Month: April 2017

“The Curse” and Delusions of Grandeur

When you were young, did your parents ever say to you, “I hope when you get married you have a child who acts JUST LIKE YOU!” My parents never said this to me because it’s something you say to your naughty children, not your perfect children. (My younger brother used to call me “Perfect Child” because I never got in trouble or did bad things). However, I have discovered that even if your parents never officially put this curse upon you, it naturally follows nevertheless.

Your first look at Disneyland Resort’s Summer of Heroes!

Disneyland just got even more outrageous! Guests escaping to the Disneyland Resort in search of fun and adventure this summer will join forces with Guardians of the Galaxy as this intergalactic crew attempts its own escape in the rockin’ and irreverent new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy –Mission: BREAKOUT!, opening Saturday, May 27, in Disney California Adventure Park. Heroes from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” film, some appearing for the first time in a Disney park, also come alongside the Avengers for all-new, epic adventures during Summer of Heroes. Beginning May 27, guests will live these exciting stories as they encounter some favorite Super Heroes together for the first time. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! launches guests into a chaotic and hilarious adventure that ...

Smoked BBQ Brisket Sliders

Being able to get a home cooked meal on the table is such an important part of the day, but let’s face it: how easy is it to make dinner while holding a 4-year-old on your hip, calming a 7-year-old throwing a tantrum and helping a 12-year-old with his homework? Well I have finally mastered a way to serve fabulous meals with little effort and few ingredients. My recipes are simple and delicious, using no more than six ingredients and under six minutes of prep time. Several years ago on a trip to the Smoky Mountains, we had our first smoked brisket sandwich. My husband fell in love with the dish! Since I did not see purchasing a smoker in the near future, I had to figure out an easy way to replicate this brisket. I discovered liquid smoke and after several tries, I finally did it! This has b...

Raising Tweens and Teens: Not for the Faint of Heart

My days of breastfeeding and diaper changing are over, but the exhaustion continues with tweens and teens. I have migrated beyond baby and toddler tantrums to tween and teen drama. It is one of the hardest ages to handle on the mommy spectrum and often a thankless job. It is kind of a crap shoot. You never know what you will get from day to day. One might be having a hair emergency, while the other is failing math. Everything from keeping their rooms and bathrooms clean, to dating, to getting their driver’s license freaks me out. Even my 12-year old son has girls texting him already! I am fortunate that said child still wants to give me an occasional hug. My heart is a little sad knowing that soon he will blow me off like his older sisters. Maybe he will be a momma’s boy, but truthfully &#...

17 things to do in Denver this week

There are many great events including opening day at Elitch Gardens, Girls in STEM Day at Keystone Science School, free days, the Scout Show, Rocky Mountain Steamfest, Wolfpack Ninja Obstacle Race Tour and more. Just Between Friends of Arvada at Flatiron Marketplace  Apr 27 – 30  Shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail. Childhood Interrupted: The Impact Trauma has on a Child’s Mind at Great Work Inc.  Apr 27, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm This workshop, conducted by Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, will address how adverse experiences can shape a child’s brain and, in turn, affect the child’s ability to organize, think, feel and behave. We will begin to s...

Back to Where We Started: Finding a Fit for My Out-of-the-Box Son

When you’re as hard headed and motivated as I am, it takes a bit of time to find answers on “all the things.”  It takes oodles of time to learn what others could have told you plain and simple. Because people like me have to live it, breathe it, struggle through it, fail at it, grow in it, and find conclusions based on all those experiences.  When you’re as hard headed and motivated as I am, you have to learn and expand so you can help others do the same.  Because you’ve explored every single freaking option out there and beat to death resources near and far.  Once you’ve completed every ride at the theme park, you walk away with appreciation and insight that only could have been gained by riding up and down and all around.  And around.  And around.  ...

Contest: Win pampering at Ella Bliss Beauty Bar

Bliss. Yes, that is how I would describe it. My daughter and I went to Ella Bliss Beauty Bar last week for something fun to do on her Spring Break (especially since we were staying in town) and she got her first facial. The girl behind the desk cheerily greeted us and asked us if we wanted a drink. Yes, they serve beer, wine and champagne (they also have sodas). The clean crisp white leather décor made it feel posh and top-of-the line, like a fancy spa (without the fancy spa prices). While my daughter had her facial, I had the opportunity to speak with the owner, Kelly. She is very down to earth and approachable. She described that she and her sister thought up this fun concept of a party place that was also a spa/salon. It has all the services you would expect – manicure, pedicure, b...

Deals: Free Days, Free Dental Care and More

Free Dental Care.  Summit Family Dentistry is offering a complete cleaning, tooth extraction or dental filling for anyone 18 years or older on Saturday, April 29 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  All services are first come first serve (no appointments taken) so arrive as early as possible on Saturday (the clinic expects upwards of 150 patients). Local businesses are also offering special prize giveaways. 12999 W. Bowles Dr., Littleton. Box City. On Saturday, April 29 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., this FREE event for children—grades K-5—allows them to learn about the process of urban development and the principles that make for sound architecture, design, and planning. Students start with a Building Permit for their desired building type, make a draft sketch ...

Colorado Adoptive Families: Have You Signed Up For 2017 Adoption Camp Yet?

We in Colorado are fortunate to have a variety of adoption camps held right here each summer. Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families has been forging connections within and among adoptive families for 26 years. Which camp is right for you?

Caught Cheating?

We’ve all done it but have you been caught?  If you’ve ever cheated by prematurely watching your favorite TV show without your significant other, the Holderness family’s latest confessional will have you laughing!

Planting Seeds of Knowledge: Activities To Do with Your Child to Celebrate Earth Day

Spring has arrived in Colorado and there’s no better time to get your child outside—especially with Earth Day around the corner. It’s a time to celebrate the bounties our earth provides and an opportunity to teach the next generation about the importance of caring for our natural resources. Maria Montessori was a true advocate for student outdoor learning and connecting with nature. She observed that students who learned about the environment in the environment, built a deeper relationship with it and cared for it as they grew up. Learning outside also developed their practical life, language and sensory skills as well as their understanding of the natural sciences. Getting students outside helps their bodies and minds unite. It gives their minds the ability to process the information they...

Summer Camp: High Altitude Tennis

What makes High Altitude Tennis Summer Camps unique? Simply put, we put a lot of time and effort into understanding and communicating with our parents and students to find out what is important to them and here is what we found out. The majority of parents are over-scheduled, multi-tasking and time crunched so having a quality summer camp located within 15-minutes of where they live is a top priority. This is why High Altitude Tennis has FOUR summer camp venues in FOUR convenient neighborhoods throughout Denver. We will look to expand this to more neighborhoods by listening to communities and their needs. For students, they had two very important components they looked for in a summer tennis camp. First the camp must be fun! Let’s face it,...

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