing with problems at parent-teacher conference (and what I did wrong)

What’s scarier? Ghoulish Halloween masks or getting ready for a conference with your child’s teacher? Well, I suppose it depends on your child and how he or she is behaving in class. And it depends upon your relationship with your child’s teacher, and whether you see eye-to-eye. Not to sound like a braggart, but my husband and I have gotten almost exclusively glowing reviews about our fourth grade daughter’s performance in school, and what a joy she is to have in class. (Well, there was the year that she was a bit too glued to her BFF and their drawings and papers somehow were almost always identical. Fortunately, plagiarism isn’t a crime in first grade). We’ve got an entirely new situation this year. Last week, my daughter was threatened

Make a difference with these Children’s Hospital Colorado Advocacy Events

Want to make a difference in the lives of Colorado children but are unsure how to do it? The Children’s Hospital Colorado has some fantastic introductory advocacy events that will help. ADVOCACY WORKSHOP – Hear from Children’s Colorado’s government affairs team and real moms who are speaking out on the issues they care about. They’ll share their experiences and provide tips on how to use your own voice to affect change. Then, interact directly with our experts to receive tips about how you, too, can lobby on behalf of the issues most important to you. Aimee Giese, business owner and mom blogger

Family’s yard in Congress Park gets a free makeover

Surely you’ve had this fantasy: A crew of dedicated, passionate, madly skilled landscaping experts pulls up to your yard with truckloads of plans and plants. Then they wreak style, savvy, and sense upon your struggling plot. For free. For Donna Curtis, Mike Walker and their 18-month-old son, Evan, the fantasy came true

5 Must-Have Apps for Halloween

While our kids are interested only in imaginative costumes and candy, our minds are occupied with a whole lot more on Halloween. Namely how to cross streets safely, which homes to visit, candy safety, sugar highs, and keeping everyone within arms reach. To help out a bit, I’ve assembled a list of helpful apps to aid in your trick-or-treating venture so you can focus on just having fun and making memories. Most of the apps listed below are free, yet function well and have won over users from coast to coast. If you don’t find what you need in this list, please leave a request in the comment section and I’ll recommend the best app for your needs.

Mama Drama: Anniversary Advice Round Up

Mama Drama is celebrating two years with Mile High Mamas!! We’ve rounded up all of the drama Lisa has covered during that time into a variety of categories to make it easier for you to find that special nugget of information or advice you need. Keep the questions coming ([email protected]) and remember that we all have our share of Mama Drama, so contribute your advice, ideas, and tried and true strategies as we support each other through the journey of motherhood in this fabulous community of moms. Be sure to bookmark this page for easy access and share it with all your mommy friends! Developmental issues: Articulation Angst – When to worry about speech concerns.

Event round-up: Dinosaur Festival, Cars 2 Tour & More!

Saturday and Sunday. The “T-rex Encounter” exhibit adds a little extra fun this weekend at the “Cretaceous Dinosaur Carnival” at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Special activities will be set up throughout the exhibit, including a dino-art station, a puppet show and a miniature “dig” for dinosaur bones. Kids can make their own dinosaur costume, too, and join in the “Mesozoic March” parade. And, of course, there’s the “T-rex Encounter” itself, a collection of lifelike animatronic dinosaurs and a cast of Sue, the most complete T-rex skeleton yet found. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.; 303-370-6000. Activities included with museum admission: $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for juniors and students. dmns.org Saturday. ...

Spooky Halloween Slime Recipes

Welcome back to Spangler Science Saturdays in October. Halloween just isn’t Halloween at my house without a huge batch of slime. At this time of year, my daughters’ friends hang out at our house begging me to make slime with them. It’s sticky. It’s icky. It’s gooey. It’s a must-have at Halloween. Making slime is also a great way to teach about the properties of a polymer… or a long chain of molecules. The molecules start out as a liquid in this slime recipe but are quickly hooked together with the introduction of the Borax. The Borax solution is the “cross-linker” in the creation of the Slime polymer. Borax molecules are like tiny paper clips that hook together the long chains of molecules making a slippery, gooey concoction known as Slime. Slime can either be made using ...

Building A School From The Heart On Up In Downtown Denver

When I was a kid (yes, it begins that way), I went to school in a small town with 20 people in an elementary school of about 100 students, and then our elementary combined with the other elementary school in the next town for middle and high school, and my graduating class was composed of 98 students. That was it. The end. There was no lotto, no good schools vs. bad schools, no charter schools, no choice options, no pre-K, no schools created by impassioned parents, and no waitlists four times the size of my graduating class. But now, I am a grown-up with two little boys, one of which is all too quickly approaching four. And, I live in downtown Denver, and by downtown, I mean the 16th street mall. And apparently, it is just about the season for us to start the application process for pre-K....

Instilling Family Traditions (and win a Windex® variety pack!)

I’ve had a question weighing heavily on my mind lately: Am I really teaching my children how to work? This summer, I asked my children to help me clean our backyard ditch. It was a thankless job and my son, usually an agreeable, happy chap, held an all-out rebellion. First, he was angry and then he cried. When he realized I was not going to back down, he finally gave in. At first I was appalled, but then I realized the failure was on my part because, despite a handful of weekly chores, I have not taught him how to really work. Every family has its traditions. In my childhood home, learning to work while having fun doing so was one of ours. One of my earliest memories is spraying messages on the mirrors with

There’s no better season for your family to start eating more healthy vegetables

Aim to be different from the average American, who eats only two servings of vegetables a day — and counts French fries as a vegetable (they really don’t count). Fall is a great time to fill at least a quarter of your plate — the recommended servings — with fresh, colorful, tasty vegetables. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, collards, kale, pumpkins, winter squash and yams are plentiful and affordable. Fall veggies include a spectrum of