The Best Presents Are The Ones You Want Yourself

Mom used to say, “the best presents are ones I wanted myself.” And maybe that is the reason I often feel the drive to get myself a present. If I was looking for something that was perfect for my on-the-go lifestyle I’d run to PrAna.

I like to work out. But I had avoided PrAna because I’m not a yogi. I like the punch, kick, hit type of working out and never gave much more than a fleeting response to yoga – despite trying to like it several times. But I have been missing out. PrAna has great clothes that are not just yoga pants!

There are some clothes that I get from the store and then I find myself wearing those pieces out. I mean really wearing them all the time. I have found that the Devan Henley with it’s fun hood and soft cotton fabric it has become my go-to.

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Jeans? I was led to believe that jeans were not for working out in (but maybe living in) and that a company like PrAna who is all about Yoga and fitness clothes would not sell them. Not only do they sell them – but they are so comfortable that I literally could work out in them. Plus, I got the Kara jeans in a sassy red color which has been really fun to wear.

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Reasons to get PrAna for someone you love this Christmas: The clothes are stylish AND comfortable; PrAna uses organic cotton and is sustainable and also gives back the communities it operates in (including free Yoga classes here in Denver), but the best reason? It will make you the gift giving favorite.

So, no matter if you are buying a gift for someone else or buying yourself something…(you do have to be ready for those new year’s plans to do more yoga right?) When you use our discount code MHMF16GRYD you’ll receive a 15% discount prAna.com

*I received PrAna clothes for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. And by the way, the photos are ones I got from PrAna – although I wish that was my body in those jeans.

Denver Deal: Zpizza, Burger King, Estate Planning and More

Writing this blog is fun! I love telling you all about deals and great free fun times. But sometimes, there are serious issues that we all as parents need to be aware of – the State of Colorado implemented a statewide hotline to report suspected child abuse and neglect – 1-844-CO-4-KIDS. The statewide hotline is the result of Governor Hickenlooper’s Child Welfare Plan “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy.” The hotline serves as a direct, immediate and efficient route to Colorado’s 64 counties and two tribal nations, which are responsible for accepting and responding to child abuse and neglect inquiries and reports. All callers speak with a call-taker 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

 Kneaders Bakery & Café will open Friday, June 26 at 7:00 am.  To celebrate their Grand Opening, the first 100 customers will receive a complimentary meal of Kneaders famous French toast! With 3 locations in Colorado and over 35 locations throughout the west, Kneaders Bakery and Café specializes in authentic European hearth breads that are made fresh daily. The fast-casual restaurant also offers a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and 40-50 different pastries in a charming, family-friendly environment.  Their Arvada location will open at 7945 Wadsworth Blvd and will serve customers Monday-Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Estate Planning. No matter your net worth, or the size of your family, it’s important to have a basic estate plan in place. Such a plan ensures that your family and financial goals are protected – despite changing federal laws.  New for 2015 are at least 7 significant changes to estate planning laws that may affect your family learn more at a free educational workshop on June 11, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Koelbel Library (5955 S Holly St, Centennial 80121).  Space is limited; reservations are required. RSVP (720) 440-2774.  

ZPizzazpizza, the first artisan-inspired pizza chain that has appealed to foodies for more than 25 years, today announced the debut of a new location at 23923 East Prospect Avenue. You are invited to celebrate the opening of the new store with free slices on Wednesday, June 10.

Burger King Nuggets. YES! My daughter’s favorite thing to eat (even as a teen) are chicken nuggets.Burger King just announced a great deal – 10 piece chicken nuggets for just $1.49! Guess I know where I’ll swing by for lunch this summer!

Bath and Body Works. Bath and Body Works is having their semi-annual sale starting June 1 (going through the month). Great bath and body care including fragrances, lotions and bath soap at up to 75% off.

Free Yoga. While I may not be able to twist my body the way many of these Yogi’s do… I do think it is great that they have such a wonderful community full of FREE events. Free Yoga has just been announced at Modmarket every Saturday through the summer at their Glendale and Cherry Hillslocations 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (includes discount for lunch after) but they do ask that you RSVP by using the links above. PrAna (one of my favorite stores – I have my eye on this pair of shorts…) store in Cherry Creek has free yoga, pilates and boot camp through the month. See their schedulehere. Athleta offers free Yoga and nutrition classes (the Cherry Creek Store has a nutrition class this Saturday) and the Lone Tree location has a free candlelight yoga on Sunday this weekend). Lululemon has free yoga and coffee with their Flow n’ Joe every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at their Cherry Creeklocation.

Free, healthy summer meals for Colorado kids and teens. Summer should be a fun and enriching time for all Colorado children, but for many it represents a time when they are at the greatest risk of hunger due to lost access to school meals. Thanks to a statewide collaboration to address child hunger, 533 community sites across Colorado will provide meals to children up to 18 years old at no cost this summer.  Colorado families can find nearby summer food sites by using an interactive map at KidsFoodFinder.org or calling the statewide, bilingual Hunger Free Hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626.

DelTaco Haas Avacado. Del Taco, a leader in the Mexican Quick Service Restaurant category, is thrilled to offer guests yet another fresh ingredient at an UnFreshing Believable® value with the introduction of fresh Hass avocado. The new addition of fresh avocado is one of many exciting menu developments Del Taco has in store for 2015 as part of the company’s continued commitment to deliver fresh, quality and delicious ingredients. Del Taco has aligned with the California Avocado Commission to provide guests the opportunity to enjoy sliced avocado in the new Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito or add to any existing menu item. Trust me when I tell you it’s DELish!

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Denver Deal: Bass Pro Shop, Hot Pursuit Movie, Cherry Creek North Expo and More

My kids were never into Legos. While I thought they were cool – I guess I didn’t have the imagination to make something spectacular out of them (and as a parent I stepped on a few in the middle of the night and it really hurt). But the FREE Lego Exhibit at Park Meadows Mall of our American National Monuments is very cool. Having gone to D.C. with my kids last summer and seeing these amazing monuments in person, I was astonished at the size and complexity of the ones at the mall. Maybe this will inspire both myself and my kids to like Legos a little more..again.

Bass Pro Shop. Bass Pro Shops celebrates the Workender Weekend Escape event with sales, giveaways, how-to’s, social hour and more on April 24 & 25. Demos Friday 6 – 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. include cooking down and dirty, pack right, beat the bugs, slumber by the number, pickout and get out , streamline your kayak. Take the 20/20 challenge to log 20 miles or 20 days to win cool prize package (tent, backpack, kayak, watch and GoPro).

Cherry Creek North ExpoCherry Creek North will host the Spring Shape-Up Fitness Fashion Show & Expo on Sun., April 26 on Fillmore Plaza. Denver’s premier shopping district will feature spring and summer workout wear from Cherry Creek Dance, Lucy, PrAna, and Title Nine. (I’ve got my eye on a pair of PrAna shorts). Fitness fanatics are also invited to join the Yelp Cherry Creek North Bike Meet-­up event on Thur., April 24th. Bring a bike or borrow a Denver B-­-cycle bike! *Special discounts for participants.  Meet-­Up participants will receive a map of locations offering discounts and giveaways to cyclists via Yelp. Both events are free and open to the public.

Girl’s Night At The Movies. You and your girls are invited to a special advance screening of HOT PURSUIT starring Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon on May 5! Visit http://www.wbtickets.com/HOTMama to download your admit-two pass! Please arrive early as seating is first come, first served, and is not guaranteed! HOT PURSUIT hits theaters May 8!

Vail Announces Epic School KidsFor years the ski areas in Colorado have given free passes to kids in 5th and 6th grade (some make you pay a nominal fee for the 6th grade) but now, Vail Resorts is offering FREE skiing for Colorado kids kindergarten through 5th Grade. Visit any Vail-owned retail locations (Colorado Ski & Golf; Colorado Ski & Sport; Boulder Sport; and Colorado Springs Sport) with your child. Have a copy of their school ID, report card, birth certificate or letter from the school to sign up for the FREE pass which will be good for four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone plus, one free beginner’s lesson. These are ONLY available in the stores through end of May.

Denver Art Museum. The Denver Art Museum (DAM) recently announced that kids 18 and under are entitled to FREE general admission every day for the next FIVE years thanks to Kaiser and Reiman Foundations.

Free/Cheap Days.

  • Denver Botanic Gardens has a free day on Wednesday, April 22 (Happy Earth Day!)
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science is free on Saturday, April 25
  • DCPA Family Fun Forum. Discover all kinds of performance skills and win tokens redeemable for prizes at our Family Fun Forums. The events are free and open to all ages. Time: 12-2pm April 26, 2015 on 3rd Floor, 1101 13th Street in the Robert & Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education
  • Butterfly Pavillion $5 Day April 25 Experience Butterfly Pavilion and all of our small wonders for only $5.00 on select days! $5 for each guest 2 and older; Free for members and children 1 and under. 
Professional Organizing. Simply Put Organizational Solutions for the Home is a full service company, which helps people focus, simplify, and organize their home or office. They design, purchase, and install innovative space solutions and organizational systems. Products and services are tailor made, high quality and guaranteed to meet diverse and changing needs. Call today 303.321.2692 – get the first 2 hours of home or office organizing support for the price of one (a $150 value for only $75). Additional hours are 20% off (making it just $60/hour). Plus, the offer is good for new and existing clients on your first project of this year.

Consignment Sales. MileHighMamas has compiled the best of the best in kids consignment sales. The whole list can be found at: http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2015/02/11/denver-childrens-consignment-sales/

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Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.