Outdoor Essentials

Hey ladies! I hope life is treating you well (especially with everything going on in the world). I know I usually share food/travel/outfits and all that fun stuff but during quarantine and everything being shut down I have (re)found my love for the outdoors. (Cheesy I know lol). But really, I love being out in the sunshine with a cool breeze and an intense hike or on a boat on a lake with some good friends, or whatever you may choose that you love. So, I thought I would share some of the things I am loving for the outdoors.

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1. Yeti Cooler- This cooler is literally the best, it is on the pricey side however if you need drinks to stay cool for days than this one is for you. It’s great for boat lake days and camping trips.

2. Columbia Hiking Boots- Love these boots. My husband just got them for me about a week ago and I broke them in on an 11 mi hike, they held up great, were comfortable the whole time, and the price point is great.

3. Free People Happiness Runs Crop- This is my favorite tank top to wear for every activity. If you’re small chested it has enough to hold you in, but it is also extremely cute and comfortable. Would also look great with a sports bra layered underneath. I have this in two colors but there are so many great options.

4. Under Armour Shorts- LOVE these shorts. They fit great and feel so comfy. I highly recommend trying on before purchase because I had to size down but they are so worth it, and they’re on sale right now!

5. LL Bean Wool Socks- Wool socks are a must have when on long hiking trips, they retain heat even if wet. Definitely recommend a good pair of wool socks if you are planning a long hiking adventure.

6. HydroFlask Water Bottle-  Obviously these are great, I think everyone knows that by now, I love a good insulated water bottle for long day adventures. For hiking, I would probably recommend something like a camelbak but I just put mine in our backpack and it worked great.

7. Patagonia Nine Trails Backpack- We don’t own this specific backpack however we do have a different Patagonia one that works fantastic. We love how durable they are and how much they can hold without feeling too uncomfortable.

8. SunBum Sunscreen- I love this sunscreen, it smells like summer and sunshine and also keeps me from getting burnt. I also love their after sun lotion, it also smells amazing but helps soothe any burns or irritation!

9. Sweatshirt- A simple Hane’s sweatshirt is what I wore on this most recent hike but any will do, I recommend it as once you get to the top it does get quite chilly.

10. Portable Charger- Great to have in case your phone dies looking for reception on a hike or if you are just taking too many pics on the lake, you can recharge without worry.

*Not linked but necessary include- Snacks (esp for the end of a hike) and Bug spray

Here are pics of our most recent hike, you can see how beautiful it was! Again, these are items that are great for hiking but also awesome for camping, lake days, island trips, etc.

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Leavenworth Travel Guide

Hey babes! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it) and if not, a happy weekend! This past Thursday was my birthday and to celebrate Lu took me on a mini vacation to Leavenworth, WA.

I’m finding Leavenworth isn’t commonly heard about unless you live in the state, so I’ll give you a little overview. It is a quaint little town past Stevens Pass (beautiful mountain pass) that is themed in all things Bavarian. All the buildings and hotels were old time german as was the food themes and drinks. Now it may not sound like your cup of tea if you don’t like “german themed foods” however there is something for everyone.

As you enter town there is the cutest welcome sign and past it you begin to see all of the german styled buildings.

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Now I would love to take the credit for all of the amazing food choices but Lu planned and researched the WHOLE trip and took us to some of the best places you can go to.

First up, Stein Leavenworth. We had just gotten in after a three hour drive and were ready for some good food and good drinks. We shared a pretzel with beer cheese (yes its as good as it sounds) and paired it with two IPA’s (very WA, I know). One of the best ways to start the trip.

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Next up, (and before you judge or think to hard about it, yes we ate ALOT) we stopped at a place called Sulla Vita. It was primarily italian styled food like delicious wood fire pizza (what we had and couldn’t get enough of) and they had pastas and really good wine. The establishment was beautiful and there is heated outdoor seating for the wintertime. The pizza we got was called the Carne. Highly recommend this place.

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Alright if you’re a fan of Brat Wurst and you’re a fan of spicy foods, I can’t recommend this brat we had enough. It was at this place called Rhein Haus. They have apparently a few locations in WA but I can’t guarantee they offer the same items on their menus. BUT we started out our meal with a Haus Pretzel with beer fondue (I know), and paired it with their drink called the Raspy Mule. (A raspberry moscow mule, delish). That wasn’t even the main course for this one. Next we ordered a Habanero Cheddarwurst. Yes it was spicy and yes it was very delicious. It comes with the Wurst, Kraut, and a side of fries with curry ketchup. YUM.

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Between all of these delicious places we also got some amazing drinks. If you find yourself in Leavenworth not sure where to go to drink here are a few we went to and loved.

If you love ciders we HIGHLY recommend Bushel & Bee. They have delicious ciders, so many options and a great vibe. It’s a cozy, home like place where you can chill and drink or even play some board games. Another great cider place is Leavenworth Cider. They also have a huge selection as well as HUGE pretzels. Its a large open space full of light, laughter, and games. It’s great.

Another good one is Bavarian Bistro and Bar. Their pretzel and cheese wasn’t my favorite at this location, however I did order a mushroom gravy pasta that was delicious and my marg was SO good. (didn’t get a pic, it’s a darker place at night)

Our next favorite place was breakfast. Louie’s Cafe was one of the best breakfast spots we could have chosen. It’s small and quaint and everyone in town recommended it. I ordered the french toast with scrambled eggs and bacon (as pictured). Lu ordered the Denver Omelet with hashbrowns. He said it was good just needed some cheese (lol).

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(T-shirt is from Aslan Brewing Co / Beanie is from Amazon)

If you can make it during the winter (it can be rough through the pass) I recommend it. It was my first time going however the cold air and the Christmas decorations made it that much better. The huge Christmas tree was lit as well as all the streets.

Down the main street there are a ton of cute little shops and other restaurants to check out. We loved checking out the Cheesemonger, it’s a basement shop that has samples of cheese and sauces for purchase.

We also really liked the Oil and Vinegar Cellar, we bought some salts and oils from there for dinners at home. Overall, Leavenworth is a must see town, especially if you already live in WA or plan to visit nearby. the food and drink selections are out of this country (lol see what I did there?). The people are so friendly and the town is just as cute as can be.

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Our trip to Whistler BC

Hello everyone! It’s now Tuesday and I hope your weekends were full of fun and laughter with those you love. My husband and I spent Friday and Saturday in Whistler BC. Honestly, it was one of the most beautiful places we’ve been to.

I wanted to take a little bit of time to share some must sees/restaurants we recommend (that we tried). Now I’ll be fully transparent and let you know now we did not do a lot of the “outdoor” activities Whistler is known for as they were SUPER expensive. But what we did do, we enjoyed! (We stayed pretty phone free the entire trip, only got a few pictures of the meals/fun times)

First thing’s first, the food. If you stay in the Village there are at least 25+ restaurants in walking distance (craziness) and an equally excessive amount of coffee shops (if that’s possible). The first night we were there, Friday, we ate at a pizza/pasta place called Pizzeria Antico. I got pasta (of course), Lu got pizza and we both enjoyed our meals. Alright now for breakfast on Saturday we had crepes. I had NEVER tried a crepe before so I was thrilled. We went to the restaurant Crepe Montagne. I ordered the nutella and banana crepe, with a mimosa (oh yeah) and Lu ordered the Slolum, a crepe folded to perfection with a sunny side up egg, fresh tomatoes, canadian bacon, and cheese. (I tried it, it was amazing).

 

 

After crepes we went and got some iced coffees from Blenz Coffee. It was good, but nothing to write home about. The atmosphere was more like a corporate coffee shop rather than that local feel which I’m not as much a fan of however it had great reviews online so that is why we chose them over other shops.

Alright, I’ll be honest dinner Saturday night is not worth sharing. We went to “El Furniture Warehouse” weird name right? lol. Well they specialize in bar food and advertise for $5.95 full menu all day, and I’ll let you know now, that is the quality you will get. Lu got fish tacos that looked like fish sticks, I got nachos so well done the paper stuck to the chips and the margarita I got was far from thrilling. BUT, that’s ok. If you’re into bar food/something super cheap, go for it! The highlight place we should have had a full meal at, but didn’t was “21 Steps Kitchen + Bar.” Lu tried the fried chicken appetizer (AMAZING) and I got a bread basket as I wasn’t feeling too good. But it was so good. The service was awesome and the food was incredible, and the wine was good too of course lol. Highly recommend, it is a pricier place so you may need to plan for it, but totally worth it if you do.

Alright. Enough with food. Although I love it and love to share everything I eat lol I need to share a must do.

Scandinave Spa in Whistler was the most relaxing, beautiful, earthy, good vibe place I have ever been to. There are hot pools, cool pools, saunas, and soooo many places to sit and meditate and relax. You can get a massage with the one you love and take a dip in the pools and relaxation right after. Literally a dream. 

Downside. It’s expensive (its a spa, I guess it’s to be expected). BUT if you can swing it and you’re visiting, do it. Seriously. 

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However, like I said before, we didn’t do a lot of what they had as it was super expensive. If you’re planning a trip to Whistler BC anytime soon, save your pennies!

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