Month: June 2014

Cooking with Kids: How to make homemade pretzels

I’ve never considered myself a pretzel fan until my daughter Hadley and I devoured cinnamon-sugar pretzels as big as our heads from Styria Bakery at Christkindl Market. It was then that I had a life-altering realization: I don’t prefer salty but how I love sweet. That pretty much sums up my entire existence. My kids love to help me in the kitchen. My mother-in-law gave Hadley some fun cookbooks for Christmas so we’ve been doing a lot of baking. One of her favorites is Paula Deen’s My First Cookbook. What I like about it: this cookbook lays out everything they’ll need for each recipe–not just the ingredients but also the cookware,  measuring spoons, cutting board, etc. The instructions are really basic, perfect for little chefs. What I don’t li...

Xtreme Hydrating: A Not-So-Serious Look at Pregnancy Hydration

As I round out of—quite literally—the end of the first trimester and waddle into my second, I’m already sick of drinking water. I make it my personal goal to drink an entire body of water every day—so that I can pee every fourteen seconds. Though I don’t always hit that goal—the drinking water goal. If I didn’t drink a drop of fluid all day long, I’d still pee every fourteen seconds because Mother Nature has a sense of humor. One that we don’t share.  I think the important question here isn’t how my body can retain so much water, and I not bloat out like the blueberry girl from Willie Wonka. The important question is why the heck do I need so much dang water: 1. Hydration Water carries nutrients to my baby—who happens to be the size of a lemon ...

Trash to Treasure: Playtime doesn’t have to be expensive with these ideas!

Sometimes as we struggle to keep kids busy and entertained we too easily look towards new toys and technology as the answer. Knowing which gadgets and toys are the best at keeping a child happy and educationally entertained can be both time consuming and eye popping in costs. The good news is you and your child (or classroom) have plenty of educationally fun activities right under your nose; you just need to know where to look!  Providing children with “open-ended materials” enables them to be creative, use their imagination, allows for longer periods of “playtime” and encourages opportunities to engage with other children. Open-ended materials are just that, open-ended! They are materials that may be used for a variety of purposes don’t include complicated instructions or rules. Pape...

Win 4 VIP tickets to How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Saturday!

The Fandango Family is giving away a family four-pack of tickets for an advance screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2. The screening will take place this Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. in Highlands Ranch and will include free snacks and prizes.    Please note: Do not enter below unless you are able to attend Saturday’s pre-screening. Contest will be closed and the winner will be notified Thursday by 4 p.m.  About How to Train Your Dragon 2 It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped...

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Kool-aid Hair Dyeing for Tweens

I think most of us have a little rebel in us. Recently, my tween daughter asked me if she could die her hair… with Kool-Aid. Ahhh. That’s the kind of rebel I can handle! The idea of coloring hair with a drink packet was new to me, so we went where everyone goes searching for great ideas: Pinterest! And I was quickly schooled on Kool-Aid Hair Dyeing. So many strategies! So many photos! So many instructions! And still, it seemed simple enough so we pressed on. Here is our experience and the results: Preparation: Gather 1-5 Kool-Aid packets depending on the color of your hair and if you’ll be coloring all hair on just a section/tips. (Darker hair needs more color.) What’s fun about this is that the investment of time and money is extremely low. Kool-Aid packets cost about $.20 each. You’ll al...

Summer Means Free Concerts In Denver

Summer has always meant warm days, picnics and fun in parks. The one thing that could make that better? Make that a free concert, movie or other fun with friends and family. Pull out your blanket, picnic basket, or lawn chairs – just make sure you save me a seat! Please let us know what we missed. Alamo Drafthouse (at Aspen Grove) Fun Family Film Series. Pre-Show events begin at 7 p.m. and movies start at Dusk. June 11 – Wreck-it-Ralph; June 18 – Despicable Me 2; June 25 – Fantastic Mr. Fox; July 2 – The Lego Movie; July 9 – Big. Aspen Grove also offers Free YOGA on Saturday mornings (8 am. and 9 a.m.) bring your own mat (except first Saturday); Farmer’s Markets on Wednesdays and Paris Market on June 3; July 2; and August 2. Arvada Family-Thursday ...

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Independence Day! If you’re looking for activity/event ideas, don’t miss Colorado’s July 4th Celebrations. You’ll also love these 10 red, white and blue recipes to make your holiday extra festive including grilled corn, BBQ chicken macaroni salad, blueberry, strawberry and jicama salsa and more. You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.  ~Erma Bombeck  Mile High Mamas wishes you the happiest, safest and most enjoyable Independence Day ever!

Open Adoption: Does It Get Easier?

An adopting parent asks "Does open adoption get easier?" The answer to navigating ongoing open adoption relationships can be found by asking more questions.

Denver Deal: Donut Day, Grill Your Ace Off, Skyhawk Sports & More

As a parent, the propensity to be an actual “foodie” went out the window with macaroni and cheese served with chicken nuggets. I will say the older my kids get the more refined their taste (yes, my 14-year-old son actually likes and asks for sushi – like I can afford that). But when it comes to healthy AND refined? I believe I was like them in thinking that they were mutually exclusive terms. That is until I went to Humboldt last week (in the location that was once Strings – on the corner of 17th and Humboldt). While we were there we tried the best hamburger I believe I have tasted (and understand that it was voted best in Denver by Westword) bu beyond that – we tried the crispy broccoli. I have been dreaming of it since then! I have to go back and get more. P...

A Colorado Family’s Adventurous Summer at Sea

Imagine spending 66 days visiting 10 countries in Europe with your family this summer. Kara Williams is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime! Tell us about Semester at Sea and how did you hear about it? Semester at Sea (www.semesteratsea.org) is a “study abroad” program that focuses on global comparative studies. College students from all over the world travel to different ports of call (depending on the semester) aboard a ship called the M/V Explorer, taking classes that earn them up to 15 credits per semester from the University of Virginia — which then usually transfer over to their own colleges. My husband was a college student aboard a Semester at Sea ship in 1987. For him, traveling around the world at age 20 was a life-changing experience; he talks about ...

Get the gift dad or mom really wants with Car Spa’s mobile services (exclusive discount)

There are sounds that cause my heart to sing. Children playing. Birds chirping. Mountain streams rambling. And now, I have new item to add to my list: the sweet hum of a vacuum that I am not operating as a very capable team member from Car Spa deep cleans my car. My Honda Pilot is 11 years old and has been in dire need of an overhaul after years of children and stains.When Derrick from Car Spa reached out to advertise at Mile High Mamas a few months ago, I was overloaded and told him to follow up with me later. A car detail sounded marvelous but I honestly didn’t have the time to sit for copious amounts of time during the cleaning. And then he said the magic words that would delight any busy parent: “We’re a mobile car service and we come to you to clean or detail your ca...

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