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Annie

Arts & Crafts/ Holidays

You’ve Been Boozed Popcorn Box

Halloween is my favorite holiday and there’s nothing more fun than spreading some spooky Halloween joy to all of my neighbors. Although the day of treats is a few weeks away, there’s no reason to limit the goodies just to the kids. Booz’ing your neighbors is a fun tradition you can start up this year that everyone will enjoy. 

I’ve joined up with a 50 other crafty bloggers to share how much fun you can have with a popcorn box from World Market, Felt from Kunin Group, Googly Eyes from Oriental Trading and a bit of imagination.  I’ve put together a Boozy gift box that I’ll be leaving on my neighbors doorstep later this evening!  Continue Reading…

Colorado Local/ Travel

Denver Weekend Trip Idea: The Strater Hotel in Durango Colorado

Living in Colorado I’m spoiled with the close proximity of the mountains. It’s easy to let wanderlust take over and head into the Rockies for an adventure, no plane tickets necessary. One of my favorite Denver weekend trips is through the mountains to Durango, Colorado. 

Located just inside the state line, Durango is a marriage of history, agriculture and the Fort Lewis College student’s who call the town home during the school year. The six hour drive winds through beautiful canyons, providing ample sightseeing opportunities on the journey and making Durango the ideal Denver weekend trip. During the fall, you’ll be able to catch the change of the aspens as they ripple through the mountainside from green to gold. 

Established in 1880, Durango was a hub of activities during the silver boom. Today, modern adventurers can experience a taste of what the town might have been like with a stay at the historic Strater Hotel on Main Street.

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Colorado Local/ I love...

#EndSeniorHunger with the AARP Credit Card from Chase

This post is sponsored advertising content by the AARP® Credit Card from Chase. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What if every time you make a purchase, you could contribute to a cause in your community? Thanks to the AARP Credit Card from Chase, you can! Giving back to the community is something that’s important to me and when I found out about Chase’s sponsorship with the AARP Foundation I was excited to learn more and share this amazing program.

Chase has worked with AARP for 27 years and has donated over 8 million dollars toward ending senior hunger. This year, for every purchase made at a restaurant with the AARP Credit Card from Chase, $.10 will be donated to the AARP Foundation [up to $1M]. In addition to giving back, cardmembers are able to benefit by selecting from cash back, gift cards, travel or even credit towards an AARP membership of their own.

As part of their support to the AARP Foundation, Chase is a sponsor for the Summer of Service to Seniors, working alongside the AARP Foundation and local community organizations to fight food insecurity in communities throughout the country. Recently nearly 1,500 volunteers converged on Magness Arena to carefully assemble and pack wholesome meals to distribute to seniors in need throughout the Denver Metro area. 

Denver Works To End Senior Hunger


In the first event that took place in Memphis, volunteers packed 500,000 meals to help end senior hunger. In Denver, volunteers packed an additional 503,000 meals. Volunteers each served for 90 minute shifts, donning hairnets and aprons to package rice, lentils, seasonings and freeze-dried vegetables into ready to cook meal kits. As boxes were filled, cowbells rang out to signal another set of 288 meals ready to be palletized and wrapped before delivery to the Food Bank of the Rockies and Denver Indian Center for immediate distribution to Denver seniors in need. Following the Denver event, an additional 500,000 meals were packed at the Minneapolis – St. Paul event, further contributing to the 3 million goal.

I had the chance to chat briefly with AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson, whose infectious enthusiasm cheered on volunteers as they worked through hundreds of pounds of supplies. “Denver has a spirit of service and is known as the baby boomer capital of the U.S.” she said, “So many older adults who slip into poverty may not be asking for the help they need. Today is a day to look out for all our neighbors.”

In addition to seeking out volunteer opportunities like the Summer of Service, Ryerson encouraged participants to reach out to their neighbors and offer to lend a helping hand. In addition to the meal pack events, AARP Foundation works year-round to increase economic opportunities and social connections that help prevent and reduce senior poverty.

Following the packing shift, volunteers were invited to participate in a dance party and community affair outside, where AARP volunteers shared information about the many programs and services available to seniors throughout the country. The outdoor venue thanked the AARP Credit Card from Chase and other sponsors for the support of this event.

There is one more stop on the Summer of Service tour, DC, where volunteers will work to go above and beyond the goal to assemble 3 million meals for seniors in total. You can learn more about the Summer of Service to Seniors and sign up to volunteer at one of the upcoming events on their website. If you missed the Denver event but still want to give back locally, check out Create the Good for volunteer opportunities with organizations the AARP Foundation supports. 

JP Morgan Chase is one of the oldest financial institutions in the country, providing banking, credit cards, and more to households throughout the United States. The AARP Card from Chase has made donations to AARP Foundation since 2011.

Colorado Local/ Travel

History Meets Technology in LoDo

I spend most of my days in and around the bustling heart of Denver in LoDo.  As a Colorado Native, I’ve seen some of the change that’s happened in the city over the last 15 or so years but most of the town has been a vibrant cultural scene for longer than I can remember.  

Standing on the corner of of Wyncoop and 17th Street it’s almost possible to close your eyes and imagine what life would have been like 100 years ago when hundreds of travelers surged through Union Station and into the city beyond. Today, thanks to the hard work of community leaders and preservationists like Dana Crawford, the historical buildings have remained as vibrant as they were when the Edbrook Loft was home to Spratlen-Anderson grocer and the Denver City Railway Building housed horses instead of diners.  

The area called LoDo is officially known as the 23 block space bounded by Speer Boulevard on the south, 20th Street on the North and Lawrence Street to the East. The western most edge of the neighborhood is closed in by the South Platte River as it cuts through town. It was registered as a neighborhood district in 1987 and the mixed use combination of loft style housing, retail and dining has since given the area new life. As one of the most in demand areas in town, LoDo is the must see destination for Denver tourists and one of the most sought after areas of town for urban living. 

Starting this summer, visitor’s can go beyond imagining the history in the bricks, to learning about them as they traverse the city. The LoDo District just recently launched their Explore LoDo app, marrying the technology of geofencing with the rich history of the area into a fun to navigate app. As you navigate the area Explore LoDo will notify you of happy hours, sales and historical details through easy to follow alerts. 

Outside of the app, the Explore LoDo website provides much of the same information and can be easily navigated through your phones web browser, although the alerts are what I feel make the app a fun way to experience the city. Once inside the app, users can create an account to favorite information you wish to return to later, like which happy hours are your favorite for a girls night out. 

As a local, its always fun to be a tourist in my own city and Explore LoDo provides the tools to view the city through a unique lens that I might not experience outside a historical tour. 

Explore LoDo is available to download on the app store, or you can head over to their website to browse LoDo businesses and history online. 

What are your favorite ways to learn about the history of towns you visit? 

Mockups courtesy of MagicMockup.com. All photography and opinions are my own.