Month: October 2013

Five Healthy Halloween Treats for Kids

treats don’t have to be unhealthy to be creepilcious. So, with the help of Pinterest and a few creative spins on some spooktacular ideas, I've come up with a top 5 edible haunts for this Halloween.

Lakewood High School roars — and more — to win Katy Perry concert

They made a “lip dub” video, entered it into a national contest and won the big prize — a concert in their own school gym by recording star Katy Perry. That was beyond cool. But that was just the beginning. Students at Lakewood High School gathered at 5:30 a.m. Friday to watch Perry announce the winner from among five finalists and more than 1,000 submissions via live TV hook-up on “Good Morning America,” which sponsored the contest challenging high schools to produce videos geared to her uplifting hit called “Roar.” They erupted when they heard the news that the star would be appearing there a week later.

Family Volunteer Opportunities: Rake Up Colorado, Serve Up Thanksgiving or Adopt a Safeway Store!

Volunteers of America is looking for families to help rake limited-income seniors’ yards in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Take advantage of this group and family-friendly opportunity to help limited-income seniors with this important fall chore. YOU can make a difference! When:  Saturday, November 2nd, 9:0 – 3:00 p.m. (times are flexible) Where: Limited-income seniors’ yards in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties Who:    You and your family…children of all ages are welcome! What:   Volunteers will be assigned to rake leaves at seniors’ yards throughout their service area. Together, the goal is to serve 250 seniors through this one day of service. Sign-Up:  To sign-up to volunteer, please call Robin Sikora at...

My First Major Parenting Fail

I’ve had more than a few minor parenting fails so far:  I’ve put a diaper on backwards. I’ve stuck his foot in his own waste. I’ve poured milk into bottles with no bottoms, twice.  I’ve set our sleep training schedule back a few times because of either my need to hold him RIGHT NOW, or because I am not watching the clock. I’ve accidentally scratched him.  He peed on our kitchen knives! All of them!  I’ve gotten frustrated, I’ve gotten stressed, I’ve fallen asleep when I shouldn’t have. Still these fails are minor at best. Right? Minor until recently when I had a major parenting fail.  See, I went to Park Meadows Mall. PARK MEADOWS FREAKING MALL.  In my mind, I saw the mall as a peaceful sanctuary of elegant piano music, shiny floo...

Is my preschooler overscheduled? Four important activities

While it’s definitely important to expose your child to different activities, for physical, cognitive and emotional development, it’s also important to know just how much is too much? When it comes to structured activities, this doesn’t include daycare or preschool, children ages one to five years old have an attention span of about thirty minutes, and children five to eight years old have attention spans that are closer to one hour. Try to choose activities accordingly so that your child is able to stay focused for the majority of the class. When exploring options and picking a class, we recommend thinking about the following: 1) Consider your child’s interests and pick activities based on what they like (so far!) 2) Expose them to as many different types of activities over their early ye...

Nightmare on Curtis Street: A Spooky Staycation at Denver’s Quirkiest Hotel

Here’s the thing about haunted hotels. I’ve always been fascinated by them but when push comes to shove, do I really want a ghost encounter giving me nightmares? That answer is a resounding “NO!” But Nightmare on Curtis Street,  on the other hand, is more up my haunted alley.  The Curtis- a DoubleTree by Hilton in the heart of Denver has dreamed up a fun staycation for Denver families to have a memorable…and fun Halloween! Their package includes: ·         Overnight accommodations on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 on the 13th floor (which is “haunted” and has loads of spooky characters roaming around!)

Contentment: Is it Being Fulfilled or Settling?

There is something about this time of year that fills me with so much contentment. I consider this to be such a great thing! I feel that “contentment” can sometimes get a bad rap for being viewed as “settling.” But I see it differently… Being in my early thirties it is easy to always be in an “I want” mentality. I want to go further in my career, better job, I want to earn more, (or some days) I want to be able to stay home, I want a better house, I want a better car, I want to travel, I want, I want, I want. 

Denver Deal: Monster Ford, Symphony, & YMCA

I love Fall. We never really know what weather we will encounter, we finally get to pull those sweaters out and we get Pumpkin everything. Fall also seems to mean a lot more events including Halloween happenings, Symphony season, football (Go Broncos) and more. Ford Fun A Ford F-150 dressed up in a monster Halloween costume will be at participating Denver Ford stores.  Get a photo with the “Monster” Ford F-150, participate in Fall fun with snacks, music, and activities, and drop off new costumes or accessories at the following locations: Tuesday, October 15: Lakewood Ford, 3pm-7pm (11595 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood 80215.  Wednesday, October 16:  Sill-TerHar Ford, 2pm-7pm (150 Alter St, Broomfield 80020).  Thursday, October 17:  Longmont Ford, 3pm-7pm (235 Alpine St, Longmont 80501)  Friday, Octo...

Perfect Fall Recipe: CrockPot Apple Sauce

Not much beats homemade apple sauce and making it in the crockpot will make the house smell heavenly and feel just like fall.  Plus, using the crockpot is a great way to make a healthy snack without a lot of work. Apple sauce is a wonderful snack.  Its texture and sweetness make it a comfort food – reminding us of childhood.  For me, it brings me back to my grandparent’s kitchen.  My grandpa always had a big pot of apple sauce going.  I think if he was able to try my version, he’d be impressed.

Colorado Amendment 66: Is it right for schools?

Mail-in ballots on their way to voters this week carry a question with far-reaching impact on the way Coloradans tax themselves and spend money on education. Amendment 66 asks for a $950 million tax increase to fund a recently passed law, Senate Bill 213, that would implement school reform and change the way the state distributes dollars to its 178 school districts. The new law touches on many aspects of school finance, starting with changing the way the state counts student enrollment. It also intends to channel more money toward early-childhood education, at-risk students, English-language learners, charter schools and locally determined innovations such as longer school days and years. Advocates frame the tax increase as a crucial investment in education that will vault Colorado into a ...

Win Tickets to Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music!”

CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNERS KATY G. AND ELIASHA T! Mark your calendar for monsters becoming musicians in Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” on Friday, Nov. 22 – Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at the Bellco Theater. Elmo, The Count, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie and all their funny and furry friends are taking to the stage to share the magical world of music with children. When Jenny, the new Sesame Street music teacher, moves into town, her instruments get lost. Jenny’s new Sesame Street friends quickly come to her rescue, and they all discover “instruments” that they never knew existed…rubber duckies, trash can lids and even their own laps! The characters teach children, and themselves, that everyone has the ability to make beautiful music, wh...

How America cultivated a generation of obesity

In 1972, a Las Vegas businessman named Len Frederick introduced a new kind of lunch to cash-strapped schools eager to see their cafeterias turn a profit. Instead of chicken or meatloaf, carrots and a carton of milk, students could eat hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries, and drink milkshakes or soda. All Frederick had to do to square his “combo meals” with national nutrition standards was fortify them with vitamins and add a sprinkle of wheat germ to the buns. Pickles counted as a required vegetable. As historian Susan Levine recounts in her 2008 book “School Lunch Politics,” Las Vegas students lined up eagerly for the new fast-food-style menu, and the schools made money. But in 1978, a food critic found that given the freedom to pick and choose, most children wer...