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Cacao + Cookie Giveaway: Five Days of Giveaways!

This and That, Snack and Play Giveaway! 

This is Day 4 of 5 days of giveways!  Enter to win Day 1’s Mom Pack here and Day 2’s Books + Toys giveaway as well as our Day 3’s Fun for Travel giveaway. And don’t forget to enter to win a birthday party for 10 at the incredible NEW Airhouse Adventure Park (a $300 value!) 

Also, don’t miss our Holiday Gift Guide: 50+ Colorado Gift Ideas for the foodie, adventurer, wellness gurus in your life. 

 PRIZES

Crazy for Cacao

Whether it is in baking, drinks, or enjoyed on its own, cacao (chocolate in its purest form) is a holiday staple that is adored by many. If you’re a lover of all things cacao (or know someone who is), then our Crazy For Cacao box is for you. Filled with essential cacao ingredients for your holiday baking, drinking, and snacking, this box is sure to make your holiday extra special!  Cacao contains essential vitamins and antioxidants and has been known to boost mood and energy levels (which comes in handy during the holidays). With this selection of products, you’ll have cacao for any recipe right at your fingertips. miskiorganics.com

Miski Organics

Color My Cookie

Have you ever wished that you could create beautifully-decorated cookies, but found yourself overwhelmed by the supplies, time, and effort required? Stocking on all the icing, sprinkles, and baking ingredients takes plenty of time and money, often turning your sweet idea into a major fuss. But with Color My Cookie decorating kits, you get to skip straight to the fun part: decorating your cookies (and eating them afterward!). Each of the collections includes all of the elements you’ll need to feel like a true professional. They ship nationwide, so you’re never more than just a few days away from creating incredible, edible art in the comfort of your own home. Winner can choose a cookie set of preference. colormycookie.com

 

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New Service is Reinventing How Used Kid Gear is Bought and Sold Online

Much has happened for Good Buy Gear in the past year since we posted our first blog about this brilliant mama-driven business in spring 2017.  With a new warehouse in Arvada, Jessica Crothers and Kristin Langenfeld, the brains and mamas behind the incredible business, have added an extraordinary amount of new inventory, created a new pricing structure, expanded their service area, and continue to grow their  customer base.

What is this Good Buy Gear and why do you need to hire them? They offer a white glove service where they clear you out of unwanted baby, child and family gear, store them in their warehouse, then do the listing, selling, and delivery, all for you with only a commission on sold items.  

Good Buy Gear pays all parents directly to a Paypal account, Good Buy Bucks (store credit) or the old-fashioned snail mail check, when the item sells. If after 120 days online, and after discounting a couple of times, said item isn’t sold, they can donate the item on your behalf to their local non-profit partners.t. (Thanks for saving me 10 hours of time, this is amazing!)

This spring I reordered the White Glove service to come to my house and rid me of all my unwanted kid gear. The new registration for pick-up of goods is very seamless and easy. You can pick your preferred date and  time and also the size vehicle needed for your pick-up. I didn’t have much to get rid of, so I went with their lightest offering.

As was the case in 2017, the driver was on time, extremely professional and courteous. My items were then collected and the brains behind Good Buy Gear got to work sorting through the items, taking photos, grabbing descriptions and listing the items for sale. Now, I just watch the money come into my account. It’s that awesome.

Also new is the pricing structure.

The NEW “sliding scale” payout model lets you keep more of your payout for higher priced items!  AND they are now able to list items under $15!

Here’s how it works:

  • $250 = 80% (e.g. Double BOB Stroller)
  • $100 – $249 = 70% (e.g. 4Moms mamaRoo)
  • $15 – $99 = 60% (e.g. Strider)
  • < $15 = 20% (e.g. Bathtub)

And, if this isn’t tempting enough, here are the top items Good Buy Gear is always in need of, as they are the hottest sellers on the website.  If you are getting ready to rid your house of any of these goods, think Good Buy Gear before you do anything!

Parents are just too darn busy to be dealing with all the time consuming steps of selling your unused kid gear anywhere else. Let Good Buy Gear do the work for you, so you can save time for more important things. Sign up here for your White Glove pickup service today.

Top Kids Menus in Denver

Neighborhoods: Baker, Cherry Creek North, City Park, East Colfax, Lowry, Uptown

Ace in Uptown

This place was designed by parents Jen and Josh Wolkon, therefore, you can rely on entertainment, well-portioned and thoughtful ideas for children, and best of all, it’s a bit loud and low key, which screams, BRING THE KIDS! There are 11 ping pong tables for anyone to play while your food is being prepared. We dove right in and ordered from the Mini Aces Menu. Hank and Dora went for the short rib bao bun with sticky rice, edamame and fruit. Addy and I went for the Burmese fried rice, a great vegetarian option with tofu and egg, loaded with protein. There wasn’t a bite to take home. The kids had polished off their meals in time for one more round of Ping-Pong and me, an Asian lager. Ace is located in Denver’s Uptown Neighborhood. (aceeatserve.com)

 Punch Bowl Social in Baker and opening soon in Stapleton

I actually hosted my daughter’s 4th birthday party at the Broadway location. It was darling. There was bowling, karaoke, arcade and pinball games and skee ball, more for the dads, darts too, photo booth, cotton candy machine, you get the idea, there’s kid entertainment everywhere. I had ordered off the kids menu for a brunch bar, and the party was awesome.

We were thrilled to be invited back to try their new kid’s menu. We opted for the Banana Almond Butter Sandwich, the Black Eyed Pea Hummus and the Chocolate Chip Malted Waffle. Again, there wasn’t a bite that wasn’t spoken for. These creative twists on familiar childhood favorites, are not only popular for the next generation, they’re sweet and savory and perfect for adults who always take from their child’s plate. 

Olive and Finch in City Park and Cherry Creek

Olive & Finch on East 17th Ave. in the City Park neighborhood has always been a go-to for the kids and I. It’s a pretty small space, and it’s packed with so much goodness. I was such a good customer, the darling Chef/Owner Mary Nguyen even saw me while I was picking up Dora’s favorite food while she was in the hospital, and rewarded the little asthmatic some of her incredible desserts. Mary is unbelievable and has two young girls of her own.

Olive & Finch has now opened up a second location in Cherry Creek on First Ave. The newest all-day eatery and bakery has scratch-kitchen offerings that are as precious as the décor and ambiance of the restaurants. Kids get their very own menu where everything is an affordable five dollars and includes breakfast choices such as the healthful Cuten, Olive & Finch’s lemon poppy seed quinoa pancake served with bacon and fruit, and the lunch or dinner-time Ava’s Bear, a full grilled mozzarella and cheddar cheese sandwich on house-made brioche with kettle chips and a side of fruit. Kids and adults have a variety of fresh-pressed juices from the juice bar to choose from. Plus, there are espresso drinks and Vietnamese coffee, and if needed or time appropriate, a glass of wine or craft cocktail. (oliveandfincheatery.com)

Chop Shop on East Colfax and in Lowry

I’ve been a huge fan of the East Colfax eatery since it was opened by parents a couple years back, and was overjoyed when I saw the coming soon sign in Lowry. This hipster, locally-sourced whenever possible joint has it all, from nice pieces of meat and fish to a good burger and mac and cheese—I even took out here for my
birthday last October, since my husband and kids couldn’t be pulled away from the World Series Cubs that evening. Here’s why this is a go-to for our family and when we have visitors in town. It’s got the city vibe, open air seating on a patio that is used nearly year-round, beer, wine, coffee and a great menu.

My little ones usually get one of two things. Dora has her go-to mac and cheese, but will happily change it up with the crispy fried tofu and mashed potatoes that comes with fruit. There’s a nice size grilled chicken and grilled steak on the kids menu as well and desserts to tempt anyone. Some of my favorites, the smoked chicken pastrami and Asian Chop with tofu.

This place has character and it’s exciting to see their expansion. While not large in space, it’s enormous in thought and good food. (coloradochopshop.com)

Cherry Creek Food Notes for Families . . .

 Departure Restaurant + Lounge

Ready to splurge and indulge in Cherry Creek’s newest hotel and eatery? Departure Restaurant + Lounge invites friends, families, and foodies from all over Denver to experience the restaurant’s new “Family Meal” dinner menu available Sunday through Tuesday nights from 5 to 10 pm. Families of three or more can enjoy a multi-course, family-style dinner created by Culinary Director Gregory Gourdet for $45 per person. The menu, which will change slightly each week, features a selection of Gourdet’s modern Asian dishes and desserts created by Pastry Sous Chef Erin Koroll. Departure’s Family Meal Sample Menu might include power greens, spicy tuna roll, Departure wings, skirt steak skewer, chili prawns, garlic fried rice, coconut custard and dark chocolate bar. The menu is sophisticated, scrumptious and what kid doesn’t go crazy for fried rice or savory proteins. 

Second Home 

It’s still as popular as the last time I wrote about it (http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2010/03/17/kids-in-the-city-pajama-brunch-at-second-home-enter-to-win/). The Pajama Brunch Menu at Second Home in Cherry Creek’s JW Marriott reigns supreme on Sundays. Kids love the separate craft and movie room and adults love the cocktails (including a DIY Bloody Mary station and bottomless Mimosas) and delicious food, including the HUGE Chicken & Waffles, Challah French Toast and a Breakfast Pizza. All kids age 8 and under who wear their PJs can eat for FREE from the Kids Brunch Menu, including the Pancake Bar with fun toppings like M&Ms, gummy bears and fresh fruit. (secondhomedenver.com/cherry-creek-restaurant-menu/brunch-menu/)

Other Favorites from Local Families . . .

I posted on our family school’s Facebook page, and here are some other recommendations from Steck Families.

  • Old Chicago is a great value for kids, and a favorite of our three. We also love Bad Daddy’s–also a great value. Both of those places either include the drink with the kids’ meal or charge minimally for it. We have been several places that have great meals and choices for kids, but then they charge $3 for a glass of milk of a kids’ Sprite! — Alison Caulfield Kenda
  • Kona grill has the best kids meal I’ve seen. — Jonny Klinowski

BUT I DON’T WANNA LEAVE THE HOUSE . . .

No problem. We got you covered. Sometimes takeout, delivery, specialty services and the genius behind instacart are better than going out to dinner.

What are some hot new trends . . .

Cappello’s

Cappello’s recently delivered an impressive package that I had to sneak into even before the kids came home from school. If anyone in the family is gluten-free, grain-free, or in search of paleo-friendly items, this Colorado-based gourmet food company can deliver to your door. Options include frozen, ready-bake pasta, pizza, and cookie dough. The brand can be found throughout most grocery stores such as King Soopers, Whole foods, Natural Grocers and many more, the best part is, you can order online and they deliver in dry ice to ensure items are kept frozen.

I gobbled down their cheese pizza, and was ready to try even more flavors such as sheep’s milk cheese pizza and their naked pizza crust to make my own invention. The pastas were a huge hit, and no one felt bloated the next day, oh I see why those preach the words of the paleo-diet. We went for the gnocchi, and there is also fettuccine and lasagna sheets. There are four flavors of cookie dough, but we have yet to indulge. We’re most excited to try the chocolate chip. http://www.cappellos.com

The Gluten Escape®

Busy families who need gluten-free, dairy-free and food-allergy friendly options will love The Gluten Escape® in Centennial. The unique bakery is a dedicated gluten, dairy, soy protein and peanut free facility with 85% of products also being egg free. Owner Kathy Letson has developed a custom flour blend that is available for easy pick up at the bakery so families can bake at home. Kathy says successful gluten-free baking is all about the texture and she avoids using gritty white rice flour that has no nutritional value. Instead, her team blends 6 different flours that serve as a cup-for-cup substitute in any recipe and allows home bakers to control the texture with simple xantham gum additions. For an added treat, try Kathy’s chocolate cake recipe on the bag.

Other takeout options include award-winning pans of brownies, a variety of cupcakes, cookies, birthday cakes, cinnamon rolls, pizza dough balls, bread loaves and rolls. Grab and go options include bagel sandwiches, sandwiches, small pizzas and snack boxes. Call 303-694-9999 to pre-order your items and they’ll be ready for pick up within 48 hours or you can arrange delivery to your home with Judy at Always on Time Courier Service. (TheGlutenEscape.com

Cabela’s Grand Openings Aug. 15-18: Win a Starter Fishing Rod Every Day This Week

If you have been living under a rock for the last couple months, then it’s possible you have missed all the hype surrounding the exciting dual opening of Cabela’s—Thornton and Lone Tree. Well, we here at Mile High Mamas wanted to get in on the fun and enthusiasm bubbling over for the grand opening of both locations on August 15th! And, we didn’t want you mamas to miss out either! We partnered with Cabela’s to give-a-way a spectacular prize each day this week.

All week, Mile High Mamas will be picking one lucky mom each day to win a Zebco 202/404 Spincast Combo ($29.99) for her son or daughter. This well-known starter rod might be the most popular choice for first casts for kids nationwide. Retailing at ($29.95), the fishing kit includes two combos—a medium-light rod and one 404 with a medium-action rod. Reels feature long-lasting stainless-steel pick-up pins, durable ABS housings, sturdy 2.7:1 gear ratios and built-in hook keepers. Both come pre-spooled with 75 yards of monofilament line (202,10-lb. test; 404, 15-lb. test) The rods are crafted from 5’6″ two-piece graphite blanks with comfortable EVA grips and ceramic insert guides. And, the best part, these fishing kits aren’t even available yet in Cabela’s Colorado stores, nothing like having something you can’t find out there right now!

It’s here! Mile High Mamas Holiday Gift Guide. The Baker’s Dozen.

It’s the yearly holiday list of the baker’s dozen of clever, thoughtful and creative gifts for everyone in the family. Black Friday is over (thank goodness) and now it’s time to shop locally. Of course every product or idea on this list is Colorado-based. From coffee and chocolates to theater tickets and donations to charity, please read my favorite picks for the 2011 holiday season. I even included a couple gifts for Fido this year. I always want to include so many more ideas, but I know that I would begin to bore all of you with too long of a list. Again, I’m so inspired by the incredible local entrepreneurs and companies that call Colorado home. From their charity work to their community focus, we are lucky Mile High Mamas to be surrounded by such inspirational people.

Colorado Mom Creates the Hottest Fashions for BOYS at The Nest (Win It)

CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER JEN CHARETTE!

One of Denver’s newest baby boutiques is not only celebrating their one-year anniversary, they’re laying another egg in their Nest on Larimer Square. Nest’s second location (opening in time for holiday shopping) will hold true to their mantra, “clothing, gifts & community from crib to classroom,” with an even heavier emphasis on Denver-based designs.

Nest’s current store, located on 6th Avenue and Detroit in Denver, is packed full of clothing up to size 8, toys and oodles of goodies for the wee ones. So much so, it’s hard to spend less than 30 minutes in the store combing through all the merchandise. From snazzy bibs and blankets, to in-demand clothing lines,

The Kids are Going Back to School! Moms Deserve to do a bit of Retail Therapy to Celebrate!

Sometimes I feel I get more excited about back to school items then the kids! Sure pencils, markers and folders are fun, but I found four items that will make you want to go back to school as well, mmmmmm……., just in theory. The following items are more for me than my own kiddos. Pack me a lunch with some wacky apple in a Bento Box and stick my Make my Notebook in a Jaq Jaq Pouch and send me on my way. I just hope my version of school has nap time, extended recess and no homework.

Wacky Apple

Father’s Day Pick: Metro-Denver’s Guide to Everything for Dad and Kids

The Perfect Gift for Father’s Day: Wonderdads

The Metro-Denver’s Guide to Everything for Dad and Kids

I was a bit skeptical when I got Wonderdads in the mail. I always thought of myself as the kid guru when it comes to activities, where to shop, eat and play. Well, this compilation of ideas is giving me a run for my money! The book is fantastic. The contributors nailed so many of my favorites and even introduced me to some shops and restaurants I have not yet tried. This truly is

Mother’s Day Round-Up: Our Favorite Product Picks!

Mother’s Day is around the corner and there are definitely some husbands, significant others, children and family members scrambling for gift ideas for mom. Here is a quick round up of some lovely Colorado choices to make Mother’s Day a bit brighter. As a mom, I would be happy with a handmade card, a bouquet of flowers from the yard, or even breakfast in bed, here are some other selections that might bring a smile to mom’s face. Even a nice walk in the park or a picnic on your front lawn might do the trick. However, opening something special from loved ones is always a momentous occasion. Enjoy and happy Mother’s Day to all the

April Showers—Great Baby Shower Gifts

It’s hard to swing my own pregnant belly these days without bumping into another pregnant gal! Spring isn’t just for animals procreating, it seems humans love to have spring, summer and early fall babies as well. With babies comes showers, lots and lots of showers—cakes, silly games and gifting. This April I wanted to dedicate my product review to April Showers, baby showers that is! Here is a fantastic roundup of wonderful shower gifts to present to your pregger friends, all from Colorado! It’s amazing how many truly fabulous companies are located here in the Centennial State just for babies. This is by no means a complete list, as I am still a huge fan of the Colorado-based products from the Holiday Guide in December, but here are some fresh ideas for your gift giving adventures.

Bosom Blanket

Breastfeeding in public can be uncomfortable. From evil glares to awkward boob exposure, put your girlfriends at ease with Bosom Blanket. Owner and creator Shannon Kiebler knows about protecting the goods. Her cover for mommy is also a blanket for baby. The apron-style, adjustable garment is made of

Bosom Blanket, get them while you can!

100 percent cotton and is machine washable. There is a hidden double Velcro pocket, great for storing pacifiers and other odds and ends and there are a variety of patterns from which to choose. The best part, each Bosom Blanket comes with a matching burp cloth. Don’t laugh; I think I might be more excited about the burp cloth. I don’t need to go into detail that at times it seems as more comes up than goes down, but those tiny burp cloths I stocked up on the first round of baby were worthless. I love this style burp cloth because it actually holds liquid and I don’t end up with stains all over my shoulders. The nursing cover with matching burp cloth retails for $45. Get them while they are out, come end of summer, this line is becoming discontinued! Visit the company at www.bosomblanket.com

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Chelsea Avenue

Chelsea Incorvaia is the mastermind and seamstress behind Chelsea Avenue “for the stylish infant and

Beige Hat by Chelsea Avenue

child.” Her line is beyond darling! Chelsea always had a passion for design and creating unique clothing and accessory pieces. It just made sense when Chelsea Avenue finally came to fruition. She has a multitude of shower gifts that will make any mom-to-be smile. If it’s a girl, her hats are perfect, no matter what season. Those little baby heads can easily get quite cold and most babies are born without hair, so this is perfect to keep the

Tie Shirt by Chelsea Avenue

wee ones warm. At $15 a piece, they are affordable and darling. My favorites, the beige hat with black crystal peony (super warm and cozy) and the pink kufi hat with removable flower clip. And, for the super trendy moms, the tutu line is so fun, no doubt the preggers gal will be wearing the tutu as a tiara before baby comes. I like the pink and turquoise, just in case Hankers wants to give it a whirl. For boys, Chelsea has a onsie with a tie hand sewn on the front. What little man doesn’t look handsome dressed to the 9s, yet still comfy for summer in a onesie. Chelsea will customize anything upon request. Visit her at

Original Tutu by Chelsea Avenue

www.shopchelseaavenue.com or at www.facebook.com/chelseaavenue.

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Loopy Gear

Functional gifts are always helpful. Loopy Gear has one thought in mind, to avoid the five-second rule situation and help keep baby rattlers close. This safe product attaches one end to baby’s wrist and the other end to their toy of choice. Or you can attach Loopy Gear from toys to strollers, high chairs, car seats, and shopping carts too. Moms do not have to worry about dropped toys or dirty floors; the problem will be avoided with this magic wonder. There are 15 colors and patterns to choose from, perfect for either

Loopy Gear

sex or neutral if the wee one’s gender has not been disclosed. Mom and creator, Nicole, does recommend that Loppy Gear be worn in the presence of an adult, she would never promote leaving a child alone with this toy tool. Visit her on the web at www.loopygear.com. And use Coupon Code APRMHM to get 30% off your entire purchase.

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ShadyBaby

This product has Colorado baby written all over it! The sun at a mile high elevation is intense, too intense for baby’s skin. New moms are hesitant to put sunscreen on their precious bundles of joy, but want to get outside for walks. We all know that those strollers, no matter how much money you spend, can’t cover every angle of the blistering sun. That’s why ShadyBaby is perfect for our Colorado climate. The UV-protected parasol has a SPF of 50 plus, adjusts in three different places and is easy to clip on. Talk about April showers, could this gift be more appropriate? It could also be used on the rare occasion when it actually rains in the Colorado summer for more than 10 minutes. Retailing at $29.99, this is a brilliant gift for any mom. Visit the company at www.shadybaby.com

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Snug Organics

Sherpa Sleeper by Snug Organics

I’m totally crazy for this brand! I keep walking around the house with the sample that owner and creator Erin sent me in the mail. The Sherpa Sleeper is the cutest thing I’ve laid eyes on in a long time. The sample I received is perfect for newborns 0 – 3 months, but they also have 3 m – 6 m sizes as well. It’s super soft, constructed with certified 100 percent organic cotton sherpa that is fleecy, warm, antimicrobial, breathable and sustainable. This line of pajamas is made here in America and is free of pesticides, synthetics and flame retardant chemicals. Honestly, why don’t they make these in big people sizes? It reminds me of a little lamb and I just keep placing it over my huge belly dreaming of a little one wearing the darling jammies. There can be some cool Colorado summer nights, and this outfit is perfect for a newborn. I don’t know what mom wouldn’t melt upon opening this gift. Snug Organics also has a darling summer line for bigger babies that can be gifted as well. The Sherpa Sleeper retails a $36 and is yet another awesome Colorado product. Visit Snug Organics at www.snugorganics.com.

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Sweet Pea Cakes

When I first came across this website, all I could think of was the Sex in the City episode when the ladies travel to the “burbs” for a baby shower with the trendiest diaper cake in tow. Ever since, I have been highly amused with the idea, but never seen one in real life. Thankfully, I came across Dawn and Sweet Pea Cakes. These are too cute for words. I could not believe how many styles are available—bath time towel cakes, girl and boy towel cakes, organic diaper cakes, nursing diaper cakes, the list goes on! My personal favorite is the Lil’ Lamb Diaper Cake. It comes with 54 size 1 Pampers, a

Lil' Lamb Diaper Cake by Sweet Pea Cakes

handmade swaddle blanket, a handmade reversible bib, a pink onesie size 0-3 months, Johnson & Johnson Travel shampoo, wash, lotion and powder, trial desitin, teething ring and bath toy. The presentation is simply spectacular and you can tell true heart and joy are put into each cake; they are so personal! The cakes retail for $85 and up, a perfect option for guests who might want to go in on a gift together. Dawn turned her career into making these creative goodies and she’s got one heck of a niche in the market. These are truly one-of-a-kind and she is able to personalize any cake for your needs. Visit Dawn and her amazing products at http://sweetpeacakesetc.com.

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Toofeze

Denver-based Oh, That Baby! Ltd makes a useful gift for baby chompers. No one ever knows how old a baby will be when he or she cuts that first tooth, so be prepared. My friend Melissa was even born with a tooth! Toofeze is all-natural, therapeutic, pediatrician approved and convenient. They are made of all-natural non-toxic stainless steel and silicone, clinically proven to reduce painful teething symptoms, easily cleaned and able to sanitize and dishwasher safe . . . and the best part, they can be engraved! The package comes with a storage bag for the teether and a teething chart, pretty stinking cute. They retail at $20 a piece, and trust-me, they are worth every penny. Nothing is worse than a baby who finally sleeps through the night only to break the routine when those pesky incisors or milk teeth come start coming in. They are available in stores or online at www.toofeze.com.