Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Candy Buy Back

We LOVE Halloween!  I feel like holidays are so much more fun when you have a child :)  However, Jack doesn't need a bucket full of candy and I don't want it sitting around my house (because I will end up eating it).  We probably won't do too much trick or treating, but I think this is the first year that Jack really gets it, so I know he will have fun going door to door.  Jack's dentist, Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry is taking part in the Halloween Candy Buy Back.  They will pay your child $1 per pound of candy, and then send the candy to the military troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.  All you have to do is put the candy in a zip-lock bag, along with a picture of your child in their Halloween costume, and a note to our brave soldiers. 

Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry is located in the Highlands Ranch town center.  Check out their website for more information along with the schedule of when to drop off the candy.

By the way if you are looking for a dentist for your child, I highly recommend Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry!  Jack's first visit to the dentist went amazingly well (for both of us).  The entire staff was so kind, and they do an awesome job of making it a fun experience!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Belly Up Spa

 As another month of Breast Cancer Awareness comes to an end, Belly Up Spa, Denver's only exclusive mom spa begins their journey speaking to cancer and catering to moms affected in a different and very tangible way.  Why now? Because cancer is not partial to a month, a color, or a ribbon - one in three will be touched.

Belly Up Spa already offers unique one of a kind treatments targeted to moms in all stages of motherhood from before, during and after pregnancy, and now after recent cancer specific training, they will speak to moms affected by cancer during all stages of treatment too - before, during, and after.

A mother herself, Belly Up Owner Rhonda James, is aware of the many needs of mom, especially those who are compromised with something like cancer as many of the spas clients have directly or indirectly been affected.  But with a vision to be more than the typical spa, and cautious to not fall into the same pink robbon participation Rhonda held off outreach until it was right for Belly Up to embrace the affected community.  As breast cancer awareness month neared this year, the right opportunity finally did come.

"The hands, feet, and nails are highly impacted by cancer treatment, sometimes with long-term impact.  And manicuring services are the most chosen by women in general, even women battling cancer.  Having this kind of knowledge and tools allows us to have an amazing impact on the front line, something that's really important to us at Belly Up Spa," says Rhonda.

After recently finding NONTOXIQUE, a holistic hand, foot, and nail care line for the spa, Belly Up got more than they bargained with their new exclusive vendor relationship.  Not only is NONTOXIQUE a 100% active line that delivers results, the line was created by a health-based manicurist who knows all too well what it means to become health compromised.  As a result of personal experience, NONTOXIQUE is the first truly holistic spa hand and foot care line that delivers results safely using only ingredients proven to be effective, non-skin sensitizing, non-UV reactive and not known to build up in the body contributing to cancer, birth-defects or any other health concern.

But that's only part of the story.

NONTOXIQUE eats, sleeps and breathes wellness and to make sure its importance is understood in the spa, the company offers extensive education and insights into healthy and ultra safe manicuring services - including a department audit to make sure everything from sanitation to treatment techniques are what they should be regardless if the state required such strict standards yet or not.

Once strict requirements such as 'one per use' policy and sterilization are met, Oncology Manicuring Education is provided which allows manicurists to understand and properly act on different stages of cancer and the needs a client may have from their diagnosis into recovery.

So as Breast Cancer Awareness month comes to an end, the journey is just beginning for Belly Up Spa and those who have been touched.  With new and exclusive offerings not available anywhere else in the greater Denver area that speak specifically to the changes experienced on the cancer journey - before, during and after.

Trick or Treat OFF the Street

This weekend, October 27th & 28th, The Wildlife Experience will have their annual Trick or Treat OFF the Street from 9am - 5pm.  They will have Halloween crafts, a bounce house, and candy booths in the museum's hallway.  Considering the fact that it's snowing right now, this will be a great way to get in the Halloween spirit and stay warm :)  The event is included in the price of admission and members are free.  For more information, check out their website.

Haunted Hayrides

Stockton's Plum Creek Stables are offering Haunted Hayrides on October 26th (from 6pm - 8:30pm) and 27th from 6pm until 9pm on Saturday.  Rides run every 30 minutes.  Admission is $11 per adult and $8 per child, (children must be accompanied by adult).  Register in advance at any HRCA rec center or by calling 303-791-2500.  This event is a fundraiser for 4-H.  For more information, check out Stockton's Plum Creek Stables website.

Trick or Treat Street

Saturday, October 27th from 10am - 2pm, Eastridge rec center will be transformed into Trick-or-Treat Street.  The event is $1 per person.  Local businesses will be giving out candy.  They also have a pumpkin patch where your child can get a free pumpkin to take home! 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Great Play of Highlands Ranch

The grand opening celebration for Great Play of Highlands Ranch is October 17th - 20th!  Great play is a children's gym that makes it fun for kids to develop motor skills, sports skills, fitness and coordination in their amazing interactive arena.  They offer classes for children 6 months - 12 years, along with an open gym for children currently enrolled in classes.  The open gym and the classes are separated by age group, so the activities offered are age specific.  It's located at 5690 E. County Line Pl (County Line & Holly).  Right now they are offering a free class - just go to their website.  Also all classes, memberships, and birthday parties are currently at a discounted price :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

This weekend is the perfect time to enjoy the local fall activities and pick out a pumpkin!  The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield (8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road) is having their annual pumpkin festival.  It starts on Friday, October 12th from 10am - 5pm.  Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 13 & 14) the festival will be from 9am - 5pm.  Admission is $7 per adult, $5 per child, children 2 & under are free :)  Some of the many activities offered at this festival include a super fun corn maze, live music, amusement rides, pony rides, a train ride, and tons of pumpkins to choose from.

The Littleton Museum is having their 18th annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 13th from 10am - 3pm.  There is no admission price for the museum (they do however accept donations) and the festival is free, but there will be hay rides, food, and pumpkins available for purchase.  We love this museum!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fall Craft Show

This weekend is the Highlands Ranch Fall Craft show.  Located at Eastridge Rec center on October 6th and 7th, from 9am - 5pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  The show will have over 100 exhibitors with one of a kind crafts for sale.  This is a great place to go for unique gifts!  For more information, check out the HRCA website.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Family Fun Day!

Treehouse Discovery is having Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 6th from 9am - 6pm.  Your family will enjoy all of the fun that Treehouse has to offer along with the opportunity to meet some local business owners.  The best part is, each business will have some sort of exciting giveaway! Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.  October 6th is also the first day of their scholastic book fair, which will go through October 12th.  For more information on Family Fun Day, check out the Treehouse Discovery website.

Monday, October 1, 2012

It's Fall Y'all

I LOVE fall!  It's a busy time of year for us but so much fun!  PSL's at Starbucks, Broncos Games, Pumpkin Patches, Halloween, Aspen Leaves, and Jack's Birthday :)  Also the perfect time of year for an outdoor photo shoot.  The picture above is from last year at Fly'n B Park!

I always have one of these burning.

Every year we make pumpkin bread and pumpkin pancakes.  This year I was excited to find something new to add to my pumpkin menu ~ pumpkin pie smoothies!  They really do taste just like pumpkin pie.

Last week I received these in the mail, which totally made my day!
Thanks Mom :)

I've never framed subway art before but I decided to give this one a try, and it's really cute in my kitchen!  This printable is from the blog, Love Bakes Good Cakes :)

Pinterest is also filled with some fun ideas.

Happy Fall!