Win a "Better Sleep Prize Pack" from Bamboobies, Damiana Corca, Sleep Expert, Life After 7pm, Birds & Bees Teas, and Kanga Care - Rumparooz through Stapleton Moms for Mother's Day! Read more for prize details and how to enter.
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Take Mom Out to a Local Hotspot on her Big Day

[ Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 0 comments ]
These local hotspots are going big to honor the mamas of Denver.  Don’t just call mom, take her out!

At Punch Bowl Social (65 Broadway) Mom’s brunch is free if she bowls a strike on her first attempt. No matter the bowling skills, all moms will be treated to a complimentary mimosa upon arrival on Sunday, May 8th. The over-the-top brunch buffet will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and features a Tender Belly cured ham carving station, build-your-own omelette bar,  monkey bread french toast, jambalaya, fruit and cheese boards, buttermilk biscuits, salads, and pastries.  The kids' table includes favorites such as tater tots and mac n' cheese, PB&J, and cheeseburger sliders. After the feast, serenade mom in the private karaoke rooms or check out the new giant bonzini foosball table, wall size scrabble, bocce, ping pong, retro arcade games, corn hole, and darts. The buffet is $29, kids 15 and under are $15, and kids 6 and under are free - call 303-765-2695 for reservations.  New this year, Punch Bowl Social is partnering with Denver start-up Flower Bombers to bomb mamas with a mini bouquet at the restaurant during brunch. Now that’s taking care of Mom.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar (1747 Wynkoop St.) is rolling out the good stuff for Mom on her special day.  Got a rock’n’roll mama? Skip the fancy brunch crowds and head over the the fun-and-funky burger joint where the all-natural beef and bison are hand-ground throughout the day. Make it a milkshake for Mom as she gets that “breakfast in bed” sensation with Demi’s Cinnamon Roll, a special shake that starts with homemade buttery dough smothered with cinnamon butter, rolled into layers and layers of cinnamony goodness. It’s baked into mini cinni rolls AND THEN blended into a shake with real cream cheese icing and garnished with yet another iced cinnamon roll for good measure. Moms might like to make it boozy with her choice of spirits – we recommend an infusion of whiskey for kick or a dollop of Chambord for depth of flavor.

At Del Frisco’s Grille (100 St. Paul St.) in Cherry Creek North, moms get special brunch treatment at the upscale casual eatery. In addition to an off-menu juicy Prime Rib special, moms will receive a complimentary $15 gift card for a return visit, and they get to take home their very own creamy and citrusy Lemon Cake Jar, a treat specially made on Mother’s Day baked and presented in a cute and crafty mason jar. Regular brunch offerings are also available, such as the always popular Red Velvet Belgian Waffle with whipped vanilla bean-spiked cream cheese and thick-cut hickory-smoked bacon or the a Bananas Foster French Toast, with banana rum sauce and salty thick-cut hickory-smoked bacon. Mom will also love the brunch staple Grille Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary that arrives table side with a ' Plate of Fixin’s” or the summery must-have Grille White Sangria, a cocktail of pinot grigio, fresh white peach purée, peach schnapps, fresh berries, and served with a Popsicle.

Denver’s a dog-loving town, and knows not all moms have human children. If your children are of the canine variety, consider taking a stroll on on the tree-lined streets of Denver’s historic LoHi neighborhood for a brunch at urban-casual Postino WineCafé (2715 17th St.). Their expansive, elevated and airy patio usher in dogs as welcome additions to the family and complement the casual, laid back atmosphere. Nosh a selection from their creative and unusual brunch menu for the day – we suggest the Walnut Toast with triple crème brie and tartly sweet house-made berry preserves, and the must-have B.E.L.T., a hearty and filling breakfast panini on soft ciabatta with applewood smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, dijonnaise, lettuce, and tomato. Of course, brunch hours are during the "$5 'til 5” all day happy hour – glasses of wine and pitchers of beer every day for $5 until 5:00 p.m. Grab a spot on the sofa by the outdoor fireplace or settle in to a table under the leaves and branches with your pooch for a memorable Mother’s Day.

Let your mom sit back, relax and be pampered with a Mother’s Day lunch or dinner at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse (8100 E. Orchard Road). Executive Chef Mario Hernandez will prepare a delicious Mother’s Day Prime Rib or Mom can can also enjoy a Mother’s Day Prime Pair for $55 which includes the choice of a salad (Del’s Salad, Wedge Salad, or Caesar Salad), an 8-ounce Hand-Cut Filet paired with her choice of a Signature Crab Cake, BBQ-Spiced Shrimp or Lemon-Garlic Scallops and she can also have the choice of one side (Chateau Potatoes, Baked Potato, Spinach Supreme, Sautéed Mushrooms, or Maque Choux Corn). The dinner menu will also be available all day. Del’s will open its doors at 11:00 a.m. Limited seating is available for this event and reservations are required, 303-796-0100.

Treat your mom to a fun, interactive Mother’s
Day brunch cooking class that she’ll never forget. Join the chefs at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts on Sunday, May 8th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. to learn how to prepare delicious brunch dishes. A complete meal with fun cocktails is included with each class, $89 per person. If you can’t make it to class, select a gift card so your mom can choose a culinary class of her choice from culinary date nights, cake decorating, wine classes, French cooking, bread making and more. Available in any denomination, Cook Street’s gift cards are available online or via phone at 303-308-9300.  Cook Street is located at 1937 Market Street in Denver. For more information, visit

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Win a Better Sleep Prize Pack from Bamboobies and Friends for Mother's Day!

[ Sunday, May 1, 2016 | 4 comments ]

What all moms really want for their first Mother's Day is a good night's sleep. May is better sleep month, so there is no better time than now to help new moms get the rest they deserve!

Local Denver and Boulder sleep expert and acupuncturist, Damiana Corca, can offer moms tips on how to get better sleep and increase energy and stamina with treatments and her new program, Life After 7pm, which teaches moms of young children about small changes they can make to reduce stress levels and sooth nerves in the hours leading up to sleep.

According to a recent CDC report, one in every three Americans does not get enough sleep, and it’s no surprise moms of young children are among those not sleeping close to seven hours each night. Damiana can help new moms achieve quiet at night and advise on various local Colorado products that have been known to help moms get a good night's rest, such as:

  • bamboobies® Washable Nursing Pads – Award-winning and eco-friendly nursing pads out of Boulder made of ultra-soft and soothing bamboo rayon velour, an absorbent inner layer and an outer milk-proof™ liner to help prevent leaking during newborn nursing
  • Birds & Bees Teas Easy Naps & Calm Nights Tea – A soothing and relaxing blend of milky oats, chamomile and linden flower that encourages calmness and entices sleep (based in Golden)
  • Rumparooz One Size Cloth Pocket Diaper (created in Denver) –Rumparooz’s double gussets and hypoallergenic lining will keep baby rash free and comfortable. New moms no longer have to worry about middle-of-the-night blowouts that can cause moms to have to change baby’s bedding, clothes, or draw a bath. Hallelujah!
As a gift this Mother’s Day to Stapleton Moms readers, Bamboobies® and some of their favorite local partners are giving away one Better Sleep Prize Pack ($180 retail value!) that includes:

To enter the contest, like and comment on this Facebook post by Saturday, May 7, 2016. One winner will be randomly drawn from all entrants on May 8, 2016. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Presidential Candidates' Tax Plans

[ Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 0 comments ]
by Scott Cody

With both the Republican and Democratic debates heating up now, it is probably a good time to attempt to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the future plans of the potential nominees on how they would change the tax code.  With our national debt soaring to 19 trillion dollars, we certainly need a way to balance our budget and right the ship of the financials in this country.

As a finance and accounting guy, I full well know that you cannot run a negative debt situation in perpetuity. It just doesn’t work. So here are the Cliff Notes to some of the tax plans being bandied about by the frontrunners (in alphabetical order so as not to play favorites).

Hillary Clinton (D)
Regarding Clinton's tax intentions, it was very tough to find any real detailed plan with tax rates or tax codes on her website.  There was an overview of working hard to cut taxes for working families (assuming middle class families) and closing corporate loopholes.

Here are a few paragraphs with specifics from her website:
  • Provide tax relief for families. Hillary will cut taxes for hard-working families to increase their take-home pay as they face rising costs from child care, health care, and sending their kids to college. She is calling for extending a tax cut of up to $2,500 per student to help deal with college costs as part of her New College Compact, and for cutting taxes for businesses that share profits with their employees.
  • Unleash small business growth. Hillary’s father owned a small business, and she understands that small businesses are the backbone of jobs and growth in America. She’s put forward a small-business agenda to expand access to capital, provide tax relief, cut red tape, and help small businesses bring their goods to new markets.
  • Create a New College Compact. Hillary’s New College Compact will invest $350 billion so that students do not have to borrow to pay tuition at a public college in their state. Her plan will also significantly cut interest rates on student loans and enable an estimated 25 million Americans with student debt to refinance at today’s lower rates, saving the typical borrower $2,000 over the life of their loans.
  • Personal income taxes would more or less stay the same.
  • Capital gains tax rates would increase for investments held for fewer than six years.

Ted Cruz (R)
Cruz’s plan is centered around abolishing the IRS and moving to a simple flat tax for both individuals and corporations across America.

Under the Simple Flat Tax:
  • The current seven rates of personal income tax will collapse into a single low rate of 10%.
  • For a family of four, the first $36,000 will be tax-free. The Child Tax Credit will remain in place, and the Simple Flat Tax Plan expands and modernizes the Earned Income Tax Credit with greater anti-fraud and pro-marriage reforms. Under the plan, deductions for charitable contributions and mortgage interest payments are preserved.
  • The IRS will cease to exist as we know it, there will be zero targeting of individuals based on their faith or political beliefs, and there will be no way for thousands of agents to manipulate the system.
  • For businesses, the corporate income tax will be eliminated. It will be replaced by a simple Business Flat Tax at a single 16% rate. The current payroll tax system will be abolished, while maintaining full funding for Social Security and Medicare.
  • Charitable and mortgage interest deductions will remain in place.

Bernie Sanders (D)
FREE. FREE. FREE. No taxes at all. Yay! No, just kidding.

Bernie's plan has four or five big concepts that he believes will make sense in how he will change the tax code:
  • Expand Social Security:  Paid for by lifting the cap on taxable income above $250,000 so that the wealthy pay the same percentage of their income into Social Security as working people.  This means you pay 6.2% of your income into perpetuity!
  • Expand Health Care:  Paid for by a 6.2% income-based health care premium paid by employers, a 2.2% income-based premium paid by households, progressive income tax rates, taxing capital gains, and dividends the same as income from work.
  • How to pay for FREE college:  Paid for by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculators that would generate about $300 billion in revenue.
  • Expand the number of tax brackets from seven to eleven:  Adding a 37%, 43%, 48%, & 52% bracket. Also adding an additional 2.2% to the existing seven brackets.

Donald Trump (R)
Trump’s plan has married couples earning less than $50,000 paying no income taxes which will remove more than 75 million households and offers a top tax rate of 25%.

The Trump Tax Plan achieves these goals:
  • If you are single and earn less than $25,000, or married and jointly earn less than $50,000, you will not owe any income tax. That removes nearly 75 million households – more than 50% – from the income-tax rolls. They get a new one-page form to send the IRS saying, “I win.” Those who would otherwise owe income taxes will save an average of nearly $1,000 each.
  • All other Americans will get a simpler tax code with four brackets – 0%, 10%, 20% and 25% – instead of the current seven. This new tax code eliminates the marriage penalty and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) while providing the lowest tax rate since before World War II.
  • No business of any size, from a Fortune 500 to a mom-and-pop shop to a freelancer living job to job, will pay more than 15% of their business income in taxes. This lower rate makes corporate inversions unnecessary by making America’s tax rate one of the best in the world.
  • No family will have to pay the death tax. You earned and saved that money for your family, not the government. You paid taxes on it when you earned it.

(Republican John Kasich is not a frontrunner as of this writing, so was not included in this article. For information about his tax plan, visit his website or

As you can see, there is a stark difference in the potential candidates, not just in Democrat vs. Republican, on how to solve the tax code and these issues. What you should be asking yourself is who will be able to balance the budget the best, because you cannot run up a credit card forever!

Scott Cody is a regular contributor to Stapleton Moms. Scott is a partner with Latitude Financial Group and a financial advisor with nearly two decades of experience in the financial services industry. Scott resides in Stapleton with his wife, and enjoys fly fishing, hiking in the mountains, and daydreaming about his future retirement home somewhere south of the border.
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Join the Big John Beer Release, Chili Cookoff and Disc Golf Tournament on May 21

[ Sunday, April 24, 2016 | 0 comments ]
Help the Aurora Fire Rescue save Big John, the beloved red fire engine!

In partnership with Dry Dock Brewing Company, the third annual Big John Beer Release, Chili Cookoff, and Disc Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 21.

Are you a chili master? Want to participate in the cookoff? Sign up here by May 14.

Here is the schedule of events:
  • 8:00-11:00 a.m. - Set Up for Chili Contestants
  • 11:00 a.m. - Judging of Chili
  • 12 noon - Serving of Chili
  • 12 noon - Frisbee Golf Tourney 
  • 12 noon - Tapping of Big John Ale
  • 3:00 p.m. - Winners Announced
  • 4:00 p.m. - Raffle (presence not required)
A little more about Big John and why he needs saving from the Aurora Fire Rescue:

Big John is the oldest remaining fire engine original to Aurora Fire Rescue and has been in service to 
the city for 61 years, since 1955.  He has been owned by the union since the city decommissioned him as an online fire apparatus in the mid 80’s and is used for parades and community events. These parade apparatus have become cherished relics of the fire service and represent our city in events that span the Denver Metro Area. Restoring Big John is more than fixing an old fire engine. This apparatus has become a symbol of a bygone era and preserving it will have a lasting impact for the firefighters and citizen alike.

Big John in the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Big John is in need of extensive body and mechanical restoration and it is our goal to provide him with this well deserved and thoroughly earned restoration. Cost of full mechanical and body restoration is estimated at approximately $40,000, and that is where we need your help. Come join us for a day of family fun for a good cause!
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Digistars Make-A-Movie Workshop

[ Friday, April 22, 2016 | 0 comments ]
Are your kids budding moviemakers? Imagine giving them the chance to mold characters out of clay and making them move on screen. Or maybe they would rather write and act in a movie that takes place in Paris, or in ancient Egypt, or in outer space? At the Digistars Make-a-Movie Workshop, kids' dreams can come to life in a Claymation™ or live-action filmmaking camp this summer!

Started by two Stapleton parents, Digistars takes kids in grades 1-8 from fooling around on an iPhone to a professional level of moviemaking in a fun and creative week. Space is limited, so be sure to secure a spot for your Digital Star today! Read the full story »