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!

hex metal print

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

Metal Print Photo

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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#metalprints

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.

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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

Personalized Fall Placemats from AccentsForKids.com

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Zombie Repellent and a Recipe for a Healthy Halloween

As a dedicated trick-or-treat bag enthusiast (gratis my two kiddos), I know first-hand how tricky it really is to stay healthy this time of year. Thing is, treats don’t have to be unhealthy to be creepilcious. So, with the help of Pinterest and a few creative spins on some spooktacular ideas, I’ve come up with a list of top edible haunts for this Halloween.

Trick your little creatures with these five Treats

 

5. Creepy Crudité

Fresh veggies and a nutritious dip and voila!

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4. Swamp Smoothie

This swampy concoction can be created with your favorite fresh fruits. Simple tip: prepare baggies of fruit ahead of time and store in the freezer for a quick, blendable after school snack.

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3. Witch’s Broom Treat Bags

Transform this sugary treat bag into a savory snack by adding your child’s favorite snack mix. Pretzels, nuts, Goldfish, dried fruit…and, of course, a little candy corn – because it *is* a festive veggie of sorts.

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2. Orange-o-Lanterns

I’m just going to admit that my culinary patients might run short on this one, BUT for the crafty mama foodies out there, this is a masterpiece waiting to happen. Stuff your Orange-o-Lantern with a fruit medley and let your little goblins attack.

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1. Watermelon Brain

Zombies beware: seedless watermelon posing as a delicacy is deadly zombie repellent. Most commonly found in the burbs.

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…and after all the damage is done (and because I do realize that while I’ve complied a perfectly healthy and delicious top five, there will still be abundant amounts of chocolate, caramel and nought to be had – yes, that is a personal confession).

Creepy Finale ~ Firefly Toothbrushes
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Perfect for Halloween, changing colors are cast onto the child’s face as they brush…making brushing fun, and spooky enough to scare any lurking sugar!

Titans of the Ice Age

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Mammoths, Mastodons, saber-toothed cats and two kids, oh my! Those two crazy kiddos had a blast at the newest Denver Museum of Nature and Science exhibit – particularly exploring the giant, ancient poo display (which makes me think we have a whole new blog theme going on here).

This story of the  Snowmastodon Project is particularly interesting in that the Ice Age fossil site was unearthed near Snowmass Village, Colorado in 2010. Artifacts from the site can be viewed at DMNS along with demonstrations on how archeologists work on such a project.

After checking out the ‘Titans of the Ice Age,’ we made our way to the lab for further discovery. I was impressed with the many new features at the museum since our last visit! So, if it’s been a while or you simply have yet to get out to this vast museum full of discovery…it’s time to get out there…and into the Ice Age!

  • GRADE: All Ages
  • DATE/TIME: February 15 – May 27, 2013 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Museum is open seven days a week year-round.
  • COST $5/student (includes Museum admission), 1 free adult/10 students, $5/additional adult Scholarships may be available for eligible schools
  • Reservations and timed entry required. For reservation details and to fill out the Field Trip Request Form, click here or call 303.370.6000, M – F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Is Botox Right for You?

Do you suffer from chronic headaches and migraines? Well, there may be something you can do about it…and Centura Network is hosting a FREE community event including physician presenters, food, prizes and more. Finally, we might have a useful purpose for that strange Botox stuff – I mean besides freezing faces into expressionless positions, ha!

Hormonal * Sinus * Migraine

Explore treatment options for ALL types of headaches.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012

TIME: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sturm Hall on the University of Denver Campus

COST: FREE

To register, visit centuraneuro.org or call 800-327-6877 (option 1)
from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Join us for brunch and door prizes!

The Centura Health Stroke Network offers prevention tips, life-saving screenings and numerous educational materials and resources no matter where you live in Colorado. Learn more at http://www.centura.org/stroke.

 

IKEA Children’s Play Tent Recall

With the summer 2011 premier of the new IKEA in Denver, I would guess that several of our children are playing in these potentially dangerous tents. Only three incidents have been reported at this time and only one injury, but with sharp wire ends posing a hazard as they break through the tent fabric, parents should be aware of this recall.

From the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Name of Product: BUSA children’s folding tent

Units: About 58,000; 51,000 in the United States and 7,000 in Canada

Importer: IKEA North America Service, of Conshohocken, Pa.

Hazard: The steel wire frame of the tent can break, producing sharp
wire ends that can protrude through the tent fabric, posing a laceration or
puncture hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Three incidents were reported, including one
injury. No incidents were reported in the US or Canada

Model number 90192009 is printed on a label attached to the interior seam of the tent. They were produced in Vietnam and sold exclusively at IKEA stores nationwide in August – September 2011 for approximately $8.

The CPSC recommends consumers return the product to the nearest IKEA immediately to receive a full refund. Questions: IKEA at (888) 966-4532 or www.ikea-usa.com.

Further details from CPSC.