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By admin / April 24, 2018

8 Gifts for Mom this Mother’s Day

Every Mother’s Day, we are gifted the opportunity to show our mama’s just how much we appreciate them. From their strength, kindness, and loving nature to all of the wisdom they’ve so graciously shared with us, we are all incredibly lucky to have women as sweet as our moms in our lives. This year, ditch the candles and feel-good cards she’ll burn through and forget about in a month, and give mama meaningful self-care, and healing gifts where she can form deeper connections with you and herself. We all love gifts that keep on giving: Give mama the gift of shared experiences with you. In need of inspiration? Check it out:   Journal Give mom a place to record her innermost thoughts, feelings, and memories. Include a few pens in her favorite colors for added inspiration. Wanting to add a more personal touch? Fill in the first few pages with artwork, inspiring quotes, images, and your favorite things about her.     Photo Album If you’re able to, pull together some of your family’s old photos of fun memories with your sweet mama---remember that vacation you took in third grade that you never forgot? What about that time mom surprised...

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By admin / April 9, 2018

The Hidden and Not so Hidden Gems of Manitou Springs

By: Mackenzie Winebold   Spring has sprung in Colorado, making it the perfect time to get out there and explore the Manitou Springs area. (Before tourist season really starts)! From unique shopping, dining and historic finds to scenic hiking trails, there is a little bit of everything in Manitou that’ll feed your desire for adventure. Here is a list of Manitou’s hidden and not so hidden gems for you to check out!   Manitou Incline The Manitou Incline is officially legal to hike (not that it stopped Coloradans before!), and offers the best aerial view of Manitou Springs around. After climbing all 2,744 steps, you'll have reached the summit---an impressive feat! If you intend to hike the Incline, be sure to bring plenty of water, clothing that is suitable for the weather, and wear a good pair of hiking shoes. You should also be aware of the signs of altitude sickness, as this one-mile hike comes with a 2,000-foot increase in elevation. Still interested? To access this trail, you'll need to hop on the free shuttle that runs between Memorial Park in the heart of Manitou Springs and the base of the Incline.   Infamous Manitou Penny Arcade This arcade...

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By admin / April 2, 2018

Explore Manitou: Best Hiking Trails

By: Emily Stockton and Mackenzie Winebold Spring has sprung in Colorado, making it the perfect time to go explore the hiking trails near Manitou Springs. During your stay at SunMountain Center, be sure to check out one or all five of these beautiful spots! 1. Manitou Incline The Manitou Incline has officially been made legal to hike (not that it stopped Coloradans before!) and offers the best aerial view of Manitou Springs around. After climbing all 2,744 steps, you'll have reached the summit---an impressive feat! If you intend to hike the Incline, be sure to bring plenty of water, clothing that is suitable for the weather, and wear a good pair of hiking shoes. You should also be aware of the signs of altitude sickness, as this one-mile hike comes with a 2,000-foot increase in elevation. Still interested? To access this trail, you'll need to hop on the free shuttle that runs between Memorial Park and the base of the Incline. 2. Intemann Trail The Paul Intemann Memorial Trail is named for the Manitou Springs City Planner, Paul Intemann. This 1.8-mile trail is great for beginners, as the elevation increase is fewer than 400 ft. As you walk along this...

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By admin / February 28, 2018

Growing a Part of our Consciousness Through Sustainable Practices

By: Mackenzie Winebold Stop what you’re doing, and go open up your closet. Take out a few of your shirts, and read the labels. Where are they made? What fibers and fabric are in the shirt? On a regular day-to-day basis, we overlook these small details. We prioritize our lives in order of importance, and our clothing labels fall low. The last thing to cross our mind is the damage our clothes can have on the environment. So what can you do? By taking just an extra 10 minutes out of the day to learn about conscious consumerism and sustainable practices, you could have a substantial impact on the way the world consumes. One local Colorado company has already made great strides in changing the way we shop for our personal clothing. As well as, working with others to raise awareness.  ONNO T-Shirt Company located in Boulder, CO was founded in 2007 by Jack Kanefield, a Boulderite and graduate of the University of Colorado. His inspiration to create ONNO came about during his personal shopping experiences and the disappoint he felt upon learning just how products are made. He envisioned creating a t-shirt that felt great but also had a low...

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