I love summer! I love the sun and heat, spending time in my garden, listening to the birds, and just feeling energized from the sun after months of snow and cold. And, as I’ve mentioned numerous times, I love grilling and spending time on our back deck with a bottle of wine and whatever critters […]
Happy Mother’s Day! I actually wrote this piece a couple of years ago. But since the message remains the same, I thought I’d share it again. Oh, one thing has changed in the last two years and that is, I love my son even more. Being a mom has been the biggest blessing of my […]
Earlier this week I attended my very favorite yearly event, which is the Discover Goodwill’s Annual Dinner. This was my fifth year to attend and as always, it was an extraordinary evening, honoring four very amazing individual award winners. Four individuals who are just a teeny tiny example of how Discover Goodwill literally changes lives for […]
I have very mixed emotions when it comes to those experiencing homelessness in our city. And it’s not just Colorado Springs that has a large number of homeless people because it is a national problem. I personally want to help those I see in need but at the same time, I don’t want to hand over money […]
Ten years ago today, a handsome man dressed in a suit and tie, showed up at my door for a first date. (I mention the suit and tie because I appreciate when someone “dresses” for the occasion.) Though we had chatted on the phone and communicated online, we had never actually met in person. I […]
Spending averages, the origins of Valentine’s and much, much more!
My husband is a huge football fan and I am not. We both look forward to football season though. On football “days” I know my hubby will have his cute butt plopped in a chair for pretty much most of the day, while I will have my equally cute butt (wearing comfy sweats) in bed reading. It […]
In May, Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs launched a first-of-its-kind life skills program for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities called Possibilities, and it’s not just the first-of-its-kind program in Colorado, we’re talking about it’s the first kind of program like this in the entire United States. And let me tell you, it is AWESOME!
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and as I was about to write something about the day, I came across this article written by Coretta Scott King. Coretta Scott King was the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., an activist, civil rights leader, and American author. After reading her own words, well, there was […]
We’re into the second week of the new year and if you made any New Year’s Resolutions, chances are you’ve already broken most of them. Statistically only about 8% of us actually keep them. Which is why I personally don’t make any. Some of the top resolutions made each year include: Enjoying life to the […]
If you follow my website you know that I’m a huge supporter of non-profit organizations, consignment and thrift stores and even garage sales. I personally am a huge fan of our local Discover Goodwill stores and feature makeover contests every month with shopping trips to our local stores. I shop there for clothes, household goods, […]
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
Our four cats were all prowling while hunting a mouse.
I am beyond excited that our website was mentioned in The New York Times today! Last week I got an email from Steven Kurutz, features reporter at the New York Times. Before opening the message I kind of assumed it was something like “Would you like to buy a subscription?” or that it was totally fake […]
Shop Small Business Saturday is on November 26th this year and a perfect time to support your local small businesses, which helps support your entire community. And with the holidays right around the corner, it’s a perfect time to pick up unique items you won’t find at the big chain stores. The nationwide movement, created by American […]
Shop Small Business Saturday is on November 26th. Small Business Saturday is a nationwide movement to celebrate small businesses and to help communities thrive, created by American Express in 2010. For several years now I have featured small businesses in our area prior to the 26th, giving you a peek inside the stores and showing […]
Veterans Day…a day we honor veterans of the armed forces; a day we honor the duty, sacrifice and service of America’s veterans of all wars. To those who have served we thank you. You protect us and our country, keeping us safe as we go about our daily lives. Your sacrifice not only includes the […]
It’s been quite a year politically and I for one am happy it’s finally Election Day. To add some humor to what has seemed to be a particularly divided and nasty race, my husband and I threw a Halloween party with a “zombie politics” theme. And we poked fun at everyone… So just for fun, […]
“Special Occasions” When I was a little girl about the age of eight, I read a particular advice column article that has stuck with me to this day. The letter was written by an adult granddaughter who was cleaning out her grandmother’s house after her death. She found drawers full of beautiful linen tablecloths and […]
It was with much trepidation that my husband and I made our way to the Mountain Shadows area Sunday morning where I own a second home that I lease out, to see what, if any, damage had been done by the Waldo Canyon Fire. The following is an account of this heartbreaking day.