Map Rock Petroglyphs

On Saturday we went for a drive. Our destination was a spot close to the Owyhees that I had hiked a while back. The only problem was I had no idea where it was, what it was called, or how to get there at all. I basically told Dustin to drive “that way” and pointed towards the mountains. We made it to the Snake River and turned on a road parallel with the river called Map Rock Rd. We drove a few miles trying to find a bridge to cross over to the other side when suddenly we came across a wooden sign on the side of the road, so we slowed down to read what it said but it was so faded that it was completely illegible. We were about to take off when my eyes focused in on a huge boulder next to the sign…and I yelled for Dustin to stop the car. The boulder was completely covered with petroglyphs!
We had just stumbled upon Map Rock. I had read about this rock once before when I was looking up petroglyphs in Idaho. Apparently there are unmarked petroglyphs that can be found all along the Snake River. However, this particular one is significant because it’s believed to be a map of the entire valley which was used by migrating Native Americans long before Europeans ever stepped foot on this continent. It was discovered in 1872 and believed to be as much as 12,000 years old. You can distinctly see deer, maybe antelope, what looks like a river, and human-like figures carved into the side of a giant Basalt boulder. It gave me chills to know that I was standing in a spot that people from ancient civilizations have visited thousands of years before me. You could probably say that about almost anywhere on this planet…but tangible evidence, like Map Rock, makes it resonate with you so much more than reading about it in a history book.

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Safe Travels, xx

Cruise to Mexico

This post is about a year overdue, but better late than never.
Last year, the day after Christmas, my family packed up our bags and headed to Long Beach, CA to meet my dad’s extended family for a little holiday reunion. Normally our reunions are held at a cabin in Utah, but this year we gathered everyone together for a cruise! We travelled on Carnival Inspiration and chose to do a short 4 day cruise destined for Ensenada, Mexico. This was also my first cruise ever, so I was really excited but at the same time intimidated by the thought of miles and miles of ocean beneath my feet.
The first day, we stopped at Catalina Island to enjoy the beautiful little town and all the local shops it offers. Every Californian knows that Catalina Island is only about an hour ferry ride from shore. In order to make the trip seem longer, they literally sail in circles for hours before docking just outside the island. This gave me a horrible case of sea-sickness and I had to lay down for quite a while before I was adjusted.
After a day on the island, our ship set sail for south of the boarder. We arrived in Ensenada early the next day and my family (who prefers to sleep in) got separated from the rest of our enormous extended family. So we just spent the day with each other instead, which we weren’t too upset about because it ended up being a fantastic time! We hung out at La Bufedora market drinking Coronas with lime & pineapple margaritas, making friends & taking shots of tequila with the shop owners, and enjoying the most incredible homemade tacos to ever grace my tastebuds – seriously, I still daydream about eating those tacos! I bought a cute falsa blanket and a poncho from the market, while my brother bought himself a 49ers poncho and a new bong…which he managed to get onto the cruise ship without any trouble.
The last night of our cruise was New Year’s Eve. As we sailed back to California, the entire ship rang in the new year and partied until the early morning! They had a balloon drop at midnight, events in multiple parts of the ship, free champagne, and dancing everywhere. It was seriously a blast! The only downside to our endless night of partying was that we had to leave the ship – I shit you not – at 6 a.m. the next morning. I sluggishly packed my bags and left the ship with one of the worst hangovers as a reminder of one of the best New Years’ to date.
Carnival Cruise was so accommodating. With free food and drinks in the cafeteria almost all night, I ate enough pizza to last a lifetime. They had lots of activities for all ages, performances every night, and awesome excursion packages…you definitely get what you pay for and I’d be happy going through them again for any future cruises we plan!

Safe Travels, xx

Hike in the Foothills


I don’t know about you guys, but here in Boise it feels like spring in the middle of November. Last year around this time there was already snow on the ground but lately it’s been in the 60’s! And climate change is just hoax made up by the Chinese, eh Mr. President-elect?
But seriously it’s been b-e-a-utiful and since I tend to go into hibernation once it starts to get cold and snowy around here, I want to take advantage of it as much as possible! We decided to take the pups on a hike in the foothills on Sunday. Boise is the perfect combo of desert and mountains – with rolling hills filled with sagebrush that eventually transform into the Boise National Forest teeming with pine-trees and wildlife. There is so much public land to take advantage of, it’s truly an outdoor-lovers oasis and we’re so lucky to live here.
I cannot wait to introduce our daughter to hiking, camping, and everything in between! If she’s anything like I was as a child, she will be mesmerized by everything nature related. I’m stoked to be able to re-live childhood wonderment through her eyes while teaching her to love and respect our planet. I like to consider days like this as some of her first outdoorsy experiences…even if she doesn’t realize it yet!

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Seaside Voyage Poncho

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Winter Wonderland Sweater

Winter Wonderland Sweater

Cardi: Billabong | Beanie: GunnySack & Co. | Leggings: Motherhood
Hoodie (His): NorthFace

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Safe Travels, xx

Fall Photoshoot + Matching Buffalo Flannels

Last weekend, Dustin and I had a quick photoshoot with my friends and creators of E+E Photography. Not only are Emily & Ethan happily married, but they are also the ultimate full-time photography duo, who take the dreamiest couple / wedding photos and have traveled all over the world to do so. If I could hire them as my full-time lifestyle photographers and just have them following me around taking photos all day, I would.😉
The leaves are changing in Boise and the weather is getting colder…which means FLANNEL SEASON! (Not gonna lie, every season is flannel season to me.) I love wearing them on those cool summer nights while we’re camping or tying them around my waist with a pair of shorts. But the chilly fall weather makes it feel more official. We could probably fill up half of our closest with both of our flannels and plaid button-ups combined.
On a side note…I’m getting HUGE. Just look at that bump! At 24 weeks, baby girl is about a foot long and the size of an ear of corn, according to my favorite pregnancy app from BabyCenter. I’m transitioning into my third trimester and can definitely feel the effects – I’m starting to waddle around, have to squat down to pick things up, and I toss and turn all night. The baby has been kicking up a storm! I’ve felt her for a while now but her daddy, grandma (gigi), and everyone else can finally feel the movement too! It’s probably one of the coolest feelings I’ve ever experienced.  <3

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Flannels: Zumiez | Dress: Forever 21 | Boots: JustFab | Pants (His): Zumiez

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Safe Travels, xx

Gender Reveal Party!!

October 14th was a rainy Friday morning, as I sat in the waiting room of the Women’s Clinic eagerly anticipating them to call my name. It was the day of my 20 week ultrasound and the day we were finally able to out the gender of our child. 

I had spent the last 4 months going back and forth between whether it was a boy or girl. I didn’t have any premonitions or intense feelings of “just knowing” like many moms claim to have and to be honest it was really beginning to frustrate me. One night I would have a dream that I was holding my little boy, the next night I would dream of dressing up my baby girl, then the next dream I’d have twins, while the next night I’d give birth to a litter of puppies. My mom even went crazy and bought a bunch of boy and girl clothes because she couldn’t wait and decided she would just take half of them back when we found out the gender.

They finally called me and Dustin back to the ultrasound room, where they laid me down and squeezed warm gel onto my little baby bump. Immediately we could see our child on the screen, curled up in a little ball. My favorite part of all my doctor’s visits. It makes my heart sing when I see my baby on that screen. The technician went through routine developmental checks – like finding a normal, strong heartbeat and all the other cues of a healthy growing baby. But when it came time for the gender, our ultrasound technician was getting frustrated…the baby was breeched and curled up into a little ball with the feet covering the exact spot we needed to see! 

She told us that she wasn’t sure we would be able to find out the gender this time…and my heart sank. I started to tear up I was so disappointed. She decided to give me an extra 10 minutes to try and wake the baby up and get some movement going in there. I got up and did some jumping jacks, drank cold water, and finally played some Beethoven as loud as I could next to my belly in an attempt to wake the baby. It worked like a charm. The baby was stretched out, kicking up a storm. Our technician was immediately able to tell us the gender.

Our baby…is a girl! I was so relieved that we finally knew the gender and would have been happy with either a boy or a girl, since I eventually would like one of each. I was full of euphoria, mostly from the mystery finally being revealed! 

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We knew that we had wanted to throw a gender reveal party to surprise our friends and family. And we knew that we wanted it to be wildly inappropriate and a full on party – so fitting for mine and Dustin’s personalities. We went to Zurchers to get blue and pink themed decorations and decked the house out in baby/sex related content. 

I set out blue and pink Mardi Gras beads with retro glasses that read “Team Boy” or “Team Girl” and made all the guests pick a side when they arrived. They also wrote their guess/comments on a matt board I had set out with a picture of the ultrasound inside. Pink and blue colored condoms and “baby making potion” (mini-shots of alcohol) were our party favors. We had a beer pong table set up with pink and blue solo cups and we challenged our friends to a baby bottle beer chugging contest. Even though I can’t drink, I still wanted everyone else to have a blast and that they did…by the end of the night I’m pretty sure my dad and I were the only sober ones in the house. My mom and Dustin being the most intoxicated of the bunch.😉

We revealed the gender once everyone had arrived by filling a traditional piñata with an assortment of pink candy and confetti, then we let the guests have at it. In hindsight, it was definitely not a good idea letting my brother’s athlete friends be the first to swing because they pretty much broke it on the first try! My mom and especially dad were thrilled to find out it was a girl. My dad was positive it was a girl since the beginning of my pregnancy and my brother already knew because Dustin spilled the beans to him the night before out of sheer excitement.

I’m so glad we got to celebrate with all my friends and family. My dad flew in from Bangkok/Washington DC and our best friend Dylan came to visit from Oregon. I couldn’t have asked for a better support system or a better gender reveal party!

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Safe Travels & Party On, xx

BIG News

I’m extremely excited to announce that we will be expecting a child this February 2017!
This will undoubtedly be my greatest adventure yet! I’m feeling so many different emotions at once as I’m sure all first-time mothers and parents do…Excitement. Love. Anxiety. Uncertainty. And lots of hormones. But overall, I’m thrilled to introduce my mini-trouble maker to the world and experience everything through new eyes as I watch my child learn and grow.
I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you!

Safe Travels, xx

Riggins, Idaho: Population 413 

Nestled deep inside a canyon along the famous Salmon River is the small town of Riggins, Idaho. Once known as “Gouge Eye”, It was named by the local miners who came to the area in search of gold, after a gruesome fight broke out at a saloon and a man lost his eye.

Riggins is famous not only for its pristine landscape but also for hunting, sturgeon fishing, and whitewater rafting. Close by lies one of North America’s largest gorges known as Hells Canyon, featuring the stunningly daunting Seven Devils Mountain Range. People travel to this small town from all over the country just to experience the outdoor recreation and beautiful scenery it has to offer.

My boyfriend has family in Riggins, so I’ve had the opportunity to visit multiple times. It’s definitely an everybody-knows-everybody kind of town. Let’s just say that the first time my boyfriend introduced me to the family, we spent the evening at a quaint little bar, drinking and chowing down on some of the best pizza I’ve ever had…and I ended up having a little too much to drink. The next day, half of the town had heard about how I gracefully knocked a barstool over and threw up in the bathroom all night. What a lovely first impression, Chanel.

Our latest trip to Riggins was the best one yet. We spent an entire day whitewater rafting and swimming in the Salmon River. The next day we drove up the mountain to Seven Devils so we could hike around and enjoy lunch in the bed of a pickup overlooking the entire valley. Later that evening, we took flashlights down to the river to look for garnets. In one area known as “Ruby Rapids”, they were literally falling off of the giant basalt boulders that were scattered along the riverbank. My pockets were overflowing with the tiny, maroon gemstones that I dug out of the dirt all on my own – I left one happy lady that night. It was definitely a weekend for the books.

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Safe Travels, xx