The Life & Times of WLM

I have run into many people that want to know about the people behind our publication…for some reason that escapes me, people think that what we do is glamorous. Quite the contrary! We’re ordinary people living ordinary lives, save one thing — an extraordinary opportunity to promote the people, places, lives and times of our great state. I’ve also been one to share the crazy happenings of our family behind the scenes — and some have said that the crazy anecdotes that we experience would make a really interesting column. Well, here you go…the Life & Times of WLM. The craziness behind the scenes that makes us who we are. Not just ME, mind you — our crew, our helpers, our little oddities…we are an interesting bunch. 🙂

And to start off with, I’ll do what I do best — make fun of myself. Many of you may not know that for all the work you see on the front side, I am a Mountain Dew crava-holic, who says ‘so’ too often and chews my gum too loudly (per my husband). 🙂 What many of my friends know is that I am my worst critic….

Case in point yesterday. My hubby was enjoying the new PSP game I got him for his birthday, and I was playing Spider Solitaire on my laptop, attempting to unwind from the day so I could get to sleep. We were sharing the couch, me with my legs stretched up on him and he busy blingy-blingy-blinging away. And this was the conversation:

Me: “Hey guess what — someone told us the magazine is good today!”

Levi (with game clicking and little blingy-blingy sounds happening, eyes never looking up): “Awesome, Honey!”

Then it occurred to me. Why hadn’t I thought of this before?

Me: “Hmmm.”

Levi (blingy-blingy-blingy, eyes glued on game): “Hmmm what?”

Me: “They said ‘good.'”

Levi (blingy blingy blingy…): “Yeah. Good is good.”

Me: “Yeah, but…they didn’t say GREAT.”

Blingy blingy blingy stopped. Silence. I looked up. His left eyebrow was raised and he looked at me with that look that said ‘What did you just say?’

Levi: “Seriously.”

Me: “Yeah, seriously! Good is good, but…great is GREAT.”

Levi: “Ser-i-ously.”

Me: “Well…yeah! Why, what’s wrong with always striving to be better?”

Levi (face turning red and little puff of smoke coming out his ears…to his credit all he simply said was: “Woman, you are killing me.”

Back to blingy blingy blingy…

I thought about that then and again today when I was running…which is my time when my creative juices flow and I think about things in great detail. (Of course, perhaps it is because that is my time when I am childless and have a few minutes to think in peace.) When is GOOD good enough? When am I being too harsh of a critic of myself? As Levi always says, “You have to trust in the product. Trust in yourself.” That’s pretty hard to do sometimes. That’s something that I’m going to add to my to do list — FIND HAPPINESS IN THE GOOD, WHILE STRIVING FOR THE GREAT…

I hope that you all find happiness in your GOOD today while striving for your GREAT moment…and in the meantime, I’m going to work on that exact same thing…while attempting to shun the Mountain Dew habit and keep my gum popping to a minimum… 🙂

Kati Hime


Catching up!

My goodness, how time flies when you’re preparing an issue! Now that things are wrapping up, I can finally catch up on things like blogging — and laundry, yikes! 🙂

Summer is entering its last month, and August brings with it a feeling of ‘hurry up and get things done’. Hurry up and do school shopping, schedule the kids’ activities, go through the school clothes to see what doesn’t fit, but most of all, hurry up and enjoy all that Wyoming has to offer before the winter comes again. (Although I need to add that winter holds its own allure for me — I’m a ski bunny at heart.) 🙂

I battle with myself during August, because with the urge to hurry up comes the urge to SLOW DOWN and enjoy summer. It’s funny how both of these urges can describe summer enjoyment. Go, see, do, explore, photograph, log in the memory book; but also sit, breathe, sip and smile. Fortunately in Wyoming, we can do both — the same outdoors that offer endless opportunity for adventure also offer beautiful scenery in which to sit, relax and unwind.

So as a way to satisfy both cravings, I suggest going, doing and seeing — with a dose of relaxation. For example: GO hike the nearest mountain with your kids — and stop at every viewpoint to breathe, sit and take a picture. Point out the colorful wildflowers to your kids — guess at what their names are (who cares if you’re wrong?). Or fish the nearest lake — and I’d suggest that whether you catch something or not doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you are OUT, enjoying Wyoming. On the other end of the spectrum, go check out that neat museum or cultural center in your community or a neighboring one. Learn something new about your home state that you never knew — and once you have, promptly share it with someone. Education is one half learning, and one half sharing.

Once you’ve gone, done and seen, learned a little and experienced a little…don’t do anything. Fix yourself your refreshing beverage of choice and sit on your step, patio, deck or front yard. Breathe deep. Enjoy the fresh air — and the time that summer has left. Enjoy life — that is part of what summer is all about!

Until next time — I’m breathing deep! (And doing a mountain of laundry!) 🙂


Terrific Torrington

OK, I was searching for a superlative with a “t”… 🙂 We were in Torrington this past week for our annual Wyoming Job’s Daughters conference. What a time we had! Between catching up with folks from around the state, we enjoyed a very hospitable reception from the community!

The staff at Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) were very kind, and their custodial staff was top notch! They constantly asked if we needed assistance of any kind, and they even saved my reusable signs after we left a few behind by accident! I was very impressed also by their librarian — she allowed me to rearrange tables and clear off displays for our competitions on Thursday morning — and then she did the major share of setting it all back up again while I attempted to clean up (obviously, I failed some by the fact I left signs behind…) 🙂 The facility was excellent, and our 200+ attendees had a wonderful time. Bravo EWC!!!

My husband, Levi, and I went around town, visiting friends (like Carol over at Adorn, and Rob McIntosh at D&B Fine Furniture) and meeting new friends (like Ben and Bill over at Ben’s Diner, the owner of The Bucking Horse Steakhouse & Lounge, the wonderful staff at Western Mall and the owner of Brighter Side of Life gift shop). What nice people live in this town — friendly and ready with a smile!

So here are some of my personal recommendations for your next trip through Torrington…

Ben’s Diner — AMAZING burgers!!! I had the Aloha burger, with onions and grilled pineapple…my husband had the bacon burger, and we both agreed it was top notch. A definite stop!

Wine Time — Great selection and service!

The Bucking Horse Steak House & Lounge — We were there with a party, and enjoyed a great meal and drinks. The staff was very friendly and outgoing, and the view is to DIE FOR. Honestly — BEAUTIFUL view to match some great food! I definitely recommend this one!

Shopping: Adorn (a neat and colorful selection of clothes to fit many tastes); Western Mall (for cowgirl chic but also home decor, jewelry, and more!); D&B Fine Furniture for a great selection in home decor; The Brighter Side of Life gift shop (fun atmosphere and adorable gifts!).

Just a selection to start with — There are many more shops and restaurants to choose from, and you can find more selections at the Goshen County Chamber’s website:

Thanks Torrington for a great trip — we appreciate your hospitality!

Until next time — we’re exploring Wyoming!

Kati Hime, Editor


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To work, to work!

Thanks to KGWN TV 5 in Cheyenne for two fun interviews! We presented wedding trends for 2010 last week with Wyoming Weddings; this week, we presented WY Lifestyle Magazine! Both of these interviews were at 6 AM, and believe me, being up and out the door in time to be at the station has NOT been an easy task!

The one thing that I love about being up this early, though, is having the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful Wyoming Morning. Coming down the summit back to Laramie this morning, I was marveling at how green the valley looks — the rain we have received the last few weeks has really turned everything into a beautiful, spring green! Off-set by the blue of the Snowies, it’s a beautiful sight. I imagine it’s just as beautiful all over Wyoming…we are so fortunate!

The best thing, though, is returning home from another trip on the road with WLM to my family — walking in the door and hearing “Mama’s home!” just warms my heart. I’m so glad that this journey is not mine alone…

As we enter into our next ‘crazy season’, as we refer to it, I’m fortunate to have new crew members working alongside our team. Our growth is becoming remarkable, and I’m so glad to bring aboard new people to help make that happen. Ad and distribution reps are joining in many areas; if you are interested, please e-mail today! We also are receiving many requests for coverage and opportunities — and we’re working hard to fill them all!

Please keep checking back as our exciting developments are beginning to take shape — and remember, our subscriptions are available online! We are so excited for what’s in store…

Until Next Time — We’re Growing like a Weed!

Kati Hime, Editor



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It’s Still Beautiful in Wyoming

Photo from taken from a story posted on June 9, 2010

Many of our fellow Wyoming citizens are currently facing flooding and the threats of flooding in many parts of the state. Fremont County is currently battling a disaster, and Saratoga is another area in jeopardy — just to name two locations. It’s amazing to me that we’ve gone from drought to flooding in such a short time — but this is the case with Mother Nature. My husband, who is a geologist, can explain all the science to me and why things happen — I’ll let him blog that if he’d like. 🙂 For me, I’m just simply amazed.

My oldest child summed it up well with their daily journal entry: “Today was a beautiful day. We planted my pumpkin plant outside. Today was not a beautiful day. We had a hail storm and my pumpkin plant was outside. My dad had to cover it with the laundry basket. Today is a beautiful day again.” It made me smile because that IS Wyoming in a nutshell — beautiful days turn to black skies and dynamic thunderstorms…just to be over within minutes sometimes, with blue skies returning.

This idea can cross over into the flooding and other disasters Wyoming experiences. A beautiful day can become tragic, but it will be beautiful again with time. How do I know this? Because we have wonderful PEOPLE, and PEOPLE help each other through difficult times. Losing your home, your possessions, etc., is a horrible, horrible thing — at least knowing that there are people in your community and throughout your state that care and are here to help can make a world of difference. And those people helping each other can make the day beautiful once again…

Our prayers are going out to those battling flooding — may your beautiful day return quickly to you…

To keep current, here is a Facebook page with more information and up to date posts:!/FremontCountyFlood2010?v=info&ref=ts

High Plains WY Red Cross Facebook page:

Contributions and donations can be sent to the Cheyenne Red Cross: 3619 Evans Ave. Cheyenne, WY 82001 **MAKE SURE YOU MARK YOUR DONATION AS “FREMONT COUNTY 2010 FLOOD” SO IT GOES TO THE APPROPRIATE FUND!!**

‘Til next time…Thinking of our friends around the state…

Kati Hime, Editor


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Why We’re Here (And why we’re GROWING!)

It’s always worthwhile to reflect on WHY you do something. It’s so easy to know WHAT you’re doing, (even though the HOW sometimes takes figuring), but it’s the WHY that is so important. The WHY is what gets you out of bed in the morning, what keeps you cooking, and what make success taste that much sweeter.

Personally, I set upon this journey as something to make my family proud. I want my children to have pride in seeing what their parents can do — and I want to set a good example for women everywhere. Embarking on this journey as a family is difficult at times, but we always make it through together — I couldn’t take one step down this road without my husband and children not behind me, but BESIDE me!

It also helps to have wonderful friends — and I am making them everyday as more and more friends join our crew. I can’t thank the support we have enough for what they do everyday — from being a sounding block for ideas, to creating beautiful work, to giving me inspirational quotes to get me through those days when the mountain of work feels too heavy. THANK YOU, you know exactly who you are… 🙂

As a business, we set upon this journey for YOU, Wyoming! We wanted to cover not ONE area of life in Wyoming, but ALL areas — for ALL of you! Your interests and personalities are as diverse as our topography, and I for one feel immensely blessed to meet your faces on the road! We know that YOU feel our love for you, too, as the returns we have received thus far have been ten-fold.

As we prepare our THIRD issue, we’re growing by leaps and bounds — we have demonstrated our quality in our first issue, proved our ability to reproduce in our second, and are now spreading our wings to fly into our third issue — our best yet!

Our THREE exciting announcements so far — many more to come…

#1: Increase to 20,000 copies in our upcoming issue — to release in August!

#2: We’re hiring!!! (E-mail to apply!)

#3: We have our online subscription service available! Receive WLM directly in your mailbox for one year at a low rate!

STAY TUNED as the announcements continue — BELIEVE ME, you’ll be amazed! We’re here for YOU, the people of Wyoming — THANK YOU for being HERE for US!

‘Til Next Time — I’m Proud to be on this Journey…

Kati Hime, Editor


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Photo from Billings Gazette story posted on February6, 2010

That’s the only word I can think to describe the scenery I drove through yesterday, and that one word doesn’t hardly do it justice. I left at 5 AM on a journey to Ten Sleep for an interview that will be featured in our new issue of WLM, due out in August — something about having to get up early in the morning, I never sleep well the night before because I am afraid of sleeping through my alarm! So, sleep-deprived and blurry eyed, I began my journey. I was jerked awake though by the sight of so many animals on the drive to Casper! I lost count of how many antelope, deer, rabbits, birds, etc. I saw…it was really something!

I traveled through Casper, to Shoshoni, up to Thermopolis, to Worland, and then over to Ten Sleep. The drive from Thermopolis to Ten Sleep was absolutely incredible — the river was full, the mountains were multi-colored and dotted with greenery…it was simply jaw-dropping. The last time I was up in the area was three years ago, with a car full of girls on our way to a state Job’s Daughters function — they were singing loudly and it was approaching nighttime, and I obviously failed to notice the scenery around me! Yesterday was a different matter: I was able to truly appreciate what I saw around me. It was breathtaking!

After the interview, I enjoyed a shaved ice from Ten Sleep at Sno Shavers — make sure you do NOT say it’s a snow cone, because it’s not! I made the mistake of using that term and was given a demonstration on how the ice is actually shaved — it looks like a spider web of ice, it’s really good! Said hello to some folks and met some new friends — what a neat little town!

I spun through Worland, where I stopped in at the Washakie Museum. WOW!!! Be sure to check out this brand new attraction with your kids! It’s a class act!

I then traveled onto Thermopolis, although FIRST I stopped in Kirby to say hello to the nice folks, Steve & Donna Nally, over at Wyoming Whiskey. They run tours of the distillery and it’s a neat place — definitely worth the stop! Also check out the local restaurant, Butch’s Place, on the way into town — my husband says lunch there is also worth the stop! For Wyoming Whiskey, visit: Butch’s Place is on Facebook! Check them out:

I met the nice folks over at the visitors’ center in Thermopolis as well — what a beautiful town with some great tourist attractions! Be sure to check out their website!

I journeyed back through Shoshoni, where I need some more info on the Yellowstone Drug — are they now Shoshoni Malt? Is this the same place with a new name, or a different place? I’d love some info from WLM fans, please!

Traveled through Casper, where I stopped at my FAVORITE Cold Stone Creamery for some smiles from the girls working — they are an enthusiastic bunch! I tried the Key Lime Pie concoction, which I know has a catchy name that has escaped my brain at the moment…forgive me… At any rate, it was GOOD, and Cold Stone is ALWAYS on my list of favorites in Casper! They’re also on Facebook:!/pages/Casper-WY/Cold-Stone-Casper/120090941356284?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=40

Then I made it home, where I nursed my aching head and sore back, but shared my travels with my husband…what a BEAUTIFUL day in Wyoming! Beautiful scenery, friendly people, new friends and fans, and TONS of wildlife…a 17 hour work day never was so much FUN!

‘Til Next Time — I’m loggin’ my miles!

Kati Hime, Editor

Did You Know…We’re “Organic”?

That WY Lifestyle Magazine and WY Weddings are created ENTIRELY within the state of Wyoming?! We are! From our contributing writers and photographers…to our design team…to our ad reps…to our printers, even our internet service providers! — they are ALL Wyoming companies.

This is part of what we believe in: Working with Wyoming businesses, not only via our advertising and articles, expos and events, but also in the business that we bring to the economy. When you advertise with us, your dollars go BACK into Wyoming! A friend calls it being “organic” — and we LOVE thinking green over at WLM!

Welcome to our Organically Wyoming Company…We’re here to serve you!

‘Til Next time — I’m thinking organically!

Kati Hime, Editor


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Beauty in Motion

I love to workout. I’m not a super athlete by any means (anyone who has seen me swim can attest to that!), but I do enjoy a good workout every day. As soon as the weather warms, I move my workouts from the Laramie Recreation Center (which is a God send in Wyoming winters!), to the outdoors.

Yesterday was my first outdoor run of the summer, and that ‘summer smell’ in the air inspired me to look around at my surroundings…as they passed by! I was pleased to see the beautiful, vibrant colors all around me: green grass accented by the brown bark of trees; pinks, yellows and reds of flowers; the yellow of dandelions (we seem to have an infestation this year in Laramie!). It was beautiful to watch these colors as I ran.

I returned home from my workout to enjoy our first lunch on the patio as a family — my children discovered the variety of birds that were around our home. At first, we heard one bird, but that quickly led us to discover more and more sounds that we didn’t hear at first — the depth of noise was amazing once we sat silent and listened! It was fascinating, and made me think that this would be a fun family activity of the summer — researching what birds live in Wyoming, and the sounds that they make.

I encourage you to explore your outdoors — even if you’re not the type who enjoys a hike in the woods, explore the world right in your own backyard! Share with us what you find — here on this blog, on Facebook or via Twitter, username wyolifestylemag!

‘Til next time — I’m off to learn something new!

Kati Hime, Editor

Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine

Sometimes…it just clicks

I had a fantastic two days of networking in Casper and Cheyenne — thank you to the new friends and fans alike. I enjoyed some beautiful sunshine in Casper Tuesday, followed by an interview by KCWY 13’s Britni McDonald on Wednesday morning (bright and early!). Blew around Casper, flew to Cheyenne (or at least it felt like that with the wind!), and enjoyed some great folks down there as well.

The thing that hit me, as I journeyed through my days, are the real people out there, making Wyoming what it is. These people are not just the business owners and leaders in our community — they’re also the employees, the stay-at-home parents, the teachers, the children, the seniors, the volunteers…all together, I have observed that we share a similar value — we appreciate the value of PEOPLE.

I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank the wonderful people of Wyoming and those who love Wyoming from around the country and the world — you all make what we do so enjoyable. It’s a joy reporting on your lives and communities, but it’s equally a joy getting out there and meeting everyone face-to-face. What a dream job!

We have many new adventures ahead — please stay tuned as we grow…and connect with us! E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, respond to this blog — and let us know why YOU love Wyoming!

‘Til next time — Here’s a shout out to the great people of Wyoming!

Kati Hime, Editor


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Looking for your favorite WY campsites & activities!

We’re polling our readers for your favorite Wyoming campsites and activities! So please, weigh in! Tell us your favorite Wyoming camping spot, and what your favorite activity to do there is… Comment on this blog, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter! See the links below — and enjoy those beautiful WY outdoors!!!

‘Til next time — I’m craving some s’mores… 🙂

Kati Hime



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WY Public Libraries Make A Splash for Summer!

Last night, my children wanted to create with Legos as a family. As we sat there, my daughter creating a pirate ship that was entitled “Backwards Hat Ship” (because all of the crew had backwards hats), it reminded me of the Lego program our Albany County Public Library is offering for the summer…

This thought inspired me to write about our Wyoming public libraries — I have enjoyed browsing through the different websites around the state this morning, getting to know the programs and enjoying the passion of those people who run our public libraries. There’s something for everyone!

Here are links to the 23 Wyoming county public libraries — tell us about your favorite! Comment here, on our Facebook page ( ) or on Twitter, user name: wyolifestylemag

‘Til next time, I am curling up with a good book! (And encourage YOU to curl up with the latest copy of WY Lifestyle Magazine, or WLM as we call it!)

Kati Hime


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Sheridan County:

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Laramie’s hit by Hapi-Ness

Today Laramie Junior High School hosts the Hapi-Ness 5K, a benefit run for local families undergoing extreme obstacles. The run became a Laramie tradition in 1987, when the ninth grade organized the first run in honor of Hapi Patterson, their classmate who died of leukemia that year. Over 30 families have received help with medical bills from Hapi-Ness 5K proceeds since that time. This year, the recipients are two Laramie families, both battling with cancer.

Prizes are given for all ages and categories, and LJHS staff have even pitched in with hand-crafted items to be given away at a drawing after the race.

This annual benefit joins the countless others organized by Wyoming citizens, to benefit others in our state. Post a few of your favorites on this blog, our Facebook page or at Twitter (see below)!

Keep on finding your Hapi-Ness…

Kati Hime, Editor


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WLM Summer 2010 Issue

Welcome to our blog! Blogging is a new adventure for us, so we’d love some feedback — leave us some comments and let us know what you’d like to see…both in our magazine as well as on our blog!

We are dedicated to producing a beautiful publication that represents the diverse culture of Wyoming. We are very excited about our Summer 2010 issue of WLM, (our staff’s pet name for WY Lifestyle Magazine), which was released over two weeks ago! We made some design updates to this our second issue, and are VERY excited with the result.

Please check it out! Click on “View our NEW Summer 2010 Issue” on the home page to pull it up. If you have any difficulties viewing it with Internet Explorer or AOL, please e-mail us at

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