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Mushy Summertime Brain

 

School is out THIS WEEK! YEAH! I’m SO happy to take a break from homework, school lunches, waking up a tired/cranky kid, early bedtimes and all that goes along with school. I’m ready for camping, bike rides, hanging out with friends, playing at the pool and enjoying our nice weather. (PRAY we don’t get any more snow!)

Each summer I tell myself that I’m going to have AJ continue to do SOME extra school work just so he doesn’t start the new school year behind. I feel like when it is time to start back at school in the fall, he spends too much time relearning what he did the previous year. But, every year I don’t do it! Sure, AJ still reads and writes, but we don’t practice anything else consistently. THIS YEAR though, I’m going to change that. He worked SO hard in math this year- doing his best to try to pay closer attention during tests and take his time- that I don’t want him to lose what he learned.

A good friend of mine told me about an app called Extra Math. I typically don’t pay for apps, but this was $4.99 and it’s well worth it! It’s only TEN MINUTES of math each day and it keeps score for your child. There is a video of a real person on the app talking to your child, coaching and encouraging him. Each time he does well it bumps him up to the next level so he continues learning. There are even progress reports for parents! I really like that it’s only 10 minutes- I should be able to talk AJ into doing that each day. I just want to keep his brain fresh!

What do you do to keep your child’s brain from becoming mush in the summer? I’d love some new ideas!

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Life in General, Travel

2017 Summer/Fall Vacations Planned!

It is the middle of May as I type this, and it has been dumping snow since late last night. I’m not really sure when it’s going to end. But thank goodness I planted some flowers and mowed the lawn yesterday! This ALWAYS happens in Colorado. And every year, we all say, “This is so strange!”  It’s not that strange. I think we all just can’t believe that it’s possible to have many inches of snow in our yards and realize that the community pool is going to be open in 2 weeks.

Once the snow melts- which won’t be long- it’s time to start our summer vacations! We have been very fortunate to do a lot of traveling in the past few years. Last year we went to Napa, and this spring we did our Disney Cruise (blog post coming soon!). We also went to Washington D.C. last fall and as I’ve mentioned before, we camp a lot in the summer. This year is no different. Well, it’s probably more traveling this year. (Wouldn’t it be nice if someone paid me to travel? A girl can dream.)

This summer, we’re going to Telluride! It has been on my bucket list for years. I’ve heard it is a tiny town that is absolutely gorgeous! We are going with our Napa crew, but this time we are taking the kiddos. So, that is a total of 15 people. In one house. For 4 nights. And it’s going to be A BLAST! If you want to see the house- it is more like a mountain chalet- check it out here. I cannot wait to spend the 4th of July weekend with my best friends in a beautiful Colorado Mountain Town. I could do without the 7 hour drive, but I will deal with it.

Once again, we have a lot of camping trips planned. We are going to Terry Bison Ranch at the beginning of June. We love it there- it is not really camping as much as it is driving 2 hours away to sleep in our camper and feed bison, check out the farm animals (including camels!), go horseback riding and just hang out. We have been a number of times and it is such a fun place for the kids. They get to see an actual working bison ranch! We are also going to our favorite place, Mueller State Park, a few times this summer. It is so pretty, and quiet, and relaxing. There is a park for the kids and we play games, and just chill out.

THEN- we are off to HAWAII in October! Yep, Hawaii! It has been a few years since we have been there and we are ready! This will be the first time AJ and Jason have been together (I took AJ twice when he was younger), but now AJ is older and a great swimmer, he will have a blast. We’re going with my mom, brother and sister-in-law as well. It is a great group and we can’t wait to go to a luau, snorkel and play at the beach.

In November, we’re making our way to Central California to spend time with my Dad and Step-mom. We just love going there because it is SO RELAXING! They live in Arroyo Grande (near San Louis Obispo) and we go to the beach, wine tasting, watch football and have great family time.

And finally… we are going on another Disney Cruise in late December/ early January… don’t tell AJ. More on that another time.

I feel so grateful that we are able to do all these fun things; that we get to travel all over and have these great experiences. It’s so much fun doing these things as a family and making all these wonderful memories!

It’s really going to be a great year! I feel like I should get packing now!

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Life in General, Parenting

Back to School.. ALREADY?

 

I cannot even believe I am writing this post. I feel like I JUST WROTE about summertime starting. Pools, vacations, and no real set bed time. But here we are… thinking about school supplies, uniforms, school lunches, homework and all that. Every year I am not ready. This year is no different. I want to continue with our lazy days, swim lessons, staying up late, eating junk, and not fighting (as much) over video game time. We have had such a great summer. We went on a few camping trips , vacationed in Telluride hung out with friends and went to a few concerts.

 

I remember growing up, we had a full 3 months of summer. It felt long! (never long enough, but you know what I mean.) Now, our son has about 9 weeks of summer. It goes WAY too fast! The reason his summer is so short is because there are so many breaks during the year. He gets a week for spring break, a week off for Thanksgiving, a week for fall break, and 2 weeks at Christmas. I wish his summer was longer, but we love the breaks because it gives us all a chance to recharge.

This year our son is starting 4th grade. (Yet another thing I just cannot wrap my brain around) 3rd grade was tough because there was a lot of homework. I hear 4th is going to be even worse. This is the year the kids have more expectations and more responsibility. I am sure it will be full of book reports, beginning algebra and science projects. We can deal with the homework and all that, but I really do not want to deal with the fighting that always occurs when I help AJ with homework. Let’s just hope he and I both have more patience this year!

Our son’s school requires that he wears a uniform and I love this rule. Otherwise, he would be wearing workout shorts everyday- like he has been all summer. He is fortunate that the school allows 2 “dress of choice” days- something the kids always enjoy. We have found that the best place to buy uniforms is at Land’s End. They are a little pricier than Old Navy or Kohls, but you can always get a 30% off coupon online. And the best part is they last! 9 year old boys are tough on their clothes and Land’s End pants have extra padding in the knee so they never get holes!

 

Kohls Department Stores Inc
 

There is ONE THING good about going back to school. Routine. While sometimes routine can be boring, I it is nice for us to know what is going on and when. Here are some things that we are asking AJ to resume when school starts.. (We’ve been a little relaxed this summer)

  1. Get dressed, teeth and hair brushed and shoes on before any TV
  2. Feed the dog and turtle
  3. Get homework done before TV or playing after school
  4. EAT YOUR LUNCH! (grrrrrrr…)
  5. No dessert unless you eat your lunch
  6. Candy (1!) and soda (1!) on weekends only
  7. Get good grades or your Ipad goes BYE BYE
  8. Bedtime is 8:30pm

I’m sure all parents have a hard time holding to these rules and it’s hard to get back in the swing of things. I know it’s hard for kids too. For a few months it’s been pretty much anything goes, and now it’s time to pull back the reigns. Wish us luck!

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Life in General, Travel

That Time I Was Sent to Tulsa

 

Yep, you read that right. I was sent to Tulsa for an undetermined amount of time and told to work 12 hour days, 6 days a week. The only way I could say no was to quit my job. I couldn’t quit. IT WAS ROUGH to say the least.

I work for a large Fortune 15 company. Thousands of workers at this company are union workers. The union went on strike last summer and because of that, those non-union employees (ME!) had to up and leave their lives as they knew it and do the union workers jobs. There were a lot of bad things about this (good things too- I’ll get to that), but I think the worst part was not knowing how long we would be gone.

We knew there was a possibility of a strike the previous August 2015. The union and the company did not agree on a new contract, but at the time, the union decided to continue to work without one. That lasted many months and most of us forgot about the possibility of a strike. Then, April 2016 rolled around and they went on strike. Seemingly out of nowhere. When I think back to that time, it brings back so many emotions. I was anxious, scared, and unsure of what to expect.

Two days after the strike announcement a lot of my co-workers were on planes to their “EWA job” (Emergency Work Assignment). I knew that my EWA job was my actual job I did daily. That meant I would not be shipped off (at least I thought so) and I would be responsible for my job and the jobs of some of my co-workers who were gone for the foreseeable future. I could handle that. It meant long days and working 6 days a week, but I was lucky that I could go home each night to my family and my bed.

And then.. about a week later, I got the call. I had to go to Tulsa. They needed more bodies in that office. I WAS IN SHOCK to say the least. I remember vividly my boss telling me I had to be on a plane that Thursday, but I was freaking out because my husband was traveling and wouldn’t be home until Friday. Oh and not to mention we have a 9 year old and no family nearby to watch him. I could not stop crying. I remember being so afraid. I had never been gone for more than 4 nights from my son and they were telling me that I had to go to Tulsa for an undetermined amount of time. Basically ALONE.

 

After many tears and phone calls, I was able to get a one way flight out Friday, after Jason got home. I packed a few bags, booked a hotel for 30 days (because that was what the company wanted us to do). I kept telling myself “Overtime, Overtime, Overtime”. I knew I would get paid really well if I was sent to Tulsa to work 72 hours a week. But I still did NOT want to go.

When I arrived, I was thankful to have a co-worker also in the same department. She had been there from the start, so she was able to help me a lot. She introduced me to some people she met, showed me the office, and helped me get settled in to my new (possibly everlasting) job. I did realize I was lucky to have a desk job, because there were plenty of other people in the company who were assigned to climbing poles and installing fiber. NO THANKS. Sitting for 72 hours a week was SUPER PAINFUL, but it was a heck of a lot better than that. Fortunately there were no picket lines in Tulsa either (compared to the East Coast).

We were treated very well in Tulsa. The building had a cafeteria, a workout room, and it was LARGE so we could go for walks to stretch out each day. I stayed in a nice hotel, had my own rental car, and charged all of my meals outside the office on the company credit card. The people were all very friendly and though we were all just meeting, we all had this in common. I remember feeling very alone at times, but I recognized that we all felt that way.

During this time, I missed my family immensely. I missed my son’s first play performance, swim team, end of the school year events. It just about killed me (That’s dramatic- but it did break my heart). I was SOOO thankful for Facetime because I was actually able to help my son do homework some evenings. He read to me at night on his Ipad and we were still able to “see” each other most days.

I ended up being in Tulsa for 5 weeks. Thankfully, I was able to go home for a few days after the first 3 weeks because it was my 40th birthday. I returned for 2 weeks and the strike ended Memorial Weekend.

I learned so many things from the strike. I learned that I am so much stronger than I thought I was. I survived it and because of all the overtime, I took our family on a Disney Cruise when I got back!

After the strike, I wrote a list of things that I learned and some thoughts I had while in Tulsa:

1. A few years ago, I wasn’t sure I could be away from AJ for more than 2 nights. Then 5 nights. Then a week. Now we can, while neither or us like it, survive 3 weeks.

2. I realize how hard it is to be a parent/ partner who can’t help out. It sucks and I feel helpless, but I am so thankful Jason can and does handle things.

3. I miss my friends and knowing what they are up too- getting a text is a highlight of my day.

4. It is embarrassing to admit, but this place humbles me- I guess I thought I was too good for Oklahoma. I realize that is not the case.

5. I have no idea where to go during a tornado. I assume the nice gals at the front desk will tell me when I need to know?

 

6. 72 hour work weeks are looooooooong. I’m not the only one doing them, but they still suck.

7. It’s really great being with other people who are not used to doing this, and feeding off their positive energy; the morale is still great in my office – though I am not sure how much longer that will last.

8. Networking… It’s a good thing. I have been able to meet a lot of people who I have spoken to on the phone but never met in person.

9. It costs me $3.50 to do one load of laundry a week. The rest I dry clean (and I put that on the company credit card).

10. It’s both a blessing and a curse to be walking distance from chain restaurants like Red Robin and Lone Star Steakhouse.

11. Tulsa really is a beautiful place! I expected just a lot of dirt. But it’s full of greenery and it is FLAT!

12. It sounds so stupid, but I am connecting with the hotel staff and will miss seeing them daily.

13. As hard as it is to be here, I have NO RESPONSIBILITY other than showing up for work. I never cook, I never clean, I only do my laundry, and I don’t spend much money (because I don’t have time!)

14. Now that I got through EWA, there are times I wish we could do it again (I CANNOT BELIEVE I AM SAYING THAT!) The money was THAT good!

In the end, I am thankful I went to Tulsa for many reasons. I realized how much strong I am mentally. I met some wonderful people and have some awesome memories. There is no way I would have ever considered going to Oklahoma, but now I can say I’ve been there. And because of all this, our family went on an amazing vacation. I am glad it only lasted 5 weeks! And even happier that it can’t happen again for the next 4 years!

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Blogging, Helping Others

Sunshine Blogger Award!

 

I have some awesome news, dear readers! It has been an incredible week for my blog and I want to share it with you.

First…. I am so excited! My little blog is getting noticed! This is exactly what I have been hoping for. It is really hard starting out a blog, asking (begging) people to read it and share it with others. It takes a lot of time and energy to write, learn, follow other bloggers and continue to promote. It seems to be paying off because I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I was nominated by Erin Ruscel at A Beautiful Life, The Journey and am so thankful! You really should check out her blog too!

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring. Once nominated the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

 

Kate Answers Questions

Why did you start your blog? What do you want others to get from reading your blog?

The honest truth about why I started my blog is because I was at my wits end with my full time job and hoped that I could monetize it and eventually quit my job. I knew it would (and still will) take time, but I had to start somewhere. Now, I blog because I love it. I have learned SO MUCH about blogging, and how to create a blog and I continue to learn every day. Blogging has sparked something in me and I just love learning more about how to make my blog better.

I hope that people find my blog entertaining and it makes people think about things differently than they do today.

If you had to give your personality a color, what color would that be and why?

Gosh, this is a tough one! There are times when I would say dark gray or black- but that is typically on Monday mornings. (I’m working on that!) But most of the time I would probably say orange. I have been told by people that I have a fun, happy personality. I try!

Do you have pets? Are you a dog or cat person?<

I have a dog named Burt and a turtle named Dynothunder! My son named him. Burt is a Boston terrier and was a rescue. He drives us a little bonkers when he pulls over the trash and makes a GIANT mess in our kitchen, but otherwise he is a wonderful, sweet boy. Dyno is.. well, he’s a turtle. He is sweet and funny. Every single time I feed him, he freaks out and hides in his shell. After all these years, I still startle him!I am most certainly NOT a cat person. I wouldn’t mind cats but I am allergic, so I have to steer clear.

Tell me a little bit about your family?

I am married and we have a 9 year old son. We live in Castle Rock, Colorado (about 30 minutes south of Denver) We moved from Southern California in 2006 and just love it here. In our free time we love to camp, ski, travel and do house projects.

What is your favorite drink?

Funny question- it depends on the time of day. Coffee in the morning. Diet Coke in the afternoon. Chardonnay at night! Healthy, huh?

 

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If you could give one piece of advice to a new blogger what would it be and why?

I actually would give 2 pieces of advice. First- you will see ALL of these posts about how bloggers can make thousands of dollars on their blog in the first few months. That MAY be true for very few people, but it is NOT the norm. It is going to take time.

Secondly- when you are overwhelmed with learning the ins and outs of blogging and you do not know what to do next, just write another blog post. Your blog will never go anywhere if you don’t have content.

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I think my favorite thing about myself is my desire to help others. I love helping people find a solution to whatever problem they are having. I like to make others happy and try to go out of my way to do that.

If you had to choose one meal for your last meal, what would it be and why?

Carbs, Carbs and MORE CARBS! I’d eat buttered noodles with Parmesan cheese. Then I’d have a huge handful of goldfish crackers. And then probably some pickled beets. I love beets!

What are some of your hobbies other than blogging?

I love to hang out with my friends, have people over for dinner and I LOVE Orange Theory Fitness! I work out there about 4 times a week and it’s a killer workout! I also love to go skiing in the winter and camping in the summer.

Did you have someone help you when you first began blogging? If so, who?

I did join a blogger group in the beginning which was helpful. But I feel like I spent HOURS studying how to create a blog. It was (still is) a lot of trial and error. Facebook, Pinterest, and just Googling things were very helpful ways to find answers to my questions.

What is one of your dreams?

Interesting question… I’m really not sure. I guess my dream is that my blog gets big enough and popular enough that it would be my full time job. I would love to be able to just write about things that I love, places I travel, and beautiful quotes and not have to also work full time.

 

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And now… Who I nominated!

There are so many great blogs out there! It was hard to narrow it down to 11, but here goes:

  1. http://suitcasesix.com/
  2. http://www.whitesandsandcoolbreezes.com/
  3. http://www.ourparentplace.com/
  4. https://lyfandspice.com/
  5. https://www.bride2brideblog.com/
  6. http://simplytwintastic.com/
  7. http://toeatdrinkandbemarried.com/
  8. http://raysofsoulshine.com/
  9. http://caraodonnell.com/
  10. http://hudsonvalleyexposed.com/
  11. https://nohappyaccidents.com

 

My Questions for You!

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. Why did you start blogging?
  3. What has been the hardest part of being a blogger?
  4. Tell us a little about where you are from.
  5. Do you have any pets?
  6. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  7. If money was no object, where you like to travel?
  8. How many blogs do you read regularly?
  9. What do you do for a living?
  10. Do you have any siblings?
  11. What does being nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award mean to you?
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Helping Others, Life in General, Travel, Working Out

Some Ways to Find Happiness in Your Life!

A Few Ways to Find Happiness!

Sometimes life can get tough and it can be hard to see the forest through the trees. It’s easy to get wrapped up in work and parenting, kid’s activities and chores and all the other things that we have to get done every day. I know I certainly get caught up in all this stuff, but I have come up with a good list of things that I do that help make me happy and less stressed.

 

Family Time

Our Little Family

Our family likes to do a lot of fun things together. We don’t spend a lot of time staying home or lounging (which is not always a good thing!) Jason, AJ and I love to camp in the summer in our trailer in different parts of Colorado. We enjoy going to Mueller State Park and Golden Gate and other places too. A few weeks ago we went to Chatfield State Park which was a blast! It is only 30 minutes away and we had not been before. We hung out with our friends, watched the kids play in the lake and played games.

In the winter time, we love to watch football (GO BRONCOS!) and ski. We’re about two hours away from Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and other places. Yes, we’re VERY lucky!

Family time always makes me happy and helps me calm my mind. I am reminded of how fortunate I am to have a healthy husband and son and the fact that we are so blessed to do all of these things.

 

A great workout

Ok friends… let me tell you something. It is HARD to get to the gym sometimes! I’m sure you feel the same way. But, when you are done, don’t you just feel SO GOOD! I talked about this in a previous post, but I have become addicted to Orange Theory Fitness! I have been doing it consistently for 6 months and my gosh I sweat my A$$ off every single time! It consists of rowing, running (HILLS), and weight training and it is a killer workout. I have noticed that my arm muscles are more toned and I can run much longer and faster than I could when I first started. Now, if I could just stop eating so much CRAP, I’d probably lose weight. That’s another blog post down the road.

Alone Time

What can I say… I LOVE alone time. That may sound bad, but I need it. I always have. I remember as a kid, I spent a lot of time in my room alone.  Sometimes I just need peace and quiet so I can recharge. Maybe I’ll watch a show or listen to music. I can get overwhelmed when I don’t have “me time”. Thankfully, my hubby is very good at letting me have it.

 

Helping Others

Doesn’t it feel good to help others? I sure think so. Maybe at times, we can think it is hard, or too much work to help others, but the feeling I get when I do help someone is incredible. Whether it is helping someone at work, doing a little extra for someone who needs it, but doesn’t ask or even something as easy as grabbing a person’s shopping cart and returning it for them. If I can make someone else smile, I will surely smile too.

 

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Parenting, Shopping

Toys for a 9 Year Old Boys Birthday


Let’s be honest here. How many of our kids NEED more toys ? We have toys all over our main floor, in an office and in the basement. Piles and piles of toys! We need no more!

But, my son’s birthday is coming up and we have to give him something! After talking with him about what he wanted for his big day, this is what he came up with (and he’s NOT getting all this!):

Hot Wheels Action Track Set Split Ninja Chop $15.00

This is a super cool new Hot Wheels toy where the car can actually split in half down the middle. So you can actually attach two different cars together using the magnet. 9 year old boys think this is pretty cool! Not to mention the price tag is less than $20!

 

Nintendo Switch  $400

The Nintendo Switch can be used single and multiplayer mode. Kids can take it on the road and enjoy a fun experience anytime, anywhere. The detachable Joy-Con can be used in many ways including:

        • One player can use a Joy-Con in each hand
        • Two players can each take one
        • Multiple Joy-Con can be used by numerous people for a variety of game play options
        • The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable an all new type of video game experience.

       

      Lego Worlds– $28.00

      My son is super excited about this!

      • Experience a galaxy of Worlds made entirely from LEGO bricks.
      • Create anything you can imagine one brick at a time, or use landscaping tools to create huge mountain ranges and dot your world with tropical islands.
      • Explore using helicopters, dragons, motorbikes or even gorillas and unlock treasures that enhance the game.
      • Watch your creations come to life through characters and creatures that interact with you and each other in different ways.

       

      Amazon Echo– $180.00

      • Alexa will play all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App. She will answer questions, reads the news, report traffic and weather, and read audio books from Audible. She also gives information on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more.
      • Alexa can also control lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices.

      Fidget Spinner– Less than $10

      I do not know why or how these fidget spinners became SO popular, but all I can say is I wish I had invented them! Those people are BILLIONAIRE’S I am sure! AJ loves to spin them all over the house and tries to pass them to people while they are spinning. They don’t do anything except spin- but kids love them!

       

    • Super Soaker – $26.00

      This soaker is the bomb! It has 3 modes- it can scatter, floor or can shoot far distances. It holds up to 84 ounces and can soak up to 38 feet away! Every boy needs a few water guns!

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Beauty, Helping Others

Change a Life – All by Your Selfie (Guest Post!)

Today, Wednesday 21st, Rodan + Fields celebrates ‘Go Naked’ Day to benefit the Prescription for Change (PFC) Foundation. For every selfie posted with #RFGoNaked, Rodan + Fields will donate $1 to the PFC Foundation to serve youth with life-changing empowerment programs. In the United States, PFC has partnered with buildOn to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations for youth.

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Never heard of Rodan + Fields? Allow me to introduce our doctors… Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields! Known across the world as the creators of Proactiv. Have you heard of it? Proactiv is a multi-billion dollar household brand that owns more than 70% of the world’s acne market. This dynamic duo met while attending school at Stanford where they quickly became best friends. They knew they wanted to change the face of dermatology and bring it to the masses.

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Some of us would assume with the immense success they achieved with Proactiv that they’d be sipping umbrella drinks on a secluded beach somewhere but not these ladies! Instead, they continue to maintain an active practice in the Bay Area, teach clinical classes at Stanford AND run their newest venture – the brand they’ve deemed their legacy brand. What’s brought us together here today – RODAN+FIELDS.

This line of products was created as a solution for skin conditions they most commonly saw with patients in their practice. Skin issues such as sensitive skin, adult acne, sun damage, and, the biggest one, AGING! The anti-aging industry is a 3.9 BILLION dollar industry AND GROWING! We are all aging all the time and none of us are very happy about it. Thankfully Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields have come up with solutions to help!

Here are some before and after photos:

They truly created a brand for EVERYONE! I would love to help you get started on one of the amazing regimens that are right for YOU!

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720-292-0108

 

Disclaimer from Kate: I am promoting Rodan+Fields, but only because I have used it for years and truly believe in it. I am not being compensated for this post.

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Life in General, Travel

Some of the Places I Want to Travel

Where are you traveling to this summer? I’d love to hear some new places to go! Here are some places on my bucket list. They won’t all happen this summer, but THEY WILL HAPPEN!

1. Telluride– (7 hour drive) Now, THIS is happening in just a few weeks! I’ve never been, but every person I talk to says that it’s the most beautiful place in Colorado. I’m so excited!

2. Crested Butte (5 hour drive) – I’ve been wanting to go to Crested Butte for a long time. From what I’ve heard, it’s wonderful both in the summer and winter seasons. I’ve heard the skiing is awesome, but that it’s also very windy. I think the problem is I just don’t know which season to go!

Crested Butte

3. Durango (6 hour drive) – I honestly don’t really know what there is to do in Durango, but people always ask me if I’ve been. So, there must be something neat and fun about it!


4. South Carolina (4 hour flight) – This is super random to me, but I think about the idea of renting an amazing house overlooking the ocean. Walking down the little path to the beach and watching AJ play while I flip through a magazine. That’s the Hollywood version anyway.

South Carolina

5. Austin (3 hour flight) – I’ve heard that Austin is a fun, hip place to go and I’d love to take a long weekend and check it out.

6. Portland (2 hour flight) – I know it’s a raining and sometimes dreary place to go, but it’s also super hip and has great food! I want to ride a bike around town, stop and grab a drink and some oysters, keep riding and just enjoy the city. I’ve been told there are some good wineries too!

Portland

7. San Francisco (2 hour flight) – Ok, so I’ve been to San Fran a number of times- but never as an adult! My mom and I made a number of girl’s trips when I was a teenager. We shopped till we dropped! It was fun! But now, I’d like to go as an adult, see the city, take the trolley and have some really nice meals.

San Francisco

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Life in General

SUPER Planner!

Do you like planning? Because I LOVE PLANNING! It’s totally my thing. Perhaps it’s because I like to be in control? I’m really not a huge fan of spontaneity, which I know is a little sad. Most of the time- not all- spontaneous plans stress me out. (Can you say CONTROL FREAK!?) That’s terrible isn’t it? I mean, I can say “hey, let’s get a sitter go out to dinner!”, but if my husband says “I need to go on a work trip tomorrow”, I get a little freaked out. I have to take a little time and wrap my brain around what that means for me and for our schedule. It likely means changing some plans I have, waking up earlier to get our son to school and doing our nightly routine alone. I can totally handle it, but advanced notice makes it SO much easier.

I like planning so much that I’m already planning things in December. It’s MAY! And I have most of our weekends this summer planned. Not every day or every minute, but camping trips, dinners with friends, weekend getaways, swim meets- they are all on my calendar. I’ve even got all my Orange Theory classes for the month scheduled too. And can I just say how much I LOVE MY GOOGLE CALENDAR?! The fact that I can see everything and I can give access to other people- like our nanny this summer-is so awesome. I’ve even got all my Orange Theory classes for the month scheduled too.

I love that most of my friends are also planners! When we get together, we’re constantly planning something. I’m going to Telluride this summer with a group of friends and we’re already planning what to do, where to eat, what to bring, etc. We joke around about how we’re always planning, and our how our husbands are NOT super planners. They are lucky to have us, right? Haha!

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