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Greeley Annual Tradition

Greeley Annual Tradition

Friday, we got to participate in Downtown Greeley’s annual tradition of Greeley Lights the Night. Greeley Lights the Night is a time honored tradition that dates back 21 years to 1995. The 21st Annual Greeley Lights the Night Parade took place on November 26th from 5:30 – 7:00PM. The parade began at 9th Avenue and 15th Street and ended at Lincoln Park with a lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa Claus. Over 60 lighted entries highlighted the parade, which was presented by the Greeley Chamber of Commerce/Visit Greeley in addition, to the lighting ceremony in Lincoln Park, presented by the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Greeley. It served as the official holiday kick-off for the City of Greeley and surrounding areas.

It was a chilly November evening but the floats and the lights were spectacular. We snagged a spot right in front of the Lincoln Park sign and watched the parade from there. There were so many people and most of the good spots were snagged by 5PM. A note for future events: This gets packed and busy quick so make sure you arrive early. Be prepared for cold weather and fidgety children, lol. Here is a compilation of some videos from the evening.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Fresh Air is a Fundamental Right

Fresh Air is a Fundamental Right

WARNING: RANT AHEAD~

When I step outside, the LAST thing I want to smell is the smoke coming out of somebody’s cigarette. Everywhere you look, buildings have signs asking patrons to kindly PLEASE refrain from smoking within a 15 ft radius of the front door… there is very sound and logical reasoning behind this! By refusing to adhere to these standards and smoking right next to the front door, you are essentially saying, “FUCK YOU” to anybody who doesn’t want to inhale second hand smoke. All of the healthy individuals who do not smoke, growing children who should NOT be around cigarette smoke, pregnant women in ALL stages of pregnancy, individuals with asthma, and so many more do NOT want OR need to inhale secondhand smoke! For those of you who smoke, I am not saying you shouldn’t have the right to smoke, not at all. If that is what you want to do, then please, go right ahead! However, forcing those of us who do not smoke to inhale those cancerous fumes because you are too lazy to walk just 15 feet further, is extremely disrespectful and RUDE!!

We live in a 10 floor apartment building with apartments on the first floor. By not complying with these simple rules, you are forcing all of the tenants on the first floor to be exposed to that smell as well. People walking in and out of the building have to breathe in those toxic fumes because you are too lazy to walk 15 feet! HOW IS THAT FAIR?!

You absolutely, 100%, have the right to smoke.

Everybody else absolutely, 100%, has the right to breathe fresh air.

Don’t be a dick about the rules… PLEASE refrain from smoking within 15 feet of any entrance to any building. Have some respect for yourself, for others and for the RULES.

According to the American Lung Association, secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard causing more than 41,000 deaths per year. It can cause or make worse a wide range of damaging health effects in children and adults, including lung cancer, respiratory infections and asthma.

Key Facts about Secondhand Smoke

  • Secondhand smoke causes approximately 7,330 deaths from lung cancer and 33,950 deaths from heart disease each year.1
  • Between 1964 and 2014, 2.5 million people died from exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a report from the U.S. Surgeon General. The report also concluded that secondhand smoke is a definitive cause of stroke.1
  • There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke and even short-term exposure potentially can increase the risk of heart attacks.
  • Secondhand smoke contains hundreds of chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic, including formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic ammonia and hydrogen cyanide.2
  • Secondhand smoke can cause heart attacks; even relatively brief exposure can trigger a heart attack, according to a report by the Institute of Medicine.

Secondhand Smoke in the Workplace

  • Secondhand smoke costs our economy $5.6 billion per year due to lost productivity.1
  • The health of nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke at work is at increased risk. Levels of secondhand smoke in restaurants and bars were found to be two- to five-times higher than in residences with smokers, and two- to six-times higher than in office workplaces.
  • Being employed in a workplace where smoking is prohibited is associated with a reduction in the number of cigarettes smoked per day and an increase in the success rate of smokers who are attempting to quit.
  • Casino workers in particular are exposed to hazardous levels of toxic secondhand smoke at work, including tobacco-specific carcinogens that increased in their bodies as their work shifts progressed, according to a report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Secondhand Smoke and Children

  • Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to young children. Secondhand smoke is responsible for between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in infants and children under 18 months of age, resulting in between 7,500 and 15,000 hospitalizations each year. It also causes 430 sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths in the U.S. annually.
  • Secondhand smoke exposure may cause buildup of fluid in the middle ear, resulting in 790,000 doctor’s office visits per year, as well as more than 202,000 asthma flare-ups among children each year.7
  • More than 24 million, or about 37 percent of children in the U.S. have been exposed to secondhand smoke.

Learn about the American Lung Association’s programs to help you or a loved one quit smoking, and join our advocacy efforts to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. Visit Lung.org or call the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872).

 

  • Sources
    1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. 2014.
    2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. 2006.
    3. Institute of Medicine. Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects: Making Sense of the Evidence. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 2009.
    4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Report on Carcinogens, Tenth Edition 2002. National Toxicology Program.
    5. National Cancer Institute. Population Based Smoking Cessation: Proceedings of a Conference on What Works to Influence Cessation in the General Population, Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph 12. NIH Pub. 00-4892, Nov. 2000.
    6. National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. Environmental and Biological Assessment of Environmental Tobacco Smoke among Casino Dealers, May 2009.
    7. California Environmental Protection Agency. Identification of Environmental Tobacco Smoke as a Toxic Air Contaminant. Executive Summary. June 2005.
    8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital Signs: Disparities in Nonsmokers’ Exposure to Secondhand Smoke — United States, 1999-2012. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. February 6, 2015; 64(4):103-8.
Camping & Presidential Rally

Camping & Presidential Rally

This past weekend was nice and action-packed, lol. We started the weekend off with Camping at Jack’s Gulch, in Poudre Canyon, with Uncle Scott and Aunt April. It was the last weekend that this campground was open for the season. They will reopen next year on May 26th. “Jacks Gulch Campground is located adjacent to the Pingree Park Road (CR63E) and the Old Flowers Road. It is situated in a ponderosa pine forest setting with scattered clones of aspen. It is also an area that has abundant wild flowers at certain times of the camping season. The Columbine Loop has 27 sites with electrical hookups. This loop also provides access to 10 walk-in tent sites. The Yarrow Loop has 28 sites without electricity. A unique feature of this campground is an equestrian camp which has 5 sites, each with four horse stalls and room to accommodate a horse trailer. Each site contains a tent pad, fire grate, and picnic table. There is a hiking trail that circumnavigates the campground. A portion of this trail serves as a self-guided nature hike and offers a stunning view of the Mummy Range. Popular activities in this area include hiking, stream fishing, mountain biking, scenic driving and some four-wheel driving.” Josh and I camped in our tent, as we normally do, but this time we had Keeda in the tent with us, so we had to make sure she was warm as well. We purchased a small space heater from the store on our way in. Since we were going to be camping at an electric site, we figured it would work out perfectly.

When we first arrived Friday night, we began to set up our tent while we waited for the remainder of our party to arrive. We laid down one tarp under the tent, one inside the tent, and one we draped over the tent, in order to maintain a warmer temperature inside. We brought an inflatable bed this time in order to have that extra layer between us and the cold ground. After setting up the airbed and the sleeping bags, I had to set up Keeda’s sleeping area. We brought her orthopedic bed and a bunch of blankets. I laid the blankets down in a way that I can simply wrap her up in them like a little cocoon in order to keep her warm, in case the heater idea didn’t work out. Utilizing a carabiner, we hung the space heater from the ceiling of the tent and turned it on so that we can test it out and warm up the tent. This idea worked out PERFECTLY!! Once we were ready to go to bed, we removed it from above us and placed it on the ground at the corner of the tent. The space heater had a tip switch that would turn the heater off instantly if it was tipped over by accident during the night. It was warm enough in the tent that I did not need my beanie or hoodie for the night; being in the sleeping bag was sufficient in order to be comfortably cozy and snugs.

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Keeda’s Cocoon

Saturday Morning, we started off with an awesome breakfast of potatoes, eggs, and sausage with toast and OJ. After hanging around the campfire for a while, we went for a short hike to explore the area. We walked the trail that loops around the campground and then went exploring. All in all, a nice relaxing day out in the wilderness. 🙂

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Saturday Night was a bit frosty and we were very thankful for the space heater… we woke up to a frozen windshield and a layer of frost on EVERYTHING. Sunday morning, we packed up everything, had breakfast, said our goodbyes, and headed back home to get ready for the rally. We had a full day planned for Sunday.

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We had reserved two tickets for the Governor Gary Johnson Rally in Denver at 3:00PM and were super stoked about it. We got there early and watched the Liberty Comedy tour before heading over to where the Rally was going to begin. At the rally, we listened to several speakers before listening to Governor Gary Johnson. We are huge fans and were super happy to have been able to make it. We got to meet Governor Gary Johnson and chat with him for a moment before taking some selfies with him. It was incredible and we are looking forward to rallying again next election season.

Since the Broncos were playing, we had to make sure to get to our destination by the time the game started. We hopped in the car, ran home to grab Keeda, and then headed out to watch the game. The game was a bit of a disappointment but hey… we all have our good days and our bad, right?

After all is said and done, it was another successfully wonderful weekend! Here’s to another adventure next weekend!!

 

Blue Agave – 16th Street Mall

Blue Agave – 16th Street Mall

Friday, Josh and I went with some friends and family to the soft opening for the Blue Agave in Downtown Denver on 16th street. It is located next to the Cheesecake Factory at the 16th Street Mall in LoDo.

The Blue Agave is a contemporary southwestern grill that operates out of a scratch kitchen. They currently have two locations: one in Fort Collins  and another in Downtown Denver. Josh and I have been to the location in Fort Collins, and LOVED it, so checking out their downtown location was a treat. Their menu for both locations offers several Gluten Free items, Guacamole made to order, a large Tequila selection, Sangria made in-house, thirteen different kinds of Margaritas and a beautiful and classy atmosphere. The servers are top-notch and strive to provide their patrons with the BEST experience. They have Happy Hour Specials Monday through Friday and a Weekend Brunch Menu.

Happy Hour Specials Include:

– Monday thru Friday 3pm to 6pm
– $1.50 off all Margaritas
– $1.00 off all Beer
– $2.00 off all Wine and Spirits

Brunch Menu Includes:

Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm
With BOTTOMLESS mimosas and house-infused Bloody Mary’s

We had the pleasure of having Abbie (Abbey?) as our server and she was absolutely incredible. None of our drinks were empty before we had a fresh drink or a refill. The entire server team was on-pointe and helped each other take care of all the tables by emptying plates, refilling drinks, and checking on us to see if we needed anything else. When a restaurant focuses on teamwork and not individual success, a restaurant’s organized chaos flows so much more smoothly. Flowing smoothly offers the restaurant the opportunity to take care of its patrons as well as its servers. When the servers are stressed, the patrons don’t enjoy the experience as much… however, when the servers are happy, they take better care of the patrons, who in turn, take better care of the servers.

I ordered their Muy Macho Margarita which is made with their Jalepeńo-infused Tequila, cucumbers, lime and salt on the rim… OMG that is a tasty Margarita! It’s only spicy in the beginning, with a flavorful spice that does not linger on the tongue, and finishes with a fresh and crisp aftertaste, thanks to the cucumbers. I believe I had three and enjoyed every last drop. We started off with their Lobster Street Tacos appetizer and then ordered the Pan Seared Sea Scallops and the Lobster Mac and Cheese. The street tacos are absolutely incredible and didn’t last 5 seconds. They are artfully presented and taste DELICIOUS! The combination of flavors compliment each other and leave you wanting more. Josh ordered the Lobster Mac and Cheese, which is his favorite on the menu. I ordered the Pan Seared Sea Scallops and was absolutely amazed. The Lobster Mac and Cheese is not your ordinary entree in the fact that you don’t normally witness seafood, dairy and pasta generally combined. The chef at the Blue Agave masterfully made this a local favorite. The Pan Seared Sea Scallops had the PERFECT texture and were served with their new signature Goat Cheese Chipotle Mashed Potatoes. The mashed potatoes had a creamy texture with robust flavor that did not need anything extra. For dessert, we ordered the Caramel Blondie Brownie with Ice Cream. WOW… The crispy outer shell gives way to a moist, decadent blonde brownie and the ice cream on top solidified this as Josh’s new favorite dessert.

All in all, our experience was fantastic and we would totally recommend checking it out, enjoying a meal, then meandering along the 16th Street mall for a nice & chill evening. Bon Appétit!!

Oh, To Feel Like A Kid Again <3

Oh, To Feel Like A Kid Again <3

Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens and Zombie Crawl Downtown Denver? Yes, Please! This past weekend, Josh and I had some friends over from out of state. We decided to hit up Elitch Gardens on Friday night and then The Zombie Crawl in Downtown Denver on Saturday. We were going to kick it like we were teenagers again.

We started off our Friday at the Tilted Kilt in Greeley from some drinks, appetizers and some games. Zech, Josh and I played a couple games and got our drink on before we headed out to Elitch Gardens. Once we arrived at Elitch Gardens, it was definitely interesting. Josh and I purchased our Season Passes at the beginning of the season and went throughout the whole summer. It was cool to see the transition the park makes once Fright Fest is happening. The decorations inside are very well done and they have actors roaming the park for those who want to be scared. The actors will run up on you or chase you with costume style chainsaws and do everything they can to get you to scream. For some, it was hilarious while for others, it might have been too much. We did notice that some of the kids who were cornered with the chainsaws were not thrilled with the experience. Most would run away and laugh after screaming but there were some who honestly looked terrified. It’s a fine line but you can’t come to Fright Fest and not expect to be scared. We had a couple actors sneak up on us and just follow one of us till that person noticed they were being followed, lol. Josh, Amber and I decided to get in as many rides as we could before the end of the night. We started the evening off with the Ferris Wheel just for fun. The Denver cityscape is absolutely gorgeous at night and you can see the whole thing from the top of the Ferris Wheel. From there, we rode the Tower of Doom, The Dragon Wing, The Half Pipe, and The Twister 2. When I say, “It was awesome feeling like a kid again!”, IT WAS!! The adrenaline rush on each of the rides was great! The Tower of Doom is a ride that plunges about 200ft all at once, the Dragon Wing is a simple aerodynamic ride, the Half Pipe is a snowboard style ride where you are spinning in your seat while the snowboard shreds up and down a half pipe, and the Twister 2 is most likely the most rickety ride I have ever been on, but FUN!!

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On Saturday, we started the morning with some local artisan coffee and laid back attitudes. We spent the morning getting ready and headed down to the Zombie Crawl in Downtown Denver. Zech and Amber went as Zombies, Josh went as a Zombie Doctor named Dr. Shots and I went as a Cheerleader turning Zombie. People really get into the whole Zombie thing, it’s AWESOME! We stopped into Mellow Mushroom downtown and were able to nab a spot right on 16th Street to enjoy our pies with the meandering population of Zombies outside. The pizza was incredible and being able to sit and watch the parade was amazing. It’s always fun to dress up and have a great time! We walked all over before heading back to Greeley and finishing the evening off back at the Tilted Kilt. All in all, an excellent weekend!! Josh and I are definitely looking forward to dressing up for Halloween next weekend and parading around somewhere… we haven’t decided where yet. Feeling like a kid will keep a person’s heart feeling young. The best part of it all is being able to feel like a kid while also enjoying all of the perks of being an adult… Alcohol and Thrill Rides and Zombies and Alcohol and Costumes and … you get the idea lol.

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Moving In

Moving In

Earlier this month, Josh and I moved into our new apartment in Greeley, CO. We actively made the decision to travel, explore and experience as many places as we can while we try to start a family. Greeley is the first of many since we have already lived in Colorado Springs, Aurora, Littleton and Wellington, among some other places outside of Colorado. After Greeley, we are definitely trying out some new states and maybe some new countries. 🙂

The apartment we moved into is a cute little 2 bedroom with only one closet in the entire unit. It’s a large walk-in closet but the only storage space for the whole apartment. This past weekend, I finished unpacking and organizing everything other than our books. Looking at our new space, we realized we needed to come up with some creative storage ideas. Effective storage was needed for: under the sink in the bathroom, the walls of the kitchen, shelves for tech in the office, and shelving for books and frames in the living/dining room. We checked the local thrift stores and department stores for stuffs, then went to IKEA for lunch and browsing.

Bathroom
For our new bathroom, we decided to go with a Denver Broncos theme (GO BRONCOS!). We acquired the shower curtain, the bath mat, the trash can, a toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, a poster and towels… complete with an official NFL football for added effect. The thing about the bathroom however, is that it has a large vanity, one sink, no medicine cabinet and no storage under the sink. Obviously, we like the blue and orange motif so we kind of wanted to stick to that. We saw several ideas at IKEA that would have worked and we ended up choosing the VESSLA crates that fit under the sink perfectly. They roll out when you want to grab something, then roll back under for efficient storage and the blue compliments the rest of the bathroom. We will probably add more storage to the counter at some point but for now, the bathroom is complete.

Kitchen
For our new kitchen, we needed super efficient storage. The kitchen in the unit is super small and can only allow one person at a time. One of the activities Josh and I truly enjoy is cooking together. We like to go out for our morning walk, come back, exercise, and then cook breakfast together. Unfortunately, for our time here, the kitchen only has room for one person while the other can sit on the other side of the counter and chat. There are a total of 1.5 cupboards above the counter, one cupboard under the sink, and only one tiny drawer that is too small for the silverware caddy. So naturally, we decided to go with a space efficient style for storage. Anything that would sit on the floor against the wall would make an already cramped space feel smaller and that wasn’t what we were hoping to achieve. We found a shelving unit that mounts right up against the wall. We decided to go with the VÄRDE shelving unit for optimum storage and clean appearance. We installed the shelving unit high enough to add items underneath and against the connecting wall. On the wall under the cupboard, to the left of the stove, we installed a rail shelf to hang cooking utensils from. We went with the GRUNDTAL and the GRUNDTAL S-HOOKS to hang the utensils from. This allowed me to have all of the utensils within arm’s reach without the added clutter on the counter. And finally, in front of the wall, suspended from the bottom of the cupboard is a drawer that will hold the silverware caddy. So now, we have space on the counter to prepare our meals, without it feeling so confined and everything still there within reach.

Office
For the office, we chose a few of the LACK for our shelving system. These shelves mount like floating shelves so they aren’t overwhelming in the small space. They allow all of the tech necessary to be organized on shelves in a classy, simple and efficient manner. The room now has a very crisp and clean look to it.

Living Room / Dining Room
We decided to see if we can find Box Frame Shelves that we can mount in the shape of two gliders along the center wall. They would have to withstand the weight of the books and appear floating. We haven’t found the proper shelves for this room yet, but the hunt continues.

We are still in the beginnings of our modifications for our time here. We are planning on making some more changes in order to make our time here as comfortable as we want 🙂

Life is meant to be lived, not endured, until the end so LIVE and BE HAPPY <3

Good Morning Greeley

MUDBOGGING!! Mt Massive Wilderness

MUDBOGGING!! Mt Massive Wilderness


This past weekend, Josh and I met up with some of his family members for some camping in the Mt Massive Wilderness area. We arrived Friday evening, set up our tent (yes, tent… we LOVE sleeping next to the sound of the water from the river rushing by), and hung out for a bit before crashing. We had looked into what the weather was supposed to be like and it was supposed to be perfect, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 20s, but no rain and no snow. Now personally, I am not a fan of mummy bags… you can’t move and you definitely can’t cuddle so we figured out another way to stay warm. The trick, is to connect 2 individual regular sleeping bags, to create a queen size sleeping bag. Do that twice, (this means you will need 4 individual sleeping bags) and put them inside each other so that you have 2 Queen size sleeping bags inside of each other. We laid down a couple of tarps both under the tent and inside the tent, a couple of camping blankets, the sleeping bags and one more comforter on top. With 2 bodies in the sleeping bag, it is super cozy and we had no issues with staying warm, it was PERFECT! You can also add a blanket inside the sleeping bags for additional comfort, as well as an air mattress or air bed underneath. I prefer to sleep with a beanie on my head so that I can keep my head outside of the sleeping bags but, if you don’t mind being in the sleeping bags throughout the night, you can just curl in and hold the top of the sleeping bags down in order to create your own little cocoon of toasty warmth.

Saturday morning, we woke up fully refreshed and ready for a wonderful day in the mountains. Some time after breakfast and a brisk walk, we decided to go search for fallen trees to use for firewood. Josh, the pup and I hopped in the Trailblazer, and his dad and uncle hopped in the pickup, while the rest remained at camp. We drove past the Mt Massive Trailhead and into the dispersed camping areas beyond the maintained road. There is a sign, just after the Massive Trailhead, telling the driver that the road is pretty gnarly and unmaintained. There are all sorts of little obstacles you have to drive through and it makes for a super fun time. I am still learning how to do the whole backcountry driving thing, so I was in the driver’s seat getting my practice in. We stopped at several places and filled the back of Uncle Scott’s pickup with fallen logs to take back to the campsite. A campfire is one of the best things about camping so we always make sure we have an awesome one. We had been leading the way but when we turned around to head back to camp, Uncle Scott was driving ahead of us. We were driving along nice and carefully when we began approaching a fork in the road. If you stay on the main road, it’s pretty tame, however if you take the right, it dips down and comes back up to the main road in a more gnarly fashion. Josh looks at me and says,

“Take the right”

“You want me to pass them?”

“FLOOR IT!”

Hesitant but excited, I took the right. I look over to the left and it looks like Uncle Scott might have sped up so I gun it in order to get in front of them. As I’m approaching where the detour meets back up with the main road, I notice I have a tree on my right. As I maneuver to the left of the tree, barely scraping by, I have a boulder on my left that I have to avoid as we come up barreling back on to the main road just barely making it in front of Uncle Scott. I make a hard right and we are back on the main road in front of the truck. We were going so fast, we went flying over an edge, came down and seemed to bounce back up, all while maintaining control of the vehicle to stay on the road. We hear Uncle Scott honk the horn but we were laughing so hard that all we could say was, “MUDBOGGING!!!” LOL!

When they returned to camp behind us, they told us that the entire rear end of the Trailblazer was off the ground and we all had a great laugh over it.

I am super excited for getting back out and camping again soon! I know that technically, the season for camping is over but… I just don’t believe the season should ever end! You just have to make allowances for weather and come prepared. I sincerely believe that with the proper level of preparedness, ANYTHING is fun.

When you wake up before everybody and would like to enjoy the warmth of a campfire with your sunrise <3
When you wake up before everybody and would like to enjoy the warmth of a campfire with your sunrise <3
Adoptable Foster Pups – Janice – Adopted 2016

Adoptable Foster Pups – Janice – Adopted 2016

After many discussions of what we would like to do next, Josh and I have decided to foster pups who are looking for a good forever home :-) We have an adult Golden and we love having more pups around the house. Instead of acquiring a permanent new member of our family, we decided to help foster all pups who are looking for a good and loving forever home, one or two at a time.

We have partnered up with Shelley Osgood of Doggy Dog World Rescue in our fostering efforts, and encourage anyone who would like to foster animals to contact Shelley.

Doggy Dog World Rescue was founded by Shelley Osgood, owner and operator of Doggy Dog World Grooming in Littleton, CO since 1998.  Shelley created the rescue group in 2008 to rescue dogs from high kill shelters and find suitable families to provide forever homes for these dogs that would otherwise be euthanized.  Doggy Dog World Rescue does not have a shelter facility, but instead utilizes foster homes.  Our foster homes provide food, shelter and love for our rescue dogs in an attempt to rehabilitate them until they are adopted into their forever homes.

If you would like to help with donations, fostering animals, or even adopting one that you fall in love with, please check out her website at http://doggydogworldrescue.com.

We had such an amazing experience with Lacey and decided to continue our efforts. We are currently fostering Janice who is a pointer mix. She has a ton of energy and will do very well in a home with a large yard. She loves to play and is extremely cuddly when calm. Check out her profile on Petfinder and her album on Flickr. We will continue to add photos as long as she is with us. She is an extremely fun and energetic pup with beautiful markings and eyes you can get lost in. She is crate trained, house trained and we are actively working on her socialization with other dogs by taking her to the dog park every day.

PLEASE COME SEE HER IN PERSON AT PETCO ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 12:30 – 4:30PM!!

Petco
8100 W. Crestline Suite D
Littleton, CO 80123

Make today a FANTABULOUS day!!!

Adoptable Foster Pups – Lacey – Adopted 21NOV2015

Adoptable Foster Pups – Lacey – Adopted 21NOV2015

After many discussions of what we would like to do next, Josh and I have decided to foster pups who are looking for a good forever home :-) We have an adult Golden and we love having more pups around the house. Instead of acquiring a permanent new member of our family, we decided to help foster all pups who are looking for a good and loving forever home, one or two at a time.

We have partnered up with Shelley Osgood of Doggy Dog World Rescue in our fostering efforts, and encourage anyone who would like to foster animals to contact Shelley.

Doggy Dog World Rescue was founded by Shelley Osgood, owner and operator of Doggy Dog World Grooming in Littleton, CO since 1998.  Shelley created the rescue group in 2008 to rescue dogs from high kill shelters and find suitable families to provide forever homes for these dogs that would otherwise be euthanized.  Doggy Dog World Rescue does not have a shelter facility, but instead utilizes foster homes.  Our foster homes provide food, shelter and love for our rescue dogs in an attempt to rehabilitate them until they are adopted into their forever homes.

If you would like to help with donations, fostering animals, or even adopting one that you fall in love with, please check out her website at http://doggydogworldrescue.com.

We are currently fostering Lacey, who is the most adorable little puppy at 7 months. Check out her profile on Petfinder and her photo album on Flickr. We will continue to add photos as long as she is with us. She is an extremely calm and mild mannered puppy. She is crate trained and we are actively working on her socialization with other dogs by taking her to the dog park every day. We will post updates as often as we can.

Make today a FANTABULOUS day!!!

We’re Married!!!

We’re Married!!!

A few weeks ago, on June 6th 2015, I married my best friend at the Grand View Overlook in Palmer Park, Colorado Springs. We were married on the 3 year anniversary of the day we met and at the location where we first met. The day was, for lack of a better word, PERFECT.

Our ceremony took place at Palmer Park’s Grand View Overlook in Colorado Springs and we held our reception at Lazy Land in the same park. A Piece of Cake Catering took great care of us at the reception with an amazing spread and Marvelous Images Photography was there to capture our EPIC day.

THANK YOU to all of our family and friends whom attended! Our special day was made even more special with your presence.

After the reception, we had a party bus rented from Denver Limo, Inc. ready to take 33 of our guests to Garden of the Gods for pictures and fun on the town. The bus traveled through Garden of the Gods, Rock Ledge Ranch, scenic overlooks and downtown Springs. Our driver was AWESOME… THANK YOU KEN!!

We decided to have our honeymoon here in CO hiking our favorite mountains. Pictures of our adventures can be viewed here.

These are the vendors who helped make our day INCREDIBLE!! Any of them will take care of you and are extremely accommodating.

Photographer: Marvelous Images
Emailmarvelousimages@yahoo.com
Phone: 303-991-0656

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Caterer: A Piece of Cake Catering
Email: apieceofcakecaterings@hotmail.com
Phone: 719-310-7683
720-309-8071
Address: 1865 Peterson Rd.
Colorado Springs 80915

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DJ: Anderson Entertainment
Email: CDJOCKMAN@aol.com
Sean Lynch, our DJ, set up at the Grand View Overlook in Palmer Park for the ceremony, only to tear down and re-set up in Lazy Land for our reception.

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Transportation: Denver Limo, Inc
Email: info@limoservicedenver.com
Phone: 303.360.0283
Driver: Ken

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Our Wedding DJ!

Our Wedding DJ!

Anderson Entertainment, based out of Littleton, CO, was hands down, the BEST DJ we could have possibly had! For our wedding, we had 2 locations where we needed music: The Grand View Overlook in Palmer Park for the ceremony and then afterwards for the reception, almost 2 miles away at Lazy Land in the same park.

When we started chatting with Sean about the wedding and the type of music we wanted for everything, he always had the idea or solution we needed to move past a hiccup. He was always professional, courteous, energetic and knowledgeable. We met with him a few times before the wedding to iron out details and song lists. Every time we met, the level of preparation and dedication we received from Anderson Entertainment was beyond impressive. My husband and I are extremely energetic and fun-lovingly happy people… we desired the same thing out of a DJ for our reception. Sean has the energy, the fun-loving attitude, the drive and the know-how to appease an audience. He was able to keep the energy level high, fun and get people on the dance floor at our reception.

He arrived early to set up at the reception area in Lazy Land for when he returned, then went up to the overlook to set up for the ceremony. There is no electricity at either of these locations. Sean provided us with a generator, wireless speakers, wireless mics, etc.

At the overlook, he had a generator powering all of his DJ equipment, setup complete, and playing seating music by 11AM. The ceremony was supposed to begin at noon and circumstances had us all waiting there for an extended time of 40 minutes before we could begin the ceremony. Sean had extra music that he began playing, once all of the music choices we had made for our beginning arrangement had played through. He didn’t miss a beat and everything flowed perfectly! Once we were able to begin, everything played the way it was supposed to and right on cue, once we were announced as husband and wife, our exit song played. It was PERFECT!

My new hubby and I stayed with the photographers while the guests all began to head down to the reception area for appetizers. In this time, Sean tore down his equipment completely and headed down to the reception area to setup for our arrival. When we arrived for our grand entrance, music is playing, guests are enjoying appetizers and I had to have my bustle tied up. Once we were done, Sean was made aware that we were ready and our grand entrance song began as we started our way across the field to the stairs. We were announced and from then, on until the end of the reception, the music only stopped for speeches and announcements. The pavilion was set up with wireless speakers all around, Sean had a canopy to stand under so that he wasn’t directly under the sun on the edge of the pavilion, the speeches were all done using wireless mics, and to top it all off, he had 2 different backup contingency plans in case something didn’t work out. THAT is what I call being prepared!!

When it was time to begin heading to the party bus, Sean made all of the necessary announcements, tore down his equipment, loaded up, congratulated us sincerely and said their goodbyes.

Anderson Entertainment provides a quality of service that is desirable in a vendor. We could not have been happier with our day and Anderson Entertainment, THANK YOU for helping make our day that much more special! We would recommend Sean Lynch of Anderson Entertainment to anyone who would require a DJ for ANY event.

Our Party Bus for the Wedding!

Our Party Bus for the Wedding!

When we started planning for our big day, we wanted it to be EPIC! So, we embarked on a new adventure. We chose to be married on the 3-year anniversary of the day we met and eventually chose the location of where we met as the venue. It had a special meaning to us… Our ceremony was up at the Grand View Overlook in Palmer Park because that is where we sat down and had our first conversation. The reception was at the same park because we spent a healthy amount of time mountain biking, hiking and running at Palmer Park during the beginning stages of our relationship. This part was easy.

Now, having a reception in a city park has its pros and cons… the sites are beautiful and it is an amazing location. However, there is no alcohol allowed and we were having a wedding reception. So, we pondered this for a moment and decided what better way to end the day than with a Party Bus! We decided we would have the ceremony, have a short reception, and embark on a fun tour in a party bus with 33 of our guests.

Thus, the research for the best company had begun. We called around all over Colorado and spoke with several companies. We finally chose to go with Denver Limo, Inc and I am very glad we did. They had the most to offer for what we were looking for and the people on the other side of the phone were professional and courteous. They wanted to make sure we had the BEST experience, and we sure did! We had signed up for a six-hour block in a 35 passenger bus with an open bar and it was AMAZING!

On the day of, we all arrived at the pickup location and met our driver, Ken. He was AWESOME!! He was extremely flexible, accommodating and an all around cool person. We ended up making several unscheduled stops but each time a request was made, he complied and with a smile! If anyone had a question, he had the answer. If the photographers saw a nice photo spot, we were able to stop. He had a fun personality and we certainly enjoyed working with him. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional and appropriate individual as our driver.

The bus was super clean, comfortable and air-conditioned. We had a fully stocked bar and beautiful glasses to enjoy the rest of the day with. The lights on the inside were all functioning, the pole was sturdy, the upholstery was all smooth and plush, and all in all a WONDERFUL experience!

We do not have a single complaint or ANY negative feedback about Denver Limo, Inc., the services offered OR the driver provided! They provide a high value and high quality service that is worth utilizing and we would recommend them wholeheartedly.

Our Wedding Caterer

Our Wedding Caterer

Our wedding was going to be in Colorado Springs and I wanted to make sure we had AMAZING food for our guests! After interviewing several caterers in Denver and Colorado Springs, I was beginning to feel like this was going to be never-ending. Finally, I came across A Piece of Cake Catering. The owner Jason made an appointment with me almost immediately and set up a tasting for the next week. Some of the other caterers I had contacted didn’t even reply to me till 2 weeks before the wedding. I met with Jason in January and the wedding was in June. Needless to say, whether the other caterers were more cost-effective or not, I didn’t feel like my business was important to them. Jason is one of those small business owners who treats each and every client as if they were his only client. My sister, who was to be my matron of honor, came with me to scope things out. OMG was the food delicious and his cupcakes are to die for! After meeting him, getting to know him and tasting the dishes he prepared for us, I was sold. I had been looking for a caterer for 3 months and none of them impressed me. I reserved his services for our big day during the meeting and before we left, we had the entire menu picked out. He is extremely professional, laid back and super accommodating. I have a niece with Celiac and he helped me decide on a menu that was healthy, delicious and mostly gluten-free. A Piece of Cake Catering grilled everything on-site for us and provided 2 gentlemen who were courteous and an extreme pleasure to work with. They manned the grill and the buffet with such professionalism and respect for all of our guests. Everybody who is employed by and represents A Piece of Cake Catering, whom I have interacted with, have been topnotch. They truly represented their company in an impressive manner that was definitely recognized by all of the guests at the wedding. We had several appetizers, 3 meats grilled on site, several sides, salads, an edible arrangement made by Jason himself, and cupcakes (we went with the strawberry champagne and the carrot cake cupcakes). Jason made sure all the colors matched our wedding colors and everything looked beautiful! On top of everything, a little side note about the food: Jason makes EVERYTHING from scratch whether it is the ranch dressing or the edible decorations on the cupcakes. And, to show how great the food is, we had food for 10 extra people and enough cupcakes for everyone there to have more than 2; almost no food was left! The food and cupcakes were all gone by the end of the evening. Everyone was satiated and happy :-)

In addition to the catering, Jason also took care of all the rentals we needed for the day. He was my one-stop shop for the catering and rentals and he did it all with a smile and a great attitude. I didn’t have anything to worry about and he will do that for all of his clients. The way I see it, they are the professionals and we hire them for a reason… let them do their job and you won’t be disappointed :-)

I would definitely recommend A Piece of Cake Catering for ANY catered event. THANK YOU for helping make our day that much more incredible Jason!

Our Wedding Photographer!

Our Wedding Photographer!

Marvin, and his business Marvelous Images, are AWESOME!! When Josh and I started looking for wedding photographers, we interviewed several before we came across Marvin’s portfolio. After reviewing his portfolio we were excited to meet him and set up an appointment to see if his personality meshed with ours. We are extremely easy going and fun loving people… we wanted the same in our photograher. After meeting Marv, we decided to reserve his services before the end of our meeting. We loved the fact that he “likes to capture the moments between the moments” and were excited. We added an engagement session to our package and waited for the big day. Our engagement session went beautifully and we were so happy with the results, that we were certain the wedding photos were going to be epic. You can check out our photos for the engagement session here. Sure enough, the images of our wedding day came out BEAUTIFULLY!!! Everyone had so much fun! Marvin and his assistant photographer Jackie captured so many of the unique little moments we were hoping for.

Make sure you reserve your dates as early as possible… Marvin is booked pretty quickly because he is such a pleasure to work with. THANK YOU Marvelous Images!!!