Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Presently: June

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OK seriously, how is it June already!? It seems like just yesterday I was in Iceland (hence why I chose the above photo from one of my favorite coffee shops there...more on Iceland very soon). Thinking back to where I was a year ago, so much has changed! I'm pausing (for just a hot second) to think back to all of the great things that have happened over the past year, and how they led me to where I am now.

June is always an interesting month for me. It finally starts to feel like summer, and it marks the beginning of the busy summer months. While I feel like my head is spinning in a million directions, I'm challenging myself to pause and enjoy the little things every day (like sipping coffee and writing this blog post). 

Making: breakfast, lunch and dinner at home most days. With our beautiful new kitchen and our CSA box starting this week, we have no excuse not to.
Watching: The Wire on HBO. We've heard it's AMAZING and are giving it a shot (we're only on the fourth episode). I'm also binging Shameless when I'm alone, and secretly watching The Bachelorette when I can.
Doing: housework. We have a lot of outside painting and landscaping to do over the next few weeks. 
Thinking: about all the weddings we have this year. I have a few new floral dresses, and I'm excited to wear them!
Visiting: my family in Wisconsin in early July. We have a baby shower for my sister (yay!) and a wedding, so we're spending some quality time in the country. 
Wearing: my Tevas like they're going out of style (which they aren't. Ever. They're amazing).
Spending: money on dresses for weddings. Turns out I had way less dresses than I thought I did...
Shopping: thrift stores and garage sales for some house things we need (we haven't started doing this YET, but it's on our list of things to do!)
Eating: homemade bread - my first try at it! I give it a 6/10...I need some more practice!
Drinking: old fashioneds. It's the perfect summer drink, plus knowing we're going to Wisconsin makes me want to drink them even more. 
Missing: sleeping when it's not insanely humid outside. I'm in a constant state of sweat. 
Planning: a surprise gift for Hayden for Christmas (I understand how far in advance that is, but it's going to take a lot of planning!)
Working: on transitioning into a new job! More on that soon. 
Reading: my Backpacker and Yoga Journal magazines from the past few months. A change of address = all the past issues coming at once. 
Wanting: two more hours of sleep every night. 
Enjoying: experimenting with new recipes - I made rhubarb apple butter the other day and gave myself a BIG pat on the back for how it tasted. 
Pinning: ...honestly not much lately. 
Pondering: what the different types of wagging tails means. Camp has some crazy variations. Time to do some research. 
Listening: to country music. When summer rolls around, it's all I want to listen to. 
Liking: daytime Google chat conversations with my besties when I have a minute to spare from work. 
Feeling: a little more drained than usual, but these beautiful days are making up for it.  
Noticing: that my mood is so much better when I actively decide to be in a good mood. Do you guys ever feel that way? 
Going: crazy planning Instagram posts for my new Instagram account (follow along at @MountainShadowMorning!)
Debating: having a guest blogger or two on the blog - what do you think? 
Loving: FaceTime sessions with my parents. Seeing their faces every day is the best. 
Marveling: at how after all these years, coffee in the morning is still so.damn.good.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Style: Floral + White

Summer is finally here in Minnesota (and basically that means it went from rainy and 50 degrees one day to 90 degrees and HUMID the next). We've been spending a lot of time in our backyard, and are LOVING this warm weather.

To be honest, most of my wardrobe consists of yoga pants and sports bras. But I do have a few cute dresses and tank tops for when I'm not sweating at the studio (but let's be real, that isn't very often...)

When it comes to summer, I tend to wear a lot of neutral colors (white included), and I have a healthy number of floral pieces as well. It's no wonder why I'm in love with this black and white sunflower tank. I purchased it from Forever 21 last summer, and it is one of my favorite tanks I own. I knew it wouldn't be a piece that lasted long, but I'm on my second summer with it and it's in great shape. Not to mention, it looks good with just about everything - cutoffs, jeans, army green skirts etc. It looks especially great with leather sandals and a purse.

I know it's only Monday, but I can't wait to wear it this weekend!

top: forever 21 // sandals: billabong (similar) // necklace: Dogeared // candle: Target

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Travel: World Map

*swoons over this wall space* 

When we unpacked all of our boxes and began to determine where we wanted to hang our wall art, this map was the first thing we had hung. My parents gifted us this map for the holidays, and it's honestly one of the most thoughtful gifts I've ever received. 

Travel has always been important to me - whether it's going abroad, visiting a new state or exploring Minnesota, making sure I set aside time to explore new things is crucial for my well-being and happiness. 

With this map, we get to see the places we've been to, and plot out where we want to go next. It's the sweetest gift, and seeing it every day as I walk down the stairs lifts me up.

Where are we heading next? We'll be on the road almost every weekend this summer for weddings and cabin weekends. Cheers to exploring the good 'ole Midwest.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Style: New Instagram is Here!

Guess what, ya'all? Mountain Shadow Morning now has an Instagram! While I've loved using my personal Instagram account (@cocoreigh) to share the blog with you, I've honestly been very, very bad at it. Here's a sneak peak of what's to come! Follow along at @MountainShadowMorning 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Style: Our First Home

Remember when I alluded to big things on the horizon? By that, I meant a house. We bought a house!

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We're so lucky that things happened when they did, and as quickly as they did. Because buying a house in this market? Not easy. Every day we saw a house listed online, it was off the market within 1-2 days. And the houses we did see? They had 8+ offers. 

Thankfully, we had an incredible realtor (and close friend) who helped us through the process. We hit the ground running and within a week, we had found our dream home and put an offer in. 24 hours later, we got the incredible news that it was ours! Roughly 30 days later (very fast, as far as closings go), we got the keys. We aren't sure how we were so fortunate, but here we are - homeowners. 

As every single thing about my blog would suggest, I'm a "nester." As soon as we got the keys, we started painting. And let me tell you, we had so much painting to do (think bright red, green and blue everywhere). 2 weeks later, and we're almost done...

There's no part of me that is comfortable with decor staying in boxes or photos laying on the floor, waiting to be hung. Thankfully, we're both do-ers, and our parents//family have been the BIGGEST help! Hayden's family helped move us in in ONE DAY (one day, people!) and my parents helped us change two toilets, 5 light fixtures and decorate every single room. We're lucky kids, that's for sure. Two weeks after getting the keys, we're settled in and everything feels like home. 

My mama snapped a few photos this weekend after the toilets were changed out and all our photos were hung. We still have a few small things to buy and a lot of outdoor work to tackle, but I've been told that all of that takes time (not an easy concept for me to grasp). For now, we feel settled and cozy in our new home. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Recipe: Honey Oat Smoothie with Peanut Butter

I've been making a lot of smoothies lately, and I've learned one really important thing - while some mornings all my body craves is fruit, other mornings I just want peanut butter. And that's pretty much everything I've ever learned about smoothies.

This smoothie tastes like peanut butter and honey goodness, and it's made nice and think by the oats and cashew milk. And it's beyond easy to make, and you likely have all the ingredients on hand. All things YES.

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Honey Oat Smoothie with Peanut Butter
Makes one serving

Rolled or quick oats: 1/4 to 1/3 cup
Cashew milk (or other milk alternative): 1/2 cup
Banana: 1 whole
Honey: 1 tablespoon
Peanut butter: 2 tablespoons
Water: 1/2 cup
Ice cubes: 2-3

1.) Add all ingredients into your blender (but start with either water or milk to allow for easier blending). Blend for 15-25 seconds or until everything is blended.

2.) Pour into a glass and top with additional honey (optional). Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Presently: April

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Admittedly, this post is a few weeks late (insert face palm emoji). April has been a crazy month (more on that very, very soon, I promise!) But seeing Camper snoozing away on the couch makes everything feel a lot more calm. 

Making: salads for lunch. It's so easy to eat salads during the summer, but in the cold and rain it gets a little tough. I've been researching recipes to spruce them up a bit (I'll have a post on one of my favorites very soon).
Watching: Game of Thrones. Hayden hasn't seen it, and we're catching up before the new season starts this summer. ALL THE FEELS. 
Doing: packing (that's a poor sentence). My lease is up at the end of May so we're moving!
Thinking: about spring clothing (still). I surprisingly haven't really bought much (my bank account thanks me). I went through my closet and honestly, I'm good to go. 
Visiting: with my girlfriends via massive text group before our Florida trip in a week and a half. 
Wearing: the same North Face sweatshirt every single night because RAIN and COLD. 
Spending: a lot of money at IKEA for things we need for the move. And legit forgetting the one thing I went there for in the first place every.single.time.
Shopping: for bedside tables. Wayfair has some great options at various price points (thank goodness). 
Eating: smoothies almost every day. My current favorite is a peanut butter, rolled oats and honey smoothie. Recipe coming soon (and corresponding photo that caused me to intentionally put rolled oats all over the floor). 
Drinking: rose! Rose season is here and it's my favorite. 
Missing: Alaska (yes, still). I'm writing a post about our entire trip and it's SO hard to do! I have so much to say and I can't seem to find the words. 
Planning: our summer calendar, still. The wedding count is currently at 13. 
Working: my booty off at CorePower, and freelancing for a few of my side hustle gigs. #girlboss
Reading: This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warnick. Still. It's been a busy few weeks. The plan is to finish it on my girl's trip to Florida. 
Wanting: my weather app to NOT predict cold and rain anymore. Help. 
Enjoying: fun walks and little trips with Camper. We went to a donut shop and coffee house earlier this week and he enjoyed both (his mama did too).
Pinning: decorating and DIY everything. 
Pondering: what Camp does when I'm gone at work every day. I'm seriously thinking about investing in a doggie camera. Any thoughts?
Listening: to Father John Misty. His music feels equal parts springy/rainy/outdoorsy, and this time last year, my bff Kelsey and I saw him live in Minneapolis and met him afterwards. He's also playing in Minneapolis later this summer, so I'm vibing on his old music. 
Liking: all this green grass! Even if it comes with rain. 
Feeling: like some days there's not enough coffee in the entire world to wake me up. 
Noticing: that winter really is over, and we've got sunny spring and summer skies ahead. 
Going: to dog friendly places left and right. If you have any good recommendations, please let me know! 
Debating: not finishing this post and crawling back in to bed with Camp. He's the freaking cutest. 
Loving: the difference a good attitude makes. I remind myself of this often (because sometimes, your girl needs an attitude check). 
Marveling: at how good I can feel with a good night's sleep. 

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