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Back-to-school fashions for 2013 as seen on 9News!

It’s the most beloved or dreaded time of year: back-to-school shopping! This morning on 9News My20 at 8:40 a.m., I’ll be doing a fashion show with all the latest styles featured below from Kohl’s, Dillard’s and The Children’s Place.

Disclaimer: My children and family friends are my models. That’s my way of saying there may be swinging from the chandeliers.

Or rather, from the studio lights.

Colorado children edged out of preschool because of limited funding

Thousands of Colorado youngsters who qualify for preschool could be turned away when classes start this month because the state does not have enough money to cover the cost of their education.

The Colorado Department of Education does not maintain precise data on the number of qualifying 3- and 4-year-olds who are denied access because of funding constraints in the state’s preschool program or the federal Head Start program.

Still, the most recent estimates from the agency suggest that as many as 12,010 4-year-olds who were considered to be at-risk because of economic and social conditions had no preschool available to them through the Colorado Preschool Program or Head Start during the 2011-12 school year. That is about 17 percent of Colorado’s nearly 70,000 4-year-olds in 2012.

Deals of the week: It’s summer clearance time

End-of-season fashion can be tricky. On the one hand, you’re ready to move on to fall trends. On the other, you’re not ready for the temps to nose-dive. Here’s one thing that’s easy: shopping the late-summer sales. Whether you’re looking for bargains for the kids, a half-off pair of designer jeans or fitness wear that will work year-round, with these deals of the week, there’s probably a sale for you. Those fall boots? They can wait a while longer.

Gap Outlet discount: For one week, starting July 31, grab an extra 40 percent off all kids items at Gap Outlet — including those on clearance. Plus, print this coupon for an additional 15 percent off your purchase of $75 or more, through Aug. 11. Back to school shopping, anyone?

Denver’s museum gardens offer a respite for kids

Gardeners can turn to museum and public gardens this summer to get a fix of color, bloom and passionate creativity that they didn’t have to sweat for.

Technically, the Denver Botanic Gardens, with two locations, at 1007 York St. in Denver and 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton, ranks as a museum. It’s the big kahuna of Colorado public gardens, but it’s not the only museum garden in town. Many area museums have splendid gardens on their grounds or nearby.

It’s summer: Time for crawdad fishing in Denver’s neighborhood streams and ponds

August looms and kids all over are itching for fishing, or anything else to while away the last days of summer.  ! — those of the shallows that lurk in every slow-moving body of water in town, await their nemeses. One can almost picture them flourishing their pincers in a ‘Bring it on!’ moment.

The recommended equipment for crawdad-fishin’ is rather tricky and expensive.  Here is your shopping list, Mom:

1) a stick.

2) a string.

3) a paperclip.

4) a hot dog.

Seriously, the beauty of crawdad-fishin’ is its simplicity:

Device Vice? A panel discussion you won’t want to miss…

Five more minutes. It’s all I need to wrap up that last thing I’m working on. Publish and…ugh, ok, just five more.

As a woman – and mom – both working and continuing my education in the field of technology, I find it difficult to strike a healthy balance between my relationships and the world behind the screens of the many devices filling – often flooding – our homes in this digital age. I absolutely love the fact that I can learn new tricks and tips from my small digital natives, but I do find it challenging to pull everyone away and achieve true, quality (device not included) family time.

So, when I saw that Douglas County Library was hosting a panel discussion on navigating family through an increasingly technologized world, I knew I had to attend. This series will include distinguished guests discussing pop culture, buzz topics and vital concerns – all on the dynamics of technology as it relates to families, daily lives, relationships and our futures.

If you’d like to attend: