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summer sips …melting pot’s non-alcoholic new drinks…{littleton event photography}

it’s been an honor to work with Littleton Melting Pot to showcase their new non-alcoholic luscious drink offerings which will be available August 1st!  Each of the drinks are only $5.  Make a reservation to soak up a leisurely summer afternoon or evening on the patio (or inside), bring the kids, the family, and friends and sit back and let the Melting Pot take care of the rest.   This restaurant is an absolute MUST experience!

the simple sangria

 

the yin yang

 

the italian sodas

again the italian sodas…

 

the real fruit smoothie…

 

the kookie cookie monster…

the simple sangria…

 

Future’s so bright…{Emelise Munoz}

Meet Colorado’s Emelise Munoz

Singer/Songwriter/Musician

 

No one knows what the future holds, but a girl can always dream!

 

In her own words…

I have always had a passion for music. Well, my parents tell me that I have been singing ever since I could talk! When I was four my Grandma made that wish come true by getting me a guitar for my birthday…that was the only thing on my birthday list! When I was six, I was very fortunate to have a guitar teacher that believed in me so much that he brought me to his gigs and let me play a couple songs during his breaks. That was the moment that I fell in love with the stage. I loved it so much that when I was seven I made an appointment at the town hall and I got my street performers permit. I wrote my first song when I was nine and I wrote it because my papa was away for his birthday. He had a conference so I wanted to surprise him by writing my first song called “Papa”.
 
People often ask me where I get my inspiration for writing my songs. I write a lot of my songs about the outdoors, my family, and life experiences. It is easy for me to write about these things because they are all dear to my heart. Lately I have been on a kick where I write about other people’s journeys through life. I realize not everybody has the ability to tell their story for many to hear so I take pride in sharing their voice through my music.
 
One of my favorite memories was when my papa and I were coming back from a show in Evergreen and we wanted to stop by Red Rocks to take a few pictures. Nobody was stopping us from going all the way down to the stage so I played a few songs on the Red Rocks stage! Some people who were exercising up the stairs came all the way down to listen and cheer for me after each song. I could only imagine the feeling one must have playing on that stage to a sold out crowd!
 
I have been fortunate enough to play at many amazing venues during my 11 years. Some of my favorites have been the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, Tootsie’s in Nashville, and the Avondale Towne Cinema in Georgia where Elvis played twice! Yes, I played on the same stage as the King of Rock and Roll!! I have some big dreams ahead of me and would love to someday play on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Radio City Music Hall, and Red Rocks..this time for real 😉
 
I will continue to work on my dream because I believe this is what I was born to do. I look forward to sharing my joy, my passion, my music with the world!
Be sure to check out the links below for information on her upcoming shows and performances:
Trust me–seeing her is a MUST DO.  She’s inspired my sons in their music and we’ve enjoyed seeing her several times around town.  When I first heard her play via a link on the KBCO Facebook page I knew I had to take the boys to see her.  And when we did I leaned over to her dad and said:  “No doubt we are in the presence of greatness.”  I can’t wait to see where her passion and tremendous talent takes her!
Embellish It was an honor to photograph you and your lovely family.  I want a front row seat when you play RED ROCKS!

3 Rivers Milk Bank…{Making a difference, one ounce at a time…}

Hello, my name is Mary Beth and I am a photographer and former blogger…with shame… as i am WAY behind on blogging…ugh.

A family emergency left me in PA for 5 weeks with not much notice.  Luckily I was able to grab one of my cameras and a few lenses and did some photo sessions and fun visits with many cool people i know there.  It  was an honor to get to spend some quality time learning more about The 3 Rivers Milk Bank located in the Pittsburgh, PA area is the creation of one of my high school friends Denise O’Connor.  They are a group of clinicians, nonprofits professionals and community volunteers working to establish a donor milk bank to serve the neonatal intensive care units and babies of PA, WV, and NJ.

 

Denise is an IBCLC certified lactation consultant and La Leche League Leader (retired). She had been working with nursing mothers and their infants for over 18 years. Denise earned her degree in neuroscience from The University of Pittsburgh and worked in cognitive rehabilitation prior to becoming a lactation consultant in 2004. Through the years, she has done extensive board work in local non-profit organizations with a focus on women’s and children’s issues including Three Rivers Adoption Council, The Midwife Center, and The Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library.

In addition to all of these things…Denise is a super brilliant lady with a strong passion for making a difference…and, if I may say so myself, a VERY cool mom to 3 very cool kids.  She is happily married to a very cool guy (and our high school classmate too!)  Denise organized a group of high school classmates to help during my chemo treatments.  Thanks to her, I had a cleaning service come and take care of our home every week for the 18 weeks of my treatment.  It was the most wonderful gesture and I will never forget her and all who made that possible.  It truly was a lifesaver as I was too sick to even think about household chores…  She is a beautiful person.  And now so many more people are benefiting from her kindness and helpful spirit.

 

Here’s some information about the Milk Bank…

The MISSION:

“Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank recognizes the importance of breast milk to optimize the health and well-being of all babies, especially medically vulnerable infants. When mothers’ own milk is unavailable, Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank provides donor human milk, which is collected and processed according to the guidelines set forth by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. We also aim to facilitate research and education in human lactation.”

 

Denise broke up some of our family drama by giving me a VIP tour of the milk bank.  I was very impressed to say the least, not only at the organization but it’s size and the tremendously positive impact within the community.

 

The use of donor milk is growing as several  hospitals in PA are expanding to use the donor milk in their Mother-Baby Units.  The use of donor milk results in an overall increase in maternal breastfeeding rates upon discharge.  Healthy infants may require a small amount of the supplemental milk in the early days after birth called “bridge milk” as mom and baby work on building a milk supply and latching.

 

For more information check out THIS LINK.

 

So proud of all that you do for the community Denise.  You are a very humble and genuine superstar.  Thank you for sharing your passion and the story of the Milk Bank with me during my visit.  Oh and also thank you for the tour of the cool neighborhoods that have developed since I lived in PA too {and our very yummy lunch!}

 

 

the best time to book a session…{littleton family photographer}

when IS the best time to book a session?  well, i’m glad you asked…

to me, the best time to book a family photo session is now–when photographers are not busy.  early spring is a wonderful time for a session since the backgrounds are simple, the light is gentle and the temps are mild.  the artist in me loves this time of year…

the colors are so gentle that anything you photograph just pops.  i mean–look at these kiddos–THEY shine rather than the backgrounds which is how is should be!

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