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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Revisiting “My So-Called Life”

Nothing has ever made me want to wear plaid and listen to Nirvana as much as re-watching “My So-Called Life” on Hulu.  “My So-Called Life” is a TV series that aired in 1994/95. It follows...
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Finishing the School Year Strong

Folks, we’re wrapping up the craziest school year of all time! With about a month to go, we can see the finish line in sight, and we’re dreaming of summer time.  But the finish feels...
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Best Places to Adopt a Cat in COS

If you know me, you know our family has a cat. And if you know me well, I’ve definitely shown you a picture of our cat. I love having a cat. Hearing his happy...
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“I’m Not You!” Raising Kids Who Are True to Themselves

One night, like usual, I was hurrying my teen along so that we could leave the house on time for a meeting. About to walk about the door, he said, “I gotta grab my...
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Why Am I Shaving My Legs For This?

Recently, my 13-year-old son and I were discussing all the changes he is anxiously awaiting as puberty draws closer. As he told me how he can’t wait for his armpit hair to grow in,...
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An Open Letter from 2020 to My 2019 Self

Hey mama,  I know you’re on the eve of a new year and a new decade. In 2020, we'll have Valentine's Day on a Friday and both the 4th of July and Halloween on a...
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What is Among Us? It Sounds Sus.

If you have a tween or teen, chances are they are playing Among Us on their device. I know that in the past couple of months, my 13-year-old son has really gotten into it. How...
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Raising Kids Who Are Excited to Vote

I am a proud American voter. My birthday is November 8, and I remember being crushed in 1996 when my 18th birthday fell several days AFTER the presidential election. However, as soon as I...
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Things To Do: Visit the Pueblo Zoo

Fall is one of the best times to spend time outside in our beautiful state! One of my family's favorite outdoor activities is visiting the zoo. Tried and True Zoos If you’ve been to our local...
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I Don’t Know What To Say

We’ve all been in that conversation where someone shares something personal or painful with us and we just don’t know what to say. Do we apologize? Is this the time to say “deepest sympathies”?...