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How to Memorialize Your Personal and Family Legacy

[ Sunday, March 22, 2015 | 0 comments ]
By Yvonne Olivere

An often overlooked component of “planning,” personal and family legacy planning is arguably more valuable than the legal documents in your estate plan. It’s sad to me that family histories, traditions and memories are being forgotten or lost. We can prevent this by documenting our legacy now. But where do we start? I have shoe boxes of pictures and mementos from my childhood, big-haired high school years, courtship years with my husband, and now my own family and children. Organizing and documenting these stories can be overwhelming… Here are few tips on how to get started.

Think of your legacy as a story, because it is
Your story starts with your birth….and there are many chapters thereafter. While there is no way    
to capture every single memory, start with the story of you entering this world and work forward from there. Where were you born? Who are your parents? Who are/were your grandparents?Thereafter, talk about your school years, college years, and so forth… Hint: If you need help, there     are also books that can help. For example, “All About Me” is a fill in the blank book.

Consider where you will document and store your story 
Are you writing in journal? Is there a folder on your computer that you are putting your pictures         and stories in? Make sure someone knows where to find these documents, photos and journals.         Have you considered an online legacy site? There are websites that can assist you in putting your       pictures, memories and stories in one place. And as long as there is an internet, this personal legacy website can be passed on for generations to come!

Ask a loved one to write a story about you 
Ask a brother, sister, friend or parent to write a story about a memory they have of you. Yes it may be embarrassing…but it can be a fun addition to your own perspective!

Incorporate pictures into your legacy and story
Whether you are creating a Word document or journaling in a spiral notebook, try to include pictures in each “chapter” that you document. You will probably have too many pictures to put with each stage or memory, but choose at least one (and don’t give up because it gets overwhelming to pick just one). Annotate or add a description of each picture you include. (If you are using an online legacy website, organize your photos for each chapter. You can even add a voice recording for photos on some websites!)

Include other information in your legacy 

This is where you can get creative. I advise clients to include items such as family holiday traditions from your childhood (and now), favorite foods and songs (past and current!), and most influential person in your life (and why). Consider adding other information such as your personal or religious beliefs, biggest lessons from your childhood, and wishes for your own children.

In my estate planning practice, I give my clients tools to help them create their personal and family legacy. Please contact me if you have questions or need help documenting your story! yvonne@oliverecypers.com or 303-974-5617. Read the full story »
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Go See Cinderella!

[ Monday, February 9, 2015 | 0 comments ]
By Courtney Drake-McDonough

There’s a new Cinderella in town who brings a stronger backbone, more “guts” and a determined, social conscience. But don’t worry, she still has those totally awesome shoes! “Cinderella” http://denvercenter.org/shows/specific-series/Get?Id=25f9d777-cdec-68a4-921b-ff0e004d5814 is currently playing at The Buell Theatre at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts through February 15, in time to capture the Valentine’s date contingent. 
Like many stories meant for children, there’s an adult level to “Cinderella” also so that there’s something for everyone’s interests.  The version created for the stage (after being a book and movies) takes the story to another level, incorporating a meatier storyline, more opportunities for Cinderella and the Prince to get to know each other before getting married and social awareness about the haves and have nots in the world. At first, the latter part threw me. I mean, upon falling for the prince at the ball and having the looming strike of midnight upon her, would Cinderella really take her last moments to alert the prince to injustices happening right under his nose? MmmmmaybeI think I’d try to solidify his feelings for me and then secure an opportunity to meet up later, but that’s just me.

The stage version has all the wonderful stuff you’d expect from Cinderella including magical moments (I’m still now sure how those quick changes from frocks to gowns happen!), the awfulness of the step-mother and sweetness of Cinderella and oodles of romance of course. And the music! Oh, the beautiful score by Rogers and Hammerstein take the story to a whole other level of romance and beauty! Some of those songs are going to replace “Let it Go” in your head. You’re welcome. 

The biggest and best messages of this Cinderella are that a pretty face and awesome outfit are nothing if the person in them isn’t goodkind, smart and compassionate. And that being good will always prevail. And that you should follow your heart to the things that really matter. And that it’s important to wear comfortable shoes that are also attractive. Tra-la-la. It’s all good. 

Courtney Drake-McDonough is the editor of the In Good Taste Denver blog, covering news and reviews of theater, restaurants, movies and travel at www.InGoodTasteDenver.com

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Colorado Garden & Home Show #garden2015

By Courtney Drake-McDonough
This is the 56th year of the show which started as a garden show only, to benefit Denver Botanic GardensIt started under a tent!

Walk 400,000 square feet of a virtual marketplace for garden and home improvement ideas, featuring more than 600 companies.
See 10 landscaped gardens with beautiful colors and fragrances to bring Spring to life a little early, and provide plenty of ideas.
This year’s Entry Garden (the first garden you see when you walk through the doors) is presented by Bellco as a fire fighter-themed garden that features fire trucks, hydrant water features and other historic elements provided by the nearby Denver Firefighters Museum.

100% of every ticket sold is awarded throughout Colorado as grants and scholarships to students, including a four-year, full-ride scholarship to attend a Colorado institution.
Learn from 50 educational seminars and how-to demonstrations going on throughout the show, all included in the ticket price.
On February 11, you can buy some of the flowers for $2/pot as they swap them out for a fresh batch for the second half of the show. Such a bargain! Then many of those flowers are donated to area nursing homes, bringing lots of joy to the residents.
Be sure to see the Hot Products Zone with the latest gardening and home improvement products around.
Foodies and bakers will want to make a b-line to see the fire-themed cakes on Feb. 7 and 8.
Visit the website for hours, ticket prices and suggestions for getting to the Colorado Convention Center and parking.http://coloradogardenfoundation.org/

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Stapleton Family Karate Offering Moms Discount on Ninja Camp!

[ Friday, February 6, 2015 | 0 comments ]

By Stapleton Moms

Stapleton Family Karate is now in Northfield and is offering their very popular Ninja summer camps again this year in their new facility.  The owner, Micah, is kindly offering an exclusive for the Stapleton Moms group. Normally the camps cost $199/ per child (which includes the full week of camp plus all the required gear), however, Stapleton Moms who sign up prior to March 1st will receive $25 discount for anyone who mentions this post when the sign up.  See below for all the details!

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Girl's Night Out - SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody

[ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 0 comments ]
Get ready for the ultimate girl's night out... SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is coming to town!

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the whip-smart comedy that takes on the naughty fun of the best-selling book and highly-anticipated movie, and brings it to outrageous life! Featuring musical numbers, steamy performances highlighting the famous hunk and his grey tie, and lots of hilarious surprises, SPANK! is bound to have you begging for more. Get in the mood with pre-show cocktails, then stick around and fulfill your fantasy, with the opportunity to take photos with the star himself!

SPANK! takes place at Paramount Theatre on Saturday, February 21st at 8pm. Here's a $10 off code, and we're giving away four tickets on our Facebook page

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