midweek musings 7/30

midweek musings 7/30

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photo by Paul E Harrer

I have always wanted to try my hand at cheese making, so I can’t wait for this DIY cheese kit to come in.

Food Forward is a volunteer run organization that collects excess fresh produce from local residents and farmers markets and donates it to those in need. Based out of and operating mainly in California, if you can’t help out with your time you can always purchase something from their online shop. I know I’ve got my eye on the Fruitanthropy Grapefruit + Fig Candle.

How neat would this be to make?!

Do you have dandruff? I do ūüė¶ Apparently if you crush 2 tablets and mix with your regular shampoo (because let’s face it, dandruff shampoo is just boring to buy and never smells fun) the salicylic acid helps with those pesky itchy flakes. I’m going to try it at some point this week. Give it a try and tell me how it worked!

The new little addition to our family, Lando, is growing so quickly we can barely keep up. He is still a kitten though, and naturally does the most adorable things all day, but lately his favorite thing to do is text. That’s right, text. Here is an example of a text he sent (yes, he can send them too) to my brother-in-law: juyfjyfhtcthxhtdh
(For updates on Lando and Stella cuteness, follow me on Instagram)

Finally, one of my favorite quotes: “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” -Julia Child

Keep having a great week!

geocaching

geocaching

In addition to camping and hiking, Joshua and I really enjoy geocaching, which all go hand in hand pretty well. The great thing about geocaching is that you can do it in the middle of a huge national park or in the middle of your city. So you might be asking, “What exactly is this geocaching she speaks of?” Well, geocaching is ¬†the process of someone hiding a cache, and you use the GPS¬†coordinates¬†of the cache’s location to try and find it. It’s very easy to pick up, a great way to explore your area, and a fun way to get fresh air and exercise. So how do you get started…
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The first thing you do is create an account on the geocaching website. Then you search¬†for a cache in your area and get its GPS coordinates, as well as clues and important details about its size and location. A cache can be a¬†cylinder¬†smaller than a quarter or a container as large as a gallon of milk. There are also some sneaky little caches that can look like a screw,¬†rock, or even a¬†chewed piece of gum (don’t worry, it’s plastic not actually chewed gum). Even the smallest cache contains a narrow rolled up piece of paper; this is the log. The log is what you sign when you find the geocache. This is the proof you found it (always bring a pen or pencil when you geocache). The larger caches can contain items for¬†trading, like small toys or stickers. There are also little trinkets called trackables. These are little tokens, tags, coins, and even Legos that have a code on them that when found you enter¬†online¬†to see where all it has traveled. You can buy these trackables online and track their progress there. When you finally find the cache, though, you sign the log and go online to log it on the cache’s page. That’s it, you’ve done it! You’ve just found your first geocache. Now, keep it up because there are over 1.75 million caches all over the world, so there are plenty out there to find.
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You’ll need a few things if you are going geocaching. Our little geocaching bag has:
  • pens
  • some extra paper in case the log is¬†ruined¬†or full
  • small dinosaurs and army men for leaving or trading in the bigger caches
  • a flashlight
  • some extra batteries
  • GPS
Geocaching is way easier if you have a GPS,¬†and Magellan, a pretty well known GPS¬†company, has partnered with Groundspeak, the company that started the geocaching craze, to make a geocaching geared GPS. The eXplorist GC is made specifically for geocaching, but¬†it can double as a basic GPS¬†for those hikes, too. So you can find caches and find your way back to your car or camp site. It’s a little finicky at times, but it can normally find a cache within a couple of feet. You can also use most regular hiking or trail GPSs.¬†Here is a guide to buying the ideal GPS for geocaching.
Now, if you don’t have or don’t want to invest in a GPS just yet there is a basic free app by Groundspeak, available for iPhone and Android, that allows you to see their recommendations for beginning geocaches, as well as tips on geocaching. This version is obviously limited, but they also have a full version that costs $10. Cheaper than purchasing an actual GPS, this version basically lets you use your phone as a geocaching GPS.
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All in all, geocaching is great for the¬†explorer/treasure hunter inside all of us, and perfect for those Saturday’s that you just don’t have anything planned and don’t want to stay home or spend a lot of money. Do something new, go geocaching!¬† We love spending¬†the day finding a bunch of caches all over our city, or taking time to search for them on our hikes. It’s really a ton of fun!
p.s.- Neither Groundspeak or Magellan have endorsed me for this post. These are strictly my opinions.
favorite outdoor brands vol. 1

favorite outdoor brands vol. 1

¬†Now, I just want to preface this by saying my husband and I have been camping and hiking for about 5 or 6 years now. Now, that’s not an incredibly long time, but that’s also not to lessen the degree to which we enjoy it, because we LOVE both camping and hiking. When given the choice of an all inclusive 5 star luxury resort in Fiji, or finally getting to camp at any one of the bigger parks we have on our list at the moment stocked with our¬†wish list¬†of gear, we’d go with the latter (although camping in Fiji would be cool!). However, our current gear situation isn’t as fancy or as well stocked as we would like. But that’s ok! We are certainly getting there. In fact, we were recently married and I can easily say I was 1,000 times more excited when we got the camping gear off of our registry then anything else. Yes, we registered for a few camping items, but this is a great tip. If you have a wedding to register for go ahead and register for that latest and greatest whatever you have on your gear wish list. We did a fun Amazon registry in addition to the typical bedding and china registries, and people really enjoyed buying us the fun stuff every now and then. Don’t forget to ask for birthdays and Christmas too!
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Anyway, if you’re new to camping the following are some great brands that are a little more on the affordable side, but¬†definitely¬†a step up from the gear you’d find at the local big box store.¬†Unfortunately, down here in good ol’ Louisiana, not¬†only do we not have great options for outdoor retailers/outfitters that specialize in outdoor activities other than hunting (My kingdom for an REI! Reason #4 why we want to move to the fantastic¬†Pacific Northwest), but our camping within a 100 mile or even 200 mile radius is pretty much slim to none (that’s reason #2!). That being said we haven’t quite gotten the¬†opportunity¬†to explore and test some of the more well known brands out in the field just yet. But Lord knows I have done my hours and hours of research and lord knows I have a wish list! (See the wish list here.)
I also want to add that most outdoor gear is an investment. If you are just starting out I would borrow someones gear or even rent some (if you are lucky to have an REI nearby). Believe it or not camping is not for everyone, and you would hate to spend $400+ on even the most basic gear and then have it sit in your garage.
Don’t buy super cheap gear either. 9 times out of 10 cheap outdoor gear means flimsy, which means a¬†lousy¬†time when your tent has a hole in the roof and rain is pouring in, or you didn’t realize it but your backpack from jr high you decided to take hiking got snagged¬†and you’re hiking 6 miles without a snack. Once you’ve tried it by borrowing or renting some cool gear and you’ve decided you love camping and can’t live without it, start investing those¬†pennies¬†on some quality gear for yourself. You won’t be sorry!
So finally, here is my short list of favorite brands. Feel free to click on the links for reviews of certain products. Also, I’d love to hear some of your favorite gear, so just leave a comment below.

GEAR


Kelty

They are probably our all time favorite brand. Our day pack, cooler, organizer, picnic lunch box, etc. is all Kelty. This award winning brand is just wonderful! Seriously, no complaints. You can tell they really value quality and that they put a lot of effort and research into their products. Our next big purchase is going to be a Kelty tent. I have read excellent things about them I just want to check it out first hand before investing, because a Kelty tent is an investment, but it truly is one that will last for years.

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Coleman

One of the oldest camping brands out there, Coleman is great for all of those fun basics you think of when you think camping. This is the brand your parents and grandparents probably camped with. They have super affordable products that still have¬†really¬†good quality, like: lanterns, starter tents and sleeping bags, coolers, chairs, grills, propane camp stoves, and so much more. We’ve got a ton of the little stuff like little fire starters, glowsticks, first aid kits, a tent fan, backup stake kits, the list goes on and on. One of my favorites though is their Quad LED lantern. It’s a lantern that has 4¬†panels; when docked on the lantern’s core it’s a super bright full sized lantern, but you can remove each panel¬†individually¬†and you’ll have 4 smaller flat LED flashlights. It’s pretty cool!¬†They’ve been around for over 100 years so they’re definitely¬†doing something right.

Camelbak

Outstanding brand that specializes in those funny little backpacks with the water hose sticking out of it. A Camelbak was one of the first things other than a sleeping bag and tent that I purchased. They sell everything you could possibly need to hydrate yourself from the packs to a bunch of different water bottles, filters, and water flavor enhancers. They also sell the¬†separate¬†reservoirs¬†so you can replace them if need be, or backpack makers like Kelty often engineer some way for you to rig a reservoir into their packs. For someone who is easily affected by heat like I am, I typically use my Camelbak for any outdoor activity I’ll be performing for 2 hours or more. I also like to carry a¬†water bottle¬†with me throughout the day. My favorite Camelbak water bottle so far is the Podium Big Chill that I got for about $15 at Target. It does a great job of keeping my water cold for roughly 8-12 hours and it’s spill proof.

Eno

We love our Eagles Nest Outfitters hammock! Another wedding present, we now have the double with the atlas straps. Easy to assemble and even easier to enjoy. Perfect for camping, picnicking, or just hanging out in the backyard. These hammocks are really high quality and come in a ton of different colors. The hammocks also pack down into a compact little bunde about the size of a large grapefruit. This is definitely on our essentials list for outdoor fun.

Jetboil

Jetboil is a fairly new company started in the early 2000’s with a great idea: a compact camp stove that is¬†light and¬†efficient. May I just say, they certainly achieved that. This was one of the gems that we registered for; we have the Sumo which is perfect for 2 people, and it was¬†way at the top of our wish list. Great for backpacking, which we haven’t quite¬†tackled¬†yet; we wanted the Jetboil for long day hikes to have a hot meal before the trek back, and for when it’s pouring rain and starting a campfire is just out of the question. It is such a handy gadget that we know will be our must take for when we finally tackle backpacking. We haven’t gotten to take it out in the field just yet but we have¬†definitely¬†experimented with it at home and we love it. It does everything it’s marketed for and then some. We’re super impressed with the construction and quality too. When we finally get to use it more I hope to post some fun delicious¬†recipes, so be on the look out for that.
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Gerber

Confession: I’m a pretty big Bear Grylls fan. Say what you will about him, I think it’s a fun show and it doesn’t hurt that he’s cute. Anyway, in addition to Gerber being an amazing knife manufacturer, they have partnered up with Bear Grylls to make some impressive survival/hiking tools. One of my favorites is the super compact Scout Essentials Kit. It’s perfect for a light emergency kit that’s about the size of a mans wallet complete with a small first aid kit, waterproof matches, small LED micro torch (super bright with a few different settings), compact scout knife, small button compass, and a little leaflet with some priorities of survival in case you get lost. They even have an “apocalypse kit” that’s pretty pricy but comes with 7 different weapons and just happens to be at the top of my husbands wish list. All in all if you just need a great basic knife for the trail, some survival tools, or even an apocalypse kit Gerber won’t let you down.

GSI Outdoors

One of our favorite parts of car camping is cooking over a campfire. Joshua and I love to cook and there is just something about the challenge and creativity that you feel when you’re cooking in the outdoors. GSI understands this and tries to alleviate just a little bit of that challenge aspect by providing super ingenuitive camp kitchen tools. Known for their light camping and backpacking cooksets, they also have tableware and kitchen tool sets. High quality, durable, and lightweight GSI products give you that little bit of luxury that you don’t typically associate with your poor overlooked kitchen tools at home.

CLOTHES


This is where my girly side comes out. I love shopping for clothes for outdoor activities. Cozy pullovers for camping, a cute little athletic top for hiking, colorful board shorts for kayaking, I could go on and on. Also, in addition to this list there are other brands like Nike and Champion at Target that have great quality athletic wear that can certainly double as hiking/camping wear. The brands in the list below are more geared to hiking and camping, with the exception of the lesser known MPG which I just wanted to highlight as another good athletic brand. Here is a quick list of my favorite shoe and apparel brands:

Merrell

Merrell is a great hiking geared footwear, clothing, and¬†accessory¬†brand. I have a pair of the Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove Trail shoes and I¬†absolutely¬†love them. They are so incredibly light and breathable, it almost feels like I’m not wearing anything. I wear them all the time; jogging in the neighborhood, running errands, camping, hiking (nothing too strenuous though; you need a good sturdy hiking shoe for¬†strenuous¬†hikes), you name it. I also own some cute Merrell athletic wear. The apparel as well as the shoes do exactly what they’re advertised for. If it tells you it’s going to wick away moisture and keep you dry it will. This is another great brand that cares about quality and puts the customer first.
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Patagonia

Patagonia is yet another phenomenal brand. They use very high quality materials and really research every aspect of what you would possibly require in an article of clothing for whatever activity they are designing it for. Be it surf wear, running shorts, super insulated but also super light snow/cold weather clothes, yoga outfits, or just a simple cotton blend short you can wear hiking or running errands. In addition to clothing they sell shoes and some accessories like packs and bags. They even sell clothing for the little ones. When you buy Patagonia you really are buying from an awesome company. They are very environmentally conscious and love to give back.

Columbia

This is another favorite of mine, and probably what I have most of in my closet due to their¬†availability¬†and¬†affordability. They design clothing, shoes, and some gear for everyone in the family. They have great basics including fleece, layers, and active/sportswear. They also have a fantastic line of Performance Fishing Gear, or PFG, which come in a¬†variety of colors and items from shirts to pants to hats and sunglasses. More well known in these parts as “fishing shirts,” this line’s more popular item is the long or short sleeve shirt that has an ingenious vent in the back to keep you cool, and typically has UPF 30 for that extra layer of sun protection. I don’t do a whole lot of fishing, but I love these shirts for hiking and kayaking or any other water sport. Columbia is an incredible brand that holds up really well and is, in my humble opinion, one of the more affordable outdoor clothing brands.

MPG

Mondetta Performance Gear is an athletic company that has a little more of a fashionable flare to it. I typically find this brand at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls (in fact, that’s where I discovered it). They have cute, great fitting, quality workout¬†apparel¬†that I can find¬†affordably¬†at the discount stores, and still look cute while on the trails.
Hope you enjoyed this list of my favorite brands. Again, please feel free to leave a comment on some of your favorites, and make sure to click the links for actual product reviews.
Disclaimer- None of the above mentioned brands or retailers have endorsed me for this post. These are strictly my opinions.
lauren carroll photography

lauren carroll photography

Joshua and I had the pleasure of hiring Lauren Carroll Photography for our wedding, and we could not have been happier. This extremely professional yet fun spirited woman is truly an artist. She captured the emotion and magic of our big day better than we ever could have imagined. We are able to relive our wedding every single time we look at the pictures. I could honestly go on and on all day about how talented she is, but I’ll let her gorgeous work do the talking.

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If you are in the Southern Louisiana area and interested in hiring Lauren you can click here for her website and here for her Facebook. You honestly cannot go wrong with Lauren she is an amazing photographer!

 

p.s.- I was not endorsed by Lauren Carroll Photography for this post. These are strictly my opinions.

what i learned from planning a wedding

what i learned from planning a wedding

So my husband Joshua and I recently got married (March 1st 2014) and it was a beautiful wedding that took an entire year to plan. Now I’m not going to lie, wedding planning is fun when you don’t have a deadline and you can just pin stuff on Pinterest, but when you have a date set wedding planning stops being fun and very quickly turns into a lot of work. Prices of everything will start to get real, there’s all of the crazy little details that you have to consider, everything just starts to bog you down bit by bit. I honestly got sick of dealing with¬†it all¬†just a few short months into¬†planning. Some of these tips may be obvious or ones you’ve already heard, but I’m including them because I didn’t listen the first time and had to learn the hard way.
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I, like most brides, wanted to make sure that there were special little touches all over the place handcrafted or picked out by Joshua and I. The inspiration for our wedding was Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, so it was outdoorsy and very rustic. In fact, we were married under a huge oak tree and had our reception in an adjacent barn. We just really wanted to make sure this was unlike any other wedding our guests had ever been to. We included tons of personal touches here and there. Everything from vintage camping postcards that we had selected from various antique stores, to our handmade yarn pom pom dandelions that were stuck into the floral arrangements. It was honestly the biggest compliment to us when¬†people kept coming up to us to say, “Oh my goodness I have never been to a wedding like this before. It’s so y’all!” So that brings me to tip numero uno.

#1 Theme

Make your wedding about you and your fiance. Don’t make it about the newest trend or whatever you saw in a magazine, unless it’s you of course. You aren’t cookie cutter, so your wedding shouldn’t be either. Joshua and I sat down together and talked about the theme one on one and came up with something that was a combination of the two of us, which really made our wedding unique and reflective of our personalities. That’s what it’s all about anyway; it’s not about how fancy you make it or how much money you spend. Joshua was actually really excited and had tons of ideas too, from decorations to what kind of music he wanted to play. It was really nice to have a groom that wanted to be so involved, and I think that’s mostly due to the fact that we settled on a theme that we both loved.

#2 Delegate

Do not be afraid to delegate! I learned this way too late and didn’t delegate until 2 to 3 weeks before the wedding, and realized that I honestly could have done it the entire time. I kept saying to myself, “No I’ll get around to it eventually. Eventually it’ll get done,” but I knew deep down I wasn’t going to do it. By delegating I was able to give my mother in law and mother some projects and they actually enlisted some of their coworkers too. Everyone loved being able to be a part of putting our wedding together, and it took a lot of the stress off of us to get everything done in time! All I did was send them emails of different ideas we¬†found and were¬†planning to do. For example, I wanted some paper pinwheels and flags to put outside as guests came in. I just sent the link of the¬†project from¬†Pinterest to my mother in law, and she and a friend sat down at work one day and knocked it out. They came out very nice and still had that personal touch we were looking for. The key is to¬†delegate¬†far enough out just in case something doesn’t quite come out to your liking. People will seriously tell you over and over, “Just let me know if there is anything I can do.” Next time they ask you should say, “As a matter of fact…”

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#3 Pinterest

Pinterest is your best friend. As if you weren’t already on Pinterest enough, get ready because planning a wedding will probably¬†triple¬†that. It’s ok though, because Pinterest will not only give you a ton of ideas — sometimes too many — but it will also help keep you organized and help you get your vision across better. Whenever you have a meeting with a vendor like the baker, florist, dress shop, caterer, photographer, or any vendor really, make a Pinterest board just for that meeting. Pin all those gorgeous¬†bouquet¬†inspirations on your “florist” board and they’ll have a much better idea of what you’re envisioning. Include a general board as well for the little things, but I would suggest boards like: flowers, cake, decor, dress, food, honeymoon, stationary, must have pictures, etc. The only thing with Pinterest is that you can’t get overwhelmed with all of the different ideas coming at you at once. Try to go through your boards and clean out any pins that may¬†contradict¬†one another as much as you can. For example, you have¬†ribbon¬†streamers, sparklers, and confetti all pinned for the going away. Sit down with that handsome man of yours and make a decision; just pick one already! Try to do this as you go so you don’t have 900 pins to go through¬†every time¬†you start another project or you’re looking for that one pin. Also, don’t forget to make notes on those pins.

#4 Bridals

Take your bridals after. Due to weather and a whole bunch of other stuff I didn’t quite get to my bridals in time for the wedding. It was fine though, because I wasn’t going to have a big ol¬†portrait¬†of me at¬†our¬†wedding anyway. The bridals were a part of our package though, and I really wanted some pictures of our dog Stella and I, so I decided to just do them after. Best idea ever! I wasn’t worried about the dress getting dirty, I didn’t have any¬†pre wedding stress, my mother, sister, and I were just able to make a day out of it and we had a blast! It turned into more of a photo shoot of the¬†new Mrs. Frick instead of boring old bridals. It also didn’t hurt that I had an amazing photographer. See my review of Lauren Carroll Photography¬†here.
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#5 That gut feeling

Listen to any negative gut reactions you feel for vendors, even if they are way cheaper than the other guy. In fact, especially if they are cheaper! They might just be cheaper because they need your business due to¬†some¬†not so nice reasons. When we first got engaged we hired a “photographer” for the engagement shoot and had easily the worst customer service experience ever. I had a few hints in the beginning, but I ignored them because she was about $200 cheaper than everyone else and we were still in college.¬†Huge¬†mistake! She was a complete nightmare. She insulted my husband and I’s relationship, practically yelled at me via email for 9 months straight calling me names, ripped us off, and blackmailed us from getting our refund if we left a negative review of her on other sites. Needless to say, I had to get our lawyer involved. She was¬†completely¬†unprofessional, sneaky, and underhanded, and clearly just did this as a little side gig every now and then and didn’t take it seriously at all. Be super wary of vendors! You even need to make sure that they don’t have clauses now that prohibit you from leaving negative reviews (or you know, they could just blackmail you into it!). Vendors can be the best, but they can also easily be the worst.

#6 Vendors

Speaking of vendors you need to make sure you seriously talk to them. Don’t fall in love with them and just skim over your contracts. Sit down with them, read over it together, talk about points you aren’t comfortable with, things you don’t need, or things you may want to include. If you feel like you’re being rushed they may not be a good person to work with. You are paying these people lots and lots of your hard earned money, so make sure you are getting your money’s worth. If you have questions you have every right to ask them, so don’t be shy.

#7 Take a break!

When Joshua and I took that trip to Cloudland Canyon it was mostly¬†a birthday trip for him, but partially an escape from wedding planning as well. Our advice would be to just get away for the weekend when things start bogging you down and start getting too crazy. Now, obviously don’t do this 2 weeks before the wedding, but just far enough out that you can recharge before getting back to the craziness. The nice thing about camping too is that you can physically get away without it cutting into your wedding budget hardly at all. We have a few very strict rules when we go camping: No cellphone usage of any kind unrelated to the trip (Those first few hours of not being able to check email are the hardest, but it gets easier I promise). No computers and no discussion of anything stressful going on in our lives. Like I said we have these rules for every trip we take and I’m sure this is one of the reasons we love camping so much. When you follow those few simple rules camping turns into the ultimate escape, and the only downside is that you don’t want to go back to real life. We were able to come back from that trip and really knock some stuff out all refreshed and ready to go.

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#8 Budget

Budget and discuss it with everyone. We had a pretty big wedding and it was right after we graduated college, but the majority of our guest list was our parents friends. So, we decided to split the big stuff (flowers, venue, photographer, etc.) into thirds, and then we paid for immediate family and our friends’ catering, while parents¬†paid for their guests’ catering bill. This worked pretty well, but the thing was we never really sat down and had a one on one meeting with everyone. Honestly, it sounds uncomfortable, but that’s what you need to do if you are splitting the cost of your wedding with your parents. Then you need to send out a friendly email afterwards highlighting everything you talked about, including preliminary amounts and time frames for when money is due. Get it in¬†writing. Again, sounds silly, but you’ll thank yourself later.

#9 Photos

Now for a fun, not-so-serious tip. If you are having a¬†vintage,¬†outdoorsy, or rustic themed wedding think about putting a thin white border around some or all of your prints. We did this while ordering some of our prints from Shutterfly, and it took a few tries but they came out really beautiful and really complimented the actual images. You can place the border around your images on Shutterfly’s site, but we had trouble with them printing evenly the first couple of times which was a bit irritating. That could possibly be¬†remedied¬†by applying the border with a basic photo editing software on your computer and then uploading them to Shutterfly. I plan on trying it that way for future prints. Also, play around with your pictures and make some fun stuff. We made books, cards, luggage tags, magnets, all sorts of fun things. It sounds cheesy but I love drinking out of my wedding pictures coffee mug. Shutterfly does a great job on their actual products, and we never had any issues with them; it was just the prints we had issues with, believe it or not. Another great photo product site is Artifact Uprising. They make beautiful stylized products that are excellent in quality.
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the beautiful cloudland canyon

the beautiful cloudland canyon

Last fall we took a wonderful trip to Cloudland Canyon State Park in Georgia. We stayed for a few days and had a blast! We absolutely love car camping and they have wonderful sites for this. Whenever we look for a primitive tent camp site we love a little privacy and the options were pretty good here. The shower/bathroom facilities (very clean by the way) as well as the parking lot were about a five minute walk away. They have a great little office/store that had some fun camp equipment, (hammocks, Frisbee golf supplies, etc.) some basic supplies you may have forgotten, and souvenirs. The staff was also very friendly!
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The park itself was gorgeous especially since we were there for the beginning of fall.  The also host some events in the park. Make sure you visit the nature center (great place for kids) and say hi to their opossum mascot. There are several well established super clean trails most of which have waterfalls.

cloud land
This is truly a spectacular little gem just about an hour south of Chattanooga Tennessee.
cloud land canyon overlook
Speaking of Chattanooga we also took a quick day trip to Ruby Falls in southern Chattanooga. This was a neat spot, a little touristy but still fun, that is actually a 145 foot underground waterfall. You take about a half an hour walk through the cave system to get to the end of the system and the home of the falls. Once you reach the falls you get a minute to look at the falls in their natural state and then there is a light show that lasts a few minutes, this was one of the touristy aspects but it did make for some cool pictures.
ruby falls
Hope you enjoy your trip!
midweek musings 7/23

midweek musings 7/23

 

Michael Quinn
photo by: Michael Quinn

Naturally, I have a bucket list of parks which obviously includes Yosemite. Here are some gorgeous photos of the park shot by photographer Ravi Vora. Yosemite NP.

My lovely mutt Stella is very much not a fan of her kennel, but she’s never done this

I love etsy and the fact that it gives extremely talented artists and crafters a platform for selling their creations. I discovered these talented ladies the other day.

I found this ingenious Samoa Cheesecake¬†Monday, and I have a feeling I’ll need to don my¬†apron this weekend.

I’m also very much in love with these super comfy pineapple lounge shorts.

This week I learned that If there was no space between any of its atoms, Earth would be the size of a baseball.

Keep having a great week!

 

friday favorites 7/18

friday favorites 7/18

friday favorites 9/18/14

This week Joshua is a bit under the weather, and I’m just getting over my own little cold, so this week’s Friday favorites are all about being comfy (not to mention it’s supposed to rain all weekend, so comfy weather…check!). I’m excited about this comfy shirt and sports bra, comfy smelling candle, and this adorable plate for some comfort food for these sore throats. Stay comfy this weekend!
(p.s.- In case you were wondering, the word comfy is used 6 times in this little post.)
sweet biscuits

sweet biscuits

This is a simple recipes that is one of Joshua’s favorites.

sweet biscuits

He calls them sweet biscuits and according to him I don’t make them hardly enough. In fact I couldn’t even get a picture of a full pie tin.

Here’s the recipe:

  • Homemade or canned biscuits
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/3 Cup of sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp of cinnamon

Preheat oven to biscuit baking temp. Grease either a pie tin or baking sheet and then arrange the biscuits. (I prefer to use a pie tin because then the biscuits just sit in the glaze.)  Start baking the biscuits. Over medium heat melt the butter and then add the sugar and cinnamon. Stir until combined. For the last 5 minutes of  baking, spoon the butter mixture over the biscuits and finish baking until golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!