Seeing Santa

Friday night, to get into the holiday spirit, we went to the Denver Zoo to check out Zoo Lights. Since we have been a few times in the past, we know to bundle up. I had hoped we would be able to see Santa, since the boys missed out on that last year. Lucky for us, the line wasn’t very long at all.

Once Elijah & Miles were done sharing with Santa what they wanted, we started to move on to allow the next kid in line to speak to the Man in Red. Elijah turned back and asked Santa, “Are you God’s helper?” Santa, paused and smiled, answering “yes, I am. Sometimes I’m even considered a Saint.”

Elijah shared with him, “I know that Christmas isn’t about getting, it’s about giving”.

Santa smiled bigger, saying, “yes, that’s why I give presents.”

Geoff & I were left feeling pretty proud of our little boy. 🙂


Before Elijah started Kindergarten, I knew he was going to bringing more stuff to school. And I didn’t want anything to get lost. Because I’m cheap and didn’t want to have to keep replacing his stuff. A friend clued Geoff into a local business that offered personalized name labels. He encouraged me to share the info with the Mile High Mamas, but before I could, they knew about it too.

Kidecals is a Boulder company offering fun name labels, wall decals, or if you really need it, allergy-alerting stickers.

I was pleased with the colorful design options, and of course you can get something custom made to your liking.
Here are the labels I ordered for the boys’ water bottles

I’ve hidden our phone number, it doesn’t need to be public

I’m thrilled with this product. The stickers are washable, and easily removed. I totally recommend them! And you should “like” them on Facebook. Hilary (the owner) advertises discounts on there!

*Disclaimer*- I paid for these labels myself. I really liked the product, and thought you’d want to know about them too.

Let’s Celebrate!

Disney On Ice is back!

We had a wonderful time with their show 100 Years Of Magic in March, and if you missed it, here’s your chance to see the new show.

The show runs Thursday, December 9 through Sunday, December 12, at Pepsi Center. Here is your ticket info:

Tickets prices are:
$75 (Front Row)
$42 (VIP)
*Service charges and handling fees may apply

Tickets are on sale through TicketHorse at, by calling 1.866.461.6556 and at the Pepsi Center Box Office.

**Here’s what I can offer you:
Purchase a 4-pack of tickets for only $44 for weekday performances or receive $4 off weekend tickets
For either offer enter the code FFA4 at: or call 1-866-461-6556

Weekday = Thurs 7pm, & Fri 11am performances. Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required for 4-pack; additional tickets
above 4 can be purchased at $11 each**

Disclosure: Feld Entertainment, Inc. generously provided me with 4 tickets for my family to attend Disney on Ice in exchange for this post.

The Water Bottle

After two years of using our stainless steel water bottles, we decided to get some for the boys. The trigger was our car trip up to Canada. I wanted them to be able to have water when they needed it. I got them each one from Target, which I regretted. Not that they were not any good, but I was not able to purchase a drinking nozzle for them. They still served their purpose, until I left them at my brother’s house, along with mine & Geoff’s. Before leaving Calgary, I decided we needed new ones, we couldn’t wait for them to arrive. We hit up a camping store in the mall, and upon Geoff’s recommendation, we bought 4 new Nathan Hydration stainless steel bottles for everyone.

Nathan’s stainless steel bottles for kids. Photo courtesy of Nathan Sports

This was going to work out great for Elijah, who would be bringing a water bottle to school. Except it didn’t work out so great. Day one of school, he lost the straw inside. Okay, he has backup. After two weeks, the nozzle broke off the lid.

You’ve got to be kidding me.

See the missing knob on the right side?

See the plastic knob wedged in the hole?

I went online to Nathan’s website to discover they don’t sell replacement lids. And I wasn’t thrilled about spending another $15 on a new bottle. I contacted them through their website. No response. A month later, sent another email. No response. Then I sent them a curt tweet. A week later, I hear from them, on twitter.

They said it sounds to them like it was a product fail, and they are sending us a new lid. Finally. Now I don’t have to steer people away from them.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m pretty brand loyal. If a product is good, I will hype it to everyone I meet. But if you or your customer service disappoint, I’ll be sure to tell people too.

So Nathan is back on my good side. 🙂

Seriously. Nathan Hydration water bottles are good, and it is unfortunate that Elijah got one with a bad lid. He has been using the lid from Miles’ bottle, since Miles doesn’t really need one for school. I’ll be much happier once the new lid arrives.

***Update*** Nathan sent us a whole new water bottle for Elijah. Thank you Nathan!