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This Denver school library’s pumpkin contest will blow your mind!

For her day job, Mile High Mamas contributor, Jen, is a school librarian. She issued a challenge to her students a few years ago to decorate a pumpkin after their favorite book character. Today, the contest boasted over 50 entries. Here are just a few of these incredible creations and kudos to Jen for encouraging her students to have fun with reading! 











Happy Halloween!!!!

Deals: Halloween deals at Chipotle, IHOP & More!

I’m sort of curious how many of  you have tried the meal delivery services like Blue Apron or Plated. I’m reviewing the options and am intrigued. But, Is it really worth the money or can you get just as good a deal if you plan ahead and get a delivery service like Amazon Fresh at $15/month or WalMart’s curb side pick-up? And to they taste better  than what you might make on your own?
Halloween.  While the kids are excited to load up on candy – moms want to make sure the kids are properly fed when they go out candy-ing. Here are some great deals you can take advantage of:
·         Chipotle BooRito. Not just for kids! Get on your costume then go to Chipotle for a $3 burrito, bowl  or order of tacos between 3 p.m. and closing.
·         IHOP Scary Face Pancake. Let the kids play with their food! Get a free scary face pancake on Halloween from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
·         Baskin Robbins. Baskin Robbins is continuing their $1.31 per scoop promotion on the 31st of each month (that has a 31). This happens to fall on Halloween!
·         Applebee’s. Kids 12 and under eat for FREE from the Kids Menu now through Oct. 31. No purchase necessary.
·         Sonic. Treat yourself to a corn dog for just 50 cents all day on Halloween.
·         Boston Market. Get $5 off any Family Meal Purchase with this coupon.
·         Del Taco. Costumed kids get a free kids meal (with the purchase of any combo meal). You trick, they treat!
·         Noodles & Company. From now though Halloween, get a free kids meal for each regular size entrée you purchase.
·         Free Ride. Once again Sawaya Law firm is offering to cover the cost of your cab ride (don’t drink and drive).
 
Denver Arts Week/Night at the Museums. On Saturday, November 4, Denver’s best museums are open late and admission is FREE between 5 and 10 p.m.  (Plus, there will be free shuttles to each of the properties). Denver’s Arts Week is a nine-day celebration (Nov 3-11) of all things art with over 300 events  and your opportunity to experience museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls and more either rfree or deeply discounted.
 
Taco Bell. Baseball season is almost over and the chants for 7 runs = tacos at Coors Field is merely an echo. However, never fear!  You can still still score free tacos at Taco Bell because of baseball. Wednesday, Nov 1 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m .get a FREE Doritos Locos Taco thanks to World Series!
 
Subway. Did you know that Friday, November 3 is National Sandwich Day? Subway is celebrating by offering a free second 6-inch sandwich when  you purchase one and a 30 oz drink.
 
prAna Deal ExtendedprAna isn’t just for yoga — you can do lots of things in lots of places in your prAna. Here’s an incentive to shop the prAna site for yourself — a 15% discount. Take a look at the versatile and fashionable options for men and women as well as accessories and other items on the site. After you’ve made your choices, enter this code at checkout to get 15% off: MHMLH15. Good through November 22
 
Ski Deals. There are a couple deals still out there on season passes. If you have a kiddo who is in 5th grade, sign them up for the FREE 5th Grade Passport. It allows your fifth grader to ski for FREE 3 times at each of the member resorts. Plus, a free one time beginner lesson.  Also, put Nov. 10-12 on your calendar to visit the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo at the Convention Center. Admission is $15 for adults (get a $3 discount coupon at Colorado Ski & Golf stores). Kids 12 and under are free.  Discounts on gear and fun for the kids. 

Teens Start Movement To Urge Peers Off Social Media And Live Real Lives

I am remiss I didn’t hear about the Offline October movement until a story was published on Colorado Public Radio last week (turns out I’m not the only late one). But the good news is it’s never too late to make positive changes!

The Offline October movement was started by students in suburban Denver after two of their peers took their own lives in the same week earlier this year. The organization asks teenagers on social media to stop posting stories and start living them; to stop worrying about followers and be with real-life friends.

“We believe that social media plays a negative role in teenagers lives and is a factor to depression and suicide,” the Offline October website says.

Carson McLeod, a junior at Heritage High School, helped launch Offline October, and produced the video below. He spoke with Colorado Public Radio about the organization’s mission.


 

Alternatives to Social Media Throughout October

Source: Offline October

1. GO ON A HIKE WITH FRIENDS
2. HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL CARNIVAL
3. BUY SOMEBODY’S COFFEE OR BEVERAGE
4. GO TO THE ZOO
5. HAVE A STUDY GROUP
6. WRITE A LETTER TO A FRIEND
7HAVE A PICNIC
8. GO WATCH THE SUNSET 
9. GO WATCH THE SUNRISE AT RED ROCKS
10. GO TO A HAUNTED HOUSE 
11. GO TO A PUMPKIN PATCH
12. GO TO A CORNMAZE
​13. PLAY A BASKETBALL GAME
14. PLAY A VOLLEYBALL GAME
15. PLAY CAPTURE THE FLAG
16. HAVE A SPIKEBALL TOURNAMENT
17. HAVE A SOCCER TOURNAMENT
18. BAKE COOKIES FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS
19. TUTOR A YOUNGER STUDENT
20. TRY A NEW SPORT
21. VISIT A MUSEUM
22. VOLUNTEER AT A CHARITY
23. GO HAMMOCK WITH FRIENDS
24. CALL AN OLD FRIEND
25. GO TO A CONCERT
26. GO TO A MOVIE
27. HOST A DINNER WITH FRIENDS
28. HAVE A BONFIRE
29. GO TO A FOOTBALL GAME
30. HOST A GAME NIGHT
31. COOK FOR YOU FRIENDS
32. BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN TOWN
33. GO TO A STREET MARKET
34. START A BOOK CLUB
35. START A CHAIN REACTION
36. WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR FUTURE SPOUSE
37. CALL YOUR GRANDPARENTS
38. START A BOOKCLUB
39. SERVE LUNCH TO THE HOMELESS
40. LIST 10 THINGS YOU’RE GRATEFUL FOR
41. SAY “THANK YOU” IN 10 LANGUAGES
42. WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR FUTURE SELF
43. GO FISHING
44. FLY A KITE
45. HAVE A TENNIS TOURNAMENT
46. RUN A 5K
47. TOUR DENVER
48. TRAVEL TO WESTERN COLORADO
49. GO CAMPING WITH FRIENDS
50. PLANT A TREE
51. GO BOWLING

And some teen-generated ideas:

52. TRY A BOOKCLUB submitted by Mackenzie V
53. START A FUNDRAISER submitted by Eliza B

54. GO TO CHURCH submitted by Ann Y
55. GO TO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY submitted by Adam E
56. COMPLIMENT A STRANGER submitted by Lauren S
57. WALK A NEIGHBOR’S PET submitted by CYL
58. HAVE A CRAFT NIGHT submitted by CYL

59. TALK TO SOMEONE NEW submitted by CYL
60. START A FLASHMOB submitted by CYL 
61. EXPLORE YOUR TOWN submitted by CYL
62. TRY A NEW FOOD submitted by CYL
63. MAKE A PLAYLIST submitted by CYL
64. GO FOR A BIKE RIDE submitted by CYL
65. DONATE OLD CLOTHES submitted by CYL
66. BOARD GAME NIGHT submitted by CYL
67. CARVE PUMPKINS submitted by CYL
68. GO TO A SKATEPARK submitted by Dante W
69. FIND A NEW HIKING TRAIL submitted by Jayden 
70. GO TO THE REC CENTER WITH FRIENDS submitted by Mrs. Orsen’s Class
71. COOK FOR YOUR FAMILY submitted by Amy H

72. GO TO AN INDOOR POOL submitted by Sydney M
73. TRY A NEW STYLE 
submitted by Vailey N
74. JOIN A YOUTH GROUP submitted by Jazlyn R
75. SPEND TIME WITH A YOUNGER SIBLING OR COUSINsubmitted by Jazlyn R
76. SPEND THE DAY WITH YOUR MOM/DAD submitted by Dawson L
77. DO SOMETHING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE submitted by Kayte T
78. BABYSIT FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS submitted by Abby C
79. MAKE A CARD FOR SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUTsubmitted by Faith G
80. VOLUNTEER IN YOUR COMMUNITY submitted by Ailin M
81. HAVE A HALLOWEEN PARTY submitted by Katie G​
82. TALK TO YOUR CRUSH submitted by Tony B
83. TELL YOUR FRIENDS WHAT THEY MEAN TO YOU submitted by Esther K
84. BUY A MEAL FOR THE HOMELESS submitted by Tony B

Zombie Brain Cake Recipe from The Market

Emily, a baker at The Market on Larimer Square was so inspired by Denver’s annual Zombie Crawl that she whipped up a Zombie Brain Cake, a fun new cake filled with strawberries and red sauce or “blood” and decorated with blood red frosting and piped brain details.

Zombie Brain Cake at The Market

Recipe:

1 Box Red Velvet Cake Mix

Frosting:

1 Cup Butter, room temp

16 oz. Cream Cheese, room temp

6 Cups Powdered Sugar, sifted

1 tsp Vanilla 

Red Food coloring, about 3 Tablespoons

Strawberry Filling:

1 ½ cups strawberries, stemmed and sliced

1 teaspoon lemon juice

½ Cup sugar

1/8 Cup corn starch

Prepare Red Velvet Cake mix as directed and pour into a 9” Bundt pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

While the cake bakes, prepare strawberry filling. In a small saucepan combine strawberries and lemon juice and heat on medium heat until juice starts to form. Add the sugar and cornstarch and stir continually until the mixture bubbles thickly and no longer looks cloudy. 

While the cake and strawberry sauce cool, prepare the cream cheese frosting. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar and continue to mix. Add Vanilla. Divide the frosting into two separate bowls and add a few drops of red food coloring to half to make the light pink frosting. Add 2-3 Tablespoons of red dye to the other half to make the dark red color.

Once your Bundt cake has cooled, fill the hole with strawberry sauce. You might have some leftover. Frost the outside of the cake with the dark red frosting, covering completely. Use a piping bag fitted with a rounded tip (such as a 2A) to pipe the details of the brain using the pink frosting.

The recipe simply utilized things we already make in the kitchen here at the Market to make a special cake for Halloween.

Denver Lifestyle Family Photographer and Portrait Photographer

Mile High Mamas is regularly contacted by local photographers who want to partner with us. We recently sat down with Vala Vincent and Mariah Ehlert to find out what sets them apart from other photographers. 

Tell me about Vala Vincent Photography and Mariah Ehlert Photography, and how you both ended up working together?

Vala: I am a lifestyle family photographer who uses a documentary style to capture the beauty a family life has to offer.

Mariah: I am a portrait photographer. I specialize in headshots, professional branding and families with an editorial style in my turn of the century brownstone church studio. 

We have distinct styles, yet love to collaborate on projects and bounce business ideas off each other. There is strength in creating versus competing, and we are definitely working that muscle. 

What sets you apart from other photographers?

Vala: I give my clients a lot of service. I work very hard to get to know my families before our photo session, so not only will I capture exactly what they want, but their personalities, those real smiles and perfect moments. I have been known to rifle through a client’s closet before a photo session as part of my wardrobe consult. Due to this, I have great success every time and deliver amazing galleries to my well deserving families. 

Mariah: Through my photography I celebrate, empower, and serve my clients. I learn my client’s ‘why’ and mission statement of their business model, which helps me create images that show their personality and what makes them distinct in their market. I do the same with families and individuals, creating sessions that celebrate their lives, their successes, and most of all how they want to be seen in the world. 

Working with kids is memorable, I’m sure! Do you have any funny moments from one of your shoots?

 Vala: Once I was photographing a newborn, I had placed the baby in dad’s hands when we heard a loud fart accompanied by a shriek from the father. The baby had done a poo right into his hand.

Mariah: Dogs and kids always have good moments and laughs, unless you’re a robot. Mostly everyone is laughing at ME and the crazy sounds I’m making to get the pups’ and kids’ attention at the same time. 

Tell us about your packages and what kind of offerings you have for families. 

 Vala: I offer both in-home and outdoor lifestyle sessions. My digital packages start at $845 and product packages starting at $750. I also offer mini sessions which start at $445. Those are great for special needs kiddos or the little ones who aren’t ready for an hour or more session. 

Mariah: My session fee is $250, image packages start at $1,200 with printed images matted in beautiful archival papers and custom made photo boxes. I also offer quickie headshot sessions for busy professionals at $200. 

 

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For additional information, be sure to go to Vala Vincent Photography  or https://www.facebook.com/valavincentphotography

and Mariah Ehlert Photography or https://www.facebook.com/MariahEhlertPhotography.

Boulder’s ‘Renegade Lunch Lady’ Wants To Teach Other Schools ‘Scratch Cooking’…for FREE

You won’t find pre-packaged lunches in Ann Cooper’s school cafeterias. Cooper tells Colorado Matters that despite uncertainty about how the Trump administration’s policies will impact school food programs she thinks many school districts around the country are committed to serving healthier food to their students.

Cooper, known as the “Renegade Lunch Lady,” is a classically trained chef and the director of food services for Boulder Valley School District. This month, she’ll start offering online courses for school food professionals through her School Food Institute.

Listen to the full story on Colorado Matters about how a $520,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation allows all Colorado school food service workers to enroll in the classes free of charge. 

Photo: Courtesy In the Telling

23 fun things to do in Denver this week

With Halloween almost upon us, there are plenty of fun events that include trunk-or-treats, Boo at the Zoo, The Nightmare Before Christmas and a family overnight at a museum. See our event calendar for full listings and don’t miss our guide to Denver’s pumpkin patches, fall festival and corn mazes. 

Cirque Italia at Southwest Plaza 
Oct 26 – 29 
Cirque Italia is a unique show in every sense. After five years of consolidation, a rigorous casting selection, and over 1,000 performances nationwide; this spectacular production has become the greatest version of a “traveling circus”. Cirque Italia is proud to have developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the most innovative shows to be staged in the US.

Family Discovery Series: Bat Encounters at the PACE Center 
Oct 26, 7:00 pm
Meet mysterious bats from around the world (including a giant bat with a 6-foot wingspan), and discover why bats are threatened and what you can do to help these misunderstood animals.

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at Boettcher Concert Hall 
Oct 26 – 27 
See one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films like never before! The full-feature film The Nightmare Before Christmas will be projected on the big screen with dialogue, singing, and effects accompanied by Danny Elfman’s darkly charming score played live by your Colorado Symphony.

The Learning Experience  “Neighborhood Trunk-or-Treat” 
Oct 27, 4-6:30 p.m.
The Learning Experience®, one of the nation’s fastest-growing Academies of Early Education for children six weeks to six years old, in Aurora is hosting a safe Halloween-themed “Neighborhood Trunk-or-Treat” event on Friday, October 27, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 7326 South Gartrell Road in Aurora, CO.

Trick or Treat Street at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Oct 27 – 29 
For three days, the Children’s Museum will host the most boo-tiful fall festival in town! March from one Treat House to the next and collect goodies, play carnival games, sample fang-tastic fall treats, create Halloween crafts and so much more.

Northern Colorado Home Show 
Oct 27 – 29
Featuring the latest in design trends, remodeling, gardening, lifestyle and full home automation. See innovative home-based electronics at this cutting edge show. Tour local and national vendors with products and services for your home, garden and family living.

Colorado Adventure Point- Family Friendly Halloween! 
Oct 27 – 29
The weekend of Halloween, Colorado Adventure Point will be hosting a family fun event! Come join us for three nights of pumpkin carving, s’mores roasting, spooky science experiments, rock climbing, and a shooting gallery. Bring your costumes, there will be prizes for the best dressed! Admission and activities are free, with the option of some paid activities.

Family Overnight: Halloween at the Museum at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
Oct 27, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
It’s all treats during this night of ooey-gooey activities, spooky fun, and trick-or-treat trivia! Enjoy action-packed fun in the Museum as you and your family explore the temporary exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs, see an IMAX film, and sleep in the diorama halls. This event is for families with K-8th grade children only.

DINOS! After Dark at the Denver Zoo 
Oct 27 – Oct 28
This version of DINOS! After Dark is fun for the entire family, every Friday and Saturday in October, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event will have family-friendly entertainment, such as pumpkin carving demonstrations, a self-guided scavenger hunt, a live fire show and more

Piff the Magic Dragon, Comedy Works South 
Oct 27 – 29 
Think Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks, with the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua (Mr Piffles), that’s Piff the Magic Dragon! With over 40 million YouTube hits to his name, Piff has performed to fans all over the world. He stole the show on Penn & Teller: Fool Us and became the breakout star of season 10 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. *All Ages Family Shows on Friday 7:15pm & Sunday 11:30am. 

Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Performances at the Boulder Jewish Community Center 
Oct 28 
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the conductor and the musicians and learn about the instruments in the process. 

Mila’s Miracle Benefit Concert @ Boulder Jewish Community Center 
Oct 28 
Join Jeff and Paige, Mysto the Magician, Face Painters, story time librarian Melanie, and more for this extra special fundraising event in honor of Mila. Mila’s family needs to raise $1 Million by September to get her into a clinical trial that could save her life and the lives of many others to come. To learn more about Mila visit her website. www.stopbatten.org

Boo At The Zoo at the Denver Zoo 
Oct 28 – 29
The 33rd annual Boo At The Zoo event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on October 21-22 and 28-29. Over those two weekends before Halloween, young ghosts, goblins and princesses can enjoy trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of Denver Zoo.

Rocky Mountain Hobby Expo 
Oct 28 – 29 
Put down your phone and discover a hobby! Visit the region’s newest family hobby event for hands-on demonstrations, workshops and a mega marketplace of items for sale- Learn, try and buy! RC cars, planes, drones, boats, trains, slot cars, diecast, scale models, gaming, dolls, beads, scrapbooking and more- all in one location.

Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Performances 
Oct 28, 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the conductor and the musicians and learn about the instruments in the process. Tiny Tots audiences receive an up-close-and-personal performance in a casual, fun environment. 

Halloween PhotoPOP, Little Nest Portraits 
Oct 28, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come to Little Nest for a Halloween party with activities, candy, and a quick PhotoPOP. Bring your kids in their costumes to enjoy a little craft, a few tricks and lots of treats.

Live Bats for all Ages at Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Oct 28, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Meet Rob Mies, a Museum favorite and director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, as you step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their lives, habitats, and nocturnal strategies. Encounter a big brown bat from North America and hear its high-pitched echolocation with a “bat detector,” meet fruit bats from Africa and Asia, and come face-to-face with the largest bat in the world.

BOO-tiful VISTA 5K Run/Walk and Trunk or Treat Event at the Rocky Mountain Deaf School 
Oct 29
A unique school is not far from you and they need your help! Rocky Mountain Deaf School (RMDS) is hosting their 2nd Annual Vista 5K Run and Walk event on Sunday, October 29, 2017. The 5K Vista Run is beautiful trail run on and near the RMDS campus at the Fehringer Ranch Park. Wear your costumes for a chance to win a prize! Stay after the race for a free hearty meal and for the Trunk or Treat event. Decorate your trunk and see the smiles on the kids and/or bring your kids for a fun and safe trick or treating experience!

Vintage Halloween Family Fest at Ramada Plaza 
Oct 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy a day of old-fashioned, family-oriented Halloween fun and activities at the debut of the Vintage Halloween Family Fest! The event is indoors at the Ramada Plaza Denver North, I-25 at 120th, on Sunday, October 29. For just $5, the Vintage Halloween Family Fest offers pumpkin bowling, bounce houses, carnival games, costume contests, open mic ghost stories, apple bobbing, mask-making, face painting, caramel apple decorating, trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, tarot readers and more.

Harvest Festival & Trick or Treat Street 
Oct 29, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Please join us for our annual event on Main Street in Elizabeth! The local community gets together for a fun day of activities, checking out the Vendors, trick or treating all around town & more. The first 100 adult visitors to the Chamber Booth will receive a SWAG BAG. We are planning some fun activities for this year’s festival, we hope you’ll join us.

Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet at Mainstreet Parker 
Oct 31 
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Are you looking for a safe space to satisfy your sweet tooth and show off your spooky costume this Halloween? Then head to the Town of Parker on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. where more than 20 local businesses will line Mainstreet to hand out both tricks and treats. Expect fun for all ages and a few spine-tingling surprises. 

Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms 
Sep 15 – Oct 29 
Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the mini-maze. Tickets include one hayride, barrel train ride (for children 12 and under) and unlimited jumping on a giant pillow. Pony rides and hamster balls are available for an additional fee. An array of food vendors sell favorite fall foods such as funnel cakes, hotdogs, freshly squeezed lemonade and kettle corn.

Maize in the City
Sep 30 – Oct 31
Enjoy a convenient, simple and fun rural experience at Maize in the City with several fall attractions including free attractions for families to enjoy. Started in 2001, and located just 15 minutes from downtown Denver, Maize in the City offers hours of daytime activities to families and others seeking fall attractions including a 20-acre Crazed Corn Field Maze – voted best corn maze by Denver Westword – a mini maze, petting zoo, pony rides and more. 

Why does my dog have such bad breath? (And when to take action)

Dog breath. The mere words conjure up a myriad of scents and none of them are good. But have you ever wondered what is normal and how often do dogs need dental cleanings?
 
We asked Parkside Animals Health Center’s founder Brenda Eisenhauer, DVM, to share some insights.  This Aurora vet clinic offers so much more than a standard veterinary practice and they look at the lifestyle and the current needs of the pet and its family. Is it an athlete? A couch potato?  A puppy or kitten?  A senior citizen? They then try to tailor their medical recommendations to each individual, but also address behavioral and nutritional needs.

What is Normal?

Most people think stinky “dog breath” is normal, but when your favorite pup pants into your face, it should never smell sour, rotten or like garbage.  These awful smells are usually the first indication something has gone wrong inside the mouth, or sometimes even inside of the body.  According to Eisenhauer, there are certain medical conditions (digestive, diabetes, kidney and liver) that can affect a dog’s breath, and may require blood work or other testing to sort out. 
 
However, much more commonly, the stinky breath is related to infection inside of the mouth.  This can happen for many reasons – the more obvious ones include a broken and infected tooth, and excess tartar and plaque that has caused gum and dental infection. 
 
Other conditions can be more breed-specific.  For example, dachshunds can have infection from their long upper canine teeth (“fang teeth”) creep up the roots and into the nasal sinuses.  Boxers and American bull dogs often have very deep ridges in their hard palate where fur and food gets trapped, creating sores and infection.  And sometimes pets have done something sneaky (chewed on a cord and burnt part of their mouth, or gotten their head caught in a car window or between banister railings and accidentally bitten their cheeks or tongue before getting out), causing sores and infection. 

What Should You Do?

Any change or continual worsening of the breath is cause for concern, and worth getting checked out.  A thorough dental exam will require sedation (it’s hard to see everywhere inside the mouth without sedation, and also impossible to take dental X-rays).  But what can you try at home?  For the really fetid breath, there is something going on inside that needs addressed medically.  But for the run-of-the-mill dog-food bum-sniffing breath, a bit of homecare can really help.  There are dental diets, chews and treats available that have been proven to reduce dental plaque and tartar just by the way they are built – they actually rub against the teeth and remove the bacteria and films that lead to dental disease.  A couple of words of caution – dental diets are only effective if they comprise at least 50 percent of the food your dog eats.  Also, dental treats and chews are never calorie-free – if your dog is prone to being a little heavy, these have to be used in moderation and in balance with your pet’s other nutritional needs. 
 
The best thing you can do at home, though, is to brush those teeth!  Dog toothpastes do not contain fluoride but DO contain enzymatic cleaners that help decrease plaque build-up, and come in yummy flavors like chicken, peanut butter, malt and vanilla mint.  Just like any new trick, your dog will need time to learn that the toothbrush and toothpaste are treats – they should be introduced slowly, with positive reinforcements (petting, scratches, and love), and then used gently once daily over as many tooth surfaces as your dog will allow.  
 
Even if you are able to keep that dog breath away, it is still important to have regular physical exams and dental cleanings, just like with children and adults.  Annual exams are often enough for younger pets, and the frequency of dental care can be based on the breed of dog, age, and their individual predispositions toward dental disease.  Older pets often need exams at least every six months, as so many health conditions can be managed more effectively if caught early.  In addition, although the stinky breath may be there, many older dogs do not show other symptoms of advanced dental conditions at home, but a medical exam can pick up on more subtle signs that your pooch may be in pain.
 
Brenda Eisenhauer opened Parkside Animal Health Center six years ago after working in shelter medicine at area shelters. Though she was committed to getting animals healthy, shelter medicine often saw the worst situations with animals who had been given up by their families or were ill or neglected. She missed seeing pets in happy, healthy and loving homes and Parkside was opened to help meet that need. This Aurora vet clinic has become a place for happy endings.

Free Night at the Museums for Denver Arts Week

It’s your very own night at the museum…but far less terrifying.  On Saturday, Nov. 4, Denver’s best museums are open late and admission is FREE between 5 and 10 p.m. Stay tuned for information on FREE shuttles that make it easy to explore all evening!* https://www.denver.org

BLACK AMERICAN WEST MUSEUM

Watch African-American history come alive through re-enactments, videos and the stories told throughout this museum in Historic Five Points. 

BYERS-EVANS HOUSE MUSEUM

Experience this historic landmark where expert tour guides will share the stories of the home and its residents in the 1900s.

THE CELL

Explore the interactive Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab to learn more about the issues of terrorism and public safety. 

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF DENVER AT MARSICO CAMPUS

Visit the museum dedicated to helping children learn through play! (Adults must be accompanied by children at all Children’s Museum events.)

CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM

See Still & Art which includes more than 80 Still paintings, works on paper, photographs and sculptures in striking juxtaposition with the works of other artists.

DENVER ART MUSEUM

Check out exhibits for free, including Revealing a Mexican Masterpiece: The Virgin of Valvanera and El Albrie: Una historia en común.

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS

See a special outdoor Day of the Dead exhibition, La Calavera Catrina, an exploration of the iconic and elegant female skeleton knows as La Catrina.

DENVER FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM

Visit one of the “hottest,” family-friendly places in town and learn about the history of firefighting. Don’t miss Collecting Fire Toys exhibition! 

DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

Local artists use light, sound, movement, color and anything else that inspires them to unify the arts with nature and science in the museum’s wildlife halls during DiaramART.

FORNEY MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION

Stroll through this one-of-a-kind collection that includes a Union Pacific ‘Big Boy’ Steam Locomotive and enjoy favorites like Amelia Earhart’s 1923 Goldbug Kissel.

HISTORY COLORADO CENTER

Don’t miss Backstory: Western American Art in Context, a pairing of nearly 50 masterpieces from the Denver Art Museum’s renowned collection with History Colorado’s wealth of artifacts.

MOLLY BROWN HOUSE MUSEUM

Tour the home of Denver’s unsinkable Margaret “Molly” Brown, who was a world-renowned activist, performer and traveler. You may even see Mrs. Brown herself!

MORE MUSEUMS OPEN FOR NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS*:

Four Mile Historic Park – Experience the Park after dark! Join in on nighttime tours, campfire tales and more from 5-8 pm.

Golden History Center – See Epic Events, an exciting multimedia timeline of major events and discoveries that shaped Golden from 5-8 pm.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum – Enjoy cockpits, guided tours, simulators and the new Be the Astronaut exhibition!

*Free transportation shuttles are not available

Deals: Wicked Wednesday, prAna discount extended and more!

I still don’t know what I will be for Halloween this year – or that I will dress up at all. But I will say that my neighborhood is on the ball. There has been a Facebook post with my neighbors about which houses will also give a “treat” to the parents when they are taking the kids out. They have spaced it about every 5th house. But one of the houses said they would give away treat bags for parents. I am excited to contribute Shakeology packets to my neighbors to try. It is the one instance where being healthy tastes good!
 
Outlets at Castle Rock Halloween Party. A few days before All Hallows’ Eve, Outlets at Castle Rock is inviting families to take their Halloween costumes out for a test run at the Wicked Wednesday (Oct 25) Halloween Party! This kid-friendly evening will include face painting, a holiday magic show by Keir Royale, a costume contest, all-center trick-or-treating and more. The Costume Contest will begin at 5:30PM and participation is open to ages 12 and under. Costumes will be judged in three categories – funniest, scariest and most creative – and winners will receive a special prize from the center.  Trick-or-Treating will take place throughout the property from 4:30 -6:30PM and spooky signage will direct candy-hunters into participating stores.
 
prAna Deal Extended! prAna isn’t just for yoga — you can do lots of things in lots of places in your prAna. Here’s an incentive to shop the prAna site for yourself — a 15% discount. Take a look at the versatile and fashionable options for men and women as well as accessories and other items on the site. After you’ve made your choices, enter this code at checkout to get 15% off: MHMLH15. Good through November 22. 
 
REI. REI is moving to Greenwood Village (9000 Peakview) and are throwing their own “housewarming” on October 27-29The first 200 people (18+) through the door each day  receive a limited-edition CamelBak water bottle with a $10, $50 or $100 REI promotional card* (Restrictions apply).
 
Good Times. For a limited time, the new kids meals are just $3 at Good Times Burgers & Custard. Choose between All-natural burger, cheeseburger, chicken tenders, mac and cheese mini corn dogs or grilled cheese. Also get a side and a drink plus a coin for a free custard dessert. (Normally $3.49)
 
Quiznos Gyro. Greece is on my must-see list. Or maybe I think of myself as a Greek Goddess sometimes (just ask my kids). Quiznos will make my toga look good before Halloween! Quiznos introduces three new gyro options: Gyro Flatbread, Gyro Sub Sandwich, Greek Salad. Try one for FREE with purchase on October 25.
 
McDonalds McCafe. Enjoy one of McDonalds McCafe drinks (small) for just $2. The deal runs through December 31 – so make sure you get all those warm McDrinks before then.
 
Wendy’s Frosty TreatsForget the tricks and embrace the treats. Halloween Coupon books come with five Jr. Frosty Coupons for just $1. Proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to help children in foster care find their forever homes. Tastes good doing good!
 
Broncos Fans. When the Broncos play you can get a couple deals: a free Conoco coffee from 6 a.m to 10 a.m. the day following a game, score a Big Mac or a Sausage McMuffin with egg for just a $1 with the app or if the Broncos score 2 or more touchdowns get an Arby’s classic for just $1. Go Broncos!
 

P.F. Chang’s Free Sushi. Yes, you can get free spicy tuna or California roll Sushi on Thursday, October 26 at P.F. Chang’s. One per person. Dine in only. http://freesushiday.com/

 
Bass Pro Shops. Enjoy your Halloween party inside the giant Bass Pro shop with loads of fun kids activities all weekend long. October 27-31. Get a free 4×6 photo with the Peanuts gang, crafts, trick or treating, pumpkin toss and a costume parade through the store!
 
Ski Deals. Some ski areas are already open and more coming open in the coming weeks. Don’t forget to get deals and passes now before the season starts. Here are a few deals we found.
·            Colorado Ski Country’s Passport is back. Calling all 5th or 6th graders – get your free pass with the Colorado Ski Country’s Passport. The pass includes most of the state’s ski areas (at 21 awesome Resorts). 5th graders get to try three times at each resort, 6th graders pass has a very minimal fee (of just $105) but you get 4 times at each of the resorts. The pass also includes a beginner level lesson and equipment on the date of that lesson.
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·            Junior Trade lets you score a deal on rental gear for kids. Purchase a used setup (both ski and snowboard setups available) at Colorado Ski and Golf (Ski and Sport OR Boulder Ski Deals) locations for around $100 use it all season long. Feel free to trade it back in if the kids grow out of it mid-season. Then, bring it back in the spring for 50% money back.
 
·            Ski and Snowboard Expo. The single best place for the best bargains on skis, snowboards, boots, outerwear, clothing, lift tickets, lodging, and lesson packages is at the annual Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo. The 26th annual shopping and family fun bonanza is Nov. 10-12, 2017 in Hall C of the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. Admission is $15 for adults or $12 with a discount coupon available in The Denver Post or at any Colorado Ski & Golf store and online at www.skisnowexpo.com.  Kids 12 and under are free. Paid admission includes a one-year subscription to SKI Magazine and a $10 gift card from GetSkiTickets.com.
·         Keystone Kids Ski Free. Every day, all season long, kids 12 and younger ski for free at Keystone with no blackout dates when you book for two or more nights in one of Keystone’s numerous lodging accommodation options, which span from affordable hotel rooms to family-sized condominiums.·          
 
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