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Denver Fashion Week’s Fun Fashion Show for Kids!

Get your Zoolander on with Denver Fashion Week (DFW)  Nov. 12-20, 2022! Colorado’s largest fashion showcase features emerging designers, local boutiques, national brands, hairstylists, makeup artists, and models… and this year, a kid-friendly element! 

This fall, DFW will provide a platform for emerging and sought-after designers through week-long runway show held at The Sports Castle. This season’s nonprofit partner is Dress For Success Denver, an organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and life.

Fashionable Denver Kids

Couture Kids Day, the second runway show of DFW, will immerse the audience in the ever-evolving world of kids’ fashion. The runway show will take place at the Sports Castle on November 13 at 11:30 a.m. and will be a spectacle of the best kids’ fashion Denver has to offer.

Factory Fashion, Dragonwing Girl and Kim Likes Clothes will each be featured in the runway show. DFW will also present a dance performance by Cherry Creek Dance Performing Company to close out the night.

Factory Fashion is returning for its second runway show at a DFW. The fashion school serves the Greater Denver community in Aurora at Stanley Marketplace. They offer a variety of fashion-related courses for children, teens and adults for anything from fashion illustration to costume design.

The bright young pupils in their DFW program began classes in August. During these sessions, the students work in small groups to conceptualize, design and construct a fully-realized look to be featured in the Couture Kids Day runway show.

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Mackenzie Scott donates $2.8 million to Girls Scouts of Colorado

Girl Scouts of Colorado received a record-breaking donation of $2.8 million from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott. The donation will support Girl Scouts of Colorado’s ongoing effort to equip girls with the tools to become the next generation of powerful female leaders. This gift is part of an $84.5 million donation, which was awarded to Girl Scouts of the USA and 29 out of 111 Girl Scout councils selected by Mackenzie Scott.

At Girl Scouts of Colorado,  they’re

  • reimagining the physical presence of Girl Scouting in our communities
  • focusing on an equitable approach to reaching and serving more girls, removing barriers to access
  • building on partnerships and programming around mental wellness
  • fostering career readiness and interests in STEM and
  • expanding opportunities for girls to explore and build leadership skills in the outdoors.

For over 110 years, the success and empowerment of girls have been at the forefront of everything Girl Scouts does. With nearly 2 million girls and adult members worldwide, Girl Scouts is the largest leadership organization for girls in the world.

As each generation of girls is continually navigating a changing world, Girl Scouts provides them with unparalleled leadership training, preparing them with the skills and mindset needed to tackle new challenges and anything is thrown their way–whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them.

Denver Deals: Fall Fun, Best Halloween Movies, Amazon Prime & More!

I like fall and Halloween – but it seemed like things to do with the family were either totally baby trick-or-treat things or way too old with haunted houses. I LOVE Hudson Garden’s Magic of Jack O’Lantern with 7,000 glowing pumpkins. All ways of carving and stacking carved pumpkins is on display (no photo or video can really do it justice). It is truly visually eye-popping and fun for the WHOLE family! It is well worth it. Want to curl up instead? Don’t miss the 120 best Halloween movies for families (including 2022’s new releases!)

Fall Fun in Denver. Don’t miss our ultimate guide to fall in Colorado with Colorado’s best fall colorsbest pumpkin patches and mazes and more. 

Free Children’s Clothing. Local nonprofit WeeCycle is inviting the public to shop its collection of children’s clothing – for free. There’s no catch: anyone is welcome to come and take as much free children’s clothing as they’d like on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stanley Marketplace. Sizes range from newborn to 2T.

 Consignment. The last consignment sale of the season will be the Just Between Friends of Denver sale at Shops at Northfield this weekend, October 14-16. For details on times and location see our round-up.

Amazon Prime. The Amazon “Pre-Black Friday sale” is Prime Early Access Sale. Tuesday, October 11 & Wednesday, October 12 you can score all kinds of deals on Amazon in just about every category – fashion, beauty, home, kitchen, furniture and electronics. May the Christmas shopping season begin.

Subway Soups. Warm up the fall with $1 off soups every weekend in October. Yes – this is our Souped Up weekends deal. They are also running a promotion where you get $2 off 2 footlongs.

 Gabby from Deamwork’s at Walmart. Hey, all you Gabby Cats – Gabby’s Bakey with Cakey tour is coming to Denver! Gabby’s Dollhouse, on Netflix’s star, Gabby will be at the Walmart in Lakewood (7455 W Colfax) on Wednesday, October 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m .The free event will include a meet & greet plus photo opportunity, prize wheel with awesome prizes, giveaways and a special display that includes Gabby’s Purrfect Dollhouse – one of Walmart’s Top Holiday Toy List winners.

World Singing Day Denver. Are you a shower rockstar? Car karaoke King? Any way you like to raise your voice join for the Golbal Sing-along at the World Singing Day Denver on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Hosted by Brer Rabbit of Flobots and Lolita, this FREE global celebration is open to everyone of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels. No rehearsals required, and lyrics will be provided. All you have to do is show up ready to join your neighbors in singing along with well-known tunes!  Please register on Eventbrite

 Winnie the Pooh at Newman Center. DU is thrilled to share Disney’s new musical stage adaption of Winnie the Pooh for five performances, November 11-13 featuring music and songs and awesome life-size puppets the whole family will enjoy!


 Boo at 9+CO. The family-friendly Boo at 9+ CO  on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will include fun for everyone. Pick a pumpkin from the patch, concoct witches brew at Postino drink tent, jump in the photobooth, get your face painted, jam to the tunes of the live DJ and let the kids go trick or treating. There will also be a costume contest for kids, parents and dogs. Tickets are just $5 and benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.

Mcdonald’s Treat Packs. Mcdonald’s is once again offering the treat packs with 12 coupons for free food – for just a $1. TBH, I have bought these hoping we don’t get many trick-or-treaters and I can use them myself.

 Shake Shack Shake Deal. Shake Shack is not just about awesome burgers, but also awesome shakes (Hello, it is in the name). Fall shake flavors include Apple Cider Donut, Pumpkin Patch and Choco Salted Toffee. Until November 20 you can get a buy one get one free shake. Order on the app or online, add two shakes to your order, make sure order is scheduled for 8 p.m. or later, use promo code: SHAKENIGHT at check out. One of the shakes will be free!  

 Donate Candy. You can donate unwanted and unopened candy to Operation Shoebox on or before November 22 and get PAID for it! Get $10 per pound of candy up to $100 per person. Then that candy will be added to Shoeboxes that go to support American troops overseas. For more details visit their website.

Polar Express. Tickets are on sale for the Polar Express at the Colorado Railroad Museum today. The train ride returns November 11-December 23 and is certain to get you in the holiday spirit and make family memories. Tickets include a visit with Santa and a silver bell! Get tickets here:

Does your child struggle with math? How to identify Dyscalculia

My daughter has long struggled with math. I still remember when she was learning to count to 20 in preschool and would always get hung up in the teens. Her problems augmented over the years and we spent a lot of money on tutors and additional aides. It was a joyous day when she took her final math class (for her and us!)

It wasn’t until she was almost finished high school that I had a lightbulb moment when I attended a work event dedicated to learning about dyslexia, a learning disorder in reading. There was a brief mention of Dyscalculia, a learning disability to makes it hard for kids to understand and learn to do math. 

So, when do math difficulties mean something more? A tremendous resource we used is The Dyscalculia Toolkit which helps leaners ages 6 to 14 who have difficulties with math and numbers. 

What is Dyscalculia? 

According to the Child Mind Institute, lots of kids struggle with math. But if your child’s math troubles are serious and don’t seem to get better, they may be a sign of something called dyscalculia. Dyscalculia is a specific learning disorder, which means it only affects how children learn math. A child with dyscalculia may do well in other subjects — like English or history — and still struggle in classes that use math.

Does Dyscalcuila cause all math difficulties?

Not all problems with math — even serious ones — are caused by dyscalculia. Disorders like dyslexia, visual or auditory processing issues, and ADHD can also make it hard to learn math. So what should parents watch for? Young kids with dyscalculia might have trouble recognizing numbers, learning to count, or recognizing basic patterns.

As kids get older they might have trouble remembering numbers (like zip codes or game scores) and have a hard time telling left from right or figuring out distances. Other signs include struggling with things like making change, reading clocks, or figuring out how long a task will take.

What to look for

According to, young children struggle with:

  • left and right
  • directionality
  • counting reliably
  • number-amount associations
  • memory of numbers and quantitative information
  • memory of instructions
  • short-term memory
  • working memory
  • time awareness
  • telling time
  • time management, schedules
  • organization
  • sequencing
  • procedures for arithmetic
  • place value
  • memory of addition and multiplication facts
  • memory of math rules
  • mental arithmetic
  • calculation
  • visualization
  • name-face memory
  • visual memory
  • visual-spatial discrimination, interpretation, processing, and memory.
  • unconscious errors with numbers and symbols when reading, listening, thinking (reasoning), copying, writing, and speaking.
    think slowly and carefully, and operate without confidence.
  • When tasked in their deficit areas, may demonstrate agitation, distress, anxiety, anger, avoidance, and resistance.
    Children grow into dyscalculic adults who exhibit the same problems, but become better at hiding and managing their difficulties.

Though research on prevalence is limited, it’s estimated that between 5 and 7% of elementary school-aged children may have dyscalculia. It’s also currently thought that dyscalculia occurs equally in both genders.

Additional Resources

The Dyscalculia Resource Book for ages 7 to 14 (second edition)

Math Workbook for Kids with Dyscalculia. A resouce toolkit book with 100 fun math activities.

How to Spot Dyscalculia

How to Help Kids with Dyscalculia

Anciety and Children: How to help your child through the school year

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Confessions of a (former) perfectionist mom

No one really talks about how challenging the transition from perfectionist to parent can be. Or how parenting as a perfectionist can consume so much of the energy you don’t have.

Before motherhood, I was a perfectionist in many aspects of my life. I am slowly transitioning out of it, but I will likely always carry some of the traits.

This adds a layer of difficulty to the already, at times, difficult season which is early motherhood. And it’s not surprising really is it?

Perfectionism demands us to be perfect; parenting requires us to embrace imperfect. The two are not meant to work together.

But knowing this doesn’t always make it easier does it? It’s hard when you are triggered easily.

Triggered by mess, noise, and the unfinished. Triggered by the imperfect parenting moments. Triggered by the guilt that comes from loving your children so much you want to embrace every part of the imperfect, but still find yourself struggling by things not being perfect.

And I know how it goes. You want to let it go. You want to be more present with them, rather than listening to your perfectionist urges. You want to just not care about what everyone says “doesn’t really matter.”

Because you know they’re right. Perfect doesn’t matter to your children. And you know it shouldn’t really matter to you, because your messy, chaotic, imperfect life is the most important thing right now and you wouldn’t change it for the world.

But it still feels like it does matter some days. The perfectionist in you holds on tight, even when the little hearts that hold onto yours grip tighter.

And it’s hard.

So if this resonates with you, please know you are not alone. I’m here, trying my best to embrace all of the imperfect too.

Perhaps I always have been. But motherhood has been the catalyst I never knew I needed to start me walking in the right direction.”

Emma Heaphy is a former lawyer and stay-at-home mom of three. She is the author of Dear Motherhood, the book that has stolen the hearts of mothers around the world for its real and raw musing of early motherhood. She recently published her second book, Mother On, your very own manual on the continuation of early motherhood.

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Denver Deals: Ulta, Inflatable SUP, Ski Passes & More!

I always have such an internal conflict at this time of year, I want to hang on to every moment that summer is still dishing out (okay, maybe not the 90+ degree temps), but I am teetering into the love of pumpkin spice, fall leaves, football games and sweaters. Anyone else have this conflict?

RiNo Arts. The RiNo arts festival is through September 11, with workshops, murals, music and more. Most of the events are free. Plus go to Luminade – a three-night, celebration of the new light installations at ArtPark. And the kids will love Camp RiNo.

Outlets of Castle Rock Shopping Extravaganza. On Saturday, September 10, Outlets of Castle Rock will host the 17th Annual Shopping Extravaganza. Shop for a cause event is a fundraiser for non-profict organizations in the community. The tickets are $30 each ($20 of it goes to your choice of non-profit) includes exclusive discounts and activities, prize drawing tickets with a chance to win retailer gift cards and prizes, grand prize drawing entry, VIP wine tasting, lunch, entertainment and more.

Lakewood Food & Wine. Lakewood food and wine festival will take place on Saturday, September 10 at the Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park. Ticket holders will enjoy food + wine, live music, games, food trucks and more. This is a family-friendly festival! To get tickets visit:

Golden, Colorado. The Golden Sidewalk Sale will take place on Saturday, September 10 – you can get some great deals and support local businesses. How early will you start on your holiday shopping? While you are in the area, visit Thomas the Taken Engine on the first of the three weekends he will be in town. [Thomas is a ticketed event at the Colorado Railroad Museum]. If you are there early, enjoy the movie, Ghostbusters: Afterlife in the park on September 9.

Krimson Klover Sale. One of my favorite Colorado-made brands, Krimson Klover is having block-buster sales with up to 50% off including their fashions for golf, adventure, compression and dresses. Plus, I really love the reversible swimwear.

REI Sale. REI is having a sale on some of the top brands including Arc’teryx, North Face and Patagonia! Now is the time to stock up on these great deals.

Nordstrom Summer Sale. When you shop the Nordstrom Summer sale, you could see savings of up to 60% on clothes, shoes, accessories through September 12.

Ulta. Ulta is having a 21 Days of Beauty Sale now through September 17. Each day for 21 Days specific beauty brands/products will be on sale at Ulta. Many as much as 50% off! Plus, they post what is coming up on sale, you can plan ahead too!

IHOP. IHOP has a great $5 deal – two eggs, two pieces of bacon (or sausage) and 2 light and fluffy pancakes for just $5.

Paddleboard at Amazon. Have you thought about getting a paddle board, but just could afford it? Right now Amazon has a great deal through September 11 with this Inflatable Paddle Board for just $129.99 when you use the digital coupon + promo code 4X4QWK57.

Ski Season Passes. If you like to ski or are thinking of getting a pass this year, now is the time to do it. Maybe you missed out on the Labor Day sales – but they aren’t over yet! Both Christy Sports and Epic Mountain Sports say their deals will still go through this week. Also, now is the time to get lift tickets if you are thinking of going at all this year.

Consignment Sales. I love consignment sales especially when it is kid’s clothes. We have once again rounded up the season’s best sales for you! Sales will begin again on September 15 with the Just Between Friends of Douglas County sale! Visit our page for details all season long.

Free Concerts and Movies. Rounding the last few weeks of summer, but arguably the best weather to be sitting outside one evening for great music or a movie. Find free Denver outdoor concerts or outdoor movies to enjoy with the whole family outside!

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This cool new Promenade is now open in Denver

The new Arkins Promenade along the South Platte River is finally open! In the form of a linear park, the space includes a pedestrian corridor with walking and bicycle access, river theater, gathering and play areas, an elevated walkway along the river, public art, and overlooks with seating areas. 

The project saw Denver Parks and Recreation transform Arkins Court, an industrial backroad that ran along the river from 35th to 38th Avenue, into Arkins Promenade. The promenade is part of a mile-long riverfront pedestrian corridor that will run between 29th and 38th streets.

Creating open space for recreation and leisure, the promenade offers visual and physical access to natural resources and trails along the river, Denver Parks and Recreation said.

The city’s parks and recreation landscaped the space with shade trees, native grasses, and planters to filter stormwater management that improves the water quality in the South Platte River.

Source: Denver Parks and Recreation and 9News

Other Denver Fun

The Ultimate Denver Summer Activity Guide for Kids (250+ Ideas)

 Denver Playgrounds & Parks: A guide to the best play areas in metro Denver

South Platte River Trail’s 25+ best parks, trails, restaurants and museums

Denver Free Days for 2022 

Best Hikes for Kids in the Denver area

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Denver teen battles eating disorder but finds lack of resources in Colorado

When the COVID-19 pandemic pushed schools to around the country to cancel in-person classes, Emma Warford was 15 years old, an active athlete, a good student and functioning well.

However, as days turned to weeks and weeks to months, Warford said she began worrying about her weight while sitting at home in quarantine. The then-sophomore started counting calories, admitting she became obsessed with her food intake.

Even after school returned to in-class learning, Warford said she continued to latch onto her calorie-counting habit, calling it her “coping mechanism” for stress.

In 2021, Warford, who lives in both Highlands Ranch and Centennial, said she went to see her regular-care physician who took notice of her weight loss.

“My doctor noticed that I had completely fallen off my growth chart,” the now 17-year-old said. “They tried to get me some therapy and a nutritionist to work with.”

When asked how much weight she lost, a choked-up Warford said more than 40 pounds.

Warford was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of weight. According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, or CDC, an anorexic teen will skip meals, eat small portions, become obsessed with counting calories, or, in some cases, starve themselves.

During the pandemic, health organizations across the U.S. sounded the alarm in rising cases of youth and teens being admitted into emergency rooms with mental health issues, including eating disorders. In Colorado, mental health has reached crisis levels, causing care facilities to be full and parents and families struggling to find a place to seek treatment for their youth and teens.

Her mother said when she was told the eating disorder clinic in Colorado was full, she started calling other states, getting on waitlists, trying to use the internet to educate herself and trying to understand a system where her daughter was not getting the help she needed.


-Highlands Herald, Thelma Grimes

Deals: Amazon Prime Days, Back-to-School Deals and More

I love the Hari Mari flip-flops that I discovered when I visited Outdoor Retailer this year. Beyond their fun colorful designs – I love that even the name makes me smile. Hari means “of the sun” and Mari means “of the sea” (I guess my sea will have to be Chatfield Reservoir :-). I also love that for every pair purchased a percentage goes to fight pediatric cancer.

Amazon Prime Days. This week, July 12 & 13, Amazon Prime Days returns. Heralded as the Black Friday of the summer – the sale promises deals on several different items with the best deals on Amazon Echo, Fire and Kindles. You do have to be a member of Amazon Prime. But, you can get a free trial membership (just don’t forget to cancel)

Target Deal Days. Target Deal Days starts July 11 and last three whole days with big savings at Target. Score deals on electronics, beauty, household items, toys and more.  The best part is that you don’t have to join a program (and remember to cancel later) as the deals are designed for everyone. Plus, Target has its school supplies on sale already.

Cherry Creek North Sidewalk Sale. July 14-17 Cherry Creek North will have their annual sidewalk sale. Some of the 80 great high-end shops and boutiques will have great deals.

Tiny House Festival. I love to see tiny houses. It is amazing to me what they can fit in a tiny house. Now you can see them too at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. Tickets are $10 but kids 12 and under are free (miliary and seniors are discounted).

Kohls. Kohl’s is having a huge sale. You can get shoes for as little as $4.20 when they are an extra 50% off clearance shoes. Find Girl’s clothing for $1.68. Kohl’s Outerwear (coats) can be up to 90% off. AND you can earn Kohl’s cash (for every $50 spent, you get $10 to return later).

Old Navy. Old Navy is having a massive back-to-school sale – with uniforms (polo shirts & shorts) for under $5, girls dresses are just $6 and women’s dresses are $9, summer shorts styles for as low as $1.48.  

Great Clips. Do people in your house need a summer freshen-up haircut? Search for the $5 off a haircut coupon with Great Clips.

McDonald’s. Camp Mcdonald’s has several great deals on their app this week. Tuesday (7/12) get free 6 pc Chicken Nuggets, Wednesday (7/13) get a free McFlurry, and Friday (7/15) get a free double cheeseburger! Only available in with the Mcdonald’s app.

Free Subway Sub. Celebrating their new Subway Series, Subway is offering a Free 6” Subway Series Sandwich to the first 50 customers from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 12 (no coupon necessary).

Macaroni and Cheese Day. Noodles & Company is celebrating National Macaroni and Cheese day on Thursday, July 14 where you can get a free small bowl of Wisconsin Mac & Cheese with any regular entrée. To access the deal, you need to be a member for their club – but membership is free at

Birdcall in Whole Foods. Birdcall is opening new locations in the Whole Foods at Union Station, Belmar and Crossroads Commons (in Boulder). On Tuesdays through July get an Original Chicken Sandwich for just $2 (enter promo code at checkout: goodcall).

JC Penney Liter Sale. My sister used to be known for her hair. She still uses Biolage. But she told me she gets it when there are liter sales. This month J.C. Penny is having their liter sale where you can get top-brand shampoo and conditioner liters for as low as $9.99.

Free Yoga. Enjoy the free Rooftop Yoga at 9+Co on Thursday, July 14 from 6 to 7 p.m. on the rooftop deck of MILO (4109 E 10th Ave). Yoga is free but you need to sign up.

Cheyenne Frontier Days. If you and your family love the National Western Stock Show, you might consider a summer drive up to Cheyenne, WY for Cheyenne Frontier Days. You may know that they have concerts and rodeo – but did you know they have some really unique and fun foods? I’m talking inventive stuff like a Fruity Pebbles Shrimp Po’ Boi. Tickets to the rodeo can be as little as $18. I call that a deal for a full day of fun!

Free Concerts and Movies. Have you checked out our lists for this summer? They are chock-full of events in nearly every corner of the city on almost any night of the summer, you can find free Denver outdoor concerts or outdoor movies to enjoy with the whole family outside!

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Little Man Ice Cream Opens New Location!

Summer just got even sweeter with the opening of Little Man Ice Cream’s grand opening at Englewood’s Kent Place shopping center at Hampden Avenue and South University Boulevard.

Previously the site of Glacier Ice Cream, Little Man Ice Cream’s eighth location is at 3455 South University Boulevard.

The new University Boulevard shop offers 22 to 24 flavors daily with six vegan options. The location will be open daily 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Little Man Ice Cream Factory

In case you missed it, the Little Man Ice Cream Factory opened in 2019 and is a 6,000-square-foot state-of-the-art tasting room and production kitchen in the West Colfax neighborhood of Denver. Guests enter Willy Wonka-esque through a walk-in freezer and pop into a space designed to replicate an industrial ice cream churn. Most features are round or cylindrical to keep that churning theme going. Visitors take a look at the toy-block menu board to decide between scoops, pints, ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, and malts. Orders are placed at the counter where toppings are presented in a laboratory fashion.

Little Man Ice Cream Company locations

  • Little Man Ice Cream “The Can,” North Denver; 2620 16th Street
  • Little Man Ice Cream Factory, Sloan’s Lake;  4411 W. Colfax Ave.
  • Sweet Cooie’s, Congress Park;  3506 E. 12th Ave. 
  • The Constellation Ice Cream, Central Park; 10175 E. 29th Drive
  • Dang, Park Hill; 2211 Oneida St.
  • Old Town Churn, Fort Collins; 234 N. College Ave.
  • Little Man Pop-Up, Englewood; 3455 S. University Blvd
  • Little Man DIA, Denver International Airport, Concourse C

The Little Man Ice Cream Company was founded in 2008 with the launch of Little Man Ice Cream — a 28-foot tall milk can-shaped shop in Denver’s Lower Highland neighborhood.

Source: 9News