Month: January 2016

If Moms Treated Their Boss Like Their Kids Treat Them

Ever wonder what would happen if working moms treated their bosses like their kids treat them? The moms behind YouTube channel The BreakWomb did. So they created a video called “If Moms Treated Their Bosses The Way Kids Treat Their Moms” and the result is pretty hilarious. Warning: pee is involved.

Eldora Mountain Resort: Braving the Elements

Not all ski days are created equally and sometimes–no matter how great the resort–the weather just doesn’t cooperate. Thus describes last Saturday on the mountain. My husband was on a winter campout with the Scouts while my kids and I opted for the more sane option: skiing Eldora Mountain Resort.  Or so we thought.  Eldora is a true local’s mountain. You won’t see fur collars or high-speed lifts here. Eldora is for the purists, where brown-bag lunches reign and the RTD “N”  route conveniently delivers oodles of skiers from downtown Boulder 21 miles up the canyon to the base, avoiding the I-70 gridlock. With just 680 skiable acres, this resort is about quality, not quantity as upslope snow storms provide sensational snow, backed ...

New Year’s resolution: how to eat more healthy fats from goodnessknows

Did you resolve to live healthier in 2016? We’re here to help you stick to your resolutions! Did you know that the human brain is made up of 60% fat? So, in order to have a smarter and a healthier brain, you need to be feeding your brain the right kinds of fat. Gone are the days of a “low fat” diet or a “no fat” diet. Our family’s diets need an “oil change” so we are consuming a “right fat” diet for our kids’ developing brains. We’re teaming up with goodnessknows to bring you some easy ideas for making good choices in 2016. Each serving of their snack squares contains 100 milligrams of naturally-occurring cocoa flavanols – the good stuff found inside cocoa beans. With flavors like cranberry, almond, dark chocolate; app...

Dad’s great rejection to his son’s allowance advance

Nothing like the bank of hard knocks to teach a financial lesson. This 6-year-old asked Dad for an advance on his allowance for a toy and this creative rejection letter from “DAD Savings and Loan,” was denied due to “insufficient funds and a history of not doing your chores.”   Want to lodge a complaint? “If you would like to refute this decision, you can contact our complaint department.” Insert Mom’s number. The post on Imgur has been viewed more than 4 million times since being posted Thursday on Reddit where several commenters had a helpful suggestion for the boy: Try Grandma, Inc. With the motto of “Because, apparently I look like I’m made of money,” parents everywhere should become a part of “Dad Savings...

Humor: Moms I have been (and my reality)

We have all done it—second-guessed ourselves. Our innate parenting ability is only as good as the next mom. And we give her the side-eye, trying to be as inconspicuous as possible, noting her clothing, her demeanor, her stroller, her physique, and even her snacks. Over the past 12 years, ever since my oldest son came hurling from my vagina almost six weeks early, I have second-guessed the mother I am more times than I can count, and have tried on the shoes of many of the other types of moms I have seen. Sporty mom. We all know one—the woman in her Lululemon yoga pants and cute halter sports bra/top. Her hair is expertly tousled to appear effortless, though it probably took an hour of coaxing and teasing to achieve the look. This mom achieved her pre-baby body like five minutes after delive...

This hilarious Bieber parody celebrates the joy of turning 40

“When it comes to twerking, I think I”m an underachiever.” And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Those who have hit the age 40 milestone will be able to relate to the latest video of “40” from the Holderness Family. This parody of “Sorry” by Justin Bieber pokes fun at date nights that start at 5:30 p.m. but the real message is that it’s liberating to stop caring about what others think of you and fall asleep in bed with a book at the time when 20-somethings are just heading out for the night.

25+ Free Winter Activities in Denver 2016

Visit Denver has some of the Mile High City’s greatest winter attractions, tours and events for FREE.  DENVER ZOO FREE DAYS (COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY) WHEN: Free Days: Jan. 8, 9, 21, 31; Feb. 1 & 18, 2016 WHERE: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. Go say hello to the animals for free four times this fall. The Denver Zoo, located in City Park, spans over 75 acres and is home to over 4,000 animals including rare amur leopards, okapi, black rhinoceros, elephants, vampire bats, orangutan, Komodo dragons and more! DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE FREE DAY (COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY) WHEN:  Jan. 25, Feb. 7, March 7 2016  WHERE: 2001 Colorado Blvd. Explore the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, a maze filled with treasures of the earth – dinosaurs, dioramas, space exhi...

Denver Deal: Free Days, Smiling Moose, Stock Show and More

I have often thought that New Year’s and the resolutions that go along with it are typically something NEW. Something different from what I’ve done in years past. Like somehow, going “back” is well…going backwards. But this year one of my resolutions was to do more hiking. This is something I have often enjoyed – after a great hike on Saturday. I realized that going back to what you love is in no way going backward. Rather, it is one step ahead in a direction I’d like to go.  Stock Show. The National Western Stock Show and VISIT DENVER have joined together to say thank you and celebrate the passing of ballot measure 2C with a FREE day at the 2016 Stock Show.  Denver voters and all stock show fans will receive free grounds admiss...

We love Ellen’s surprise for this deaf mom

Deaf mother of two Sarah had received her first hearing device just eight days before she sat down to talk to Ellen. Born with DNA that caused her hairs in the middle ears to keep from forming, Sarah was thrilled to finally be able to hear everything from her children’s voices to birds to her husband’s snoring (OK, she was less thrilled about that).  The procedure that allows Sarah to hear costs $30,000 per ear, and her generous mother-in-law Lari cashed in her retirement savings to pay for Sarah’s hearing device in one ear.  Ellen was so touched by Lari’s selfless act of kindness that she decided to invite the entire family on her show and as always, she has an incredible surprise for them all. 

“Norm of the North” may leave parents cold, but kids should get a laugh

The good thing about going to the movies with my children is that they tend not to be very discerning about what’s on offer and instead take a lot of pleasure from the cinematic experience itself: large, darkened theater, booming surround sound, cushy folding seats, and, of course, popcorn. Heck, I took them to a screening of a rather dry and highly technical documentary film about space exploration and they still said they enjoyed it, despite the abundance of dialogue between astrophysicists about concepts only PhDs really understand. I had been disappointed to spend the money on the film, but the kids reassured me, “It was great, Mom!”   “What did you think? What did you like about it?” I was certain it had all gone over their heads.   “Every...

Child struggling in school? What makes Denver’s Universal Achievement Tutoring different

Do you have a child who struggles in school? My bright, hilarious, spirited daughter has always hated math and we’ve had a number of tutors do a great job building her skills since she was in third grade. More than a year ago, I had Jake Gamsky, founder of Universal Achievement Tutoring, reach out to me. I initially put him off but he was persistent and I’m so glad he was. Last fall, we switched to Universal Achievement Tutoring. From the very start, our sessions with enthusiastic tutor Stacey were different. It wasn’t just about the schoolwork–the Universal Achievement program empowers students to succeed inside AND outside the classroom by incorporating exercise, nutrition education, and positive psychology training into the in-home tutoring session...

Why Elephants Are Retiring From Ringling Bros. Circus

(Associated Press) The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all of its touring elephants in May. The move comes amid increasing scrutiny of circus elephant acts with local governments passing “anti-circus” and “anti-elephant” ordinances in response to concerns over animal cruelty. The circus’s parent company, Feld Entertainment, told The Associated Press exclusively that all of the iconic elephants will be permanently retired to the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation, located between Orlando and Tampa. The company announced in March that it would retire the full herd to the center by 2018. But once officials began planning details, they realized “we could actually do this a lot sooner” because bu...