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Does Talking to Plants Really Help Their Growth?

It sounds like an old wives’ tale that talking to plants helps them grow. We know the amount of sunlight, water, temperature, and other environmental factors can impact growth, but can talking to the struggling wilting plant actually help it?

The Plant Study

The Royal Horticultural Society conducted a study in which 10 tomato plants were given headphones around their pots and received a different voice recording. The recordings were from men and women who read their literary or scientific works. All of the plants in the study were given the same type of care.

“At the end of the month, the plants that had been attached to female voices grew an average of an inch taller than those attached to a male voice,” states the Spruce. “The overall winning tomato listened to Sarah Darwin, the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin. Her plant grew approximately two inches taller than the rest.”

Planting Theories

How can talking to a plant help its growth?

“There isn’t a lot of research in this area… But there is evidence that plants respond to sounds,” states Rich Marini, the head of Penn State’s horticulture department. “Wind or vibration will induce changes in plant growth. Since sound is essentially vibration, my guess is that vibration is causing a response.”

Moreover, a study published by the National Library of Medicine found that plants naturally produce and respond to sound vibrations, which can influence their physiological traits and resilience to stress. Plants lack auditory organs, so they can’t hear but can sense and react to sound, leading to changes in gene expression and growth patterns.

Another theory is that when someone talks to a plant, it increases the carbon dioxide levels, which, in turn, impacts the plant’s growth.

However, Marini doesn’t believe this theory to be true because “people would have to speak to their plants for at least several hours a day to enhance photosynthesis enough to influence plant growth.”

Some people love chatting with their plants, while others roll their eyes at the idea that it can impact their growth. Only a few studies have been done on this topic, but talking to your struggling plant might not be a bad idea.

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Unique Ways to Tell Mom “I Love You”

Get ready to shake things up for Mom’s special day! Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 12, and the whole family has the chance to shower her with some extra love. Also, all moms are different, so why stick to the same old routine of chocolates and breakfast? Here are some unique ways to say “I Love You” on Mother’s Day.

For the Sentimental Mom

Create something she will want to cherish forever! Head to your local Marshalls or craft store and grab some supplies like pretty paper, markers, colored pencils, fake flowers, and stickers. When gifting to the sentimental mom, consider creating a memory jar, writing a beautiful letter, or even making a DIY scrapbook with the kids.

For the Quality-Time Mom

Some moms want breakfast in bed, a quiet bath, and silence, but the active Momma doesn’t want any of that! Treat Mom to some quality time outdoors with a nature walk, or get your hands dirty planting a garden. If the Colorado weather doesn’t agree with your outdoor adventures, take out the nail polish and a big bowl for a DIY Spa Day at the house. Volunteering at a local nonprofit is also a fun and meaningful gift and a way to spend time together.

For the Foodie Mom

Everyone loves food, but foodie moms especially love a good meal on Mother’s Day! Cook up a storm together at home. Note: snag the ingredients beforehand because grocery shopping is not on Mom’s to-do list. If the family doesn’t want to cook, plan to go to her favorite restaurant or a new one that’s just opened up. Because nothing says “I love you” like a delicious meal shared with the family.

For the Boujee Mom

Give her the royal treatment with a customized gift basket fit for a queen! Whether it’s a skincare/relaxation set or a basket full of blinged-out car accessories, make it as fabulous and extravagant as she is. Because, let’s face it, she deserves nothing but the best.

This Mother’s Day, go beyond the traditional gifts and make it an experience that fits her uniqueness.

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The Value of Paying it Forward

Gail Nussbaum is a breast cancer survivor who finished her last round of chemotherapy in May of 2010. While she battled cancer, Gail had the support and encouragement from her parents, family, and friends to help her through the darkest days.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of her last chemo treatment, Gail packed up her things and went on a vacation. But while she was traveling, she felt a deeper calling–one rooted in lessons of kindness and generosity. Gail thought back to what her parents had taught and instilled in her— the importance of paying it forward. When the second anniversary came around, she decided to celebrate in a different way.

“On my second cancer-free anniversary, I reserved Build-A-Bear Workshop for a private party, and I invited 45 of my closest friends to come. I paid for the physical bear, and they outfitted the bear that went to children facing unimaginable medical challenges, including cancer,” Gail shares.

After the Build-A-Bear session, Gail took 70 bears to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver (RMHC). RMHC is a nonprofit organization that houses families who are seeking medical treatment for their seriously ill children.

As Gail was leaving the RMHC, one of the staff members said, “See you next year!” Well, to say the least, Gail came back the next year, and the one after that, and the one after that. Gail’s annual Build-A-Bear event has blossomed into a cherished tradition known as Gail Pays It Forward.

“Over the period of the last 12 years, the 45 friends turned into close to 200 friends and colleagues who attend my event every year and help me celebrate by creating special bears for kids,” Gail says.

Children battling cancer can take these specially made bears to appointments, cuddle with them after surgeries, and always have a comfort source, even when they are feeling scared in the hospital.

“It was so hard as an adult to go through a cancer battle; I can’t even imagine for these children what it feels like,” Gail says.

But Gail’s act of kindness didn’t stop there. Her parents, who taught her how important it is to give back, inspired her to continue to pay it forward. But Gail’s father lost his battle with cancer, and a year and a half later, her mother was in hospice.

“A couple of years ago, when my mom was in the hospital and then hospice, I made the decision I wanted to write a book dedicated to my parents for teaching me the value of paying it forward. I wanted to do something for my parents to honor and remember them,” Gail shares. “So I literally wrote this book in two weeks and found an illustrator, all while sitting with my mom, by her side, as she was lying in hospice.”

As nurses and doctors filtered in and out of her mother’s room, Gail poured her heart into writing her first children’s book, Paisley’s Pay It Forward Adventure

“I created this book, worked with the illustrator and had it published six months to the day of my mom’s passing, which is unusual – because it usually takes a while to create and publish a book–I was very determined,” Gail says.

Paisley’s Pay It Forward Adventure

Paisley is a teddy bear excited to find a new home full of adventure and is surprised to end up in a hospital. Though not where Paisley expected to land, Paisley finds purpose through helping Ahna, a young girl battling cancer. Paisley soon finds his journey doesn’t end with Ahna, instead, he finds himself traveling from child to child! From spending time with each child, Paisley learns what it means to pay it forward and the power of small acts of kindness!

While this heartfelt children’s book is fiction, it is inspired by a real girl named Ahna. When Ahna was 11 years old, she was diagnosed

with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).

While Ahna was receiving treatment at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, she attended the Gail Pays It Forward event in 2016, where she received a special teddy bear to support her through her cancer journey.

Since then, Ahna has completed her cancer treatment and remains in remission. In 2018, Ahna and her mother traveled from Montana to Denver to participate in the annual Gail Pays It Forward event, where she poured her love into making a special teddy bear for a child in need. Today, Ahna is set on going to college to study biology with a concentration on pre-med.

Inspiring Others To Pay It Forward

All of Paisley’s Pay It Forward Adventure proceeds go directly to three nonprofits: Brent’s Place, RMHC, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF).

Gail continues to hear from parents how their child has been inspired to help others.

“There’s a ripple effect. If every child reading this book learns about the power of small acts of kindness and the value of paying it forward, I think of how many lives are being touched by simply reading this book!” Gail shares and hopes that every child who reads this book learns the value of helping others.

Brent’s Place offers independent living accommodations for children and families with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses while they receive treatment at local hospitals.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation originated from the lemonade stand of 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who battled cancer and aimed to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. When she passed away at the age of 8, she had raised $1 million. Since then, the foundation evolved into a national fundraising movement.

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Plant Use: Healing Secrets of the Wild

As spring blooms in Colorado, many families are heading outdoors to hike, camp, and garden. What comes with the beautiful rocky mountains is a unique native plant presence. These plants offer more than just decor; they hold valuable medicinal properties.

Many native plants offer practical uses, from using tree dust as a natural sunscreen substitute to chewing leaves for wound healing. Moreover, discussing and identifying native plants with children will not only nurture a love for nature but also ignite an interest in science and botany.

Maggie Gaddis, the Executive Director of the Colorado Native Plant

Populus Tremuloides, Aspen Trees

• Growth: Tall, skinny trees.

• Description: Commonly 20-80 feet tall, with a smooth, white bark.

• Habitat: 6,500-11,500 in elevation.

• Benefits: Residue from bark can be used as sunscreen.

If you rub the bark of an aspen tree, you will get a white dust on your hands, which you can then apply to your face as a substitute for sunscreen. Another unique aspect of an aspen is how it photosynthesizes.

“We don’t have a lot of deciduous trees in Colorado because of the harsh climate, but one way that Aspens have adapted to this landscape is that they can photosynthesize with their bark, not just with their leaves,” Gaddis shares. “Also, they’re connected in their root system, so they share resources across a whole group.”

Society, shares some insight into native plants and their various uses. So next time you’re exploring, whether you’re a day hiker, backpacker, or serious gardener, keep an eye out for these native plants.

Disclosure: While these plants have medicinal properties, consuming or using them without proper knowledge can be dangerous, as parts of some plants are poisonous. Additionally, wildlife animals and insects rely on these plants for food and as their natural habitat. We do not encourage people to eat or use the following plants.

Rubus Idaeus Var, Raspberry

• Growth: Grows as a bush.

• Description: Grows up to 1.5 meters high, with three to five leaflets and red berries.

• Habitat: Rocky slopes, foothills, and often with other shrubs.

• Benefits: Leaves contain antioxidants.

“You don’t want to harvest the berries because you’re sharing that resource with the wildlife, but harvesting the leaves is fine,” Gaddis says. “[The leaves] have a ton of vitamin C, and for women who are pregnant, raspberry leaf tea is a good thing to drink.”

Achillea Millefolium, Yarrow

• Growth: Grows in circular blooms.

• Description: Rounded umbels of white and pale yellow flowers.

• Habitat: Foothills, meadows, and semidesert.

• Benefits: Contains antiseptic properties. While you’re hiking and backpacking, if you get a cut, the Yarrow plant can be used because it has antiseptic properties that will help with the healing process.

“You can take a leaf and chew on it a little bit, and then stick it on your cut, and that will help to stop the bleeding and also to keep it clean,” Gaddis shares.

Prunus Virginiana, Chokecherry

• Growth: Small shrub or tree.

• Description: Green leaves with bright red cherries.

• Habitat: In canyons, streams, and ditches.

• Benefits: Cherries are high in antioxidants and fiber. Can be used to make jam and jelly.

“Chokecherries were an important food staple for many indigenous peoples of North America,” states the American Indian Health and Diet Project. “Chokeycherry tea was used to treat everything from anxiety to colds, diarrhea and tuberculosis. Berries were eaten to relieve stomach pain and aid digestion. A common remedy for head colds involved grinding and smoking chokecherry bark like tobacco.”

Typha Latifolia, Cattails

• Growth: Similar to long grass with spearlike leaves.

• Description: Long, slim leaves with a giant flower stalk.

• Habitat: Urban areas and reservoirs.

• Benefits: Good source of vitamins A, B, C, phosphorus, and potassium.

“One of the most important health benefits of cattail is its natural antiseptic property, which has come in handy for various cultures for generations,” states Organic Facts. “Various parts of the cattail have coagulant properties, meaning that they slow down the flow of blood and prevent anemia.”

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Momma’s Wellness Box

We’re done gifting bathrobes and gift cards. Mom deserves to be pampered!


The Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask removes blackheads, exfoliates, detoxes, and cleanses, leaving Mom’s skin glowing. $9.84,


Between crying kids and a busy carpool line, Mom needs the Cryotherapy Ice Jade Roller Gua Sha Facial Tools. Give the gift of less wrinkles! $8.99,


Every mom’s purse needs a cleaning here and there, and the Sauberkugel Keep Your Bags Clean–Stickey Inside Ball is an effort-free way to clean it. $11.99,


Mom will laugh and relax all at the same time with the Homsolver Gifts Lavender Scented Soy Candle–Mom’s Last Nerve. $9.99,


Every woman loves a heating pad–it’s science. Mom will decompress, relax, and heal with the Electric Heating Pad for Back Pain Relief $44.99,

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Things to Do for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Events

A Mother’s Day Weekend Yoga Event

5912 S. Cody St., #110, Littleton

May 11

Falcon Mother’s Day

Craft Fair

Meridian Ranch Recreation Center 10301 Angeles Rd., Peyton

May 5

Magical Fairy Playshop: A Mother’s Day Event

Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

7500 E. Arapahoe Rd. #208, Centennial

May 12


Mother’s Day Baby Goat Yoga & Mimosas

The Infinite Monkey Theorem 3200 Larimer St., Denver

May 11 & 12


Mother’s Day Bubbles and Blooms Workshop

Alchemy Creative Workspace 66 S. Logan St., Denver

May 12

Mother’s Day Make Up Party

Clear Sky Medical

9085 E. Mineral Cir., Englewood

May 10


Mother’s Day Market

Denver Bookbinding Company

1401 W. 47th Ave.

May 11


Mother’s Day Soiree! For Mothers & Daughters

Everyday Girl Adventures

11 S. 25th St., Colorado Springs

May 4

Shop the Block: Mother’s Day Edition

Lone Tree Brewing Company

8200 Park Meadows Dr., Lone Tree

May 11

Wash Park Home Tour and Mother’s Day

Market Street Fair

100 Block of S. Humboldt St., Denver

May 11

Mother’s Day Race

Denver Mother’s Day 5K

City Park

1700 York St., Denver

May 12


Giraffes Set Family Day

Painting with a Twist

7134 W. Alaska Dr., Lakewood

10-11:30 a.m.

May 12


HRCA Mother’s Day 5K

Cresthill Middle School

9195 Cresthill Ln., Highlands Ranch

May 11


Brunch on Sunday

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Front Range Christian School

6657 W. Ottawa Ave., Littleton

Mother’s Day Brunch at Fire

Fire Restuarant & Lounge 1201 Broadway St., Denver

Mother’s Day Green Tea Party

Fossil Creek Nursery

7029 S. College Ave., Fort Collins

May 11


Mother’s Day Tea

Halcyon Hotel Cherry Creek

245 Columbine St., Denver

May 12


Mother’s Day Tea and Brunch

Desiderata Ranch

4617 W. County Rd. 2, Berthoud

May 12

Victorian Mother’s Day Tea

Molly Brown House Museum 1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver

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What Early Childhood Milestones Are Important to Track

Every child grows and develops within their own timeframe. As a parent, it can be difficult to remember not to compare your child’s progress to the children of your relatives or friends. One child may begin speaking early on, while another child may take more time. Rolling over, crawling, walking, and talking are all considered milestones. While the metric for measuring your child’s progress seems black and white, it is in no way a predictor of your child’s intelligence, talents, or future successes.

Childhood milestones are different for each age range. These milestones develop over time, forming the foundation for growth and continued learning. In this guide, we explore the early childhood milestones, what they mean, and how to track them.

Developmental Milestones From 2 Months to 2 Years


At two months, your baby is smiling at faces and taking in their new world. Babies at this age are social and love to interact with their parents. Their neck muscles are growing bigger and stronger, and they can hold their heads up for a longer time. They can identify and understand the tone, emotions, and comfort in your voice.


While every baby is different, here are a few common milestones your baby may reach in this age group:

• Lifts head when on stomach

• Moves arms and kicks

• Reacts to noises and understands voices

• Cries and fusses

• Starting to look closely at objects

• Begins to smile at people

If you want to encourage your baby’s development during this time, experts recommend:

• Singing

• Talking and smiling at your baby throughout the day while bathing, dressing, feeding, or playing with your baby

• Playing new sounds for your baby

• Reading books out loud

• Looking into a mirror with your baby


At 4 months, your baby is growing into even more of a social butterfly. Babies at this age love to make sounds like babbling, cooing, and mimicking other sounds they hear. They love to play and copy the movements of others. Also, your baby’s cries will begin to sound different as they learn to use their voice to communicate between tiredness, hunger, discomfort, and frustration.


Here are some milestones your baby may reach during this developmental period:

• Smiles on their own

• Chuckles

• Looks at parents, moves, or makes sounds to get attention

• Makes sounds like “ooh” and “aah”

• Briefly holds a small object

• Pushes up on arms while on stomach

• Brings both hands to their mouth

Things you can do to encourage your baby’s development include copying your baby’s sounds, singing songs while rocking your baby, making faces at your baby, reading with your baby, and helping your baby sit up with support.


At 6 months, your baby is as social as ever. Your baby will use sounds to express emotion and will begin to recognize familiar faces. They mimic sounds they hear, like, “Ma, Da, Ba, Ah, Oh,” and even “No!” At six months, your baby will soon be on their way to crawling.


• Recognizes familiar faces

• Sitting

• Brings objects to mouth

• Likes to look in the mirror

• Reaches and grasps toys

• Shakes and bangs rattle

• Responds to own name

• Turns head toward sounds

• Makes sounds to express emotion

• Hand coordination

• Rolling over

• Begins to pass objects from one hand to the other

To encourage your baby’s development at this stage, take time to make music part of each day and continue to talk and sing with

your baby. Get on the floor and play with your child, point and name pictures, praise your baby, and use big smiles and gestures.


By 9 months, your baby is getting mobile! Babies at this age are crawling and can begin to pull up to stand. At this age, it’s important to incorporate safety into your daily routines, as your baby’s mobility and curiosity grow. Your baby now responds to his or her name, loves to cuddle with family, and may show shyness or fear of strangers.


While babies may progress at different rates, here are a few things to keep in mind during this developmental period:

• Uses toys to make noise

• Grasps smaller objects with hands and fingers

• Sits, crawls, and pulls up to stand

• Turns pages in books

• Fills and dumps things

• Makes sounds and gestures to communicate

• Starts to cling to adults they’re familiar with

• Might be afraid of strangers

To encourage your baby’s development during this period, take time to read books together and name pictures, call your child by name, praise your baby for good behavior, and use finger foods to promote using hands to grab food.


After baby’s first birthday, the rate at which they grow begins to decrease. By 1, your baby is officially a toddler. Toddlers are more active, curious, and expressive. Your toddler may begin to use words, stand on his or her own, and take a few steps.


While toddlers may progress at different rates, these are a few common milestones your toddler may reach in this age group:

• Turns pages in a book

• Plays games with you like pat-a-cake

• Likes to push, pull, and dump things

• Stacks two blocks

• Hands objects to others

• Crawls well


• Stands alone, sits down

• May take steps alone

• Waves “bye-bye”

• Understands “no”

• May be shy around strangers

• May start to use words

• Walks while holding onto furniture

• Picks things up between thumb and pointer finger

During this developmental period, you can encourage your toddler’s growth and development by reading books together, naming objects you see, talking with your child about everyday things, setting clear rules and boundaries, praising your child for good behavior, and demonstrating respectful interactions.


Your toddler is now walking and using basic words to interact with the world around them. At this age, children love to play and explore. They may play pretend and point at objects they want. They also begin to understand what things in the house are used for, such as kitchen utensils, or cleaning supplies like a mop or broom. Your toddler may begin having temper tantrums at this age as they learn to communicate.



While toddlers may progress through different stages, here are some milestones to look out for:

• Scribbles

• Points to show you things

• Helps you dress him

• Plays with toys in a simple way like pushing a toy car

• Plays with blocks and puzzles

• Uses a spoon and cup

• Climbs into a chair by self

• May have tantrums

• May show interest in using the toilet

• Points to pictures in books

• Uses around eight or more words

At this stage, it’s important to start using routines. Since toddlers like to know what to expect, start implementing routines to help them. In addition, set clear rules and be consistent. If your toddler is starting to throw tantrums, make sure you establish some gentle rules to help guide them. Praise your toddler for good behavior.


By 2, your toddler is now walking, talking, climbing, jumping, running, and bursting with energy and life. Your child now has an extended and growing vocabulary and acquires new words daily. They can now sort

shapes and colors. As they grow more independent, toddlers may show signs of defiance as they begin to push boundaries and explore the world around them.


Toddlers all progress at different rates, but here are some milestones to be on the lookout for:

• Rolls a large ball back-and-forth

• Turns pages of books

• Looks at faces to decide reactions

• Tries to use switches, knobs, or buttons

• Kicks a ball

• Runs

• Walks up a few stairs with or without help

• Sings and dances

• May be interested in using the toilet

• Stoops and squats

• Walks forward and backward

To encourage your toddler’s development, consider reading a little every day, teaching new words, helping your child learn manners, exercising together, and letting your child help with chores.

This guide sums up the important milestones to be on the lookout from 2 months of age to 2 years. As your child grows into toddlerhood, they will begin to display exciting new milestones!


Spilling the Tea The Health Benefits in Every Cup

Whether you drink it hot or cold, tea is a delicious addition whenever you’re settling in with a warm cup before bed or hydrating during a hot day. This tasty beverage not only quenches your thirst, but it’s packed with loads of health and wellness benefits to change your way of life, including reducing stress and anxiety, managing weight, and providing allergy relief. Here’s the tea on tea and how certain types of tea can benefit you and your family.


The primary varieties of tea in the United States include black tea, green tea, white tea, dark tea, and oolong tea. According to the Tea Association of the USA, “Differences among the five types of tea result from the various degrees of processing and the level of oxidization.” These teas undergo a natural chemical reaction that will alter the taste and color of the tea. Tea doesn’t contain any sodium, fat,

carbonation, or sugar, and it’s typically calorie-free. The teas derived from the Camellia sinensis plant are also rich in flavonoids, which can play an important role in various areas of a person’s health.


Similar to the saying “there’s an app for that,” when it comes to soothing an ailment or giving your health a boost, there’s likely a tea to help. Here are a few ways tea can play a role in your overall well-being.

Weight Management

Weight-loss teas are among the most popular in tea sales, with green tea being the go-to due to its major components–catechins and caffeine. Remember those flavonoids? Those are important in managing your weight with tea, as tea has a type of flavonoid called catechins. These catechins (and the caffeine!) can boost your metabolism and help break down fats

quickly. It’s important to note that the science behind tea and weight management is constantly evolving, so always talk with your doctor before making any decisions on what you should do.

Immunity Boost

Allergy season often feels like it’s more of an everyday occurrence and not a “season,” leading us all to need a little immune system boost to keep us going. Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University explains that tea contains a component that can help the body ward off infection and disease, and that drinking tea may strengthen the immune system.

Tea Association of the USA explains that L-theanine, found in tea, primes the immune system in fighting infection, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Research also indicates that tea’s catechins provide preventive effects on influenza and the common cold, although more research is needed.


Overall Health

Numerous studies have shown that regular consumption of tea can play an active role in a person’s overall health. The Tea Association of the USA shares that tea is an excellent source of flavan-3-ols (flavonoids) and two cups of green or black tea (400-600mg of flavan-3-ols) helps reduce the risk associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and helps to improve blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. In other studies, white tea is said to be helpful in fighting various forms of cancer, due to being high in antioxidants.

There are a variety of herbal teas, many containing various herbs, spices, and fruits, that all offer a host of benefits. According to Penn Medicine, rooibos improves blood pressure and circulation, boosts good cholesterol, keeps hair strong and skin healthy, and provides relief from allergies. Peppermint tea can soothe an upset stomach, cure constipation, and alleviate motion sickness. It also can provide pain relief from tension headaches and migraines. Ginger fights morning sickness, chronic indigestion, and osteoarthritis, and hibiscus also lowers blood pressure and fat levels, improves overall liver health, and may prevent formation of kidney stones.

Signs of Aging

There are plenty of products on the market claiming to help everyone look younger longer. Among these highly sought-after commodities is anti-aging teas. However, do they really work?

A study published in The Lancet Regional Health–Western Pacific found that tea drinkers showed signs of slower biological aging. The study recommends that those who consume around three cups of tea–6-8g of tea leaves per day–will see the best results. Alternatively, those who stopped drinking tea showed an increase in aging.

Stress & Anxiety

When it comes to relaxation, we’re quick to brew a hot cup of tea and snuggle in our comfiest pajamas to watch our favorite television show. There’s just something about this nightly ritual that helps us settle down for bed, lessen our anxiety, and relax. Well, there’s science behind it! According to a study, six weeks of tea consumption can lead to lower post-stress cortisol and greater subjective relaxation. So yes, those chamomile teas and lavender teas are really working due to the components they’re made of. However, mental wellness is of utmost importance. If you’re experiencing stress and anxiety, always speak with a pro-

fessional to determine what will best alleviate these symptoms.


Sometimes getting through the day isn’t possible without a little caffeine boost. The stimulant, when consumed in low doses, has proven to help increase alertness, energy, and the ability to concentrate. These benefits are even evident in those living with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In order to help alleviate their ADHD symptoms, some people have started drinking small amounts of caffeinated tea. In a report, it is said that this tea consumption may be an effective active treatment for adult ADHD. Although, what about the children with ADHD?

A study in the Journal of Attention Disorders found that children with ADHD, who consumed caffeine, showed improved planning and executive function, which encompasses time management, organization, and prioritization skills, along with reduced symptoms of hyperactivity.

Be aware that everyone reacts differently to caffeine, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to lessening ADHD effects. As with everything, it is important to speak with a medical professional to determine what will work best for you.


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X Ambassadors

Listen to some of your favorite songs, like “Home,” “Renegades,” and “Unsteady.” May 14. Ogden Theatre, Denver.



Rendevous Festival

Experience classic fun with carnival rides, vendors, and other exciting activities. May 16-19. Garfield County Fairgrounds, Rifle.


40 years of the world-renowned Colorado Symphony Chorus. May 18 & 19. Boettcher Hall, Denver.

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Highlands Farmers Market

The Farmers Market has ready-to-eat foods, live music, Colorado-grown produce, and more. May 19-Oct. 13. Highlands Square, Denver.

FREE Garden Class

Head to the Arvada Community Garden for a free garden class. May 22. Arvada Community Garden.


Cupcake Design Workshop


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The Boulder festival has everything from local music and foods to craft beer and face painting. May 24-27. Boulder Creek Path.

Chalk Lines & Vines 10

The annual spring festival, Chalk Lines and Vines, returns for another exciting year, promising a unique blend of Colorado wineries and talented chalk artists showcasing their masterpieces. With over 15 local wineries offering tastings and opportunities to chat with the makers, guests can immerse themselves in the flavors of the region while witnessing the creation of stunning chalk artworks.

As attendees sip on wine and explore the event, they’ll be treated to live music, engaging activities like croquet and sip n’ paint sessions, and an array of local vendors offering unique goods.

The festival is on May 18 and 19 at the Arapahoe County Fairground Event Center in Aurora. It is a 21-and-up-only event. General admission tickets are $40, and they include a souvenir wine glass, tote, honey-smoked salmon staker, and more.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers. Whether it’s a romantic date or a gathering with friends, Chalk Lines and Vines promises a lively atmosphere that supports local businesses.

Arapahoe County Fairgrounds Event Center, Aurora.

stunning cupcake designs and feed your creativity during the workshop. May 22. Parker Library. douglascountylibraries.
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1 Wednesday

Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival

The Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival is one you and your family won’t want to miss. From music, parades, and craft fairs to a beauty pageant, this is an all-around festival happening May 1-5. Cañon City.

Well Wednesday

Yoga Flow


Start your Wednesday off with the yoga class that’s designed

to synchronize breath with movement. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just beginning your journey, this class welcomes everyone. Boundless Body and Wellness, Arvada.

2 Thursday

Master Gardener Helpline


Head to the library to get all of your plant questions answered by the Broomfield Colorado Master Gardener volunteers. Get a diagnosis for your struggling plant, or get free resources so you can have a successful season. Broomfield Library and Auditorium, Broomfield.

Toddler Time


Bring your adorable toddlers to Toddler time at the Evergreen Library. Kiddos will read, rhyme, dance, and hear stories. There may be construction at the library, so jump online to see

From May 3-5, head to Fruita for the exciting Fat Tire Festival, which features everything related to bikes, gear, and trails. Jump online to see the full schedule and buy tickets. Fruita.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship 4:30pm

The AMA Supercross Championship will be an exciting day with thrilling motocross races. Bring the family, enjoy the show, and cheer on the racers. Empower Field at Mile High, Denver.

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if the meeting place changes. Evergreen Library. jeffcolibrary.

3 Friday

Friday Family Night Out: Kids Wonder

Every Friday, Kids Wonder invites the entire family for an exciting night filled with fun, laughter, and memories that will last a lifetime. Guests can pre-order pizza, and there are discounts on adult beverages. Tickets are $15 a child and $3 for adults. Kids Wonder, Centennial.

Halfway to Halloween

May 3 and 4, 13th Floor Denver will bring scares and screams to celebrate the halfway point to Halloween. Tickets start at $29.99, so jump online for the adrenaline rush experience. 13th Floor Denver.

4 Saturday

Fruita Fat Tire Festival

TheBigWonderful is taking over the Belleview Beer Garden and surrounding streets. This event features 70+ Colorado craft vendors, unlimited sampling from 15+ breweries, cideries, distilleries, delicious food trucks, and live bluegrass. Jump online for tickets and to see the full schedule. Belleview Beer Garden, Denver.

Cinco de Mayo Festival 10am-8pm

Head to the largest and longeststanding Cinco de Mayo Festival in Colorado from May 4-5. The kid-friendly event will feature exciting activities, contests, and nonstop entertainment. Civic Center Park, Denver.

5 Sunday Rescue Puppy Yoga 11am-Noon

Rescue Puppy Yoga helps find fosters, funds, and forever homes for animals in need, adding a new twist to yoga with playful puppies. Join the class starting at 11 a.m., with the option to arrive 10-15 minutes early to settle in before the lesson begins. Pet Wants Arvada.

Yo-Yo Ma with the Colorado Symphony 7-9pm

The cello player, Yo-Yo Ma, and

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Peter Oundijan, the conductor, come together for a beautiful performance. Tickets range from $105-310 and can be purchased online. Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver.

6 Monday Pottery Sale


Discover one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures for yourself at the triannual pottery sale, featuring creations by HRCA pottery students. Browse the selection displayed in the Southridge Rec Center lobby. Credit card payments are accepted for your convenience. Southridge Rec Center, Highlands Ranch.

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week at Museum of Illusions


During Teach Appreciation Week, educators are invited to unwind and explore over 40 optical illusion exhibits at the Museum of Illusions. Museum of Illusions, Denver.

7 Tuesday

Spring Pottery Sale at the Arvada Center


Explore functional, hand-crafted pottery and unique Mother’s Day gifts at the annual show, featuring a variety of items, including dinnerware, jewelry, and sculpture. With hundreds

of pieces available, there’s something for everyone’s budget. Arvada Center.

Drop-In Drawing with Anna Kaye


Join the Drop-In Drawing session at the Denver Art Museum, where inspiration awaits at every turn in an art-filled atmosphere. These sessions are included in general admission and are free for members and youth ages 18 and younger. Denver Art Museum.

8 Wednesday

Yoga at the Gardens


Experience the unparalleled serenity of practicing yoga amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Denver Botanic Gardens. Advanced registration is necessary; don’t forget to bring your mat, towel, and water. Denver Botanic Gardens.

Computer Basics


Discover the components of a computer, master mouse, and keyboard usage, and grasp the fundamentals of navigating Microsoft Windows. Belmar Library, Lakewood. jeffcolibrary.

9 Thursday Blood Drive


Participate in the blood drive at Northridge Recreation Center, where HRCA collaborates with Vitalant to provide the gift of life to the community. Jump online to learn more. Northridge Recreation Center, Highlands Ranch.

The Berlin Airlift: Supplies from the Sky 10am-5pm

Explore the captivating history and narratives of the Berlin Airlift at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Tickets are $19.95. Air & Space Museum, Denver.

10 Friday

The Taste of Iceland Festival

Don’t miss Taste of Iceland, which is returning to Denver on Friday and Saturday. This vibrant cultural festival highlights the best of Icelandic culture, with events throughout the city featuring food, music, nature, comedy, wellness, and more. Invisible City, Denver.

Free Friday Film: Dungeons and Dragons


Enjoy a movie screening on a big screen at the library. This event is free and open to all without registration. If you need special accommodations, contact library staff for assistance. Broomfield Library and Auditorium.

11 Saturday

Broomfield FISH’s 2024 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Mark your calendars for FISH’s biggest food drive, Stamp Out Hunger, in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carries. Simply fill the Stamp Out Hunger bags with non-perishable food items, leave them by your mailbox on Saturday, May 11, and your postal carrier will collect them. Donations go to feeding families in need. Your Mail Box, Broomfield.

Absolute Beginners

Introduction to Oil Painting 1-4pm

Begin your artistic journey with the introductory oil painting class tailored to beginners. Receive clear, step-by-step guidance to craft your first oil masterpiece over two Saturdays, May 11 and 18. The class is $275. The New Local, Boulder.

12 Sunday

Parker Farmer’s Market 8am-1pm

Don’t miss the Parker Farmer’s Market, which runs every Sunday until the end of October. Explore over 50 booths offering locallygrown produce, farm-fresh dairy, baked goods, hand-crafted items, and more. Downtown Parker on Mainstreet.

Rainbow Resin Pouring Class 11am-1pm

Join artist Grave Noel in her studio for an exciting Rainbow Resin Paint Pouring class, exploring the vibrant colors of the rainbow. Unleash your creativity with epoxy resin paint pouring. Materials are included with the ticket price. Grace Noel Art, Denver.

13 Monday

Elder Community Spotlight 10am-5pm

Celebrate local Indigenous elders and their artwork at the museum’s open-call exhibition. It features pieces from nine community members aged 55 and over who have contributed to artmaking and supported our Native community. Denver Art Museum.

14 Tuesday

Big & Lil’ Play Classes 2-3pm

Classes are designed for caring adults and their children to nurture healthy child development in a safe, engaging environment. Participants build physical, intellectual, social, and emotional skills by singing, playing instruments and games. Kids Wonder, Centennial.

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15 Wednesday

The Purpose of Youth Sports


The Boulder Country Day School is hosting the informational session The Purpose of Youth Sports and How Parents Can Support Their Athletes. Kate Fagan, an Emmy-awardwinning journalist, author, and sportscaster, will share insights for parents supporting their young athletes. Boulder Country Day School. bouldercountry

Yoga + Beer


Every Wednesday in May, enjoy the Yoga + Beer session that includes a one-hour outdoor yoga class. After the yoga session, head to Windfall Brewing Co. for a beer or a non-alcoholic drink. Tickets are $8, and yogis are encouraged to bring their yoga mats and enjoy Windfall’s Trivia Night at 7 p.m. The Orchard Town Center, Westminster.

16 Thursday

Honeyfest Summer Market Series


Celebrate the kickoff of Cutate Mercantile’s Summer Market Series with Honeyfest. The market is every third Thursday from May through September in Curate Mercantile’s parking. Each market will highlight the freshest offerings of the month in our vibrant state. Curate: A Local Mercantile, Centennial.

Ride the Rails


Join us for train rides at the Colorado Railroad Museum every Thursday through Sunday during the bustling summer season. Departures are scheduled every 30 minutes. Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden.

17 Friday

Monte Vista 3rd Friday Art Walk

Head to downtown Monte

Vista every third Friday for the community Art Walks, featuring artists, entertainment, demonstrations, and activities on Adams Street and in local businesses. Enjoy special art walk deals and participate in a monthly community scavenger hunt hosted by participating businesses. Downtown Monte Vista.

18 Saturday

STEM Adventures


Kiddie Academy and Three Creek Elementary School are hosting STEM Adventures, a free community event promoting science, technology, engineering, and math for ages 2-12. Three Creek Elementary School, Arvada.

19 Sunday

Unique Ceramic Mug Workshop

Join the one-day hand-building

workshop designed for those interested in creating ceramics with purpose. It’s open to ages 18 and up. The class costs $165 and includes all materials. The New Local, Boulder.

21 Tuesday

Kids’ Club – Nature Art Bugs 3:30-5pm

Embark on an exciting afterschool adventure every Tuesday at the library. Kids from kindergarten to fifth grade are invited to dive into various STEM activities, crafts, nature exploration, LEGO challenges, and more, sparking their creativity and curiosity. Lakewood Library. jeffcolibrary.

Friends Trivia Night 7-9pm

Head to the Monkey Barrel for Friends Trivia Night. Jump online to reserve a table and register your team. Teams can be up to five people, and this is

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a 21-and-up-only event. Seating begins at 6 p.m. and cost ranges $25-50. Monkey Barrel, Denver.

22 Wednesday

Supper with Superheroes 5-7:30pm

Bring your little heroes dressed as their favorite superheroes to The Melting Pot of Louisville’s super-secret Superheroes’ Headquarters for a fantastic four-course fondue meal. They’ll enjoy entertainment from mighty crime fighters. The Melting Pot, Louisville.

23 Thursday

Mountainfilm in Telluride

The festival unites filmmakers and change-makers, presenting documentary films that highlight adventure, activism, social justice, the environment, and unwavering determination. May 23-27. Telluride.

Sensory Storytime 11-11:30am

Join the inclusive storytime designed for teens and adults with special needs and their caregivers. This event is held upstairs in Event Hall A, offering a welcoming space for shared storytelling. Highlands Ranch Library. douglascountylibraries.

26 Sunday

Denver Arts Festival

The Denver Arts Festival is a premier event celebrating fine arts and crafts. It focuses on showcasing the talent of Colorado artists alongside a curated selection of national artists. Conservatory Green, Central Park, Denver.

LEGO Build and Play 2:30pm

Join us for an engaging LEGO building session where budding


City Park Farmers Market Opening

As the warm weather arrives, the City Park Farmers Market is set to open, welcoming shoppers on May 4 and running through October 26. With more than 100 vendors, including 15 newcomers, the market is dedicated to offering sustainable and locallysourced goods to the community.

“We really considered how to fill grocery shopping and meal planning gaps this year so that people can legitimately source local ethical food six months of the year,” says the Co-Owner, Peter Wanberg. “We did this while ensuring all partners and products fit

artists and engineers can unleash their creativity. Each session includes LEGOs and a bonus builder activity like KEVA Planks or Magna Tiles, fostering fun and the development of important STEAM Skills. Standley Lake Library, Arvada. jeffcolibrary.

29 Wednesday

Colorado Family Adventures: Hiking with Kids

Get ready for a summer filled with unforgettable family hikes! Highlands Ranch Library. douglascountylibraries.

31 Friday

Mike the Headless Chicken Festival 4pm

Each year, downtown Fruita hosts a lively festival commemorating the legendary headless chicken, Mike. Attendees can enjoy a variety of activities, including

food and artisan vendors, live music, a 5K run, a car show, backyard games, and a pancake breakfast from May 31 to June 1. Fruita Civic Center Pavilion.

Greeley Blues Jam

From May 31 to June 1, head to the 2024 Greeley Blues Jam Music Festival, where you will see musicians like Blood Brothers, Selwyn Birchwood, Dennis Jones, and Danielle Nicole. Island Grove Regional Park, Greeley.

Telluride Balloon Festival

Experience the soaring beauty of the Telluride Balloon Festival as hot air balloons take flight from the Telluride Town Park from May 31 to June 2. Be sure to catch the breathtaking Balloon Glow on Main Street Saturday night for an unforgettable spectacle. Telluride.

the ethos of what we want our farmers market to be, which is a local growers-focused market.”

With expanded farm partnerships – an increased variety of baked goods, additional meat providers, and two cheesemakers –this year’s lineup promises to enhance the market experience and contribute to Denver’s vibrant food scene.

The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Extra activities happen every Saturday, like a run club at 8 a.m., donation-based yoga at 9 a.m., and live music.

2251 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.

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fresh mindset

I dreamt up The Den after a difficult transition into parenthood. I built this social club so parents could feel genuinely connected, vulnerable, and validated all at the same time. The Den is built entirely based on basic human needs and where parents feel just as important as their children and empowered by their transition into parenthood.

CHANDLER LIPE is a local mom who started The Den, a social club for families. The spot in Denver offers a family-friendly vibe, allowing parents and caregivers to bond and uplift one another. Whether it’s parent-child yoga or grabbing a tasty coffee before heading to the crafts room, The Den provides a haven for families to enjoy quality time together and for adults to navigate the challenges of parenting.

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