Everyone Loves Fall

...especially my sponsors! Check out some of their favorite Fall activities!

Baking/eating chocolate chip pumpkin bread.

Well.. we don't have much of a fall here. =P We basically have really nice summer weather until November.

Going on long walks with my husband.

One of my most all-time favorite things to do in the Fall is to watch the leaves changing colors (and of course take pictures of them changing too!)

My favorite Fall activity is traveling, since that is when we are usually able to take our vacations!

I LOVE everything about fall: scents, colors, fall fashion...but the best thing is it means seeing family more often with lots of holidays and {Hawkeye} football!!

I know biking isn't exactly a "fall activity," but with a few extra layers, I can enjoy the crisp autumn air and ride my bike a few months longer than I would originally!

Don't forget that the Etsy shop Three Little Birds is offering 15% off your order with the code GLee09 :D


September Sweets Giveaway...


The winner of the September Sweets Giveaway iiiss...

Rachel from her blog...
Her Threaded Needle!!

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Hiking Girdwood- LOTM

For today's LOTM post, we are sharing one of our favorite hikes. Being mountain ladies, hiking is one of our favorite pastimes.

These pictures in no way do this place justice

This is THE most gorgeous hike I've ever been on. It is located in Girdwood, Alaska. Not only was it insanely gorgeous, but to get across the river you had to get inside a cage and use a pulley system!! SO much fun! 

Dad, sister, and brother inlaw

View from the cage

We didn't do the entire trail, that's the joys of having kiddos (who are AWESOME hikers btw!). But we made it to the bridge which had some incredible views of the river.

Isn't this gorgeous?!

This is my nephew and I. Apparently neither of us were prepared for pictures. Plus the bugs that kept flying around made it hard.

Here's the crew (minus me of course) by the river and on the bridge.

The trail

We were all just in awe of the beauty of these mountains. I could so live here...

This hike is so much fun and if you're ever in Alaska, it's a MUST! I don't know if another hike will ever beat this one... I challenge you to find me that hike! (don't get crazy, I'm sure it won't be hard. haha!)

Be sure to check out the other Ladie's posts!



7 Questions #24

I had just washed my hair and didn't have time to dry it, so I just pinned it all up. This is what it looked like when I took it out. haha!

1. Describe your perfect day.

Sleep in, take my time getting ready, go on an adventure with a few of my bffs.

2.What was something that you were afraid of as a child?
the blob... Seriously, this thing freaked me out as a child.

3. What's something you're afraid of today?
too many things. Um, spiders for one thing...

4. Would you rather be obsessed with yourself or someone else?

If I'm obsessed with myself, at least I'm not exactly harming anyone else...

5. What is a favorite restaurant that you could visit over and over and never get sick of?

Zupas. Zupas. Zupas!! Yuuuuuuuuum.

6. What is one food you used to hate but now enjoy?

Mustard. And recently, mushrooms.

7. Fill in the blank: Star ________.

Star Fairies. Anyone else ever see this movie? My sister and I loved this movie!

now it's your turn!


Next Week's Q's
1. Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
2. What's the farthest you've ever been from home?
3. Fill in the blank: Fall ______.
4. Would you rather have arms so long they touched the ground or feet the same length as your legs?
5. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
6. Apple Cider or Hot Chocolate?
7. Would you rather start your life over (baby) or jump to the end of it (old-->death)?



My photoshoot for my makeup class was AMAZING! Sarah looked perfect and I was so proud of myself. I can't wait to get the photos and share them with you. I took some with my own camera (duh) but I left my laptop at home and I shot them in RAW so I don't have a way to work with them on my parents laptop.

looking like an anthro shoot to me... i made that flower crown- btw!

waiting for my model; made a crown for myself too- duh// after the shoot- all smiles!

So, now I'm in Portland with my parents for the week. Don't let that first photo fool you, I'm way happy to be here, but I hate flying. So yesterday was not the best. But I made it in one piece.

So if you don't see me around blogland for a few days, do not fret! I am just on vacation. BUT I will be here on Thursday with the second LOTM post! AND if you're bored before then or just want to win some goodies- enter the September Sweets Givewaway!

Love ya!


Be Fabulous Friday- Make Me Marilyn Monroe

For this week's Be Fabulous Friday Link Up over on Sittin Pretty, I wanted to share some more from the makeup classes I've been taking. (which finish today! PLUS I graduate today!!! HOOOORAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!)

For class on Wednesday, we did Decades Makeup. The instructor chose me to be her model for the Marilyn look. Something about my features being perfect for that classic beauty, yada yada yada. ;) It might sound like I'm gloating. But I had just been somewhat offended by someone and wasn't feeling very pretty, so her saying that (and she had no idea what had happened) was JUST what I needed. It honestly turned my night around.

Anyways, it was awesome, it was quite a lot of makeup... perhaps a little much... haha! But it was still awesome.

I do have a small upper lip, and they keep making it bigger using makeup... I promise I'm not actually puckering/ pouting. It's the makeup. I was doing absolutely zero posing other than turning my head. Makeup is crazy.

I used to hate my upper lip, it is small. But now, after two weeks of them making it bigger, I like it. I don't know if I can pull off that big upper lip look...

I actually have a freckle on my other cheek that I thought she would just use as the "beauty mark" but she covered it and drew this one on... go figure. haha!

On Tuesday we did editorial makeup. That was so much fun. Here's my look. I combined two that I wanted to try. I wish I had had different products, more paint type, but I think I made it work. :)
(inspiration on left, my interpretation on right)

I've been loving these classes, and as ECSTATIC as I am to graduate, I will miss them! I am so proud of myself for making it through this program, and doing it well!

What are you proud of lately?

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7 Questions #23

This is me with my good friends Sarah and JoEllen. I look terrified.... and kind of like Voldemort.

1. Do you ever have reoccurring dreams?

Nope. But when I'm stressed all of my dreams are scary... so I guess that makes them nightmares.

2. It's the first day of Fall (or Spring for you southern hemispherers) in a few days, what are you looking forward to most?
Psh! the question is- what am I NOT looking forward to! Ok, I am most looking forward to graduating (officially on Friday) and visiting my parents in Portland immediately after! Oh, and Halloween Oreos. Cause yes, they taste better than the regular kind.

3. Because a lack of coordination, would you rather not be able to tie your shoes or cut your own food?
Tie my own shoes, for sure. There is always velcro... or slip ons.

4. Would you rather live in a house made entirely of glass or a house with no windows?
A house with no windows. I know, weird. But I'd hate to know that people could be looking in from any side... and I'd probably always be breaking my walls or something.

5. Would you rather walk on you toes or heels forever?
Toes. I'm a dancer. Heels would look weird.

6. What's your favorite sense? (you have 5 btw)
Sight. This world is amazing and I'm lucky to see it. Smell is a close second, but if I couldn't smell, then I couldn't taste, and so I'd probably eat healthier, because what's the point of eating junk you can't enjoy?

7. What's your favorite movie quote of all time?
"I'm asking ya with my brain!" 1000 points to whoever knows where that's from. I don't know why it's a favorite. But no one ever knows what it's from and it's probably my favorite part of that movie (even though it's not a favorite movie of mine). ps- just said the word "favorite" way too much.


Next Week's Q's
1. Describe your perfect day.
2.What was something that you were afraid of as a child?
3. What's something you're afraid of today?
4. Would you rather be obsessed with yourself or someone else?
5. What is a favorite restaurant that you could visit over and over and never get sick of?
6. What is one food you used to hate but now enjoy?
7. Fill in the blank: Star ________.


Angels Landing

Saturday I hiked Angles Landing in Zion National Park. I had never done this hike before, unlike everyone else from Utah.

Lets start at the beginning. Kelsey and I drove through the park gates early Saturday morning. I had only been to Zion once before and it was November, so I was not aware of the shuttle system. So we drive on through, pass the road that says "shuttles only" and drove up the winding mountain side. I don't remember this road at all, from my previous trip. Soon, we come to a tunnel. This was no ordinary tunnel. It was carved out of the mountain and felt like we were deep within a castle.

After driving for ten more minutes we realized it was not right. So we turned around, which gave us an excuse to go back through the tunnel (YES!) and back to the park gates. After talking to the lady at the gate, we realized the turn we should have taken was ten feet from the park entrance. Awesome. So we park, hop on a shuttle and go down that "shuttle only" road.

twenty minutes into our hike, I see this girl running down the path. She looks familiar, and as she gets closer I realize... It's Shay! So I grab her arm and pulled her to a hault. We exchanged "what are you doing here"s and I found out she made it to the top this time! You can read her experience HERE. I tried to convince her to go right back up with us, but she wasn't having it.

So Kelsey and I continued on our way up the mountain. Up the switch backs, straight up. We made it to the top of the "normal" hike and took a little break. You see what Kelsey is looking at? That's what we were going to climb. All the way up and over to your left.

If you ever do this hike, prepare to be attacked by chipmunks. They're everywhere and not afraid of humans.

After we were rested, we headed up the mountain. This is no ordinary hike. This is a "cliff on all sides so hold on to this chain for dear life" hike.

One wrong step and I'd be a goner.



But we made it to the top! And it's beautiful.

Then Kelsey pulled out her ukulele and serenaded all of the hikers.


And we watched the chipmunks some more. As I was snapping some photos I felt something fuzzy on my arm. I looked down to find a chipmunk on my lap! I yellped and he ran away.

some guy that brought his boxing gloves to the top

It's quite the view from the top.

After taking it all in, it was time to head back down.

After some yoga on the rock.

Such an awesome hike, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. But in different shoes...

I slipped and slid just after I took this picture. Everyone around me "gasped" and my heart stopped. But I'm ok! Alive and well.

Read about our Post Hike Adventures Here!
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