Sunday, July 19, 2015

UTAH SUMMER TO DO LIST

Some of these pictures date back to April but I have been hard at work seeing all of beautiful Utah. I thought it would be fun to share my Utah bucket list in case anyone is getting bored and wants some fun new ideas or if anyone has anything to add! 
This is a picture I took on my iphone!



-Flaming Gorge
-Squaw Peak Hike (no dogs allowed)
-Salem Ponds
-Mystic Hot Springs
-BYU Stadium Farmers Market (Starts july 30th)
-Goblin Valley
-LUKE BRYAN (got tickets to both nights)
-Stewart Falls 
-Hogle Zoo
-Ensign Peak Hike
-Spanish Fork Hot Springs
-Utah State Fair- September
-Wind Caves (in Logan)
-Swiss Days
-Strawberry Reservoir
-Bear Lake Raspberry Days
-Rooftop Concerts
-Sundance Outdoor Theater
-Alpine Slide
-Rodeos (seriously every week)
-Timp caves
-Hike Timp
-Tube Provo River
-Drive in Movie
-Mona Rope Swing
-Manti Pageant (missed it)
-7 peaks
-Lagoon
-Ruths Diner
-Real Salt Lake Game
-Watch the Sunset at Utah Lake
-National Parks
-Zions
-Canyonlands
-Moab
-Capitol Reef 
-The Wave (if I can ever get a permit!)
-Lake Powell
-Bryce Canyon (but not w/ Lyle yet!)
-Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
-Hike the Y (like every day...)
-Eat at Brumbys (get the rootbeer wings)
- Donut Falls
-Antelope Island
-Eat at Bear Claw Lodge
-Station 22 Cafe
- BANBURY CROSS DONUTS in SLC
-Eat at Family Tree (Lyle keeps talking about their scones!)
-Spanish Fork Reservoir
-Scenic Full Moon Ride Lift (Sept)
-See Beauty and the Beast at Tuachan (Sept/Oct)
-Movies in the Park (UVU does this as do most parks)
-Color Run (Aug 22)
-Dirty Dash 10k (Sept 19?)
-Marathon (Sept 5th)
-Cecret Lake
-Lone Peak hike
-Silver Lake hike
-Bells Canyon hike
-Willow Lake Hike
-White Pine Lake hike
-Desolation hike
-Red Pine Lake Hike
-Lake Mary trio hike
-Eat at Bear Paw Cafe (St. George- this wasn't on my list bc I've eaten there but its amazing!!)
-A session at all the LDS temples
-Bruges Waffles and Frites
-Food Truck Roundup


Ensign Peak "Hike"
Hogle Zoo
Antelope Island
Spanish Fork Hot Springs
Payson Temple Open House
Lagoon
Evening Y Hike
Stewart Falls
Brumbys Root Beer Wings
Mona Rope Swing
Summer is flying guys- go have fun!
Love, Cait

Currently Crushing

1. Cake Batter Chapstick
every bit as amazing as it sounds too. I've had this for about a month and it still smells AMAZING. 
2. Charlie Puth
I really enjoy Marvin Gaye. Random right. I quote his song lyrics quite frequently actually so when I heard this song on the radio the other day I was in love. Definitely not a PG song by any means but it gives me major dirty dancing and old school vibes (the beat is insane) and its SUPER catchy, like stuck in my head for 3 days and I can't get rid of it catchy... anyway Charlie Puth sings this and if you're wondering where you've heard that name, he also sings another song I am obssessed with right now- See You Again with Wiz Khalifa
3. New Forever 21 Happenings
Besides the fact that some of these new happenings are expensive...Forever 21 is upping it's game. I'm talking Dolce Vita here people. All sorts of new merchandise like this beautiful modest dress below. Hellooo I am in love. Now just go on sale please. 
4. Sweet Potato Hash
Let's all just take a moment to say thank you to the creator of Pinterest. So a couple of my old roomies and I have a Wives Club (yes that's a thing ha) & at our most recent one this was made and ITS AMAZING. First off, I don't even like sweet potatoes... Second off, its so unbelievably easy. I only like scrambled eggs so I substituted those instead. I linked it to a recipe but you honestly don't even need one. Just a little oil, some premade sausage I cut up, sweet potatoes and scrambles eggs and since I didn't have any rosemary or thyme on hand I used italian seasoning and it was just as good and took 5 minutes. Also, my friend said it qualified for the Paleo diet so there's that.
5. Netflix- VAMPIRE DIARIES
I never had time for Netflix...and I still don't but this has been consuming all the little extra time I have...or rather the time when I should be sleeping. If you've seen it you know what the hype is all about and if you haven't just watch one episode. You can thank me later. I am still thanking Maddie.
6. TripAdvisor 
Did you know you can watch flights? Well I had heard about it but I signed up recently and I am getting some great deals on flights in my inbox. We have a lot we are doing this Fall and we are pretty flexible on when so when a price drops heading to my desired destination I know about it. You just put in where you wanna go and out what airport and voila. 
image from Huffingtonpost.com
7. Floral Print
Cant stop, wont stop. At this point I may have too much floral in my wardrobe.. (is there even such a thing though?!) It is definitely safe to say I am obsessed. 
Wanna find the best florals? Asos, Jane.com, Poppyanddot (instagram with paypal)
8. Taylor Swifts New Album
For all you Taylor haters have you really listened to some of the songs? Bc I bet it will be hard to still dislike her. It's okay, you guys can totally change your minds, no body is gonna judge you...she's pretty awesome. I've seen Taylor in concert and she is nothing short of perfection. It's really just a fun show with costumes and good music. She is coming to SLC in September and I want someone to get pit tickets with me, if not poor Jessie is going to have to fly all the way out to see it w/ me again  because I HAVE to go. 

It seems like forever since I've done this post but there you have it. If anyone wants to share their new obsessions I will be happy to fall in love with new things. 
love, cait

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Switzerland

I will forever cherish our memories from those 6 weeks in Europe. Switzerland was the first stop after Italy and as we were driving into I was falling in love. These first few pictures were from the car as we were coming in. As we started winding up the mountain we kept getting out everywhere to take pictures...it was like Utah, but on crack. Lyle loved all the ferraris, mazzeratis and other fancy cars that I can't spell the names of. Then theres us in our little dinky car just enjoying the scenery. These cars were FLYING around the windy high up roads and it was freaking us out. All the homes looked like they were straight out of Disney or something. They had pretty little writing and beautiful flowers and I loved them. Switzerland is pretty much like I imagined, sheep and farms everywhere, beautiful views and the water is like a turquoise color. If you ask Lyle about it today he will swear they put something in it for it to look that perfect. The language barrier was a little more difficult here than in Italy believe it or not. We never knew where we could park and we didn't have their currency either. We walked into a little restaurant and the lady spoke English and told us where to park but when we came back to ask about the food and things that lady was nowhere to be found and the girl didn't speak English and kept looking at us like we were crazy sooo we got food at a little market place. After trying to explain wifi to the cashier for a couple minutes she finally goes "ohhh weefee." Haha we were just pronouncing it wrong and she had no idea what we were talking about. We stopped in Intelstat and stayed in Interlaken and explored Grindelwald. Our first stay in a hostel was a success! We lucked out with a room full of couples who were super nice. 

TIPS:
-pack a lock and towels and some bedding if youre going the hostel route. (some places have bedding but you have to pay extra and if you plan on traveling around you'll have to pay for it a lot. One or two places did have bedding)
-obviously its cheaper the more people you have in your room and you pay per person, even if you are sharing the same bed (which we chose to do so I felt safer, gotta love those twin beds!)
-first flyer may say its just 27 euros but they don't tell you how pricey it is to ride the life up and down. Yowza. You can hike to the top yourself but it takes 3 hours and we got there later on in the day and didn't have time. 
-you need a different sticker to drive through each country- you can usually just get them at the gas station as you cross into each country- Switzerlands was pretty pricey at 30-40 euros but you should most definitely drive through Switzerland 
We got to do the first flyer which was on my bucket list! It was pretty cool but not as scary as I thought it would be.
We ate chinese food on this little bench overlooking this cool mini golf course beneath the mountains. It wasn't anything fancy but I remember it perfectly.
what a freakin babe.
Lyles dad insisted we try the apple streudel and I am SO happy we did. The food in each country was one of my favorite parts.
I can not wait to go back here again. Honestly if its not on your list you should add it. One of our favorite parts of the whole trip was driving through those mountains. 
love, cait