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Product Picks for April 4, 2009

I’m always happy to get to read a good book to review for Mile High Mamas, and it is even better when it’s homegrown. Author and Speaker Jean Blackmer lives in Boulder with her husband and three sons.

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As a mom of two young boys, I read Boy-sterous Living: celebrating your loud and rowdy life with sons like a prediction of my future. Jean Blackmer knows what I have to look forward to: Noise. Risk-taking (and worry). Competitiveness. Fascination with all things that EXPLODE. And trips to the ER.
But rather than a list of parenting to-dos or admonishments to keep your boys under control, Jean Blackmer’s book is nothing less than an ode to the joy of living with boys….

Full review here.

If you would like to have a product reviewed by one of our Mile High Mamas, please email Amber at amber@milehighmamas.com.

Share Your Recipes at Mile High Mamas’ Spring Recipe Swap and Win!

I recently attended an event where Qdoba Mexican Grill unveiled their tasty new Chile Verde. The Colorado-based head chef gave us a tutorial on cooking with chiles and best of all? He divulged some of his favorite recipes such as the restaurant’s to-die-for mango salsa.

To quote my 2-year-old son: “DEWICIOUS!”

After sampling Qdoba’s fresh, healthy food my cravings for more fresh, healthy recipes kicked in. And so Mile High Mamas is launching our own Spring Recipe Swap. Simply go to our Recipe forum and share your favorite dishes for spring and summer. Got a favorite salad? What about a great marinade for grilling? And please don’t leave out dessert. If you have a favorite site with great recipes, please share that, too!

[photopress:babyfat.jpg,thumb,pp_image]Your efforts will not go unrewarded. Not only will we have a collection of great recipes but Qdoba Mexican Grill is kicking in free entrees for 20 of our favorite submissions. We are also offering a copy of The Baby Fat Diet by authors Monica Bearden and Shara Aaron. This book offers 30 simple health and nutrition tips that are imminently practical, along with delicious recipes. Nothing that takes excessive time or preparation made it into this book, only tried and true advice. Mom’s “me time” comes in spurts so this book is written in short chapters, none of which have to be read sequentially.

Bearden and Aaron also offer tips on easy substitutions for favorite recipes, healthy menus, shopping lists, lifestyle changes to boost metabolism and much more.

To participate in our Spring Recipe Swap, all you need to do is go to our Recipe forum, click “New Topic,” and enter your information. If you are not yet a member of our forum, membership is free and it takes less than one minute to sign up.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms Book Giveaway

[photopress:powermom.jpg,full,pp_image]I hate self-help books. I don’t know if it’s because I feel like they’re too preachy or if I just don’t think the one-size-fits-all mentality really works.

What I do love is inspiring stories about other moms who have made motherhood work for them. Enter: Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Power Moms–101 Stories Celebrating the Power of Choice for Stay at Home and Work from Home Moms.

The title says it all — this book is about multi-tasking, high-performing women who come from all walks of life: from the stay-at-home mom to the career mom. I received a sampler of this book as I was making some difficult mom-related decisions and I felt a wave of peace wash over me. I read about other moms going through the same thing who, in the end, made the best decision for them and their family.

With stories by Dooce.com’s Heather Armstrong, Lynne Spears, Liz Lange, Mary Himes, Melora Hardin, Jodi Picoult, Jillian Reynolds, Jane Green, Elise Chidley, and other power moms all over the country it’s a go-to source for every mom who needs advice, perspective, or a good laugh!

We are thrilled to give away three copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms. To enter, simply email us at giveaways@milehighmamas.com with “Power Mom” in the subject line. Please include your mailing address. Contest deadline is March 21, 2009.

One Book, One Denver to hold various free events; what are your favorite children’s books?

I am a huge advocate of reading. One of my earliest memories is snuggling up in my yellow canopied bed, pinning my little brother down, and reading Alice in Wonderland to him for hours.

Upon further reflection, he may not share the same fond memories.

I started attending storytime at the library when my daughter was six months old. It was initially more of a lifeline to get out of the house and socialize with other moms but it soon became part of our weekly routine.

That’s why I was thrilled to learn that the Denver Preschool Program (DPP), in partnership with the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the support of Kaplan Early Learning Company, have presented the first ever preschool-aged book selection in cooperation with the ongoing One Book, One Denver program.

[photopress:chairformother.jpg,thumb,pp_image]Basically, this new initiative aims to inspire parents, grandparents and other caregivers across the Denver community to take an active role in their children’s academic success by reading together. To help families foster a love of reading early in a child’s life, several community reading events will be held for the inaugural selection A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper was one of many on the committee that chose this year’s Preschool One Book, One Denver book, which is a Caldecott Honor book.

For additional information and a calendar of events on Preschool One Book, One Denver that includes a meet-up with the author Vera Williams, please visit their Web site.

What were some of your favorite books as a child? What books have your children enjoyed throughout the years?