Relaxation Station

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Slightly unfortunate placement of grass : )

I recently made one of the best purchases ever. In anticipation of our fall trip to Hawaii (still saving for plane tickets, but I am optimistic!) I bought a huge floppy sun hat! I am not a hat wearer, I don’t think I’ve ever even worn a baseball hat, but since I live in sunny Colorado I figured it was a justifiable purchase. My last day off was a perfect sunny day to sit outside and drink some Redneck Mimosas (recipe to follow) aka BO-J’s while reading and wearing my wonderful Audrey Hepburn-esqu sunhat!

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Channeling Audrey Hepburn in my new hat and striped dress

I found this dress with nautical stripes and cinch waist at the thrift store, and I think it goes perfectly with the hat and shades! I added a thrifted rope belt for more of a nautical feel and black rouched wedges (from the thrift shop as well!). I’m ready for the yacht club now!

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Rope belt, $3 at thrift shop.

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Yikes, those legs need some sun! Black rouched wedges, $3 at thrift shop

My most recent book was Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. This is an epic story about one woman’s journey on the PCT, solo. It was a pretty quick read and totally sucked me in. However It did NOT make me want to strike out on this trail that runs basically from Mexico to Washington state. I can hardly handle a 10 mile hike, let alone 2,663 miles! No thanks, it’s not in my DNA. I’d much rather sit in the sun, drink some beertails and read about it! 

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This book was great, and the beertails were even better!

 

So about those “beertails”. A few years ago my friend Brett introduced me to the BO-J. I know, it sounds a little dirty, but it basically is beer and orange juice mixed together. It is similar to a Brass Monkey (malt liquor and OJ) but is much classier. Brett’s version consists of Corona, which you drink down to just below the neck then add OJ to the top. But like most recipes I had to put my own spin on it!

BO-J (or Redneck Mimosa)

Bud Light

Mango Lemonade

Mason jar

1. Open can

2. Pour in Mason jar

3. Add Mango lemonade

4. Drink up!

I use about 1/2 cup lemonade, but use more or less depending on your taste.

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The recipe of the summer!

This is a wonderful refreshing drink on a nice summer day, and perfect for a backyard BBQ! You can also use other juice, I’ve made it with an orange, mango, and pineapple juice before and it was awesome! Do some experimenting and let me know what you come up with! Maybe you’ll hate it, but give it a try. People always look at me like I am crazy until they take a sip. Even my manly husband likes it!

So this is how I am keeping it classy in Colorado. What’s your go-to summer drink? Read any good books lately? Leave me some comments below!

Cheers,

J

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Isn’t it pretty?

 

It’s In the Bag!!!

I have a dirty little secret. I get great pleasure out of reading US Weekly, InTouch, and People magazines. Yes, I know it rots my brain. Yes, I am ashamed to support the paparazzi and other scumbags. And yes, I love seeing that celebrities are just like us! They pump their own gas! They go to the ATM! They buy orange juice! But seriously, my favorite ‘article’ is the “WHAT’S IN HER PURSE???” feature. So when my fellow blogger over at Beauty and Lifestyle of A Broke College Girl posted her unbagging and invited others to do it too I thought “why not?”? Check out her bag here, and keep reading to see all the junk I keep in mine!

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This Patagonia shopper contains: water bottle, purse (bag #2), sunscreen, book, headphones, keys, moccasins, and a slightly dirty fork.

So like my friend at Broke College Girl I also carry a purse within a bag. Recently I started throwing my everyday purse into this Patagonia bag so I can carry my usual things in addition to what I want to bring to work that day.

This week the boss has been gone, and since flip-flops/open-toed shoes/sandals are normally not allowed we have all been taking advantage of having little supervision and been airing out our toesies. But just in case I’ve been carrying my favorite (thrifted!) Minnetonka moccasins. Honestly these provide little more protection than my Volcom ankle wrap sandals (that I sell in my shop and could model daily), but I digress. I also carry a water bottle from a Dragon Optics clinic this winter (with a Nirvana-esque Sabre sticker from my friend Sam), my keys (my shop key wears a little plastic knit hat that my mom sent in my X-mas stocking, I love it!), a somewhat clean fork for lunch, sunscreen from Julep, Bose headphones for my bus ride to and from work (lately I’ve been listening to Royksopp Pandora station or Justin Timberlake’s newest album The 20/20 Experience), and a book, since working in a snowboard shop in the summer can get a little sloooooow. My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding is my newest library acquisition and it sounds like it will be right up my alley, can’t wait to start it tomorrow!

I also carry my teal faux leather Roxy purse (thrifted of course!) within my Patagonia shopper. This is the main bag I carry when not headed to work, and it also contains many things that are vital to my daily life….or so I think anyway!

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My main bag contains all my life essentials, from money to coupons to the makeup I put on during the work day because I am too lazy in the AM

I realized that I carry a lot of stuff in my purse when I decided to photograph it all. I won’t lie, this post became the perfect push to clear out my purse of what was not essential- so gone are the multiple lip gloss, receipts I’ll never need, and random recipes I’ve jotted onto scrap paper. So this is what was left :

My mint polka dot wallet from Target

Dakine wallet filled with coupons for my next grocery trip

Grey Goody brand headband that I got in a 4-pack for $1.50 on manager special at City Market

Sample of Rock Star hand cream from Julep and Boss Nuit perfume by Hugo Boss

Cupcake tissues that were also a gift from my mom

Chevron Ipsy bag from May filled with:

Juice Beauty lip gloss from same bag, Covergirl concealer, Coola sunscreen from May’s Birchbox, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Sweetheart (my favorite!), eyelash brush and curler, Rimmel London soft kohl liner in Jungle Green, Limited Edition Maybelline Great Lash in Totally Teal, and Garnier BB Cream in light/medium

Pacifica perfume solids in Tahitian Gardenia and Brazilian Mango Grapefruit. These are only $2 each on their website, and free with a $25 purchase. There are 17 scents to choose from! Use this link to get $10 when you make your first purchase! Disclaimer: I also get $10 when your order ships, so win/win.

Listerine breath strips

A pen from the Ride Snowboard clinic this winter (it’s like a nudie pen, but it goes from a dude wearing a unitard to a Borat-style thong)

A tire pressure gauge I am not entirely sure how to use that my husband gave me.

What’s missing from these bags are my phone, because I use it to take the photos, my sunglasses because they are usually on my face or on my head, and my other water bottle and coffee mug,  because I tend to forget to put them in either bag when they are empty and then lose them at work/in my car/ at home for days on end. But here’s a photo anyway:

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My must-haves. Colorado/NH water bottle, Beaver Creek Junior Patrol coffee mug, and my polarized tortoise shell Experience II Dragon shades. Always have the shades, but the other two always get misplaced, it’s so frustrating!

So there it is folks, all the junk I carry on a more or less daily basis. What do you carry every day? Are you more of a wallet-only type, or do you carry the whole kitchen sink? Go visit Broke College Girl’s post to link up your own unbagging or comment below. And if you know how to use a tire gauge feel free to give me a brief tutorial!

Thanks for reading,

J

PS. Many of the things in my bag came from my subscription boxes. If you are interested in these $10 per month boxes of joy I would love for you to use me as a referral. I get points, you get easy access to great subscription programs and other perks, and everyone wins! For more information I really like the Ipsy and Birchbox forums over at makeuptalk.com, go there to see if these subscriptions would be right for you- they are so much more fun than magazine subscriptions!

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RAWR…A Vacation with the Dinosaurs (and a Tomatillo dressing recipe!)

 

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If I was a dinosaur I would be an Allosaurus! Wall of Bones, Dinosaur National Monument

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. We just had inventory at work, which involves a lot of prep work, and both my coworkers have been on vacation/daddy leave. But finally it was my turn to vacation, so C and I took a little road trip to Dinosaur National Monument in Northwest Colorado/Northeastern Utah. There are two entrances to this park, and both are beautiful. 

We took our time on the 4 hour drive, and my wonderful husband even stopped at two thrift stores in Craig, Colorado! Among our treasures were a copy of A Clockwork Orange, a book on conversational German for my father-in-law, a coral pink button up with a subtle bird print for me, and a pair of leather Sperry Topsiders, new! Sperry is one of my favorite brands but unfortunately these were a full size too small. But for $3.50 I couldn’t pass them up and I will try to sell them at the local consignment shop!

It was a bit rainy, and C’s back hurt from being in the car for hours, so once we got to our destination we decided to get a hotel room. Score! We never stay in hotels and camping in the rain was not very appealing. Our stay also included breakfast, double score!

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Dino outside our hotel in Vernal Utah

While in Vernal we discovered Cafe Rio. This is comparable to Qdoba but so much better! Located in 10 states this ‘good food quickly’ eatery focuses on fresh ingredients, and it shows. C got a pork burrito, made with their homemade tortillas that are cooked in front of you, and I got the shredded chicken salad. It weighed at least 2 pounds, and in addition to chicken and lettuce it had rice, pico de gallo, guac, and the most wonderful dressing! All served on their tortilla. Tonight I recreated their tomatillo dressing, following a recipe I found from Chef in Training. Follow the link for all sorts of great Cafe Rio-inspired recipes! 

I have never cooked with tomatillo, but this is a dressing I will whip up often because it is so good! I could almost take shots of it I love it so much. But enough gushing, here’s the recipe!

Cafe Rio Tomatillo Ranch dressing

I packet dry buttermilk ranch mix (I used Simply Organic brand ranch mix)

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup 0% fat greek yogurt

1 cup buttermilk

bunch cilantro, chopped

2 tomatillo, husked and diced

1 large jalapeno, seeded and diced

few shakes of garlic powder

juice from 1 lime

Blend mayo, yogurt, dressing mix, buttermilk, and garlic powder until smooth. Add tomatillo, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice. Blend until smooth and creamy. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Yummmy!

But I digress. Back to the dinosaurs!

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The Wall of Bones

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The Wall of Bones

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View from the Wall of Bones

After a restful night sleep at the hotel and a (subpar but free) breakfast buffet we headed into the park. There is a large building built around the wall of bones, which is pretty impressive. I’m sure I would have learned a lot from the Ranger if it wasn’t for the 30 or so preteens on a school trip having a great (loud) time. Needless to say we didn’t spend much time gazing at the bone wall!

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We continued on our way driving through the park. The scenery was amazing, and there were lots of petroglyphs along the way. There is also an old homestead at the end of the Utah side of the park, where in 1913 a woman built a cabin and lived alone for almost 50 years. She must have been a pretty strong lady!

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After exploring the homestead it was time to be heading back to our homestead. But first we drove the 30 miles or so on Harpers Corner Road to the Colorado part of the park. No fossils on the Colorado side, but we saw a lot of antelope, some amazing scenery, and only 2 other people! We took a nice 2 mile walk out to a beautiful vista at the end of the park. It was a great way to end our visit to Dinosaur National Monument!

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Harper’s Corner Road, Dinosaur National Park. Dinosaur, CO. My dear husband made me take my sunglasses off, I couldn’t see so I look a little squinty!

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Harper’s Corner Road, Dinosaur National Park. Dinosaur, CO.

While we didn’t have much time to really get into vacation mode we were able to see a lot and spend some quality time together. I love exploring new places with my husband, and can’t wait for our next adventure together!

Where have you been lately? And where are you going next?

Enjoy your adventures,

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AAAH, a T-REX!!!! Oh wait, it’s just a bunny. I had a moment with this little critter, I just love bunnies so much!

Snow Day!

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Clockwise from top left: Tauraka, me in thrifted j brand jeans, Bonfire/Pendleton jacket, and Sorel Joan of Arctic boots, Ollie dog, Ute, snowy branches.

In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.  ~Mark Twain

Well, winter has returned! In the last two days over two feet of snow has fallen, which is honestly a little unwelcome. I want to sit out in the warm sun with a book, see the wildflowers popping up, and watch the birds and chipmunks play around the yard. However, our weather forecast for the week doesn’t seem to be cooperating with that dream. Maybe next week. As the saying goes, if you don’t like the weather in Colorado, wait 5 minutes!

All we could do today was make the best of the weather. The landlords are out of town so we have the joy of dog/cat/horse sitting. We love their animals so much, so its nice to have a week to pretend they are ours! Since our 2nd wedding anniversary is tomorrow (!) but we both work we decided to celebrate today. A snow day with my hubby! After mailing my taxes (I’m a bit of a procrastinator, especially when I owe a few hundred) we went for a sushi lunch. Spicy tuna is my favorite, the hubs prefers salmon. Rolls were half off so we were able to try some new flavors too.

After we both were full of omega-3s a movie sounded pretty inviting. We rented Chasing Mavericks (I prefer Point Break, but it was ok) and cuddled with the animals- minus the horses of course! Then my loving husband spent an HOUR AND A HALF shoveling our driveway by hand. I knew he was a keeper!

Despite the snowy weather we had a great relaxing day full of sushi, pets, and love! I look forward to many more years exploring life with my amazing husband. I love you CW!

xoxo,

J