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Offered by Thollot Jewelers

Thollot Jewelers wants to help you and your family look good and feel good this holiday season. Now through December 31st, Thollot Jewelers will be working hard to help children who have new onset type 1 diabetes, but they need your help!

For a $25 donation, you will receive one of the opaque holiday ornaments that cover their Christmas tree. Each ornament contains a natural gemstone or Thollot jewelry prize inside, such as diamond stud earrings in various sizes, diamond necklaces, and several pieces of fine fashion jewelry.

This fundraiser is a unique way for Thollot to raise money to benefit families of children with new onset type 1 diabetes. The funds raised during the campaign will go directly to the Helping Hands Fund at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, benefitting children whose families are not prepared for the financial demands of this diagnosis.

Stop by Thollot Jewelers to pick out your ornament and help support children with new onset type 1 diabetes, today!

6th Annual Diamonds for Diabetes Fundraiser!
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Offered by Susan Kline

Susan KlineAs we head toward December and the Holidays, there are many things to celebrate and ponder. The years pass quickly and we find ourselves dealing with a world that has multiple screens to watch. We wake up with plans that could quickly change as there seems to be a symphony of catastrophe that comes from a variety of sources: weather, violence, terrorism, politics. I, for one, often hope for peace…That the unsettling forces causing all of these ill-fated events decide to go back to a place where peace is more important than the cause that’s being pursued. What a gift that would be for us all! The only recourse I can see from my limited vantage point is to try to bring peace in our individual areas of influence and create that as a backdrop for our everyday lives. That individual effort could produce resounding results if repeated often enough. So, that’s my Holiday wish for our readers… A moment, an hour, a few days of peacefulness!

The December issue is always a favorite one as our advertisers move their focus to bringing joy and good bargains for their products and services to our distribution areas. You can feel the season in the air and the beauty that it brings. Today’s 65 degrees seem untimely, but, it does help in the process of decorating for the holidays as well as getting some early shopping done. Please read through our pages and look for resources when preparing for your Holiday celebrations. I’m sure there are many things that will spur your interest and be more than helpful to your life. Plan to attend some of the events that make this Holiday Season so very special as well!

Below, we would like to express our wish for you at this important time of year.

Susan

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Recipe Courtesy of: Epicurious.com

Tested by The Brighton Buzz staff!

Fall weather is the perfect time to enjoy a hearty bowl of delicious stew. Bursting with exotic flavors, but made from simple ingredients,this stew is sure to satisfy your comfort food cravings!

Total: 1 hr.
Yield: Feeds 4-6
Level: Easy!

Moroccan Chicken With EggplantIngredients:

    • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 3 cups sliced onions
    • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tablespoon Hungarian sweet paprika
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 2 cups drained canned diced tomatoes (from a 28-ounce can)
    • 1 cup water
    • 3 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice
    • 8 chicken thighs with bones, skinned
    • 8 chicken drumsticks, skinned
    • 1 large eggplant, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram
    • 1/2 cup whole blanched almonds or slivered almonds, toasted
    • Chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large wide pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and garlic. Cover and cook until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. Add paprika, salt, turmeric, coriander, fennel, pepper, cumin, and ginger; stir 1 minute.
  3. Add tomatoes, 1 cup water, and 3 tablespoons lemon juice; bring to boil. Arrange all chicken in single layer in pot; spoon some sauce over top. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes. Turn chicken over, cover, and simmer until chicken is tender, about 20 minutes longer.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F. Brush large rimmed baking sheet with olive oil. Place eggplant and remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil in large bowl; toss to coat. Spread eggplant out on prepared baking sheet and bake until soft and brown, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes.
  5. Stir eggplant and marjoram into chicken. Simmer uncovered about 10 minutes to heat through and blend flavors. Season stew to taste with more lemon juice, if desired, and salt and pepper. Transfer entire stew to a large shallow bowl.
  6. Just before serving, sprinkle lightly with fresh cilantro & crushed almonds.

Bon Appétit!

You’ll never believe eggplant could taste so good!

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Offered by Scott and Laura Nordby, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Keeping your home “show ready” for potential buyers is different during the holidays. Decoration is different, cold weather means closed windows, and curb appeal takes on a slightly different meaning. Keep these ideas in mind for your winter home sale:

Curb Appeal: You can’t rely on your lush lawn and landscaping during the winter. Instead, add pops of color in the form of simple decorations to your porch and yard. Consider a wreath for the front door, or gourds on the front steps.

Lighted Walkways: Consider getting solar lights to line your walkways. With the sun setting as early as 4:35pm during the winter, having solar lights can add a nice visual touch, as well as a safety benefit.

Holiday Decorations: Be sure your holiday decorations keep the focus on the house. Adding a Christmas Tree and presents can take up some room, so be sure that your home is still easy to navigate.

Details Matter: Because the focus is indoors during the winter months, be sure you’ve tested your hot water heater, your furnace, and open and close all the windows to be sure you’re not blindsided by an unforeseen repair. Also, keep up on the dusting! Winter months are notorious for extra dust collection.

Fresh Air: Closed windows mean less fresh air in the house. Be sure your filters have been changed and keep the air circulating with the fan so when potential buyers arrive, the home smells fresh.

Don’t Stress: The most important thing to remember is that the holidays are still an important time of year for you and your family. Set yourself up for success, but remember that your home is still a place of warmth and love for yourself and your own family. So be sure to spend more energy on enjoying the season with your loved ones.

If you’re interested in setting up some time to talk with a real estate professional, please call 720.371.6733 or visit www.innovativeRE.com.

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Offered by Erin Young, Young Montessori

Is it November already? It seems it was just August and that school had just begun! We, and the families at Young Montessori School have been enjoying fall with a trip to Miller’s farm, growing our own very large pumpkin in the school garden, a classroom celebration, and a mega fun fall festival! This month, we will be baking pumpkin treats with pumpkins fresh from the garden, creating our own scarecrows, and studying the season of ‘fall.’

With the last few months of 2017 fast approaching and the 2018 new year on the horizon; we would like to invite you and your family to call us or visit us online to schedule a free tour for the second semester beginning in January. With that being said, YMS would love to see some new faces beginning in January, therefore; we are waiving the enrollment fee for the months of November and December.

Young Montessori offers two day, three day, and five day programs, both part time and full time under the guidance of experienced teachers in an authentic Montessori preschool environment. We also offer a before care program and an aftercare program during the academic school year. And, you are free to choose your child’s days of attendance as long as they are available, therefore; it is first come, first serve so enroll today!

Centrally located in a quaint and charming schoolhouse, we provide a family feel and comfort level that is difficult to replicate elsewhere. Check us out at: www.youngmontessori.com or facebook: www.facebook.com/MamaMontessori76/

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Offered by The Learning Experience®

The educational program at The Learning Experience® Academy of Early Education will enrich your child and allow for miracles to abound endlessly.

From infant classrooms to Kindergarten, our schools foster the required foundational tools your child needs in order to embrace the cognitive skills necessary for educational advancement. Your little one will discover and learn many wondrous things.

It is amazing to witness the day-to-day development of your child while enrolled at The Learning Experience®.

You will discover what’s possible every day such as watching your child demonstrate sign language skills, share science experiments, read that first book or write you a special love note.

Additionally, at The Learning Experience® your child will learn important social skills, practice positive decision making and build self confidence. Every child will be afforded the opportunity to participate in various well-rounded enrichment programs such as music appreciation, foreign language, art and fitness. Each learned skill will allow you to witness your child’s growth, and ensure
you have invested wisely in nurturing a miracle.

Melissa Berg, the new owner of the Brighton location, and Renee Eremus, Center Director, invite you to come in for a tour. You can go to the website at www.TheLearningExperience.com click on the Brighton location, and book a tour or call 303.659.2110 to let them know when you’d like to visit. They look forward to meeting you and your child!.

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Offered by Joel Hartl M.D., Brighton Pediatrics

Everyone has struggled with sleep at some point in their lives, especially new parents. Knowing what to expect from your newborn and infant is important for your sleep and your sanity. Brand new babies sleep up to 18 hours a day spaced in 2-3 hour chunks between feedings. There is no way to control an infant’s sleeping cycle and parents should respond to the infant whenever the infant wakes up.

Brighton PediatricsAround 4-6 months, an infant begins to establish a circadian rhythm and is capable of sleeping longer in the night. This is when parents can start sleep training. The most important component of sleep training is routine and establishing the ideal environment when the infant falls asleep. Routine consists of wind-down time, feeding, bathing (if applicable), teeth brushing (if they have teeth), pajamas, reading and then lights out at around the same time every night. It is important that tooth brushing comes after feeding and that you read to your child every night. The ideal sleep environment is a cool, dark room in a crib or bassinet on their back with nothing else in the crib with them. You can add white-noise generators or night lights to the room to help with getting to sleep. The most important factor is that the environment is EXACTLY the same for the whole night as environmental changes will awaken an infant. If your child is having trouble sleeping, please call Brighton Pediatrics or visit our website.

For more information, please visit: www.brightonpeds.com

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Offered by Dr. Ellen McCormick, Premier Pediatrics

Premier PediatricsEvery winter brings cold and flu season, and kids and grandparents are often the people most affected by these illnesses. A well known and common winter virus is RSV, or Respiratory Syncitial Virus, the most common cause of bronchiolitis in children.

Almost everyone gets RSV at least once, and it is possible to get it more than once. For many, it may be very little different from other cold viruses, especially with a repeat infection. For infants affected for the first time, however, the lung inflammation RSV causes may result in low oxygen levels because of swelling in the small airways, called bronchioles. These babies may wheeze, struggle to breath, and have retractions. The skin between the ribs and above the breastbone dips in when the child takes a breath. This combination of cold symptoms, wheezing, respiratory distress, and low oxygen level is the classic picture of bronchiolitis. A chest xray can help to confirm the diagnosis, but is often not necessary.

One or two of every 100 children with bronchiolitis will require hospitalization for supportive care, and to monitor for possible development of pneumonia. Babies in the first six months of life, especially premature babies, are at the highest risk of more serious illness. Avoiding exposure to crowds and anyone with respiratory infection is the most important way to prevent infection. Adults with COPD can also get RSV and develop acute worsening and low oxygen levels.

If your infant or toddler has a cold and develops wheezing, poor color, or fast breathing, he or she should be seen for care promptly, and monitored until better to assure that the oxygen level remains adequate and to watch for possible development of pneumonia.

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Offered by Brighton Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

Many criminal and traffic cases in Colorado are settled by what is known as a plea bargain. A plea bargain is an agreement between the defense attorney and the District Attorney’s office to settle a case without a trial. In my experience, the District Attorney typically will drop at least one of the charges, sometimes the most serious one, in exchange for a guilty plea on the other charges.

If a plea agreement can be worked out, the next part of the negotiation involves the wide range of options for possible penalties: a fine, probation, classes in the case of a domestic violence offense or alcohol offense, useful public service, suspended jail, jail, a prison sentence, or what is called a deferred judgment and sentence.

Be sure to understand that a deferred judgment and sentence is a GUILTY plea, and by taking this offer you give up your rights to a trial. Deferred judgment and sentences come with many conditions. If you violate any of them, your deferred judgment can be revoked. The advantage of this plea is that if you abide by all the terms, the criminal charges will be removed from your record.

Finally, note that even if a plea bargain is worked out by the defense attorney and District Attorney’s office, the plea agreement MUST be accepted by the Judge. The Judge has the right to reject a plea agreement if he or she does not feel that it is a fair resolution to the case.

The information in this column is not legal advice nor does it constitute an attorney-client relationship

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News and information for current and future retirees

Offered by T. Lloyd Worth, Worth Financial Partners

A Retirement Plan… or a College Plan?
Some parents feel they should pay for all or part of their children’s college education. They make it a financial priority and put saving for retirement further down on their to-do list. If their kids can graduate without any student loan debt, the thinking goes, they will be better positioned to provide financial support to mom and dad one day.

This assumption may be hazardous to retiree financial health. One, the kids may not be inclined to provide such support in the future. Cultural or familial expectations may not be realized. Two, students can receive financial aid; retirees cannot. Three, consider these numbers: a couple retiring today may have to pay $275,000 or more in future medical costs, the current average annual Social Security benefit is less than $16,000, and according to a recent PWC survey, half of baby boomers have less than $100,000 saved for retirement. The takeaway here? Unless you are impressively wealthy, you should be regularly funding retirement accounts first, without interruptions, reductions to contributions, or drawdowns to pay for college. Your young adult children should recognize that their college years mark the start of their financial lives, with attendant financial responsibilities.¹ ²

Retiring with a Roommate Could Make Life Easier
About 35% of baby boomers are single. Many of them are women. Should they retire alone? There is an alternative: single boomers could elect to retire with a roommate, ideally of the same generation.

The advantages are significant. There is another person to contribute household income, perform chores, provide some level of companionship, and call 911 in an emergency. Taking in a roommate (or two) fills an underpopulated house and helps seniors to age in place. A formal rental agreement makes sense here, one that also establishes the shared and private areas of the home, plus visitor and overnight guest rules. A formal background check should be arranged on anyone the retiree renter does not personally know. Living with roommates also means living with their habits, belief systems, opinions, and schedules; if revenue and good company outweigh these idiosyncrasies, then inviting a roommate into one’s home may be worthwhile in retirement.³

On the BRIGHT SIDE
Social Security’s cost-of-living adjustment will be 2.0% for 2018. This is the largest COLA since 2012, and far surpasses the 0.3% COLA given to recipients for 2017.⁴

T. Lloyd Worth may be reached at (303) 558-0214 or Lloyd.Worth@LPL.com / WorthFinancialPartners.com

Retirement in Sight

This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. Please note – investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.
Securities and Advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC (www.finra.org / www.sipc.org)

CITATIONS.
¹ -forbes.com/sites/andrewjosuweit/2017/10/08/where-to-invest-your-retirement-account-or-your-childs-529/ [10/8/17]
² – fool.com/retirement/2016/12/17/baby-boomers-average-savings-for-retirement.aspx [12/17/16]
³ – nextavenue.org/roommates-in-retirement-golden-girls/ [10/12/17]
⁴ – thoughtco.com/mens-long-jump-world-records-3258952 [6/3/17]

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