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Holidays/ I love...

Going out guide: Holiday Party Beauty Toolkit

Heated Brush

Tis the season for holiday parties, Christmas carols and getting together with family and friends. As we head into the hustle of the holiday season, it’s hard to block enough time out for all the things you have to do in a day AND get dressed up for a night out. I’ve put together a list of my holiday tool kit must haves to help inspire you to add some sparkle to your evening out. 

Holiday Party Beauty Toolkit

Holiday party toolkit

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Home Decor & Projects

Making over your guest room for the holidays with timberchic®

Installing a reclaimed wood wall

I can’t believe its November already. Does anyone else feel like this year has gone by in a blur? As the holiday season rapidly approaches I’ve been feeling the need to make the guest room up to par for any holiday guests stopping by this year. Having a guest room that helps invite people to make themselves at home really helps improve everyones experience as a traveler! 

When we started, this guest room was a bit boring, just plain walls and a bed. The first step in revamping this room was to remove all the furniture and update the paint throughout the whole room. We used a light grey to give some color and depth. 

I’m in love with the look of reclaimed wood walls and I was super excited when I learned how easy timberchic® could make installing a reclaimed accent wall in this room. This beautiful DIY solution is made of reclaimed river logs and the smooth finish makes it perfect for installing as a headboard in the guest room. 

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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

Denver Staycation at the Hilton Inverness

When summer weekends leave you with a bleak future of the weeks dishes piled in the sink and a mountain of laundry to get through a staycation not far from home is just what you need to relax and get away from the duties of home, even if only for a night. I’m the kind of person who has a really hard time relaxing, so sometimes the only way I can really not work on projects is by not being at home at all. 

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to visit the Hilton Inverness to enjoy a bit of relaxation, just far enough from home to forget anything lingering on my to do list. While most Denverites know of the Inverness for their impressive meeting options, booking a stay as a weekend getaway is the perfect way to enjoy resort living without the cost of a plane ticket. 

Just off the beaten trail, driving up the the Hilton Inverness is like coming upon an oasis in an otherwise busy metropolitan area. Located off i25 and County Line Road on the south side of Denver, the beautiful grounds open up as you enter the parking lot, making you forget that you are just down the road from the city. 

We arrived on a Friday night, ready to enjoy some time together watching a movie and relaxing at dinner. We popped over to nearby United Artist Theatre to watch Wonder Woman [AMMMMAAZZZING, if you haven’t seen it you need to] and returned back to the hotel for a late night dinner in the Spotted Dog Pub. 

The Spotted Dog is on the lower level of the hotel and is perfect for meeting up with a group of friends to enjoy drinks and dinner over a friendly game of pool or shuffleboard. While the pub is open to the public, it’s a bit of a hidden gem for those who are over the loud bar scene, providing the perfect place for meeting up with a large group, and being able to actually hear the conversation. The full assortment of bar games are completely free of charge and the kitchen is open late so you can have a meal with your drinks. We enjoyed some classic pub grub, including a grown-up spin on grilled cheese with tomato soup. 

Vacation isn’t vacation without sleeping in, so the next morning we got a late start and headed down to the outdoors pool to snag lounge chair for some poolside reading. One of the great things that separates the Inverness from other hotels is the poolside drink and meal service. There is nothing better than having drinks brought right to you so you could stay outside all day under an umbrella. 

When the started to heat up, we headed back inside for some late brunch at the Garden Terrace. They were serving a full brunch buffet but we opted to try a couple of the dishes off the menu instead and were incredibly happy with our choices. The service was attentive and quick, ensuring that we could enjoy our meal before heading off to our separate activities for the day. 

One of my favorite things about vacation is spending a bit of time by myself, so I headed to the spa while Drew was off to the on property golf course. 

The luxurious and relaxing interior of the spa did not disappoint. The ladies changing room includes a lockers for storing your belongings, a steam room and a full assortment of toiletries for getting ready after your treatment. Waiting for your service you get to enjoy the co-ed lounge and hot tub area, fully stocked with tea, infused water and snacks. If you don’t find what you are looking for in the lounge you can even order a meal or drinks delivered to you from the restaurant. There is nothing better than a massage and a facial to help relax and forget all the stresses at home. 

The spa has a full menu of services that are completely open to the public, so even if you can’t get away for a full weekend, you can enjoy a couple hour retreat any time you want. 

Drew spent the afternoon on the Inverness golf course. The semi-private course is open to the public after noon (and available for members only before) and the championship course provides a challenging experience to help test your skills. The course is beautifully landscaped, making a warm afternoon on the green the perfect escape.  

After a day at the Inverness, it was time to home and back to reality but with their summer stay & play special, I know next time we need to relax I’ll be booking another stay!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary stay at the Hilton Inverness to inspire this post. All opinions and experiences are my own.  

 

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Interested in learning about other fun vacation ideas? Tomiko at Passports & Grub has a review of the best boutique hotel in Louisville Kentucky!