Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Sometimes you need to take a road trip, to a place you've never been. Living in Kansas, we have few options for a weekend, outdoorsy trip.  Even though we're basically in the middle of the country, it's takes some hours in the car to get anywhere. Usually we go to Colorado or Arkansas but wanting a chance of pace, we pointed our car south and drove to Palo Duro Canyon, located in the panhandle of Texas, near Amarillo. Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States, you … [Read more...]

Easy Awards Show Viewing Party

This post is sponsored by The Bentonville Film Festival; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me to produce this post. Growing up, I was obsessed with award shows. I would stand in the family kitchen, back against the side of the refrigerator, watching them on a 9" television. I didn't have a television in my room and my parents weren't into those types of shows, so for hours I would stand there and take in all the glam, the skits and learn about new … [Read more...]

Cranberry Margarita Recipe

Thank you to Dasani for sponsoring this post and as a reminder, you must be 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. When doing so, please drink responsibly. No drinking and driving, and no drinking and texting!  Everyone should have a signature drink during the holidays. Some people get all crazy and drink egg nog (which doesn't sound remotely good to me) and others, buy a seasonal beer (OK, I've done that). This year I decided to be a little creative and tried a cranberry margarita recipe, of … [Read more...]

Bean Bag Chili Recipe

Last month the company that I work for had an employee picnic at a local park. Since it was such a nice day, and we were kidless, my husband and I decided to ride our bikes to the event. Wichita isn't the most bike-friendly town, so we decided to start riding from his dad's house, which wasn't that far from the newly striped bike lanes. Riding on the streets was a change for me (I usually ride on gravel roads) but it was pretty neat riding the 11 miles across town, instead of driving … [Read more...]

Bridge of Spies Opens in Theaters October 16th

A few weeks ago my husband and I saw this really, really bad movie with Owen Wilson (I'll let you Google it and figure the name out).  It was so bad that my eyes kept wandering around the theater, eventually finding a clock and counting down the minutes until it was over. The only good that came out of the movie were the previews. A couple of movies looked interesting and then a preview we both got excited about came on, Bridge of Spies. Bridge of Spies stars Tom Hanks and was directed by … [Read more...]

Photo Scavenger Hunt

A few weeks ago we were at this restaurant in Hutchinson, Kansas where they sold all kinds of trinkets. You know, the stuff you think you need but when you get home, it sits on your counter for six weeks and then you forget that you bought it. Well, one of the things they had were these car bingo games. At first I thought it would be really fun for Brecken on our many road trips but then I realized, in reality it would become one of those things that just sat on the shelf, or in this case, in … [Read more...]

Visiting South Dakota – Day 2

Yes, it's been several months since my trip and South Dakota and I'm finally writing the second post. I'll shed some light on why I've been such a "slacker" later, but for now, let's talk about visiting South Dakota! Day 2 brought the same thing Day 1 did: rain. In fact, we talked with one person who said it had rained or SNOWED every day since April! Hearing her story made me thankful we only had to deal with rain. I've never slept in a tent in really cold weather and definitely didn't want … [Read more...]

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July! I hope that everyone spent time surrounded by family and friends, enjoyed some good, old-fashioned fireworks and made little piglets of themselves. :) For us, we started the day off on our bikes. After half a cup of coffee, some of a Clif Bar and quite a bit of whining (me, not my daughter), we rolled out of the garage (literally and figuratively) and did some gravel grinding.  Along the ride we came across these tractors, each displaying an American Flag and had to stop … [Read more...]

Visiting South Dakota – Day 1

For me, beginning a blog post can be very difficult, especially with a travel related post. Usually there are so many different thoughts and ideas going through my head, I can't get them in any type of sequential order. Writing about my recent visit to South Dakota is no different. So many memorable things happened on this trip, I don't know where to begin, so I'll take the easy route and start from the beginning. The drive from Wichita to Custer, South Dakota is 11-12 hours. Something that … [Read more...]

Fight Seasonal Allergies with Bona

There are number of ways to fight seasonal allergies. You can try bee pollen. According to some websites, it will give you energy and helps reduce seasonal allergies. I have friends who mix it in with their food (usually smoothies or yogurt) and swear by it. I'd love to say that I agree with them but I can't get over the taste. I'd rather have seasonal allergies than choke down even a teaspoon of bee pollen each day. You can get rid of your four-legged friend. Now, I would NEVER do this. … [Read more...]