Posted by : Becca | On : April 27, 2010

Hi readers! This is off-topic, but I really want to share this story with you. This couple is trying to adopt two teen sisters from Latvia whom they met on a trip. As you may know, overseas adoptions can be complicated, but the ages of these girls is making it even more of a challenge. David and Julie are an amazing couple with huge hearts and would be incredible parents for these girls. I got to meet Baiba and Agnese when they came to visit David and Julie over the holidays and they are just great kids who need a forever family. PLEASE – visit their website, send your prayers and good thoughts and if you can help these wonderful people become a family, please do!


Thanks for reading!



Posted by : Becca | On : May 2, 2009

…but I haven’t been posting lately because I’ve been ill. Pneumonia, to be specific, and it’s been more than a month that I’ve been sick. So I will be posting again – I promise! I just need to get lots of rest and get better. I’m just glad it’s not swine flu!



Posted by : Becca | On : January 2, 2009

New Years resolutions are not something I’ve ever really participated in in the past, but I’m starting something new today. Perhaps not a New Years resolution, but starting a new habit to help me save. Every time we go to the store, we use the store card and coupons and the receipt always prints out a handy-dandy summary of the amount you saved. I decided that I’m actually going to SAVE it.

I have my Quickbooks all in order for the new year. Since I enter in my receipts and transactions every day, each time I have a savings from a coupon or discount, I’ll transfer the funds into my savings account. I wonder how much I’ll have in there at the end of the year. Today is a perfect day to start, seeing as it’s New Years Day. My husband just came home with a store receipt with $10.73 in savings. I just used my online banking to transfer and entered it in Quickbooks. Yay!

If you haven’t tried it, Quickbooks and Quicken are a great way to keep track of your finances. It makes things so simple and the reports you can create to see where you are spending are awesome. It’s especially great to use Quickbooks if you have business income to keep track of.

I got so excited about my savings plan for the year, I started a blog about it. Check it out at My Frugal Year!

So, what’s your resolution this year?



Posted by : Becca | On : December 16, 2008

It’s winter. This means cold, snow and ice. Ice on the roads in particular. This also means it’s time to bring a certain fact to the attention of the masses of people who seem to have completely missed it. Yes, yes…your sweet four-wheel drive vehicle is rockin’. It’s fabulous. Great to get through the snow. Yep. But get this: Four-wheel drive is not, I repeat NOT four-wheel STOP. Hello…your super slick SUV doesn’t do jack squat for you on black ice.

Think, people. Let’s see…night before there was sleet on roads that were warm from the 50+ degree weather. In hours, the temperature plummets into the single digits. What does an intelligent person surmise from this situation? ICE on the roads.

SO, Mr. Cool Stuff in your Denali…do me a favor and get the BLEEP off my bumper! I’m terribly sorry you’re in a rush, but it’s not your right to make the fact that you didn’t leave early my problem. Your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency for me, so no. I’m not going to go any faster. I’m in the right lane. PASS me if you must but stay the H.E. Double Hockysticks off my rear.

Believe me, wherever you are headed is not nearly as important as us all getting where we’re going SAFELY, so slow down, leave some room in front of you and for goodness sake hang up the dang phone.

Rant over. Thank you for reading.



Posted by : Becca | On : December 11, 2008

It’s that time of the year, you know! Sending out holiday greetings is part of the Christmas and winter holiday traditions. It’s not too late if you haven’t gotten your cards yet! Whether you need holiday cards for your family or business, there’s a place online where you can order gorgeous holiday cards.

The Gallery Collection has a terrific selection of Corporate Holiday Cards and personal cards. GalleryCollection.com is sponsoring several promotions right now. They are even giving away cards! They are sending out emails to customers who haven’t yet placed their orders and giving away holiday cards to the first 100 people who place orders of up to 250 cards. No Scrooges there!

Speaking of Scrooge, they are sponsoring a delightful giveaway on DailyLit.com – FREE downloads of the famous tale “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens! Revisit the wonderful story of Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchett and Ebenezer Scrooge.

Check out the great sales on holiday cards while you still can! The site is so easy to navigate and they have a wonderful selection of holiday cards, photo cards, birthday cards and just about every occasion you can imagine. They even have assortment boxes you can order so you always have the right card on hand for any occasion.

So, if you haven’t gotten your cards yet – check them out. You won’t regret it!



Posted by : Becca | On : September 14, 2008

Brilliant. Just hilarious. Doesn’t matter what your political views are…this is just flat out funny. Enjoy!



Posted by : Becca | On : September 10, 2008

I knew that going back to school to finish my degree would mean having to do some things I don’t particularly want to do…such as math homework. Ugh. Math was never my strong suit. I’m in an algebra class right now and though it’s a challenge, I’m muddling through.

Something funny, though…I found a new definition of humility. That would be having my almost 13 year old daughter help ME with MY homework. She sure got a kick out of it. More than that though, I really think it gave her some confidence to really see that sometimes kids DO know more than grown-ups. Now if only I could get her to clean her room…but that’s a whole other blog post, isn’t it?

All in all, school is going well. I’ve gotten A’s in all my classes thus far. In May I’ll have my Associates degree and then just a while to go to finally get my Bachelors. The good news is that I WILL be done before my kids start college. Yippee!



Posted by : Becca | On : September 5, 2008

Hello Dear Readers!

Part of the joy of being self-employed is that I can make time to volunteer and support organizations that are important to me. One thing I do is serve on the Board of Directors for Next Stage theater company. We are a small, fairly new theater company in the Denver area. Our mission is to engage audiences by introducing quality new works and reviving unfamiliar and thought-provoking live theater. You can learn more about Next Stage by visiting our Web site.

On September 27, 2008 we will be holding our wildly popular annual fundraiser, Miscast, in which some of Denver’s finest actors perform songs and scenes from roles in which they would never be cast.

Winner of a Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Special Event and recognized by local critic David Marlowe as one of the best theater events Denver has to offer! And this year…we will be offering our audience the opportunity to vote on their favorite act each night!

If you’re in the Denver area, please consider coming to the show. I’m performing in the show again this year! Tickets will soon be on sale at http://www.nextstagedenver.com.

If you would like to support the arts through a donation of funds or an item, gift certificate or service for our silent auction at the event, please contact me. I know many of my readers are small business owners or direct sales reps. If you’d like to donate, you will get a link on the Next Stage web site for a year, and for my EclecticWAHM readers I will offer a blog post about your business and a link and/or banner on this site for a year! If you’d like to take advantage of this offer and support the arts, please get in touch with me before September 15.

THANK YOU!! And wherever you are, please support your arts organizations!



Posted by : Becca | On : September 1, 2008

Yes, I’ve been out of the loop for a week because of the DNC. I was working events and on my feet a TON. By chance I ended up, at the last minute, with credentials to get into Invesco Field for the last night of the convention and Obama’s speech. I’ll say right now I’m still an undecided voter, but I left the evening with renewed pride in our country. I’m so grateful to live in the United States of America.

So…getting into the event. I left for work early Thursday morning expecting to go home in the afternoon and watch the event on television. The event I was working was a roundtable then a luncheon with Madeline Albright. Turns out the event host possibly had extra credentials for the event at Invesco and told those of us who were interested to head down to the tour busses after the luncheon to see if any were available.

I closed out my event, got everyone out of the ballroom, punched out and tried to figure out what to do. I was already exhausted and knew it was a slim chance to get in anyway. I almost just went home. After some texting with my husband, I discovered he had credentials to get in. He was at home and exhausted, having gotten up at 6:30am Wednesday, ran camera all day, came home Wednesday evening, slept for three hours, then went BACK to Invesco at 1:00AM to set up for Thursday’s event. He worked all night long and into the afternoon and was looking forward to getting some rest. But yanno what…this is history in the making. This is once in a lifetime. When he texted me that he had credentials to get in, I texted back one word: GO.

So at about 3:00pm Thursday, I headed to the end of the complex to the tour busses. Met up with a co-worker who was trying to get credentials too. We just looked at each other and said “well, I guess we’re in this together!” There were a bunch of people waiting by the busses to see if they could get credentials too. It wasn’t looking good. Then at 3:14, one of the group coordinators came to where we were standing and yelled “the busses are moving in ONE minute. You need to be ON a bus to get credentials to the event!” Doug and I looked at each other and went for the bus, hoping to find empty seats. We got on and found two seats together and hoped for the best. As the bus started moving, a woman started passing out the credentials. There were enough for everyone on the bus.

I then called my mom and told her what was going on. Oh, and asked her to go to my house and get my kids and take care of them for the evening. Grandmas rock. Just sayin’.

The bus made it’s way through the crowded Denver streets over to Invesco Field. Now this wasn’t just a regular shuttle. This was a bus with special digintaries from foreign countries and other “folks of importance” so we got past the mass of humanity waiting hours to get inside the stadium to a secured area, parked the bus and made it into the staduim in a matter of minutes. What luck! Only problem was…the bus wasn’t returning to the complex after the event. It was returning the dignitaries to their hotels in Boulder and out by the airport. It’s a long walk from Invesco back into Downtown Denver. Oh well…who couldn’t use some extra exercise?

I was able to meet up with my husband once we made it inside and we enjoyed the evening together. Saw John Legend, Sheryl Crow and Stevie Wonder. Al Gore spoke. Obama’s speech was really good. I’m curious to see just *how he plans to accomplish everything he talked about.

It’s finally all over, the delegates and tourists have left town and I’m recovering. My husband is also recovering from extremely long hours and hard work. He was part of the crew for many events throughout the week. He ran camera for several roundtable sessions, helped set up the press booths for NBC and others at the Pepsi Center and Invesco. Here’s a picture of some of the booths he help set up at Invesco:

Here is a photo of the south stands at Invesco with John Legend performing on the jumbotron:

Here is a picture taken towards the end of the event:

And the fireworks going off at the very end. It was amazing!!

What a night. I’m so glad I didn’t just go home to watch it on TV.

Oh, and here’s some video I took with my little digital camera. I’m not a professional videographer, so don’t pick on my camera shots, ok?



Posted by : Becca | On : August 27, 2008

So this week here in Denver we’re hosting the Democratic National Convention. This makes for a pretty crazy time, especially for those of us who are involved in working at the events. Both my husband and I have been working a lot this week downtown. He’s an IATSE stagehand, so he’s gotten to set up lighting for the Today Show, the Tonight Show and other NBC stuff, he’s run camera at events for people like Ted Turner and Madeline Albright. Lucky guy even met Ben Affleck today!

As for me, I’ve seen Madeline Albright, Bill Clinton and Walter Mondale along with dignitaries from countries all over the world. My favorite moment so far has been in the ballroom at the complex where I work. There were just a few of us in there and I was checking on the setup for the night’s event. I picked the right time to check up there because I got to enjoy watching and listening to James Taylor (swoon!!) do his sound check while Tony Bennett waited to do his. I had to get back to other duties before Tony sang, but to hear James Taylor live and up close with just a few other folks around was just amazing.

So…not so much a working from home week but that’s ok. When I do work outside the house, I almost always have an interesting story to tell! I love my part time job down there. I’ve seen some amazing things and met some incredible people. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!