November 2017 Lifestyle Letter

The word gratitude comes up a lot these days, especially in yoga class. I’ll admit I used to hear the yoga instructor talk about gratitude as an “intention,” and I’d immediately think, “Oh yes, I need to be grateful today!” Cross-legged on my mat, I’d send a quick but sincere prayer of thanks out into the universe.

Block Party

Forget the Miracle Mile. We've found the Miracle Block - or two - on Main Street in Historic Downtown Littleton. With unique finds of all kinds, you can revel in retail while keeping your carbon footprint to a minimum. 

Tasting La Vida Local

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that this lyric from Katherine Lee Bates'  “America the Beautiful” was penned in Colorado; here we are, 134 years later, and those amber waves have lent themselves to the local beer crafting, testing and connoisseur-ing that has become a legitimate Colorado past time. Our state ranks second as the state with the most breweries, and that makes local beer-tasting especially fun, if not convenient. 

For local artist Julie Janney

When artist Julie Janney takes her brush to acrylic paint and works it on the canvas, she finally feels free. “I’m a perfectionist by nature,” Janney says. “I pressure myself to be perfect. But when I paint I can let it all go and just work with the acrylic and get in the zone.”

There’s an App for That

For the last few years my husband and I have hosted between 25 and 30 people at our home for Thanksgiving, and one of my favorite parts of this tradition is the appetizers.  Our Thanksgiving menu is mostly traditional. I try to mix it up a bit each year, adding a new twist to the stuffing or the vegetable sides…

T is for Table, G is for Gathering

If you're looking for a unique gift that wows, check out the sweet sophistication of the Prouna My Dragonfly, Honeybee, Butterfly, Ladybug, and Frog Prince collections. With stunning colors – vibrant oranges, purples, rich burgundies, and greens – and sparkling Swarovski crystals. 

IFCS Gives Hope in Douglas County

Douglas County ranks in the top five wealthiest counties in the nation, having climbed up the financial ladder yearly, according to a 2017 report from Headlight Data. But for the 25,000 individuals served annually by IFCS (Integrated Family Community Services), the rising level of affluence in the county only serves to intensify the already glaring gap between the wealthy and…

Have Snow? Let’s Go

As someone who has lived in Florida most of my adult life, I had forgotten the experience of snow and mountains. 

FALL’S FINEST MOMENTS

For a quiet moment alone or with loved ones, the Sanctuary Center in Sedalia might just be the most mysterious, tranquil and little-known (till now) places in Douglas County. Small shrines created by previous visitors commemorate beloved pets and lament lost loves, while a "wish tree" made of ribbons blows softly in the wind, revealing the written hopes and dreams of…