5 Things I'm Thankful for Today.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Happy Friday friends! Adam and I are in Omaha this weekend because Adam has tickets to the sweet sixteen and elite eight games and he loves his sports! Plus, a weekend with family is always a good idea. 

This week is so fun for me and Thankful Friday because I am finally able to talk about our little addition to our family. 

One thing I am especially thankful for is all of you, your kind words, your incredible outpouring of love and support. I am so thankful for the incredible people in our lives. We are so blessed and baby girl is so loved.

ONE // Baby girl Kavan. We are so excited that we finally got to share our news and now we can finally talk about it! I cannot wait for her to be here. September, hurry up! 

TWO // This spotify playlist. It's my newest obsession. What are your favorite songs right now? It's no secret I LOVE country. But, there are some others on there! Plus. if you need some great worship music to listen to, Caleb + Kelsey is my favorite. 

THREE // My husband. Like I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was in the ER. I'll detail that soon with some pregnancy truth blogs coming your way, but anyways. Adam has had to take on a lot of things around the house, because I can't lift over 10 pounds. He's my superhero. Plus, he's the cutest.

FOUR // My Yeti rambler. This is another shout-out to my SIL Brooke, but this Yeti has legit changed my life. I'm not a great water drinker, but being pregnant, I need to be, This cup keeps everything cold, has a huge straw and is teal. I swear by it guys, you need one. 

FIVE // My sisters-in-law. Let's be real, I know nothing about babies. But luckily for me, three of my sisters-in-law are mamas and have been more than helpful in my baby questions. Like, what's  boppy? Apparently it's something I need desperately. 

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Sonoma County.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

With spring almost here and summer right around the corner, it’s time to start making plans for your next great getaway. If you’re looking for the perfect destination for your family or a weekend with the girls, consider choosing California’s classic Sonoma County. This part of Northern California is the perfect destination for the weekend or a great addition to a trip to San Francisco. Here are five things you should add to your itinerary if Sonoma County is in your travel plans.

1. Experience the Pacific Coast

Sonoma County’s prime location along the Pacific Ocean makes it a great spot to explore this amazing coast. You can find quiet coves, beautiful bays, and stunning beaches in this region. Check out Bodega Bay if you want to cross off whale watching on your bucket list. Depending on the time of the year, you could also try some surfing lessons and off-shore fishing. The Sonoma Coast State Park is another prime spot along this breathtaking coast.

2. Explore the Redwoods Forest

Another must-see sight everyone should experience at least once in their life is the awe-inspiring Redwoods Forest. Go to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve to see these giants of nature up close. You can drive along the trails or take a hike and be amazed at what you see. Or, you can get even more action by taking a zip-line tour through the forest. Another possibility is to rent a mountain bike and explore the area on two wheels.

3. Sample the Local Food Scene

Sonoma County is also home to a thriving local foodie scene. There are tons of tasty restaurants that have embraced the farm-to-table movement and can give you an incredible dining experience. While you’re here, check out some of the top flavors in town, such as locally-raised duck, fresh caught Dungeness crab, sweet peaches from a nearby orchard, or rich olive oil produced in this region.

4. Savor the Local Wine

Of course, no trip to this region would be complete without a stop at some of the best wineries in the world. Wine tasting is one of the top things to do in Sonoma County. This area is one of the top producers of wine in California and has attracted thousands of visitors because of it. You can create your own wine tour at your own pace by renting a car and following a tasting route map. Enjoy the different varieties of wine that this area offers.

5. Relax at a Peaceful Spa

After you’ve tasted your last glass of wine and toured the region’s outdoor sites, take a break at a luxury spa. There are plenty of options to choose from that offer a variety of services to help you rejuvenate and relax. Here, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for pampering and even more ways to get back into that moment of serenity.

Sonoma County is a great place for visitors to experience and enjoy. Whether you’re looking for adventure along the coast or a culinary delight, this region can help you find it. Make your trip memorable and amazing by choosing these activities for your itinerary.

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Recipe: Paleo In & Out Burgers

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

If you grew up in Arizona or California you have an incredible love for In-N-Out Burgers. They're the best burgers in the entire world. Don't come at me with Shake Shack or Smashburger or McDonalds, you won't win this argument.

When I was a kid, In-N-Out was only in California. I have incredible memories of driving to visit my aunt and uncle and stopping at In-N-Out on the way. We always got the hats, burgers and so many shakes.

In high-school, we LIVED in In-N-Out. After any football game, basketball game we would gather at In-N-Out and hang out until they kicked us out. Then we'd hang out in the parking lot until our curfews were close. For our 10-year high-school reunion, my BFF's and I left the bar early to go to In-N-Out to hang out.

Now, whenever I go home, regardless of what diet I'm on, we always stop at In-N-Out. I'm not even semi-ashamed that it's a part of my life. I love it.

The problem of living in Colorado? No In-N-Out. Yes, it's coming this year, but it's not here yet. It's all I crave. I found this recipe online for their special sauce and after a few tricks, I've mastered it. And, I've managed to make it paleo. I'd call this a win in my house!

I formally apologize to my husband for the amount of homemade In-N-Outs he's going to be forced to eat.

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (click here for paleo mayo!) 
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup (click here for paleo ketchup!)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar (use coconut sugar for paleo!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
How to make: 
  1. Combine all ingredients. 
  2. Let chill for at least an hour before using! 

What's your favorite burger place? Tell me, have you tried to re-create any fast food recipes? Share them with me in the comments!

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Oh Baby, Our Baby!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Adam and I are so excited to finally tell the world that we are expecting Baby GIRL Kavan September, 2018! We are absolutely over the moon to welcome this baby to the world. It still feels so surreal to even say those words. We've been enjoying the secrecy of baby land with just us two for long enough now and are finally so excited to share our happiest news!

I'll go in to more details later on when and how we found out, how the last few months have been for me and for Adam and all that fun pregnancy stuff...but for now let's just look at the pictures! 

Baby girl, we are so excited to meet you. September cannot come quick enough.

 Cutest girl dad I've ever seen.
So surreal saying baby girl!

 Oh baby, we are so excited for you to be here.

Still shocked.

There's nothing fancy bout the way I love you, But I love you as hard as I can.
baby girl, you are more loved than you know. 

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5 Things I'm Thankful for Today.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Friday friends! Guys, know what I'm most excited for? Spring starts NEXT Tuesday! I'm so pumped. I'm so excited I bought myself some tulips. And, I bought sunflowers. I couldn't help myself, they're so pretty and springy! 

Then, I grabbed tea, sat on the patio and basked in the sunshine. Can you tell spring puts me in a way better mood?! Let's get thankful people. 

ONE // The NCAA tournament. I'm so pumped it's not football, there is so much basketball on TV and the energy is buzzing. Granted Arizona lost last night and that totally screwed me, but hey, that's the nature of the game. 

TWO // Spring is next week! (praise hands!) 

THREE // Weekends. We have some super fun plans this weekend and I cannot wait to share our weekend recap with you next week! 

FOUR // Caleb + Kelsey. They are my new favorite singing couple. They sing worship music and its my favorite music to listen to during the work day. 

FIVE // Insta Stories. Two of my girlfriends have been pressuring me to make more insta stories (I see you Kate and Callie). So I'm trying. And you guys are SO supportive! I'm obsessed with you. Thanks for humoring me insta story watchers. 

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My must have looks for spring.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

It's no secret I am aching for spring. All I want is warm enough temps to sit on a patio for happy hour and not be freezing to death. Denver is the ultimate tease. We'll have a 65 degree day and the next day it's freezing. One week of 70 degree weather, it's all I'm asking for! I want fresh flowers, tulips to be specific, green grass, not brown grass and no more snow.

Even though it's not warm weather, at least it's NCAA time! There's something about the start of March Madness that brings so much energy! It's fun, everyone gets into it and Adam and I bet it every year. I heard on GMA this morning that something like 70 million people fill out brackets each year! 70 MILLION. Nearly 9 billion dollars are BET on the tournament every year.

The whole thing is so dang crazy but so fun! Did you fill out a bracket this year?

Anyways, I wandered around Nordstrom yesterday looking at all the colorful dresses, t-shirts and skirts. I am so ready for a colorful wardrobe! I know shocking coming from me, but there are so many new trends and clothes out there I need! I just want some florals, ruffles and bright colors!

Since Denver has a guaranteed few more days of snow, I refrained from buying all the cute sundresses and reverted to trying on more denim. Can one ever have too many jean jackets? Even though I didn't buy the cute sundress, doesn't mean I can't look.

These are some of my current favorites from Nordstrom.

While Nordstrom is great, I can't leave out my favorite, Target! My favorite thing about Target is the ability to buy the newest trends but not break the bank. They have so many cute spring clothes out right now! A New Day is killing it!

 Ps. How many black rompers can one person own? Asking for a friend.
 This shirt reminds me of the one Monica on Friends wears when everyone asks if she's pregnant, 
except I love the color! 
Adam told me this looks like an apron, but again, I am loving the blue!

These are some of my current favorites from Target.

PS. For those of you asking about my popeye denim jacket, you can find it linked here!

Happy Thursday friends! We've almost made it! Remember tomorrow, like every Friday, we're sharing all the things we're grateful for.

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Recipe: Cucumber Salad

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I know what you're thinking, cucumber salad? Really, Kristen. But I swear, this salad is so darn good. My current obsession is anything tangy, sour, tart flavor. Hence, the apple cider vinegar love. Add it to veggies and we can call this obsession healthy.

The last few times I've made this, it's gone within two days. You may ask how do you serve this salad? For me, it's one of those eat right out of the container while standing in the fridge, salads. Or, stand at the sink with the container next to you, salad.

For Adam, it's a turkey burger side or chicken side, salad. The best part about this salad, it's so dang easy to make and everyone will love it. With spring approaching quickly, it's the perfect BBQ side. Make it once and I swear you'll be a sink side eater like I am.

Ps. talking about spring, tomorrow on the blog, I'm sharing all the spring clothes I am LOVING currently from Nords. There is so much good stuff, you don't want to miss it. Plus, the infamous denim popeye jacket and some new stuff from Target. It's finally spring and it's time to get in the mood!

PS. The secret - use fresh dill. You can use dried, but it doesn't give the same flavor. 

  • 6 cucumbers, sliced thin
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped 
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
How to Make: 
  1. Slice the cucumber and green onion. 
  2. In a large bowl, mix the cucumber and green onion together.
  3. In a small bowl, mix vinegar, honey, garlic, dill, salt and pepper. 
  4. Pour vinegar mixture over cucumbers, toss to coat. 
  5. Taste and if needed, ad salt or more vinegar 

Happy Wednesday friends!

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What's in my bag.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Last night I was watching American Idol and the first girl to audition said she was 15 years old and Katy Perry says, "sooo you're born in...?" and the girl says, "I was born in 2002."

Katy Perry literally crawls under the desk and says, "I've never met someone born in the two-thousands." Guys, I died laughing because this is how I feel about anyone born after 1995. Guys, if you're not watching, these judges this season are hilarious.

Anyways, that has absolutely nothing to do with today's post, but I'm still LOL'ing about it and just had to share. Today, we're talking bags and all the stuff in those bags. Oh, and let's be real, I don't carry sunflowers in my bag, but this is the blog and we gotta make stuff look pretty.

Sidenote, I'd love to carry sunflowers in my bag.

I think what's in a persons bag is pretty personal and can also tell a lot about a person. Being pretty OCD, my bag is usually fairly organized and everything has a compartment. But catch me on a random Saturday afternoon running errands and its turned into a black hole and only the good things make it out alive.

The Bag: I've always carried a large tote. I've tried to switch things up and every once in a while I carry a clutch but I can't break the tote habit. I need a shoulder strap and something big enough to carry all the things I need. My parents got me this LV tote for my 30th birthday and I'm still obsessed with it. Lightweight, matches everything and all the things.

The guts: My Louis Vuitton wallet has carried me through college, law school and beyond. It's big enough to be a clutch when need be and also carry all my cards, check book and pictures of my nephews and nieces. And yes, that little bag is a coin purse, I'm officially an old lady. I hate having change in my wallet, hence the coin purse.

The Lip Stuff: My friend Nikki turned me on to this Lancome lipstick and I haven't stopped wearing it since. It's Rouge in Love, Rose me Rose me Not and it's the best. I put a little of The Kiss by Lush on first and then it's the lipsticks turn. The thing I love most about this, the color. I'm usually a bare naked lip kind of girl, but this color has brought me out of my comfort zone.

The Book: I always, always, always have a book in my bag. There are too many times I'm stuck somewhere and hate sitting on my phone the whole time. If you're following along on Insta, you know I'm doing a 24 books in 2018 challenge. This book makes book 6, Even if it Kills Her by Kate White!

The Sunnies: These Diff Eyewear Zoey sunnies are my new favorite. I bought them a few weekends back in Breckenridge and I've been hooked. They're polarized and if you buy one pair another one pair is donated.

Apple AirPods: These are required. I usually have at least two pairs in my bag, just in case. Adam got me the Apple AirPods for Valentines Day and I'm in love. I was a little skeptical at first because I honestly thought they'd fall out or I'd lose them, but they are the best! I use them for my phone, iPad, computer, work calls, business calls and they hold a charge for like 5 hours and the case holds an 8 hour charge! I love them. Plus how else will I pretend I'm busy.

Not pictured: Tons of receipts, almost empty chapsticks, pen lids, wrappers from Starbucks straws, dog treats, Kleenex, lost bobby pins, Adams sunglasses, and crumbs.

The rest of it --> An extra pair of headphones, my favorite Tazo tea, so many pens, extra Mentos sugar free mints, my Grace keychain (it was my grandmothers), my key pouch (stuffed full of hair-ties and bobby pins), a comb, the BEST hand lotion, a cosmetic pouch full of more lipsticks, Kleenex, and aquaphor.

Happy Tuesday friends! What are the necessities you carry in your bag?

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The Bachelor: Season Finale: No one wins with Arie.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Let me start by saying, if you didn't watch this season of the Bachelor you are the luckiest human alive. For the rest of us, please allow me to apologize on behalf of the Bachelor, ABC and Chris Harrison.

What a mess.

It didn't help that this season started out as dry as can be. No drama, no nothing. Arie says like three words, the girls are all pretty boring and we're forced to watch two hours of this a week.

Then, after watching 57 hours of Bachelor, with one week left until the finale and no SPOILER ALERT, Us Weekly tells us that Arie dumps the winner and gets back together with the runner up. At least we knew this season would end interesting.

We start the finale with two of the longest dates in history. Honestly, I fast-forwarded through both dates, I just couldn't handle.

Let's start with Lauren- I think it's clear that he loved her more, even if he couldn't say why he loved her. He kept trying to convince others that she was outgoing, friendly and said more than 3 words an hour. Every time he was on camera with a producer, it was as if he was trying to convince everyone around him to love Lauren as much as he did. Even when his family met her, he was doing the Lauren tour of convincing them.

Why do you love Lauren? I just do. What do you love about her? I just love her. What's special about her? She has a brown speck in her eye. Okayyy, Arie.

Off to Becca - she is very sweet, lovely, graceful, and so so so eager to love Arie it almost hurts to watch her. She is so over the top with her feelings, her affection and her need to tell everyone about her future with him. All the while, you can see him pulling back and almost looking intimidated at her confidence in "them." There is nothing worse than trying to convince the guy you're with, that you both love each other the same.

Now, that being said, what Arie did to Becca was ridiculous. Never in Bachelor history have we been forced to watch an HOUR of the most horrendous breakup. I get it, they want to show the good, the bad and the horrible. But, really Chris Harrison, an hour of Becca bawling while Arie walks around this Hollywood mansion?

The poor girl just got dumped by Arie and what he said was "I was afraid the more I hung out with you, the more I thought I'd lose any chance of reconciling with Lauren." Let's stop and think about that. He's ENGAGED to Becca, not just casually dating her. In my opinion, when you're engaged, your thoughts should not be with reconciling with an ex.

The worst part? Becca is stuck at this house. It's not like she can call an uber and get the hell out of there. She's in the hills, at a mansion, presumably with no way down unless a producer takes her. Arie just keeps walking in asking to talk and then when they sit, he just stares at her and tells her he loves Lauren. We get it Arie, you made a mistake, no need to continually rub it in this girls face. Let the poor girl sit on the floor of the bathroom with the door closed and cry.

Arie then gets in the car with literally NO emotion, tells the producer he feels bad and immediately goes to Lauren and tells her he loves her. Then tells her he 100% over Becca. Well, that took all of a plane ride to VA Beach. Lauren then giggles and tells him he has a short amount of time to propose, again.

Ps. this is Lauren's THIRD engagement. No weddings yet, just engagements. But according to her, her family is v excited. I'm so sure.

At the end of the day, Arie did what he thought was best. Sure, he was texting and calling Lauren while he was engaged and texting and DM'ing other exes throughout his engagement, but let's give them the benefit of the doubt, or at least 8 months to bask in post-bachelor glow.

Now Becca is the new Bachelorette, shocker. And to be honest, I'm so drained from this season, I'll let you know if I'll be back next season. We may have to limit this to Twitter alone.

Until next time, friends!
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5 Things I'm Thankful for Today.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Happy Friday friends! We made it through another week! (Praise hands!) I for one, am really needing this weekend.  I hope you all have some fun plans, or no plans at all this weekend. 

One thing I know we can be thankful for, the fact that the Bachelor is over! Praise. That was honestly the worst season ever and it ended in the worst way. But Becca is the Bachelorette, we can never say his name again and we can all move on. That recap will be on the blog Monday. It's gonna be short, not so sweet and then we can wrap this up!  

Happy International Woman's Day (a day late!). I hate that I missed this post, because we, as woman are badasses. I'm especially thankful for all the strong, powerful, amazing woman in my life, readers of this blog and those doing the things they love. Keep up the good work girls, who runs the world? 

Last week I LOVED reading all that you are thankful for. I just love this idea that at the end of a long week, we remind ourselves to be thankful. 

ONE //  My health. It's been a long week including a visit to the ER on Monday.  But, it's amazing what the human body is capable of. I'm healing, I'm healthy and I'm so incredibly thankful.

TWO // My dogs, especially Henry this week. We found out my little champ has a heart murmur and he has to go in for some serious tests. But he's taking things like the little monster he is. And Lola, just chugging along like the little crazy she is. 

THREE // My husband. It's not easy to get a call from your wife that she's in the ER, especially when the ER is in Omaha. But my husband, even from a state away was able to make me calm, feel supported and was a constant rock. I'm obsessed with him. 

FOUR // The weather. Something not health related. It's going to be 65 degrees in Denver today and I'm basking in the little things. I'm going to take my book and read on the patio today and for that, I am thankful. 

FIVE // The weekend. God knew what He was doing when He gave us the weekend and a day of rest. I'm gonna be honest, I really need it this weekend. I'm going to lay low, hang with my husband and dogs and be thankful for another week and another weekend. 

BONUS // My sister in laws and my girlfriends. My sister in law took me to the ER to meet my other SIL and my gfs. My gfs brought me fresh sweatpants and they all sat with me for over 4 hours while we waited in the ER. I'm feeling especially thankful for these amazing woman in my life. 

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