Week's End Wrap-Up

Monday, August 31, 2015

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1. Class and character. I am telling you, Minneapolis has it all. Every nook and cranny of coffee shops are decorated with unique touches. The inspiration is carrying over to apartment decorating. I can't wait to share the before and after photos of our apartment. It has come a long ways!

2. It has been a long while since Jacob and I had an old-fashioned date night. Our summer has been non-stop, which we love, but I decided to surprise Jake after work with dinner and a date just the two of us. We went out to eat in St. Paul and walked along the river. This weekend's weather was the best!

3. So here's a funny story. We went to the Minnesota State Fair this weekend and had a great time walking around, seeing the different buildings and petting cute animals. We had good intentions of trying everything on a stick, as the fair is known for, but then left without eating a single thing. I'd say we were in the minority. We decided our money would go a lot further somewhere else and went out to happy hour at a local cafe. Needless to say, we failed at the fair.

4. How could I pass up this hilarious hat at the fair? It was either this or a pickle hat. Pigs are way cuter so I went with this one. I love being bald!

Snack Food for Adventurers
The Guys Behind the Blog | August Edition

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-Bookmarking this article for next time I feel like organizing
-Betsy is a married woman!
-Yay for new books, especially a cookbook
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The Guys Behind the Blog | August Edition

Thursday, August 27, 2015

1. How did you meet your significant other?
Well it is quite the funny story. Actually, not really. We met when we were in sixth grade at the church we both attended. I do not really remember what happened, but I am sure it went something like this, "Hi, my name is Jake and I do karate." That's how I showed off back in the day.

2. What is your top love language? What is your significant other's love language?
My top love language is quality time. Laura's top love language is acts of service. Got it in one.

3. If you're engaged or married, how did you propose? If you are not, how did you ask your girl out?
For whatever reason in the four years Laura and I dated, we never once went on a picnic, which is odd because we love picnics. I went on the interwebs and found one of those cutesy wicker picnic baskets and took Laura on a surprise picnic. We went to a nature park nearby and I picked out a spot in the woods. Unfortunately, the spot I picked the week before somehow turned into Shrek's swamp and it was disgusting. We quickly found a better spot by the river and after we ate I popped the question, pretending I was surprising her with dessert.

4. Share a funny wedding story with us - it could be from your own or one you attended.
On the day of our wedding, our bridal party took our car to deck it out with all the obligatory "just married" graffiti. After twenty minutes of making it look all pretty with window paint, my best man turned the car on which automatically started the front and rear wipers. Their hard work was immediately erased and destroyed in a few seconds while the bridesmaids were screaming at him to turn them off. He then proceeded to drive the car into the rain which erased all of the paid on the side windows as well. It was a fail, but hilarious.

5. On the topic of love, who was your childhood crush?
I grew up with a pond in my backyard and across the pond lived my childhood crush, Leah. Not to be mistaken with Laura's sister named Leah. Every afternoon after school I would stand on one end of the pond and yell at her house asking if she wanted to play. I was pretty smooth.

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Snack Food for Adventurers

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

In my world, snack food is the best food. I like to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day, especially when Jake and I are out adventuring. Whether it is hiking, biking or exploring a new place, our snacking is always simple and usually healthy. We tend to be those people who choose the same snacks over and over for consistency sake. Whoops! I'd like to introduce you to one of our regulars - Perfectly Simple Nutrition Bars. In a given day you will likely find one or two in my purse, in our glove compartment or in Jake's pocket while on a hike. They go everywhere with us!

Jake and I believe in living naturally active lives and eating well. You won't find us working out at a gym regularly or eating vegan, but our lifestyle promotes a healthy balance of wellness when it comes to activity and nutrition. We like to consider the activities that get us moving everyday adventures, because they are already incorporated into our lifestyle and we enjoy doing them. What I love about having a go-to healthy snack, like Perfectly Simple, is that we don't have to think twice while at the grocery store or grabbing something before we head out on our next everyday adventure. Perfectly Simple snack bars are high in protein and loaded with wholesome ingredients to keep us going for a few hours or on a full day's outing. 

There are a lot of fad diets and crash courses in exercising out there these days. What works best for us, may not work best for you, but we have learned that being intentional about dynamic adventures and snacking well is an essential part of our everyday lives. If you'd like to see why we love Perfectly Simple so much, give them a try with this $1.00 off coupon to use at your local store!

How do you incorporate health and wellness into your everyday life?
What are your favorite snacks for adventures?

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