We are 3 weeks into 2018. Wow. I am not sure if that feels super-fast or super slow. What it is, is. 2018 is not starting off as the FABULOUS year I would like it to be. I know that, if last night is any indication, tonight will be heart wrenching, gut wrenching and leave a gaping tear in my heart. Tears have been shed and there will be more to come.
You see, today, today I am going to have to do something I had hoped would never come to pass. Today, after 17.5 years, I will go home, and for the first time, the world's best friend will not be there. Today, this afternoon, after an hour where we cuddle, I will put down my faithful companion of 17.5 years. She will no longer prance into a room, dance in circles for a treat, scratch my hand to get more rubs, spill dog food all over the floor because she is looking for the choicest piece...these will all just be memories.
She was there through my first breakup, through any ones that came after, she was there to approve or disapprove of my husband. She was there to protect and love my babes, who became her babes. She was there when my mom was sick. She was there when my dad died. She was always there to greet me with a wag of her nub tail, a lick to the hand, and a few barks to garner attention. For so long, she has been there and tonight, she won't be. Be still my broken heart.
Today, this evening, my one constant, will not be there. She won't be there to greet me- lick tears from face, jump on my lap, whine for a treat, bark at all hours of the night. She won't be there. My brave, warrior girl, you have been the best dog a girl could have, all mighty 8 lbs of you. I am sure, if the choice were yours, you'd choose to live forever. I will love you forever. Give my daddy a wet nose to the cheek for me, my beautiful brown eyed girl.
2018 is going to go where it's going to go...
What changes would you like to see?
What would you like to read about?
What vendors/businesses would you like to see?
What would make you come to a girls night out!
Have you been to a girl's night out?
What are you looking forward to in 2018?
One year ago...
Tonight I had a hard conversation with my 6 year old...she asked who I voted for. I told her, as my father once told me, I'm your mother, I love you....the rest you don't need to know.
Darling girl (and my darling boy, when you need to know): You'll be grown up one day and have to make your own decisions. I hope you've surrounded yourself with friends that are diverse and offer a variety of views to your life. It's never your job to define them by their beliefs. You may not see eye to eye, but opposition strengthens passion. Be compassionate, be considerate, be kind. Stand firm in your resolve of who you are. Diversity defines us, passions shapes us, our friends and family, love us regardless. Even if you don't agree, be respectful. Always know you can have an opinion and you can have a different one than your friends, but we are defined by so much more. You don't have to yell and scream to make your point. You can stand tall, silent and firm. You stay true to who you are and the rest all falls into place.
Darling children of mine, your CHARACTER matters. Your COMPASSION matters. Your PASSION matters. Your KINDNESS matters. Your FAITH matters. Your LOVE matters. YOU MATTER.
How is it seriously November? Big news ladies, I am releasing the schedule of events for 2018!! Woooooo! Boom Shakalaka! Rock on!!! Let's make this the biggest, boldest year for STL Housewives!! Let's grow, connect, and bring it back to the Lou!!
SCHEDULE of EVENTS
February 12: Blueberry Hill 6-9pm
March 26: Budweiser Brewhouse 6-9p,
April 2: Schlafly Bottleworks- Maplewood 6-9pm
May 19: The Loading Dock 11-2 pm
June 11: Syberg’s on Market 6-9 pm
July 10: Frazer’s 6-9 pm
August 13: Bar Louie Kirkwood 6-9 pm
September : Rooster South Grand TBD
Send an email of interest if you'd like to be part of our events in any capacities! From now until February, I have specials running for all of those who sign up to be a featured vendor with us!!
I am so excited to show you these ROCKSTAR venues!!
“There comes a turning point in intense physical struggle where one abandons oneself to a profligate usage of strength and bodily resources, ignoring the cost until the struggle is over. Women find this point in childbirth; Men in Battle. Past a certain point, you lose all fear of pain or injury. Life becomes very simple at that point; you will do what you are trying to do, or die in the attempt...”
― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
There comes a point in everyone's life where they come to a crossroads and a major decision must be made. It's one choice and one step, but it irrevocably changes the course you are on.
I am at that point...where I am going to have to make a choice. Stay tuned for details on some of the little choices and a 2018 line up of events.
What a rocking good time we had at our GNO at Bar Louie in Kirkwood, MO on October 16! We had several fabulous vendors featured, a venue that was above the cut, and some really AMAZING guests! Shout out to the ladies and gentlemen (yes, plural, yes, men) who came out!!
Bar Louie has a very upscale, yet down to earth, sportswear vibe! Their drink selection, especially the stone fruit sangria, are reason enough to go in! The tatchos (buffalo chicken, tator tot, and nachos) are an epic appetizer that feeds more than two!
We had an all star line up of featured vendors: Wine Shop at Home, Rodan and Fields, Thrive by Level, Pure Romance, Shop Stevie, and Ever Skin Care. These ladies were so fun and lively. They knew how to work a room! I was so excited to have all of them!
If you missed out on our event, all of our vendors contact information can be found below. Don't forget to come help us close out the 2017 year at Llywelyn's Pub (central west end) on November 7!!!
Until then ladies, rock on!
Wine Shop at Home
Jessica Jeanes and Christina O' Neil
Rodan and Fields
Thrive by Level
Mary Ann Becker
Ever Skin Care
6 years ago my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 gastric cancer. Within 3 weeks of her receiving her last treatment, my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer: terminal. Within 10 months of his diagnosis, they would sell their house, move in with my family of 3, with one on the way. A week after they moved, a day when my dad was sick from his treatments, I went into labor.
Within one week, I went from a house with 3 people to 6. A toddler, a recovering cancer patient, a terminal cancer patient, and a husband with high blood pressure- 3-6 people, overnight, all of who were looking to me to take care of them. 4 days in, I developed toxemia, pneumonia and a sinus infection…so off to the hospital I went and stayed where I had to give up breastfeeding, so more changes. I was floundering, struggling, stressed and lost after all of this. 6 months later my pops would pass and the world would continue spinning while I struggled to keep a household minus one, but full of grief, running, working, loving, happy.
Flash forward…4.5 years after my father’s death…
For the first time since that summer, I am starting to get back into the hang of who I am, who I used to be. I am not as lost, moody, unsure. I have my confidence and some optimism back. I am finally re-engaged in my own life and not going through the motions. I am not afraid to say what I need to say or what I think. I am still terrified and have anxiety about dying and my own death, but that’s something I have lived with for a long time.
I don’t know that my luck has changed, but I do know that I am okay with whatever happens and can handle it because I have survived and conquered a storm. I have awakened from the fog I found myself and will continue to fight!
Whew, summer came to an end rather abruptly and I have been slammed. I apologize for the delay in posting.
School supplies, new teachers, new grades, uniforms, clothes, shoes, and for mommy 5 brand new preps...holy smokes, the end of July and beginning of August were gone before I could blink.
We survived shopping for all that we needed; we survived our first respective weeks back at school; we are currently still adjusting to the new routine.
My favorite part of this year, besides the supplies and fall on the horizon, is that my children still love, love, LOVE school. They love to learn, they love to go, they love their teachers and they love their friends.
I hope everyone is having a great start to the school year!!
Wow! Our August event came and went quickly! We had such a great, quaint little venue, Crafted. Crafted. was featured on Spike tv's "Bar Rescue" and let me tell you, they reduced a fantastic place! Great food, great service, fabulous drinks, and a wonderful little hang out spot. We had an intimate gathering of vendors and businesses. We featured Lula Roe (and they had some UNICORNS); Wine Shop at Home (what a novel idea and fabulous ladies); and Rodan and Fields (a premium skin care line). If you would like to reach any of our lovely vendors:
Nicole Jorgensen: Rodan and Fields
Mollie Eise: Lula Roe
Jessica Jeanes: Wine Shop at Home
September 8th, we are heading to Howl at the Moon, located at Ball Park Village in Downtown STL. A Friday night, some rocking drink specials and some sweet swag! You don't want to miss out!!
July was a hot one for sure! This month, we had the honor to be at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. What an awesome venue, for sure!! With beer brewed right there, it was a perfect evening to come out and have drinks!
We had several wonderful businesses and vendors. Mary Ann Becker was there with Thrive: The THRIVE 8 Week Experience is 3 premium made core products formulated to compound & circulate through your body for 12- 24 hrs. www.mabecker.le-vel.com.
Mina Charepoo was there with a HUGE selection of Lula Roe. She was full of knowledge and smiles! email@example.com.
Jamie Matney joined us with her awesome lipstick, Lipsense, which is waterproof and kiss proof!! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colleen was shocking us all night with a wide variety of women's safety items via Pro Damsel. email@example.com.
Stacy Luter also joined us with a wide variety of skin care from Rodan and Fields. (314) 704-6297.
Round out a fantastic group of women, Amanda Bluestein joined us from the Maplewood Beauty Bar and was giving people beautiful curls with the Beachwaver only found locally in her salon. www.maplewoodbeautybar.com/. You name it, this lady can do it. From fantastic cuts, to color, and extensions and spray tans!
We had a rocking good time! Hope to see you all there next month, August 10 at Crafted. Crafted was also featured on Spike Tv's Bar Rescue!
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