Adventure Awaits at Heritage Square

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  Ever since I was a little kid, our family has loved to visit Heritage Square in Golden. The rides, the kitschy shops, ice cream at Nott’s Landing, and of course the Alpine Slide added up to tons of fun.  Regrettably, I haven’t taken my own kids there, save for one time when I was […]

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Coconut & Green Tea After-Sun Body Butter

Coconut Green Tea Body Butter

Rather than a yummy recipe to eat this week, here’s an easy DIY body treatment that feel so luxurious and soothing on dry, sunburned skin. Coconut oil is one of my favorite all-around body care products. It soothes sunburns, it works great as an eye makeup remover, and it protects delicate skin during shaving. But […]

Beat the Heat at Colorado’s Best Water Parks & Splash Pads!

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  Ahhh…mid-summer. That magical time of year! It’s just flat out HOT. And heat makes for cranky, whiny kids. What’s the best way to snap a kid out of a rotten mood? Stick them in some water. Works every time! If you love the big, fast water slides, you’re in luck. The metro area is […]

Keep Your Sweet Peas Close to Your Heart-A #Giveaway with Mama B’s Sweet Peas

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  I’ve been looking for a piece of mother’s jewelry for several years now–something to remind me daily of my three babes (as if they’d ever let me forget them!) but in typical “me” style, it would have to be something very unique.  So, when I discovered Mama B’s Sweet Peas on another blog that I follow, […]

The Toyota Sienna Saved our Sanity During Our Road Trip

Toyota Sienna Review

Imagine a road trip with your family. Husband, Wife, three boys ages 6 to 15. Throw in a special needs kiddo and the fact the husband has to work for 24+ hours the day before you leave. Your destination is 800 miles away. In between you and your destination? The entire state of Kansas. Sounds […]

6 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in Denver

6 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in Denver

We’d love to welcome our new writer, Emily Jones to the ColoradoMoms team! Check out her first post on fun things to do for Independence Day! With crazy high temps, rampant wildfires, and little rain so far this summer, many cities are already canceling their fireworks displays. (check here for a current, running list)  But never fear! […]

Tasty Tuesday: Vegetarian Savory Bean Burgers

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   Photo Credit Rooey202 I made these savory Bean Burgers for my kids recently, using chickpeas aka garbanzo beans. (you can really use almost any cooked bean-I’ve had very good results with Great Northern, Black, and Kidney beans as well) My 6 year old son overheard me say they were “chickpea” burgers, to which he […]

Local Business Spotlight: Gymboree Play and Music

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“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers   Play is one of the key ways that very young children develop skills. Imaginative play is known to help children develop language, social […]

Tasty Tuesday: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

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A while back, one of my besties lent me a copy of the book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. She explained to me that she loved this method, and the resulting freshly baked bread so much, that she hadn’t been buying bread anymore! I was in a little […]

DIY Upcycled T-shirt Bulletin Board

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  Need a last minute gift for Dad? Check out this easy, thrifty craft that takes an old grungy shirt and makes it new again!  You will need: Cork tile or bulletin board Graphic T-shirt or patterned dress shirt Mod Podge Scissors How To:  1. Lay shirt out flat. Center the design in the middle […]

How to Get a Decent Night of Sleep, Even with a Child with Autism

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This is a Type-A Parent paid post to discuss sleep issues, and to share a new insomnia resource from the National Sleep Foundation. Having a child with any kind of special needs can make routines and the quest for sleep near impossible. My six year-old has what the doctors call, “Sleep Disturbance Disorder” which means, essentially, […]

Tasty Tuesday: Kid-Friendly Summer Smoothies

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Ahh, summer! Ours is spent with long lazy days at the pool, sitting in the shade of the back yard, or day tripping around town. The last thing I want to do is heat up the kitchen, and the kids don’t want to interrupt play time to sit down to a meal. So my compromise is […]

Teen Makeup Tips with Simple Beauty Minerals (#FashionFriday)

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Recently, my almost-13 year old approached me and asked if she could buy a few cosmetics to try out. As she’s a girl who prides herself on her jeans-tee-sneakers sensibility, I was surprised. And as a mom who is just a little scared to let her baby grow up so dang fast, I was hesitant. […]

How to Train Your Dragon 2 PreScreen VIP Giveaway with Spinmaster #HTTYDToys

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How to Train Your Dragon is a HUGE hit in our house. My boys have read several of the books, seen the first movie about a hundred times, have all episodes of the DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk and Defenders of Berk. I can’t tell you how many dragon “action figures” and toys we have as well. […]

Tasty Tuesday: Freezer Meal Workshops with Wildtree

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It’s a well-known fact that I love to cook, and that I am passionate about eating clean. In our home, that means we follow the “80/20 Rule”, meaning 80% of what we eat is clean i.e. organic, nothing artificial, as close to nature as possible. That leaves 20% for splurges like a special dinner out, even the […]

911 Driving School Presents Drive Fit – Beyond Drivers Ed

911 Driving School Westminster Colorado Drive Fit

Recently my oldest turned 15 and with that came the ever important driving learner’s permit. ACK! Am I really old enough to have a kid who is ready to drive?! A friend of ours works for 911 Driving School in Westminster and I loved how the entire program is taught and run by current and […]

Food: Our Global Kitchen at History Colorado Center

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If you’ve never been to History Colorado Center, Denver’s newest museum, I highly suggest a visit. Located right by the State Capitol at 12th and Broadway, this amazing museum is chock full of hands-on exhibits and activities, taking you through Colorado’s heritage from the early Native American tribes who called it home, to the mining boom […]

Summer Reading Program Roundup: Read to Learn AND Earn!

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Reading during the summer is an ideal way to help your kiddos keep up on their skills. And I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend a too-hot-to-play afternoon than laying in the shade with a book in hand. Some of us enjoy reading for the sheer pleasure of it, but plenty of […]

Tasty Tuesday: Farm-to-Table Cooking with Auguste Escoffier School

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Recently, I was invited to check out a Home Cook course at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, and I had such a tough time choosing. They offer a really wide variety of classes and all the sample menus sounded so delicious! But, I finally decided on their Spring Farm to Table class. […]