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Monday, July 14, 2014

A broken phone

I had his number in my phone even though we hadn't spoken in two years. I texted him a few times over those two years: A Happy Birthday, a catching up, a note to see how Mom and Dad were when I couldn't get a hold of them. I never got  a response from that number though.

My brother and I weren't speaking for two years before he passed away, however I don't regret that. It was the way of the relationship he and I had, it is what it is and neither of us were willing to change in the end.

When he died, I sent a message to that number and got his widow, she texted me back details that I needed. But that number stayed in my phone. He had been gone a year and I refused to delete his number, not because I thought he could answer if I called, but because I didn't have the heart to get rid of the connection I had with him.

This past month I dropped my phone and shattered the screen. I lost all the numbers in my phone because of it. Two of them belong to people that passed away and I never deleted their numbers, I suppose it's a forced way to clean my emotional house.

It was a hard realization when I looked in my phone and didn't see his name. He was my brother for 38 years, he's been gone for over one. I have three beautiful nieces that need me to focus on the future and being there for them during their next 38 years... sometimes life has a way of forcing us to let go of the past and accept loss in all forms.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Gwynnie Bee Lowdown

When I first saw all the ads of Gwynnie Bee I was skeptical. How silly was it to send people clothing and have them send it back when they are done or bored with the style. Then I looked at my schedule with kids sports, my work, time with my husband and friends as well as the lack of desire to try on clothes in a boutique. I am the person this was made for.

I don't have time to drive to a mall, find a designer shop that has clothing in my size, try them ALL on and then convince myself to purchase something I might never wear again. I also work in a mechanic shop so when I look at what I want to wear to work, most of the clothes in those stores aren't very "relaxed". At Gwynnie Bee they are: Cardigans, dresses, skirts, shirts.... they have a style for everyone.

So, you log on and subscribe to Gwynnie Bee, you have full access to their collection. These aren't small time stores, it's things like: AX Paris, Cullen, DNKY, Eight Sixty, Lily White and about sixty other brands. It feels like they have new arrivals every few days and you get an email (almost like a new gift at Christmas) telling you new styles are awaiting for you to peek at.

They will ship out your items along with blue postage-paid shipping bags to return the clothing immediately or after your wore it for two weeks or when it's good and dirty! No reason to wash the clothes, wear and return. It's saving you laundry! Then you click on a link saying, "Return item"  and they immediately work on shipping your next item. Easy Peasy, right?

I have had MANY outfits that I tried on, hated the moment I saw them on my body and thrown them back into the bag so they can get returned. The mailman at my work laughs because there is a blue bag waiting for him once a week of items to return.

Now, here are a few tips I've found after being with them for 2 months:

*You will NOT get the clothing in any order, nor do you get to choose what they send you. This is was my first lesson with GB and I almost cancelled due to it. I was going on stage in a month and needed a dress, I never got it, I wrote them and was upset because I had hoped to wear it for the engagement. It is a lesson learned, remember, you won't get what you want, so just pick at your leisure and enjoy the ride.

*Read the reviews, they will tell you if you need to go up a size or down a size, or even if you want to bother with an outfit due to it's weird fit.

*If you like it, buy it. Seriously, it's like 60% off to buy it on the Gwynnie Bee site and you don't have to wait for them to be delivered, they are already in your hands (or on your body, like mine were when I bought them).

*Write reviews to help other. Make sure you put in your height, what size you normally wear and what size you got so people can get an idea on how it'll fit on them.

Now What? Go sign up and get your first month free!! Yes, FREE! I am attaching my Referral Code to this post, if you do use my referral code, it gets me an extra item of clothing for a month, free. I like free. :)
Enjoy the freedom of shopping without the commitment!

(This is NOT a sponsored post. But all the links to GB are with my referral code)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer time, School time and everything in between- Kidecals Rescue!

Yesterday I spent sometime on Pinterest looking up ideas for teacher gifts. Yes, we are a month away, however it's not too soon to think about the upcoming school year. My daughter"s got an amazing set of decals last year which I used on everything.

*Water bottles
*Holiday gifts
*Sports equipment

So this year, they got new ones. Variety is the spice of life right? Well Kidecals has a TON of variety. In fact, I got my nephew some last year so when he goes off to daycare all of his stuff is properly labeled, no risk in losing stuff that my sister paid good money for.

They are also waterproof so when they go into the dishwasher, pool or muddy soccer field, the name won't wear off. It's almost like they are kidproof (almost!).

(A Megaset gives you 132 labels for only 44$)

Then I did something I rarely do. I did something for me.
I got a new laptop last year and LOVE it... it's my baby... it also need to be an extension of me because it needs to last me a long time.

I got myself a beautiful set of these:

And now my teens are jealous. I guess we know what THEY are getting for Christmas, right?

So.. I wouldn't delay. They are having a Free Shipping on all orders and 15% if you sign up or Google + them! So go ahead and get a head start before the madness begins!

(I was compensated for my time however all the words were my own)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

PACE Center Events - July 2014

Summer is the time to relax and learn new things. How about taking your family to the beautiful PACE Center in Parker, Co and see some new shows after you visit the Parker Farmer Market?

 Here is what is upcoming through the month of July.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Garden love

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway”

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

American Adventure Expeditions Rafting - A Colorado summer pastime!

My husband and I have a bucket list. One of those, things we want to do as a couple. So far we have had the opportunity to cross a few of these off. In a week we will get to enjoy some hot springs together and mark another thing off the list.

However, I've never gotten to ride the rapids. My god-mother went years ago and told me if I ever got the chance, I should make sure to ride the rapids and experience that thrill. So here I am, in the lovely state of Colorado and I have yet to do it.

Now is my chance:
 First Step: Watch the American Adventure Expeditions as they just finished production of, as far as we can tell, the first commercial rafting drone video ever shot in the US! It's an amazing video.

Second step: Book my Colorado Adventure! They offer whitewater rafting trips on Colorado's most popular river, mountain bike tours along the Continental Divide, guided ATV tours throughout the High Country, and Ziplining over rugged Colorado canyons. Call 719-395-2409 or book online at

Have family coming into town? Here is a discounted rate and coupon code for more people. Buy 3 get the 4th FREE! - See coupon for details

(These are my thoughts and my words. I am compensated for this post)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Colorado Renaissance Festival - Coupon code

So.... little well know secret about me. I am a Renaissance Fair Geek. Yes... I really am. Every year when it comes out I get all giddy and excited thinking about going out and reliving my youth in the dirt, drinking mead and all around being a dirty filthy Rennie. 

It's part of who I am... want to come with me? It's already started... it goes until the first weekend in August, so you have time, but don't delay! It won't last forever and before you know it they'll pack up their wares and move on to another town. 

FREE Child's Admission - Save $9 at the Colorado Renaissance Festival. Use this Coupon Link.

The Colorado Renaissance Festival, Colorado's premier summertime event, is Celebrating 38 years in a style unique only to those who visit the picturesque mountain venue of Larkspur. Patrons take a magical tour through time and legend and enjoy as hundreds of Colorfully costumed characters entertain continuously upon the village streets and on the Festival's 10 stages. More than 200 period artisans sell their one-of-a-kind works and demonstrate their unique crafts along the wooded streets and pathways.

(This was posted using my words and opinions. I was compensated for this post)