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Water 2 Wine

Make your own wine without owning a vineyard? And in Denver? Apparently you can! And put your own custom label on it. Last night the ladies of Mile High Mamas and MomItForward were treated to a private party and tour of Water 2 Wine in Centennial, where we sipped some delicious vino, visited and were treated like royalty by the staff and owners. We learned how juice is shipped from 14 different countries and 100 vineyards around the world and then fermented right on the premises into 85 different wines. My fave was the chocolate raspberry port which smelled like a box of chocolates and tasted like one too. Yum-o!

Not only were we treated to a first-class wine tasting, but our kiddos were entertained next door at the same time! Pump It Up graciously entertained our kids and even walked them over to us at the end of the evening thoroughly worn out and ready to jump into their jammies.

The Colorado Red Cross even joined us for the evening and gave a wonderful presentation on the importance of Infant/Child CPR. Use the code “blogger” at checkout and receive 15% any class. A good opportunity if you need to be certified or renew.

Adding to the fun, Colorado’s own Steve Spangler Science had hidden tubs of Leprechan green snow around the room for us to find in a combination St. Patrick’s Day Easter egg hunt.

At the end of the night, Water 2 Wine treated us all to a bottle of wine custom-labeled just for us. Custom labeling, tastings and private parties are all part of the fun offered at this unique establishment. Already planning our next date-night!

Just when I thought the night couldn’t get any more great, yours truly won a drawing for four tickets to Sesame Street Live! Woot! Here we come, Elmo!

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March 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm 3 comments

Merry Christmas! It’s a Glade Gift Basket Giveaway!

So, you could say I’m a bit late on posting this giveaway, as the party I attended where we made these gorgeous gift baskets was last month. But, I would say I’m right on time! What better way to start your New Year than with freshening up your home – out with the old, in with the new!

Early in November, Anne Marie of A Mama’s Rant hosted a little get-together, sponsored by Glade, for some of the Denver-area bloggers. We had fabulous hors d’oeuvres, wine and conversation in an intimate setting at the downtown Warwick Hotel. It’s always fun to meet other bloggers who soon become friends online and IRL (in real life)!

We were then introduced to the new Glade Sense and Spray air freshener and set about making our gift baskets. One to take home and one to give away. Your basket will arrive exactly as pictured above. Delivered free by Glade! In the natural woven Ikea basket you will find not only the Glade Sense and Spray in Clean Linen scent and one refill bottle, but a cozy, cream-colored Ikea throw, a purple sleep mask, glass keepsake jar filled with hot cocoa mix, chocolate chips and marshmallows, and a ceramic mug with markers to decorate and make your own! I spared you my own attempt at decorating the mug like other bloggers did, such as Laura from LaLa Girl or even Jen Goode, the professional illustrator who doodles adorable penguins! Crafts aren’t my strong point.

To end the evening there was a drawing for the lovely Gerber daisy centerpieces, and yours’ truly won the biggest one! Danny was surprised when I came home from my Girl’s Night Out with both arms full. He was even more surprised to see how the new air freshener worked. Danny just so happens to be an air freshener connoisseur. We have more kinds of air fresheners in our house than I can keep track of. The plug-in kind, the fan-blown kind and the good old fashioned aerosol can just to name a few. He’s always in search of the latest greatest way to make the house smell great. Is that weird for a guy? Anyway, as soon as he saw how the Sense and Spray worked by use of motion detector to spray only when you walk into a room, he was smitten. A smart air freshener that runs on batteries and dispenses only when needed in just the perfect amount every time? Danny was ready to throw out all the rest. In fact, a few days later he came home from the store with another Glade Sense and Spray for our second bathroom. I was so proud. I only wish he had used the $3 off coupon that came in the box. 😉

To win this beautiful gift basket assembled by moi, just leave a comment below. The winner will be selected at random on Saturday,  December 26th, the day after Christmas. Be sure I know how to contact you to let you know you won so I can get your shipping address and you should have this baby by the first week of January!

Good luck!

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December 23, 2009 at 4:20 am 9 comments

Escaping the Circus in the Box

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An innocent, melancholy loner is delivered a package. He opens the box and is escorted into a fantastical world of acrobats and clowns through the magic of the Trickster inside.

Kooza (Circus in the Box) delivers more than just laughs and high wire acts, it transports you back to a time of wonderment and pure joy. For three hours you forget what it means to be a grown-up, shedding the cloak of real-world responsibilities to take up where you left off as a child the last time you sat with your popcorn and cotton-candy under the Big Top.

Part of the joy of parenting is being able to catch a glimpse of what it means to be a child again by watching our own children discover and experience new things amidst their carefree lives. I felt that awe again last night as I watched the colorful and elaborately-costumed acrobats perform physical feats I never dreamed were possible. It was the perfect escape for a week that’s all about escape.

IMG_2014Now on day four of what has been extended to a seven-day vacation from my own personal daily circus, I’ve surprised even myself that I’m rather enjoying it. The “Reagan pangs” come and go, and aren’t nearly as intolerable as I imagined they’d be. Yesterday, Danny called from New Orleans to ask if he and Reagan could stay until Monday instead of returning Saturday. They were invited to a birthday party. I knew I was overdue for some “me time” when trying not to sound too excited, I answered “I guess so,” after pausing the obligatory 30 seconds.

When Monday rolls around, I will be re-joining the circus. But, until then, I’ll be enjoying my life outside the box… and plotting my next escape!

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August 21, 2009 at 3:58 am 3 comments


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