The Kids' Compassion Project and Project Worthmore are collecting 400 toys for refugee kids here in Denver and have two more weeks to make it happen - can we help them reach their goal? [ learn more ]
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Help provide toys for refugee families - hundreds still needed!

[ Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Hey Stapleton Moms, the Kids' Compassion Project (founded by two Stapleton Moms, doncha' know) is collecting 400 new toys for refugee kids served by Project Worthmore. Are they crazy?

Nah...we think we can do it, but there's a lot of ground to make up in the next two weeks to get there and they are counting on our help.

On December 1, 100 children and their families will come together at The Hangar at Stanley to learn about refugees and build compassion as they wrap gifts for these members of our community served by Project Worthmore. The event is at capacity, but we still need help getting toys for the participants to wrap!

Read more on how you can help provide toys or participate at
They're looking for art supplies, sports equipment, books, toys, and games for ages 0-15. Please try to avoid any items that depict violence or any games with complicated instructions in English.

Here is a news story from the last time they did this event:

Thanks in advance for your help!

This means they still need around 360 toys to reach their goal. LET'S DO THIS!
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Friendsgiving at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton

[ Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Now that it’s November and holidays are almost upon us, our thoughts turn to bringing friends, family, and loved ones together. But we get it; that’s not always easy to do.

Many of us gather around the dinner table on Thanksgiving, but Punch Bowl Social Stapleton is where we meet for “Friendsgiving” the night before. It’s when we meet up with friends new and old, order a drink … and see what happens. While we may not always agree, gathering around a punch bowl or a foosball table might be just the thing to help us realize that we aren’t as different as we may think. Or, at least, that we can all agree on punch and games!

Punch Bowl Social has plenty of ways to overcome differences and find common ground, whether on the bowling lanes or the private karaoke rooms. The seasonal punch is called “Gobble This” and features bourbon and spiced tea with notes of cranberry, cinnamon, and honey crisp apple.

     What:  Friendsgiving
     When:  Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
     Where:  Punch Bowl Social Stapleton, 3120 Uinta St, Denver, CO 80238 Read the full story »
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Help researchers learn why children eat the way they do in a new research study

[ Monday, November 12, 2018 | 0 comments ]
A new study looks at why children eat the way they do and how we can improve their acceptance of nutritious foods.

The GAIN research study is currently taking place at CU Anschutz Medical Campus in the Children’s Eating Lab, affiliated with Children’s Hospital. This study looks at infants’ and toddlers’ acceptance of a nut butter that has been designed specifically to support their growth and development.

Researchers are inviting parents and their children to participate in the study! To participate, your child must be between 7-24 months, must have been born to term, and must NOT have any allergies or medical conditions. The child’s primary caregiver must be between 18 and 50 years old and must live within 75 miles of the CU Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.

Participants will also be compensated for their time!

Study details:

The GAIN study consists of two scheduled campus visits where you and your child will come to the Children’s Eating Lab on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus for a one-hour visit. During the first lab visit, you will offer a food to your child. We have two versions of this food, each of which is a mixture of a nut butter and infant oatmeal. Once your child has tasted the food, we will give you the opportunity to try it as well. After the feeding, we will take height and weight measurements for both you and your child.

At the end of the first visit, we will send home 10 pre-weighed servings of oatmeal, 10 packets of the nut butter, and instructions for how to offer the food to your child over a two-week period at home. We will also schedule a second lab visit for you to return to The Children’s Eating Lab. The second lab visit will be very similar to the first visit, with the addition of a short interview at the end. The questions will focus on your experience feeding the provided food to your child at home.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Abigail Flesher at or (303) 724-2922.

Click the image below to view the flyer for the study:

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New book by Stapleton author helps parents have "The Talk"

[ Friday, November 9, 2018 | 0 comments ]
October was “Let’s Talk” Month, a national effort encouraging conversations about sex between parents and their kids. While October has come and gone, we wanted to take a moment to highlight a great book on the topic by local Stapleton mom, Alison Macklin.

Alison recently wrote a book called, “Making Sense of ‘It,’ A Guide to Sex for Teens (and Their Parents Too!),” which is designed to help parents have "the talk." We all want to make sure our kids have the information they need to have healthy and safe sex lives, but having conversations about sex isn’t always easy. Alison wrote her book to give both parents and teens an inclusive resource that was free from shame and stigma, and to cut through the noise and offer practical information that is useful for everyone. Sex isn’t shameful, it’s a part of our everyday lives. Her hope is that readers keep that message with them long after reading this book.

Here’s a quick summary:

"Making Sense of 'It'" goes beyond the basics of the birds and the bees to give all teens a realistic, no-holds-barred, nonjudgmental, and inclusive guide on everything to do with sex and sexuality. With this book, teens can learn about it all, from the best contraception methods to what to expect at a clinic and the signs of an unhealthy relationship. Alison Macklin draws on her years of experience at Planned Parenthood to address everything teens want to and should know in a straightforward, open-minded, and sex-positive manner. Even better, "Conversation Starters" in each chapter give teens and parents a chance to test their knowledge and useful tips to help talk about sex in a way that works for them.

Allison's book can be purchased as a paperback or eBook from all your favorite online booksellers.

Praise for "Making Sense of 'It'":

"This book distills so much useful information for young people (and their parents) and delivers it in a supportive, judgment-free tone. The conversation starters will make this a go-to resource for families wanting to take the mystery--and the awkwardness--out of talking about sex." --Nicole Cushman, MPH, Executive Director, Answer

"This book provides excellent information about sexual health and important advice for staying healthy and having good relationships. The overview of sex and sexuality will be extremely useful for teens and parents alike." --Connie Newman, MD, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, and President 2018-2019 American Medical Women's Association

 "I loved it! Alison Macklin offers teen readers honest, engaging, and at times humorous information about puberty, sex and sexuality. The book is chock-full of useful suggestions for parents as well, providing tips to start conversations with their teens and keep the lines of communication open during the sometimes bumpy road through puberty and adolescence." --Debra Hauser, President of Advocates for Youth Read the full story »
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Safe Sleep Infant Trainings in Denver this Sunday and Monday

[ Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Did you know that The Boppy Company is based locally in Golden? This weekend they're partnering with First Candle and the local community at the mama 'hood to present workshops on how to keep our babies safe when they sleep, since each year in the U.S., more than 4,500 infants die suddenly of no immediate, obvious cause. The majority of these deaths are the result of unsafe sleep practices and are preventable.

Two different trainings will be offered - one for parents and caregivers and one for healthcare professionals.

The Straight Talk Parent Classes provide an opportunity to educate new and expecting parents on Safe Sleep Guidelines for infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations will be explained and, most importantly the reason behind these recommendations. In addition, the group will brainstorm ways to meet challenges, share past successes and create a network of support for addressing challenges in the future. To sign up, please visit

          What: Straight Talk Parent/Caregiver Class
          When: Sunday, November 11, 2018, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
          For Whom: Expecting and new parents/caregivers
          Where: the mama ’hood at 2902 Zuni Street, Denver, CO 80211
          Cost: $5 donation to support the scholarship program at the mama 'hood
          Food: Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase
          The first 25 parents to sign up will receive a Boppy® goodie bag valued at more than $20!

The professional healthcare training consists of a thorough overview of the Safe Sleep Guidelines developed by The American Academy of Pediatrics and the reasoning behind each one.  Through group discussion and role play, participants will gain an understanding of how to create a two-way conversation with parents to first identify family practices and beliefs, provide accurate information about safe sleep and breastfeeding and gain acceptance of these practices and finally problem solve how it might be accomplished when there are obstacles. Trainees will also learn how to help parents create a plan about how they can implement safe sleep and breastfeeding that considers their beliefs, values, and living and working situations, so they feel equipped to be successful. To sign up, please visit

          What: Healthcare Professionals Safe Sleep Infant Training
          When: Monday, November 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-noon
          For Whom: All Healthcare professionals
          Where: the mama ’hood at 2902 Zuni Street, Denver, CO 80211
          Cost: Free
          Food: Lunch will be provided afterward

“We know that the key to reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and ending sleep-related infant deaths is through education,” said Alison Jacobson, CEO of First Candle. “Through our Straight Talk for Infant Safe Sleep program, we train community care providers on the safe sleep guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and how to effectively create a dialogue with parents to address their obstacles and objections to following them.  Our work would not be possible without the support from companies like Boppy and the mama ’hood who are equally as passionate about safe sleep.”

The Boppy Company has maintained a long-time partnership with First Candle, the leading national non-profit organization that is dedicated to the education, advocacy, and research of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Boppy’s corporate social responsibility program, The Momkind Project™ launched in March 2018 with a mission of educating, empowering and supporting families in their new parent journey. One of the main pillars in The Momkind Project is to educate new moms and moms-to-be on safe sleep practices for baby.

The Momkind Project pillars:
  • Educate new moms and moms-to-be on safe sleep practices for baby
  • Empower pre-natal and post-natal moms via the Boppy Professional Healthcare channel
  • Support families through donations and initiatives with a focus on military and the underserved community
To learn more about the safe sleep trainings in Denver, please contact

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