Tasty Tuesday: Candy Sushi

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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Summer is Heating Up at Water World!

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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

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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 […]

Inside Out: A Wonderful Family Movie, Made With Tweens In Mind

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  Inside Out, the newest film from Pixar, opens today nationwide. We attended a preview, and I am so excited I can finally tell you all about it!  As the story begins, we meet Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler. Joy is an emotion belonging to newborn baby Riley. As Riley, voiced by Kaitlyn Dias, grows […]

Slack Lining: The Coolest New Sport You’ve Never Heard Of

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I’m always looking for ways to incorporate fitness into our family activities. From playing catch in the yard, to swimming and hiking together, I really believe that staying fit and active can be a great way to have fun and spend quality time!  So when we took a little staycation to Golden recently and happened […]

Full STEAM Ahead For a Fun & Educational Summer!

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Recently, I attended Denver Comic Con, and while I had a total blast with my youngest checking out all the cool cosplay outfits, browsing the hundreds of artist and merchandise booths, (and of course sampling the limited edition Hulks’ Mash ale!) the real motivation for attending was to scope out the educational aspect of the […]

Tasty Tuesday: A New Spin on S’mores!

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I’m sure you’ve detected the smell of woodsmoke outside in the evenings lately, coming from a nearby fire pit! The backyard fire places have really grown in popularity, and with good reason. There’s something about a warm fire on a cool evening that just beckons everyone to cozy up and enjoy good conversation, ghost stories, […]

The Staycation Guide to Golden

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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 […]

The Unofficial Guide to Denver Comic Con: A to Z

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Whether you’re into super heroes, graphic novels, RPGs, video games, anime, sci-fi, cosplay, or all of the above, you will not want to miss the 2015 Denver Comic Con. DCC gets bigger and better every year, and this year promises to be packed with non-stop fun and entertainment.  Produced by Pop Culture Classroom, DCC is […]

Pop Culture Classroom: Literacy and a Love of Reading Through Comics (and how to get free comic books!)

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have LOVED to read. I mean, LOVED. I remember being so captivated by The Secret Garden that I didn’t eat dinner for two straight nights–I just wanted to read.  So when I realized my son was a bit of a reluctant reader, I didn’t know what to do […]

Denver Art Museum Announces FREE Admission for All Kids!

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We’ve loved the Denver Art Museum for many years–there’s always something new to see, and with make-it-yourself art stations and family backpacks full of activities, there is so much for families and kids to do and explore!  So we were very excited to learn today that through the generosity of Scott Reiman and Kaiser Permanente, […]

Take the Night Off At Session Kitchen’s Monday Funday Family Feast!

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For Tasty Tuesday this week, I’m stepping out of my kitchen and into Chef Scott Parker’s kitchen. Every busy parent knows the weeknight song-and-dance, right? You’re tired, they’re starving. Your fridge is about as empty as your wallet, and so you cave and order take-out. Or maybe you schlep everyone to the nearest fast-casual joint or […]

Curing the Gimmies: Giving Kids the Gift of Charity

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  Every year around this time, there’s a nasty virus that goes around. It affects nearly every kid, it’s highly contagious, and even though many adults are immune, some of them still catch it. Symptoms include whining, complaining, and even tantrums. The dreaded Gimmies.  “Gimme a light-up Razor scooter!” “Gimme more Skylanders!” “Gimme a new […]

Ballet and The Bard: Colorado Ballet Presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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I’ve always loved Shakespeare’s comedies the best. There’s always a love triangle, often a magic spell or two, and the master of words crafted the dialogue with lots of satire, puns, and innuendos. But without the Bard’s unique phrasing, rhyming, and double entendres, would a classic story be any good without any words at all?  My […]