donna foerster: The LIKE button vs. the SUGGEST button - 09/18/14 02:34 PM
The LIKE button vs. the SUGGEST button
My real question is this, does the LIKE button for a blog post, replace the SUGGEST button?
Here's my dilemma. I define these words the same way. 

In my opinion, the SUGGEST button should be used when the content of the post will be beneficial to others. That could be consumers, or other members of ActiveRain. It could be a public post, or it could be a members only post. I could even potentially be a rant, or a debate. 

I use the LIKE button a bit more freely. … (47 comments)

donna foerster: It's Monday! Meet 3 New Rainers #1 - 09/10/14 02:40 PM
It's Monday! Meet 3 New Rainers #1
Inspired by Debbie Reynold's series, Saturday Subscribers, I'm going to start some introductions to new ActiveRain members! I'll share one of their very first ActiveRain posts and share a little bit about them. The posts will be short and will really about connecting the existing membership with the new members. I'll be sure to include their photos so if they happen to stop by your blog to comment, you'll recognize them right away! Tee hee!

Dale Poll is a photographer who provides photography services to real estate professionals. He's native … (21 comments)

donna foerster: FAQ: How Do I Price My Home To Sell? - 09/09/14 08:42 AM
FAQ: How Do I Price My Home To Sell?
It's time for a move. It doesn't matter what the reason-job transfer, need more or less space, a desire to be closer to family or work. Maybe the neighborhood has changed. Generally speaking, when you've made the decision, you have a "game plan" in mind for the move. You want to move in the shortest time possible, with the least amount of hassle, at the best price achieveable! Your Real Estate Agent wants the same outcome.
If it's that easy, why doesn't it always work out that way? Pricing the home … (17 comments)

donna foerster: Fruity Saturday: Waldorf Salad - 09/06/14 09:49 AM
Fruity Saturday: Waldorf Salad
Every once in a while it's nice to have a fruit salad. It's a nice accompaniment to breakfast, or an afternoon snack. Rich has been asking for Waldorf Salad. It's not difficult to make, but I don't generally have all the necessary ingredients. Since he was going to the store for groceries, I thought I'll have him pick up what I need and I can make it later in the week. He was very happy!
I mixed up a batch of Waldorf Salad, late yesterday. Wanting to be sure we had plenty to last through the weekend, I … (4 comments)

donna foerster: Wishful Wednesday: I Am But One Person - 09/03/14 03:29 PM
Wishful Wednesday: I Am But One Person
Sometimes there's a message trying to get through the minutiae. If we are quiet, we'll hear it, or in my case read it!
Be the change. That's what Gary Woltal suggests. Gandhi agrees. "Be the change you want to see in the world." Anna Hatridge, another AR blogger shares the same opinion.
Make a difference. Through video the message is clear in Mimi Foster's blog post.
The message is getting through. It's stirring thoughts and actions in my mind. The best way for me to express this is in words. I hope to … (15 comments)

donna foerster: FAQ: Why Didn't My House Sell? - 09/02/14 10:55 AM
FAQ: Why Didn't My House Sell?
Once upon a time you were an eager Home Buyer. You had a list of criteria for what you wanted in your home purchase. You'd done the research, knew your comfortable price range, and you were ready to make a move.
You settled in as a happy Homeowner. You unpacked your boxes, stocked your refrigerator, figured out the perfect furniture placement. You've celebrated birthdays and holidays, you've had a dinner party or 2, and maybe you've added on a deck or finished the basement. You've made your house, your home.
Now you've had … (19 comments)

donna foerster: Local Business Spotlight: Fika Coffee House - 08/31/14 04:54 PM
Local Business Spotlight: Fika Coffee House
Mainstreet in Parker is a magical place. It's the home of many family friendly events. Every summer from May-October, on Sunday mornings from 8am-1pm, the Parker Farmer's Market fills the streets. On Halloween, late afternoon and early evening the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary club hosts Trick or Treat on Mainstreet, a safe enviornment for kids of all ages who want to enjoy the spirit of the season. The Town of Parker hosts the Carriage Parade down Mainstreet in early December, complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in the sleigh!
No matter what time of year, … (13 comments)

donna foerster: Things to do at Tagawa Gardens: September 2014 - 08/31/14 03:04 PM
Things to do at Tagawa Gardens: September 2014
Summer is coming to an unofficial close this Labor Day weekend, but that doesn't mean that there aren't very good reasons to visit Tagawa Gardens! In addition to their shop and nursery, Tagawa Gardens offers weekend classes, concerts and other events. Get out your calendar and save the dates for the upcoming September happenings!
Will this be the month I see you in the next seat, attending a cooking class?
Saturday, September 6th
Indoor Market
Chilies in the Kitchen/Tomatopalooza!
Picaditas with Green Salsa & Red Salsa
Please register for this class.
Presented by Alicia S., Tagawa's … (5 comments)

donna foerster: I'm In The 900,000 Point Home Stretch! - 08/24/14 08:34 PM
I'm In The 900,000 Point Home Stretch!
I'm inching closer and closer and if I really try hard, I'm sure I can hit 900,000 points by the end of the day, or sooner on Monday! What a great way to start the week!
Then the countdown will begin to the ONE MILLION mark! I can't believe I'm this close! I can remember just getting started! 
Of course, I would never have achieved this milestone without all of the wonderful folks that I have met during my time in this amazing place.
Thank you for sharing and teaching, for listening and counseling, … (43 comments)

donna foerster: Are You A Leader? - 08/24/14 09:15 AM
Are You A Leader?
I don't often make time to read business books, although I have a fairly long list of business books that I'd like to read! This month I foun myself reading, Being Frank by Richard J. Bryan. I had arranged for Richard to speak to our local Chamber of Commerce and he gave me an autographed copy of the book as we were leaving the luncheon. I thought to myself, I should probably read this!
The book focuses on 24 Leadership Lessons that Richard learned early in his business career through the mentoring of a gentleman named Frank. 

donna foerster: Summer AR Meetup: Metro Denver, Colorado - 08/18/14 01:05 PM
Summer AR Meetup: Metro Denver, Colorado
It's always a good time when ActiveRain members get together and our meetup last Monday was no different! We had a wonderful turnout and a lovely evening!
Dick and Mary Greenberg made the drive down from Fort Collins to be with us. (My first time meeting Mary!) The rest of us dealt with the local highway and byway traffic to get together and share good times!
Belinda Spillman, Erin Bates and Dan Spencer were among the first to arrive. Keith Smith and his wife Dawn joined the party, along with Ruth Vogt and Andrea Bayern (brand … (28 comments)

donna foerster: Serendipity Sunday: A Special Blessing - 08/17/14 01:43 PM
Serendipity Sunday: A Special Blessing
Sometimes while I'm reading and commenting on posts, I'll come across something that inspires me to write my own post. Such was the case today. Debbie Reynolds wrote her Serendipity Sunday post and invited her readers to join her. OK, I thought, what's involved? Debbie plans to write each Sunday about a special blessing in her life. OK, I can do that.
What am I most thankful for today? I am thankful for a sense of peace. I was able to steal away a few hours today to go to the pool with a neighbor and … (14 comments)

donna foerster: I Had To Do Something! - 08/15/14 04:54 PM
I Had To Do Something!
You are bound to call me crazy after reading this post and that's ok with me! Sometimes you just have to do something and call it good!
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
I asked this question in a blog post on July 7th. I pledged that I would do "something" for the first time before the month was over. I'm very proud to say, that I met my goal. What, you may ask, did I do? Let me tell you a story to explain.
The end of … (24 comments)

donna foerster: Things to do in Parker, CO: Smokin' Brew BBQ and Cowpie Bingo - 08/14/14 01:21 PM
Things to do in Parker, CO: Smokin' Brew BBQ and Cowpie Bingo
Rich and I belong to the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker. Rotary International is a non-profit service organization. Their motto is "Service Above Self". Our club, does several fundraisers throughout the year to support our causes. Our biggest fundraiser is held on Labor Day weekend, the Smokin' Brew BBQ.
The Smokin' Brew BBQ is a competition BBQ event held in beautiful Downtown Parker on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend (August 29th, 30th and 31st).
The event is open to the … (12 comments)

donna foerster: Dessert with Donna: Peach Cobbler - 08/09/14 04:14 PM
Dessert with Donna: Peach Cobbler
I'm really not much of a cook, or a baker, however as I get older, I'm trying new things. Today we are having a fellowship picnic/bbq with our Rotary Club. It's basically a potluck. This go around I decided I'd opt for dessert. So the big bought, or homemade? When I put my name on the list I just committed to dessert, which gave me a lot of options.
Several years ago, I found a super easy recipe in the All Star Feast Cookbook, compiled by Wendy Diamond. I've only tried 2 of the 100+ … (19 comments)

donna foerster: Aw, The Views In Our Suburban Neighborhood - 08/04/14 02:11 PM
Aw, The Views In Our Suburban Neighborhood
We live in a suburban, cookie-cutter neighborhood. We are fortunate to back to the golf course and we have great views of the mountains and the city, and a nice (although small) deck. When we moved here about 7 1/2 years ago we were looking for a ranch style plan, new construction with a nice yard. The views were a bonus.
While driving through our neighborhood we often have "deer sightings". Not sure where the bed down for the night, but we see them out for breakfast, lunch or dinner during the day. We've … (25 comments)

donna foerster: ActiveRain Meet-Up: Metro Denver Area - 08/01/14 04:05 PM
ActiveRain Meet-Up: Metro Denver Area
I'm hosting my FIRST ActiveRain Meet-Up and I hope you'll join me! Whether you live or work in the Metro Denver or surrounding areas, or you might just be passing through from out of state (or the Western Slope), please pop in and visit with us!
If you've never been to an ActiveRain meetup, or it's been a few year (maybe 3 or more, Ruth Vogt), put it on your calendar and commit to being there. It's so much fun to meet folks face to face!
You never know who might show up. You could … (33 comments)

donna foerster: Long Lost AR Friends - 08/01/14 02:50 PM
Long Lost AR Friends
Recently, 2 of my long lost ActiveRain friends have resurfaced...HURRAY! I've missed them both and I'm thrilled to see their faces back in the blog roll!
I had lunch with a good friend, Ruth Vogt earlier this week. She's the gal that introduced me to the world of blogging and ActiveRain! She's been missing from the Rain for almost 3 years!!! Ironically, the last post she wrote was about me! I'm super excited that's she back. She's also planning to attend the AR meetup I'm hosting on August 11th! She'll be re-engaged in no time! She wrote … (40 comments)

donna foerster: I Asked For Help, You Came To My Rescue! - 07/31/14 08:16 AM
I Asked For Help, You Came To My Rescue!
Yesterday I attended a meeting to brainstorm some ideas for fundraising. I had a few of my own, but wanted to come to the meeting with a strong list of suggestions. (Seems I was the only one who did!)
Since Fundraising Can Be A Challenge...For Me, I wrote a blog post to ask for AR member support in putting my list together and I was not disappointed! 
Here's the list we came up with. Thought I would share it just in case someone else need some fresh ideas for their fundraising efforts. … (16 comments)

donna foerster: Wishful Wednesday: If I Had 3 Wishes - 07/30/14 01:48 PM
Wishful Wednesday: If I Had 3 Wishes
Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I was thinking about blogging for today. What can I write about? It's going to be Wednesday. Last week I wrote a "Wisdome Wednesday" post. Can't really do a "Wordless Wednesday", I've always got something to say! LOL! How about a "Wishful Wednesday"? Yeah, that's it.
If I had a fairy Godmother and she granted me 3 wishes today, what would they be?
1. Just learned that my friend's lease is up tomorrow and the home he thought he was going to … (12 comments)


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