Winter Family Adventure Day in Ouray

I've written in the past about my family packing up and heading out for a no-definite-plans Family Adventure Day.  We love to explore our area through day trips, and see what outdoor fun we can find. Winter is not exactly my favorite season.  Sometimes I just feel like ADVENTURING by reading a book next to my fireplace at home.   But I have to admit, if you bundle up before heading out.... you can have a pretty awesome Winter Edition of Family Adventure Day. Our Family Adventure Day in Ouray, Colorado Known worldwide for its Ice Climbing Festival, Ouray is one of our favorite mountain towns in Colorado.   Although we've seen climbers practicing in December, we don't attend the January festival.  While it's impressive to watch those crazies tackle a frozen waterfall climb, it's a little too crowded for the casual wanderer that weekend. But any other time... Ouray, Colorado is downright charming.   It's known as the "Switzerland of America" because of being enclosed on three … [Read more...]

Car Safety Tips for Children

Because September was "Baby Car Safety Month", the Frickey Law Firm in Denver, Colorado, took at look at this important topic and had the following timely infographic crafted.  The below image features some vital car safety tips for children, including the 6 most common mistakes parents are making when loading their most precious cargo. Founded by Norton Frickey, the Frickey Law Firm became a father and daughter duo practice when Janet Frickey joined him In 1980.  Norton has since retired, but the firm boasts nine Denver personal injury attorneys with more than 120 years of combined legal experience.  "A Colorado Tradition when you need help", Frickey Law Firm focuses exclusively on helping people who have suffered a serious injury or disability, and the family members of those who have died a wrongful death. Car Safety Tips for Children *o*     *o*     *o* This post was sponsored by Network Affiliates, Inc, on behalf of the Frickey Law Firm. … [Read more...]

Chasing Wild Horses

Have you ever seen wild horses... living and running free? Did you know such a thing still existed? Here in the Wild West, you *can* still find wild horse herds.  Exciting, isn't it?! (Or is it just me... the girl who used to cry herself to sleep at night, in wont of her own horse?) There are even a few dedicated sections of government owned land set aside as wild horse preserves, to protect these lovely creatures.  Located in Western Colorado, the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Refuge is one of three such ranges in the United States. Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Refuge There are a few rules to accessing and enjoying the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Refuge area, but for the most part they let outdoor enthusiasts have at it.  You can camp, hike, and horseback ride through this preserve... enjoying the scenery while you pursue your Ultimate Quest:  viewing wild horses. Horses were re-introduced (post Ice Age) to North America by the Spaniards in the 1500's.  Known as … [Read more...]

Spy Escape ~ Safety & Survival Live Training in Denver, CO [50% Discount Code]

Former CIA Officer Jason Hanson has gathered his best safety and survival tips, and is offering to teach them to you and your loved ones.  The founder of Spy Escape, Jason will be hosting a live seminar featuring his safety and survival training in Denver, Colorado. Being safe in today's world continues to be an ever growing concern.  Threats range from everyday crime and violence, to trying to avoid identify theft, to keeping your family safe while traveling.  Because of this fact, this training really caught my interest and attention. Jason Hanson has received extremely valuable CIA training in his past, has culled the best and most relevant tactics for families to be aware of, and is offering to train you in a relaxed and fun environment – no intimidating, military style. As seen on both Shark Tank and the Rachel Ray Show, Jason Hanson is using his Spy Escape and Evasion seminar to reveal safety and survival secrets that 99% of Americans will never know.  These secrets … [Read more...]

Colorado Mountain Camp ~ Overnight Adventures For Kids [Coupon Code]

If your school year looks anything like ours, summer break is coming quickly.  So it's that time of year for parents to start thinking about fun options to keep your kids busy during those upcoming weeks.  Or even better yet... finding something to help make your child's summer vacation exciting, enjoyable, and maybe even learn-a-new-skill productive! I recently discovered a cool organization Avid4 Adventure, who has been empowering kids to choose active, outdoor lifestyles for over 10 years.  In support of this goal, they put together summer day camps and overnight camps, for kids in both California and Colorado locations. A particularly exciting option is their Colorado Mountain Camp - overnight adventure camps for kids in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Colorado! Colorado Mountain Camp Colorado Mountain Camp is an overnight camp offered on multiple dates, by Avid4 Adventure.   They are one or two week sessions for 2-12th graders, and are located in Bailey, Colorado.  What … [Read more...]

March Events at Denver Botanical Gardens

I simply had to post this "March Events at Denver Botanical Gardens" release below, because several of these sound so creative and fun!  What a great way to welcome Spring... I know I'm already starting to feel ready.  Check it out if you're in the Denver area. Raising dwarf dairy goats in your backyard?!  Hmm... interesting.... verrrry interesting!  :) March Events at Denver Botanical Gardens March is filled with garden preparation at Denver Botanic Gardens, with offerings and events for all ages and interests – from families, foodies and crafters to urban homesteaders and fitness buffs. Select events are featured below. Programs are subject to change; visit www.botanicgardens.org for the complete calendar. Denver Botanical Gardens ~ GARDENING NEW GARDENER BOOT CAMP Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $80, $60 member (materials included) This comprehensive, full-day event will present a comprehensive overview of the Gardens best beginner gardening classes, including “Beginning … [Read more...]

Relax in Colorado’s Hot Springs Pools Year Round

Not just for après- ski, soaking in one of Colorado's naturally heated, outdoor hot springs pools  can be a relaxing delight.  This is a fun way to spend the day for entire families, young and old alike, even in the wintertime.  Heck, especially in the winter! Pools here are fed by natural hot springs geothermal water, and contain numerous therapeutic minerals.  This is a great place to swim, soak, and relax. Colorado's Hot Springs Pools ~ Types & Locations You'll find a wide range of locations offering "hot springs pools" in Colorado, which can vary in size and available amenities.  Many campgrounds and lodges have their own small hillside soaking tubs. But for a family with kids, we typically head to the full blown, larger pool establishments... complete with lockers, showers, changing rooms, and pool sections of varying temperatures for easily controlling our kids body temperatures during the experiences. The largest pool section is of a moderate temperature, … [Read more...]

America’s Got Talent to Hold Auditions in Denver

NBC's reality talent search show America’s Got Talent is currently gearing up for Season 9, is now hosting auditions, and is heading to Colorado!  America’s Got Talent is the only talent competition show open to any age and any talent.   A truly a modern variety show, they will be holding auditions in Denver soon. Over the past seasons, America’s Got Talent has developed a large social media presence, and their numbers only continue to grow.   Their platform offers to give artists of ANY kind a serious amount of exposure. - YouTube Subscribers: 542k+ - Channel Views: 202 million+ views So all of you talented Colorado moms out there... (or those with talented kids!), check out the details below, and be sure to head to the America’s Got Talent Auditions in Denver! America’s Got Talent Auditions in Denver America’s Got Talent is hosting auditions nationwide as well as online.  They will be stopping in Denver, here are the details: Denver - Dec 7th - Colorado Convention … [Read more...]

10 Moments From Everyday Life in the West, Vol 1

http://instagram.com/p/apDXZmK2XR/# For the most part, I think there are remarkable similarities between all people, no matter where they live.  But every once in awhile I travel to a completely different part of the US, and it amuses and intrigues me to take in all the culture related differences. I recently traveled to West Virginia, for work.   It was an enjoyable experience, but I'm always glad to return back home to Western Colorado.  I feel I'm a better fit here.   It's a good feeling to be able to live where you feel that way, and it's something that I do not take for granted. So allow me give you a little glimpse of my everyday life here in the West.   I've decided to take a lesson from one of my favorite social media moms, Amy of Using Our Words.  Amy writes a funny, heartwarming series called 10 Things I Learned This Week, which I thoroughly enjoy. So I'm going to try out a similar new feature, here on Colorado Mountain Mom.  An occasional post of just random, … [Read more...]

Rocky Mountain PBS KIDS Fun Fest in Denver

Mark your calendars!  We've attended a version of this on the Western Slope in Colorado, and they are so much fun (and FREE).  Wanted to help get the word out to those of you in the Denver area... enjoy!  :) *o*    *o*    *o* Rocky Mountain PBS KIDS Fun Fest in Denver   Rocky Mountain PBS KIDS Fun Fest Is Just Around the Corner! Free event held at Rocky Mountain PBS’ Denver studios September 7, 2013, 10am-2pm  Rocky Mountain PBS is gearing up for Denver’s 17th annual Rocky Mountain PBS KIDS Fun Fest – a fantastic FREE party for families.   It’s all happening at the Rocky Mountain PBS studios in downtown Denver on Saturday, September 7, 10am-2pm. It’s a block party full of fun activities free to all.  It’s the Rocky Mountain PBS salute to families and children, ideal for kids preschool age through sixth grade.  PBS characters such as Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Word Girl and Sid the Science Kid will entertain their young (and old) fans. There will be … [Read more...]