What I eat on the go

Lately, I have been traveling for work and although it’s fun to go to new places I don’t always know where I will be able to get good food options.

So, I have a mini survival snack kit that I pack with me when I’m on the road.

Note: this kit won’t work if you are flying.

I usually grab kombucha to have with me throughout the trip. I like having one in the morning or afternoon. Kombucha is a great coffee or soda replacement for me. I can put the bottles in the fridge at my hotel and have them as I need it.

I will also grab apples for as many days as I need breakfast. I don’t always have time to run and get a breakfast somewhere. Not to mention the time to find a place that carries vegan friendly options. So, apples are my go to in the a.m.

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Finally, I keep Hippeas in my backpack. This requires some self control because I seriously could eat a whole bag at any given moment. I dig the sriracha flavor, but there is also vegan cheddar.

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I’m someone that needs to eat on a schedule. Once I start getting hungry I get cranky and unproductive. Having something available when I am hungry is a BIG releif!

Plus you can get apples, Hippeas, and kombucha at just about any grocery store. Way better than living off drive through fries ;)!

 

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Finally, Fall!

It was a fantastic Summer, but as Fall officially hit on Saturday evening my inner basic white girl is rejoicing!!

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As the PSL’s begin to flow I wanted to take the time to go over some of my favorite Fall things and ways that everyone can get out and enjoy the season in this gorgeous state!

First the essential wardrobe needs for the season…flannels, chunky knit sweaters, and ankle boots.

Since the weather is completely unpredictable this time of year layering is essential. My favorite flannels that I have been rocking are actually from Target!

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I’m a fan of buffalo plaid and over sized. This allows for that trendy around the waist look that we have seen so much lately.

My favorite sweater that I have been wearing is from Sora & Co.  Go check out their website because they have so many adorable pieces that will be certain to satisfy your chunky knit needs.

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And I’m headed back to Target for my favorite ankle boots. These combat style boots are the most comfortable and are great with just about anything. I’ve worn them with jeans, leggings, and skirts.

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PC: Target

Besides the cute outfits, there are so many great things to do during the season.

First go catch the Grizzlies or the Bobcats play a home game. Missoula and Bozeman are such awesome towns that have even better fans. The University of Montana’s homecoming is Oct. 6th and Montana State’s is Oct. 13th. These would be great games to attend no matter who you are cheering for. (Go Griz!)

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Check out one of the many Fall festivals or Oktoberfest. With the great brewery scene throughout the state there are so many different seasonal brews to try! Plus these events are usually partnered with live music and great food vendors.

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Finally, you knew it was coming… go to Yellowstone! The park in the fall is a happening place for wildlife activity. Particularly for Elk as they begin to rut. The park also takes on stunning colors and the majority of the tourists are gone!

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So, grab your flannel and boots and get outside to enjoy the season!

Before you know it we will be dusting off the skis 😉

#keepwandering

The best ships

“Congrats! You landed your first job and it’s in Great Falls Montana…”

Moving away for your first job can be scary, and it can be even scarier when it’s across the country. Not to mention working in a high stress very low paying job can take a toll on your morale.

However, I am so thankful I took that job in Great Falls because it brought so many great people into my life.

In the world of television news you never know who is going to walk into a newsroom. It’s no secret that it’s an industry full of divas and competitive people who will do anything to get ahead. But then it also has its gems.

My first job gave me a lot of stress, but it also brought me lasting friendships. When work was rough I had these two to help me get through.

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Now 2 years later, we don’t work in the same place, and don’t live in the same cities (or state), but still act like there has been no time away.

It’s pretty awesome being able to pick up a friendship just where you left it even when we are all in different places in life, our careers, and even physically. Being able to reconnect the way I can with these two ladies is something special.

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The best ships truly are friendships.

#keepwandering

 

A day in Paradise (Valley)

If you have ever been to the Paradise Valley you will immediately understand how it got its name.

The stunning Absaroka Mountains sprawl from Livingston to the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

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Highway 89, which will take you right to the park is traveled heavily by tourists in the Summer who have landed at the Bozeman Airport and are embarking on a trip to Yellowstone. But what they may not know is that journey on Highway 89

has so many unique and fun spots to spend the day and get a true taste of Montana.

I have written about Chico Hot Springs before, but seriously STOP THERE! The outdoor hot springs pool is the perfect way to relax, enjoy a beverage, and soak in the mountain air.

You can stay the night at Chico or just stop for a soak after a day of activities at the park. They have towels, locker rooms, and three places to eat. So, you could make a day out of it.

The dining at Chico is great, but if you are looking to get a real sense of small town Montana, drive the 2 miles from Chico to Emigrant where Follow Yer’ Nose BBQ and the Old Saloon bring the outdoor venue to a whole new level.

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Follow Yer’ Nose BBQ was just a smoker and a tent when they first opened. Now you can sit outside on a unique patio and listen to a local band while enjoying some of the best BBQ in the state.

Get the ‘Don’t Mine the Yellowstone’ sandwich for two reasons. One it’s dang good! And two because $1 from every sandwich sold goes to the Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition***.

*** There is a group that wants to mine for gold near Emigrant just outside Yellowstone. The effects of the mine could completely alter the area including the stunning views. To learn more go to http://dontmineyellowstone.com/ ***

In the same parking lot as Follow Yer’ Nose is the Old Saloon. You can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner here! Go for the food, but stay for the live music.

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The Old Saloon has an old school outdoor stage and this summer have pulled some pretty good musical acts including Turnpike Troubadours (sorry, this concert is sold out)!

There’s plenty of room for dancing and enjoying a cold one. It’s the perfect place for tourists and locals to meet!

Paradise Valley truly is paradise, just ask John Mayer.

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So, on your way to Yellowstone, stop meet the locals and take in the beauty of paradise.

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#keepwandering

100 rides and counting

This week I completed my 100th ride at Zephyr, an indoor cycling studio here in Bozeman. It combines an AMAZING workout in a funky cool setting, and some awesome instructors.

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I started riding at Zephyr in the beginning of January and in about 5 and 1/2 months I cycled my 100th class, so I am pretty impressed with myself! 😉

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I want to use this post of finding a fitness routine that I absolutely love to address body image and how just one place really changed the perspective I had about myself.

I have always struggled with body image. I can remember feeling self-conscious in dance class when I was little. Right there that’s a red flag and can not be healthy. My struggles continued through high school, college, and pretty much until about a month ago.

I have done a lot of unhealthy things to be super skinny, which I know in the long term only had a negative effect on my health.

For those who have been keeping up with my blog also know that about a year and a half ago was when my mental health started to shift and I gained weight. I was really feeling bad about myself. There was a point where I felt that everyone was judging me for how I looked and that was not a good feeling on top of all the stress and anxiety I had.

Both men and women struggle with body image, but how can we build ourselves up and just feel good?

Zephyr, quitting my job, and a super supportive boyfriend helped me, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what you need to find. What I do know is that as soon as I started feeling healthy there was a shift in my entire life.

I am no expert, but I do want to share the changes that I made to start feeling good!

First I really looked at who I surrounded myself with and who’s comments to take to heart. My boyfriend was always there to build me up. Whether it was a “you look great today,” or an “I just want you to be healthy,” hearing  those messages is so helpful. Especially when you are having as much self doubt as I was.

Second, I found something that made me feel healthy and good. That was Zephyr. For you it could be yoga or walking your dog. Really anything that gets you moving, because I believe Elle Woods set it best in ‘Legally Blonde’ “Exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy….”

The third thing I did was change my diet. Now, I am not going to tell you to give up ice cream or pizza because I certainly did not! However, I do find myself eating healthier and not having a diet super high in processed sugars has actually helped my anxiety. I used to pop a sugar cookie in my mouth or order sugar filled coffee drinks and it used to give me crazy anxiety and I had some bad crashes. Eating foods with actual nutritional value has improved my mood, and cut back cravings. All going back to just feeling healthy!

Just these three things helped me so much! I could bombard you with more, but nobody wants to read that long 😉 !

Let’s just keep building each other up and here’s to the next 100 rides!

#keepwandering