The Palm Denver offer brunch and a football bus to Broncos games with complimentary valet!
Dec 2016
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The Palm Denver Brunch + Bus for Broncos Games (Free Valet!)

OK, yeah, so… 2016 doesn’t seem like the Broncos’ year. But they are rebuilding, right? Not that I even know what I am talking about since I an about as unknowledgeable about sports as they come.

But one thing I *do* know about: BRUNCH! It’s pretty much my favorite thing if you follow our Swarm check-ins.

We were thrilled when The Palm Denver invited us to check out their Broncos brunch recently, and ride the football bus over to the game. Of course, it happened to be the coldest day of the year so far, but we didn’t mind. We’d sampled the Bloody Mary bar and dressed warm – plus the atmosphere on the bus was cozy.

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Martinhal Chiado Family Hotel - Lisbon, Portugal
Dec 2016
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Lovely Family Suites in Lisbon: Martinhal Chiado

I was recently in Lisbon, Portugal, for Web Summit and had planned to stay near the conference the whole time. It was a wonderful surprise when Martinhal Chiado Family Suites reached out and asked if I would like to stay with them for part of my time in their town. They had just opened a new hotel in the fantastic Chiado neighborhood. Lucky for me, the night I stayed there, Web Summit was holding a “Night Summit” nearby – Night Summit being a code word for “party”.

So I got to explore a hotel that I definitely plan to return to with my family, tucked in an area of town I would have been exploring that night anyway. Perfect!

Martinhal Chiado – Family Hotel in Lisbon

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Visit Wee Casa in Lyons, Colorado for a Tiny Homes vacation!
Dec 2016
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Tiny Home Vacation in Colorado: Wee Casa

You have seen the shows about tiny houses, right? Have you ever stayed in one? Have you ever thought about a tiny home vacation?

A tiny home is typically under 500 square feet and they have become popular because of their small impact on the environment and our wallets.

We have a fairly small house ourselves, by American standards at least, and we love it. Less to take care of and more cozy.

That’s how we felt when we visited Wee Casa in Lyons, Colorado, recently. They are a friendly, low-stress tiny home hotel right near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, with nearly 20 rental spaces parked in a community setting. Lyons is also home to the world famous bluegrass music festival, RockyGrass – which we have attended several times. (Next time we know where to stay.)

Your Tiny Home Vacation in Lyons, Colorado

Unit 10 was our (tiny) home for the weekend, which is 165 square feet on the main level and 70 square feet in the loft. Yes, tiny! But not as “small” as that seems.

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YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch: New Yurt Village and Fun Fall Activities
Oct 2016
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YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch: New Yurt Village + Fall Activities

Recently, we headed up the hill from Denver to check out the new “yurt village” at YMCA’s Snow Mountain Ranch. Sometimes we Denverites forget how much beauty is so close to us, just a quick drive away.

The yurts are a great option for families that want to camp, but still have some luxuries… you know – like electricity and beds. Each yurt can sleep up to 6 people, with one queen bed and two bunked beds.

And! You can bring your dog. Something I will definitely keep in mind for next time.

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Recycle Paint with PaintCare
Oct 2016
11

PaintCare “Use It Up” Recycle Contest for Colorado

I love how things come together fortuitously. Recently, I was chatting with friends in the social media world about all the projects I have been doing – and want to do – around the house. A big one for this fall includes painting my bedroom – the first time it will be done in the 16 years we have owned this house – eeks. And the other was a massive cleanout of our garage that had been filled from floor to ceiling with leftovers of actually living in this space for 16 years. I had been pondering what to do with old paint, and my friends pointed me to PaintCare.

  • PaintCare is the organization that oversees the official paint recycling program in Colorado and eight other states across the U.S.
  • PaintCare’s goal is to teach people in Colorado to “Buy Right” – which means to buy the right amount of paint; to “Use it Up” – which means to find ways to use up leftover paint; and “Recycle the Rest” – to recycle unwanted paint.
  • There are more than 145 sites for Coloradans to recycle their paint.

Awesome! Where have you been all of my life?

But it gets better…

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