March has come to an end, bring on Summer!
Well . . . we've still got 2 more months but a girl can dream, can't she?!
For this month's event, we met at Tap Traders- a hidden Colorado Springs gem!
Tap Traders is an American restaurant and bar with 25+ beers on tap, all made in Colorado, and a host of tasty menu items.
Tap Traders has something to satisfy anyone and everyone.
Whether you're looking to try a new local IPA or are in the mood for an exceptional burger, made from only the finest Callicrate beef, Tap Traders is the place for you.
Tap Traders has built a lively bar & grill that is sure to please. Freshly made food, an exceptional beer list, and friendly service make Tap Traders the go-to spot for tourists and locals alike.
Do you know about Tap Traders' very colorful history?
Once upon a time, the building that Tap Traders now occupies used to be the Alexander Film Co,
which was one of the biggest film studios in the WORLD!
The Alexander Film Co. was the dominant national player in film advertising, more powerful in it's hay-day than any New York agency and they were the biggest animation studio around at the time,
even bigger than Disney!
It was the biggest employer in Colorado Springs!
But now, today, Alexander is nearly forgotten.
Thank you to Tap Traders for breathing life into the building again and sharing the building wonderful past with us <3
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3104 N Nevada Ave #100,
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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This month, we had the honor of spotlighting the Eagle's Nest Ranch!
Eagle’s Nest Ranch is a 501c3 non-profit located in Elizabeth, Colorado, whose purpose is to bring hope, trust and growth into the lives of those who come to the Ranch.
They serve adults and children who have experienced, or who are experiencing, the invisible wounds of life. Their desire is to help our participants soar above adversity through interaction with horses. Their Healing Horses for the Armed Forces program serves the military community and their Soaring program serves all others. They provide one-on-one interactive sessions with a horse. All their sessions are offered free of charge, so they entirely rely on the generosity of others who see the value of their purpose and want to partner with them to help people soar above the adversities of life!
Location: 36998 Timber Dr. Elizabeth, CO 80107
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.
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!
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To Everyone Who Participated In This Month's Girls Night!
This week I hosted an event to talk about our finances.
When was the last time you gave your accounts a good look through?
Most folks admit they that they don't actually know what is going on with their finances.
In fact, studies show about 61% of adults and 83% of teens admit they don't know how to manage their money!
It's no wonder so many out there end up with not enough retirement money saved- or none at all!
I recently decided to take charge and better care of my money, and, boy, it is a struggle!
We work and work but are still living paycheck to paycheck, aren't you tired of the cycle?
I work 5 jobs!
And I am STILL in debt and not able to afford most commodities that other house holds require and worst, if I had children right now then I wouldn't be able to sustain them.
Since I plan to raise kids of my own someday, being almost 30 years old, it is alarming to me.
I want to not only stop worrying about money, but I want to actually flourish!
( We were Talking Financial Freedom at Paninos Downtown on Tuesday, March 19th.
Thank you to Paninos Downtown for hosting us!!! )
The company who took us on this journey is called Financial Freedom INC because they help folks achieve just that- Financial Freedom!
They are an independent financial services company that has traveled all over the country teaching the mystery of finance and doing financial seminars. They are passionate about helping people create a very simple plan to put them in charge of their own financial future, as well as helping them get out of debt and increase their nest egg by thousands of dollars.
They help you protect and increase your financial future.
They specialize in keeping your assets protected while they are working hard for you.
Your money does not have to be at risk to give you good returns and it should always be available to you when you need it!
Our guest speaker for the night was David Townsend, the number one Financial Strategist in the country. He gave us a 45 minute presentation on how to achieve 'Financial Freedom', using two flagship methods-
1. Become your own banker
2. Create a money management plan
Most answer no or "very little" because they say that between debt and current bills, they don't have enough income to feed their family now if they try to put some away for later.
This is a sad but true fact about families today- I am currently in this situation myself!
Let me ask you a second question that you may not have thought about . . .
Do you know how much you will need to save for retirement?
Another sad truth is that these days, due to inflation and unstable financial situations, a lot of folks have had to either to go back to work after retirement or aren't able to retire at all and will work until they die!
Sorry to be blunt - but we need to face facts if we are going to take charge of our finances!
Most people don't know how to calculate how much they might need per month after retirement-
We have to start with the small stuff to figure just how BIG the big stuff is.
Add them all together then X12 (months) - what's your total for one year?
Next, decide what year you would like to retire- most choose 65 years old because that's when your social security is available to you. If you are lucky enough to live to 100 then you have 35 years to live on what you save NOW.
Your total amount for a year X35 years - how much do you need?
The average rate of inflation is about 2% per year so you have to assume that by the time you are ready to retire at 65, you suddenly won't have enough money to retire!!!
So what do you do now to prevent this?
Take your total and calculate the inflation to the mix!
Formula: Your total (Let's call it 'z' ) X 0.02 = 2% of your total!
That 2% of your total times how ever many years from the age you plan to retire to the age you estimate your death (if 65 and 100 years old, then X 35 years) (Let's call this total 'y' )
Then, z + y = (YOUR RETIREMENT FUND)
Feeling pretty confident about your sum?
Feels good to have everything covered?
Sorry to throw another wrench at your plans, but guess what!
Still . . . Not . . . Done . . .
Most folks end up with different health conditions as they age.
These issues come suddenly, with no warning, can be deadly, and are not covered on my health insurance policy?!?!
These types of problems happen after retirement all the time and can leave a family devastated.
You should calculate an extra $100,000 in the budget per person!
Is your total over 1/2 a million dollars yet?
Because you should also add on another $50,000 per person for miscellaneous expenses, like living a few more years than you had budgeted for or getting a new car 20 years from now that will be taken out of your savings along the way . . .
Even the most financially conservative household's total would be very high at this point . . .
Most feel so over whelmed by now that they STOP looking into their finances altogether!!!
Please don't loose heart!
That's why you need to talk to David Townsend for free advice, he will put your mind at ease.
Who IS David Townsend?
During this whole time, David had been building his financial planning business, and with over 40 years of experience, has become a self-made multi-millionaire with a passion for teaching other people how to become financially independent.
David is the top producer in the United States for a dozen or so different financial companies; you'd think a person with this impressive background would live in Manhattan, however, David resides in Westminster, CO.
"Warren Buffet may be the Oracle of Omaha, but David is the Wizard of Westminster."
Said Michael Richards- who has been working with David for some time now.
. . . Less than a month later (after hearing David speak). . . I left there not only with knowledge of how I could improve my finances, but I left there with the light of a new life. A life that didn’t include assessing what was absolutely needed in our grocery cart, because we had to mindful that the electric bill still had to be paid. A life that allowed me a weekend off with the kids, and not working overtime to help with bills. A life where I could finally sleep because the thoughts of losing my house was no longer a nightmare.
David, and all the Financial Freedom, THANK YOU!!! "
Did you know that pubs in Ireland had to close for St Patrick’s Day? Crazy!
Practicing Christians in Ireland attend Church on St Patrick’s Day as its a Holy Day of Obligation. So it wasn’t until the late 1970’s the Irish law permitted pubs to have their doors open on March 17th.
I have Irish heritage and decided to look up what the folks in Ireland do to celebrate
Saint Patrick's Day!
These are, however, actually untrue and are just Irish folklore.
YourIrish.com says, "There are many legends that surround the Patron Saint of Ireland. Stories such as St Patrick and the Devil, St Patrick and the Killer Snake and also St Patrick and the River Shannon Serpent still remain popular today."
- In England, the British Royals traditionally present bowls of shamrock to members of the Irish Guards, a regiment in the British Army
- In Russia, over 70 events celebrating Irish culture take place in Moscow, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Voronezh, and Volgograd were sponsored by the Irish Embassy, the Moscow City Government, and other organizations. In 2017, the Russian Orthodox Church even added the feast day of Saint Patrick to its liturgical calendar, to be celebrated on 30 March.
- One of the longest-running and largest St Patrick's Day parades in North America occurs each year in Montreal. The yearly celebration has been organised by the United Irish Societies of Montreal since 1929. The parade has been held yearly without interruption since 1824 however, St Patrick's Day itself has been celebrated in Montreal since as far back as 1759 by Irish soldiers in Montreal.
- Plus a TON of other cities around the world
But most of all, Saint Patrick's Day grew in popularity in the U.S. and so did the number of people wearing green. "From green hats to shamrock sun glasses everyone today celebrates the Irish culture by wearing something green."
There are a number of traditions to consider that are associated with St Patrick’s Day. Some are associated with religious traditions, others relate to people celebrating being Irish for the day (like me lol), even for those who have no connections with Ireland. But if you asked the average person what traditions for Saint Patrick's Day they are familiar with, they would probably say- Wear green or you will get pinched, depict shamrocks on your clothing for luck, maybe putting green food coloring in your beer... for who knows why lol.
"You would be hard pushed to find a pub in Ireland that served green beer like you would in the U.S. Some places in Ireland, such as Dublin, may have a few pubs that will serve green beer but for the most part it’s not something we generally do." Says YourIrish.com
Did you know that it wasn’t until 1995 when the Irish government decided to start holding a parade in Dublin? And they only did it to help boost tourism. It’s now known in Ireland as St Patrick’s festival which takes place over 5 days with events including art shows, plays, concerts, fun fairs and the main parade - basically what is done in the U.S. - but it wan't always regarded as a social holiday.
Now, around the world, folks use the day as an excuse to dress in green and get drunk to celebrate March 17th, even in Ireland.
Grab a cab, everybody!
A few of our Colorado Springs Housewives group members
and I were invited to be contestants on
The Truth Is game show!
The game show about cunning and deception,
it is a unique social media game show that promotes influencers and creators,
it keeps the laughs coming!
How To Play:
Each contestant submits 3 strange/funny truths about themselves to the host, the host then chooses 1 of those truths to go on your card - He also places 2 truths on your card that were submitted by past contestants. You read off all 3 truths on your card, then the other contestants and the host ask questions about each truth to try and trip you up.
Your job is to explain each truth as if all of the truths are yours, defending "your" actions!
After they are done asking questions about each story, the contestants choose which of the 3 truths is ACTUALLY yours!
For however many pick the wrong truth, you get a point.
Whoever guesses correctly, they get a point.
Whoever has the most points at the end WINS!
Easy peasy, right?
" We have created a game show that is not only entertaining to watch but also brings attention to artists of all genres and the projects they pour themselves into."
says Chad Gloria, the host of The Truth Is "The Truth Is seeks to be something radically different from anything else on the many social media platforms, by pushing the bounds of what is known as creative content.
We strive to bring humor to our audience while being part of something infinitely larger than ourselves. "
It was super fun!
Check out the episode below :]
Congratulations to Ashley Kristine Osgood for winning 2 tickets to board
The Local Motive - Colorado Public Party Bus!
I came to my buddy, Jon, and we looked up old parlor games that no one owned the rights too, we landed on 'two lies and a truth' - because even 'non-performer' types can be funny when making up silly stories. "
They want to build a grass roots audience here, in Colorado Springs, by ingratiating themselves and The Truth Is into the community.
" What if you could be part of something that not only fueled your creativity but also helped to build up other creative people around you? "
( Left to Right: Charlotte Wittie, Elise Odom (myself), Chad Gloria, Ashley Osgood,
and Kara Birky Stutzman )
They are always looking for contestants, if you are interested!
Connect with the host, Chad!
We had a blast at our Girls Night Networking at Atrevida Beer Co!
We will be working with them again in the future :]
Here are the pics from the event!
Check out the rest of the night's events in our Locals We Love | February Edition below!
Greetings and salutations from Colorado Springs! My name is Elise, I'm the Colorado Springs HouseWife in the City! I love my boyfriend and my 2 fur babies! I'm a restaurant manager by day and blogger by night! I'm an artist and a seamstress in my spare time and I just love to bake and sing in the shower! I've become more health conscious in recent years and have decided to start living more! As a person we are in charge of ourselves, it is our job to make ourselves a better person everyday. This is my journey to making peace with my aging body and to start treating it and my mind better. As a person and as a woman!
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!