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Fall Back: How to ease your kids into the time change + how much sleep they really need

Winter is coming! If you’re anything like me you may not be thrilled about the chilly months that lie ahead, but those cold short days do have a few advantages – especially longer nights!

We are about to change the clock back an hour and while some of us are a little saddened by the thought of eating dinner at 5:30 in the dark, this can be a great opportunity to help our kids start getting the kind of sleep they really need!

Studies show that the amount of sleep children get has a profound effect on their learning, attention, risk of obesity, and risk of depression. Most children in our country do not come close to getting the amount of sleep they need to process all of the information they are learning every day.

When the clocks fall back we have an opportunity to bump their bedtimes up a little bit. Start on Sunday night by having them go to bed with respect to the time change. That is, if they usually go to bed at 9:00, have them go to bed at 8:00 (on the newly changed clock). Their body will feel like they are going to bed at the same time and they can potentially get an hour more sleep. From then on out, try to stick to that new, earlier bedtime.

Of course, this will take a little preparation on your part. It is going to

Halloween Yoga for when you feel dead inside

Are you overwhelmed and dispirited by the sheer demands of Halloween? As moms, we give a lot of ourselves in October. It’s hard work to put up a huge Halloween yard display and make creative family costumes during a pandemic.

Do yourselves a favor and carve out a few minutes for yourself today to do this lovely adaptable and gentle flow with Adriene that will make you feel a little lighter today. 


Check out their full playlist of Halloween themed Yoga practices here.

10 ways to use all that leftover Halloween candy

OK, so apparently some people actually have this problem because I was asked to write a little something on this delicious Halloween dilemma of what to do with all your soon-to-be-leftover candy.

When I did a little research on the topic (yep, I researched it too) I realized it’s a rather common occurrence…one of life’s sweetest mysteries. Now, I’m not sure what the problem is at our house – maybe my children neglect to collect an adequate amount of sucrose, fructose and glucose in arrays of shapes, colors and flavors – but I don’t think that’s it because we seem to have loot-a-plenty. Maybe a leaky Halloween bucket or Bermuda Triangle looming near the candy dish, but we have a way of making our stash disappear quickly.

Candy taxes: Is it stealing or entitlement?

I have some bad news for parents who claim a “candy tax” by taking a portion of their kids’ Halloween candy: THEY ARE ONTO US.

A few years ago, we went to our church’s Halloween party and my kids came home with bucket loads of treats. For the most part, I let them have at it but started putting on the brakes the next day. After all, they have to save their gluttony for The Main Event on Wednesday.

I made a healthy dinner with the one thing my 8-year-old daughter abhors most: eggs. She usually chokes them down but we are entering the tween moody stage (hurray!) and she suddenly thinks she should have a say.

I don’t know when she started thinking this was a democracy, not a dictatorship.

‘I cannot express how little I care that you hate the photos’ — Chrissy Teigen speaks out

Pregnancy loss takes a huge emotional and financial toll — which many people still don’t talk about. Chrissy Teigen is breaking that silence. 

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend received an outpouring of support on social media earlier this month after revealing that they lost their third child following pregnancy complications. They also caught a ton of flak for sharing a series of intimate, black-and-white photographs documenting their family tragedy.

But in a raw, personal essay posted to Medium on Tuesday, Teigen said that she doesn’t regret posting the pictures.

“I cannot express how little I care that you hate the photos. How little I care that it’s something you wouldn’t have done,” she wrote. “I lived it, I chose to do it, and more than anything, these photos aren’t for anyone but the people who have lived this or are curious enough to wonder what something like this is like. These photos are only for the people who need them. The thoughts of others do not matter to me.”

She went on to say, “People say an experience like this creates a hole in your heart. A hole was certainly made, but it was filled with the love of something I loved so much. It doesn’t feel empty, this space. It feels full.”

 

Deals: Melting Pot, Halloween and Black Friday

I don’ think this is just a Covid question, should I buy more candy or less this year? Do I buy what I like so I can eat the leftovers or do I buy something I don’t like so I don’t eat all the leftovers?

Chipotle Boorito. Chipotle still loves Halloween and we still love their deal! This year instead of showing up at a Chipotle location in costume, burrito lovers in Denver will be able to virtually trick-or-treat for 500,000 BUY-ONE-GET-ONE entrée codes via text. Codes will be dropped via Chipotle’s TikTok, Instagram and Twitter every day and fans can text the codes to 888-222 to claim them. The BOGOs are only redeemable via the Chipotle app or Chipotle.com on Halloween.

 Halloween Car Wash. Brighton Car Wash USA will have a Haunted Car Wash this weekend. Bring the kids from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, October 29 through Saturday, October 31. The wash will include scares, lights, fog, actors and of course, candy!

Walmart’s Black Friday Ad. I have certainly been that person who has foregone sleep in favor of a great Black Friday deal. I know that this year will be different. Walmart has just released their Black Friday Ad which has deals going for several WEEKS. The first one will be on November 4. I don’t usually write about each thing that is on sale (because that would be a long list) but I can tell you that this year – you will see the same sorts of great deals – just spread out a little bit more.

Melting Pot. During the week of Halloween bring your kids (12 and under) in costume for either lunch or dinner – and each child will get a special treat.   

SnugSnug is a new diaper and wipes delivery service based here in Denver. They carry all the different diaper brands and make it super easy for you to never run out of diapers and wipes. The promo code is SNUG50 for 50% off the first month of diapers. 

EcoVessel. The awesome Boulder-based company, EcoVessel is having a sale of 25% off through November 1. Featuring reusable products like fun bottles and straws with unique silicone tips. The kids’ designs are so cool – I want one for myself! They keep the warm drinks warm for hours and cold drinks cold just a long! I’ve personally road-tested these and they are amazing and look great too. I plan to score a few Christmas deals during this sale and you can too when you use promo code TREAT25 at check out.

 Papa John’s Jack O’ Lantern Pizza. Papa John’s will once again offer the Jack O ’Lantern Pizza – a large pepperoni pizza shaped like a pumpkin) for just $11 through October 31.

YWCA of Boulder Racism Talks. YWCA Boulder County will be hosting “Talking to Kids About Racism”, a special introductory program discussing parenting with a racial justice lens. How do we raise our children to treat others fairly when they see racial injustice? What are the pros and cons of talking openly about race and racial injustice with our children? What is the price of silence? Researchers have found that to be effective, conversations about race must be explicit, and your messages must be put in unmistakable terms that children understand. Two virtual sessions on October 27. Option 1: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. https://www.eventbrite.com/…/talking-to-kids-about... and Option 2: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. https://www.eventbrite.com/…/talking-to-kids-about...

Mizel Center’s JAAMM Festival. The JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center is kicking off its season full of arts and culture events through the 13th Annual Neustadt JAAMM Festival. The festival will bring nationally and globally recognized figures in arts and culture to homes across Colorado through entirely virtual content. There are some fantastic topic and speakers scheduled.

13 Awesome Halloween and Día de los Muertos Celebrations in Denver

Halloween is upon us! Don’t miss these fun Halloween and Día de los Muertos Celebrations in Denver. See our event calendar for full listings. 

Bug-A-Boo,  Butterfly Pavilion 
Oct 18 – 29 
Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion announced today the return of Bug-A-Boo, it’s safe, indoor trick-or-treating event, from Oct. 18 through Oct. 31. Halloween revelers can put on a costume and enjoy a trick-or-treating experience that is educational and fun, while adhering to state and local safety guidance. Hours for trick or treating will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with the last entry at 4 p.m.) daily from Oct. 18 through Oct. 29. On Oct. 30 and 31, Butterfly Pavilion will extend its hours and be open until 8:20 p.m. (with the last entry at 7:00 p.m.).

Boo at the Zoo Storybook Safari, Denver Zoo
Oct 1-31
Boo at the Zoo: Storybook Safari—a modified, masked version of Denver’s family favorite! Throughout their 84-acre campus, classic animal stories and fairy tales come to life with costumed characters, mythical creatures, unforgettable animal experiences and food fit for a king or queen. 

Boo at the Zoo at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 
Oct 22  – 31 
Trick-or-treat and visit your favorite animals, Oct. 17-18, 23-25 and 30-31, 3:40-8:30 p.m. (last admission at 7:20 p.m.). Online timed ticketing only. Some nights are likely to sell out, due to limited capacity. 

Día de los Muertos Celebration at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Oct 28 – Nov 2 
Celebrate Day of the Dead with online activities, onsite altar showcase, Virtual Mercado, related events and programs. The Gardens’ annual celebration of the holiday includes both onsite and offsite/virtual offerings. At the Gardens’ York Street location, view the altar showcase, Oct. 28 – Nov. 2. The showcase offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the rich history and long-standing traditions of this beautiful celebration.

Dia de Los Muertos Rock Art: Sugar Skulls, Marigolds and Monarchs at Longmont Museum 
Oct 29, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Paint colorful rocks while you learn about the history and significance of the calavera (skull), cempasuchil (marigold), and monarca (monarch butterfly) in Day of the Dead celebrations. Place your finished rocks on your family altar to honor your departed loved ones on November 1.

14th Annual Centerra Halloween Hullabaloo, Drive-In Style: at The Marketplace at Centerra 
Oct 30  – 31 
14th Annual Centerra Halloween Hullabaloo, Drive-In Style: This free ticketed drive-in has three showtimes on both Friday, Oct. 30 and Sat. Oct. 31 at The Marketplace at Centerra. The Centerra Hullabaloo will feature three movies including Hotel Transylvania, and The Addams Family (2019) to safely celebrate Halloween.

Trick-o-Trials: A Halloween Obstacle Course at Apex Movement Denver 
Oct 30  – 31 
Join Apex Movement Denver for Trick-o-Trials: A Halloween Obstacle Course. Full of surprise Halloween themed circus performances by the Circus Foundry Cast. This event is a perfect alternative to traditional trick-or-treating with scheduled timeslots.  Trick-o-Treat your way through 7 unique obstacles each guarded by one your favorite Halloween Monsters.

Trick-or-Treat at 13th Floor Haunted House
October 31, 1-4 p.m. 
This is no trick, just a treat! Looking for a safe, sweet way to celebrate Halloween? This year, for the first time ever, 13th Floor is hosting the best Trick or Treating event in Denver. Costumes encouraged! We welcome all witches, princesses, and monsters alike to join us for this scare-free event! Leave it to the Halloween experts to create a family-friendly event like never before. Recommended for children aged 5 & up. Use code TOT5 For $5 Off Tickets. Expires October 29th at noon.

Drive-thru Trick-or-Treat at The Ranch Events Complex 
Oct 31, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Organizations are getting creative for Halloween and folks up in Northern Colorado are no exception. NoCo’s Greatest Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat Experience is set for Saturday, October 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Ranch Events Complex. Think of it as a parade in reverse, where the spectators move and the displays stay in place.

Howl-a-Ween Pet Parade at Denver Union Station
October 31, 1-3 p.m.
Bust out your favorite superhero, ladybug, policeman or princess costume for your four-legged friend and head to the inaugural Howl-a-Ween Pet Parade + Yappy Hour. This outdoor event will be held on Denver Union Station Plaza.

Trunk or Treat at the Ranch at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch 
Oct 31, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the Ranch for a fun, safe way to celebrate Halloween! They will have two options to celebrate: drive-through, and park & play. Wear your costumes and visit with staff, volunteers, and herd members in their costumes too.  Drive around the property and collect treats and visit with the horses from the safety of your car. Or park and take a tour and show off your costumes.

Secret Dance Addiction Halloween Digital Dance Party: Space Rave
Oct 31, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join this digital dance party on Halloween with the Secret Dance Addiction global community. COSTUME / DANCE CONTEST + ALL AGES! Get dressed up, bring your family, grab some dance floor decor + dance with us from ANYWHERE in the WORLD! This is an all-ages event. 

Virtual Day of the Dead Celebration 
Nov 1, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Longmont won’t’ be gathering for their usual downtown festival due to COVID-19, but you can celebrate Day of the Dead from home with all of the performances you love live-streamed right to your computer, tablet, or phone. Performers include Las Dahlias singing Mexican trio, Grupo Folklorico Mexico Lindo dance, mariachi, poetry by bicultural community leader Laura Soto, and much more!

5th Annual Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Cultural Celebration at Thornton Community Center (south lawn) 
Nov 1 – Nov 3 
The 5th annual Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos celebration comes to you virtually this year. Celebrate this colorful cultural holiday safely with an interactive art experience that connects people at home with an engaging outdoor event on the south lawn of the Thornton Community Center (TCC).

 

Denver Arts Week(end) with museums, theaters and galleries

Denver Arts Week, is a celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, featuring events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls. 

Due to COVID-19, Denver Arts Week 2020 will pivot to a weekend focus, November 6-8, 2020. Check back for more details soon!

First Friday Art Walks

Explore Denver’s creative neighborhoods, meet local artists and find original artwork on sale starting at $52.80 at many participating galleries.

Family-Friendly Denver Arts Week

Denver Arts Week(end) is filled with imaginative activities and events that will stimulate young minds and create a lifelong love of the arts. Find family-friendly activities to keep your family busy throughout the weekend.

Must-see Art Exhibitions

Discover why The Mile High City is the place to be when it comes to incredible arts and culture.

NOTE: Due to health concerns regarding the coronavirus (Covid-19), some events may be canceled. Please check directly with the venus for the latest status. 

Fall Festivals

Denver’s fall and winter months are filled with some of The Mile High City’s greatest events, from the biggest beer festival in the country to a citywide week of arts.

 

Are we teaching our kids that winning is all that matters?

There was a time in our country when children were taught about fairness, and that integrity mattered.  I remember hearing phrases as a child such as, “It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game.”  This type of thinking led to growing up with a sense of ethics and ideals that were consistent whether they were to your benefit of not.  This was the type of thinking that had people admit when they made a mistake, and care about fixing it, even if it were only because it “was the right thing to do.”  Children were taught about right and wrong, and how we are a society that values thought and innovation.  The goals were about finding the best way forward, regardless of who came up with the idea. 

School children learned in elementary school about the mistakes made by our country and how we’ve evolved as people over the years.  We were taught about some of the truly awful things our society embraced at different times of our development.  Everything from slavery to taking the land of the Native Americans was discussed in an effort to let school children know how much we’ve evolved since those earlier days of our republic.  We learned about the internment of Japanese Americans during the second world war and the McCarthy era where people were branded as communists and blacklisted.   We were also told that these behaviors were in America’s past and that we as a people had evolved from those times.  We were now a more enlightened society and no longer tolerated these horrendous behaviors.

However, these days it sometimes seems we haven’t really evolved all that much from the lessons of the past.  Recently in our society it seems less important who has the best idea, and more important who had the idea and whether or not they were “on our side.”  We’re less and less a society of people who respect differences of opinions.  Now, when we disagree with someone, it’s not just their ideas we disagree with, it’s their very character that we question and often vilify.   

This may seem a harsh view of our society, but this view of reality plays itself out every day.  If people think differently than we do, we often think it’s not only their ideas that are suspect, it’s the people themselves.  Now when someone has a different point of view, it’s not enough to disagree with them, often you have to vilify their very existence.  Someone who has a different perspective is not just wrong about their beliefs; they are often a bad person.  Even un-American. 

Our society was founded on the belief that there would be many points of views and many ideas.

 

 

 

-David Schwartz LMFT, Psychology Today

This Maternal Health Campaign Empowers Pregnant Women and New Moms

The United States is facing a maternal health crisis: Approximately 700 women die during pregnancy, at delivery, or soon after delivery each year. More than 60 percent of those pregnancy-related deaths are preventable.

That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching Hear Her, a national campaign to address maternal mortality issues. Supported through a partnership with the CDC Foundation and funded by Merck for Mothers, the program will provide education for health care providers, new and expecting mothers, and the friends and family that make up their support systems.

id you know some problems due to pregnancy can happen up to a year after delivery? Be aware of urgent maternal warning signs and symptoms during pregnancy and in the year after delivery. Seek medical care immediately if you experience any signs or symptoms that are listed below. These symptoms could indicate a life-threatening situation.

The following list was developed by the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care. Learn about these urgent maternal warning signs below.

  • Headaches that won’t go away or gets worse over time
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Changes in your vision
  • Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Extreme swelling of your hands or face
  • Thoughts about harming yourself or your baby
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest pain or fast-beating heart
  • Severe nausea and throwing up
  • Severe belly pain that doesn’t go away
  • Baby’s movement stopping or slowing during pregnancy
  • Vaginal bleeding or fluid leaking during pregnancy
  • Vaginal bleeding or discharge after pregnancy
  • Severe swelling, redness or pain of your leg or arm
  • Overwhelming tiredness. 

This list is not meant to cover every symptom you might have. If you feel like something just isn’t right, or you aren’t sure if it’s serious, talk to your healthcare provider. Be sure to tell them if you are pregnant or were pregnant within the last year.