Don we now our gay apparel: A guide to this season’s trends

30 Nov

by Jessica Dawkins

Festive and fashionable

With the holiday season now upon us, dinner parties and photo ops are also in full swing. And with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter the essentials for documenting such events, partygoers might be interested in what’s trending this season to stay ahead of the internet shame game. (Why is it that pictures I’m tagged in are never as flattering as those I post myself?)

My new fave: Covergirl lipstick in #360 Euphoria. The best berry for my own skin tone.

My new fave: Covergirl lipstick in #360 Euphoria. The best berry for my own skin tone.

Tis the season to be berry

When the weather gets cold, the makeup goes dark, and lips are no exception. This time of year is all about the berry lipstick. As viviannadoesmakeup.com so accurately writes, “The [berry lip is the] perfect colour choice for those who need an easy way in to something more daring on the lips, with its natural raspberry tones that compliment all complexions, whiten teeth and make things look a bit wintery – in a good way.”

For more winter cookbook inspiration (including eye makeup and more), go here and here.

Heedless of the wind and weather

Wyoming residents understand: looking put together is nearly impossible when nature is bent on pulling you apart. So we put our hair in ponytails and cover up from head to toe, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look good doing it. Refinery29 has some great tutorials on dressing up the everyday pony, and Polyvore has endless inspiration when it comes to clothes for every season. It may not be easy in Wyoming, but it’s possible. After all, sweater weather is better weather!

Walking in a winter wonderland

Perhaps the most important aspect of fashion in Wyoming wintertime: boots. Snow boots, rain boots, cowboy boots, comfy boots, leather boots—boots. They may not always be visible in snapshots, but a good pair of boots is the difference between walking with confidence and slipping on the sidewalk.

The perfect pair of boots is hard to find, and often out of budget, but with holiday sales at their peak, your dreams might be in reach. A few good places to look for boots include Kohl’s, Target, and the Frontier Mall, but my favorite place to spend time (and money) is Hautelook.com. Similar to Zulily, events are only on the website for 3 days, but host astonishing markdowns during the sale period. Styles and products can run out quickly, so sign up for emails to make sure you stay on top of the sales.

Nailed it!

Last but certainly not least, the perfect accessory is at your fingertips. Specifically, your fingernails. Whether it’s a clear coat or a gel mani, putting something on your nails gives your entire look a polished effect. (Yeah, I went there.) Bonus points if you can match your nails to your classy berry lip, or offset a dark pout with taupe. Let your inner diva shine!

Now you know

So now you’re all caught up on what’s hot this year for Christmastime. Let us know in the comments below: what are your favorite trends for sweater weather? Is there something “hot” you think is “not?”

Just remember to be yourself and you couldn’t be any more gorgeous. Happy holidays!

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Bake away the Holidays

30 Nov

Sam’s Secret Butterscotch Cookies

These cookies are as delicious as they look.

These cookies are as delicious as they look.

Make an impression

Let’s be honest here, the Holidays has a fair amount of competition. Who has the best lights? Who can bake the best desserts? Who wore the best Holiday sweater?

This Holiday season, blow the competition away with this amazing cookie recipe I came up with, and, if adding on a few pounds during the holidays is a worry, see the bottom of the post for the lower calorie and fat option.

 Ingredients

2 Cups Brown Sugar

6 TBSP Sugar

1 Cup Butter

2 Eggs

1 TSP Vanilla Extract

1 TSP Salt

1 TSP Baking Soda

1 TSP Baking Powder

3 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour

Butterscotch Chips or Preferred Flavor

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine sugars and soft butter in a large bowl or mixer and blend until smooth.
  4. Whip in the eggs.
  5. Mix in the vanilla, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until smooth.
  6. Add in the flour gradually until incorporated.
  7. Mix in the chips.
  8. Use a spoon or ice cream scoop to place the dough on the prepared tray.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until done.
  10. Allow to cool before enjoying or decorating.

For some extra flare, melt dipping chocolate and drizzle or dunk the cookies once cool.

Full Calories vs. Reduced

The batch will wield about 24 cookies, and has 5,888 calories and 262 grams of fat. That means approximately 245 calories and 11 grams of fat per cookie.

Substitute

  1. 2 eggs for ½ cup egg whites.
  2. 2 cups brown sugar for 1 cup of brown sugar Splenda mix.
  3. 6 TBSP sugar for 3 TBSP Splenda.
  4. 1 cup I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter for butter.

These changes will lower the calories to 4,403 and the fat to 193 grams. That is equivalent to 183 calories and 8.25 grams of fat per cookie. Below is a breakdown of the high calorie and fat dense ingredients. (Numbers courtesy of the USDA.)

 Ingredient Calories Fat (Grams)
2 Eggs

½ Cup Egg Whites

144

62

9.6

0.2

6 TBSP Sugar

3 TBSP Splenda

288

0

0

0

2 Cups Brown Sugar

1 Cup Splenda Brown Sugar

1,102

480

0

0

1 Cup Butter

1 Cup I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter

1,627

1,134

184

129.6

Thanks for giving me this baby

28 Nov
By Stephanie McGee

My ideal way of spending Thanksgiving would not be in a hospital, but I will gladly take that over not having a beautiful baby boy to spend it with.

Today is day 21.

21 days since the birth of my nephew, Davis Night McKay.

Three weeks since a brand new baby had to be life-flighted to the Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Three weeks since day zero.

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Davis Knight McKay one hour after his birth.

Faith

Davis was born Saturday Nov. 8, 2014 at 10:40 p.m. His mom, my sister, was in labor for 28 hours. The doctors had to do CPR on Davis. He wasn’t responding or breathing on his own.

He didn’t even cry.

Davis was sent to Colorado because he needed to be cooled and we weren’t sure what that meant yet.

How does one handle something like this? I wasn’t even sure what was happening. My sister just got out of surgery and wasn’t able to meet her son yet. Finally they rolled her bed into the nursery and she was able to touch one tiny finger to her baby’s arm as the helicopter arrived.

A new baby is in Colorado, his mom in Wyoming, not released from the hospital yet. Can you imagine? Being a new mother and your baby in the NICU?

Courage

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Look everybody, I’m breathing on my own.

But not so fast, this baby amazes me.

The day after, Nov. 9, Davis opened his eyes for the first time. Amazing.

Each day he improves a little more. Monday he started to move his fingers and toes. Thursday his MRI came back normal and was taken off the ventilator. Friday Davis was off almost every machine. He was breathing all on his own and only had two medications versus the seven he had when he arrived. Saturday he started to act like a normal baby, being swaddled tight, sucking on a pacifier and being held by his mommy.

The Children’s Hospital Colorado does amazing things.

And brand new babies can do amazing things too.

Wisdom

During this time I’ve come to realize a couple of things.

One:

Life is so precious. And it’s sad you only believe this is true when something goes astray. Life can happen in one minute and be gone the next.

Two:

My family is not alone and there are many people going through the same struggles.

I see all these sick babies in the NICU, so innocent yet so full of life and blessings already.

Every day babies are being omitted into the hospital. And parents don’t have a choice but to watch their day old sons or daughters fight for their life. A life they haven’t even been able to live yet.

I believe that life throws hardships at us to test our strength and I believe that life can be extremely unfair.

I believe that children should not be sick but no amount of hurt is too large to overcome.


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I finally get to wear clothes.

 

I am thankful for so much this year and I am grateful to my family and friends for spending their time to pray for innocent Davis.

My ideal way of spending Thanksgiving would not be in a hospital, but I will gladly take that over not having Davis with us today.


 

Other blogs by Stephanie:
Car enthusiasts start out small to make it big
The ultimate sacrifice—Forever a teen mom
The ultimate sacrifice—Redefining family 
The ultimate sacrifice—A tiny miracle

“Stalking” Up On Meat

27 Nov

As the hunting season is coming to an end, many people are trying to get one last hunt in. Everybody wants a lot of meat to stock up for the winter. The only problem is the weather. With frigid temperatures, is it even worth the risk of hunting? Should you stock up on canned goods instead?  Well, though it is risky to hunt in frigid temperatures, there are ways to have a safe hunt in bad weather.

Why the risk??

Some might be asking, “Why would you even want to go out in this cold?”. Well, if you have a successful hunt, you could be set on meat for quite a long time. So, it saves a lot of money as you won’t need to buy meat all winter for various meals. If you have bought meat at a store, you know how expensive it is, and those expenses add up. Also, I think fresh meat tastes much better than meat you buy at the store, and it’s better for you. So, even though you’re saving money, there is still a risk with frigid temperatures. We’re going to go over how to have a safe, warmish hunt with some tips from a past game warden.

Load the Warmth

Mark Nelson, who was a game warden for 20 years here in Cheyenne, was kind enough to share tips you need to stay safe while hunting in cold temperatures. He actually taught a class involving hunting safety as well. So, lets get started. Here is a step by step list that Mark gave to me on how to prepare:

1. Tell somebody where you will be and when you are returning.

2. Pack survival items

  • matches, lighter in sealed container
  • first aid kit
  • compass, map, GPS
  • knife
  • plastic highway department trash bag (used for shelter)

3. Cold Weather Clothing

  • extra wool socks
  • coats
  • warm hats
  • face mask
  • sunscreen, sunglasses

4. Bring your cell phone!

5. Items Kept In Vehicle

6. Bring water, food, and plenty of snacks (helps keep body warm)

With all of these items packed, you are now ready for a safe hunt even in cold temperatures.

Ceramic Legacy

26 Nov

By Phillip Bowling

These Loons were done with chalk instead of paint.

These Loons were done with chalk instead of paint.

Start with mud… End with a Ceramic

One of the best things a kid has is their imagination and being able to see things adults can’t. Creativity is something that develops when we are young while some of us keep it others end up losing their creative minds as they age. My Grandpa is an exception, he became more creative the older he got.  He started making ceramics about 35 years ago in his late 40’s. Ever since I was a kid, my Grandpa has made these amazing ceramics and given them to me and many others as gifts.The first one I got was a little brown bunny, but since have gotten some amazing Eagles.

These are my favorite ceramics and he used chalk on these instead of paint.

These are my favorite ceramics and he used chalk on these instead of paint.

There are a couple of ways to start making ceramics because anyone can get into making ceramics to give as a gift to friends and family.

How to start…

As you can see in this video, my Grandpa has a lot of equipment to create his ceramics. He didn’t start off with all of that equipment. It is easier to get involved into this hobby.  Here is a couple simple ways to start creating ceramics:

  1. Taking a college class
  2. Buy unfinished ceramics & paint them
  3. Buy the molds and pour the ceramics
  4. Start with the basics of clay

These are some of the basics  you can start off with to get involve in  creating ceramics. and then work your way on getting more equipment. My Grandpa said “I started at a ceramic shop here in town. I would go down there, buy the greenware (non-fired clay) go home and use my tools to clean it up; then take it back down to the store. I would have them fire the greenware. Then I would bring it home to paint them or use chalk. I did this until I could buy my own kiln (which fires the green ware).”  There are other ways of getting into painting ceramics.

The video below shows what the greenware looks like to what the finishing product is while, my Grandpa explains his process of ceramics.

Endless Gifts…

The best part about my Grandpa doing ceramics is he always has the best presents to give to us for Christmas or birthdays. Some people might ask why ceramics can be a great gift to get for the holidays or birthdays. There are multiple reasons why they make such great gifts. One reason is because he has a variety and does such a detailed job painting them. Most people like to decorate for the holidays and there’s nothing better than putting a ceramic made by a family member or a  great friend out to display for the season. My Grandpa has an amazing selection of ceramics and molds, these are a few:

  • Christmas statues such as Santa’s, reindeers, Tiny Tim, snowmen lighted Christmas trees, and over 100 nativity sets
  • Easter – Bunnies, chicks, geese and Easter eggs.
  • Halloween – Witches on pumpkins, pumpkins, ghosts and many more.
  • Wild life – Horses, Bald eagles, bears, deer, elk, loons and many more.
  • Dogs, cats, buffalos,

My Grandpa has been very dedicated to his local church; The First Presbyterian. While going there he used his ceramics to show his thanks to a lot of the people. Within the last 15 years my Grandpa switched to using layers of chalk instead of paint. This has enabled him to bring out the detail and colors in his ceramics. My favorite ones that I cherish, are his Bald eagles.

Historic Governors’ Mansion holiday tour

25 Nov
Experience old fashioned holiday traditions at the Historic Governors' Mansion.

Experience old fashioned holiday traditions at the Historic Governors’ Mansion.

By Chaundra Paice

Get a glimpse of the past through a “Tinsel Through Time” self-guided tour of one of Cheyenne’s oldest historic buildings.

About the Mansion

According to Christina Bird, superintendent of the Wyoming Historic Governors’ Mansion state historic site, the mansion was built in 1904.

“We’ve had 19 first families live in the house from 1905 to 1976. The Herschler family was the last family to live in the house and they moved out in October of 1976 into the new executive residence.” – Christina Bird


There are 29 custom Christmas trees with old fashioned decorations, found throughout the Mansion.

There are 29 custom Christmas trees, with old fashioned decorations, found throughout the Mansion.

The Mansion has been a part of State Parks and Cultural Resources within state government since 1977.

“The building has always been a state building, it has only ever changed divisions it has never changed hands… We try to maintain the historical integrity.” – Christina Bird


Holiday tours

What to do
Fifteen volunteers help decorate the mansion for Christmas every year.

Fifteen volunteers help decorate the mansion for the holiday season every year.

  • Self guided tours
    • Wednesdays through Saturdays until December 23rd
      • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Christmas Eve – December 24th
      • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

“You just come in and can do it on your own.” – Christina Bird


  • Scavenger hunts
    • Available upon request

“We do a 12 days of Christmas scavenger hunt through the house.” – Christina Bird


Cost
  • 1 – 9 guests
    • No admission fee
  • 10/more guests (or special requests)
    • Call for pricing 307.777.7878.
Where to go

Hisotoric Governors’ Mansion
300 E 21st Street
Cheyenne, WY, 82001

Glimpse of a holiday tour through the Mansion

“Our normal tours last an hour.” – Christina Bird


“It’s a nice way to celebrate the holidays.” – Christina Bird


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DIY Thanksgiving Family Portraits

25 Nov

‘Tis the season to show off

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My own DIY family portrait

Everyone wants one of those nice framed family portraits hanging above the fireplace; and what better time to get them done then Thanksgiving? For it is a time when all the family gathers. Only problem is, portrait studios are becoming few and far between, and if you do locate one it just might cost you an arm and a leg. I say to this, why not take this cherished memory yourself?

Great gifts can come in frames

This idea may be an odd thought to some folks, but I can assure you that if executed correctly these family portraits can come out great. Also, if you are still trying to come up with a Christmas present for someone dear to you then why not put together a family portrait as a gift for them? In fact, I have done this myself a few times for several folks, my own mother being one of them. When my mother received this portrait she excitedly said qoute 1Wow! This is something that I can cherish forever, and quite possibly can be passed down though the family for centuries!qoute 2
In conclusion, if you got the reactions I got it will be well worth the effort. Now sense this is going to be done on Thanksgiving I am going to show you the best way of getting great/simple family portraits, because the last thing anyone needs around this time of year is another huge project.

Professional not required

Remember simple is the key with these homemade pieces, so this means using what you have around you; so let’s go through what I mean by this shall we?

  • First, A live person — This live person, no matter how uncomfortable with a camera they are, will be able to produce more dynamic shots then a camera just sitting on tripod with a set timer. Make sure that the person takes a lot of pictures, this way you have a wide selection to choose from.
  • Second, Sunlight — It is your new best friend, let this friend help you. Sunlight, at its best times will give you the closest thing to professional lighting. If possible, I would stay away from trying to set up any kind of inside “DIY Portrait studio”. Because without proper diffusers and just lights in general, shadows and blown out spots are going to be a major struggle.
  • Third, Have fun with your shoot. The liveliness of this shoot will be the success of it. That being said don’t be shy, go crazy, make each other laugh and bring props that are fun or you feel could add something to the portrait. The best part is your photographer is a friend, or family member, not some random person you might not feel completely comfortable with.

My Last tip for this project is – plan ahead. The simple fact is we do live in Wyoming, we don’t always have perfect sunshine with 75 degree weather, not to mention that it is winter time. Play it smart, avoid the running noises and heavy winter jackets in you pictures. Check ahead find out what day is going to work best and be the warmest for you and your family.

 

Works of Wyoming: A part of the community

24 Nov

By: Amanda Bugbee

Works of Wyoming, a professional artist development center and gallery is located at 211 First St in downtown Laramie; right next the Sweet Melissa’s vegetarian café. Gayle Wilson is the owner of this lovely gallery and I was fortunate enough to sit down with her and discuss just what it is her gallery does.

Local, local & local

Works of Wyoming or the WOW gallery as it is often referred to, is a popular gallery downtown. WOW prides themselves in

Dan Roberts and his metal works

Dan Roberts and his metal works

catering to local artists, with a distance spanning the state of Wyoming; a great deal of the featured artists being from Laramie. Gayle tells me that these local Wyoming artists are the only ones featured in the gallery. The gallery has been in business for 5 years, 2 in its current location. When choosing art to display in the gallery Gayle says usually the time of year is taken into consideration and new and exciting pieces will make the cut. While on my visit to the gallery I was fortunate enough to run into Dan Roberts, of Hall Mountain Metal. Dan specializes in metal works, making signs, and cool art all from metal. If anyone is interested in a custom made metal sign or other design; Dan’s information is at the gallery as well as some of his work. Check it out.

Workshops for all

The WOW gallery offers a wide variety of workshops open to all to participate. These workshops are described as an enjoyable learning experience in a relaxing environment. According to Gayle the majority of the workshops take place during the winter to fill time during the chilly months in Laramie. Workshops seem to have a price range of $25-$35. This fee covers the cost of the materials that will be used.  A complete list of the workshops being offered during December as well as their dates and prices can be found at the gallery.

Helping the community: The Hilde Project

Gayle Wilson is a gallery owner as well as a teacher and mentor. The Hilde Project is a program that provides a creative

Works of Wyoming street view

Works of Wyoming street view

outlet to the incarcerated women in the Women’s Center of Lusk, WY. The project not only provides a creative outlet for these women but also teaches business skills and offers classes in technology as preparation for their release into a world that has since changed from what they knew. The Hilde Project was inspired by the teachings of 12th century nun Hildegard von Bingen. The Hilde Project connects women spiritually to the church for mentorship through the study of Saint Hildegard according to Gayle. Works of Wyoming is always accepting cast off scraps and fabrics for materials for the project. If you are interested in donating please call WOW at (307) 460-3304 or stop in.

Holiday fun

WOW is holding their own version of “black Friday” this holiday season. On Friday November 28th the gallery will be featuring and selling affordable art for the holidays. The pieces being sold will be $100 or less.  So be sure to stop in and check out some awesome local artwork!

Movie Time!

23 Nov

By, Joseph Rhoades

In 2012 the first of three Hunger Games movies was released.  For those who have read and experienced the books, the release of the movies was a much anticipated and exciting event.  The same goes for the third movie that was officially viewable in theaters November 21, 2014.  The Hunger Games; Mockingjay Part 1, begins the final movie for the final book in The Hunger Games Trilogy.

Early showing

Many excited fans were able to experience an early showing the day before the official release date.  This is a new and reoccurring theme that has begun with many of the new movies that are being released.  It originally started out being a midnight release, however it has evolved into being even earlier the day before the release date for many movies.  These times usually occur around 8, or 830 the night before.  The night before release is a very popular event for many of the fans.

Regal Fox Theater, full parking lot

Regal Fox Theater, full parking lot

“We have not completely sold out any of our showings for this evening but all of the auditoriums that we have only have 1-5 seats left. And compared to the last Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay has brought in a larger crowd the opening night” stated Regal Fox Theater employee Marsiella.  Every employee I spoke with was a fan of this series and was also a fan of the new movie.  I also have to say I enjoyed this film.

I personally like the second movie the best so far, however part one of the final movie was very well done. I am excited to see the second part of the movie when it is released.

This movie was a very anticipated film if there were so many people going to the early showings, and is a must see if you are a fan of the Hunger Games series.

“We are also expecting to see an estimated 600 people for the viewings for tonight and even more within the next 24 hours” stated Ashley Lopez.  The 600 is a count of the seats within the five auditoriums. This just shows how excited people are about viewing this new film.

A little about the movie

I do not want to ruin this movie for those of you who are planning on attending a showing, but I am going to go into some details about the movie.  As with every movie that has come from a book, it does not follow the book exactly. I do feel the producers did a fairly good job trying to follow the story line however.  Another thing I noticed about this movie and the others, was the mood or the overall feeling of the film changes with every movie.  This film was very brutal and had many sad aspects to it, that is the feeling a reader receives with the book also.

Get in on the action!

This film is now available for viewing all across the United States, and you can bet that it is within driving distance of where you are right now.  Some local locations to view this new and anticipated film, are:

Cheyenne

  • Carmike Frontier 9
    • Starting 11-24-14 showings are;
      Regal Cinemas - Laramie Wyoming

      Regal Cinemas – Laramie Wyoming

      • 12:55 pm
      • 1:25 pm
      • 4 pm
      • 4:30 pm
      • 7 pm
      • 7:30 pm
      • 9:55 pm
      • 10:25 pm

Laramie

Pricing

As with every other event, cost of admission is a factor. And it does vary depending on the location a person attends the movie. Some locations even offer a student or military discount.  If this is the case all a student from LCCC needs to do is show them their student I.D. and you get a reduced price ticket!

Pricing at Carmike

  • Child $6.25

    Auditorium 2, first people there!

    Auditorium 2, first people there!

  • Adult $6.50
  • Evening Child $6.25
  • Evening Adult $9.00
  • Student Discount $5.50

Pricing at Regal Fox Theater 6

  • Child $6.00
  • Adult $6.50
  • Evening Child $6.25
  • Evening Adult $8.50

Now that everyone has an insight about the movie theaters around the area along with the anticipation that many people have felt, it is time to head to your local theater and catch a showing of the new Hunger Games!

Deck the Halls…With Christmas Fun!

22 Nov

By Olivia Hartshorn

The most wonderful time of the year!

The most wonderful time of the year!

Tis the Season!

Thanksgiving is just next week which means that Christmas is right around the corner.  I couldn’t be more excited to blog during my favorite time of the year.  Being from California it was rare we would have a White Christmas, living in Wyoming it is almost guaranteed we will be expecting to see snow on the ground.  With that being said, I would like to share some fun Christmas ideas, events and traditions I enjoy during this time of the year.

Play time? Yes Play, time!

My best friend and me at my Christmas Ballet Recital

My best friend and me at my Christmas Ballet Recital

What would the Christmas season be without the Nutcracker?  Most of you know what The Nutcracker is about…But for those of you who have never heard of this play here is a brief synopsis for you.  One of the many reasons I love this play is due to the fact that it is a ballet and the pointework is absolutely beautiful.  This two-act play takes place with a family decorating a Christmas tree before the festivities of the night begin.  During the festivities, the godfather brings gifts to the children which include four life-like dolls and a wooden nutcracker.  Later in the night the nutcracker is broken and the daughter Clara becomes very upset.  Throughout the play we see the nutcracker come to life and engage in a fight with numerous mice and the Mouse King.  As the story progresses Clara and the Nutcracker embark to the Land of Sweets where they dance and enjoy each others company along with their friends they met along the way.  This is the perfect play to get you in the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t seen this play I highly recommend it, and if you have already seen it, take someone who hasn’t! If you are interested in seeing a brief look at what the play consists of Click Here!

When- Thursday December 11th, 7:30 PM

Where- Arts and Sciences Auditorium

Cost- $14 for General Admission, $11 for Seniors, $7 for Students w/ valid ID

Staying in? Stay warm and cozy.

Photo Credit to ABC Family

Photo Credit to ABC Family

Feeling like staying in? Well grab that blanket and some hot cocoa because nothing says Christmas time like ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas.  This allows you to have 25 days of Christmas movies to get you ready for the holiday!  This is perfect for the family or friends.  This TV special starts December 1st and continues through the 25th of December.  Now if you don’t want to wait around by your television waiting for your favorite Christmas movie, have no fear I have the complete lineup here.

Seasons Greetings from Downtown Laramie

My favorite part of Christmas are the community events that not only gets you ready for the holidays but is fun for the entire family as well.  If your kids want to get a head start on their Letters to Santa look no further!  This event is geared towards the youth of Laramie.  If this sounds like something you and your loved ones might be interested in here are some locations of the mailboxes for Santa.  Get your letters together and head down to Big Hollow Food Co-op, First Interstate Bank, the Boomerang and Qdoba to find Santa’s Mailbox.  Letters will be collected starting November 28th and will continue through December 17th.  All responses will be mailed out before Christmas, so keep your eyes open for mail from Santa!

Mark your Calendars for December 5th because I have two very special events that you most certainly won’t want to miss.  Christmas lights, cocoa, and family fun? Count me in.  A tradition for my family is always watching the Christmas Tree Lighting in our home town.  We have participated in this event for almost 15 years.  Sound like fun? It sure is, get your family together and don’t forget warm clothes and make your way to the First Street Plaza before 5:30 PM.  Since you are already downtown get a refill of that hot apple cider or hot cocoa and enjoy the Lighted Holiday Parade.  The theme this year is “Frosty is Coming to Downtown” and will begin promptly at 6PM.

Happy Holidays Cheyenne,Wyoming

If you are also interested in a Christmas Tree Lighting but you don’t live in Laramie, don’t worry because Cheyenne is having one of their own.  The Christmas Tree Lighting in Cheyenne will take place in the Little America Lobby on December 2nd from 5:30 PM through 7:00 PM.  Also instead of having to provide your own drinks and snacks, Little America will have complimentary hot chocolate and warm apple cider, along with some tasty holiday treats!  If you are in the mood to catch a parade on the 29th of November look no further!  Cheyenne will host its very own Christmas Parade at 5PM starting at 17th Street and Carey Avenue.  Grab some warm clothes and some friends and loved ones and make your way downtown to see horse drawn carriages and much more!

Connecting with the community

I thought it would be interesting to reach out to some students and see if they knew about events I was covering in my blog and if they would be interested in knowing what holiday events were taking place in their community.  I was very surprised when I interviewed a UW student and former LCCC student Rachel Eberstein who knew barely anything about what I was covering in my blogs.  Before we started, we spoke briefly about what we would be talking about and I read her the questions so she could give her answers some thought before answering.  If you are interested in watching this video click here. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

Compliments of Google Images

Compliments of Google Images