Minecraft Players Tour Coming to Denver Movie Theatre

Does your child love Minecraft? This weekend on Saturday morning, instead of just playing at home, they can enjoy the game while meeting new friends as part of a local team representing Denver. This event is being brought to Colorado thanks to Super League Gaming and their Minecraft City Champs tournament, run in partnership with Nickelodeon.  Read on for more fun details on joining the Super League Minecraft Denver, starting THIS weekend. It’s like little league for Minecraft players! Fun, positive and a special opportunity to get out and play with other kids their age. Past players clearly have had a GREAT time! Minecraft Players Tour ~ Tickets & Grand Prize Trip Tickets are on sale now. The tournament begins on Sat. Oct 21st and continues for the following three Saturdays. One skilled player has a chance to win a HUGE prize for their family – 4 tickets to Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2018, inclusive of round trip airfare to LA, 2 nights in a hotel and a $500 spending … [Read more...]

When a 7th Grade Hiking Field Trip Goes Awry

Last Friday was the perfect Colorado Fall day.  Sunny and high 60’s, absolutely ideal hiking weather.  My daughter’s 7th grade class was scheduled to do a class hike field trip.  I had the day off of work, and planned to join them.  Everything was right in the world. That is, until the bodies started hitting the floor. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Wait, Can We Bring Dog…?! So Friday morning we are scurrying around, packing lunches and getting ready for school.  I swear our Golden Retreiver Daisy must have spotted my daughter grabbing her hiking backpack.  You know those key items, that set the alarm bells off for a dog...”An adventure is afoot!!” Bless her 10 year old heart… she starts bouncing around like an excited puppy. “Oh Daisy, you can’t come on the field trip.”  Wait. Maybe she can? Since I planned on driving behind the school buses, and hiking with the kids – in theory, maybe we could bring the dog? Our plan was to have my daughter ask permission once … [Read more...]

Capturing Colorado Family Adventures

One of the things I love about living in Colorado, is that we do have four seasons. The variety keeps things interesting, and allows for different types of outdoor play different times of the year. And Fall means hiking and biking! No bugs.  Perfect temps for athletic endeavors. Gorgeous scenery of gold, orange, and red colored leaves.  It all makes for an ideal time to get the family outdoors for some adventuring. Capturing Your Family Adventure Memories I'm pretty good about taking pictures on our family recreates in the great outdoors.  I love looking back on past memories of the fun times we've had camping, fishing, and exploring.  This makes and preserves memories for us, as much as when we take a full-on vacation somewhere! Plus then I can share photos and video from our outdoor endeavors.  It keeps my family and friends up to date on the fun we've been having, which they love to see. And I'd like to think it also inspires other to want to go play outside, … [Read more...]

Must-Have Fall Gear for the Outdoor Woman

Ahhh... when those Fall temperatures start to drop enough for me to get out my scarves and boots, I am one happy camper!  My favorite Colorado season brings with it breathtaking golden Aspen trees contrasting the evergreens, and ideal weather for outdoor adventures. It's also the perfect time to review your clothing and gear, and check out the new Fall lines from your favorite outdoor brands. Adding just a few key pieces that catch your fancy can breathe new life and functionality into your wardrobe.  I've been doing my research and a bit of sample testing, and here's the best of the best:  Must-Have Fall Gear for the Outdoor Woman. Womens Outdoor Gear for Fall Here's a quick overview of my awesome Fall women's outdoor gear picks - including info on sizing, fabric, best use, and where to find them.   Sunday Afternoons ~ Northwest Trucker Cap, $28 Sunday Afternoons focuses on one thing:  making hats.  And they're really good at it!  My tween daughter … [Read more...]

Disney’s Magic Kingdom Maximized 1-Day Itinerary

You’ve got one day to spend at Walt Disney World.  Which park should you pick?  I get asked this question all the time, and here’s my panicked response, every single time:  “Wait, one day isn’t enough!!”  But I get it, sometimes that’s all your plan allows.  In that case, if your kids are in the range of ages 5- 12… I recommend Magic Kingdom. My children are ages 7 (1st grade boy) and 12 (7th grade girl).  We recently had a whirlwind, long weekend at Walt Disney World to attend an awesome Take Me Fishing event. We had one park day.  ONE. PARK. DAY.  Being the crazy mom uber-Disney-planner that I am, I found this an exciting challenge! First, I need to give credit where credit is due.  I’m a huge fan of using TouringPlans.com, for everything from their Disney Parks estimated crowd calendar to their optimized park touring plans.  They’ve put a lot of research into park traffic flows, and such.  So I based our strategy loosely on that.  It worked out great, and we packed in … [Read more...]

Tips for the Best Colorado Fall Drive & Family Adventure

You just can't beat Fall color in Colorado!  When those Aspen trees turn brilliant gold, and contrast against the Rocky Mountain evergreens... it's a breathtaking sight to behold.  Here's my "Insider List" of where the locals consider the best Colorado Fall drive.  Plus my tips on exploring a bit off the beaten path, and how to keep your kids excited about this awesome family outdoor adventure. A year-round outdoor lover, I'd have to say that fall is my absolute favorite season in Colorado.  I've polled the experts, and seen many of these for myself.  Here's my Insider List of best fall drives. Top 5 Colorado Fall Drives NORTHERN - Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park CENTRAL - Kebler Pass, part of the West Elk Loop that ends in fun ski town Crested Butte CENTRAL - Grand Mesa Byway (My favorite! More on this below), 45 minutes from Grand Junction SOUTHERN - Last Dollar Road, from Ridgeway to Telluride, both awesome mountain towns DENVER AREA - Guanella … [Read more...]

Take Me Fishing… at Walt Disney World!

My family recently enjoyed a Take Me Fishing excursion at Walt Disney World! Here's everything you need to know - what do you need to bring, and where do the boats depart? Is it worth sacrificing valuable Park time on your Disney vacation? How does fishing help the outdoors, and why is this such a great family activity? Although my family has had a few vacations at Walt Disney World, on our recent trip we had an adventure like nothing we’ve ever experienced.  Disney World fishing and boating - now that's my kind of adventure! It was a moment in which all my greatest loves blissfully collided: Disney… the outdoors… adventure… my family... boating... sunshine!  It makes me giddy just thinking about it. I had heard that you could take guided bass fishing excursions right on the Disney World property.  And honestly, my first reaction was “I don’t think I’d want to sacrifice park time for that”. Well, I WAS WRONG. I'm now convinced a bass fishing excursion is an ideal addition … [Read more...]

4th Graders Get FREE National Parks Passes!

Did you know that with the start of the new school year, all fourth graders and their families can claim their free Every Kid in a Park pass?  This pass allows FREE entry into all federal parks, forests, and recreation areas for one full year.  What a fabulous opportunity! Every Kid in a Park Pass ~ Where to Get Yours Starting Sept. 1, fourth graders can print out a paper voucher for free entry into all federal lands by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website at www.everykidinapark.gov. Students and their families can also redeem their paper voucher for a plastic pass at any Forest Service office. For office locations, visit www.fs.usda.gov/r6/. The voucher and passes are valid for the entire school year, Sept. 1, 2017-Aug. 31, 2018. Every Kid in a Park Pass ~ Who Can Use Them? Teachers or adults who engage fourth-graders through a youth-serving organization can print paper passes, and find activities and lesson plans, … [Read more...]

What is Best for Interiors: Winding or Spiral Staircases?

Building your dream home, or perhaps just gathering ideas?  Consider including a unique and gorgeous staircase, which can add incredible design appeal.  Here are a few tips when investigating this option. While large houses can sometimes allow for straight staircases, its more common to have a at least one bend or turn in the stairs to make it fit in a tighter space. In small multi-floor apartments, this can be a significant architectural issue as every inch counts. A spiral staircase can be a dramatic choice that allows stairs in the smallest of areas, but are they better than a more gently winding stairway? If you're thinking about doing some stair renovations, you might want to learn more about your options. Footprint Size In terms of space, the spiral staircase will have a smaller footprint and take up less room. If your biggest concern is saving space, this this can be the way to go. On average, a spiral unit can be around 4 feet in diameter (they have a circular space … [Read more...]

6 Cool Things You’ll Love at the Denver Aquarium

Nestled in a lovely, easy-to-access downtown area, the Denver Aquarium is a fabulous option for families.  You'll even find some surprising, non-fish attractions!  Here are the top exhibits to see, how much time to allow for a visit, what to expect for a closing time, and whether the attached Aquarium Restaurant is a good place to eat. We had been to the Downtown Denver Aquarium a few years ago, and I don't remember being too impressed.  But for some reason, this recent visit was more enjoyable than ever.  Perhaps it’s because this time around we have a first grader son that loves fish?  Or that they are now under a restaurant brand's umbrella, and have upped their overall game to bring in visitors? At any rate, we were quite impressed and had a wonderful time.  I heartily recommend this Colorado attraction!  Here's my recap of what to expect, and the best exhibits to watch for. Travel Through the World’s Ecosystems Rain forest ecosystem at Denver AquariumThe layout of the … [Read more...]