product review

Looking for a stocking stuffer that ROCKS?

Colorado mom creates a geography game for her son's birthday party and now people across the country are ROCKing ON. Melissa Wesner, mompreneur, offers an educational and fun gift for the school-age children on your holiday list.

Amy Michelle Go Totes: The perfect bags for moms on the go (with discount code)

Why I am carrying a diaper bag even though my youngest is in 3rd grade. Amy Michelle Go-Totes combine style and organization.

‘Tis the season to get pampered

And I ain’t talking diapers for the baby. I’m talking a facial for the mama. The Ritz-Carlton Spa in Denver is a four-time Forbes Four Star award winning spa (2008 – 2012). And it is currently offering special ways to pamper anyone in your life that may be under a wee bit of stress (you, perhaps?). Or someone who simply deserve an indulgence for being of service during the past year (again, I’m looking at YOU!).

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.

Looking for a Mother’s Day hint to drop?

Here's a luscious idea that has fewer calories that chocolate, smells as good as a bouquet of flowers, and always fits the giftee perfectly. How about a day of pampering, a few hours with no cares or concerns, a time when you are the center of the universe? And how about doing all that at the very posh but not outrageously priced Four Seasons Spa in downtown Denver?

PeeKoo—Making life a bit easier in the morning (and receive a 35% discount!)

Spring is finally here! I know most moms are feeling the same way I am right about now: bring on the warm weather! I don’t think I have ever had such a serious case of spring fever in my life. However, with spring comes the spring ahead in time change and it is quite a challenge to get up in the morning. It will be dark much later than usual for a couple months to come and the adjustment is hard on both kids and moms. I thought about what could I recommend to moms to help make things easier this spring? Then, a lovely product came across my desk, The Peekoo. It’s a combination duvet cover and zip-on top sheet made in Boulder, Colorado. The product was inspired by the European-style of bedding (sans the top sheet) and provides for a simple morning of bed-making. Kids pull up the comforter a...

Valentine’s Day Product Picks: Goodies for the Family

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and while I am not one to give into the Hallmark holiday, this year, I couldn’t resist, but only because of Hank the Tank. It’s like once you have kids, you kind of see what Hallmark is all about. I have found two delightful Colorado-based companies that will bring a smile to your family’s faces. I feel if I am going to splurge on this holiday, I have at least got to keep the money pumping into the Colorado economy; it makes me feel better for my retail therapy. JJ’s Sweets Boulder, Colorado Not too many kids can claim their day is a candy man, but 7-year-old Liliana is one lucky gal! Her dad is the modern-day version of Willy Wonka. After years as a musician, educator and other assorted career ventures, JJ Rademaekers had an epiphany one night during ...

I Like the New Year and I Like this Book!

Let’s start out the New Year right! That’s why I chose the i like book for kids. What a clever little endeavor for the New Year. It’s more like a workbook for parents and child. Spiral bound and available in four colors (pink, purple, blue and green), it’s the modern day version of a choose your own adventure . . . better yet, memory. The book is dedicated to honoring the love within families in a 12-month journal format. Each day there is a page for parents to write what they like about their child. You start by labeling the month and year you would like to begin the book. Day 1: i like . . . the way Max cleans up his room. Day 2: i like . . . how thoughtful Max is with his peers. It goes on like this for the entire month with space for each day and two comments from the parents. At the e...

Product Review: Oprah magazine-recommended Ambajam’s clothing & accessories (with discount)

I decided to take a field trip this month for my product review. I have been scouting local children’s stores to get ideas for Colorado-based companies, and my recent trip to The Nest on 6th Ave had a plethora of very cool local products. It was hard to pick just one, but I gathered my list and hit the Internet when I got home. It was a no-brainer who I picked first, Ambajam. When I found out the studio was right here in Denver, it seemed to mesh well with the field trip theme this month. Hank the Tank and I headed to the Taxi Development where Ambajam’s studios are located. It was simply precious from the moment we walked in—from the cutest wall decals to adorable children stopping by, owner and founder Alessandra Mayer has got something very special going on! Her products are truly uniqu...

Product Revew: Hurtie Hug for Hurt Kids

I usually try and pick edible products or items that might accessorize my or my son’s wardrobe for the product review. This was not the case for October. It’s back to school and I got an adorable e-mail from Katie of Hurtie Hug and I have soft spot for local entrepreneurial moms . . so I agreed to give the Hurtie Hug a whirl. There was no food involved but there was an accessory! The purple Hurtie Hug ended up sitting on my counter for two weeks, my 1-year-old was not big enough to wear it. He had gotten plenty of bruises, cuts and bumps during those two weeks that would have benefited from the sample product, but alas, I had no need for it. Then I thought; we are the wrong demographic. The Hurtie Hug is adorable and girly, why not see if Emma, my 12-year-old, soccer-playing neighbor could...

Spring Showers! Aden + Anais Blankets Product Review

It’s spring and showers are a plenty. We’re not talking rain showers; we’re talking baby showers. It seems as though it’s not only the animals that have babies come this season, but every single one of your girlfriends as well! With the endless options of baby paraphernalia and an over abundance of product, we’ll make it easy for you. Just stick to Aden + Anais and you won’t go wrong. If you have a newborn, a friend or family member with a newborn or want to be an in-the-know-infant guru, get familiar with the brand Aden + Anais. (pronounced Adain and Anae) The company only makes a handful of items and every product is made of cotton muslin. I’m not exactly sure what the difference is between the two cottons, but I sure as heck can feel the difference. I was hesitant to spend much money on...

An Adventure in Every Bucket – Win a Bucket of Treasure Dough!

My 4-year old daughter loves playing with play-dough (homemade versions and the official store-bought brand of similar spelling). She loves making doughy objects, serving me food items, and creating her own creatures. She even loves mixing the colors together. Try as I might, this still makes me twitch…but that’s not what this review is about. (Photo credit: Treasure Dough) Recently, we had the opportunity to check out a new product called “Treasure Dough.” It’s made here in Colorado, and I love supporting our local businesses. Plus, I was intrigued by the concept and was excited to see what it was like. We went on to their website, and I let Claire choose the one she wanted to try. (This is not a paid review.  We were offered a free bucket of Treasure Dough in exchange for an honest...

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