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Swirly Twirly Designs Giveaway: Create Your Family’s Own Motto!

Every time I walk into a craft store like Hobby Lobby, I spend time browsing through the signs and pictures, looking for a motto that fits my family. Share. Forgive.  Laugh. Be Grateful. Love. Though these generic signs have wonderful messages for any family, I have never found one that perfectly fits mine.
 
It would appear not everyone is equally passionate about growing giant pumpkins.
 
That’s why I was ecstatic to connect with Heather, a married mom of 3 (with one on the way) who lives in Breckenridge. She started Swirly Twirly Designs a few years ago when she searched for items for her daughter’s nursery but couldn’t find exactly what she was looking for. 
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 So, she decided to learn how create her own signs and artwork and what started off as just gifting to friends and family soon became a business. Since 2012, she has made thousands of items for customers, almost all of them personalized–from drinkware to family signs. Each item is handmade and all of them are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.
 
I selected my sign’s design and had a lively discussion with my family about our creed and what passions represented who we are. I could not be more thrilled with how it turned out.
 
Related: A couple of years ago for my 10-year anniversary, I took profile pictures of each family member, and framed the four silhouettes. I gave the artwork to my husband in a grand gesture but we never got around to hanging them. Imagine how thrilled I was to realize that they fit perfectly with our new family motto from Swirly Twirly Designs.
 
But Heather creates so much more than just family signs. Be sure to go to her website,  Facebook page or Pinterest to find everything from growth charts to rustic scrabble art with family names to time-out stools to family stockings holders–all of them personalized.swirlycollage
Mile High Mamas is giving away a $50 gift certificate to use toward any item in her shop. Contest deadline is Nov. 30, 2014. You may enter as many as five times.
 

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Contest: Win VIP Passes to Colorado’s Nationally Acclaimed Haunted Houses!

Two of the most sought after haunted house attractions in the nation – the 13th Floor and the Asylum — have expanded and getting ready to open for the season. And, this year you can enter for your chance to win a set of Four Fast Pass Tickets to BOTH houses!  The 13th Floor opens on Friday, September 19, and the Asylum opens Friday, September 26.  Both houses are open through November 2.

 The 13th Floor

Experience the legend and bizarre alternate reality of the supernatural at the acclaimed 13th Floor Haunted House. Featuring redesigned attractions, new creatures, new and larger-than-life interactive monsters, and heightened sound effects, the 13th Floor will also continue to offer enhanced fan favorites including a living floor effect, flying actors who will inhabit the house, sewer scene, laser swamp, Mayan tombs, shifting hallways, illusions, state-of-the-art computerized monsters and much more.

Get double the horror with a ticket to experience Undead – the Possession, Dwellings of the Dead included in one ticket price with 13th Floor. Undead is inspired by the 2012 movie, “The Cabin in the Woods,” and by the continuing popularity of zombies in today’s culture and entertainment world.

 The Asylum

You will lose their mind when the lines of reality and terror are blurred at The Asylum to create a psychological, gritty, and interactive experience.

 Get a glimpse into a real insane asylum with the Asylum’s upfront actor-driven premise. This year, you will get scared with new rooms and layout of spine-chilling nightmares including a padded cell that will leave people wondering which way is up or down, an eerie and authentic atrium, a tilt room, a realistic two-story cell block, and more. The mind-blowing experience will draw on each of your five senses.

Also included with the price of admission is Primitive Fear: The Apocalypse. Created as a city that has been over taken by mutants, highlights include finding your way through tilted buildings, room of doors, and dark alleyways.

 In addition to the haunted houses, here are a couple noteworthy items:

Don’t Be A Monster: Keeping Monsters in Haunted Houses and Out of Schools

The 13th Floor will once again spread an anti-bullying message with the “Don’t Be A Monster” campaign to students in schools throughout the Denver-metro area September – November. The goal is to educate youth about the affects and consequences of bullying through captivating presentations that are energetic, touching and inspiring. “Don’t Be A Monster” focuses on choices students can make when it comes to bullying, and how it will impact their lives as well as the lives of those around them. Additionally, they will leave the presentation equipped with the tools they need to have an educated and empathetic discussion about bullying. Visit www.dontbeamonster.org for information.

 Family Night

On October 5, both houses will present Family Night – one evening where groups of four can purchase general admission tickets, popcorn and soda for only $79.

Visit http://13thfloorhauntedhouse.com and http://www.asylumdenver.com/denver/index.html for ticket pricing, dates/times of operation, location and to buy tickets.

 Contest

Mile High Mama is giving away 2 VIP Fast Pass 4-packs to check out both haunted houses (each 4-pack has a value of approximately $250). Please note, these haunted houses are not appropriate for young children.  You may enter as many as five times. Contest deadline: Oct. 8, 2014.

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Contest: 15 Lucky Moms Will Win a #VISINEMorningMakeover Valued up to $2,000!

With kids back in school, Mile High Mamas and the VISINE® Brand are offering moms the chance to press the reset button as the transition from pool parties and family BBQs to carpools and homework begins. From late nights to early mornings, moms are super busy, especially when getting their families ready and out the door in the morning.

In an effort to make this hectic time of day more manageable, the VISINE® Brand and Mile High Mamas are offering you the chance to win a #VISINEMorningMakeover! Whether you wish you had more time to pull yourself together, an assistant to get the lunches packed, or a clone of yourself to run all those errands while you are at work, tell us about it!

Fifteen lucky moms will win a #VISINEMorningMakeover by completing the form below and answering the question: “If you could have one service or product to help make your mornings more efficient, what would it be?”

 Winners will receive a gift or service of their choice to help make your mornings more efficient so you can focus on what’s really important – your family!

visine287x366Sounds simple, right? Then, one grand prize winner will be selected from the fifteen finalists to win an additional prize: A “Moms’ Night Out” for yourself and two friends to enjoy an evening of pampering at a local spa or a relaxing evening at a local yoga studio followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant (valued at up to $3,000!)

To get you started on your #VISINEMorningMakeover, nationally-recognized efficiency expert Celia Ward-Wallace offers the following tips on how to effectively manage to-do lists, relieve stress and more to help you take control of your mornings and get back to your normal.

  • Plan your day: It sounds simple, but actually putting your schedule and to-do list in writing cannot only save you time, but it can help you be more flexible since making changes and substitutions are easier when it’s all laid out clearly in front of you.
  • Do as much as you possibly can the night before: Set out clothes for the next day, pack lunches and make sure diaper bags, backpacks and work bags are packed and ready to go.  
  • Remove physical distractions: Alleviate anxiety and stress by removing physical distractions like red, irritated eyes with a few drops of VISINE® Original Redness Relief’s fast-acting formula which quickly soothes and refreshes eyes. VISINE® Original Redness Relief provides relief in seconds so you can get back to normal fast.

Keep an eye on the Mile High Mamas blog and Facebook as we share more helpful tips throughout the contest.   

Contest

Share what product or service would help make your mornings more efficient for a chance to win a #VISINEMorningMakeover, then share your answer on Facebook and/or Twitter with #VISINEMorningMakeover and #Sweeps to receive one (1) bonus entry to win the grand prize, a “Moms’ Night Out.”

Stay tuned to Mile High Mamas as we announce five winners each Friday from September 5 – September 19, 2014 and announce the grand prize winner on Monday, September 22, 2014!

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No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & DC, 18 or older. Sweepstakes ends 7:50 p.m. MDT 9/18/14 at 11:59 p.m. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules for complete details.

Win a $50 Kohl’s gift card for the New Disney Apparel

We’re big Disney fans (be sure to stay tuned for details of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration).

But as much as we love Mickey, my kids don’t typically wear commercial clothing so I was unsure what my son would think about Kohl’s Department Store’s new Disney-branded apparel collection for kids under the Jumping Beans brand. My description of having our own little “fashion show” didn’t sit well with him either because as it turns out, most little boys aren’t into the runway scene. #WhoKnew?

I was actually excited when we saw this new collection at Kohl’s. The girl’s line was darling, feminine and fun with playful red, white and blue prints.disneygirl

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The boy’s collection? It was right up the alley for a  cool 7-year-old dude. All the clothes followed the same color pattern so were interchangable, they weren’t “cheesy” (his words, not mine) and if you have a sports-lover, there is plenty to love.

Mickey Mouse Soccer Raglan Tee

Mickey Mouse Soccer Raglan Tee

My son liked the soccer-playing Mickey Mouse graphic available in red/gray/blue but we loved the Mickey Mouse Soccer Raglan Tee most of all. Made of polyester, it is the perfect shirt for his soccer practice!

 The Disney-branded apparel featuring Disney’s iconic characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse is available for infants (12-24 months), toddlers (2T-4T), boys (4-7) and girls (4-7). All items retail for under $35, a great value for moms that love the spirit of Disney and practicality of Jumping Beans.

Though my son claimed to like several of the Mickey tees and matching Disney Mickey Mouse Mesh Shorts by Jumping Beans, each time he would come out to model a new outfit he was in tears. I ignored the drama until he came out with his very last outfit.

mickeycollection“What on earth is the matter? Do you not like the clothes?”

“No, I like the clothes. That’s not why I’m crying. I’ve had to go to the bathroom this enter time.”

Note to self: Do not get too overzealous about  the new Disney Apparel By Jumping Beans Capsule Collection at Kohl’s that your model has a bathroom-induced meltdown.

Contest

I was given a $50 gift card to check-out the new Disney Apparel By Jumping Beans Capsule Collection at Kohl’s and we’re giving you the opportunity to win your own $50 gift card from Kohl’s.  Contest deadline is April 28, 2014.
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Contest: Win Tickets to Jillian Michaels’ Maximize Your Life Tour and Bring the Fun With PopChips

Do you feel maxed out?

We’re here to help you live life to the max…in the best way possible! Mile High Mamas is teaming up with with popchips, those delicious potato, tortilla, popcorn and veggie chips popped crispy and full of flavor with half the fat of fried chips, to bring you Jillian Michaels’ Maximize Your Life Tour.

As one of the world’s leading health and wellness experts, Jillian is live on stage across the country in her “Maximize Your Life” Tour at the Paramount Theater on March 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of inspiration, information and motivation. In this intimate and uniquely personal experience, Jillian shows how to harness your potential, accomplish your goals and live an exceptional life – sharing her keys to health, success and happiness.

jillianAnd if you’re familiar with no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is Jillian, there is no hype, no false promises: just results.

“Your health is the platform that your entire life is built upon – from your physical health to your confidence and self-worth, I will give you the skillset, tools and insights to transform any aspect of your life immediately so you realize your true potential, and create the future you’ve dreamed of and deserve,” exclaims Jillian.

I mean, really. Who doesn’t need some extra motivation to kick-start their life? Bonus: Rumor has it there will be no treadmills present at the event. 🙂

Tickets start at $25 for the tour. Be sure to go to http://www.jillianmichaelslive.com/tour-dates/denver/ for additional information.

Healthy snacking with popchips

Jillian Michaels is a proud spokesperson and investor of popchips. In addition to two tickets to her Maximize Your Life Tour, we’re giving away a month supply of popchips, snacks your kids will love without the guilt (no trans-fat, cholesterol, fake colors, and flavors). They even meet strict nutritional standards being imposed in a growing number of schools.

popchips1And the flavors? Even the pickiest eaters will find something they love–from their seven taste-bud-popping options like barbecue or sour cream and onion to the three tortilla flavors (nacho cheese or chili limón anyone?) to their new veggie popchips like Tuscan herb. Katy Perry is even giving us something to “Roar” about with her signature flavor, kettle corn.

More Chances to Win

popchips is hosting some engagement sweeps of their own and they want you to Bring the Fun! They are inviting fans to share how they #bringthefun to 2014 for a chance to win a year of fun, food and fitness with Jillian Michaels. Sweeps runs through Feb. 28. 2014: http://popchips.com/bringthefun

Mile High Mamas Contest

Mile High Mamas is giving away two tickets to the Jillian Michaels “Maximize Your Life Tour” on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. AND a month supply of popchips. You may enter as many as five times.

**CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER TRACY P.!

Disclaimer: Mile High Mamas is teaming up with popchips and Jillian Michaels’ Maximize Your Life Tour. All opinions are our own.

Wit, Wisdom, and Wine: One Woman’s “Confessions of a Mediocre Widow”

While Mile High Mama blogger Catherine Tidd has spent the last few years developing a global online support group for widows and widowers (www.theWiddahood.com), she has also been hard at work on her memoir, Confessions of a Mediocre Widow, which took the number two spot on the local nonfiction bestseller list less than two weeks after its release.  In her first interview with us, she talks about everything from finding humor in grief to dating as a single parent.  And we are excited to be giving away three copies of her book (see below)!

CoverWhy did you write this memoir?

Confessions of a Mediocre Widow is the book I wanted when my husband died in 2007.  I was 31-years-old with three small children and most of the books that I came across were either too clinical/self-help for me or were memoirs written by older widows.  I needed something that I could relate to and I wanted a book that read more like a story than something that outlined the stages of grief.

Staples’ Dr. Dre Wireless Headphone Review and Win a Set of Your Own (a $150 value!)

**CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO ELAISHA T.! **

My technological tendencies frustrate my husband Jamie to no end. I constantly view videos vertically instead of horizontally on my iPhone. I’d rather watch movies on the small TV in our bedroom versus his 84-inch HDTV in the basement. And I buy cheap headphones from (wait for it) the dollar store or Big Lots.

I’ll probably keep doing the first two but my life has been forever changed after experiencing Beats By Dr. Dre Wireless On Ear Headphone from Staples. I had originally intended to give them to my husband this Christmas but I may just keep them for myself (sorry, Honey). These are a few of my favorite things:

Sound. My first thought when I put them on was “whoa, listen to that bass!” Music sounds crisper, cleaner and richer with very low distortion at high volume…it’s like I’m sitting in a DJ booth spinning tunes! Watching movies from my computer with the headphones has never been better. Wireless options for headsets have come a long way. They used to have unreliable connections and a serious drop in audio quality compared to their wired counterparts. Nowadays, wireless earphones have dramatically improved in all areas and are easier to pair with devices.

Win a Camera, Backpack or Waffle Marker for Rudi’s Organic Bakery’s National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day

CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO HOLLY B.!

Rudi’s Organic Bakery  is excited to celebrate National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day on Oct. 16, to help support healthy, active kids. Parents will be able to eat school-provided lunch with their children to learn more about the kinds of food their school is providing.

In conjunction with National Take your Parents to Lunch Day, Rudi’s will be honoring kids by hosting a fun back-to-school Say Cheese Photo Contest  now through Sept. 15. Parents will be able to submit photos of their children eating a yummy sandwich with an opportunity to win the grand prize of being featured in a Rudi’s ad and a $500 Whole Foods gift card! In addition, fans can enter for weekly prizes like iPad Minis, Amazon gift cards, and North Face backpacks on Say Cheese Microsite and can download a $1 off coupon for Rudi’s Gluten-Free products.

ADDITIONAL CONTEST

It gets better! Mile High Mamas is doing a contest of our own in conjunction with Rudi’s contest. We are offering you a back-to-school item of your choice: a Canon Powershot Camera, North Face Backpack, or a Waring Belgian Waffle Maker, valued at $75. Be sure to go here to enter. Contest deadline is Sept. 15, 2013.

I Won A Trip to See Taylor Swift in Los Angeles: A Mother-daughter Adventure!

So you know those contests that they have on the radio: “Win a trip to see some super artist in some tropical sounding location.” I have to admit, that sometimes I think it is not really possible to actually WIN one of those trips. That, in addition, to the fact that I am probably the most unlucky person there is!

I was at a “Live at Five” concert with Alice 105.9 radio station. I had gone because they had an artist performing there that had won American Idol, Lee Dewyze. I thought that in and of itself was pretty cool. Free concert! I’m in! While I was there I put my name on a piece of paper. They were giving away two trips – one to see Bon Jovi in New Jersey and the other to see Taylor Swift in Los Angeles. As I wrote my name down, I said out loud, “I would rather win the Taylor trip cause I’d rather go to L.A.”

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!