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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



Denver’s best family-friendly summer festivals 2022

Summer in Denver is in full swing and so are the many family-friendly festivals in the Mile High City including a Unicorn Festival, taco tasting for taco lovers, the Colorado Renaissance Festival and more! Don’t miss these fantastic events that include arts, entertainment, food and more. 

Also, don’t miss our Summer Activity Guide with 250+ ideas, Denver Free Days to our area museums and Denver Playgrounds & Parks: A guide to the best play areas in metro Denver. 

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

WHEN: Thru Aug. 7, 2022
WHERE: University of Colorado, Boulder

For more than 60 seasons, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with classic theatre under the stars. This year’s season includes “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “All’s Well That Ends Well,” “The Book of Will,” “Coriolanus” and “The Alchemist.”

Colorado Renaissance Festival

WHEN: June 18–Aug. 7, 2022
WHERE: Larkspur

This season we will take you on a magical tour through time and legend. As you wander down the village streets and pathways of the Colorado Renaissance Festival, experience a 16th-century Renaissance amusement park! Ready thyself to revel with master revelers, watch artisans create original works of their ancient craft and be taken in by the tantalizing aromas of roast turkey legs, steak on a stake, fresh baked goods and much more. Featuring a cast of hundreds of authentically costumed merrymakers living and working throughout the village and performing, continuously, upon the Festival’s stages.

Top Taco

WHEN: June 23, 2022
WHERE: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village

Festival-goers sample unlimited taco tastes from more than 60 restaurants and signature tequila cocktails from some of the best bartenders in Denver. Vote for your favorites to crown four categories of awards: Top Creative Taco, Top Traditional Taco, Top Vegetarian Taco and Top Cocktail. With five stages of amazing music, creative tequila lounge areas, an entire tent dedicated to mezcal tasting and some of the best chefs and mixologists in the city, Top Taco has become the can’t-miss summer event in Denver!

Denver Fringe Festival

WHEN: June 23–26, 2022
WHERE: River North Art District – RiNo

The Denver Fringe Festival is an annual performing arts festival featuring original theatre, comedy, improv, cabaret, magic, dance, aerial, circus and more at venues throughout Five Points and the RiNo Art District.

Highlands Street Fair

WHEN: June 25, 2022
WHERE: Highland Square

Head to the free Highlands Street Fair to enjoy live music, food from local restaurants, great shopping and more! Support local business and the local Denver community to start your summer on a high note.

Cherry Blossom Festival

WHEN: June 25–26, 2022
WHERE: Sakura Square

Fans of taiko drumming, teriyaki chicken, sake and Japanese artwork and wares won’t want to miss this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival – “Sakura Matsuri” in Japanese. The annual event celebrates the Japanese heritage and culture through live entertainment, food and drink, a marketplace and informative exhibits and demonstrations.

Colorado Tiny House Festival

WHEN: June 25–26, 2022
WHERE: Riverdale Regional Park, Brighton

Tour tiny house models, container homes, bus and van conversions, yurts, tents, tipis, teardrops, overland and expedition trailers, custom campers, RVs and more! You’ll learn from industry experts during incredible speaking presentations and meet professional builders and people who have DIY-built their own tiny home who can answer your questions.

Unicorn Festival

WHEN: June 25–26, 2022
WHERE: Clement Park, Littleton

Spend a beautiful weekend in a magical world! Ongoing entertainment and activities include multiple unicorn corrals and photo ops, sing-alongs and stories, princess meet and greets, a castle maze and dragon slide obstacle course, fairyland face painters, food trucks and more!


Cherry Creek Arts Festival

WHEN: July 1–3, 2022
WHERE: Cherry Creek North

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is an innovative outdoor fine art event featuring 220 juried artist exhibitors selling original artworks, family-friendly art activities for people of all ages, live music, immersive art experiences and amazing food and drink. The three-day event gives patrons the rare and special opportunity to meet and purchase art from artists from around the country.

Fan Expo

WHEN: July 1–3, 2022
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center

Experience the ultimate playground for comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming. Three days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions and world-renowned celebrities await you at Fan Expo!

Central City Opera’s 2022 Festival

WHEN: July 2–31, 2022
WHERE: Central City Opera House, Central City

Central City Opera’s summer festival is a four-week extravaganza of storytelling and powerful voices, featuring classical music’s biggest talents. Central City Opera’s 90th season will include mainstage productions of the classic operetta “Die Fledermaus” and the modern musical, “The Light in the Piazza.” The moving Holocaust remembrance opera “Two Remain” rounds out the 90th Anniversary season.

Colorado Black Arts Festival

WHEN: July 8–10, 2022
WHERE: City Park

The Colorado Black Arts Festival proudly presents its 36th annual celebration of African American art and culture, a Colorado experience like no other!

Blues and BBQ

WHEN: July 16, 2022
WHERE: Citizens Park, Edgewater

Carve out a spot in your calendar for a full day of blues music and delicious, juicy BBQ.

Mile High Global Bazaar

WHEN: July 16–17, 2022
WHERE: Skyline Park

The Mile High Global Bazaar is a three-day, annual celebration of international cultures, arts, crafts, merchandise, food and music. The event will consist of exhibitors from around the globe representing a vast array of cultures and goods. Denver is home to more than two million people representing a vast array of cultures and countries from around the world. 

RiNo Showcase

WHEN: July 17, 2022
WHERE: Number Thirty Eight

RiNo Showcase is an annual series of festival-link events where locals creatives can share and sell their work. Artists and vendors always keep 100% of their profits.

Cheeseman Park Art Festival

WHEN: July 23–24, 2022
WHERE: Cheesman Park

This show was just nationally ranked as one of the Top 100 Shows of the Decade by Sunshine Artist Magazine! A charming event with an outstanding lineup of artists and craftsmen, the Cheesman Park Art Fest has you culturally covered from live music beneath the trees to Denver’s best food trucks! All of the booths showcase handmade juried works of art and craft. From jewelry and pottery, to oil paintings and woodwork, there’s something for everyone!

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

WHEN: July 23–24, 2022
WHERE: Cheesman Park

Join Colorado’s annual celebration of Asian and Asian American heritage with the biggest dragon boat festival in the U.S.! 

The Big Eat

WHEN: July 28, 2022
WHERE: DPAC/Denver Performing Arts Complex

The Big Eat, hosted inside The Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, is a one-night showcase of the Denver area’s vibrant and dynamic independent dining scene. Featuring small bites and sips from more than 60 independent food and beverage providers, guests experience the city’s diverse array of local and international cuisines, all while supporting Colorado’s food community.

16th Street Fair

WHEN: July 30–31, 2022
WHERE: 16th Street Mall – Pedestrian Mall

The annual 16th Street Fair is a celebration of fine art, handcrafted goods and the 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver. Take a stroll along the 16th Street Mall to enjoy a showcase of emerging artists and designers producing original and unique handmade goods in a wide array of media. This is Downtown Denver’s premier art and craft festival located in the city center along the busiest pedestrian street in the state!


Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department and Annual Mountain Festival

WHEN: Aug. 1–Sept. 10, 2022
WHERE: 10830 Rist Canyon Rd., Bellvue

Benefitting the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, events include a full day’s lineup of performers, demonstrations, booths and activities for the entire family. Other festival favorites include a used book sale, silent auction, bake and plant sales, craft and art vendors, food trucks, educational booths and demonstrations. Admission, parking, a hayride shuttle to/from the parking area, live musical entertainment and ice cream all are free of charge.

Colorado State Fair

WHEN: Aug. 26–Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo

The annual Colorado State Fair creates an entertaining, inspiring and educational inter-generational experience highlighting the preservation, promotion and exposition of our State’s vibrant and diverse agriculture, industry and culture.

RiNo Showcase

WHEN: Aug. 27, 2022
WHERE: Number Thirty Eight

RiNo Showcase is an annual series of festival-link events where local creatives can share and sell their work. Artists and vendors always keep 100 percent of their profits.

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Deals: Free Stanley Cup Watch Party, National Smoothie Day & More!

I recently discovered new undergarments/loungewear company that I have literally fallen in love with – Boody (Get $15 off your first purchase using this link)! I have tried their underwear and bra. The comfort is AWESOME. I can’t wait to get some of the loungewear (Happy Birthday to myself). The fabric is so soft – it’s made of bamboo! Plus, it is good for the environment and it is a B Corp certified company. (B Corp is a really hard designation to get – but it basically says that you are excellent in workers’ rights, community, environment and customers with ethical and sustainable practices). They have women’s, men’s, maternity and baby products.

 Free Stanley Cup Watch Party. Even though the Avalanche are at two away games – you can still feel the excitement of being among other fans watching the game at the giant watch parties at Tivoli Quad (on the Metro Campus). The event is free – which sure beats the cost of a ticket to the game. It is standing room only (SRO) and we recommend you get there early.

 Nintendo Switch Road Trip. Nintendo Switch is taking a road trip that lands in Denver at the Park Meadows Mall on June 23-25. Play the new Nintendo Switch OLED model with hands-on family playtime. The event is free but you do have to

 Chipotle. Every Monday in June, get a free queso Blanco small side or topping for free with the purchase of an entrée.

 Michael’s Camp Creatology. From June 20 to July 15 explore classes for kids in-stores or live online every Monday, Wednesday and Friday!

 National Smoothie Day. June 21 is not just the first actual day of summer or the longest day of the year – but it is also National Smoothie Day!

  • Join Jamba Juice’s Jamba Rewards for 50% off any smoothie – or if you are already a member get a $4 medium smoothie on June 21.
  • Enter to win $621 from Naked Juice (because it is on June (6)/21) by tweeting your best blender breakup line  @NakedJuice with #BlenderBreakout and #Sweepstakes to enter
  • When you get a 20 oz or larger, you can get a 20 oz Lunar Lemonade for just $1 donation to Alex’s Lemonade Stand charity.
  • At Smoothie King, buy one get one free 20 oz smoothie when you are a member of their rewards and order through the app.
  • Tropical Smoothie Café Trop Rewards members get a free 24 oz smoothie with any food purchase on June 21.

 Amazon Prime Day. With everyone shopping online these days – will Amazon Prime Day be as big as Cyber Monday? Maybe – but we know for certain, that you can score some great deals through their two-day sale. The sale will run from 12 a.m. PT on Tuesday, July 12 to 11:59 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 13. If you are not already an Amazon Prime member you can sign up for a free 30-day trial before the sale begins!

 Bath and Body Works. Bath and Body works is having its semi-annual sale. Items are marked down by 75% off! Plus, score an extra 20% off sale items when you use the promo code SALEAWAY (in-store you will need to find an email with the offer).

 Tiny House Festival. Colorado Tiny House Festival, the region’s largest alternative and tiny home living event returning for its fifth year on June 25 & 26. Use this link to access tickets for $5 off until June 24. It is so amazing to see how much they really can compact into such small spaces!

 Copper Mountain Summer. If you think the mountains are only for winter and skiing you’d be wrong! Copper Mountain announced their summer which includes awesome concerts (AJR will finish out the summer) at the Sept 9-11 Union Peak Festival and a great deal all summer long with the Summer Activity Passes (just $79) which includes chairlift rides, climbing wall ascents, two runs through Woodward Wreck Tangle, a ride on the Rocky Mountain Coaster, and access too activities on West Lake – Family pass is just $249).

 Shutterfly Freebies. Last summer for my cousin’s wedding I gave them photo gifts of a set of mugs with their photo on it – it was FREE (except shipping) at Shutterfly. Shutterfly is doing the same promotion again this summer. Just use the promo code SUMMER when you check out and get up to 5 free personalized photo items!

 Free Concerts. Have you checked out our list of concerts for this summer? It is chock-full of events in nearly every corner of the city on almost any night of the summer, you can find free music to enjoy outside! 

Free Movies. If you are looking for something fun to do this summer that doesn’t cost, go to one of the many outdoor movies. We have compiled a whole list of them that we’ll publish this week!


First glimpse at Tom Hanks in Disney’s newest live-action remake!

One of the many great things to come out of Disney+ is the many reimagined classics we’ve all grown to love. 

Now, Disney’s live-action reimagining of “Pinocchio” is headed our way this fall, and we finally have a glimpse of what’s to come from the magical tale. On May 31, Disney debuted the first teaser for the forthcoming film (not to be confused with Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion adaptation set to hit the streamer in December) with Tom Hanks completely transformed into the infamous Pinocchio woodcarver Geppetto.

The short clip showcases many of our iconic favorites including “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight” from the original 1940 movie (yes, it’s that old!) The trailer also teases animated appearances from the famous Jiminy Cricket character and Cynthia Erivo as the enchanting Blue Fairy. The star-studded cast of “Pinocchio” also includes Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Keegan-Michael Key, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Luke Evans, and Lorraine Bracco. 


Even if Pinocchio may not be one of your favorites, Disney always has a way of capturing the magic. 

4th of July in Denver: Guide to Independence Day for Families

Happy 4th of July in Denver! The Mile High City is a fabulous place for your Independence Day celbrations. We’ve rounded up Denver’s best parades, fireworks, festivals, outdoor fun and so much more. 

4th of July Fireworks Displays, Parade and Festivals in Denver


Arvada Fireworks Display — Since 1979, the City of Arvada has celebrated Independence Day on July 4th with a spectacular fireworks display at the Stenger Sports Complex. Gates at the Stengler Sports Complex open to vehicles at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. No personal fireworks, alcohol, drones or pets allowed. The park is at 58th and Oak Street.


Aurora 4th of July Spectacular — On July 4th, the 4th of July Spectacular will, indeed, be spectacular!  This event will have food trucks, a variety of musical performances and a large fireworks show! Fireworks will be launched from Bicentennial Park at approximately 9:30 p.m. and will last 30 minutes..


Berthoud Fireworks Celebration — On July 3rd, the fireworks display will take place and will be viewable at 9 p.m. from your front porch. Free admission into Bein Baseball Complex and the kid’s zone which includes Inflatable Slides, Noco Mobile Gaming, Face Painting, Balloon Artist, and Laser Tag. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. includes food trucks and kids zone.


Brighton Fourth of July — On July 4th, Carmichael Park comes to life from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be activities for the whole family, music and food vendors. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, bug spray, sunscreen and water. The Park is just behind City Hall at 500 S. 4th Ave.


The Great American Picnic — On July 4th, starting at 5 p.m. at Broomfield County Commons Park, there will be fun for the whole family, with inflatables, concessions and food vendors and a beer garden for those 21+. Add a creative spin to your holiday in the one-of-a-kind Bike Parade, then enjoy the show with music and giveaways starting at 6 p.m. The evening ends with a bang with fireworks set off at 9:30 p.m.


Brush 4th of July —Don’t miss the annual 4th of July Parade from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  This year’s theme is Freedom to Ride.


Fourth of July Fireworks — On July 4th, turn your attention to Santa Fe Quarry Mesa for the Town’s annual 15-minute fireworks display. Similar to years past, fireworks will shoot off at sundown (around 9:30 p.m.) from the butte located just south of The Meadows, above Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course.


Commerce City 4thFest — The annual 4thFest is the largest public fireworks show in Colorado and takes place on July 4th around 9:30 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Colorado Rapids vs. Austin FC at 7 p.m. and parking lots open at 4 p.m. Route 62 bus stop is at the stadium’s front door.


Central Park Pancake Breakfast & Parade — On July 4th, the  Annual Pancake Breakfast begins at 9 am at the South Green (29th & Roslyn). Stick around until 10:30 a.m. for the old-fashioned parade with decorated wagons, bikes, trikes and scooters.

Colorado Rockies Post-Game Fireworks — On July 2nd, the Rockies play the Arizona D-Backs at Coors Field at 6:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. respectively, followed by a huge fireworks display. Ticket prices vary based on seat location.

Cranmer Park Community Picnic — On July 1st at 6 p.m., the 4th Annual Community Picnic at Cranmer Park will feature a concert of patriotic and popular music performed byThe Denver Municipal Band.

Elitch Gardens — On July 3rd, don’t miss as Elitch lights up the Downtown Denver skyline with their annual fireworks extravaganza! Shows start at park closing time. Show is free with a daily ticket or season pass.

Four Mile Historic Park’s Independence Day Celebration – On July 2nd, bring your family and experience the holiday in the spirit of the West with live music, fun activities and prairie games starting at noon. Watch the fireworks show at sunset. Purchase tickets on the website. 715 S. Forest St., Denver; 720-865-0800.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade —The Park Hill Parade is on for 2022! Please join this community in northeast Denver at 1:30 p.m. on  July 4 for a celebration of community and equality with 50+ floats, costumes, classic cars and marching bands. The parade ends about 3 p.m. at the Kearney Street Fair on the 2200 block of Kearney with live music, tasty food kids’ activities and more.


Englewood 4th of July Independence Day Celebration — On July 4th, celebrate our National Holiday with friends and family at Belleview Park and Cornerstone Park starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy local business vendors and food trucks. Bring a picnic dinner and blankets to watch the fireworks! The fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m.


Erie Fireworks Show — New this year, Erie is excited to host the 2021 celebration at the Erie Community Park (450 Powers Street) on July 3 with the fireworks launched at 9:30 p.m. from the rooftop of the Erie Community Center.


Estes Park 4th of July Celebration — On July 4th, spend the afternoon enjoying hiking, bike riding, paddle boating, miniature golf or check out the Coolest Car Show. More than 100 vehicles, from “Steam-to-Electric” will be displayed at the Estes Park Events Complex, located at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. At 7 p.m., the Estes Village Band tunes up for its annual patriotic concert and a view of the fireworks along with music, food, local craft beer and wine at the Estes Park Fairgrounds in the Grandstands.


On July 4th, head up to Evergreen for the family-friendly 40th annual Freedom Run 5K to benefit Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. Tune into the Chamber to find out if the Evergreen Music Festival is happening this year.


4th at Firestone — On July 4th, start the day with a slice of Americana at Firestone’s parade with classic cars and marching bands, which weaves its way through Historic Firestone. Come back to Miners Park (170 Grant Ave.) from 5:30-10 p.m. for their evening event which will include a Maker’s Mart area, featuring handcrafted goods from local artisans. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.


Fort Collins July 4 Celebration — On July 2nd, Fort Collins is going all out with a full day of festivities that include Stars & Stripes Golf Tournament, Firecracker 5K, parade, baseball games, live music and  fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Entry to the fireworks viewing at The Ranch is free and gates at the south entrance will open for vehicle entry at 6 p.m.


Fort Lupton Independence Day Celebration — Food, fireworks, and fun…for real! Celebrating our freedom is pretty awesome in Fort Lupton on July 4th with the regions only Ninja Warrior Course (cash prizes offered!); water slides, bounce house obstacle course, bouncy boxing arena, tractor people mover, face painting, food trucks, humongous shaved ice cones, and a live concert to top off the night. Stay for the brilliant fireworks show courtesy of the Fort Lupton Fire Protection District at dark. 203 S. Harrison Ave.


Glendale Fireworks Show – On Friday, July 2nd, the Glenwood Fireworks Show is one of the largest and oldest in Denver. The event starts at the Community Park and activities include a ropes course for all ages, the fire department’s famous waterslide, Kids Fun Zone and fireworks at dusk (about 9 p.m.)


Golden 4th of July Festival — Join the Golden Lions Club for the 4th of July community celebration in Lions Park on 10th Street. The annual festival will take place from noon-9:30 p.m. with food and beer concessions. Fireworks will be at 9:30 p.m. 1300 10th Street.


Independence Day Fireworks — Join the Town of Grand Lake for their famous 4th of July Celebration! There is a multitude of activities around town, like live music throughout the restaurants, and the day culminates with a dazzling fireworks display around 10 p.m. over Colorado’s largest natural lake.

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Highlands Ranch July 4th Fireworks — On July 4th between 9-10:30 a.m., join the Family Pet & Bike Parade (.2 miles) followed by the 1.02 mile Community Parade. That evening around 9:30 p.m., a spectacular display of fireworks will be at Highland Heritage Regional Park.


Idaho Springs 4th of July — On July 4th, stroll through unique shops, art galleries, pan for gold and then enjoy an afternoon of live music and dancing in downtown Citizens Park with a delicious barbecue, followed by fireworks around 9:15 p.m. over the Charlie Taylor Water Wheel.


 Lafayette 4th of July at Waneka Lake —On July 2nd, enjoy an old-fashioned Independence Day from 4-8:30 p.m. with food, beer/wine gardens, kids activities, live music and fireworks at dusk.


Red, White and You in Clement Park — On July 1st, celebrate our National Holiday with friends and family. The celebration will include Community & Sponsor Booths, Kids Zone Area, Beer & Wine Gardens, and Food Vendors, a free concert and fireworks.


Louisville Fourth of July Celebration — Join the community for free hot dogs and sausages beginning at 6 p.m. (available while supplies last), bounce houses, face painting, and patriotic music from the Boulder Concert Band. The fireworks show will start around 9:45 p.m.


Drive-in Fireworks Show at The Ranch — On July 4th, the city of Loveland’s events include a Kid’s Zone Play Area, bike parade, live music, cornhole tournament, beer gardens and fireworks start around 9:15 p.m. There will be patriotic music and onsite snack trucks.


Niwot’s July 4th Celebration — On July 4th, enjoy the Fun & Festive Fourth of July Parade & Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast will be from 7:30-10:30 a.m. in front of Niwot Market, followed by a parade through Old Town.


Northglenn 4th of July Celebration —July 4th will be celebrated in smaller events in 4 parks throughout the day and will include fireworks. At noon, enjoy the July 4th Car Show at E.B. Rains Park. THen, enjoy a full day of concerts, DUck Derby, pedal boat and fireworks at 9 p.m.


Parker July 4 Celebration – Fireworks on the Fourth — July 4th will be shorter, but the night will be relaxing and fun! Attendees will have three options to choose from for their fireworks viewing experience: Drive-in only in the north Salisbury parking lot, tailgating in the main polo field parking lot, or viewing from the multi-purpose field. Gates open between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., depending on the experience you choose, and the fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. Entry prices will vary based on the lot chosen.


Superior 4th of July Celebration — Race * Parade * Festival. On Sunday, July 4th, the city of Superior will celebrate from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Downhill Mile Race starts at 8 a.m., followed by a community parade at 9:30 p.m. There will be a fun party at the Superior Community Park from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with vendor booths, a kid’s zone, games, food trucks and more.


4th of July in Thornton — This party gets started on July 4th at 4 p.m. at Carpenter Park Fields with food vendors, parachutists, a beer garden and more.  The Thornton Community Band will start at 5:15 p.m. and the Kory Brunson Band at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks show will be at 9:30 p.m. 11000 Colorado Blvd. (108th Ave., & Colorado Blvd.)


Westminster 4th of July Celebration — Due to uncertain regulations during the planning phase, there will be no pre-show entertainment or vendors this year. Fireworks will begin on July 4th at approximately 9:15 p.m. at Westminster City Park.


CANCELED for 2022

 Boulder: Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast

 Green Valley Ranch Concert & Fireworks

Lakewood Big Boom Bash