End Of Summer Getaway To Jackson Wyoming

End Of Summer Getaway To Jackson Wyoming

Warning…very long, photo heavy post ahead! Our family had decided awhile back that we really wanted to end our summer on a high note and take a vacation somewhere during our final week of break. We had thrown around a few different location ideas over the past few months, and ultimately decided a few weeks ago to take a trip to Jackson. We have heard so many amazing things about it, plus as it sits right on the Idaho border, it isn’t too far of a destination.

Dress // Sandals // Hat (Rag & Bone, old – similar) // Bracelet // Bag

For our first evening in Jackson, we went to dinner at Calico. I had heard that it was a great place to take kids as they have a huge field full of balls & toys right next to their outdoor patio, plus their kids meals are very affordable. What I hadn’t heard as much about was the food…and we were in for a real treat! I booked the restaurant thinking it would be a great place for the kids to be able to get their wiggles out after a long day of traveling, and thought the food would probably just be okay. This turned out to be our favorite meal from the entire trip. We shared a caprese salad and I had the shrimp linguine and everything was absolutely incredible. This restaurant is a must on a trip to Jackson – be sure to call early for reservations to get a patio seat.

After dinner, we headed downtown to see the famous elk antler arches in the town square and do a bit of shopping. Teton Toys is an incredible toy store and they have a huge selection. My kids settled on toy cap guns and stick on mustaches so they could feel like real Wyoming cowboys! After shopping we went to CocoLove for a nightcap dessert. I had the Mexican hot chocolate and a few chocolates (the lavender was incredible!), while the kids had gelato.

On the next day of our trip we headed to the Snow King Mountain Resort for a day of fun! I highly recommend purchasing a Big King Pass for all of the activities, and if you buy online in advance you get a 10% discount as well. My kids loved riding the Cowboy Coaster and the Alpine Slide over and over, and Cole’s favorite activity of the day was the Treetop Adventure.

My Tee // Shorts // Sneakers // Sunglasses

In the evening we headed back to the town square for the nightly shootout and dinner at the Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse. The shootout is the longest running shootout in the country and is held nightly during the summer at 6:00 pm. It only takes about 15 minutes, and is definitely a must do at least once. My boys really loved it! Also make sure to stop at Moo’s for their amazing homemade ice cream.

My Top & Skirt (The Kooples, old – similar top, skirt) // Booties (Marc Fisher, old – similar) // Bag

The next day we hopped in the car and spent the day touring Grand Teton National Park. If you are going to drive yourself, I highly recommend purchasing the Gypsy Guide Grand Teton app which will tell you what you are seeing and all the history of the land as you drive – as well as the key places to stop. Our highlights were stopping in at Menors Ferry and shopping in the old general store, taking a boat ride across Jenny Lake to hike to Hidden Falls, stopping at Mormon Row, and of course spotting wildlife! I still can’t get over the awe inspiring beauty of this place and can’t wait to go back.

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For dinner we headed back into town for Sushi at King Sushi! You wouldn’t think Jackson would have great sushi and is more of a steak and potatoes kind of place…but the sushi here is some of the best I’ve had. It is also an old historical blacksmith building which makes the ambiance even cooler.

In the evening we put on our western finest and headed to the Jackson Hole Rodeo! Little known fact about me…I grew up in a small farming and ranch community in Oregon and grew up riding horses and competing in local riding clubs, horse shows & 4-H. I was also a rodeo princess of our local professional rodeo my senior year of high school! So it’s kind of fun taking my kids to rodeos and showing them a bit of how their mom grew up (they think it’s quite funny!). The kids even got to compete by joining all of the other kids to attempt to grab a bandanna off a sheep to win prizes. It was absolutely hysterical and just made the rodeo even more fun for them.

My Poncho (Shopbop, old – similar) // Jeans // Booties // Hat (Rag & Bone, old – similar)

The next day we decided to have a low key day with a trip to the National Wildlife Museum. While there is of course some incredible wildlife art – the museum is surprisingly a lot of fun for kids as they have a children’s gallery where kids can create their own art. I also highly recommend downloading the museum app as you can play animal noises that go along with the paintings you are viewing (which keeps it more interesting for kids). They also have a restaurant at the museum which is quite good – and they have a really fun “paint a cookie” dessert.

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In the afternoon we headed downtown to walk around a bit more and do some more shopping! Altitude is a really fun boutique and I also love the Pendleton store (I grew up near Pendleton so their famous wool is sentimental to me!). We also stopped at this fun art alley for a few silly selfies.

For our last dinner in Jackson we decided to do the Bar T 5 Chuckwagon Dinner Show. This kind of thing could easily veer into being cheesy…but this was far from it. The whole experience was easily a highlight of our trip. The people were so nice, enthusiastic and talented, the food was great, the scenery was beautiful, and it really made for an all around fun and memorable evening. The history and story about how this show came to be is also fascinating. If you visit Jackson this is a must do – and we will be doing this again on our next visit!

Our horse team Bob and Sherman!Jacket // Top // Jeans // Booties // Hat (Rag & Bone, old – similar)

On our last morning in Jackson we went to Persephone Bakery for brunch before heading home. A friend who had lived in Europe for a period of time and had eaten at Persephone told us we must go as it easily rivals any patisserie in France. It did not disappoint! We tried a variety of pastries including the huckleberry croissant and the lavender lemon loaf, as well as a lavender honey latte, and an egg sandwich. Every single thing was incredible.

This was somewhat of a spur of the moment trip, and also easily one of our favorite family vacations we’ve ever taken. Jackson is truly a gem, and we’ve already decided this needs to become an annual tradition for us. I can’t think of a better way for us to have ended our summer break!Signature

Cool Backpacks For Back To School

Cool Backpacks For Back To School

Evan’s backpack

My kids still aren’t at ages where they care a ton about picking out their back to school wardrobe, but one thing they sure get excited about shopping for is their backpacks! Today I wanted to round up some really cool backpacks that are sure to get your kiddos at least a little excited about heading back to school. There’s so many cool options out there this year with fun prints, 3-D styles, and even glow in the dark. There’s also some really affordable options starting at under $10!

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Wow…we are really in the home stretch and coming to the end of summer. We only have 2 weeks left, and with those weeks filled with camps and activities it is going to fly by. On one hand I’m ready to get back to our routine and structure. On the other…at the risk of sounding like one of those annoying moms…I’m not ready for the fun with the kids to be over. I’m always reminded of the fact that you only get 18 summers with your kids, and this one just flew by way too quickly. I’m so grateful for all the fun and memories we’ve made, which I have to constantly remind myself of when I start longing for time to slow down.

We’ve been trying to cram in as much time at the waterpark as we can and have gone several times.

If you’ve not tried Marysia swimwear – I highly recommend it! Nobody nails the scallop swimsuit like they do, and the fabric is so pretty (it’s more like a knit vs a traditional swimsuit) that it can easily double as a body suit as well. One thing to note – when the suit is dry it does tend to not stay in place well and things can get a bit…cheeky. But once wet it sticks to your body and stays in place.

Swimsuit (also here and version without laces here) // Sarong // Sunglasses // Hat

As I wrote about in another post, we went to see Witness for the Prosecution at the Shakespeare Festival. I wore this shirt dress that is such an incredible buy at under $50.

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Evan went to one last summer camp this past week! He went to space camp and he learned so much and he’s been so excited sharing what he’s learned with us. The kids wear swimsuits to camp because they also get to spend lots of time outside playing in water and his teacher sent me the cutest pictures of him lounging and drying off with his favorite stuffed pet Jingle. Can’t even handle the cuteness.

We took an afternoon and went to do our back to school supply shopping! I love making this a fun day with the kids every year by going shopping and then going out to eat or for ice cream after. Cole loves getting to take his list and run around picking out all of his own supplies, and even though it is a reminder that summer is almost over, it has become a day my kids really look forward to.

I wore this cute little puff sleeve top that is under $20 and comes in tons of color options.

Top // Shorts // Bag

We finally went to go see The Lion King over the weekend. It has been one of Cole’s favorite movies for years, and he and I even went to see the Broadway show when they were touring and came to Boise last year. I wore this tie waist white tee that is on sale – I love a white tee with a little extra detail.

Tee // Jeans // Sandals // Sunglasses// Bag

Cole is going to robotics camp this week which I think will be a lot of fun for him – plus it has the added bonus of forcing us back on a schedule pretty close to our school schedule. It was a little tough getting everyone up and out the door on time this morning, so fingers crossed we get adjusted quickly!

Have a great Monday!

Boys Back To School Edit

Boys Back To School Edit

Evan’s top (Gap – similar here & here) // shorts (Gap – similar) // sneakers // backpack  —  Cole’s tee // shorts // sneakers // backpack

It’s a little surreal but here we are…back to school shopping. We start school pretty early here in Boise and I admit it has crept up on me so we haven’t even really begun shopping. Luckily it’s still hot so my kids will mostly continue to wear their summer wardrobe to school for the next 3-4 weeks at least. But I always like getting them one new summer outfit for their first day of school, and I definitely need to get them new shoes and start picking out a few new pieces for their fall wardrobes. Today I’m sharing some pieces I’ve got my eye on for each of my boys!

For Cole…

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For Evan…

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Summer Date Night At The Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Summer Date Night At The Idaho Shakespeare Festival

One of my very favorite summer activities in Boise is the Shakespeare Festival. It is a summer long festival held in an outdoor amphitheater that runs nightly plays. Of course there is always a Shakespeare option or two, but there are always several other plays running over the summer as well. On Thursday night we went to see Witness For The Prosecution. (It was SO good!)

Beyond just getting to see a great show, the whole experience is so fun. Sitting under the stars and having a picnic next to the river…really just makes for a perfect summer night activity. You can purchase a picnic meal at the venue, but we opted to bring our own. (Yes you can even bring wine if you so desire!) We were late getting tickets (shows sell out early!) so all that were left were hillside seats which we were a little worried about. It turns out that the cheapest seats in the house are our new favorites! While sitting in lawn seating (where we typically sit) is nice because you are so close to the stage, you can feel a little cramped and there isn’t much room for your food. Sitting on the hillside area we were able to spread out a bit more and have plenty of room to stretch our legs.

Picnic basket

We packed a mix of some of our favorite snacks – lots of yummy cheeses, salami, candied pecans, chips and guacamole, sushi, and an asparagus/artichoke salad.

I wore this linen shirt dress that is under $50! It is so chic and expensive looking and can easily be dressed up or down.

Dress // Sandals // Bag

We always have so much fun when we go that we’ve decided we need to make it a point to go more often! Julius Caesar is playing in August and we are thinking it is another must see. And maybe season tickets need to be in order next year!

Have a great weekend!

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My husband was out of town for for an annual work meeting this past week, so the kids and I planned lots of fun activities to keep us busy while he was gone! Evan went to circus camp and had a blast – and as you can see there was even “ringmaster” face painting and popcorn!

After we picked him up at the end his last day of camp on Thursday, we biked to The STIL for a special ice cream treat. They were just recognized by Today as being one of the top ice cream shops in the country – which is well deserved recognition!

My leggings // Top (old, similar) // Shoes // Sunglasses  —  Evan’s shirt (J Crew – old, similar) // Swim trunks // Sandals (sold out, similar)Cole’s tee (old, similar) // shortsThe “Idaho Wilderness” (lavender and berries) is amazing!

On Friday we met some friends for a swimming play date. The kids had so much fun we ended up staying until dark.

Saturday we had our typical busy morning with swim lessons and Taekwondo. In the afternoon we finally went to go see Toy Story 4! The kids have been asking forever and I have to admit I was thinking it would be a let down after how perfect the first three movies were. But Pixar really did manage to create another sweet movie that pulls on the heartstrings and still had lots of laughs. I wore this fun little top that is 50% off.

Top // Jeans // Sandals // Bag // Earrings

On Sunday Cole went to a friend’s house for a play date – so it was just Evan and I for the day! We celebrated National Ice Cream day with a bike ride back to The STIL for a sweet treat and had a fun afternoon just having some one on one time.

Top // Shorts // Shoes // SunglassesEvan’s little tank is on sale for $2.99! (Here)I love this sweet little smocked tank – it’s on sale and also comes in another color option (here).

On Monday we beat the heat (it was a smoking 100 degrees!) and went to the Discovery Center. We hadn’t been to their Bricks! exhibit yet and I knew it would be right up my little LEGO lovers’ alley. They had an absolute blast going through all of the different LEGO activity stations, and I have to admit it was kind of relaxing for me sitting back and watching while they spent hours focusing on their creations.

And I have to share this headband I wore, which is a pretty great dupe of the popular (and pricey!) Lele Sadoughi version.

Headband // Top (old, similar) // Shorts // Bag

Yesterday we hosted an all-day playdate at our house…and I’m pooped! It was kind of a weird day outside (overcast and stormy – but super hot) so the kids didn’t want to go out and instead raced around the house (screaming) for hours. (Boy moms – I know you understand!!!) Mom tip – s’mores make a great playdate snack. It buys you a solid 20 minutes or so of calm and quiet while they make them!

S’mores maker

Hope you are having a great Wednesday!

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(Summer day on the Boise river)

This probably wasn’t one of my better ideas, but I signed Cole up for summer camp last week. It wasn’t that the camp that wasn’t fun (he attended a really neat STEM camp and had a blast!), it was scheduling it for the week after the 4th of July weekend. After a fun filled holiday weekend with some super late nights, it was ROUGH getting up and out the door early. We are all still feeling pretty tired, but it did make us start going to bed at a more reasonable hour. Evan is going to camp this week, which has been a bit easier on us now that we’ve had some time to adjust.

(No I didn’t plan to dress them alike – and we were all laughing at them being dressed like twins when we picked Cole up from camp the other day!)

Cole’s shirt/shorts  —  Evan’s shirt/shorts/sandals (sold out, similar)

Aside from camp, we also took our first few floats down the Boise river this summer! Some friends of ours who moved to Australia were in town for a few weeks and we were able to get together to catch up and go for a float with them a few days ago. Floating the river is a Boise tradition and is a must do every summer. The kids always have a blast and it was even more fun for them with getting to spend some time with friends.

My swimsuit (J Crew, old – similar) // Cole’s suit // Evan’s suit

We’ve continued to bike quite a bit and have been going for longer evening rides. Although he loves riding on it, Evan gets pretty uncomfortable going longer distances on the co-pilot bike trailer – so we got him a bike cart he can ride in for longer rides. I wasn’t looking to spend a whole lot as I’m sure it won’t be too long before he’s riding his own bike, and I found this one at a great price! So far we’ve been really happy with it.

Bike Trailer

I’ve been working on a few house projects that I’ve been majorly procrastinating on for months. I’m not sure what it is about summer (maybe it is that we are home more) but I start feeling motivated to decorate and organize. One project I’ve finally gotten around to (after planning to get to it for the past year) was updating my desk area and adding a gallery wall. I’m not quite completely finished with the space, but here’s a peek at the completed gallery!

Gallery frames

We also added a loveseat to our living room! We have a large sectional in our bonus room/kids play room – but it seems we always end up gravitating more towards the living room and I decided it was time to add some more seating. I had been eyeing this one from West Elm – but after reading a lot of great reviews about Amazon’s in-house furniture lines Rivet and Stone & Beam, I decided to give Amazon a shot as the price was pretty dang impressive. And I have to say the quality really surprised me! The loveseat easily looks and feels like a much more expensive piece – and it is super comfortable too.

Loveseat // Fiddle Leaf Tree // Similar basket // Pillows (1,2) // Throw blanket (HomeGoods, similar) // Rug (Pottery Barn, old – similar)

I survived shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and Amazon Prime Day! Nordstrom was…interesting this year. It’s still a bit of a mystery as to what I will actually receive as several things in my order were canceled and a number of things still haven’t shipped (that are all sold out). Prime day was a much better experience and I’m happy I was able to get a head start on Christmas shopping! I bought each of the boys a new Osmo game as Amazon was having amazing deals on Osmo products during the sale (I got Detective Agency for Cole and Hot Wheels for Evan). I’m really liking this move that retailers are making to start offering deep discounts months before the holidays as I tend to procrastinate my Christmas shopping most years. (I would love to be one of those people who is done months in advance!) This week has been kind of fun with so many retailers having these Christmas in July specials along with Hallmark having their annual Christmas in July movies.

Hope you are having a great week!

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