Learn to make simple body products – or buy them from Simple Body

For some reason, I know a lot of people who can’t sleep. I don’t know if it’s politics or the dry climate or too much screen time, but they are up late. I’d like to use the first part of this post to recommend that they visit Simple Body for this product:

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I haven’t actually tried it yet since the store isn’t open at 1AM, but it sounds like a really good idea.

I went to visit Simple Body to talk to Jewels Burdick, owner, tester and product-maker. Jewels is actually a professional graphic designer and if you’ve seen websites from Superfine Designs, she designed them.

“My whole life has been chaos,” she says, explaining how she came to be running a popular graphic design studio and a retail shop for which she makes all the products by hand.

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How Simple Body Got Started

In 2010, when Jewels was starting her fast-growing design studio, her mother had a health scare and they realized it was probably due to a common chemical, aluminum chloride. Jewels started looking for alternatives to the cosmetic product in which it is usually found … anti-perspirant.

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It’s easy enough to buy a deodorant that doesn’t have aluminum chloride in it, but it’s not anti-perspirant and they often don’t work as well as one would like. She tried 15 different brands, all expensive, and none of them worked.

What to Do When Nothing Works

What do resourceful people do when they can’t find an acceptable product? That’s right! They make their own. Jewels started making her own deodorant. It’s made from natural ingredients and melts easily on the skin. It also melts easily in the container too, in the summer, which is why you can buy it in a stick or in a jar.

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What to Avoid

Jewels recommends a book called the Green Beauty Guide. It lists 100 ingredients that are toxic and helps you know what to avoid. Since it’s so hard to avoid all 100, Jewels started making other products like lotions, massage oils and baby care products.

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It’s pretty amazing how she runs both businesses together. “Growing this business is important to me because I want to educate people,” she explains. “A lot of people don’t know! I also want to make a product that is affordable for everyone. It’s more about getting it into the  hands of people who care and are looking and can’t afford other alternatives.”

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It’s hard not to admire a person who works so hard for the benefit of others. It’s no easy task running a service business. I know this for a fact since I run a content writing business. Service work is detailed, it requires a lot of focus and clients can be exacting.

I can’t help but be a little awed that Jewels does all that and still finds a way to make time to make natural body care accessible to others.

Visit the website for classes and learn how you can make your own non-toxic body products straight from the expert! Or do what I do in these busy days and just visit the shop.
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Note to the FCC: Jewels gave me a tube of her Healing Balm to try. It’s lovely, but my favorite product of hers is actually her clove deodorant, which I bought with money. Jewels also refers clients to my content writing business on occasion, but this doesn’t really affect my thoughts about deodorant.

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Ranching on the Grasslands: Miele Farms

I burst out laughing when Julie Miele told me how she got the cattle that started her ranch, Miele Farms.

She and her then-husband had bought a place out in the country. “He bought me some cows for my birthday,” she recounts.

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I’ve heard a lot of stories about ranches, but Julie is the first person I ever met whose ranch started out with a gift.

It was the right gift. “It was the first time in my life I felt like I found something I was really good at,” she says of raising the cattle on her own ranch to her own standards.

Julie learned to raise cattle in a more commercial manner than she likes. Today she raises them on grass with no vaccines. The herd grazes a pasture and then moves to a new pasture when it’s time.

“We watch a lot of the growth cycles and the grass cycles. We don’t let them eat to the ground,” she explains. “For us, it’s all about watching the grass.” Her herd are grass fed and grass finished. “We want them to graze as much as possible.”

I wondered how she knows when they are ready to process and got an interesting answer.

“They’re done when they look done. We’re not a factory farm. It’s not an exact science. You have to be patient and flexible.”

Miele Farms Calf

“Who is ‘we’?”, I asked.

Julie and her children are the only people working this ranch. I sat back a moment in awe.

She forgot to mention Flat Stanley.

Miele Farms doesn’t just raise cattle. The family also raises pastured chicken, lamb and hogs.

The Mieles have three sows and a boar. They migrate down to the creek on her property to graze and play in the water. Even the 700 lb. boar plays in the creek, which must be quite a sight.

The other animals run and play on their pastures too. Sometimes the family will witness a calf playing with its mother.

“Nothing is better for me than seeing animals being happy and living out their lives. I feel very honored.”

Are you as struck as I was by Julie’s acceptance of the cycle of life? People often put some emotional distance between themselves and the animals that will be processed for food. Farming and ranching are vocations that put a person in direct contact with the mysteries of life and death, and it’s a bit much for most of us.

We name the laying hens, but not the meat birds. We watch the cattle in awe, but we try not to develop close relationships with them.

Julie somehow dispenses with all that. She gives the animals names, honoring the individuality of each one. It occurs to me that it takes pretty awesome strength to show that kind of humility. She doesn’t try to remake the cycle of life by pretending those animals are simply commodities or by pretending that being alive doesn’t require reliance on others.

“I know I have given them the best life possible. I know they’re happy and every day that they were here, they were happy,” she responds when I ask her how she does this.

Are you familiar with that part of the Bible where Rebecca asks about the babies who are already fighting in her womb, “If this is the case, why do I even exist?”

Julie answers that question every day. We exist because we have the power to spread the light of kindness, even in the dark places.

Note to the FTC: Julie tried to give me three broiler chickens to eat, but I thought that was too big of a gift. These are hand-raised, hand-processed pastured chickens and they were delicious! You’ll see some ads for Miele Farms in the Hungry Chicken Homestead newsletter as a trade.

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Power Pioneering: How a Tiny House in Colorado Springs Shows Off the Latest in Energy Efficiency.

Do you know what a schooner is?

I don’t mean the boat. I mean the covered wagon.

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They used to sail across the Plains, looking a little like this.

These days, tiny homes are all the rage. You can even spend your vacation in one… as long as you book early, that is.

People like tiny homes for a lot of reasons, among them that the size limits the potential time spent doing housework. That’s my favorite reason, but most people mainly seem impressed by their potential for energy efficiency.

Dan Rosenbaum, owner of Schooner EcoHomes, takes energy efficiency very seriously. In fact, he doesn’t think of the tiny homes he builds as simply wooden RVs. He thinks of them as demonstration homes for the latest in energy efficiency technology.

This house looks rustic, but is actually very high-tech.

This house looks rustic, but is actually very high-tech.

Dan didn’t even know about tiny homes until someone called his energy consulting management company about putting foam insulation in one. He did some research into the movement and found that the main feature of a lot of tiny homes is simply that they are small.

As an energy consultant, this looked like a missed opportunity to him. “It doesn’t make any sense to downsize and not do anything sustainable,” he comments. He offered his sustainability products to existing builders of tiny homes, but none were interested.

We do not know why they weren't interested. A tiny home with a composting toilet sounds much better than one that needs its black water tank emptied.

We do not know why they weren’t interested. A tiny home with a composting toilet sounds much better than one that needs its black water tank emptied.

I went to see the model home and it was pretty fascinating! It has the energy efficiency features you expect, like solar panels and that composting toilet, but it also has things I never heard of.

It has foam insulation in the walls and electrical baseboard heat that is hardly ever needed.

It has very effective foam insulation in the walls. The electrical baseboard heat is hardly ever needed.

You can see the solar panels here, but the paint on the roof is also functional. It is formulated to reflect the heat away and keep the place cool.

You can see the solar panels here, but the paint on the roof is also functional. It is formulated to reflect the heat away and keep the place cool.

It has a gray water tank, so you can use your shower and dishwashing water on your plants.

It has a gray water tank, so you can use your shower and dishwashing water on your plants.

With an induction burner and the built in microwave running off the solar power, the kitchen is fully functional.

With an induction burner, a small refrigerator and the built in microwave running off the solar power, the kitchen can produce hot meals.

The interior walls are made of beetle-kill pine, which uses wood that would go to waste and looks beautiful at the same time.

The interior walls are made of beetle-kill pine, which uses wood that would go to waste and looks beautiful at the same time.

Now, what can you do with all this newfound knowledge? Well, let me tell you.

Honestly, we should all do an energy audit. We live in a crazy climate, here in Colorado. Why not take advantage of it, like Springs Hosting did?

Do you have a tiny home or have you thought about buying or building one? Tell us about it in the comments. If we have learned nothing else, it’s that people LOVE tiny homes and want to hear all about them.

Note to the FTC: Unfortunately, Dan did not offer me a tiny home to try before I wrote this article. I would definitely have taken him up on it if he had. That said, one of your regulations may require that I disclose that Dan is married to Liz Rosenbaum, delightful owner of Her Story Cafe, and Liz has treated me to coffee and some extra house-made macaroni and cheese at times. Fortunately, there is no regulation or law prohibiting extra house-made macaroni and cheese because if there was then I would surely be in jail. And it would be worth it.
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How Red Dog Coffee in Manitou Springs Got its Name

“I’m a designer and an artist, but my wife has the best ideas,” says David Thomason, co-owner of Red Dog Coffee in Manitou Springs. “Always has.”

David is referring to Laura Thomason’s revelation about what to name the coffee shop and how to brand it. At one point, ten people were working on coming up with a name for the coffee shop, but good names are hard to find.

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You may already know David and Laura as the owners of Pikes Peak Chocolate & Ice Cream down the street. If you do, you’re probably asking yourself the same question I asked David.

“Why a coffee shop?”

The Thomasons didn’t start out planning to open a coffee shop. They started out by renovating the building that housed a coffee shop and when the owner of that shop got out of the business, they decided to start one up themselves. After all, Manitou needs a place where people can refresh themselves after walking around the town. A coffee shop is an important part of the Manitou experience!

Coffee in Manitou Springs

Of course, just as with a home, when one has free rein with a space the temptation to change it is strong. The Thomasons took down a wall. And then they discovered the space needed new electrical wiring. They took down more walls and discovered plumbing needs. If you’ve ever worked on an old house, you know the drill.

When I worked on an old house I ate a lot of delicious sandwiches like this.

When I worked on an old house I ate a lot of delicious sandwiches like this turkey guacamole sandwich on the Red Dog menu.

The renovation work took a lot longer than expected, which is pretty much how all renovation projects go.

Unlike the old houses I’ve worked on, the Red Dog space had been home to a variety of businesses and the Thomasons uncovered remnants of them… wallpaper, flooring and an old mural.

This is the best part of the story and I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of this mural to show you. An artist (who is still alive, by the way) had created a paper-strip mural for a business called Red Dog’s Bar in the 1950s.

That was it! That was the name! They would call it Red Dog Coffee.

Red Dog Coffee Manitou Springs

The mural had little dogs in it that were all caricatures of people the artist knew. Unfortunately, it was too old to restore and they had to cover it up again, but it was the inspiration for both the name and the logo.

The logo is a cat! What's that about?

The logo is a cat! What’s that about?

Since David is a professional designer, he wanted an interesting logo, but couldn’t think of a theme. Laura came to the rescue, suggesting the cat.

“Ever since, we’ve had fun because people approach it differently,” he comments. People ask about it. “Some are diffident, some ask what went wrong and some are confused.”

Confused or not, check out the shop. They carry locally roasted Colorado Coffee Merchants’ coffee, serve food and just added beer & wine. You may not be able to see the mural anymore, but Red Dog is a little piece of Manitou Springs culture and welcoming place to relax.

Note to the FTC: David brought me a lovely coffee mug with the Red Dog logo and some chocolate from Pikes Peak Chocolate & Ice Cream. I cannot say with honesty that this didn’t affect my article about Red Dog Coffee. My opinion is easily swayed by good chocolate. 

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Five Products at Cole’s Gourmet Candy That Make You Feel Like a Kid in a Candy Store

How long does it take to feel like a kid at Cole’s Gourmet Candy after you walk in?

About 45 seconds.

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Cindy Cole greets you and takes you on a tour of this shop on N. Academy, across from Chapel Hills mall. Something strange happens as she shows you the bulk candy, the nostalgic sodas and the old-fashioned candies. You gradually change from a guarded adult to an excited 7 year old.

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Except this time you’ve got money and you can buy whatever you want.

Cindy finishes the tour and starts giving you samples. Try this popcorn we make here in the shop! Try this house-made fudge! Try a bit of this house-made popsicle called a paleta!

The shop is a little oasis of happiness in a stressful world. Here are five products that will make you happy, whether you eat them or not!

  1. Root Beer

Cole’s has what must be the most comprehensive selection of root beer in the state! I can’t remember how many different kinds they have, but they covered several shelves.

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They don’t just have root beer. The shop carries all kinds of old-fashioned sodas, including some flavors I’d never heard of before!

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2. Moon Pies

I’ve read about Moon Pies, but had never actually seen one. Did you know they come in chocolate flavor?

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I also found Ice Cubes, weird flavors of gum and a selection of candies made in Colorado, such as Hammonds of Denver. Cole’s carries bulk candies as well, including a childhood favorite of mine, Jordan Almonds.

3. Chocolate Covered Popcorn with Sea Salt

Who came up with this idea? This stuff satisfies cravings for both sweet and salty food at the same time!

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It’s just plain dangerous to keep this in the house and I can say the same about the Extra Buttery popcorn. I brought home a small bag of it, but nobody else got to taste it. I ate it all before the other residents of the Homestead even knew it existed.

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I swear I didn’t mean to. It just happened.

Cole’s carries dozens of popcorn flavors, from cinnamon to bacon cheddar to caramel cashew. The menu is two pages long. All of their popcorns are made in the store in a fascinating mixing machine, but that’s a story for another blog.

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4. Paletas

Paletas are the popsicles you would make if you didn’t just buy them from the ice cream truck. They are made out of fruit and cane sugar with additions of coconut milk and rice milk for creamy versions.

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The paletas are made in-house, with organic ingredients whenever possible. They are colorful, flavorful and fun! You can try a sample before choosing a flavor.

5. Fudge with Silly Names

Don’t ask me why, but the “Moose Poo” flavor of fudge is very popular. It comes in a set with other moose-themed flavors during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but you can also get it by the pound.

I went with the more traditional chocolate fudge.

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All of the fudge is made in-house and samples are available.

The owners, Cindy and Tom, tell a story that describes how you feel at the end of your visit. A lady and her husband came in once and bought a huge bag of popcorn. As they were leaving, the lady exclaimed, “We need more of this!”

“What do you mean?”, retorted her husband. “You’ve already got a huge bag.”

“No,” she responded, gesturing to the store itself. “More of this.”

And she’s right. A little more delight makes the world a much better place.

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Note: I got this interview with Tom and Cindy because Colorado Springs digital marketing firm Uzu Media hired me to write the content for Cole’s new website. The fact that I am being paid and am acting like a responsible grownup does not affect my written opinion of the shop or of Cindy’s magical power to make you feel like a happy child once in the store. 

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Born of Butter: Grass-Fed Ghee Made with Love

Ghee has been called many things. It’s clarified butter, it’s a form of healthy hydration, but if you ask me its most important quality is that it’s amazing in popcorn.

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That is not a typo. You don’t put it on the popcorn like butter. You pop the popcorn in the ghee.

I got this locally produced ghee from Leslie McWilliams of Conscious Roots Ayurveda, a local Ayurvedic Practitioner who sells her homemade, organic product at the Colorado Farm and Art Market.

Ghee is actually clarified butter, an oil made from butter that has a smoke point around 500. Leslie sometimes starts with Larga Vista Ranch cream and makes the butter, and when the cream is unavailable she buys organic butter.

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She boils the butter at 350 degrees until the milk proteins are boiled off. The resulting oil is lactose-free, but it still has a buttery flavor.

Leslie, a registered nurse, is studying to become a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and makes the ghee as part of her practice. “Every disease process begins in the digestive tract,” she explains, and the ghee offers hydration as well as fat soluble vitamins.

It’s not just the food that can help us be healthy. Leslie points out something every homesteader already knows … that we connect to each other through food. “That’s our most important form of relationships,” she explains. “If you don’t look at your phone for one meal a week, you’re going to get results.”

(Whether during a meal or while watching the chickens or in the garden, I know this to be true. Leaving my phone in the house helped me figure out why the zucchini aren’t producing fruit. All the flowers are male!)

As an Ayurvedic practitioner, Leslie believes that the way we eat is more important than what we eat. Stress halts digestion and on-the-go eating habits aren’t the best way to get nutrition. “If you had that same meal sitting down and you gave thanks to whatever higher power you give thanks to, the body will use the food right away.”

 

And you’ll use the ghee right away, especially if you like popcorn…

Popcorn with Ghee and Salt

Ingredients

1 tablespoon ghee
1/4 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat ghee in a saucepan with a cover over medium high heat. Add the popcorn and salt, if desired. Shake up the pan so that all of the kernels are covered in oil and add a little more ghee if necessary.

Cover the pan and stay in the room to listen to the popcorn. After a few minutes it will begin to pop, first slowly then quickly and then slowly again. When the pops are about 2 seconds apart, turn off the heat. You can let it sit a little longer to get a few more kernels to pop if you want.

Remove the lid carefully to avoid spilling the popcorn. Note that a kernel or two may pop after you open it, sending popcorn around the room like a small fireworks show. Be careful. The unpopped kernels are hotter than the popped corn.

Pour into a bowl and serve.
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“Can’t” isn’t a Four-Letter-Word

“Can I ask you about your accident?”, I asked diffidently. She had referred to “my accident” a couple of times, but I didn’t want to pry.

She nodded, wordlessly.

You might think now that I’m about to tell a sad story, but actually Susanne Whited’s story elicits more awe than tears.

The incident was a car accident, nothing you haven’t heard before. Susanne, an active young person with a physically demanding job, found herself permanently in a wheelchair, with limited use of her hands.

Don’t we all wonder what we would do if something like that happened to us? How would we manage?

Susanne managed by getting a job as an appointment setter with the Better Business Bureau. She couldn’t do her old job anymore, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t do any job.

“I’ve always been a very self-motivated person,” she explained.

She could still type, albeit slowly. She prefers to type to this day, rather than use dictation technology, and when her employer needed someone to work on flyers and other marketing materials, she volunteered.

She learned how to make effective marketing materials and then, when her employer needed someone to handle social media, she volunteered to do that too.

In time, she left that job and started a social media management business, My Business Tweets. My Business Tweets offers social media management for ‘solopreneurs’, people who run their own businesses with no staff and often don’t have time to manage their own social media and newsletters.

How does she do it (while also raising a child, incidentally)?  The answer is in the title of this post.

“I don’t look at my injury as adversity. I see it as an inconvenience,” she told me. “‘Can’t’ isn’t a four letter word. If there’s a will, there’s a way for almost everything, but don’t waste your time on your garbage.”

In other words, pick your battles and let people help you with other things. It’s good advice for all of us. We don’t have to do everything ourselves to accomplish our goals.

It’s a good life lesson, but also relates back to business. Maybe you’d like to use social media for your business, but don’t have time to set it up. Susanne can build the framework for you and let you do the connecting with consumers.

You can contact Susanne through the My Business Tweets website or by telephone at (920) 320-9608.

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Who does Junk Removal in Colorado Springs?

“Why on earth would anyone get into the junk removal business?”, I gracelessly asked Holger Jacks of Big Red Recycles & Hauls. (Big Red doesn’t have a website yet, but here is their Better Business Bureau page with contact information.)

“I’ve always scrapped junk & stuff. I figured I could replace my job,” Holger answered. He told me how he had worked for an insurance company that had moved to another state and  proposed allowing everyone in the closing Colorado Springs office to work from home … with active webcams allowing managers to watch them.

I don’t know about you, but that would drive me to reinvent my career too.

Holger bought a big red truck and registered Big Red Recycles & Hauls as a business. “If it had been a blue truck, it would have been ‘Big Blue Recycles & Hauls,” he says confidently.

“He gave himself that nickname years ago!”,  exclaims Ann, Holger’s charming wife, laughing.

Big Red started out doing a lot of recycling. Holger would pick up whatever trash customers gave him. Then he would break down the electronics, appliances and other manufactured items to reclaim their recyclable parts, like copper. He could sell those commodities for enough money to make it a significant part of his business.

Big Red sells scrap metal to bigger recyclers

Today, commodity prices are too low to make a significant income from from this kind of work, but junk removal is always in fashion. If you’ll think back to the last time you tried to move, you’ll know that is a true statement.

Holger, an Army veteran with a physical science degree, still recycles things, mainly by reselling parts and fixing items that can be re-sold. I figure he is a good contact for any homesteader. Many of us, myself included, like to collect parts for future use and often prefer to buy something used or refurbished from someone in the community rather than an expensive new one from a big box store.

He also collects compostables, like tree branches and Christmas trees, and composts them!

Honestly, I think the Jacks family are homesteaders themselves, though they don’t know it. They told me stories about carefully collecting the water from the shower to use in another system on the other side of the house. We do that kind of thing here on the Homestead. I bet you do too!

Holger reinforced this impression later in the interview. “It gives me a sense of accomplishment. I cleaned up a mess,” he explains about why he likes running this business. “I was able to take stuff that didn’t need to be dumped and turned it into something else.”

Big Red Recycles & Hauls can pick up junk or compostables you’ve already collected or you can rent a dumpster from them for a project. Call them at (719) 299-1733.
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Event Planner in Colorado Springs: Parties By Design

I like planning parties, but you need a real event planner to get something like this….

Photo Credit: About The Shot Photography

Photo Credit: About The Shot Photography (ATS is a local group that does sports photography, senior portraits and something adorable called “fairy photography”).

Where does one get a prince, princess, working carriage and real horses these days anyway?

I couldn’t tell you, but Debbie Simmons, owner of Parties By Design can. Debbie plans memorable parties; parties with fairy tale characters and horses, parties with mud races and mud pools for kids, even parties with another country as the theme.

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Debbie used to be a pastry chef for the Cheyenne Mountain Resort and she got started planning parties when someone asked her to make a cake for a sick child. She planned a whole party and got started on a new path.

“I love the reward when children walk in and see their party!”, she exclaims.

Her next event was a wedding and since then she has branched out. Visit her Facebook page to see pictures of baby showers, weddings, corporate parties and my personal favorite, a dance party for children.

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I’ve never hired a party planner and wondered how all of this works. It turns out that hiring an event planner is a little like hiring a general contractor. Debbie works with you to “design” the party.

“I like to design the parties based on the client,” she explains. She wants to know what you envision and what makes you happy.

At that point, Debbie plans the party. She does the invitations, makes party favors, gets a cake and hires anybody who needs to be hired, like a DJ or a Prince Charming. She manages the whole thing and then makes sure everyone gets paid. You get one invoice and only have to deal with one person.

She even makes sure all the toy horses show up on time.

She even makes sure all the toy (or real) horses show up on time.

Even though Debbie has some impressive parties on her resume, like Daddy-Daughter Date night at the local Chick-Fil-A and the kids area at the last Big Dog Brag Mud Run, you can hire her for smaller parties.

Contact her through by calling 719-510-3518 or via email at partiesbydesignco@gmail.com.

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How one local mobile auto repair guy saves you money

“This is an awesome way to serve people,” Lee Miller of Mobile Auto Works told me.

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I’m always a little surprised when I meet people at how they are seldom what I expect. I expected Lee to be a guy who is primarily motivated by love of the work and by money.

I got it half right. Lee does love the work.

He told me how he went to school to get past the frustration of not knowing how cars worked. He had been working on them with his dad and wanted to know more.

“I’ve always been a car nut, a gearhead,” Lee explained. “My dad always fixed cars and I always got to help him. I think the most fun was when I got to turn the starter for him…” This memory led to a story about repeatedly testing the horn button until his dad sent him off to do something else.

Today Lee is satisfied he knows how horn buttons work and has turned his attention something else.

Service.

I don’t exactly mean customer service, though that’s a big part of the success of Lee’s business. I mean he set out to serve other people in the form of solving an industry problem.

Lee had various jobs with dealerships and independent shops, but he didn’t like working for someone else. He also didn’t like the way he saw women being treated in some of those places.

“A lot of women don’t know anything about cars and can easily be taken to the cleaners,” he said.

Lee started Mobile Auto Works with the mission of treating his customers as people deserving of honest treatment. “I give them a fair price and make it convenient by going to them instead of them coming to me,” he explained.

He told me story after story of being able to give people better rates, not because he charges less, but because he works directly with the customer and enjoys educating people about what is wrong with the car. Educated customers can make better choices about what they want.

“Interaction from customers is the greatest thing I get. When you work in a shop, you don’t get that. And education is another thing. I have the fun of coming up with explanations that the least automotively educated person can understand. It’s a lot of fun coming up with ideas of how to explain what’s wrong with their car.”

Lee doesn’t advertise much since most of his business comes from referrals, but you can reach him by phone at (719)578-5286. He doesn’t do roadside repair, so don’t call in an emergency.

But if you want to make an appointment to have your car fixed while saving time and money, give Mobile Auto Works a call!

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