Life's Sweet Journey

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Spooktacular Books to Read in October & a Book Giveaway

Raise your hand if you love October as much as I do?!
Sure, I like pumpkins and pirate costumes and pretty leaves; all that jazz! 
But, what I really love is all things spooky and Halloween inspired!

Books to Read in October

I have loved scary movies basically since birth, so a month full of them on tv makes my heart happy! I also love reading scary stories... where are my other 90s kids at?! Anyone else remember staying up late and scaring yourself by reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?! Honestly, it takes a lot to truly terrify me and I would usually fall immediately to sleep. However, there are a few books that kept me up on occasion. I figured I would share some of my spooktacular favorite books to enjoy in October!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Free Things to Do in Salt Lake City Utah || #TravelTuesday Link Up

Happy Travel Tuesday!! 
It's time for another #TravelTuesday Link Up! 
Add your adventures at the bottom of the post! 

I'm still playing catch up from our time on the road, 
so I am throwing it back to our time in Utah and sharing 

Free Things to Do Around Salt Lake City, Utah 


We were hoping to go see the salt flats while we were there, but those are actually over an hour away. There are tons of great things to do within 40 minutes of Salt Lake City that are worth checking out! 

I was blown away that this was free to enjoy! It's a park right in the heart of the city, with tons of things to explore and experience. You can check out the old farm and equipment, watch a blacksmith demonstration, hang with the farm animals, take the kids to the awesome playground, or stroll through the beautiful grounds. There are also things that you can do for a fee; like the old house tour and hay/cow train rides for any littles you bring with you. 


Free Things to Do in Salt Lake City Utah
Free Things to Do in Salt Lake City Utah
Free Things to Do in Salt Lake City Utah


#2 Natural History Museum of Utah 

Disclaimer: This is not always free, but they offer a four free days a year and we happened to be there during one of them. So if you live nearby, be sure to check the schedule

Babe loved the museum!! He likes to read everything, whereas I prefer to look and move on. The Natural History Museum of Utah was perfect for both of us. There was so much to see and so many fun, interactive exhibits that I could flit around from spot to spot, while he lingered and read up on everything there was to learn. The coolest thing to see was definitely the lab, where paleontologists were working on a t-rex fossil that had been found (paging Dr. Ross Geller)!! If you have a dino loving crew this is definitely the perfect spot for you. I really wanted to go to the zoo just down the road afterward, as our free ticket to the museum would have gotten us half off at the zoo, but Babe gave me a hard no (party pooper-lol). If you live in the area and can make use of the free day, you would definitely be able to make a full day out of it if the zoo is still offering half off admission. 


Natural History Museum of Utah
Free Things to Do in Salt Lake City Utah
Natural History Museum of Utah

I had been worried about how crowded it might be, but it honestly wasn't too bad at all! Parking was a bit of an issue, but we were able to find some on a side street, just a short walk from the museum. You preregister for tickets with an allotted time, so it keeps things from getting too crazed! 

#3 Day Trip to Park City and Utah Olympic Park   

While not right in Salt Lake City, Park City is just a 40 minute drive and makes such a wonderful day trip! The town is adorable and we loved walking in and out of the little shops. The best thing though is definitely Utah Olympic Park. We were hoping to catch some of the skiers training, but they had already been there that day. If you call they can give you a schedule of when people might be out training. It was still fun seeing all the runs and visiting the museum. There are also things you can do for a fee (ropes course, bobsled experience), but we had tons of fun without adding anything on.
Utah Olympic Park


We really loved exploring around Salt Lake City! 
What are some free things you love doing in your city?! 

Where have you been lately?! 
Link up for this month's Travel Tuesday Link Up! 
Let's explore together!! 
#TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up
~On the 2nd Tuesday of every month I will be sharing a new travel post and would love to see where you have been exploring!
~Any linked posts will be pinned under Travel Tuesday on my Pinterest account. 
~Please leave a little love on the post directly before yours and then anywhere else you like! That way we can all grow this community together :) 
~Not many other rules, as I am not a huge fan of those sorts of things! Just add any travel related link and I encourage you to peek around and see where everyone else has been. 
~Feel free to grab the image from the sidebar and add it to your post so others know where to link up.
~I will also be featuring my favorite post from the month before and sharing across social media. This month's feature is from Trails Unblazed and their hike to Wilcox Pass in Jasper National Park. Their stare down with the big horn sheep?! So cool! 



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October Currently and a Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seed Recipe

How in the world is it already October?! 
Well, however it got here, it's time for another Currently link up
Hello, October; bring on the fall feels (or Florida-Fall feels lol) and all the scary movies!! 

{Collecting} All the book recommendations!! I just finished Into the Water and absolutely LOVED it! Now, I need a new book to sink into... send all your recommendations my way!!! 

{Making} Pumpkin Seeds... every fall I stock up on pumpkins, so that I can make my beloved Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds. Can't wait to pop these bad boys in the oven ASAP!! 
Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients
Olive oil
Honey
Garlic Salt 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday Favorites and a #BOOKWORM GIVEAWAY!

Hey there FRIYAY!!
This week has been all kinds of crazy, so I am super stoked the weekend is here!! 
I plan to soak up as much vitamin D {and vitamin sea} as possible! 
Before I unplug for the weekend it's time for a little Friday Favorites fun!! 

Friday Favorite GIVEAWAY

ONE || I am still seven different kinds of in love with this suit! For the longest time I wouldn't wear a one piece {to me it was the ultimate sign of over 30}, but this suit is so fun and chic that I honestly feel younger in it! Also, one piece suits are so much easier for frolicking in the ocean with my nieces and nephews; which is the main reason I first decided a one piece was needed, so that my bottoms didn't accidentally get pulled off by little feet... again! 

TWO || Speaking of nieces and nephews... my dad has one of my nieces this weekend, while her mama is on a cruise (#jealous), and I am so excited to spend time with both of them! We had my littlest niece here a few weekend ago and the time with her was just the best. She lives the furthest away and is the one we get to see the least, so it was just a really sweet time having her here to snuggle!! 
Friday Favorites JBS boat dock

THREE || Things are moving along with Crimson House! The floors are almost done being refinished as I type this and we are so excited to see how it will all come together. We are hoping to be able to set a soft opening soon; nothing definite right now, but fingers crossed!! 

FOUR || Y'all!! Have you read Into the Water?! It is soooo good!! I have had the hardest time putting it down. I had never read Girl on the Train, so I didn't know much about Paula Hawkins or her writing style. If you enjoy Ruth Ware's books I really think you will like Paula Hawkins too! I am so close to the end and am really hoping I can still say I love Into the Water after once I am finish. Anyone else hate when a great book has a terrible ending and you are sitting there horrified and wanting the last week of your reading life back?! I really don't see that happening with this one, but you never know... 

Into the Water GIVEAWAY

If you haven't read it yet, I am giving away my copy to one of you!! Share the love, right?! Join below! 


a Rafflecopter giveaway That's it for now, what are some of your favorites from this week?! 
Any good reads to recommend?! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Fun in Quincy Washington || #TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up

Yay!! We are back in action!! 
Happy #TravelTuesday fellow adventure-lovers! 
If you have taken part in a #TravelTuesday Link Up before, thank you for being patient the last few months! I am happy to say it is now back! So don't forget to add your adventures at the end of this post! 
#TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up

It had been a whirlwind around here recently! I am finally getting settled back into the swing of things and have time to start catching up on all of our travels. It was a wonderful two final months of road-life and I can't wait to share everywhere we have been. One of those great spots was Quincy, Washington! 

Y'all did you know Washington had such a fabulous wine region?! I had no idea! We spent our time in Quincy checking out the local wineries and bike riding past tons of cherry trees. Check out the beauty...



Our stay at Crescent Bar RV resort was perfect! Not only does the park include tons of amenities (pool, biking trails, adults only hot tub...), but it is located near a handful of fabulous wineries. While we didn't have a chance to try them all we were able to go to Jones of Washington and Beaumont Cellars.  Both were wonderful and worth a try! 

If you are a fellow wine-lover you definitely need to pay a visit to Quincy, Washington! 
Have you ever had Washington wine?! 

Where have you been lately?! 
Link up for this month's Travel Tuesday Link Up! 
Let's explore together!! 
#TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up
~On the 2nd Tuesday of every month I will be sharing a new travel post and would love to see where you have been exploring!
~Any linked posts will be pinned under Travel Tuesday on my Pinterest account. 
~Please leave a little love on the post directly before yours and then anywhere else you like! That way we can all grow this community together :) 
~Not many other rules, as I am not a huge fan of those sorts of things! Just add any travel related link and I encourage you to peek around and see where everyone else has been. 
~Feel free to grab the image from the sidebar and add it to your post so others know where to link up.
~I will also be featuring my favorite post from the month before and sharing across social media. This month's feature is from Away She Went and her trip to Sedona, AZ. We didn't make it to Sedona while we were on the road and hope to get to visit soon. Until then, we will live vicariously though Sam's trip!