Month: July 2020

New Pixar movie set in the Italian Riviera coming in 2021

Walt Disney Studios has unveiled details about its next original Pixar film called “Luca.” Not too much has been revealed yet, but Disney said Thursday that the animated movie will “introduce a boy named Luca as he experiences an unforgettable summer in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera.” Luca, to be released on June 18, 2021, will be directed by Enrico Casarosa. “This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it’s set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship. Childhood friendships often set the course of who we want to become and it is those bonds that are at the heart of our story in Luca,” Casarosa said in a statement.  “So in addition to the beauty and charm of t...

Longmont Dental Loft’s Office Therapy Dog is a Hit!

Does going to the dentist make you anxious?  Longmont Dental Loft’s CCP (Chief Calming Pawfficer) Bentley to the rescue! This Australian Labradoodle plays an important role as the office therapy dog at Dr. Adrienne Hedrick’s dental office in Longmont: Bentley interacts with patients who enjoy being around dogs by snuggling up to them and providing a comfortable presence to make them feel at ease.  Bentley’s calming presence is par for the course at this down-to-earth Longmont dentist office that prioritizes having a warm and comforting atmosphere that also exudes an electric vibe with positive energy. And you’ll see people smiling. At the dentist!  Longmont Dental Loft also prides itself on having state-of-the-art technology including a CEREC for same-day crowns, a Cone Beam...

When Divorce, Chairs and Teeth Collide

The hardest day of my life: I hadn’t been separated from Antonia and Jonah’s father for even a month when a horrible accident happened. Jonah, my three-year-old, had spilled his glass of milk all over my dining room floor about a half-hour before it was time to take them to the police station, which at that time was the parent-exchange location every Sunday. In retrospect, I should have left the stupid milk sprawled to lay where it may until coming back home from dropping them off. I should have been savoring that last half hour I had with them. But the milk on the floor bothered me. And I’m not even a neat freak, by any stretch of the imagination. Nonetheless, for whatever reason, I felt it needed to be cleaned up immediately. I would live to regret that small decision for a very, very lo...

The Importance of Extracurriculars in the COVID-19 Era

As the world reacts to the global pandemic of the coronavirus, we are forced to adapt. We find ourselves in a unique position that has its positives and negatives. The world has been tipped into uncertainty, but on the other, we are standing as a united front, sharing hardship and lifting each other up in times of need. As a student, your traditional approach to extracurriculars has shifted as you reconsider in-person projects and alternative ways to make a difference while boosting your extracurricular profile. Think outside the box and show what an innovator and leader are. Demonstrate your adaptability to challenging and unpredictable circumstances. To help students on their journey of exploring their passions and creating a lasting impact in an online environment, we have created a gui...

Deals: Shiki Dreams, Cherry Cricket and more!

It shouldn’t have surprised me when I went to Hobby Lobby this last weekend and saw their Christmas section almost fully set. The Target CEO recently announced that this is not the year for crowds (duh!) – so they will plan to be closed on Thanksgiving. Walmart said something similar. According to Target some of their deals could start as early as October! Also hearing that Amazon Prime Day will be later in the summer. So maybe the deals days will collide in October? Shiki Dreams by Prismajic is an immersive arts company. Part art museum, part Cirque du Soleil, and part virtual reality experience.  Following on the heels of the 2019 smash hit Natura Obscura, this multi-sensory immersive art experience that combines traditional art forms with cutting edge technology in a journey of exp...

6 Things You’ll Love About Colorado’s Wild Animal Sanctuary

Walk down the world’s longest footbridge while scouting large cats and bears lounging in the shade or splashing around a pool. With over 9,000 acres of sanctuary lands an hour outside of Denver, The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg is an attraction travelers can’t miss. It’s not only a place to spot big cats but is also thoroughly invested in the captive-wild-animal crisis and helps animals around the world, operating with a mission of saving animals from less-than-ideal situations and rehabilitating them. A typical visit might last 4 to 6 hours, spent walking the 1.5-mile walkway, stopping for lunch at the visitor’s center and learning about the wonderful creatures that call the sanctuary home. Colorado.com shares this look at why you and your fa...

Colorado high school students built an actual house for their math class

 Two years ago, Green Mountain High School implemented a program that has since spread to more than 500 high schools nationwide.  It involves students using math to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.  Now, GMHS’s first home-building project is being given to a family in need.  “Surreal excitement…we’ve known about this house, we’ve been working for it about eight months, and we always felt like something else was around the corner,” said new homeowner Phillip Stonaker.  “Today when they handed us the keys and they were in hand, ‘We finally did it’ is what we were saying and giggling to each other and daydreaming about everything we could do with this space.” The house is part of the “Geometry in Construction” program that helps high school students b...

Where and how to go trail running in Colorado with your kids

Updated March 2021. Before I had kids I was trail running almost daily.  I live in Colorado where I am surrounded by steep and rocky trails, and after my 2nd son was born I was wondering how I would keep up my favorite past-time with a double jogging stroller. Well, I am here to tell you that trail running with kids is easier than you think!  Here are 7 tips to help you get back out on the trails: #1. Get a good stroller. The word “good” is relative in this sentence.  You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a stroller; sometimes a second-hand stroller might be better for trail running; the trail is going to beat it up. Ensure the stroller has knobby tires, front shocks and good suspension; it is important for the snow and ice. If you’re going to spend the money, Thul...

Treehouse Adventure Park in Bailey is a high-flying adventure

The Treehouse Adventure Park is a unique climbing experience located in beautiful Bailey, Colorado, just 35 miles from Denver. Set in the ponderosa treetops, their environment closely resembles an Ewok village, or a Swiss Family Robinson treehouse. Their self-guided zip lines and challenge bridges are designed to engage participants of any skill level and age.

Ben and Jerry’s shares their Edible Cookie Dough Recipe!

There hasn’t been a lot of highlights in 2020 but this is one of them: Ben and Jerry’s is sharing their Edible Cookie Dough Recipe! No lie, I still remember the first time I had their edible cookie dough ice cream. In college, I visited Provo, Utah on my Thanksgiving break and we stopped at a gas station for a snack…and that is when my friend introduced it to me. Mind blown!  How To Make Raw Cookie Dough That’s Safe To Eat It’s tempting to sneak a scoop of your regular chocolate chip cookie dough recipe before it heads into the oven. But even your inner cookie-stealing kid knows that it’s not safe. So how do you make edible cookie dough that you can dig into with reckless abandon? There are two keys: 1) making an eggless cookie dough, and 2) not forgetting to heat tr...

The Best of Colorado Camping and Local Hikes

Jellystone Park, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Denver and Boulder, and Moon Colorado Camping: The Complete Guide to Tent and RV Camping The heat is on in Colorado and we know you mamas want to escape to cooler temperatures, fresh air, and refreshing mountain streams. In this installment of the best Colorado summer vacations, we explore local hiking trails, campsites, and off the beaten path ideas. As always, happy, healthy, and safe travels and remember to always check with local guidelines about COVID regulations.  Moon Colorado Camping: The Complete Guide to Tent and RV Camping Moon Colorado Camping: The Complete Guide to Tent and RV Camping (Moon Outdoors, 6th edition, May 12, 2020) is Joshua Berman’s latest roundup of places to sleep beneath the stars. It lists 480 campgrounds...

Deals: Cherry Cricket, School Supply Sales and Family Backpacking Trips

Peaches are in season! I love the great Palisade peaches that are almost everywhere this time of year. There is just something that is so totally Colorado Summer that says a quick trip to the mountains for a box of the best peaches you’ve ever eaten…but then again a peach of a deal is pretty satisfying as well.  Denver Summer Activity Guide. Amber published our annual 2020 Denver Summer Activity Guide with 150+ activities! Most of the free days aren’t happening (thanks COVID) but there are some super fun things on this list – so be sure to bookmark this awesome resource.  Skea Sale.  The 20th Annual Christmas in July sale at the Skea warehouse is on! Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24 at their warehouse at 150 Capitol Drive in Golden from 10 a.m. ...