Throwback Post: Love With Trouble and Dinner While Watching the Sunset During a Photo Shoot With Fresh Apples and Wild Horses


October 7 2015:

I ordered supplements we’ve been out of for months and months. Received the order today and there was a bottle of LOVE included!! Got a bonus love bottle!!! All ya need is love! xoxo

Oops! I’m in Trouble now!! Fun game with Thomas tonight.


October 7 2013:

Overflowing with gratitude and feeling blessed that I get to experience such beauty … and that if I’m in the house my kids will come running to find me and make sure I see it … Sunset last night …

Here’s to great food, gettin to be Thomas and Lillian’s Mama, a roof over our head, and Halloween … Salmon burger, fresh veggies and homemade fries! BOO!


October 7 2012:

Thank you Ashley Graham for making ALL this happen! You are a rockin, fabulous and amazing woman!!

Thank you Jeramie Lu for the FABULOUS photos!! We had FUN doing this photo shoot y’all!!!

Thank you Janet Storie for loaning me beautiful and fun jewelry from Sparkles to wear for the photo shoot!!

Thank you Tina Mokuau of Tina Mokuau – The Makeup Artist for powdering my nose too!!!!

I’m grateful to everyone involved and blessed to pieces to know y’all!

Top honorees from last night’s Plum100 Celebration Awards Show:

Artists & Icons: Grae Warren, Reno Tahoe Tonight
Community Leaders: Pete Parker, Summer of Service & NPCatalyst
Charity Drivers: Marty Ozer, Ronald McDonald House
Foodies: John Pinocchio, Pinocchio’s Bar and Grill
Risk Takers & Visionaries: Chris Riche, Discovery Museum
Business Owners & Industry Experts: Toni Suttie, Integrity Casting
Extraordinary: Camilla Downs, D iz for Different
Scientists & Tech Savvy: Eren Ozmen, Sierra Nevada Corporation
Super Heroes: Michael Hernandez, Reno Fire Chief
Beautiful Minds: Wendy Calvin, Geology-University of Nevada, Reno

Thank you to everyone within the Plum100 you are all incredible and influential.

Celebrate the courage and character of the Reno region with the 100 most influential people within the area.

We are recognizing Super Heroes, Business Owners & Industry Experts, Community Leaders, Foodies, Extraordinary neighbors, Charity Drivers, Artists and Icons, Scientists, Savvy Techs and our region’s Risk Takers and Visionaries who lead our economic engine.

There are ten people within the ten different categories which make up the full list of 100 and only one of them will be awarded as the top influencer within their category. This won’t be your average awards night!

See the Full Plum100 List:

This event comes complete with two film crews, outside influencers, photographers and media coverage.

This inaugural event brings our regions most influential leaders together along with the community in order to show the world who we really are. Join us and join an eve of a new era for the Truckee Meadows.

Our beautiful wild horses are paying a visit to the neighborhood ….. A very peaceful and warming site indeed!!

Hey Donna Holland!! I finally did something with all the apples you gave us!! Baked em and topped with vanilla coconut milk yogurt!! YUM!!!

Throwback Post: Gratitude With Dinner and a Detective


October 12 2012:

Suddenly I see … Suddenly I see why the heck it’s so important to me … Suddenly I see … And I’m so darn blessed and grateful for my friends, family, supporters and encouragers for your LOVE!! Happy Darn Friday Y’all!


Inaugural dinner for Team TLC and the Romano Duo at their new place!!! YUM!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


October 12 2011:

Just found this in Lillian’s folder on Evernote – She’s hilarious y’all!

“Family” by Lillian –

Camilla is my mom and she has a blog and website and is 41:

Lillian is a daughter and a child and has a blog and is 10:

Thomas is a son and has a website he would like to show and is 5:

What do you notice about each age?

Camilla’s age is a big two digit
Lillian’s age is a small two digit
Thomas’s age is a small one digit. He wishes to be 6:)


Tonight I am in awe, speechless and overflowing with gratitude for 12 very special women in my life {and the unbelievably awesome view I got to experience tonight}. That is all!


October 12 2010:

Get to do a speech today at Toastmasters (Reno Downtowners Rock Y’all)! Titled: “A Different Place” ~ I know some of you can guess by the title what the speech will be about!! Gonna take my fellow Toastmasters on a 5-7 minute journey to a different place!


Thomas, “Mom, did you know girls could marry boys? I’m going to marry a girl named Vanilla.” This as he was eating some vanilla ice cream!! Just adore the things this little man says!


October 12 2009:

Sporting her new hat & bag (for her iPhone). She says she looks like a detective!!!

Throwback Post: Purging With Bracelets While Vaulting and Delicious Food While Smiling


July 16 2014:

Purge on! 5 boxes of books, DVD’s, and cd’s to Grassroots Books! Wahoo! So cool that they let you browse for a free book while they process what you brought in!


July 16 2013:

Lisa and Megan’s bracelets are on the way to them!! Pink and yellow for Megan and Blue and Yellow for Lisa! Thank you tons and tons Lisa for your support and kindness in helping get #TeamTLC to the #Chromosome18 conference in less than 2 weeks! We still have a few of the pewter prayer box charms for anyone interested!


Beautiful drive home from Thomas’ Vaulting Camp last night. I just LOVE Washoe Lake and am so HappY we get to drive by here.


July 16 2012:

Team TLC VBS Adventures!!! First Day … Fun, Fun, Fun!!


July 16 2011:

Books and movie time with Lillian and Thomas!!


Dinner at The Romano Casa – Countdown is on til the Reno location of Romano Casa shuts down and they relocate to Vegas!!! Mango Martini during happy hour and this for dinner! I can foresee many road trips to Vegas . . . Delicious is not even a strong even word to describe the meals served here!!


July 16 2010:

Ever seen this at Nordstrom’s? Fun beyond fun!! DJ and dancing on the 2nd floor at the Dallas Nordstroms.


July 16 2009:

January 21 2012: Library and Movie Night

Lillian having lunch! Little light reading about Albert Einstein (Famous People) (amazon affiliate link) while munching away. Then she read a great little book titled, Smart About Money: A Rich History (Smart About History) (amazon affiliate link). These two crack me up! Yes, I do purposely get them these kinds of books; but I don’t make them read ’em. They choose to read these awesome books! After she finished we headed to the library.

Team TLC is on our way to the library. Watch out, we’ve got THREE bags with us ready to load with books and movies!

One of Lillian’s favorite places. She loves going to the library. Thomas and I do too. Every 3rd Saturday, you’ll find us there!

Thomas found a nice little spot too!

South Valleys Library has a cool little path and garden area behind the library. A local Boy Scouts group built it as one of their projects years ago. I think we are just about the only people who use it. This is where you’ll find us after we’ve loaded up with books and movies!

Indulged tonight in a yummy hot dog with a side of Guinness! This was so very good!

Then it was Team TLC movie time!



Camilla’s Happiness Journal: Week of January 8, 2012

January 8, 2012, Sunday, Happiness is:

Volcano eruption experiments with Thomas.

Being comfy in our house with Thomas and Lillian.

Going to the park with Thomas and Lillian.

Being a part of Thomas and Lillian’s “skill” of living in the present moment.

Hearing my kids tell me how good dinner is and asking if we can have this same meal every night!

Family reading night with Thomas and Lillian – pure bliss . . .

Monday, January 9, 2012, Happiness is:

To be honest I didn’t want to write my happiness log for tonight. I’ve had a really funky day. Thomas had a rough day too which added to my funky day! 😉 The first day back at school after a break is hard for him. But I know after I write this I will go to bed much lighter and “happier”!

Watching Thomas play at the park and make friends with kids he has just met.

Cooking dinner with Thomas and Lillian.

Sitting on the couch with each of my kids snuggled beside me and reading a book to them.

Support and cheering from my friends.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, Happiness is:

Being a part of Thomas’s excitement about riding the bus to school.

Knowing that Thomas had a GOOD day at school.

The energy at Advanced Pediatric Therapies {where Lillian receives ST, OT and PT).

Kindness from people you’ve just met.

How happy Lillian is when I pick her up from therapies.

Lillian reading a book after dinner while Thomas and I put together one of his Lego sets.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, Happiness is:

Thomas asking me to snuggle next to him in bed.

Doing good things.


Spending time with awesome, fabulous friends.

Realizing the power of our attitudes and thoughts.


Thursday, January 12, 2012, Happiness is:

The sparkle in Lillian’s eyes when she’s excited and happy.

Hearing Thomas laugh in his sleep.

Kind and loving words spoken by friends.

Thomas and Lillian sitting beside my desk “helping” me work.

Thomas’s gushing compliments about something as simple as macaroni and cheese.

My warm comfy bed.

Friday, January 13, 2012, Happiness is:

Being connected to others.

A glass of ice cold almond milk.

A bowl of popcorn.

A hot shower.

Saturday, January 14, 2012, Happiness is:

Thomas declaring today a “Stay Home Day”.

Being on the receiving end of Thomas and Lillian’s comments and questions . . . most times ;-).

Trips in the car with Lillian and Thomas.