I Went to Colorado…

Recently had a meeting in the Denver area with a client so I headed out to since my sister lives out there it was the perfect opportunity to extend my trip a few days and hang out with her and my fantastic nieces and nephew.

My client meeting was on the west side of Denver, following the meeting my colleague and I headed to Golden Colorado.

Golden

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Using Your Opinion for Good

I’m excited to introduce a new diabetes blog series and the awesome organization making it happen. Op4G is a market research panel company which stands for Opinions for Good. When someone joins an Op4G panel, they have the option to select a nonprofit that they want to support from a list of 300+ non-profits) and when they complete a survey, a portion of the incentive goes directly to the nonprofit. So far, Op4G has donated over $447,000 to non-profits.

Op4G is open to the general population, however they are working to form niche health communities… starting with diabetes. Op4G partners with organizations with research needs that focus on diabetes, while also giving you a way to contribute your voice to research on products and services that could impact you in the future. They’ve teamed up with me to produce a series of diabetes-related blog posts so this is a win, win, win, win kind of series (4 wins there). Continue reading

Prevailing Pink: Dress to Skirt Refashion

The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail. – Christian Dior

A couple of years ago I decided that I needed to inject more color into my wardrobe. A few colors were conspicuously missing, one of them was pink.Christian Dior had a lot to say about color, dresses and fashion … like the quote above. I was given a cute color block dress that incorporated two of the three “prevailing” colors: Pink (a lot of it) and gray. It also features some black which doesn’t have to prevail apparently as a timeless color.

The dress was adorable, but I found I wasn’t wearing it much, opting instead for slightly longer dresses or ones with straps that didn’t feel like they needed pulled up constantly and would make me feel more comfortable overall. Like with anything in my closet that sits unworn for long periods of time, I considered if I want to eliminate it from my wardrobe or simply change it.

This dress had fantastic pockets. A rare find in female fashions. I determined that I would change it into a skirt in a few very minor adjustments. Continue reading

Tater Tots on Lake Erie

“There’s such a thing as a tater tot festival?”

This is the question I answered over and over again when asked what my plans were for last weekend. My plans included the Cleveland edition of the Tater Tot and Craft Beer Festival.

Brad and I first learned of this event while we were patiently waiting on my mom’s testing while she was in the hospital from her heart attack. At the time, it seemed like a great diversion, so we got tickets with another couple. Once all the stress of April was over, we forgot about it for awhile and then the weekend finally arrived. Continue reading

Candy Memories

You know how there are little things that will always remind you of someone? Like every time I see a greyhound or something with a greyhound on it, I think of my friend Natalie. Whenever I see anchors or nautical-themed things, I think of my cruise-loving mother in law.

When I see certain candies, I think of my dad. My dad was a fan of hard candies. He had four favorite kinds of hard candies: Peppermints, lemon drops, cinnamons and Horehounds (brown candies that have a unique flavor that reminded me of licorice and root beer).

They’re the kind of candies that you find in the paper bag packages at the Cracker Barrel country store. The ones with very distinct and very different flavors. Continue reading