Sunday, August 13, 2017

Reflections of Christ

Happy Sunday! Below are a few photos of my home I snapped after hanging my new favorite addition to the house! Displaying a picture of Christ in our home has been something I've wanted to do since we moved in over a year ago.  I finally found the perfect print and love seeing this right as we walk in the door. 

The Reflections of Christ photos by Mark Mabry found here are some of the most beautiful depictions of Christ I've ever seen.  I love the Walking on Water photo because it shows one of the many miracles performed by Christ.  It serves as a daily reminder of the miracles we've seen in our lives, specifically with Cal, and helps me to remember to honor Him in everything we do. 

Scroll to the bottom of the post for links to all my home decor.


Who can spy cute baby feet in the picture above? :)








Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cruising Alaska

Hey guys! Paige here to FINALLY share all the pics and details from our Alaska trip! It took me a couple weeks because real estate has been SO crazy since I got back, but I'm happy I finally found the time to get around to it! If any of you have ever thought about cruising Alaska, I highly recommend it! The trip was AH-mazing and definitely exceeded my expectations. If you're like me and think you'd way rather go somewhere warm and tropical on a cruise (hello Mexico and the Caribbean) think again! Alaska was BREATHTAKING and unlike anything I've ever experienced.

We did a Disney cruise (because MJ is the center of everyone's world right now haha) and the pictures and locations I've posted about are in order of where we stopped! I've also done a little review of the Disney cruise line at the bottom of this post with what I liked and didn't like about it :) AND of course, all of my outfits (and MJ's) are linked at the bottom as well. Enjoy! Feel free to email me with any questions if you're considering visiting Alaska yourself!



MJ on the plane :) Always fun having a toddler on a flight right!?...Luckily it was only a two hour flight :)


Vancouver

Our cruise left out of Vancouver and I wish we would have come in a day early to explore this city. It was so beautiful!


Day At Sea





Icy Straight Point

This was our first stop. Literally nothing here but a few houses and tourist shops, but it was breathtakingly beautiful! A lot of people did bear tours here, but MJ was too young so we just did a little tram tour through the mountains which was gorgeous. So much natural beauty!






Skagway

In Skagway we took a train up to the top of a mountain with gorgeous views of glaciers, waterfalls, and rivers on the way up. Below is one of photos I took on the way up!



After that we got to see sled dogs in training and the cutest little Husky puppies which MJ loved!





Juneau/Glacier

Ok guys, this was by far my favorite day! Whale watching the first half, and cruising by an awesome glacier the second half...couldn't ask for anything cooler! (Pun intended).



I did not expect to be as excited as I was about seeing whales haha, but once I was THERE up close and personal I was so amazed! It was incredible seeing these whales up close in the wild.






Behind us in the photo below is the Tracy Arm glacier




The foam looking stuff on top of the water is ice!



Ketchikan

Ketchikan was a GORGEOUS little fishing town again with NOTHING there besides some houses, a few places to eat, and some tourist shops. We did a boat tour here and had some of the best chowder I've ever had!





Disney Cruise Review

Overall I thought the Disney cruise was amazing, BUT there were a few things I could have lived without. For one, as expected, there were a TON of very energetic kids haha. And kid music. And kid dancing. While MJ loved it, if you don't have kids who can enjoy all of this, it can be a lot of "wiggle wiggle time" after a while lol! My favorite part for MJ though was the Disney characters! I thought he'd be afraid of them, but he loved them and it was so cute!

The only other downside in my opinion was that they kind of nickel and dime you. On other cruises I've been on, pretty much everything is included. On our Disney cruise we were all kind of surprised with some of the stuff they charged extra for!

Below is a picture from another part of the Disney cruise that I loved. They had a little enclosed splash pad area just for toddlers! Obviously it was cold on the cruise, but the water was heated so MJ loved it. Only kids 3 and under were allowed in this area so it was never too crowded which was nice!






If you made it this far, thanks for reading! You're a true friend haha. As I mentioned at the top of this post, if you're thinking about visiting Alaska yourself feel free to email me with any questions or ask away in the comments below!

Below are any of mine and MJ's outfits in this post available to buy :)



Friday, August 4, 2017

San Diego!

If you follow us on Instagram, it's no secret how much we LOVE San Diego.  It's where we grew up (and where we all secretly wish we still lived).  Luckily our parents and a lot of our family still live there so we visit every chance we get!


We wanted to put together a quick "local's guide" to San Diego listing the top things we always love to do when we visit.  Of course, there are always the well known spots to hit up like the San Diego Zoo and Sea World, but below are some of the less known places to see and, let's be honest, what we mostly do when we're down there, EAT ;)


We always make sure to get in at least one or two beach days and our favorite beach is Carlsbad beach on Beech Ave.  We usually set up right in front of the Beach Terrace Inn, which would be a great place to stay if you're visiting San Diego!

We always walk up to our favorite taco shop, Cessy's for lunch, which is just about a quarter mile from the beach and it's so delish!



(we may also be known for stopping at the Cold Stone on the way back too ;)


We've posted about how much we love Coronado before, but will say again that one of our other favorite things to do is ride bikes around Coronado.  We ride to the Hotel Del (another awesome hotel to stay at) and will take a break and grab a drink when we get there, then ride back to our favorite Coronado restaurant, Il Fornaio.  It has the prettiest view of the ocean and the food is unreal.





A few other cool spots to be sure to check out in San Diego are:

-La Jolla cliffs.  There are some great lookout points and even some cliff jumping (just Google La Jolla Cliff Jumping for those exact spots)

-Torrey Pines Gliderpoint. There are tons of people hang gliding and paragliding here and it's fun to walk around and watch (or try if you're brave enough for that).

-Catch a Padres Game at Petco Park in downtown San Diego (and be sure to grab dessert at Ghiradelli :)

-If you're up for venturing up to Northern San Diego County, there are a couple of hole-in-the-wall food stops that we make sure to stop at without fail whenever we visit. 
Agrusa's Sandwiches (we promise you the best pastrami or turkey sandwich of your life)
Peterson's Donuts (plan on being in a sugar coma afterwards)



Let us know if you're visiting San Diego and ever have any questions, OR if you visit any of these spots! We'd love to hear what you thought!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Fun Things to do in Utah over Summer

Growing up in San Diego, most summer days were spent at the beach. This is my first summer living in Utah, and my husband and I have been making it a point to adventure and find out the best things to do in Utah over summer. Here is what we have come up with so far:

1. Camping at Silver Lake Flat Reservoir (American Fork Canyon)
Make sure you bring a car that you feel comfortable driving on dirt roads, as there is about a 10 mile uphill drive on a dirt road to get there. Here is an ad I (Sidney) shot while we were there, which shows off how beautiful this place is!
2. Breakfast and Paddle Boarding at Deer Valley Grocery Cafe
Awesome breakfast with a sweet view overlooking a small lake where you can rent paddle boards!

3. Bridge Jumping into the Jordan River (Lehi)
This is kind of hard to find, so here are the coordinates (N 40° 24.371 W 111° 54.013

4. Surfing the Flowrider (Ogden)
There is also one in Provo, but if you go to the one in Ogden on Friday's it's only $5!

5. Cecret Lake Hike and Lonestar Taqueria tacos (Cottonwood Heights)
Awesome, short hike that ends at Cecret Lake. Also, we always go to Lonestar Taqueria for the best fish tacos in Utah afterwards!



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fresh & Easy Summer Chicken Wraps

Regan here bringing you another one of my favorite quick, fresh, and easy go-to recipes!



When Cal was in the hospital one of my friends and neighbors (thanks Meg!) brought us these and they were so yummy! They tasted so fresh and healthy and were the perfect pick-me-up after a long day of sitting in the hospital. I asked her for the recipe and have been making them often ever since, but found a way to make them even a little bit healthier!

Here's the original recipe (this blog has a lot of other yummy-looking wrap recipes that I plan on trying!).  Really the only thing that wasn't super healthy was the chipotle dressing, so I subbed a couple of things and can't tell a bit of a difference! Find my version of the recipe below.



I like to make these at the beginning of the week (sometimes I'll even double the recipe), then throw together these wraps for easy, healthy lunches.


Fresh & Easy Summer Chicken Wraps

You'll need:
Tortillas (my friend brought us a package of those uncooked tortillas and I've used those every time I've made them)
Shredded Chicken (I buy a rotisserie chicken from Costco)
Island Lime Rice (recipe below)
Chipotle Ranch Dressing (recipe below)
Black Bean & Corn Salsa (recipe below)


ISLAND LIME RICE

1 C. Jasmine long-grain rice
1 C. cold water
½ C. chicken stock
1 T. butter
½ t. salt
¼ C. cilantro- chopped
2 T. lime juice

1. In a large sauce pan bring the water and chicken stock to a boil.
2. Add the rice, butter and salt.
3. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes.
4. When the rice is cooked, fluff then stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Mix well.

BLACK BEAN SALSA

1 Can black beans; drained and rinsed
1 C. frozen corn; thawed and drained
1 small or ½ large red pepper; diced
Zest of 1 lime
2 T. lime juice
3 T. cilantro; chopped
1 jalapeno; diced
1 t. salt
½ t. pepper

1. Mix all ingredients together to form the salsa.

CHIPOTLE RANCH DRESSING

1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix
1 C. plain Greek yogurt (I use low fat)
1 C. milk
1 Chipotle Pepper (or two if you like extra spicy like us) with 2 T. Adobo sauce (from 1 can of Chipotle Peppers packed in Adobo sauce. You can find these in the Mexican section at most supermarkets.)*

1. In a blender pour the milk and the ranch dressing powder. Mix on high until well blended.
2. Add the Greek yogurt. Blend on high again for a few seconds.
3. Add 1 chipotle pepper and 2 T. of Adobo sauce from the can. Blend again until the dressing comes together.
4. Allow to set up in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.



We kind of stuff ours and the tortillas we use aren't huge, so these look more like tacos than wraps but just go with it ;)

If you make these, let me know how you liked them in the comment below!