It’s beginning to look a lot like COOKIES!

Fire up the oven and dust off your cookie cutters: Holiday baking season is in full swing. Here are five classic recipes for your next cookie swap. Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe from Hershey’s, available at Makes about 4 dozen. Ingredients 48 chocolate kisses 1/2 cup shortening 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

5 Free Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays can be expensive, between the gifts, parties and travel expenses. My favorite gifts are those that don’t cost a lot of money, yet are personal and meaningful and maybe even a little playful. So, the ideas below will save money, and they also encourage thoughtful gifting for loved ones. Whether for adults or kids, add a personal twist on an idea or two below and have fun making gifts this year. You can definitely enjoy a Happy Holiday that doesn’t have to demolish your bank account! 1. Coupon Book: There is a reason department stores and food chains use coupons – people like them. By making your own unique coupons, this gift will be a hit for any age. Think of what the recipient would appreciate and design a page for each coupon. Ideas for kids can include a gam...

Annual Crafting Extravaganza Causes Annual Ulcer

It’s the time of year again that my husband Jamie dreads. That time when I become delusional and somehow forget that I cannot do crafts. That I have never been able to do crafts and I never will be able to do crafts. Every year, the female members of my church gather for Super Saturday (or Fabulous Friday) in an event that can only be described as Martha Stewart on Steroids. This year, I recruited my creative and craft-loving 9-year-old daughter to assist me which, in incompetent craft terms, means do it for me. For the first time ever, we had a wonderfully bonding experience as we learned how to decorate cupcakes and paint darling decorative blocks for the holiday. A few years ago, I wasn’t so lucky. The classes included photography, dutch oven, bread making and fondue classes...

Your 2013 Holiday Movie Preview

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the movie-house … Well, you get the picture. Starting Wednesday, movie theaters will be stuffed. And with a very few exceptions, turkeys don’t seem to be on the menu. Far from it. Here are some of the goods film studios — big and indie — are serving up this holiday season. “Black Nativity Writer-director Kasi Lemmons updates Harlem poet Langston Hughes’ 1961 Christmas musical with more than a little help from Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett. Jacob Latimore plays manchild Langston Cobbs, sent by his mother to her estranged parents’ home over the holiday. Nov. 27 Philomena Judi Dench enters the Oscar fray with this moving portrait of a birth mother searching for the son taken from her...

A musical holiday card for all Mile High Mamas

To continue our annual tradition we offer again this vlog (video blog). To: All Mile High Mamas everywhere From: Three Mile High Mama sisters with very expressive eyebrows RE: Holiday wishes Happy and peaceful holiday wishes from me and mine to you and yours.

Mama Drama: Making the Holiday Season Managable for Kids

Dear Mama Drama: Last year I noticed that my daughter had a really difficult time managing her emotions and behavior during the holidays. She would fall apart at the store, family gatherings, and even at school. She is four this year so I’m hoping things will be better, but am wondering if there is anything I can do to help her handle things more smoothly? ~Hoping for smooth Holidays (photo credit) Dear Mama Drama: The holiday season can be lots of fun with family to see, presents to buy, and events to attend. However, it is important to remember that preschoolers can be overwhelmed by all of the activity resulting in meltdowns, tantrums, and much less fun for all. As the busy season begins remember to: Keep a regular schedule as much as possible. Waking up, eating, and going to bed consis...

What do you smell like? Ask your kid.

One night at bedtime, my daughter offers to tell me how I smell. Yikes -- do I want to know?

Mother-in-law: love her or hate her?

Mothers are honored and revered on a hallowed day this month. Mothers-in-law are tossed into the celebrations, too -- in the Rodney Dangerfield section of greeting cards.

Three part peace

To:  You From:  Three sisters RE:  Holiday wishes Happy and peaceful holiday wishes from me and mine to you and yours. Tami, Lori, Sheri

Mile High Mamas’ Ultimate Colorado Shopping Guide for the Holidays

The 2010 Ultimate Colorado Shopping Guide Here’s my roundup of holiday shopping goodies! I scoured the state to find all Colorado-based gifts, perfect for the eco-friendly and green footprint movement we embody. There were so many fantastic choices this year, it was hard to choose only a handful, but I think I brought you the best and most clever gifts I could find. There’s something on this list for every aged child, from newborn to teen to college coed. I didn’t forget mom either—there are quite a few items I found that I didn’t have to share with Hank the Tank this year! Enjoy! Belle Baby Carriers Thank Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for making babies attached to the front of mom and dad hip! However, Colorado has always been ahead of the trend and we even have our own company based out o...

Colorado in December: Celebrate the season with our daily guide

From train rides to light shows to tons of tubas, there’s something going on every December day. December 1 Sign-language Santa: Cherry Creek Shopping Center continues its annual tradition of providing hearing-impaired children with a special visit with Santa, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. 3000 E. First Ave., 303-388-3900 2 Christmas Sing-in: The Lutheran Chorale and Lakewood Symphony are joined by guest choirs in a program of holiday music including Handel’s “Messiah,” 7:30 p.m. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. $15, $12 students and seniors, $8 children. 303-987-7845 3 Parade of Lights: The 9News annual parade follows a 2-mile route in downtown Denver. 8 p.m. Friday (also on TV) and 6 p.m. Saturday. Free or purchase a grandstand s...

FamilyFun Craft Ideas for the 4th of July!

It’s almost time to celebrate our nation’s birth! Check out these great 4th of July activities from Disney FamilyFun magazine. * Confetti Launcher: Fireworks happen only after dark, but this craft creates a pop of color any time of day. Kids pull back on the string to release a shower of tissue paper confetti, then gather it up and refill the launcher again…and again…and again. * Hand-some Tee: With a design fashioned entirely from palm-and-finger prints, this tee will be the talk of eagle-eyed revelers. * Wig and Tutu in One: Powdered wigs are so 1776. Celebrate the Fourth in 2010 sporting a crazy red, white, and blue pompadour. Or, if you prefer, wear the tulle creation as a tutu. * Spirited Bike Spinner: Old Glory won’t be the only thing blowing in the breeze this Fourth. Made from a st...