Adventure / Blanca Lake

I've wanted to hike to Blanca lake for a while, obsessively stalking the hashtag on instagram seeing everyones photos of the ice blue glacier-fed lake. So for my birthday Jordan and I made the trek, a 3,000 foot gain in 3 miles, switch back after switchback. Then a 600 foot muddy decent to the lake. It was a tough hike for me but so worth it! My new life goal is to get in shape enough to backpack to the lake and camp there!

Jordan snapped this pic while I was trying to make sure I wasn't going to fall, and I like the way it turned out better than the cheesy smile I had in the one that followed. :)

BLANCA LAKE

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HIKING TO BLANCA LAKE.

 
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Jordan and i were trying to make serious faces, like we weren't impressed, but we just couldn't help smiling!

"The Me, My Selfie and I" book #theselfiebook

I am so excited to share this project!!! #theselfiebook was this a really great idea thought up by Elizabeth Kartchner, creative director of the Dear Lizzy scrapbooking line, and editor of the Dear Lizzy blog. I actually worked with Liz on a few of her scrapbooking lines for American Crafts. When Liz reached out to me to help bring #theselfiebook to life, I was so in. The idea was to create a coloring book, that was also interactive and had a memory keeping element to it, the coloring book you'll want to keep. The book has questions to answer, treasure hunts to explore in your own backyard, and dress up, yep dress up. 

How cute is this promo video Liz made featuring her daughter! #totesadorbs.

What's so great about the "Me, My Selfie & I" Book is that it's not selfish at all, for every book sold, one book is donated to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Ut. 

You can purchase a book here: http://www.cake-kids.com 

Below are some process photos I took while working on the book.

I incorporated a lot of brush typography and a thick outlined illustration style that would be simple for young kids to color inside, or outside the lines!

Also using water colors to fill in some shapes while leaving other areas open for coloring. 

Above is an early character I had illustrated, but ended up feeling too baby. Also we decided to leave the ice cream blank so you can color it your fave flavor. 

I had originally thought to fill in the above illustrations with lines, but ended up leaving it open for journaling space, or for kids to use their own imaginations! 

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Hope you enjoyed the process photos! high five!

Health / new workout shoes

I want to start out by saying this is not a sponsored post. I am genuinely just obsessed with these running shoes! Over the past several years I have lost a lot of motivation to work out, I might run a mile 2 times a week, but I haven't really been watching what I eat or pushing my workout limits in any way. It was a recent shopping trip and several unflattering bikinis tried on later that made me realize I need to make fitness a bigger priority in my life. 

I went online to look for some new gear, because cute workout clothes motivate me to workout more often...does it work like this for anyone else!? Anyways I saw these and fell in love with the pattern...but comfort is important too. I went to the nearest nike running store, and tried them on....it was like walking on clouds!

The store I went to didn't have the floral pattern in my size, just a black and orange pair. And they were sold out online! I was sort of obsessed with the floral pattern, so they offered to find a store that had them in stock. They found them at a store in Oregon, called them up for me while I was in the store and I was able to have them shipped to me! Can I just take a minute to give the Eugene, Oregon Nike store a huge shout out! They were so helpful! Look at this, they hand wrote a thank you note to send along with my order (and might i point out they even spelled my name right) also my order got to me at lightning speed! Thanks Nike, you guys have some of the best customer service I have ever experienced! High five.

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Also once opened that orange box and saw the shoes, I just had to style them with some flowers before I hit to road and they got dirty. I couldn't help myself! If you're interested in these shoes too, they are sold out online, but I would try calling the Eugene, Oregon store, maybe they'll have them! What motivates you to workout? Anyone have helpful running tips?