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Friday Favorites // Oregon Edition

Sunflower Paperie - OR Coast

Last week my boyfriend and I met up with my parents in Oregon for our summer vacation! My folks have been coming to visit us in Arizona annually since we moved out here and last year we hatched a plan to escape the AZ heat and visit my Aunt and Uncle in Oregon (my cousin and his daughter also joined us!). We had such a great time, that I thought it would be fun to share a special “Oregon Edition” Friday Favorites post!

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Friday Favorites // 10.16.15

Happy Friday (now Saturday), friends! It’s been awhile since I shared a “Friday Favorites” post (or any post for that matter, haha!), so I thought it would be fun to post today! These posts are a quick way for me to share things that I am loving currently.

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We recently traveled to Colorado (see Rocky Mountain National Park photo above) where everyone was carrying a Hydro Flask. I recently purchased the 40 oz. wide mouth bottle in “orange zest” and am waiting on my straw lid to arrive, so I can start using it. The biggest selling points for me are that the bottles don’t “sweat” and ice is reported to last forever in it!

I am loving Ryan Adam’s cover of Taylor Swift’s album 1989, specifically the song Bad Blood. If you are looking for some drama, Google Ryan Adam’s and read all about the controversy surrounding him covering her album. While I agree with some of the points made, at the end of the day, if Taylor is o.k. with it, then I am too. 😉

Another cover song I am loving is Chris Cornell’s version of Nothing Compares to You originally sang by Sinead O’Connor.

Speaking of drama, I am currently reading The Girl in the Spider’s Web – the next Lisbeth Salander novel. I loved the first three Lisbeth Salander books by Stieg Larsson, so I am excited to see the character continue with a new author. So far the book has been well written and very similar stylistically to the first three books.

As I referenced above, we visited Colorado in September for my boyfriend’s birthday. In addition to visiting lots of breweries (New Belgium and Avery Brewing were our favorites!), we also spent some time in Rocky Mountain National Park. Our “American the Beautiful” annual pass had expired, so we purchased a new one. Now our goal is to beat our record of seeing 9 parks in one year!

Your turn! What are you loving currently?! I would love to hear about your favorites in the comments! 

Gratitude Catch-up

Would you like to know one of my favorite things about blogging? That I can make my own rules and then proceed to break them – haha! As a first born, people pleaser, breaking rules isn’t really in my DNA, so this “perk” of having my own blog is really quite thrilling. 😉 The most recent example of this is when I introduced a new Instagram “photo-a-day” challenge and then proceeded to go “off the grid” for the long weekend. Never fear, I am back online and ready to play photo-a-day catch-up! As a quick reminder, I am trying to focus on positive things daily this month. You are welcome to play along by using #SPgratitude on Instagram, so that I can see your photos.

Lately I have been grateful for…

Trips planned for the holiday weekend;

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Trying something new (that I have wanted to do for years!);

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Time spent with great friends;

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Cooler temperatures and amazing views;

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Running water and a bed indoors; and reuniting with my favorite canine!

What have you been thankful for recently?!

All photos taken in the Black Rimmed Canyon area of Arizona. 

State Capitol Series – Salt Late City, UT

Hello! Today I have the next installment of my state captiol tour series – Salt Lake City, Utah! Two years ago I visited Salt Lake City and Utah for the first time. The city is surrounded by beautiful mountains and the weather was awesome. I loved this first impression of Utah and after visiting several National Parks there last summer, it has officially become one of my favorite western states. The Utah state capitol didn’t disappoint either, so I am excited to share some photos from our visit.

Sunflower Paperie blog - SLC, UT dome

We visited Salt Lake City in 2013 right before we moved to Arizona, because my boyfriend grades Advanced Placement (AP) exams and Salt Lake is where the grading sessions are held. The grounds of the capitol were beautiful, so I was excited for the tour. Guided tours are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. When we arrived they let us know that all of the tours guides were busy with a children’s summer camp tour that morning, but that we were welcome to join in on the group. The kids ended up providing LOTS of entertainment and the tour guides were excellent.

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State Capitol Series – Phoenix, AZ

It’s hard to believe that almost two years ago we moved from Kansas to Arizona. Having lived in Topeka (the state capitol of Kansas) for almost 10 years, I was excited to move to another state capitol! We technically live in Tempe, but Phoenix (and the state capitol building) are only about 20 minutes from our house. Of course it took us almost a year to visit and tour the capitol.

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The capitol only does guided tours for groups of 10 or more, so we opted for the self-guided tour. I should clarify that the part we visited is technically the “Arizona Capitol Museum.”

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State Capitol Series – Helena, MT

Now that I have finally started documenting our state capitol travels (see my Madison, WI post here), I can’t stop re-living all of our trips in my mind! Today I am excited to write about our trip to Helena, Montana.

SP blog - Montana capitol exterior

Last October (2014), we traveled to Montana because my boyfriend presented at a conference at the University of Montana in Missoula. Let me start by saying that Missoula was an absolutely adorable town! We used airbnb to find a charming place to stay, enjoyed their First Friday Art walk and had the best pizza of our lives at Biga Pizza. Although this post is NOT sponsored by the Montana Visitors Bureau, I wish it was, because we would totally go back and visit!

Click here to read my full recap!

State Capitol Series – Madison, WI

As many of you know, I am a history nerd and more specifically an American history nerd. For quite some time I had an unofficial goal of visiting all 50 states. Then in 2009, shortly after visiting state number 38, I got hung up on the fact that I hadn’t done a consistent thing in each state (like buying a spoon, haha!). This “concern” led me to restart with a more specific goal in mind – visiting all 50 state capitol buildings!

In November, I met the lovely Sarah Shotts from the Love Letter to Adventure blog. Sarah challenges her readers to share their adventures on her blog and through a Facebook page. The more I have thought about “adventure,” the more I realized that I wanted to document our state capital travels (thanks for the prompt, Sarah!).

I have decided to start with the most recent capitol we visited and work my way back. My boyfriend (and household trip planner) has the goal of hiking in all 50 states, so I will post a bit about those adventures as well!

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