Dr. Deb Efird’s presents “How Do You Know When It’s Time to Call the Doc or Visit the ER”

20 Feb

February 20, 15

Mom Time member and University of Colorado Pediatrician, Deb Efird, MD gave a talk today on how to recognize when to contact your doctor and when to visit the emergency department in case of illness or accident.  She reviewed the different levels of care available in various health care settings: physician offices, urgent care centers, and hospital emergency centers.  Dr. Deb advises getting to know one’s care-provider and the services offered in triage situations. Most pediatrician practices have a nurse triaging parental calls, but not all. Some doctor’s offices are equipped with radiography, for example, and others not.  It is a good idea to develop a relationship and to find a good “fit” with the provider. It is always ok to call when concerned; the take-home message being to trust one’s parental instinct.

Dr Deb introduced the group to ChildrensMD, a free iPhone and Android app designed to answer parent’s questions about the 100 most common childhood symptoms.  This service is on-call 24/7: evenings, weekend, while on vacation, at work, or when the office is closed.


As listed in the above flyer, more information can be found, www.SelfCare.info.

We enjoyed an entertaining ice-breaker activity during which we all shared personal or parental trips to the ER.  Tanya Duffy gave a devotional by reading a piece written by life coach Larry Strauss emphasizing being present in the moment.  IMG_3870

Summer Prep: Camps & Activities.

6 Feb

It may seem like overkill to start putting things on the calendar for the summer when it’s still 6 months away, but many of the popular camp programs in town start filling up their registration by February and March.  Our panel of summer planning “experts” (a.k.a. moms like us) shared their strategies and ideas with us for a fun summer with or for your kids.

Bear with us: this is a long post, but hopefully you’ll find it helpful!

Before our panel shared their presentations, we talked about our intentions for summer at each of our table groups:



Chris Campbell talked about summer camps in Denver

Click to download: Summer Camps 101


  • Remember that the good camps fill up fast, so plan early.
  • Make a budget of what works for your family.
  • Consider using a “fun per minute” ratio when calculating if the camp is worth the cost – is this something your child would really enjoy, how much time do they spend actually doing activities vs. lunch/play time, how much personal attention will they get from camp counselors (adult to child ratio), etc.
  • Alternatives to organized camps would be to ask a group of 3-4 friends to designate a “camp week” where each mom/dad takes on all the kids for a full or half day of camp. Plan outings to the museum, do crafts, teach them skills such as cooking or sewing – and then once you’ve done your day as camp counselor, you get the remaining days of camp week to yourself!

Leah Oliver led us through her PDF slides on camping in Colorado

Click to download: Camping Presentation for MomTime


  • Camp Out is a good resource for planning camping trips, including packing lists and recipes.
  • If you’re not into tent camping (or you don’t have the gear), look into camper cabins or yurts.
  • Camping offers your children the opportunity to explore the outdoors in a way they cannot while growing up in the city. What great memories for them!

And finally Paola Ramirez had us to put our heads together to create lists of activities around Denver that are around $5/person or even free:


Unique Parks, Splash Parks, Fun Family Outings:
  • Group brainstorm list pictured below, PLUS…
  • Skyline Park (downtown Denver) – skate park, good for older kids.
  • Center Park (Centennial, CO) – splash park, huge pirate ship playground, tall webbed/rope climbing structure, swings, great for a range of ages.
  • Tiny Town (Morrison, CO) – miniature houses, playground, picnic areas, miniature train ride, good for younger kids ages 1-6.
  • US Mint (downtown Denver) – free tours.
  • Hammonds Candy Factory – free tours.


Sports & Outdoors:
  • Group brainstorm list pictured below, PLUS…
  • Rockies Rookies club at Rox games – kids can run the field, $12 for the season, they get t-shirts too.
  • Highland Canal.
  • Colorado Mountain Mamas – group hikes for all levels and ages. Check their website for the schedule.


Festivals, Markets, Music:
  • Group brainstorm list pictured below, PLUS…
  • Sweet William Market (Stapleton, Saturdays) – local artisans, restored furniture, “Etsy come to life”!
  • Mayfair Park jazz series (Sundays).
  • Art walks on Tennyson Street (Highlands).
  • Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, CO. Kid-friendly outdoor music venue.
  • Colorado Music Festival – attend rehearsals for free.


Reading, Crafts, Movies, Theater:
  • Group brainstorm list pictured below…



Here are some summer book recommendations to get your kids excited about what’s to come!




Happy planning, everyone!


The Last Time.

26 Jan

This was shared as a devotion at a recent MomTime. Worth sharing again in this venue for those who missed the meeting:


Spring 2015 Service Project.

18 Jan

This semester MomTime is supporting the efforts of Babies of Juarez by collecting formula and diapers. Formula can be powdered, premixed, freebies from the pediatrician’s office, purchased at the store, name-brand, generic, even expired! Diapers can be in various sizes, name-brand, generic, samples, or full boxes.

Why are we collecting these items? The Babies of Juarez organization distributes to women and children in need, who without donations, would spot-clean and reuse a single diaper for up to a week because they can’t afford to buy more; or would succumb to the high infant mortality rate due to malnutrition.

Read more on their website: http://babiesofjuarez.org/

A representative from their organization will come to MomTime on May 1 to tell us more about their efforts in Juarez and to collect the supplies donated by our members. In the meantime, please start stockpiling any samples you receive and/or buy some formula and diapers to bring in May.

If you have any questions, please contact our Service Project Coordinator, Francine Mugge.

Fresh Fashion for Spring.

16 Jan

2015/01/img_1622.jpg What a great way to kick off the Spring 2015 semester, with warmer weather and a colorful rack of clothes to inspire our spring wardrobe!  Sarah Hart of Hart Couture showed us some current trends and had real examples of clothing she bought in stores (lots of Nordstrom and Rack finds) and online.


As a fashion consultant/personal shopper/stylist, Sarah helps her clients assess their current wardrobes and guides them towards carefully curated pieces to update their style. Sarah works with both men and women, buying pieces at a discount using her savvy sales skills and connections with area boutiques – and then passes on the savings to her clients, so no one ever pays full retail. If you are interested in hiring Sarah, you can contact her at 617-968-0400 or hartcouture@comcast.net.


Pop of color with a on-trend stripes.


Some of Sarah’s curated clothing.

Stylish New Year.

12 Jan

Please join us on Friday, January 16th as we kick off the Spring 2015 session of MomTime!

Our first meeting will feature Sarah Hart, a successful personal clothing shopper and stylist. Her company, Hart Couture, styles women and men in the Denver area. Sarah uses her unique eye for fashion to find clothes that fit each client’s personal style at affordable prices. She works with a range of people who may need only one special occasion ensemble to those who want a complete wardrobe makeover. In addition to personal shopping, Sarah provides closet cleaning services as well as complimentary consultations.

Please RSVP on the Evite by Wednesday and include the ages of your children so we can plan childcare accordingly. If you are not on the mailing list, please contact Paola to be added.

Don’t forget we also have a Moms’ Night Out this Wednesday, January 14. Please see the MNO Evite for details or email Miriam if you didn’t receive it.

Spring 2015 Semester.

1 Jan

We hope you’ll join us from January through May 2015 for our Spring Semester. Please scroll down to view the schedule, and share with any friends who are interested in attending!


Spring 2015

January 16
Be Your Best You – Fresh Fashion Looks for Spring
Sarah Hart, personal stylist, founder Hart Couture

January 30
Lessons from a Sex Therapist
Evelyn Green, LPC, Certified Sex Therapist

February 6
Getting the Most Out of Summer With Your Kids (Without Going Crazy or Broke)
Panel: Chris Campbell, Leah Oliver, Paola Ramirez

February 20
How Do You Know When it is Time to Take Your Child to the Doctor or the ER?
Deb Efird, MD – Pediatrician and mom of two

March 6
Conflict to Connection: 3 Surprising Mindsets That Break Trust and Erode Relationships
Hilary Silver, LCSW – Therapist and Relationship Expert – www.hilarysilver.com

March 20
Working Moms that Make it Work
Susan Bross, Independent Consultant – Nonprofit Leadership and Fundraising
Anna Clark, CMP, Neva Meetings & Events, Stella & Dot Stylist
Shaylisa Turner, Realtor and Broker Associate, PorchLight Real Estate Group

April 3
Prayer and Children
Sandy Prouty, Minister of Children and Families, Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

April 17
Gardening Tips and Tricks for Busy Moms
Pam Johnston, Busy Mom and Landscape Designer

May 1
Raising Charitable Children: Giving and Volunteering With Your Family
and culmination of the spring service project supporting Babies of Juarez (details to come)
Sarah Harrison, Deputy Vice President of Philanthropic Services and Senior Philanthropic Planner, Denver Foundation

May 15
Courageous Conversations about Race
Jamie Morgan, Principal, Morgan & Rushton Consulting

Register for the upcoming semester here (dues are listed on this form): http://form.jotform.us/jsform/22345694600149



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