Over the past couple of weeks, we (Cousin Kris and I) have been making Frankenmittens™: old sweaters brought back to life. When pulling the cashmere mittens out of the sewing machine the threads landed in this wonderful shape. Whenever I see a heart in nature or in a random place, I am reminded that love is all around us.
This is an old family favorite from the kitchen of Leila Boddicker. I believe the original recipe probably came straight from Hershey. Nothing says, “Happy Holidays,” quite like a warm cookie with milk.
- ½ cup butter (no substitutions)
- ¾ cup all-natural peanut butter
Add to the above:
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tbs. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Add dry ingredients to the above mixture:
- 1 ½ cup flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
The mixture should stick together pretty well and pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it does not, add a touch more flour so that you can easily work with the dough.
Roll the dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 365 degrees for 10 minutes or until cracks form on the top of the cookies.
Immediately place one Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss in the center of each cookie while they are still warm.
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For those of us that are constantly giving of ourselves, it is difficult for us to receive because we call that “taking.” We have grown up with the adage, “It is better to give than to receive.” However, receiving must happen in order for giving to happen. Like breathing, you cannot take a breath without expelling a breath.
As I mentioned in the November newsletter, I read the inspirational book called The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea, a super quick and impactful read, written in 2008 by Bob Burg and John D. Mann. As a reminder, the story is about Joe who meets a series of people that teach him about the Five Laws of Success: Continue reading
Christmas. What a wonderful, potentially stressful time of year. We all have so much to do and people to consider. A few years back a great book fell on my path called The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea, a book written in 2008 by Bob Burg and John D. Mann.
While the book was written to inspired business people, it changed my life in a few significant non-business ways. Wikipedia summarizes it well: Joe, the main character, embarks on a learning journey by meeting Go-Givers – friends of The Chairman. Through these interactions he learns of the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success:
The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.
The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.
The Law of Receptivity: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving. Continue reading
The word “organic” gets thrown around a lot these days in the marketing world, but what does it really mean? To us, it means using sustainable practices to make clothing that is not only comfortable and beautiful, but also has the least impact on the planet.
Beckons is whole-heartedly committed to minimizing our environmental footprint.
- We promote the efforts of organic growers
- We manufacture garments domestically (Denver, CO)
- We recycle our shipping boxes and avoid using poly bags whenever possible
- We embrace the triple bottom-line philosophy, caring as much about our impact on the world and it’s people, as we do about profit Continue reading
Becky Prater (center) is an inspired artist, a creative spirit, a yoga convert, and a career designer. Having worked for more than 25 years in apparel design—she’s created everything from wedding dresses and children’s clothing, to beachwear and dance costumes—Becky wanted to create clothing that reflects true intention, and founded Beckons organic yoga clothing.
Clothing has always been a passion of Becky’s—she noticed early on how much impact clothing had on her, and believes that our clothing significantly impacts how we perform in life. She began designing clothing at the age of four, expressing herself through fashions she made for her Barbie dolls.
Later, Becky learned to sew in 4-H, having her mother, Jan Boddicker (right), as her teacher. She would often design a garment on paper before school, and return home to find that her mom had taken the design and sewn it into a garment. She went on to get a Bachelor’s of Fashion Design and a Master’s in Marketing. Over the years, she has worked for consumer brands like Big Dogs and Boarder Patrol. She also created a line of children’s clothing, designed for a New York dance company, Complexions, and custom designed wedding apparel.
Becky took up—and fell in love with—yoga in 2005. She was particularly grateful for yoga’s ability to bring her serenity against a backdrop of a hectic, busy, demanding lifestyle. What she was discouraged by, however, was yoga clothing—she found there to be an overabundance of neutral colors, and the clothing all seemed suited for particularly petite women. That’s when Becky created Beckons.
Becky has comprehensively studied cultures and religion, as well as the psychology of color, to extract commonalities and inject aspects of universal “good” into each of her Beckons garments. She remains passionate about experimenting with color and fabric, and to this day, Becky personally designs every garment in the Beckons organic yoga clothing line.
In addition to designing Beckons organic yoga clothing, Becky teaches fashion entrepreneurship classes at the Art Institute of Colorado. In this position, she is able to share her expertise and daily experiences with design and retail management students, who, in turn, help her navigate her own business challenges and triumphs. Becky enjoys gaining fresh perspectives, and input on design, marketing, styling and social media from her students.
Becky’s intention is to design clothing that inspires you, as an individual, and makes you feel positive, powerful, and vibrant; clothing that is luxuriously comfortable, brightly colorful, and helps you speak your purpose. Learn more about Beckons organic yoga clothing’s clothing or Shop Now.
The Waldo Canyon fire burned 18,000+ acres of land; 32,000 people were evacuated from their homes, with 346 houses completely destroyed in the mountain neighborhoods west of Colorado Springs. This fire is identified as the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history. Beckons is helping the victims by donating yoga clothing to those who have lost homes and all their possessions in the fire.
It is hard to imagine losing everything. Even those homes that were not destroyed have experienced severe smoke damage. We felt like we had to do our part to help out, considering this is in our own backyard. Beckons is a Denver-based yoga clothing company. As a result, Beckons has made a large clothing donation to those who have lost all their clothes in the fire. Partnering with the Women’s Resource Center of Colorado Springs, Beckons organic cotton yoga clothing will be available at the Women’s Resource Center for any of the victims who have lost their homes and all their possessions or who have smoke damage rendering their possessions useless. The Women’s Resource Center is located in the Citadel Mall on the second floor. You will find Beckons yoga capris, yoga pants, yoga tops, and items that can be worn throughout the day, like organic cotton sweaters, dresses and skorts.
People have a tendency to evaluate everything that happens, both good and bad. For instance, you wake up in the morning and stub your toe walking to the bathroom. This leads to the analysis, “Ouch! This is going to be one of those days. That is so frustrating! I hate it when I do that.”
You spend a good 5 minutes mulling over the event, fitting it into your mental system and having this event impact the success of the day going forward. Now, imagine if you stub your toe and think nothing of it – end of event, no impact on the day ahead.
In July, Beckons partnered with Vital Yoga of Denver to bring organic clothing to the Samburu Tribe of Kenya. Micah Springer, co-owner of the flourishing Denver-based Vital Yoga Studio visited this colorful community, bringing along 100 pounds of Beckons clothing to give to the Samburu women. Here are a sweet photos of Penina, wearing her Beckons Yoga Top, and friends.