Our Story (WE ARE ENGAGED!!!!)

It’s surreal that Tyler and I are engaged!! I am writing this the morning after my 23rd birthday, the day after Tyler proposed to me. It was pure bliss waking up with my fiancé this morning. I am beyond thrilled that we are spending the rest of our lives together! Yesterday was the greatest day of my life thus far. The love jitters were uncontrollable haha!! We are both so grateful that we found the loves of our life and cannot wait to get married. Thank you so much to our wonderful family and friends for all their love and support. Apologies if we were not the best with our phones yesterday, we were trying to savor the moment and were overwhelmed with happiness!!

 

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the overlook at Dream Canyon, a spot that will forever be special to us

So the proposal story. The weather was looking to be a pretty rainy/stormy afternoon on my birthday so we decided to go on a morning mountain adventure in lieu of going camping. Tyler drove us up to Dream Canyon, which is just as dreamy as it sounds! We were hanging out and admiring the view at the overlook and all of a sudden Tyler said my name, Camille. He proceeded to get down on one knee and pulled out a wooden jewelry box. At this point, I knew what was happening and had a giant smile from ear to ear. He gave a little speech before opening the box and told me how he wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and that I am the love of his life. He opened the box and revealed a GORGEOUS diamond and sapphire ring. It was his family ring. That’s when he asked me to marry him. I immediately said yes and started kissing him. He then put the ring on my wedding ring finger (removing the promise ring he had given me–he sure kept his promise!!). This was by far the best and most memorable moment in my life. We stayed at dream canyon just hugging, kissing, loving on each other, talking, etc. for a while afterwards until we decided to head back to Boulder to share the news with my mom and grandmother (who are in Boulder this weekend) and all our other family members and friends. Our phones blew up like crazy and were dead in less than an hour after the news was shared!! We feel so loved by everyone and we are just so incredibly happy to be engaged. For those who have asked, we have literally no clue about any wedding details haha. Tyler graduates from CU in May 2017 so, it will definitely be next summer sometime because we met in the summer, it’s the best season, and we need time to plan everything! It’s also probably going to be in Colorado and I will definitely be wearing a flower crown.

although it's techinally a selfie, we snapped this right before we left so we would always have a memory of this moment
although it’s technically a selfie, we snapped this right before we left so we would always have a memory of this moment
I could not be more obsessed with my ring!! It was Tyler's family ring which makes is special. Blue is also my favorite color so I love the sapphires! It's so so perfect. My favorite permanent accessory!
I could not be more obsessed with my ring!! It was Tyler’s family ring which makes is special. Blue is also my favorite color so I love the sapphires! It’s so so perfect. My favorite permanent accessory!

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For those who are interested, here is our story of how we meet and fell in love! Tyler and I met for the first time way back in the fall of 2012. That seems like yesterday to me but, in reality that was 4 years ago…wow. Anyways, I was a sophomore at CU Boulder and he was fresh off the greyhound bus from his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. I use the word fresh very sarcastically because he was quite the opposite in all his sexy, southern, home bum-esque appeal. Pretty sure all he had was a backpack to his name, and a small one at that. I have to give major credit to one of my best friends from college and roommate at the time, Alli, for allowing Tyler and his other 2 other traveling friends (whom I have a deep affection for now) in our home because to be honest, I was not exactly comfortable with them being there at first haha! Alli was dating one of Tyler’s best friends from home, Dan, who was also attending CU and lived one block away from us. Tyler and his friends were in between crashing at Dan’s place, camping, and crashing at our place. Tyler and I were obviously in different places in our life when we first met but, I knew from the instant meeting him that he was 1) an awesome, brave, and smart person and 2) that I wanted to be close friends with him (maybe even more than friends hehe). Tyler has since told me that he mentioned to Dan that he wanted to marry me before he even really knew me, which I find really adorable and romantic. But like I said, we were in very different places in life and it wasn’t until the following summer in early June of 2013 that we became romantically involved, although we remained good friends throughout that period of time. After about 2-3 weeks of ‘hanging out’ and hiking at the beginning of the summer, Tyler asked me to be his girlfriend which I happily said yes to! It immediately felt like the start of something incredibly, which it was. Ever since then, we have fallen more and more in love every single day of being together. We have been through so much together and we know that we want to be together forever . Our relationship is truly the most special thing and we love each other unconditionally. Fast forward to now, 2016, we live in a cute little duplex together that we have been dwelling in for about 2 and a half years now. I graduated from CU Boulder and have an ‘adult’ office job. Tyler is finishing up his degree in computer science at CU Boulder (he’s a genius just so you know). We have an adorable American Bulldog, Waldo, who makes many features on the blog/Instagram. He is our first child and is spoiled rotten! It’s funny because Waldo’s birthday (June 21) coincides with our anniversary. So this year Waldo will turn 3 years old and we will celebrate our 3rd anniversary! We don’t have an exact day as to when we started dating but, we know it was in mid to late June so we just stick with Waldo’s birthday so we both always remember haha. It’s like Waldo is our spirit love child lol. Okay, too far…haha. Now we are are engaged and are the happiest we have ever been!!

~raw ‘nutella’ bliss balls~

These chocolate hazelnut bliss balls seriously taste like nutella!!! Minus the guilt and bad crap. They are paleo and vegan friendly. Hope y’all enjoy!IMG_2427

what you need:

-food processor

-2 cups hazelnuts

-2 cups pitted medjool dates

-1/2 cup fine coconut shreds

-4 tablespoons raw cacao powder

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean

-1/4 teaspoon pink salt

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1. toast 2 cups of hazelnuts at 350 degrees for 15 minutes

2. roll toasted hazelnuts around in a clean towel to remove the skin (you can also just rub a handful of them between your hands to remove the skin)

IMG_23963. process 2 cups of dates with 4 tablespoons of raw cacao powder and about a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla bean until it forms a big chocolate date ball (this food processor is the best we love ours Cuisinart Food Processor)

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4. add 2 cups of toasted and skinned hazelnuts and 1/4 cup of the coconut shreds until everything is all combined (you may have to stop it a few times and mix it all around)

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5. spread the rest of the coconut shreds out on a baking pan (you can always use more for good measure)

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6. roll the processed mixture into small balls with damp hands then roll them around in the coconut shreds

IMG_24237. crack some himalayan pink salt over bliss balls and store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer

IMG_2427As you can see, this makes a bunch of bliss balls (plus we ate a few)! They are one of my favorite guilt-free treats to make. It’s really amazing how unrestricted I feel eating paleo because there are so many ways to make delicious whole food treats! I was inspired by earthyandy to make these 🙂

Boulder Falls

Over the weekend Tyler and I went to Boulder Falls for the first time ever!! We made the choice not to bring Waldo since we were unsure of the trail conditions and since it’s technically closed. I like to follow the rules (sometimes) but in my opinion, you can’t close nature. C’mon Boulder! The weather forecast wasn’t looking promising to do much else outdoors so we decided to say screw it and adventure anyway!!! I’ve been dying to see Boulder Falls but it has been closed for almost the entire 5 years I’ve lived here. I came to the realization that people safely visit all the time and just go around the closed off rope sign. It was a great day to visit because 1) we were the only ones there so that was really nice and 2) it has been raining recently + snow melt so the falls were raging. The canyon was all foggy and mystical, it was so romantic and relaxing. Pics below 🙂 IMG_2273

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Spring Cleaning!! DIY body products + some favorites

Spring is finally here!!! Boulder’s weather is so bipolar, it’s been snowing on and off but I’m crossing my fingers that this fabulous weather is here to stay!! I’m loving all the blooming flowers everywhere. Spring also means spring cleaning!

IMG_2196The other weekend, Tyler and I did a huge purge of old clothes and other unnecessary junk in our house and gave it all to the Goodwill (I swear we had like 6 trash bags FULL of stuff). We also did a deep clean of our house which felt really good. Along with spring cleaning, we have been trying to “clean up” in other ways.

Tyler and I are both super conscious abut using body products that are safe, effective, and as natural as possible. I once heard that you should only put on your skin what you would put in your mouth, and that has kind of always stuck with me for some reason. After all, our skin is our largest organ that quickly absorbs whatever you put on it so it’s important to only use stuff that would be potentially edible (or almost). We try to make as many of our products at home as possible to ensure quality and to save money. That being said, we have a few creations that we want to share with y’all!! I am also going to include a few other natural/organic products that I couldn’t live without (links to all are at the bottom). Tyler created an amazing homemade shampoo/body wash that we’ve been loving and I recently made a body scrub that is seriously the best scrub I’ve ever tried! We both felt like we scrubbed a pound of dead skin off ourselves after using it…sorry if that’s TMI but this stuff works! Both are simple to make. We have also been using raw, organic apple cider vinegar as a toner/astringent and it’s the best! It’s cleansing, tightens the pores, and evens out complexion.

How to make your own 2-in-1 shampoo/body wash:

  1. measure out 1 cup of Dr. Bronner’s Baby Castile Soap
  2. mix soap with 2/3 cup of organic full fat coconut milk (we love our KitchenAid mixer)
  3. option to add a tablespoon or two of oil for more hydration (olive or avocado work best)
  4. add anywhere from 10-50 drops of whatever essential oils you like best (we used a combo of lavender, lemon, and eucalyptus)
  5. funnel mixture into a bottle
  6. shake well before using and enjoy 🙂

tip: when you first open the can of coconut milk be sure to mix the coconut cream at the top thoroughly with the coconut water at the bottom so that it’s all consistent BEFORE you mix it with the castille soap

How to make your own body scrub:

  1. in a mixer, whip equal parts organic brown sugar and organic coconut oil
  2. once that’s thoroughly mixed, throw in a handful of whole himalayan pink salt crystals
  3. option to add a few drops of essential oils (I did not add any because the scrub already smells divine by itself)
  4. transfer to a mason jar and enjoy

Hope y’all enjoy!! Continue reading for reviews of other products we love!

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