Month: July 2012

Denver Deal: Colorado History Museum, Concert Series, JC Penney Haircuts & More

I just love Crested Butte. It is one of my favorite places to stay and play in Colorado! While the drive can be a bit long (although very pretty), when you get there you are rewarded with the most beautiful scenery, a fun small town and lots of things to do! My kids enjoyed the spectacular drives (and rock skipping) and hanging out with family downtown. This year we went to the Adventure Park right at the base of the mountain. The Adventure Park is a ton of fun with climbing wall, putt-putt golf course, bungee jump and lift tickets to go to the top of the mountain. We can’t wait to get back to have more fun this winter. Good thing they are running a fantastic special right now. Celebrate Colorado Day! Did you know that August 1st is Colorado’s Birthday? Celebrate Colorado Day a...

Events: Take a Child to the Opera Day, Boulder County Fair

Thursday. Opera has a high-society reputation, but young music fans can get in on the artsy action at a special “Take a Child to the Opera” day at Central City Opera. Featuring a family friendly production of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” the day’s activities include interactive theater games, picnicking, and instruction by CCO ensemble members on “La Bohème”’s legendary Parisian love story. Guests can also learn about Central City’s history, pan for gold and more. The program’s recommended for kids age 6 and older. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Central City Opera House at 124 Eureka St., Central City. Tickets are $35 for kids, $40 for adults; opera-only tickets are $10 less. Buy tickets at 303-292-6700 or visit centralcityopera.org. Through Sunday. Celebrate the high life—as in 10,430 feet abov...

Know the Signs: Is Your Young Child at Risk for an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that have long been primarily – and wrongfully –associated with teenaged girls. The fact is, eating disorders simply do not discriminate. In recent years, more adults and children, of both genders, have sought treatment for these potentially life-threatening diseases. In fact, from 1999 to 2006, hospitalizations for eating disorders increased sharply – 119% – for children younger than 12 years.* And in Denver, Eating Recovery Center, a local treatment center, recently expanded its child and adolescent programming to accommodate increasing demand. It’s important for parents of children at any age to educate themselves about eating disorders in order to prevent them, and to recognize and treat them if they do occur.

Defending Olympic marathon champion (and mom!) loves her life in Colorado

Constantina Dita holds dual citizenship and lives a double life. In Colorado she is an anonymous suburban soccer mom who hates to miss her 17-year-old son’s games. In Romania she is a national hero, even though she has lived in Erie for seven years. In Beijing four years ago Dita won the Olympic marathon. Last week she was delighted to learn her son, Rafael, made one of the Rapids’ under-18 teams. “She’s a very committed soccer mom,” said her friend and massage therapist, Binesh Prasad. “She will change a massage schedule just to be there. ‘I have to go for the soccer.’ I say, ‘Let Rafael be taken by someone else. It’s not the end of the world.’ She says, ‘No, no, no, I have to be there. I have to watch him.’ ...

Why Your Family Will Love Flying High at Vail’s Zip Adventures

The Adventure: In early-July, my two sons and I, along with one of their friends, headed up to Vail for a zipline tour with Zip Adventures.. We were looking for fun, adventure and a quick getaway. We were looking to scare ourselves, just a little, and enjoy a beautiful Colorado afternoon. Zip Adventures was even more fun than we’d imagined. As we drove to the 4Eagle Ranch to check in, we passed landing and take off platforms and saw people zipping over the canyon. The older boys, who had both ziplined at a ropes course, quickly realized that this wasn’t going to be simple tower-to-tower flight. Instead, we would be flying 200 feet above a rugged river canyon. The excitement began to build.

Reading Corner: How to Raise Your Kid’s Self-Esteem and Environmental Awareness at the Same Time (with Activity!)

Does Green Economy include you? How can parents become involved in lessening the carbon footprints of their family? How can parents engage young children in environmental activities? Here is the perfect picture book that can serve as a launching pad for a summer family vegetable garden that will inform, engage and involve kids in what will hopefully become a life-long concern for preserving the environment and living a healthier lifestyle. The book is one of the hundred classic picture books recommended in Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking.

The trampoline conundrum: To buy, or not to buy & safe jumping tips

It’s a question that any parent is bound to face: “Mom, dad, can we get a trampoline?? Please???” It’s a question we have pondered for years in our house, having one child who was practically born jumping. She’s 9 now, and still, when she gets excited about something she starts jumping up and down.

Liven Up Garden Pots with Color and Sparkle!

As July winds down and the drought continues, I’m noticing that my yard looks a little drab, a little brown, a little lack-luster. My daughter and I came up with a plan to add some sparkle, literally, to our front step with the intention that the shine will enliven our entire yard.

Baby’s Gender: To Find Out or Not To Find Out?

I recently attended a darling little girl’s 1st birthday party. It was pretty surreal to meet two other moms with one child around my son’s age and one on the way, all due close to the same day as me! Crazy! As we started chit-chatting the topic turned to finding out the sex of the baby. Did they find out the first time and would they be finding out the second time? Out of the three of us, I was the only one who had found out and is planning to find out the sex with my current pregnancy. Here’s where it got tricky… One of the moms confidently stepped upon her proverbial soap box and didn’t come down until she had declared why NOT finding out is so much better than the alternative. She wasn’t saying things like, “I just feel…” or “...

Denver Deal: Concerts, Crested Butte, Parenting Seminars, Fazoli & Nordstrom’s Sale

I spend far too much time on Pinterest. Although for some reason I just look and don’t always pin to my own board. I also spend an inordinate amount of time on craigslist and facebook. This sounds like a confessional of an online mom. And maybe it is. It is hot outside. I send my kids out to play while I sit inside in the air conditioned (now quiet) comfort and troll the pages wasting hours of my day. I have found a new iphone app called OfferUp. It is a cross over between pinterest, ebay and craigslist where you can look at and purchase the most adorable outfits, baby/kids items and I even saw a Vespa on there! I can’t say that I’ve actually purchased anything YET but I know the time is coming. Who knows?!? Free Parenting Seminars Children’s Hospital Colorado has s...

Why we watch the 2012 Summer Olympics; When & where to see your favorite sports!

We watch the Olympics to remember. National pride. Youth. Beauty. We watch to see a perfect moment. We share the triumph over adversity or the agony of defeat. We watch because we’ve always watched, because the Olympics remains one of the few galvanizing mass cultural events left to us.

Events: Boulder County Fair & Kid’s Cure for Cancer Run

Through August 5. Celebrate the bounty of Boulder County at the Boulder County Fair—festivities begin on Saturday with the fair parade through downtown Longmont. The fair’s carnival midway also opens at noon on Saturday and Sunday for a sneak peek. Monday and Tuesday are reserved for livestock judging, but the fair reopens in earnest on Wednesday with activities for the whole family. Look for a vintage farm equipment show, rodeo competitions, a karaoke contest, a scavenger hunt for kids and a petting zoo. Listen to live music in the Fair Garden, too, and check the schedule for special events like demolition derby, bull riding, mutton bustin’ and “Ballet on Horseback” riding shows. Parade: 10 a.m. Saturday. Downtown Longmont. General fair hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through August 4...

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