fourth of july

weekend love it – so many adventures full of love

The past two weeks and weekends have literally been absolutely amazing. They were chuck full of “little things” that make me completely and utterly grateful. It has definitely been a year of highs and lows and right now I am riding a wave of high that I am just hoping continues on for infinity.

Not only were they long weekends and short work weeks, but they were full of so many adventures, celebrations and love. I have been having some pretty serious withdrawals this week but I am looking forward to another weekend full of love!

Here is a look!

1. hiking for life. I spent almost the entirety of the Fourth of July weekend hiking and it just truly amazing. Plus I got new hiking shoes (INOV8, which fit my baby feet so nicely) so that made it even more amazing. Every day I literally (and physically) felt on top of the world from the hiking, views, slightly sore feet, best company around and post-hike snacks and drinks. I am seriously considering a job change to “professional hiker” so if anyone out there has any connections, please throw them my way.

I tipped off the weekend with an amazing Idaho Adventure to what is literally one of Ketchum’s best kept secret hikes with a few amazing lady friends and then followed it up with a hike to Titus Lake with the boy and one of our favorite couples. Lastly, Krista and I did a short hike to detox on Sunday and it was just what I needed to wrap up the amazingly active weekend.

awesome new hiking shoes (i got them from the clymb for a great price)

awesome new hiking shoes (i got them from the clymb for a great price)

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silver lake

idaho friends in idaho places

idaho friends in idaho places

wildflowers for days

wildflowers for days

evenings on silver creek

evenings on silver creek

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fourth of july watermelon, blueberry & feta salad

fourth of july watermelon, blueberry & feta salad

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titus lake

titus lake

love these two!

love these two!

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2. washington love. Ermygawd. Literally the best weekend of my ENTIRE life just happened. I wasn’t sure anything could top my Fourth of July weekend full of Idaho, so much food and amazing company but this last weekend just did. The boy and I were invited to what will likely be the most amazing wedding we will ever go to for two of our dear friends from college. We also did a bit of exploring and I even managed to make it to an early morning Crossfit session for the bride. It was a giant smorgasbord of all of my favorite people and favorite activities all wrapped up into one.

wedding wod

wedding wod

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handstands for love!

handstands for love!

just some crazy chihuly glass

just some crazy chihuly glass

glass bridge

glass bridge

i stole some chalk from some kiddies and got creative

i stole some chalk from some kiddies and got creative

my favorite people!

my favorite people!

the cutest (and best) cookie i think i have ever eaten at 10:00 am on a sunday...

the cutest (and best) cookie i think i have ever eaten at 10:00 am on a sunday…

3. wedding love. Since this last weekend was literally so amazing, it deserves two spots in my Love It. The wedding was truly spectacular. Not that anyone expected anything less as the bride, Gina Paulson (eeekk!), is quite possibly the cutest, most creative and Crossfit, coffee and cat loving person ever. She happens to be the creative genius, manager, owner and soul proprietor (probably?) of Eleven and West. You must check it/her/the website out now.

Since that evening I have been continually flipping back through the photos on my phone in an attempt to relive all the fun, smiles, love, food and hugs. Literally the best night of my life and I didn’t even get married…ahhemm.

gift bags (i know, how cute!!)

gift bags (i might save this paper bag forever…)

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i just cant even…

fairy lights, white chairs and pretty love notes in gina's perfect calligraphy

fairy lights, white chairs and pretty love notes in gina’s perfect calligraphy

so much love for this guy (looking so fresh!)

so much love for this guy (looking so fresh!)

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you cant sit with us...

you cant sit with us…

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so true

so true

is it free advertising if you work for them? coozie and all...

is it free advertising if you work for them? coozie and all…

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i had seconds and then a truck rolled up with these buggers and literally made my life

i had seconds and then a truck rolled up with these buggers and literally made my life

new friend?!

new friend?!

photo booth fun

there is nothing better than a photo booth & sequins

the most amazing couple! so happy for them!

the most amazing couple! so happy for them!

4. national kissing day. National Kissing Day went down on July 6th and there were so many kisses at our house. Goat kisses that is. I captured the boy being loved on / mauled by the goats and thought it was so appropriate as it happened to be National Kissing Day! Too cute not to share!

goat kisses! (please note bernard taking a little tumble in the background)

goat kisses! (please note bernard taking a little tumble in the background)

goat loves <3

goat loves ❤

5. thug kitchen. My aunt originally shared Thug Kitchen  with me and I have been laughing ever sense. I love good clean food and Thug Kitchen is just that mixed with like seventy swearwords and funnies for each recipe. A must read, follow and even cook from for nommy eats and silly times.

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6. pretty presents. By far one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is wrapping presents. I just love creating something just as beautiful as the gift. There have been several recent birthday celebrations in our lives and I am still just loving this recent wrap job topped with a fresh flower.

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7. j.crew jumpsuits. If I was to ever categorize my favorite things in life, J.Crew and jumpsuits would be right up there with coffee, 30 minutes of dead silence in the morning, sunshine, beans, Crossfit, Uggs, Lululemon, wearing leggings every day, pugs and green tea. So the other day when J.Crew was having 50% off their sale items, I literally almost cried of happiness that a J.Crew jumpsuit that I had been eyeing for months was only $40.00. I obviously bought it immediately. It was fate. I absolutely adore the fun colors and slightly too big fit (leaves extra room for summer celebrations…).

On another note, the boy thinks this jumpsuit is pretty radical as well. He advised me at 5 am when we were leaving for Seattle, “wooo that is quite a jumpsuit! It looks like it belongs in the 70’s with cocaine!” Why thank you Mr Boy, I really appreciate your compliment? Whatever. I wore the jumpsuit last weekend and just loved ever minute of it but figured since there weren’t any pictures of me in it on the internet that it’s totally good to go for another weekend! Love when that happens! #internetettiquette

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8. pugs – peanutbutter & instagram. My pug love is never ending so I figured why not keep sharing my recent pugger life highlights…my little pugger Lizzie loves just about anything and everything to do with food. So more often than not when I finish a jar of peanut-butter I pass it off to her. Because when you’re a 13-year-old pug there is no good reason not to lick a jar clean, or as clean as you can when your nose is flat and your tongue is a bit short.

loving on some peanutbutter

loving on some peanutbutter

And speaking of internet etiquette, here is Doug the Pug to teach us 9 things you shouldn’t do on Instagram (unless you’re a pug of course)…take notes!

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weekend love it — all things comforting

To be honest, I really haven’t been “loving” much of anything recently. This last week I said goodbye to my best friend and shadow, Lucy. Lucy was a 13-year-old pug, who to her last days was incredibly faithful, stubborn and entirely food-obsessed. Everything has been a bit more lonely recently without her hilarious and absurd presence, so I have been focusing on all things comforting.

Here is a small observance of Lucy that will never do her large presence (for such a small dog) justice and just a few things I’m enjoying:

1. Lucy. At this point I think that pictures say more than words about my forever love for Lucy.

always ready for a snuggle

always ready for a snuggle

suns out tongues out

suns out tongues out

Lucy loved stroller walks

Lucy loved stroller walks (& cookies of course)

2. Summer Desserts. There is nothing that I love more than making and obviously enjoying a dessert made with fresh fruit. I am partial to anything naturally sweet. In the past week I have made a rhubarb and blackberry pie for my brother’s birthday as well as a fresh fruit dutch oven cobbler over hot coals. Both were amazing, and recipes are coming soon. Teaser pictures below!

summer rhubarb-blackberry pie

summer rhubarb-blackberry pie

fresh berry dutch oven cobbler

fresh berry dutch oven cobbler

3. Fourth of July. The boy and I decided to forgo the typical July 4th celebrations and head off to the Copper Basin over Trail Creek to celebrate with his parents. We had a wonderful, relaxing day enjoying the sun, scenery and swims with Miss Maude. All in all, it was a perfect day of absolutely nothing, which is just what I needed.

Cooper Basin

Copper Basin

the boy taking Miss Maude for a swim - you cant beat this view!

the boy taking Miss Maude for a swim — you cant beat this view!

cocktail hour

cocktail hour

the boy's wonderful mother created a table setting worthy of"glamping"

the boy’s wonderful mother created a table setting worthy of”glamping”

the boy and Miss Maude ready for a nap

the boy and Miss Maude ready for bed!

4. “Like a Girl.” I found the recent “Like a Girl” campaign incredibly relatable. Even though I consider myself incredibly self-sufficient and independent I feel that I fell prey to the “like a girl” stigma. I had a remarkably similar reaction to the older girls. The younger girls who depicted strong, independent and determined girls when prompted were inspiring to me. This video is a definite must watch, if not only to prose the simple question but also to break the negative propagation that is clearly defined in our society.

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america’s birthday

Fourth of July is the epitome of an Idaho Summer. The weather is generally incredibly hot and dry, and all local festivities capture the spirit of the Fourth. Krista plans to enjoy the local parade, BBQ crawl and enjoy a bit of the “wild west” with a night at the rodeo. Taylor is taking a bit of a break and heading over Trail Creek to the Copper Basin to celebrate the Fourth and a birthday, all while “glamping.”

Whether you are wearing your cowboy boots to a party or donning a sun hat to relax, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the Fourth. Here is our guide to the day, which includes some inspiration to perfect your day as well as what we are enjoying, planning and looking forward to during the long weekend!

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Nothing screams America’s birthday like the combination of red, white and blue. As much as we love the association of these colors, adding a bit of gold or silver really adds to the festivities. Below are just a few décor ideas to spruce up any party or BBQ you may be planning!

Touch of Gold – In our opinion, gold glitter or gold spray paint are necessities when prepping the décor for any party.  Our diy gold votives made from mason jars are incredibly multi-functional and will provide the perfect glow while watching the fireworks. Or consider a spray-painted “U S A” for your mantel or table!

gold votives

gold votives

spray-painted gold USA

spray-painted gold USA

American Flags – Need we say more? American Flags obviously serve as an ode to America and simple decoration but also provide a great backdrop for photos! When in doubt, ask Siri or Martha on how to properly fold a flag when the party is over.

Krista & Taylor celebrating America!

Krista & Taylor celebrating America!

Add some simple patriotism to a table with a blossom vase full of miniature American flags, which you can buy just about anywhere right now,

Add some simple patriotism to a table with a blossom vase full of miniature American flags, which you can buy just about anywhere right now.

Paper Sign – a homemade paper sign with a simple ‘Happy Fourth’ can add the needed personal touch to any party. Feel free to get creative with your saying such as ”merica’ or “land of the free.”

create a red, white and blue paper sign!

create a red, white and blue paper sign!

Flowers – Grab a bundle of flowers from your local florist or go on a nature walk to collect some red, white and blue!

"red, white & blue" flowers

“red, white & blue” flowers that Taylor gathered to add a bit of patriotism to her table!

Party Inspiration – Need a bit more inspiration? Our Going Gold – USA Olympic Party features everything American. Plus, Krista’s Not-So-Grown-Up Housewarming Party celebrates summer and all things related.

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After all, it is technically a birthday celebration, and you only get so many of those. We want to keep it simple to enjoy the day, so we are planning on BBQ burgers and brats, beers or cocktail of choice, potatoes and pie!

Potatoes – Maybe we are partial as we live in Idaho, but potatoes are a Fourth requirement. Freedom friespotato salad or Red, White & Blue Chips are all sure to be crowd pleasers.

freedom fries

freedom fries

potato salad (obviously no mayo)

potato salad (obviously no mayo)

red, white & blue chips!

red, white & blue chips!

Pies –  Nothing says America like (Rose) Apple Pie, or make a “Freedom Pie” by adding cutout stars to the top of your pie!

Rose Apple Pie

Rose Apple Pie

individual mason jar pies are great for late nights

individual mason jar pies are great for late nights

Freedom Pie! (post coming soon)

Taylor proudly displaying a “Freedom Pie”! (post coming soon)

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Headband – Want to avoid hat hair? A red, white and blue headband tops off any outfit choice. But obviously make sure to put on sunscreen to avoid any post-Fourth celebration regrets. If you are creative, make sure to check out Gina’s post on how to make a diy no sew hair turban (can we highlight the ‘no sew’ part?) or support ThreeBirdNest on Etsy with one of her bands with a vintage vibe.

check Gina out at curriouslycaffeinated.com

check Gina out at curriouslycaffeinated.com

ThreeBirdNest on Etsy

ThreeBirdNest on Etsy

Flask – A spirited flask will get you and your party through any epic day of celebration!

Krista found this at our local grocery store. Their merchandising at checkout is dangerous! How could you not buy this?!

Krista found this at our local grocery store. Their merchandising at checkout is dangerous! How could you not buy this?!

Pets – last but obviously not least, make sure to adorn your pets with a bit of spirit to hopefully ease any firework anxiety!

American Flag bowtie!

American Flag bowtie!

 krista and taylor

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