Obsessing over Perfectly Whipped

Guys — I have an addiction and it’s called Perfectly Whipped.

I’ve shared this local gem with you before, but my love is stronger than ever. If you want Lush quality without paying their outrageous prices, you’ve gotta try these bath bombs out.

These bath bombs cost anywhere from $2 to $4 and the most expensive (and HUGE) bath bomb is $6. Not too shabby, eh?

Oh — and if you live in the area, she will hand deliver it to your doorstep for free! Your wallet and skin will thank you.

Anyways, I’m about to hop in the bath to enjoy my rose bath bomb.

 

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Perfectly Whipped website: www.perfectlywhipped.com

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National Rosé Day & Life Updates

As always, life has been so busy!

At the end of May, Bryant and I took a road trip to Seattle for the third annual Urban Hike. This is where I randomly met him one year ago (as of Sunday, June 11th).

His friends put on this hike through Queen Anne, Fremont, Ballard, Downtown Seattle and ending at Safeco Field. Total mileage through the city was about 13 miles.

Trust me, my feet were killing me by the end of the night.

After that weekend, we drove to Bend, Oregon to help his mom move out of her house. While most of the weekend was spent moving and whatnot, we did find some free time to go drink beer (our favorite thing to do) and even got to hike the stunning Smith Rock.

If you ever get a chance, you need to go to Bend. It’s my favorite place to visit.

The following weekend we then flew BACK to Seattle, then drove down to Centralia where my parents live. We hit up my favorite restaurants back home and our home town brewery, Dick’s Brewing.

Then Sunday before we headed back to Boise, we caught a Mariners game with my parents and enjoyed that beautiful PNW weather.

This was the first weekend back home since I moved and it was much needed.

So…

Here we are present time.

This past weekend we were actually at home for once which was really nice. We had some yard work and cleaning to do inside that was much needed.

Saturday was National Rosé Day and of course I love any excuse to go out and drink wine. It was also our unofficial “meet-iversary” so even better.

What I love about being here in Boise is that I really get to explore and find new places to try out. And 99.9% of the time, Bryant hasn’t even been to these places so we really get to explore together.

The first stop was at Coiled Wines and their new space is absolutely remarkable. The décor sets the perfect mood for sipping on some rosé. I enjoyed all of the wines we tried and definitely will be taking some friends back to show them this spot.

Our next stop took us to Telaya Wine Co. This space sits right on the Boise river, has a killer outdoor patio area and is even dog friendly! We had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with one of the owners and wine-maker Carrie Sullivan. She was so sweet and you can tell how much her and her husband love what they do.

Telaya hosts a ton of events and every Thursday which they call “Thirsty Thursday” they stay open late until 9pm, have live music on the patio, a food truck on-site, and of course — wine. We will definitely be attending a Thirsty Thursday once it gets warmer!

Both of these spots were unique and had some really great wines. We will definitely be going back and sharing these new spots with our friends and family.

As far as the rest of Saturday night…

We went to Split Rail for a bottle of rosé, then downtown to Tiki Bar (which has the coolest rooftop), The Mode for specialty cocktails, Prost! for some German beers, then ended our night at The Brickyard which is a dueling piano bar.

Sunday was a day of rest and recovery.

As for the rest of our summer — it’s gonna be a busy one!

This coming weekend we are going camping in Stanley, Idaho, a wedding in Bend the following weekend, back to Bend the first weekend in July for a wedding, a trip to Pendleton, Oregon for Bryant’s grandpa, his dad’s 50th birthday party in July… Ahhhh!!!

I will try to write after our camping trip, but then I’m gonna be a little MIA in July as I try to make it through this crazy wedding season.

Well — That’s all for now.

Thanks for following along!

Styled by Julia at The Processing Bar

A couple months ago I entered into an Instagram contest through a local hair stylist, Julia Bolanos who works at The Processing Bar in Meridian and specializes in balayage.

When she reached one thousand followers on her Instagram she hosted a 1K Giveaway in which the winner won a free haircut and balayage.

Her next contest was when she reached two thousand followers. Thus resulting in a 2K Giveaway! At the time, I had just recently moved here and was still searching for a job. Obviously getting my hair cut and colored was not an option for me at the time.

I entered in the contest (as well as about 400 other people) not thinking I’d win or anything. Well… I didn’t win.

JUST KIDDING!

Why would I be writing this post to tell you how big of a loser I am!? I actually did win the contest and when I found out via Instagram I shame(lessly) shed a couple tears of happiness.

She’s a busy lady, but on Cinco de Mayo I finally was getting my hair done. Thank the good lord!

First off, The Processing Bar has the worlds most beautiful decor. Like you were looking straight out of a boho West Elm magazine. I was in love (heart eyes emoji).

Second, Julia is the worlds nicest person. She is so bubbly, thoughtful and fun to talk to. Plus she does a KILLER balayage. I have pretty thick hair, and it’s rather long so it took a while, but Julia makes sure you are always comfortable and even brought me coffee to sip on.

After she styled my hair, she turned the chair around and I was speechless. My hair looked AMAZING. I was so shocked with how perfect my hair looked. The color was a perfect ashy blonde and it all blended flawlessly.

If you live in the Boise area, you have to check her out. She is a hair god.

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Follow her on Instagram: @styled.by.julia

The Processing Bar on Instagram: @theprocessingbar

Boise Boba

This is going to be an extremely short post, but I just had to tell you about this place called Boise Boba (It’s actually located in Eagle).

Bry found this spot when we were out driving around last weekend. If you have never had boba before, or if you already love it, you have to go try it out! It’s worth the drive.

Let’s just say I’ll be there every weekend this summer.

Follow ’em on Instagram: @boiseboba

Wine-Not?

With the weather finally getting warmer here, it was time for us to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine!

As we were driving to go somewhere else Saturday afternoon, we spotted Cinder Winery from the road and decided to check it out. Best decision we could’ve made. It’s a huge warehouse building on the outside, but then you walk inside to the most beautiful tasting room. Very industrial and modern looking with tons of open space. I loved it!

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The owner and winemaker is originally from Boise, where she later went to Washington State University and then starter her wine career at no other than Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, WA!

Their grapes come from a few vineyards in the Snake River Valley.  These vineyards include: Willamson Vineyards, Sawtooth Vineyard, Skyline Vineyard, Rocky Fence Vineyard, Arena Valley Vineyard, Symms Vineyard, and Martin Brothers Vineyard.

We did a tasting of most of their wines they offer and were not disappointed! This was some damn good wine!

We tried their Dry Rosé, Dry Viognier, Off-Dry Riesling, Laissez Faire a red table wine, 2014 Syrah (she hooked us up with this extra taster), 2015 Syrah, Foot Stomp Syrah (yes, they literally stomped the wine with their feet like they do in movies), and the Reserve Tempranillo (again, she really hooked us up).

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All-in-all I was very impressed with every single wine I tasted as was Bry. We will be going back a lot this summer, maybe even this weekend if I can convince Bryant *wink wink* (I know you are reading this).

Cinder Winery is open daily from 11am-5pm and offers a ton of events and live music most weekends. This coming Saturday, May 6th, they are hosting a Derby Day party with prizes for best hats, $1 off your first glass or bottle of wine, and free pony rides for kids.

They also offer a wine club with the following benefits:

  • Exclusive access to “Small Lot Series” of wines
  • Invitations to members-only Spring & Fall release parties
  • 10-15% discount on all wine purchases from Cinder
  • Additional 5% discount on case orders
  • Loyalty rewards
  • Inside access to winemaker’s dinners, vineyard & harvest tours, and events at the winery… even concerts!

BONUS: They offer their space as a wedding venue! Just some of the amenities include: free parking, provided tables, chairs, linens, and non-alcoholic drinks at no extra charge as well as an event planner to walk through the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception at no extra cost. You can bring ANY caterer and ANY beer you’d like. You get a 10% discount on their wine with a minimum purchase of $300. Monday-Thursday the price us $900 and Friday-Sunday the price is $1,200.

Follow Cinder Wines on Facebook or stop by for a glass of vino at:

107 East 44th Street, Garden City, Idaho 83714

Next Stop…

After Cinder Winery, we walked across the parking lot to Split Rail Winery. This is smaller, but a really awesome, almost hipster kinda space. They have a garage door that was open letting all the sunshine come in (ahhhhhhhh).

The winemaker, Jed Glavin is the man behind the wines at Split Rail. He started by fermenting grapes from Walla Walla (hollaaaa) while previously he was an urban planner creating sustainable, livable, and environmentally-friendly communities.

A blurb from their website says, “It’s our goal to not only create killer wine that spontaneously combusts your mind, but to also defeat the pompous mantra of wine. We want wine to be eye-opening, experimental, hip, approachable, and perhaps even otherworldly. Let us enlighten your palate.”

This sums up Split Rail Winery perfectly.

Their grapes come from the Snake River Valley and the American Viticulture Area (AVA) which entails a vast area in Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Some of the vineyards include: Sawtooth Vineyard, Skyline Vineyard, and Williamson Vineyards.

We tried the 2014 Laser Fox Cinsault, 2013 The Bearded Quixote Tepranillo, The Horned Beast Cernunnos GSM, 2016 Dry Rosé Cinsault, and a couple others. Again, these wines were very good. Different from any I have ever tried, and I can’t wait to go back!

What I found amusing was that they serve their wine tasters in tubes. Like science tubes. There’s a first time for everything! I liked how quirky and different the vibe was in this place. It was truly unlike any winery I have ever been to.

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They make wine in cans (helloooooo, this is genius!) and also wine kegs and growler fills.

Their tasting room is open Wednesday-Sunday from 12pm-6pm and sometimes host events on the weekend!

They offer a wine club with the following benefits:

  • A membership option for our adored confidants
  • Two allotments per year with around six bottles in each allotment
  • Average cost is $130 per allotment
  • Access to wine club only wines
  • Invitation to annual wine-club only event
  • Waived tasting fees for the member
  • 10% discount on any additional purchases including growler fills

BONUS: They host birthday parties, bridal showers, bar mitzvahs, retirement parties or business lunches. Their space offers wine tasting, winery tours and winemaker tutorials, barrel tasting, a cool vinyl collection and funky music, catering options, and budget friendly options!

Follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for news and updates or stop in for some killer wine at 4338 Chinden Blvd. Boise, ID, 83714.

Sunday Fun-day

Double post comin’ at ya.

We had so much fun this weekend that I had enough to write two posts!

Sunday fun-day was one for the books.

Once we got home from Idaho City, we headed to Wahooz Family Fun Zone. Okay, I know what you are thinking… what is a 25 and 27 year old doing at a family fun center.

Bryant plays on a men’s league softball team here in Boise, and I regrettably said something about a co-ed softball team, and well yeah know I’m on a co-ed softball team. I haven’t played fast pitch since I was in elementary school, maybe middle school so I needed to hit the batting cages.

At Wahooz they have outdoor batting cages where you buy a $3 token that gets you 24 pitches. Not a bad deal.

I forgot how much fun it was getting in a batting cage. And you know what, I actually wasn’t that rusty after all! We hit a few rounds before playing two rounds of putt putt golf. First round, Bry won. Second round, I kicked his ass (sorry mom).

The sun was shining, it was a beautiful day, and we had so much fun being kids again. We laughed and had a great time. We will definitely be going back!

Once we worked up an appetite, we headed to the store to grab some ingredients for home made sushi! It has been something we have wanted to do for a long time, and finally decided to make the time to do it.

It’s pretty simple and straight forward to make, and let me tell ya… it was so good!

If you are interested in knowing what ingredients we used, comment below!

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Thanks for hanging out with me today and reading along.

The Springs in Idaho City

First let start off by saying, I am so sorry I have been MIA lately!

Life has been pretty busy the last month or so that I haven’t dedicated enough time to the blog. If you are still following along, thank you so much for being patient.

Recently I started a new job as an Editorial Content Writer at a local Boise company. Although I loved being a stay at home fur momma, I am so excited to be working for such a kick-ass company.

Now to the fun stuff.

This past Friday Bryant and I spontaneously planned a last minuet trip to Idaho City which is only 45 minutes away. Oh, and it has a population of 459.

IMG_6399Saturday morning we headed to The Springs which is a natural hot springs pool and retreat. Normally this place is booked a week to two weeks out, so us getting in on such short notice was nothing short of a miracle.

What is great about The Springs is that they limit the number of guests for any given day so you are guaranteed to have a relaxing time. If you are planning to go in the future, plan ahead!

Once you check in, you get a personal locker in the men’s or women’s locker room. Change into your favorite bikini (or a one piece in my case) and head out to the pool. There is one large pool that has two temperatures. Most of the time we just relaxed here!

There are drink and food menus as well as pool service. You can order beer or wine andIMG_6395 drink it in the hot springs which is pretty awesome. I have to admit… after being in the hot springs for a while and having two drinks, we were feeling pretty good.

If you want a change of pace, they have a few options for you. There is a hot tub, steam room, private soak rooms, and massages available as well.

We stayed in the hot springs from 12 pm until 3 o’clock and then headed about a minute down the road to our hotel (which ended up being a cabin!). This is a brand new seven room cabin called the Inn The Pines.

IMG_6404The room was SO NICE! It had a beautiful bathroom with a white subway tile shower, a big king bed, a view of the trees and forest as well as a coffee maker and fridge! The room had it all.

Right outside of our room we had a large deck with two wooden Adirondack chairs where we drank our new favorite sour beer and relaxed outside while enjoying a beautiful view.

For dinner, we went to one of the only restaurants in the town called Trudy’s Kitchen. We shared the prime rib special and was very pleased with our entire meal and service. Everything there was home made, just like momma would make it. They give you a little loaf of bread with honey butter (which was to die for) and their dinner salads were outstanding. This is not your typical dinner salad. Bryant had their home made ranch and I had their home made huckleberry vinaigrette. We may have also taken a home made slice of apple pie back with us (YUM).

Since the hot springs is an all day pass when you buy it, we decided to go back after dinner to relax. At night they have it lit with string lights and colorful pool lights. It is so hard to describe the relaxing atmosphere, you really have to go there yourself and see what it’s all about.

I love that Bryant and I had so much uninterrupted time together just talking. We talked about everything. Time flies when you’re having fun.

The rest of the night we relaxed, enjoyed some one-on-one time together, watched
movies, while drinking wine and putting on clay mud masks. We will definitely be going back to The Springs as well as Inn The Pines. Highly recommended.

Check out The Springs websiteFacebook & Inn The Pines hotel.