Colorado Travel Guide: Steamboat Springs

Hello and welcome back to the Colorado Travel Guide. This is a series I’ve done fairly frequently in the past but it hasn’t appeared in a while. There is no particular order to these posts, it’s just a place for me to walk you through all of the shops, restaurants, hikes, and sights that I love in my favorite state.

For spring break this year my family decided that we were finally going to make the drive up to the northwest corner of the state and visit Steamboat Springs and Dinosaur National Monument. I’m a pretty big national park fan and I realized on this trip that Dinosaur was the last major national park/monument for me to visit in Colorado. There are a couple of smaller sites left but I was pretty excited when I realized that.

The main visitor center of Dinosaur National Monument is two hours west of Steamboat Springs in Jensen, Utah. There is also an entrance in Dinosaur, Colorado. If it’s your first time visiting I recommend going to the Jensen entrance but I would like to eventually go back and get more hiking in on the Colorado side of the park. Hands down the coolest part of the park was the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall. You get to touch real fossils that are still embedded in the actual rock. My niece adores dinosaurs and wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up and I kept wishing that she was there the whole time because she would have loved it.

The most common reason for people to visit Steamboat is the skiing, the second most common reason is the hot springs. Old Town Hot Springs is right on the edge of downtown. It was so cool sitting in the warm water and watching the snow fall. The only problem was that I forgot to pack my contacts on the trip and the steam made it so I couldn’t see through my glasses.

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Steamboat Springs had a really cool art culture. There were galleries everywhere. The art museum is free to the public and had beautiful oil paintings and sculptures by artists from Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. The Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts looked really cool but when we got there they were packing up the most recent display. There was a really cute dog running around though.

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I didn’t get any pictures but the first night we were there we ate dinner at Vaqueros, a Mexican restaurant. The food wasn’t exceptional but the atmosphere reminded me of a Robert Louis Stevenson book. Kind of dark with lots of wood and brick, like the characters of Treasure Island were probably somewhere in the back. Aaaand that’s how you know I was homeschooled. LOL.

The food I DID really enjoy was from Steamboat Smokehouse. I love barbeque and the ice cream shop on the other side of the building had amazing pomegranate sorbet.

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I always have to visit the bookstore in any new town and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore was amazing. I love bookstores in old houses; it’s so fun to find little corners and just get lost in a book. I found a practically brand-new autographed copy of Everyone Brave is Forgiven in the used books section for half-off and I’m still a little giddy.
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The bookstore was also a coffee shop and the latte names were are either book titles or literary characters and it was super adorable.

Some of the other cute shops we visited were All That, which had a cool vintage vinyl selection, and Ohana which had a surprisingly surfer vibe for a Colorado town.

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Have you visited Steamboat Springs? What were your favorite places? Tell me in the comments!

Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

What to Pack for Spring Break in the Mountains

Happy Monday!

Spring break is going to be a much-needed respite from the craziness of this semester. Between school, work, and an internship I feel like I have been working non-stop since week one. I’ll be going to a small town in the mountains with my family so I plan to leave all my textbooks at home and just soak in the fresh air and beautiful views.

I love winter hiking, and this will be my last chance this winter so I definitely plan to spend a couple of days on the local trails, but I also can’t wait to explore the town because mountain towns in Colorado are always filled with adorable restaurants, coffee shops, and hopefully a bookstore!

Colorado weather is totally unpredictable so it can be hard to know what to pack especially in the spring so today I’m going to share what I’d pack for a week in the mountains.

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For Hiking

The key to staying comfortable and safe while hiking is to dress in layers. Wear breathable pants that you can move around in like a pair of workout pants or hiking pants like these. Layer a lightweight but warm jacket over a short sleeve top. Finish with sturdy shoes and a hat and you’ll be ready to go!

For Exploring the Town

If you’ve ever been to a mountain town you know that parking is usually a disaster. For that reason, it’s always a good idea to pack shoes you can walk around a lot in. This hoodie from Everlane adds a street style edge to the basic black hoodie and pairs well with a pair of boyfriend or maybe some raw hem jeans.

Last but not least there is nothing more fun than relaxing in a hot tub surrounded by snow so don’t forget to pack a swimsuit. Just make sure you also bring a towel for the dash back inside!

What do you have planned for spring break? Travel or staycation? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Photography Fun and My Obsession with ThredUP

Happy Friday Y’all!

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Moriah and I went on a bit of a photography adventure. We started in Manitou Springs and just took photos of whatever caught our fancy and then moved to Michael’s and Whole Food’s to test our creativity and see how many cool photos we could take in unconventional settings. It was so much fun and inspired me to see art in unexpected places

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smelling the fake flowers
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When you go grocery shopping at the end of a long day.
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I was very distracted by the espresso grinder at Whole Foods.
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That is still the fanciest bottle of lemonade I’ve ever seen.
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I’m kind of in love with little free libraries, they’re just so fun.

I realized while going through these photos that almost my entire outfit is from *ThredUP. I’ve been kind of obsessed with them lately because they make it way to easy to buy cute clothes in sweatpants from my bed plus its all pre-loved (second-hand) so it’s super ethical and sustainable. If you use the link, up above, you’ll get $10 to spend with them, which is like more than it costs to get either of the pieces in my outfit. No, this isn’t sponsored, they just have a super awesome referral program and I thought I’d share my most recent shopping addiction.

I hope you have a good weekend! I’ll be working a lot and hopefully getting some reading in as well. Do you have anything fun planned? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

5 Easy Ways to Fight Human Trafficking Today

Human trafficking is a massive problem and if you are like me, it often feels overwhelming trying to figure out how you can fight it as just one person. Seemingly small things are actually way more significant than we often believe so in honor of End It Day today I’m sharing five ways that you can make a positive difference fighting human trafficking right now.

  1. Donate Organizations can’t run without financial support. Giving money makes prevention, rescue, and aftercare all possible. Consider giving up a few cups of coffee or maybe a meal out this week and use that money to fight for freedom. Some organizations that I love are Dressember, The Exodus Road, and End It Movement.
  2. Speak Up                                                                                                                               Write a letter or make a phone call to your state representatives and make it clear that fighting human trafficking needs to be a top priority. Talk about human trafficking with your friends, family, classmates, and anyone you interact with. Awareness alone won’t end human trafficking but people can’t do anything if they don’t know about the problem.
  3. Buy Fair Trade                                                                                                                  Human trafficking is the second most profitable industry in the world, right after drug trafficking. Buy only buying fair trade products you are chipping away at the profitability of trafficking and slowly making it less attractive to companies to use products made by slaves.
  4. Thank a Foster Parent                                                                                                           The heartbreaking truth is that children in the foster care system are some of the most vulnerable in this country to being trafficked. If you know a child or teenager who is in foster care, be their friend, support them and make sure they know that someone out there supports them and thinks they are valuable and be someone they can turn to if they need a safe place to go. If you know a foster or adoptive parent, let them know that you see how valuable what they are doing is. Buy them coffee or find a way to encourage them.
  5. Be Aware                                                                                                                              Learn the signs of human trafficking and watch out for them. If you see something suspicious, call the national human trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP BeFree (233733)

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Human trafficking won’t end overnight, it takes everyone working together and taking steps to fight for justice. I strongly encourage you to pick one, or five of these ways and join the fight, I promise that it’s more than worth it.

~Maizy

The Podcasts I Can’t Get Enough Of

Happy Monday!

I’ve recently gotten super into podcasts, and honestly, it’s a problem. Every time I get in my car I have to choose between listening to music or audiobooks and now I’m adding podcasts to my options which just makes my commute even more high-pressure.  I have found some podcasts I really love listening to though, so today I’m sharing my top four podcasts that I’ve been listening to lately

That Sounds Fun

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Annie Downs’ podcast is, well, fun. I have loved her books for several years and her podcasts are just as good. I can guarantee that you each one will make you laugh and leave you with something to think about.

What Should I Read Next

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Thanks to this podcast my to-read list is miles longer that it was before I started. So many books, so little time. Anne Bogel also has a blog called Modern Mrs. Darcy if you want even more book recommendations.

The Goal Digger Podcast

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If you’ve ever wanted to start your own business you need to listen to this podcast. Jenna has awesome stories and advice on how to shine as a female entrepreneur.

Speaking with Joy

 

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Art, music, books, and great ideas are all discussed in this podcast. I especially love the series on women, Joy has an amazing take on femininity and strong womanhood.

Which podcasts do y’all like to listen to? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Custom Invitations by Basic Invite

Happy Monday!

Recently Basic Invite reached out to me asking if I was interested in collaborating on a post. After researching their brand a bit and looking around on their website, I decided I definitely wanted to work with them on a post, as well as ordering some adorable custom stationary.

Some of my favorite things about them are:

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There is an almost unlimited variety of colors. And there are almost 40 different colors of envelopes. I was able to match the stationary I ordered exactly to the color palette of my blog. I decided on white envelopes but I loved the colored options.

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You can order samples before you place your final order. I initially ordered samples so that I could see how they would look printed out before placing a full order which is especially nice if you are ordering wedding invitations or graduation announcements or anything you really want to look nice.

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Basic Invite makes all kinds of printed products, from graduation announcements to Christmas cards. But right now they are doing a big promotion for their invitations. They have tons of options to customize party invitations or to make picture invitations that would be great for events like graduation parties or a baby shower.

Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off your order with the code 15FF51

~Maizy

I received compensation and free samples in exchange for this post. All of the opinions are my 100% my own. Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

2017 in Photos

2017 was a blast! I graduated high school, started college, went backpacking for the first time and made a ton of amazing friendships. I’m a little behind on getting this post up but I still wanted to share it so here is a month-by-month photo journey through 2017!

January

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January I saw the movie Hidden Figures with my mom, which was probably one of my favorite movies of the year, along with Wonder Woman. The number of movies about women and by women and celebrating women in 2017 was seriously awesome.

February

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In February, among other things, I celebrated galentines day with some of my friends, we got dressed up, treated ourselves to brunch and went shopping downtown.

March

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In March my family visited my oldest sister in Portland, OR. We explored the city for a couple of days and then roadtripped down to see the redwoods in California. You can read my blog post about it here.

April

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In April I went to my senior prom. I actually wasn’t planning on going to prom this year but I ended up deciding to go five days before. Finding a dress and getting everything ready was a bit rushed by my date was really cool and some of the people we went with where actually old friends from the beginning of high school so it ended up being a lot of fun.

May

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In May I graduated from high school which was quite possibly the highlight of my entire year. My high school experience was a huge blessing in many ways but it was also really hard in some ways so I was excited to move on from that stage of my life and start going to college full time. The best part of graduation though, was that my best friend came to visit and actually got to hand me my diploma. She graduated a year before me and it had been a year since I had seen her so that made graduation that much more special.

June

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In June, I went backpacking for the first time. The packs were so heavy, and I was really scared the first night but it was such an incredible experience and I can’t wait to keep backpacking.

July

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I turned 18 in July and filled the month with as many hiking and backpacking trips as I could.

August

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In August, my older sister got married, I don’t have any photos from the actual wedding so this one is a selfie I took before the rehearsal. The wedding was really beautiful and it’s been awesome to gain a brother.

September

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In September I saw Needtobreathe at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Needtobreathe is one of my favorite bands and I understand why Red Rocks is such a popular venue. There really isn’t a bad seat when it comes to acoustics and the rocks are just beautiful.

October

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October began with a retreat with Cru in Estes Park. Estes Park is one of my absolute favorite towns in Colorado and the weekend was an amazing time of making friends, enjoying the mountains, and growing in my relationship with God.

November

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In November, I started going to a new church. The young adults group at the church is amazing, everyone was so welcoming and I’ve made wonderful friendships with the people there.

December

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In December I finished my first semester of full-time college. Finals week almost killed my through lack of sleep but the rest of the month was filled with relaxing, reading, sewing, and celebrating the holidays and ended with a New Years party that my friend and I threw. Everyone dressed up in the style of their favorite 20th century decade and it was a blast.

What were your highlights of 2017? Tell me about them in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

Fashion Friday: New Years Outfit Idea

Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a merry Christmas and are still having a wonderful holiday season. If you, like me, tend to leave outfit planning until the last minute then this post is for you because I am sharing a New Years outfit idea!

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New Years Eve is all about the sparkle and metallics. That’s not really my style but I still like to dress up and look festive. I love the pleats on this skirt and the subtle black and grey plaid. I actually designed and made this skirt myself but I love this pleated midi skirt from Everlane and this adorable mini skirt from Reformation.

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My absolute favorite part of this look is this blouse: I don’t think my love for peter pan collars will ever die. I’m especially obsessed with the pearl embellishments on this one. This blouse is a bit old but this peter pan collar blouse from Modcloth is so cute and so is this blouse with a floral embellished collar.

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shoes: Target

What is your NYE style?  Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed day with your loved ones!

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Semester Reflection: Fall 2017

Finals ended about a week ago and I decided that now is a good time to share a bit of a reflection and my impressions from the past semester. This is going to be a different from what I usually post but I wanted to share something a bit more personal today.

When I started the semester I was really disappointed about my choice of school. At the end of my Junior year I had pretty much decided to attend John Brown University in Arkansas; I loved the campus and the culture and it had a fantastic business program. By December of 2016, however I looked at the numbers and decided to stay close to home and go to the University of Colorado so that I wouldn’t have to take out student loans to pay for school. I decided to jump in and give it my all at my choice of school and after a semester I can honestly say that I am really really happy with UCCS and I’m excited for the next three years there!

Academically, this was a pretty easy semester. I took community college classes my junior and senior years of high school so I entered this year as a sophomore and just needed to finish a few freshman requirements. I took a literature class that reignited my passion for reading which had faded a bit during high school and I took an administrative writing class which, although it was a bit dry, got me interested in a professional and technical writing minor which I’ll be looking into more in the coming semester.

At the beginning of the semester I connected with some girls from my city who also are at UCCS. We met up out before school started and while out different majors made it difficult to see each other much during the semester we’ve managed to meet up off and on.

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I joined an on-campus ministry called Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ) and it has become the most wonderful community and really why I have enjoyed my time at UCCS so much. In October I went on a retreat with Cru to Estes Park, where we hung out and worshiped God with Cru groups from other schools and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning swing dancing. It was a fantastic time of community in the mountains.

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This semester it really was the people who made all the difference and I am so so thankful for the friendships that I made this semester and I can’t wait to continue at UCCS and see what the future holds. What were your experiences at school this semester? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.