August Highlights

The original schedule for today and last Tuesday was to share two of our 12 hour adventures from our road trip out west. Unfortunately, our only computer decided to quit on us last week holding all our pictures from our trip as well as outfit, recipe, and DIY pictures hostage making blogging (not to mention my job search) quite difficult. But we all must be flexible in our lives right? So since I have oodles of iPhone pictures accessible, I figured I could share August highlights instead, while I keep my fingers crossed hoping the geniuses at Apple can fix our computer this week. Here’s to hoping…


1. The best door handles in the West
2. My favorite outfit from the bridesmaid’s dress series
3. The serene view from our campsite in Yellowstone
4. Still have to represent the home state while living in Washington (thanks mom!)
5. Necessary signs throughout our campsites and hiking trails
6. Must remember this lately (image via)
7. The only possible shower in the Grand Tetons was the cool, refreshing water from Jenny Lake
8. Celebrated GPaw’s 94th birthday (!!!!) this month
9. Our nightly indulgence is usually a couple of these


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! 🙂