Monday, April 21, 2014

Well Hello There

It was just over a week ago that I fulfilled a lifelong dream and was crowned your Mrs. Colorado 2014. As much as I wanted the crown, I always felt that it was just out of reach. I have been competing in pageants since I was a little girl and had never won an overall title until now. I remember my old Cinderella state director, Denise Swartzman’s mantra that “a winner never quits and quitters never win” (I think Vince Lombardi actually coined this phrase, but I’ve only ever heard it from Miss Denise). These words are so true and I am glad that I heard her whispering those words to me as I contemplated whether or not to compete again for the title of Mrs. Colorado.

The past week has been an absolute whirlwind and I have a feeling the rest of the year will feel about the same, but I couldn’t be more excited. In the coming weeks I will be making my first official appearance as Mrs. Colorado at the “Art of Transformation” event benefitting the Diabetes Community Center in Colorado Springs ( ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming), turning 30, and heading to Mrs. America! It should be a very exciting and rewarding summer.

My goal this year is to make a difference in as many people’s lives as possible, through volunteering. This is my lifelong passion and I encourage all of you to find some time to volunteer as well. Also, if you have a project or event that you would like me to help with please contact Emily or myself. I would love to know what your passions are and help in any way I can. I hope that you will follow me along my journey here on the blog as well as on our facebook page.

To all of the wonderful women I have met through the pageant over the past two years, I hope that you will take a moment to meditate on the words of Miss Denise (or Vince) and consider coming back for another amazing experience. Each year will bring new growth, new friends, and new opportunities.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saying Goodbye...

Yesterday was truly a once in a lifetime experience.   This week I've been savoring each day as one of my last as Mrs. Colorado 2013.  I competed for four years to ultimately win this title.  Each year I had tremendous growth, successes and challenges as well.  Of all the things I learned over the past 4 years, I really learned the most about myself.  When else in your adulthood would you sit down for hours at a time and contemplate your values, goals, stories and how these all interconnect?  This is what the Mrs. Colorado pageant did for me.

This year has been filled with so many blessings.  In August, I had the opportunity to compete with 50 of the most amazing women in all of the United States.  I have never experienced anything like those 10 days.  They were truly remarkable.

One of the things I am most proud of is co-organizing the Flood of Love event that benefited the Larimer County Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.   The Food Bank was greatly depleted after the September 2013 Northern Colorado Flood.  Habitat for Humanity has a special program that will help those who lost their home in the flood rebuild.  A dear friend of mine lost her home in the flooding, which made this event even more important to me.

I was also a guest speaker with the Colorado Workforce Council, speaking about women in the workforce and the challenges we face today.  I was a special guest at the Scottish/Irish event in Estes Park.  My family goes to this event every year, so it was so special to be apart of the festivities as Mrs. Colorado.

During my year, I made over 50 appearances throughout Colorado, all while working full time and raising a family.  My family has been my biggest support.  My husband and children were at almost every single appearance.  It was truly a family commitment and we loved every single minute of it!

Thank you to my director Emily Stark and my coach Shalon Polson for making this year one of the greatest of my life.  Winning this title has changed my life.  It was truly magical and I am forever grateful.

Congratulations to Nicki Myers, Mrs. Colorado 2014.  She shined on stage last night!  I can't wait to watch her journey to Mrs. America and beyond.

Love to all.

Mina Muirhead, Mrs. Colorado 2013

Friday, April 11, 2014

Rehearsal day for Mrs. Colorado 2014

Rehearsal day!

Last night at prelims was so very memorable.  It was surreal to be watching instead of competing!  The contestants for Mrs. Colorado 2014 were amazing!  The gowns were out of this world beautiful.  Everyone looked fit and confident in their swimsuit.  A lot of hard work by these ladies and I commend each of you!

Today is the big rehearsal day, along with a special guest speaker at the luncheon.  Too fun!

I am so excited for tomorrow.  The production is  really the best I've ever seen it.  The women of Colorado represent our state well!  

I hope to see you there!


Tuesday, April 08, 2014

2014 Mrs. Colorado Pageant This Week!

April 10, 2014 Preliminary Pageant 
Holiday Inn Denver Cherry Creek 
7:00 PM
Tickets available at the door

April 12, 2014 Mrs. Colorado Pageant
Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the DPAC
7:00 PM
Ticket box office opens at 5:00 PM
Tickets available

Friday, March 14, 2014


It's a Girl Thing Lash and Wax studio is the preferred Lash Studio for Mrs. Colorado. Lashes are not only an accessory for pageants and special events, they are becoming an everyday accessory with lots of options and price points. 

Lara Coffman, Advanced Certified NovaLash artist at It's a Girl Thing, has taken her Lash Artistry skills even further by becoming certified in Volume Lashing. This technique has been around for years in Europe and it is now making it's way to the states. Volume Lashing is a ground breaking technique which involves 3 - 5 or more lashes attached to a single lash. The lashes used are faux mink lashes which are very soft and very light weight - light as feathers!
A total weight of 3 - 5 faux mink lashes is equal to one classic synthetic lash, so your lashes will not feel heavier with Volume Lashing. Faux mink lashes are applied to each lash several times creating amazing volume and length. Volume Lashes are easier to maintain for clients because they lightweight and more flexible. In the past, lash application has been limited by the number of natural lashes clients have, but with Volume Lashing, extensions are offering five times the volume per lash. Volume lashes are a very glamorous look that will surely bring out the DIVA in

NovaLash Classic Lash extensions are also  available at It's a Girl Thing. NovaLash extensions use synthetic lashes which are applied to your own individual lashes adding length and fullness
and giving you a natural classic look.  Whether you want a natural look or total glam lashes, It's a Girl Thing Lash and Wax Studio can achieve your lash look!

Contact Lara at It's a Girl Thing for more information at 720-515-0725 or

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Goodness me...

It's been a month since I last posted and what a month it's been!  That's where the title of this post comes.  In my family when you view an event, or series of events,  and realize how fun/crazy/busy it was you say, "goodness me!"

In the last month I've had 8 Mrs. Colorado appearances.  These appearances are so precious to me.  Team Fort Collins is an organization that focuses on drug and alcohol prevention in youth.  The event was beautiful. I was honored to help with the live auction events.

I was able to visit the VA hospital as well.  I enjoyed listening to the stories of the men and women.  They were so open and friendly.  What I always find interesting is how easy it is to make connections.  Whether we come from the same town, know some of the same people or have similar experiences.  It doesn't matter the age or cultural differences, we can all find common ground and that is truly lovely.

Yet another gift of Mrs. Colorado is being able to participate in Dale Carnegie leadership training.  I was not about to let this opportunity pass me by!  I met 18 great people from around the state.  There was also a lady from Oklahoma there.  We started talking and realized she lived 10 miles from where I grew up!  I even went to high school with her next door neighbor!  The connections keep coming!

Last night my husband and I were invited to the Cat Rescue gala.  This northern Colorado organization was started by 2 vet techs about 10 years ago.  The employees and volunteers rescued over 200 cats during the flood relief last September alone!  Well, we didn't come home with an extra kitten.  I think our own cat, Johnny Rotten, would not appreciate sharing his space.

During this past month my daughter also turned 10, double digits!  Therefore, a slumber party was necessary.  My son participated in a band concert with his instructor, as well as giving a presentation to the Optimist Club of Windsor.

Also, did I mention I just finished working a 12 day stretch?  So yes...goodness me.  It's been quite a February.  The last photo is my current pile of laundry that I'm working on today.

I've done my best to be present for every moment as Mrs. Colorado.  I don't mean just showing up.  I mean soaking up the energy, loving the experience and giving fully of myself.  My time is coming to an end *sniff *sniff  - but now is the time to put my full energy into Mrs. Colorado 2014.  If you are participating, those four days will be beyond anything you have experienced before.  I am so excited to get to know each of you.  I know right now you are working hard to showcase your best selves.  Congratulations on taking this journey.  Be proud!  It's almost time to celebrate your hard work!

I think red is our color!

10th birthday party!

really bad selfie - but I won "Best performance"  @ Dale Carnegie!

Christian and his trombone instructor

Is that ok when your husband takes a better photo than you?

Today's project.  If I can't do it all, I'll skip laundry!