The Staycation Guide to Golden


You would think that being born and raised in Denver, I’d have seen everything the metro area has to offer. Not even close! Even the parts I’m very familiar with have hidden gems that I’m only just discovering. One such place is the city of Golden.  I know Golden well–my grandpa worked for Jefferson County for […]

7 Steps to Perfect Portraits {Tutorial}

all images copyright Emily Jones 2013

Up until a few years ago, I was a sucker for school portraits. I’d buy the big package to make sure every family member got their pick of 3x5s and wallets. At $45 a pop times 2 girls, I felt the sting in my pocketbook just a bit, but that’s just what good parents do, […]

My Boys… Throwback Thursday #autism

Meeting Brady

Before Brady was born, I knew he’d be special. He had to be with all of the craziness that surrounded my pregnancy. Hyperemesis gravidarum, Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), back spasms, nerve issues in my arms and sciatica, contractions from 15 weeks on, preterm labor starting at 6 months and going until he was finally born at […]

5 Reasons to Visit YMCA of the Rockies Before Winter

Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies Colorado

YMCA of the Rockies has long been a family centered organization, focusing on creating great family bonds, memories and togetherness. We all know how amazing Colorado is (especially Granby and Estes Park) during the winter months, but there is even more to do during the summer! I recently took my boys and nephew to Snow […]

5 Things You Must Do Before Summer Ends


The dog days are (almost) over. Some Colorado schools are already back in session, and the rest are counting down the days!  We have two weeks left, and we still have a lot of items on our Summer Wish List that we’ve yet to check off. Here’s our top 5. Try to fit a few […]

Local Business Spotlight: Everyday Yogis with Jammie Speyer


Yoga is one of my very favorite activities. It has so many benefits to the mind and body, and it is a great compliment to any fitness routine. But you don’t have to be a gym rat to enjoy it, in fact you don’t even have to be in great shape! Jammie Speyer of Everyday […]

Introducing Our New Calendar Page!


You already read for parenting tips, crafts, recipes, reviews, and a dash of humor. Now we are your go-to for things to do around the metro area and across the state! With a focus on free and low-cost events, there’s something on our Calendar page for all ages. You can add events right to […]

The 3 Best New Parks in Denver

Carpenter Park

I love taking my kids to the park, and the metro area has some fantastic ones to offer. (Here’s a recap of the top 5) The best thing about our fair city? There are great new parks springing up all the time! Three of our faves are listed below, and even though fall is upon […]

Apple Banana Bread (National Banana Bread Day!)

Apple Banana Bread Recipe

Papa Knitschmidt has quite the sweet tooth and likes to bake. He has made some amazingly yummy treats! When Chalupa Boy was a baby I worked for Papa for a while. There was always some kind of mini candy bar or chocolate nugget of one variety or another in the jar on his desk. But my favorite days were the ones when Papa had been baking and there was something wrapped up waiting for me.

New Year’s Eve Fun for the Whole Family

New Year’s Eve if typically thought of as an adult holiday, but here are some events that are fun for the whole family! Also, looking to spend some out door time with your family in the New Year? Check out the First Day Hikes at 5 Denver Metro area State Parks! Check out Macaroni Kid […]

Halloween Fun!


Halloween is finally here.  It is a wonderful time of year when the kids are full of excitement.  The excitement can be contagious.  The costumes, the candy, and the pumpkin carving.  Who doesn’t love all of the fun?  Below is a list of just some of the great things going on around town this weekend, […]

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s a Party in My City! Ticket Giveaway

For those of you that don’t know about Yo Gabba Gabba! it is time you found out! Yo Gabba Gabba! infuses retro-style and beat-driven music to teach simple life lessons through music. The series stars DJ Lance Rock (Lance Robertson) and a cast of colorful characters, including: Brobee, the little green one, Foofa, the pink […]

A Weekend Full of Fall Fun

  From the leaves to the temperature, change is a comin’.  I am finally feeling like we are back in the swing of things.  Homework is getting done, football practice is happening and the leaves are changing.  I love fall!  I love the change of temperatures.  I love the beautiful colors.  I love being able […]

The Savvy Source


I’m sooooooo happy they have come to Denver! They just had a great offer of half off a premier family membership at the Butterfly Pavilion. Savvy Savings is a site marketed to parents. They offer ideas on local activites, camps, classes and more! They often have awesome deals featuring local attractions at deep discounts! The […]