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Offered by Jennie Poppenger
According to a new State of the Media report from Pew, Facebook drives a full quarter of all Internet traffic and is one of just five companies—along with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL—that gobble up the lion’s share (61%) of all digital ad revenue. In fact, since the company began shifting its ad strategy focus from desktop to mobile platforms, it has owned 37% of all mobile ad revenue.

Beyond the money and ads, Pew also reports that nearly half of adults who use the Internet say they get their news from ‪#‎Facebook‬ alone. The average American smartphone owner spends more than 42 minutes a day on Facebook. By comparison, the average visit to The New York Times website and associated apps in January of 2015 lasted 4.6 minutes. [, 4/29/15 stats]

A Decade of YouTube
On April 23, 2005, the first video was posted to YouTube. The site wasn’t intended to be a destination unto itself. It was designed to make it easier for bloggers to upload videos and post them to their own websites.

But as we all know, #YouTube has become one of the biggest online destinations in the world, populated with everything from music videos and clips from Jimmy Kimmel to home-improvement tutorials and, of course, grumpy cat videos.

Need help with your social media? Call Jennie Poppenger at Face to Face – 303.518.0089.

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Offered by Jim Vincent, Farmers Insurance

So many times we find ourselves needing the answer to an insurance question quickly. We think we know some of these answers, but, not being totally sure can be very unnerving. A situation can occur that requires us to take a step that might increase our cost or liabilities by heading in the wrong direction. Here are some of those questions:

  • If you buy a new car this weekend, does your current insurance policy cover it until you get in touch with your insurance company?
  • What kind of coverage do you have in the interim?
  • If you rent a car, do you need to purchase the rental company’s insurance?
  • If you have liability only coverage on your vehicle and an uninsured person hits your car, is there coverage available that would repair your car?
  • What deductible do you have if your home is damaged by a wind or hail storm?
  • If you water pipe breaks this winter is the damage caused to your belongings covered by your insurance? are they replaced or do you receive current value only?
  • Do you know what coverage’s are available & how they would protect you
  • Do you have the coverage you need on your autos and your home?

Visiting our office is a great way to clear up your doubts about your insurance. We can help you with the information you need to make the best decisions that will protect you and your family. Stop by today for a no obligation comparison to your current insurance. Thank you for supporting us.

We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business and it is our pleasure to serve you.

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Offered by Thollot Diamonds

Not at Thollot Diamonds & Fine Jewelry! You have an idea. You have a very sentimental heirloom diamond or gemstone that you would love to be able to wear. But the idea of custom jewelry just seems too expensive and a bit overwhelming.

From engagement rings to whimsical fashion pieces, At Thollot Diamonds, the entire design process is done free of charge. In addition, the designers at Thollot will create a free 3D prototype of your design for your inspection before it is made in precious metal. This ensures that you are in love with every detail of the final design before you invest even a penny.

Thollot Custom jewelry pricing is surprisingly affordable and comparable to the normal prices of mass produced jewelry in other jewelry stores.

If your own diamond is part of the design, Thollot designers will show it to you under a microscope so that you are assured that you will be able to identify your diamond in the future. You can even keep your diamond in your possession until our jewelers are ready to set it in the final piece of jewelry.

Check out Thollot reviews on Google and Yelp to hear from other custom jewelry clients. See the online gallery of hundreds of Thollot custom pieces to check out the workmanship at>Design Center.

The process is fun, the quality is exquisite, and the price is fair. Is it time to make that dream into reality? Visit Thollot Diamonds for your free consultation today!

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Offered by Brian Margolis

EXTRA… EXTRA…Denver is the Hottest Real Estate Market in the Country. The cat is out of the bag. What I mean by that is that a lot more home owners have decided to put their homes on the market and to “cash” in. This has increased inventory to almost 10,000 homes on the market as of last month. That is still far below the 2010 summer level of 32,000 homes on the market. Even so, the higher inventory means buyers may have a little more breathing room to find the right home instead of feeling pressured to put an offer on anything available. For sellers, it means there may be only a few offers on those homes under $400,000 instead of dozens to sift through. And yes, there really were dozens of offers on homes over the spring and summer, especially those priced to sell quickly, typically ranging $250,000 or below.

Some may worry that this means we are in a “bubble.” I disagree. We have many more sound fundamentals in our local housing market than we did when there really was a bubble 10 years ago. Interest rates are bumping around but below 5% which is still astronomically low.

So both buyers and sellers are on a more level playing field now, which means a deal can be a win-win! We would love to have you as a client, or maybe even a co-worker.

If you have ever thought about entering real estate, The Margolis Team has now joined Keller Williams (KW) the largest real estate company in the nation. KW has the best training and a local school. For more information call Brian Margolis at 720-352-0454. Of course, if you would like the experience and knowledge of Brian or his Team on your side, don’t hesitate to call/text Brian, your Real Estate Partner.

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Susan KlineWhile we’re still having late 80’s and 90 degree days, you can imagine early a.m. and evening what Fall is going to feel like. I sometimes glance at the trees while walking and know that in the near future the leaves will be falling and the feeling of the season will soon surround you with beautiful color, crunching leaves, and that autumn smell that makes you want to eat pumpkin pie! For many, this is a favorite time of the year. The children are back in school and schedules are back to the routine that brings order to our lives. Summer seems to speed by every year, but, maybe that’s why it’s such a special time. Could that be true of our lives in general? Time does fly by….faster for some of us in our later years. Do enjoy every moment!

There are many upcoming events in September and they’re truly something to explore. September 11th, 12th, and 13th will be the wonderful Trapper Days Celebration in Ft. Lupton. This is an annual event put on by the City of Ft. Lupton and by looking at the activities in the centerfold of our magazine, you could spend a good bit of that weekend enjoying all of the special happenings. Don’t miss this amazing event! Brighton’s Ecofair will be held September 19th at Carmichael Park. There will be information about Recycling, Education and Food and Fun with more than 30 booths to visit and an opportunity to recycle some of your old items for free. That very same day, you could also go to our cover advertiser’s Chili Fest at LuLu’s Farm’s new location on the corner of 144th and Hwy. 85. This is a very popular event with music from the Crispy Nelson Band, a dog costume contest, fresh, hot chilis for the tasting and drawings for many prizes. This is another annual event that you’ll definitely want to attend! Plan to go to both and learn about recycling along with your sample tasting at Lulu’s. Late September, we were fortunate to be able to highlight the 2015 Denver American Indian Festival that will be held at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Thornton on September 26th and 27th. Here’s another opportunity for you to experience a culture and have a great activity to attend.

There are many new businesses featured in this month’s issue and we want to call attention to one in this letter. The Branding Iron Restaurant in Ft. Lupton has been at their current location for the last 13 years. We are very excited to announce that they’re leaving their location in Ft. Lupton and opening a new restaurant, River Bottom Restaurant, at Roundabout Crossings, 75 West Bridge St. in Brighton. They will be serving their same delicious food and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner by early October. This will be a great addition to Brighton’s restaurant fare and we look forward to them opening!

Enjoy This September!


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Offered by Kristine Waters Ray, MD, CAQSM, Premier Pediatrics

Brighton PediatricsWater is the most important nutrient, and most of us are not getting enough. Water helps regulate body temperature, is vital for our circulation and helps with chemical reactions in the body. Our lean body mass is up to 75% water and we cannot survive even a few days without water.

Odds are, if you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. It is important to remember that at higher altitude, moisture evaporates more quickly and you need more water to stay hydrated than you would at sea level. In general, water is the best way to stay hydrated and drinking half your body weight in water daily is a great way to be sure you are getting enough. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, make it a goal to drink 75 ounces of water per day… that’s a lot!!

If you are in extreme heat or doing strenuous activity such as hiking, yard work, weight lifting or running for more than one hour, you will likely need electrolyte replacement as well. It is important to replace potassium, sodium and carbohydrate losses. Good options for this include electrolyte drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, Pedialyte). Remember that electrolyte drinks are made to replace losses and are only recommended when needed because they do contain extra sugar that we do not otherwise need.

For more information about Premier Pediatrics, please click here.

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Offered by Brighton Pediatrics

children-531282_1920The obesity epidemic continues to spread around the world. It has spread to all corners of the globe, and even spread to our children. There are many different causes for the epidemic. These range
from genetics to increased availability of high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods. One of the biggest culprits in young children is the increased intake of juice and other sugary drinks.

We know that children who become overweight and obese at a young age are at very high risk of staying this way or getting worse as adolescents and adults. This puts them at risk for a wide variety of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, and joint problems. Juice and other sugar-filled drinks have very few nutrients and lots of calories. They also have very high sugar content and increase the risk of cavities, especially if kids drink them at night.

Pediatricians and dentists hate juice. There is no good or healthy juice. It is best thought of as a candy bar, a treat to be enjoyed rarely. Children older than 1 year old only need milk and water to drink. The best method to wean your child off juice is not to buy any at the store. You can gradually dilute the juice you have left in water so your child likes the taste less. For additional information about obesity and healthy eating habits, please visit

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Natural Healing for Pain, PTSD and More

Offered by Jessica Ahmed

According to the US Census, each year there are around 11 million automobile accidents in our country. Thankfully, most are not fatal, but that leaves many people with injuries ranging from mild to severely debilitating.

Acupuncture right after a car accident is the best time to seek care because it restores normal functionality to muscles and other soft tissue, improves circulation to injured areas, and alleviates nerve pain. Sometimes symptoms may not be noticed for days or weeks after the accident, and a few acupuncture sessions right away can save you from needing a longer course of treatment months or years later. I often treat the chronic injuries of people who did not seek care right after an accident, and although acupuncture often still works, progress is typically slower.

Here are some common car accident injuries that may be helped by acupuncture:

  • Whiplash: Neck pain is the most typical symptom of whiplash, but some people also notice headaches, dizziness and pain/numbness in their arms and hands.
  • Back Pain: From upper to lower back pain, acupuncture works by improving blood flow and relaxing the muscles, tendons and fascia.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): It can be scary to get back into your car and drive, especially in situations that remind you of the crash. Acupuncture helps your brain let go of the accident trauma.
  • Anxiety/Depression: Sometimes the emotional effect of a car accident causes additional stress above and beyond PTSD. Acupuncture helps to relax and normalize the nervous system and stress response. bleeding, hair loss, pain.
  • Closed Head Injuries: Acupuncture works to increase blood flow to the head and brain, and can be used to treat mild traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions.

Most Colorado insurance plans provide immediate Med-Pay funds of at least $5000 after a car accident, which can be used to cover the cost of your acupuncture treatments. In the rare case that your plan does not cover acupuncture, you can often have your costs reimbursed during a settlement.

For more information about Brighton Acupuncture, please click here.

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Offered by Dr. Jim Campbell

Do you really enjoy life or does pain you’re experiencing get in your way? Do you have the energy to enjoy your family and friends and the outdoor activities here in Colorado this summer? There are so many things to do and the basic reminders to drink lots of water and get out for fresh air and exercise are always good ideas. I find it very rewarding to help a lot of people get out of pain, but I also find it gratifying to help shift their focus from relief to fixing the problem and then helping them understand the activities and lifestyle choices they need to make to keep their major complaints at bay.

I am privileged to have several wonderful patients who are in their 80’s and 90’s. These folks have experienced the value of periodic Chiropractic care combined with making healthy choices throughout most of their lives. My octogenarians and nonagenarians do have some aches and pains as you would expect but they recognize that chiropractic care helps keep them mobile, active and involved with family and friends. They keep physically active in keeping with their age, pay attention to basic good diet guidelines (including that emphasis on drinking water!) and work to stay mentally alert. Sounds like a plan to me.

If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, then maybe it’s time to consider making some changes in what you’re doing. Here at Beyond Basic Health, I integrate chiropractic spinal adjustments with cranial adjusting, cold laser therapy, nutritional support, custom orthotics and common sense to provide relief from chronic pain as well as acute injuries. My practice is a holistic office, meaning a whole body and whole person approach to looking at what ails you. If you need quick relief, we offer that. If you need guidance or a second opinion, we do that too. No two people are the same and rest assured you will be offered choices and treatment options to assist you with your health care needs.

If you are dealing with tough or prolonged pain or discomfort and your goal is a long, active and pain free life, give me a call today. We can explore your options and your path to wellness. The sooner you begin to experience pain free living, the more you can enjoy what Colorado and your life has to offer.

For more information about Beyond Basic Health, please click here!

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Offered by Brighton Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

It is certainly understandable that if you had never served on jury duty and a summons were to appear in your mailbox, you might not be happy. However, I urge you to see your jury summons in a different light. But first, let me explain how you might be selected.

The state of Colorado website explains: “Each year, the Judicial Branch receives lists of all registered voters and all holders of driver’s licenses and non-driver identification cards throughout the state, as well as records from the Colorado Department of Revenue. The lists are merged, duplicates and names of deceased citizens are removed, and the resulting list is divided by county location.” Then, names are randomly selected from the list as needed.

Now to the positive aspects of being a juror. First, it is an educational experience that you might actually enjoy. Prior to attending law school, I served on two juries. Both experiences gave me new insights into how our court system works. Second, jury duty can provide a break from the daily grind. Finally, it is your chance to make certain that the trial is fair, the guilty are convicted, and the innocent are found not guilty. Remember that innocent people are sometimes accused of a crime. It is your duty to weigh both sides and decide. When called to jury duty, you are the most important persons in the court.

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The information in this column is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.