There is something about Sundays... I think it is my favorite day of the week! Some people view it as the last hurrah before the new works week.
Some people view it as a day of rest. I feel like it is a fresh reset to prepare for the upcoming week! Chores, cleaning, grocery shopping, maybe the occasional brunch meet up, food prep, reading a book, cooking a big dinner, great Sunday night TV shows (hello... Game of Thrones... I am waiting for you!) and just relaxing.
Sometimes, Nick and I run errands... go to lunch... and just spend the day together. With his crazy brewing schedule (for those of you who don't know him, he is the brewer for Downhill Brewing in Parker), Sundays are normally the one day we both know we have together. I love to sleep in when I can, make big breakfasts, wishful window shop at Home Depot and maybe Bed, Bath & Beyond if we have enough time (see what I did there? eh?).
Whether you have a Sunday Funday planned, or a nice relaxing day ahead of you doing nothing but binge watching Netflix and eating snacks... ENJOY IT!
Cheers to Sundays!
We love taking advantage of Free Days around town and here are just a few for the Denver area!
Friday, March 1 – Museo de las Americas
Saturday, March 2 – Denver Art Museum
Tuesday, March 5 – Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (4-8 p.m.)
Friday, March 8 – Four Mile Historic Park
Saturday, March 9 – – Longmont Museum
Friday, March 22 – Denver Botanic Gardens at York St
Hi Friends! This was probably one of my favorite interviews because Tara is just SO much fun! Tara owns As Eye See It and specializes in capturing the most amazing and perfect headshots for her clients! We spent a couple hours in her studio which is located in her home in Parker, CO (she also has one in Denver as well) and she made me feel totally comfortable and at ease while shooting my photos! Make sure to follow her and connect! She is incredible!
Question: Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
Answer: My photography business was born in 2006 out of my desire to raise money for charity (specifically Parkinson's disease in honor of my mom and in memory of my grandfather). This creative spark has been molded over the course of the past 13 years, our final 3 military moves and an array of 'do you photograph (insert request here)' questions. I am a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography in both professional and portrait photography. I have many hands-on hours in the maternity, newborn, kids and family genres. It wasn't until 2017 that I found my photography calling and narrowed my focus to specialize in headshots. Headshot photography is the perfect balance for my 'attention-to-detail' tendencies and my inherent ability to connect with people one-on-one.
Question: Describe yourself in three words:
Answer: Honest, dedicated and kind
Question: What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Answer: To date, earning the prestigious title of Associate in Peter Hurley's Headshot Crew
Question: What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Answer: Double the number of weekly individual headshot sessions in my studio and increase the number of on-location corporate bookings
Question: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Answer: I have aspirations to be an author of a children's book for adopted kids based on our experience of adopting our daughter from China. Although we have come across many wonderful books in this sector, each one doesn't quite speak to the circumstances we experienced. I would like to add my thoughts, words and pictures into a book for my daughter, and in turn other adopted children whose journeys have been similar to hers.
Question: How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Answer: Each day is different, and I maintain flexibility to focus on the task at hand whether it be an on-location corporate shoot, an individual headshot in my home studio, a trip to the kids' orthodontist or even laundry. If I allow anything to build up and become a stressor, my theoretical 'balance' is off. Some days I'm up and ready in the studio by 5:30 am retouching images before my kids get up, while other days I'm in my pj's until 10 am making personal phone calls and responding to texts/messages/emails. Giving myself leeway and flexibility, without the judgmental 'shoulds' sneaking into my thoughts allows me to steam forward and tackle things in the order they need to be handled.
Question: What websites do you visit every day?
Answer: As with most entrepreneurs, social media is imperative. Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn are my go-to platforms each day.
Question: What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Answer: I must confess, I'm a shameless homebody. I love being home in the Pinery whether it's working in my home studio, walking around Bingham Lake or reading a book on my back deck while enjoying the beautiful view of the Colorado mountains. My next love is spending time outdoors at parks (hiking in Castlewood Canyon) and rivers (tubing the S. Platte River) reminding me of all my wonderful childhood memories growing up in Montana. A favorite destination in Denver is taking in shows or concerts at the theaters (Shen Yun was a hit with our family). This area has it all covered!
Question: What is your goal for retirement?
Answer: To travel! To take more pictures! I have grand visions of hitting the open road with my husband and my camera and taking in more of this amazing US countryside. I want to add more images to my landscape gallery and provide income through that avenue (www.aesilandscapes.com).
Question: Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Answer: Be kind to yourself. It's challenging building a business. Stop telling yourself excuses and take inventory of that mental talk that's always humming in the background. You really can do anything you set your mind to, the deciding factor is just that: DECIDING. Figure out what it is you want, then figure out next a plan to set you in motion. Surround yourself with your tribe. Seek out mentors and others who have paved the way before you. Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction-- just get out there and do it!
Question: Any final comments?
Answer: Do yourself a favor and get a professional headshot. Elevate not only the way the world sees you, but how you see yourself. In this digital age, that critical moment of a first impression is simply a glance. Don't risk immediate oversight because of a casual selfie. Give yourself and your profession the credit that's due. And, just as many of my clients have witnessed, you may see yourself in a new light and realize just how uniquely beautiful you are.
Do you LOVE Valentines Day? Some people do and some people don't! It is a rapidly marketed Hallmark holiday but for some... it is magical! Loving words, flowers, chocolates, candies, special dinners, extra efforts, etc. While they may work for some, others want to bury it deep and paint it black! Either way, eat some chocolate and tell your people how much you love them!
Happy National Pizza Day! I think Pizza is one of my favorites foods. It should be it's own food group! My favorite toppings are extra mushrooms, pepperoni and black olives. OR Pineapple, ham and jalapeno. It's a tough choice! I will DEFINITELY be eating pizza today at Downhill Brewing as they have recently opened their pizza kitchen and it's the BOMB! Perfectly crispy thin crust and fresh toppings! YUM!
Here are some additional deals for National Pizza Day from the Denver Free Fun site!
Antohony's Pizza and Pasta is offering two-topping large pizzas for just $20. To get this deal you must order online from a participating location.
Blaze Pizza is offering two pepperoni pizzas for just $10 when ordering online.
Cici's Pizza is giving you three medium one topping pizzas for just $12.
At Chuck E. Cheese, get a medium one topping pizza and two drinks for $16.99 or two large one topping pizzas with four drinks for $32.99.
Denver Pizza Company at 309 W. 11th Ave. is offering free Bacon Jalapeno Popper Breadsticks with the purchase of any large or extra large pizza today.
At Dominos, get a large carryout three topping pizza for just $7.99.
Little Caesar's is offering their new stuffed pretzel crust pizza for just $9 or the regular pretzel crust pizza for $6 from 4 pm to 8 pm. Plus get a 2 litter bottle of soda with any online purchase.
Mici Handcrafted Italian is giving you a bottle of house wine or four beers for just $13 when you order a 16-inch pizza from any of their locations for National Pizza Day.
OAK at Fourteenth at 1400 Pearl St. try any of their five specialty pizzas for just $11 to $12.
At Papa John's enjoy 25% off all regular priced pizzas.
Papa Murphy's is offering $4 off in-store regular-priced family sized pizzas through February 10.
Peel Handcrafted Pizza at 214 5th St. is giving you a free craft beer, wine pour or cocktail when you order any one of the specialty pizzas on National Pizza Day.
Parry's Pizzeria & Bar in Johnston at 4874 Thompson Pkwy. is giving out a sealed envelope with prizes to celebrate their one year anniversary and National Pizza Day through February 10. Prizes include free pizza, Nuggets tickets, brewery tours and more.
Pilot Flying J is giving you a free slice of pizza and a drink when you download their app through Sunday, February 10.
At Pizza Hut, get 30% off all regular-priced pizzas today.
Photo: All Recipes
If you are looking to stay in for Valentines Day and cook for your sweetheart, here are some amazing recipes for dinner! I want to make fondue!
Click HERE to find all the recipes you could need!
I know sometimes compliments can be uncomfortable. It is nice to receive them but sometimes, it is hard to do so! I was talking with a girl friend about this as she has always had a hard time taking compliments, but is so easy to give them! We started discussing what the best compliments were that we had ever received and I want to know what the best compliment was that YOU have ever received?
So... If you have followed me over the yeas, you probably know that I LOVE CHEESE. All things Cheese. And today is National Cheese Lovers Day! It's like they made this day just for me! So, let's throw it back to when I got attend the Festival of Cheese that was put on by the American Cheese Society! That was such a fun Summer!
Read about it here!
Photo Credit: Taste of Home
January is always crazy for us! Trying to recuperate any energy, sanity, bank account damage and my oh-so-people-pleasing attitude after months of Holiday crazy times (we love it though...right?) ... and then the last half of the month is full of back to back birthdays for some of my best friends and family! So, I wanted to find an awesome, easy and delicious cake recipe that everyone would love! And... I found one!
Click here to find the recipe for Mamaw Emily’s Strawberry Cake
I have a lot of friends that have been focusing on removing negativity and toxic relationships. situations and items from their lives instead of vying for a "New Years Resolution". It got me thinking about different cleanses. Not just a cleanse you do for your health and body but everything in your life. How to cleanse and rid of negativity in your life. These are a few of the things I came up with and how we are working on them in our house this month!
CLUTTER IN THE HOME
It seems like there is a ton of clutter around the house, especially after the holidays. Maybe you haven't put all of the holiday decorations away yet, or your unused dining room table is still littered with wrapping paper and gift tags from preparing gifts. Or, maybe it is just that you have now acquired a few dozen new items given to you as gifts and you aren't sure where to put it all. Don't let it overwhelm you. Start with one thing at a time and tackle them individually instead of looking at the situation as a whole. If you have a lot to go through, create piles of items that you would like to donate, throw away and keep, and then do just that! Once you have removed all of the excess, you will feel so much better!
Open your blinds and let natural light in. Crack a few windows to get the fresh air flowing through your home. Make a list of things you're grateful for and a separate list of things, and even people, that have been weighing on you in a negative manner. Take your negative list and tear it up and throw it away. Do what you can to prevent the negative from being too present in your life. Make a list of goals to help move away from any of the negative items.
Do something new for yourself and your health! A new yoga class. Eliminate sugars. Take a walk on your break at work. Drink more water. Do an actual cleanse and get rid of toxins. Eat a handful of blueberries before dinner. Fill that bowl on your desk full of oranges and apples instead of candy. Laugh. Take time to relax and eliminate stress. Meditate. Get a massage.
Whatever it is... make sure it is for YOU!
Here are a few great recipes for some detox baths! I know I will be putting them to use!
Hi There! I am Leah Ryan, Lead Publisher and Social Media + Event Coordinator for Housewives in the City here in Denver, Colorado! I have lived in Colorado my entire life, born and raised. My family has some deep Colorado roots and I am fascinated with anything related to Colorado History!
I love to spend time with my boyfriend, cook, read, use my creativity in every aspect possible and if there is a puppy around... that is where my attention will be! Please come introduce yourself to me if you see me out and about and especially at one of our monthly Ladies Night Out events! XOXO - Leah