Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part Three}

Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part Three}

Monday, September 27, 2021

Breckenridge

The sunrise was beautiful again today! Clear skies and the sun just peeking over the mountains while I sipped my coffee in silence. Always makes for a great start to the day!

Originally, we didn’t want to hike today but the weather is forecasting rain tomorrow and Wednesday, so we opted for a much shorter and easier hike on the B&B Mile Trail in Breckenridge. It was stunning! I don’t think I will ever get enough of the fall colors – the yellow was just so bright and breathtaking. I’m certain I have over a thousand pictures of yellow trees on my phone 😉 

After our hike we went back to town and grabbed lunch from Kenosha Breck then walked around town a bit. We stopped at The Crown to grab a coffee and I got the chai latte with oat milk – y’all – this was the best chai I have ever had!! We will be back before we leave! We took the kids to Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory and they each got to pick a few candies. After perusing stores for a bit, we headed back to our VRBO for dinner. While we waited for Stephen to go to the grocery store, we played in the falling leaves in the yard <3

As Stephen headed to the grocery store, he noticed there was a fire on the mountain and sure enough – the Ptarmigan Fire burned over 80 acres and many of the homeowners had to evacuate. We could see the smoke from our house, and it just broke my heart to think about all the trees and wildlife that were affected by the fire – not to mention all the homeowners who were probably very nervous that the fire was going to get to their homes, but thankfully it didn’t. We all watched as a helicopter loaded up with water from the Dillion Reservoir and dumped it on the mountainside. Sadly, the fire did not extinguish and kept burning for many days after. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Vail

Back to Vail today!

The smoke from the fire + all the dust just caused some serious allergies so instead of hiking today – much to our kid’s dismay – we headed back to Vail to shop and eat. The boys played on the pirate ship, then we got lunch at Big Bear Bistro, grabbed coffee at Two Arrows Coffee & Bar (I got their maple cinnamon latte with honey instead of maple syrup and oat milk and it was divine!) and then headed back to the pirate ship for a little bit more playtime for the boys.

We left and headed to the gardens where we were able to walk around for a short while until the rain started down on us. As we were driving back, we noticed a bit of “dust” being washed on the highway – but it was white and us Texans didn’t know what it was. It didn’t seem like it could be snow…but as we drove a bit further, we saw snow accumulating on the side of the road – it was snowing! The mountaintops had already gathered a bit of snow and it was so magical! To see the change before our eyes in just one day was so surreal and beautiful! From dry and dusty to snowcapped – it was just so pretty!

Only one part left to share! Tune in next week for Part Four and the finale of our Colorado vacation!

If you missed if, here is Part One and Part Two:

Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part One}

We just got back from a fall-licious vacation in Colorado and of course I had to document our time so I can look back – this is more of a “diary” with photos so I can…

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Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part Two}

Saturday, September 25, 2021 Frisco and Dillion Today was a beautiful day in Colorado! I woke at 5:30 (still adjusting from TX time), looked out the window and saw a bear in the clearing! He was…

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Hope you all have a blessed weekend!

Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part Two}

Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part Two}

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Frisco and Dillion

Today was a beautiful day in Colorado! I woke at 5:30 (still adjusting from TX time), looked out the window and saw a bear in the clearing! He was a big guy and our VRBO owners sent us a video of him walking past the house on their motion detector cameras. He is bulking up for winter!

We left our VRBO just after 8am and got to our hiking spot at just the right time to grab the last parking spot at the North Tenmile Creek Trailhead. It was a stunning hike, full of beautiful aspens and pines. We hiked two miles in and two miles out, with frequent breaks and stopped for a bit for lunch on our way back. 

After our hike we went back to the VRBO to grab fishing poles and rest for a moment then we headed to Frisco Bay Marina on the Dillion Reservoir. We attempted fishing off the dock but that was a bust, so we loaded up and went to another spot on the other side of the lake. But before that, we stopped and did the quick, but dusty, Sapphire Point Overlook and had a snack, then went to Dillion Bay and tried fishing there – but again, no luck – so we went back home and had dinner and went to bed! 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Vail

We got a slightly later start to the day but still got out on the trail at a decent time. At 9:30 we started our long and strenuous uphill hike on Bighorn Creek Trail. We hiked for about 2.5 hours before we turned around at a nice clearing and view of the mountain tops.

It took us 2.5 hours to go just over 2 miles – we had to take frequent breaks to let the little one’s rest and recharge. In fact, one woman who snapped this picture (below) for us left an hour after we did and got to the same spot we were at – so if you go sans kids, you will make better time than we did! 😉 

We recharged and hiked back down much faster and got back to our car at 1pm.

There we changed shoes and clothes and headed to downtown Vail for lunch and coffee! The boys got a huge pizza at Blue Moose Pizza and I had a salad then I grabbed a coffee from Yeti’s Grind. The kind barista helped craft a drink for me – a oat milk latte with a shot of espresso and a little turmeric. It was delicious! I just wished I had communicated that I wanted it hot, and she just assumed I wanted it over ice – I like my coffee hot vs iced – but either way it was still delicious and a nice boost for the afternoon.

Our drive back to our VRBO in Silverthorne was beautiful – passing all the gorgeous yellow aspens along the mountains. Today was tiring in the most wonderful way!

Read Part One of our Colorado adventures here and don’t forget to subscribe below!

Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part One}

Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part One}

We just got back from a fall-licious vacation in Colorado and of course I had to document our time so I can look back – this is more of a “diary” with photos so I can remember where we went and what we did.

If you are planning a vacation to Colorado, I hope this series helps you as well! We drove ALL day Thursday, September 23rd – left our home in Texas around 4:45am and got to Silverthorne, Colorado (with the time change) around 5:30/6pm. We did stop at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo to stretch our legs for a bit, then got back in and drove it out! 😉

Friday, September 24, 2021

Breckenridge

Today we went to Breckenridge after a nice leisurely morning of coffee and breakfast in our VRBO in Silverthorne. Once in town, we luckily found an available parking spot (there were only three spots available, and we got the last one) and started on our hike on Sawmill Trail at the Snowflake trailhead. The hike was a nice, easy hike that helped us to get acclimated to the elevation. We then took the reservoir turn off and had a snack at the water’s edge. 

There were two brothers on the dock fishing, and I was watching them fish. Then I heard one of them yell, “what the?” and then saw the big brother looking at the younger brothers face and heard some crying. I had a sinking feeling and just knew that a hook got the boy in the face…I yelled out, “Are y’all ok?” and the oldest brother yelled back that he needed help. I could hear the panic in his voice, and I grabbed our stuff and we all rushed to them. Once there, I saw it – the younger boy had a treble fishing hook in his cheek. The oldest went to cast and hooked his brother instead.

If you are squeamish to things like these…scroll down…otherwise this is what happened:

Thankfully Stephen had some pliers in the car so he ran back to the car to get them. While he was gone, I helped the boy back to a bench and he laid down. I tried my best to keep them calm and prayed over them. Then I asked the oldest boy (they were 15 and 12 years) if he had called his mom yet, to which he said no. I grabbed my phone and called her, left a message, and then the oldest son called her office. She immediately came and was so grateful that we were there to help. Fortunately, Stephen came back just before she arrived and clipped the barb and slid the hook out and put some antibiotic cream on it. She was so sweet and so gracious, and the boys were just so shaken up. Thankfully both boys are ok! I am just so glad that God placed us there at that time so we could help them out because I don’t know what they would’ve done.

After that adventure, we headed back to the car and drove to check out the Trollstigen Trail – a very short trail that takes you to a big wooden troll sitting in the forest.

We snapped a few pictures then decided to walk the Illinois Creek Trail.

I just love the fall trees!!

We checked out the little train playground that was close by and then headed to Cool River Coffee House for lunch and coffee. Since we had a bit of time left on our parking spot, we decided to walk around downtown Breck for a bit and stopped at Mountain Top Ice Cream where the boys got a sweet treat.

We noticed a few people in lederhosen’s so we followed them to the Blue River Lawn for the annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest. We walked around for a bit and then headed back to the car.

Our next stop was also eventful! I mean, the hook wasn’t enough…

After sitting in the car for a bit trying to decide what to do next, we decided to drive to the local gold mining attraction and see if we could just walk up and be able to pan…and thankfully no one was there and we were able to pan all by ourselves! After learning a bit from the guide, we all had our chance at panning for gold. And I can happily report that ALL boys, including Stephen, found some gold! We walked over to a little creek where we could pan some more, and after about 10 minutes, Clark was standing on the small little bridge, took a step back and fell right in the freezing cold water! Thank goodness he was ok and didn’t hit his head on a rock and was just scared and cold. We pulled off his shirt and I gave him my sweater then we took him to the car and used a blanket that we had to dry him off and wrap him up in the car seat and I had packed an additional shirt that he put on. 

Well, all that adventure in just one day!

After the dip at the Lomax Gulch, we headed back to our VRBO, showered, grilled burgers and relaxed.  All in all, it was an adventurous day in Breck…one that we won’t soon forget! 

Our VRBO was in the best location and the owners were so sweet! They gave our boys a stuffed animal to remember their stay and the house was clean and nice!
The aspens around our house were just stunning!! By the time we left, this front right yellow tree was almost completely orange!

See you back here tomorrow for my conversation with Jenn Smith! This is a podcast episode you don’t want to miss! And Part Two of our Colorado adventures will post later this week so make sure you are subscribed to the blog so you don’t miss it!

Have a blessed and beautiful Monday friends!

100!

100!

As I was editing a recent podcast and creating the blog post for the episode, it dawned on me that over the past year + of blogging, I have over 100 posts! It is so fun to see the change in my writing style and even the spiritual change that has occurred in this past year. My “lifestyle” blog posts are becoming fewer as my focus has shifted more towards sharing the Lord and people’s testimonies. When I post, I want it to be more about God than about Friday Favorites. 😉 It is still fun to read those lifestyle blog posts and I will still occasionally post them (like today!), but the majority of my posts in recent months have dramatically changed.

So I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the TOP TEN posts that YOU have liked the most (based on the number of visitors/readers via WordPress) AND the TOP FIVE podcast episodes via Anchor).

Thank you for being here for over 100 blog posts and for always supporting, sharing, and commenting. I so appreciate you!

Don’t forget to tune in next week for another podcast that will air on Tuesday! Make sure to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts:

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There is a three-way tie for 5th place!! How fun is that?!? Here are the 3 that made the 5th spot of the most played episodes:

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Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast: Episode 4 with Janell Marsh

My guest for Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast Episode #4 is Janell Marsh. She and I go WAY back! We knew each other in high school and have stayed connected through good ol’ social media. Janell recently posted about her journey with IVF and how God has worked in her life through the years. Her story…

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THANK YOU, again, so much for all the love you have shown me through this fun little blogging and podcasting world. I have so much more coming your way and I cannot wait to share what is on the horizon that the Holy Spirit is doing in my life.

Have a blessed week friends and I’ll see you here next week!

Vanilla Protein Latte

Vanilla Protein Latte

It’s summer and when I am wanting a cool, refreshing, energy-boosting drink, I opt for my super easy and delicious Vanilla Protein Latte! Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Ingredients:

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend away until smooth and frothy! Drink up and get that caffeinated protein boost you need on a hot day!

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I Quit…

I Quit…

Over the last couple of months, I have been deep in prayer asking the Lord to guide me and help me (and ultimately my husband) make a tough decision – if I should walk away from my job at Frisco STYLE Magazine.

I was in the Word and praying for God to guide Stephen, as he is the head of the household and ultimately if he says yay or nay, I will follow his guidance.

I was reading a few verses that kept standing out to me (and these are just a couple of the MANY, like Romans 8, Hebrews 11, etc.)…

Ecclesiastes 1:1-8 states:

These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem.

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”

What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.

What King Solomon (remember he is super-wealthy) is saying is that only the pursuit of God brings real satisfaction and that we should honor God in what we say, think and do. Near the end of King Solomon’s life, looking back on everything he had done, he saw the most of it seemed meaningless. Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes after he had tried everything and achieved much, only to find that nothing apart from God made him happy.

If we try to find meaning in our accomplishments rather than God, we will never be satisfied.

Matthew 6:20 states:

“Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.”

And Matthew 6:33 states:

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

To “seek the Kingdom of God above all else” means to put God first in your life, to fill your thoughts with his desires, to take his character for your pattern, and to serve and obey him in everything. I have to actively choose to give God first place in every area of my life.

While praying and reading the Bible, I just felt like it was time. It IS time. It is time to give my children my ALL again – in homeschooling, in parenting, in time, in energy.

It is time for me to grow my faith walk.

It is time for me to volunteer and be active in my church again.

It is time for me to minister to teens and young moms.

It is time for me to be the light for others and to point others to God.

It is time to STEP UP, get out of ‘Kiddie Pool Christianity,’ swim to the deep and anchor my trust in the Lord.

Ultimately, I want my work to be completely and only for the Lord – through my work at church, through my children, through the podcast and blog and through my neighborhood. I want to clear my head of things that are not pure and lovely and things that do not keep me in line with working for the Lord.

It was time and Stephen agreed.

After ten months as editor and then director of digital content, I put in my two-week notice a couple of weeks ago and my official last day at FSM was Thursday, May 13, 2021.

My time at FSM was short but sweet. I meet some incredible people, learned a lot, and God used that time to refine me as well. I will forever be grateful for the time I had and the relationships that were built through FSM and the Frisco community.

So here we are! On to the next chapter! I am excited to see what the Lord has planned for me and I will try my hardest to do His will and to really LISTEN to what He has to say.

<3


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A Note on Mother’s Day

A Note on Mother’s Day

Today is a day we celebrate the mothers in our lives. For some, this day is filled with joy and laughter and love, and for others, its full of mixed emotions, sadness, grief, loss, and sorrow.

Today, I feel both.

I lost my mother when I was 13 years old. She stuggled with a lot of emotional scars and substance abuse. Ultimately it took her life and took her from me.

For years I struggled with her loss. It took ten years to finally release a lot of sorrow and emotions that were wrapped up in the loss of my mother. Now, I am able to think of her without crying and filled with pleasant memories, instead of the last moment I had with her, which was seeing her on life-support.

Losing my mother was incredibly difficult and no one can ever replace your mom. However, God has blessed me with so many amazing, caring, loving moms in my life since.

These two mommas have been instrumental in my life.

My grandmother has been there for me for so many difficult and challenging events and relationships throughout my life. She always points me to God. Whenever I feel overwhelmed or down, she is quick to give me scripture and guide me through life’s challenging times. She planted a seed in me when I was a teen that started to bloom, and later as an adult, I accepted Christ. She never gave up on me. She just continued to love me and pour the love of Christ over me. What a blessing she has been!

My mother-in-love is so incredible. She loves us so well and showers love on our boys so much! She goes out of her way to visit, send cards, gifts, and selflessley cares for others. My husband was so lucky to have such a marvelous Christian women to raise him. I am so blessed to have a mom in my life that loves me like her own and welcomed me with open arms. She is a mother-in-law that many could only wish for. Thank you, Mom, for being a remarkable mom and grandmother!

In addition to these two amazing women, my great-grandmother was also someone I admired and loved dearly. When my mom lost our apartment, my great-grandmother opened her doors to us and cared for me like I was her own daughter. Even when I got older, I would drive to her apartment and stay the weekend with her. She was so much fun and I loved her dearly.

Now as a mother, I think back to when my children were born and the immense never-ending love you immediately have for your child. I love my boys with everything I have and I am so grateful that God blessed us with these two crazy boys. They are full of life, love, and curiosity. I am blessed to be their mom.

This day bring a lot of joy. But again, a lot of sorrow. My heart aches for the women who desperately want to be a mother. For those that have lost children. To those who have miscarried. To those who have lost their own mothers.

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (ESV)

Wherever you are today, however you are feeling, be it happiness or sorrow, joy or grief, remember that you are loved. You are a daughter to the Most High. He loves you so much!

May this day be a blessing to you, may you notice the remarkable gift that the Lord has given us this day. Be inspired. Be grateful. Find the joy in the day. The sun, the warmth, flowers, all the little moments. Feel blessed and loved, because God made this day for you. May we rejoice and be glad in it!

Love you all! Happy Mother’s Day!

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Protein Power Pancakes

These pancakes are an adaptation from Mix & Match Mama’s recipe and I absolutely LOVE it! It is gluten-free, full of flavor and super easy to make! I hope you enjoy!

Protein Power Pancakes

Ingredients:

Directions:

In a bowl, smash up the banana and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Add a splash of oat milk to thin the batter out slightly (you still want it to be somewhat thick but slightly pourable – I added about 2 TB).

Preheat your skillet over medium heat and cook like you would any other pancake. I topped mine with a drizzle of honey and ate them with fresh sliced strawberries. You should get about 3 pancakes with this batter, which you could freeze some or just eat them all in one sitting, like I do 😉

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Iced Matcha Latte

Iced Matcha Latte

It is warm here in North Texas and as summer looms, I am cooling down with this lovely iced matcha. It has a hint of sweetness and it is perfect for that afternoon pick-me-up!

Iced Matcha Latte

Ingredients:

1/4 cup boiling water

1 tsp organic matcha powder

1/2 tsp vanilla powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

pinch of Himilyian salt (optional)

Raw local honey (use local to you for added allergy-fighting benefits)

Fresh homemade oat milk and coconut milk (or use whatever milk you prefer, but I like mixing oat and coconut)

Directions:

Boil 1/4 cup water. Add the 1 tsp of organic matcha powder to the boiling water and mix well. Into the matcha mixture, add the vanilla powder, cinnamon and pinch of salt (if desired). Mix it well and let it cool for a moment.

In a tall glass, fill it with desired amount of ice (I fill mine up halfway), add fresh oat milk and a large tablespoon of coconut milk and mix. Make sure to not fill it up all the way to the top as you need space to pour over your matcha mixture.

To the iced milk glass, pour over the matcha mixture and enjoy!

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Homemade Oat Milk

Homemade Oat Milk

I started making my own homemade oat milk after indulging in one too many matcha horchatas from True Food Kitchen. I realized that it was time to make my own oat milk for my iced matcha concoction, as well as for other recipes.

Making your own dairy-free milk is really very easy and quite cheap! All you need is a nut-milk bag and a good blender and you are set! I use these bags and my Vitamix that we invested in from Costco.

So without further ado – here is my homemade oat milk recipe!

Ingredients:

4 cups water

1 cup gluten-free oats

1 organic pitted date (optional but so good!)

Large pinch of Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a high powder blender and blend for about 30 seconds (don’t over-blend as it makes the mixture slimy). Pour the blended oat mixture into a nut milk bag or a thin dish towel and squeeze out all the yummy “milk.” Pour the oat milk into a storage container with a lid and keep in the fridge for about 5 days.

*Note: Do not heat as it will thicken and become slimy.

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