Month: October 2017

This Denver school library’s pumpkin contest will blow your mind!

For her day job, Mile High Mamas contributor, Jen, is a school librarian. She issued a challenge to her students a few years ago to decorate a pumpkin after their favorite book character. Today, the contest boasted over 50 entries. Here are just a few of these incredible creations and kudos to Jen for encouraging her students to have fun with reading!  Happy Halloween!!!!

Deals: Halloween deals at Chipotle, IHOP & More!

I’m sort of curious how many of  you have tried the meal delivery services like Blue Apron or Plated. I’m reviewing the options and am intrigued. But, Is it really worth the money or can you get just as good a deal if you plan ahead and get a delivery service like Amazon Fresh at $15/month or WalMart’s curb side pick-up? And to they taste better  than what you might make on your own? Halloween.  While the kids are excited to load up on candy – moms want to make sure the kids are properly fed when they go out candy-ing. Here are some great deals you can take advantage of: ·         Chipotle BooRito. Not just for kids! Get on your costume then go to Chipotle for a $3 burrito, bowl  or order of tacos between 3 p.m. and...

Teens Start Movement To Urge Peers Off Social Media And Live Real Lives

I am remiss I didn’t hear about the Offline October movement until a story was published on Colorado Public Radio last week (turns out I’m not the only late one). But the good news is it’s never too late to make positive changes! The Offline October movement was started by students in suburban Denver after two of their peers took their own lives in the same week earlier this year. The organization asks teenagers on social media to stop posting stories and start living them; to stop worrying about followers and be with real-life friends. “We believe that social media plays a negative role in teenagers lives and is a factor to depression and suicide,” the Offline October website says. Carson McLeod, a junior at Heritage High School, helped launch Offline October...

Zombie Brain Cake Recipe from The Market

Emily, a baker at The Market on Larimer Square was so inspired by Denver’s annual Zombie Crawl that she whipped up a Zombie Brain Cake, a fun new cake filled with strawberries and red sauce or “blood” and decorated with blood red frosting and piped brain details. Zombie Brain Cake at The Market Recipe: 1 Box Red Velvet Cake Mix Frosting: 1 Cup Butter, room temp 16 oz. Cream Cheese, room temp 6 Cups Powdered Sugar, sifted 1 tsp Vanilla  Red Food coloring, about 3 Tablespoons Strawberry Filling: 1 ½ cups strawberries, stemmed and sliced 1 teaspoon lemon juice ½ Cup sugar 1/8 Cup corn starch Prepare Red Velvet Cake mix as directed and pour into a 9” Bundt pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. While the cake bakes, prepare strawberry filling. In a small saucepan combi...

Denver Lifestyle Family Photographer and Portrait Photographer

Mile High Mamas is regularly contacted by local photographers who want to partner with us. We recently sat down with Vala Vincent and Mariah Ehlert to find out what sets them apart from other photographers.  Tell me about Vala Vincent Photography and Mariah Ehlert Photography, and how you both ended up working together? Vala: I am a lifestyle family photographer who uses a documentary style to capture the beauty a family life has to offer. Mariah: I am a portrait photographer. I specialize in headshots, professional branding and families with an editorial style in my turn of the century brownstone church studio.  We have distinct styles, yet love to collaborate on projects and bounce business ideas off each other. There is strength in creating versus competing, and we are definit...

Boulder’s ‘Renegade Lunch Lady’ Wants To Teach Other Schools ‘Scratch Cooking’…for FREE

You won’t find pre-packaged lunches in Ann Cooper’s school cafeterias. Cooper tells Colorado Matters that despite uncertainty about how the Trump administration’s policies will impact school food programs she thinks many school districts around the country are committed to serving healthier food to their students. Cooper, known as the “Renegade Lunch Lady,” is a classically trained chef and the director of food services for Boulder Valley School District. This month, she’ll start offering online courses for school food professionals through her School Food Institute. Listen to the full story on Colorado Matters about how a $520,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation allows all Colorado school food service wo...

23 fun things to do in Denver this week

With Halloween almost upon us, there are plenty of fun events that include trunk-or-treats, Boo at the Zoo, The Nightmare Before Christmas and a family overnight at a museum. See our event calendar for full listings and don’t miss our guide to Denver’s pumpkin patches, fall festival and corn mazes.  Cirque Italia at Southwest Plaza  Oct 26 – 29  Cirque Italia is a unique show in every sense. After five years of consolidation, a rigorous casting selection, and over 1,000 performances nationwide; this spectacular production has become the greatest version of a “traveling circus”. Cirque Italia is proud to have developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the most innovative shows to be staged in the US. Family Discovery Series: Bat Encounters at the PACE Center&n...

Why does my dog have such bad breath? (And when to take action)

Dog breath. The mere words conjure up a myriad of scents and none of them are good. But have you ever wondered what is normal and how often do dogs need dental cleanings?   We asked Parkside Animals Health Center’s founder Brenda Eisenhauer, DVM, to share some insights.  This Aurora vet clinic offers so much more than a standard veterinary practice and they look at the lifestyle and the current needs of the pet and its family. Is it an athlete? A couch potato?  A puppy or kitten?  A senior citizen? They then try to tailor their medical recommendations to each individual, but also address behavioral and nutritional needs. What is Normal? Most people think stinky “dog breath” is normal, but when your favorite pup pants into your face, it s...

Free Night at the Museums for Denver Arts Week

It’s your very own night at the museum…but far less terrifying.  On Saturday, Nov. 4, Denver’s best museums are open late and admission is FREE between 5 and 10 p.m. Stay tuned for information on FREE shuttles that make it easy to explore all evening!* https://www.denver.org BLACK AMERICAN WEST MUSEUM Watch African-American history come alive through re-enactments, videos and the stories told throughout this museum in Historic Five Points.  BYERS-EVANS HOUSE MUSEUM Experience this historic landmark where expert tour guides will share the stories of the home and its residents in the 1900s. THE CELL Explore the interactive Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab to learn more about the issues of terrorism and public safety.  CHILDREN’S MUSEUM O...

Deals: Wicked Wednesday, prAna discount extended and more!

I still don’t know what I will be for Halloween this year – or that I will dress up at all. But I will say that my neighborhood is on the ball. There has been a Facebook post with my neighbors about which houses will also give a “treat” to the parents when they are taking the kids out. They have spaced it about every 5th house. But one of the houses said they would give away treat bags for parents. I am excited to contribute Shakeology packets to my neighbors to try. It is the one instance where being healthy tastes good!   Outlets at Castle Rock Halloween Party. A few days before All Hallows’ Eve, Outlets at Castle Rock is inviting families to take their Halloween costumes out for a test run at the Wicked Wednesday (Oct 25) Halloween Party! Thi...

Shedding Light on the Darker Side of #MeToo

I love the intent behind #metoo and the fact that it shows the plain truth of just how many women have been affected by sexual harassment and sexual abuse. What I don’t love about it is that the more we focus on #metoo, the less we may think hard and clearly about the men who actually commit the abuse in the first place. Don’t get me wrong–I honor and respect my friends and family who have already declared their #metoos. Power to you for being so brave as to declare in virtual public that you’ve been the victim of sexual assault, harassment, or maybe rape. There is something very freeing about being able to release yourself from the shame of being victimized by telling others what really did happen. So often, women are scared into silence or ashamed to talk about th...

Child Trafficking: Kids for Sale

CNN investigation has uncovered that mothers think they’re temporarily giving up their children to be educated but instead, they are sold to adoptive families who think they’re taking in an orphan in need. CNN’s Randi Kaye reports. 

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