Offered by Susan Kline
Well, we’ve made it all the way to February in 2018! For some people I know, the year has started with their experiencing loss. Others are picking up where 2017 left off and aren’t totally energized yet to find a path for success in the new year. Each of us clearly have our challenges, however, finding something positive, humorous, ironic or memorable each day seems to make the next day a better experience. February is the perfect month to put fresh thoughts in our minds/ hearts and inspire ourselves to make 2018 the best year ever! We can build on our successes and make plans to eliminate those things that drag us down. Being present in our daily activities at work and at home with loved ones brings gifts of many descriptions. T o accept giving less of ourselves equates to living only a part of our lives. For Valentine’s Day, a perfect gift for everyone would be to “be present!”
This issue has a many ideas if you’re searching for another perfect gift or place to celebrate the holiday. We have a good number of upcoming events you can put on your calendar, job fairs for summer jobs for our youth, and a lot of new businesses for you to check out. Brighton has a continual flow of new businesses and I’m always pleased and honored to work with those that want to be a part of The Brighton Buzz. We hope you’ll visit them and see what they have to offer.
As a side note, we’re including some brain teasers for adults and kids in the magazine. We hope you enjoy them. If there’s something along those lines you have fun doing, share them with us. We want for you to find a number of reasons to read The Brighton Buzz!
Wishing You The Sweetest February,
Offered by Scott and Laura Nordby, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
It’s no secret that inventory in the Denver metro area continues to stay at record low levels. In 2017, there simply weren’t enough houses on the market to accommodate the influx of people moving into the area. New construction is working hard to keep up with demand, and many people are looking at those homes for purchase in the new year. If you’re in the market to buy a new home, consider these benefits when making your decision:
New and custom built homes are an attractive option because there isn’t the bidding war to contend with when you’re looking at a resale. You’ll deal with some haggling over costs and details, but there won’t be lots of other people competing for the same house. This means you can just focus on negotiating the terms that are best for you.
Get what you want
Obviously, custom built homes give you complete control over the layout and finishing of your home. But even new tract housing offers a variety of floor plans and finishing touches you can choose from. From flooring to cabinetry, and even more, you can fine tune your new home so it’s exactly what you’ve dreamed of!
Newly built offer a number of advances, including contemporary floor plans and architecture. Enjoy open floor plans and more natural light in your new home, which assists with energy use.
New homes are built to current energy efficiency standards. Windows are sealed well, insulation is dialed in, and appliances meet and exceed expectations for energy use. All of these put together mean it takes less energy to heat, light, and run your appliances so you save money on your bills.
Because everything in and on the house is brand new, major repairs are generally 7-10 years away. And if something does break or fail, it will likely be covered by a warranty so you can repair it without worry.
As with any home purchase, it’s critical to have a REALTOR representing your interests. An experienced real estate professional can ensure your interests have a place at the table. Your agent can also guide you with choices that are best suited for your goals and lifestyle needs.
Don’t go at it alone. Call us today at 720-371-6733 and get your questions answered!
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Offered by Erin Young, Young Montessori
Happy New Year from Young Montessori! It’s hard to believe it is 2018 with how quickly 2017 went and with all that has happened in one year both personally, and globally. And believe it or not, it is time to start registering for the summer program! During the summer months, Young Montessori accepts children ages 3 to 10 to accommodate siblings as well. The earlier you sign-up, the better to ensure a spot!
With January upon us, we are ready to delve back into our classroom studies with: the formation of ice to see how snowflakes are created, bringing the snow indoors for exploration and a great sensory experience, concentration on letter sounds and sight words for language, beginning our study of landforms, and focusing on the 100 board to support our work with the teens and tens!
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! And now accepting applications for the summer program!
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 Advanced Urgent Care
The busy (and unusually warm) holiday season has officially ended. With 2018 upon us, many of us are still finishing off the last of the holiday sweets and starting our New Year’s Resolutions. Whether you’re setting personal goals or a workplace safety plan for the upcoming year, we’ve got a few tips to keep in mind.
- Small goals bring big results. Don’t tackle your New Year’s Resolutions all at once. “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for,” says psychologist Lynn Bufka from the American Psychological Association.
Start by creating a plan of action. If you want to manage your weight, keep a food journal to track daily nutritional intake. Or, if you want to change the safety culture of your workplace, start with one particular hazard. Taking baby steps will help you measure results on a gradual basis.
- Talk about it. Sometimes, it can be hard to hold ourselves accountable. Once you’ve set a plan of action, confide in trusted colleagues, family or friends to help you stay motivated.
Aiming for a healthier lifestyle? Find a friend who will go to the gym with you once a week. Taking the steps to improve workplace safety? Rely on the support of your staff to make results happen.
- Forgive yourself. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, mistakes will happen along the way. If you slip up and lose sight of your goal, don’t beat yourself up. Review your plan of action and if needed, make any adjustments to get on track again.
- Celebrate your milestones. Among the setbacks, don’t forget to celebrate the small victories, too. Hard work and patience are key to making positive changes happen in your life or in your workplace.
Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine Wishes You A Safe & Healthy New Year!
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Offered by Kim Gieseke, Promenade Horsemanship Academy
2017 was an amazing year at Promenade Stable. Students worked consistently, were extremely focused and achieved many goals that they set. As we start 2018, many people will set New Year resolutions. I had good intentions when I set resolutions but never seemed to be very successful at achieving them. As I reflected back on the 2017 accomplishments of my students, and myself, I started to compare the achieved goals with those failed resolutions. What was the difference?
The resolutions were set because it was the thing do, more importantly, it dawned on me that they were vague. The achievements of 2017 were very specific and were approached with a very structured plan. A goal is achieved by working at it daily. What gets difficult is figuring out exactly what to do on a daily basis to achieve the goal. Training horses has taught me how to break goals into extremely small or simple steps. Steps that may feel too small to even matter but when you put the small accomplishments together success happens.
In 2018 I am offering a monthly goal setting class (Please see our ad for dates). The purpose is to get you to think about those unachieved horsemanship goals, decide if they are realistic or what would be, then brainstorm about how to break them into daily achievable tasks. Make 2018 the year to start achieving your horsemanship goals!
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Offered by Debra Campbell, D.O., Premier Pediatrics
Sleep issues are a common complaint with children. The main concern is usually the time it takes to fall asleep. Most sleep initiation issues are resolved with good sleep hygiene. It is important to keep kids on a good schedule, having a set bedtime that does not vary much from day to day.
Parents often want to let their children sleep-in on weekends and vacations, but for children with sleep issues, that may negatively affect their ability to fall asleep at night. The other main problem we see is too much screen time close to bedtime. Screen time includes tablets, phones, computers, video games and TV. Children may need up to 2 hours without screen time prior to bed for good sleep initiation. Normally, starting with 30 minutes and then increasing as needed, is a good approach. Having wind-down time is also important. Reading in bed is often the best method to fall asleep quickly. Playing soft music or white noise may also be beneficial.
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Offered by The Learning Experience®
The Miracle of Sign Language
Learning sign language starts as early as infancy. By expanding the options and ranges of communication styles, your child will connect with family, build self-confidence and eliminate the communication frustration.
Not only will they be able to communicate sooner but research has proven that children who learn to sign at an early age will begin to talk sooner and can score as much as 10 to 12 points higher on IQ tests than children who have not been taught to sign. This advantage will help create the foundation for your child to enter future educational programs. Imagine your infant being able to show you what he or she needs, communicate to you that he or she is hungry or even sign “I love you” to you for the first time. Parents will be shown the key words children are learning to make communication not only easy and fun, but to be used and supported at home.
The Miracle of Play
There is a special area for children at The Learning Experience that is a mini Main Street U.S.A. called Make Believe Boulevard. This is a gross motor skills area where children can experience dramatic play. When children visit this room and use our accredited curriculum they nurture their social and emotional skills.
Children do this as they count how many community helpers there are, participate in dramatic fire rescue with their fellow fire fighters and even order nutritious meals from the menu in Lucy’s Diner. This exciting area also has a slide and a ball pit!
The Miracle of Manners
It’s never too early to practice good manners. Preschool is an ideal time to teach proper etiquette to your child. As children under the age of six are eager to learn new things, we encourage them to say “Please” and “Thank You” to use proper table manners such as putting napkins on their laps, to say “Excuse me” if they burp, and to sit calmly and ask permission before leaving the table after a meal. Learning good manners such as these set the stage for proper development and acclimation.
It is a real blessing when your child learns how to share and say “Please” and “Thank you.”
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Offered by Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.
Brighton Pediatrics wants to welcome Mackenzie Siebert, CPNP! Mackenzie is our newest addition, and joined our office at the end of November. Mackenzie grew up in California, and received her undergraduate degree from University of California Santa Barbara, earning a BS in Biology. From there, Mackenzie went to study at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she received both her registered nurse (RN) and pediatric nurse practitioner (CPNP) degree. During her time at Vanderbilt, Mackenzie did a student rotation at our office. That rotation allowed us to see just how good Mackenzie is with children, which is why we decided to hire her!
Mackenzie has always enjoyed working with children. She states, “When it comes to medicine, I feel that pediatric primary care builds a foundation not just for healthy kids but for future healthy adults.” Mackenzie wants to promote healthy growth, development, and lifestyles for all of her patients. While her favorite age groups might be toddlers and preschool aged children, she is able to engage with and treat patients of any age in our practice.
In her spare time, Mackenzie enjoys reading, cooking, crafts, and spending time outdoors.
Please join our office in welcoming Mackenzie! For appointments with Mackenzie Siebert, CPNP, please contact our office at 303-659-4248 to schedule. Also for additional information, please visit our website at: www.brightonpeds.com
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Offered by Jan Giuliano, Academy Mortgage – The Giuliano Team
If buying a home is part of your plans for the new year, then there’s no time like the present to get started. There are programs available to help finance your new home. Some programs help with down-payments and closing costs. Veterans can use their veteran benefits and additional help through available programs as well. If you’re looking for property in a rural region (outside cities) you might consider a USDA loan. Keep in mind there are requirements surrounding all programs so it’s best to contact your lender for individual help. While you’re working with your lender, be sure to get pre-approved. Remember, it doesn’t do you any good to shop for a home until you know exactly what you can afford to pay.
Loan pre-approval allows you to search for a home that you can afford based on your debt, income, and credit. An application and supporting financial documentation will be submitted to your Loan Officer, including pay stubs, tax returns, and account statements. Your Loan Officer will be able to tell you what they initially need based on your unique situation.
Your Real Estate Agent will thank you for being prepared before shopping for a home. With pre-approval, they’ll be able to filter out homes that are outside your budget. In this market, where homes don’t stay on the market long, it’s important to make an offer quickly. Because you’re prequalified, you’ll know that you’re making your best offer. Your chances of getting the house you want will increase greatly when you’re prepared and pre-qualified. Don’t wait, call Frank 303.450.1650, Jan 720.634.2409 and Mitch 720.634.2410.
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Offered by Cheri Simmons Simmons Shooting Academy
“…women are perfectly capable of physically and mentally handling any firearm that’s out there.”
This is a quote by NRA Instructor and Ladies Pistol Project assistant Martha Amitay. If you haven’t heard of the American Rifleman’s Ladies Pistol Project (LPP), allow me to fill you in. During the summer of 2016, 35 female shooters handled and fired 18 handguns. Why? Because American Rifleman’s Ann Y. Smith set out to answer the following questions:
When it comes to handguns, what do women really want? Which guns fit their hands best? What do NRA Instructors need to know when it comes to women and gun selection? What lessons can be learned from female NRA Certified Instructors? The answer, in short, is plenty! As it turns out, certain handguns that were regularly purported to be “good for women” just weren’t. The most interesting revelation was women preferred semi-automatic pistols to revolvers, debunking one of the most common schools of thought about what constitutes the ideal firearm for a woman. The data also showed a preference for striker-fired pistols, with barrel lengths between 3.25” – 4.2”, pistols weights of 20 oz. or more and a 7 – 6lb trigger pull. Who knew? (We did!)
Cumulatively, the top 5 pistols favored by the women in the LPP were: 1.) Sig Sauer P238, 2.) Walther CCP, 3.) SIG Sauer P320 Compact, 4.) H&K VP9, 5.) Springfield EMP4
Our advice? We know you mean well but, stop buying guns for your wife, sister, mother and friends unless they’ve had a chance to shoot it. What’s great for you may be a bad experience for her. Let her try before you buy. Visit a range that rents handguns and rent at least two at a time to compare. One more thing, try to let her draw her own conclusions about the guns before you tell her yours. You’ll be proud of her; it’s pretty cool watching a new shooter become excited about a pistol.
Footnote: Content excerpts from the American Rifleman web site.
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