Let’s get back to that word…dysfunctional. Is it me or is every family loud, crazy and disorganized? Continue reading Dysfunctional Families
It’s been a whirlwind of a week with Thanksgiving and Aspen Winternational but we survived, barely! Continue reading A Dysfunctional Aspen Thanksgiving
Moving out of our home and moving in with our extended family was nice and cozy, to say the least. Thank you Michele, Jim, Devon, Nikki, India and Loki!!! Continue reading Moving In With Family
Have you ever been so self-absorbed that you couldn’t read the signs? Continue reading Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened
So many families are in transition right now, moving from the homes they love to rent and we are one of them. But as life would have it, there is always humor tossed in amongst the stress and the disbelief of the work load, if you choose to let it in to help you than you’ll make it through. Continue reading The Sadness of Having to Move
With our house closing on Monday and no home to move into things are getting very interesting over here at Aspen REAL Life. Continue reading Renting A Home
Last week I was interviewed by Charla Belinski of MomsTV. The interview revolved around the title, “Aspen: Real Life?” The other guests that joined in on the panel discussion included Janine Cuthbertson, Founder and Director of Moms for Moms Communities, and Kara Williams of The Vacation Gals and we had a whole lot of fun talking about how real it truly is raising a family in a famous ski resort town.
Watch the interview and find out if we are living in the real world…or not!? Continue reading An Interview on Life in Paradise
Re-entry back to Aspen “Real” Life has been a bit brutal on me. But I am coming out of it and determined to get organized for the remaining two weeks of summer. Not known for being one of those Colorado moms who takes my kids backpacking into the wilderness on a daily basis, I’m devising a plan on how to get revved up and get on it! Help? Continue reading Summer Break Is More Like Breakdown
On the last day of our trip in Colorado Springs, we packed in the activities from The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to the Cave of the Winds. I was sad to go home, but ready to have some time with people my age. Continue reading What to do with Family in Colorado Springs
[su_heading size=”18″]A Family Stay at the Broadmoor[/su_heading] This family and pet friendly historic hotel in Colorado Springs is beautifully manicured with tennis, golf and nine restaurants all within walking distance. …After our stay at the dude ranch, the final leg of our trip was spent in Colorado Springs at The Broadmoor. European Elegance meets Western Hospitality: The hotel boasts 744 rooms and suites located on … Continue reading A Family Stay at the Broadmoor
Having read about The Kenyon Martin Foundation, I was determined to interview Denver Nuggets Power Forward, Kenyon Martin, so that the boys could be inspired by his initiative to give other children a chance Continue reading An Interview With Kenyon Martin
It is tough being a parent in many ways but what I find most difficult is encorporating music, dance and language classes into their busy life of academics and sports. So when Axel expressed an interest in hip hop lessons, I jumped all over it and included a visit to a Hip Hop Festival into our agenda on our trip.
Our stay in Denver revolved around an elusive Hip Hop Festival that was taking place. I didn’t know how it was going to pan out but I am so happy I persevered and took the boys to the Showcase Festival that occurred last night in a nearby Tavern. Continue reading A Family Trip to Denver
I’m back from our week long trip around Colorado and boy do I have some stories for you. It all starts with our stay at The Brown Palace in downtown Denver. Continue reading A Family Stay at The Brown Palace
Falling in Love with Colorado as a little girl: School is out and we are taking off to Denver on my biggest travel writing gig yet. Just me, my cameras, and four boys under the age of twelve. Should be interesting… I first fell in love with Colorado, and cowboys, when my parents took me and my two sisters to The C Lazy U Guest … Continue reading Exploring Colorado with Four Boys
School is out and we are taking off to Denver on my biggest travel writing gig yet. Just me, my cameras and four boys under the age of twelve. Should be interesting… Continue reading A Family Trip Around Colorado
Jake Sakson, another incredible telemark skier in our valley, was with Nick DeVore when Nick was swept into an avalanche in the back country. Jake describes his passion for skiing and his philosophy behind getting after it. Continue reading Saving a Friend from Avalanche Rubble
Aspen’s native, Nick DeVore is passionate about the mountains and his telemark skis, and it is portrayed in every velvety smooth tele turn he takes.
But pushing it in the wilderness can sometimes put him in precarious positions. Nick talks to Aspen Real Life about his love for the mountains and his tele skis, his interlude with an avalanche, his survival and his respect for nature. Continue reading Getting Buried in an Avalanche
As we travel about life, I wonder how many of us are reflective of our Horoscopes and our signs? Continue reading I am a Bull in a China Shop
Local celebrities, they’re a dime a dozen in this town but what about the natural born kind?
If you are looking for some comic relief, here is the ongoing sequel to the Ken/Cole show. Enjoy! Continue reading The Return of the Ken Cole Show
A big congratulations to Carbondale local, Michelle Manning-Kogler, for making it past the first round in the Conari Press Competition for the next top Self-Help Author.
It is Michelle’s wish to help others through spiritual healing, a gift she was born with, and to make lasting, positive changes in their lives.
Let’s help her to make it to round three! Continue reading Spiritual Healers
I’ve been getting some feedback that people miss my stories about family living and so as of today, and throughout spring break, I’m going to revert back to the raw and true world of Aspen Real Life, behind the scenes.
I did it. I made it through the hour long interview about “Cool Bloggers” on The Jerry Bovino Show, without getting sick or passing out. I must be maturing as Aspen Real Life grows up. Continue reading The Jerry Bovino Show
It is important to understand why we have aversions and phobias to certain things so that we may try to overcome them. One of my phobias is being in the spotlight, on camera.
Today I will be joining my friend Michael Conniff on The Jerry Bovino Show. Let’s hope I can overcome my fear and show that I have a personality! Continue reading Facing Aversions and Phobias
“I’ve found that by clearing out old or negative thoughts, feelings, beliefs and programs, you automatically line up energetically with your desires and they come to you much more quickly – and in even bigger ways that you originally desired. This is the power of actively working with the Law of Attraction! ~ Expressed by Local Spiritual Healer, Michelle Manning Kogler
As I move onto the subject of healers within our valley, I thought I might start by introducing you to a man who lives a life of poetry and flyfishing, Cameron Scott.
It’s not often that one finds a person so connected to nature and spirituality and so I felt the need to follow Cameron around for a year and get to know him better. Continue reading Poetry and Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River
My title is “blogger” but I consider myself a writer and feeling the need to connect with other writers, I contacted Mike Rogge, Associate Editor of Powder Magazine for an interview.
Mike gives a witty account of what it is like to work for one of the world’s most popular skier magazines. Continue reading Interview with the Editor of Powder Magazine
On our way up we talked about my decision to not write about how The Aspen Times was pouring salt onto my wound, once again, with the new developments in the Madoff fiasco. I refuse to fuel the tabloids with my anger and disappointment, I told him and he agreed happy that as much as I write about our family life, I never reveal anything too private. Continue reading Living in the Moment
The holidays bring a mixed bag of emotions as family comes to town and our work load increases tri-fold over Christmas “break”. And it’s all beautiful, until it’s not. But I’m holding on so far and with a case of wine in the wine rack and cookies baking in the oven, I think it’s going to be a good one. Continue reading Surviving the Holidays
You know that feeling when you’re on an airplane and the pilot announces that it’s going to be a turbulent ride? Continue reading Experiencing the Turbulence of Blogging
Beginning last week, the town of Aspen exploded with energy. Continue reading Living to Ski in Aspen
Delving into the Roaring Fork Valley to find the colorful locals who live here, I found Anton Uhl, a true Renaissance man with a cooking show. When I left his house I drove home with a big smile on my face, thankful to have found yet another incredible person living life to its fullest. Continue reading Cooking with Anton
Visiting Beaver Creek with my family in the fall made for the perfect anniversary weekend. Continue reading A Family Trip to Beaver Creek
Ready for the second chapter of finding love in Aspen? Here it is, all on a dark and beautiful Halloween night. Continue reading Falling in Love on Halloween in Aspen
For my anniversary, I’m going to share a few chapters of my book….or should I?
WARNING, THIS SERIES IS RATED R. Continue reading Finding Love in Aspen
Meet Sheri Gaynor, an incredible woman with a studio in Carbondale that is all about giving and healing through expressive art. Continue reading Creative Spark Studios: Sheri Gaynor
I know, I know..so many of you are all like, “but I love being with my kids all summer,” and I feel the same way but… and it’s a big but…I also need a break. Continue reading Ready for School to Start
How to master the art of social networking Continue reading How to Attend Blogging Conferences
Scoping out the Nantucket surf scene. Continue reading Surfing Comps on Nantucket Island
Have I told you how much I despise the airlines? Why aren’t we more like the Jetson’s in this new Millenium? Continue reading A Travel Writer Who Hates Flying
There is always light, you just have to be open to letting it in. Continue reading Finding a True Yogi
Children need boundaries, the question is when do we draw the line and when do we let it stretch a little. Continue reading Where to Draw the Line with Kids
My little white boy brings it down with his rap song Continue reading Getting Sazzy over a Brick of Shizzle
I wonder what kind of damage we are causing when we lose our tempers with our children. Think about it… Continue reading The Damage We Cause To Our Children
In the end, that’s what it all boils down to. Continue reading Boys Like to Get Dirty!
It is so hard to say goodbye to pre-school for many reasons but the most important reason is that I will miss the Early Childhood Center and Linda Campbell who made it all that it is. Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Pre-School
So many of us are having to let go right now. Even though I try not to get attached to material things I still can’t shake the sadness of having to leave our Paradise. Continue reading Having to Move From Our Dream House
Jack Pierce McDonald may be physically gone but the legacy that he has left behind will resonate within all of us forever. Continue reading Living with Integrity
What would I do without my sisters? Continue reading I Won’t Back Down
Do you ever wonder what happens behind the scenes of parents who travel to support their children’s passion for sports? Continue reading Lacrosse Families
Spring Break is here and Bono says it all. Continue reading Some days are better than others
It’s not always easy to remain positive in these difficult times but children always help to put everything into a positive light. Continue reading Not Giving in to Stress and Anxiety
There is nothing like being wrapped up in the arms of my big, floppy ten year old but soon I will not have this luxury. Continue reading A Boy’s Embrace
I fear that I’m giving in to accepting that Valentine’s Day is just an overrated, commercial Holiday. Continue reading Valentine’s Day Sucks
Discovering Wolf Creek Ski Area was a POW POWerful experience and I recommend it to all. Continue reading Skiing Powder at the Wolf Creek Ski Area
If your husband was hot, would you pimp him out? Continue reading Pimping Out Your Husband
Sometimes we all need a reality check that we are not as connected to our children as we think we are. Continue reading Listening to your Children
Do you ever feel like your head is about to blow off your body as you try to accomplish the impossible? No? Then I need to talk to you, sooner rather than later. Continue reading Trying to Fit it All in
All it took was one great goal to motivate the boys to eagerly do their chores Continue reading Getting Your Children to Help
Trying to understand my obsession as a blogger. Continue reading It’s My Blogoversary
Sometimes, if you have the energy, it is good to stop and spend the day playing with your children, at home. Continue reading Its Okay to Stay Home and Play
On Christmas Day we arrived at my sister Micheles house with the Vini-Man loaded with presents for all the cousins. The kids ran around in their pajamas taking them off throughout the day to plunge into the hot tub and then dive into the snow. It was a wonderful family day until Michele came back from a walk completely disoriented. Her dog,?Loki, one of my … Continue reading Dealing With Concussions
Does your oldest child give you a hard time when putting him to bed? Continue reading How to Get Fidgeting Boys to Go to Sleep?
The holidays can be a wonderful way to reconnect with family and friends but they can also be detrimental to your health. Continue reading Taken Down by Thanksgiving
Accepting boys and all of their energy is not always easy as a mother but if you don’t accept it then you will be forever fighting it and who wants that? Continue reading The High Activity Level of Boys
It is amazing to me the fascination with vain celebrities. People want real. They want raw. Of course sex and good looks always sell, but many Mommy Blogger’s have all that it takes to make it as a Celebrity. Continue reading Mommy Bloggers are the New Celebrities
Every now and then I receive mail from somebody who I have clearly offended with my writing. I thought that I would share it with you and also give you the opportunity to critique my writing for the better good of my novel. Have at it! Continue reading Let Negative Comments Help You
You wanted a bit of adversity? Well here it is. Read and weep for me my friends, read and weep. Continue reading Be a Stay at Home Mom, or get a Job?
I know that you think you can trust your Tween at home but can you really? Continue reading Do You Really Trust Your Children at Home Alone?
All mother’s have a secret that I am about to share with the world. We are all superhuman. Continue reading Am I a Goddess?
A Halloween tale Continue reading A Spiritual Encounter
When your children reach a certain age, the old fears you once had mutate into new fears. The chances of their getting lost are smaller but the chances of their getting hurt by their own volition are greater. Continue reading The Panic Of Missing A Child
I am aware that I am in complete denial that taking the kids on a road trip could be a total bust but I am just that desperate. Continue reading Meeting New People is Like Traveling
I have never stayed in one place for this long without taking off somewhere, anywhere, to break up the monotony and my life is truly getting more and more monotonous as I deal with troubled finances and rejection letters. Continue reading Escaping With My Children To The Desert
My oldest son is teetering on the edge of innocence and as I get a glimpse of his teenage years to come I get more and more worried, especially since he closely resembles yours truly. Continue reading Enjoy Them While They Are Tweenagers
I really cannot stand that I am always behind the eight ball so this week I decided to make a concentrated effort to get the meals organized and to wake up early enough to factor in my soft addiction to the internet. Continue reading Oh To Be the Perfect Parent
In all of this self-analysis I have deduced that my writing has become a reflection of my spiritual journey as a wife and a mother. It has helped me to live in the present more completely and spiritually then ever before. Every nuance, every impressionable expression, every tribute to life, resonates in my being and writing it all down helps me to grow. Continue reading Anatomy of a Mommy Blogger
After a summer playing Camp Director, I have decided that next summer will be different. I have done my boys a disservice by mapping out their days.
No longer will I take the responsibility of entertaining them every day and no longer will I be following them around the house cleaning up after them. I will establish a routine now that will hopefully help them with the transition back to school. Continue reading Back To School – Routine is Good
There will be one fundamental change on my personal school supply list this year. We will be focusing on being as environmental as possible with our lunch packaging.
Creating healthy lunches that the children will eat and actually look forward is another challenge. Continue reading Back To School – Enable Your Kids To Be Proud Of Their Lunchbox
Hiking with the Nature Conservancy in Gunnison With our middle son Axel, I got into my friend’s car with her two children and set off on our road trip to Crested Butte to partake in an exploratory Nature Conservancy field trip to the Mexican Cut/Galena Mountain Research Preserve in Gunnison. Axel was elated that we left his brothers at home and he had his mommy all to himself, but he still … Continue reading Hiking with the Nature Conservancy in Gunnison
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It’s back-to-school time, and this year Sprite and TwitterMoms have partnered with bloggers like me to share back-to-school tips and tricks, advice, stories and more! Visit Sprite’s back-to-school channel on TwitterMoms to get helpful ideas, learn how to survive the back to school rush, seek out advice from other TwitterMoms and join the conversation. You can learn more about donating your My Coke Rewards Points to support your local school, how to enter for a chance to win some Back to School cash, check out recipes, or even play some fun games. Here’s to a successful and stress-free back to school season from Sprite and TwitterMoms! Continue reading Back to School, Not So Fast My Friends!
Five well needed days without children can be dangerous but it can also help to positively put everything into perspective when they return. Continue reading Parents Need Children
Kids are gone and Wade and I are hitting the towns of Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale with a vigor! Continue reading Going on a Date with Your Husband
So go ahead: dream up and write definitions for your Five Funniest Momfinitions. Pretty soon we’ll have a whole Momfinition Dictionary! Continue reading Funny Kid Expressions
All it took was a much needed date with my husband to eliminate the ennuis of marriage. Continue reading Date First Then Sex
All parents go through the difficult transition from school to summer. Being a camp counselor is great if you have the organization skills and energy for it. Have you gotten into it yet or are you still struggling? Continue reading Camp Mom
Children can teach their parents the importance of one on one time. My nine year old son taught me how valuable it is to plan individual dates with each of my boys.
I will now be better equipped to handle the onslaught of emotions that occur after hiking uphill for an hour. Continue reading Leave the Siblings Behind
Twitter has become such a large part of my life as I grow my blog that I am Twittering in my sleep. I have always had crazy, fun dreams, especially about New York City and have started recording them on my blog. Continue reading Do you Tweet in Your Dreams?
Taking care of chickens is a big responsibility and does not always go in your favor. Continue reading Taking Care of Chickens
A half hour later I walked out of his office stunned. In my forties, I have found an inner peace and an entirely new view on life and love. My senses are deepened and my openness to the world much greater. I am learning Spanish, writing, reading novels, juggling three boys, relishing in the affections of my husband and deepening my bonds with my girlfriends. Who was this man who could not appreciate the beauty of women in their forties? Continue reading Loving My Forties
As parents, we all need time to escape and reflect upon who and where we are in our lives. Life does not always offer up these opportunities. When a day turns sour, we need to dig deep into our own resources to help us get through it because nobody else is going to save us. Continue reading All Parents Need Alone Time
Want to learn how to survive the summer with your children? Follow me as I lead you through our daily adventures. Boot camp here we come! Continue reading What to do with Kids in Basalt
Lucky to not be one of the few people needing rescue in Moab, we survived an interesting trip with flash floods and lightening bolts. The children loved riding Slick Rock and the parents had a good ole time hanging out in our Coleman Pop-Up Campers in the rain in between bike rides. Continue reading Flash Floods in Moab
[su_heading]Hiking Canyonlands with Children[/su_heading] Desert rocks soaking up the rain Last week I loaded up Vini-Man with a tent, backpacks and a first aid kit the size of Paris Hilton’s hand bag and took off for the Canyonlands in Utah for Brevitt’s outdoor ed trip. Unfortunately, I needed to take my own car in case Brevitt and I had to bail due to his … Continue reading Hiking Canyonlands with Children
[su_heading]What Not to Do With a Pregnant Mama[/su_heading] What Not to Do With a Pregnant Mama? Don’t breathe on her, don’t look at her, do as she says, and everything will be just fine! The first time we saw our first baby, it was while having an Amnio in the Doctor’s office. “Is that what I think it is” I whispered to Baddy, knowing that … Continue reading What Not to Do With a Pregnant Mama
When I was five months pregnant with Hootie-Hoo, Baddy surprised me by presenting me with a trip to Paris, just the two of us, to celebrate my fortieth birthday and our pregnancy. Spring in Paris that year brought droves and droves of uninterrupted rain but I was alone with my love and that was all that mattered. Wanting to bring back memories of a time … Continue reading A trip to Paris, Pregnant
[su_heading size=”18″]Preparing for Canyonlands with Children[/su_heading] “I’m bleeding mommy,” yelled Thumper as I typed away at my computer. “I’ll be there in a second,” I yelled not quite ready to handle yet another injury. I shot up running when Axel came in a few seconds later and accused me of caring more about my computer than I did about Thumper who was severely injured outside. Indeed, he … Continue reading Preparing for Canyonlands with Children
[su_heading size=”18″]Analyzing Children’s Dreams[/su_heading] Axel did not like our discussion before he went to sleep. He is socially so different from Brevitt and is quite content hanging with his one best friend and his family. I tried to teach him how to be sympathetic and friendlier to the other children who look up to him and ask for playdates with him daily. He started crying … Continue reading Analyzing Children’s Dreams
[su_heading size=”18″]A Mother’s Love for Her Children[/su_heading] Picking up the boys from school yesterday was different than usual. I watched lovingly as my little weeds emerged from school with backpacks on and friends abreast. They ran up to me smiling and giving me hugs. Excitedly they shoved their homemade birthday cards into my face. I told them to wait for Baddy and give them to me … Continue reading A Mother’s Love for Her Children
We have all struggled with keeping up with technology and I just happened to take it as far as I was able. I soon plunged into website hell and have finally climbed back out. Continue reading Designing My Own Website