August 26, 2016

10 Years

It's hard to believe it, but my husband and I got married 10 years ago! Where does the time go? Sometimes it feels like a lifetime, and other times it feels like it was just yesterday.

We've shared a lot of adventures in the last 10 years....Europe (4x), Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Yellowstone National Park, San Francisco, Palm Springs, San Diego, Bellingham..and countless others right out our back door.

Here's a look back at one of my favorite memories from each year.

What keeps our marriage strong after 10 years is what will keep it strong for decades to come....our mutual love for the outdoors, our love for adventure and most importantly our love for each other. There is no one I would rather have by my side. 

We're heading out on yet another adventure on Sunday. We will be spending a week in Jackson Hole, WY and Big Sky, MT, so blog posts may be more sporadic, but I promise to update you upon our return. 


August 25, 2016

Products We Love

I recently discovered RX bars and ordered a box for our upcoming trip to Big Sky and Jackson Hole. We are going to be doing a lot of hiking and I knew I needed some packable food.

They are 100% natural, have very few ingredients, offer a variety of flavors and I dig the packaging. I bought a 14 bar variety pack (2 of each flavor) on Amazon (here). So far I have only tried a few flavors but have liked all of them. 

They aren't the best bar I've ever eaten, but as far as the quality of ingredients, amount of protein and variety of flavors they are good. 

August 24, 2016

Currently Coveting

I tried on these sunglasses earlier this week and have been dreaming about them ever since. 

Here's what the style looks like on face (in black).

They also come in this fantastic nude/peach color. 

I really don't need a new pair of sunglasses, but I really want these...I do have a birthday coming up...

August 23, 2016

First Time Buyer

I've been admiring my friend Melissa's pants for months now, and finally I got myself a pair. 

This is my first purchase from Athleta, and I have to tell you, I don't know what has taken me so long. I could have easily purchased more than just the pants, but I exercised restraint and limited my purchase to just these. Their clothes are reasonably priced, seem to be good quality and are stylish. I'll be sure to do a "What I Wore" post in the coming weeks. 

I see more Athleta in my future. 

August 22, 2016

Amazing You

The Mini Fashionista is 5 1/2 and asks more questions than the day has hours. She's curious about everything... including her private parts. All little kids are.

A friend recently recommended this book, Amazing You: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts, and it's so good I knew I had to share it. (Sorry to those of you that are kid free).

This book is to the point. It's age appropriate and it answers many of the questions your child will have about their body. I highly recommend this book for anyone with young children. 

August 18, 2016

Let's Face It

Let's face it, once you hit your mid 30's you start to think about aging. Am I the only who notices more wrinkles, spots, dark circles?

I have nothing against aging, in fact, my life has just gotten better with each passing year, so I'm not about to try and reverse that. But I would like to try and reverse, or at least delay, the signs of aging on my face.

I've known about Rodan & Fields for a while now, and had been curious, but never enough so to try it. A few months ago my friend Courtney finally convinced me to take the plunge, and I ordered the Reverse Regimen. The goal of the Reverse Regimen is to decrease the appearance of dark spots, dullness and discoloration.

It was definitely a departure from the all natural skin care products I have been using the past year or two, but I wanted to give it a try.

Below are my Day 0 and Day 60 before/after photos. The day 0 photos are more red because I had just gotten out of a hot shower, so that change was not attributed to the regimen. That said, I definitely saw some small changes in my skin over the 60 days.

While the products did improve the discoloration and dark spots it, I've decided to go back to natural products. It's just more in line with my overall goal to use natural products on and my body.

If you're looking to try R&F products, they are raising their prices September 1st, so now is a good time to buy. I've seen some amazing results on other people, so if you struggle with discoloration, acne, etc they definitely have a regimen that might help you! I have a few friends that sell the products, so let me know if you would like me to connect you with one of them.


August 17, 2016

Keeping it Real: Tardy to the Party

I have a number of pet-peeves, but being late is probably at the top of my list. I hate being late, and it really bothers me when others are late.

That said, I'm not perfect. There are times that I am late, and when that is the case, I make sure to alert the person who is waiting for me, even if it's going to be 5 minutes past the scheduled time. And if I cannot reach them, I am extremely apologetic.

A friend recently posted this article on FB and it really resonated with my feelings. This may ruffle some feathers, but it's true....

"All joking aside, being late is unacceptable. While that sounds harsh, it’s the truth and something that should be said more often. I don’t care if you’re attending a dinner party, a conference call, or a coffee meeting – your punctuality says a lot about you."

That pretty much sums it up for me.

"It feels like a raging epidemic, seemingly smoothed over by a barrage of “my bads,” “sorry, mans,” and “you know how it goes.” The desired response is “it’s all good,” but the reality is that it’s not okay. Here’s what it is.

Disrespectful: Being on time is about respect. It signals that you value and appreciate the other person. If you don’t respect the meeting’s participants, why are you meeting with them in the first place?

Inconsiderate: Unintentionally being late demonstrates an overall lack of consideration for the lives of others. You just don’t care.

Big-Timing: Intentionally being late is about power. It’s showing the other person, or people that you’re a “big deal” and have the upper-hand in the relationship. It’s also called being a dick.

Incredible: No, not in the good way. When you miss meeting times or deadlines, your credibility takes the trajectory of a lead balloon. If you can’t be counted on to be on time, how could you possibly have credibility around far tougher tasks?

Unprofitable: Let’s consider a scenario where five people are holding a meeting at 2 p.m. Your sauntering in ten minutes late just wasted 40 minutes of other peoples’ time. Let’s say the organization bills $200/hour. Are you paying the $133 bill? Someone certainly is.

Disorganized: If you can’t keep your calendar, what other parts of your life are teetering on the edge of complete disaster? Being late signals at best that you’re barely hanging on and probably not someone I want to associate with.

Overly-Busy: Everyone likes to equate busyness with importance, but the truly successful know that’s BS. Having a perpetually hectic schedule just signals that you can’t prioritize, or say “no,” neither of which is an endearing trait.

Flaky: Apparently some people just “flake out,” which seems to mean that they arbitrarily decided not to do the thing they committed to at the very last minute. Seriously? That’s ridiculous.

Megalomaniacal: While most grow out of this by the age of eight, some genuinely believe they are the center of the universe. It’s not attractive."