Month: October 2012

Her Beauty: A Mother’s Wish For Her Daughter.

One day she’ll hate the freckles we once lovingly called Angel Kisses, and she’ll wish for her long, straight hair to be short and curly. But today she is a ten-year-old girl, content to brush out her hair and toss it over her shoulders, smiling into a mirror without looking away in “Why am I so ugly?” pain that may one day arrive. Any day, in fact. She’s growing fast, much faster than I am happy with. It’s odd for me to admit, but I don’t feel the same fears for my growing sons that I feel for Stacey. Perhaps it is because I don’t know what it’s like to be a boy, but I remember very well what it’s like to be a little girl. And I remember feeling ugly every day. As a little girl, I don’t have memories of someone telling me I...

Douglas County Libraries’ story times for autistic kids welcomed

The sensory-enhanced story time at the Highlands Ranch Library is great for Holly del Campo and her 2 1/2-year-old son, Nolan, because she said it’s so hard to keep him engaged. He has sensory processing disorder, which means he interprets the world differently than others through his senses, but also has a hard time sitting still and keeping engaged in regular story time. She said he was diagnosed at 2 when he was not speaking. “It’s great that places like the library are aware of it,” del Campo said. “It’s hard to go to the library because he goes from thing to thing.” The sensory-enhanced story time was designed for children along the autism spectrum, or any child who is differently abled. Douglas County Libraries designed it over nine months CLICK TO READ FULL STORY

Embracing the Chaos of IVF Part 6: One Journey Ends, Another Begins

It’s now time for us to end our infertility journey and move on to this new one that will add another member to the Stone family. This new journey includes getting rid of the boxes of girl clothes and figuring out where to put all of that important stuff I’ve stashed in the baby room’s closet, formerly known as our guest bedroom. Like most journeys, we’ve had a few bumps in the road and luckily, our bumps have been minor so far. We recently found out we’re having a boy. Finally, more testosterone to balance out all of the female hormones in our house! A sense of relief has come over Barry knowing he’ll have another dude to share the “boy smell” burden with in the family now. We have a male dog, but he doesn’t really count since he’s neutered. Of course, Maya originally preferred to have a ...

5 ways to help kids pay attention in the classroom and at home

Mindful Life School teaches children in Colorado to use mindfulness to increase capacity for empathy, attention, impulse control emotional regulation and intimacy.

Denver Deal: Buy.com, Chipotle Cultivate Festival, and Cider Days

I used to not think much about October, but Halloween has become quite a deal at our house – and reportedly one of the top holidays for spending. Not only do we start talking about what we will be for Halloween early in the month, but also what we will give away, what party or pumpkin patch we will visit (thank goodness my kids haven’t started talking about Haunted Houses – I’m just not a fan). All of this means a lot of money (which I don’t have) so I look for DEALS!!!  This year I found a great place to get our costumes that are pretty inexpensive and super cute – Buy.com. But even better- we have worked with Buy.com to award one winner $50 to get a costume of their own! Chipotle Cultivate Festival Chipotle Mexican Grill is hosting the Cultivate Festiv...

Events: Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, E.T., Harvest Festivals & More!

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. On Saturday, October 6 join Avid4Adventure for their eighth annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. If you haven’t participated in this national event before, you’ve been missing out! Their expert staff will be providing FREE instruction at Valmont Bike Park through 45-minute instructional rides that focus on safety and fun. The rides are only happening from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and registration is required. They will have some lightly used bikes for sale, Boulder Community Hospital will be giving away free toddler and youth helmets, The Sweet Cow ice cream truck will be serving up deliciousness, and Community Cycles, Boulder’s non-profit bike shop, will be accepting donated bikes. http://www.avid4.com E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. On Wednesday, Octo...

Get Spooked: Win VIP Tickets to Denver’s Scariest Haunted Houses

**CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!** If you love ultra-scary haunted houses, you’re going to love this contest! Mile High Mamas is giving away tickets to The 13th Floor and The Asylum, two of Denver’s scariest haunted houses. Both locations start scaring September 28 through November 3, 2012 and are more appropriate for older (teen-age) kids and adults. More about these haunted houses: The 13th Floor

Colorado Costume Swaps, Candy Savings & More: How to Save This Halloween

I love this time of the year — from the harvest festivals to my obsession with eating all things pumpkin. My favorite shopping day also arrives in the fall. Sorry, Black Friday zealots, but I’m referencing Nov. 1, that hallowed day when all of the Halloween items just now beginning to show up in stores get marked down 50 percent or more. Last year, I decided to save money by making my own Halloween treats. I opted for cake pops. If you’ve never tried them, these little single-serve cakes on a stick are especially delectable, and this from a non-cake lover. CLICK HERE TO READ ON ABOUT COSTUME SWAPS, SAVING MONEY ON CANDY AND MORE!

Spending on Halloween costumes and candy to total a record $8 billion

Americans are expected to spend $2.87 billion on Halloween costumes this year, according to a National Retail Federation survey released Thursday. The spending breakdown was projected to be $1.4 billion on adult costumes, $1.1 billion on children’s costumes and $370 million on pet costumes. The average person will spend $79.82 on Halloween candy, costumes and decorations, bringing total spending to $8 billion — the most in the survey’s 10-year history. This year, trick-or-treaters, partygoers and pampered pets will be dressing up in

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