Tuesday, April 26, 2016

One year after my mom died

It’s been a year since I lost my mom and I am still struggling, but now I am learning to live without her. I think about her every day and it is so hard not being about to talk to her and tell her the little things. The little day by day stories about what James is up to and the cute little moments it seems he is always having. Like yesterday, when he was “mowing the lawn” with his toy lawn mower and the landscapers told him he was doing a good job and thanked him for his help. Then later in the day he started peddling on his tricycle all by himself. Or Sunday, when he had a really good day at the Woodstock City Church Waumba Land Nursery and was a coloring champ during the craft time. Or Saturday night, when he ate his first ice cream cone and knew just what to do even eating the cone. It is so hard not being able to talk with her and share life’s special moment. 

I miss hanging out with her and watching her play and interact with James, going to the lake with her, my dad and my family, and going out to eat on our lunch dates. My mom loved me so much and was my first best friend. She was there for me when I first started having health issues in high school and helped me get back on my feet. She was always so positive and helped me keep my chin up when I got discouraged. She would say things like, “No one is perfect,” “Everyone is dealing with something, people just don’t talk about it,” “The people that matter don’t mind, and the people that mind don’t matter,” “Feeling sorry for yourself doesn’t help anything,” and the idea that perseverance and hard work pays off.

I’ll only ever have one mom and I was blessed to have a great one!! I do know how fortunate I am to have learned from her the grace, class, and love of being a great mom, daughter, and professional woman. I’ll always miss her and keep her memory alive through living my life to the fullest and being the best, mom, wife, daughter and business owner I can be. I hope I make her proud and I know she is smiling down on me. I love you, mom.

Announcing Mountain Man Productions

I’m really excited to announce that my brother, Michael Beardsley, has started a full production high end laser company. It is called Mountain Man Productions and is based out of Vail, Colorado. This company came about after Michael decided, about a year ago, he really wanted to pursue and do what he loves.  As he says, “If you love what you are doing it doesn’t feel like work.”

Check out his website here:  

I love the story of how he got his first show.  He went door to door to different venues in Vail and didn’t find any businesses that would hire him. The venues had never had any lasers in their shows and didn’t realize the value they would add.  So one night, Michael went to a venue and asked the DJ if he could perform with him. He said that would be great and Michael had his first show.  Then the owner wanted to hire him after he saw the spectacular effects of the lasers that night.

The great thing about this company is anywhere there is low light there is an opportunity to use Mountain Man Production’s services. The Vail, CO area especially needs lasers because there isn’t anyone else doing them. The lasers add excitement, depth and generally enhance the atmosphere of the event. Mountain Man Productions can make company logos, images, and animations project into a mist to help get the event’s message across.  He can even create a waterfall effect.  Another great feature is that these effects can all be done inside as well. He also has biodegradable confetti he can use to really give an event some extra energy.

If you are in Colorado and have a company event or work in a venue that may be interested in adding some liveliness through the use of lasers, contact Mountain Man Productions today!!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Salads of the Day

I have been doing a good job eating a salad every day.  I will say, knowing I am going to be posting them on my blog has helped me keep myself accountable.  The trick to staying consistent with eating a salad everyday has been to be creative and change it up with a variety of styles, toppings and dressings.

Greek Salad

Chick Fil A Superfood Salad with kale, broccolini, dried cherries in a lemon vinaigrette 

Tuna Salad with Albacore tuna, relish, mayonnaise and chopped pickles

Chick Fil A Spicy Southwest Salad

Spinach, strawberries, raspberries, parmesan cheese with lemon balsamic dressing

Chicken, bacon, tomatoes, egg and parmesan

Spring lettuce, apple, walnuts, carrots, shredded cheese with a Goddess dressing

Iceberg lettuce, steak, blue cheese, tomatoes 
Spinach, apples, strawberries, chicken, avocados, grapes with balsamic and virgin olive oil dressing

Spinach, grilled chicken, blueberries, raspberries, mandarin oranges, with a lemon vinaigrette

Spinach, chicken salad with grapes, relish, mayonnaise and sunflower seeds

Fruit salad with bananas, grapes, watermelon, apples, mandarin oranges

Iceberg lettuce, salmon, jimaca, salsa, parmesan with lemon vinaigrette 

Spinach, Cesar dressing

Octopus salad- don't ask ;)

Avocados, cherry tomatoes, balsamic and virgin olive oil dressing with sea salt and pepper

Village Greek salad

Homemade taco salad with spinach, apples, salsa, shredded cheese, spicy ground beef, and avocados

Crab salad with crab meat, pasta, green beans and virgin olive oil

Kale salad with pickled beets, candied walnuts, pine nuts
Bon Appetit!!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Salads Every Day

Since this year I am doing a lot of new things, one thing I am changing is my diet.  I have always been fairly healthy, in regards to what I eat, but I have decided to make some even healthier changes!!

Some of these changes include: eating at least one salad every day, not drinking any more sodas, turkey bacon instead of regular bacon, no more artificial creamers, raw local honey (when possible) instead of different sugars in coffee or teas, switching to some organic options, traditional pasta alternatives, and drinking more coconut water. I am going to try these new food options and see how I feel.  I also have been working out more. So far, I am feeling better and have lost some weight.

In this blog post, I am going to share pictures of some of the salads I have made at home or have eaten in restaurants.  Hopefully, I can inspire you to get creative when making or ordering your own salads.  I mean, what is not to love about salads when they are so good for you?!?!

Avocado and tomato salad with balsamic and olive oil dressing

Garden salad with ham, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing

Garden salad with a variety of nuts, tomatoes, avocados with balsamic and virgin olive oil dressing

Fresh Village Greek Salad

Garden salad with tomatoes, carrots, red onions, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Fresh fruit salad with bananas, watermelon, strawberries, and mandarin oranges

Garden salad with chicken, blackberries, almonds, pecans, carrots, and balsamic and virgin olive oil dressing

Albacore tuna, relish and ranch salad on top of lettuce

Apples, pickled beets, candied pecans, chicken salad, with vinaigrette dressing

Salmon, tomatoes, blackberries, carrots, sunflower seeds, almonds salad with balsamic and olive oil dressing

Traditional taco salad
Bon Appetit!!!