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Hey there!

I hope your week is going well! I’ve been really busy lately while staying in Wallace, ID with my parents.

I quick glimpse of some activities I’ve been up too besides helping out at the hotel include….

An ah-mazing Salted Caramel Brownie Salted Caramel Brownie

Brownie Bite

Babysitting fun Babysitting

Gyro Days and the carnival in town Gyro Truck


A long run Swedish Fish

Long Run

16 Miles


Some yummy and healthy eats Homemade Chef Salad

Huckleberry Jam

Egg Salad Sandwich

Monte Cristo

My first attempt at a Flourless Chocolate Cake Flourless Chocolate Cake

The Flourless Chocolate Cake was a total success!  It was so good and fudgy.  I want to make a few tweaks to the recipe I used and make it taste a bit more like the salted caramel brownie I had earlier in the week.

What was your favorite eat from this past week?


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Taking a break

My parents live and run a small historic hotel in Wallace, Idaho called the Ryan Hotel.  I’ve been staying with them in the suite so I’ve been seeing first hand all the work it takes to run a hotel.

Thursday was definitely a busy day!   Everytime we my Mom and I tried to start something we would get interrupted.  So I was trying as much as I could to help but boy it was tiring.

Finally around 2pm we had a chance to go for a walk and check out all the updated stairways.  Back in the day, people used the stairs to get from road to road on the South side mountain.  The stairs are steep and there are lots!

Stairs Sign

Map of stairs

Map of all the stairs

Third at Elm stairs

Third at Elm stairs

Up the hill

Up Up Up the hill!

Pearl Stairs

Seventh at Pearl stairs

Up up up

Upper view

View from the second street up the South Hill side

Main street view

5th and Bank Street View… my parents rental property starts on the lower left hand side

Stairs with a view

Mom and I

Mom and I

Fifth at Elm stairs

Fifth at Elm, heading back down to town

Back down the stairs

It was nice to get a quick break and some fresh air while exploring the stairs around town.  Now that some guests are checked in we are going to check out the little carnival in town and try and find a cold treat.

Have a good evening!

What do you do to take a break during the day?



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Locks of Love

I did it!

I cut my hair this past weekend!  Before I decided to jump on the trending lob bandwagon, I made sure my hair was long enough to donate the required 10 inches for Locks of Love.

To say I was nervous would be a complete understatement.  I love my red hair but I was ready for a change and summer is the perfect time to go shorter.

I filled out the donation form and prepared my hair for mail as specified on their website.  Knowing that I would be sharing some ginger love by donating my hair made the chopping process easier.

I found some inspiration from Jen because I just her hair and I have similar natural curly hair.







After - Curly

I absolutely love it!  It is so easy to style now and so much lighter especially on my neck.  Why didn’t I do this sooner?!?  I loved my long hair but I’m loving the change.

On Monday morning, I got in my long run.  Ran 13 miles, doing a run walk every 3 miles to keep it easy.  Afterwards I enjoyed a chocolate muffin and some iced coffee.  Yum!Long Run

Question of the day:

Do you have short or long hair?


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Life Lessons According to Labs

This past week was a ruff rough one for me and I’ve been trying to give myself positive reminders. Which got me thinking, dogs, especially labs are always so happy so carefree and just living in the moment and enjoying life.  Why can’t we all be like that?  So I came up with a  list of Life Lessons According to Labs.

  • Always show your love


  • Safety first! Safety
  • Don’t be camera shy Be camera ready
  • Unless it’s first thing in the morning…
  • Don't be Camara ShyDon’t tackle tough stuff alone
  • Share with others
  • Clean up after yourself 

Make a mess

  • Get lots of sleep 

Sleeping Lap

  • Cool down properly after a workout 

Cool down

  • Stay active Be adventureous
  • Take time to play like a kid
  • Don’t let a little (or big) challenge scare you 

Big Stick Challenge

  • Live for the moment 

Be adventurous

  • Stop and smell the flowers
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously
  • Always love and forgive

Keep these lessons in mind and live happy like labs!

Question of the Day:

What has your pet taught you?


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National Strawberry Shortcake Day!

Who doesn’t love strawberries especially this time of year?

I sure do, so we made some in order to celebrate National Strawberry Shortcake Day!

strawberry shortcake 1


Strawberry shortcake is also a perfect summer dessert.  It’s easy to make, it’s light and it’s great for a BBQ or picnic.  Of course when I can, I prefer to add a scoop (or two) of ice cream to mine! ShortcakeI had and loved a Strawberry Shortcake doll when I was young.  She even smelled sweet like strawberries.  My favorite dolls/toys/movies etc usually starred a little red-haired girl just like me.  What can I say, gotta love gingers.strawberry shortcake

Question of the day:

What was your favorite toy as a child?


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Some tidbits about me…

1. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you? 

  • I wanted to be a veterinarian until my senior year of high school

2. Have you ever met someone famous? 

  • Yes, Zach Braff at a showing of his movie Garden State.  I was totally star struck but my friend and I did get a picture with him (unfortunately it was back in the days when we used cameras and had the pictures printed and I can’t find it)Zach Braff

3.What is something you hope will never come back in style? 

  • The 80’s workout clothes.

4. What is one place on your travel must-see bucket list? 

  • Bora Bora, let’s just say I’ve watched Couples Therapy way too many times and I need to stay at the St. Regis Resort Bora Bora

5. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? 

  • Julianne Moore…let’s just say I have a thing for redheads and love her!

6. Who is your favorite Disney Princess? 

  • Ariel, I think it’s obvious why Ariel

7. What would you sing at karaoke night? 

  • I’m a terrible singer but if I had to I’d say Shania Twain (I have tickets to her concert so excited!!)

8. Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?

  • My hubby, he is so smart and can fix pretty much anything and he would definitely know what to do Steve

9. What is you biggest pet peeve?

  • Being late, this drives me crazy

10. What clothing item/accessory/shoes do you have way too many of in your closet?

  • Probably running shirts, but really can you have too many?  I think not!

Question of the day:

Pick one to answer!


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