Pirates Cove Water Park in Englewood, CO – Coupon Code

Ahoy Matey!  Come and join us at Pirates Cove with this awesome half-priced admission offer!  Here's the scoop on a Pirates Cove coupon code to use this summer. With this deal you will get a full day of fun in the sun, including:  a leisure pool with a large play structure, a 25-meter, 6-lane pool, a 35-foot slide tower with three slides, a lazy river, concessions, and more. Pirates Cove Coupon Code Save 50% Off Admission with the ColoradoKids.com Coupon - http://www.coloradokids.com/coupon.php?id=23050764 UPDATE:  This 50% off coupon was originally posted for 2012.  However, they appear to have keep it current with an updated, valid Pirates Cove coupon each month.  Have fun! Entry prices are very reasonable, plus now you have a half price offer.  So go cool down and have some fun with your kids! … [Read more...]

Kids Party In a Box ~ Just Add Food & Enjoy!

Would you be excited at the thought of being able to pick from a list of fun themes for your child's upcoming party, easily place your order for one kit online, and have all of the work and planning done for you ... delivered to your front door? If you have thrown a party for your youngster, you are fully aware of the amount of work, planning, research for game ideas, driving around town looking for the perfect supplies, and considerable expense which this involves. I have only attempted this a couple of times, and each time I am exhausted by the monumental effort it takes, before the party even begins!  I also find myself trying to cut down on costs by bargain shopping around at multiple places in town, which usually gains me next to nothing.  What a waste of time and gas money. When I first caught wind of this new online business in the works, Party Kit and Kaboodle, my curiosity was instantly peaked. What Is Included in a Party Kit (and Kaboodle!) They do all of the … [Read more...]

Spring Shopping Decisions

  I absolutely love that my 7 year old daughter makes her new dress selection based almost exclusively on the Twirl Factor.  The best twirler wins, every time. When Spring comes it always puts me in the mood for getting out my warmer-season clothes, and maybe doing a little shopping to add a couple fun styles and colors to my closet. Remember when we weren't so critical of ourselves when we went shopping?  No, "ugg - this makes my hips look huge"... or "yuk - this color totally washes me out".  I miss those days.   … [Read more...]

Spotting Wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park

We recently got to spend the weekend at Rocky Mountain National Park.  You can often get good deals on condo rentals in the winter there, since not having a ski area nearby makes it their off season. And if you haven't hot tubbed outside, in the snow, in winter... you are missing out.  Make sure you book one with a hot tub! This is a majestic and beautiful area, and my favorite part is getting to see lots of elk. Spotting wildlife is one of my favorite aspects of being in the wilderness. Elk are so prevalent in this area, that you often see them strolling around the nearby town of Estes Park. Here are the best shots of the closest ones we saw, sitting right nearby the road.   In the words on my dad, these are "about as big as they get"!   Some of the roads are closed in Rocky Mountain National Park during the winter. But we were able to make our way to frozen Bear Lake, just as the winds and snow were picking up, for a blustery adventure and … [Read more...]

1st Grader’s Perspective: Mall Purchase Criteria

Spoiling the kids.  That Big Black Hole that's so hard to free yourself from ... once you've been sucked into its bottomless vortex.  It is so hard to strike a balance, isn't it?  You get sick and tired of your child with their sense of entitlement, which you know that you have fostered, constantly asking for more.  Then discarding the new toy or piece of clothing within days - no longer meriting their interest. That's it.  You're done.  No more new stuff. The questionable object of my 6 year old's affection:  "Shake It Up" sneaker boots, from Payless. Days later (Weeks later?  Hours later??) you find yourself swinging the other direction.  You see something you know they would love.  It fun to give your child presents!  It's just something you want them to have and enjoy, purely because you are their parent and love seeing their eyes light up with excitement and (albeit fleeting) gratitude.  Is that so wrong?  Aaaand... and the cycle continues. I love … [Read more...]

1st Grader’s Perspective: Mom’s Bad Haircut

It’s not that I’m totally unselfish, or do not enjoy being pampered from time to time.   But I have never been one to spend great amounts of money on my hair at beauty salons.  There is a part of me that would love to have my hair dyed and highlighted professionally on a monthly basis.  However there is another, larger and stronger, part of me that is way too cheap to fork over the $100+ per month that this habit would demand.   Whether I have the money or not, I can’t get past all the things I would rather spend $100 on! Between that and having longish, not-a-hairstyle hair … I typically scrape by with a combination of coloring my own hair and getting it trimmed about once every 6 months.  (I know.  Who do I think I am, right?  Bragging all up in here about my gorgeous doo...) My signal to call and make that appointment is usually the morning I look in the mirror and realize, “Ok.  Your hair’s not pretty.  It’s just long.”  That means it could use a little shape up.  So I go and … [Read more...]

Keeping Track of Your Kids At Disney – Giveaway (Ended 12/31/11)

The next time you head to Disney with kids, here's an innovative way to easily keep visual track of them - and them, of you!  Why not try wearing matching striped shirts?   (Oh, how I wish there were a castle in the background, but you get the idea...) Red and white go particularly well with Minnie Mouse ears! … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – Snowy Landing

Enjoy more Wordless Wednesday shots with 5 Minutes For Mom!How young is too young for sledding?  Read my post "Sledding - Good Old Fashioned Fun"... … [Read more...]

Sledding – Good Old Fashioned Fun

In an age where technology has taken over the entertainment of our children - I think it's neat that sledding is still considered universally by kids as a very fun thing to do.  School called off by a "Snow Day"?  The nearest sledding hill will likely be packed. … [Read more...]

I make milk. What’s your super power?

Years ago while using a one room, no stalls restroom at a client site - I observed that it contained an extra, loose chair.  Just sitting in there.  So that's:  sink, stool ... and extra chair.  I tend to prefer order and reason in my world, and I was completely baffled, and somewhat disturbed, by the what the purpose of this piece of furniture in that environment could possibly be?  Little did I know I had just had my first glimpse into the self sacrificing realm that is the Nursing Mommy!Fast forward a few years, and it was me who was headed to a similarly degrading, smallish room for the task.  Now that I have the La Leche League proponents all up in arms for my use of the term "degrading" - please don't misunderstand me.  Allow me to at least defend myself by saying that I nursed my first child until age 2, and am currently nursing my second child who is 15 months.  And I wouldn't have it any other way.  It is an experience that I … [Read more...]