Welcome Friends!

I’m thrilled you’ve decided to visit the “Must Love Shoes” blog—our little corner of the world filled with articles created especially for you! I love sharing with my friends, but the real fun begins when the conversation flows!

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Meet Emily: Must Love Shoes’ New Intern

Emily Nelson blog introductionHello I’m Emily Nelson and Julie has hired me to be her intern for the summer!

I am going into my senior year of college at Frostburg State University, studying Art & Design with a focus in Graphic Design and Sculpture.

After working for the Arc of Frederick County, a non-profit company that supports people with disabilities, I knew that I wanted to work for a person who shared a love of charity, and helping and empowering others. After meeting and being interviewed by Julie, I knew she was a truly amazing woman who had everything I was looking for in both an employer and mentor!

And now after reading all of her books and stalking her on social media (with consent) 😛  I’m so very honored to be working under such a talented, inspiring woman! I’m excited to bring my talents to the Must Love Shoes community and to Julie’s business.

Just some fun facts about me: I am in love with the color red and all of its variations.

I’m a terrible speller.

A coffee addict.

I want to teach high school art classes.

I make jewelry out of bronze and copper, and

I’m the oldest of seven siblings.

So thank you Julie and hello world!


Who Influenced You?

Woman to Woman logoJanuary is Mentor Recognition Month and Woman to Woman Mentoring, an organization very near and dear to my heart, is celebrating in a very big way. Next Thursday, January 21st they are hosting an Honor Your Mentor evening at Nido’s Restaurant, downtown Frederick.

I was one of the individuals interviewed to talk about who mentored me in an inspiring video series. To be truthful, I strugged with the label of ‘mentor.”  Unlike today, mentoring in the past was not as formal as it is today and it is organizations like the Woman to Woman Mentoring Organization who have put this important relationship front and center.

The reality is that although I did not have one person who met with me on a regular basis, who served as a champion for my long career, I did have many people in my life who influenced me greatly. They are people who did not necessarily teach me how to be a business owner, a dynamic keynote presenter, trainer, or facilitator, rather people who taught me how to be a good person, an involved parent, an overcomer, a continual student, a blessing to others. To me, that’s the heart and soul of what mentoring is about.

In honor and recognition to some of those people, view my video as I present my responses to the all-important question, “who mentored you?”

Want to get involved in mentoring or recognize the special people who were your influencers? Check us out and join us Thursday, January 21st.  I promise you will be inspired.



Newest Book “Random Musings” Available for the Holidays

Random Musings coverI’m working hard to finish my latest book “Random Musings” just in time for your holiday gift giving. If you follow me on Facebook, you most likely have chuckled, teared up, or simply been entertained by my random accountings of a day in the life!

Stay tuned and keep checking back to learn when you can pick up your copies for your favorite teachers, friends, or family members.

And who knows?  There may even be a party!



Meet In-Kind Sponsor Digital Bard

Whitney HahnYou have to admit, when a company describes themselves as “zesty” it makes one a wee bit curious.  My final blog post recognizing a very gracious in-kind Sponsor from our summer Soles of Love in the Garden project explores what it’s like to work with a zesty video marketing firm.

Meet Digital Bard!

Whitney, Araminta, Angela, Rick, Chris, Owen, and Stacey. (I haven’t met Stacey yet but I have every reason to believe she’s just as zesty as the rest of this amazing team.)

They are fun, funny, sassy, energetic, extremely detail oriented, and so very creative!

OK, if I must be totally honest, I’m a little bit obsessed with them right now. Not stalker-ish “camp-outside-of-their-office-and-follow-them-down-the-street” obsessed but I’m already dreaming of other projects I want to work on with them next year.

My first experience with this zesty firm was a video project for Must Love Shoes called Truly Beautiful. I wanted to find a way to more efficiently present a series of photos capturing women feeling joyful and passionate into a keynote presentation I offer to women audiences. In my mind I pictured a simple series of photos with accompanying descriptions in a video format. What I got was more.

So. Much. More!

Angela was my point person on this project. She was in constant communication with me throughout the entire project to assure that I knew what was going on throughout the duration. She invited me to preview the video as it began to take shape to confirm that we both had the same vision. Chris worked with our “beautiful” subjects capturing the audio portion of the work, and new employee Owen demonstrated quickly he was a zesty-worthy member of the team.  It’s a video I’m proud to show and has become a popular addition to my keynote repertoire. Check out the final project here!

Enter Soles of Love in the Garden!

Whitney, Rick, and Heather worked collaboratively to produce my most recent video highlighting the good work the women of this community have accomplished through our Soles project. From our initial brainstorming meeting, to gathering B-roll footage, to attending the event, they covered every angle possible to tell my story.

And kudos to Rick for having the zesties to attend an event with over 170 women in attendance. And not once did I see him cry!   :)  What I loved most about the night of the party was that you barely knew they were there. No big lighting structures to intimidate attendees. No awkward questions to stump interviewees. Just two fun professionals hanging at my party who just happened to be also carrying a camera and a microphone. Who knew videotaping an event could be so low-maintenance?

I think I love them!

You might be wondering what Heather had to do with this project. Heather is the arranger. The fixer. The appointment setter. The copy-Julie-on-emails-to-her-clients-and-contacts-so-she-stays-in-the-loop kind of gal. I bet her office is even neat! Seriously folks, if attention to detail were an Olympic sport, Ms. Heather would be a gold medalist.

What can I say about what it was like to work with the Digital Bard team?

They are the real deal.

They do what they say they will do and then they do more.

With spirit.


Laughter and great wit.

And that’s zesty!

Thank you, Whitney, for your very generous in-kind discount. Stay tuned tomorrow when we reveal the final product.






The Walk

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It’s been almost a week since I returned from our beach vacation and I miss my walks already.  While at home, I walk around town almost every day, but it’s different, you know?

There are so many different kinds of walks.

The Power Walk.

The Cat Walk.

The John Travolta-I-just-gotta-Strut-Walk.


And the Beach Walk.

But I I call it the Soul Walk!

When I’m on my beach walk, I can’t hide from myself. Or other people.

Or agendas. Motives. Demands.


It’s just me and my thoughts.

It is during those walks I feel the most vulnerable.

Yet authentic.

And inspired.

I think about mistakes I’ve made. Words I wish I hadn’t spoken. Things I wish I had the courage to do. Say. Be.

I think about the many times I’ve fallen short of becoming the woman I aspire to be….

….all the while consciously aware of the tide rolling in, settling in like a cool puddle of encouragement around my feet.

Over and over again.

Its sycopated rhythm never missing a beat.

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Nonjudgmental about whether the waves were better or less than the ones before.

Reminding me that each day. Each hour.

Each moment is an opportunity to begin again.

And that acknowledgment almost moves me to tears with hope and optimism.

And joy!

During this morning’s read, I happened across the most beautiful words by Mary Oliver in her book Long Life.   It captured the essence of what I feel in my heart during my precious beach walks.

“Once, years ago, I emerged from my walk in the early morning — it was the most casual of moments–pouring down sunlight, I experienced a sudden impact, a seizure of happiness. It was not the drowning sort of happiness, rather the floating sort. I made no struggle toward it; it was given. Time seemed to vanish. Urgency vanished. Any important difference between myself and all other things vanished. I knew that I belonged to the world and felt comfortably my own containment in the totality.”

May today bring you that kind of joy.

Beach walk joy!

A “seizure of happiness.”





Meet In-kind Sponsor: John Kuhn Photography

Soles of Love 2015 crowd shotIt will soon be a month since over 160 women gathered in my back yard to collect a total of 529 pairs of new shoes for local children in need.  Summer’s over! (At least in my mind!)  The bittersweet process of discarding flower pots that are struggling to survive has begun. Summer flower beds are being trimmed and coiffed as a prelude to Autumn’s glorious appearance and school is back in session in most surrounding counties. All we have left of that beautiful night is the memories.    And the photos!


John photo shoot

My brother, John Kuhn, has been the “official” Must Love Shoes photographer since the launch of the book series and related community of women was first conceived.

Operating as John Kuhn Photography, my “little brother” has been by my side capturing the past five garden parties and two book launch gatherings. His contribution to all my premiere events is immeasurable, making him a much beloved In-Kind Sponsor.


IMG_1995-BorderJohn’s keen eye captured the magic of the evening, from garden vignettes to the laughter and camaraderie among friends, old and new. In addition, this year he captured every willing attendee at our first ever “Step & Repeat” banner as they entered the gardens.

A favorite fixture at the garden parties, John has a loyal following of women who seek him out to capture their special moment with friends.



“John! Over here!”  

“John!  Please take our picture!”



He covers so much ground in the evening that it’s rare I see him until evening when the revelers depart and the gardens become quiet again for another year.

Days later, as my guests’ profile pictures change to reflect John’s beautiful work and his exquisite photos are shared, I am reminded that not only am I lucky to have John as my photographer, but as my family.

Because that’s the essence of the Soles project; looking out for each other as family. 


John and me at garden party


Thank you John. Love you to the moon and back!





Meet In-Kind Sponsor: The Savory Spoon Catering Company

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There are a few days each year when my kitchen comes alive!

Last Friday night was one of them!  Cheri Thompson, owner of The Savory Spoon Catering Company, was in the house and it never smelled better!

While my guests were mingling throughout the gardens, the official Soles of Love in the Garden caterer was holding court.

Surrounded by her team of fun wait staff and chef Jonathan, my little country kitchen was ‘a buzz!  Crabcakes were rolling out of the oven, the aroma of onion tarts filled the air, and the laughter and camaraderie in the room resembled a family gathering at the holidays.

Cheri and her team have catered my event for the past three years and each year she exceeds my expectations! Her elaborate menu and creative table decor always reflect the theme of the party. She approaches this event as if it were her own and to some degree, it is.

I was filled with pride each time I heard praise about the amazing spread of food. Cheri’s very gracious discount and the added time and effort she spends to make the food such a memorable part of the evening make her a valued In-Kind Sponsor. However, it is with a grateful heart I call her friend.

It’s been said that “love began in a garden.”  But last Friday night, there was love in that kitchen.

And all things taste better with love!




Meet In-Kind Sponsor: Kelly Beach of Vicarious Travel

IMG_2005Now that “Soles of Love in the Garden” is over for another year, I can finally relax. But before I do that, there are still three very important In-Kind Sponsors I need to publicly acknowledge.  The first one is Kelly Beach of Vicarious Travel.

As many of you know, Kelly is a top-rate event planner as well as host of Italian tours to the Tuscan countryside.  She orchestrated my first “Must Love Shoes Goes to Italy” retreat in 2014 and we are beginning registration for our Fall 2016 retreat within the week.  So now that I’ve distracted you with thoughts of sipping wine under the Tuscan sun, let me ask you to first to FOCUS on Soles of Love for just a few minutes.

Kelly’s role in the annual Soles event kicks in 48 hours before the party. Up until that point, I have things pretty well under control. I’m gardening, buying all the things I need to make it a special thematic evening, meeting with the caterer, arranging for the musicians, designing the program books, and all the other countless things that go into planning a party at my home.

But then the day before the event arrives and my stress kicks in in a BIG way! That is when my friend, event planner extraordinaire, and therapist springs into action!  To illustrate what I mean by this, let me give you a glimpse into the conversations that happen at Garden Party Central at 0:48 hours!

Julie:   (Seeing that the forecast looks dismal and rain is certain). “Noooooooooooo!  Ohhhhhhhhh noooooooo!”  “Whaaaaat am I going to dooooooooo with over 160 women???????”  “I don’t have roooooooom to put 160 women in my hooouuussse!  “Should I postpone it till Saaaaaaaturdaaaaay?” “What should I dooooooo Keeeeeeelllllly?”

Kelly:  (Speaking with authority and confidence).  “Julie, you need to be proactive, not reactive. Do not wait and let everyone start calling you.  Send all the participants a note NOW and tell them that you will decide no later than 5 pm if the event needs to be postponed until the next evening. Do it NOW!”

And so that’s what I do!

In the meantime, Kelly springs into action and assembles our two beautiful tents and strings lights inside so we can see under the tent after dark.

Julie:  (Now bringing her brand new Step & Repeat banner outside, removing it from the carrying case and seeing that (in her mind) MAJOR assembly is required).  “Ohhhhhhhhhh noooooooo.  It haaaaas DIRECTIONS????”  “YOU HAVE TO READ THE DIRECTIONS TO PUT IT TOGETHER????”   (sighs loudly)

Kelly:  (Calmly picks up directions and reads.)  “Ok, did you order an 8 x 8 banner or an 8 x 10?”

Julie:  “I donnnnnn’t knoooooow!  Whhhhhy  does it maaaaattttter?”

Kelly:  “Because you assemble it differently depending on the size.”

Julie:  (Not able to remember the size of a product she personally ordered a mere week ago, goes into the house and returns with a tape measure. Begins to measure the banner.)

Kelly:  (Within 5 minutes of learning the actual size of the banner, has it completely assembled.)

Julie:  (Slinks away and works on table decorations where she feels safe!)

The evening of the event, Kelly is like a conductor , tending to so many details without hesitation. Candles need lighting? Check!   White twinkly lights keep short circuiting?  Re-route some of the lights to a different plug!  Getting low on glasses?  Get glasses to the appropriate location!  Attendees leaving?  Make sure someone is out front to give them a program booklet.  Kelly’s presence the night of the party allows me to be present and enjoy my guests and the event that I have worked months preparing for.

Just imagine what she can do for your events!  Thank you Kelly!  Since you’ve become part of the Soles team, I have had nothing but fun at my own parties!

With love and gratitude,


PS – NOW…. go click on the link to her website and learn how you can experience a Tuscan countryside adventure!




Meet In-Kind Sponsor “The King of Christmas”


There is something magical about light.

Take an ordinary evergreen tree.

Add twinkling white lights, and ordinary transforms into extraordinary!

There is no need to add fancy baubles or bling. The simplicity of a tree donned in white lights is enough.

Simply, elegantly, enough!


There is also something enchanting about white lights in a summer garden. It sets the mood….makes you feel warm, cozy, content.

Ron Layman, “The King of Christmas” is back once again with his crew creating our “Grand Illumination” for Friday night. It will be the perfect backdrop for an evening complete with soft jazz, savory treats from the sea, and a collection of soulful women sharing their “soles” for a good cause.

The King of Christmas designs, creates, and installs spectacular light displays for homes or commercial properties during the holiday season but their services expand beyond that. Garden parties, weddings, or any event that needs that special touch of light is an opportunity to let Ron and his crew work his magic.

I cannot wait till Friday night. Every year I look forward to that magical moment after the sun has bid us farewell and dusk has arrived. I glance around the gardens, clothed in her soft, pale gown of white light, and remember….

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.  ~Michael Strassfeld

Thanks Ron, for your contribution to our special evening.


Meet the Flip Flop Sponsors!

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I call them, affectionately, the Flip Flop Girls. This year they are comprised of nine very sassy women and one man who is married to one feisty gal. So that makes him an official member of the “Men of Sole(s).”  They come from diverse businesses but they share one thing in common. They all are passionate about life, their work, and doing good. Let me introduce you to these cool kids!


Lori Benedetto, a CPR and First Aid Trainer. Lori taught several classes at Achieve Fitness, where I am a member, but unfortunately I couldn’t make it. The reviews were outstanding so should you need to brush up on those compressions and breaths (I always get them confused), Lori’s the one you want to see.

Terry Drankiewicz, is my kindred spirit. She feels deeply about this cause and donates so many shoes each year, it requires a special trip in advance.  So much so that I’ve asked her to be one of our featured interviews in a video we’re having created about the impact this movement has had on the community. So look for her when it’s released. She’ll been signing autographs at the par-tee.  :)

Lori Ermi, of The Ermi Group won’t be at the party, unfortunately, because she is recuperating from foot surgery but you can bet she is probably planning the new pair of shoes she’s going to buy once she’s healed. Lori is a fellow trainer and I had the priviledge to meet her and hear her present at last year’s SHRM conference in Frederick, MD.  I like her style and time sure flies when you’re listening to a great speaker, doesn’t it?

Mjach Fitness. What can I say about Melissa Lentz other than the fact that she is Zumbalicious?  I took several of her classes and marvel at how someone can shake her groove thing, do syncopated dance moves, and never stop smiling!  Seriously, at one point, I thought of the old adage, “if you keep doing that, your face is gonna freeze like that!”  That’s the good thing about smiling…. you want your face to freeze like that. And if everyone would Zumba with Melissa, well….. we would have world peace!  :)

Leesa Ruderman is my “sister from another mister,” as we often say.  She is a fellow Ginger and she truly knows how to “rock it like a redhead.”  She’s a nicer, softer, more polite, and Southern version of Martha Stewart. She keeps home baked cookies under a glass dome, decorates for the seasons, plays a mean game of tennis, and has a wardrobe to die for. I want to be her. On a more serious note, Leesa volunteers her time as a Child Services Advocate and has her hands in a lot of other great causes around the community.

Leslie Schultz is my “new friend who was fit to become an old one” the minute I met her. We met through our involvement on the committee that plans the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Ball. In fact, her daughter, Lindsay, was the top fundraiser this past year and a pretty talented young woman in her own right. Leslie is dedicated to her work with SOAR, which advocates for our Seniors population. How lucky are they?  Everyone needs a Leslie on their side. I’m glad she’s on mine.  Hope you get to meet her Friday night.

Fran Simons’ business is called & Coco.  A unique name for a company that creates extraordinarily beautiful vintage jewelry and other whimsical treasures. I have a little confesson to make. I fell in love with Fran and her sister Ruth’s booth space when they were located at Chartreuse & Company. The first time I walked into their space, complete with chandeliers and vintage finds arranged with an artist’s eye, I said to my friend, “I don’t know who owns this booth but I want to be her best friend.”  At the risk of becoming a stalker, I will say that we did finally meet and I’ve been a fan ever since. If you ever notice me wearing an exquisite vintage statement necklace, you have officially “met” my girl crush, Fran. Because she designed every one that I own.

Sam Swann is the man, not only because he is my first male flip flop sponsor but because he and his wife Sue raised two talented, creative, artistic, and extremely impressive children, Kelsey and Kevin. Sam and Sue are my friends from church and give graciously of their time and talent to so many causes. Sam works for Pro Mortgage and, let me put it this way, he is so gregarious and such a nice guy that he could even make the mortgage/loan process feel like a positive experience.  Now that’s something worth signing your name to, don’t you think?

Susan Vernicek is a speaker, author, and publisher of Identity Magazine, an online publication that promotes positivity, self-esteem, and confidence in women. There are many fun ways to get involved with her community of women and her online offerings make it easy for the woman who wants to invest in improving self awareness and goal realization. Susan is Mom to an adorable set of twins and I marvel at how she is able to balance her entrepreneurial spirit with her spirited little toddlers but she does it with great panache!

Edith (Edie) Wennick is a Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and has everything you want in a financial advisor. She’s smart, professional, caring, and can explain things in a way that you can actually relate to and understand without feeling like you are…. well… not smart. :)  Seriously, I get nervous around people who talk stocks, investments, estates, trusts as effortlessly as I can talk about the many flavors of ice cream. But Edie’s knowledge and ability to communicate make her one of the best in her field. Edie holds a special place in my heart because she was one of the twelve women who journeyed with me during the inaugural “Must Love Shoes Goes to Italy” retreat last fall. But we’ll save that story for another time.

And there you have it. Thanks to my ten Flip Flop Sponsors for your support and for helping us put shoes on the feet of many deserving area children in need.





Meet Our Kitten Sponsors-Part Two

I’m thrilled to welcome four new Kitten Sponsors to this year’s Soles of Love in the Garden party. Each one of these “soul-filled” women are either old friends or new friends I wanted immediately to have as an old friend.  Introducing…..

Julie CastlemanJulie Castleman
, owner of Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood.  I don’t even remember when I first met Julie because she’s the kind of soul you feel like you’ve known forever. Nothing makes me happier than to see her doing what she loves… helping others make special memories!  Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood is a woman-owned business with fifteen years experience in events and planning. She has helped plan over 750 weddings!  (That’s a lot of wedding cake!)  Here is where it gets good…. a portion of the monies received from weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, etc. provide funding for their Equine Assisted Learning Program and partnership with Head Start Frederick County. If you want your heartstrings tugged, go to their Facebook page and look at the pictures of the faces on these children when they are with these horses!  Another interesting fact is that nonprofit organizations may use the ThorpeWood lodge and grounds at no charge. Yep!  You may want to read that again!   I’ve attended many events at ThorpeWood as well as facilitated there and I can tell you, from experience, there is no more magical, idyllic place to celebrate life’s special moments than in the beautiful Catoctin Mountains!  Thanks Julie!


Christine Laurich croppedChristine and Brian Laurich own Vintage Sign Co. I actually just met Christine for the first time this past year and we made an instant connection. They have an interesting story, especially knowing how I love all things vintage! Back in the day when Brian began signmaking, Christine and their daughters would accompany him at artisan shows, such as Waterford, VA, dressed in period clothing to help give their brand a comprehensive “brand” experience.  Seriously, you can’t sell vintage signs wearing Manolo Blahniks and skinny jeans, can you???  :)  At any rate, the signs were made with re-claimed period woods, authentic designs, and all hand-painted. As automation and technology evolved, Brian was able to create the same look with increased capabilities. Now, using other materials in addition to wood (which are more durable and affordable), Vintage Sign Co. also has the resources to create signs in larger quantities.. Their signs are everywhere across the country and internationally. I caught my first glimpse of their work at last year’s Catoctin Affair where Brian and Christine donated a vintage American flag sign that was a definite crowd pleaser!  I love their slogan “where fine art becomes sign art…since 1996.”  But it pales in comparison to how much I love my newly found friend in Chrstine.

Barb WagnerBarbara Wagner must love this year’s Soles of Love in the Garden’s theme, Colors of the Sea. She is a beach bunny and loves sharing the feeling of sun on your face and toes in the sand!  Barbara’s Villa at Beach Walk sounds like paradise and I sure could use a little piece of heaven right now.  Looking for a great place to have a family trip? Girl’s Weekend?  Retreat? How does ocean view, three bedrooms and three bathrooms sound to you? Yep! Sounds like the stuff mellow memories are made of. Barb’s condo is located in North Myrtle Beach and to inquire about rental information, contact her at [email protected]  I’m thinking…. that must be the secret to Barb’s easy going personality!  She’s onto something and you can be too. Look for her at the party Friday night.


Joan WicksJoan Wicks is my idol. We are workout buddies and she crushes her fitness on days when often I……ummmmm…. watch her.  :) We quickly became friends that extended beyond the sweat-induced confines of Achieve Fitness and time spent with Joan is always filled with laughter and positivity.  Joan is lending her support to our Soles project as a Kitten Sponsor and asked that we give the Banner School a shout out!  Active on the Banner School board and a proud Banner parent, Joan gives generously of her time, talent, and treasures.  She shared with me once that at a Banner School board retreat, the members identified three words that best describe their students.  Confident. Principled. Prepared.  Now that I think about it, that describes Joan perfectly.  She won’t be able to attend our gathering on Friday but if you drop in to see “Trainer Rick” sometime, she may be the one wearing the weighted vest!  :)


That’s it for now! Stay tuned because soon you will meet the Flip Flop gals (and guy).  And they are a fun bunch of enthusiastic supporters!





Meet our Kitten Sponsors- Part One

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I’m very excited to introduce you to our Kitten Sponsors for this year’s party. Some are old friends to Soles of Love in the Garden and some are new!   This blog post welcomes back old friends:



Marlene and me

Marlene Young of Glad Heart Productions.   There are two kinds of women in this community: Women who already know and adore Marlene, and women who want to meet her. If you are in the latter category, seek her out this Friday night at the garden party and you will understand why her music company is called Glad Heart. You cannot be around her and not feel happy and blessed. I am so very grateful that she chose to support our shoes mission again this year. Thanks Marlene!


Kristi Jacobs woodsKristi Jacobs-Woods and I share something in common. We are both night owls and have the ability to get a massive amount of work done the closer it gets to midnight.(OK… we think it’s massive!)  I know because we often PM each other as we are burning our midnight oils.  She has been a Realtor for almost 18 years and is affiliated with Radcliffe Realty Group, a small, easily accessible and responsive agency. Kristi is one of those women who juggles many balls in the air and does it with great self-deprecating humor and finesse!


Christine Van BloemChristine Van Bloem  of The Kitchen Studio Cooking School is my pick for the next Food Channel Network star!  Instead of being one of those diva-scream-and-yell-at-the-staff kind of stars, she will offer you the comedic entertainment of Robin Willians. (Just check out her facial expressions in her photos!)  I adore her and after just one class with the instructor extraordinaire, you will be smitten too.  She just recently celebrated 10 years of having her studio and we hope she’s around for many, many more.


shoes for website“The Shoe Fashionista” is the name I gave to this anonymous Kitten Sponsor.  If you knew her, you’d know why.  She didn’t want to be mentioned so I’ll just say this. Our secret donor is not able to attend the party but you’ll surely find her around town in the coming weeks. To figure out who…. just keep looking down. Because she knows what I know…. “it’s all about the shoes.”



Stay tuned tomorrow to meet the rest of our Kitten Sponsors. In the meantime, if you haven’t RSVP’d to come to the party, time’s running out.  Click here to register!