Monday, May 18, 2015

Dear Denver, I love you, but you're bringing me down...

The relationship that I have with my city is as varied as tumultuous thunder, a silent snow, and the warm sun as my toes pull at grass in the park. On any given day, I meet new people and experience growing subcultures in food, art, music, and even sports.

As a person dedicated to experiencing the city and its branches, I have yet to discover or even fully understand the seduction of Denver. Sounds weird to say out loud, but it's important to understand that what our city is right now, it will never be again. There is a constant and rapid evolution that has swarmed the 303. Landmarks are torn down; new structures are built. Original Elitch Gardens is all but gone, while the Cyclone and Chipmunk at Lakeside are held together with paint. Urban legends are created and ghost stories are told in our old houses and diagonal streets.

In the last decade Denver grew by over 100,000 people and now it's estimated that it will grow by another 40k per year. I am native to Colorado and I am happy to share my 300 days of sunshine, mixed with snow. As the city continues to balloon, it daily becomes more expensive to stay. It's somewhat ironic that the artists, musicians, and performers that have made Denver the creative mecca that I know and love, are financially being pushed out of the city that they helped to create. Rent in desirable areas has doubled, painfully so, for most. 

The bright stars in this, though, are the creative entrepreneurs that saw gold and started digging. I don't mean this in the greedy sense, but as one once in a desert and having now discovered a well.

I understand that this kind of change is happening all over the United States. I'm not concerned with the changing tapestry of Denver in that I know new things are being created. I am excited for what is yet to come. I may be temporarily be saddened, but like summer gives way to fall, I know that spring is just around the corner.

In the meantime, Denver is still the place where you can see a good show by a band you have never heard of and have the most amazing night. It's still the place where the DJs will have a conversation with you about landscaping, pizza, and zombies. It's still the place where artists are king for at least one day a month. And it's still a place where you can find great food and green chili and beer are acceptable at almost any meal. 

I still love you Denver.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

R2-D2 in Love and Get You Dr Who Fix

Artoo in Love 

Spring is in the air and with that young love ... or maybe I should say robot love. I came across a super cute video of R2-D2 in love, or so he thinks. Check it out.



Dr Who - ville

The last Dr. Who episode had ended on Netflix ... or Hulu (can't seem to keep straight what I watch on what). Awaiting for new episodes, I have become nostalgic for Whovian items, and Dr Who in general. The BBC site actually has quite a few items that are pretty neat - such as Dalek and Tardis Salt-n-Pepper shakers ... I think I need those in my life ;) 
























Your One-Stop Shop for Doctor Who!


Cool New Furniture Modos with a Kickstarter 

One of my favorite things about the internet, is that information and new ideas can travel fast! The beauty of this is that when someone comes up with a great idea, the word is able to get out there. Modos is one of those products/ companies. Modos is like Legos for adults. It's a tool free system of boards and connectors that you can use to make stools, end tables, shelving, desks - really whatever you want to come up with. Watch the video below for more info. 



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Jumpstreet Trampoline Park 50% off

2 hours of Trampoline Fun 50% off at Jump Street  

I love Jump Street and no, I am not 12. I just happen to enjoy a very large room that is filled with wall-to-wall trampolines; and by wall-to-wall, I mean that they are also go up the walls. The trampolines are all installed next to each other, so that you could jump from one trampoline to another. Personally, I think that it's a blast and a great work-out (you're having so much fun, that you don't even realize how many calories that you are burning).  Today's Groupon is offering passes for 2, or 4 people for half off (more with the 4 person pass).



Jumpstreet Groupon up to 52% OFF

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

5 Mangos for $5 - 3/25/15- 3/31/15

5 Mangos for $5 at Whole Foods 

Mangos are in season right now... which is making me mango mad (in the good way). Whole Foods is offering 5 Ataulfo (champagne) Mangos for $5 this week - March 25-31st. To get your imagination going here are a few links for some yummy mango goodness.

Mango and Green Tea Smoothie
Easy Mango Smoothie with Green Tea! #smoothie #greentea

Mango and Avocado Salad


Mexican Mango Cake





Thursday, March 12, 2015

Internet Grab Bag ... aka, A Few of my Favorite Finds Today - 20% off Puma, QT Diplo, Dinosaurs, and Brass Knuckles

Every now and then I encourage a good distraction. Today I have found a few. Consider this post a somewhat random gift of entertaining links.

Deals

https://soundcloud.com/puddingclub/qt-hey-qt-diplo-remix-rip 




DIY - 

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-diy-drawer-pulls-apartment-therapy-tutorials-216669 
 

I'm super inspired by this post from Apartment Therapy, that converts figurines into drawer pulls...How cool is that?! A whole world of new possibilities just opened up..

Just Because 

...who doesn't need brass knuckle coffee mug.

 

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Free Coffee or Queso for 303 Day, Central Bistro and Bar, and Elitch Gardens Season Pass


Where did February go? This is a rhetorical question that I don't have an answer to. Already we are into the second day of March and I am sure that June is right around the corner. That being said, I took a quick look and found some great deals for now and some that you are sure to enjoy come summer.

Freebie - 303 Day at Illegal Pete's 

303 Day is a celebration of Denver and all things Colorado. Tomorrow celebrate by wearing your favorite Colorado gear to Illegal Pete's and you will be rewarded with free coffee at breakfast and free chips and queso during lunch or dinner.  Furthermore New Belgium taps will be $3.03 all day long. If you visit any of the 7 locations in the evening, you will also be treated to live comedy and music performances. 

 


Central Bistro and Bar - $29 for $50 to spend on Cocktails and Food

I've been a big fan of Matt Selby's food ever since Vesta Dipping Grill .... 10 years ago! Since leaving Vesta, Steuben's, Ace - Matt has started a new(ish) restaurant in the LoHi neighborhood.  

The menu features what I call dressed up casual food - Mac n' Cheese... but for adults, chicken wings ... Confit, and KALE caesar salad. You can see my point. While, I poke fun at the elevated menu, in all actuality, I have really enjoyed every meal that I have had at Central. 

Right on the heels of Restaurant week, you can essentially get the same deal via LivingSocial $29 for $50 worth of food and drink. 

Mussels and  Frites 
OK, So I took this funny photo the last time that I was at Central Bistro and Bar - I would love to hear your captions on this photo in the comments below for these two HOT LADIES. 

Elitch Gardens Season Pass with Meal Pass

Any Coloradan who plans to go to Elitches even once, is better off buying a season pass over the gate fees. Technically it pays for itself in two visits. Personally I buy a pass for the lazy river in the water park. Sometimes it's just nice to relax and float down the river. 

Right now Groupon has a really good deal, where you can get both the season pass and a meal plan for $144.95 or $79.99 for just the pass.  

2015 Season Pass with Season Pass Meal Plan and one single-use Rapid Ride Pass




Sunday, February 15, 2015

Denver Jewelry Designers and the Top Deals to Check Out Now


Sometimes the best things are small and special, such as jewelry! I have lately been obsessed with small batch crafted jewelry. Online companies such as Etsy and Scoutmob champion the independent designer. Locally, we have many Denver companies that are also curating locally designed jewelry and accessories. Here are some of my favorite current designs, both local and national -

Local Jewelry Finds 

Artemisia and Rue 

First, I would like to mention Artemisia and Rue on S. Broadway. Their primary business is actually apothecary and herbal based health care. They just happen to have a nice assortment of locally designed necklaces, earrings, and rings.   


Artemisia & Rue, 70 Broadway Suite 150, Denver, Colorado 80203
Store: 303.484.8982


Online Finds by Denver Designers 






Triangle Sterling Silver Earrings - Dainty arrowheads, $38 Scoutmob - Dainty Arrowheads

























Grey Beaded Brass Necklace, Filled with tiny matte grey beads $52, Crow Jane Jewelry 
Shoppe by Scotmob - Crow Jane Jewelry


Other Super Cute Jewelry Finds to Check Out

Guilt 





Pixie GreyFive Stone Stud Earrings, $50  $15 

Guilt - Five Stone Stud Earrings by Pixie Gray









Sparkling Sage, Crystal Rectangular Bib Necklace $88  $35  Guilt - Sparkling Sage, Crystal Necklace


Greater Good 

'Origami Giraffe', Charming Silver 925 Giraffe Earrings with Origami Motif, $19.99 http://shop.greatergood.com/itemdetail/?pid=G1276935      

Groupon 

6MM-10MM Genuine Turquoise and 14K Gold Stud Earrings. Multiple Sizes from $12.99–$16.99 

Groupon - Turquoise Stud Earrings

10-Pair Set of Cultured Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver  Groupon - Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings