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2016 - December

ttn logoDecember, 2016: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

Well the weather didn't scream Fall but we all know that the leaves are falling and the weather is changing! So this means coats and layers of clothing. I am not a fan of winter but I know that great things are yet to conquer! November was exciting and December isn't going to slow down!

Kim's Excellent Adventures

Building A Business:  Now I start to go out and talk with different groups in Topeka. I need to get the word out so the traffic to the website increases.  I need to get more views and visitors so I can start making money. New businesses are never easy.  Being single, makes it harder since I don't have the 2nd income to help. Working 75 to 80 hours a week and only getting paid for 30 of them, is exhausting.  I just need to find businesses that see a value to the new website!! I also need more naps! :)

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Voting: I love the fact that we can vote in advance. It took us like 7 minutes to vote. Now we get to sit back and wait. I am not sure where we are heading but I hope good things will come!

Rocker's Bonfire - This is my second time attending this awesome party! So many people gather to eat yummy food and socialize.  I don't know many people that attend but that never stops me from meeting new people!  I drove to KC following the bonfire since Frankie and I had tickets to the Chief's game on Sunday.

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Third Chief's Game: Tailgating theme was breakfast so we made bacon wrapped tator tots! They turned out very good! We were so lucky to meet these wonderful people! They took us in like we have known them forever!  The game ended with a win! The weather was beautiful. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day! Then I got a message from my best friend since KINDERGARTEN that she was at the game!  She lives in California! Last game I ran into John and this game, Michele! So many memories!

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Substitute Teaching: Well the calls are coming in.  In the past, I was just at McCarter but this year, I am going to a variety of elementary schools.  All schools are different. To be honest, I don't really feel comfortable at all the schools.  Some are just not as friendly as others. Being a substitute teacher you aren't just there to teach a class.  You might have to go to a place where you haven't been, you don't know anyone and meet kids for the first time.  There is so much more to this job. I like to meet people and not all schools make that easy. I figure it has to do with the stress of their job. My energy can be quite a shock to people. As you teach, you start to pick schools that are more accepting and realize that being a substitute isn't the easiest job. Going into a classroom and having to attempt to teach 15 to 25 new faces is not always easy. Many of them don't adapt to change well and trust me, a substitute is a change!

Wicked Wine NightWicked Wine Party: This is not my first invite but the first time I actually went. My friend Jodine hosts this party at her house. It is sort of like my Pot Luck dinner.  She invites women from all different realms of her life to come and hang out! These are invites that I need to start making more time for! I didn't get there until later since I had to workout but I made it!





Lifestyle Changes-  2014 was a big year for me.  I made quite a few big changes in my life.  Eating healthier, going to the gym 5 or more times a week for an hour, wearing my hair down, wearing makeup when I go out, saying yes to getting out of the house when I had already settled in for the night.  I also decided that I didn't need negative people in my life. I needed to focus more on me and my career. 2015 was the year to see how well I could stick to the new lifestyle.  My eating habits was the biggest failure in 2015.  I also let a few other things happen that I didn't like. This is why 2016 was going to be different. It started out slow but as the summer approached, things starting looking better. My eating habits however needed more work. I just love desserts too much! I successfully gained back about 10 pounds! Not everything in my life was making me happy so my depression was my excuse to eat late and eat crap! It wasn't until I turned 50 that I realized, I needed to get my act together! So for the month of November, I went back to my normal strict eating habits. In less than a month, I lost 2 pounds and 4 inches. I realize that when you get older, your body changes but I refuse to not at least try!  My workouts have been amazing, I do something different every day.

Monday Beer Night-  I don't really talk much about Ryan and I's Mundane Monday nights but we still do meet almost every Monday for a beer! Just to hang out and catch up for the week. We are about to begin year four. Time flies but I still look forward to my Monday night beer time! Now to find Ryan a girlfriend!  LOL  He has started working out again and is in a better mood. Life isn't easy and it takes so much work! We need friends to help us get through stuff.  When you are single, friends are very important! I am blessed to have the friends I do in my life. They are always there! They are not always nice and rarely tell me what I want to hear but are honest! Those friends are hard to find. So here is to another year of Mundane Mondays!!

Fork & Screen:  I finally got to see a movie.  Chelsea highly recommended the movie Arrival. She was correct!  What a great movie.  It isn't a fast moving movie, but it made me say, WOW! Which is not easy to do!  My friend Mike and I started at Johnny's Tavern for wings and then to the movie.  We could have eaten at the movie but I was craving those stupid wings!

Movie Night:  Following the movie I made a quick stop at Dollar General to grab the things I forgot in Topeka then headed to my other friend Tom's house for Tacos and more movies! He picked Mad Max Fury Road and my favorite John Wick! The next morning, we baked Mexican cornbread for the Chief's game.  This theme was Mexican!  We picked up Frankie and Dave and once and enjoyed another day of football.  The Chief's didn't win but I still had an amazing weekend!

Home at Last Winter Open House:  I have not missed one of Dan's presentations yet! This was another fun morning spent with friends! If you have not been to either Home at Last or the Kitchen Gallery in Fairlawn Plaza, you need to make sure you go!  Plus there are TONs of cool shops in Fairlawn Plaza.

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Fourth Chiefs game: After forgetting the tickets, we finally made it to the game! At this game the theme was Mexican food.  I made Mexican corn bread! We enjoyed a few adult beverages before the game! The weather was awesome again! We lucked out this season!

Chiefs Game 4-1 Chiefs Game 4-2 Chiefs Game 4-3

Speaking at AWE: I was invited to speak to the Association of Women's Entrepreneurs group about my new website. If you would like to have me come and speak at your group or business, please let me know!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thanksgiving with Family and Friends: It is hard to believe that it is already this time of year again.  We don't have a very large family but this year we had a few extra guests that joined our family for some really delicious food!

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Cleaning out the Utility room - Just so you don't think that all I do is have fun, I wanted to let you see my November challenge.  I didn't accomplish it all since I don't have the money to fix the wall but I did get the room cleaned and the floor painted! This was a huge task.  Then I went through all the stuff and got rid of a lot of crap.  Then I organized the left over stuff and will probably get rid of more, when I fix the wall.


High School Girls Christmas Party - At the beginning of 2016 I had our first gathering.  Since then, we have had three other times we met this year.  (We did other things but those didn't count as a gathering.)  I had proposed to the girls that we try to hang out at least 4 or 5 times a year and we would switch off hosting. Our final gathering was at Dawn's house for a Christmas party! Mexican food, gifts, games, laughs and crafts made up another fun night with some amazing life long friends!

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Did you miss the Miracle of Kansas Ave parade?  Did you go and want to see if you were on video?  Well Gablocal was there streaming it live.  If you missed it, you can watch it now!! Hosted by my brother Chris Schultz plus Frank Schultz and Cole Harrington! Grab some hot chocolate, a blanket and enjoy!!


Kim's All Star Team

I am slowly building an All -Star team that will make The Topeka Newsletter soemthing you will anticipate every month!

Welcome the following amazing people to my team!


Desmond Henry Desmond Henry - Afflora Financial Life Planning

Desmond Henry is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™& founder of Afflora Financial Life Planning, a fee-only financial planning firm in Topeka, Kansas that specializes in working with women, retirees, & clients in their 20s & 30s. Desmond has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! News, TK Business Magazine, & recognized as one of Topeka’s ‘Top 20 Under 40 Business Leaders’.


Do  you want to help out your favorite charity? Afflora Finacial Life Planning #GivingTuesday Annoucement.

Desmond Henry, Founder of Afflora Financial Life Planning in Topeka, Kansas announces their 2016 #GivingTuesday promotion- a $10,000 donation to Topeka-based charities in hopes to encourage others in the community to give back as well & bring awareness to the #GivingTuesday movement. Check out his video to find out more about how you can help your favorite local charity!




Annette Billings Photo Annette Billings - Author/Writer

Annette Hope Billings is a Topeka ArtsConnect Arty award-winning poet dubbed by her fans as "Maya of the Midwest." Her body of work includes poetry, short stories and plays. A nurse for decades before becoming a full-time writer, her deep penchant for caring comes through clearly in her writing. Her previous books include "A Net Full of Hope" (2015) and her recently published, "Descants for a Daughter." Her work has also been included in several anthologies of poetry and short stories. Website: @annettebilling3Amazon:



Robin Bonsall

Robin Bonsall - Realitor/Actor/Wife/Mom

About Realtor Robin

Robin is a born and raised Topekan who, as a youth, always thought she'd go far, far away from Kansas.  As an adult, Robin has discovered so many wonderful things about this community that make her proud to be rooted in Topeka. :)  Ever the performer, Robin spends a fair amount of "free time" volunteering on-stage, backstage, and in other capacities with Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy and with the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble, a budding grassroots theatre company in the area.  When theatre isn't consuming her free time, Robin enjoys family bike rides, pretending to garden, singing lullabies to her babe, doing laundry (does one really enjoy this?) and supporting her husband in his hobby: UAV & Drone building!  There is never a dull moment in the Bonsall household. :)

Robin and her husband, Graham, have been blissfully married since August of 2009.  In 2013, they successfully brought a tiny human into the world. He has been terrorizing the family chihuahua, Joplin, and changing Robin & Graham's view of "the world" ever since.

Chris Schultz

Chris Schultz - President Tinkham Veale Creative

Chris was born and raised in Topeka.  He is a graduate of Shawnee Heights High School and he attended Washburn University where he earned his B.A. in Theatre. In May of 2002, he opened Field Of Greens restaurant in Downtown Topeka. It wasn’t long before his family started getting even more involved in the company, which was the catalyst that grew his dream to include the opening of The Break Room and The Gourmet Cabaret Theater. Chris and his family were recently honored by Topeka Civic Theatre when they were presented with the prestigious Waldo B. Heywood award. In 2011, The Jayhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts named Chris as one of the 20 Under 40 business leaders in Topeka. Chris is the creator of GabLocal.TV and serves as the President & Executive Producer of its parent company, Tinkham Veale Creative.


Chelsea Howe

Chelsea Ellis - Graphic Designer/Artist

Chelsea Howe is an award winning comic strip artist whose work has been published on a collegiate level. Her work has earned her first place in comics in 2013, second for online comic content in 2014, first place in illustrations in 2015, and second in infographics in 2016 at the Kansas Collegiate Media Conference. She was also the 150th Washburn University Yearbook editor-in-chief which took silver at state in 2016 and also won her the Most Outstanding Student Media Award for her hard work and dedication during Washburn's 2015 Mass Media Banquet. Her graphic design talents know no bounds, from designing play/musical posters and programs for well known local establishments, a jazz concert series and an award winning director, to the posters advertising local Topeka fundraisers, such as the 2014 Downtown Adventure Race Topeka. Her vast versatility extends to privately commissioned local business logos, short notice clip art and page layout for the award winning Washburn Review and Bod Magazine, and graphic assets for the local TV show Talk About Topeka. Her work has also been featured in juried shows at the Mulvane Art Museum.

In 2016, for the beginning of TPACs 25th Anniversary season, she won their public logo competition amongst all other entries and is excited to see all the new shows with her reward of season tickets.

When she's not working on graphic work she can be found exercising, sewing, foam armor crafting, playing Destiny, or catching up on her shows on Netflix.


Kristi Pankratz


Kristi Pankratz - Safe Streets

Kristi Pankratz is the Director of Safe Streets and Prevention Services at Prevention and Recovery Services (PARS) in Topeka. Safe Streets is dedicated to creating a healthier community by addressing crime through prevention education and citizen empowerment. Programs include Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out, among others. Kristi is an experienced public relations administrator who has served the Topeka community in public service roles for the past 15 years. She has a background in public safety, public health and prevention. Prior positions she has held include: spokesperson for the Topeka Police Department, Communications Director for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Community Prevention Specialist for PARS. She is a Topeka native and graduate of Washburn Rural High School, Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS and Washburn University.



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 I will add my stars to the page, as I meet with them! Check back to see who will be helping make this newsletter come alive!


This website is a prototype for an idea that I have been working on for ten years! It is continually changing and I hope to make this the main site for anyone that wants to find something in Topeka to use.

It is being built with those who live in Topeka and the surrounding area but not limited to them.

There are 4 sections to this website.

  1. The Topeka Newsletter is the first part.  It is going through some major overhaul since most of the information can now be found in a better organized manner on the website.  This is free for any locally owned business to use to promote their business.
  2. The Community Calendar is actually the most important part of this website, right now.  Each community should be informed on what is going on. This doesn't just mean the bar scene. When I say informed, I mean fundraisers, sports, daily food and drink specials, sales, entertainment, recreation and anything else going on.  This calendar tries to include anything that the public is invited to. There is no charge to include your events.  We enter all the events so it saves business owners time. They just need to send us the information and we will take it from there.
  3. Everything Topeka is a plethora of information compiled in a map based program.  Here you can search and find different venues in different categories. You can pick one or all categories to search. This search will not find information that is not on the map though so you will need to use the website search function also. It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.
  4. Everything Else is more businesses that are not listed in the Map feature. There is a guide page that actually will lead you in the right direction.  It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.


We have 2 different search bars.  We use a program called Hot Spot and it does not integrate with the rest of the website at this time.  So you will need to use both places if you can't find what you are looking for.  Search Articles option will search everything but the maps. It even includes the calendar.







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Talk About Topeka visits the zoo:




New Businesses

Ling's Cafe
New location
1570 SW Wanamaker Rd (North Corner)
Moon Dance Studio
Wild Yoga Topeka
Wild Yoga Topeka 
745 NE Chester Ave. 
Topeka, Kansas 66616





chick fil a Chick Fil A

1625 SW Wanamaker Rd
Topeka, Kansas




Tequilla's Mexican Restaurant (New Location)

intersection of Highway 24 and Topeka Boulevard


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Plumbing,elec,painting,drywall,flooring,decks,windows and doors no job too small commercial and residential specialist in rental properties





LaRocca's South

5145 S Topeka 785-478-5692

Eat in, carry out and Delivery!



Josey Baking CoJosey Baking Company

3119 SW Huntoon St
Topeka, Kansas
(785) 408-1552
breakfast pastries, pies, cookies, cakes and more.






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4700 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, Kansas

(785) 230-0114



El Gallo Mexican Restaurant - Coming Soon

Topeka Blvd and Croix



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