Mile High Farms Family Fun, from the Horse’s Mouth

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A weekend escape to Mile High Farms was the perfect fall family tradition activity, particularly with the lovely weather we’ve been so lucky to have this year. Mile High Farms is located east of Denver, which was a new adventure for our family. It was great to experience the scenery and countryside as we meandered out that way.

The main draw for us: the corn maze! It took longer than we had hoped (because we’d like to skip right to expert), but hey, that’s all part of the fun, right?

Being that this was our first visit to Mile High Family Farms, everything was new and exciting to us. Ambiance and props had been created with much creativity, and entertainment lurked around every corner. The western family farm appeal was impressively genuine.

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Wide open spaces offered plenty of romping room, and although everything was new to us, we made sure to check out the newest features to the farm.

NEW features we explored:
Horse-drawn wagon rides
Second corn pit
Hula-hoop station (to burn off some sugar)
Mini hay bale maze (we were much quicker solving this one, lol!)

From the horse’s mouth…Mile High Farms is an excellent addition to the fall family fun bucket list!

 

Mile High Farms, Fall Traditions

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Our recent visit to Anderson Farms’ pumpkin patch. This weekend: Mile High Farms’ corn maze!

Mile High Farms is deemed “A Place Only Kids Can Imagine”, so it it bad that I’m swept away at the festive fall charm?

A few popular attractions at Mile High Farms:
Whimsical dressings at the INSPIRE stage are the perfect prop for playful performances and a world of imagination, a playground of repurposed farm equipment, petting zoo, AND getting lost in the corn pit (but I generally leave this to the kids…when people are watching, ha).

NEW this year:
Horse drawn wagon rides in addition to the traditional antique tractor rides through the pumpkin patch! A “Play Your Heart Out” theme, which I will certainly take very seriously. A second corn pit, hula-hoop station, additional stage performances, a second mini straw bail maze, and of course, the main maze – inspired and designed after the Mile High Farms’ tire swings (my stop this weekend!).

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Summer Camp Drop-In

Lifeguard Camp Hawaii

Summertime is anything but boring for our bunch (a nicer way of describing somewhat-organized chaos). Between the parties, BBQs, events, and gallivanting outdoors in the sunshiny days and cool nights, we have ordinary responsibilities. Bummer. And, while everyone faces the challenge of balancing fun and work, we have the additional challenge of navigating a schedule that’s rather out of the ordinary.

Summer camp, drop-in style…saves the day!

It’s the best solution I’ve found to manage our lives, which range from Colorado to Hawaii, 9 to 13 years, adventurous to super chillax; and we have to find a way to please everyone, of course (and I’m not claiming success to that one quite yet).

Our 2016 lineup has included some pretty notable adventures. AND we’re not done! Some of our favs thus far:

DENVER TOUR CLUB

Sam is the owner and main tour guide of the camp. He has experience working with children, a degree form CU, and is fully trained as a lifeguard – all of which helped me feel comfortable right away. Sam combines education with adventure to create a fun atmosphere for the kids that parents can truly appreciate.

JR. LIFEGUARD PROGRAM

This program is FREE on island! The program is sponsored by the North Shore Lifeguard Association and is taught by certified lifeguards. It’s intense and requires dedication, so it’s certainly not for everyone. My son, being more familiar with the Colorado scene, was certainly intimidated and will hopefully forgive his mom someday for strongly suggesting his involvement with the training (which could come in very handy someday!).

KAMA’AINA KIDS SUMMER INTERSESSION

I thought it would be a fabulous idea to introduce my youngest to her peer group culture on  Oahu. The camp is very reasonably priced and full of local culture. Noelle had the opportunity to sing songs she had never heard of, talk about places that are a mystery to her, and she even mispronounced musubi – which left the other children in hysterics. Oh, and she’s still amazed that the kids hadn’t a clue what kickball was.

CAMP UNPLUGGED @ MALAEKAHANA

This overnight adventure was included in the Kama’aina Kids daycamp package. We didn’t know this until attending camp (information can be increasingly difficult to obtain in Hawaii), but we were thrilled and Noelle had a North Shore adventure she’ll never forget! Beach fun, crabbing, low ropes, climbing wall, archery, camp fire time, and tie dye were just a few of the many experiences.

When life demands mundane and necessary responsibilities, make drop-in summer camp your solution!

New: Hex Your Memories!

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AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Because your images are infused right into the metal, and not painted on the surface, their metal prints are extremely durable. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. You can even clean it with glass cleaner. Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints.

You can find all the fun gift ideas HERE

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#1 Holiday Gift Idea 2015

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And for the reveal: CuSToM MeTaL PhOto PRiNt

It’s personal, funky, chic, mod, endearing…and mostly a fabulously wonderful holiday gift! This one shouts thoughtful and will be cherished for years to come.

I chose a candid silly from a family hike on the island of Oahu. My lovely children (I’m biased, of course) were singing loudly into the native Hawaiian rain forrest to scare off the wild boar (also known as the wild swine or Eurasian wild pig) – one of the only threats we may have possibly encountered along the hike. Thankfully, the song worked wonders {anyone and anything would have surely run for cover} and we arrived home safely!

If you missed my previous post on my top holiday gift idea for the 2015 season, let me recap:

AdoramaPix helps average photographers (aka: parents) transform digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes to last a lifetime. Contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich, vibrant detail. Because your images are infused right into the metal (rather than not painted on the surface) images won’t smudge, fade, or absorb red Kool Aid splashes. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. You can even clean it with glass cleaner…and you’ll never encounter a duct tape repair! Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints. And grandparents love them too (shhhhhh)😉

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Holiday Gift Idea…Metal Prints

[Adorable Kid Photo Here…coming soon (when I receive a lovely metal print!)]

If this sounds like an endorsement, it may in fact be such. However, I was in the market for a fabulous print of my kiddos – a Christmas gift request by grandparents this year – and AdoramaPix looks like a fine choice for my adorably giftable images!

AdoramaPix helps average photographers (aka: parents) transform digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes to last a lifetime. Contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich, vibrant detail. Because your images are infused right into the metal (rather than not painted on the surface) images won’t smudge, fade, or absorb red Kool Aid splashes. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. You can even clean it with glass cleaner…because I know you have some of that under your kitchen skink! Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints. And grandparents love them too.

You can find a full list of gift ideas right HERE!

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What’s Your #FallFamily Tradition?

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Baubles and brews, witches and shrews, and sweet little cheerleaders adorned in kernels of corn.

It’s fall fun in Colorado!

Wondering what adventure to choose? You have options! Check out these great nationwide Fall Festival savings and local Corn Maze Coupons.

Stay tuned for details on our 2015 adventure…and be sure to share yours! #FallFamily

Arizona
Tolmachoff Farms – Glendale
Mortimer Farms – Dewey
Rocker 7 Farm Patch – Buckeye

California
Pirates Dinner Adventure – Vampirates – Buena vista
Gilroy Gardens – Gilroy
California’s Great America – Santa Clara
Big Horse Corn Maze Festival – Temecula

Colorado
ColoradoKids.com Annual Halloween Guide
http://www.coloradokids.com/seasonal/halloween.php

Anderson Farms – Erie
Fritzler Maze – La Salle
Mile High Farms – Bennett
Wishing Star Farm – Calhan
Harvest Farm – Wellington
Cottonwood Farms – Boulder
Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch – Longmont
Elitch Gardens Theme Park – Fright Fest – Denver
Denver Zoo – Boo at The Zoo – Denver
Children’s Museum of Denver – Trick or Treat Street – Denver

Connecticut
Scott’s Yankee Farmer – East Lyme

Florida
The Little Farm – Goulds
Lowry Park Zoo – ZOOBOO Kids! – Tampa

Georgia
Corn Dawgs – Loganville
Old Freeman Farms – Sylvania
LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Atlanta
Funopolis Family Fun Center – Fearopolis Haunts

Illinois
Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm – Lockport

Indiana
Amazing Fall Fun – Waterloo
Shipshewana Corn Maze – Shipshewana

Maryland/DC
Great Country Farms – Bluemont

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – Batimore

Michigan
Bavarian Inn Lodge – Frankenmuth

Missouri/Kansas
Beggs Family Farm – Sikeston
Carolyn’s Country Cousins – Liberty Corn Maze
Legoland Discovery Center – Brick or Treat – Kansas City

Montana
Applestem, Inc. – Vaughn

New Jersey
iPlay America – Freehold

New Mexico
La Union Maze – La Union

New York
Wright Family Farm – Warwick
Pick A Pumpkin Pumpkin Patch – Esperance
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park – Queensbury

Ohio
Blooms and Berries – Loveland
Beriswill Farms – Valley City

Oklahoma
Tulsa Corn Maze – Tulsa

Oregon
The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch– Portland

Rhode Island
Confreda Greenhouses & Farms – Hope (Western Cranston)

South Carolina
Hollywild Animal Park – Wellford

Tennessee
Oakes Farm – Corryton
Shuckle’s Corn Maze – Hendersonville

Texas
Devine Acres Farm – Devine
Fiesta Farm – San Antonio
Barton Hill Farms – Bastrop
Lone Star Family Farm – Stephenville
LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Brick or Treat – Grapevine

Utah
Hee Haw Farms – Pleasant Grove
This Is The Place Heritage Park – Salt Lake City

Vermont
Gaines Farm – Guilford

Virginia
Great Country Farms – Bluemont

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A Candy Cabin Adventure at Beaver Creek

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Sweet Memories

A Candy Cabin destination atop a soaring, snow-covered peak; the voyage of a tiny, first-time snowboarder off to conquer a swift-moving quad chair lift; reminiscing notable firsts and unfortunate falls as our boots dangled with the tops of trees; the gratification and reward of a true-to-life ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ pillage; and the winding trek back down the mountain. It was a bittersweet farewell to another season, melting slowly into the commencement of beloved springtime adventures.

The Tale of the Candy Cabin

As the story went… there once was a cabin, brimming with confections. There were barrels of taffy, jars of gummies, tubes of chocolates, and shelves of delicious treats. However, this particular cabin was precariously placed far from reach. It required a Candy Cabin adventure to an elevation most children wouldn’t dare (without a responsible adult, a ski lesson or two, and proper winter gear that is).

The tale was alluring, and the venture intriguing. I was mostly sure that if I didn’t pack our bags right away, I might wake to find my little Hansel and Gretel trailing breadcrumbs through the forest.

Beaver Creek is our favorite family staycation!” It’s the pitch I was given. Luckily for my adorable little negotiators, they were right – we all love Beaver Creek – and, a visit from the Auntie was in the works. Beaver Creek would be the perfect destination for our last hurrah of the season.

The Candy Cabin was everything they had dreamed, and the joy of braving the terrain to arrive safely at our destination was all part of the enchantment. The twinkle in their eyes and the giddy giggles as they hugged barrels of sweets told the stories of their hearts. I knew this was a day they wouldn’t soon forget!

The sugar rush contributed to a delirium of bravery as we sped our way safely back to the bottom of the mountain to have a relaxing patio lunch and après ski Colorado brew – the perfect toast to another amazing escape at Beaver Creek.

Beaver Creek Candy Cabin

  • Top of Strawberry Park, Avon, Colorado 81620
  • Operational Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Price Range $
  • Phone (970) 754-5539

UCD 2014 SYMPOSIUM

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If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what the latest trends are in academic research, this is an event for you. Educate yourself on the latest thinking in higher education, explore interesting projects and creative works, and most importantly, take the opportunity to network within our local community.

Examples of  undergraduate and graduate student work will be showcased at the annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium:

Friday April 25, 2014​
RC2, Trivisible Room
Anschutz Medical Campus

The Symposium is designed to feature the creative and entrepreneurial activities as well as research projects of undergraduates and graduate students at the University of Colorado Denver. All UCD students participating in faculty-mentored research and creative activities may submit an application for consideration.

      • All UC Denver students involved in faculty-mentored research and creative activities are encouraged to apply
      • Present your work to an audience of peers, faculty, family, and visitors
      • Last year, approximately 120 student researchers participated in the event

Students – this is your chance to demonstrate to your family and friends what you’ve been up to each time you’ve had to say no to something far more entertaining than research. Submit your application now to be considered for this great opportunity, and avoid having to post something like this all over your social media, wink.

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The Intrigue of Google Hex #808080

unnamedAh, Google. Such mystery, such intrigue. What is it that leaves the mind besotted over petabytes of user-generated data?  What stirs feelings of such intrigue? Criticisms of market dominance, violation of privacy, rank manipulation and various other empty accusations; and yet, with enhanced Google interaction, I become increasingly smitten.  

Of the most mystical fantasies of this company: Google X (stylized as Google[x]). It’s allegedly an underground facility owned by Google, located within approximately .5 miles of the corporate headquarters in Mountain View, CA. What happens in this lab is a mystery – a beautiful, speculative secret leaving much to the imagination.

Technology, fashion and mobility: I think I’m in love with Project Glass. It’s one of the rare research and development deliverables to surface from G[x]. Obtaining this augmented reality mobile device wasn’t easy, and much to my demise, remains a degree of separation from my actual possession. Delivery came via numeric code, laser-engraved inside a crystal block. Fortunately, my desk is located inside the walls of the company privileged to house such stealth device.

An unofficial slogan “Don’t be evil” communicates pure intentions and gains consumer trust.  A logo bursting with colors leaves the heart blissfully ebullient. With a market share in the upwards of 65%, it’s clear this giant is fulfilling promises, satisfying customers and leaving a lasting impression on those interacting with the remarkable technological experience.

Oh, the provocateur that is Google. The longing to own Glass of my own. A data powerhouse OSINT-ly sweeping consumers off their feet, leaving them mystified and forever intrigued. The imminence of Google Glass; ‘tis not boring nor dull, and yet somehow, I imagine – despite traditionally, shrewdly revealing auras of the rainbow – the unofficial logo of this Google[x] is resounding in shades of grey.