Monday, June 27, 2022

Monday Links

Happy Monday!

I'm very pro-union because of my grandfather and I hate that Starbucks is trying to get rid of healthcare to their employees that unionize.

My favorite restaurant in Denver's chef won a James Beard award!

Black trailblazers.

Lizzo changing the lyrics when she unknowingly said something offensive is exactly how you take accountability.

Obsessed with this picnic basket.

The ultimate summer reading list & 15 summer novels for summer reading.

A mint green kitchen? Amazing.

This Josh Brolin interview is hilarious. Love to see actors making fun of themselves!

Katie Holmes summer of sass is hilarious.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Current Favorites

It has been a while since I share some of my current favorites so here we are! Let me know something you're lovin' in the comments.

Josie | Fashion Mumblr Vlogs

I have become obsessed with the coastal grandma aesthetic and someone that I think embodies it with a British twist is Josie. She has been a big thing on the internet for a long time and I'm just incredibly late to the party. Her voice is so soothing, I'm obsessed with her house and I want to pull of dresses like she does.

Kindle Unlimited

One of my friends is a Bookstagramer and because of her I bought a membership to Kindle Unlimited. And let me tell you, I've gotten my money's worth. It is the best way to read BookTok romance recommendations! Instead of waiting for things at the library I can instantly download a book to my phone and then read it anywhere. I'm in love.

Hello Darling Notepad

When I was in Greenville a month ago, I spotted this notepad and fell in love. I literally told myself I didn't need to buy it, put it back and walked away. But then I decided to buy a book and ran back to get it. I have a big life change coming up and decided that this would be my notepad for it. I prefer a legal-pad style to a notebook because I like to rip pages off when I'm done and trash them.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Bear Lodge (Devils Tower) Weekdend Trip from Denver

One of the things I wanted to do when I moved to Colorado was visit Devils Tower. My dad and I watched "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" when I was little and I became obsessed with the mashed potato scene. Fast forward to now, I convinced one of my best friends to make the drive up to remote northeastern Wyoming with me. I will not lie, it is quite the hike from Denver, but I 100 percent think it was worth it. I've included the route we took and where we stopped along the way! Have y'all been to Devils Tower National Monument?

The Hilltop Bar & Grill

On our way up from Denver we stopped in for lunch at this Wheatland golf-course restaurant. It was delicious! Very classic American options (cheeseburgers, grilled cheeses, etc.). They do have a bit of outdoor seating as well.

Douglas, Wyoming's Jack

I had written about Douglas a while back so I had to visit the giant jackelope statue. It's a cute little town.

The Rail Yard Gillette

We grabbed dinner to-go at this nice Gillette restaurant. I got a Southwestern wedge salad that was good and the homemade cakes are yummy!

Empire Lodge

Highly recommend picking this lodging for your trip. It's about 35 minutes from the entrance of Devil's Tower and it's affordable. One night split between the two of us was about $50 a person. They are mini cabins with kitchenettes (we made eggs and toast in the morning before leaving), a bathroom, bunkbeds and a queen bed. The front porch has a picnic table so we ate our meals outside to enjoy the weather.

Devils Tower National Monument

The whole point of this post! Bear Lodge is a massive piece of rock that rose up from the Earth...well they aren't sure how or what exactly it is. Some people think it's a giant petfried tree stump (it isn't) and the Indigenous tale of how it came to be is that people were running from a massive bear and the earth rose up to protect them, the lines down the sides are the bear's claw marks. It's one of those landmarks where you don't see it until your about a mile out and it does rise up from the surrounding area in such an odd way. Highly recommend getting there early (on a rainy Memorial Day we got there at around 8am to an empty parking lot, but when we were done the parking lot was full). Definitely hike the trail that goes around the entire monument, you'll understand the scale of it which is something you don't get from photos.

Outpost Cafe

On our way back to Denver we popped into this gas station restaurant and had a delicious meal. The chicken fried steak tastes like something I would get back home and I highly recommend ending with a ice cream sundae.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Week Re-Cap

Sampling for Hope was an immense success this year!
I'm gallivanting through the Midwest right now, hope you have a great week!

Some of the best tacos I've had in Denver — Street Feud.
Archetype Distilling
Rewild's watermelon salad

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