WIN LEGO KidsFest Tickets!

“There are about 62 LEGO® bricks for every one of the world’s 6 billion inhabitants” …on any given day, approximately 2.5 per inhabitant in this home lurk, unbeknownst to wandering bare feet – only to be startlingly discovered in dark of the night. Foot injuries aside, I find these little toys to be a brilliant engineering invention and hours of fun for creative young minds.

LEGO KidsFest is coming to Denver, April 27-29, 2012!

Not only do I recommend letting your children spend endless hours building and creating with these amazing blocks, I say set them on a career path – because, yes, there really is such a thing – real life example: Chris (above photo…don’t know him personally but his name is on his shirt). He’s a Master Builder…and indeed, he gets to play with LEGO blocks for a LIVING…how sweet is that!?

Step #1 to a rockn’ career with the LEGO® company: ENTER HERE TO WIN TICKETS to Lego KidsFest! This giveaway, sponsored by USFamilyGuide, is good for (2) tickets to  the opening night session on Friday, April 27, 2012   (4-8:30pm).

One winning entry will be chosen (by USFamilyGuide) from my direct blog link. Contest ends Monday, April 23rd. Winner will be notified via email.

Stay tuned for further details, a full LEGO KidsFest review and super cool photos!

photo: LegoKidsFest


Spring Break Colorado – What Will You Do?

The budding of life brings a fresh, new beginning – a soliloquy of nature resounding the promise of hope and new life.

I absolutely love spring break in Colorado…a glimpse of what is to come, interrupted briefly by the grand finale of heavy, wet spring snowstorms, culminating just in time to let our hearts fill with joy at the arrival of gorgeous Colorado summer weather.  Springtime in the Rockies is a sight to behold, and by far my favorite season of the year!

Read more and get ideas @ Mile High Mamas, “Choose Your Own Adventure – Spring Break 2012”

Why Pink is the New Green…

GREEN. It’s one of my very favorites and I use it everywhere I can – clothing, linens, toiletries, house paint, handbags…yes, quite liberally, with really just one exception: my thumbs. So, come March 17, I’m generally safeguarded from the random, traditional pinch. However, this year, I’m risking it all, putting a little spin on things and going out on a limb (or three owls on a tree branch – to be exact) for my GREEN InITiaTIvE…oh, in a lovely shade of PINK!

Read more @ Mile High Mamas: “Healthy Holiday Traditions and Why Pink is the New Green”

The NotSoMuch-a-BoyScout’s Guide to (K)Not Tying Techniques

Sounds like a futile pursuit…inching down further and further – or making a sudden plunge – to the end of the detangling, frayed fibers. I would guess that few are bold enough to make the journey by choice – based upon the obvious lack of desirability. Yet, ironically, we all are given the opportunity at one point or another to endure a little time right there…at the end of our very own rope.

I can’t advise you on how to make the voyage…or in the ways you’ll recognize your destination (thinkn’ you’ll know) – what I do have to say about this #habitualthoughtsharing is that rather than perfecting your double overhand stopper knot, consider your thought process.

You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. Matthew 5:3

Attitude (the favorable or unfavorable interpretation of everything) can evoke an actual emotional response…quite possibly resulting in the realization that it’s not so much about the altitude at which you sway on the twisted twine…and maybe a bit more to do with the faithful surrender in which you hang on (or let go – depending on how you look at it).

Perseverance, courage, obedience, hope…all helpful knot tying techniques…along with a good dose of joy in suffering (my #workinprogress). And what about all this rope business? What if the rope is a self-created illusion, an imagined dependence which, without it, we might find the freedom we need to make the very journey we were intended to make – minus the linear synthetic fiber limitations.

Now that’s a knot worth tying..or (k)not.

Late Season Ski Fix…Monarch Mountain

Just for a weekend, but squeezed it all in…epic powder @ Monarch Mountain, Amicas, The Jug, Patio Pancake, Riverside Park, Tenderfoot, F Street Bridge views of the Arkansas River and invaluable time with family and friends in a little town dear to my heart…Salida, CO.

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Babysitting Co-op “How-To”

Ever wish you had a place to take your kiddos for just a couple of hours – safe, enjoyable, near by…and inexpensive? What if you could exchange funny money for hours of babysitting from a completely over-qualified sitter (certified mom)…AND what if you could call on someone at a moment’s notice!? Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not…let me tell ya how 😉

Read more at Mile High Mamas: “How to Start a Babysitting Co-op”

Cooking Contest for Kids!!!

Destination Hotels & Resorts had invited my two kiddos to help judge last year’s Kid’s Recipe Contest…read more: “Epicurean Democracy for Kids’ Health“…They took themselves very seriously but had a great time sampling and voting for their favorite meals!

The experience was a great opportunity to talk about the importance of voting and what democracy means to our country – and, of course, the importance of nutritious meals and overall health – even when on vacation! The kids’ favorite part: the food was delicious!

The contest will run again this year, March 1 – April 15, 2012.

Favorite recipes can be submitted on the hotel’s community website – public vote will determine the winner!
See the Destination Hotels website for full details. Happy Cooking!