What's on Your Back Now That Kids Are Back to School?

Ok...that was an admittedly super long title for this very short post. But we love these backpacks from New Zealand and just had to share. Are they not perfect for Colorado kids?!



Only available in the USA here.

Serena & Lily

One of our favorite design companies that is growing beautifully is Serena & Lily. Born as a baby collection, it has grown to so much more. So thrilled! With a strong Social Mission and innovative World Repair Kit, this company is poised to bring new meaning to the world of retail business. We just want to makeover the entire house when we look at their line. Practically one of everything is now on our wish list. Here are some of our favorite products and creative inspiration from the Serena & Lily collections, which are also perfectly named (such as: earthy & elegant, bold & graphic, refined & eclectic). Enough talk, time to take a peek...


















See the full collection online at

All pictures via Serena & Lily

Costumes for Kids!

We love summer, but we love fall just a bit more. The crisp air, beautiful trees and the promise for many opportunities to get together with family and friends. Before we know it, Halloween will be knocking on our door. Here's a little treat to get you started on your kids' costumes.


photo via parenting.com

Parenting Magazine has a brilliant online gallery of quick, easy and innovative costume ideas. Click here for a selection of kid-approved and parent-easy options - many of them are no sew (seriously!). Many of the items for these costumes can be easily found at your local retailers - even send Dad to the hardware store for a few spare parts for this costume! And if you have a baby in the house, click here for easy baby costumes.

They also have some great ideas from their 2009 costume contest. We are particularly fond of the Backhoe Loader costume for little builders and for the newly crawling infant, the Turtle costume is genius - we have a friend this would be perfect for!

For the truly creative, check out this link for ideas on how to make a banana costume and a snow globe girl.


If you are not feeling crafty or creative and you are short on time, Chasing Fireflies has an extensive and beautiful collection of costumes that are ready to wear. This Autumn Fairy costume pictured above is perfect for the fall season.


And of course, there is always the easy choice of Pottery Barn Kids costume collection. What kid wouldn't want to dress up as a donut or adorable airplane or bucket of popcorn?

Now who said parents couldn't have fun at Halloween?!

Focus on Aspen Area Authors

In celebration of the true creativity and genius found amidst our local residents, we are highlighting some of our favorite, new and notable books from authors of the Roaring Fork Valley. Grab a book, sit back and enjoy these last days of summer with our local talent...


E Party
by Steven Nemerovski

Amazon reviews say that "E Party is an extraordinary first novel by veteran lawyer and lobbyist. Shedding light on the murky dark corners of state politics, Mr. Nemerovski, in this thoroughly engrossing novel, lays out his insights into the challenges and opportunities of building a viable and sustainable third party." This local author will be available for book signing at the Snowmass Club on September 12th from 3-6pm. Find out more about this novel online here and follow along via facebook and twitter.


Mothers & Other Liars
by Amy Bourret

Part-time Aspen resident Amy Bourret has crafted a spellbinding and engrossing debut novel. Fresh off the press and receiving high reviews, this novel is sure to be a success. Visit her website for more information on the author and the book.

And for the little readers in your family...

The Adventures of Jack the Owl
by Stuart Brafman

A story geared for kids ages 3-8, this book tells a series of tales about an owl and his adventures in Aspen, Colorado. The book evolved from tales Brafman would tell his grandchildren and for the sake of posterity, the stories are now in print for his own grandchildren to share in the future. You too can share these stories with the little ones in your life. Read more about Brafman in this Aspen Time article.

The Furry Mountain Monkeys of Aspen Colorado
by Vince Lahey

A favorite wintertime book by local author and parent Vince Lahey, this story tells the tale of a young boy stranded on the mountain during a blizzard and his ultimate rescue by the furry mountain monkeys. Kids will delight in learning about the green eyes of the monkeys and looking up to the mountain at night to see them roaming around (hint: it is lights of the snowcats in action!). Perfect library addition for any snow-loving family! Learn more about this great hardback children's book on facebook.