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Gretchen’s Grabs: Best picks for April in Colorado

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I love April in Colorado. It feels like all the seasons in one day. One day we will have snow (and some ski areas are still going through mid-month). The sun returns in force and makes us dream about what our summer might bring.

Table Mountain Farms Easter.  If Covid taught us one thing, it was to help support local businesses. I tried the Goat’s Milk Caramels from Table Mountain Farms. They come in four flavors: Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon Vanilla, Whiskey and Salted Dark Chocolate. They each had a distinct (but not overpowering flavor) and the tang of goat’s milk instead of cow’s milk.

Lowe’s Weekly Spring Celebration. Lowe’s is celebrating spring all April long with weekly giveaways and fun. Week One – The Garden-to-Go kit includes a Bonnie Foodie fresh plant, Miracle-Gro Potting Mix, Miracle-Gro All-purpose water-soluble plant food, globes and recipes; Week Two –  Mystery Garden Pinata! Includes biodegradable flower pinata, mystery seed bombs and mystery growfetti; Week Three- Tree Saplings in honor of Earth Day; and Week Four – Lowe’s CAMP Butterfly Quest which includes wooden pieces to assemble and decorate and seeds to help create a butterfly garden.

Garbo and the Case of the Wet Footprints. We love local authors and Fort Collins-based Gretchen Cleveland recently released her new children’s mystery, Garbo and the Case of the Wet Footprints. This adorable story encourages young readers to use their brains and their instincts to solve the riddle at the heart of the book alongside colorful characters like sleuth-y Garbo and hesitant boy Jonah in this warm weather adventure for families.

Fast Food Clothing.  Fast food companies are jumping on the clothing bandwagon. Try the onesie from Dunkin’ Donuts, which my teenage daughter is in love with. Part of the proceeds go to the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation. Or what about the Chipotle line, Chipotle Goods. Do you know always order the same thing in your big burrito? What about printing it on your shirt?  The line is dyed with upcycled avocado pits form the restaurants (and through their partner, Textile Exchange, helps in reducing the textile industry’s impact on the environment).

Elizabeth and Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters. I am a sucker for all the things Royal. I love reading all about it. I am excited to read the new book by Andrew Morton, Elizabeth and Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters. It is the biography of the sisters and how the twist of fate, their uncle abdicating the throne, made one sister destined to become queen. This dramatically changed their relationship forever.  

Van Gogh Virtual. Just short of traveling to Amsterdam to see the Van Gogh Museum this may be even better! Van Gogh Alive is a large-scale multi-sensory experience that will engage the whole family! The experience will have light, color, sound and fragrance helping bring Van Gogh’s masterpieces to life.  Held at the Hangar at Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace July 9- September 26. Tickets go on sale on April 20. Experience art and venture in to Van Gogh’s world.

Satellite Sisters Podcast.  I am probably really late to this party. But I recently started listening to the Satellite Sisters podcast (apparently they have been around for something like 20 years). But their fun laugh-along podcast makes my week! It is sort of like sitting down for a little chat with some great friends.  

What are your new finds? What shows, music, things are you loving right now?  

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Gretchen
Author: Gretchen

Gretchen loves to be outdoors! She is addicted to coupons and finding the best deals or entering sweepstakes (one day she will win something really great!)

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