Self Care

I interrupt your weekly blog reads with a self-reflection. Ladies, mothers, sisters, friends, however busy you get or think you get, you are never too busy to take care of yourself. It isn’t about making more time, it’s about prioritizing your “to do” list the right way. 

How many times do we say, “I don’t have time for that,” or, “I’m fine, I don’t need to do that for myself?” One too many times. We are experts at putting ourselves last in our families. Don’t let your work, whether it be in your home, or in your workplace, take the place of your sanity. I’ve talked before about mental health before. Mentally healthy involves taking the time for yourself. Without that special time for yourself, stress and/or depression can take over. It doesn’t have to be that dramatic, but for some people, it is. Why take that chance? Depression can start real small and little by little begin to take over. One thought enters your mind and then another. Soon, you’re wondering why you feel the way that you do. Taking care of yourself is something I firmly believe in.

Some ways to care for yourself:

  1. I’ve spoken on yoga and the importance of it mentally. It reigns you back in spiritually and emotionally. 
  2. Cater to yourself by going to a spa, mani/pedi, or massage. In Aspen, I’m a fan of Ajax Salon and Spa. It’s the place of many things: hair, nails, massage, and laser removal. 
  3. Eat healthy. If you aren’t sure about how to do that, there’s Pinterest OR there are eMeals you can order from: Sun Basket, Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, etc. 
  4. Give your body some exercise. There are too many studies that talk about how effective exercise is for your sleep, your brain function, and just about every system in your body. Remember, it’s not just about losing weight. Exercise is good for your body, period. I personally enjoy hiking and cycling. Is there anything that stands out to you in your exercise routine?
  5. Get involved. Whether that be at a church, going to events, or hanging out with some of your best girlfriends, be surrounded by community. When you have a community, those are the people who will be with you in the harder times. They give you an opportunity to enjoy the good times with others. 

Girls Hike Too

Me and my best girls took a first time hike to Crested Butte with this awesome crew! We hiked there but flew back in style thanks to Bubba Air. This trip would not be possible without Eleven Experience, Scarp Ridge Lodge, or Julianne Murphy. She definitely knows how to organize some special girl time. Have I ever said how much I just adore her and her planning? 

Some things to do in Crested Butte are: 

Crested Butte is known as the “Elk Mountain” or the “Wildflower capital of Colorado.” Its history is saturated in mining, specifically coal mining. It slowly but surely came to a halt after some roller coaster years: a blast killing 63 miners, strikes, etc. The history of a town is always fascinating to me. It always seems like things change drastically back then. Today, it is heritage tourism spot for people of all ages at 8,885 ft. elevation.  

Scarp Ridge Lodge. Such a quaint and perfect spot for us to have a relaxing, kid-free, time away from distraction and responsibility. I encourage you to hang out with your friends. Make that time happen, but otherwise, life will get in the way, and you won’t see each other. I couldn’t have been more happy with the setup for this mini getaway. You can even go alone if you really want to. Another reason I adore this place is because they are pet friendly. You know I am an advocate for our sweet furry friends. “Families, couples, and multi-generational groups looking for an active vacation with luxurious accommodations.” This vacay was worth the time and money, and I’m looking forward to our next one! Okay, Julianne, what’s next? 

Don’t just take my word for it:

“The Eleven Experience properties are all stunning and staff is trained to go above and beyond with any request. This property, located in charming Crested Butte, is 5 stars and both cozy, luxurious and decorated in a way that fits in with the natural beauty of Crested Butte. They offer a delicious apres ski/happy hour and our mixologist made us a fantastic skinny Paloma. The breakfast is included and changes each day. It always includes specialty coffee, fresh fruit, smoothies, green juice, homemade granola, and a fantastic egg dish. Can’t wait to return.”

I would love to hear what my readers think? Have you ever hiked the Crested Butte or done something fun there? Share it with me in the comments below!

Smiling Goat Ranch

Did you get a chance to check out the Hey Bale Ball last week? It was a perfect Aspen afternoon, mingling with friends and I got to pet some sweet horses and ponies at Smiling Goat Ranch! I absolutely love what they stand for and who they serve. The healing environment is something I want to be a part of. They provide a space and social animals for people with autism, ADHD/ADD, anxiety, and veterans with PTSD. Guys and gals, Smiling Goat Ranch is a little piece of the puzzle in our country. There is no denying that autism and PTSD are two things that we need to pay better attention to. I loved being at the ranch to see and feel what others see and feel.

It brings my heart joy to see such happiness brought to the people who need this place. The testimonies about Smiling Goat Ranch speak volumes about the healing experiences people are able to have there:

“This Ranch is a place where I have seen my child’s courage, competence and communication skills blossom. Visits here give me the  opportunity to see my child through the eyes of a team who believe in him and value him. And a bonus surprise for me – I have have been able to examine my own feelings as a special needs parent and feel healing, hope and optimism for myself!” -Anonymous Parent

At the Hay Bale Ball, we ate and drank in support of this wonderful place. It was a good time with people who have many things in common, big hearts. If I’m able, I will give my time and  money to support things I believe in. This place, I truly believe in. 

Mawa McQueen’s Crepe Shack was there and boy was it exceptional. Mawa McQueen is is a crepe guru! When you come to Aspen, this just has to be a stop you make it to. It’s been mentioned by many magazines and articles. Dallas News, Travelling Mom, Serendipity, Meetings & Events, and more, just to name a few. Her unique restaurant has excellent breakfast and provides a cool and cheerful room to work or have meetings. So, if you need a shakeup from Starbucks and want to support local restaurants, come over and try it! When I realized the deliciousness was at the Hay Bale Ball, I couldn’t have been more excited.

Of course, my favorite rosé wine, Entourage was also there supporting this event.

Are there similar venues or places that provide something for people with PTSD, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism, etc. near you? I would love to hear about it and someday come show my support! What are you thoughts? Leave them in the comments!

Pilates or Bust

Let’s talk pilates and shake up my posts a bit. I’ve always been an advocate for exercising and taking care of your body (amongst other things). A whole other post can be written on the food you eat. On that note, if anyone has any suggestions of a service I can order food from, let me know! I was so sad to hear that Sun Basket was not going to deliver in Aspen anymore. What are your thoughts on HelloFresh or eMeals? Worth my time? I feel lost without Sun Basket coming to my door. As sad as I am, I can’t say one bad thing about them. Sun Basket felt like Christmas morning!

Pilates. Like yoga, it allows you to become flexible, it has its own set of names made for different positions, and you can do it through a video or online in the comfort of your own home. Yoga also helps to sculpt and mold, but it is more focused on a spiritual element; whereas Pilates leaves that out, and focused on the physical. Pilates’s main focus is on building your core. Boy, do I feel it. Does anyone else feel like if they feel it, it was worth it? I love that it makes you use your own body weight instead of anything extra. In the 1920s, Joseph Pilates introduced this method as a way to help injured dancers and athletes regain their strength and fitness standards. Ever since then, it has been adapted as a form of exercise and focused strength.  

Aspen has its very own, Ritual Aspen, and its very own, Sannah Hurnow. Love my private classes with her. When I feel like I do all I can, Sannah pushes me. If you’re interested in some of what Ritual Aspen has to offer, there are options and prices online that you can easily access. Some health benefits of Pilates, as listed by Better Health, include:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • Improved stabilisation of your spine
  • Improved posture
  • Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased body awareness
  • Stress management and relaxation.

Always love to hear from my people, so share your opinion in the comments below! Is there a place I should visit for the fitness?

Aspen Summer Nights

Need I keep going? Some nightlife in Aspen, CO is what I plan to share with you today. Every now and then (or every weekend), give yourself some girl time. Whether you’re married, partnered, complicated, or single, give yourself a break! If you’re from the Aspen area, or maybe you’re new and aren’t sure where to go out and explore at night, read on!

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I was here just last week with some of the best. I would definitely say I’m a regular here, so shoot your questions my way! Best drinks, best food. I can’t talk them up enough. Especially for the rest of August and September, they have music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to dance and drink the night away. It’s the perfect, sophisticated, party atmosphere. Some recommendations: the fried chicken, lobster ravioli, and watermelon salad. You have to try these before you say anything. I promise it’ll be delish.This supper club is a restaurant you need to stop in during your visit or sometime in your life. 

Escobar Aspen

Clubbing, here, is an experience. It literally looks like the inside of a tunnel. Someone stated that it’s like the inside of an airplane. It’s also underground. Are you interested yet? Music is loud and proud, people. You’re missing something if you’ve never been to Escobar. It would have to be a highlight of Aspen. Check out the second picture. Something about the colors and setup. Can you blame anyone for at least checking it out? There’s something about underground restaurants, and it isn’t because of how safe I feel (sidenote) when I’m there, but I’m all about different, and underground clubs/restaurants are unique!

Belly Up

Do you want to experience the mountain nightlife? This place is always busy, full of live music. If you’ve never experienced nightlife at high elevation, come check out Belly Up. The live music is a big attraction there, and I’m so excited for LeeAnn Rimes to sing on the 21st! Anyone else a fan? Even if you’ve had a tiring day, why not end it on a high?

I love that I can come on here and share my opinion with all of you. Help support Aspen and eat out tonight!

Are there any other good places to visit for nightlife in Aspen, CO? I could probably list more, but these are definitely my top three!

In Maine to Play

And we did play! Short, fun trip to Maine for us this past week. JR and I really enjoyed the beaches there. I’ve been to a lot of beaches, but the Maine beach fronts seem more organic and native to the country. Their seafood is amazing. I can’t tell you everything that we did because I would be writing pages on our crusades, but I do want to share a little of the fun stuff. I told you I would share my golfing adventure and rate what my thoughts were on it, so here it is!

Cape Arundel Golf Club is a private, but public-welcoming club that is located in Southern Maine. It has that sophisticated, southern charm I’ve seen in South Carolina. That’s probably the closest comparison I can make besides playing in Massachusetts. MA and ME are pretty similar in seafood tooㄧsidenote. One other sidenoteㄧit is one of the oldest clubs in the state! 

  • The greens were hard, and you can easily walk the course. We didn’t, however, but I’ve heard the weekends can be a bit crowded for a cart. 
  • The staff was so friendly! 
  • It’s a 4 ☆☆☆☆ star course to me. 
  • I loved the uniqueness of it, and the beautiful, wistful views of the fog as it sits over the course in the mornings. 

If you’re interested in the rates, read here. I normally just type them, but take some time and check out their website. The rates are pretty reasonable for where we were, in Kennebunk, Maine. The course sits on the river and its 41 House offers a sit on their porch after your round.  

Also while we were feeling the tourist vibe, Fun-O-Rama in York Maine. Nothing fancy, but it was fun to check out. It offers a huge arcade, rides, games, and skeeball. Love that it’s on the beach. Even if you didn’t come for Fun-O-Rama, and you only wanted the beach, it finds you! I thought I’d share our fun finds and this is a little snippet!

A beach we visited and enjoyed was Short Sands, York Beach, Maine. Look at some of the images, including an image on this post. It reminds me of that poem, Annabel Lee, by Edgar Allan Poe. The waters are sad to me at times, but so upliftingㄧespecially with a drink in my hand.

Where are some places you’ve stayed in Maine or fun things you’ve done? I’d love to hear your thoughts and other opinions for my next trip!

Kyoto

For our final night in Japan, we went to a Kimono rental shop. Yumeyakata is a great rental place! They have a hair salon attached to it as well! Sweet Japanese ladies dressed us in traditional Kimonos, with matching purses, sandals, and gave us stylish hair to complete the look. If you’re ever looking for kimono rental places in Kyoto, here are some options. They also let you rent yukatas if needed. We were actually surprised with all that was offered and made many memories.I’m so very appreciative of the Japanese people who made our stay worthwhile this summer.

I learned so much etiquette while I was there. Some of it was common sense, but some was brand new information. Sort of like wearing a pencil-like dress/skirt, your strides should be shorter when wearing the Kimono. It follows you when you walk in order to keep its smooth form. When you sit, you must sit closer to the edge of the seat so that damage does not happen to the belt. Something I really had no idea about, was that it is bad manners to show your bare arms. You are only allowed to show what is already being shown. To prevent your bare arm from being exposed, use your other hand to pinch the sides of the sleeve of the arm you are trying to raise. Who would have thought? It is also encouraged to be very positive when wearing the Kimono. This was of course no problem for us. We were having so much fun all dolled up. The colors! As we walked the streets of Higashiyama, there was so much happiness.

We spent the day cruising the streets of Higashiyama, ate wonderful sushi, and had a Sake tasting at our hotel (Four Seasons-Kyoto). We sang karaoke (private karaoke rooms are surprisingly fun!), and attended a traditional tea ceremony the next morning. Pictured, you’ll see us standing in front of the Hokanji Temple in our Kimonos. If you’ve been interested in visiting Kyoto, or maybe your interest has just sparked, I encourage you to stay at Four Seasons-Kyoto! I’ve never had a negative experience with Four Seasons, anywhere I’ve been.

I would love to hear from you all! Where are all of the places you’ve travelled to you Japan or even Kyoto? It’s pretty certain that I will return to Japan, so I would love to know different places to visit!

Trailing

Fun post! Me and my crew went on a fun bike ride to Woody Creek Tavern. Bike riding, hiking, running, walking, and just being active. These are all a part of Colorado, not just Aspen! You can’t help but be active when you live in the mountains. Bike riding is pretty “up there” in the athletic popularity department. Everywhere you go, you will see a bike rider and just know to share the road. It’s understood! I love that my friends and I made it more entertaining by riding to the Woody Creek Tavern, receiving our Rosé reward (because why not?). With its mix and match, rustic look, the Woody Creek Tavern has been around since 1980. Is it just me, or does that seem like twenty years ago, instead of almost 40? It’s not just rustic though. It’s hard to put your finger on the style of this place, but they support bikers, and their community. It is eccentric, strange, and wacky, but I love it’s local feel and individuality. 

The trail we rode in order to get to the tavern is called, Rio Grande Trail by the Roaring Fork River, although there are all different trails out there! Be careful because there are some trail rides that require you to pay, and there are some out there you do not have too. Are you a tourist, wanting to get a true local vibe? Ride this trail and stop in at Woody Creek Tavern! They have biking shirts, t-shirts, water bottle, and lots of other fun finds. 

Aspen has their very own, Tuesday Cruiseday. There is a steady group of bikers who ride every week, but you can join even if you’re just passing through. Whether it’s your first time, or hundredth time, anyone can come along for the ride. They meet at Aspen Tap. I cannot emphasize how big the biking community is here, in Colorado, let alone Aspen. I love shining light on my city, and this is just another one worth sharing. When you begin to get involved, you develop socially and become a community. Some of you may know this. But some of you need to hear it! I encourage you to become involved, be active, and lift your spirits!

What is your favorite trail to ride? Tell me about it! I love hearing anything my readers have to say. Have you ridden to the Woody Creek Tavern before?

Shining Stars and Wine Chips

I had a fabulous Day of Rosé, raising money to benefit the Shining Stars Foundation 🌟 

Laura Calabrese is truly talented event planner and connector, bringing awesome people together for such a wonderful cause! This foundation helps and supports children with cancer and many other life-threatening illnesses. I was extremely happy to attend this event. It was a lovely time with my girls, filled with wine and tequila tasting. We also had some good food from some of our top, local restaurants and chefs! Everything, from the food, to the drink, was displayed in a very refined way. The live auction held some very exquisite items, and all benefitting Shining Stars. I’m so proud of everyone who came and look forward to it again next year!

For those of you who may not be aware of what Shining Stars is, they provide children with opportunities of, “year-round care for children and their families through recreational programming at any stage in their cancer battle, including treatment, relapse, or remission.” They provide Child services, Family services, Young Adult services, and Awareness/Educational servicesーages 8-18. How gracious and amazing that there is something out there for kids to take their minds off of a bad situation and help them enjoy life. I was so happy to be a part! 

Another neat part to the event was that Wine Chips made an appearance as well! They were displayed so nicely! In case you haven’t heard about my new investment starting this spring, here is a link to a previous blog post, telling you everything you’re wanting to know. Wine Chips is a fun way to snack and be with wine. The business has paired specific chips with specific wine options. If you are brand new to the wine and dine way, I encourage you to look here. It is an awesome way to at least look like you know what you’re doing in front of your guests. Wine Chips has made the pairing for you! Engage in this so you won’t have to do major research! The one and only, Entourage, of course, made their appearance as well. If you’re going to call the event, Day of Rosé, You have to have this wine. Its Rosé is some of the best! 

Have any of you ever attended an event benefiting Shining Stars? What about Day of Rosé? What are your thoughts? I’m always interested in your comments/feedback!

Ironbridge Golf Club

Hello all my lovelies out there. I love keeping you updated on everything I’m doing and I promised I would let you know my feelings on any golf course we played on! The Ironbridge Golf Club and Mountain Community was a spot I played on this past week. I’m here to tell you all about it. 

This testy, trailblazer-like course does have blind shots, so bring extra balls, but I love a good challenge. Now, the back nine may be the most challenging, but also the most breathtaking. You’ll be able to see from the picture provided, just how beautiful it is. I’d say the beauty of the courses is something I love most about  most golf courses. This being close to my town of Aspen, I am partial. Check out this promo on their website. It was designed by Arthur Hills and refined by Tom Lehman. They cover 533 acres and is in Roaring Fork Valley. Besides the picture, can you just hear the mountains surrounding the course? Not just by my word, but by many, the golf course is kept very nice year round. The more you play here, the better you’ll be. It may be helpful to have a sort of map of the course for first timers here! 

It being a club, there is a grill! It is a casual setting with absolutely delicious food. It has a 4.8 rating. So close, you can taste the perfection. You can sit right on the golf course, outside, if you’d like. Being a tad realistic here, if you’re not planning on becoming a member, noworries! There are public rates set for you in 2019: 

JUNE 1 – SEPTEMBER 29

$129 (before 3 p.m.)

$79 (after 3 p.m.)

SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 31

$79 – (anytime)

I love their dress code (most courses will have one), but it just gives me a good reminding, to always be at your best and dress respectfully. 

If you’re even more interested in becoming a member: 

New members pay a one-time activation fee upon joining the Club.  Activation fees for non-resident Members are:

$3,500 with a 1-year commitment

$2,500 with a 2-year commitment

$1,500 with a 3-year commitment

Resident Member activation fee is $7,500.

For their monthly membership charge, here is more info. 

Hope this is easier than researching a whole lot on your own! I would like to know who golfs out there, reading my posts? Was this helpful to you if you were close by/ helpful at all? What kinds of information would you like to read, about the golf courses I play on?