Adventures with Girlfriends

What’s better then adventures? Adventures with girlfriends. Every girl needs a few good girlfriends in their life! Not only was a blessed with good company but also with some beautiful weather!

My goal has been to purchase a National Parks Pass so Indigo and I made our way out to Zion so we could explore. Obviously on your way to Zion you have to stop at all of the great rock shops in Springdale and also have breakfast or lunch at Oscars Café!

Our trip through Zion was quick because I honestly didn’t know where I was going or what I was looking for. We ended up just driving from the beginning to the far end of Zion and stopping along the way to take photos.  On our way out I got a bumbleberry pie shake (their bumbleberry pie is “world famous”) When they say  a “pie shake” they literally mean and entire slice of pie in the milkshake. It was glorious and my body needed the gym the next day.

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Sunday Brea and I went out to Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site. I’ve lived in Southern Utah almost my entire life and I have never seen petroglyphs! We had a good laugh during the drive because I wasn’t sure if my little car would make it up and down the rocky hills. Luckily, Moe Moe (my car) didn’t die and he’s doing just fine. (Yes, my car is also a boy.)

The park is small but a great place to walk around on a nice day and a place I would highly suggest for anyone with a family. Also, if you are a fan of lizards, we saw some great lizards running around! Brea was trying desperately to catch a horny toad as I was squealing “No! It’s going to shoot blood at you from its eyeball!” She say it’s a myth, I say it’s real. Thoughts? Comments? I need answers.

Where is Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site? This gave us easy directions!

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Stay Sunny!

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The Parade of Homes | Luxury & Environment.

I like to think that I’m fairly low maintenance and then I attend The Parade of Homes in my hometown of St. George, Utah and I quickly realize that I have a little more of an expensive taste then I’d like to admit and that I’m going to need to marry rich.

I haven’t attended The Parade of Homes for years and was very excited that I was in town to do so this year. Although I was not able to attend all of them I do believe I was able to see some great homes and get a feel as to what’s popular this year. I did notice this year was a little different from the past. I used to remember huge homes that were priced at 2 million- 6 million dollars but this year the homes were much smaller and I believe the most expensive home was a little under 2 million. This was actually really great because it seemed a little more realistic as to what I can put into my future home someday.

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Decor is not the only thing that I swoon over in homes but also the environment! As a grown Southern Utah desert rat I am obsessed with my red desert rocks and believe it is one of the most beautiful environments you can surround yourself in. The Georgia O’Keeffe in me finds great inspiration with colorful desert land. Kayenta homes always fulfill my love of colorful desertscapes.

The importance of sunlight in my life is huge and is what brings me great motivation. I am a huge fan of large window spaces that pour in sunlight and a detail I know I will need in my future home someday. An office and creative space filled with sunlight would be an amazing working environment.

 

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Here are some luxurious spaces that are worth mentioning.

  1. This home was bought and decorated by a lover of someone who hunts, can you tell? This is a space that no vegetarian wants to walk into, it even made me feel a little uncomfortable. Do you see the hippopotamus? I’m not exactly sure how I’d feel about living in a wildlife museum but it was still interested to see.
  2. This meditation room, probably something that everyone should learn to apply into their busy lives. You can even move the pillows off the floor and make it into a small dance studio. Again, the window space is great.
  3. With my love of red rocks, large windows, and baths….just bring me a coffee with baileys and leave me to my heavenly peace.
  4. Kids are not on my mind for quite sometime but how can you not go crazy of this kid’s bedroom?! This space is actually made for an army of children but that teepee! These kids have it made.
  5. I’m not really a pool person but this pool space makes my heart sing and actually makes me reconsider myself as a pool person. THAT VIEW, THOUGH.
  6. This nearly all white home made you feel the need to wash your hands every few minutes but it was so beautiful! Makes you feel so fresh, clean, and new!
  7. This sitting/reading space in front of that view, yes please! Pass me my favorite book and I’ll be set for days. Although I would like to switch out that chair with a floor of cushions!

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Stay sunny!

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Vision Board

Happiest 2017 to you!

Every year I wonder and ponder if I should share my New Year’s resolutions. Will I actually stick to them? Is anyone listening anyway? I was having the worst time writing a post about my resolutions and then became inspired by the idea of a vision board! Some people think that vision boards are bogus but there’s a lot of great research showing that they actually work! Plus, hey…it’s a fun and inspirational project!

What is a vision board? This is a board and collage made up with images, words, and quotes that inspire you to reach for your everyday or future goals. It’s a tool that will help one of the powerful mind exercises you can do…visualization! The Law of Attraction, people! If you see yourself in that place, time, and life everyday then that will become your life one day. The Law of Attraction is something I really believe in and wish I would apply it more into my life so I thought this would be a good step toward that!

I’m sure I will soon make a vision board of photos and printed quotes but I was feeling very inspired to create a piece of artwork the time and knew it would be a good step to get my mind on track of focusing!

The supplies you need for your project are a canvas, paint colors of your choice, printed out words and/or pictures, scissors, and modge podge. Also other creative supplies you would like to add…this is your vision! I of course chose some glitter.

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About my piece. I wanted my piece to represent a sun because sunlight brings me the most motivation and happiness. For my color choice I went with yellow and champagne gold. These colors really inspire me because they remind me of light and success.

The painting itself turned out much different then I first imagined it to be. Instead of shooting straight lines from the middle circle like a normal sun painting I decided to play with paint in a circular motion which created an orbit look in the galaxy to me! This actually makes sense and speaks a little more to the concept of my piece.

While my paint was drying I went into Photoshop to type up some words that are inspiring me. I used various sizes too based on what I want more focus on. I typed up and printed out some words in the font Traveling Typewriter…such a fun font that you can download here.

Once my paint was finished drying I cut out my words and scattered them around my piece and modge podged them into place. In the middle of my “sun orbit” I have placed a quote that says “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire

There are some words on my canvas that I would like to share with you.

Denver, Colorado….this is because my biggest goal this year is to move back to Denver! I fell in love with Denver while I was there for college and it became my own home. I have the greatest friendships there and know I could do really well there with my photography and artwork!

Education…I am starting my Master’s degree right now in Creativity Studies and I’m also doing it full time online so that is a huge focus for me the next year!

$$$$$ and Success…I really want to focus on making and saving money this year! Between traveling and making a move to a big city… I’m going to need it!

I have also added some other words that inspire me such as ambition, positivity, independence, kindness, and pamper (because as girl’s gotta treat herself)

This year I’m planning on working a lot and working hard! I love to see my daily planner filled with productivity. Between school, working, and my blog…it’s going to be a packed year of great opportunities  and success!

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Hola from Mexico!

Well, we made it to San Felipe! We drove in on Sunday early afternoon and everything went surprisingly smoothly. I was expecting delays getting into the boarder, multiple questions, troubles getting visas, etc. The greatest part was arriving in Calexico and the GPS said we were an HOUR away from Mexicali and the boarder but 5 minutes later we started crossing the boarder. I was a little frightened that maybe I wasn’t going the way I was supposed to and remember asking “Where are we?! Are we in Mexicali?!” The man at the boarder looked at me like I had lost my mind. My mind was blown. We pulled in, got our visas, and we were off! Easy breezy. The last time I was in Mexicali I felt like it was so busy and a little terrifying to drive through and I was only the passenger then so I was prepared to drive through it myself. Fortunately though it wasn’t that busy and I managed to get through it all without panicking. They didn’t even check my car at the military check point and just waved me on by to enter, hooray!

The drive from St. George to San Felipe drastically changed from Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening we stayed din Blythe California and the drive was just dry desert land. Blythe to Mexicali was actually pretty neat with more mountains. We even ran into Glamis Sand Dunes, I don’t think I’ve never been to sand dunes like that and it was so cool to see!  Mexicali to San Felipe is very interesting of course because you are in an entire new country now and there’s actually quite a bit of mountains which I think is absolutely fantastic. It took awhile for us to figure out though if we could see the sea or a mirage.

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This first week is full of socializing and tourist attractions while my Aunt is in town.

Monday we spent the morning at the pool where I played water volleyball. Water Volleyball is like a religion in San Felipe and people GET INTO IT. I actually wasn’t terrible either and even scored a point.

After getting a great sunburn we went back to the house where we had visitors drop in and visit. In Mexico when you say to someone “Stop by anytime” they totally mean it. When I mean drop in I mean someone actually knocks on your door to see if your home or literally walks in your door, it’s normal. There’s a great value of friends, family, and relationships in Mexico.

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Yesterday we spent the early afternoon in downtown San Felipe where we went to The Taco Factory. It was also national We Love Tacos day, perfect day to have amazing authentic tacos. I had two pulpo tacos, which is octopus and oh my heavens is it the most amazing thing ever. Also, let’s admire the crema. mmmmmm crema.

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There was also a stray kitten with no tail running around that I so badly wanted to put in my backpack and take home with me. After lunch we walked around and did some shopping and walked by the sea.

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More adventures to come!

xoxo,

The Wonder Seeker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oregon || The Coast

This past weekend we took a trip to the coast and it was so lovely. We stayed in a little cabin located in Tillamook. Our place we just a hop, skip, and jump away from the beach. The first night we were there we took a little walk down to the beach to enjoy the waves and sunset. That evening we played games and ate cake.
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Saturday morning we woke up and drove to Garabaldi to go crabbing. The last time I was in Oregon and we went crabbing we were on a deck, this time we took a boat out. The weather could not have been more perfect for us! It was so nice to just sit out in the water and relax. We also saw a seal in the water, yes, a seal! He was a little far out but how exciting is that? Some of of you may wonder how you catch crabs. Well your bait are fish heads (Yes…a little gross but I would rather handle fish heads than worms) that you tie to the bottom of baskets and you throw them into the ocean! You wait a good ten minutes and yank that sucker back in. There are a few regulations as to which crabs you can keep though. You have to throw out any females and you have to measure the ones that are males before you keep them, if they are under by just a hair they are considered an illegal crab and you can be fined for it. The most difficult part was trying to pick up the crabs without getting pinched! We were able to catch two crabs…the third crab came from someone off the water who caught one and didn’t want it, it was very generous of them! So we were lucky enough to end up with three crabs. Once we got back they steamed the crabs for us and we went back to eat them, num num num!
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For dinner we drove an hour to have a nice dinner by the ocean at Kyllo’s. I have a great obsession of oyster anything when I can get my hands on it and lucky me they had a oyster Po’boy. mmm yes!
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Sunday morning we saw the sky and thought it was going to storm. We walked down to see the ocean and there was thick and beautiful fog. There’s nothing better than a coffee in your hand and your eyes on the morning sea! Since the tide was so low we were able to walk out pretty far and gather treasures. I love treasure hunting, I was able to find some really great rocks for my collection.

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That was our great coast weekend trip!
Happy days!
The Wonder Seeker
Photography || Camera: Canon G7X | Editing: 1967 app

 

A place called Moon Farm || Fruita, Colorado

Whenever I ask somebody in Colorado if they’ve ever been to Moon Farm I am SHOCKED when they say no and exclaim “What? It’s only the happiest place on earth!” Moon Farm is a farm located in Fruita, Colorado and it’s full of magic. Playhouses to explore, baby bunnies and other animals, peacocks, and wonderful vintage and historical findings.
A little history about my family and Moon Farm. My grandfather’s sister, Ella, married a man name Wallace Moon. They moved to Colorado from Utah in the early 1950’s. They bought a large farm and this is where everything started. They were a creative couple between my uncle Wallace building wonderful things and my Aunt Ella teaching dance. Throughout their years together they adopted 7 children. The family started building tree houses and playhouses and that’s how Moon Farm began! School started coming out for field trips and then it turned into summer camps. Moon Farm is now a place to explore and open for a pumpkin patch during the fall.
I lived at Moon Farm when I was very young. Probably about 2 years old. Although I don’t remember this we have many photographs to show the great time we spent there. I lived in what I probably thought was a complete amusement park, what a time to be alive. I do remember the summer camp I went to while visiting Colorado to see my grandparents. I remember taking the Moon Farm bus and chasing the train while others yelled “CATCH THE TRAIN!”
There’s so many little playhouses to look around including a school (my favorite growing up) church, Mother Goose’s home, little old lady who lived in a shoe, a pyramid, castle, and so much more. Each little home has vintage and historical finds in them. There’s a house full of  old bears,  one of carousel horses,  and their most recent addition….a barbie house! They had a a huge donation collectible barbies! Here is a link to all of their homes to explore. You cannot forget their jungle of stuffed animals too.
There’s a bunny pen where you can go in and cuddle with all the bunnies. Seriously. I told you this was the happiest place on earth.They also have peacocks that roam around the area who like to show off their feathers from time to time. A couple weeks ago I stopped by Moon Farm to see my family and what was new at moon farm. Here are some photographs from my visit!
If you have a chance to stop by Moon Farm in Fruita, Colorado I highly recommend it!

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xoxo,

The Wonder Seeker

Traveling alone || Tips of traveling and what I learned

Hello beautiful people! It’s been a little while since I have made a blog post. As most everybody knows I currently made a move across the country by myself. I’m a single 23 year old female and I did it alone. I made it too! I’d be lying if I said it was a complete breeze but I think I was prepared for most everything.
I’ve had a few questions how it was, if it was hard, if I was scared, etc. I thought I would write a blog on tips about traveling by yourself or even with anyone else that helped me.
Don’t have a plan.
This was difficult for me because I’m a plan person. I’m a true Virgo if that helps you know my perfectionist personality. I didn’t have a deadline of where I was going which was really helpful because I could stop whenever I needed to. I stopped by 5:30 each day so I had time to get a room and dinner before the sun went down.
Expect delays and save for them.
Save money for extra hotel nights. I was SO thankful that I had enough saved because I spend 4 extra nights in hotels then I thought I would have. One night was in Indiana due to storms and I ended up staying in a hotel in Denver over the weekend instead of at a friend’s house.
Do anything you can to sleep well, especially if you are traveling alone.
Sleep is not something that I had the greatest time with during my travels and sometimes it was very difficult. I was either worried about my car, the weather, my next stop, and just being alone in a hotel was difficult for me for a little while. If you have to stop early, stop early. This is where not having a plan comes in handy. If you don’t have anyone to switch the driving wheel with, you have to keep your mind sharp at all times. Don’t take this lightly, fatigue driving is a REAL thing.
Feel comfortable where you stay.
If you are looking for really cheap motels but don’t feel comfortable for how sketchy it looks, please don’t stay there. Spend an extra $20 on the next place so you can feel safe. I don’t really enjoy motels as much as hotels because there’s nothing between me and the door. Most of my worry with hotels was that my car was not right there with me close though. Sometimes you just have to pick your battles so I ended up staying at hotels because the first night I was at a motel, I did not feel the safest. If you’re worried about the stuff in your car just make sure to park it close to the entrance and under a light, I never had any problems. Usually cars are pretty safe at hotels because people know it’s under cameras.
Keeping your belongings safe in your car.
This is something that was a constant worry for me because I don’t have a U-Haul and nothing is really hidden. My tip to you is don’t worry about it as much as I did, just follow these little steps. Do as I say not as I do. Before I left I got personal property insurance…that way if my things were stolen everything was covered. If you are also a photographer, GET THIS. I  know many people who have had their things stolen and it doesn’t sound like a fun time.
I read an article from a man who used to actually be a criminal and would steal from cars. He wrote and article on how to avoid that from happening to you and what criminals look for. I wish I could find the article but cannot anymore for the life of me. A few things that helped me were to always park it under a street light and to know that cars full of stuff rarely get robbed. They have about 20 seconds to bash your window and get whatever and run. If you have your car loaded with many things, they can’t tell what’s worth money and find it a waste of time. It made me feel really comfortable with his pointers and tips actually! It all makes sense too. So thank you…. kind criminal.
Keep yourself SAFE.
I think it’s very important that women have some sort of self defense protection, I used to brush off this idea and walk around Portland and Denver city by myself at night with NOTHING. I just don’t get scared by people but in all honestly…you never know! I now carry pepper spray with me in my jacket pocket when I’m walking around alone and keep it next to my bed, it helps me sleep a little better at night. I also purchased what’s called a The Cat. It’s a self defense keychain that looks like a cat and you slide your fingers through the holes, this makes the ears into a self defense weapon. You can purchase it from Amazon for $7. (Purchase yours here) It makes me feel really comfortable walking to and from my car. Also just walking around a place I don’t feel really safe in.
I would always let the front desk know that I’m alone and moving across the country. I would tell them my concern about my car and just to give them the heads up. Be friends with the hotel staff! When you are getting in and out of your hotel room just peak around the hallway to see if someone is watching and keep your noise level down when talking about your hotel room to the front desk. Don’t tell strangers your name and room number in hotels either. There’s also extra locks on the door for a reason, use them. All of these things made me feel safer.
Have an actual map.
I purchased a US road atlas and happy I did. It gives you a great visual as to what main interstates and highways to take. Sometimes our smartphones are not always the smartest. It’s kind of fun too, it makes everything so official.
Try to eat healthy…just a little bit
Eating healthy just doesn’t happen on road trips. I’m sure I’ve gained a solid 5 pounds. I was stuck in trucker towns for 3 days with NOTHING but fast food around me. When you have the chance to eats some veggies or a big salad, your body will thank you. Before you go on your trip try to pickup some healthy snacks for the road.  I went to Trader Joes and picked up quite a bag full of healthier goodies. My favorites were seaweed snacks, snap pea crisps, dried apricots. This avoided bad for you snacks at gas stations. I also got a bag of gummy bears for my sweet treat!
Always let at least one person know where you are, address, and everything.
If you can try to find out where you will lose cellular service. This is something I did NOT do and wish I did! I was going through Kansas to Denver and had NO phone service for 3-4 hours. Oh, I was also in a rain and snow storm. I was so scared that nobody would know where I was. I ended up pulling over and asking a worker at a gas station if I could just borrow their phone to let a family member know where I was. If you do run out of service, know that there are actually kind people in this world that would be more than happy to let you borrow their phone. Always try to keep in contact with somewhere you are. Whenever I would stop I would usually send the address to my parents.
There’s an app on iPhones that’s called Find Friends. One of my best friends actually added me on there so she could track where I was at all times, motels, gas stations, along the road. It’s almost board line stalker status BUT if you have someone you trust it’s really nice to have someone watching you at all times.
Stop, breathe, and gas up your car double what you think you should.
I tried stopping every hour. Even if it was to just pull over, stretch, drink some water, and breathe some fresh air. It keeps your mind awake! I also never let my gas tank go below half. I’ve heard it’s better for your gas mileage and you will never feel nervous about running out! Also, do not forget to take water with you. Drink a lot of it, yes you will have to stop and take extra potty breaks but it will reduce headaches, this is something I should have done more of. I got too many headaches.
Good music and audio books
Of course, you need some entertainment. A plus side to traveling alone is you can listen to the music you want, sing all you want, and listen to it as loudly as you want. Oh, I mean uhhh… keep it down…. 🙂 I recently found an app called Audible, which is by Amazon. Audiobooks are actually not that cheap, which was a little surprise to me…however, this gives you great deals! It’s $14 a month for any audiobook you wish to have that month (They usually range from $20-$30!) and 30% off additional audio books you purchase that month. Your first month you get a free audiobook! I’ve been listening to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling. Humor is my favorite so this was golden for my trip.
I hope this helped many of you for your future travels! Safe traveling!
xoxo, The Wonder Seeker!