Gretchen, Senior Writer

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Gretchen has lived in Colorado since she was 12 and never wants to leave. She has a 13-year-old son who is into having a good time, especially with sports and Fortnite. Together, they are navigating the teen world of puberty and growing up. She has a wonderful husband, having been surprised and blessed with a second chance at love. Their family enjoys playing board games, watching Avengers movies, and sharing dumb jokes over good food. In her free time, she loves to read, shop for purses, play games, watch football, laugh with her family, cook delicious food, and dream of the next home improvement project.
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Love Me Some Lizzo

I’m a middle-aged mom who isn’t into rap or twerking or wearing sheer clothing to basketball games. But I love Lizzo.  My Story Ever since I hit puberty in about the 5th grade, I’ve been a bigger...
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Teaching Your Teen to Drive

Now that they have their learner’s permit, it’s time to teach your teen to drive. They probably learned a lot in their education classes, but learning in a classroom isn’t anything like driving a...
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Time to Drive: Getting a Learner’s Permit

I know that you can’t believe it, but it’s time for your teenager to get their learner’s permit and learn to drive! Here’s what you need to do to help your student get their...
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Things My Son Has Taught Me

One of the best parts of parenthood is learning from our children. Even though they are young and lack a lot of life experience, we can learn so much from them! Here are some...
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Building Connections in Our Community

I find that making friends as an adult can be pretty difficult. Sure, I come across as friendly and chatty sometimes, but getting past that into the meat of a friendship is hard. To...
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Best Place to Enjoy Hard Cider in COS

There are so many breweries in Colorado. Just look at this list! Most folks will say that there’s nothing quite like a cold one after a long day... But what if you’re like my husband...
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Teens Need Us Just As Much As Tots Do

I’ve only been a mom to a teenager for two years, but it has made me believe that our teens need us just as much as our tots do… or maybe even more.  Sure, we...
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Petting Zoos and Animal Visits for Day Trips

One of the best things about living in Colorado Springs is our year-round good weather for outdoor adventures like zoos, petting zoos and farms. Recently, my family and I visited an area ranch that has...
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Easter Basket Ideas for Tweens and Teens

Gone are the days of hiding eggs, visiting the Easter Bunny and wearing plaid pastel ties. My son isn’t into any of that anymore, but we still celebrate together. I continue to make an...
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Enemies of Motherhood

I don’t have to tell you this: motherhood is h a r d work.  What makes it hard? Is it all of the responsibilities and sticky little hands? Or is it because it demands our...