Bachelorette Beach Weekend

I had so much fun at the beach for my bachlorette trip! First stop was Willa Jean in New Orleans for lunch, then we headed to Florida! While we were in the restaurant, our car got booted which was a minor set back haha. My girls threw me a little honeymoon shower the first night which was so sweet!

We did lots of lounging on the beach and Laura even got stung by a jellyfish…on the face! Haha we made a homemade remedy for her and it went away quickly. On our last day we took a trimaran sail boat out with Captin Kirk in Pensacola Bay! The water was pretty choppy which made for a wild and fun ride. We decided that we are going to do an annual girls trip! 🙂

 

Clark Creek Natural Area

A little late posting these pictures but better late than never! Tyler and I had so much fun hiking to the waterfalls at Clark Creek Natural Area with my dad when we were down in Louisiana. This is technically in Mississippi but it’s super close to Louisiana. The weather was absolutely beautiful and spring was in full swing. Everything was bright green. The water was so clear and you could literally walk in the creek bed. Waldo had a blast to say the least! We were all impressed by the waterfalls.

Life Changing Skincare

Let’s talk skincare! I knew that when I got engaged, it was time to improve my skin and get it wedding ready. I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about what I am doing to my skin so I wanted to share with y’all. My skincare routine is my favorite self care ritual and I love it even more now because I am seeing such great results. I have been doing this routine for about 3-4 months now and I’m just being honest, my skin has never looked better! It glows from within and I rarely break out. I credit it 100% to sticking religiously to my routine. I’ve also discovered the beauty of using acids to exfoliate the skin (AHA and BHA) which are much more effective and less irritating than manual exfoliation (scrubs, brushes, etc.). It’s truly how you achieve the glow and get rid of accumulated dead skin cells.

While there are so many options out there, it’s not easy to find a clean and clinically effective skincare routine. As a self professed product junkie, I’ve done my fair share of experimenting with supposedly good products that left my skin overly dry, red, irritated, or that just flat out did not do anything. Many popular brands often are loaded with nasty fragrances (which break down the collagen in the skin), alcohols, parabens, sulfates, and other gross irritants. Through lots of research and consulting Paula Begoun’s Beautypedia, I finally found my “holy grail” skincare routine. I use a combination of products from Drunk Elephant, Paula’s Choice, and EltaMd. Mostly Drunk Elephant products. I love literally everything they make. What first drew me to the brand, other than the raving reviews, was the cute, colorful, and airless packaging. This is SO important! That Vitamin C, E, AHA/BHA, antioxidants, etc. all become much less effective/unstable when they are exposed to oxygen. That’s what we pay the big bucks for so definitely invest in a brand that packages their products correctly and sanitarily! All their products are made in the U.S.A. which is important to me and they are extremely committed to providing clean and clinically effective products. Good skincare is not cheap and cheap skincare is not good. In my opinion, it is smarter to invest in skincare so you don’t need as much makeup!

The only product you cannot purchase online or in store, is the retinoic acid which is a prescription you have to get from a dermatologist. I am currently using only .025% retinoic acid which is super weak but if you don’t want your skin to peel and flake everywhere, start with a low strength and work your way up. I am probably going to bump mine up next time I go to the dermatologist. Also, to all my deep south friends and family, I would definitely suggest not using this many moisturizing products if you live where it’s humid. When I was in Louisiana, I only used the B-Hydra as my moisturizer. This is what works for me living in Colorado where it’s super dry and arid. FYI, this post is not sponsored.

MORNING:

  1. Lather and cleanse with Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar (white) and pat dry
  2. Apply a thin layer of Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid with a cotton pad and let dry
  3. Apply 1 pump Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum (this stuff is the BOMB!)
  4. Apply 1-2 pumps Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel
  5. Push a few drops of Drunk Elephant Marula Oil into skin
  6. Apply 1 pump EltaMd UV Clear SPF 46

NIGHT:

  1. Lather and cleanse with Drunk Elephant JuJu Bar (black/brown) and pat dry
  2. Apply a thin layer of Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid with a cotton pad and let dry
  3. 4 nights a week- apply 1 pump Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum // 3 nights a week- mix pea size amount of retinoic acid with 1 pump of Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream (alternating nights) 
  4. Push a few drops of Drunk Elephant Marula Oil into skin (especially around eye area) 

I also just tried Drunk Elephant’s newest product, Baby Facial, which is a super strong mask to be used once a week. I have only used it once and absolutely love it!! Most masks sting the crap out of my skin and leave it super dry but this one the total opposite. My skin felt baby soft after and I definitely saw my complexion improve. 

Thanksgiving & Engagement Festivities

For Thanksgiving, Tyler and I went down to southern Louisiana to see my family! It’s always so good to be home. Tyler’s mom and step dad even came down from Virginia to join us and to meet all my family! We had our first Thanksgiving all together– brunch at my mom’s & dinner at my dad’s new house in the country which was very special. The land has been in our family for over 100 years so it is my favorite place! Tyler even killed his first deer there!! It was a 208 lbs 9 point buck, pretty dang good for a first deer. I’m so proud of him! We all went out on a search party at night to find the deer and it was so much fun. Props to my brother for finding it in the thicket of brush. My dad is getting all the meat processed into sausage and jerky and we are going to get the antlers mounted on some driftwood for our home! I think Tyler has the hunting bug now haha.

My sweet grandmother and aunts hosted a bridal shower for me the day after Thanksgiving and it was absolutely lovely. The food was delicious and it was so fun to get together just girls and open some fun gifts. Then the next evening, a bunch of my bridesmaids parents and other family friends threw a super fun engagement/announcement party for us! It was like a big reunion of all my friends from high school/home. It was definitely a busy and exhausting week but lots of unforgettable memories!

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Engagement Pictures

We recently got our engagement pictures back from our wedding photographer and they’re so sweet! I love every single one and they will always be special to me. We took these in late October up Flagstaff Mountain at Lost Gulch Overlook. It was such a beautiful, and exceptionally warm day, to take photos. Our photographer was excellent and she captured our love and sense of adventure so well. I will definitely cherish these forever! They make me so happy. Luckily wedding planning has been easy and stress free thus far which is such a blessing. Our engagement is already flying by. Only about 7 more months until we tie the knot! We are celebrating our engagement with family and friends down in Louisiana next week so we are excited about that! Tyler and I are happier and closer than ever. Get ready for a love overload!!

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Wedding Dress Shopping + Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver day!! My mom came to Colorado for a long weekend to help me pick out my wedding dress…YAY! I had an appointment at Emma & Grace Bridal in the Five Points/Curtis Park area of Denver so we decided to make a day out of it. Tyler and I rarely go to Denver (blame it on the Boulder bubble) so it was really fun to explore the city. Tyler and Joe went to the Denver Nature and Science museum while my mom and I picked out my something new! Emma & Grace is an adorable studio with a relaxed, welcoming vibe. Everyone was so nice and Lynn was especially helpful. I went in there with literally no clue what I wanted and within trying on 6 or 7 dresses, I already had it narrowed down to 3!! It was like she read my mind haha. I am a pretty quick shopper so we were in and out of there in about 40 minutes. I am seriously in love with the dress I picked out and cannot wait to wear it on my wedding day!! It’s perfect. After we found my dress, the boys picked us up and we celebrated at a nearby Mexican restaurant on the rooftop patio with margs and tacos!

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After lunch, we all went to the Denver Botanic Gardens! I cannot believe I’ve lived here for 5 years and have never been…It’s SO magical! We all loved it and want to go back. There so many little gardens and paths, I could get lost in there all day. I was obsessing over the beautiful dahlias and water lilies. The Japanese gardens were also incredible and serene. I highly recommend going if you’ve never been or if you are visiting the Denver area!

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Garden of the Gods

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We took a day trip to Colorado Springs this weekend! We’ve passed through on road trips but never really spent much time so it was nice to explore a new part of Colorado. The Springs are at higher elevation than Boulder and has a more western feel. We hiked the main loop trail at Garden of the Gods and it was stunning! The rock formations are towering and bright red. It’s a must see if you’re in the area. Pikes Peak sure makes for a gorgeous backdrop! We also drive through Manitou Springs and hiked around. We love the Springs and definitely plan on coming back!

Sourdough Einkorn Country Loaf

So you may be wondering why we are doing a post on making a sourdough boule considering grains are not paleo and we mostly eat a paleo diet. This particular grain, einkorn, is exceptional because it is over 10,000 years old (some think it’s even older). Einkorn is the only non-hybridized wheat so it is truly an ancestral food. Unlike modern/conventional wheat, einkorn is high in protein and fats, with a low glycemic index. We freshly mill our whole, organic einkorn berries in our Vitamix and then we ferment it with wild Boulder yeast. We prefer to mill the whole berries so it keeps the whole bran and wheat germ oil intact. Since we ferment before baking, this bread contains many prebiotics, metabiotics, and lactobacilli spores which basically act as probiotics in our gut. The sourdough product is lower in the naturally occurring wheat starches and sugars The final product is super protein and nutrient dense and has little gluten. It’s seriously the most filling, delicious bread that gives us lots of energy!

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organic whole einkorn berries from Italy ready to be milled

Organic whole einkorn berries from Italy ready to be milled!

our sourdough starters!

We currently have two sourdough starters; Boulder and San Francisco. We started our Boulder sourdough by capturing wild yeast in the air. We mixed einkorn flour with water in an open mason jar by an open window overnight. This allow the wild yeast to colonize and then we kept feeding it with more flour and water until it became a sourdough starter (thick pancake batter consistency). If anyone is interested in some sourdough starter, please comment below or email us and we will send you some in the mail or if you would like this recipe! It’s a complex process that takes patience to master but we have really been enjoying this healthy grain in our diet.

milling the whole einkorn berries in our Vitamix

Milling the whole einkorn berries in our Vitamix.

sifting the milled flour

Sifting the milled flour.

shaped dough

Shaping dough.

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I find that a 4 quart dutch oven works best for this size loaf (8 inch).

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Fresh out of the oven.

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That’s what I am talking about!

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As you can see, the result is a perfectly chewy and crackily country loaf that has an extremely complex flavor.

Our favorite, and cheapest source of organic einkorn wheat berries: Jovial Einkorn Wheat Berries 160 Oz (10 Lb)

Green Smoothie

I created a delicious & nutritious green smoothie in my Vitamix that I want to share with y’all! I have the Vitamix 750 Professional Series and it is seriously a life changer! It was a huge investment but probably one of the best I’ve made thus far because I use it at least 2-3 times a day. It does everything- smoothies, nice cream, sauces, condiments, soups, nut butters, nut cheeses, nut milks, grinds whole grains, and sooo much more. It can also make baby food so I’m excited to do that with it one day!

This creamy green smoothie is loaded with antioxidants, plant based protein, ripe fruit, fiber, and healthy fats! It’s the perfect balance of nutrients. I feel like I hit the sweet spot with this green smoothie because it’s not overloaded with fruit or greens but has just the right amount of both. Make sure to blend it really really well until it’s completely homogeneous because there is nothing grosser than chunks of kale in your smoothie. Add a few ice cubes in towards the end because the blender does heat up its continents after blending on high for a while.

here is what you’ll need:

  • 3-4 kale leaves
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1 mango
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup hemp milk or nut milk of your choice
  • few drops of raw honey/agave/maple syrup (optional)
  • few ice cubes
  • high powered blender (Vitamix is the way to go)

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Boreas Pass Camping Trip

Over the weekend we camped at the summit of Boreas Pass near Breckenridge in Summit County! We were all itching for an extended dose of mother nature so we packed our packs and hit the road. Spontaneous camping trips are so fun! It was not a far drive from the Boulder/Denver area at all and it was so incredibly beautiful! We camped pretty much right at tree line so around 11,000 ft. There were even still a few patches of pink (bacteria) snow on the mountains. We found the perfect camping spot nestled in the trees with a stunning panoramic view. There were tons of wild bluebells, indian paintbrushes, and purple daises all around. We ate completely paleo while camping- cashews, apples, sliced turkey, hard boiled eggs, and cracklins/pork rinds. It’s most efficient to bring protein rich foods backpacking and camping. I love unplugging and running around with Tyler and Waldo in the mountains!

home is wherever we are together
home is wherever we are together
view from our spot
view from our spot
that little grey spot in the middle is our tent tucked away
that little grey spot in the middle is our tent tucked away
their love is the cutest
their love is the cutest
waldo feeling the camp vibes!
waldo feeling the camp vibes!
sun going down on the mountains
sun going down on the mountains
tent chilling
tent chilling
waldo & mommy snuggles
waldo & mommy snuggles (note the gun in the tent pocket–I am one protected woman between myself, my man, my bulldog, and our gun!)
one of my favorite pictures of us!
one of my favorite pictures of us!
ty snapped this artsy but awesome shot of me
ty snapped this artsy but awesome shot of me
running wild
running wild
waldo was definitely posing here
waldo was definitely posing here

 

sunset
sunset