I can't believe the first month of summer is already over!
I haven't even posted all the summer blogs I have to share with you!
But don't worry, I'll post them soon!
I don't want you to miss out on the home made popsicles!
We've had a lot of fun so far in June!
From wine tasting festivals to concerts.
Camping trips to ladies nights out,
We have not dropped the ball yet!
BTW, if you ever have a suggestion for something our group should do for a fun night out
Drop the idea in the comment section below
directly email me :]
Locals We Love | June Addition
For this months Night Out Networking With The Gals
we met at Trinity Brewing Co!
Trinity Brewing Co.
1466 W Garden of the Gods Rd,
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Want to connect?
" At Trinity Brewing we not only brew the most "Artisanal Beer" in town, we also make huge efforts towards eco-sensativity. We custom built our pub from nearly 100% recycled materials! "
I love their style!
From the barrels laying openly through out the venue
to the glowing lights under the bar top.
They make the best with what they have-
-and it is the best!
I loved their bacon mac 'n cheese and Oreo peanut butter pie
And you can tell from my check that I couldn't get enough of their hard cider!
One of my favorite features at the Trinity Brewing Co is the archway that leads
to a room of barrels and the arch is made entirely of BOOKS!
Not only have the folks that are running the Trinity Brewing Co. been very helpful
through out the whole promotional process of our event
but their service the night of the event was superb.
They even chipped in to help out the
Help Autism Center,
our spotlighted charity for June.
They donated not only a $1 from every drink sold of a beer list they provided us
but they provided us a couple raffle items
(which I will announce the winners of later this week!!!!).
We have a Trinity Brewing Co. medium sized T-shirt
and a Trinity Brewing Co. wine glass!
Thank-you Trinity Brew!
And stay tuned on the Co Spring Housewives Official Facebook page
for the up coming giveaways :]
If you have a second, you should check out their calendar and see what they have coming up!
Something that the community is looking forward to-
-the Help Autism Center's involvement with the Pikes Peak Sluggers
and the Alternative Baseball league that will be rolling through 'the springs'!
They will be starting up in the fall of this year, 2018.
I can't wait to dress in my cute ball park outfit, grab a hot dog and watch the first game from the stands!
Want to connect?
But back to our event that was on June 27th.
We had quite a few new members that were able to join us for this month's event
and I was very surprised to find out most of them moved here recently.
A lot don't know the area and are looking for friends to explore with.
Because of this, I may start a SECOND get together event during the month
that would be a voted on activity for us all
(or whoever can make it) to do.
What do you think?
Movies? Bowling? Wine Tasting? Dinner Out? Going to the museum?
If you are looking for a buddy, you can always hit me up!
Here are some photos from the night!
My scheduled photographer didn't show up and I couldn't get a hold of her!
Left me in the lurch!
But thankfully I remembered to bring my camera!
So instead of manning the photo booth set up I usually do,
I walked around and snapped some pics.
Also, luckily, my friend Vern showed up shortly after the event began
and was able to relieve me of my photographer duties for a bit.
Thank-you to the Trinity Brewing Co for hosting our June ladies night
and thank-you to the Help Autism Center, we were honored to spotlight their non-profit this month!
You Are Invited!
I have been seeing phrases like "Toxic" being thrown around lately, mainly when it comes to removing a person from our lives.
Now there are certainly people who are displaying unhealthy behaviors to such a degree that there needs to be boundaries and distance established, no argument there.
My problem is when the word "Toxic" is thrown around for people and relationships that someone found annoying, difficult at times, or simply not entirely pleasant. In other words not actually at things that are indeed incredibly unhealthy and dangerous, but rather relationships that have times of difficulty or is just not going 100% their way.
This is why I find the mindset of "cut anything and anyone out of your life that is toxic" dangerous and the opposite of helpful.
Toxic is a simple word that allows people to put the burden of blame on one person, without taking any responsibility for their own actions and making themselves out to be entirely the victim. It's the classic case of trying to give a simple solution to a complex problem.
Why bother to have the tough conversations, be communicative, be self-introspective and try to place yourself in another's shoes, in order try to work things out when you can just call that person toxic?
It is a conversation end-er that people use to take a moral high-ground to feel better about themselves, put the other in a box, compartmentalize, removing their humanity, and treating them like someone who doesn't deserve love.
It is a judgmental label that is the opposite of being Understanding.
Using this word with others to define other people limits growth of both the accused and those pointing the accusation.
Now I am not speaking in absolutes, there is no such thing. Like everything else in our lives it is a matter of balance.
So again, while there are people that we are better off not having in our lives, we also have to be willing to put in the effort, energy, and more importantly Compassion to make relationships (of all kinds) work rather than simply demeaning that person as "toxic" in order to feel better about ourselves. "
But what do you guys think?
Thanks, Jacob, for letting me share this.
I agree 100%
I have too many people in my life that have decided to just 'cut' the another off.
I feel like this is a form of running away.
I believe that it is necessary to walk away sometimes, to gain prospective or regain focus.
Sometimes, you just need a breather!
But we have to remember that people are not disposable,
we can not cut people out of our lives by simple writing them off as 'Toxic'.
We can not decide a person is 'just a bad person'
because you don't want to hear what they have to say.
Everyone has the right to voice their opinions.
Why should someone, anyone, listen to your opinions
if you are not willing to listen to theirs?
I did :]
Yesterday was the 58th annual Colorado Springs downtown Western Street Breakfast!
As thousands of folks from all walks of life flocked to the intersection of Pikes Peak and Tejon street for this annual breakfast.
We took a few pictures and began walking around to enjoy the festivities.
Throughout the event there were activities, such as the petting zoo, performances by Exit West, Flying W Wranglers, Sweetwater Native American Hoop dancers and
the Colorado Springs Conservatory!!!
There was kids Western Dress=Up Contest, 'roping the hay bale', caricature drawing,
gunslingers and trick ropers!
I was able to speak with Mike Roth, Financial Adviser with Northwestern Mutual Colorado Springs, about the street breakfast. This is what he had to say "The Colorado Western Street Breakfast is an opportunity to have the community come together, both military and civilian, to share and celebrate the Western Life which our city was founded on so many years ago. People enjoy an inexpensive breakfast to help raise money for our local military and their families while children partake in activities like the Kiddie Dress-Up Review. There is music, a petting-zoo, and the official send-off of the Range Riders. It’s a great event which no one should miss!"
Mike was able to give me a brief insight into the beloved breakfast and the involvement of Northwestern Mutual. He told me that the breakfast was in trouble this year, it was looking like it may not set up due to lack of funds.
But where are we going to watch a concert and eat pancakes at 6am?!
Something had to be done, so Northwestern Mutual stepped in!
Because Northwestern Mutual sponsored
the 58th annual Western Street Breakfast
we were able to continue the tradition of raising money for a good cause while eating good food made by Fort Carson volunteers who have been serving breakfast at this event for over 40 years.
I asked Kevin Kaveney, Managing Director of Northwestern Mutual,
how have you seen this event grow over the last few years?
Kevin, "We’ve seen Colorado Springs, young and old, embrace the Western Street Breakfast. We have met with so many folks that attended this event as children and are excited that the event is still thriving. We love seeing the young buckaroos eating pancakes and strutting their stuff at the Kiddie Dress-up Review."
I asked, "Since this event is both entertaining and educational, what are you hoping people take away from this event? Kevin's answer was, "We hope that people find this to be a fun destination Western Heritage Event.
We want people to learn about and witness Western Heritage at its Colorado best!"
Despite the street breakfast being the 'kick off' for the Pikes Peak rodeo, folks look forward to this early morning party that also marks the beginning of summer. In fact, this tradition dates back to 1936 when folks were served in front of Joe Reich's Swiss Chalet from an old chuck wagon. The street breakfasts at that time cost about a $1 and were primarily served to the Cowhands and Cowbelles who were the rodeo boosters, referred to now as "Ramrods". In 1960 Sertoma took over the street breakfast and has made it successful for 55 years hundreds of volunteers putting in thousands of hours, cooking and serving breakfast for the residents of Colorado Springs.
The Pikes Peak Range Riders took the helm in 2016 and now begin their horseback ride through the street around 8AM every year since.
The 'Event History' page on the main Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast site asked "So, what does it take to serve 10,000 people breakfast?"
It takes "1,100 pounds of pancake batter, 1,500 pounds of eggs, 80 gallons of syrup, 500 gallons of coffee, 7,500 pints of milk, 2,500 pints of juice and 1,100 bales of straw.”
Happy Father's Day!
Breakfast, BBQ, fabulous dinner?
Mug, hat, tie?
Racing 4-wheelers, hiking, beer chugging contest?
Whatever your plans are, just make sure you have plans!
Unfortunately, my daddy is too far away for me to give him a hug but at least I can give him a call and let him know how much I love him :]
Stumbled and picked himself up
Laughed and loved
He has never given up and never taken a break, for all his 75 years
He has never let anything stop him from doing something he wants to accomplish
and whats more
he has always supported me and my dreams even though his were ripped away from him
over and over again through out the years.
Love you, Daddy-o!
Happy Father's Day!
There's a NEW baseball league in town
'Alternative Baseball' is the new baseball league coming to Colorado Springs!
Founded in 2016 by Taylor Duncan, a hardcore baseball enthusiast who himself is on the autism spectrum, this organization has been geared towards teens and young adults with autism and special needs.
It can be older adults as well."
If you're interested in signing up a player, volunteering, or donating equipment, you can contact Brian Hall at 719-393-5271
You can also visit http://alternativebaseball.org to learn the story behind the organization.
Alternative baseball league for adults with special needs coming to Colorado Springs
If you would like to help Brian Hall and I support the team
- or -
If you would like to meet the members of the Help Autism Center
- then -
You are INVITED!
We are proud to be spotlighting the Help Autism Center for the month of June and look forward to having a summer splash with them at Trinity Brewing Co.
on Wednesday, June 27th from 5:30-8:30pm for our Night Out Networking With the Gals!
Don't miss out on any of the fun!
We will have featured local businesses, raffles, prizes, a photo booth
The first 25 folks to arrive will receive a SWAG Bag!
Here is some of the fun!
Esthetician | Make-up Artist
Nikole Kienast boasts 12 years experience as one of Colorado Springs premier makeup artists, knowledgeable in makeup application techniques for all ages and all occasions.
Nikole Kienast has been a licensed esthetician and certified in permanent makeup and eyebrow microblading since 2008.
I use only high quality makeup including MAC, Smashbox, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and NYX,
to name a few.
A microblading course she took in 2016 led her to discover a passion for permanent makeup.
" I am currently freelancing and having a blast working weddings, photo shoots, and doing runway makeup at Denver Fasion Week and New York Fashion Week.
You can also find me working at the local costume and wig shop Zeezo's where I've been
able to fin-tune my FX and costume makeup skills. "
When choosing an artist for your makeup, permanent makeup or microblading needs it is vital to find a skilled professional with a reputation for reliability, precision and cleanliness.
Nikole's before and after photos speak for themselves, call or text 719-287-9010 to schedule for your makeup and permanent makeup needs.
She works on runways, for photo shoots, for your special day, for all occasions!
The pictures speak for themselves, however, I still can't help but rave about them!
She makes those tiny lines look like REAL hairs!
I loved her work so much I had her micro-blade my eyebrows too!
They look amazing so far!
I'll post pics and a review after they are done healing if you wanna see ;]
She not only takes great care in measuring and sketching out the outline of your new fabulous brows, but she is concerned with your comfort too!
She does a couple lines and asks you how well you can feel it, if you can feel it too much she will reapply the numbing cream too make sure you are always comfortable during the process.
After numbing your brow area, she even sets you up with some stress balls and a pillow for your legs to rest on.
I even love her music choice, I couldn't have had a better experience!
Call or text
She stopped by to visit me, here in Colorado Springs, along the path of her road trip.
My mom, Nancy, and step-father, Fred, drove their RV from
our home town in California all the way here
zig zagging as they drove to see some national parks along the way.
Their whole journey will take a little over a month!
Boy, I don't think I could stand to be on a road trip for a whole month!
My amazing mother!
Here is some of the fun from her visit with me!
We headed up Pikes Peak!
The winds were reaching up to 50 mph and as cold as 20 degrees!
Though we didn't get to go the whole 14k to the top
(damn! I wanted some donuts!)
we did get 13k up the mountain and snapped a couple pictures :]
My mom and Fred set up their new lawn chairs in my living room!
I love how we can throw the bare minimums left in the freezer together and still make a fabulous meal!
I will later post about one of the entrees my mom and I made
for dinner on one of those nights she was here!
It was meatballs and noodles with sauce!
Had just a little spice and was a great meal for not having much in the cupboard!
Over all we had a great visit...
I'm going to miss my mom...
I teared up when shutting my front door.
As they jumped in their truck to head off for their next destination
I can't help but think...
When am I going to see my mother next?
Life is too short
Love your mothers
~ Always ~
I'm going to start a Youtube channel called "Wine With Wives" where I talk about issues, triumphs, reviews, business, family, responsibilities and will also interview local women to hear their opinions too!
If you are interested in being interviewed on my channel,
where you can also promote your business,
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!