donna foerster: Did You Know? 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease - 07/26/14 09:15 AM
Did You Know? 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease
As a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association, I continue to learn more and more about the disease. I believe it is often misunderstood. Many believe it's something that only affects older adults and that it is strictly about memory loss.
I was first impacted by Alzheimer's when my grandmother has it more than 15 years ago. She was in Florida and I was in Colorado and I felt helpless. That's when I began volunteering to raise awareness about the disease and the resources available to persons and families living with the disease and … (50 comments)

donna foerster: Thoughtful Thursday: Successful Living - 07/24/14 09:31 AM
Thoughtful Thursday: Successful Living
Don't be shocked. I came across this quote on Pinterest. I know, unusal, right? OK, so I might be a little bit addicted to Pinterest. I also might have a thing for cool quotes. Here's what I found this morning:
"Instructions for Successful Living: Dream It. Plan It. Do It. Repeat."
~Dr. Steve Maraboli
We all want to be successful, right? This applies to business and life in general, no matter how big or how small. The quote spoke to me because it has 4 easy steps. I'm going to use a LIFE example … (21 comments)

donna foerster: Are You Making a Difference? - 07/16/14 05:15 PM
Are You Making a Difference?

In true tradition, I'm writing a reminder about the July AR Contest that I'm hosting, What Have You Done to Make a Difference in You Community? We're about half way through the month and I have 32 entries (and I've read every one of them)!
What the contest about, you ask? Well, you could click on the link in the first paragraph and that'll tell you all about it, but I'll make it easy!
Step 1: Write a blog post about something you've done, are doing and would like to do to make a … (6 comments)

donna foerster: Words Of Wisdom: Planning - 07/16/14 02:24 PM
Words Of Wisdom: Planning

I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately. One of my favorite things to look for are great, inspirational quote. Seems that most of what I find doesn't include the author, so unfortunately I can't give credit, where I believe credit it due! Here's a quote I found this morning.
"My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's ok."
~Author Unknown
In other words, planning isn't all it's cracked up to be! LOL! Sure, we like to think we're in charge of our own … (8 comments)

donna foerster: What's For Dessert? Nothing Bundt Cakes! - 07/15/14 07:54 PM
What's For Dessert? Nothing Bundt Cakes!
Whatever the occasion, there's nothing better than a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes! 
We were first introduced to Nothing Bundt Cakes at a volunteer appreciation party for one of the local chambers. It was fall and their features flavor was pumpkin. I was hooked! Since that time we've tried most of their flavors, but our favorite is red velvet!
Their cakes come in different sizes. The smallest, bundtinis, come in a dozen. We picked up a dozen for dessert for a monthly poker party last year. Those bite-sized morsels were a huge hit! The next … (8 comments)

donna foerster: Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease - 07/15/14 06:35 PM
Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease
Rich and I have been volunteering for the Alzheimer's Assocation for 15+ years. We do our best each year to raise awareness and monies to fight this terrible disease that effects more than 60,000 Coloradans and their families.

Through a series of "Did You Know" blog posts, we hope to educate the public and motivate others to do what they can to support the cause to fight Alzheimer's. 
Remember that early detection matters, so be aware of the warning signs:
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning … (4 comments)

donna foerster: Shopping Spotlight: Parker Country Market - 07/12/14 07:00 PM
Shopping Spotlight: Parker Country Market

Looking for a unique item for you home, or a special gift for a birthday, anniversary or house warming? Parker Country Market is the place to go! Summer is the best time of year to explore the "shops" that make up the Parker Country Market.
Each of the dealers has their own shop and features different items. Inventory is changing frequently. If you find something you like, get it because it may not be there on your next visit! The Parker Country Market offers the convenience of shopping many vendors in one … (7 comments)

donna foerster: Restaurant Spotlight: Parker, Colorado: Brick House Tap & Tavern - 07/11/14 03:12 PM
Restaurant Spotlight: Parker, Colorado: Brick House Tap & Tavern
Meet Me for a Meal or Some Networking!
When it comes to lunch or dinner in Parker, Colorado, there are many choices. Earlier this week we met a friend for lunch at the Brick House.
My favorite thing about the Brick House is the menu. There's a good variety including snacks, burgers, pizza, salads, sandwiches and "meats". Included in the "meats" portion of the menu are items like fish & chips, bbq baby back ribs and chicken fried steak! They also have a great drink menu, but we didn't partake at … (6 comments)

donna foerster: Walk to End Alzheimer's: Join Us 2014 - 07/09/14 02:51 PM
Walk to End Alzheimer's: Join Us 2014
Everyone has a reason to END Alzheimer's. To honor you Mom. For your child's future. For your friends. For your spouse. For the 60,000+ Coloradans living with the disease.
How are you touched by Alzheimer's? My paternal grandmother who lived in Florida was diagnosed in the 90s with Alzheimer's. She steadily declined and we lost her to the disease. Being so far away, and being able to help her directly, I felt that walking and volunteering for the Association was a way I could make a difference. Rich and I have been volunteering for … (8 comments)

donna foerster: Town of Parker Happenings: 2014 Parker Civic Academy - 07/08/14 08:14 PM
Town of Parker Happenings: 2014 Parker Civic Academy 

Interested in learning more about the Town of Parker and how local government works? This may be the program for you.
Although classes will begin in September, applications are currently available and due to limited enrollment, it is suggested that interested individuals sign up early!
What: Parker Civic Academy
When: Wednesday nights, 5:30-8:30pm, September 10 through October 29, 2014. (Graduation ceremony on Monday, November 3, 2014.)
Where: Parker Arts,Culture and Events (PACE) Center, located at 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, CO 80138
Topics to be covered:
~What it takes to build, … (9 comments)

donna foerster: It's Time for a First - 07/07/14 07:47 AM
It's Time for a First
"When was the last time you did something for the first time?"
When we bought our first new construction home in 1999 it was a very exciting time. It was filled with "firsts". Who was the first one to walk in the front door, the first one to open the garage door, the first one to open the sliding door, the first one up the stairs, etc. etc.
When I read this quote (I found it on Pinterest, big surprise!), it made me think back to that time. We would laugh and try to find … (33 comments)

donna foerster: Lessons Learned: How to Engage Your Audience - 07/06/14 04:15 PM
Lessons Learned: How to Engage Your Audience
I've had more and more opportunities in the last year or so to give presentations. Some to small groups, some to larger groups. I'm not shy, but when I give a presentation for the first time, or maybe the only time, I do get a bit nervous.
My business coach invited me to workshop she was hosting entitled, "High Impact Tools to Engage Your Audience". I readily said yes to the invitation. If I can engage my audience quickly, then the presentation should be a breeze!
The workshop was filled with practical examples. We … (6 comments)

donna foerster: Cow Appreciation Day @ Chik-Fil-A 2014 - 07/05/14 05:21 PM
Cow Appreciation Day @ Chik-Fil-A 2014

Want to get you "hooves" on some FREE Chik-Fil-A? Then head on over to your local participating Chik-Fil-A restaurant for Cow Appreciation Day.
Wear a cow costume and you get FREE food. That's right! A partial cow costume will be awarded a FREE entree and a full cow costume a FREE meal! Don't have any costume, Chik-Fil-A can help you get started.
When: Friday, July 11, 2014
Where: Your participating Chik-Fil-A restuarant
**We'll be visiting the Parker Chik-Fil-A at 9335 Crown Crest Blvd., Parker, CO 80138
If you have questions, … (12 comments)

donna foerster: My Personal Top 10 Favorite Things About Summer - 07/05/14 04:59 PM
My Personal Top 10 Favorite Things About Summer
Every season brings with it special things that we associate with that time of year. In the Fall, kids go back to school and life gets back in to a routine of activities. In the Winter, we are planning for the holidays and spending time with family and loved ones. In the Spring, we are excited about the warmer weather and Mother Nature waking up from a long winter's nap. 
Although Spring is my favorite time of year, there are many things about Summer that I also enjoy. Here's my personal top 10 … (10 comments)

donna foerster: Things to do in Parker, Colorado: Let Freedom Sing 2014 - 07/01/14 02:09 PM
Things to do in Parker, Colorado: Let Freedom Sing 2014
What are your plans for Independence Day?
Many will be having or attending backyard BBQs with family and friends. A few will head to Coors Field to watch the Rockies take on the Dodgers, followed by fireworks. 
Will your 4th of July include fireworks, great live music and local food vendors? Plus complimentary children's activities? It will if your plans include Let Freedom Sing at Salisbury Park. 
Gather your family and meet up with your neighbors. Bring a blanket and some comfy walking shoes. Grab some delicious snacks and enjoy … (10 comments)

donna foerster: To Be Most Efficient, You've Gotta Have a Plan! - 07/01/14 12:36 PM
To Be Most Efficient, You've Gotta Have a Plan!
The power of blogging is in your message and your consistency. You've got to have both, or you are just spinning your wheels. You have to have a plan of action. Random posts of irrelevant topics won't do you much good.
I am currently working on my blogging plan. It's time to get serious again! As I see it, there are several "categories" of posts that would be beneficial:
Posts for Consumers -Market reports, FAQs and How-To's, listings, pending, sold
Localism -Local businesses, upcoming events/activities, non-profits, parks and recreation
Posts for … (8 comments)

donna foerster: We KNOW The Local Market - 06/30/14 09:18 PM
We KNOW The Local Market
What sets us apart from the competition? We KNOW the local Real Estate market. We not only WORK in Douglas County, we live, shop, eat and play here! We are involved in the community through the Chamber of Commerce, the local Rotary club and charitable organizations. We attend town council and planning commission meetings. We want to be "in the know" about upcoming projects and economic development that can have an impact positive or negative on the market.
We are currently experiencing some growth in Douglas County. We have new construction, both residential and commercial. We … (9 comments)

donna foerster: AR Contest: What Have You Done to Make a Difference in Your Community? - 06/30/14 02:27 PM
July ActiveRain Contest:
What have you done to make a difference in your community?
Rich and I volunteer regularly at our town’s Senior Center. It fits in with our niche, working with older adults. Once a month, the center celebrates all birthdays and anniversaries that occur in that month. It's on the 3rd Wednesday. Rich and I have been serving lunch and bringing dessert for nearly a year.
Rich wears a Superman apron and I wear a Wonder Woman apron. The lunch crowd loves it! Rich also volunteers on Friday mornings as a driver, taking folks to the store, hairdresser, … (149 comments)

donna foerster: What's Happening at the Parker Senior Center in July 2014? - 06/30/14 01:30 PM
What's Happening at the Parker Senior Center in July 2014?
Get out your calendar and mark down the dates and times!

Come and get our fill of flapjacks at the All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Tuesday, July 8th, from 8-10am for just $6! The price also includes on serving of eggs and sausage!
Bring your family, friends and neighbors! (Open to the public.) We plan to be there early, and I'll have at least 2 helping of flapjacks drenching in butter and syrup!
Lunch is served every day, Monday through Friday promptly at noon and … (0 comments)

donna foerster: Borrowing an Idea from Kathy Streib and Patricia Kennedy - 06/29/14 07:27 PM
Borrowing an Idea from Kathy Streib and Patricia Kennedy

Have you ever wanted to reblog someone's post only to find out it was a "Member's Only" post and you can't reblog it? It's happened to me on a few occasions.
Today a light bulb went off for me! If I can't reblog it, I can write my own post with a link to theirs! So borrowing from Kathy Streib and Patricia Kennedy and their weekly posts of exceptional work by other bloggers, here are some posts that I've come across recently (Members Only) that I thought were worth … (12 comments)


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