Burlimonster Posts

This is the stuff I write that may not fit into the other categories; or it does, but is strictly the written word. Most of our content is video these days, so I’d like to help people get back into reading.

22 09, 2017

Ben Folds at The Ogden Theatre in Denver

By |2020-03-13T20:54:48-06:00September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Music, Posts|

The crowd that came to see Ben Folds at The Ogden Theatre on Tuesday night demonstrated just how much love he still shares with his fans some twenty plus years after his raw voice and violent piano smashing first hit their ear drums. During that time, he's become one of the industry's most well-respected musical mavericks that does whatever the [...]

12 01, 2017

Best Baby Swing – Graco Duetsoothe Swing Plus Rocker

By |2020-04-07T21:29:00-06:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

If you search on Amazon for a baby swing, you will find more than 41,000 results. There are so many to see! How do you even start to find the best baby swing? My go-to criterion is always finding something with dual purpose. If I can buy something that accomplishes more than one goal, then I think I'm really getting my [...]

21 08, 2016

Best Baby Floor Seat for Children Under 25 Pounds

By |2020-04-07T21:30:53-06:00August 21st, 2016|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

When we started having babies, I knew we would need some essential items. We looked for a floor mat, Jumperoo, and floor seat. We've already covered the floor mat and Jumperoo here on eciov, so now it's time to talk about the best baby floor seat. Bumbo was a household name -- everyone seemed to have one -- but one of [...]

9 02, 2016

Guster at Paramount Theatre with Vetiver – 9 out of 10 High

By |2020-03-13T20:56:54-06:00February 9th, 2016|Categories: Music, Posts|

Denver turned out in great numbers for the Guster at Paramount Theatre show Saturday, February 6, 2016. By the time Guster started playing, it was a completely packed house. So packed that we even lost our original seats. The music was too chill for me to care. It was a night of epic musicianship and stoners (we'll talk about that more [...]

21 01, 2016

Best Kids Play Mat – Tadpoles ABC Floor Mats

By |2020-04-07T21:32:47-06:00January 21st, 2016|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

Life was so easy when my son was in the “potted plant” stage. He was happy to sit on a blanket and play with the toys that he could reach. If he couldn’t reach a toy, he would just play with his toes. I didn’t have to worry about him venturing off somewhere if I needed a few seconds to [...]

7 01, 2016

Favorite Toddler Car Toy – VTech Car Carrier

By |2020-04-07T21:34:30-06:00January 7th, 2016|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

Christmas has already come and gone, and a new year has arrived. We spent a quiet Christmas at home this year, and our son got to “open” his presents all day long. Since he’s 13 months old, he still didn’t quite get the excitement of presents. By the last gift, he finally tore the paper on his own and actually [...]

17 12, 2015

The Road to Woodstock: A Makeshift City that Changed History

By |2020-03-13T21:02:41-06:00December 17th, 2015|Categories: Books, Likes, Posts|

“Woodstock is the biggest mass of people ever gathered together for anything other than war.” Sometimes an event alters the course of history and starts as just that - a humble festival and nothing more. No one saw it coming. It just happened. As a result, the world will never be the same. Though I am an avid music fan, I [...]

23 11, 2015

Best Baby Bottle Drying Rack for Most People

By |2020-04-12T21:50:04-06:00November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

Baby bottles are a necessity for almost any family with an infant. Whether you’re a full-time bottle user or only need them every once in a while, you’ll want a place to wash and dry bottles, cups, pumping parts, etc. We don’t have a lot of counter space, so I knew we would need something that was compact. The ones [...]

21 11, 2015

Epic Spotify Christmas Playlist – My 12 Top Christmas Albums

By |2020-03-13T21:03:51-06:00November 21st, 2015|Categories: Likes, Music, Posts|

It snowed here in Denver last night. My wife is decorating the tree and sipping on hot chocolate (I'm having coffee). That means it's time for Christmas. I'm hoping you won't mind us sharing our epic Spotify Christmas playlist here on the site. If you don't like Christmas music, or Christmas in general, please ignore this post and come back [...]

30 10, 2015

Best Baby Jumper for Children Under 25 Pounds

By |2020-04-12T21:52:14-06:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

Once my son was about four months old, he wanted to stand up all the time. Since my husband and I run a business from home, we didn’t have the ability to hold him up all day -- nor did we think that would be healthy for his development. That meant it was time for us to find the best [...]

23 10, 2015

Amy Poehler’s Yes Please – Come for Laughs, Stay for Wisdom

By |2020-03-13T21:05:14-06:00October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Books, Likes, Posts|

"Here’s the thing. Your career won’t take care of you. It won’t call you back or introduce you to its parents. Your career will openly flirt with other people while you are around. It will forget your birthday and wreck your car. Your career will blow you off if you call it too much. It’s never going to leave its [...]

20 10, 2015

Owl City at The Gothic Theatre with Rozzi Crane

By |2020-03-13T21:05:42-06:00October 20th, 2015|Categories: Music, Posts|

Ryan Anderson at Foundations Music was kind enough to set us up with a photo pass to see Owl City at The Gothic Theatre with Rozzi Crane on Monday, October 19. As with all our concert reviews, we take photos, talk about the show, and promote the artists. That is, of course, if they're cool. Unfortunately, we sometimes pass on coverage [...]

20 10, 2015

Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects – First Book Precision

By |2020-03-13T21:06:14-06:00October 20th, 2015|Categories: Books, Likes, Posts|

Before we dive into my review of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, let's look at the importance of the importance of the debut novel. "We all know each other’s secrets. And we all use them.” Debut novels. There's something special about them, isn't there? Granted, we've all read our fair share of first book flops. However, the debut novel often provides a unique view [...]

15 10, 2015

Hide and Seek with Lucy

By |2020-03-13T21:06:53-06:00October 15th, 2015|Categories: Books, Likes, Posts|

Beauty. It’s something that’s hiding everywhere we look. Maybe you don’t see it at first. Maybe you even go weeks with the ugliness of daily life being all that’s apparent. But it’s there, I promise. Forgive me. I’m attempting to redefine a word that is oft used around us to mean that which is sexy, attractive, or money-making. No. These things are [...]

23 08, 2015

West Magnolia Trail Review: Offroad Excursion

By |2020-03-13T21:09:47-06:00August 23rd, 2015|Categories: Posts, Travel|

Off-Road Excursion is a new series of articles and videos that will cover the best 4x4 trails in Colorado and beyond. If I've taken my 2011 Tacoma on the trail, I'll add it to the site, hopefully with video. I'll only feature the trails I love and call out the trails I don't. In this inaugural episode of Off-Road Excursion, [...]

8 07, 2015

Ben Folds Live at Red Rocks – June 21, 2015

By |2020-03-13T21:10:30-06:00July 8th, 2015|Categories: Music, Posts|

My wife and I spent our 8th wedding anniversary listening to Ben Folds play a concert with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. I'm a music nerd; the only thing that could've made this better for me would be playing with Ben on stage. That didn't happen, but I really wish it did. Maybe next time, Mr. Folds. Seeing Ben Folds Live [...]

8 07, 2015

How Do I Stop Swaddling My Child?

By |2020-03-13T21:11:54-06:00July 8th, 2015|Categories: Kids, Posts|

It’s no secret that I loved swaddling my baby from the time he was born. He slept well and didn’t startle himself awake. He was also born in the late fall, so the swaddling kept him snug and warm during the cold nights. Eventually, I knew that I would need to stop swaddling my son, but I found very little [...]

16 06, 2015

Mae at Summit Music Hall with All Get Out, Mike Mains & The Branches – Concert Review

By |2020-03-13T21:12:27-06:00June 16th, 2015|Categories: Music, Posts|

On June 8, I went to the Mae show to revisit my college days. You can consider this an anniversary or maybe a reunion show that focuses on my favorite Mae album: The Everglow. I'll dive more into Mae's history later; first, I want to talk about the openers. Mike Mains & The Branches were completely new to me. I saw them [...]

13 06, 2015

Amaranthe at the Bluebird with I Prevail and Santa Cruz – Concert Review

By |2020-03-13T21:12:59-06:00June 13th, 2015|Categories: Music, Posts|

On Friday, May 29, I was able to snag a photo pass for the Amaranthe show at the Bluebird in Denver, Colorado. We're going to trim the opener reviews down a bit since we were there for Amaranthe. The tour is over at this point, but check out the photos and look into the bands if you're interested. I do have to say that [...]