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

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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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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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Life Lately

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!

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Hope you are having a great Wednesday!

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Red Chair Lavender Festival

Red Chair Lavender Festival

Dress (Old Navy – sold out, similar options here & here) // Earrings // Sandals  —  Cole’s tee/shorts/sandals  —  Evan’s tee (similar)/shorts/sandals (sold out, similar here and here)

We are really fortunate to live in a place where it seems there is always something going on. And I really love experiencing of all of our local activities, businesses, and foods – so when I starting hearing about this local lavender festival, it sounded right up my alley. I’ve seen this festival floating around social media, and even heard a bit about it from a friend who attended last year, and thought it sounded like a really fun afternoon for the family. When I lived in Palm Springs I used to go to this little cafe that had the absolute best lavender lemonade, and I was pretty sold hearing this festival had not only lavender lemonade, but tons of lavender infused dishes and ice cream. There was also some great live music, a classic car display, demonstrations (they were making lavender oil right on site!), and various classes (like wreath making). They also had U-pick lavender and face painting for the kids! We had a great time strolling the fields (as you can imagine it smelled amazing), sampling all of the lavender foods, and browsing the vendors. We brought home some great lavender goodies, and as I type this, I’m smelling the lavender oil we bought diffusing in our house! And for anyone who missed the festival or doesn’t live locally – you can order all of their amazing lavender goodness online (I’m already thinking of Christmas gifts).

All of this lavender goodness has me inspired to put our own lavender plants at home to use and bake something yummy this week! What’s your favorite way to use lavender?

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Life Lately

Sweet summer days are officially here in Boise. Days full of swimming, bike riding, ice cream, and staying up way too late. I’m a routine person and being so off of our normal schedule admittedly gives me a bit of anxiety. However I know that getting back to “real life” with our structured routine will be back before we know it, so in the meantime I’m determined to soak up these days and embrace a fun and sugar filled summer.

Our neighborhood threw a block party last weekend, and it was a lot of fun playing games and getting to know some of our neighbors we hadn’t met yet! There were games, food, and even an ice cream truck – which of course the kids thought was so cool.

Cole’s shirt/shorts/sandals  —  Evan’s shirt/shorts/sandals

My shirt/shorts/sandals/earrings (J Crew, old – similar)

And because one ice cream isn’t enough…after the party we biked down to our favorite ice cream shop – The Stil! I even tried one of their “boozy ice creams” (a strawberry rośe) which was delicious.

We went to the waterpark again this week and spent an entire day there. I bought this swimsuit last summer and it’s still a favorite! It comes in several colors and several styles as well. And it’s on pretty major sale right now!

My suit/similar beach skirt/hat

Cole’s swimsuit  —  Evan’s swimsuit

The kids have been wanting to live on their bikes, so we’ve been taking tons of rides. We even came across some deer grazing the other night just right off the trail!

We had a great 4th of July! We went downtown for the annual Liberty Day Parade in the morning, had a BBQ at home in the afternoon, and spent the evening picnicking in the park watching the big firework show.

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Dress // Flip Flops  —  Cole’s shirt/shorts/sandals  —  Evan’s shirt/shorts/sandals

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Have a great weekend!

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Summer Afternoon at the Boise Train Depot

Summer Afternoon at the Boise Train Depot

My top // Skirt // Espadrilles // Sunglasses // Earrings // Similar Bag — Evan’s shirt (similar) // Shorts // Sandals — Cole’s Shirt (similar) // Shorts // Sandals

During the summer, I really try to get the kids out of the house almost every day. It may even just be for a short walk or even a trip to the grocery store, but I feel like my kids are happier and better behaved if we can at least get out for a bit. I definitely want to take advantage of as many educational activities as we can throughout the summer, and hopefully give the kids opportunities to learn something new! One thing we have never done despite driving by multiple times a week (crazy I know), is spend some time at the train depot. It’s a quick stop (literally you can read the signs and watch the videos in 20 minutes or less), and it was fun for the kids to learn a bit about this Boise landmark and “Big Mike” who is now permanently stationed there! Plus it is just an incredibly beautiful place to stop and walk the grounds and I definitely want to go back soon – ideally to catch one of their tours or open houses!

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