Tipsy Tuesday: Prickly Pear Mojito

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If I were the betting type, I’d guess that you’ve got prickly pears in your neighborhood. Here in our high-desert climate, the Nopal cactus is very common, almost invasive, so chances are if you haven’t got one in your yard, a neighbor does! If not, have no fear. The fruit of this cactus, the Prickly […]

10 Things No One Ever Tells You About Raising Teenagers


They’re as needy as toddlers. I thought when my kids hit the teen years, they’d be more or less independent and I could be somewhat hands-off. Not true. My kids aren’t even involved in sports or extracurriculars, and I still end up driving them places nearly every weekend. School days aren’t much different–someone always needs to […]

Hitting Up Concerts with the Toyota RAV4

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I love concerts. I blame Aimee of for my new addiction. She’s an amazing photographer and introduces me to the best bands, both local and worldwide. I had a week last month where there was a concert I was attending nearly every night. From Red Rocks to the Bluebird, Larimer Lounge to the Ogden, I […]

Tasty Tuesday: School Lunch Chili

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OMG, you guys. I am SO SAD.  By now you know that when I’m not blogging, I moonlight (or daylight…) as a school lunch lady. Every year, the registered dieticians and nutritionists who create our recipes and menus go through the old recipes to change them up, and add exciting new things. Which is great! […]

The Match Up from eSalon: Beautiful Hair is in the Mail!

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One of the best things about being a stay at home mom when my kids were in grade school, was that I had a few hours each week to run errands kid-free. I could conquer Costco when it was least crowded, go to the mall and actually try on clothes without an audience, and best […]

Tasty Tuesday: Candy Sushi


Deviating a bit (OK, a LOT) from my usual healthy recipes, and sharing this super fun and edible craft that my kids learned at a free library event over the summer.  It’s a perfect activity for a birthday party, Scout group, or other large, chaotic gathering of children, and if everyone brings one item on […]

10 Things Lunch Ladies Wish You Knew

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Do you remember school lunches as a kid? There were days you really wanted to eat the cafeteria option (chili and cinnamon rolls…mmmm) and days you definitely wanted to avoid (“meat” loaf…yech!) It was hit-or-miss most of the other days, but we were always fed and cared for by our wonderful lunch ladies.  When my youngest […]

Tasty Tuesday: Crunchy Parmesan Chicken


This recipe is an old favorite, and has made the rounds on Pinterest and in magazines for years. It’s the perfect go-to recipe to keep in your back pocket, because it uses just a few pantry staples and fresh chicken breasts. The chicken bakes quickly at a high temp, so it remains juicy inside while […]

Tasty Tuesday: Creme di Caffe


You all know we LOVE our coffee here at Colorado Moms. And I’m hard-core–doesn’t matter how hot it is outside, I pretty much always like a fresh brewed cuppa in the morning. On warm summer evenings, though, sometimes I do crave a more refreshing, cold dose of caffeine!  My little sister moved to Rome a […]

End Summer on a High Note at Open Air Adventure Park

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I’m in serious denial that there’s only a month left of summer–we’ve been having so much fun exploring the outdoors, and I don’t want it to end. We’ve enjoyed going hiking, fishing, camping, and swimming but the activity that got the biggest raves from the kids (and even the husband!) was climbing the ropes course […]

SUBWAY® Restaurants You Share, We Share Campaign Supports Special Olympics Colorado

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This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Subway blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. When Brady was born, even before, I knew he was going to be different than my other boys. Everything about the pregnancy, birth and subsequent months showed me this. Just before he turned […]

My Kodak Moments App Making It Easy to Get Prints


I take a lot of pictures. A LOT. My iPhone is only 64GB and it’s nearly full at any given moment. I love going to concerts and taking tons of pictures for to post to Instagram, but wanted to get prints made of some of the fun I’ve been having this summer and wasn’t even […]

LeapFrog’s LeapPad Platinum is a Big Hit For Kids with Special Needs and Autism!


We have been long time fans of LeapFrog products. For the past 15+ years my boys have been playing with them. We’ve had every handheld and tablet they’ve made and still have the original Leapster! To say we are fans is an understatement. My youngest son is 7 and autistic and he has been using […]

Open Air Adventure Park: Make the Jump and Save $5!


Are you and your family the thrill-seeking type? We sure are. From slack lining to rock climbing, we love the outdoors and finding new ways to get out and play. That’s why we were so excited to learn about Open Air Adventure Park in Estes Park. We love taking day trip to Estes, and now […]

Celebrate the 4th of July with Dreyer’s (& Giveaway!)

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This blog post is sponsored by Dreyer’s/EDY’S® Frozen Custard and SocialMoms. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. I have a love affair with frozen custard and I can usually tell you were the best spots to get it in the many cities I’ve traveled to. I have favorites in St. Louis, Omaha and across […]

Summer is Heating Up at Water World!


After a rainy start, Summer is really heating up in Colorado. What better way to chill out, than to bring the family to Water World–64 acres of wet, wild rides! Located just a few minutes north of Downtown at 84th Ave and Pecos St., Water World is one of the area’s best values in family […]

Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies


This is one of those recipes that takes me right back to childhood summers. My mom woud help us whip up a batch of these cookies first thing in the morning, and by lunch time they were ready to munch! They’re chocolatey, chewy, and the best part is they don’t ever have to go in the […]