We are all granted the ability to make choices in our own lives that can echo in the lives of others. As a mother, I have tried to instill in my children the capacity to view the world outside of themselves - it is truly what I care most about in who they eventually become. And one of the greatest legacies of being alive during this time in our country is standing up in the face of injustice and speaking and acting when you witness something profoundly wrong.

I have had the great honor to participate in the formation and serve on the Board of a tremendous non-profit, Border Kindness, working on the boundary of our country and Mexico aiding the masses of refugees huddled along its border.

Please consider donating to Border Kindness this holiday season - monetary donations of any amount are truly life-changing for so many. [ learn more ]
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Be the Good

[ Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | 0 comments ]
We are all granted the ability to make choices in our own lives that can echo in the lives of others. As a mother, I have tried to instill in my children the capacity to view the world outside of themselves - it is truly what I care most about in who they eventually become. And one of the greatest legacies of being alive during this time in our country is standing up in the face of injustice and speaking and acting when you witness something profoundly wrong.

I have had the great honor to participate in the formation and serve on the Board of a tremendous non-profit, Border Kindness, working on the boundary of our country and Mexico aiding the masses of refugees huddled along its border.

I have traveled there and worked with the women and children and families seeking help and guidance in navigating the asylum process. I held babies and hugged mothers and cried and laughed and witnessed their most profound struggles. You can see images and read stories of these beautiful people on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

Regardless of how you fall politically, these people are seeking what we all seek:  safety, health, happiness, and a future. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle selected Border Kindness as one of their 17 charities to follow on Instagram in October, highlighting causes close to their heart. In October they focused on "community" after a trip to Africa. I'm grateful for the attention the royal couple has brought to Border Kindness, as it's a cause near and dear to my heart, too.

Please consider donating to Border Kindness this holiday season. 

Monetary donations of any amount are truly life-changing for so many. Donations can be made through: 

     VENMO @Border-Kindness
     ZELLE info@borderkindness.org
     CASH APP $borderkindness
     PAYPAL info@borderkindness.org

We also have a holiday list here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/318SNZ5T75O7P featuring mostly toys for the children. I will be traveling down again in early December and would be beyond thrilled to deliver any donations as well.

Happiest of Holidays to you Stapleton (and beyond) Moms.

 xx

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Shop local at TWO fabulous Holiday Bazaars!

[ Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 0 comments ]
Gum Pop Presents is back with their famous Holiday Bazaars - this time with 2 different locations and spanning 4 weekends! They'll have new vendors for you each weekend so you can shop locally to find your holiday gifts for friends, family, co-workers, and more.  From clothes, to home goods, to ski gear, custom gifts, and everything in between.

Options for entry are free or paid, and the paid Shop & Sip tickets are bigger than ever in value with the addition of their BOGO Breweries First Edition Book with every purchase.

Get your Holiday Shopping lists ready because the Stapleton Holiday Bazaar is returning to The Shops at Northfield Stapleton for a full weekend this year, and Stapleton Moms readers can win tickets! 

To enter to win a pair of tickets, simply like and share the post about this blog on Facebook.
Two winners will each receive their choice of a pair of Friday or Saturday night Shop & Sip tickets ($100 value) to the Stapleton Holiday Bazaar, which includes: 
- All-inclusive sampling of local wine & craft brews alongside the shopping experience from 5-8pm
- A commemorative Bazaar glass
- A copy of the BOGO Breweries book featuring Buy One, Get One Free Beers at 40+ Denver Breweries ($25 Value) 
Entrants/Winners must be 21+. Winners will be randomly drawn from eligible entries on Tuesday, November 27th at noon and must provide a full name and email address to receive tickets.

When:
Friday, Nov. 29: Black Friday | 12PM - 8PM
Saturday, Nov. 30: Small Business Saturday  | 12PM - 8PM
Sunday, Dec. 1: Sunday Shopping & Sipping | 11AM - 5PM

Where:
The Main Street shops at Northfield, on the corner of 47th Street and Main Street

Featuring: 
  • 60+ Innovative Craft Vendors
  • Fashion Trucks
  • Food Trucks
  • Live Entertainment 
  • Holiday Themed Cocktails 
  • Local Craft Beer & Wine Tastings 
  • & Much More!

Admission:
General Admission is FREE to holiday shop! Be sure to RSVP for event announcements and promotions.

Shop & Sip:

On Friday & Saturday night from 5PM - 8PM, enjoy unlimited craft beer & wine tastings while you get your shopping done. Early Bird tickets are on sale now for $25!

Includes:
- Commemorative Denver Bazaar Cup
- Holiday Shopping Party featuring Live Entertainment
- BOGO Breweries First Edition Book featuring Buy One, Get One Free Beers at 40+ Denver Breweries ($25 Value)

$50 Total Value for just $25 Early Bird!

Shop & Sip at RiNo Holiday Bazaar, taking over EXDO Event Center for three consecutive Sundays this December!

When:
Sundays, December 8, 15, 22 | 11AM - 6PM

Where:
EXDO Event Center | RiNo Art District
1399 35th St, Denver, Colorado 80205

Featuring: 
  • 70+ Local Vendors Weekly
  • Food & Fashion Trucks
  • Beer & Cider Tastings
  • Bottomless Mimosas
  • Live Music
  • & Much More!

Weekly Themed Activities:
Dec 8:  Exclusive Holiday Beer Tastings
Dec 15: 80's Après Ski Party + Bonfire Vintage Pop-Up
Dec 22:  3rd Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party

Admission:

- Early Birds, arrive between 11AM - 12PM each Sunday and get in FREE!
- A Limited Number of Free RSVP Tickets are now available and can be used any time, any Sunday. RSVP to snag yours now!
- General Admission is $5 once the free allotment is all gone & tickets will be sold online and at the door.

Shop & Sip:

Brunch Session (11AM - 2PM)
- 3 Hours of Bottomless Mimosas
- Unlimited tastings of Local Holiday Beer & Cider
- $5 General Admission Included
- Commemorative Denver Bazaar Glass
- Holiday Shopping Party featuring Live Entertainment
- Includes BOGO Breweries First Edition Book featuring Buy One, Get One Free Beers at 40+ Denver Breweries ($25 Value)

$60+ Value for just $30 Early Bird Ticket!

Afternoon Session (2PM-6PM)
- 4 Hours of Unlimited Holiday Beer & Cider Tastings
- $5 General Admission Included
- Commemorative Denver Bazaar Glass
- Holiday Shopping Party featuring Live Entertainment
- Includes BOGO Breweries First Edition Book featuring Buy One, Get One Free Beers at 40+ Denver Breweries ($25 Value)

$60+ Value for just $30 Early Bird Ticket!


Learn more about both events, RSVP, or buy tickets at denverbazaar.com. Read the full story »
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Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday Deals from the YMCA of the Rockies

[ Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 0 comments ]

The YMCA of the Rockies and Snow Mountain Ranch are offering fun activities and discount packages for Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. Check out these fun family local vacations!



Thanksgiving
YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park provides a nice retreat from the crowded ski towns (and I-70 traffic) over Thanksgiving break, featuring daily activities such as archery, arts & crafts, indoor swimming, and more, as well as holiday-themed programming including family football games, roller skating parties, make-your-own ice cream and pumpkin pie, and more. Don't miss the 12th-annual FREE Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk, which kicks off on-site at 8:00 AM on Thanksgiving Day (dogs are welcome!).

At Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Thanksgiving weekend begins Wednesday night with a movie night showing Free Birds, followed by the Turkey Trot and Turkey Tournament on Thursday. Families enjoy games of Turkey Tag, Turkey Hunting, and pin-the-feather-on-the-turkey, as well as Thanksgiving dinner, holiday cookie decorating, Moose on the Loose (hike or snowshoe), snow painting, Human Hungry Hungry Hippos, and ornament decorating. Other activities include Nordic skiing, fat biking, sledding, archery, indoor rock climbing, and more.


Cyber Monday
On December 2, families can book a winter or spring trip to YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park or Snow Mountain Ranch​ ​(near Winter Park) and receive *25% off lodging from December 3, 2019 - March 31, 2020.

Guests enjoy activities for all ages located on-site such as arts and crafts, roller skating, indoor swimming, guided snowshoe hikes through Rocky Mountain National Park, and Nordic skiing and the winter tubing hill at Snow Mountain Ranch. Accommodations include hotel-style lodge rooms and pet-friendly private cabins, and three meals a day are served buffet-style dining hall (no meal planning for mom & dad!)

For more details on the Cyber Monday special, visit the Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch's websites.

*Minimum three-night stay required. Not valid for lodging between December 22-January 4. Reservations must be made online at http://www.ymcarockies.org with code CYBER. ​ Read the full story »
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Trot with the Turkeys at the 5th Annual Stanley Harvesting Hope 5K/10K this Thanksgiving

[ Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 0 comments ]
The 5th Annual Stanley Harvesting Hope is coming this Thanksgiving! It's a family-friendly Turkey Trot, featuring a professionally timed 5K and 10K with FREE kids fun run. 

The race will be held in Stapleton and takes runners and walkers through the beautiful trails surrounding Central Park. As a family-focused event, kids 10 and under are invited to participate in a free 1K fun run in addition to the professionally-timed, USATF certified 5K. New this year, the event will also offer the only 10K turkey trot and beer garden in the Denver metro area. 

Participants receive a T-shirt, swag bag, professionally timed results, free race photos, and a free adult beverage for those 21 and up. All attendees can enjoy free entertainment, food, and coffee. Dogs, strollers, and wheelchairs are welcome.

All proceeds are donated to the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research to support their work in eliminating Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic condition causing insatiable hunger and other hormonal abnormalities. Prader-Willi syndrome is the leading genetic cause of life-threatening childhood obesity and currently, there is no treatment.

When:  November 28, 2019

Start Times:  Free Kids Fun Run - 9:00 a.m. - 5K and 10K Run - 9:45 a.m.

Location:  Stapleton Central Park, 8801 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Denver, CO 80238

Cost:  5K Run:  $40 in advance, $45 Race Day & Packet Pick-up Registration
10K Run:  $60 in advance, $65 Race Day & Packet Pick-up Registration

Website:  harvestinghope5k.com

Why it was started:

Now in its fifth year, Stanley Harvesting Hope was started by two Stapleton moms with deep ties to PWS who wanted to create a fun and safe way to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday – a particularly challenging day for those dealing with PWS. It is the only race in the state that brings awareness to this rare disease, and all proceeds go to the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research to support their efforts in finding treatments.

About PWS:

Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a genetic disorder that occurs in approximately one out of every 15,000 births. PWS is recognized as the most common genetic cause of life-threatening childhood obesity. The common characteristics defined in the initial report included small hands and feet, abnormal growth and body composition (small stature, very low lean body mass, and early-onset childhood obesity), hypotonia (weak muscles) at birth, insatiable hunger, extreme obesity, and intellectual disability. PWS results from an abnormality of chromosome 15, and definitive diagnosis is now based on genetic testing.


Let's run to support this great cause!
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Start your holiday season with The Colorado Choir!

[ Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 0 comments ]
♪ ♫ "Yule-tide carols being sung by a choir..." ♫ 

As The Christmas Song says, does it feel like the holidays until you hear a choir sing?

Stapleton Moms' friend, The Colorado Choir, has two free events and a concert coming up to fill all your Yule-tide carol needs, plus they're offering a special discount for Stapleton Moms readers (see below). Several Stapleton residents sing with this fantastic group - check them out!

1. Stapleton Winter Welcome - free!

Winter Welcome - image courtesy of The Urban Farm at Stapleton
Image courtesy of The Urban Farm at Stapleton

The Colorado Choir will help welcome winter in Stapleton on November 22nd at our neighborhood's annual Winter Welcome celebration.

Visit the Choir’s booth for a chance to win season tickets and CDs (or buy them), to say hi, and for a little holiday gift from them!

They’ll join two dancing Christmas trees, fire pits with s'mores makings, hot chocolate and roasted almond vendors, face painters, and maybe even Santa for this fun family evening. Local food trucks will be selling yummy treats, so bring a few extra dollars!

          What:      Winter Welcome

          Where:    29th Avenue Town Center, 7601 29th Ave., Denver, CO 80238

          When:     Friday, November 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
                          The Choir sings at the tree at 6:15 p.m.

          Website:  bit.ly/ccww2019


2. Barnes & Noble Concert Preview and Shopping Event - free!

   Barnes & Noble 2018

Catch a preview of some of the songs from their Christmas Concert while holiday shopping to support the Choir! Barnes and Noble will donate 5-10% of any purchases made during the event to the group.

Barnes & Noble 2018Gift card and Nook purchases do not apply.

Sunday, November 24, 2019
2:00 and 3:30 p.m.
Barnes and Noble
960 S. Colorado Boulevard
Glendale, CO 80246 [ Facebook event ]

The Choir will have treats and a gift-wrapping table to help with all of your holiday presents, plus you can enter a drawing to win a pair of Season Tickets and some CDs, so stop by and say hi!

Qualifying purchases can also be made in any Barnes and Noble store or online November 24-28 (ending on Thanksgiving).

Visit www.bn.com/bookfair to shop online using code 12564035, or use this voucher to shop in stores.

3. “Christmas with the Colorado Choir” Concert


The Colorado Choir presents its 43rd annual Christmas concert – “Christmas with the Colorado Choir,” featuring “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten, with Emily Levin, principal harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Come share the joy of the season with them!
  • Friday, December 6, 2019 with reception – 7:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 East Alameda Avenue
Denver, CO 80246

Ample parking in upper and lower lots

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students, and military. Advance tickets purchased from a choir member receive a $2 discount. Tickets are available at the door, online, or by calling 303-892-5922.

Stapleton Moms readers can receive $2 off each ticket with the code 2019SMXmas at checkout.

To purchase tickets online, please visit coloradochoir.org/store/.

Facebook event ]

[ Nextdoor events:  Friday and Saturday ]

Supported by the SCFD and Augustana Arts.

 


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