Month: September 2017

9 fun events in Denver this week

There are plenty of fun events in Denver this week including the Chalk Art Festival, Parker Art and Music Festival and Colorado Exotic Pet Expo. For full listings, be sure to check-out our event calendar. Parker Art and Music Festival  Sept 23 – 24  The 3rd Annual Parker Art & Music Festival is back with another great collection of national and local fine artists. Art booths feature juried eclectic and diverse art including jewelry, ceramics, photography, painting, wood, mixed media and more. The festival is nestled under big shade trees in quaint O’Brien Park on clean grass. Nearby is a playground and picnic tables.  2017 Energy Day Festival at East High School  Sept 23, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Denver’s first FREE family festival showcasing science, technology, eng...

Date Night: Denver’s Hottest New Restaurants and Wineries

Desperately need a date night? Grab your sweetie or your girlfriends and check-out these fabulous new offerings in Denver!   Bigsby’s Folly, Denver’s New Craft Winery: Opened this summer, Bigsby’s Folly is a new craft winery where artisanal meets accessible at the full-production urban winery. The winemakers pair the authenticity of California’s most prestigious vineyards with the approachability of the Roaring 20s-inspired tasting room with a restaurant and full bar menu. The winery offers a “Winemaker for a Day” experience where visitors can blend their own red wine.   Brian Dayton Opens Corrida in Boulder: This Fall, Bryan Dayton, co-owner and beverage director of OAK at fourteenth, Acorn and Brider, will open Corrida on the rooftop level of downtown Boulder’s PearlW...

Mile High Mamas Turns 10 Years Old: Our Story!

I was recently invited via one of my contacts on LinkedIn to tell the story of how I started Mile High Mamas and I realized September marks the 10-year anniversary of when we launched Mile High Mamas in 2007! I moved to Denver in December 2003 and married my husband, Jamie, in February. Six months later, we decided to start our family and I was thrown into the whirlwind that is motherhood with a healthy dose of humility. I had moved to Colorado at the peak of my media career and my navigation skills for this new life were dismal, particularly when I gave birth to a beautiful but colicky daughter in 2004 who frequently voiced her displeasure about my parenting skills. I felt isolated and alone.  Writing had always been therapy for me so when my friend Kristy started this new ...

Deals: Avalanche Family Night, Colorado Pumpkin Patch & More

There was a recent article in Time Magazine about how kids sports are turning professional. I notice that in my world too. Last week we actually had a sell-out at my son’s high school football game– you had to get your tickets a week in advance (and the game went until almost midnight). This week we can only buy tickets online. Do you notice kids sports becoming more “professional” too?     Family Fire Muster. Kids join West Metro Fire Protection District to become a firefighter for the day at the Fire Muster. Saturday, September 23rd from 10-2 p.m. at the West Metro Fire Rescue’s Training Center (3535 South Kipling Street Lakewood, CO 80235) see live fire demonstrations, participate in fun activities and learn ho...

The Most Important Guide You’ll Ever Need for Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

How can we teach kids to be safer online? It’s often the single biggest burning question on every 21st century parent and teacher’s mind in a world of 24/7 wireless connectivity where virtually anything children could want or be searching for is just a single click or tap away. It’s not simply enough to research, purchase, and setup built-in parental controls on high-tech devices anymore. As we point out in new book The Modern Parent’s Guide to Facebook and Social Networks, we’ve also got to better prepare our family for life in a digital world – and give the insights and training they need to make better decisions as they explore the Internet, online universes, and other virtual spaces. Hoping to make technology a more uplifting and positive part of kids’ lives? The following gu...

My cancer diagnosis at 13 years old

September is Childhood Cancer month. Last week, I shared a bit about my conversation with my friend Stacie whose daughter, Carina, is a cancer survivor. This made me wonder what it looks like from the other side. What is it like for a childhood cancer patient – the kid’s view? Heidi is a cancer survivor with a full life as a mom, wife of four kids, and sister.    Gretchen: Can you tell me a little bit about your story? Heidi: I was in dance. I was active in student body at school. I was even in cheer and I was a flyer. There were some lumps on the left side of my neck that we noticed the summer between my eighth and ninth grade year–I was 13 years old. Luckily I have an uncle who is a doctor who pushed us to get it looked at. I remember the family meet...

Pumpkin Spice Parody: The Great Pumpkin Debate

Pumpkin cereal, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin shakes, pumpkin yogurt…is the pumpkin spice overload madness or are you a fan of the seasonal treat? Where do you stand on the Great Pumpkin Debate? In the Holderness family’s latest video, Penn is obviously anti-pumpkin, Kim is well… she’s Kim. 

17 fun things to do in Denver this week

There are plenty of great events in Denver this week including the Downtown Boulder Fall Fest, Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms and the Summerset Festival. See our event calendar for full listings.  CherryArts Festival at Stanley at Stanley Marketplace  Sept 15 – 17  On September 15, 16 and 17 the event is free and open to the public and will include a national juried art show with nearly 100 exhibiting artists in 13 categories, including ceramics, mixed media, digital art, photography, metalworks and drawing. In addition to the artists, visitors will enjoy children’s activities at Creation Station, interactive art installations, food trucks and live entertainment. Downtown Boulder Fall Fest  Sept 15 – 17  Now in its 30th year, Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest has bee...

Great Fall Family Hikes Near Denver

If you’re looking a family hike this fall near Denver, then look no further. We’ve asked Aaron Johnson from local hiking site, Dayhikes Near Denver, to put together a set of his favorite Fall family hikes. Kick Back at Kenosha Pass Let’s start with the most glorious destination within 90 minutes of Denver, Kenosha Pass. It can also be the busiest–especially on the weekends–so, we recommend going either early in the morning or on a weekday to take a lazy stroll through this breathtaking, aspen-laden countryside. You can pick up the trail on either side of the 285 (be alert when crossing), and hike for 4 minutes or 4 or more hours. If you’re looking for that perfect setting for a family photo, this is the place. For full trail details, visit the Kenosha Pa...

Win tickets to the 12th Annual Shopping Extravaganza at Outlets at Castle Rock

Every August I shop for back to school clothes and supplies for my kids. I sort of feel guilty when I shop for myself. But let’s be honest, I like to shop. That is why the 12th Annual Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, September 16 (10a-6p) at the Outlets at Castle Rock is a special event. I can feel good doing “charity work” which includes shopping, entertainment, catered lunch, desserts and a chance at over $80,000 in prizes – shopping all while raising money for local charities.   Shop –  Enjoy exclusive savings at luxury fashion brands. Attendees unlock exclusive deals on top of Outlets at Castle Rock’s daily savings of 30-70% off retail prices.   Eat – Enjoy a catered lunch, beverage, and dessert bar!   W...

Deals: Winter is Coming, LEGO Ninja Movie, Broncos Fans

Do you ever have those weekends where you seem to have over committed? I usually try to make my way to everything that I have committed to but somehow, it seems that sometimes the commitments are literally at the same time! This Saturday, I will be Shopping in Castle Rock with my friend, attending the Colorado Buffaloes football game OR going to my cousin’s monumental birthday celebration. Why can’t at least one of these happen on Sunday?    Winter is Coming. No, I’m not talking about the line from Game of Thrones. I’m taking about the awesome deals that you can get for yourself and your kids in the fall for the upcoming ski season. ·         Vail Resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone) are once again offering the...

Colorado & prAna & the End of Summer

We bade farewell to the unofficial end of summer with the recent Labor Day weekend. I packed a small suitcase to head up to the YMCA Rocky Mountains in Estes Park for a surprise milestone birthday party for my dad. My mom secretly planned this gathering for months, and 14 mouths (!) had to stay shut about it in order to keep my dad none-the-wiser. We all had to act as if a Big Thing wasn’t consuming us.