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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ski season is sneaking up! Check out Mountain Resorts

This past July 4th my family and I spent four days in Steamboat Springs. It was an amazing time where we walked by the river, swam in the hot springs and enjoyed the small town feel of this beautiful mountain getaway. Now, it’s time to start thinking about ski season (ignore the 90+ degree temps for next week).

Mountain Resorts offers a wide variety of attractive, well-maintained accommodations at prime locations in Steamboat Springs, Colorado surrounding the Steamboat Ski Area, with rates ranging from affordable to indulgent. If you're planning a winter vacation to Steamboat Springs there is no better time to book your trip. When you book early you have access to the best properties at the greatest discounts. Check out these early booking deals. Up to 35% off lodging and 25% off lift tickets!

For more information and reservations call 800-995-6049 or visit us online at

Book early and get some great deals to surprise your family with this coming ski/snowboard season! Make sure you stop by the local shops and help support LOCAL Steamboat!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Half a lifetime ago

Dear Me…

    Right now I am double your age. I have taken baby steps into my 40’s and you are doing the same into your 20’s. Two kids and one on the way it’s looking like a very busy life is coming up.

My advice…


I promise you it is an interesting life that lies ahead and worth every single step, even the ones on broken cobblestone. You will move back and forth to Texas and Colorado, spend a year in Austin, meet some amazing people and end up putting down roots in Colorado. It is truly where your soul belongs, I promise.
You will not stop your adventures. Start your bucket list now… it’s going to get done. (No, you haven’t backpacked through Europe yet, but that is still an option). You will travel, you will still get butterflies when you see the mountains and from your back porch, you see them often.

Your black thumb starts to turn green…. I’ve eaten some delightful tomatoes that you have grown. So have the bunnies.

I am not going to tell you how many kids you have, you won’t believe me. I am not going to tell you about the man you meet that is finally exactly what you wanted. You didn’t settle, he’s coming… just like you thought he was.

I will tell you that you will lose a sibling, that loss right that will change you and your family in ways that even you don’t speak aloud.  You will learn to adapt your stubborn head and alter your selfish nature. You will learn to love each child in a different way and when you are done having kids, you will know it.

Enjoy the time. When you double your age you’ll look back and say, “It was a fun ride and it only gets better from here.”

Love you.

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”