12 Hours // Snowshoeing Mount Rainier

For Christmas my parents surprised us with our own snowshoes so Justin and I couldn’t wait to head to the mountains this past Sunday to cross #9 off my January resolution list.




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20140106-204043.jpg 20140106-204033.jpg7 // Rise and shine, it is so challenging to get out of a warm bed on a chilly morning
8 // Necessary reinforcements and entertainment for the 2.5 hour drive to Mount Rainier
9 // The cutest one room house near the Ranger Station where we stopped to ask for snow and avalanche conditions and route recommendations
10 // The trusty Saturn chained up for the drive up the mountain
11 // New gear is all set and ready for some fresh powder
12-3 // Snowshoeing on Mount Rainier via Paradise
4 // A quick dinner at The Hobo Inn, a 1922 family owned caboose restaurant in Elbe, Washington
5-6 // A final sunset view of Mount Rainier on our way back to Seattle
7 // All tuckered out and cozied into bed for a classic movie night from this list

12 Hours // Seattle Apartment

If you follow on Instagram or Facebook, you already know that Justin and I have officially made it to Seattle and are loving the neighborhood and our building (not loving the job search aspect so much though). After our ten-day car camping road trip out west seeing amazing small towns, eating drool-worthy food, and exploring beautiful national parks, I’ve decided to start a new series, “12 Hours”, that will feature my recommendations/experiences for travel to these towns and parks in pictures and quick captions. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

P.S. I’m not going to lie, today is kind of a cheat. This post is more so 12 Hours that I was awake in my new apartment (aka 2-11 PM Friday and 8-11 PM Saturday) instead of 12 straight hours. What can ya do? I’m bending the rules and it’s only day one. Deal.

NewApt-12 PM // officially moved into our new apartment in our new city

20130826-171200.jpg3 PM // mandatory Target trip for the essentials (detergent, TP, food, etc)

NewApt-25 PM // first dinner in the new apt consisting of CPK and summer ale of course
(what are we sitting on you ask? oh just our inflatable beds, aka our only furniture)

NewApt-3 NewApt-4 NewApt-56 PM // clean up time before bed called for foot baths in our massive kitchen sink
(we had dirty feet from moving, no bathtub, and zero energy for a full shower)

NewApt-67 PM // no furniture = so much room for activities (i.e. ballet and karate)

NewApt-78 AM // wakey wakey, time to get up sleepy head

20130826-171059.jpg8:15 AM // a morning 5 mile run/walk to explore the neighborhood led to this shipyard

20130826-171113.jpg11 AM // local burgers at Lil’ Woody’s before a day spent at the library using the internet

Road Trip?

We’ve been home from our world travels for three whole months and let’s just say there have been LOTS of decisions to be made in that time frame. Where do we want to live? Overseas? Denver? Washington D.C.? Seattle? Chicago? What do we want to do (professionally)? Return to our old or pursue new careers? Do we move or get jobs first? Do the furbabies come with right away or wait till we are more settled? The list goes on. I posted a hint last night of our plans on Instagram, but after MUCH deliberation we have finally decided wholeheartedly that we are moving to…..

Seattle2…the beautiful city of Seattle!!!! But if you know us, you know we aren’t just going to pack up and fly there. Oh no siree. We are road tripping it! We are stuffing our Saturn, that sounds like a rocket taking off when you accelerate and has zero air conditioning, full of camping, hiking, and interview supplies/clothes and taking two weeks to see the sites on our way out West. I’m talking a visit to my girlfriends in Minneapolis, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Black Hills, Devil’s Tower, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons, and Spokane with mandatory stops in small town USA along the way. We have no idea where we will live or what we will do when we get to Seattle, but that’s part of the adventure, right? Wish us luck! I can’t wait to share all of our adventures in the next couple weeks! Oh and of course if you have ANY recommendations we would be so very much appreciative and thankful for your advice and help!!


I’m guest posting for Chelsea today about my tips for packing (how appropriate, huh?) so make sure to stop by! Happy Thursday! 🙂

My Travel Workout

TravelWorkout-1-2Traveling over the last eight months, especially after leaving Australia, left very little room for working out since days basically consisted of planning, site-seeing, and eating out while staying in small one-bedroom apartments or hotel rooms. Believe me that is not a complaint. I will happily not work out in lieu of traveling any day. However, those delicious local beers and homemade delicacies were starting to find a permanent home on my hips and butt so Justin and I crafted this do-absolutely-anywhere workout that is perfect for traveling or whenever you need a quick heart pumping 20-30 minute workout.

Bonus: I’m showing you how absolutely cool I look while doing some of these moves (yes, I apparently make that face while doing jumping jacks) and linking to a few of my favorite workout products. What is your favorite in-a-pinch-quick workout? I would love to hear as I’m always looking for a new way to spice up my routine! Also, I’m looking for a new workout watch since I lost mine while traveling. I’m loving this Timex or this Lacoste one on Chrono24 (homepage here), but wanted to see if you had any favorites to suggest! Let me know if you try my travel workout below and what you thought! 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone!


TravelWorkout-1Target Burnout Tee (last seen here) | Old Navy Sports Bra | Under Armour Compression Capris (just bought these) | Nike Pullover (stole this from my mom a month ago, it’s sooo soft) | Brooks Shoes

TravelWorkout-2-2HERE WE GO!!!! WHO’S EXCITED?!

MyTravelWorkout2**Disclaimer:  I am not a health professional by any means. I’m just forwarding along my personal travel workout. Check with a physician before starting any new workout regimen.**

Friday Five: Apps

RoadTripI’m headed to Ohio for the weekend with my parents and Justin to visit my brother, Drew, who works for the Columbus Crew. The next three days will be full of driving riding (perk of tagging along in your parents’ car) in the car for approximately sixteen hours. From all of our past lengthy family trips in the car, I am basically a pro at wasting the hours on the road which makes those ahead of me look like a piece of cake. Plus, I’m no longer one of three kids trying to share Mario Kart on a GameBoy or hoping my CD gets picked first. Nope, I’m old now and with that comes the power of having my own entertainment in the form of a cell phone and iPad (the only positive about getting older). Between these five apps, headphones, dozing in and out of sleep, and talking it up with the fam, those sixteen hours are going to fly by. Have you tried any or all of these apps before? I know none of the apps on this list are mindblowingly or even relatively new, but they are my faves and perfect for passing the time while traveling! What are your plans this weekend? I’d love to hear about them! Whatever they are, I hope you have a fun, safe, and exciting couple days! See you Monday!


  1. Candy Crush – I refused to download this game. But then I did and now I’m completely obsessed. Pretty sure I even see candy bubbles in my sleep at night.
  2. Kindle App – Ability to read and carry around tons of books at once without it weighing a ton? Yes. Please. Currently reading this for July book club.
  3. A Beautiful Mess – The bees knees of photo editing apps. Hands down my favorite. Love all the pretty borders, doodles, filters, and phrases.ABM
  4. Spotify – This music app lets me search for, store, and play my favorite songs while letting me leave my iPod behind. It’s perfect for traveling because I can constantly download or stream different songs/playlists when I tire of my current ones and find new bands/artists at the same time.
  5. Instagram – I mean everyone loves this app, am I right? Plus, they just added the new video feature which I am sure is going to make scrolling through even more interesting. Have you tried the video yet? Not even sure what I would take videos of, but will have to try ASAP.

Have a great weekend everyone!