The Fifth Annual Top Taco Festival is coming to Stanley Marketplace on June 28, and Stapleton Moms readers can get 20% off tickets!
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Frustrated with your birth control? Why not try one of these research studies?

[ Friday, June 15, 2018 | 0 comments ]
The University of Colorado Denver is currently conducting two birth control studies. If you're interested in participating, contact the study coordinators below:

1. Interested in non-hormonal birth control?

Seeking women ages 18 to 40 for a clinical trial of two non-hormonal copper IUDs, one of which is investigational. The study needs healthy female volunteers with regular menstrual cycles who are sexually active and at risk for pregnancy. It will involve 8 visits over 36-38 months and financial compensation may be provided to participants.

Contact study coordinator Ines Crato at 303-724-5559 or

2. Tired of having to remember to take your birth control?

If you are a woman between the ages of 18 and 35, are pre-menopausal, sexually active, and do NOT wish to become pregnant, you are invited to see if you may qualify for a research study. The purpose of this research study is to test the effectiveness of an investigational contraceptive vaginal ring. If you qualify, you will receive investigational study medication, study-related medical exams, and laboratory services at no charge. You may also be reimbursed for time, travel, and other expenses.

Contact study coordinator Lisa Powers at 303-724-5284 or Read the full story »
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Special Deal on Top Taco tickets for Stapleton Moms readers

[ Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Cast your vote at the Fifth Annual Top Taco Festival at Stanley Marketplace - a culinary extravaganza like no other!

At Top Taco, festivalgoers sample unlimited taco tastes and signature tequila cocktails from some of the best restaurants in Denver, voting for their favorites to crown four categories of awards: 

  1. Top Creative Taco
  2. Top Traditional Taco 
  3. Top Vegetarian Taco
  4. Top Cocktail

With amazing live music, creative tequila lounge areas, and some of the best chefs and mixologists in the city, Top Taco has become the can’t-miss summer event in Denver. 50 restaurants entered over 70 Tacos and 35 Tequila Cocktails into the 2018 competition. There will be 3 bands, a special Mezcal tasting tent with Palenque Mezcaleria, an expanded wine area with The Infinite Monkey Theorem805 Beer, and Aquafina Water/Pepsi will be keeping you hydrated!

          What: Fifth Annual Top Taco Festival
          When: Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
          Where:  Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, CO
          Ages:  21+

With only 2 weeks until "Taco Heaven," tickets are in short supply! VIP and First Taste have about 50 tickets left each, and there are still some General Admission tickets available but they are going very fast.

Get your tickets today! For 20% off on all tickets, use code TTSTANLEY20 through June 20.

Learn more or purchase tickets at

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Summer Kid Craft: Bike License Plates

[ Friday, June 8, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Guest post by Mindee Forman

My son's 6th birthday was this week and he wanted his party at a park riding bikes. I get tired of standard goody bags and thought it would be fun for the kids at the party to make license plates for their bikes that they could take home. I dug around a bit online and checked out Pinterest, but didn't see anything I liked that would work for a large group, so designed my own kid craft. I thought you might also find it fun - it can be done with 1 kid or 100, is super-easy and inexpensive, doesn't take much time, and the kids loved it!

I went to my local dollar store and picked up some supplies:

  • Colorful plastic folders
  • Letter stickers
  • Other stickers as desired for decoration
  • Zip ties to hook the license plates to the bike (not pictured)
From my house, I used:
  • A ruler
  • Scissors
  • A Pencil
  • A Hole Punch
  • Sharpie markers (not pictured)
  • Super glue (not pictured)

Step 1: 

Pull apart the plastic folder - the cheap dollar store ones are perfect for this as they come apart easily. Flatten it so it's easy to fold.

Step 2: 

Cut on all lines. You can use the two big pieces and the small flap with no holes to make your license plate shapes. Discard the small side bits and the flap with holes.

Step 3:

Mark your ruler at 14.5 cm and 7.83 cm (the black folders I bought were "portfolios" and were a bit smaller, so I adjusted accordingly.

Step 4: 

Using your pencil, mark each short side at the top and bottom at the 14.5cm mark.

Mark each long side twice at 7.83cm (always measure from the bottom for consistency).

Using the ruler, draw straight lines across your sheet from a mark on one side to a mark on the other side.

Step 5:

Cut on your pencil lines to create 12 mini license plates.

Take one rectangle, put it on the leftover small flap, and trace it, then cut it out as well.

You will end up with 13 mini license plate rectangles per folder.

Repeat steps 1-5 for as many colored folders as you want, depending on how many kids you will have (we were expecting 40 at my son's party, so I made a lot).

Step 6:

With your hole punch, put one punch in each top corner (pick one of the long sides to be the top). Make sure they aren't too close to the edge so the zip ties don't cut through them and rip the plastic.

Your craft activity is ready to go!

I set up a little station for my son to make a sample plate. He needed letter stickers and the other stickers I bought for decoration.

You can also write on the plastic with Sharpie markers, but make sure it dries before touching it or it smears. At the party, I also had super glue available as some of the dollar store letters didn't stick very well.

Sean loved making his license plate and was excited about the finished product!

His friends also enjoyed making them and got really creative with their designs. Some attached them to bikes and some to scooters, but all had fun!

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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Yoga on the Lawn at Punch Bowl Social

[ Friday, June 1, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Join a CorePower Yoga class on Thursday, June 14 led by Dakini Jaeger on the beautiful outdoor patio lawn at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton! Get strong and centered from 7:00-8:00 p.m., then use that third eye to dominate at their activities (free!) from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

  • Class from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Happy hour food and drink specials from 8:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Unlimited free activities from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Where:  Punch Bowl Social Stapleton, 3120 Uinta Street, Denver, CO 80238
When:  Thursday, June 14 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. - registration begins at 6:30 p.m.
Cost:  $5 or free for CorePower Black Tag Members

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Corteo, my favorite Cirque show yet!

[ Friday, May 25, 2018 | 0 comments ]
This may be my favorite Cirque du Soleil show yet. I know, I know, I say that every time I’m fortunate enough to see one. But really, this could be it. Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo, now playing at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield through May 24-27 and then at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, May 31-June 3, just has a different feel.

Although all the showmanship and beautiful scenery of a Cirque show are there, the space feels a lot smaller and more intimate. I won’t spoil the surprise, but the stage is long and rectangular (not their usual round space), which allows the audience to get a little closer. There, that’s all I’m going to say about that. It definitely means there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

The theme of Corteo makes it sound like it might be a little sad, given that it’s about a clown’s death and all. But the show is NOT the slightest bit mournful. It is a celebration of a life well-lived and a clown well-loved. One of the things that made this show so different for me is that there’s a lot more conversation, and conversation that’s meant to be heard and understood. Italian is spoken (as well as jibberish too, perhaps?) with English interspersed periodically when the audience is really meant to be privvy to the chatter.  Otherwise, it’s easy to gather what the “storyline” is as it goes.
The costumes are jewel-toned and gorgeous, many of which I’d totally wear, even if I wasn’t going to be (literally) swinging from a chandelier or swinging back and forth on trapezes.

The music is particularly beautiful in this show, less “mystical” than usual, often with sensuous Latin sounds. Performed live, on and just off stage, it’s an important part of the show.

As for the amazing physical feats? That’s full-on Cirque as you’ve come to expect it. In the suspended-pole dance, the amazing performer has muscles on her muscles. Sinewy and stunning, you can’t believe she can suspend herself the way she does. Four men roll their way around the stage inside giant hoops. A woman makes her way OVER the audience suspended by giant helium balloons. I mean, it’s just crazy how strong, accomplished and entertaining the Cirque performers are.

Kids and adults will love Corteo and, with its more intimate feel, will be able to engage more and enjoy the show to the fullest.

What:  Cirque du Soleil's Corteo
When:  May 24-27, 2018 (1st Bank Center, Broomfield) and
             May 31-June 3, 2018 (U.S. Budweiser Events Center, Loveland)

Courtney Drake-McDonough is a Stapleton resident and editor of and

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