It is time to say goodbye!
But not forever.
I am resigning as the Director for the Colorado Springs branch of
the Housewives In The City.
As some of you know, I am now the publisher for the Old Colorado City Living magazine!
It has been a struggle to keep up with the demands as director while trying to launch a magazine and it has now gotten to the point I can no longer ignore just HOW busy I am!
Technically, right now, I have 6 jobs!
I am swamped and am not only slacking keeping up with the blog for the HITC, but the other duties have become very difficult to squeeze in.
Though I will not be 'in charge' of the Colorado Springs branch anymore, another will be taking my place so the fun we have been having won't stop- I promise!
We will still have events scheduled throughout this year and the new Colorado Springs representative will do an amazing job entertaining you, I am sure of it!
Plus, I will still be involved with the Colorado Springs Housewives!
Though my official last day is today, May 31st, I am planning to help the new representative with our events and anything else she might need, it has just become far too difficult to keep up with everything required of me to preform this job.
It is strange to say goodbye, but it is not forever, I will be around.
Looking back at my first ever blog post makes me giggle, I have progressed so much over the last 2 years.
Thank you so much for making this opportunity such a fulfilling experience!
I have met so many amazing ladies and made so many connections, I will take these memories with me to my next adventure!
Connect with me below!
I am now the publisher for the Old Colorado City Living magazine,
if you would like to get coffee sometime to chat about opportunities to be featured,
Call | (707) 951-1171
Email | OCCLiving.BVM@gmail.com
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I am also the owner, founder, and CEO of Crazy Grl Art & Design.
I do a range of art and design, such as-
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Thank you to everyone who stuck with me through this journey,
I hope you stick around for the next chapter <3
We were wondering, since you are a Leading Lady in our community . . .
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
And about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
- " I am an Iowa native and a graduate from Mount Mercy University, where I majored in Marketing and Business Management. My first business venture, Carue Marketing, was established in 2011 and I focused on affordable marketing solutions for small and medium sized business. I soon expanded to printing, websites, promotional materials, social media and graphic design. "
So when did you found 'Weddings By Carue'?
- " In 2013. I had developed Weddings by Carue was designed to assist brides with the design and printing of invitations at affordable prices and high quality wedding photography.
Weddings by Carue quickly expanded, adding photo booths, and videography and DJ services to the list of services, becoming a one stop shop for couples. By 2018 the company reached a new level, expanding the brand to a second location in Colorado. Building a team and bringing photography, videography, photo booth, DJ services and Invitations to Colorado couples. "
How did you manage to achieve all of this in such a short time?
- " I definitely put in a lot of hours and long nights but it was something that I loved doing, bringing this brand and company to life. I built everything from the ground up and I love working with the couples, which is why I work with them from the first initial contact, with Weddings By Carue, all the way through their wedding days. "
If you HAD to pick . . .
What do you attribute your success to and what do you feel was your biggest motivator?
- " My husband, Justin, was definitely a motivator. He gave me the encouragement I needed to jump start 'Carue' and has been my biggest raving fan.
I attribute the success of my company, though, to my fundamental desire to help people love what they do. My team is comprised of photographers, videographers, DJ's and graphic designers that are passionate about their art and the people who enjoy it. "
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
- " Building Weddings By Carue from ground up and expanding to new markets. "
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
- " We are continually looking for ways to enhance our couples experience and have a few things we are implementing and excited to be rolling out over the next 6 months. Can't share details yet, but so excited to continue to grow and build Weddings By Carue. "
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
- " Perhaps not a complete career flip, but I would love to create a wedding venue some day. "
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
- " This has been something I have really worked to create because Weddings By Carue is my passion and I truly enjoy all I do to build and grow 'Carue', so I do not look at it as work. "
What is your goal for retirement?
- " It is not easy, but worth the hard-work in the long run. You can build anything that you work hard for. Put together a plan and execute it! When you feel like giving up, push through and you will be stronger for it. "
( Take notes ladies ! )
Any final comments?
- " Whatever you do in life, make sure you truly LOVE IT ! "
Read More About Weddings By Carue
2019 Bridal Playbook | Colorado Springs
Summer is coming!
. . .and we kicked it off with a fun Girls Night Networking
at Paninos Eastside!
We met at the locally owned and operated Italian Restaurant that has been proudly serving the world famous Panino Sandwich!
I personally LOVE the pesto Panino!
Have you tried them yet?
For over 40 years, since opening in 1974, the Frasca family has continued to serve and perfect their menu, they also serve oven baked pizza and fresh pasta!
Speaking of which, they had an All-You-Can-Eat pasta special for our event ! ! !
So delicious !
This month we spotlighted Special Kids Special Families!
Special Kids Special Families (SKSF) is a Colorado nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1998 to provide respite and specialized care for children and adults with disabilities and special needs.
They offer resources for people with disabilities and their care givers in the Pikes Peak Region.
The resources below are links to valuable organizations, support groups and information.
Thank you to everyone who helped us support this resource in our community <3
" Our mission is to equip, empower and educate women to protect themselves and their families.
Our Independent Damsel Pros are not only arming others and experiencing financial freedom, but also offering empowerment and healing to those affected by assault #becauseofdamsel.
The Damsel House Project began in 2015 with a vision to adopt a safe house
in every country possible as the company grows.
Damsel in Defense has adopted homes in both Cambodia and India, where girls rescued from sex trafficking are housed and given a plan full of hope free from selling their bodies.
One by one, we are changing statistics and giving back to the many amazing partner organizations below that are making a difference in the lives of those who have been assaulted. As we continue to grow, our hearts and eyes are wide open for where God will take us next. Whether you are a customer, a hostess or an Independent Damsel Pro, we thank you for being a part of this journey!
We are changing statistics and giving back to the many amazing partner organizations below that are making a difference in the lives of those who have been assaulted. "
" I provide a multitude of services through Crazy Grl Art & Design, LLC - Including :
Contact Crazy Grl! "
To who ever mentions they saw this ad from the Colorado Springs Housewives blog page
you will receive a FREE 30 minute photo shoot with Crazy Grl !
Thank you to everyone who came to this month's
Girls Night Networking!
See you all next month!
For the second straight year, Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA, is the most desirable place to live in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The survey ranks desirability based on a survey of where residents would live if given the choice of the nation’s 125 largest metro areas. It shares the top spot with Honolulu, Portland and San Francisco.
“Those of us who call Colorado Springs home have long known that this is a highly desirable place to live,” said Mayor John Suthers. “The fact that people outside the region and state have started to take note is a testament to the momentum that exists in our city today. There’s no doubt that our natural scenery plays a major role, but so does our commitment to building a city that matches that incredible scenery. “
Colorado Springs again topped other major cities including San Diego (No. 5), Seattle (No. 7), Austin (#9) and Denver (#10). The full list is available here: https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/slideshows/the-25-most-desirable-places-to-live-in-the-us.
“It’s said that if you build a desirable place to visit, you’ll build a desirable place to live,” said Doug Price, President of Visit Colorado Springs. “From our city’s very start, General Palmer understood the value of desirability and building a place people wanted to visit and ultimately, live. For decades, our stunning natural scenery, western hospitality and dedication to health and wellness have drawn travelers from across the globe.
Once people experience Colorado Springs firsthand, it’s easy to see why they would consider Olympic City USA the most desirable place to call their home. After a visit to the area, I myself made the decision to call this beautiful place home.
As we look forward to these world-class additions and expansions, we see General Palmer’s visions for our community continue to manifest, drawing both travelers and residents to experience the wonders of our city and the Pikes Peak region.”
Desirability is an element of U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Places to Live” report. Colorado Springs was ranked the No. 3 “Best Place to Live” in April, and No. 2 in 2018.
Past Rankings from U.S. News & World Report
Colorado Springs offers more than 55 area attractions, incredible scenery for endless outdoor adventures and a vibrant culture filled with arts, entertainment and rich history.
You’ll find no shortage of things to do in Colorado Springs, where the adventures range from mild to wild. Whether you’re looking for outdoor thrills or educational and cultural activities, the number of things to do in Colorado Springs are limitless . . .
but did you know you can actually ride the bus to the majority of
Colorado Springs attractions?!
Our local Mountain Metro Transit has 26 Bus routes in Colorado Springs with 937 Bus stops!
Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA para-transit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.
Their bus routes cover an area from the North (Colorado Springs) with a stop at Explorer/Research to the South (Security-Widefield) with a stop at Caballero/Foutain Mesa.
Their most western stop is Ruxton/Fairview (Manitou Springs) and the most eastern stop is Peterson/Omaha (Cimarron Hills).
1) Youth 18 and Under Ride Mountain Metro All Summer for $25!
2) Now U.S. Active Duty Military Ride Free on
The Mountain Metropolitan Transit!
Thank you Mountain Metro!
You know . . . the only thing better than a great vacation is a great value while you're on vacation!
As well as other deals from bed and breakfasts, cabins, and dude ranches, there are a number of discounts on local attractions and many of the exciting things to do in Colorado Springs.
Check out this list of other coupons, deals, and discounts for visiting Colorado Springs!
They offer a variety of interactive online maps for-
Residents, visitors, businesses, and surrounding communities.
Each map is designed around a specific theme to share information in a user-friendly way.
Mountain Metro has also made traveling with them SUPER easy by now providing "My Next Bus" real time information to Google Maps!
Riders can find nearby bus stops, look up departure times, plan trips, and get real time estimates for bus arrivals while they are on the go, right from their phone.
Google Maps comes pre-loaded on most Android phones and can be easily downloaded on iOS Apple phones for free.
Did you know they have other ride programs besides the bus?!
They offer shuttles, ride shares, carpool commutes, van-pools, and bicycle programs!
For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize
the bike-n-bus program.
Check out the options, HERE!
You can save money on gas when on your way to work or your next hang out spot!
With new deals happening all the time and new features and ways to travel with Mountain Metro,
it is no wonder you should be keeping up with
what the city is rolling out next!
For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit
please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433)
Mountain Metro Transit is located at 1015 Transit Drive.
Happy Mother's Day!
" My Mother, my friend so dear,
Throughout my life you’re always near.
A tender smile to guide my way,
You’re the sunshine to light my day.
Of all the special joys in life,
The big ones and the small,
A mother’s love and tenderness
Is the greatest of them all.
There is no blessing
Quite so dear...
As a mom like you
To love year after year. "
Love you, Momma!!!
My Cousin, Robyn, Just Got Herself Hitched!!!
I just got back from my trip to Portland to witness my cousin's wedding and I had a blast!
It was great to see family members I haven't seen in over 10 years
and crazy to see how everybody has aged!
(I know I have gained a few pounds lol)
I landed in Portland, Oregon, on April 30th at almost midnight and my Aunt Denise and Cousin Kayla were nice enough to pick me up and set me up in a spare room for the night.
The next day, we were able to play catch up since I hadn't seen them in a very long time.
Later that day some of my siblings and my dad flew in and I joined them at their AirBnB, where I was staying for the rest of my trip.
It was a nice little place but the best part was the location!
My big bro did well! He managed to snap up a place in the Hawthorne district!
We were only one block away from stepping onto Hawthorne Blvd
and the AirBnB was RIGHT next to the Hawthorne Theatre, it was very convenient during our trip!
The Hawthorne district is known for its bohemian vibe and an eclectic mix of quirky gift shops, bookstores and resale boutiques along Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.
The local low-key eateries include classic diners, taco spots and vegetarian restaurants, while pubs, music clubs and beer bars make for lively nightlife.
There are also other features, like Mt. Tabor Park, which resides on an extinct volcano,
has walking and biking trails and panoramic city views.
I roomed with my brother Russell, his wife Emily, my brother John, and my dad.
My dad is so cute, he wanted to make sure we all had food in the fridge for breakfast so he got up around 4am, went to the store, and purchased 5 dozen eggs!
We were all confused when we woke up. . . .
Like, why did you buy 5 dozen eggs for 4 days? lol
Love that guy.
One of the highlights from my trip was going to see
the Multnomah Falls!
At a height of 620 feet, Multnomah Falls is a waterfall located in the Columbia River Gorge, east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, Oregon, United States.
The waterfall is accessible from the Historic Columbia River Highway and Interstate 84.
Sorry about the small video format, but it was beautiful!
I highly recommend you check it out next time you are in Portland, Oregon :]
Afterwards, we went straight to the rehearsal dinner.
We ate, drank and were mary until we passed out lol.
Or at least I did, I was exhausted!
The next day was the BIG day!
We all had our part in the preparation, but mostly we were just in charge of getting ourselves dressed.
It was a beautiful wedding!
And my cousin Robyn was a stunning bride :]
I suppose now we just have to wait and Let Love Grow <3
Can't wait to see you all again at the next wedding!
(I wonder who it's going to be!!!)
I thought . . . why not do a fun video!
She chose 2 drinks based on my pallet
and I brought over my camera equipment.
We had a lot of fun filming and it was just in time for her featured Ad listing in the
2019 Bridal Playbook.
To read the FULL guide, click HERE!
The owner, Melodie Jordahl, has always been a talent,
but she received her big shot to show them off when she was hired by Brother Luck.
Melodie started Black Tie Beverages in order to give clients the option to have a top shelf bar experience at their wedding/event, while working within any budget.
Owned by a three time “Best of the Springs” award winning mixologist,
Black Tie Beverages is a Colorado native owned, locally operated mobile bartending company with the flexibility to cover any wedding or event, great or small.
Black Tie Beverages strives to be the best in every service that we offer, from planning the inventory to ensure as little waste as possible, to creating custom cocktails based off of the client’s personality and palate, and everything in between.
Tired of the “big-box” caterers and bartenders sending any old teenager
who can fill a position to your important event?
We are proud to have a difficult, rigorous hiring and training model that focuses on top rate hospitality, continued bar education, and nationally recognized safety certifications. Black Tie Beverages is the easiest way to give any event an unforgettable bar.
Try Her Signature Drinks!
Connect With Black Tie Beverages!
Hello my soon-to-be fellow Housewives!
Welcome to the second Bridal Playbook published by the Colorado Springs Housewives!
This is meant to be a guide to some of Colorado Springs finest venues and vendors from around the area - a great source for local brides or if you're just planning an event!
3 Cord Meadows
" Blue skies that seem to go on forever, rolling hills, and unspoiled views of our beautiful front range. Wildflowers, butterflies, and warm prairie breezes. Brilliant pink and orange sunsets, shooting stars, and acres of quiet country. "
Welcome to 3 Cord Meadows
" Located a short 30 minute drive east of Colorado Springs, we are close enough to enjoy the conveniences of the city, but far enough away that you can celebrate in the quiet solitude that only the plains of Colorado can offer.
Our eclectic country-chic venue is family owned and family run. You and your guests will have access to a variety of amenities that become a blank canvas for your own individual vision, but always offers vintage simplicity and beauty. Enjoy the red, metal sided building with beautiful wooden doors, an outdoor ceremony area with the most gorgeous view of Pikes Peak, a courtyard area brimming with twinkling lights, rocking chairs and wildflowers, and a hay barn that provides additional comforts while enjoying the outdoors, and a quaint, chabby chic bridal barn for time with close friends and family prior to the big party. "
3 Cord Meadows
Nana's House BBQ
" Nana's House BBQ / Nana's House Cafe is a family-owned business.
We cater, we do vending, and we do parties!
Let Nana take care of the cooking so you can relax on your special day! "
Connect With Nana's BBQ
Black Tie Beverages
" Black Tie Beverages is a Colorado native owned, locally operated mobile bartending company with the flexibility to cover any wedding or event, great or small. Owned by a three time “Best of the Springs” award winning mixologist and run by a few passionate employees, Melodie Jordahl started Black Tie Beverages in order to give clients the option to have a top shelf bar experience at their wedding/event, while working within any budget. Black Tie Beverages strives to be the best in every service that we offer, from planning the inventory to ensure as little waste as possible, to creating custom cocktails based off of the client’s personality and palate, and everything in between. Tired of the “big-box” caterers and bartenders sending any old teenager who can fill a position to your important event? We are proud to have a difficult, rigorous hiring and training model that focuses on top rate hospitality, continued bar education, and nationally recognized safety certifications. Black Tie Beverages is the easiest way to give any event an unforgettable bar. "
Connect with Black-Tie Beverages
Gohagen-Alexander Design Den
" Naka Alexander is a credentialed Fashion Designer, Personal Stylist and
founder of Gohagen-Alexander Design Den.
The company provides custom design and styling services, specializing in bridal gowns,
evening wear and attire for a wide variety of special events.
All garments are intricately designed and
constructed in Colorado by a diverse team of professionals,
with the client’s unique measurements,
style and vision.
Quality is our trademark.
Our overarching goal is to alleviate the myriad of stress factors that many brides experience. "
Borne Pro Media
" We are a premiere multimedia service in Colorado Springs that offers
photo, video, audio, print and website production.
We are affordable, fast and professional. "
Bornes Pro Media
Cynthia DeMay Photography
" With over 10 years of photography experience I find my art in wedding and portrait photography to capture emotion, romanticism and beauty. My passion is capturing special moments and creating memories that will last for generations. I truly feel honored to be a part of capturing those moments. "
Weddings By Carue
Your Vision. Your Style.
" Weddings By Carue is an all-inclusive wedding team of fun-loving, award-winning storytellers. Our wedding services take a fresh, professional approach to each wedding with unmatched artistic style, vision and creativity. Our hands-on services are available from wedding photographers, videographers to djs, photo booths and invitations. Every detail of your wedding should be seamless, and we can’t wait to be a part of it. We believe that natural, real moments with palpable emotions are the ones you’ll want to remember the most. "
Weddings By Carue
Rodan + Fields
" No matter your age, gender, skin tone or ethnicity, Rodan + Fields® products can help you to achieve healthier, younger-looking skin. As an R+F Independent Consultant, I love that I am able to help people live better in their skin and become more empowered in their lives. When my Customers ask me how they can achieve clearer, more radiant-looking skin, I tell them that the R+F secret to great-looking skin is Multi-Med Therapy®, using the right ingredients in the right formulations and applying them in the right order. From their cleansers to their sunscreens, all R+F products are specially formulated to complement each other. I have seen with my own eyes the powerful effects of these products. And I always look forward to seeing and celebrating their results. "
Color Street Nails
Let me help you with your nails with Color Street. "
- 100% real nail polish.
- Easy one step application that goes on dry with no smudges or mess.
- Base, color and top coat in each strip.
- Brilliant salon quality manicure in minutes without the high cost or time wasted.
- Easily removed with regular nail polish remover.
- Lasts up to 14 days.
- Made in the USA.
" Paparazzi accessories offer affordable, stylish & unique pieces that are all 100% lead & nickel free!
Most pieces are only $5!
Making it a great gift or the perfect way to bling out your entire wedding party!
We also offer a signature line of $25 statement pieces perfect for those looking to stun a crowd! "
Our Travel Advisers are experienced and knowledgeable. We will be your advocates from the start of your trip to the moment you arrive home. We love to help our clients plan their travel! Whether you are looking for adventure, solo or group travel, or something a little more relaxing we are here to assist in every step of the process with incredible destinations, customized itineraries and even to help when the unexpected occurs.
Our goal is to form long lasting relationships with our clients that will help you travel better. You tell us where you would like to go and we will create the exact vacation you want! "
" From the first kiss to the first dance, you've planned a future together with your new partner and now you can help protect it financially. Calling insurance companies may not feel like the most romantic activity for a newlywed couple, but it may help you save money that could help pay off the honeymoon or save for a down-payment on your new home! Our agency focuses on building relationships with our clients and treats each family independently, not giving you a one-size-fits-all policy. We take the time to discover what coverages you need to fully protect all you have worked so hard for. "
" Darcy is a Realtor proudly serving both Sellers and Buyers in the Colorado Springs and Monument areas. She can empathize with the stresses and transitions of moving. Her hard work, assertiveness, and importance of fighting for what is right for her clients is always highly valued and regarded. As a nationally awarded and respected real estate instructor, giving a simple explanation to the complexities of real estate law and terminologies is her specialty. "
.:: 2019 BRIDAL PLAYBOOK ::.
IN THE CITY
for participation information
will leave you
DYEING to try them . . .
From beats to turmeric, there are all sorts of food items you could scrounge up in your kitchen that can dye those eggs and is the safest for kids (or anyone) to handle!
After boiling the eggs, set aside, cool in the fridge. Then pour the hot water from the pot into the separated smaller bowls and let sit soaking over night. The hot water will extract the color over night and be ready to dye on Easter day!
This is a great, basic list of common veggies that can be used to make
all-natural egg dyes!
Want to add some more flare?
Try some of these plant print patterns!
Take your hard boiled egg and wrap and flatten your vegetation to the eggs surface, then place the egg in a thin stretchy cloth - tights/stockings work best! - around it and tie it off, making sure it is tight.
Submerge each egg into your choice of color, then let sit for a minute. Pull egg back out, then set aside.
After you have finished dipping all the eggs, start wrapping each egg, and start with the first egg you dipped.
You can have a safe and stylish Easter!
Happy Dyeing, everyone!
Please join me in all my adventures by following me on facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest and, of course, on this blog for the beautiful city of Colorado Springs! Stay tuned for announcements on local get togethers and networking opportunities! Get a babysitter and lets have a GIRL'S NIGHT OUT!