Month: May 2017

13-year-old girl’s inspiring monologue on peer pressure goes viral

“Why am I not good enough?” The words of a seventh-grade student at Queen Creek Middle School have left many speechless and even some in tears. Olivia Vella choked up as she stood in front of her class last week, delivering a powerful six-minute monologue about the reality of being a teenage girl today. The 13-year-old openly discussed the struggles young people face during those “awkward” middle school years. The peer pressure to look and act a certain way, the bullying, all the challenges of transitioning into adulthood. The presentation left her class speechless, and the internet in awe. The video of her presentation online has garnered thousands of views and it is still growing. 

26 fun things to do in Denver this week

Judging by the length and quality events on our calendar, summer is officially underway. A few things to look forward to include Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA, the Colorado Medieval Festival, free days, the People’s Fair and more. See our event calendar for the full listings.  Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA Debuts in Denver June 1 Under the Big Top Tent! at the Pepsi Center  June 1 – July 9  Delightfully-imaginative and visually-stunning, Cirque du Soleil’s production LUZIA is a waking dream of Mexico. Families are invited to a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top in Pepsi Center’s Parking Lot to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality. Inspire Arts Week in Lakewood at Lakewood, CO June 1 – 11  The 11-day event offe...

Colorado Family Vacation Guide: Top 7 for Summer 2017

Welcome back to my annual summer TOP VACATION IDEAS IN COLORADO. I’m honored each year to round up some of the best of the Centennial State. There is no better place to explore and enjoy family. This first installment includes my top seven for 2017, and later this week we will have the full guide online. Here’s to another happy, healthy, and safe summer from Julie Bielenberg. If you’re staying in the Mile High City, don’t miss our 2017 Summer Activity Guide for Denver Fun with 150+ ideas and scroll down to find even more resources for Colorado activities. NUMBER ONE Canon City has found luxury—seriously! On May 18 this year, Echo Canyon River Expeditions opened nine new single and double Colorado contemporary cabins, complete with down comforters, flat screen TVs, kitchen, spacious bathroo...

New Living History Experience Brings 20 Summer Weekends of Educational Fun

Step back in time and become a part of living history with Tesoro Cultural Center, a Colorado nonprofit based in Morrison that’s dedicated to the cultural preservation of the early West. For the first time, Tesoro will open its doors every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer, beginning June 2, for Living History Experience weekends. Hosted at The Fort restaurant, the three-day mini markets will utilize the authentic adobe building, courtyard and tipi to create an immersive experience for guests. Each weekend will feature a different cultural theme – including American Indian, Spanish Colonial, Western and more – with corresponding art, music, dancing, demonstrations and workshops. Each day, award-winning artists will display, sell and demonstrate their work. Historical interp...

Guide to Summer Reading Programs, Free Events

Nothing says welcome summer to me more than the BolderBoulder 10K which I ran/walked yesterday. The Memorial presentation is amazing with flyovers and parachute jumpers. It is a wonderful way to kick off summer and spend a day outside (if not for the fact that I realized how out of shape I am – not really ready for summer yet). You, however, can get ready for summer with these awesome summer reading programs and other great deals.  Library Summer Reading Programs Denver Public Library launches its Summer of Reading program on June 1. Register at any Denver public library and any child, from infants to high schoolers, may participate for FREE.  Voracious readers will be rewarded with prizes that include Chipotle coupons, day pass to Elitch Gardens, and  age-appropri...

Overdue pregnant mom creates hilarious Moana-inspired parody

Move over Frozen’s “Let It Go,” devotees, there’s another song that will undoubtedly get stuck in your head! Mom of soon-to-be five girls Danielle Murray was officially way past her April 17th due date with nothing but time to kill so she created a parody of Moana’s ballad “How Far I’ll Go”….only she adapted it to the hilarious “How Long I’ll Go.” Any mom who is SO OVER being pregnant will surely relate!

September vs. May Parenting

Let’s face it: the end of the school year is tough for everyone. What are you doing to cope? The following video should be watched while blaring the song, “I WILL SURVIVE” in the background.

Momma Chef’s Tip: The Dangerous Cooking Mistake Many of Us Make in the Kitchen

Many of us have learned from the days of Julia Child, when you unwrap raw poultry, you must immediate take it to the sink for a good wash down–WRONG! When handling raw chicken or turkey, you absolutely do not need to rinse it first before cooking, that is just a myth. Rinsing poultry only spread bacteria and the chance of salmonella and campylobacter into your sink! Instead, just take the raw poultry straight from the package into the cooking pan. Then simply clean up any splashes and wash your hands with soap and hot water. For an in depth video on this, click here:  About Momma Chef… I am a Chicago mom of three active boys (ages 12, 8 and 5). Although I often feel like I’m struggling with some aspect of parenting, my one sanc...

Summer, camps and lice, oh my!

Summer brings on some of our favorite childhood memories: camping, slumber parties, lazy days at the pool and summer camp. Unfortunately, all these summer hits can bring on bummer nits! When kids increase opportunity for head-to-head contact by sleeping under the stars or in camp bunks, sharing towels at the pool and covert giggling under the covers, the chances of contracting head lice surge as well.  Further challenging is that most lice have become resistant to the most common store-bought treatments, deemed “super lice” in a 2016 study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Head lice do not transmit disease, but they are a pain, and having them has nothing to do with good hygiene or a clean house (or good parenting)! Many camps perform head checks at registration, and kid...

Wonder: The Tear-jerking Movie Trailer That Will Make You #ChooseKind

Why Blend In When You Were Born To Stand Out? Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. I don’t know about you but after watching the trailer, I’m counting down until November 17 when this is finally in theaters.

10 Memorial Day Weekend Events in Denver

Memorial Day weekend is the official kick-off to summer in Denver! Events include the Veteran’s’ Memorial Day Tribute, Water World opening, Boulder Creek Festival and the Denver Arts Festival. See our event calendar for additional details and hours.  Veteran’s Memorial Day Tribute May 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Denver’s respected observance of Memorial Day is held at the historic POF Hall just south of the state capitol. The holiday “Tribute” ceremony honors Colorado’s fallen heroes in the presence of families, friends, military / political figures and the public. The annual Tribute continues to honor all fallen Colorado heroes & families on Memorial Day weekend. Denver Day of Rock at Downtown Denver  May 27 , 2:30 pm – 9:30 pm Denver Day of Rock is a free one-of-a-k...

How to find $3,000 in your house

If you’re in need of some extra cash, the first place to look should be your home. Linda Lightman created a $25 million company where she buys, sells and compares items on eBay. She says, everyone has $3,000 in their home. After speaking with Linda, the Denver Channel decided to put her tips to the test. Elizabeth Senouci is a Denver mom of 2 and says her ‘junk’ is unsellable. We began with her closet and that’s where we found used shoes. Sounds gross, right? Linda says, a pair of used shoes on eBay sells every 10 seconds. Elizabeth had 3 pairs of used soccer cleats. A pair of used cleats were selling for $15 online. The next item Elizabeth was hoping to sell was her kids’ Xbox. Linda suggests bundling items together if you want to sell them faster. So, we took the Xbox console, game...

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