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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bell's Canyon

This week has been CRAZY. I wasn't sure I'd get this post up!

So Bell's Canyon. First things first, this hike is 4.7 miles long (round trip).
Like the Butler Fork Trail, the first Half mile is pretty rough! That first half mile will get you to the lake though, so even if you only go that far, no judgement and it's a great view! :)

I'd hiked to that lake probably 3 or 4 times before, but never gone any further, because I knew that the trail was rated as hard. (I use the Alltrails app, which is awesome.) This time, I was hiking with the Captain though and we decided to go a little farther and see how it went.

For most of the next mile after the lake the trail is pretty flat and easy. The trail is kind of hard to follow at points, but if it looks like you're following a stream bed, you're probably in the right place. When in doubt, follow the trail that heads UP :)

My goal was to go 2.5 miles in (we thought the trail was longer than it was and we ended up taking a few side trails on accident.), but we passed a lot of people that told us the waterfall wasn't too much farther, so we ended up going all the way.

It was gorgeous! The waterfall was huge! You pass lots of little falls along the way since you're next to the river a lot, but they look like dribbles compared to the waterfalls at the top! Definitely worth it.

It gets a little harder toward the end, more steep, but not as bad as that first half mile. If you want to do this trail, don't let that first half mile scare you. Plus, remember, you can always take breaks!

That last view is over the valley just above the lake. Also, the picture of the waterfall doesn't even close to do it justice. I tried posting a video of it below, we'll see if it works!

Anyway, have you gone on any hikes recently? What would you recommend?
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Moments

Hey, Everyone! How was your week? I feel like last week just flew by! 

Also, apparently I didn't take very many pictures... ha ha Oh well!

This was the stack of books I picked out to take home from the library, but I ended up leaving two of them behind after reading the first chapters. Of the ones that I took home, I didn't end up reading Nameless since that turned dirty really quickly. 

These are all from our hike up Bell's Canyon! I took a lot more pictures that I'll share later in the week when I do another hiking spotlight! :)

Currently Read(ing):

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

I'm in serious need of some book suggestions.

Something to take away:

"The trouble is,
you think you have time."


Thanks for reading! Have a fantastic week! I'd love to hear what you're reading or what you're up to this summer!
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Read and Currently Reading

Last we talked, I was reading The Host.
Well, I finished it! And, I finished it without eating any Cheetos (I'm pretty sure that I haven't done that since the first time I read it. Maybe not even then.)

My brain wasn't on hyper-analytic mode this time, but it was still pretty good.

The Host
By Stephenie Meyer

This was a nice fun read. Nothing to really weigh you down in it, although I will admit to crying a couple of times toward the end (we're going to blame that on being sick). A good little love story/love triangle. I kind of love love triangles. The reason being that I was in one for a really long time. Two years of trying to decide between two boys, and I didn't end up with either of them (that's a real life love triangle ending). It made a pretty deep impact on my life, though, so anytime I come across them in books it's pretty easy to relate. 

*RS- For the making out and occasional language. 
I recommend Cheetos for this read (I like the puffs kind for this particular book), and maybe some tissues :)

The Princess Bride
By William Goldman

Where to start with this book. Um... I love it. It's hilarious. It's better than the movie. The best part about this book is that it's so believable. Not that I believe in the Cliffs of Insanity or the Fire Swamps or anything like that, but that William Goldman really had a wife named Helen and a son named Jason and that his father read the Princess Bride to him... I have to remind myself every single time I read the book that it's not real. It's so well mixed in with things that really happened that I start to believe everything. 
That is the mark of a good storyteller. 
I will forever be unhappy that Buttercup's Baby will never be published. 

*RA- Yes, I think that there is a swear word or two in here, but I would still recommend it to just about anyone. 

RA= Rachael Approved 
Meaning I would feel comfortable recommending the book to just about anyone

RS= Rachael Skipped
Meaning I liked the book/finished it, but I skipped some scenes and/or there was some language in it

RQ= Rachael Quit
I started the book but there was either too much language or there were things I didn't approve of in it.

I also did a periscope about this yesterday so I'll just leave the link to the video here if you'd like to watch it! :)

P.S. I'm pretty sure I'm better at talking about books than writing about them. Plus there is an extra book discussed in the video that isn't in this post!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Just Dabble | Hand Lettering

As we've discussed before, I'm a bit of a dabbler. I dabble in writing, reading, blogging, running, hiking, hand lettering, cooking, photography... those are just the ones that I can think of at the moment. 

Now I'm sure that some people would say that dabbling is bad. That you should just pick a hobby (maybe 2 if you're feeling crazy!) and stick with those, instead of wandering all over the map.
I respectfully disagree.
I think that if you're interested in it, then you have every right to try it out. You can play around with a new hobby or interest, no matter what your age. 

Sometimes, maybe most of the time, the hardest part is giving yourself permission.
The second hardest part is figuring out where to start.

That's where this series comes in :)

In these posts, I'll be showing you some resources you can use to get started in various hobbies and what you can do to get better. 

Because if you want to do it, you should.

So today I'm going to be sharing some resources for Hand Lettering. 

The first thing I did when I wanted to get into Hand Lettering, was to look at a bunch of other people's hand lettering, and then try to mimic it. I pinned a lot of fonts on Pinterest and used them to create.

All you really need is a pen, pencil, or marker and some paper. You do not need fancy brush lettering markers or calligraphy pens. Not when you're just getting started. Obviously, you can start with those, but don't feel like you need those to start.
Just start.

These are some of my early handlettering. All I used was paper and sharpies. You can do this! :)

Here are some of my favorite blogs about hand lettering:

Beyond tutorials and looking at fonts, it's great to get inspired by looking at other people's work. Here are some of my favorite Lettering Instagram accounts:



Comparison is the thief of joy

It's not going to be perfect the first time. Anytime you're learning something new, you make mistakes.
And that's ok.
It's ok if it's hard. It doesn't mean that you're bad at it.
Give yourself permission and space to learn.

You've got this! Go Dabble!

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Moments

Last week I spent 90% of my waking time watching Downton Abbey and laying on our Lovesac because I was sick. 
But hey, at least being sick was good for something. I did get a fair amount of reading done and the cessation of responsibility was nice. I honestly don't know how all you mothers out there do it, but kudos. 

My sweet Captain came home from work in the middle of the day on Tuesday to give me a blessing and take me to Instacare. At the doctor's, they told me I was going to need a shot, so afterward he took me out for cheese fries.

This was Friday when I was starting to feel mostly OK again.

We got gelato from Sweetaly that night. It was our first time and the Nutella flavor was amazing! It's actually one of the Captain's friend's favorite gelato places in the whole world. And when I say the whole world, I mean he's had gelato from Italy.

Went for a walk with Hatred on Saturday morning. The weather did not cooperate, but it was still nice to be out instead of laying around.

The Captain and I decided to go to breakfast on Saturday after my walk at The Park Cafe! I made a snap decision to order the Michigan Hash. I'd say it was pretty good! I wasn't super impressed with the toast (but let's be honest, I've never been impressed with any toast I've ordered) but the hash itself was delicious!

The Captain kind of had a week long birthday. We watched The Sound of Music (which he had never seen before) with his friends, had homemade pizza and ate this delicious gluten free Funfetti cake! Yes, we stained our teeth blue on that frosting, but it was worth it!

Well, that pretty much wraps up the weekly events!

I am currently reading:

The Princess Bride By William Goldman
(and absolutely loving it. Again)

Something to take away, especially in light of the tragedy on Sunday:

"In a world where you can be anything,
Be Kind"


Thank you all for reading! I'd love to hear from you :) I hope you all have a great week!

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday Moments

Hey there everyone! How was your weekend? Mine felt too short. It was mostly spent running errands and such on Saturday,
but on Sunday, we got to celebrate the Captain's 26th birthday!

For Memorial day, we went hiking! There's a review of the trail that I posted last Friday if you're interested! And I'm still looking for trail recommendations if you have any :)

I've been hooked on Downton Abbey. It's gotten to the point where I can only allow myself to watch one episode when I already know that the Captain is on his way home or I'll spend all day watching it. Which is a problem when it comes lunch time or if I'm doing things like folding clothes. 
Also, I started a completely separate Instagram account dedicated to hand lettering, so if you're interested my handle is @letteredinlight :)

The Captain has been our smoothie master lately, blending us up some delicious green smoothies! Apparently it's a skill that runs in the family (his Dad apparently went around teaching people how to make smoothies for awhile!)
Mostly, I was really proud of how healthy our dinner was and had to take a picture. The end.

Did you know that Starbucks can make any of their Frappuccinos coffee free (they may all be coffee free originally, I'm not sure) ? Well, they can! The Captain got me my very first one while we were out running errands on Saturday, it was pretty good and I felt pretty cool drinking it ;)

He's just so adorable when he's sleeping! And always.

Guys, I cooked Salmon for the first time. I am probably more proud of this than I should be. I made this from a recipe off Pinterest which I linked here! Super delicious and pretty simple to make!

As part of the Captain's birthday, we went up Millcreek canyon and hung out by this river. It's a place that I seem to go a lot, but can you blame me? It's just so pretty!

Currently reading:

The Host By Stephenie Meyer

Something to take away:

"Just be yourself, there is no one better"

-Taylor Swift

I hope you all have a great Monday! :)
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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Read and Currently Reading

If you haven't gathered already from this blog, I really enjoy reading (and writing). I read so much that I thought it might be fun to share some of what I'm reading with you (beyond the little snippets on Monday Moments).

I'm kind of picky about what I read in terms of how clean it is (I read a lot of children's fiction as a result, but I do branch out as well). So I came up with my own rating system!

RA= Rachael Approved 
Meaning I would feel comfortable recommending the book to just about anyone

RS= Rachael Skipped
Meaning I liked the book/finished it, but I skipped some scenes and/or there was some language in it

RQ= Rachael Quit
I started the book but there was either too much language or there were things I didn't approve of in it.

Twilight Series

So lately I've re-read the entire Twilight Series. Which as I said before, I actually think is pretty good. I think it's an interesting exploration of what is most important in life (love, family) and the kind of sacrifices that we have to make in order to protect those we care about. 
I also thought it was interesting that the Vampires are basically resurrected beings. Even in the book they take 3 days to change (symbolic of how long Christ was in the tomb) and have to go through excruciating pain to become vampires.

Personal Rating: 3 Stars and RS (mostly for the allusion to sex in the later books)

All the Light We Cannot See

This last week I finished reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It's about the Second World War. There are several main characters, but mostly a little boy who ends up in the Nazi army and a little blind french girl. They grow up a lot throughout the book and, not surprisingly, have some pretty terrible things happen to them. I really enjoyed the read, even if it was slightly disturbing. It felt very authentic. 
I do find it interesting how many books we have about this time in our history. So many of them are so poignant. Some of my favorite books are written about this time in our history. It was such a terrible scar on humanity that I'm not sure we'll ever get over it. 

Personal Rating: 3 Stars and RS (for the use of the F word and some raw exposure to terrible experiences)

The Host

I've just started re-reading The Host also by Stephenie Meyer. I've always liked it more than I liked The Twilight Series, so it will be interesting to read through again (see if my brain goes into hyper-study mode again and finds underlying meanings). Every time I read it it makes me want to eat Cheetos. There are some books that just make me crave certain kinds of food. For example, reading Harry Potter always makes me want Tang. Not because it talks about it in the book (like Cheetos being mentioned in The Host), but because I always ate it when I was up late reading the books as a child. It may seem random, but it's true! Do you guys have anything like that?

Anyway, that's what I'm reading! What are you reading? Any recommendations to add to my already long list? :)

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Butler Fork Trail

As I was typing that in I realized that Trail and Trial are only one letter off from each other. Which I think most people would agree is pretty accurate. 

If you don't already know, I love hiking. Or I will love it again when I'm in better shape. It's crazy how different activities can make you feel like you're a total wuss! I've been running pretty regularly but apparently my hiking is NOT up to snuff.

For Memorial Day, the Captain and I decided to go for a hike. We decided to pick a random trail since neither of us had anything in mind.
We ended up at Butler Fork Trail.

The trail itself is 3 miles in and 3 miles back, but we did not go that far. The first half mile of the trail is pretty steep so we made a new goal to make it a mile instead. If you're thinking of doing this trail, just remember that after that first half mile, it gets much easier! In fact, on the way back I kept telling people who were on their way up that it wouldn't last because it really is a beautiful trail!

You do have to cross the stream/river (I have no idea what the difference is) a few times, but luckily when we went neither of us fell in. The little stream has a lot of beautiful waterfalls and follows beside the trail almost the whole way. I'm a sucker for any kind of water feature, especially if there is no end goal for my hike. Those are the times that it needs to be pretty along the way and this trail doesn't disappoint.

Aren't you guys proud that I only put up one wildflower picture? ;)

We had to stop and rest several times on the way up, so no judgement if you have to stop a lot while hiking. It's about the joy in the journey, right? That last picture is the view from our stopping point. The Captain kept laughing because every time we stopped it was exactly .1 of a mile. Once we made our goal of a mile in, though, I was more than ready to turn around!

I'm thinking of making a bucket list of hikes for the summer. What are some of your favorite hikes?
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