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travel // Yellowstone National Park – West

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Let’s go Yellowstone! Now we enter into part two of #3PsandAnn travel the west. A part that is a bit longer than Glacier, also, thanks to lots of walkways over ground that would crumble and drop you into a geyser, I managed not to injure myself here. Success.

As we drove from the north entrance in Gardener, MT to the south entrance into the Grand Tetons, every two seconds there was a shout to an animal sighting. It got to the point where the tallying began for every elk, bison, and eagle we saw…and all the bears we didn’t see…and then ended because we lost count after about 50+ bison. Also, Ericka was playing fast and loose with the animal math, ex. “I see an elk, and another! Let’s say there were four there.”

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So many geysers. Like, no joke.

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I had but one goal of Yellowstone and that was to see bison swarm around our rental car. Since that was my goal, I probably should have paid for the extra rental car insurance (which I didn’t do). It was hilarious to watch tourist reactions, and our own, to driving up on a herd of bison. Cars swerved into the shoulder to park, tourists with camera were so focused on their photos that they missed the bison walking up 10 ft behind them, and Josh videoed the moment when the bison walked in front of our rental car and I freaked out.

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Oh, and then we found the snow…and the continental divide.

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Next…we found the Grand Tetons, Idaho, and Utah in the same day…

shopping // an anniversary sale wish list

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that, well, that I love a sale. Not like a Black Friday Sale (though I’m not opposed), or a Prime Day sale (where I acquired an Instant Pot), but like a “scroll through 30 pages of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Previews” sale. And then I remember I’m not independently wealthy. That being said, I want everything above…plus a few other drapey cardigans that I totally don’t need. Oh, and the sale starts tomorrow — early access though is happening now. (Mom, hint hint, nudge, nudge)

1. Trouvé Print Halter Tank | 2. ‘Aziza’ Block Heel Pump | 3. Trouvé Silk Asymmetrical Tank | 4. Barefoot Dreams ‘Circle’ Cardigan | 5. Double Face Cape Coat | 6. ‘Jayde’ Mary Jane Block Heel Pump | 7. Zella ‘Live In’ Graphic Leggings | 8. LORAC ‘Refined Romance’ Eye & Cheek Palette | 9. ‘purity made simple’ one-step facial cleanser duo

travel // Glacier National Park

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Over Memorial Day weekend a good friend got married in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. I couldn’t quite imagine what a trip to Montana would be like, but let me just be the first to say it is hella beautiful. Every corner we turned and never-ending highway we drove down (read: 900 miles of them), it was one scenic postcard after another.

And when I announced I was going to MT, I got travel buddies in Ericka, Ann, and Josh…

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We landed in Missoula on Friday afternoon and drove an easy one-hour drive to Polson, MT (it may have been a bit longer cause the city-folks were in awe of the scenery and kept stopping). Based on a few reviews, we started the next morning at Betty’s Diner (yes gluten-free huckleberry pancakes!). As we would discover on our drive into Glacier, huckleberries are a REALLY BIG DEAL. That and pictures of bears and moose.

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We loved staying at the Inn at Apgar Village, it was a legitimate 1950’s motor lodge with the most incredible view where I may have referenced Planes: Fire and Rescue multiple times (it wouldn’t be the only time).

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Because of the rains/avalanches, our drive up the Going-To-The-Sun-Road ended at the trailhead to Avalanche Lake (where some of us may have injured ourselves on a trail that children and pregnant women were doing — some of us, obviously, is just me).

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…next up, Yellowstone National Park!

wpshoots // little miss clara jo

Little Miss Clara is the little sister to Everett (an adorable tiny one whose newborn photos were never blogged because there was some blog down time — but you can see the it in my portfolio). I was super excited to be able to spend a some time with the now family of four. Clara is an adorable, cuddly, little girl who pretty much rocked her first photo op, that is, before she christened mom and dad’s bed with a little puddle of her own.

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life // Loving.

Way back when, a year ago, I decided to pop up an instagram about Loving Day. It simply read: “Yesterday was Loving Day! A day that means not much to about 85% of relationships in the U.S., but means everything to the rest. 48 years ago, in 1967, the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws in 16 states care of the Loving v. Virginia decision. 18 years later (team, this has not been that long), that cute couple on the left went and got hitched in Vegas, then they had that really cute girl on the left, and 5.5 years after that the super adorable tall boy came along. As a #mixedkid, THANK YOU to the Lovings for fighting for your love, my existence, any future relationship I find myself in, and my future wee ones. Also, to my adorable parents who didn’t think 18 years was too soon and overcame all the awkward of being an interracial couple…your #mixedkids love you for it.”

In November, Focus Features is bringing the knowledge of Loving Day to the world. And I have so many feelings!