Up and Running

It has been a couple weeks since I wrote about getting my house! I did close on the house in Roxborough on Nov 30. I slept in my house on a blow-up bed that first night. I wanted to stay here. The next day my furniture arrived (I realized that I need more/different stuff).

I also had Comcast come out to hook me up with internet, TV and phone (triple play). When the tech came he informed me that the house was not wired for cable. So…for a little over a week I was working from the library and Starbucks. I really do like my little library here. The internet is free and there is a room you can borrow so I sort of had my own office for a while. And I was having a bit of a time getting into a routine.

This last weekend though I really started to feel at home. I took a hike on Saturday morning at Roxborough State Park and then Sunday did a trail run just literally down the street (to an awesome trail). The snow and ice have hampered me a bit in getting out – but I’m really excited to be so close to some great trails.Getting out really makes me feel like I’m up and running – but I guess I sort of mean that literally.

What makes you feel settled into a new house? How do you get into routine?

Denver Deals:Peet’s Coffee, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Liftopia and more.

My son turned 16 this past weekend. (He’s not driving just yet – he will take the test in about a month). I always thought 16 was a monumental birthday and had plans for making his special. He says it is just any old birthday and doesn’t understand the hub-bub. I think this really was his excuse to just to something with friends and not be with mom. So I ask you, what are monumental birthdays in your mind? Do you start making plans when your kids are babies to do something special at 13, buy them a car at 16, take them to Vegas when they turn 21 or is that just me? (So far I’m 1 for two – he didn’t get a car!)

Outlets at Castle Rock. Still need to fit in some Christmas shopping? Don’t miss the Outlets at Castle Rock’s Last Chance Sale Dec. 20-24. With awesome discounts from Justice, Carter’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Famous Footwear, Columbia, Asics and more, there’s something for everyone. Details here:  http://www.outletsatcastlerock.com/sales

Gigi’s Cupcakes. Celebrate National Cupcake Day on Tuesday, December 15 – get any one of their six best loved gourmet cupcakes for just $2.50 each. Wedding Cake, Scarlett’s Red Velvet, Triple Chocolate Torte, White Midnight Magic, Midnight Magic and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Clothes Mentor. Now until Dec. 24th Clothes Mentor in Park Meadows is having a huge sale! An additional 30% OFF all Red marked items! Also, for every $25 gift card purchased, $5 will be given as Clothes Mentor bucks!

Peet’s Coffee. Grab a Holiday beverage *(Spiced Hot Tea Cider and hot, iced, or blended Salted Caramel Macchiato, Peppermint Mocha, Peppermint Cocoa, Cinnamon Hazelnut Latte, Eggnog Latte, and Pumpkin Latte) at Peet’s Coffee & Tea for 50% off after 12 noon through December 23. You will need to print or show this coupon. Have a Festive Afternoon!

Sunlight Mountain DemoThis weekend Sunlight Mountain Resort offers skiers and riders a free test-drive of the latest equipment by Volkl, K2, Salomon, Line, Never Summer, and Meiers Skis, the official ski of Sunlight Mountain made in Glenwood Springs. Demo Days will be Dec. 19-20. With so many different brands and new styles of skis and snowboards, it’s never been more important to try before you buy. Plus, Sunlight Ski & Bike (309 9th Street in downtown Glenwood Springs) will be offering 20% off all 2015/16 skis and snowboards while supplies last.

MOUNTAIN KHAKIS®. Rugged. Authentic. Reliable. Timeless. What started as a casual conversation at the Shady Lady Saloon in Jackson Hole, WY has become a top-performing mountain-inspired lifestyle apparel brand. Established in 2003, Mountain Khakis quickly became a staple in the wardrobe of everyone from ranch hands to golf pros, those who travel by jet, as well as those who travel by thumb. The Mountain Khakis brand story continues to resonate as it connects to the enthusiast who believes that freedom and rugged adventure is a way of life.  Join the conversation@MountainKhakis and MountainKhakis.com. Contest: We’re giving away a $30 gift card. Who’s in?
Winter Fest Weekend. Grab the family and head up to Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies, just outside of Winter Park for a fun family Winter Fest weekend Dec. 11-13. Winter Fest includes include weekend-long fun in the snow and on the ice. Accommodations include hotel-style lodge rooms, cozy cabins and mega reunion cabins sleeping up to 40 guests. The schedule below includes activities for all ages and at no additional cost to guests staying on the property–from Human Hungry Hungry Hippos to a Snowman Building Contest to cookie decorating to ice skating to Weird Winter Science. Visit http://snowmountainranch.org/ for more details or call 888-613-9622 to make reservations.
ARC Thrift Shop. Monday, December 7th marked the opening of the new Arc Thrift Store in Westminster (8657 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster). The store is stocked with a host of treasures, including household goods, clothing, furniture, and unique finds. All Christmas décor will be 50 percent off beginning Monday, December 7th. Their first Saturday 50% Off Sale will be December 12th.While at the new store, be sure to shop the great deals on holiday clothing, Ugly Christmas Sweaters, vintage Christmas items, presents of all kinds and for all ages, Christmas décor, ornaments, Christmas lights, Christmas trees, stocking stuffers, white elephant gifts for the office holiday party, and much more.
Simple Loose Leaf. One of my favorite things to do is to enjoy a cup of tea at the end of the day – adding that to my love of receiving mail = AWESOME! Simple Loose Leaf 25% off Gift Membership or Ongoing Subscription signup – Use code: 25HOLIDAY
http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php

Winter on the Mountain.  Now until Feb. 28, 2016, Winter on the Mountain is being celebrated every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.  Enjoy 500,000 lights with 35 miles of light strings adorn the park, making it one of the largest holiday light displays in Western Colorado!  With lighted winter caves, Winter Wipeout 4D movie, firepits for s’mores, Santa, lighted Alpine Coaster tracks and a lighted Zip Ride–winter adds a new dimension of fun. Mile High Mamas exclusive deal: Get 50% off your Winter Funday pass with our code MHMAMA15.  http://glenwoodcaverns.com/winter-on-mountain.html

Last Minute Party. Holiday parties are upon us and if you are looking for a last–minute party platter in a pinch look to Tokyo Joe’s locations to help the host. Their holiday party platter includes a 40 piece California roll sushi and 12 chicken skewers with peanut sauce, $35 per platter. These can be changed up with edamame, lettuce wraps and spring rolls, additional charges may apply. Just call your local Tokyo Joe’s, give 24 hours notice and your platter will be ready to entertain your guests. For more information, visit http://www.tokyojoes.com. 

Free Holiday Events.  The holidays have arrived! Go here for all our event listings and don’t miss Denver’s top ongoing holiday events and light displays.

YMCA Needs Basic Necessity Items to Help Families In Need. YMCA of Metro Denver is collecting basic necessity items for its annual holiday drive. Donations are given to vulnerable families and children served by YMCA Community Programs Branch. Through Y Neighbors, a safety-net program designed to protect children and stabilize families, YMCA provides basic necessities and school supplies to families and children that need a helping hand.  YMCA of Metro Denver is collecting basic necessity items including soap, toilet paper, diapers, wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and lotion. Bus tickets for medical appointments and job searches are also needed. Donations can be dropped off at any YMCA of Metro Denver location and cash donations can be made online at www.DenverYMCA.org throughout December and into the new year.

Panera Bread. On these cold days of December a great deal like the 99-cent coffee with purchase offered at Panera (11 a.m. to close) is a great deal to keep you warm!

Liftopia. With 10 shopping days to go until Christmas, there’s still time to give family and friends a gift they’ll actually enjoy = the gift of ski, promising adventure, fresh mountain air, and powder days. Who wouldn’t want that? Liftopia, the largest online and mobile marketplace for lift tickets and other mountain activities, offers two ways to give the gift of ski this holiday season: 1. Purchase date-specific tickets or 2. Purchase a gift card! Liftopia partner resorts offer some of the biggest discounts of the season on lift tickets, in some instances up to 85% off window rates when purchased online and in advance.

Winter Ski Directory. We’re thrilled to launch the Colorado Family Ski/Ride Directory that focuses exclusively on families–from daily lift ticket prices to the cost of childcare to where to get the best deals….all in one convenient place so you can compare and contrast.

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Email me if you know of any great Denver deals!

This is a re-post of what is written at MileHighMamas.com

If you’re on Twitter follow me on Twitter (GeeWhy93).  If I find a great deal during the week, I’ll tweet it out.

Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.

The Art Of Re-gifting

I recently purchased a house. I obviously didn’t plan this around what my budget would look like. I mean, really, who moves in December when you have all kinds of other expenses (and you feel bad spending money on the weird little things you need at your new house). That is why this year I will be re-gifting…. A LOT. I do hope that neither my friends or my co-workers are reading my posts.

But there really is an art to re-gifting. To re-gift appropriately follow these simple rules:

  1. Don’t re-gift back to the same person that gave it to you. So this sounds really obvious – but it happens! Make a note on the item (even a sticky note will do) of who gave it to you. This is a great idea for thank you notes too, so not a bad habit to fall into.
  2. Re-style to package. So hopefully you opened it in the first place (took it out of the original wrapping paper etc). But maybe you should wrap it in your own Christmas paper or a pretty bag (although I re-gift bags all the time too so this may be hard for me). Put your own style and bow on it. Maybe even dress it up…put that amazing re-gifted cookbook with a new dish towel and wooden spoons.
  3. Nothing that is used or only half-full! I don’t give away anything that is used: No candles that are burnt, No half eaten treat, No coffee mugs that have been used/drank from, No waterbottles with your lipstick stains….you get the picture.
  4. Give away Great Stuff (stuff you may have actually sort of wanted to use on your own). I have amassed some great things (I have a job that often has hoteliers giving small tokens all year long). These are things that people WANT! Books, entertaining items, gift cards to stores I don’t frequent, bath items, and treats (food stuff).
  5. Be Honest! If someone calls you on your regifting…fess up! (But I thought you would enjoy it so much more than I would).

Happy Holidays!