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Toyota Avalon a grown up car with family style! #ToyotaUSA

Toyota loaned us a fantastic 2015 Avalon Hybrid 4 door Limited 3.5-Liter V6 6-Speed Automatic to take to Durango a few weeks ago and it was amazing. I have to admit when they mentioned it, my answer was "What's an Avalon" - I had never heard of it. It turns out, it's a roomy, accessory-loaded, fabulous car, made for comfort! Because it's a hybrid, the gas mileage was … [Read More...]

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Yummy Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe is a hybrid of a recipe from The Pioneer Woman and one from Tyler Florence – but I think the combo makes them yummier! FOR THE SAUCE 1 Tablespoon Canola Oil 1 Tablespoon All-purpose Flour 1 can (28 Ounce) Enchilada Or Red Sauce 2 cups Chicken Broth 1/2 teaspoon Salt 1/2 teaspoon Ground […]


Colorado Cooking – Chicken, Rice and Peanut Stew

My husband saw this recipe on a weekend gardening show and it has become a standard at our house. Simple to make, it’s yummy and the peanut butter makes it an easy sell for the kids. Some people may like a really crunchy, pea-nutty stew, in which case you can use crunchy peanut butter and […]


HelloFresh! Is a healthy way to feed your family and save the hassle!

Be sure to scroll to the bottom to get your discount code! Last week I had the chance to try HelloFresh‘s new service. All I have to say is “what a fabulous idea! They send you all the ingredients  you need to make recipes for your family with easy to follow recipe cards and fabulous […]

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Love Wins!

Congratulations to our own Fran and Anna and all the same-sex parents out there who now can celebrate and honor their marriage across the country!  


Seven Good Things about Autism (in honor of Autism Awareness Month)

“There is a place for Autism in our world, a valid, worthwhile, important place. We need to see the beneficial aspect of the differences and see that these children and adults deserve an equal amount of respect.” – Barbara Sher, Certified Occupational Therapist Meet Barbara Sher, aka “The Games Lady” and author of 10 books […]


Guest post: The Ride Home

The most important thing to say to your child is how much you enjoyed watching them play By Linda Crum, Executive Director of the Positive Coaching Alliance Colorado Spring sports season has arrived for many young athletes around the Denver Metro area. Youth and high school sports can provide many opportunities for children to develop […]

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Unique (and Green) Gift Ideas for your Gifted Child

Children who are exceptionally intelligent in one or more areas can be particularly difficult to choose gifts for, either because their interests are so esoteric (e.g., physics) or so focused that you are inclined to expand their horizons (e.g., no more puzzles, no more comics!). Here are some unique ideas for families in Denver that […]


Guest Post: Summer tubing at Snow Mountain Ranch

  You would think that, being a native, I enjoy the snow. The fact is that I don’t. I have great memories of sledding when I was younger. I had a pink sled and we would get all bundled up and go sledding down the big hill at Meadowood Recreation Center. I have taken my […]


Keystone to relax, can it be done?

Colorado is known for being outdoorsy and athletic and in no place is this more evident than the ski resorts. With their summer offerings of rafting, mountain bike riding, rock climbing and even such unusual sports as snow-free tubing, you definitely feel the pull of nature when you’re up there. However, we had just returned […]

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Denver Metro area Recycling Resources

Our family prides itself on recycling. Each week we put out a lot less in actual trash than we do in recycling. Hopefully we do our part to give back and keep our dumps from filling up quicker. Recently I found a couple of really cool resources for recyclers: Action Recycling Center 7610 W 42nd,  […]

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Colorado Gives Day today – December 9th, 2014

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Donations are accepted through It takes place today – on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, during a 24-hour period starting at 12 a.m. (i.e., 00:00 MST) Colorado Gives Day was created by the Community First Foundation, a […]


Charity at Home: Soup for the Soul

Throughout February, all 34 Colorado Panera Bread bakery-cafes will donate $0.25 from the sale of each soup in a bread bowl to Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice as part of its involvement in Soup for the Soul , a unique and heartwarming fundraiser which has resulted in more than $28,000 in donations to date. […]

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Wish Gifts to fill your wish list

“It is like a Spencers for women”. That is how I have found myself describing what will become my new favorite place to shop for all my gift-giving….okay, mainly for gift-giving with a thing or three thrown in for myself. Wish Gifts is the perfect place to find unique gifts that will put you in […]


Colorado Products: The Shower Shimmy

Karla Call a Denver resident and mom of four, runs an award-winning dance studio and still managed to find time to stumble on the idea of The Shower Shimmy while cleaning her own shower the long and labor intensive way and decided there had to be a better way! “Two years ago when cleaning my […]