Grand Champion Steer Celebrated in Hotel Lobby

For as long as I can remember, the Brown Palace has been the fanciest hotel in town. The crystal chandalier adorns the lobby, it is where my Grandma took me for my 16th birthday High Tea (a tradition I hope to continue with my daughter who will be 16 this next summer), all manner of celebrity and political figures have stayed at the hotel….and as part of the traditions surrounding the National Western Stock Show – the Grand Champion (1,400 pound cow) is welcomed into the lobby (on a red carpet no less) admist the glitz and spendor of any other celebrity.

Seriously, I don’t know how close you’ve ever been to a steer – but they are not tiny animals and I would never have thought either well behaved or well baithed would be said of a steer either. I was surprised to touch the animal and feel how soft (and thick) his fur. I was told he gets a bath and blowdry every day! He was gentle and calm despite the buzz of activity of the tea goers and hub-bub happening nearby.

The steer in the lobby of a very swanky hotel is sort of a surreal symbol for the city itself. Denver finds itself juxtaposed between our Wild West traditions and that of a modern city. Yes, folks we ride cars and public transportation to work. At least those who live here in the city do…but the guys who care for these awesome steer…maybe they still ride their horses to work. We touch the past while looking toward the future.

 

Denver Deals: Chinese New Year, Valentines and Ski Deals

In case you were unaware, January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. An entire month dedicated to fantastic opportunities to learn how to participate in our state’s big industry. There are tons of deals in several ski areas (and many of them are FREE), even if your family is not into skiing. Breckenridge will also host the International Snow Sculpture Championships. These awesome amazingly intricate sculptures give a whole new meaning to snowman.
Happy Chinese New Year. The Outlets at Castle Rock are celebrating with a Kids Chinese Lantern Decorating Contest on Saturday, January 28th 12:00 pm. The first 50 kids, 12 and under, to sign up HERE can enter the lantern decorating contest for their chance to win prizes from Outlets at Castle Rock! And then on Sunday, January 29th, join Outlets at Castle Rock at 2 p.m. for traditional Chinese and Dragon Dances performed by the Denver Chinese School-Jasmine Flower Dance Academy & the Denver Shaolin Kung Fu Academy! Located in the courtyard by Under Armour (weather permitting).
Valentine Mail-in Program. Join people across the world and send your valentine’s through the city of Loveland, Colo., known as the nation’s Sweetheart City. To get this special cachet message, send your pre-addressed, pre-stamped valentine in an enclosed, larger 1st Class envelope. Then send all envelopes to: Postmaster – Attention Valentines,  446 E. 29th St., Loveland, CO 80538-9998. Colorado-destined mail must be received in Loveland by Feb. 9th. Additional deal:  Through, Wednesday, February 1, drop off your cards and love letters at any King Soopers or City Market (in a large white drop-off box by the customer service desk.) The grocery chain will send them to the Loveland Post Office in time to get the world-famous ♥Loveland, CO♥ postmark.loveland
IHOP. The all you can eat stack is back! Through February 12. Sit down for a short stack of pancakes…and then stay there for a while…and eat some more. Taste their world-famous IHOP buttermilk pancakes.
Chick Fil A. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! From 6 a.m. to 10:30 either go inside or drive through to get a free breakfast each Wednesday in January. Items will vary weekly and by location.
CycleBar. Take a free ride at the CycleBar as part of their Grand Opening (introduction) at their Southwest Plaza location. January 12-22.Enjoy our luxury amenities, CycleStats personal performance tracking, CycleBeats mind-blowing playlists, and invigorating rides led by CycleStar Instructors.* Register Now.
 
Rusty Bucket. The Bucketeer Bookworm school program was created in 2011 to encourage young students to read. To participate in the program, elementary students (Kindergarten through fifth grade) can pick up a Bookmark Tracker at the Rusty Bucket and start reading. Young readers track their books on the back of the bookmark, and for every five books read, the students receive a complimentary Bucket kid’s meal.
 
Pretzelmaker. Enjoy a pretzel for just $1 every Tuesday this month. Plus, the great news is that there is no limit to the offer.
 
Southwest Ice Rink at Skyline Park. The ice rink at Skyline Park downtown is FREE. And skate rental is just $2. The rink stays in place through Valentine’s day.

Denver Deals: IHOP, ChickFilA, CycleBar and More

 

Yee Haw! The National Western Stock Show is in town again. Get the cowpokes and head down to the show for a full day of fun and education. Plus, it can be a really inexpensive fun day. Especially when you just get grounds admission. Kids 2 and under are free. Kids 3-11 are just $3. Depending on the day an adult ticket is just $10. This can be less expensive than going to the movies! Plus, right now there is a deal for Rodeo tickets on Groupon.

IHOP. The all you can eat stack is back! Through February 12. Sit down for a short stack of pancakes…and then stay there for a while…and eat some more. Taste their world-famous buttermilk pancakes.

Chick Fil A. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! From 6 a.m. to 10:30 either go inside or drive through to get a free breakfast each Wednesday in January. Items will vary weekly and by location.

CycleBar. Take a free ride at the CycleBar as part of their Grand Opening (introduction) at their Southwest Plaza location. January 12-22. Enjoy our luxury amenities, CycleStats personal performance tracking, CycleBeats mind-blowing playlists, and invigorating rides led by CycleStar Instructors.* Register Now.

 

Disney Junior at The Movies. Hey there! Fathom Events presents Disney Junior at the Movies – Mickey’s BIG Celebration,” back on the big screen! The special in-theatre encore event will take place on Saturday, January 14 at 10:00AM at local Denver area theatres. If you missed it last time around, now is your chance! The show is a really fun, family-friendly interactive experience where guests are encouraged to sing and dance. All attending guests at each participating theatre will again receive a $5 Disney Store offer and a free e-book download along with other prizes on-site. AMC Highlands Ranch, AMC Westminster Promenade, Century Bel Mar, UA Colorado Mills, UA Denver Pavilions, Regal River Point.

 

Pretzelmaker. Enjoy a pretzel for just $1 every Tuesday this month. Plus, the great news is that there is no limit to the offer.

 

Mammoth/Nuggets/Avalanche Party/Family Packs.

  • Mammoth – Four tickets with $40 loaded in stadium ticket value starting at $68!* Ticket promotions come with loaded ticket value that gives you the flexibility to buy what you want! Use the credit loaded onto your tickets for food items such as pizza, hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn and more plus beverage purchases including water, soft drinks and alcohol. Altitude Authentics team stores located on all levels of Pepsi Center will accept loaded ticket value for merchandise and retail purchases as well. Upcoming games include: March 3 (v. Calgary Roughnecks); and April 28 (v. Saskatchewan Rush).
  • Nuggets – Two $20* tickets loaded with $15 to spend on food and beverage. Upcoming games include: Jan 24 (v. Utah Jazz); Feb 1 (v. Memphis Grizzlies); Feb 15 (v. Minnesota Timberwolves) and Mar 8 (v. Washington Wizards).
  • Avalanche (Family Night) – Four tickets with $60 loaded in stadium ticket value starting at $124. Upcoming games include: Jan 14 (v. Nashville Predators); Feb 19 (v. Tampa Bay Lightening); March 5 (v. St. Louis Blues); March 9 (v. New Jersey Devils); March 23 (v. Edmonton Oilers).

January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month. There are a ton of deals at Colorado Ski resorts!

 

 

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An Angel Was There

I woke up early thinking about all the things that I needed to get done. I already knew that the kids would be on a delayed start for school. Meaning, that the school that normally starts at 7:30 a.m. would now begin at 9.

I had scheduled a morning meeting for 8:15 forgetting that my now 17 year old son was going to drive both himself and my daughter to school Habits die hard – as I still think on their timeline (which in some occassions is still necessary). But knowing that they had a delayed schedule, I sort of wished that I could delay the day too. The temps were to be cold and the primary reason they close or delay school are temperatures and roads.

As I got out of bed and started the coffee pot, I got a text. The meeting I had set for 8:15 had been delayed. She wanted to schedule it for another day. Fantastic. I would be able to see the kids out of the house and to school – even if it really was just seeing them to the door and driving away.

I took my time getting ready for my own day. I was headed from my house on the south side of Denver to downtown Denver for a meeting with a client. I left plenty of time to arrive at my meeting just in time – despite whatever traffic snarls may happen. I had left a full hour to get to the meeting (rather than a good day where I would leave 30 minutes). My drive started out well enough.

As I was heading north on a major road (Sante Fe), I encountered a rail crossing arm just being lowered. I saw the lights start blinking and the arm begin to drop. I must have hit an icy patch – because when I slammed on the breaks I felt the ABS brakes engage. But kept sliding! I was going right under the arm – there was no stopping it. I literally had my foot all the way down on the brakes. Somehow – I ended up on the train tracks – with the arm lowered behind me (and on top of my car). In the somewhat panic and my heart beating out of my chest, I had thrown the car into neutral. So when I realized where I was and that I wasn’t going to stop. I just hit the gas and hoped I could get across the tracks before the train.

I hurried to get the car in drive again. And sort of squealed the wheels (as much as you can peal out and squeal on an ice patch). I thanked God that he just saved me.

I know that there were angels there watching out for me! But maybe there is more symbolism there? Maybe when the world tells you to stop – God still wants you to slide through and keep going. Either way – I count myself lucky today.

January’s Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month Also Means Deals

I’m sort of amazed at how few people from Colorado actually ski/snowboard. Most of the time, the people that are excited to be on the slopes are those that have moved from somewhere else. I’m not certain if it is the perception that skiing is expensive or a hassle (it can be – but you can also score deals, spend great family time together, get exercise and more). And some people don’t do it because they never learned how. January is Learn to ski and snowboard month – so take advantage of these great deals and learn a new sport that can be enjoyed with the whole family. Then when you out of town guests come to town and want to go skiing you will be able to show them how!

 

Junior Trade Program. The best deal in town for kid’s equipment is the Junior Ski Trade program at Colorado Ski and Golf (Ski and Sport/Boulder Deals) locations. The easy-on-the-budget program provides deeply discounted prices on full set-ups (skis, bindings, poles, boots, safety check) for both new and used equipment for children and teens who take advantage of this annual update program. The advantage: annual exchange of equipment “grows” with the kids allowing them to be in the right-sized boots and right sized ski or snowboard. The cost for the entire first season on used equipment starts at $99.99 or starting at $199.99 for a brand new equipment set-up. (Normal single day rental is typically somewhere around $30). For every subsequent season the child participates in Junior Trade through Colorado Ski & Golf, customers get a 50 percent in-store credit on their initial purchase price towards updated and re-fitted gear. Early birds get the widest selection of sizes and brands. The program is available to youth snowboarders at a slightly higher price.

 

Ski Area Programs, Deals and Fun:

  • Arapahoe Basin – First timer lessons (1/2 day) Adult (15+) tickets including lesson are just $70. http://arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/lessons/lssm.aspx#sthash.FOv3MjV3.dpuf
  • Aspen/Snowmass – A true family adventure. For $405 you can get a full day lesson for up to 5 people. The whole family can get a lesson together. https://www.aspensnowmass.com/plan-your-stay/lessons/buttermilk-deluxe
  • Copper Mountain – Ski and Ride University at Copper has an amazing offer. Three lessons (including lift tickets, equipment, close parking and lunch on the 2nd and 3rd days) for $249. After you complete the three lessons – you get a Copper pass for the remainder of the year and an opportunity to buy a season pass for NEXT year at 50% off! Serious DEAL! (The current day rate for one day, just the lift ticket is $150) com/SRSU#sthash.FOv3MjV3.dpuf
  • Eldora Mountain Resort – Eldora is offering two different options. One for kids. One for adults. For the kids, The Start with Woodward Children’s Learn to ski package. At just $159 the day includes a full day lift ticket, all day rental, all day lesson with snacks. The adult package is $149 it includes lift ticket, all day equipment rental and a ½ day lesson (3.5 hours).
  • Keystone – Colorado Residents that took advantage of the Epic School Kids program (free for Kindergarten through 5th Graders – but registration closed in October). Can get their free lesson this month. Adults can take advantage of the Adult Novice Ski lesson Buy 2, Get 1 Free deal. This deal makes it just over $115 a day (Normal walk up rate for Keystone is close to $130 for just the lift ticket. https://www.keystoneresort.com/plan-your-trip/ski-and-ride-lessons.aspx
  • Loveland – All first timer adults and children will receive a free season pass when they complete three Level 1 lessons. http://skiloveland.com/rentals-lessons/3-class-pass/.#sthash.FOv3MjV3.dpuf
  • Monarch – Probably one of the least expensive deals that we have found is the Monarch group lesson at just $55 for ½ day junior group lesson (junior is for kids ages 7-12). skimonarch.com/group-lessons/
  • Purgatory – For packages starting at just $74 you get two days of lift tickets, rental gear and full day beginner lessons. On the third day, you get a free lift ticket, 50% off rental gear and 50% off a half-day lesson. You also get a 50% off discount card on lift tickets, rentals and lessons for the rest of the season.
  • Steamboat – (Where I learned when I was in elementary school there). Get two days of lessons, rentals and lift tickets for just $199 January 9-31. This offer is good for adults and kids older than first grade. https://www.steamboat.com/plan-your-trip/lessons/snowsports-school/2-day-learn-to-ski-or-ride.#sthash.FOv3MjV3.dpuf
  • Sunlight – January 6 Sunlight will celebrate it’s 30th Annual Skier Appreciation Day with $20 lift tickets (all ticket proceeds go to United Way of Garfield County). And take advantage of their Teacher/Studen Appreciation Day on Sunday, January 10 with free lift tickets for teachers and $20 lift tickets for students. sunlightmtn.com.#sthash.FOv3MjV3.dpuf

 

5th and 6th Grade Passport. Colorado Ski Country is still offering the 5th and 6th Grade Passport. If you have a student in 5th or 6th grades. You can get the best deal in the state! FREE Skiing/Snowboarding (for the 5th graders) Yes, we said FREE! Or just $125 if they are in 6th Grade. In addition to the skiing at the 21 member resorts you get a FREE beginner level lesson which includes equipment rental on the day of the lesson! Sign up online before the end of January.

 

 

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Weekly Deals: FabFitFun, Beachbody, ChickFilA and More

 

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I have tried that in the past. This year I’m trying something different. I’m going to focus on a word. I was reading that if you focus on a word – it doesn’t feel so negative (we all know that many people don’t really stick to their resolutions). So, I picked a word. Would you also pick a word? Let me know what you pick. I may follow up with you in a month or so and see how your word focus is helping you!

FabFitFun Box. I may have mentioned before. I am a mail junkie. Yes, I order magazines hoping I can get on someone’s mailing list. I wait for the mail person like the just brought me an amazing prize. Only now, I do get a PRIZE (or at least it feels like it). I bought myself a Christmas present that will continue giving all year long. The FabFitFun box features full size items. The first box I received included: Modcloth scarf/blanket, cute to-go coffee mug, coloring book & colored pencils, lip gloss stain, argan hair oil, mineral face peel, tag necklace (that my daughter promptly took), skin hydrating booster and a nail polish. The whole box was just $40 (Using a 20% off coupon code – COZY) and that stuff in the box totals $200+. I’d say that’s a deal! The boxes are sent quarterly.

Beachbody On Demand. I know that a lot of people get enthused about being more active/healthy this time of year. Beachbody (the makers of P90X, Insanity and more) are making ALL of their programs available for a whole year for just $199 (most gym memberships are around $45/month – so this is a GREAT deal). You can work out in your own home any time of day or night! Sign up here. (Yes, I’m doing it too!)

Chick Fil A. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! From 6 a.m. to 10:30 either go inside or drive through to get a free breakfast each Wednesday in January. Items will vary weekly and by location.

Stock Show. As a Colorado native, January has always meant Stock Show and Rodeo to me! Join the festivities with the kick-off event, the parade of livestock down the streets of Denver this Thursday. The step-off is at noon at Union Station. The stock show and rodeo runs January 7-22. Tickets are inexpensive and it can be an entire day of fun for the whole family.

Mammoth/Nuggets/Avalanche Party/Family Packs.

  • Mammoth – Four tickets with $40 loaded in stadium ticket value starting at $68!* Ticket promotions come with loaded ticket value that gives you the flexibility to buy what you want! Use the credit loaded onto your tickets for food items such as pizza, hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn and more plus beverage purchases including water, soft drinks and alcohol. Altitude Authentics team stores located on all levels of Pepsi Center will accept loaded ticket value for merchandise and retail purchases as well. Upcoming games include: Jan 7 (v. Vancouver Stealth); March 3 (v. Calgary Roughnecks); and April 28 (v. Saskatchewan Rush).
  • Nuggets – Two $20* tickets loaded with $15 to spend on food and beverage. Upcoming games include: Jan 5 (v. San Antonio Spurs); Jan 24 (v. Utah Jazz); Feb 1 (v. Memphis Grizzlies); Feb 15 (v. Minnesota Timberwolves) and Mar 8 (v. Washington Wizards).
  • Avalanche (Family Night) – Four tickets with $60 loaded in stadium ticket value starting at $124. Upcoming games include: Jan 14 (v. Nashville Predators); Feb 19 (v. Tampa Bay Lightening); March 5 (v. St. Louis Blues); March 9 (v. New Jersey Devils); March 23 (v. Edmonton Oilers).

January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month. There are a ton of deals at Colorado Ski resorts!

 

 

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Awesome in a box goes by the name FabFitFun

I have mentioned here before that I am a bit of a mail junkie. I honestly subscribe to magazines and REQUEST catalogs so that my mail box is full. I love waiting for the mail person to fill my box like every piece of mail is a gift (seriously even the stuff that most would call junk mail).

But this year, I gave myself an awesome Christmas present. I have long wanted to get one of those monthly subscription boxes. I just honestly have not had the money to do it. When you say $50 per month – it doesn’t sound like much. That is until you add up that fee and what you spend over a YEAR it seemed a bit crazy for me (and I’m on a Dave Ramsey – get RID of debt not add more plan).

I found a way in my budget to get the FabFitFun box. And I’m so happy! It really is awesome in a box. @fabfitfun just rolled out their limited-edition Editor’s Box for all of their new customers! There are tons of amazing useful products in this box. One of my favorites is the ModCloth Blanket Scarf (so many ways to style this!) Use code COZY at www.fabfitfun.com for $10 off your first box. #fabfitfun #fffpartner

The products are all full size products. The box is only delivered quarterly – so, it really doesn’t add up to as much…AND I found a code to use to make the first box just $40 (you can use my code too…it is “COZY”). j

Here are the AWESOME things that were in my first box – the Editor’s Box.

Modcloth scarf/blanket. I love this! It is soft and stylish. (normal price $35)

The Created Co. To-Go Coffee Mug. Who doesn’t love being told they are gorgerous by their coffee cup in the morning? (normal price $19)

Adult Coloring Book and Colored Pencils. Apparently it is therapeutic. I just think it is fun. I like to color. It is a fun way to spend some time winding down after a hard day. (normal price $14)

Manna Kadar Lip Gloss Stain. It is a 3-in-1 product with primer, gloss and stain. Making your lips look pretty and feel good too! The color I got was pretty neutral which is awesome for me as I hardly ever wear lip color or gloss. This may be my entry into that world! 🙂 (normal price $24)

Marrakesh Argan & Hemp Hair Oil. My hair gets frizzies. This stuff is great. It keeps the frizzies down and smells great plus, makes my hair shiny! (normal price $23)

O.R.G. Skin Mineral Peel. It says that it will expoliate and brighten my skin. I haven’t honestly used it enough to know. But it is sort of cool to spray on and then massage off.  (normal price $44)

Jook & Nona Necklace.The 18K gold plated engraved necklace (mine says “inspire”). Helps me looks stylish and radiate positivity. YAY…..except, my 15 yo daughter promptly took it and has claimed it as her own. (normal price $65)

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster. Smooth! That is how my skin feels. Needing to relieve dryness in the Colorado winter – this stuff seems to do the trick. My skin doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. Awesome. (normal price $56)

Zoya Nail Polish. I’m not normally one to polish my nails. It doesn’t stay long and seems like to omuch work. I love this laqcuer as it stays longer than most. I love the color too! (normal price $10).

Definitely a deal when you add up the normal price of all the products coming in at over $200 – and I got the box for $40. PLUS, it came in the mail – making it fun and exciting to get and open. You can get your box here: https://t.fabfitfun.com/aff_c?offer_id=13&aff_id=2586

and use the code COZY to get $10 (20% off) your first box!