Month: June 2016

Cool Off this Summer at Colorado’s Best Beaches

Beaches are one of the best-kept secrets of land-locked Colorado with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains that you won’t typically find along ocean coastlines. Whether it’s sunbathing, camping, watersports or building sandcastles, a Colorado summer beach vacation will provide plenty of adventure and relaxation. Colorados Best Beaches  Bear Creek State Park. (Lakewood) The sandy swim beach at Big Soda Lake is perfect for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., there are picnic sites, a playground, two sand volleyball courts, a conession stand and a lap swimming lane.  Dillon Reservoir (Frisco). The Frisco Bay Marina at Lake Dillon allows visitors to enjoy flat-water activities such as boat rentals and guided boat tours, ca...

Westin Family Weekends: Our Fun Denver Staycation

One of the many little slivers of wisdom I share with my kids is how lucky they are to grow up close to a major city. There are countless ways to explore cultural offerings and we are a family that loves to take advantage of all Denver has to offer. But there’s a downside. We never get the chance to play tourist in our own city. Recently, we had the opportunity to see Denver through a fresh lens. When kids enter a hotel room, the best thing to do is stand back and watch their reactions. It’s a BED! And another?! It’s a window! Look at these little SOAPS! They like to christen the bathroom, try on the robes, stake a claim on a bed, and determine what to order from the room service menu, if presented with such a magical opportunity. I still feel this way when I travel, sometimes. There is so...

Deals: CycleBar, 4th of July, and Bass Pro Shop

I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine. I was talking about food. I eat it. I like most foods and I think I must be pretty lucky that I LOVE fruits and vegetables but she eats food because it is fuel (she’s an athlete). How much do you think about the food you eat? Do you think about what it is doing for you and your body? I recently came across Well & Company (that same guy you see on channel 9 – James Rouse)  Their gluten-free, non GMO products are positioned to help improve your mood, reduce stress and aid in restful sleep (not to mention one is a CHOCOLATE snack). Want to try it? You have a chance to win one of 2 raffles. Each will include a Rest Well, Wake Well, Revive Well and Indulge Well Chocolates. When you enter on their facebook page, ju...

4th of July Celebrations in Denver 2016

The Fourth of July weekend in Denver boasts plenty of family-friendly events that include the Star-Spangled Splash at Boulder Reservoir, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Independence Eve at Civic Center Park and Park Hill 4th of July Parade, Denver’s largest Independence Day march. Go to our event calendar for additional information.  Family Adventure Quest at Copper Mountain, Colo  July 1 – 2  Families of all ages are encouraged to spend their Fourth of July weekend at Copper Mountain, Colo., and take part in the inaugural Copper Family Adventure Quest on July 2. The Copper Adventure Quest, presented by the Kids Adventure Games, will offer families a chance to experience an adventure course like no other with zip lines, mud pits, slacklines, cargo nets, trekking, ...

15+ crafts, recipes and fun for Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and what could be more fun than throwing a red-, white- and blue-themed bash!? There are so many fantastically creative ideas out there and we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorites. These popcorn lollipops are adorable. ===== Kids could make these Oreo pops at your party. ===== It’s an oldie but a goodie: patriotic Jell-o.28 ===== Easy and cute mini banana splits.===== Marshmallow and fruit kabobs. Fruit pizza. If there is fruit in it, it’s gotta be healthy, right? ===== Antipasto kabobs for that picnic.===== Who knew Red Vines could be so patriotic! Great to handout before the fireworks. ===== For a great beverage, get some shaved ice and flavored liquid. Put a strawberry on top and you’re good to go! ===== Who says holiday...

goodnessknows you’ll have a blast with these adventures along Ralston Creek Trail

Last Wednesday, Mile High Mamas partnered with goodnessknows snack squares to host a group ride in celebration of Bike to Work Day. We met at an official Bike to Work station behind Arvada’s City Hall where we fueled up with complimentary breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls and, of course, goodnessknows snack squares. Our group of about 20 riders then set out along this beautiful route as we made a few playground stops, played in the creek, climbed trees, discovered a secret bike park with a rope swing and had the time of our lives.  The important thing about Bike to Work Day’s city-wide campaign is it encourages people of all ages to get outside and be active. I was thrilled to ride a darling goodnessknows-themed Public Bike with a basket chock full of goodn...

Summer in Arvada: 20+ Activities for Your Family!

We welcome you to Arvada! Located just 15 minutes from Downtown Denver, Arvada manages to balance the business and commerce of a major metropolitan area with eclectic, small-town charm.  As you’ll see, we have lots to offer residents and visitors alike.  So grab your hiking boots, fishing pole, and dancing shoes and come play with us.  We promise there’s something for everyone, and that you’ll soon understand why Arvada was named one of America’s most livable cities by msn.com in 2015.  Arvada: a wonderful place to live, work and play!   Every summer, Arvada offers tons of activities for residents and visitors alike.  Rain or shine, spend a fun day in Arvada!   What to do under the Colorado bluebird skies Head down to the Apex Center for a fun d...

Meet the App Changing Parenting at a Monthly Growth Rate of 39%

When ParentsWare first conceptualized OurPact, they knew success was on their heels. It was only a matter of time before remote screen time management would become a conventional parenting measure. OurPact, ParentsWare’s free iOS application. Internet and apps vanish at-a-touch or through recurring schedules set up within parent’s phones or tablets, transforming an all-too-common parenting conundrum into an effortless undertaking. The launch of OurPact in February 2015 was perfectly timed; the market was ripe for picking, and no similar solution was available – nor able – to operate effectively under Apple’s stringent guidelines. In tandem with release, a goal was set by the team to acquire 150,000 users by year’s end. Within the first two weeks of 2016, their user ...

FREE ivivva Coast to Coast Festival at Cheeseman Park

Summer air, sunset views and yoga will culminate in one epic night at Cheeseman Park. The event, hosted by every girls’ favorite active wear line, ivivva, will celebrate movement and confidence. This June  young women and their families will connect at the iconic marble pavilions for a one-of-a-kind festival in the heart of our city.  ivivva Cherry Creek and Park Meadows have planned an evening to be remembered. Expect to be swept away into a world of free expression, dance, motivation and new connections. Participants can look forward a stretch and flow led by Denver’s most influential instructors, Dreams&Goals sessions happening a dusk, a DJ featured dance party, multiple food trucks and so much more. Best of all, the entire event is comp...

Fun Friday: Water Activities for Kids

Every Friday during the summer, we’ll feature five fun activities for kids.  All you need is a slide, a tarp and a sprinkler and you’ve created a fun splash pad for a slide.   2. This DIY kiddie car wash is absolutely perfect for summer outdoor fun, easy to build, and something the kiddos absolutely LOVE. 3. This is a fun water relay game but the twist? Poke holes in the cup! 4. Sure, the limbo is fun but what about Sprinkler Limbo? This easy and fun DIY jtakes PVC pipe. 5. Win mom of the Year by transforming pool noodles and a tarp into a backyard hockey rink.

Best foods to keep kids hydrated this summer from Sprouts

Does anyone feel overwhelmed with the daily amount of water your body needs to stay hydrated? I’ve seen so many statistics on this matter–from drinking half your body weight to the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation of 91 ounces of fluids per day for women.  But what was the one thing I didn’t factor in? Twenty percent of our fluid intake comes from food.  I learned this nifty fact and so many more hydration tips from Registered Dietitians Suzanne Farrell as we toured a Sprouts Farmers Market. We all know that water is the cornerstone for all body functions and is the most abundant substance in the body. It helps lubricate joints, maintain our body temperature, weight management, digestion, skin, and even our mood and energy levels. Foods wit...

9 family friendly events in Denver this weekend

There are plenty of events in Denver including Sand in the City, Everything Baby Expo, Culture on the Green and more. See our event calendar for additional information Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens June 23, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Go here for a full list of Denver free days. Sand in the City at Ralston Park  June 25  – 26, 6:00 pm The Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s 4th annual Sand in the City Festival is Colorado’s premier beach party, expected to attract 15,000+ visitors this year. The two-day festival offers fun for the whole family! See GIANT sand sculptures, enjoy local food & artisan vendors, a kid zone with buried treasure, live music, craft beer, & more. Everything Baby Expo at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton June 26, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm The Everything Ba...

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