Month: October 2012

Wednesday Wellness with Leslie– Tips on stressing less and feeling more joy

Everyone has very full plates and activities have a way of just piling on. The effects of stress are harmful to your emotional and physical health (high blood pressure, digestive issues, heart disease), and it is your response to stress that makes all the difference. Some people are better equipped to deal with stress, while others simply give in to it. Which category do you feel like you are in? I have definitely gotten better over the years, due to a lot of personal growth and development, but there is always room for improvement. I know when I am feeling maxed out I need to make some changes quickly. Everyone is going to encounter stress and stressful situations, it is how you react and respond that will differentiate the outcome. Do you have friends that seem to never stress out? They ...

The Scariest Part of Halloween: Shopping for a Pre-Teen Girl

It’s no secret that Halloween stores can be a little scary to walk into. My 6-year-old daughter cowers on her way to the children’s section as things howl, move, and light up. My son, a mellow and sensitive 8-year-old, pales a little when he looks at the costumes on the wall for boys his age, packages of costumes containing bloody hockey players and psychotic clowns. But the scariest part of the store for me is the “tween” selection available to my 11-year-old daughter

Events: Bootown at Heritage Square, Cirque du Soleil, and more!

A new and improved “Bootown” returns to Heritage Square with the largest two level, human maze with 3D special effects. Miner’s Maze Adventureland will capture all the seasonal excitement with activities that celebrate spooky fun for the whole family. The new Scare Crow Express haunted train ride will be decorated with 100 scarecrows designed and constructed by local organizations that represent their companies, groups or teams. Artistic ghosts, goblins and witches as well as everyone else can get creative in Bootown’s giant pumpkin patch where they can select and paint their very own pumpkin or custom design their own sand art. The holiday fun continues on weekends through November 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go here for pricing. Cirque du Soleil presents Quidam on Nov. 7 – 11 at the 1st Ban...

Ski Deals start in Denver

The weathercasters are calling for snow in the mountains (and maybe even some in Denver). Arapahoe Basin is open and so is Loveland! That means that it is winter in Colorado! The mountains are opening Kids Ski & Snowboard Event. For families that missed Ski Rex AND last weekend’s Colorado Ski Expo, there is one last chance to latch on to some family fun and great deals on ski and snowboard gear for kids. Save 30-50 percent on kids’ ski and snowboard gear and apparel on November 10 and 11 at all five Colorado Ski & Golf’s locations (Aurora, Arvada, Littleton, Colorado Springs and Park Meadows). Ski and Trade

Denver Deal: Trick or Treat Streets, Cici’s, Michael’s & more

As a divorced mom, I relish the time away from my kids as much as I enjoy the time with them. When they are with me we look for some great deals and have loads of fun together. This last weekend – I spent time with my daughter taking her to TCBY and trying the new flavors (gingerbread, roasty toasty marshmallow and pumpkin). I have to tell you that the  roasty toasty marshmallow was AMAZING! I loved adding chocolate chips and graham crackers for my own sort of s’mores. This coming weekend, I’m just as excited to spend some time away from my kids and instead with my girlfriends. A true girlfriends getaway just like the kind you see in movies. I was told to bring something salty and something sweet – I’m hoping the TCBY Frozen Yogurt will travel to our mountain ...

Fun activities and healthy snacks for your school’s Halloween party!

Once again, I am taking the easy way out. Juice boxes. That’s what I signed up to bring to my fifth grade daughter’s classroom Halloween party. In fact, this may be her last. They don’t dress up and eat treats in middle school, do they? Anyway, more props to you if you are the mom or dad bringing snazzy treats and mind-bendingly creative craft and game ideas to your child’s classroom.

Wild West Corn Maze in Hudson: Tractor Rides, Rabbit Catch, Flying Pumpkins & Fun!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a . . . pumpkin! Flying pumpkins are just one of the many unique things you can see and do at the Wild West Corn Maze in Hudson (located about 30 minutes northeast of the Denver Metro Area). The annual Fall on the Farm Festival is underway, with attractions to entertain kids of all ages. The Wild West Maze offers both a general admission ticket and an unlimited activities ticket. The cost of general admission includes:

Build Your Own Black Light Secret Message – Perfect for Trick or Treating!

We are always looking for new and fun science activities at the Steve Spangler Science Labs.This Halloween season we have really outdone ourselves with a new product line that includes Vampire Slime and Vampire Veins. We have also created this simple and easy craft that also teaches a lesson in the science of glow. Some of the adults in the company may also sneak into Steve’s Playroom, turn off the lights and put together puppet shows with our black light projectors. I won’t tell if you won’t tell. I’m also prepping to do this activity with 20 Brownie Girl Scouts this Tuesday. I can’t wait to see what they all come up with. I know it will be beyond anything that our Spangler lab rats have created the past few weeks. This black light projector is perfect to tak...

6 Spooktacular Apps for Halloween

Don't miss these 6 Apps for Halloween. From the fun (Millie's Book of Treats and Treats or coloring puzzles for kids) to the safe (sex offender search for when you go door-to-door).

Mama Drama: 3rd Anniversary Advice Round Up

It’s October, which means falling leaves, Halloween, and the 3rd Anniversary of our Mama Drama advice column. We’ve rounded up and sorted out the advice over this last year so it’s easy to find what you need. Bookmark it and send it to your mama friends! (photo credit) Keep the questions coming ([email protected]) and remember the more we ask, the smarter we get at navigating this amazing journey called Motherhood. Daily Routines Ending Morning Madness

Cash incentives for Colorado students a study in progress

There’s a reward waiting for Moises Banuelos if he passes the standardized tests in three Advanced Placement classes he’s taking this semester at Denver’s Abraham Lincoln High School: $100 for each qualifying score. “It shows that hard work pays off,” said Banuelos, 16, who hopes to receive the money from a program channeled through the Colorado Legacy Foundation. “If you really study your butt off and get a good turn out, it should be recognized with an incentive.” As educators continue to debate the effectiveness — or even the propriety — of using financial rewards to boost academic achievement, Colorado has moved forward, and the National Math and Science Initiative-backed program soon will operate in 30 schools. It aims to increase

5 Healthy Halloween Tips

Halloween is just around the corner, which means this is the official start to the holiday sugar season. The candy that our little Trick-or-Treaters accumulate on Halloween night and at Halloween parties is notorious for containing high amounts of sugar and high fructose corn syrup. This excess candy sugar can have direct correlations to weight gain, hyperactivity, and immune suppression to name a few. I always tell people that healthy eating doesn’t have to equal deprivation; but when it comes to candy, the less you eat the better. Here are some ideas to make this Halloween a bit more healthy: