10 Things No One Ever Tells You About Raising Teenagers

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Super League Gaming Presents: Minecraft at the Movies

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My kids have been obsessed with Minecraft for years. We’ve hosted Minecraft themed parties, reviewed books and more. Minecraft is no longer a game in our house, it’s a lifestyle.  If your kids are as obsessed with Minecraft then you’ll understand why they HAVE to head to the closest major movie theater to actually PLAY […]

Tasty Tuesday: Creme di Caffe

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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 […]

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 […]

Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival is Headed to Kansas City (and so am I!)

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It’s no secret how much I love Chipotle. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram at all, you will see me pledge my undying love to tacos and Chipotle all the time. I even briefly considered a “#chipotleismylife” tattoo (sorry mom). When I found out that the Chipotle Cultivate festival was headed to Kansas […]

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

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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 […]

Tasty Tuesday: Sun Basket Delivers Delicious Convenience {Save $20!}

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I learned to cook for my family when I was pretty young–maybe 10? It’s been a passion of mine ever since. And now, I’m passing my love of cooking onto my kids. They especially enjoy searching Pinterest for new recipes to try. I’m happy to hand over the reigns and let them take charge of […]

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!

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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 […]

eSalon Individualized Hair Color: Will it Live Up to the Hype?

It came! My personalized color and everything I need for the perfect application.

I’m one of those au naturel girls when it comes to beauty. I’ve never mastered winged eyeliner or false lashes, I rarely paint my nails, wear minimal jewelry, and prefer my air-dried natural waves to a blowout. So when I discovered gray hairs peeking out around my hairline at not-even-30, I thought, “No sweat! I’ll be the […]

Tasty Tuesday: Lavender Lemonade

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I LOOOOOOVE the smell and taste of lavender. Not the soapy, fake scent added to bath and body products, the fresh, grassy, floral essence of the real deal. I grow it in my flower beds to attract polinators like bees and butterflies, and I cut the flowers for drying and storing. It’s a nice addition to […]

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, […]