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Offered by Arlene Castro, iGo Realty

From Buying to maintaining a home here are seven ways to make it a greener experience:

  1. Consider buying a home closer to where you work. Although the gas mileage cars offer today is better than in the past, think of energy saved in a shorter commute.
  2. Invest in a home energy audit to make your home as energy efficient as possible.
  3. When comparing homes, consider the impact of trees. Large deciduous (leafy) trees are great natural climate controllers. In the summer, their leafy branches block the sun and help keep your home cooler (reducing cooling costs). In the winter, the bare branches let more natural light and heat through to your home (reducing heating costs).
  4. If the property lacks trees, talk to a local landscape professional to determine the best kind to purchase, and the proper placement.
  5. Whether it’s your current home or one you’re considering, if the home has a large (and thirsty) lawn to water, consider replacing some of that lawn with xeric (dry) landscape design. If you have a HOA check with them first. For more information on this subject go to: www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07228.html then click on yard and garden.
  6. Consider Energy Star homes. Energy Star is an energy efficiency certification program run by the EPA. Typical energy savings are estimated between $200 and $400 a year.
  7. Even if a home isn’t Energy Star rated, most commonly purchased home appliances (refrigerators, lighting, computers, televisions, clothes washers, dishwashers and air conditioning units) carry the Energy Star rating. Be sure your next replacement is Energy Star rated. For more information visit: www.energystar.gov

If you are considering buying or selling a home and you want to buy or update your home to be more Energy Star friendly contact iGo Realty for a FREE report at (303) 857-5056.


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Offered by Wes Bear, Concealed Carry Workshop

Our mission:
To provide the required training to every law-abiding citizen that wants to obtain a concealed handgun permit in Colorado. Provide that training at a time and place that suits the recipient of it. To provide that training at a reasonable cost, so that everyone can afford the training required to apply for their permit to carry.

Our philosophy:
It is law-abiding citizen’s right to bear arms, to protect themselves and those they care about. It is a law-abiding citizen’s responsibility to get enough training to not be a danger to themselves or to our society.

Concealed_Carry_WorkshopOur logo:
The flag represents the constitution, which protects all of your rights. The eagle embodies the concealed carry lifestyle of being self-reliant, confident and responsible. The blue stars are our classes (some larger, most small), providing law-abiding citizens with the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to be responsibly armed Americans.

Our classes:
I offer 3 levels of instruction (depending on what you want/need) that include the required basic training certificate needed to apply for your permit to carry. You can learn more about the levels of training I offer on my website: www.ccworkshop.co

If you have questions you can email me anytime at: wes@ccworkshop.co Call me today at 720-984-2290 to find out how you can obtain a Colorado concealed handgun permit and/or become a more responsible gun owner.

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Offered by Whitney Branch, Brighton Family Counseling

Women today are moving through life stressed-out and exhausted more often than not. So many of us struggle to find the time and energy to care for ourselves well. Busy-ness can even be seen as badge of honor for women these days, leaving us exhausted with a nagging sense that we are not enough. While stress certainly impacts men as well as women, research suggests that women are more likely to doubt our own capacity to cope with the stress in our lives. As nurturers, many women will also choose to care for the needs of others while neglecting our own.

At Brighton Family Counseling we are passionate about helping people move toward more full and authentic lives. We provide the practical tools and safe space our clients need to cultivate inner strength, so they can face the demands of life with a sense of hope rather than anxiety and dread. One of the ways we do this is through our counseling groups, which foster connection between individuals who are going through similar struggles in life. Beginning September 21, we will be offering a 6 week empowerment group for stressed out women. We will cover a variety of topics from perfectionism and self-doubt to gratitude and joy, using Brene Brown’s book, “Gifts of Imperfection” as a guide. If you feel as though the pressures of life have left you in perpetual “survival mode,” we would love you to join us this Fall as we journey together from surviving to thriving. You can sign up today by calling 720-373-5731.

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Offered by Thollot Jewelers

Get ready to dive back into football! Break out the tailgating gear, work on your not-so-perfect spiral, lock down that perfect chips & dip recipe, get your fantasy team in order, and get ready! This year, Denver football kicks off on Monday Night!

Better yet, why not march right into the season, shining like a champion! How? It’s easy! Get your bling on with Thollot, at our annual Kick Off Sale! Bring in this ad and scan the barcode to see what mystery discount you have won! You can even enter to win tickets to see our team on the field this season.

Sounds exciting, right? Well, it’s gets even better. Most of us probably remember some of the classic opening kick off touchdown returns. It’s probably one of the most exciting things that can happen in football, especially now, with these “wonderful” new rules.

Get this… If Denver returns the opening kick off against Los Angeles, in the Monday night home opener, your entire jewelry purchase could be FREE!

Thollot knows Colorado. Thollot knows football. Most importantly, Thollot is ready to help you bling it on and celebrate with a huge sale, a ticket giveaway, and the chance for your entire jewelry purchase to be FREE! Let’s do this!

Thollot Jewelers

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Offered by Scott and Laura Nordby, Berkshire Hathaway

The real estate market tends to heat up a little in the autumn. Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have returned to school. The holidays are still a little way off, so we have about two and a half months of normalcy, which is a great time to sell a home.

Here are 5 tips to attract a buyer for your home this autumn:

  • Clean up the yard – Regularly rake up the leaves as they fall off your trees. Cut back tree limbs and bushes. Remove dead flowers and vegetation. Keep watering your grass and trimming it to keep the yard looking neat and tidy.
  • Create Curb Appeal – Get some autumn flowers in planters to add some color to your front steps and porch. Marigolds and mums tend to bloom longer than other flowers, and have complimentary autumn colors like orange, yellow, and red. Accent with pumpkins and other types of squash.
  • HVAC Maintenance – Have the HVAC system checked before you need to turn on the heat. If you discover problems with your furnace, it’s better to fix them before your home goes on the market.
  • Utilize Autumn Accent Colors – Accessorize your sofa and chairs with red, orange and yellow throw pillows. Toss a quilt or autumn-colored throw over the arm of a chair. Gather bold colored accent pieces in each room. Adding pops of color will emphasize the feeling of home inside.
  • Turn on the Lights Everywhere – Above all, bring in the light. When days get shorter, the sun sets lower in the horizon and casts wider shadows. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window. Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights. Brighten darker rooms with few windows by placing spotlights on the floor behind furniture, and for goodness sakes, turn off the TV.

Working with a real estate professional can help you navigate the ups and downs, answer your questions, and establish realistic expectations, while still ensuring you find what you’re looking for.

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

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Offered by Sensei Willy Strohmeier, Colorado Karate Club

This is Paul, he’s just a bit shy… His eyes peer at me from behind his mom’s leg, which he clutches dearly as if to protect him from the big ugly guy in the white pajamas. “How old are you Paul?” I ask, and without saying a word he touches his pinkie with his thumb to show me three fingers. After a little convincing from mom, he puts on the white uniform, leaves his mom’s side and enters the Dojo – the place of training. Although still a bit unsure, he follows along, learns some Karate moves, how to keep a good posture, and makes a few new friends. This is Paul’s first Karate class.

A few months down the road, little Paul comes up to me before class and asks: “Sensei, can I do the warm-ups today?” With great satisfaction I assent, and little Paul goes on to lead the whole class through jumping jacks, stretches, push-ups, sit-ups and more. Of course it is not the push-ups and the sit-ups (which he does very well) that make me proud of him. It is the incredible transformation and personality shift that Paul has experienced in such a short time. It brings a smile to my face as I watch him leading the class.

Paul is not one particular student, but in many ways, Paul is every one of our students, children and adults, who experience amazing mental and physical growth through our training. Whether it is “Paul” gaining confidence to lead, or a parent sharing with us how much more respectful and responsible their child is becoming, our students and their achievements are the reason we exist.

By instilling in our members strong values of respect, discipline, confidence and focus, Colorado Karate Club is helping to build our community one person at a time.

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Offered by Kim Gieseke, Promenade Horsemanship Academy

To be proficient in a sport one must practice. As I was reflecting on the Promenade students achievements during the county fair horse show, it made me think about the importance of practice. The students who rode 4 to 5 times a week this summer, won several champion and reserve champion placings. But practice goes beyond just putting in the time. Innatural horsemanship there is a phrase about “perfect practice makes perfect.”

How does one strive for “perfect” practice? Visualizing the outcome, being in the moment, mental intention, and assisting the student to know how something should feel, are tools I use to help my students improve. My job as a coach is to be their eyes letting them know when a maneuver is correct and remind them to note what they did and how it felt; or to show them how to do something in a different manner to have more success.

Proper repetition of maneuvers is important in any sport to develop muscle memory, but especially important when you are practicing with a horse. Horses are pattern animals and what you “release” on (the moment you stop) is what the horse learns. When the student isn’t consistent in their communication, the horse will not perform how the student desires. This immediate feedback helps the student to quickly learn the value of being in the moment and striving for doing the best they can in each practice.

“Perfect” practice means to strive to improve every time you practice, even if it is to improve one small movement. Improvement happens in small increments, so every time you practice your sport, don’t just show up, do so with the mindset to work towards those little improvements that will lead to a big result!

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Offered by Erin Young, Young Montessori

August started our school year off successfully and we are eager to see what September brings! We are hoping a few more friendly faces of the Brighton community will be joining us this month with this great offer: For the month of September ONLY, we are waiving the $100 enrollment fee for new families. Please bring in or mention the ad alongside this article to receive the credit. Many Brighton families have worked with us in the past and we have started anew in the same location with the same great Montessori certified teachers, and have many wonderful, supportive families who have returned or are joining us new this year! We are hoping your family will join us this month as we head to Miller Farms for our fall field trip and have a family BBQ night, not to mention a great Montessori education and experience!

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 Brittany LaVoy, MD – Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.

BeeInsect bites are very common in the summer months. Reactions to insect bites can vary significantly in severity. Most cause a localized reaction at the site of the bite consisting of redness, swelling, itching and sometimes pain. This swelling can range from mild to significant in appearance. It will usually increase over the first 24-48 hours after a bite and then decrease over the next 24-48 hours. Hives can also be seen as a reaction to insect bites, especially in children aged 2-10 yrs. They can last for a few days or even up to a week in some cases. The worst reaction is an anaphylactic reaction leading to swelling of lips or tongue and trouble breathing, but this is very rare.

What should you do if your child has an insect bite? First, clean the area with soap and water. If swelling or significant itching occurs, oral Benadryl and topical hydrocortisone can be used to help with these symptoms. Non-drowsy antihistamines such as Claritin or Zyrtec can also be used in older children rather than Benadryl. In most cases, this is all that needs to be done. Symptoms should improve over the next few days. It is important to note that this initial swelling and redness is not due to infection, but rather is due to the body’s normal inflammatory reaction to an insect bite. Children with severe allergic reactions with swelling of lips or tongue or trouble breathing should be immediately taken to the ER for treatment. If significant swelling occurs or the redness and swelling is worsening 2-3 days after an insect bite rather than improving, the area should be examined by your child’s pediatrician for possible infection.

The best way to prevent insect bites and stings is to use insect sprays and if possible wearing long sleeved shirts and pants. Insect sprays containing at least 10% DEET are most effective and are safe to use as directed in children 2 months of age or older.

For more information, please visit our website at www.brightonpeds.com.

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Offered by Brian Margolis, The Margolis Team

Home Prices continue to climb in 2017. They are up over 8% from this time last year. This tells us a few things. First, is that the market has cooled a bit which is a good thing for the affordability index for first time home buyers.

Secondly, this increase shows we are still in a very strong real estate market for Sellers. The Denver metro area is considered in the conversation when analysts are speaking about the Top 5 hottest cities in the country!

Why wouldn’t we be since we live in such an awesome state!

We are still seeing multiple offers on homes under $350,000 and even in the $400,000 range. Sellers still need to price their home realistically because buyers are very educated today. Interestingly, for sale by owner (FSBO) listings are down in this hot market.

As homes continue to appreciate and money stays cheap for borrowing, our real estate outlook will remain strong and bullish. If you or someone you know is curious about the current value of your home please call Brian and his award winning team about how to get the most money for your home at 720-352-0454 or visit www.TheMargolisTeam.com

Margolis Real Estate Market Update

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