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

4th of July Treats with Dreyers

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, […]

Now You Can Have Chipotle Delivered to You in Denver via Favor!

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You don’t even know how many times I’ve thought, “Man, I’d love to get Chipotle right now, but…” Either a kid is sick or I’m too busy, or the car is acting up, or it’s snowing, or maybe it’s just that I don’t feel like putting on a bra that day. Now people in Denver […]

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 […]

Happy Mother’s Day from Understood.org

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Since Brady’s diagnosis I’ve done more than my fair share to raise awareness of learning issues, autism, and other special needs. 1 in 5 children struggle with some kind of learning or attention issue and as much as it impacts our children, it also impacts us, the mothers as well. So this weekend I wanted […]

Everything You Ever Wanted, A Memoir by Jillian Lauren

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Being in the blogging world, there are some names that jump out at you, whether they are bloggers or authors. One of those names that stood out for me was Jillian Lauren. I didn’t know much about her other than she was close with some of the blogging community that attends the same or similar events, […]

Tasty Tuesday: Beer Braised Carne Adovada

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For Cinco De Mayo, I wanted to replicate one of my very favorite menu items from one of my very favorite taco joints. Comida, with locations in RiNo and Longmont and a roving, hot pink taco truck named Tina, absolutely nails the street taco concept. While they have over a dozen different, creative tacos, gorditas, […]

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 […]

Tasty Tuesday: Asian Peanut Noodles

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Photo credit: Geoff Peters   Recently, I was challenged by my friend Brooke Wagner of Denver’s KDVR Fox 31 and Good Day Colorado, to come up with a meal that could be made for under $5. Well luckily, thrifty is my middle name! This is one of my family’s favorite dinners and it’s also one […]