Month: November 2016

Holiday Events and Festivities at Colorado’s Ski Resorts

As temperatures drop in the mountains and the weather forecast finally says snow, Colorado’s resorts are ready to ring in the winter holidays with lodging packages, fun family activities, and a variety of festive holiday events. Featuring sleigh rides, torchlight parades, holiday fine dining on the mountain, skiing with Santa in his natural habitat, and New Year’s fireworks across the state, guests at Colorado’s ski resorts can celebrate the winter holidays as they were meant to be experienced. Below are highlights of some of the holiday activities and programs visitors can enjoy in the coming weeks: Arapahoe Basin Santa and his Elf Visit, December 24 Celebrate Christmas Eve with the A-Basin family. Santa is rumored to be making an appearance from 10 am to noon in the base area and w...

How to make an advent calendar!

 Fill your home up to the chimney with fun (and give Santa a grin) by making your very own Merry Matchbox DIY Advent Calendar with Lost My Name.  Each matchbox drawer houses a giggly activity you can do with your little ones: drawing challenges, Christmas-themed dress up, reindeer interviews and such like. Kids turn each drawer around with every complete task, slowly revealing a smiley, colorful new Santa. Simply download the Cheerful Challenges below and follow the ten simple steps to learn how to make your very own Merry Matchbox DIY Advent Calendar. A perfect craft idea for a cold afternoon. Step 1 Stack and glue your matchboxes to make a mini chest of drawers. Three boxes across, eight high. Step 2 Paint the whole thing snowy white, and leave to dry. Step 3 Draw an outline of...

Need a to Plan a Kid’s Party or Parents’ Night Out? Win a Karaoke Party for 25!

I don’t care how old you are…there’s an inner Dancing Queen in all of us. Wait. I’ve got to back this up. Years ago, a friend of mine told me about a magical venue in another state where you could rent private rooms and sing karaoke. I was secretly jealous that she had experienced such a place and wished the same enchanted experience, where I could spend the evening with a microphone in my hand as I danced the night away. Well, guess what, Denver? That place is here. The minute I heard that Voicebox had opened in the RiNo District downtown, I knew I had to try it. I invited my friends and their kids to check out their largest suite, which accommodates up to 25 people, and we all counted the days and added to our playlists until it was time to go. We weren’t disappointed. This is not your a...

Denver Deals: Cyber Week, FREE skiing at Keystone

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? We always enjoy watching the (FREE) Parade of Lights, making our way to an ice skating rink somewhere and zoo lights. This year we are pretty excited to be trying the Botanic Garden’s blossoms of light as well as the Botanic Garden’s at Chatfield Walk. Red Bull Flying Bach. You are invited to an exclusive limited time 2-for-1 Sunday ticket offer Dec. 2-4 for the Red Bull Flying Bach at the Buell Theater!  In a clash of cultures Red Bull Flying Bach turns the international classical music world upside down. World champion b-boy crew Flying Steps visualizes and revives Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier in a creative performance that combines classical music and urban culture. Note by note. Step by step. With piano, harps...

FREE Breakfast with Santa & More at Outlets at Castle Rock

What could be better than a delicious breakfast with Santa? A FREE breakfast with Santa!  That’s right, Santa is in the house on Friday, Dec. 2. and this is one of many fun events on tap this holiday season at the Outlets at Castle Rock.   Friday, Dec. 2 – ‘Breakfast with Santa’: Outlets at Castle Rock is inviting the entire community to come out and celebrate the countdown to Christmas during the most important meal of the day – breakfast! Flippin’ Flapjacks will be providing free pancakes from 9AM-10AM and Santa will be visiting to say hello to Colorado families and kids. For additional details, please visit:  http://www.outletsatcastlerock.com/event/breakfast-with-santa/2145465599/  Sunday, Dec. 4 – ‘Santa Cares’ Creates Holiday Magic for Child...

Where to donate toys (or your time) this holiday season

‘Tis the season for giving and receiving. While the holidays are a time to celebrate the blessings in our lives, so many of our neighbors go without. Here are some ways you can brighten a child or family’s life for Christmas. Santa’s Elves of Denver. Are you looking for a way to be Elfish this holiday season? Kids Giving to Kids and is about being great moms and dads and teaching children how to give back. They focus on giving, rather than getting – and showing children how they can help neighbors.  Their mission is to inspire life-long giving in all ages, especially children so they design opportunities for others to make a difference in the lives and communities around them. When your child is an elf, they get to experience giving first-hand, b...

Colorado’s Best Holiday Festivities, Adventures & Gifts

The holidays aren’t complete without snow, hot-cocoa and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Celebrate this holiday season by riding to dinner in a snow-cat driven sleigh or making ornaments in the heart of downtown Aspen. Discover Mesa Verde National Park by lantern or explore beautiful Victorian homes decorated for the holidays as they would have been one-hundred years ago. Top off these events and experiences with Colorado-crafted gifts for loved ones including Colorado spirits, skis, perfume and more. Below is a sampling of ways to get in holiday spirit Colorado-style this winter season.   Holiday Events and Festivities:   Santa Express Train on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad (November 18 – December 24). Take the kids on a real-life Polar Express experience this winter on the Santa E...

Christmas tree cutting at Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Start a new family holiday tradition this year by cutting a native Christmas tree from a forest just 30 minutes from the Denver metropolitan area! The weekend of Dec. 3-4, Golden Gate Canyon State Park will hold a Christmas Tree Cut and Holiday Open House. You can warm up at the Visitor Center with hot drinks, cookies, candy canes and a 10 percent discount on unique presents from our gift shop. In the spirit of giving, canned goods will be collected for the local food bank to help those in need.   Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 15, Golden Gate Canyon State Park will offer a limited number of permits for cutting a Christmas tree in selected areas of the park. Permits can be purchased for either Saturday, Dec. 3, or Sunday, Dec. 4. The tree cutting permits will be available for purchas...

Thanksgiving Leftover Idea: Turkey ‘Tinga Tostadas

Are you thankful to be drowning in turkey? There’s no time like the present to start thinking about what to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers, specifically when it comes to uneaten turkey. Traditional turkey pot pies and turkey chili are a thing of the past with this recipe for Turkey ‘Tinga Tostadas from James Beard nominated cookbook author Chef Deb Schneider from SOL Mexican Cocina. [yumprint-recipe id=’103′]

4 Reasons to Give Yourself & Loved Ones the Gift of prAna — and $ave!

Have you seen the fabulous clothing styles available on prAna.com? There are so many reasons to put prAna on your gift lists this season, especially now with a special 15% discount offered to MileHighMamas.com readers (see below for code). Let us count a few of these reasons: prAna makes stylish activewear that suits the Colorado lifestyle, for both men and women. Check out prAna jeans, sweaters, pants, shirts, yogawear, and other offerings. prAna clothing is versatile and can take you from the office to the workout. prAna is an earth-healthy choice for your gift-giving. It offers sustainable, recycled, fair trade certified and hemp items. In addition, prAna gives back to communities around the world. You can feel good supporting prAna, as its core belief is to give back more than it ...

Disney’s “Moana”  is Your Family’s Island Holiday Getaway

Want to escape to a lush island wonderland of crystal blue waters and brilliant carpets of exotic flowers? Craving a bit a peril with a supernatural friends and foes? When you consider a coconut in King Soopers produce department, do you ever daydream it is a fearsome killing machine? Disney Animation’s Thanksgiving gift to your family is a huge platter of all of the above, dressed with catchy, clever songs and jaw-dropping animation. “Moana” hits theaters today like a choice wave. “Moana” is a beautifully crafted family movie that transports and immerses viewers in a fresh story. It’s likely you and your family aren’t experts in Pacific Islander history and tradition so the adventure that unfolds isn’t tired or rehashed. In fact, “Moana” revels in poking a bit of fun at the Disney Princes...

Deals: Black Friday’s Best Finds

I hope this week you will stuff yourself with more than your fair share of turkey. I recently was invited to a fun one hour cooking class at Kneaders Bakery (I intend to bring the Thanksgiving rolls from there). The chef walked us through a recipe for Pate a Choux (cream puffs). They were simple to make and make me seem like a. I can cook and b. I’m pretty fancy. But I think what I love most about Kneaders is that I don’t have to cook. I can shop their cute little boutique items and have them cook for me. (BTW, if you want the recipe send me an email. I’m happy to share).   prAna Discount. Have you seen the fabulous clothing styles available on prAna.com? Their stylish activewear suits the Colorado lifestyle, for both men and women. Check out prAna jeans, sweaters, pants, shirts,...

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