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December 31, 2015

2015 Year End Recap

But if the world could remain within a frame like a painting on a wall
Then I think we would see the beauty
Then we would stand staring in awe at our still lives posed like a bowl of oranges,
like a story told by the fault lines and the soil.  -Bright Eyes

Blogging is an incredible way to document your life; by taking photos, writing stories, and inviting others into your life, you're capturing the moments that mean the most to you. One of my favorite posts of 2014 was our year-end recap post, because for the first time, I was able to visually see a personal year in review. Through the images of travel, adventure and those we share our lives with, it was an incredible way to see how blessed we've been. While you may not blog, I still encourage you to make some type of photo collage to recap an incredible year you've experienced. I promise, you will enjoy making it and looking back on it someday in the future.

Here is our 2015 Recap with photographs and personal highlights:


*January Highlights*
*Started the year off with a Lumberjack Birthday Party for Ken and I
*Girls Glamping trip in Saugatuck
*Spent over a week in Utah snowboarding and exploring the Wasatch Mountain Range


*February Highlights*
*Explored Bend, Oregon with our favorite locals
*Spent days snowboarding Mt. Bachelor
*Visited Smith Rock in Oregon and watched our friend jump off the top
*Hiked, snowshoed and snowboarded Lake Michigan's sand dunes


*March Highlights*
*Quick trip to New York 
*Ken spent a few weeks in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines 
*Went to see the butterflies blooming in Grand Rapids with my friend Laura (BreezyandBrazen)


*April Highlights*
*Drove to Chicago for a weekend visit and to see Sufjan Stevens perform
*Celebrated Easter with Kait's family in Detroit
*Filmed a video for Ken's work


*May Highlights*
*We went on a relaxing vacation to Puerto Rico and Tortolla
*Celebrated Tulip Time in Holland, MI


*June Highlights*
*We took the van to Beaver Island and completed a 40 mile gravel Bike tour of the island
*Spent weeks living out of the van
*Mountain biked our way through Michigan


*July Highlights*
*Enjoyed a quiet 4th of July at home in Grand Rapids
*Spent time with my brother exploring the Thumb of Michigan
*We updated the look of our blog with a new design


*August Highlights*
*Ken started a new job in Minneapolis
*We sold our home in East Grand Rapids and bought a new home in Minneapolis
*My family threw a huge surprise 60th party for my Dad
*Ken and I took a few van trips

*September Highlights*
*A month of Michigan travel, visiting our favorite places for the last time
*Going away parties to say Goodbye to friends and family
*We celebrated our five year wedding anniversary
*We relocated from Grand Rapids, MI to Minneapolis, MN

*October Highlights*
*Explored Northern Minnesota including; Duluth, Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse *Ventured through Minneapolis trying to get to know our new city
*Kait started her new job at a company ranked 'Top Places to Work' by Outside Magazine


*November Highlights*
*Kait went to her first Blogger Conference at the Minnesota Blogger Conference
*Kait took a calligraphy class and fell in love with her new art
*Ken travelled to Japan for business
*Celebrated Thanksgiving back home in Detroit


*December Highlights*
*Went to our first Minnesota Vikings (football) and Minnesota Wild (hockey) Games
*Celebrated Ken's 35th Birthday
*Enjoyed a relaxing Christmas back home in Michigan with our families
*Chased the snowstorms to Washington to go snowboarding

 To all the opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead in 2016! 
Wishing you an adventurous new year!

December 30, 2015

Crazy for You

If you haven't noticed yet, I am extremely sentimental over the little things in life. As we get ready to wrap up 2015, I look back on a tremendous year and know I wouldn't have any of this without Ken. Together, we take risks and create opportunities knowing we will always have each other in the end.

This past week, I heard the song 'Downtown' by Magical Cloudz on the radio, and immediately fell in love with this song. It reminds me of the young-love, playful marriage I celebrate.

I had to share this beautiful track with you in hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

December 17, 2015

The King of Adventure

What would an adventure blog be without a feature from the King of Adventure himself, Mr. Matthias Giraud. He is at it again with another epic video and images to prove his 'Bad Ass' status. With his new sponsor, Superdry Snow on his side, Matthias is taking adventure to new heights.

All images provided by: Superdry

We are always excited to show off our friend's talent and are completely inspired by Matthias (Super Frenchie) Giraud. Check out Matthias' latest jump somewhere off the Chilean mountains with pro boarder, Raquel Iendrick. I am beyond jealous of his skills. 
To view the new Superdry Snow line click here. While we may not be able to perform like these pros, we can at least look like them.

December 5, 2015

The Napsack

Aside from how awesome the Napsack looks, here are 3 Reasons why you need a Napsack of your very own...

1. Practicality - If you enjoy camping, vanlife, campfires, or any other outdoor adventure activites; you will love this versatile napsack that will transform from sleeping bag to warm full body snuggy with just an adjustable cord found at the bottom of your sack. This is my new sleeping bag in the van but also what I use instead of a blanket while reading or watching TV at home.

2. Functionality - Rated for weather at  approximately 50 degrees, this great looking sack will keep you warm through many seasons. Also, with the zippered arm holes you can take this great piece from a sleeping bag to a full body vest OR synch the bottom of the sleeping bag and voilĂ  you have yourself the perfect cold-weather body coat. Don't forget about the hood  or the convenient cell phone pocket on the chest.

3. Looks-uality - It just looks good! The Napsack comes in 9 different colors, including a badass Pendleton print so you can show off your personal style. You will absolutely fall in love with this sack and it will be your go-to for all outdoor activities and adventures. It is also the most perfect gift for the adventurous individual on your holiday list.

Spreading Camp Vibes with Poler Stuff and the Napsack.

November 27, 2015

The Gift of Adventure

12 Best Gifts for the Adventure-Seeker on your List

"Actually, the best gift you could have
 given her was a lifetime of adventure." 
- Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland

It's time to change our perception of gift giving; from sweaters, purses, jewelry and other wasteful gifts we don't need - to adventurous gifts that will provide years of exploring and memories. Here are our top 12 gift ideas for the adventure-seeker in your life. 

1.  Hammock - A hammock is the ultimate symbol of relaxation but when used properly, it's also a symbol of adventure. For example, if you're going camping and don't want to pitch a tent, choose a hammock with a net or full zip top to make your hammock a tent. Also, you can hook a tent up to your Vanagon for lounging around your domain. Ken and I prefer Grand Trunk hammocks.  
Cost: Around $100

2. Slackline - The adventure line you can take anywhere. A slackline is one of the most unexpected fun and most used equipment you will ever own. Take it to friends, the lake, a BBQ, your camp site and anywhere else you're going with trees. We love Slackline Industries and Gibbon Slackline
Cost: $80 - $120

3. Snowshoes - The people who hate winter are those who don't have winter hobbies. Change your perception of snow and winter with a new, fun hobby that is easy to use and can be taken anywhere. Ken and I are partial to Tubbs Snowshoes. Run, walk, climb and play in the snow all winter long with snowshoes. 
Cost: Around $100

4. National Parks Passport - Start planning your National Parks visits around the states and have fun documenting where you have been with this National Parks Passport. Make memories that will last for a lifetime in our National Parks.
Cost: $8.95

5. Weekend Getaway - Find a cabin in the woods or a lodge in a town or city you or your significant other has always wanted to visit. Book a weekend getaway using VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) that will provide a unique experience anywhere you choose. What I love most about VRBO is you can find that perfect cabin in the woods or the modern high rise in a big city. By finding the perfect place, you set the tone of the vacation / adventure you're giving. 
Cost: Around $250

6. The Napsack - A favorite gift I recently received was this Napsack from Poler Stuff. If you enjoy camping or spending time in the outdoors, you will love this Napsack. Treat it like a sleeping bag for sleeping then unzip the arm holes and roll up the legs to make your mornings and evenings a little more cozy, warm and comfortable.
Cost: 135.95

7. Technical Outdoor Clothing - Don't let winter stop you from getting outdoors. Outfit a loved one in technical outdoor clothing that can help them do what they love all year long. Whether it's running, biking, hunting, hiking, surfing, exploring, etc. Smartwool and Patagonia is your go-to for the best year-round clothes. Gift ideas: Base layers, hats / gloves, wetsuits, vests, etc. 
Cost: Around $100

8. Skydiving Lessons and Jump - Hello, Adventure and Adrenaline! Find a place near you and give the gift of skydiving lessons and a tandem jump for someone you love. A gift that they will definitely remember for a lifetime.
Cost: Roughly $300

9. A GoPro - Capture your travels, your adventures with a GoPro! Take photos and videos that you can share, post and use to remember your trips. Chose a camera and accessories to fit your loved ones favorite adventure style.
Cost: $299 - 499

10. Fat Bike - Whether your purchasing a Fat Bike or renting one, this truly is the most fun experience you will ever have on a bike. After trying Fat Biking for the first time this year, I quickly fell in love with the year-round rugged experience you get on these bikes. Take your biking to the next level and try something new this year with a Fat Bike. My favorite Fat Bike, Surly Ice Cream Truck.
Cost: $800 - 3,000

11. Patagonia SnowDrifter Pack - This is the backpack that will fit all your adventure-seekers needs. The perfect travel bag, weekend bag, adventure bag and ski/snowboard bag for those who like to skin up on back country skis or a split-board. The bag is also pretty damn sexy and a great gift.
Cost: $129

12. Plane Tickets - The world is yours to see. Choose any place in the world where you and your partner or best friend want to see and give the ultimate adventure gift, the gift of travel. Ken and I always choose Delta for our flights.
Cost: Around $350

Happy Black Friday and choose to give The Gift of Adventure!

November 13, 2015

Hobbies and Talents

How are we supposed to know what we're truly good at if we only expose ourselves to so few things in life?

Hobbies and talents, my favorite topics. This is what pushes me out of my comfort zone and drives me to try, fail and discover every single day. I am in search of my hidden talent, on a mission to find something I excel in and something that defines me. 

For over 2 years I have been signing up for new activities / hobbies and doing my best to dig deep and reveal a talent or passion that's hidden within me. I have tried sailing, kickboxing, painting, cooking, bodybuilding, blogging and more. While I have throughly enjoyed my time entertaining these activities and meeting some amazing people on the way, I have still not found my talent.

Last night, I yet again found a new hobby to keep me busy; this time, it's calligraphy. While I am not sure if this will be a hobby or if I will find this to be my talent through calligraphy, I am enjoying every stroke and detail for the time being. 

November 1, 2015

Pop-Up Americana

Northern Grade, the American-made products / goods revolving market made it's way home to Minneapolis this weekend, and we were there to be a part of it.

The market was full of artists and craftsman of all kind. From fashion, painting, photography, leather, shoes, jewelry, bags and more, the market brought in consumers from all over the Twin Cities. We enjoyed meeting artists and hearing the stories behind the goods.

It's a great thing to see these like-minded consumers explore, discover and support local artists and craftsman and the community created around it. Yes, you could call these consumers 'hipsters' perhaps, but they are the ones standing proud and true to a movement that will build America and they will have unique products that will last. Such a cool event to see and be a part of.

October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

 Happy Halloween! 
The best excuse to dress up your dog.
Love: Ken, Kait and Peugeot

October 20, 2015

Drinking the Kool-aid

I am falling in love with Minnesota and bought a cute shirt to prove it. Today marks three weeks since our move and I can confidently say we are completely unpacked and settled in. With the extra free time I've had since moving in, I have been exploring Minneapolis and getting to know the city. As I try to familiarize myself with Minneapolis and the culture here, I've created stereotypes to help me explain to Michigan friends what this city is all about.

Here's a list of my first impressions / stereotypes of Minneapolis:

1. Walk / Run the Lakes: Find a local lake and walk or run it daily.
-As I explore the lakes around Minneapolis, there is one thing always in common, there is constantly people walking around these lakes at all times of the day. The walking paths here are completely designated to walkers / runners so you don't have to worry about for bikers, skaters, rollerbladers, etc. passing you. So be sure to walk or run in a beautiful, peaceful lakes.
*Minneapolis was voted #5 Most Walkable City in the U.S.

2. Bike Everywhere: Take advantage of the incredible bike-friendly city.
- You truly don't need a car in this city because of the interact and well-designed city bike system. You can get anywhere in the city quickly and safely by biking to it. Since I moved here, I have spent more time learning the bike lanes than the highways because of how thought-out this bike system / bike community is. Invest in a great city bike, you will use it every day.
*Minneapolis was voted #2 Most Bike-Friendly City in the U.S.

3. Must Love Beer: Drink local and drink often.
-Leaving Grand Rapids, A.K.A 'Beer City USA' I thought I was leaving behind some of the best breweries in the states. However, the beer scene here is quite a bit better than Grand Rapids' beer scene. There are many local breweries here and they are so damn good! The only down fall is they are always packed. But, the delicious brews are always worth the wait.

4. Eat Out: It's funny, when I ask locals what their favorite thing to do around Minneapolis, they will simply say, 'eating'. Going to local eateries is more than just a means of survival here, it's a way of life. But hey, how can I blame them? The streets here are lined with local restaurants and there is even a famous street called, Eat Street properly named for the numerous local eateries. Ken and I have designated every Tuesday night to Date Night so we can eat our way through Minneapolis.

5. Wear Active Wear: If you're a lady, active wear is your daily outfit.
- Minneapolis is filled with the active-outdoorsy type of folks. It's great to see everyone so out and about. Before the move, I did see Minneapolis was voted the healthiest city in the U.S. Must be because of stereotype 1 and 2. Regardless if these gals here are always as active as they look, they are always dressed for the occasion. I will let this video sum up the rest for you.

6. Find a Good Group of Friends: Rule number one, find a good group of friends before you hunker down for winter.
-I have obviously not yet experienced a Minnesota winter, but from what it sounds like, you will need a core group of friends to survive the bitter cold winters. I am slightly worried about this considering how close to winter we moved here. I am working hard to find this group.

7. Join a Co-Op: Your fancy grocery store and club all in one.
-I didn't know what a Co-Op was when I moved here, but seeing them all over the place I had to ask my real estate agent for the deets. Turns out, it's like a locally-sourced Cost-Co where you have to pay a yearly fee but you're shopping local and joining a network / group by shopping there. Along with fresh, locally-sourced food, you get to meet locals and do events with them at your Co-Op. I'm sold on the idea and think I am going to join one soon.

Those are my stereotypes so far. Either way, I think I fit in pretty well and am loving being a Minneapolis Local.

Adorable Minnesota Shirt:
Primp Boutique: Locals Love

October 18, 2015

Farmhouse Hard Cider

Today, Ken and I took the van to Minnesota's original farmhouse hard cidery, Sweetland Orchard. It's a quaint and quiet family run orchard made perfectly for adults (and dogs). The craft cider is a delicious blend of homegrown apples that is smooth / balanced without the sugary residue that ciders can leave in your mouth. Sweetland has been voted a top hard cider here in Minnesota and their ciders are featured on tap at many Minneapolis fine drinking establishments - it defiantly didn't disappoint us.
We walked the orchard and enjoyed hard cider & donuts without the crowds and chaos orchards typically bring and fell in love with a new family of ciders. It was a peaceful afternoon for the three of us and our first true family outing together since the move. Truly, a perfect afternoon getaway!

October 15, 2015

A Sudden Burst of Inspiration

Maybe it's because of the move or maybe because I have too much time on my hands but I am all of a sudden inspired to do more, learn more, read more, see more, blog more and so much more! As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: "Life starts all over when it gets crisp in the fall",  perhaps this is the fuel of my sudden inspiration. All I know is I want to enjoy the last of my free time before my new job starts and I fall back into a routine and don't have the time to do this.

Here is a list of my current inspirations:

1. Cleanse - You forget about how much sh*t you have until you have to unpack and place all this sh*t somewhere. It is a goal to simplify my life and rid my new home of the 'things' I don't need.

2. Read Every Night - Before I fall asleep at night I have a terrible habit of searching on Instagram or Pinterest and feel I waste so much time doing this. I would love to disconnect a bit and read more. I know this will be a healthy habit that will help me grow, learn and open my mind.

3. Cooking and Cook Books - Pinterest has totally changed the cooking game and I miss pulling recipes and ideas out of a cook book. It is my goal to cook more and try many different recipes and get out of the typically meal rotation that we are used to. I know Ken will love this too!

4. Paint - I want to start exploring a new type of art - something I haven't really tried before. I think oil painting is absolutely beautiful and and I would love to start here. My brother is a talented artist and loves to paint. Looks like I will be calling him for tips and ideas so I can get started.

5. Explore - I couldn't think of a better time to explore this city and state with the beautiful fall colors and without the crowds. I have made a list of all I want to see, eat and explore before I go back to work. I need to get moving on this one before it gets too cold.

6. Tighten Up - I'm ready to get back into a workout routine and drop the extra pounds I gained while I was eating out every night during my weeks of being homeless, traveling, living out of hotels and unpacking.

Let's hope the inspiration stays and that I follow through with all this.

October 12, 2015

Duluth and Confused

1, 2, 3! Yes, three lighthouses within feet of each other and a really cool bridge to top it off. My time in Duluth was too short but I did enjoy the time I was there. The city was much bigger than I had expected so I didn't leave myself enough time for exploration. I did, however make it to the bridge in time to watch a freighter trigger the bridge and see this iconic part of Duluth in motion.

Can't wait to go back to Duluth with Ken to sample the eateries and breweries and to see all Duluth has to offer. Duluth Part II coming soon!