Its that time of year again. Time to honor us. We tried to pack in a little adventure, relaxation, indulgence and Colorado fun into this year’s Mother’s Day contest. You can enter each contest separately and enter them all if you please right here. I think I have gathered up my largest giveaway of goodies for moms EVER! We have camps—for moms and kids—, crafts, home decor, food, healthier food and maybe even a cleanse as well. Here’s to us!
First up, Vela Adventure. Both Amber and I got into the summer adventure mode with these ladies last year. My camp of choice was stand up paddle boarding and yoga. The camp over delivered in every one of my expectations. At every Camp Vela adventure, the outing includes professional instruction, any necessary equipment, guide gratuity, snacks, beverages, catered lunch, a dedicated photo link and more. Please see my story here: http://www.velaadventures.com/blog/archives/07-2014 for my adventure from last year. The winner can choose her camp of choice. Here’s to mom getting dropped off at camp this summer without having to pack herself a lunch!
Prize: Vela Day Camp
Retail Value: $150
SupperBell–Chef-inspired meals delivered to your door
Picture this: My in-laws were in town and I was juggling my kids’ soccer, play rehearsal, piano lessons and Cub Scouts. What’s a busy mom to do? I ordered SupperBell, Denver’s answer to dinner with chef-inspired meals. This new meal-delivery service was started by local Denver parents with big families. They were looking for a convenient and cost-effective way to feed their family nutritious and delicious meals when no one felt like cooking. They use fresh and local ingredients to prepare meals the day they are delivered. My family’s favorites were the steak and frites, the lemon-herb chicken practically melted in our mouth and the gold mashed potatoes were unanimously a favorite (menus change regularly). All meals are delivered chilled and never frozen. All I had to do was pop them in the oven or microwave and we had a restaurant-quality meal at our own dinner table…and we definitely impressed the in-laws! -AJ
Prize: SupperBell gift card
Retail Value: $50 (prior to entering, go here to see if they deliver to your zipcode; if not, be sure to request it!)
Glazed and Confuzed
Straight from the donut’s hole: Roses are red, violets are blue, wife’s have kids and husbands who need to win a little love from Glazed and Confuzed! This one-of-a-kind sweet factory is a favorite treat for my family. Their baked goods are so unique; not your typical donuts. Last week we indulged in my kiddos’ favorites chocolate and vanilla, and they had one flavor that happens to me my quirky favorite in flavor for ice cream, candy, etc.—green tea! Don’t miss this flavor if available. Flavors change daily, but classics are always freshly baked. Denver editorial agrees, being named one of the best donut shops by Thrillist and more. The shop is giving away an extra large donut, perfect for birthdays or summer parties.
Prize: One Large Party Donut
Retail Value: $35
There are two things of which Mom can never have too many: shoes and handbags. We have a new obsession for you! Hedgren is a popular European bag company that is finally available in the U.S. and is Boulder-based. They have a variety of fabulous totes, colorful handbags, backpacks and travel gear that are perfect for Mother’s Day gifts and beyond. We especially like the Hedgren Kaci Tote, a fabulous tote with lots of practical pockets in a variety of spring colors including Gold and Blue with a fun pop of color in the interior lining. The Hedgren Leah Tote has a stylish design featuring a zip top, front zip pocket as well as back pockets, long handles for easy carrying and lots of great space inside the bag.
Prize: The Hedgren Kaci Tote
Retail value: $99
Great Play of Cherry Creek
Next one on the list is Great Play of Cherry Creek, and let’s be honest, five days of free camp is music to any mommy’s ears! Not only five free days of camp for the little one, Great Play of Cherry Creek’s philosophy focuses on safe, healthy, sport utilizing core fine and gross motor skills at the root of all play. For kids who have no background in sports, to little league stars, Great Play of Cherry Creek offers a phenomenal introduction to all Colorado sport activities.
Prize: Five Days of Camp
Retail Value: $175.00
Show of Hands
Show of Hands in Cherry Creek North has always featured gifts, jewelry and home décor from local Colorado artists and selected national and international artisans. Over 250 individuals craftsman consistently rotate and produce new and unique pieces specifically for this creative expose and mecca. This 40-year-old gallery in the heart of Cherry Creek, that also boasts FREE parking in front of the shop, showcases such unique and hard-to-find accessories and decor, it’s hard not to take up one of those free parking spots all day. Need one of these handmade items for your home? Show of Hands will be giving away to one lucky mom, a heart felt and beautiful piece of jewelry from their collection. It reads: The greatest thing she learned is that there is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.
Retail Value: $54.00
Neighborhood Music Stapleton
Neighborhood Music Stapleton is opening a brand new facility this spring! On May 17, this incredible music organization, will move to a brand new gorgeous, 14-room studio in the heart of Stapleton for easy access for all! Whatever you OR your child might be interested in, they have it. Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Violin, Mandolin, Drums, Banjo, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone and more can be explored in this music school setting. There’s not just traditional lessons either. You can also enroll in group song or instrument as well as the school’s incredible summer programming and concert series. This really is Denver’s newest School of Rock! Neighborhood Music Stapleton is giving away two amazing prizes for moms this month. All you need to do is enter one time for this prize and the first winner chosen will be given her pick of program and the second winner chosen can receive the alternate choice. Looks like we are giving moms lots of options to kids out and in to some fun culture this summer.
Prize: One month of private music lessons, include one 30 minute lesson per week! Students can also opt to do the
“Try It” Program, which gives students the opportunity to try a different instrument every week for four weeks.
Retail Value: $115.00
Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Musical Theater
Summer Camp (Ages 8-13 yrs)
June 22-26th Mon-Fri 9 AM- Noon
Final performance: June 26th at 5:30 PM Cost: $150 Limit: 15 students
A musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides. Roles for male and female students! Camp will culminate in a full performance.
Retail Value: $150.00
Still need to enroll your little one into classes and camps for the summer? I told you, I got this covered! We really got moms a little break this summer. Belly Bliss, Cherry Creek’s nearly 7-year-old success story, is precious. How could it not be? They offer everything for moms-to-be to moms of kids! Babies – how is that not precious? From massage to yoga to accupuncture to kids’ art to stroller workout classes, this studio truly encompasses it all for mamas.This summer the studio is offering programming at a phenomenal rate; the most affordable in Cherry Creek! Camps include yoga, crafts, story adventures, safari explorations and more. Enter to win a FREE week-long half-day camp at Belly Bliss. There is also FREE parking at this location in Cherry Creek North. Check out their website for age requirements for various camps.
Prize: Week-Long Half Day Camp
Retail Value: $175.00
This delightful spread is a nutrient-rich tasty treat that that can be seamlessly incorporated into any mom’s hectic routine. Kolat is a healthy blend of fruit, nuts and spices, naturally full of antioxidants, essential minerals, healthy fats, and phytonutrients. Plus it has 50% of the Recommended Daily Value of vitamins per serving, so that your entire family’s minds & bodies can thrive! Ok – now the interesting part, it has received over a half-dozen major awards from 5280, food-based publications and other lifestyle outlets. Jess, the lovely genius behind this brand, has made me want to eat apples again. She is launching 4 more new flavors early this spring. Moms everywhere can be proud of Jess and her healthy snack line, she does it all here in Colorado. Win a prize pack of a jar of each of her 4 original flavors.
Prize: Assorted Kolat Pack
Retail Value: $40.00
Alive on Canvas
Are you a DIY queen in need of a new project? Highlight some of your favorite keepsakes on a canvas? Through this company moms can create Keepsake Art Collages using memorable items, like the outfit your child wore home from the hospital, recital dresses, sports uniforms or anything close to your heart. This could be a mom’s dream or a Pinterest overload situation. Whichever it is, get crafty this summer with the help of someone else, they can do the dirty work for you.
Prize: A gift certificate in the amount of $175.00. The winner can buy the DIY book and a 16 x 20 printed starter canvas OR put that amount toward other retail options fro Alive on Canvas.
Retail Value: $175.00
Pressed Juice Daily
Pressed Juice Daily is cold, pressed, organic juice in a variety of flavors for health conscious mamas to enjoy. PJD is a staple in my house, I’m addicted to the almond milk, immunity shot and citrus 3. It is the easiest and most efficient way to incorporate raw fruits and veggies into any diet. Plus, their immunity shots are packaged in the cutest little glass bottles, perfect for slipping in a purse or bag, and a way to upkeep a healthy and happy lifestyle when there are 1,000 other things on your plate—none of them being food! The two guys behind the juice are pretty darling as well. They cater to all types of body types and diets. Adam and Christian respect anyone’s moment towards a healthier lifestyle. They are usually on hand at their central Denver location, on Broadway, to answer any questions, make recommendations or introduce you to one of their 20+ flavors and mixes. For moms, in case you indulged a bit too hard over Mother’s Day, we have a one-day cleanse to reboot the system and get you hydrated for summer’s adventures.
Prize: One Day Cleanse
Retail Value: $60.00
Simplified Bedding is a new bedding product specifically designed for children, teens and adults who really want a quick-fix in the morning as to not to make a complicated bed. This product is an integrated bedding system that combines a high quality cotton duvet cover and flat sheet into one seamless and sleek bedding solution — providing simple bed make-up, tangle-free sleeping and easy laundering. Easy laundry? Sign us up. And, also sign me up for someone to do this laundry for me. Heck, even change the sheets for me is possible. Moms . . always thinking about other moms.
Prize: Twin size bedding system OR a queen size bedding system. Winner can pick!
Retail Value: $159.00 -$189.00.
Xtend Barre Highlands Ranch
You’re a busy mom with not much time for yourself. But we have just the answer for you. The newest and most advanced workout is here, and it can be yours FREE for 2 months! Xtend Barre Highlands Ranch offers that unique combination of ballet, Pilates and cardio adrenaline-fueled workout, giving you that sleek, chiseled body you long for. In each 55-minute class, you lengthen and strengthen all body parts while having a blast and making new friends. And no worries! No need to know how to dance to join in. They go beyond the traditional Xtend Barre classes and also offer TRX classes as well as Xtend Stride which is a combo of a 20-minute jog/run around the Dad Clark Park Trails. Their instructors guide everyone through the easy-to-follow moves, where you will feel strong, graceful and excited to come back for more.
Prize: Two months of free classes
Retail value: $159/month
Contest CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND THANK YOU TO THE PARTICIPATING COMPANIES!