5 Bucket List Items

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I’m young and haven’t experienced too much so there is a huge laundry list of things I want to experience and places I want to go. I hope to achieve them all with time and, as you’ll see, some are much more achievable than others. Bucket lists are always something that have intrigued me because so many people want so many different thing out of life. Take a peek below to see a few of my bucket list items.

Bora Bora

Bora Bora

Road Trip

Spontaneous Road Trip To Somewhere New

Grand Canyon River

Grand Canyon River Adventure

Wolf & Wildlife Center

Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center

Big City Life

Live Somewhere Outside of the Midwest

Leave me a comment below and tell me one cool thing on your bucket list!

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Flashback Friday – Scenic Heaven

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For those of you who don’t know, I went on a much needed vaca this summer to Colorado. I never got a chance to share all the wonderful views and places I went during my far too short week there. I wanted to take today to share some of my trip with you! I hope you enjoy. If you do, don’t forget to hit that like button! 🙂

One of the first places we always make sure we stop at, Arapahoe Cafe. Food is just as amazing as the views! Be sure to get there early for breakfast to you can have a beautiful seat out on their patio.

The drive/hike up to the top of Mt. Evans always proves to be a gorgeous can’t miss opportunity for us.

This wonderful little town is a hidden gem and can’t miss in my opinion. See my blog here about this place!

Garden of the Gods was a first for me this year. I can’t believe I had never been here before. It was absolutely breathtaking. Being a midwestern girl, I am always amazed by mountains but there is something about this place that gets me in the feels!

The hike up to Lily Pad lake was a gorgeous one and well worth the walk! The pond is so cute and there are plenty of spots to camp or have a picnic on the shores.

I can’t, and won’t, ever forget about visiting my favorite spot in the world (so far). Sapphire Point Overlook is my absolute favorite spot to go to. It’s a great place to just sit and enjoy the scenery. Luckily for us, we stumbled upon a few artists. I don’t blame them for setting up shop here. It’s extremely inspirational and a beautiful backdrop for a studio session.

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Decor from Colorado

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I can finally talk about these! We picked up one of these candles for a surprise souvenir for my fiance’s mother. Now that we’ve given it to her I don’t have to worry about spoiling the surprise! 🙂

Can we talk about how GORGEOUS these candles are? I picked these two up from this cute little store in Breckenridge, Colorado called Global Candle Gallery. These are all they sell and I immediately fell in love with their store. I’m not exaggerating when I say, I spent hours in their store testing as many candles as I could. These candles are handmade in the store right in front of you. Let me tell you, they employ some very creative people! These are amazing quality and such an innovative idea! These appear to just be normal candles; until, you put them under direct lighting, then they transform into a gorgeous work of art! The way they layer the wax gives the interior a completely different look than the exterior. This effect also happens when the candles are lit but I’m too much of a perfectionist to burn those gorgeous wicks. I, of course, purchase an all-white candle because I like to use texture as accents instead of color. For my fiance’s mom, we got a gorgeous multi-colored candle that features this cute little elephant (her favorite animal)! I am so in love with these for so many reasons; but most of all, I love supporting local artists. The employees talk so highly of their work and you can tell they love what they do.

Best of all? They have an online store! Be sure to check out their work and see if anything sparks your interest (click here). I will say, the pictures hardly do them justice! Next time you’re in Breck, be sure to stop on in to Global Candle Gallery!

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Hot Spot : Colorado Hidden Gem

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Let’s talk about this gorgeous historic town that is WAY under appreciated. Georgetown is a cute little town tucked away in a small valley along i-70. Whenever we drive by, we make sure we pop into Georgetown for some shopping and sweets! Georgetown Valley Candy Factory gives me life. I can’t go to Colorado without picking up some amazing sweets at this cute little shop. The one thing that always tempts me the most is their fudge. OMG…I can’t describe how good it is. However, this time around, I decided a scoop of their Rocky Road would suffice my sweet tooth. Once we grab a cone (and whatever other goodies we were tempted into buying) we take to the shops! There are a few tourist shops that sell the generic shirts, mugs, whatever that EVERY store sells. However, there are also many stores there that are owned by amazing artists and families that sell some pretty unique stuff. I love looking through the Railroad Art by Scotty and Santa Fe Trail Jewelry stores for some truly unique pieces. Although I could never afford any of the pieces they sell, I’m a big supporter of local artisans. The thing I love about this town is the history in all of the buildings. Besides normal upkeep, it looks as though the town has not been touched since the 1800’s. And all of the family owned businesses give it the truly small town feel which I love. It’s definitely one of my go-to’s whenever in the area. When you are in the area next, be sure to stop by (even if it is just window shopping).

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Travel Essentials

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As many of you know, I am on vacation this week. My favorite part of the year, Colorado time! I thought this would be a great time to show you some of my traveling essentials when it comes to vacation or extensive traveling. I could write you a book of all the items I brought with because I’m one of those over packers, it’s a habit I refuse to quit. Let’s just focus on two of my main bags I bring with me: my go-to bag (essentially a carry on) and my beauty necessity bag.

My go-to bag, as I like to refer to it because we are driving instead of flying to Colorado, is kind of a catch all for my important goodies. These are items I can’t live without, at least not for too long! The obvious items would be my laptop and phone. Those two items will help me get through the 10 hour car ride! Of course, I pack the chargers for both of these items, however I do like to throw in my portable phone charger. This definitely comes in handy out in the mountains where reception is spotty and secretly draining my battery. Packing a selfie stick is also a must for those great views! My small arms can barely get myself in a photo, let alone myself and a mountain. Knowing the destination, I’ll throw in a travel container of both sunscreen and bug spray. I’ll be sure to pack a pair of headphones, sunglasses, my keys, and wallet. And finish off with some items such as perfume, concealer, mascara, etc. for small touch ups when we arrive.

As for my beauty necessity bag, this is packed with all kinds of things I find myself reaching for on a daily basis. I’ve learned, the hard way, what items I simply cannot leave the house without! Take a look and maybe this list will help you to not forget anything you may need!

  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail File
  • Mini-Scissors
  • Eye Drops
  • Travel Mirror
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • Travel Perfume
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton Pads
  • Hair Ties and Bobby Pins

I hope this helps you figure out what is worth bringing along and what can stay home. Safe travels to you all this summer!