Adventure

Missing Utah...

I have said this SO many times lately but it's so weird to think about..

I can't believe I live on the complete opposite side of the country from where I grew up. I've always lived out West in Idaho, Utah, Arizona and I was born in California! I never in a million years would have thought I'd live with Zach in North Carolina, of all places. But I am really starting to love it out here and it's starting to feel like home. There is so much to do, we've had way more fun in Charlotte these past few months than our entire time in Salt Lake together. 

Here's some throwback photos of my 5 years in Utah. Ahhh the memories!!

This was taken in Park City. On your way into the town there is a big, white barn in a field on the side of the road that's the local photo spot.

This was taken in Park City. On your way into the town there is a big, white barn in a field on the side of the road that's the local photo spot.

Ensign Peak is my favorite place in Salt Lake, it's a short hike that gives you gorgeous views of downtown and the entire valley. This isn't even all the way to the top, so the view can be much better than this one!

Ensign Peak is my favorite place in Salt Lake, it's a short hike that gives you gorgeous views of downtown and the entire valley. This isn't even all the way to the top, so the view can be much better than this one!

I love this photo so much. I took it after I started school at the University of Utah. It's at the Red Butte Garden close to the school and I remember being in bliss and so in love with these wildflowers!

I love this photo so much. I took it after I started school at the University of Utah. It's at the Red Butte Garden close to the school and I remember being in bliss and so in love with these wildflowers!

This was taken in Park City on Main street.... in JUNE! I remember being so excited it was snowing in the middle of summer. I used to work at a cute boutique called Olive and Tweed on Main st.

This was taken in Park City on Main street.... in JUNE! I remember being so excited it was snowing in the middle of summer. I used to work at a cute boutique called Olive and Tweed on Main st.

This is Sugarhouse Park down the street from where I lived. I miss this park a lot, I use to drive over and sit in the grass with a book. It has these big rolling hills that are so calming to look at!

This is Sugarhouse Park down the street from where I lived. I miss this park a lot, I use to drive over and sit in the grass with a book. It has these big rolling hills that are so calming to look at!

I spent a lot of times at these University of Utah games, they were a fun time in college!

I spent a lot of times at these University of Utah games, they were a fun time in college!

The Temple, I'm not LDS but I loved the temple. Looked like a castle in the middle of downtown. It was especially gorgeous during the holidays with all of the lights!

The Temple, I'm not LDS but I loved the temple. Looked like a castle in the middle of downtown. It was especially gorgeous during the holidays with all of the lights!

When I first started thinking about starting a blog. LOL!

When I first started thinking about starting a blog. LOL!

This is during Oktoberfest up at Snowbird Ski Resort. I've been every year since I first moved there, and it's become a tradtition. It's been voted one of the best Oktoberfests in the entire country. 

This is during Oktoberfest up at Snowbird Ski Resort. I've been every year since I first moved there, and it's become a tradtition. It's been voted one of the best Oktoberfests in the entire country. 

Utah will forever be home!

Visit to an Orchard

 
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This post has been sitting in my drafts for the longest time. I haven't posted anything in awhile because there have been so many life changes going on, but I am finally (and slowly) ready to get back into blogging because I love it and can't leave it behind. I've been wanting to shift the focus of my blog towards more dog-related topics because that's what I know the most about. But, this post is here and written out already so I'll publish it just to get back into the game.

Back in the fall, Zach and I drove out to an apple orchard a couple hours away into the boonies. I was so surprised at how beautiful the mountains are out here in North Carolina! I'm used to the mountains in Utah and Idaho, so I have high standards when it comes to scenery.

I think we both weren't expecting such pretty views. Back home we have the stunning Wasatch mountain range that would tower above Salt Lake City and the entire valley. But here it's almost like giant rolling hills where you can see layers and layers of trees. I'm adding photos so you can see what I'm talking about!

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Left: NC mountains, Right: Salt Lake City.

At the orchard we ate apple cider donuts that we heard were worth the drive. And yes, THEY ABSOLUTELY WERE! The donuts were so warm and fluffy, and we seriously ate all 6 that same day (oops!). They also sold cider slushies made fresh from their apples. I didn't know these existed but they were very, very addictive and I had two. I'm craving one now, wish they weren't so far away...

After we drove a half hour to Asheville and got lunch in the downtown area. That was our first time there and we loveeed it. The downtown area reminds me of a bigger version of Main Street in Park City. The buildings are charming and so are the businesses that fill them. We didn't get to spend too much time in Asheville because we left the dogs at home, but something told me we would be back again (and we did go back)! I'm already wanting to move out there! I have such wonderful feelings towards Utah and it will always be home, but I love that Asheville reminds me of that wonderful home and is just a couple hours away.

Thanks for reading ya'll! (see how Southern I am now??)

A Little Southern Update

 
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Just a short little update since I haven't posted in a few months!

These are some photos I took right before we moved from Utah. I really miss it there, especially the huge mountains that towered over us. We are getting close to moving into our apartment which is in a really cool part of Charlotte, so I'm excited to start that adventure!

Like I said before, my blog is such a learning experience for me. The photography, website, I mean everything is all on me and I put a lot of pressure on myself to make everything perfect. Which is why I slowed down with blogging. I get so worried I will fail it keeps me stuck and prevents me from trying! But I really do love blogging so I'll keep at it.. even if I'm at a reallllly slow pace.

A little update on life here in the good ole South...

We're staying with Zach's parents who have a really pretty house on a lake in a small town just north of Charlotte. No one in the actual city of Charlotte is from here which is surprising. It's a big and growing city, so many of the people here are from all different states.

Sometimes I unknowingly pick up on accents when I speak to people that have one. One day I said the color orange, and not even kidding it came out like Paula Deen. So now I'm super self-conscious that my wannabe accent might slip out when I'm talking to an actual Southern person. 

I've really gotten into the show Southern Charm because it's in Charleston which is only a few hours away and I'm dying to go. I've heard the seafood and beaches are amazing!

The dogs seem to like it here, so that makes me really happy! They get to swim and chase ducks as much as they want. At first, they would run into the neighbor's yards and swim way too far out. Talk about frustrating! Most of the homes on the lake don't have fenced yards, so I was worried they would get lost. I decided the boys needed a little refresher in their training and started to do mini play and training sessions in the front and backyard. Luckily, they're both very food/toy motivated so they stick close if we offer them rewards. We would also put them on a leash and walk the boundaries of the yard, and only let them swim if we put their life jackets on. The good news is they finally got the idea that just because everyone else's yard is open and tempting, it is not available to them. We can almost 100% trust them to be off-leash, but they will occasionally chase after little critters or wander too far. There is a white duck that likes to taunt them, but it quacks at the top of its lungs if they get too close. 

Happy Wednesday!

Life + Blog Update!

 
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So we made it to North Carolina! On the 30 hour drive I had a lot of time to think about my blog and what direction I want to take it in. I have so many interests, but I've come to find my main ones to be my dogs and looking cute. Sounds silly, but 'by looking cute' I mean trying to look my best by finding out what fashion and beauty trends look best on me. I don't want to claim to be an expert on fashion or beauty or dogs... but I just want to share my experiences and the way we live our lives based off of what I know. That's why I consider my blog to be in the category of "lifestyle". I don't post about high fashion because that's not how I typically dress. I was trying to force myself to go into that direction, but it doesn't fit me or come naturally to me so I'm letting it go. I'm usually with the boys so I dress very casually.

I'm also somewhat knowledgeable about dogs because I've been learning and reading about them since I was a little kid, way before I ever had one. Again, I just want to share the resources and knowledge I've learned along the way to help you and your pup, if I can in any way possible. I really consider myself a dog mom, and that's who I want to reach out to with this blog. This is sort of like my diary and I want it to connect or relate to others who are like me.

I have been reading all sorts of blogs for several years now. It's interesting to see how others live and it's nice to learn tips or tricks that can make your life better. I also use my blog as a method to be more confident with myself, it's a little vulnerable to share parts of you with the world but I've seen the wonderful careers that have come from doing something like this. Hopefully, I can create a career from this... but if not it will always be a fun hobby I love to do.

My blog content or website might not look like much, but my site has taken me what feels like a million hours to create. I've learned so much about web design, graphic design, and coding. A lot of work has been put in behind the scenes, believe it or not. When I do start working on my blog I go into a creative flow state and get idea after idea, and it feels like I'm on top of the world. However, it's hard to translate those ideas especially when it comes to the photos. I envision how I want the photos to turn out for each shoot, but they never look the way I want them to. I feel I'm not as photogenic as I see other bloggers are, my dogs are very difficult to pose with, etc. But this whole project really helps me stay creative, and I'm constantly learning new things which I've learned is essential for me to feel fulfilled and happy in my daily life.

I love my little blog and am proud of it so far, and I'm really grateful for the people that do read it! I was ecstatic to see that my blog's Pinterest page gets 40k views a month! I think I literally jumped up out of my seat and ran to Zach to show him the awesome surprise. Since I wrote this the numbers have actually been going up, too. So amazing!

Long story short, you may see some changes coming to my blog - but I will always keep you updated.

P.S. an NC blog post coming soon! We Love it here so far, if anyone knows of Charlotte's neighborhoods - we are thinking of moving to South End!