Month: July 2013

Back to School: Adjusting to an earlier bedtime at summer’s end

Parents, you can already picture those first mornings of the school year: the challenge of dragging cranky kids out of their beds at dawn after two months of mellow summer mornings. Each year, many of us swear we’ll do it differently. We will listen to the experts. We will adjust our children’s bedtimes back to a school-year schedule as soon as August arrives. We will work with biology, not against it, by dimming the lights and drawing the curtains in the evenings. We will remember the power of a good bedtime routine. It does sound wonderful. But each year, many families embrace the spontaneity of summer and the long, light evenings, ditching routines and enjoying late nights with the kids. Or maybe we really do try o get them to bed early, but Little League baseball games run ...

Join LiveWell Colorado’s Challenge Aug. 1 (+ Prizes!)

I have been watching far too much television – when I believe that all personal trainers are mean and are going to yell at me (yes, Jillian I’m talking about you). But when I have an opportunity to speak with Jamie Atlas, AKA Rally Man with Live Well Colorado – I just plain feel inspired! He makes me believe that every little step is enough to keep pushing toward the next! He really is a great inspiration. I understand why Live Well chose him to represent what they stand for – Live Well Colorado’s whole purpose is to get us moving. Yes, Colorado is one of the healthiest states in the nation. But, that doesn’t say much when the number of people who are considered obese continues to rise each year. Furthermore, more than half our state is obese! YIKES! I l...

Events: History Colorado Center’s FREE celebration, kids learn to golf and more

History Colorado Center. Celebrate Colorado’s 137th birthday on Aug. 1 at the History Colorado Center with free admission to exhibits, including live performances, make-and-take crafts, library “pop in” sessions, $1 hot dogs and more. See special temporary exhibits like Gold!, All Aboard Colorado, and The American Soldier. Visit their website for complete Aug. 1 – Colorado Day information and schedule. Colorado Day celebration includes FREE admission to History Colorado Center and statewide History Colorado museums; starting Aug. 2, children 12 and under receive FREE admission to the History Colorado Center through Sept. 30! Offer includes two children per each paid accompanying adult; adults must register in History Colorado’s free History Buff program to redeem offer. For complete ...

Deals: Having Fun in Denver on a Cheap Budget

Creative budget The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Denver is now free for anyone age 18 and under, becoming the city’s first museum to offer children and teens free admission every day. The museum is open until 9 p.m. weekdays all summer. With five galleries and rotating exhibits by regional, national and international artists, you never know what you’ll find at MCA. Our suggestion: Give kids a chance to “recharge their batteries” experiencing the “Electrical Room” exhibit through Sept. 29. 1485 Delgany St., Say “cheese” The Cheesecake Factory knocks 50 percent off any slice of cheesecake on Tuesday. This deal is limited to one slice per guest for dine-in only. There are locations in Boulder, Denver and Littleton. theche...

Go Back to School at Gordman’s

Going shopping for back-to-school doesn’t have to be a total headache! Gordman’s has a great gRewards program where you get rewarded for every dollar you spend! Get brand-name apparel or shoes for your kids or save so much that you can buy something for yourself! Contest Mile High Mamas is giving away one $25 certificate to Gordman’s. Please go here to enter. Contest deadline is August 15, 2013.

Real vs. Royal: A Tale of Two Births

While I’m not much of a follower of the royal family, you’d have to be living under a rock to not know that they finally popped that baby out last week (I can hear the collective sigh from people around the United States who are still wondering why in the world we care so much).  But since every detail of the royal birth has been shoved under our noses for the last nine months, I can’t help but think about the differences between a royal baby birth and what happens when a regular kid comes into this world. And, in my opinion, regular beats royal any day.

Summer essential: Survival kit for home disasters

Summer may be winding down but between the backyard barbecues, family reunions and dips in the pool, danger could be one spark or one bad forecast away. Do you know where your flashlights are? Preparing for disaster, whether it’s fire, flood, wind or power outage, isn’t as much fun as planning a float trip. But major disasters can devastate a community despite the most elaborate of preparations. Even minor ones can be personally disruptive. So: You gotta do it. Here are ways to prepare for some of the most common summer emergencies.

Curating for the curious: Big fun at Colorado’s small museums

Colorado may boast 300-plus days of sunshine a year — even TV weathercasters know that — but there are also fine reasons to stay indoors, especially when it comes to the state’s myriad museums. We’re not talking about the big cultural draws such as the Denver Museum of Nature & Science or the Denver Art Museum. Both are fine institutions, but really, do either of them offer a gander at a Cold War-era B-1 Lancer bomber or the goosebump-inducing noose used on the last prisoner hanged in Colorado? Nope. This is where a variety of small museums take center stage. Ranging from the unique to the downright offbeat, here’s a roundup of off-the-beaten-path slices of history that are worth a visit.

Tips for getting those picky vegetable eaters to eat!

If chicken nuggets and mac ‘n cheese are the only foods your kids will even think about eating, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In today’s world, with all the tempting cartoon-endorsed processed foods, it can seem like a daunting challenge to get your little ones excited about a vegetable that is not loaded with sugar and branded with their favorite Saturday morning friend. But eating veggies doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing situation or seem like a pain-staking chore! Every meal can be an opportunity to introduce your children’s taste buds to good, healthy foods while still allowing them to eat the foods they enjoy. Here are a few easy ways to get your kiddos to try, and even LIKE veggies!

3 Easy Steps For A Greener Baby Nursery

A 2012 article by ABC News found 300 chemicals in the air of a newly decorated baby nursery. And today we know that children’s rapidly growing bodies are uniquely susceptible to the potentially harmful effects of these chemicals. Here are three simple ways to limit chemicals and design a greener nursery for baby:

Mama Said: Facebook Etiquette for Moms

Educators are constantly talking about how to teach kids responsible use of the Internet and social media. Parents look over their child’s shoulder while he or she is logged on. Schools try to address social media safety and appropriate Google searches. We use software to try to block “bad” sites. But what about moms on Facebook? Facebook provides many of us with a place to connect with family and friends dispersed all over the country. It is an easy way to say, “Hey, look what we’re up to!” or “Don’t the kids look awesome?!” It is fun to log on and get a glimpse into our old friends’ lives. It makes us feel that we are a still a part of them. And it gives us a place to vent about the latest ridiculous story in politics or entertainment. Facebook has made it easy to find friends we thought...

Glenwood Springs family travels across U.S. in new home: an RV

“Everybody pick up 10 things!” Suddenly the RV starts shaking. The door opens and Eddy the goldendoodle bounds out with 8-year-old Maddy Kellogg, her arms laden with dozens of river sandals. Laughter erupts from behind mangled window shades. Minutes later the Kelloggs are sprawled in their tiny and tidy, albeit weathered, home. Seven-month-old Coby crawls across the laps of 18-year-old Grady and 19-year-old Kerry. Toddlers Elly and Emmy slather sunscreen on mom Susie and dad Dan. Brody, a 16-year-old aspiring photographer, talks about his exciting swim through the gnarly Pine Creek hole on the Arkansas River the day before. Kady, 14, beams with pride at making the junior kayak finals at Salida’s storied FIBArk festival. Maddy brags that she can roll a kayak. Cardy, Dally ...

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