March 7, 2019

Please join me at CASA of Larimer County's Light of Hope Breakfast on March 27!


Last year's Light of Hope breakfast at the Hilton in Fort Collins included a delicious hot meal and the opportunity to hear first hand from a CASA volunteer who was in need of CASA services herself as a child. This year the speaker will be a former CASA child who was trafficked sexually before he was taken into foster care and given what he refers to as "simple stabilities like dinner, bedtimes and family movies that make a huge impact." As an adult he is working tirelessly to bring awareness for foster kids and has created Open Arms Awareness Day to bring together people in Larimer County who are interested in becoming foster parents. 


When I first heard of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) I didn't know what they were or understand the extent of their important contribution to children in our community. Their mission statement is "to be a voice in court for abused and neglected children." What that means in reality is that a CASA volunteer is someone who meets with children who face Dependency and Neglect cases on a weekly basis and provides recommendations to help the courts determine what is in the child's best interest. According to the CASA of Larimer County website, this volunteer is often the only consistent adult in the child's life during their court case. 


Currently only able to provide this service to 40% of children in need of advocacy in the Fort Collins area, CASA of Larimer County is working diligently to recruit funds and volunteers to more than double this impact by the end of next year to 100% of Dependency and Neglect cases.  Attending the Light of Hope event is one way that you can support the vital role that CASA of Larimer County plays in helping children who have faced the hardest of circumstances as they transition into a better future. Tickets to the breakfast are free and you are invited to learn more about this important cause, how to volunteer, and to make a donation. Click here to register for the Light of Hope Breakfast.


See you there!



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March 2, 2019

Just Listed! 2011 Alpine Dr, Erie, CO 80516


Just listed in Erie at $430,000

BD   3 BA  2,916 SqFt



Must-see, move-in-ready home in Vista Ridge! Natural wood floors greet you as you enter, drawing you into an eat-in kitchen, complete with granite countertops, tile backsplash and stainless steel double ovens! An open floor plan invites you into an airy living room with two story vaulted ceiling and cozy gas fireplace. A generous back patio offers ample room for grilling, dining and entertaining in a private, landscaped backyard with no house behind and siding to open space! A spacious main-level master suite boasts granite countertops, double sinks, soaking tub and walk-in closet. Upstairs, a large loft offers beautiful mountain views, overlooking open space and the foothills in the distance! This impeccably maintained home features a brand new water heater, updated oil rubbed bronze hardware and light fixtures, and much more! Home warranty included. This great location is walking distance to parks, pool, and trails, and convenient to shopping, restaurants, and schools!


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Feb. 28, 2019

Just Listed! 14300 N County Road 7, Wellington, CO 80549


14300 N County Road 7, Wellington, CO 80549

 BD   3 BA   2,150 SqFt


Just Listed in Wellington at $435,000! 


36 acres of useable land with mountain views and no HOA! Take in views of Longs Peak from your front porch on your own private country escape, less than 20 minutes from Fort Collins. Ranch style home with acreage in Poudre School District with convenient, easy access to I25. A huge 6+ car detached garage invites you to bring your toys! Appliances are included in this spacious kitchen with large island, including a stainless steel refrigerator and oven. Master suite features an attached study and radiant heat in master bath, as well as throughout much of the home. Water feature in tranquil backyard. See the potential with framed mother-in-law suite above the garage, ready to be finished!


14300 N County Road 7, Wellington, CO 80549   4 BD   3 BA   2,150 SqFt


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Feb. 7, 2019

Just Listed: 7708 E Academy Pl, Denver, CO 80230


Just Listed in Denver at $469,000!

Rare opportunity to own a like-new single family home just steps from Lowry's shops, eateries, parks and overlooking the Wings Over the Rockies Museum.


The countertops and island in the upgraded kitchen are an elegant, earthy granite which contrasts beautifully with the espresso cabinetry and gleaming stainless steel appliances, including gas stove and french door refrigerator. Hardwood flooring and an open floor plan seamlessly connect the kitchen to a spacious dining area and into a bright living room which features a nook and second patio with sliding glass door.


The upstairs master suite features custom, built-in organizers in the walk-in closet, double sinks and stylish subway tile with designer border in the shower. All bedrooms feature matching black out cell shades on the windows and clean, like-new carpeting.


Attached two car garage and spacious entryway that can be used as a mudroom!


Open house Saturday 2/9 12-3 pm!

Feb. 5, 2019

Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight: J. Brady Seasonings


Something I love about small business owners, which I'm seeing over and over again as I write this series of Northern Colorado Small Businesses Spotlight posts, is the way they light up with excitement when they talk about their work. Brady Stewart of J. Brady's seasonings was no exception. Referring to his line of Fort Collins' made spice blends as a "passion project," Brady talked with me about his history, his love of food, and his plans for the future with such excitement that I left the conversation feeling a renewed energy for my own business. My hope for this series is to both introduce the Northern Colorado community to great local businesses and products like J. Brady's Seasonings, as well as share that entrepreneurial spark that makes small business owners unique and keeps us going!


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight: J. Brady Seasonings


For Brady, spicing up people's lives isn't his only gig. I wondered why someone with a successful career as an engineer for a food packaging company, where he can use his degree and work in the food industry, would spend his evenings and weekends packaging orders, presenting to retailers, and selling his spices at farmers markets. He described it this way, "If I work hard and have a huge win at work, I get a little bit," holding up his fingers to emphasize how small, "but the benefit is mostly to the company. Whereas with my spices, when I get a win I'm the one who sees those results. And they could be huge. My only complaint is that it does cut into my fishing time a little bit!" 


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight: J. Brady Seasonings


If you imagined him saying those words with a chuckle and a Texas accent, you'd be on the right track. Brady Stewart reminisces of growing up in north Texas with parents who both loved to cook and experience the world through their love of food. He smiles when he tells me their names: Martha and Jimmy Stewart. His father, who shares Brady's first name, spent some time in Iran when he was a child. American Southwest flavors, Creole, as well as Indian and flavors from around the world spiced up family dinners in the Stewart home. Brady recalls watching cooking shows with his parents, and laughed out loud about how star struck he was when he met Rachael Ray in a bar in Texas out of complete coincidence.


J. Brady Seasonings made in Fort Collins, Small Business Spotlight | Real estate and lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtort


Going to college in Oklahoma, studying abroad in Italy, and traveling for pleasure to Europe, the UK, and New Zealand, Brady's cooking is inspired by flavors from around the world. At home, Brady found himself blending his own seasonings for his own personal use in his kitchen. "I wanted to master flavor profiles in a spice blend that you could use over and over again in a lot of recipes." His wife encouraged him to sell his spices, and before long he was moving production from his kitchen to a co-packing company in Fort Collins where they could be made in larger quantities and packaged for retail. Look closely at the labels on his seasonings and you'll notice that they share a common theme. Inspired by the craft brewing industry, Brady wanted his spices to have their own personality and be easily identifiable, just like the beer labels from craft brewers like New Belgium.


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight: J. Brady Seasonings


While Brady and his wife might not be Colorado natives, blending spices in Fort Collins that are inspired by beer is about as Colorado as it gets. Brady notes that there is a big difference between the small business community here in Northern Colorado than in Oklahoma where he started out. He shared about working with another spice company who I was surprised to learn is more of a friend than a competitor, and that he recently wrote an article about how to get started in the craft food scene for NoCo magazine to help other budding entrepreneurs. "Small businesses in Colorado are collaborative, and while there is also a bit of friendly competition, there is a general consensus that adding more raises the standard and the quality of all of the products on the market." 


Brady's spice blends are now sold in over 40 retailers here in Northern Colorado and can also be purchased online at Be sure to check out his website for some great recipes!


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Feb. 4, 2019

Just Listed! 4306 Eaton St, Denver, CO 80212

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This move in ready bungalow in Berkeley area is listed at $410,000.


Clean white cabinets and sparkling stainless steel appliances make the kitchen bright and airy. Pot rack and island included.


The open floor plan, fresh modern paint, wood floors and updated light fixtures work together for a lovely, updated look.


New roof in 2017 and new furnace and windows in 2016!


Great location! Walking distance to Randall Park and convenient to shops and dining on Tennyson Street as well as the new development on 38th and Wadsworth with Lucky's Market.


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Jan. 26, 2019

How to have a Paint and Sip night in!


Paint and sip studios are taking Northern Colorado by storm, and for good reason! Painting is therapeutic and I honestly think that anything that gives you an outlet for creativity is good for your soul and mental state, regardless of the outcome. While I'm a huge fan of this emerging industry, my particular stage of mom life involves more frequent 4 am wake up calls than ladies' nights out. So I decided to have my own Paint and Sip night in!


Paint and Sip Night In! Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor


These DIY word signs by Jen & Hailey can be made to say anything you want and come in a lovely raw birch wood that smells amazing (is that weird to say?), with such an elegant grain that I almost didn't want to cover it with paint. I had ordered these back at Thanksgiving so I selected the words "Gather" and "Thankful" because they seemed festive at the time and I had planned to use them as decor for the holidays. Let's not talk about the fact that I'm getting my November projects done at the end of January, and just focus on how beautiful these signs are shall we?


Paint and Sip Night In! Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor


One of the best things about these signs is that you can't really mess them up. Many times I have embarked on a creative project only to feel frustrated over the wasted time and effort when the end results weren't what I'd wanted. Not this time- these signs are fool proof. I used paint brushes because I wanted to enjoy a quiet evening recreating the paint and sip experience at home and use paint I already had on hand, but you could absolutely hit these with a can of spray paint if you want to get the job done in less time. 


Paint and Sip Night In! Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor


My method is easy, and each step should be accompanied by a sip or two of your favorite wine or other yummy beverage:

  • Paint around the edges first, taking your time and getting into all the little nooks and crannies. Depending on the word and font you pick when you select your sign, there may be more or fewer tight spaces to get into, but I'd suggest a pretty small brush.
  • Use a small roller on the face of the sign immediately without waiting for the edges to dry. I do this right away because you could potentially end up with a bit of a raised online around your letters if you let your edges dry. That wouldn't necessarily be bad, but I wanted mine to have a smooth surface. 
  • Move the signs a few times while you wait for them to dry so they don't bond to the cardboard or drop cloth underneath them, risking damaging the signs when you pull them up. 
  • Optional- going over them with very fine sandpaper or a sanding sponge is a great way to even out any bubbles or get a little bit of a distressed look around the edges.
  • Whether you'll need a second coat will depend on your paint and preference. The white paint I used on the gather sign had a built-in primer and didn't need more than one coat. The gold craft paint was pretty thin and needed three.


Paint and Sip Night In! Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor


And the last step: Decorate your home! 

I am using the smaller "Thankful" sign as a wreath ornament on the front door, while I hung the large "Gather" sign over the couch in the basement. I have also used these signs to decorate my daughter's nursery, my son's room and as decor at his birthday party. These signs are so versatile and easy to hang that there are endless possibilities. I hope you'll support this amazing small business and have your own Paint and Sip party or night in! Click here to see Jen and Hailey's shop on Etsy.



Northern Colorado Realtor, Joanna Gyrath


Jan. 20, 2019

Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight: Blush Boutique in Greeley


Located in a lovely historic building in downtown Greeley that has been fully refurbished, the vibe in Blush Boutique is glamorous with a touch of urban and rustic all rolled into one lovely little shop. In addition to gorgeous feminine dresses and lacy tops, you'll find a variety of curated home goods, select beauty items, and pieces made my local artisans. Every item in the store is handpicked by Emile, the shop's owner, herself or one of her style-savvy "Blush Babes" to delight and inspire women. 


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor


Emilie, the boutique's owner and creative director, has a passion for uplifting women in the Northern Colorado community. When I asked her if there was anything specific she'd like me to share about the boutique, she said "the biggest thing is that we want to be a place where women feel loved and appreciated." In addition to managing Blush, Emilie is a wife, mother, photographer, blogger, and all-round inspirational woman. 


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor


I wanted to share this post from her blog in which she shares about her journey of opening the boutique while also going through the exciting transition to motherhood. In it she says "I decided that if I didn't pursue this dream, this ache inside of my chest, that I would regret it for the rest of my life. I was tired of seeing everyone else do what they loved while I sat on the sidelines." If you're a small business owner looking for inspiration or you're dreaming of opening a business, or you're dreaming of anything really, you should read this post (click here)


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor


Complementing its mission to encourage women in Northern Colorado, Blush has started a Blush Cares program, donating profits to charities that support humanitarian efforts including helping victims of sex trafficking. Blush encourages Northern Colorado nonprofits to reach out to them about arranging pop-up shops to fundraise for local charity. We got to experience the kindness and generosity of the boutique and its customers with their toy drive that they held for foster children in Weld County last December.

Blush Boutique, thank you for the contribution that you are to our community and for being an uplifting space where women can escape the chaos of our busy lives to treat themselves and feel pampered!


Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor


Friends, if you have yet to visit Blush Boutique in Greeley, it's about time! In addition to supporting this great local business directly by shopping in their store, you can also show support by giving them positive reviews online, following them on social media, and telling your friends about the goodies you've found there. Behind directly buying their products, word of mouth advertising is one of the best ways to show love to small businesses in our community!



I've said this on the blog before, but shopping small one Saturday per year is not enough to keep our small business community growing and thriving! Two of my favorite locally owned businesses shut their doors in 2018 breaking my heart, but also inspiring this series of Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight posts. I've featured local businesses before, but not like this. Now it is my mission! Owning a small, local real estate company has been an adventure and shown me first hand how important it is to support local businesses in our community to ensure that they will still be here for years to come.  I'm starting out with some of my favorites, but would love to hear about your favorite small businesses so I can meet and fall in love with them too! 



Northern Colorado Small Business Spotlight | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor





Jan. 4, 2019

2018 Christmas Carnival for Foster Children in Weld County


2018 Christmas Carnival for Foster Children in Weld County


The 2018 Christmas Carnival for Foster Children in Weld County was a huge success! We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to help with the event again this past year. It is a chaotic and busy time of year, but I'm not sure it would feel like Christmas without this special event to look forward to each December and put into perspective the many blessings in our lives. Each year this event takes a spotlight in our home and our business where friends, family members, and clients help us pull it off by donating gifts, wrapping paper, and giving of their time to volunteer. 

Thank you to all the case workers at Weld County Human Services who work tirelessly with these kids every day and still took of their own time to put these parties together. Toilynn Edwards, John Killen, Alyssa Loma, Charlene Montgomery, Jennifer Fogg, Kathleen Jensen, Shanon Staires, veronica Cavanos, Esther Comacho, Brent Miller, and the many others who helped make these events happen!

I wanted to specifically thank Rebecca Lorenz at Cornerstone Home Lending for the time she put into heading up the events, coordinating with volunteers, recruiting donations, planning and executing crafts and games for the party, and delivering gifts to children who weren't able to attend the Christmas parties. Without her these parties would not happen. Thank you for all you do and for letting us be a part of it!


2018 Christmas Carnival for Foster Children in Weld County


Thank you to Ani Hulse for the time you spent behind the scenes in coordination of the event, designing graphics, stuffing stockings, and recruiting donations. You were a great addition to the team this year!

The owners and photographers at Megan Grove Photography and Lilly Jean Photography came together for the second year in a row to document the evenings, and capture a photo of each child with Santa for them to take home with them. These photos make a memorable keepsake for the children but also serve a huge role in our fundraising efforts within the community for the events year after year. Thank you both for the many hours of both time and effort you devoted to making Christmas special for these sweet kiddos.

Thank you to my mom who handmade over 600 stockings for the second year in a row so that each child could receive a stocking from Santa. The fact that she makes all of these stocking continues to shock and impress everyone involved in the events. Thanks mom!

Thank you to Cassi Wedel and Wedel & Associates for helping us with a coat drive that provided warm clothing to dozens of children who were going without. Thank you to Blush Boutique in Greeley for holding a toy drive for us and your wonderful customers who dropped off gifts for these deserving children. Thank you to the generous employees at Guild Mortgage for donating gifts as well. Thank you to Eileen's Colossal Cookies of Greeley for donating 1,000 cookies to the parties- they were so yummy! 

I owe a huge thank you to all of our clients who attended our Fall Festival in November and donated gifts. Thank you to the hundreds of individual members of our community who volunteered, and donated gifts, stocking stuffers, party supplies, wrapping paper, and desserts, and who contributed financially to the Realties for Children Weld County Christmas fund. There were so many giving individuals involved in pulling off this event, an enormous collaborative effort that is truly amazing to be a part of! Thank you Northern Colorado! 


Northern Colorado Realtor, Joanna Gyrath

Dec. 22, 2018

Fire Truck Birthday Party at the Windsor-Severance Fire Museum


Fire Truck Birthday Party at the Windsor-Severance Fire Museum


We had a blast throwing our son's 4th birthday party a few weeks ago at the Windsor-Severance Fire Museum. I was shocked to learn that no one had ever thrown a birthday party at this location before, but very pleased with how easy it was to put together and how accommodating Dan Lowe, the museum curator, and his team were. We really enjoyed the opportunity to have a fun party and support our local fire rescue at the same time, and would love to encourage others in our community to do the same! I'm sharing all of the details to put the party together in this post, so peppered throughout, you'll find links to the products we used, made by mostly small businesses, to help you throw a preschooler approved firetruck party of your own!


Fire Truck Birthday Party at the Windsor-Severance Fire Museum


Winter birthdays can be kind of tricky, since you can't really just go put up balloons at the park due to the weather, and having a party at our house isn't necessarily the most exciting environment for a party can become crowded. As far as firetruck themed parties go, I can't think of a better location. The space was already decked out in real firefighter memorabilia and had three retired firetrucks on site for the kids to explore and climb on, so almost no decorations were necessary.  


Fire Truck Birthday Party at the Windsor-Severance Fire Museum


Not only did we have a fun, fully-decorated space for our party, but the fire station was able to send out a real, working firetruck for the kids to tour and had several firefighters attend the party to read a firetruck story to the kids, give safety demonstrations, play a "bucket brigade" game, and mingle. The fire fighters and staff also provided fire prevention education, coloring books and helmets for the kids. Honestly, there was so much provided by the fire station that the party would have been a success even if we did nothing else, which made planning the party a very low-stress endeavor- which is saying a lot because, if you know me you know I'm typically someone who obsesses over every detail!


Fire Truck Birthday Party at the Windsor-Severance Fire Museum


Now that our family is gluten-free I've been working on my baking skills since gluten-free alternatives aren't always readily available (or even edible, frankly) and while I was nervous about baking for a crowd, I am happy with the end results. Elliot wanted firetruck cookies for his birthday instead of a cake, so we ended up with sugar cookies as well. I made all of the desserts, topping the firetruck cake with a cute custom firetruck candle from PishkaDesigns and the cupcakes with little firetruck pull-back toys and firefighter helmet lollipops. Speaking of gluten free, we had Garlic Jim's gluten-free pizza delivered and it was by all accounts the best gluten free pizza that any one has ever had, and several people didn't believe me when I told them it was gluten free. We are addicted to this pizza and recommend it highly!


Fire Truck Birthday Party at the Windsor-Severance Fire MuseumFire Truck Birthday Party at the Windsor-Severance Fire Museum


As a backdrop for the cake table, I used a wooden name sign from the Etsy shop JenAndHailey which I painted red myself. The process was so easy, as the sign is made from a light and porous wood that takes well to painting and is easily covered with just one coat. I love the personalized name signs from this shop and now both of my kids have one hanging in their bedrooms. I'll be sharing a tutorial for painting them soon so check back in a few weeks! 


Fire Truck Birthday Party at the Windsor-Severance Fire Museum


Another one of my favorite Etsy shops is Toluni Handmade which made these matching firetruck birthday shirts for both kids and coordinating tote bag, which made for a really fun gift bag that he can continue to use for years to come. I love that she was able to personalize his shirt with his name and age, and that she made my daughter a matching one with a pink firetruck and the words "little sister." Both kids loved their shirts and insisted on sleeping in them on top of their pajamas that night after the party was over.


Fire Truck Birthday Party at the Windsor-Severance Fire Museum


Believe it or not, firetruck piñatas are hard to find, so I had Apinata4u Handcrafted Pinatas make me a custom one that was AMAZING! My son wanted so badly to play with it, and actually got upset when it burst open because he'd rather keep it as a toy than eat the candy out of it. Don't worry, we taped it back together afterward and brought it home for him to play with until it falls apart. These piñatas are surprisingly sturdy, so it may last a long time! 


Fire Truck Birthday Party at the Windsor-Severance Fire Museum


Our last activity was to paint our own "Made By Me" wooden firetruck toys with working wheels. These kits came with their own washable paints, paintbrushes and sticker sheets. The stickers included details like windows and ladders for the trucks, which was perfect since our crowd of 3 and 4 year old artists went the route of Picasso, so I'm not sure you would have known they were firetrucks without them. I'm pleased to report that the included paint truly is washable and came right out of clothing without any special spot treatments!


Fire Truck Birthday Party at the Windsor-Severance Fire Museum


I love supporting small businesses, and the products by the wonderful Etsy shops and family owned businesses mentioned above were really the highlight of the party. That said, certain basic party supplies like plates and napkins were also required so I'll link to those below too. I should mention, that the firefighter outfit was his halloween costume!


Pullback Fire Trucks

Pullback Fire Trucks


Fire Truck Favor Boxes

Fire Truck Favor Boxes


Firefighter Hat Shaped Lollipops

Firefighter Hat Shaped Lollipops


Blue Orchards Fire Truck Tablecovers (2), Fire Engine Party Supplies, Firefighter Events


Fire Truck table cloths


Firefighter Party 9 inch Truck Shaped Lunch/Dinner Plates (8 ct)

Fire Truck plates