Month: February 2016

Adorable toddler’s chocolate struggle

Staying awake: the struggle is real. But so is chocolate and sleepy-head Ben can barely keep his eyes open to eat his chocolate mousse. But it is chocolate, after all, and you’d better believe this toddler puts up a good fight.      

Sneak Peek: Denver Zoo’s New Tiger Exhibit and Traveling Exhibit

 Denver Zoo brings a grand offering to guests in 2016, with a new tiger exhibit, called The Edge opening this summer and a new traveling exhibit, Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea arriving in the fall. Located on almost a full acre on the southeastern edge of the park, The Edge will bring guests closer than ever to the Zoo’s Amur tigers. The expansive, open space will also offer several unique ways to safely connect with these magnificent creatures and to see them from multiple perspectives in yards that mimic their species’ native habitat. The Edge is tentatively scheduled to open to the public in late June. The Edge is made possible through a combination of $2.2 million Better Denver Bond Funds from the City and County of Denver and $300,000 from the Zoo. In its first visit to Denv...

8 things to do in Denver this weekend

For full listings and additional details, please go to our our events calendar.  Loveland Valentine Stamp Camp Feb 4, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Where: Foot Gallery/Auditorium, Loveland Museum Gallery Since 1947, people from all over the world have been sending valentines to Loveland to be cancelled with a stamp that sends greetings from the Sweetheart City. This Stamp Camp allows kids to come in and learn the history of the Loveland Re-Mailing Program, stamp their pre-made cards with the Loveland cachet, make their own valentine cards, visit with Miss Loveland Valentine and more. Chinese New Year Feb 6, 12 – 3 pm Where: Highlands Ranch Community Association The Lunar New Year or Spring Festival ushers in the Year of the Monkey in 2016, who is a clever animal and is frequently compared to a sm...

Can We Bully the Bullies?

She meandered across the street in front of my car and grinned at me with her braced teeth. “Take your time,” I mumbled. “She’s mean,” my son said from the passenger seat. “You know her?” “She’s in my choir. She’s a year older than me. Our teacher asked us to move over a little on the risers and when I did she said, ‘Take it easy, b—ch.’” I looked at the offender again, still grinning at me in a what are you going to do about it? kind of way. “Are you kidding?” I asked my son. “When did this happen?” “Two months ago.” Well, never mind that the insult didn’t even make any sense…I watched this girl with a new eye. Keep walking. But I’m watching you. ~ “I can’t go to sleep.” This statement, coming from my 14-year-old daughter, who covets her down time, was a little bit of a shock at 11:00 PM....

Ellen Introduces Kids to the Technology of Yesterday

Kids these days don’t know how good they have it. Ellen proved exactly that when she asked these kids to give their opinion of some outdated devices.

8 Fun Tips On Surviving a Snow Day With Your Kids

Happy Groundhog/Snow Day! With the snow hitting Colorado,  parenting expert Jo Frost has put together an exciting list of family activities to consider, rather than using up quality time on computers, mobile devices, television and other technology. “Let’s challenge ourselves to not rely on technology to babysit us but see it as a great opportunity to connect with our kids and be present,” says Frost. “While I hope some of you will be braving the cold and taking this chance to get out in the snow as a family, these are some handy ideas should you be snowed in.” “Object Storytelling”- Pick random objects from around the house and challenge your family to tell part of a made up story using their object. It’s great to exercise everyone...

Denver Deals: Free days, Super Bowl Deals and More!

This past weekend, I had the perfect Colorado weekend. Saturday I spent the day in the beautiful Colorado sunshine hiking. Then Sunday, I headed up to the mountains to my favorite location, Breckenridge to snowboard. But then I was also greeted with the I-70 traffic on the way home. Despite the traffic, I enjoyed every minute in my car – singing along with my favorite tunes (very loudly I must say).What does a perfect Colorado weekend look like for you?    Free Days: Friday, Feb 5 – Clyfford Stil Museum (it is actually free every Friday) 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb 6 – Denver Art Museum and Denver Firefighter’s Museum (Firefighter Museum will have lots of other fun activities that day). Sunday, Feb 7 – Denver Museum of Nature & Science as well as the Denver Museum of Minia...

14 Fun, Crafty and Delicious Valentine’s Day Ideas

I have decided there is no more polarizing holiday than Valentine’s Day. When I took an informal poll from my Facebook friends about how they celebrate the holiday, I felt like a Seahawk in a field of stampeding Broncos. I received a few helpful suggestions but mostly I was lambasted at even the thought of celebrating. And that made me pretty sad. Whatever your relationship status, Valentine’s Day should be about love. Not just romantic love but motherly love. Sibling love. Love of self. Lover of chocolate. (Note: the last two are unremittingly linked). So, whether you’re the Grinch that sulked on Valentine’s Day or you’re a lover at heart (ha, get it?), don’t miss these 14 ideas that will keep you swooning.

How (and when) to have the sex talk with your kids

When is the best time to talk with your kids about sex? Forget about waiting for the right time: there is no perfect time.  The answer is all the time/any time.  The trick is making sure that the message reflects your values, contains correct information and that what you are saying is age appropriate. So, what does age appropriate mean?  As a parent, you can assume that you know your child better than anyone else. A safe approach is to answering any question is to first ask child what he or she already knows.  Their response will inform you if they have real information or are misinformed.  Then give limited, brief responses. Avoid giving so much information that your child’s eyes begin to glaze over. Then wait till the next question is asked before you provide mo...

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