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Denver Children’s Consignment Sales Spring 2020

It’s finally here! Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.

Be sure to check out the following fabulous sales. Always double-check the website for times and details.

February 6-9
Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton

Thursday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (50% off); 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (75% off)
Where: Adams County Fairgrounds, Brighton
broomfield.jbfsale.com 

March 7
Mothers of Multiples Society Sale
Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $2 admission.
Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds
mothersofmultiples.com

March 12-16
Just Between Friends of Arvada
Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Flation Marketplace
https://arvada.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp

March 26-29
Just Between Friends of Aurora
Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $2 admission; Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (25% off sale); Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (50% off)
Where: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora, CO 80016 
aurora.jbfsale.com

April 2-5
Just Between Friends of Loveland
Times: Thurs.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. -2 p.m. (75% off) 
Where: The Outlets at Loveland – I-25 & Hwy 34
http://loveland.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp

April 2-5
Just Between Friends of Douglas County
Thursday and Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.($2 admission) ; Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ($2 admission) ; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (half-price sale; $2 admission)
Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock, CO 80104
douglascounty.jbfsale.com

April 15-19
Just Between Friends of Denver

Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., ($4 admission) Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ($2 admission); Saturday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (half-price sale)
Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver
denver.jbfsale.com

April 17-18
Haute Tots

Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. ; Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (half-price sale) $1 admission
Where: Arvada Methodist Church, 6750 Carr Street, Arvada, CO 80004
hautetotssale.com

April 25
Boulder County Kids Sale
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Boulder Valley Christian Church, 7100 S Boulder Road, Boulder
https://bouldertwins.org/boulder_county_kids_sale/

May 7-10
Just Between Friends of Longmont

Times: Thurs.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat. 50% off); Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (75% off)
Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont
longmont.jbfsale.com

Have we missed your favorite sale? Be sure to leave the information in the comments below.

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Consignment sales no longer in operation:

New to You: Pending
Supertwins of Colorado: Discontinued
Bear Valley MOPS: Discontinued
St. Philip Early Learning Center: Fall sale only
Rhea Lana’s
Darling Doubles

Ultimate Denver Holiday Giveaway: $1,500+ in hotel stays and adventures!

I’ve been creating this list for over a decade, and I tell you, this has to be one of the best collections of give-a-ways for mamas we have ever brought to Colorado! Here’s to all you Mile High Mamas and your incredible efforts. Enter here for a chance to win a mom-daughter workout package, two different resort giveaways and a free hotel night and Frisco Adventure Passes.

Also, don’t miss our Holiday Gift Guide for Denver Moms.

FOR MOM AND DAUGHTER!

Mother-Daughter package at AKT for a three-month membership

AKT, the popular boutique fitness studio developed by Celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser, recently opened their first Colorado location in Denver at 2445 E. 3rd Street in Cherry Creek North. Rooted in functional training that allows the body to move in a dynamic way, each AKT studio class is between 45-60 minutes in duration and incorporates a full spectrum of fitness elements from dance to strength training and plyometrics. With four unique class modalities – dance, bands, tone and circuit, AKT is a workout for all body types and fitness levels. Visit www.theakt.com.  

Value: $777 *Daughter must be 16 of age. 

Hotel / Experience Package #1

A Dairy Block Experience—Hotel, Shopping and more!

This is certainly one of the most fun and clever packages we have offered for a holiday package, and it’s a true treat for mom courtesy of the incredible development in downtown Denver. Included is an overnight stay at the independent Maven Hotel, a $100 gift card to Denver Milk Market and a $100 gift card to shop at women’s lifestyle boutique HEYDAY. WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?! Can you say, literally, the loveliest of holiday gifts is a special treat for a mom! Visit dairyblock.com

Value: $310+

(Dairy Block Alley)

Hotel / Experience Package #2

Two nights at YMCA of the Rockies or Snow Mountain Ranch

 We at Mile High Mamas LOVE the YMCA resorts—YMCA of the Rockies and Snow Mountain Ranch. There are over 50+ things to do at each location from roller skating, hiking, swimming, archery, horseback riding, disc golf, etc.; it’s endless adventure. This winter we are giving away two nights in a lodge room for either center or it will have a 1-year expiration date.

Each year, families enjoy active, unplugged vacations at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park and Snow Mountain Ranch near Granby. Both properties feature unique activities for all ages located on-site, such as arts and crafts, miniature golf, roller skating, swimming, guided hikes through Rocky Mountain National Park, and more, and meals are served daily in a buffet-style dining hall (no meal planning for mom and dad!). The lucky winner will receive two nights in a lodge room. Learn more at http://www.ymcarockies.org. 

Value $280

(Snow Mountain Ranch)

Hotel Package

Night at the Brand New Hyatt Place Pena Station / Denver

WOOHOO. Don’t worry about missing any early morning flights or making the drive to the mountains after a late night flight, stay at the New Hyatt Place located at the A train @ 61st and Pena station. The 226-room hotel is both dog and family-friendly (“Denver” is the hotel’s K9 ambassador – golden retriever puppy), has a full-service Starbucks, local art program, indoor heated pool + fitness center with Peloton Bike and an entertainment area. Location is key—Hyatt Place Peña Station is the only hotel directly on the RTD A-line, making it just an eight-minute train ride to DIA and less than 30 minutes to Denver Union Station.  There are top-floor suites with balconies and unobstructed mountain views, free Wi-Fi throughout hotel and guestrooms, breakfast bar and The Market serving freshly prepared meals anytime, day or night and perfectly packaged sandwiches and salads. Visit Hyatt Place Peña Station/Denver Airport, for more hotel information.

Value: $179

Frisco Adventure Park 

Gift certificate for a family of four for two hours on the tubing hill

Located in the heart of Colorado’s Summit County, Frisco is known as The Main Street of the Rockies. Ideally positioned within 30 minutes of six renowned ski resorts, and bordered on three sides by public land, Frisco is the ideal base camp for a variety of winter activities. Race through the Frisco Adventure Park on a tube; with 1,200 ft. lanes, and surface lift service up the hill, tubing in Frisco is an extremely popular – and giggle-inducing – activity. While you’re there, tackle the beginner ski & ride hill and visit the Frisco Nordic Center with cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. Or, take a break from your day of activity in the 4,000 square foot Frisco Day Lodge, serving all Adventure Park customers.

Value: $224, not valid on holidays

CONTEST

We have FIVE fabulous contests with one winner per giveaway. You may enter as many as once for each giveaway, once per day. For additional entries, follow us on Facebook (@milehighmamas) for five additional entries and on Instagram (@TheMileHighMamas) for an additional five entries and note it on the entry form. Enter daily through December 23, 2019. 

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Holiday Gift Guide for Denver Moms!

After everything’s she done to give you the life that you have (you know, giving birth to you and all), the most important woman in your life deserves to be spoiled for the holidays. 

But finding the perfect gift for your Colorado Mom is a challenge, isn’t it? 

That’s why we’ve put together this list of some of our favorite must-have gifts. Staying warm and cozy this winter is at the top of my list so I’ve included some of my favorite companies and products.

Outdoorsy Mama

Short Down Skirt from SKHOOP

My love affair with SKHOOP, “The original skirt company,” started several years ago when I was literally stopped in my tracks by their insulated skirts at their Outdoor Retailer Show. Women’s winter activewear has certainly come a long way but skirts in the winter? Unheard of! But if anyone knows cold, these skirts (of all lengths) will not only keep your legs and butt toasty, they are also stylin’. The Scandanavian company has expanded their down skirt collection to include synthetic and non-insulated skirts, sweaters, vest and more…but their Short Down Skirt still has my heart with its unique combination of flexibility and fashion. The shell is 100% polyester with 80/20 down/feather RDS Certified Down insulation, 500 fill power, and the environmentally-friendly DWR repels dirt and moisture. This is a customer favorite for a reason! $159. skhoop.us

Anxiety/Insomnia Mama

Corala Blanket

Have you ever tried a weighted blanket? If there’s anything mamas need, it’s a good night of sleep…and 45 percent of the population currently suffers from “poor or insufficient sleep.” Not all weighted blankets are created equally (and many are filled with dangerous chemicals) so when a trusted friend who suffers from insomnia due to her chronic pain recommended Corala, I knew I had to test it out. This special weighted blanket uses lead-free pure glass beads that somehow make you feel more secure, relaxed and calm.  It comes with two duvet covers–one for summer and winter–and when it gets dirty, just throw the covers in the wash. If you’re a poor sleeper…or just enjoy the calming effects of snuggling up to a blanket by the fire after a long ski day…the Corala is a fantastic gift that comes with a 1-year warranty and a 30-night trial with free return and delivery. Get our exclusive 15% off coupon code at checkout: MHM15.  $199.  coralablanket.com

Best (and Coziest) Footwear for Mamas on the Go

Teva’s Ember Moc 

I’m not gonna lie. When I first saw Teva’s Ember Moc shoes, I thought they looked like a mini Moon Boot. But then I saw the light…and felt the toastiness. This shoe merges the warmth of a down sleeping bag with sneaker-like wearability and a collapsible heel (so there’s zero guilt when you’re too lazy to put them on correctly).  The slip-on style has water repellent treatment and a unique combo of moisture-wicking nylon ripstop, cozy ribbed collars, cushy PU footbeds, convertible heel counters and durable rubber outsoles. I initially planned to wear them for apres ski in the lodge or snuggling up around the campfire but they’ve become my go-to everyday winter wear. My husband is a convert as well and loves the Ember Mid, an updated high-top version of Teva’s classic Ember Moc. Lest you feel tempted to insert your twinner jokes, we’ll just enjoy being warm, dry and cozy over here.  Ember Moc $75; Ember Mid $90. teva.com

The Fit Mama

Fitbit Charge 3

I still remember once upon a time when I got my first Fitbit and became obsessed with getting my 10,000 steps…while all my friends in my online Fitbit community judged me when I did not. Well, the Fitbit is all grown up and the Fitbit Charge 3 was voted the 2018 Fitness Tracker of the Year by Wareable.  Remember when you used to cheat and wave your arms around to get more steps? This smart device automatically recognizes exercises like runs, swims, elliptical, sports and more and records them in the Fitbit app. The Fitbit Charge 3 tracks 24/7 heartrate and tells you how many calories you’re burning all day and during workouts so you can stay on track toward your goal. It’s swimproof, tracks your sleep and the Fitbit app can even track periods, record symptoms and see a predicted ovulation calendar. The Fitbit Charge 3 automatically syncs to computers and 200+ Android, iOS and Windows devices and if you sometimes need a timeout from your kids? Find moments of calm throughout your day with personalized guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate. This, my friends, is a match made in Mile High Mama Heaven.  $149.95. www.fitbit.com

The Cookin’ Mama

Half Baked  Harvest: Super Simple

I first stumbled upon Half Baked Harvest on Instagram and was immediately hooked! Tieghan Gerard is a Colorado food photographer, stylist, recipe developer, and cookbook author who creates all her recipes from a gorgeous restored barn in snowy Summit County.  Her newly-released cookbook features a hearty mix of savory, sweet, healthy, and indulgent recipes with 125 easy recipes, fewer ingredients, foolproof meal-prepping, effortless entertaining, and everything in between. Must-try recipes include the Snickerdoodles with Egg Nog Frosting, Browned Sage Butter Chicken Pot Pie, Carne Asada Tacos, Pumpkin and Sage Lasagna, Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and Golden Butternut Squash Soup. $17.99. amazon.com

Homebody Mama

LL Bean’s Daybreak Scuffs 

I first spotted LL Bean’s Daybreak Scuffs on a gift guide last year and tried to order them but they sold out. I didn’t make that mistake and bought early this year because there’s nothing like greeting the day in these cute slippers emblazoned with an image of one of your favorite animals or an outdoor motif. These scuff slippers pair durable construction with fun colors and adorable styling and slip-on with the convenience of open-backed mule slippers while the wool clog style upper features high-pile fleece sock liner to balance warmth and comfort. $64 llbean.com/llb/shop/70223

LL Bean’s Wicked Plush Robe 

While I was journeying down the LL Bean rabbit hole, I stumbled upon what they claim is “the coziest robe we’ve ever worn” on their website. I whole-heartedly second that motion!  With its Sherpa-trimmed hood and cuffs, this 100% polyester plush robe is brushed on both sides for an extra-plush feel. It has generous front patch pockets and a removable tie belt and inside tie. Pair it with their Wicked Plush Throw and you won’t want to leave home this winter. $99 llbean.com/llb/shop/123523

Always Cold Mama

Smartwool’s Best Sock Finder and New Intraknit Base Layers  

Are you always cold when you’re outside? Well, your underwear just got smarter with Smartwool’s new Intraknit™ Merino wool base layers. With less seams (and more comfort), they offer body-mapped ventilation in gender-specific zones to help keep you dry (because it’s about time someone figured out men and women sweat differently).  When Smartwool started making socks 25 years ago, their founders simply wanted to be able to enjoy the outdoors longer without getting cold toes…and now, they’ve figured out how to keep your whole body warm and dry without adding bulk. P.S. Be sure to check-out their “Best Sock Finder” which is like a dating site to find your perfect sock for adults and kids with a lot less heartache. 250 Zip Top $150; 250 Bottoms $130; Socks: vary in cost. smartwool.com 

Skida Headwear and Accessories

I first became hooked on Skida when I saw their Bento Box Alpine Neckwarmer (sushi, anyone?)…and I fell in love with this company even more when I learned the backstory. Skida (Swedish for ‘ski’) was started by high school ski racer Corinne Prevot who sewed the fashionable hats at her mom’s kitchen table. Today the company makes fleece-lined hats, headbands, neck gaiters, and the most darling scrunchies, selling to about 300 stores around the United States. Their Nordic ski unlined hats’ poly-blend fabric is breathable and moisture-wicking, perfect for winter walks to the park, snowshoeing or Nordic skiing. And if you can’t narrow down their many choices of bright, fun fabrics? Your friends and family will delight in one of each. Cost varies.  skida.com

The Cool (and Sustainable) Mama

Costa Sunglasses Untangled Collection 

When I think ‘sustainability,’ sunglasses don’t exactly come to mind but that is exactly what Costa Sunglasses have somehow managed to accomplish.  The raw material for their “Untangled Collection” frames is made with recycled fishing nets and the styles use other lower-impact materials such as recycled nose and temple pads and recycled aluminum logo detail. The key to Costa’s success is their polarized lens technology that cuts down on excessive glare. All of their lenses have its patented color-enhancing 580® lens technology which provide 100 percent UV protection and polarization, and selectively filter out harsh yellow light for superior contrast and definition while absorbing high-energy blue light to cut haze and enhance sharpness. What does all that mean? These glasses perform superbly when you’re enjoying the great outdoors with your family…and you can look and feel good about wearing them. Starting at $199. costadelmar.com

The Fun Mama

The Micro Kickboard

Who says kids get to have all the fun? That’s why I’m putting Micro Kickboard’s Swiss-designed scooters with sizes for the entire family on my wish list this year.  We’ve all been there. You’re trying to teach your kid to ride a bike and can’t keep up. Or a casual stroll around the neighborhood isn’t so casual when your kids are on their scooters and you’re trying to speedwalk next to them. Designed for adults, the Flex Series boasts a tall T-Bar handle with a maximum height of 37″ above the deck (41″ from the ground) that accommodates most adults. At just 10 lbs, the Flex is lightweight enough to simply fold, pick up and carry. The high-quality hand grips are comfortable, even after a long ride.  These features put it at the top of our list for any adults looking to shave some time off their commute, or just for kickin’ around the neighborhood with their kiddos. $199. microkickboard.com

The Colorado-lovin’ Mama

YoColorado

Evidence that digital marketing actually works: YoColorado appeared in both my Instagram and Facebook feeds within a 24-hour period which I took to be a sign to further investigate.  YoColorado’s visionary clothing and accessories are inspired by outdoor lifestyles, thoughtful design, and quality manufacturing.  Their Colorado apparel store offers a wide variety of designs for men, women, and children. They have everything from Colorado t-shirts, hoodies, fleeces, and socks to hats, bags, patches, and stickers. The diverse culture, stunningly beautiful scenery, and ever-evolving landscape of the Rocky Mountains energizes their brand’s creative style (follow their killer Instagram account for Colorado travel inspiration as well). My product de choix is their Sunset Fader Trucker Hat. I’ll take one in each color, please.  $32. yocolorado.com

The Accident-Prone Mama

Phoozy Xp3 Series Thermal Case 

My smartphone has had many adventures, including being dropped in the lake and face-planting on a jagged rock during a selfie. What I’ve long needed is the Phoozy Xp3 Series Thermal Case, a thermal capsule that offers the ultimate smartphone protection from the elements including cold, heat, water and even drop protection (to military standards which means they’re also kid-proof).  There are four different series (Apollo, Apollo II, Ipad/Laptop and XP3). The XP3 has the most bang for your buck and can be used to protect radios, extra battery packs, drone batteries, insulin and epi-pens. The company just became the exclusive phone case and technology protector with the PSIA-AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors) so you know it’s gotta be good. $49.99 phoozy.com/pages/snow

The Crafting Mama

Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials 

I kinda fail in the crafting department but Kim McLeod’s new book Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials is a no-brainer. With more than 2 million followers on Facebook, 400K on Pinterest and 117K on Instagram, Kim is a proven popular resource for both parents and kids for fun, easy and exciting crafts projects. The book features 60 cool projects (along with 12 tear-out templates) that re-imagine paper rolls, egg cartons, jars, cardboard and more, with ways to transform them into colorful decorations, amazing wearable masks, hats and jewelry or even sturdy desk organizers, puzzles, kaleidoscopes, indoor mini-gardens, dinosaur terrariums and paint palettes. Kim provides a varied selection of budget-friendly, eco-conscious projects that are great for imaginary play, bedroom decorations, gift-giving and more. $17.99. amazon.com

The Splurging Mama

SKEA

 If you’re a woman with sophisticated tastes, then SKEA is the brand for you! This Colorado-based, family-owned mountain and lifestyle brand is designed for women by women who love winter.  They use the highest quality fabrics and a vibrant color palette each season with designs that are classic, yet contemporary. Most importantly, SKEA gives you the versatility you need for your active lifestyle with everything from jackets and parkas to fur borders to down vests to sweaters, vests and shawls. Not only does the company create beautiful women’s ski apparel,  they do a lot of charity work and partner with the Shaw Center in Vail, the Ski Museum in Vail and Denver Clothes to Kids. skealimited.com 

Night Out Mama

The Denver Passbook

If you need an excuse to get out more, let this be it.  The Denver Passbook is a culinary tour of the Mile High City featuring two-for-one entrées and other offers at more than 125 restaurants. A sampling of the great restaurants you’ll find include the Chophouse, 10 Barrel Brewing Co, Bad Daddy’s Blue Bonnet, Comida at The Stanley Marketplace, Corner Office, CRUSH Pizza + Tap and more.  This is a gift that keeps on giving all year long. $45 (currently on sale). $45.  diningoutpassbook.com

 

 Happy Holidays!

 

3 questions when deciding health insurance for your family in 2020

The open enrollment period is here.

Now’s the time when new benefits packages are being shared with employees and families across Colorado. Making health insurance decisions for the year ahead can often be confusing and overwhelming. With premiums going up and more doctor bills coming, this is a big decision that shouldn’t be made hastily.

Here are some important questions to consider before you make your final decision.

  1. How do I decide what is the best insurance coverage for my family?
    Time is typically limited when it comes to selecting the best health insurance plan to cover your family, but rushing and picking the wrong one can be quite expensive. The first step is to compare the available types of plans.From HMOs and PPOs to high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), the plan you choose will help determine your out-of-pocket costs and which doctors you can see. While some plan types allow you to use almost any doctor or care facility, most limit your options or charge more if you use providers outside their network.When making your comparison, be sure to look for a summary of health benefits and assess how they fit into your family’s medical needs. While predicting every health expense remains impossible, being aware of your health plan’s specifics can aid in selecting the best coverage.

    After selecting your plan type, compare your physician and hospital networks, out-of-pocket costs and benefits to ensure the coverage you choose will pay for your regular and necessary care, like prescriptions and specialists.

  2. Why are regular health checks important and how are they covered?
    Even if you or your family members feel healthy, it’s important to visit a doctor for regular health checks. Such checks can identify any early signs of health issues, and finding problems early means that your chances for effective treatment are increased. Whether checking for current or possible medical problems, staying up to date on vaccinations or maintaining your doctor-patient relationship, regular checkups are important in routine medical care. Check your potential plan to see what is covered for your health checks.
  3. How do I save money on prescription medicines?
    From generic drugs that have the same active ingredients as brand-name medications to prescription discount cards, there are myriad ways to save on your family’s prescriptions.Compare your prescription plan copays, deductibles and generic vs. brand medication to find the cheapest price on your prescriptions. You may also compare those costs to a discount pharmacy card. Discount drug cards are free — and are used like prescription coupons to help save families money. Most cards provide pricing that is readily available on their platforms for all FDA-approved medications, making it quick and easy to obtain the information you need to make the right decision for your family.

In the end, choosing a health insurance plan for your family can be complicated. Knowing what questions to ask before you decide and doing some additional research can, in the end, make that process simpler.

Marianne G. Morgan is the CEO of Easy Drug Card, a Colorado-based company that has been helping consumers discover the best discounts on prescription medications since 2006. In partnership with Mile High Mamas.

Contest: Win a Corala Weighted Blanket to help with those sleepless nights (a $199 value!)

Do you struggle to sleep at night? You’re not alone. A whopping 45 percent of the population currently suffers from “poor or insufficient sleep.” Maybe it’s insomnia or anxiety or pain (sorry, we can’t help if it’s a crying baby).

Enter: The Corala Weighted Blanket.  My husband has long suffered from rheumatism flare-ups and nighttime is often a misery for him. I’ve watched with interest as weighted blankets have become increasingly more popular but have hesitated to buy them because there is such a broad range of products on the market and frankly, it’s tough to know what to buy. 

Not all weighted blankets are created equally (and many are filled with dangerous chemicals) so when a trusted friend who suffers from insomnia due to her chronic pain recommended Corala, I knew my husband had to test it out. 

And do you know what? It works.

This special weighted blanket (which was created by an entrepreneurial mom and dad team) uses lead-free pure glass beads that somehow make you feel more secure, relaxed and calm. It certainly hasn’t solved 100% of his sleep problems but it has significantly helped the quality of his sleep, something that even Ambian hasn’t been able to touch. And my teen daughter who is sometimes prone to anxiety loves to snuggle up with it when she does her homework or watches TV. 

 Corala blankets are made using 100% soft, breathable cotton. The complete set includes their premium 60×80″ Queen size 20 lbs weighted blanket in lovely Living Coral color and also comes with a summer duvet and a winter duvet, to ensure you always have the perfect level of insulation. Best of all, the entire set is shipped in their attractive Corala Gift Box suitable for gifting or storing your blanket.

Here are few questions from their FAQ page:

How does it work?

The weight of the blanket draped over the body actually increases serotonin production in the brain, which is the hormone responsible for relaxation, stress relief, and anxiety reduction. Weighted blankets aim to use gravity to swaddle you in deep comfort while you sleep; that’s why they are called gravity blanket sometimes.

 What are the benefits of the Corala Weighted Blanket?

The Corala weighted blanket features all of the great benefits you have likely heard about. With weighted blankets becoming a popular tool to help children with anxiety disorders and Autism, a lot of research has gone into the design. The weight of the blanket works through Deep-Touch Pressure (DTP) stimulation. It increases the release of serotonin within the brain and helps to relieve the likes of PTSD, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome.

A weighted blanket will also prove beneficial even for healthier adults not suffering from any such condition as the DTP still offers a calming affect, helping you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer as you enjoy a restful night.  

Is the Corala Blanket bulky?

Absolutely not! Since the Corala blanket is made using high-quality glass beads rather than soft plastic pellets, we do not have to use as many beads to achieve the weighted effect. This makes for a sleek and slim blanket. Plus, the tiny glass beads make for a smoother feel, compared to plastic pellets, which often have a pebble-like texture. The name ‘Corala’ is from its color. Living Coral has been chosen as color of the year 2019 by Pantone color professionals.

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How Do I Wash It?

It comes with two duvet covers–one for summer and winter–and when it gets dirty, just throw the covers in the wash.

If you’re a poor sleeper…or just enjoy the calming effects of snuggling up to a blanket by the fire while you read…the Corala is a fantastic gift that comes with a 1-year warranty and a 30-night trial with free return and delivery. 

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Forget Black Friday: Cash Back Day is TODAY

Black Friday is so 2018. Now there’s a new way to kick off the holiday shopping season:

Cash Back Day. NBC investigative and consumer correspondent Vicky Nguyen joins TODAY with details on how to get money back on your purchases TODAY (Thursday) from hundreds of stores.

Gretchen’s Grabs: Netflix Christmas Movies, Heated Insoles & More!

I look all year long for fun and unique gifts. Things that will delight someone (even if it is small) or just something that is sort of unexpected.  I am always looking for the newest thing and love to share my great finds with my friends and family. Since they get sick of me talking about all the awesome stuff…I thought I’d share it here – so you can join in the discoveries with me. If you discover something great. Will you pass it my way too?

Quip Toothbrush. I am a freak for brushing my teeth. I love to brush them. And I also said this was a good way to watch my weight (and watch how much Halloween candy I put in my mouth – I like that fresh feeling). I recently discovered the Quip Toothbrush. I am in love with it. It is easy to pack when I need to travel too! I think everyone in my house will get one of these for stocking stuffers!  Quip Toothbrush starts at $24.99.

Disney Plus. For just $6.99 (1/2 the price of Netflix), you can be among the first to sign up for the all-new Disney on Demand offering. All the things you have come to love about family-friendly Disney movies and shows all in one place. The channel says they will also have original content that has not been aired elsewhere.

Tile. The Tile is a nifty gadget that will help you if you are prone to losing things. Affix your tile to anything from your keys to your child’s favorite stuffed animal. Download the app – and when the item is lost – just tap the ‘find’ button and the tile will sound an alert to help you locate the lost item (it also works the other way, you can tap the tile button and it will sound your phone. It comes in four different versions: Sticker, Slim, Pro & Mate. Most styles are around $30.

Netflix Christmas Movies. Where Hallmark has reigned supreme for the holiday movies (they started showing them in early October). This year, Netflix has several new, original Christmas themed movies including the Christmas Prince series, Christmas Break-in (fun for kids), Christmas Crush and Christmas in the Heartland. 

ThermaCell Heated Insoles. I received a pair of these several years ago at the SIA (Ski Industry Association) tradeshow. My love for them has not waned over the years. Simply plug these shoe insoles in to charge them, then slide them into your shoes. They keep your toes toasty warm on cold days. I love them when I am needing to be outside for a long time like a football game or a soccer game on a cold day. For $39.99 they are priceless!

*These are my personal opinions and items I have purchased on my own. They are not in any way sponsored nor have I received the items for comment on them.

Disney stores now open inside select Target locations

Ever since the big news broke that Target and Disney were setting out to create magical new experiences for our guests, Disney fans have been eagerly awaiting a really big moment. And it’s finally here!

Last week, the first Disney store at Target locations opened inside 25 select Target stores across the country (including two in Colorado), along with a fun new digital experience at Target.com/Disneystore and in the Target app. That means guests can now shop an enhanced Disney assortment of more than 450 items, including more than 100 products previously only available at Disney retail locations.

he new “shop-in-shop” store spaces are located near our kids’ clothing and toy aisles, and feature fun for the whole family. There’s music, interactive displays and a cozy seating area where families can relax, play games and watch Disney movie clips and more. And look for photo ops throughout the space where you can try on Mickey’s magic hat, pose with a life-size lightsaber and wear a prince or princess crown.

How A 6-Year-Old Girl’s Letter Launched ‘Plastic Army Women’

This summer, a young girl from Arkansas wrote a Northeastern Pennsylvania toy company out of frustration.

“My name is Vivian. I am six years old. Why do you not make girl army men?” wrote Vivian Lord to BMC Toys.

To Jeff Imel, the president of BMC Toys, which makes the iconic Green Army Men figurines, it was a worthy question and one he had mulled over for years.

“It was a heartfelt letter,” Imel told NPR. “And it reminded me of being a kid and always wanting that toy that you couldn’t get in the gumball machine,” he said. “So I really looked into it.”

After conducting research into what kind of demand there might be for the little Green Army Women, he decided recently to answer Vivian Lord’s question with an announcement: “It’s happening.”

Click to keep reading at NPR about how one little girl made a difference! 

Photo: BMC Toys

Gretchen’s Great Grabs: Cool podcast, bento box trend & more

I love this time of year. It is a fresh start. For me, it always included birthday gifts that were often my first day of school outfit or fresh new school supplies. I love shopping for supplies. Finding just the right folder, or a new pen that is perfect. That is why finding my favorite things at this time of year is difficult – maybe because something as simple as a fresh box of crayons (which you can now get personalized) or new pencils hit my hot button. But life goes beyond school supplies, there are some great new things out there that you should check out.

Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast. I have often had conversation of things that our kids won’t experience. You know, things like a dial-up modem, actual film strip (especially as it is done on one wheel and going around on another), the clank and ding of a typewriter or even chalk on a chalkboard. Sounds that most of us recognize but out kids won’t have context for. That is one of the reasons I love listening to the podcast, Twenty Thousand Hertz which explores some of our most recognizable sounds. Maybe this will preserve the memories of our kids for our grandkids who wouldn’t otherwise know these sounds. Maybe you can listen in on the way to school?

Spatty. I recently discovered this tiny spatula in the cosmetics department of my WalMart. The Spatty is kind of like a small kitchen spatula with a hard handle and a flexible silicone spatula at one end. This little tool really helps you “get to the bottom of things.” Yes, you can get that extra scoop of lotion at the bottom of the bottle/jar or use the last drop of your makeup. (Plus, if you start stocking up on what could be stocking stuffers now – this is a great one for your teenage daughter).

BH90210. For all us moms out there that grew up watching Kelly, Donna, Brandon and Dylan – we get to see them again in a super fun, campy re-boot-ish show. The original cast of Beverly Hills 90210 (sadly, less Dylan) are set to do a reunion – but the show is not about the characters, rather the actors that play the characters playing heightened, fictionalized characters of themselves. It’s a super fun twist on all the re-boots out there.

Bento Box Trend. Who has time to make these amazing lunches for their littles when we really are just trying to get out the door? My kids loved lunchables. But really, aren’t lunchables kind of expensive for what is in it? The cheap mom in me loves when frugal meets fashionable.  Get a box here. Then pinterest all the great ideas you can include in it.

What awesome new things are you finding out there? What is on trend? What is the latest podcast you’re loving? Book you can’t stop talking about? TV show that you’d binge? Send me an email if you find something we have to check out!