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Kayaking the Buffalo River in Arkansas

Have you ever slept in the back of a Jeep? I have and I'll be the first to admit, it's not the most comfortable experience. But, I'd gladly crawl in the back of that Jeep again to spend the day kayaking the Buffalo River in Arkansas. As you can probably tell from my Instagram feed, my boyfriend and I like to do outdoorsy things. We've gone snowshoeing in Colorado, backpacked in Glacier National Park and this year, we're headed to Alaska. After hiking a couple of times in the Buffalo River … Read More>

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RevelationsRx Giveaway

I knew the month of March was going to be a bear. In the past week I've spent time on the both coasts and road-tripped to several states in the Midwest. This weekend instead of driving to Bentonville and running in a half marathon, I'm going to relax with my family and do a little hiking closer to home. All the travel has taken its toll on my skin. Between the differences in temperature (does it EVER get warm in Iowa??) and the lack of sleep (one should not have to fly from California to … Read More>

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Natural Grocers Opens in West Wichita

West Wichita is in for a treat! Tomorrow, Natural Grocers opens their second location in the Wichita area at 13th and Maize. The new store is  stocked with a variety of products that stay true to the Natural Grocers brand. Natural Grocers is different from other health food stores I've frequented. At all of their stores, a credentialed Nutrition Health Coach (NHC) is on staff. The Nutrition Health Coach provides education not only for customers but also for the store employees and the … Read More>

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McFarland USA in Theatres Everywhere

I'm a sucker for a sports-related films, especially if they are based on true stories. I'm sure I've seen The Blind Side and Remember the Titans at least thirty times each. There are about 10-15 movies that I can watch over and over and tonight, I saw another movie that will go on that list...McFarland USA. Based on the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team … Read More>


Learn to Swim at 40

There are a lot of things that aren't cool. A fly in your glass of wine, not cool. When you dog leaves you a present in the basement, not cool. And when you're 40 years old and can't swim well enough to save your life, definitely not cool. According to my own definitions, I am not cool but that is ALL about to change because two weeks ago, I started taking swimming lessons. Let's just say the first night of lessons was a bit embarrassing. At the time my "adult" swim lessons started, about … Read More>

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Create a Home Spa Experience

Thank you to RevelationsRx for sponsoring today's post and for allowing me to try their skincare products. In my quest for a better 2015, I’m doing more things for me. I’ve signed up to run the Bentonville Half Marathon and ride the Dirty Kanza Half Pint this spring. I’m going to bed earlier (before midnight) which has led to actually waking up early enough to workout in the morning. I’m really trying to decrease my stress level by letting things go. One thing I let go a bit too much was … Read More>

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Crossing Another Item off my Bucket List – Alaska

For someone who likes lists, I have never actually written a bucket list. I mean, like most people I have a general idea of things I would like to do in my head, but actually writing it down on paper? That hasn't happened yet. But when I do write the list, visiting Alaska will be on there and then quickly crossed off this summer! In my head (a scary, scary place sometimes...haha), I've always wanted to go to Alaska. I had visions of taking an Alaskan cruise, seeing the Northern Lights and … Read More>


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Easy Weeknight Meals with Manwich

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. In a few short weeks, I'll have about 5 minutes of daylight before I pick my daughter … Read More>

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Captain America Cookie Cake

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #HeroesEatMMs My nephew is turning 11 next month. His dad and I have talked … Read More>

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Oatmeal Bar

One of the things our family likes to do is indulge at breakfast every now and then. We'll make pancakes (preferably pumpkin), sausage or bacon and eggs. Sometimes there will be some sweet treats like … Read More>



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Tourist Attractions in Yellowstone National Park

I'm breaking the rules and for those of you who know me personally, that's not something I take lightly! Instead of posting about my #OutdoorGirl vacation in the order of events, I'm skipping around a … Read More>

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8 Things I Thought Would Never Happen on Vacation

If you would have told me 5 years ago that my ideal vacation would involve driving 4,000 miles, hiking 60 miles and sleeping in a tent with my boyfriend, I would have questioned your sanity. In fact, … Read More>

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Cowtown Half Marathon

Sometimes I get really fabulous ideas and usually, they involve entry fees and training, as my +1 has quickly learned. :) I decided that since I turn 40 this year, I wanted to "run" the Pikes Peak … Read More>