Friday, July 31, 2015

Jackson Hole Trip 2015

So any friends, family members, or long-time followers of this blog should know that my family takes a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming every summer. My family has been going every year since 2001 and as soon as it's over, I look forward to next year's trip. Last year I didn't get to go because Chris and I were living in San Antonio. It was the first time I had ever missed our yearly trip to Jackson, and it only made going this year more special.

Because my blog is so many things (lifestyle, writing, fashion, journal, etc.) I'm combining the many elements I use on this blog into one post to give an overview of this year's trip. I hope you enjoy this scrapbook-like post about my favorite place on earth.

Chris and I worked Friday so we drove up after work and arrived at the condo late Friday night. But the next morning we woke up and prepared for String Lake. String Lake is a beautiful small lake to canoe, paddleboard, or swim. It's rocky but it's a great place to hang out, and we go here every year.

So from left to right in the above picture we have my cousin Brandon, sister Michelle, cousin Ryan, brother Nick, me, and then Chris. This trip is a family thing. It's my grandma's condos that we stay in and my family and my Aunt Cherene's family goes. I realized I really didn't take many pictures this year, but we were joined also by my Aunt Cherene, Uncle Jeff, their oldest son Nate, his wife Kara, and their almost 2 year old Will, and then, of course, my parents and Grandma. It's a big group and it's the best. 

This was the first year I tried Paddleboarding. I didn't like standing up on it even though everyone else was saying I had good balance. The second day we went to String Lake I sat on the paddleboard and rode around by myself and it was super relaxing. I liked it a lot. 

(WIW; Swimsuit: Old Navy, Water Shoes: Sports Authority, Shorts: ?? Similar)

Sunday we went to a visitors sacrament meeting for church then got ready for the Phelps Lake hike. We didn't go around the whole lake, just went to it and back. But next year we want to explore the other hikes in that area, because it's beautiful. 

This hike was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I'm thinking it's mostly because of how out of shape I am. But it's honestly so beautiful and I had a good talk with my brother during the hike about dogs and what he wants to do for college and life. 

(WIW; Shirt: Walmart, Pants: Old Navy, Shoes: ???)

Sunday night we went to a figure eight race at the fair, which is one of my favorite things to attend. It's like a demolition derby but in a race. It's so much fun to watch! But also at the fair I got to see one of my most favorite things on earth... A HIGHLAND COW!!! If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram you have already seen my excitement in seeing and petting such a beautiful animal. I honestly love cows and highland cows are the cutest of them all.

Monday we hiked hidden falls. If you go to Jackson this is probably the hike I recommend the most. It's a good steady hike without being too difficult, my grandma used to do this hike with us so it's a fairly easy one. It leads to one of the most beautiful waterfalls, which I'm obsessed with.

After the hike we drove to find buffalo and we found them.

After that we went to the Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum. It was cool and interesting. We also walked around the town with my brother. Downtown Jackson Hole is an amazing place. The stores are great, the sidewalks are wood, and everything has just a great feel to it. Of course, one of the best and most iconic places is the elk antler archways in the center of town square.

They also have a lot of benches with statues and Chris had a conversation with President Lincoln.

Tuesday we went white water rafting and it was AWESOME! I don't have any pictures because the only camera I had on the trip was my phone and taking my phone on the raft didn't sound like a great idea. It was freezing that day though and I was cold the rest of the day from getting soaked near the front of the raft. Chris fell out during some minor rapids and he just laughed it off and we helped him back it. It was such a fun rafting trip.

Later Tuesday we rode the gondola up the Tetons to The Deck restaurant. They have such good fries and we tried these battered vegetables with sauce and they were delicious! I also had hot chocolate because up on the mountain it was freezing.

(WIW; Jacket: Kohls, Shoes: K-Mart, Pants: ???, HEY! So if you're ever wondering where Chris gets his clothes, just leave me a comment and I'll do my best to answer. I'm also considering having him join me for a few fashion posts just to get more variety on my blog, let me know what you think of that idea!)

Wednesday we went back to String Lake. I don't have pictures for that day. My cousin Ryan and I swam basically across the lake and back and I woke up the next morning completely sore. It was such a good workout for me! Chris didn't join us that day and went fishing instead, but he didn't catch anything.

Thursday we hung out around town most the day. Later in the day my mom, sister, and I went on a bike ride. It had been like five years since I'd ridden my bike and people lie, you can forget how to ride a bike. But I didn't crash or anything and I did just fine, but it was a workout because it had been so long and my bike seat it ridiculously hard so sitting hasn't been fun for me. That night we went out to a Mexican place called El Abuelito, and it was delicious.

Even later that night we played One Night Ultimate Werewolf , which we had been playing every night of the trip. That night we played outside in the condo's gazebo with glowsticks and eating Crayola's version of Pixie-Sticks. That game is awesome and if you've never played it, you should. Chris and I are going to invest and buy it ourselves because it really is so much fun and you need to have a different strategy every single game.

And that leads us to today, where Chris and I drove back to Logan stopping at the Oregon Trail Museum in Montpelier.

This was such a fun trip this year and I'm going to miss being there and getting back into a regular routine. If you haven't been to Jackson Hole, I hope this gives you an idea of how much there is to do there. I honestly suggest this as a vacation spot for anyone who loves the outdoors. There is literally so much to do there and I love everything about that place!

What trips have you been on this summer and where's your favorite vacation spot? Let me know in the comments below! 

Friday, July 24, 2015


Hello everyone! First of all, thank you to everyone who participated in my survey/giveaway last week. I loved all your responses and you helped a lot. The winner of the giveaway will be emailed soon, so good luck!!

My dress today is one I've posted before, but I wore it at my parent's house and certain family members acted like they had never seen it before (shows who reads my blog in my family). But I'm posting it again because it's styled differently and things have changed. So lets take a look at the changes.

Hey look, the first time I posted this dress I had my original blog name. That's cool, and long, and it's nice to have my own URL now. My hair was shorter then and I think I curled it with my straightener. I honestly haven't touched my straightener in forever. If you want to see how I curl my hair now, click HERE. My hair also was a lighter brown and now I think it just looks reddish brown, but people don't always agree. I'm still an expert at putting my hands on my hips. I don't wear flats so much, I wear heels (the heels in the picture usually) everyday.

I am in love with this dress because it's very slimming. You can't even tell I've gained weight between the two pictures, which is pretty awesome. And I look more pale now but I'm pretty sure that's because my new phone camera is much better at showing detail. Also instead of a more formal cardigan I paired this dress with a casual tee, and it really is casual, it's a Utah Jazz t-shirt, the logo is just hidden. I have been parting my hair in the middle for a long time but this new post I went back to my usual part. Seriously it looks the same but this is the first time in forever (like the Frozen song).

My life has changed a lot too. The original post was about when the ducklings outside of our apartment hatched. We were about to move to Texas, I was a janitor, I was still in school, things were weird and different. I'm so happy that change exists. My life is so much better off now. We aren't struggling (as much) to pay bills and rent, I have a full time job that I really do love, Chris has a good steady job where he works so well with customers, and we have a world of possibilities ahead of us.

I've had a pretty bad/negative summer this year, but sometimes it's good to look back on the way things used to be and realize just how wonderful changes can be.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Blog Makeover Survey/Giveaway!

Hey ya'll! So at the end of my post yesterday I added on a quick survey to help with my blog makeover. I'm writing up this quick post with that same survey to try and get more responses.

I have loved all the responses so far, you guys are the greatest, but I really would like more feedback to help me out and help the future of this blog. I love this blog and I love all of you and I want this to be a place where we're both happy and can enjoy what's on here, so I need your responses to help me out.

If you are having any problems filling out the survey please let me know so I can try to fix any issues. You do need to have a Google account to access the survey at the bottom of this page.

Otherwise, share this with your friends and family so I can get as much feedback as possible. In fact, anyone who shares this survey on Twitter will be entered into a giveaway for a $25 gift card to the store of their choosing!! Just copy and paste the following Tweet into your Twitter feed and you'll be entered:

Hey friends! Please check out 's survey and enter to win a $25 gift card!!  

You will only be entered if you share the Tweet and fill out the survey before next Friday. So get going and you could win! Thanks friends!


Friday, July 17, 2015

My New Favorite Dress

You guys, I found the greatest dress. I'm in love. This last weekend we were in Park City for a family reunion and we went to the outlets and in Volcom I found this dress and it was on sale but still more than I usually would pay for anything, but I was so in love I convinced Chris to let me buy it. And then when he saw me in it he totally agreed that it was the best dress ever and now we're both in love. It's the greatest romance story there ever was.

I'm kidding. But I am in love with this dress.

So I am going to be giving my blog a makeover. Not in appearance, because I'm actually pretty happy with the appearance right now. I mean in posts. I'm sure you've all noticed my lack in posts recently and I'm going to change that, setting new goals to post more and post more of the things you like. So to help me gauge what my readers want to see I've created a quick survey for you to take that will help me figure out what you like, what you don't like, etc. Please just take a minute to fill it out at the bottom of this page, you'd be doing me a huge favor!

This month is literally crazy for me so realistically there won't be any changes until August, probably mid August. But I am planning on posting something every day for the month of September, so that'll be a fun challenge for me. And, remember that writing project I promised you for June? Well I'm still working on that. I'm thinking September or October that'll be ready for ya'll. I'm very protective of my writing and that's why it's taking so long, it has to be perfect.

Anyways, so many little things. Here is my new favorite dress and my favorite shoes that I wear all the time and you're probably sick of seeing. Also, enjoy the lovely tan lines on my arms.

I'm just so excited about this dress!! 

Dress: Volcom
Shoes: Kohls
Undershirt: DownEast (Exact match)

Here are some other great loose, summery dresses I love, but don't love nearly as much as this one.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015


If you've been a follower of my blog you know my love of this holiday. While the people I know only like it for free Chick-Fil-A, I personally like to take Cow Appreciation Day to really appreciate cows.

I get teased that cows are my favorite animal, but do you realize how smart, cute, and helpful they are? Cows are so underrated and unappreciated and it's sad because they truly are incredible animals.

So happy Cow Appreciation Day to all my blog followers! I hope you have a wonderful day!

(If you're worried about me skipping out on Happy Tuesday this week, calm down, it's on my Tumblr blog for today and you can check it out HERE.)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Style Icon: Zooey Deschanel/Jessica Day

Chris and I love New Girl. Like, a lot. We've seen each episode on Netflix multiple times and we still laugh every time. It's honestly one of the best shows. But as funny as it is, one of my favorite things about it is the dresses and other outfits Zooey Deschanel wears as Jessica Day.

Today's #FashionFriday post is not of me, but a combination of my favorite Zooey/Jess outfits, although their style is basically the same.

I love this style because it's very girly and fun. Having a job wear I get to wear a dress everyday has been ridiculously fun for me and I've realized how much I prefer wearing dresses to other clothes. Zooey's style is not only cute and girly, but it's also very casual and comfortable looking, which is always a plus. In New Girl she wears big glasses and anyone who knows me well knows that I'm obsessed with glasses, so I want them. I'm also in love with her hair. I've been considering getting bangs like hers, but I really can't decide. If you have an opinion on whether I should get bangs or not please leave a comment below, because I'm very conflicted on this decision.

It only seems fitting that with this post I introduce you to one of my favorite websites: What Would Zooey Deschanel Wear? Not only does it show you a collection of her outfits, it has links on where to get them or similar items! It's amazing to look at and makes me wish I had more money. So check it out because it's pretty much the greatest thing ever.

So anyways, please enjoy a collection of some of my favorite Zooey/Jess outfits. Have a lovely day and if you're participating in Fashion Friday, be sure to use the hashtag on social media so I can see all your styles!

Seriously though, could I pull off bangs like this?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Happy Tuesday 7/7/2015

Independence Day fun

Journey concert

Dancing with Chris



Italian ices

Summer heat

New swimming suit

Being able to use my new swimming suit this weekend

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