free the calves



Sometimes I'm just dying to wear a pair of loose fitting pants.

Just the other day I was noticing at the grocery store that it's no longer taboo to wear your workout clothes or yoga pants out in public. Even a few years ago I felt more than slightly frumpy wearing my comfy clothes out to grab a couple gallons of milk. Now it seems, more than half of the women you see out and about on a weekend are wearing some form of athletic wear. This isn't an overnight phenomenon, but I feel like the pendulum has really swung wide lately to comfortable (and tight) clothing for women.

I won't even touch on women's attire in other countries besides the United States, I know dress codes vary wildly across the world.

I'm not judging the athleisure wear trend, in fact, most of the time I fully embrace it. But sometimes I yearn for the days of loose pants. Remember how a really great pair of bootcut or trouser style jeans felt? Of course, I'm mostly being facetious, I still own all those styles of pants and wear them occasionally. These days, I tend to grab my old standbys and less the thigh-hugging, calf-strangling, belly-pinching skinny jeans of years past. I've been searching around a bit to find more comfortable options to add to my closet (including dresses!).





1. dress from Modcloth

2. boyfriend jeans from American Eagle (my go-to for cheap, good looking denim)

3. boy jeans from Madewell

4. comfy dress from Sonnet James

5. trekkie pant from Athleta

6. floral trousers from The Loft



back in Colorado



Now that our little family has moved back to Colorado, we're trying to shake off the feelings of loss from moving and get excited about where we live now.

So first, let's have a little history lesson. When you first met me (first blog post, yikes!) we were living in Denver, had just had our first baby, and were really enjoying the city and mountains. We were first time parents, so there were a lot of posts like this...

Flash forward to 2014, we had the opportunity to move back to Montana. My husband and I both went to college there and we wanted to move closer to our family. Now that we had one daughter and another one on the way, we felt it would be nice to have a support system close by. The idea of living a slower life with more open space really appealed to us. And we were able to live there for two years.

Well, as the saying goes, 'the best-laid plans of mice and men, often go awry'. The office where I was working closed its doors and asked most folks to transfer. So here we are, back in Denver, Colorado.

Now that we are back, we are re-discovering all the things we loved about living in Colorado. Many of them we haven't even had a chance to do yet because of all the unpacking and new house projects we've taken on. Today I wanted to share a quick list of the things we really want to try and do now that we get a second chance at this Colorado adventure.

> drive to Moab (it's only 6 hours away!)

> hike another 14er or two (a 14,000' peak)

> go see more concerts at Red Rocks or any of the other awesome music venues in Denver

> get up into the mountains more (while trying to avoid peak traffic)

> schedule more date nights

and last, but not least

> travel more! flights out of Denver are much cheaper than Billings, MT


Any more suggestions for us? I know there are many, many more things that Colorado has to offer, so I'm anxious to get to know more about this state!

what to wear this week




Happy Monday everyone! Here are some fun yellow accents to add to your mid-February wardrobe. If it's not sunny and bright outside, at least you can bring a little sunshine with you all day!

all that cliche stuff



Happy Valentines Day! This is a holiday that's reviled by some and LOVED by others. I'm somewhere in the middle, which makes it okay to celebrate it, or not.

Today we're going to school with Chloe to help hand out her valentines to her classmates. I'm excited about it because she is SO excited about it. I remember distinctly handing out valentines and getting them at my desk in elementary school. We always decorated a tissue box and waited to see what kind of cool Valentines we would get from our friends and classmates. Luckily my daughter is still too young to care about which Valentines she might get from which boys, thank goodness. Heaven help me when that day comes. I'm going to be a mess.

I hope you either celebrate the heck out of this day (chocolate, flowers, wine, etc.) or ignore all those silly things and have a wonderful day despite all of that cliche stuff!

FYI, today I finally got a 2016 photo book put together. Shutterfly is my go-to website for photo books. Here is a referral code (here) if you are interested in making your own!

happy 2nd birthday



Happy 2nd Birthday to our youngest, miss Elinor! Oh my, look how you've grown!!! Thanks for bringing the goofy vibe to our house. Your little dance moves and side eyes always crack us up. Thank you for keeping Chloe in line, even when she doesn't need it. Thank you for always requesting mac and cheese, even when we didn't know we needed it.

And though she be but little, she is fierce

Love you forever!









my Friday night lights

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If you happen to follow me on Pinterest, you'll notice that lately my pins have turned into a lighting fixtures greatest hits. I'll admit I'm a bit obsessed with light fixtures. I don't know how it happened or if I got bit by a strange spider one night, but now it's probably on the top of my list for every house we've lived in since 2010 (three houses ago).

Truth be told, I spend a lot of time looking at light fixtures. Today I thought I'd share some of my favorites and some tips and tricks for finding good deals.

1. Monticello Circular Iron Frame Chandelier, Shades of Light: Wooden beads on light fixtures are having a real moment. They are a great (and cheaper) option than crystals. The light fixtures end up weighing less and have a more bohemian vibe than the same piece decked out with crystals.

2. Capiz Honeycomb Chandelier, Serena and Lilly: Serena and Lilly have some really lovely and really unique light fixtures. My recommendation though is find something you like and then scour the internet for a cheaper version. Capiz is a unique material (a type of sea shell), but I always double check Amazon for similar styles at more reasonable prices.

3. Mobile Chandelier, West Elm: I have put this light fixture up over our breakfast nook table in two consecutive houses. I really, really love this light. It's modern, but cool enough to mix it up with your more traditional decor items. Highly recommend this one!

4. Dainolite 6 Light Chandelier, Overstock: I love the look of this Chandelier, but I would definitely shop around for a more reasonable price. It's a beauty though!

5. Pelle Chandelier, West Elm: Ever since I saw Happily Eva After put this light into her master bedroom, I've been peeking in on it on a regular basis. It's a modern (or Mod) design, but for the right room, it would look fabulous. This one is worth the price tag, in my opinion.

6. Bali Goldtone 22 light Chandelier, Overstock: Holy lights batman. This light fixture could probably light up a ballroom, much less a dining room. It's stunning, funky, and definitely a design statement. I would be cautious of the wattage you put into each of those 22 outlets though...

7. Chandelier with Wood Beads, Amazon: The next time you see this light, it will most likely be hanging in our master bedroom. I'm really digging the beads, the price point, and the overall look of this fixture. It's a little french countryside, a touch shabby chic, and a bit bohemian. Sign me up.

Here is a quick list of my favorite spots for finding fabulous fixtures:

West Elm
Overstock
Wayfair
Target
Amazon
Shades of Light
Home Depot
Lowes

And as always, shop the sales!

fitness goals



Did anyone notice that it's already February? Valentine's day is next week! 2017 is already starting to kick my butt...

Today I want to talk about fitness goals. Do you know what I'm talking about? All those big plans we have after the holidays to drop a few pounds or start walking or working out more? This year, I cautiously tried to not set any big goals. I think 2016 scared me a bit. I had planned to run a 1/2 marathon and then we had to move out of Montana a few weeks after the race. Needless to say, all the uncertainty in my work schedule cut my training runs short. I had to skip the race. I felt really bad about it and also wasted my entrance fee!

So this year, I am planning on running my first 1/2 marathon. This time around I am not going to sign up until a week or so before the race. It's definitely not the cheapest option, but I'm sick of signing up for races and then not being able to go.

I also have a few other fitness goals that I've been thinking about for a few years now. They are both rather crazy and really hard (for me). The first is simply doing a pull-up. Super easy for some people, but I haven't been able to do one since I was in middle school. My own realism only gives me about a 20% chance of ever accomplishing this, but I do know it's possible if I work hard at it.

My other fitness goal is being able to do a pistol squat. A pistol squat is a single leg squat, to the floor, and back up again. It takes some decent leg strength, flexibility, and serious balance. This I think I could definitely accomplish this year. Practice makes perfect, right?

Do you have any fitness goals for this year, or in general? Let me know about it!

a travel video: Southern California




Today I wanted to share our travel video from our trip to San Diego and Southern California. 

I must say, posting this on the first day of the work week makes me really not want to be at work. Oh well, hope you all have a good Monday!