Ok, so... I am going to be honest. I LOVE the Marvel Movies. But, it feels like there are 57 of them and there is a new one coming out every 3 months and I have no idea what I have seen at this point or if I have seen it! Plus, I am getting Avengers mixed up with Xmen mixed up with Justice League.
I am an 80's kid to the max, but I spent my time riding bikes, playing barbies and hanging with the girl scouts instead of reading comics so... I am having a hard time following anything or knowing the difference.
My poor boyfriend can't even explain it to me. So... I found a website that can!
Scroll down a bit for the visual that shows you where to start and what comes next. It even incorporates the Marvel TV shows!
Here is the guide!
Are you wondering where you can go watch fireworks for the 4th of July this year? Our friends at KUSA 9News has compiled a full list (that is constantly updating with our extremely dry conditions and fire bans) of areas you can go!
Click HERE to see the full list of professional firework shows!
Please do NOT shoot off personal fireworks. Careless and reckless actions are what cause house fires and neighborhoods to go up in flames. Be responsible and have a safe and fun Independence Day!
I am so excited to share my interview with Kathlena Gill. She is an amazing friend, leader, business owner, wife and mom to the coolest daughters ever. She has owned her little shop with Melaleuca for over a decade and has helped hundreds of people learn how important it is to rid their house of unnecessary toxins. She is heartfelt, passionate, caring and so fun to visit with.
So, without further ado... I am pleased to introduce you all to Kathlena Gill.
Question: What is the name of your business?
Answer: Melaluca.com the Wellness Company
Question: Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
Answer: I am a mom of two beautiful little girls with a corporate background in Pharmaceutical sales. In 2009, I was overwhelmed and overworked and decided to come out of the traditional workforce and dedicate my time and talents to my family. While I loved every minute of my newfound freedom - I quickly realized that as AWESOME as being a stay at home mama was, I could not do it with zero dollars coming in. I needed a solution. Melaleuca.com has more than provided that solution earning me over 500,000.00 WHILE enabling me to live my life on my own terms.
Question: Describe yourself in three words
Answer: Ambitious, Hardworking, and Loving
Question: What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Answer: Creating a salary that rivaled my Pfizer income WHILE never missing a moment with my family.
Question: What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Answer: Mentoring some amazing women who are really looking for an opportunity that does not include "buying inventory", "startup fees" or "vendor booths". Mentoring women is my favorite part of this process. Women are often led to believe that there are only three choices. 1. Work outside of the home 2. Hosting parties that require an inventory be sold or 3. Staying at home on a tight budget. There is another way! I have so much fun helping women see the possibilities.
Question: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Answer: I have love for learning (education of how to live healthier is a big part of what I do with my personal client base), and currently spend as much time as I can carve out as a substitute (filling in when/where needed) teacher. Helping kids turn that light bulb on gives me a charge like no other.
Question: How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Answer: The entire reason I decided to walk down the "road less traveled" was that I needed to prioritize my family first. Having control of my schedule is a blessing that some women only dream of. My weeks are never the same. So much has to happen to keep my family running and I am often running in different directions. The amazing thing about my job (educating people on how to make better choices and earning business out of the Target or Whole Foods environment and into our online fresh marketplace) is that while my hours are never optional - at least if I intend to succeed - they are always flexible. Each Sunday I sit down with my family and my calendar and plug in what is needed of me. I prioritize them first, and then I calendar in my 'work' hours. This way I can end each day feeling like I have accomplished all that matters to me - while earning an income - it's pretty cool.
Question: What websites do you visit every day?
Answer: housewivesinthecity.com of course ;). Also, I spend time on Verseoftheday.com, Facebook.com, and Instagram on a daily basis.
Question: What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Answer: I love Devils Thumb Ranch - the outside camping / riding / ranch experience but with a high end twist. I also love Castlewood Canyon State park. It is majestic and really an amazing place to take your family for some fresh air and unplugging. Finally, number 3 on my list is Colorado Springs. So much to do there. I love the Garden of the Gods, I love the Broadmoor, I love the museums, I love the zoo..... it is just really a fun place to relax and unwind.
Question: What is your goal for retirement?
Answer: I am not sure what that time of my life is going to look like. Obviously, my primary goal is to go into those years and live in them healthy. Without health we have absolutely no chance of happiness. This is why I am hyper focused on making changes that will help to ensure that I am giving myself the best shot at this goal. Good eating, lots of water, high quality supplements (Melaleuc.com), removing as much of the environmental junk as I can control, etc... Next on my retirement wish list is having options. So many retirees have limited options because they simply do not have any money. Will I travel? Will I buy a condo to live part time in the mountains? Will I want to be by my grandbabies? Will I want to volunteer at the church? I don't know.... but I do know that so many folks dont have the 'choice'. I need this. And just like health.... giving myself the best chance at having options at retirement requires hard work and planning now. Another reason I have given over 10 years to the company. They have not only helped me live my best life for the past decade, that most only day dream about, but I am certainly building a business that is geared to last a lifetime.
Question: Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Answer: Yes. If you are in - be in! 100% So many women have one foot in and one foot out. They don't even realize that they are doing this - but when this happens, they are defeated at the first road block. I have earned (as a stay at home mom) over $500,000 with my company. Do not expect to start where I am now... Understand that I spent a good two years trying to figure things out and another eight years working hard and staying intentionally consistent to grow to where I am now. So many people don't understand that anything worth having often takes tons of time, energy, and effort. When it doesn't just all work out - they quit. DO NOT LET GETTING STARTED STOP YOU. You can be your own best friend or your own worst enemy.
Question: Any final comments?
Answer: Yes! I am always open to talk with other entrepreneurial women to intimately share what my path has been and help them determine if it could be a good path for them too!
Today is National Doughnut Day!! Our friends at 9News have compiled a great list of all the freebies and deals you can find today!
Visit the list here
Ok, so... I was always bitter that I worked in the Tech Center and there were so many amazing Food Trucks in Denver at events like Civic Center Eats and just around town. I was so bored with the same dozen DTC lunch friendly restaurants.
Well, the summer of 2016 changed that for me! I noticed a page popping up in my news feed called DTC Eats! I started following them, reading up on what they were doing and... they were bringing a freakin FOOD TRUCK PARTY to the Tech Center! Yassss.
What do I do? I invited a few hundred friends to like their page and started blowing them up! I was so stoked to see some fun Food Truck 5 min away from my office!
Not only were we now included in the Food Truck Frenzy that is blowing up in Denver, but I could now get my hands on Pierogi's, amazing burgers, empanadas, asian fusion tacos and more! One of my favorites are these jalapeno popper ball bomb things from Tony Guacamole.
If you all haven't figured it out yet... I am kind of a foodie.
Well, today is the beginning of the 2018 season for D.T.C. Eats! One of my VBFF (Very Best Friends Forever) runs this event (we met during the first season and she is one of my forever friends now!) and I CAN'T WAIT to see the new food truck line up! Plus, there are fun vendors and some shopping too!
Go "like" their page and follow along for events, truck line up announcements and giveaways!!
LIKE THE DTC EATS PAGE HERE!
Come find me and say hi, because I will be there every week trying to decide if I should eat tacos, lobster rolls, pierogis, burgers, sushi, etc!
Photo Credit: The Girl Who Ate Everything
This is my most favorite thing about summer!
OK, well it is one of them. My friend Judy made this for me years ago and I am now obsessed with making it as soon as all the fun summer fruits are ripe and ready. However, thanks to some decent canned fruits, you can make this year round! Give it a go! You won't be sorry!
Fruit Salsa with crunchy Cinnamon Chips
xoxo - Leah
I LOVE a handwritten Thank You card. Don't you? There is just something so sweet and personal about a handwritten card. Whether is it a Thank You card or note for any other occasion, it leaves a great impression.
Well, my friend Amy Long has an amazing template, on her own blog, to help you write the perfect Thank You note!
If you were at my Ladies Night Out + Networking Event in March (at the Breckenridge Brewery Farmhouse), you would have received a Swag Bag with a set of Thank You cards in it so you can give back by "thanking" someone in your sphere!
Check out Amy's perfect Thank You note template here!
...and right in time for Easter and Passover!!
These gorgeous and fun to make treats are made from a lighter-than-air meringue recipe! They taste as good as they look!
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 1/2 c. superfine sugar
6 large egg whites
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
8 oz. strawberries
1 6-oz. pkg. raspberries
1/2 c. blueberries
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 c. heavy cream
Edible flowers, for serving ($22; melissas.com)
PREP TIME: 0:25
TOTAL TIME: 2:00
Find other delightful spring recipes from Woman's Day (perfect for Easter and other occasions) here - 51 Best Easter Desserts
Ladies! I cannot believe Spring is almost here! I feel like we didn't even have a winter here in Colorado this year! What's up with that?
Now that we are well into 2018, I have to say that I am loving the growth, support and inspiration that is coming from our Ladies Night Out + Networking Events! I have received some incredible feedback from not only the Featured Businesses, but also our loyal following of like minded business women!! I can't wait to see what the rest of this year offers! So, without further ado, here is our list of Ladies We Love so far this year! Connect with them, like their pages, add them as friends and support them!
Cayla opened this super cute online boutique this year and is already taking the world by storm. She has sizes from S - 3XL and these pieces are CUTE! I scored a couple shirts and a pair of moto jeggings from her at the event and I am loving them! Join her Facebook group here and get ready for sneak peeks, games, giveaways and a new shopping habit - Blitzed Boutique
Ladies, I am super excited about Amber Foreman representing It Works Global. I personally use these products (shown above is their new line of amazing Keto products!) and have since 2012. I LOVE them and swear by them. I really do highly encourage you to try them as they have something that can help with pretty much anything you're struggling with. Energy, Diet, Lose Skin, Stress, Acne, etc. I take my Greens on the Go daily, I use their Fat Fighter pills that help block the fats and carbs in the foods you eat, the Skinny Wraps, their Profit Protein Shake, etc.
Check out the full line of all natural and really really good for you products by clicking here to shop with Amber - Amber's It Works Site
Monat Hair Care Y'all. This stuff will change your life. Okay... your hairs life. Krista Jore has been with Monat for a couple years and she is incredibly knowledgeable and highly trained to be able to pair you up with the correct hair care system to make your hair the best it's ever been. I have been on the Volume System for about 9 months and my hair has never been better. It went from dry, brittle and broken (not to mention flat and dull) to stronger, fuller, thicker and full of volume. I have a good hair day every day! Go here to shop with Krista and figure out which system is the best for you! Shop with Krista here.
Chloe + Isabel makes some of the best jewelry out there. Trendy, fun, comfortable, quality and affordable. Lisa has been a constant Featured Business with our Denver Housewives mix and so many people have become huge fans of this line of jewelry. I constantly receive compliments and always direct them to Lisa's Boutique. She is always hosting some amazing sales and has tons of fun samples at our Ladies Night Out events! Chat with her there and see the sparkle in person or go here to see the entire collection online. Shop Lisa's CI Boutique here
How often do you wish you had more energy and motivation to get ALL of the things done? Elyssa Freund is your girl. She has the best personality, incredible energy ...and I'm not just talking about the energizer gunny kind but HER energy as a person will just make you feel better being near her. She is a fabulous health coach and specializes in supporting you on your health journey with products from Isagenix. She has moved mountains and can help you do the same. Stop doubting yourself and contact Elyssa to help you light that fire. Shop with Elyssa here
If you are looking for a new and unique workout, you MUST attend a free class from the ladies at Club Pilates! No matter your level of fitness, there’s a Pilates class for you. See the options on their site and find your perfect workout fit. Their certified instructors perform hundreds of hours of training to meet teacher standards and maximize your workout. It’s more than just Reformers. They teach classes using TRX, Barre, Exo-Chair, Bosu ball, mats, rollers, and more. The ladies at Club Pilates Lontree believe that Pilates is the path to a fuller, more satisfying physical existence. They believe that being in control of your body helps you to be in control of your life. And best of all, they believe that you can start anytime. Check out Club Pilates here
What a CRAZY week! We were SO busy at my new job, one of my BEST girl friends moved back to Denver after being gone for 14 years and I was given the opportunity to try some of the best food that Denver has to offer! If you haven't read my last post about our Valentine's Day round up, go read it already! There are some AMAZING deals out there... not only for our beloved Hallmark Holiday but these spots are perfect for any type of celebration; whether it is your BFF moving back, a birthday or just a Wednesday night! Check out my week of professional eating below!
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
8100 E Orchard Rd, Denver, CO 80111
Last Monday after work, my honey and I hurried over to the infamous Del Frisco's in the Tech Center, conveniently off of I25 and Orchard to eat dinner together. Nick is a brewer at a local craft brewery in Parker (Elk Mountain, soon to be Downhill Brewing) and sometimes his hours are crazy but he made his schedule work for me this night!
As soon as we arrived, we were sat and introduced to our server Sarah! She was incredible and totally helped us make our decisions on what to order from the menu. It was kind of like going to the grocery store when you're hungry and you end up leaving with 72 things that you didn't really need. I just couldn't figure out what to settle on because EVERYTHING on the menu looked SO good. We started with a couple drinks (Nick ordered their VIP Drink with Clementine and Pineapple infused Vodka that they infuse in-house!) and their simple but amazing tasting of Shrimp. The three sauces were amazing; a mustard aioli, classic cocktail sauce and a garlic vinaigrette! Next, we ordered the burrata and heirloom tomato salad while we waited for our steak entrees. Sarah, our server, helped twist my arm a bit to try their Tomahawk Wagyu Beef steak and they tossed a crab cake on top! We were just amazed at how flavorful and tender these steaks were. No words! Just ...eating! And to top it all off, we were treated to their famous Lemon Cake that has been made by the same lady for YEARS! It was perfectly dense and moist with the best lemon cream frosting. We couldn't have asked for more. The best service, best food and just .... the best night out!
Olive and Finch - Cherry Creek North
3390 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206
One of my best friends and most favorite humans is always going 24/7, just like me. She is the Director of Events for a company that owns a few of the radio stations out here so she is always planning and running! We don't always have time to hang out but when I asked her if she was free on Wednesday night for dinner, she was thrilled because we could actually chill out together for a few hours!! I picked Sarah up at her office and we followed the friendly blue dot on my Google Maps app to this new location for Olive and Finch! I haven't been in this area for SO long and there are some new and awesome additions to Cherry Creek North!
We were greeted by Chris, the "Flock Leader" (get is... finch...bird...flock... haha! It made us giggle), and we took a seat at the small bar side countertop that overlooks the backside of the bakery case and bar area. Chris introduced us to Heidi and Lauren behind the bar and we received drinks right away. I ordered one of their house made Strawberry Basil sodas (YUM!!) and Sarah tried their Cool as a Cucumber cocktail. The menu has an awesome variety of sandwiches, flat breads, entrees and more. That is the main difference between this location and the original one on 17th... This one serves "dinner" and has some awesome Flatbreads and Entrees to choose from. We ordered the Fetsetter sandwich (imagine a Lox Bagel with all the bells and whistles on fresh Rye bread instead of a bagel.... He-l-l Yeah!) and the Soprano Flatbread. Sarah chose their pasta-of-the-day with salmon and I ordered their Steak plate! (I love steak..steak steak steak). I LOVED the Steak plate! It had this incredible corn and green chili succotash with the most incredible flavor. Once we were done with our meals, Chris came to check on us and showed me their dessert/pastry case. It looked like heaven. If heaven is covered in Peanut Butter frosting and filled with chocolate... then that's where I went! I tried their Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake and Sarah chose their Double Chocolate Cake. We also decided to sample the Opera Torte but it was so good, there was no sampling because we ate every last crumble of that torte! The cakes were equally delicious but this Opera Torte was something special.
Olive and Finch also has an amazing breakfast/brunch menu and I came home to Nick and raved about how incredible it was. We will absolutely make it down there for brunch!! And the best part, they don't have a hour long wait like some other popular brunch spots have!! Stop by here after work or run down for brunch because you will not be sorry!!!
Del Frisco's Grille - Cherry Creek
100 St Paul St Suite 140, Denver, CO 80206
So, I mentioned that my BFFFFFF (Becca) just moved back here after being gone for 14 years right? We had seen each other every now and then on quick trips and facetimed and talked alll the time, but it's not the same as spending quality time together. So, to say that I was EXCITED to go pick her up and take her with me to dinner... well, that would be an understatement! As soon as I got off work, I headed over to where she is staying (with some other long time mutual friends) and got to squishy her face and say hi to the others (Todd & Chad... Heeeyyyy!). We had to peel ourselves away from the reminiscing and story sharing to make it to Cherry Creek for the last, but not least, dinner of the week. I was SO grateful that they offer complimentary Valet Parking because I hate having to circle the blocks of Denver to try to fight for a parking spot. Phew. When we were walking in, they had some great disco-friendly music playing outside that we were already digging! Inside, off to the right were some gorgeous chandeliers and a fun looking bar area. We were taken to the dining room off to the left and got comfy in a booth. Gavin, the manager, chatted with us for a few before our server Patrick came by. I asked them to make me some fun mock-tail concoction (for those of you that don't know... I am a non-drinker, so I like to try fun drinks that aren't your typical soda/tea/water variety) with Pineapple! They succeeded! I didn't even ask what it was but it was amazing. Patrick gave us some fun suggestions of popular items to try from the menu. This was my first time visit so I was a total rookie. The menu was fun and had a great variety of items to choose from with a more standard "restaurant" feel (as opposed to the Del Frisco's steakhouse standard). We ordered the AhiTuna Tacos, the Lollipop Chicken Wings and Artichoke Beignets to start. Oh. My. These were the BEST suggestions and we LOVED them. The Ahi Tuna Tacos are seriously one of the best things I have ever had eeveerrrrrr. That is something I am going to crave on the regular! For our Entrees, we chose to try their Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff and the Wagyu Beed Strip Steak that they're featuring for Valentine's Day. The strip steak was perfectly cooked and topped with a mound of truffle butter that made the already perfect steak just that much more decadent. Oh, and that Stroganoff... Becca and I almost had a fork-sword-fight over the last bite. SO good.
For dessert, they were advertising their Coconut Cream Pie on a small flyer right when you walk in, so of course, my mind was already set. This location also has that famous Lemon Cake that the Double Eagle Steak House has, so you can enjoy that here as well!
They also have an amazing roof top patio that will be incredible to visit in the warmer months.
The food was incredible, the atmosphere was warm and inviting and the service was the cherry on top of the cake! I can't wait to go back and I definitely need to take my Mom because she will LOVE those Ahi Tacos!
I had so much fun visiting these restaurants and spending some much needed quality time with some of the people that I LOVE! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply contact the restaurant to make a reservation! Let me know what your favorite dish is that you try!
xoxo - Leah
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