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Benefit Boulder Mountain Fire Department – Sale

Come and Join me this weekend, at The Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale to Benefit Boulder Mountain Fire Department!

Hi all, this weekend I will be at an Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale to Benefit Boulder Mountain Fire Department. This sale/show will be held Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at Boulder’s Watershed School, 1661 Alpine Ave, Boulder CO <–click to see the Map or download the Map from The Boulder Mountain Handmade Site.

Below is a Copy of the Flyer for this Event. If you wish, you may download it in PDF Form. Here is the PDF LINK: Benefit Boulder Fire Dept Sale 2015-flyer-8.5×11 print this up for yourself & please do you part and share this with your friends, family and neighbors.

Flyer for the Boulder Fire Department Benefit... Art, Craft, Bake Sale
Flyer for the Boulder Fire Department Benefit… Art, Craft, Bake Sale

I am looking forward to working with my Father at this show as we sell my Mother’s Art Work (Rest In Peace Mom, I miss and love you!). There will be a lot of talented Crafters, Artists and yummy Baked Goods on Sale and all for a great cause!

The site is Wheelchair and Stroller Accessible

You can’t go wrong stopping by this weekend, there will be:

  • Ample Parking
  • Refreshments Available at the Cafe
  • Entertainment
  • And Family Friendly Activities for the Children
Sample Nancy Marasch Artwork 1
Just a Sample of My Mother’s Artwork.

I hope that you, my followers who will be in the area are able to attend the Sale this weekend. I would love to meet you in person! Mark you Calendars NOW and don’t forget to stop in and say “Hi”!  And While you are there,keep in mind that you’d be a big hit with those ONE OF A KIND, Holiday Gifts this year!

My Mothers Art work another batch of samples.
My Mothers Art work another batch of samples.

Again that’s this coming Saturday and Sunday (November 7 & 8, 2015) from 10 – 4. To find out more information on this please click Boulder Mountain Handmade and See Their Facebook Page.

I hope to meet you there this coming weekend… don’t forget to introduce yourselves and watch for the redhead (me) at the booth (note my hair is shorter now. lol)

I hope that this finds you all healthy, happy, feeling loved and appreciated today!

With Love, Hugs and Appreciation,

Mariah

PS: Thank you all so much for sticking around while I rev up the blog once more, it’s has been a slow start. Don’t forget to follow my blog on Facebook, I post my found freebies and giveaways there. Hey, it’s a way to keep sharing when I am too busy to post on the blog. 🙂

OH Honestly Mariah 2.0

Hi there all, I am refocusing my blog on much more with OH Honestly Mariah 2.0.

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With this new updated version of the blog I will be bringing you not only my reviews & giveaways, but also some DIY projects, Arts & Crafts and frugal tips. Mixed in this you will find some posts about life and family.

I apologize for those of you anxiously awaiting my return since my Mothers death. I however had felt the need to reevaluate my priorities and hence the changes to my blog. Family, Friends and my Arts, crafts, and even (hopefully) some Community Theater and Voice Over work in the future will be occupying more of my time than the blog. However I do plan to share it all with you as OH Honestly Mariah 2.0 progresses.

I look forward to sharing more with you lovely folks soon!

Love and hugs,

Mariah

Missing My Best Friend – News

I am missing my Best Friend

My eyes are red, swollen and teared up once more as I write this, my remembrances of my Mother and her death. My Mother passed away on November 10th, 2014.

Picture from My Mothers Graduation2011 Christmas Time, I captured these two lovers, My best Friend, my Mother and My Father.

2011 Christmas Time, I captured these two lovers, My best Friend, my Mother and My Father.

I thought I was stronger than what I am, and it hurts that I missed a lot as Mom laid on her death bed, this was all due to my experiencing a severely painful ulcer.  I tried to pack up to go stay with Dad and spend time at Mom’s death bed and I was repeatedly stopped in my tracks as I went into cold sweats and severe stomach pain, stress… oh stressed out so bad. I tried to relax but yet my stomach demanded food all the time and still nauseous and severe burning in my stomach… hunched over I was packed but now only getting 3 hours of sleep at a time. I tried everything I could to ease it, the choice was see the doctor or go to the hospital, I chose to see the doctor. I worked myself into an ulcer during the past 3 months and the news of my Mothers dying brought the ulcer to a severe state. Things are getting a little better now, but still I am not well and I am trying to hold of on the Endoscopy until next month, to see if I can get better on my own. I wish I had more time with Mom at her at her bedside, but I was fortunate that I was able to be strong enough to ignore the pain a few hours at a time and spend a few hours at Mom’s bedside on Friday and a few hours on Saturday, thanks to some medications from the doctor. Several days later my Mother passed away… my husband held me as I wanted to drop to the floor with the pain of loss. Oh how I am missing my best friend, my world is missing one very special and loving person, my Mother.

In Loving Memory of Mom Full Card
Click to read about My Mother and her wonderful life.

Here is her Obituary from The Daily Camera: Click Here

My Sister created a beautiful video here it is:

The thumbnail (the picture before this video starts up) is Mom and me on Valentines Day this year. Mom was teasing me about my cleavage and kept trying to cover my chest up by holding the crochet shawl I made her, over my chest. lol

And my very talented Sister, Michelle Marasch Ouellette also wrote the most wonderful Eulogy:

Our mother’s eyes.

Mom and her artwork
Mom and her artwork

Our mother’s eyes were always trained on beauty, seeking it out in butterflies, flaming mountain skies, the English flower garden behind our Minnesota house or the faces of her children and grandchildren.

I am grateful for those eyes. They taught us to see.

For me, it was a warm summer’s day in Wappinger’s Falls, N.Y. Milty and I sat at a table, looking at an ant. Mom asked us to draw. Like most kids, I drew three circles, then, added some sticks for legs.

“No,” Mom stopped me. “Look, really look. Are those circles?”

I looked. I really looked. They weren’t. They were odd, imperfect, pinched at one end, round and flat at another, and they, in their imperfect form, were far more interesting and beautiful than circles.

This is a lesson that I am still learning – to see life as it really is and not simply as my mind forms it.

Our mother’s hands.

They never rested.

They shaped works of art: sculpted hard metal, molded soft clay, embroidered silk. They wiped childish tears, cleaned soiled seats, scrubbed grape jelly grins.

No, they never rested. They seemed made to clean, to fashion, to create.

Even late night, as we rested, gathering to watch a movie or play a game, those hands would be moving, cleaning, sweeping the floor, planning her latest creation, a grandson’s baptism gown, a new oil painting of a granddaughter or a hand-painted wisteria blooming on the walls of our history room.

Those hands changed us kids, gave us a work ethic, helped turn us all into artists in our own right.

Our mother’s mind.

As a child, our mother was an avid reader. She’d sneak a flashlight and books into bed with her and read all night.

She told me this story once and made me curious. What was there about reading that would make her do that?

So I checked out book after book after book, Nancy Drew and Mom’s favorite “Little Women.”

That summer changed my life. I became a reader.

I know for each of us, the story is different, but I can’t help thinking that Mom’s sharp mind helped guide us, making us what we are today.

Our mother’s heart.

Our mother’s heart was the bearer of love — a fierce love for us, her children, and for my dad.

She used to say she wished she could keep us in shoe boxes — she would love to keep us small. This used to scare me so.

She flew out to see me when my eldest was born. One night, he had such cramps that he howled and howled through the night. She took him from me, cradled him in her arms and sent me to bed while she rocked and rocked and rocked him right into the wee hours.

I think that’s what she wanted to do with each of us, when we had a pain in our hearts, our heads or our bodies — hold us in her arms and rock, rock, rock us gently through our dark, dark night.

This week, in the midst of all her pain, we wanted to return the favor and hold her in our arms all the way through her dark night.

She has made it through, and we are grateful. While we can no longer hold her in our arms, we continue to hold her in our hearts and thank her for all she created with those eyes, that mind, those hands, that heart.

Artwork, Jesus by Nancy Marasch, my Mother
Mom’s Artwork Sample 1
Mom's Poetry to her Mother in her Calligraphy and Artwork.
Mom’s Poetry to her Mother in her Calligraphy and Artwork.

I couldn’t have said it better myself… we have such great gifts of creativity, all of us siblings, we are all Artists now. I learned to and continue to seek out beauty all around me too. I see the beauty in people’s eyes… Mom taught me with her love of others to adopt those around me as brothers, sisters and parents, as she adopted people as Aunts, Uncles etc into our lives when we were kids.

Mom’s eyes were sometimes clouded with her being such a people person and the love of others, and she got hurt sometimes as she befriended some people who ended up hurting her and using her as she was such a giver. She’d call in tears as once again she was hurt by someone taking advantage of her generous nature or saying hateful things and lies. That I too have experienced… I have a lot of her in me, the good and the not so good, but I wouldn’t change a thing, she helped to mold me into the loving, creative person that I am today.

Just a picture of me looking sad. I am so sad now... Missing My Best Friend My Mother.
Just a picture of me looking sad. I am so sad now… Missing My Best Friend My Mother.

Not all of Mom’s lessons took. Mom tried to make me stronger, I’ve always been overly sensitive. As an adult I learned to cry in private, in most cases putting a strong brave face out for the world to see… however right now I am a weak little ball of mush, all too emotional to sensitive. Really, at this time, I don’t care who sees my tears, my pain and my broken heart. I cry as I write this. Mom always said, “Mariah, don’t cry…” I would try not to cry, but her saying that made me break down more, every time. She sensed when I was near tears, even before they flowed. During the rosary reading (the night before Mom’s funeral) I heard my Mothers voice in my head saying “Mariah don’t cry,” and of course I broke down worse and cried very hard.  I think it hurt her deeply to see her child cry, and she was trying to make me stronger. During her funeral I again tried not to cry, as I was sure she was looking down on us… hey, what can I say it didn’t work. I have never cried so hard and hurt so… my heart is broken as I am missing my best friend, my Mother.

Love and hugs,

Your Teary Eyed Blogger, Mariah

PS: Sponsors, and Followers, please excuse my absence as I go through this most difficult time. My ulcer and my broken heart are slowly mending and I will be back soon as I can with the over due reviews, and some DIY projects too!

 

 

 

48 Hours Only! – Exclusive Phytoceramides Skin Care Supplement Free Giveaway

This offer has now ended! I want to thank you all, for the wonderful turnout we had for the free supplements! We gave out over 300 bottles! Wow, what a fun time we had with this giveaway and the turn out was tremendous! There seems to be a lot of demand for this wonderful product, and Purely Holistic (the makers of this supplement) are amazed at the turn out we had. If you got your free bottle, please be sure and thank Purely Holistic for the wonderful freebie in an honest review of their product on Amazon. 🙂

Thank you Purely Holistic for entrusting me with this fun project, I had a blast getting your free offer out to the masses. 🙂 And I am truly honored that you allowed me to Exclusively run this offer, just for my readers!

250 Bottle Free Giveaway is Open for this Exclusive Phytoceramides Skin Care Supplement!

You have only 48 hours to enter so go enter right away!

US ONLY! This Starts Noon Pacific Time 8/27/14 – Ends when bottles run out (or Noon on 8/29/14)

Welcome to Phytoceramides Skin Therapy Supplement Giveaway
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Thank you to Purely Holistic, the makers of this Supplement, for offering this Exclusively to my Readership!

Within a couple of days of my trying this product, I was still so excited about my having the opportunity to try it, that I asked the company for a favor… “could I please give a couple of these away on my blog, my readers will go nuts!” And the rest is history, this generous company was as excited as I am and said yes… they even said that they saw most giveaways were only for one product and offered to make this a WONDERFUL EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY for 250 of MY READERS! I am so excited!

We have 250 bottles to give away, but you must be quick, it’s first come first serve basis! – US ONLY PLEASE

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Disclaimer: I am fortunate enough to have this exclusive giveaway to offer all you wonderful readers! I am not affiliated with Purely Holistic. But Purely Holistic and I am running this giveaway together, to give you all the wonderful opportunity to  try out this supplement. I did receive a free bottle of Phytoceramides Skin Care Supplement for a review through Tomoson, and not in exchange for this giveaway… this is just one of those special events for my readers.