mother’s day

The Strength of a Mom: A Woman I Admire

I met Rebecca early 2008. I don’t remember the details, as we have not become friends till much later on. My memories upon meeting her for the first time are vague, a beautiful, cool, smart and busy businesswoman, about my age, with two (now three) little kids. I knew she had a child with Down syndrome, because I was working in that arena. But Rebecca never made a big fuss about it. There was never a dramatic sense of doom or pity, but a contagious sense of happiness, love and making sure her child is as normal as possible. There was no special treatment for Guion at home, or at school. He still goes to public schools, plays with typical kids and is, by all means, a very typical child. Rebecca made sure her family, her friends, and anyone coming in contact with her family understood Guion,...

Denver Deals: Mother’s Day specials, plant sale and more

What is the perfect present for mom? For me, it is getting to spend time with my kids. They really are fantastic people who make me smile more than anything. If you are planning to spend time with your mom there are some great restaurant deals out there. Also, don’t miss The Best Gifts and Mother’s Day Events for Moms.  Mother’s Day Specials. Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday, May 9. ·         Cook Street School of Culinary Arts. Their special Mother’s Day Brunch is on Sunday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. is perfect for kids to participate in making brunch! Menu includes: Petit Fours, Scones & Croissants, Croque Madame with mixes greens and Dijon vinaigrette. They have several other really fun classes co...

If it ‘takes a village’ to raise a child, why do we shame each other when we get help?

If it takes a village to raise a child, why do we shame each other when we get help? I have been mulling over this question for a while. In the age of social media, Colorado moms are expected to project a perfect facade or being able to do it all and these expectations leave many of us feeling guilty and overwhelmed. These sentiments from Jen Hatmaker nail it: Here is part of the problem, girls: we’ve been sold a bill of goods. Back in the day, women didn’t run themselves ragged trying to achieve some impressively developed life in eight different categories. No one constructed fairytale childhoods for their spawn, developed an innate set of personal talents, fostered a stimulating and world-changing career, created stunning homes and yardscapes, provided homemade food for every meal (loca...

Mother’s Day in Denver: The Best Gifts and Events for Denver Moms

Mother’s Day in Denver is almost here! While Mother’s Day events have not yet returned to normal, we certainly have more options than last year and Mom is a reason to celebrate. Kick off the day with a fragrant bouquet of freshly cut, elegantly arranged flowers. Colorado’s largest flower business, Lehrer’s Flowers, can help you find the perfect combination for your mom. Or order from Bouquets in Lower Downtown — they were named one of America’s top 10 florists by Bon Appetit Magazine. If it takes a village to raise a child, why do we shame each other when we get help? I have been mulling over this question for a while. In the age of social media, Colorado moms are expected to project a perfect facade or being able to do it all and thes...

Motherhood is a gift, not a job

A job is defined as working for money. Motherhood is defined as working harder than any job in the world, and doing it for free. Motherhood is not a job; if it were a job, I would have a loaded bank account. With (almost) five little ones, homeschooling, and staying sane through the emotions that occur each day, I sometimes wish money came with the hard work! But the truth is, this journey of parenting is a gift. A nonreturnable gift in which you lose yourself, find yourself, and possibly even discover your true self along the way. There is nothing in the world that can be considered as selfless as becoming a mother. Allowing your body to grow, home, and then feed a baby. Accepting a child into your arms to love and care for, for all of time, is an incredibly unselfish choice to make. Whil...

Disney’s Family Sing-a-long will air on Mother’s Day

Disney is reeling from some staggering financial losses during this pandemic…but that isn’t stopping them from bringing some cheer to families on Mother’s Day. The Disney Family Singalong is a simple, yet incredibly fun, idea. Round up some celebrities — along with their families — to perform classic Disney tunes in their homes, while encouraging viewers to give their own vocal cords a workout. With the first event being such a huge success, Disney announced that volume 2 will air on Mother’s Day The event will once again be hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who posted about it on his Instagram page. https://www.instagram.com/p/B_kDZy3pDfe/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link The first round of celebrity guests joining “The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II” was announced for the n...

Mom: A Name Well-earned

From the archives   Today I’m heading to the hospital.  It’s a 30-minute drive and I’ll have all three of my kids in the back with me (a 4-year-old, a 2.5-year-old and an 8-month-old).  My sister will be coming as well but solo since all her kids are in school this morning.  We’re on our way to provide some respite care for my mother who has been taking care of my Dad in the hospital since his surgery on Saturday, four days ago.  We’ve been trying to take turns visiting every day so that my mom gets some exercise and is able to relax some.  Well, as much as you can relax when someone you love is in the hospital.    At this point, you might wonder how the three kids could provide any relaxation.  Contrary to what you might assume, seeing her gran...

15 Awesome Mother’s Day Gifts in the Time of COVID-19

I’ll admit Mother’s Day snuck up on me this year because it’s tough to feel like celebrating when you’re under quarantine. Plus, I’m usually flooded with fantastic product and activity ideas and this year, I have seen very little cross my desk which is a sobering sign of the times. But now, more than ever, we need to show gratitude for how much the maternal figure in our lives does for us. Whether it’s your mom, your grandma, an aunt or someone else, honoring that person might look a bit different in 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, we’re moms and we can get creative with fun activities, gifts, acts of kindness of a socially-distanced kind. Showing Mom you care will mean more than you know in the days of COVID-19. Colorado Crafted B...

Becoming Mothers: A Halloween Homebirth

At 3:05 a.m., after five hours of contracting every 10 minutes, I finally called my midwife to tell her how I was progressing. By 7 a.m., gap times shortened to six minutes, and by 8 a.m., DeAna and her assistant had arrived. My husband Steve and I were supposed to have set up the birthing tub in our bedroom during early labor, but we had been so convinced this was not the real deal – until it was too late for me to be of any help at all. Candles were lit by the far side of the tub and a collection of my favorite music played softly across the room. I had the space I needed to focus and breathe. I lived within each contraction, forgetting the previous one, unconcerned with the next, losing all track of time. I remember the moment I wanted to give up.

Becoming Mothers: A Journey Begins With Purplish-Blue

A bag was packed and ready, but not in any specific vehicle. After all, who knew which car would feel like the “right” car once the time came. It was 1 a.m. C was just arriving home from a dragging day that turned into an extended night of work. He was exhausted and only looking forward to laying his body down in the warmth of heavy covers only a January night can hold. Nestling his cold limbs against the heat of the woman who carried his child, who would one day be his wife, sleep met him. C was unaware of the stirring. His baby boy was coming to greet him. Knocking on the walls that held him, preparing his mother for his arrival; she timed him. There had been false knocks before, too soon that medication needed to quiet them. This time was different. The knocks came, rhythmically. The ti...

25 family fun events for Mother’s Day weekend

It’s Mother’s Day weekend in Denver with the Colorado Chocolate Festival, a Mother’s Day Garden Bazaar, Moms & Mimosas at Outlets at Castle Rock and more. See our event calendar for full listings.  Free Day at Denver Firefighters Museum May 9, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Free admission to Denver Firefighters Museum! Mother’s Day Garden Bazaar at The Westwood Food Cooperative  May 10 – 12  Mother’s Day is often considered the official kick off for the planting season here in Colorado, and Re:Vision is putting a new twist on that tradition. The Mother’s Day Garden Bazaar will be an opportunity to not only purchase plants and get ready for the season, but also a great way for families to spend quality time together. Colorado Chocolate Festival at Denver Mart D...

Becoming Mothers: The Good, the Bad and the Baby

When my husband and I decided we were ready to become parents, we quickly learned that getting pregnant was the easy part. The pregnancy wasn’t too difficult either. The worst part was anticipating the birth. Knowing that the baby was going to have to come out somehow. I tried to decide which path would be best. The traditional way didn’t seem like a good time and neither did a C-section. I wanted to reconsider. But there was no going back. I was due on my 30th birthday. The day after my birthday, I failed the stress test at a routine checkup.