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Neighborhood Spotlight: Abundantly Clear Design

[ Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 0 comments ]
When we went art hunting in New Mexico for Spring Break, we bought some art we loved, but knew we wouldn't receive it until after the artist had a show at the gallery in July. Last week, we finally received our art, but realized we were in over our heads in terms of actually hanging it. One painting was huge (48"x48"), and the other was a diptych of two individual 24"x24" paintings that needed to be hung together.

We asked around, and several people recommended Holly Lange at Abundantly Clear Design. Holly is a Stapleton resident who started her business in 2005 and is an absolute pro! Our art came with no hardware, so she attached D-rings, a wire, and padded feet to keep it in place and protect our walls. She was in and out in an hour, and we couldn't be more delighted with the results. She was so precise in hanging the diptych, we discovered that the two paintings aren't actually identically sized - one is 1/8" bigger... Who knew?

She does much more than hang art - she also offers:
  • Paint color consultations using Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams color kits
  • Vacant home staging (with rental items)
  • Occupied Home staging and consultations (using existing items)
  • Space planning with an organizing emphasis/efficient use of space
  • Decorating and redesign services - including buying new items, rearranging, and picture hanging
In the last dozen years, she has staged or decorated more than 3,000 homes. She was telling us about her latest client, an older, single gentleman who wanted help furnishing and decorating his home. They formed a plan together, she handled all the shopping, and he has a tastefully decorated new home (pictured)!

Holly says, "I love to introduce new colors into a neutral room with art and accessories, and decorating bookshelves by combining sentimental treasures with books and small pieces of art in a layered look."

I highly recommend Holly to anyone in need of help hanging art, staging a home, or redesigning/refreshing the look of a home - she's friendly, prompt, reliable, and has a fantastic eye. Thanks for helping us out, Holly!

Learn more about Holly and her work at www.abundantlycleardesign.com.

Guest post by Mindee Forman

Mindee is a freelance writer, editor, web designer, and social media consultant. She lives in Denver with her husband, two kids, and two crazy cats. Read the full story »
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Need a trusted babysitter? Sitter to the rescue!

[ Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 0 comments ]
Sitter was created by Kristen Stiles, a Denver mom who almost lost her job when her son got sick and she couldn’t get a babysitter she trusted in time. The other online solutions didn’t work for her because she didn’t trust strangers to watch her son. She wanted a sitter she knew or a sitter her friends recommended, hassle-free, so she started Sitter to help parents nationwide book and pay the sitters they already use and love, instantly. No more texting and waiting. And, find new, trusted sitters through friends.

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Big sale on LUZIA tickets through July 4!

[ Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 0 comments ]
My family and I went to see LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico, and it's as spectacular, gorgeous, and amazing as you would expect from Cirque du Soleil! Experience water inside the big top, jaw-dropping acts, and larger than life props in this unique production, which is unlike any show you have ever seen before.

Buy tickets NOW to a show that is guaranteed to be more explosive than the fireworks! Click here to save 30% off the price with a special 4th of July offer. LUZIA is now playing under the big top at the Pepsi Center Grounds. Get ready to be transported you to a surreal world of wonders!

Photo credit : Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi /
2016 Cirque du Soleil
LUZIA – A waking dream of Mexico
Through a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

Photo credit : Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi /
2016 Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil
LUZIA is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production since 1984, and its 17th show presented under the Big Top. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.         
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UberEATS launches in Stapleton

[ Monday, June 26, 2017 | 1 comments ]
You can now use your Uber account to order food in Stapleton and other parts of Denver! UberEATS is a new food delivery service that basically uses local Uber drivers to bring you food. We had a promo code to give it a try with McDonald's, so thought we would check it out.

The UberEATS app is pretty slick - you can sort restaurants by price, dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free), recommended, most popular, or delivery time. It also gives you top burger/sandwich picks and lets you search by category or type of food. (Note: I used the Android version of the app, but it's also available for iPhone.)

You can select "ASAP" delivery, or set a time. I ordered around 2:15 p.m. for a 5:30-6:00 p.m. delivery to coincide with my kids' coming home from afternoon activities.

I selected the McDonald's in Stapleton and learned that it was in the "American," "Fast Food," and "Burgers" categories, inexpensive ($ on a scale of $ to $$$$), that if I wanted lunch and dinner I could order it from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. (!), and my food would arrive within 30 minutes of ordering if I selected ASAP. So far, so good.

Once you select McDonald's, you can either scroll and browse through the menu or jump to your favorite item. I did both - I scrolled down to find the Happy Meals for my kids, then used the menu to jump to the salad section for my husband and me.

After you select your item, you have a choice of options and can adjust the quantity. I ordered my kids' favorite: the 6-piece McNugget Happy Meal with yogurt and apple juice (x2).

For my husband and myself, it was the Southwest salad with grilled chicken and a side of fries (x2).

When you've finished making all your selections the app lets you review your cart. You can make changes, add a special note for those preparing the food, or go back to add more food.

The one real downside of this service is the $4.99 booking fee, but then, if I want food delivered at 3:00 in the morning, that would be worth it. Having a convenience fee isn't too bad for the service they're providing, and it's pretty reasonable for food brought to my door. Since the driver works for Uber, no tip is expected, either. (I gave one anyway, but I knew it wasn't required.)

I pushed the green "Schedule Order button and went on with my day. At 5:21 p.m. I received two notifications - that my order had been placed and that they were preparing my meal. (I'm guessing the app holds onto the pre-scheduled orders so as not to totally confuse the restaurant. Makes sense.)

Just like with Uber, I could track my order and its status and received a notification that a driver had been assigned. I was given an estimated time of arrival and could track and contact the driver.

Our order had an ETA of 5:41 p.m. My family arrived home at 5:41, and the UberEATs driver knocked on the door at 5:42 p.m. Not bad! While the food was being prepared, the ETA changed from 5:40 to 5:46, which I assume depends on live traffic. The estimate was incredibly accurate, the driver was friendly, and we didn't have to cook!

Our salads, drinks, and yogurts were cold, the fries and McNuggets were just as warm as if we had gone to the drive-through ourselves - not cold by any means.

Again, since it's Uber-based, the app asked for our feedback. How was the food? How was our driver?

We were pleased all the way around.

Will we use the service regularly? Probably not. Will we use it when we're looking for delivery and just don't feel like going out? Most certainly.

Give it a try! Use code MCDSEATS in the UberEATS app for $5.00 off your first UberEATS order - valid thru 7/1/18

Guest post by Mindee Forman

Mindee is a freelance writer, editor, web designer, and social media consultant. She lives in Denver with her husband, two kids, and two crazy cats.

Disclosure: I received an UberEATS credit in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Delayed Clamping

[ Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 0 comments ]
Guest post by Lesley N. Bevan, MD, Metropolitan OB/GYN

Great news! By simply waiting to clamp the umbilical cord of your newborn baby, your obstetrician can decrease the risk of iron deficiency anemia in infancy and childhood for your child. This is important because iron deficiency anemia has been linked to impaired cognitive, behavioral, and motor development.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), delayed cutting enables more blood to flow from the placenta to the newborn, which significantly increases the infant’s blood volume. This eases the transition from womb to world and aids the lungs in the exchange of oxygen.

Infants who come to term and experience delayed umbilical cord clamping show improved iron stores in the first several months of life. (Believe it or not, infant iron deficiency is still present quite common, even in developed countries. Between 5 and 25 percent of babies are born anemic.)

Reputable organizations around the world recommend keeping the umbilical cord attached anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. ACOG recommends at least 30-60 seconds before clamping.

One thing to note, however, ACOG does report there is a small increase in the incidence of jaundice that requires phototherapy in term infants who undergo delayed umbilical cord clamping. In one study, the rate of jaundice requiring phototherapy increased from 2.8 percent to 4.4 percent, so all babies should be monitored closely by their pediatrician during the first few days of life.

Pre-term infants see significant benefit

In pre-term babies, there are several medical benefits to delayed clamping which can greatly affect the baby’s long-term development, such as decreased rates of intraventricular hemorrhage and transfusions. Premature infants also benefit from better blood pressure, less bleeding to the brain, and lower risk for necrotizing entercolitis (bowel damage that can be fatal). Small reductions in these morbidities of pre-term delivery are significant for these babies and their families.

Again, the delayed cutting enables more blood to flow from the placenta to the newborn, which significantly increases the infant’s blood volume. This eases the transition from womb to world and aids the lungs in the exchange of oxygen.

Very little risk to the mother

Traditionally, one reason the umbilical cord was cut within 10-15 seconds of birth was concern for possible hemorrhaging in the mother. Today, we have evidence supported by ACOG that delayed umbilical cord clamping is not associated with an increased risk of postpartum hemorrhage or increased blood loss during delivery.

Mother-baby skin to skin touch is still possible

There’s more good news: Immediate skin to skin contact and care can still happen even with delayed cord clamping. We used to think that the baby needed to be held close to the vagina for gravity to help the blood flow. Now we understand that the baby can rest on the mother’s chest or abdomen and still receive the appropriate transfer of umbilical cord blood. Immediate contact of baby and mother helps the baby stay warm, promotes maternal-infant bonding, and can affect breastfeeding success.

Learn more at our website: www.metroobgyn.com. To make an appointment online, visit Metropolitan OBGYN or call us at 303-320-8499.

 About Lesley Bevan, MD
By her third year in medical school, Lesley Bevan, MD, realized the amazing privilege it is to provide compassionate medical care to women over their lifetime. She earned her degree, summa cum laude, from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Her love of obstetrics and gynecology took her to Northwestern University Prentice Women’s Hospital for residency training. Outside of work, her greatest joy (and challenge) is rearing three spirited children – two boys and a little girl. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bevan, visit www.metroobgyn.com.
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