For whatever reason, most of us start the week on Monday. Even though the weeks run through Sunday-Saturday on our calendars, Monday seems to be the day to always start anew. I always see the saying “Never miss a Monday”, and 99% of the time it is related to working out. Even I have used that statement associated with working out and found that if I missed a Monday workout, it got into my head and made me feel poorly about how I was starting my week. Don’t get me wrong, I love working out, but don’t need to feel bad if I don’t do it one day. If that becomes the norm and I am no longer doing it, then I know I need to re-evaluate my priorities. BUT that is for me, not for you, and really that goes for anything I want to focus on and is important to me.
“Never miss a Monday” is a saying I do agree with, but have decided to switch up my mindset and it has made all the difference. So, when Monday rolls around I evaluate what my focus is for the week. Is it to rest and regain balance? Is it to be on top of my workouts? Is it to be more mindful? Is it to be more kind to others? Is it to watch my eating? (and on and on). That is now my mindset for “Never miss a Monday.” What is my focus for the week? I can tell you it absolutely helps and it doesn’t have to be just for working out. I came to realize that by doing whatever my desired focus is on Monday and not letting that day pass me by, I am able to maintain my motivation throughout the week.
So tomorrow I will practice “Never miss a Monday.” I am not sure what my focus for this coming week will be (it usually comes to me around bedtime on Sunday).
What is your focus and priority for the week? Do it tomorrow and see if it impacts your week, how you approach it, and whether or not you achieve the success you were hoping for.
It was date night for my sister-in-law and I, so we decided to check out Painting with a Twist, one of the newest paint and wine boutiques in Fort Collins. It was a first time for both of us and we were excited. What we had not shared with each other was that we were both a little anxious too. Stephanie and I both enjoy being crafty (painting, decorating, etc.), but it is usually in the confines of our own home and not in a class with strangers. Our anxiety about how our painting would turn out and the thought “am I even going to be able to enjoy this when I am not a great painter” was in both our minds, but we failed to share that with each other. However, let me tell you, we were greatly relieved once the class began and started having SO MUCH FUN. We actually said to each other “I can’t believe I was feeling anxious about this” or “I can’t believe it has taken me this long to attend one of these classes.” We left planning our next visit, and thinking about whether or not to bring our husbands.
Painting with a Twist is a paint and wine (or beer, soda, water) class where an instructor teaches you step-by-step how to paint the selected picture of the day/evening. There is also an instructor walking around to help out as well.
When you first arrive you check in and then grab a drink at the bar before heading over to your spot (or find your spot and then get a drink). Every person has a designated paint space already set up and marked with your name, so if you are registering in a group you will all be seated together. It is wonderful and makes it so easy upon arrival. Ok, back to grabbing your drink before getting started. The bar here has SO MUCH to offer. There are a variety of non-alcoholic beverages to choose from, not just water. Then there are many beers including local breweries like New Belgium and Odell to name a few. As for wine, they have a variety of red and white wines to pick from, AND they even carry Blue Skies Winery, which is local to Fort Collins and delicious. The bar prices here might be some of the best in town! Now that you have checked in, found your painting spot, and grabbed a drink, you’re now ready to begin.
Class starts with an introduction of your instructors. We had 2 awesome ones, including Beckie, the owner of Painting with a Twist, who was our stage instructor and the one walking us through our step-by-step. She had a great attitude and presence. Her introduction of the class and explanation of the painting process truly helped in deflating our anxieties on not being great painters. We really enjoyed Beckie and she got the group engaged and laughing. Our next instructor was Audrey and she was our floor instructor. She walked around and gave positive feedback to each of us. If she had a suggestion or tip to make, it came across in such a manner that excited you to make the addition to your painting. Thank you ladies!
The space was great for class and they even have a private party room to use for a variety of events (think bridal showers, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, girls night out, or just because parties). The music selection was also on point, a little bit of everything! The class attendees were singing along and having a great time!
The evening flow was nice...we worked on our paintings, took breaks to look at it from different angles, played a few games (with prizes!!) and mingled with the class. It was such a pleasant experience. Even though this was my first “paint and wine” class, it has set the bar very high. It has also sparked an excitement within and encouragement to continue trying new things. I will be back for sure. As for now, my painting is hanging in my daughters room and she loves the piece of art I brought home for her.
Thanks Beckie, Audrey, and Painting with a Twist staff for a great new addition to Fort Collins. I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Are you coming to the Ladies Night Out event at Maxline Brewing on October 19th from 5:30-8:30pm? Check out the Facebook event page and don't forget to register for your FREE ticket at eventbrite
here's the inside scoop
We are one week away from this awesome event. ONE WEEK! We'll open the doors at 5:30, try to get there early, because our first fifty guests at Maxline Brewing will be given a ticket redeemable for one of our SWAG Bags! Yay!
Maxline has beer, Kombucha, and other thirst quenchers. Farm Fusion has a delicious menu they will be offering throughout the evening, so bring your appetite and Something Sweet- Fort Collins will have a sweet display of treats to taste.
I'll be giving away a gift certificate for TWO FREE meals from Farm Fusion at 6:30pm and giving away a FREE growler and growler fill from Maxline Brewing at 7:00 PM. You can enter these giveaways at registration, just fill out our cards with your name and email or drop your business card in to be entered. Those who have RSVP'd on Eventbrite and show up will be entered into the drawing for a Family Fall Harvest pack to the Harvest Farm Fall Festival.
After the giveaway at 6:30 PM, I'll announce that it's time to collect the SWAG Bags! Bring me your ticket back to claim your bag!
A few of our featured vendors will be running giveaways too! They are in charge of their own giveaways, and you can find out about them by visiting their tables! You won't want to miss out on these!
I've lined up some great vendors for you guys this time! Take a second and check them all out!
Amanda and Erin with Rodan + Fields
Janna Fiala with Keep Collective
Tatum Stoner with LulaRoe
Shannon Fabian with Chloe and Isabel Jewelry
Alisha and Valerie with Repurposed Petals
Michelle Weidenbach with Le-Vel
Something Sweet- Fort Collins
Our event will be captured by the awesome Jackie Clarkson Photography. She will be venturing around the event and taking some candid shots as well as group photos. So if you see her, don’t be afraid to ask her to capture your group of girlfriends. Photos will be posted on facebook post the event. Check out her work at Jackie Clarkson Photography
I am so excited to share that we are partnering with U COUNT Campaign for this event. To support U COUNT, please bring travel sized toiletries- shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
The U COUNT Campaign is a team effort to bring hope and freedom to victims of sexual exploitation by:
- Raising funds and working in partnership with Project Rescue to provide safe residential and vocational training environments.
- Economically empowering at risk women and girls, as well as former victims of sexual slavery, through the marketing of the products they make.
- Supporting local and global initiatives that provide preventiontrainings and community organization working on behalf of trafficking survivors.
When I workout I pull my hair back or put it in pigtails. Sometimes it depends on the fitness activity and other times on my haircut. I have tried headbands (wide and skinny), bandanas, and many other accessories to keep my hair back, but more importantly, to keep my SPARKLE (let’s be real...my sweat) out of my eyes. It stings and it burns and it is no fun if it gets in my eye. Sometimes I even use my headband as a dual purpose to hold my earphones in my ears (because I cannot find earbuds that stay put, but that is a whole other issue) and to keep my sweat from interfering with my sight.
When I run I don't always think about needing a headband but when I teach Turbokick, I say after EVERY class when we are stretching “I will remember my headband next time” as sweat is dripping into my eyes. Yuck. Yet I continue to forget to wear a headband.
I’ll be honest, one of the reasons I do not always remember a headband is because I have not found one that stays. It becomes more of a nuisance, and I am always fiddling with it and it interferes with my workout. Who wants to wear something that is going to cause them to fidget throughout their entire workout? I would rather just go without…
Then I was introduced to the Bolder Band. It is a headband that looks super cute and stays in place when you workout! WHAT?! It can be worn wide or thin or in between and is even cute enough that I can run errands after my workout with my hair up and feel “presentable” in public. I can wear it when I workout, teach turbo, go running, even just run errands. Its comfortable, stylish, and STAYS PUT!
What is even better about them is their motto to be “the most BOLD, BEAUTIFUL version of yourself.” YES, PLEASE. We need more of this.
There are so many styles, colors, and types of Bolder Bands available that you can use some for your everyday wear and others just for working out. There are even cold weather ones. The company continues to listen to feedback and improve their product. This is a company that makes a great product, but is also one I am proud to support and continue to share with others, as the foundation of the company goes far beyond the product they make (as fabulous as it is). It speaks a language of loving and believing in oneself. We as women need to Be YOU, Love YOU, BBolder.
They are so awesome they have even provided all the Housewives in the City readers/followers with a promo code. Visit www.bbolder.com and when you check out enter promo code HOUSEWIVES25 for 25% off any order placed through 11/1.
Win a Bolder Band below...giveaway ends 10/22/16.
We spent THREE (you read that correctly) THREE hours at this fall festival. I don’t know about you but that is probably the longest we have ever spent at one before. We probably would have spent longer but my little guy was starting to voice his dislike for being in a stroller and the heat (it was slightly warmer yesterday than a true fall day). When we go back, hopefully it will be cooler. I want to spend some time at the fire pit roasting s'mores on our next visit.
There was everything from petting zoos, hay bails, tires, and a spider web contraption to climb to hay rides, corn mazes, pig races, corn cannons, and so much more. They have some of the best kettle corn I have tasted. Usually kettle corn is good with its hint of sweetness, but this also had a nice glazed crunch. I even ate some more today and it tasted just as fresh as yesterday. There are food options there as well and plentiful bathroom facilities.
Aside from this fall festival providing lots of entertainment and activities for the whole family, Harvest Farm works in partnership with Fort Collins Rescue Mission, and both operate under the umbrella of Denver Rescue Mission. It is a fully functioning farm, has a CSA, and even beef sales. All of the work on the farm is provided by the residents of a larger long-term rehabilitation program that accommodates up to 72 men, with the goal of breaking the cycle of addiction and homelessness. It is an amazing program and the Fall Festival is their biggest fundraiser of the year. Come on out and experience this amazing Fall Festival for yourself and celebrate a program that supports growth, change, and possibility.
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