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The Best Trees to Grow in Your Colorado Garden

The Best Trees to Grow in Your Colorado Garden

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The Best Trees to Grow in Your Colorado GardenIt can be hard to find trees that will thrive in the abrasive Colorado environment, from the soil to the different altitude and temperatures. It can also be a challenge to decide on a particular tree once you know which ones are actually good for the area where you live, because aren’t they supposed to give you some pleasure as you watch them grown, anyway?

Well, that’s why we’ve compiled this list of trees that grow well in Colorado, accounting for general hardiness, resistance to droughts and temperature changes, and overall beauty of the species. No matter which one you choose, this list will make sure that you’re house looks as beautiful on the outside as you keep it on the inside!

Japanese Tree Lilac

Let’s begin with the smallest tree on the list, one that blossoms in beautiful white flowers during late June and has an amazing fragrance; the Japanese Tree Lilac! It can grow up to be anywhere from 15 to 20 feet, both tall and wide, and you’d be surprised at how trouble-free they are in comparison to other trees.

They’re perfect for the Front Range in general because they’re pretty resistant to droughts after growing for a couple of seasons, and even after their flowers have faded they still provide shade with their dense foliage. You can’t go wrong with it!

American Hornbeam

The lovely bark texture, elegantly shaped fruit, and warmly colored fall-foliage make the American Hornbeam a great choice; not only for the shade it provides during the summer but for its classy winter look as well.

A moderate grower, this tree can reach up to 30 feet tall and should be watered at a normal rate for at least the first three years. Though not as much as the Japanese Tree Lilac, it is also a bit resistant to drought.

Canyon Maple

A Colorado native! Although it can grow up to 40 or 50 feet if watered correctly, it’s still considered a medium-sized tree perfect for both small and large yard projects. Its growth rate is not fast by any means, but providing good conditions will make it adequate to see it reach its full potential within a few seasons.

Thanks to it being relatively free of diseases and insect problems, and having good wind resistance, the Canyon Maple is a longer-lived tree, and it’s a perfect choice if you’re looking to add some variety to the landscape.

Burr Oak

Another large tree on our list is the beautiful Burr Oak, which can grow up to 50 feet tall and has, like the Canyon Maple, a moderate growth rate. This is a tree with a lovely bark that gets furrowed as it ages, and their leaves look great both in their deep-green summer and yellowish-brown fall colors.

A yearly producer of acorns as well, this oak resists the cold pretty well and is capable of adapting to a large variety of soils, so you should have no problem adding it to yours.

Ussurian Pear

One of the hardiest species of pear, this is a dense deciduous tree that will grow up to 35 feet and require more special considerations than other entries on this list. It can also be quite messy, and you’ll have to be careful with some details such as how often to water your vegetable garden in the summer. But it’s a fantastic option for anyone looking to add an accent or shade to their yards, provided it’s large enough for it.

The Pear’s lovely white flowers blossom in mid-spring, and the burgundy shade of the leaves during fall will make it quite a spectacle every year. Be wary of its fruit; however, as it will make it necessary to clean up you let it just drop to the ground.

Create the Perfect Study and Relaxation Space at Home

Create the Perfect Study and Relaxation Space at Home

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Create the Perfect Study and Relaxation Space at HomeIt’s ironic to think that, when it comes to studying or relaxation, our homes are usually both the best and worst place to do so. On the one hand, they’re our safe space, and have everything we know and value close; on the other hand, they’re also full of distractions big and small. Fortunately, there are many ways to adapt one of your rooms to be the perfect, alone-time room you need.

Creating a personal space in your home is not hard, but you should follow these simple guidelines to make sure that you’re taking out distractors, tidying and organizing things to your advantage, and choosing the right room to do so. We’ll show you how!

A room to study

Get a desk, chair, and supplies

A desk that’s not too low or too high is necessary, so get one that reaches between your waist and rib cage and your chair should be comfortable, keep your back straight and let your feet rest flat on the ground. Anything fancier than that could be a distraction.

For supplies, make sure that you have everything you need for that study session so you won’t have to get up to get something. The basics are, of course, pencils, erasers, highlighters, and a notepad. You can also add a ruler, calculator and thesaurus or dictionary, but keep those in a drawer until you’re sure you need them.

Make sure you have adequate light

If your study area is too dark, you can get eye strain or even doze off after a while. Fluorescent light is too harsh to study with, so go for a desk lamp focused on your study material, and a light overhead bright enough to keep shadows to a minimum.

If you’re studying during the day and there’s enough natural light coming into the room, then, by all means, take advantage. But remember that it will diminish as the day passes, so don’t depend entirely on it.

Keep it organized

After each study session, separate what you’ll store back into drawers or table, and what you’ll leave on your desktop as is. That way you won’t have to deal with clutter the next time you study, but won’t lose track of your progress, especially if you’re reading from several books at once or taking complex notes.

It should go without saying, but to properly concentrate on the task at hand, remember to keep everything unrelated to your studies out of the room. Your phone can stay inside the drawer, or in a far corner of the room.

Make it yours!

You can decorate with motivators, such as pictures of loved ones or posters that inspire you, maybe even some potted plants. It’s your space, after all, and anything that will boost your mood (without distracting you) is welcome.

A room to relax

Take everything out

Don’t worry, everything won’t stay out, but some things will. You need to create a minimalist ambient to keep your head clear, so bring back only the furniture and objects that will help that goal. A nice reclining chair, some cushions, plants, an ottoman, and a small table to put books and glasses on, it all depends on what you have at hand.

No screens, no gadgets

No, you won’t become a secluded hermit if you keep the screens out of the room, but they can cause stress. Keep tablets, smartphones and TV’s out, but you can keep a Bluetooth speaker in the room in case your relaxation method includes some nice, calming music or soundscape.

No clutter means endless possibilities

Keep clutter away so you have enough space to do whatever you want as soon as you get the itch: Meditate, break into dance, exercise, stretch, anything goes! An uncluttered room helps to unclutter your mind, remember that and your new minimal tendencies might even spill over to the rest of the house.

Many people find concentrating while studying too hard, but it’s pretty easy when you actually know how to create a study environment at home. The key in both cases is to get rid of distractors, creating a space where you can be alone with your thoughts and be able to listen to yourself. If you have to space and the need for it, why not start preparing it for the big makeover?

Delicious International Stew Recipes to Comfort You Anytime

Delicious International Stew Recipes to Comfort You Anytime

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Delicious International Stew Recipes to Comfort You AnytimeThere are still a few weeks of cold weather ahead of us, which means that you’ll need a few extra recipes for hearty, comforting stew recipes, including vegan winter stews that your family will love.

These three recipes are great options from around the world that anyone can prepare, even if you’re a bit of a messy chef, but that shouldn’t prove a problem with some help.

1. Irish Beef Stew

This is a simple yet hearty stew with a rich flavor that’s not too overpowering. The beer gives it some extra punch, and of course, Guinness should be your first choice, but any other stout will work.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pound beef shank
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 shallots, quartered
  • 6 cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 large, diced
  • 2 large celery stalks, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup stout beer (try Guinness for authenticity!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dry the beef shank and season with salt and pepper. Heat your oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and sear the shank until golden brown crust forms, this should take about six minutes. Move onto a plate.

Add a touch of oil to the pot, reheat and add shallots, mushrooms, carrot, celery, and garlic, then stir and cook over medium heat until lightly brown. Stir in the fish sauce and tomato paste, then add the beef broth, beer, and your previously browned beef shank. Boil over high heat then let it simmer. Cover the pot and simmer on low for 2-4 hours, until the shank is really tender.

Season to taste and enjoy!

2. African Curried Coconut Soup with Chickpeas

The name’s a mouthful, but so is the flavor of this delicious, vegan-friendly African stew. This particular recipe serves six and it leans a little on the spicy side.

  • 1 ½ cups raw chickpeas, soaked for about 16 hours
  • 1 cup quinoa, or brown rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chili, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp curry powder (try getting a milder mix for your first try)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 lb mixed greens – kale, collards, mustard greens, swiss chard
  • 14 oz light coconut milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Drain the beans and put them in a pot, then add water until it reaches about an inch higher from the beans. Add about 1 tbsp salt to the water, then boil. After that, cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside. Put your quinoa or rice in a pan and add 3 cups of water. Like before, cover and bring to a boil, then simmer for 25 minutes or until the water has evaporated. Drain and set aside.

While you’re cooking up your rice or quinoa, preheat oil in a stockpot over medium heat, and add your onion, bell pepper, and chili, then stir until softened. After that, add your garlic and stir for 1 minute. On the same crockpot, add your broth, chickpeas, tomatoes, curry powder, salt, and black pepper, then boil over high heat. Reduce the flame and simmer gently and uncovered, occasionally stirring for about 10 minutes. Add your greens.

Finally, add the coconut milk, rice or quinoa, and let it all cook together while stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes. Add salt, pepper and curry powder to taste, the enjoy this hearty vegan stew.

3. Swedish Lamb Stew with Pears

This is a bit of a “retro” Swedish recipe with a blend of flavors that’s not very common, but not nearly as exotic as our last one. It’s still a delicious option, anyway!

  • 4 lbs lamb shoulder cut into chunks (throw in the bones for more flavor)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 pears, peeled, cored and halved
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2/3 lb string beans, trimmed
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 sprig parsley
  • 1 bay leaf

Preheat your oven to 325 F, season the lamb meat with salt and pepper. While the oven preheats, brown the lamb chunks in a dutch oven with some olive oil until brown crust forms around them. Remove from the dutch oven and set aside. In the same pan, brown the onions and garlic. If any brown bits form at the bottom, scrape them up. Once the onions and garlic are tender and golden brown, return the meat to the pan.

Make a thyme, parsley and bay bouquet by tying them together with twine, then add it to the pan along with 2 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and cover the ingredients with water, depending on the size of your pan. Cover and cook in the preheated oven for an hour. Remove from the oven, add pears, potatoes, and string beans, then cover again.

Cook for another hour or until lamb is very tender and the pears and potatoes are cooked through. Serve the meat first, then surround on the plate with the vegetables and pears. Enjoy!

Out With the Old How to Keep a Tidy, Clutter-Free Closet

Out With the Old: How to Keep a Tidy, Clutter-Free Closet

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Out With the Old How to Keep a Tidy, Clutter-Free ClosetHaving a varied wardrobe from which to pick the perfect outfit for every occasion is all well and good, but there’s a fine line between an ample wardrobe and an overwhelming one. Do you feel that maybe you’re taking too long to pick what to wear despite always choosing the same few clothes? That’s a surefire sign that it’s time to organize your closet.

There are no set rules for cleaning out the closet, so we’ve compiled some creative ways to keep yours tidy by sorting and taking out what you don’t need. That way you’ll be able to renovate your look without getting lost in a myriad of unused clothes, and you might like to take that opportunity to extend the tidying effort all over your house as well. With that out of the way, let’s begin!

The band-aid method

Out of all the decluttering method, we’ll show you in this article, this might be the most shocking for some, but it’s very effective. One by one, take out all the items in your closet, and stack them in one of four piles: Keep, Maybe, Donate, and Trash.

Keep, of course, is for those clothes that you won’t throw away no matter what, and should be the mainstays of your wardrobe; forget about feelings, and only use this stack for clothes that are still in heavy rotation. The Maybe pile is for clothes you’re not sure you can get rid of just yet, and we’ll come back to it later.

Donate is the pile for those pieces of clothing that, while still in good wearing condition, you know that you won’t use again, and can be taken to a shelter, Salvation Army store or wherever you know they’ll help someone. Trash is just that, trash; this pile is for clothes that are beyond repair and won’t do anyone any good.

Finally, put your Keep pile back in the closet in an organized manner, and separate the Maybe pile further into two more piles, Yes and No. Yes gets a place in the closet. No goes to Donation. The end!

The KonMari Method

Millions around America are now familiar with Marie Kondo thanks to her Netflix hit show, and for good reason. The central question posed by her KonMari method of tidying up is “does it bring joy”? And while it may sound a little corny to some, you’ll know the power of that question when you take the old high school sweatshirt that you keep for “sentimental value” and try to get rid of it.

According to Kondo, you can be grateful for the value that an item has brought to your life without that impeding you from parting with it after it has outlived its usefulness. Now, we’re not saying that you should speak out loud individually to each and every article of clothing in your closet, but we’re sure it will turn into an internal dialogue after a while; you’ll just know if something should stay or if it’s time to let it go.

Again, just because something has outlived its usefulness for you, that doesn’t mean that someone else can’t use it after you decide that you’ll part with something, put it in a donation pile like in the method above.

The longer-but-gentler method

So maybe you’re not the type to just get rid of stuff just like that. And that’s OK too! As long as you keep your will to improve, something can be done. This is a way to clean out your closet but not get rid of anything just yet.

What you’ll want to do is take out all the clothes out of your closet as per the two other methods. Take a moment to choose which clothes you’ll be wearing regularly and put those back in the closet, then box up everything that was left out. Now you can retrieve any item that you regret taking out of the closet, but after a year, anything still in the box has to go. Don’t even look inside before taking them out of the house!

Yes, waiting a year to complete a closet-cleanse is perhaps a bit too much, but remember that we’re taking baby steps here. Compliment your effort by not buying too many clothes in the meantime. And of course, don’t put borrowed clothes in the box, we’re sure their owners will love to see those again.

These three approaches will yield similar results, which one you choose depends mostly on what kind of person you are. Also, now that you got the ball rolling how to clean out the closet and get rid of clothes, why not take that attitude out of the bedroom and give the same attention to other rooms in your house as well?

Six Apps to Help You With Household Chores

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Cleaning is a tiring job that you never really finish, with new dust and grime lurking just around the corner, waiting to undo all your hard work. However, even if you can’t dismiss the household chore for good, you can tidy faster with the right apps and tools. Maybe you need a little push in the right direction. Perhaps all you need is a house cleaning app to help you organize your cleaning routine.

Here are six apps to help you with household chores.

Tody

This app’s design is very accessible for any user, with the benefits of being able to share tasks across multiple devices and other services, and customizable cleaning tasks for every user. You can prioritize each task by how much you really need to do it (you decide), and not deadlines, although you can still add them, of course.

House Cleaning List

You can use this on the cloud, share tasks with other people in your home, no limit to the list of responsibility, and the capability of creating a list of task for special occasions or just the regular cleaning routine. An internet connection is required to sync with the cloud. If you want additional templates, they are available for purchase within the app.

Our Home

This is a good option for motivating entire family members to pitch in with the chores. You can assign multiple users tasks with this, send them messages, reminders and best of all, has a rewards system that accumulates points based on chores done.  Everyone can also contribute to a shared grocery list, for example, even the kids!

Home Routines

Here’s an app you don’t need an internet connection to use it. You can add tasks directly to your app, customize them, place deadlines on them and even has built-in timers so you don’t slack off.

You can create checklists that reflect up to seven “focus zones” in your home and can have a house cleaning schedule app exactly when to complete each task (daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or seasonally). You should take advantage of the app’s built-in timer to motivate yourself to get the task done.

Clean My House

This reliable tool will send you daily cleaning reminders. It can also categorize nearly 300 tasks, but it has no sharing capability.

You can choose from 292 cleaning tasks to help you kickstart your cleaning routine. The app enables users to group their chores by schedule and categorize them on a daily or weekly basis but does not allow sharing between household members. There are a master task list and other premium features which are available for a one-time purchase.

Clean House

Con: This app has ads; Pro: But that means it’s a free download. It will also send you reminders. This app presents users with elemental household chores that they can schedule at their leisure to keep their home clean. Necessary scheduling and reminder features are available with advertisements, but users can pay for premium membership to remove them after downloading the app.

It has all the features you could need, no ads, and it’s motivating. This tool is incredibly useful to provide kids with a list of to do’s to be productive in school and contributing to chores.

If you want to find the best cleaning routine for you and your family, you should make some time and do a thorough research. If one app doesn’t seem to suit your lifestyle, you can try out the next one and the next one. Or, if you find you can’t keep up with the housekeeping, you can hire a professional house cleaning service to help you. Much easier!

 

9 Ways To Keep Your Kids Safe in Winter

9 Ways To Keep Your Kids Safe in Winter

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Winter is coming. It’s the season you either love — or love to hate — and it is in full swing. Whether you’re out and about with your kids braving the elements, or getting cozy at home, don’t let this cold-weather fun snowball into a safety precautions during winter season.

Here are ten ways your kids should learn on how to protect from cold in winter

1. Maintain a sunny disposition.

Although the season’s frigid temps shouldn’t fool you, snow reflects more than 75% of the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Even if it’s winter, you shouldn’t stow away the sunscreen, so use it to protect your kids’ faces when they go out to play.

2. Keep snug like a bug, but not too snug.

Winter gear should fit your kids properly, but it shouldn’t be so tight that it limits movement. This tip is particularly true for footwear. If you’re wearing too-tight boots, it constricts blood flow, which causes your feet to become even colder. When sizing winter shoes, you should allow room for an extra pair of socks.

3. Be wise about clothing options.

When sending your kids off to school or out to play, you should make sure they’re dressed warmly in layers that are water- and windproof. If possible, choose wool instead of cotton. This flexible and durable material is an excellent insulator that will help keep kids warmer and drier than cotton.

4. Get around safe and sound.

When you’re driving in winter, it can be dangerous, so make sure you’re ready for any dangerous situation. Prepare your car for such emergencies by storing the following necessities in your trunk: a first-aid kit, blankets,  rock salt, shovel, ice scraper, water, and non-perishable snacks.

5. Practice safety when playing winter sports.

Always oversee your child’s winter exercises. Ice skating should only be done on ice that has reached a proper examination. Sledding tracks shouldn’t be too crowded or too close to any roadways. The safest and reliable sleds are those that allow for steering, so avoid disk-shaped saucers or snow tubes. Your little ones may want to try snowboarding or skiing, so consider getting lessons from a professional instructor. While you’re out on the slopes, you and your kids should always wear gloves and helmets with built-in wrist guards, and be guided by an adult.

6. Serve excellent snacks.

Proper nutrition can help kids fight off cold, and flu season, so you should strengthen their immune system with a balanced diet. Snack time is an extraordinary opportunity to sneak in some extra nutrients like sliced raw vegetables, dried and fresh fruits, yogurt, and whole-wheat crackers with cheese.

8. Get your kids prepared.

You should make sure your kids prepare an extra pair of gloves, and tissue packs tucked into their book bags. These must-haves will help prevent the spread of germs, and come in handy if a glove goes missing.

9. Heat your home safely.

Make sure your home’s heating equipment and your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors function correctly before temperatures fall below freezing. If you have a space heater, keep it out of reach from small children or, better yet, don’t use one at all.

You should take note of these tips to keep your kids safe against the cold breeze of winter. Let the cleaning experts clean your home for a more comfortable cool season.

 

Seven Ways to Stay Warm and Safe When It’s Super Cold

Seven Ways to Stay Warm and Safe When It’s Super Cold

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It’s that time of year again. Old Man Winter is pinching your nose, and chilling down your toes. By applying a few tricks, can help you stay warm despite the cold weather. ‘Tis the season to get cozy and warm in your home, so read on to learn more.

Check out these ways to stay warm and safe when it’s super cold!

Bundle up

Although it may seem obvious, piling on a few extra layers is an excellent way to stay warm even if you’re indoors. When temperatures dip below freezing, keeping your core warm is especially necessary, so try bundling up.

You don’t need to worry about looking bulky. There are many sporting goods companies make cold-weather gear that is slim enough to be worn even under your clothes.

Take a hot shower or bath.

A hot bath or shower can be enough to get your body back to the right level of warmth. If you find yourself just getting cold again after five minutes, make sure you’re bundled up with warm clothes, a robe, and house shoes as soon as you get out. This method will help your body retain the heat of the bath.

Indulge in foods that help you keep warm

You already understand that eating healthily in the winter is essential to fend off the flu and colds, and it might also help you keep warm, too. If you eat extra healthy fats during the winter, it can help make your metabolism active, so in turn, it heats the body. Try soups, spicy foods, hot coffee, and teas to oppose the chill!

Insulate your home.

To make sure that your home is insulated, you can do basic things, like putting up thick curtains and blankets over windows. If you want a cheaper option, cellular shades are pretty effective at keeping cold air from escaping from a window. You can also further insulate your windows and any glass doors with the help of an insulating film, which is a plastic material that is clear and adheres to any glass.

Close off unused rooms and focus on heating a central place.

It is often cheaper and simpler to focus on keeping one room warm than on keeping your entire house or apartment warm. All you have to do is figure out a single place that your family can hang out during waking hours and isolate it from the rest of the house. You can close the doors and keep them covered with blankets. Centralize your heaters to warm the room. This tip saves you from having to put a lot of effort into maintaining warm rooms that you won’t use very often.

Seal gaps that let in cold air.

Keep your eyes peeled for any gaps and hole that will let cold air into your home or even between rooms that have various levels of insulation. For example, the gap under doors may allow cold air through, as well as some windows. A quick remedy is rolling up blankets or carpets, so you can easily plug it between the gaps.

Drink something hot.

When you drink something hot, it can boost how warm you feel from the inside out. Whether it’s a Mexican coffee or a hot cup of lemon tea, turn the kettle on and break out the mugs because you’re about to get nice and toasty.

Although drinking alcohol can cause you to feel warm, it actually does the opposite. It lowers your body temperature, even though it gives you that “burning” feeling in your throat. If it’s dangerously cold in your home, you should avoid alcohol at all cost.

You can stay warm no matter how frightful the weather outside gets by using these tips. You might have heard these already, but doing these things will help you prevent any dangers from the cold when your home heating doesn’t work or it’s really, really cold. It’s better to be ready than sorry. Let your home be professionally cleaned by experts. With these professionals, it will help keep your home clean and organized.

7 Best Parks and Public Places to Enjoy in Denver

7 Best Parks and Public Places to Enjoy in Denver

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Besides being surrounded by spectacular mountains and prairies, Denver also offers big natural areas that include public parks, gardens, undeveloped land and even lakes. The residents of the Mile High City can also count on parks and public spaces in Douglas, Clear Creek, Grand and Jefferson counties that are maintained by the City and County of Denver.

Visit these best parks and hang out places when you’re in Denver!

 

Civic Center Park

THE park of Denver, in downtown, is Civic Center Park, beautiful open space full of life. Tourists and locals can take advantage of the scenic landscaping and vibrant atmosphere in this park. You can check out events like Cinco de Mayo, the Capitol Hill People’s Fair, Civic Center EATS, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Denver PrideFest, and more.

Skyline Park

Skyline Park is near the 16th Street Mall and located at 15th and Arapahoe St. This park offers a comfortable getaway for people who spend their workday in downtown Denver. It is always a fun place to spend a relaxing time with your family, especially during the summer.

It’s during the summer when visitors can enjoy street food, beers on draft, family-friendly games and live entertainment or music every Friday or Saturday, at the Skyline Beer Garden. And don’t miss the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park every winter which offers free ice skating all season long.

Centennial Flower Gardens

If you’re interested in flowers and gardens, don’t miss the Centennial Flower Gardens. It’s on the banks of the South Platte River, offering beautiful gardens patterned after the Gardens of Versailles in France. The flower beds and paths showcase native species as well as other flowers which grow well in this climate. This spot is excellent for a refreshing and relaxing afternoon stroll.

Confluence Park

You’ll find this park unique and scenic. Confluence Park is where Cherry Creek and the South Platte River intertwine. You can watch kayakers go on a brave trip through the rapids with custom-designed chutes. You can also have a tanning session on the sandy banks and enjoy panoramic views of Downtown Denver.

If you love parties, you join thousands of revelers at the South Platte River Fest for live music and water sports. Ride the Denver Trolley and check out places near this park.

Commons Park

Found on the edges of the South Platte River, Commons Parks is a pleasing mix of natural and urban influences. The park is covered by native plants and a piece of reconstructed lush “sand prairie.” This spot also happens to be the city’s birthplace.

You can stroll along Little Raven Street, which is a tree-lined walkway dotted with seating areas and entries to connect the park to the heart of Denver.

Cheesman Park

If you like jogging, you’ll love Cheesman Park. It has crushed granite jogging path that winds its way around the park. It’s also a popular spot for families because of its large playground that offers delight to kids. This park is located at 8th St. and Franklin St. and also offers incredible views from the Front Range to the Cheesman Memorial Pavilion.

Washington Park

Popularly known as Wash Park by locals and it’s one of Denver’s most famous spots year-round. It features two lakes, innovative playgrounds, flower gardens, and other outdoor recreation.

Wash Park is also an ideal place for fitness options with its facilities like a recreation center with indoor pool, a bicycle or pedestrian pathway, a fitness course, a crushed granite jogging path,  a horseshoe pit, a soccer field, a lawn bowling/croquet area, and tennis courts.

Whether you’re just enjoying the day or relaxing with your family, you can soak in the glory of these parks. You’ll find that Denver, Colorado has natural areas where you can appreciate nature and things alike. While you’re out here, why don’t you hire a professional house cleaning service to help you out? This way you can have a fantastic day out and come home to spotless place.

7 Best Ways to Make Your Home Smell Nice Naturally

7 Best Ways to Make Your Home Smell Nice Naturally

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After cans and cans of air freshener sprays, you just can’t seem to find that ‘natural smell’ in your home. If you want to know how to make your house smell good, we’ve gathered some ways to help you. Your guests will surely notice and compliment the way your home smells, maybe like a orange grove or a field of lavenders. These naturally-infused recipes will add and an uplifting and refreshing to your home.

Here are seven ways on how to make your home smelling good all the time!

1. Spring Simmering Pot Recipes

A natural way to add aroma to your home is with a simmering pot recipe, which is where you heat up a mixture of natural ingredients in a pot and make your house smell like what you’re cooking. There are premade spring simmering pot recipes, or you could make some by yourself to have one on hand always.

For example, the Cranberry-Orange Stove-Top Potpourri. These pantry items can be used to help you make all sorts of stop-top potpourris. This pot recipe consists of vanilla, cinnamon, rosemary, and nutmeg, giving it a warm and cozy Christmas scent.

2. Lemon and Rosemary

With this DIY all-natural room scent, you can leave your room smelling fresh, citrusy, and clean. This rosemary and lemon room scent solution is made out of water, rosemary, vanilla extract, and of course, lemon. You don’t even have to buy a container for it, you can just use a Mason jar from your kitchen.

3. Lilac

The smell of Lilac makes you giddy and relaxed. Who wouldn’t want their homes not to smell like it? Make your home smelling like a spring breeze with this lilac air freshener spray that is made of vodka, water, and lilac oil.

4. Rosemary and Lavender Carpet Powder

This lavender and rosemary carpet powder will help your carpets avoid that musty or dirty smell, in an all natural way. Sprinkle the mixture of dried rosemary, lavender oil, and baking soda on your carpets, then let it sit for a bit less than half an hour, and you can vacuum it up for a fresh-smelling room.

5. Cinnamon-Orange Air Freshener

If you don’t want to have candles lit up everywhere in your home, this cinnamon-orange air freshener is perfect for you. With this DIY air freshener, you won’t wait long for your home to smell like autumn. It’s made with a water-absorbing polymer, cinnamon oil, orange oil, and water.

6. Scented Cleaning Vinegar

It’s not enough to cover up the unpleasant smells in your home. You need to get rid of them. To eliminate the source of bad smells, a good cleaning session is usually enough. Using a cleaner that leaves behind a refreshing scent is even better. Check out this link to learn how to make a scented cleaning vinegar that not only cleans effectively, but leaves behind a lemony fresh scent.

7. Take an orange and add whole cloves to it.

For this, all you’ll need is an orange or several—if you want to make more—and take a handful of whole cloves. Take each entire clove one at a time and push them into the orange. You can create a pretty design or simple design.

Many call this a Fresh Orange Pomander, and a pleasant scent is released from the combination of the oranges and cloves, refreshing the whole room. This way is an excellent way to make your house smell good because not only does it smell fantastic, but it’s also beautiful!

Most of these “solutions” are fast fixes for semi-emergency situations. For long-term good smell, you do have to keep the odors from starting in the first place. You can hire a professional house cleaning service to help you out. Look at these options above for areas smelling fresh and clean. And don’t forget to air out regularly by opening your windows and door to keep your house smelling naturally fresh.

Have a Family-Friendly Halloween With These Events in Denver

Have a Family-Friendly Halloween With These Events in Denver!

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Halloween is in the air, so are you ready to be spooky and get scared? If you’re looking for things to do in Denver this Halloween, the Mile-High city has lots of it. You can take your kids to explore a seven-acre corn maze, hear tales of Victorian horror, or go to a trick-or-treating at the zoo.

Don’t worry, the only thing really spooky in these events is the amount of fun you and your family will be having!

Here are some family-friendly Halloween events in Denver, Colorado!

 

Boo at Denver Zoo

At the Denver Zoo, you’ll find the annual “Boo at the Zoo.” There are more than 20 trick-or-treat stations, family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the zoo’s beautiful fall foliage, and demonstrations of some creepy, but fascinating, animals. With the cost of your zoo admission, the activities are free and Boo After Dark offers a nighttime trick-or-treating experience. So bring your kids in their scariest costume ever!

Chatfield Corn Maze

Take your kids to his year’s Denver Botanic Gardens’ seven-acre Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms and get lost in one of the most attended corn mazes in the country. Watch the delight of children as they find their way through a mini-maze made just for them. Overlook the giant Corn Maze while at the two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges, and wind your way through acres of corn.

And don’t forget to come out during the Pumpkin Festival to pick the perfect jack-o-lantern from the 10-acre pumpkin patch.

Colorado Haunted History Tours

With one of these walking tours, you can relive the spirited history of the Wild West through the towns of Morrison or Golden. You can take the “Ghosts and Legends Tour” that takes the visitors through historic Morrison.  Who passes through these building or whose spirits still remain?

Colorado has many haunted stories throughout history. The “Murder, Mayhem and Madness Tour” displays the home of Coors Brewery that includes stories of Golden’s past stories about shootouts, murder, lynchings, etc., although that one might be too strong for some kids, as it advises strong parental guidance for children under the age of 13.

Nevertheless, these tours are on the “Ten Best Haunted Tours and Scary Story Tours Around Denver” list which are suitable for kids.

Elitch Gardens Fright Fest

At night, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park transforms from a theme park to a “scream” park. In the daylight, children squeal in joy with free candy on the Trick or Treat Trail, but once the sun goes down, haunted creatures lurk around every corner of the park.

There are so many activities to choose from. There’s a Ghouls Match where you can battle it out through various Halloween themed challenges. Scream It Out gives an award such as Scream King or Queen to people with the loudest shriek. Don’t forget the costume contest! You’re encouraged to get creative with your costumes, but no face masks or paint due to security concerns.

Glow at the Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens central location also features a wonderland of Halloween  illuminated pathways and jack o’ lanterns galore.

Aside from the spectacular illuminations, guests can enjoy a wide array of activities including Live music by Jack Rice Music, “Thriller” dance lessons with Adventures in Dance, Pumpkin carving demos, Halloween storytelling from Rachel Ann Harding, and free face painting.

Denver has a lot of family-friendly events that you can choose from. While you’re having fun with these events, you can take this time to let professionals make your home clean and sparkly.

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