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Colorado Family Trip

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A couple weeks ago, we all took some time off work (and by all, I mean Dan, My parents and I) and ventured on Harper's first big trip. We'd taken day or weekend trips to the beach, but this was her first flight and long time away from home. We'd been planning this for a while with family, and were all so excited when the day finally arrived! My mom's side of the family lives all throughout the country, which means we don't get to spend time together very often. So we decided to meet up in Colorado for a few days to meet a new grand-niece and spend some quality time together.

Harper did so amazing traveling! I'd spent a lot of time before our trip researching travel tips for traveling with kids and ideas for what to pack and either that paid off or Harper just is a great traveler! Probably a little of both! I'll share what worked well for us when traveling with a little one in an upcoming post. Getting there, we had an hour and a half flight to Salt Lake and then a forty minute flight to Grand Juction. I actually think it helped to break up the trip a bit and allow all of us to stretch our legs, even though we were rushed to catch our second flight.
Our time there was filled with lots of family time, which included lots of play time for Harper. Two of my cousins also have kids, one has two little ones who are 18 months and 3 and a half, and the other has a three week old. It was a little surreal to have my daughter playing with my cousins kids and see how much the family gatherings have shifted, but so fun at the same time.
We also got in lots of snuggle time. In an effort to keep some semblance of her schedule, we rented our own house with my parents through Air B&B which meant lots of morning snuggles and some relaxation and down time for us adults while Harper napped. 
My Aunt and Uncle who traveled from New Jersey rented a motorcycle to explore a little more of the area after we left, but an afternoon motorcycle ride for the boys (and a pedicure trip for the girls) was a must! 
This was our second trip to Colorado, and one of our favorite parts about Grand Junction are the amazing views and hikes. We took many walks throughout the neighborhood and got out for two hikes during our trip.

Our first hike was our third morning there. A few of us hiked while a few ran. I was happy to be on the hiking end of the trip, and have the chance to take in some of the gorgeous views!
Our second hike was into a valley where we hiked to some old Mica Mines. Unfortunately my Mom had taken a fall at the beginning of the hike so her and my Dad didn't hike the whole way with us, but the views were gorgeous. 
The gorgeous trails and views make me never want to leave, but the heat definitely had me ready to head home.

It was a fun few days getting to spend time with family. While we may all live miles and miles away from each other, we always enjoy our time together. It's fun to now watch our kids growing up and see how our gatherings evolve over the years. I'm so thankful Harper did so great the whole trip, and it has me even more excited for some of the summer adventures we have planned. 

What are your favorite places to visit during the summertime? 

Healthy and Easy Weeknight Meals - Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Monday, June 20, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it's advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PowerfulFusionClean #CollectiveBias 

One of the things that can be difficult being a mom who works full time and has a blog, is finding time to fit everything in your day, including making a healthy meal for your family and cleaning it all up afterwards. One of my favorite ways to make a healthy dinner during the week is by using the crock pot. I'm always experimenting with new recipes and ideas, and one of our new favorite recipes is crock pot pork carnitas. The recipe uses pork tenderloin, several spices, an onion, a hot pepper, some fresh juice from a lime and an orange, and a can of orange seltzer. You throw all of that in the crock pot for 8 hours and serve it with some rice and corn tortillas and you have a delicious, healthy and easy meal. 
What you'll need: 
4lbs Pork Tenderloin - You can use tenderloin or a roast 
1 White or Yellow Onion, Chopped
Jalapeño, Seeded and Chopped
1 Orange, Juiced 
1 Lime, Juiced 
4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Oregano 
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon peper 
1 Can of Orange Seltzer
1. Combine all of the spices into a small bowl. Rub the spices into the outside of the pork. 
2. Place the Onion, Jalapeño,  garlic and pork into the crock pot. Juice the Orange and Lime over the pork and pour the Orange Seltzer over top. 
3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5. 
4. Once it has cooked and pulls apart easily, shred all of the meat. If there is too much juice left in the crock pot, I will sometimes drain that out. 
5. Serve with corn tortillas, rice, beans and avocado - These are just our favorite sides with this meal! 

But then comes to clean up. Even the easiest meal in my crock pot seems to leave quite a mess. NEW Palmolive® Fusion Clean helps make clean-up quick and easy. I was able to find the new scents at my local Fred Meyer. Check the store locator to find a store near you. I let the crock pot soak for about 30 minutes with some Fusion Clean™Baking Soda & Lime and warm water and the crock pot cleans up easily.  I usually let the crock pot soak once we are done with dinner while we have some play time and get Harper ready for bed. I love that I can just let it all soak while we get in some family time, and then clean up is a breeze! Plus it smells great when it's all clean. And if you aren't a huge fan of that scent, there's also Fusion Clean™ Baking Soda & Grapefruit  I know they both smell amazing, because my husband couldn't decide which one he liked better, so we have both! Because clean up is so easy, I am able to get a healthy dinner on the table and clean up afterwards, while still having time to spend with Harper after a busy work day. 
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I love being able to spend my evenings after work with Dan and Harper, and coming home to a healthy meal that's almost all finished is a great feeling. My evenings can seem pretty rushed, with only an hour between when I walk in the door and when we start bedtime, and I want to be able to soak up every minute of family time I can. Having easy go-to meals like this one and an easy clean up afterwards help me enjoy my busy evenings and the little time with Harper I have! 
What are some of your favorite easy weeknight meals or cleaning tips? 

June Stitch Fix Reveal

Friday, June 17, 2016

I just received my third fix in the mail and this was my favorite so far! I started adding more items that I liked to my Pinterest board and it really helped my stylist when picking out items for this fix! I even got two different tops in my box that I had pinned, so if you're looking for something specific, I highly suggest making a Pinterest board just for your Stitch Fix items! Plus be sure to follow my board for some fun ideas for your next Stitch Fix box!

Before I share what was in my latest box, here's a little bit more about Stitch Fix if you've never heard of it before.

To start, you head to Stitch Fix and fill out a style profile. This helps your stylist figure out what size, styles and items would work best for you. It's also great if you link your Stitch Fix profile to your pinterest board so that your stylist can see exactly what kinds of pieces you'd love to see in your fix!

Once you've completed your profile, it's time to schedule your first fix. It costs $20 to schedule, and that $20 goes straight towards one of the items in your box that you decide to keep. If you end up loving every piece and decide to keep all 5 items, you get 25% off the entire box. So basically it's best if you keep at least one item, so you're not throwing away your $20.

Once your fix arrives, you try on all of the pieces and decide what to keep and what to send back. The box comes with a prepaid mailing bag that you put everything you're returning back in and just drop it off at the post office. You have three business days from the time you receive your fix to get it back to the post office. It's as easy as that!

So here's my third fix!

Salden Lattice Detail Blouse: 
I was unsure of this top when I first saw it in my box but loved it as soon as I put it on! I typically shy away from any tops that have a built in tank just because I always get it all tangled or messed up but this was so comfortable and could be dressed up or down that I have to have it!
Verdick - Kept!

Corsega Lasercut Detail Blouse:
This top was comfortable, although a little big in the chest area. It was also a really bring orangish pink and I just didn't see myself wearing it very often.
Verdict - Returned

Welton Bow Back Detail Top:
I had actually pinned this top to my stitch fix Pinterest board so I was so excited to see this in my fix! I love that my stylist had really taken some of the pieces I loved from other people's fixes and put some of them in mine! Overall I loved the details of this top and how I could see myself wearing this all summer!
Verdict - Kept!

Montgomery Cross Front Knit Top:
I had also pinned this top to one of my boards and honestly liked it better than I initially thought. I almost kept this, but couldn't see myself wearing this without a sweater over it just due to being self conscious of my stomach area and since it's summer and all, I wanted to keep items I could wear for warmed weather. This fabric was SO comfortable and made it really hard to send it back!
Verdict - Returned

Kelsie Dress:
I really liked the cut and fit of this dress, but I just couldn't get over the pattern. Had it been not as bold I would have definitely kept this. I really liked it styled with a jacket, but just couldn't see myself wearing this very often. 
Verdict - Returned

There you have it for my latest fix. Which items would you have kept?