World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. This day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, has the purpose of helping everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations.

This list has something that everyone is capable of doing today and everyday. Remember, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Reimagined Spaces: This or That

Many people find themselves stumped when it comes to knowing how to decorate their home. One of the best places to start would be to narrow down what your home decorating style is. You could say the top 10 interior design styles are: Contemporary, Mid-Century Modern, Minimalist, Coastal, Rustic, Farmhouse, Scandinavian, Bohemian, Traditional, and Transitional. Today we are going to take a look at two of those popular design styles so you can see which one resonates with you the most.

Look through the following pictures and decide if the first image is more appealing to you, or the second.

If you’re more drawn to the first images in each set, then Coastal could be the decorating style that you’re attracted to most. Here are some tips on how to achieve the Coastal look in your home:

  • Coastal is not nautical. In the simplest definition, Coastal is beachy. Through use of natural light, soft tones, and a clean aesthetic, it’s meant to evoke the breeziness of the beach.
  • Abundant light is the most important element in this home design. Window treatments should be minimal to not distract from the natural light.
  • To keep the vibe relaxed, incorporate natural elements by way of wicker, rattan and light wood.

If you’re more drawn to the second images in each set, then Farmhouse could be the decorating style that you’re attracted to most. Here are some tips on how to achieve the Farmhouse style in your home:

  • Farmhouse is warm, cozy, relaxing and full of charm and character.
  • A neutral color palette will keep your Farmhouse inspired space fresh, clean and current.
  • Mix and match furniture. Think about balancing out the natural materials in the room with things like plush couches, comfy accent chairs, and cushioned bar stools. You can also enhance the feeling of the room by layerings items like throw pillows and blankets into your design.
  • Add industrial accents. Not only are industrial pieces commonly based on the machinery used for farming, but they also happen to be experiencing a spike in popularity right now, making them the perfect common thread to finish off your look.

If you need some home design inspiration, we would love to help you and feature your space on our blog post series, Reimagined Spaces. We invite you to email us a picture of your space along with a short narrative of your dreams for that space.   If your space is chosen we will send you a short questionnaire that will allow Michaela to understand your vision, likes, dislikes and the design aesthetic that most appeals to you.  Michaela will create a design board and provide it along with links to the materials selected that compliment your space.  All reimagined spaces will be featured through this blog.

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Turkey Trots

Maybe participating in a turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning is a family tradition or maybe it is something that you’ve been wanting to try. Turkey trots have almost become as much a part of Thanksgiving as eating turkey has. You might be surprised to hear that the first turkey trot dates back to 1896. If you’ve never participated in one before, maybe 2019 is your year!

Here is a list of turkey trots happening in our area:

  1. The Stuffed Turkey Run– 5k/10k and kid’s run, Westminster Promenade, November 30th. The perfect run for those hosting on Thanksgiving morning. It’s challenging enough to find the time to prepare, cook & clean everything before guests arrive… now you don’t have to! This SATURDAY race held two days AFTER Thanksgiving, is perfect for the whole family.
  2. Broomfield Turkey Day 5k/10k– Broomfield County Commons, November 28th, 9 am. Fun, family focused race with something for athletes of every level. Celebrate with unlimited pie at the expo.
  3. 10k Turkey Trek, 5k Turkey Trot & 2k Turkey Toddle– Ralston Creek Trail @ Long Lake Ranch Park in Arvada, November 23rd. This race is the Saturday BEFORE Thanksgiving and goes up the Ralston Creek Trail.
  4. Mile High United Way Turkey Trot– Wash Park, Denver, 10 am. This annual race draws over 10,000 people each year. Walk/run through Denver’s scenic Wash Park and support Mile High United Way’s work in the community.

Looking for a race in a different part of town? Find a turkey trot in the greater Denver here.

Think you don’t have enough time to plan for a 5k? Here is a training plan to get you 5k ready in only 3 weeks time! And keep in mind, all of these races are walker friendly also.

  • This workout plan consists of 4 running workouts per week.
  • Each workout lasts 30 minutes and consists of alternating periods of progressive running and walking.
  • The end goal is to gradually increase your running tolerance up to 30 minutes- assuming a 10 minute/mile pace you should be able to complete a 3-mile/5k race in that time.
  • During this training period, it’s important to listen to your body. If you do start to experience pain take some time off and give it adequate time to heal and recover.

Good luck and happy running!