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.

Yes, I Let My Son Play Tackle Football

At about age five, my son started showing an interest in football. At that point, I was against it. What changed my mind? Education. Instead of researching car seat safety, I was researching helmet technology and fitting guidelines.
gray hairs and other things I refuse to feel bad about

Gray Hairs and Other Things I Refuse to Feel Bad About

I’m closing in on 40. I have long believed that the 30’s are the best decade, but am starting to wonder if my 40’s may be even better. The longer I live, the less...

Life Changing Dollar Store Do’s and Don’ts for Any Mom

One of the most fascinating places in town to shop is the Dollar Tree. With an ever-changing rotation of items, you never know exactly what - or who - you’ll see there. Sure, the...

Sorting Through the Stuffies: How to Clean Out Your Child’s Stuffed Animals

My son has a considerable mass of stuffed animals. The majority of them have names, personalities and voices. They have been to parties, on spy missions, and many sleepovers. Some even have changeable superhero...

Helping Your Child Through Grief: Navigating the Heartbreak

Grief is never an easy subject, and it is not a comfortable topic of discussion for most adults. Sadly, it is a subject that my nine year son is all too familiar with. During...