Weekend Recap Continued…Breckenridge, CO for the weekend!

Good morning!!  Who else is feeling a little exhausted today?  My little pup Riley was up all night (not sick), but just fidgeting and not wanting to lay down so needless to say, I did not sleep much.  I made a curry dish last night and he licked the bowl and we are thinking that he might of had an allergic reaction to it.  Eeek.  No more table scraps for that little guy.  

Anyway, back to our Colorado trip.  After a good night’s rest, we woke up Saturday morning ready for a nice hike.  My dad had just visited Breckenridge a couple months ago and suggested a couple hikes to us.  One hike he suggested was the McCullough Gulch.  He said it was pretty steep, but we could do it.  It was only about 3 miles so we decided to give it a try.  He said to drive all the way to the end of the road to park and start at the trail head.  

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Well the only problem was that the road was closed for repairs so we had to park at the end of the road and start our hike there.  My husband kept insisting that the hike would be too long because we added the extra road to it, but I kept thinking the trail head wouldn’t be too far down the road.  

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I was wrong.  He was right.  We walked over 2 miles just to get to the trail head, but at this point I was determined to complete the hike.  There is a beautiful lake at the end of the trail.  

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So we walked… and walked… and walked…

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This picture is evidence that my husband carried nothing…. 

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While I carried the backpack the entire way… 🙂

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I made him drink water and eat a snack about every 10 minutes so it would lighten the load. 🙂

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When we were down in town the morning of our hike, we saw hikers in shorts and thought they were crazy.  Well… little did I know I would have preferred shorts for about 90 percent of the hike.  But when we got to the very top and turned the corner to see the lake, it was FREEZING!!! That’s why I am wearing my husband’s patagonia in this picture. 🙂

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The long, steep hike was definitely worth the views at the top.  

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It was such a beautiful day. 

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We took a couple panoramics.

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And then we headed back down the mountain. 

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Jon wanted to climb this tree..

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Then he decided he knew a “shortcut” and took us off the path…. into a swamp.  20 minutes later, we were backtracking to find said path.  

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Thankfully we found it ;).  We were both hurting by the time we finally made it to the car.  Our hike that was supposed to be 3 miles ended up being over 9.5 miles.  So we celebrated.

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We cleaned up and headed out for a drink before dinner. 

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Then we made our way to Blue River Bistro for dinner.  

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I got the beet salad with salmon and my husband got the ahi tuna special with udon noodles.  We both agreed that this was the best meal of the trip.  

Sunday morning we headed to the local coffee shop, Cool River Coffee House (we did this Saturday morning too) for coffee and breakfast.  We ate our breakfast outside as we watched people (and their doggies) take a morning stroll.  

After breakfast we wondered around town and did a little shopping before stopping in a couple bars to watch some football.  After a couple hours, we were hungry again so we stopped at CB & Potts for lunch.  They have a nice outdoor area and we just couldn’t get enough of the beautiful weather.  I’ll let you guys guess which meal was mine. 😉 

We had such an amazing time in Breckenridge and even if you don’t like snow sports, I would highly recommend visiting in the off months because it is absolutely beautiful.  The town is so cute and quaint and the people are very friendly.  We will definitely be back! 

Questions:

  1. Mountains or the beach?
  2. Do you like to hike?
  3. If you have a fitness tracker, how many steps do you average daily?

 

Weekend Recap 10.17.16.. Coors Tour, Dinner in Golden, Concert at Red Rocks

Happy Monday!  Where does the time go?  I can’t believe another weekend is coming to an end and another work week is beginning.  As much as I love the weekends, I am always grateful when Monday morning rolls around and I can get back into a routine.  I am one that really craves routine and I like being on a schedule most of the time.  

So when I left you guys last week, My husband and I were about to leave Denver to head to our home for the weekend in Breckenridge, but we made a few fun stops along the way.  On Friday afternoon, we picked up our rental car and headed towards Golden, Colorado, which is between Denver and Breckenridge.  We had some time to kill before dinner so we decided to take the free tour of the Coors Brewery.

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I’m not a beer fan and never have been, but the tour was pretty neat.  We learned a ton of cool facts about Coors and learned that the company is known for a whole lot more than just beer.  They are very big on recycling and giving back to the community.  

Each of these kettles holds 200,000 (12 ounce) bottles of beer! 

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Coors is very proud of their quality control system and wants to make sure every single beer is perfect.  The three enemies of beer are: age (unlike wine that gets better with time), light, and heat.  

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 And the best part of the tour = free beer at the end! (My husband got mine too :)).  

This is what he does every time I ask for a picture… Can any of the girls out there relate? 🙂

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After the tour, we headed to dinner at Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar.

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We got the mussels to split for an appetizer!  Sooo good.

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My husband got pizza for dinner.

And I got this salad.  One of the best salads I have ever had.  

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After dinner we walked around the town for a bit and stopped to grab a coffee and some chocolate before leaving.  

I just can’t get enough of the mountains.  Fun fact:  My husband and I lived in Salt Lake City, UT for 2 years and we went up to Park City to ski or hike in the mountains a few times each month.  

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Next stop: Red Rocks!  Red Rocks is a concert venue in the middle of the mountains!  It is by far the coolest place I have ever been for a concert.   We absolutely love country music so when we found out Brantley Gilbert was playing Friday night, we hopped right on it.  I will say however that I was definitely not aware of how rock/edgy he is as an artist.  We still had a blast.  You have to climb soo many stairs to get to your seats.  

 

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He asked the audience to hold up their phones and it was pretty amazing.  

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The amphitheatre also looks out over all of Denver.  Such a fun setting.  

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After a few hours of music, we hit the road for Breckenridge.  We arrived around midnight and as soon and our heads hit the pillows we were out.  I will continue my recap tomorrow as this post is getting longggg! 

Questions:

  1. What did you do this weekend?
  2. Favorite concert venue?
  3. What type of music do you like? 

Denver Day 2

Happy FRI-YAY!!!  It’s a beautiful day in Denver and I finally got a good night of sleep so I am ready to enjoy the weekend!  We are headed to Breckenridge tonight with a really fun stop along the way… I will fill you all in on Monday!  

Let’s back up to yesterday.  My husband had to work during the day so I spent the day reading, working out in the amazing gym at our hotel, getting caught up on some work, and watching a couple shows before my husband got back.

Once my husband got back to the hotel we changed and quickly headed out.  We did a little walking before we stumbled upon, Earls, a cute restaurant with some outdoor seating.  The weather was amazing last night so we grabbed a table outside and ordered a couple drinks.  Wine for me, beer for the hubs.

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I had to make these pictures black and white because I am as white as a ghost and I didn’t want to scare you all. 😉 

Their were so many options to choose from on the menu, but my husband choose the Dynamite roll to start. 

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I chose the warm kale salad with grilled salmon for my entree.  It was heavenly.

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My husband got this sticky rice bowl that comes steaming to the table and the waitress mixes in a spicy sauce.  He loved his meal too.

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We did a little more strolling around after dinner and then called it a night.  I am off for a quick run before we get packed up for our weekend adventure.  I hope you all have an amazing weekend!! 

Questions:

  1. What do you have planned for this weekend?
  2. What is your favorite season?
  3. Are you dressing up for Halloween?  If so, what are you going to be? 

Hi From Denver, Colorado!

Hi friends!  How is your week going?  I originally typed out “Happy Wednesday” to start this post off, but thankfully realized it is now Thursday.  With the amount of traveling I have been doing and the lack of sleep I have been getting (thanks to a cough that is sticking around), I have no idea what day it is.  

Yesterday my husband and I woke up super early to catch a flight to Denver.  My husband travels to Colorado occasionally for work and he asked if I would join him this time.  Hey, you don’t have to ask me twice! 🙂 After we landed, he was off to work and I headed to the hotel downtown to check in.  I had lots of blogging plans, shopping plans, and gym plans yesterday, but as soon as my head hit the pillow, I was out for over 4 hours.  Guess I needed some sleep. 😉 I eventually did make it down to the hotel gym for 45 minutes of walking on the treadmill.  I am in a weekly step challenge through fitbit so I try to get moving as much as I can.  

After a quick shower, my husband and I headed out to walk to a nearby Indian restaurant for dinner.  We ended up at a place called Little India.

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And if you can’t tell by my outfit, it was freezing in Denver yesterday… in the 40s!  And for this Dallas girl, that is quite chilly!  Thankfully today it is supposed to get to the 70s!

 My husband got the Chicken Tikka Masala and I got the Vegetable Biryani.  My husband liked his, but I loved mine.  Warm food on a cold night = the best!

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After dinner we headed back to the hotel to catch our new favorite show, Designated Survivor.  Are any of you guys watching this??  We really like it so far!  I am off to the gym for a bit, but I will see you all soon!  

PS. We have some plans here for the weekend, but would love some more input on restaurants/bars/things to do in the Denver area.  We are also headed to Breckenridge for the weekend to explore so any tips there would be great too! 

Questions:

  1. Have you ever been to Denver/Breckenridge?  Favorite spots?
  2. Do you like Indian food?  Favorite dish?
  3. Favorite show you are currently watching?

Weekend Recap 10.11.16… Family Visit and Amber’s Wedding

Hi guys!!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was spent catching up with family and friends in Ohio.  It was a very short visit, but we managed to cram in a lot.  After a long travel day on Sunday, yesterday was spent catching up and relaxing a bit as I am feeling a little under the weather and hoping that it passes quickly as we are headed out of town again on Wednesday.  

On Friday morning, we headed to the airport bright and early to head to Cleveland.  We arrived late afternoon, checked into our hotel, and headed to meet my cousin, his wife, and their baby for dinner.  

We stayed at the Kent State Hotel for the weekend.  The hotel is quite new and was really nice.

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We met my family at Bricco for dinner.  We had a blast catching up with them and playing with baby Steven.  He is the sweetest and most friendly baby I have ever met.  He let me and Jon hold him and we fell in love. 🙂 

After dinner we caught up with our friends at the hotel bar for a couple hours.   These two girls were my roommates freshmen year of college.  Amber (middle) is the one who got married this weekend.  I am so glad we have stayed in touch all these years… we always have a blast when we are together. 

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Saturday morning after breakfast at the hotel, Jon and I decided to take a little stroll around Kent.  Kent is a small college town that is full of character.  

We walked a few blocks from the hotel and came across the local farmer’s market.  

After our walk, we headed to the gym for a quick workout before getting ready for the gym.  We had a quick lunch in the room before heading to Wingfoot Lake State Park  for the wedding ceremony.  

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The ceremony was so beautiful and the weather ended up being perfect after a cloudy morning.

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After the ceremony, we headed to a local bar so my husband could watch some football.  Don’t ask me what teams were playing, I have no idea. 🙂 

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At 5pm, we headed back to the hotel where the reception was being held.  It started out with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and lots of dancing.  

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Amber (bride) and Andrew (groom) met in China while they were both teaching.  They have done a lot of traveling together over the years so the tables at the receptions were by locations.  Their guest “book” was a map of the world that guests could sign and they could later frame to keep.  I just loved this unique touch.  

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I am obsessed with all the details of weddings so here are a few more I captured.  

There was a photobooth at the wedding and we had a blast with all of our friends playing dress up. 🙂

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We got to see a lot of our old friends from college, which is always so fun!

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It was such a special and memorable weekend!!  From 8 years ago in our freshmen year dorm to getting married, I am so happy to have these friends in my life!  Congrats to Amber and Andrew!!  You two deserve all the best! 🙂

Questions:

  1. How was your weekend?  What was the highlight?
  2. Do you have any weddings this season?
  3. Do you stay in touch with high school/college friends?

 

Probiotics…Why They Are My Favorite Supplement

Good morning, friends!  Happy hump day to ya!  I am a little tired over here today… I think I hit the snooze button for a good hour today… 🙂  

Thanks for all your comments on my post about Magnesium last week.  I love hearing all the ways it benefits other people.  

Today I want to talk about Probiotics.  As always, just because I take a supplement doesn’t mean it is right for you.  Always check with your doctor before changing your supplement routine.  

What are Probiotics?  They are the good bacteria that aid in keeping out gut healthy.  Probiotics help us to digest food properly while destroying the bad bacteria.  I firmly believe that good health begins in the gut.  If our digestion is not functioning properly, our whole body gets out of whack.  We feel tired, fatigued, lack energy, don’t absorb vital nutrients, and our skin does not look its best.  Essentially a healthy gut leads to a good immune system that functions the way it is intended to do so.  

I am a big advocate for getting out nutrients and vitamins through whole food sources, but sometimes we need a little extra.  I try to be mindful of eating Probiotic-rich foods daily, but also supplement to make sure I am getting enough.  Probiotics are found in sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, yogurt, kombucha, and more.   My favorites are yogurt, kimchi, and kombucha! 

I read this fact recently and found it fascinating, “According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), upward of 60 to 70 million Americans are affected by digestive issues.”  That is a lot of people.  

Our bodies naturally contain Probiotics, but with our meat and dairy-heavy diets, high consumption of prescription medications, and high carbohydrate diets, most people need extra Probiotics in their systems.  

Back in college when I was dealing with digestive issues (I saw probably 15 doctors over a few years and had every test on the market done), one doctor suggested taking Probiotics.  They didn’t solve my gut issue (gluten was the culprit I found out much later), but they made it a heck of a lot more tolerable.  I was able to consume food without feeling nauseous and was better able to absorb nutrients I needed to feel energized throughout the day.  I was not longer getting heartburn or an urge to use the restroom 24/7.  I have continued to take Probiotics ever since and they are one supplement that will probably always have a place in my routine.  

Now it’s your turn to chime in in the comments section!

Questions:

  1. Do you take Probiotics?
  2. Have you ever had disgestive issues?
  3. What do you do to keep your digestion on track? 

 

Weekend Recap 10.3.16 Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium Tour, an Old Favorite Place, and Lake Day

Good morning! I hope your day is off to a good start!  I have lots of catching up to do today so let’s just dive right into my weekend recap! 

We got home late Friday night from travelling so Saturday morning was a slow one.  After our perspective workouts and a dog walk, Jon and I got ready to head to the AT&T stadium (where the Dallas Cowboys play) in Arlington, TX for a guided tour.  We have been wanting to do this since we moved to Dallas so I finally got the tickets for my husband for our first year anniversary and set a date!

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The AT&T stadium took 3 years to build (2006-2009).  It is massive.  

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It holds 80,000 seats with the option of adding 10,000 more (moving the seats closer together) and has 10,000 standing only tickets too.  

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We got to see the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders’ locker room.  Do any of you watch their reality show?  I used to, but haven’t in a long time.  If I heard our tour guide right, she mentioned that the Cowboys cheerleaders were started in 1972 when cheerleading first became established as a sport.  

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Then we moved onto the players locker room.  Sorry for the dark pictures! 

We got to see the post-game interview room.

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And then we got to go on the field!

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Us on the famous star.

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So guess how much this 4 sided screen weighs?   1.2 Million Pounds…. and guess how much it cost to make?   $40 million!!! 

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We got to go in some of the suites and see the press boxes.   The stadium has a ton of cool art and light fixtures too.  The owner’s wife even flew to Italy to shop for some floor tile that reflects the Dallas Cowboys color blue when the light hits it just right.  

We learned tons of really fascinating information, but something I was amazed by was the number of employees.  On a non game day, there will still be about 1,500 employees at the at the stadium and on game day, there are between 5,000 and 10,000 employees.  That is a lot of people!! 

After the tour, we headed to Fort Worth to grab a drink outside because the weather was so great.  We stopped by the Bird Cafe in the town square and watched multiple wedding parties and homecoming high school kids take pictures.  

After our drinks we headed to Carrabbas for dinner.  I have always loved this restaurant as my dad took us when I was in high school about once a week.  It never disappoints.  

Sunday after church and grocery shopping, we headed out to the lake with a few friends.  The weather was in the low 80s without a cloud in the sky.  This little guy (Otis) tagged along too.  Let’s just say, he doesn’t love the water like Riley does. 😉 

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After a few hours on the boat, we headed home and played some darts on our rooftop before calling it a night.  It was such a nice weekend at home before the travelling  madness starts again. 🙂

Questions:

  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. Any trips coming up for you?
  3. Are you an NFL fan?