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Monday, January 26, 2015

Bucket List Adventures // Sea Life

In an effort to continue checking off items on our bucket list, we recently hit up the 
"Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium" at the Mall of America.

I hashtagged all our fun.

We had a great time exploring like two big kids, and if you are looking for a nostalgic dating adventure, this is a quick, fun go-to idea!

For more of our Bucket List Adventures, feel free to visit the "Bucket List" tab on the right sidebar.

Our Bucket List progress:

1. Take in the city at the top of a skyscraper
2. Hike along local waterfalls
3. Attend a hockey game
4. See a musical
5. Attend an outdoor concert
6. Go lawn bowling
7. Run a 5k
8. Go on a brewery tour
9. Shop at a local market
10. Get lost in the Skyway
11. Participate in outdoor yoga
12. Play in an ice castle
13. Ride a roller coaster 
14. Check out a local winery
15. Wine and painting date
16. Visit an aquarium
17. Go to the zoo
18. Go to a baseball game
19. Go snowmobiling
20. Check out a Holiday Village at Christmas
21. Go snowshoeing
22. Attend a Pride Parade
23. Bike along the city
24. Take a cooking class
25. Go on a local tour
26. Go fishing
27. Go hiking
28. Go on a dinner cruise
29. Jump at an indoor trampoline park
30. Wander around a new city in our area

Saturday, January 24, 2015

7 Not-So-Obvious Reasons to go on a Run


Today I took advantage of this oddly warm January day and went for a morning run with my favorite furry companion. While running, I couldn't help but be reminded of how much I love getting outdoors and going wherever it is my legs decide to take me. I began to think about all of the reasons I truly enjoy a good run and here is where my thoughts lead me.

1. It gives me a chance to explore different surroundings. You can really run just about anywhere.
2. It is great, uninterrupted think time. Some of my best ideas come to me while on a jog.
3. It is free. No gym costs or equipment needed.
4. It is wonderful stress relief. After a hard day's work, when the couch is calling my name, nothing energizes me like a quick jot around the neighborhood.
5. It provides for great bonding opportunities. I love running and catching up with my husband or girlfriends.
6. It makes me a better pet owner. I love seeing my dog's little eyes light up when I ask her if she wants to come along. 
7. It encourages goal setting. Whether I am training for a race or simply working to up my mileage, there is always something I can strive to improve.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bucket List Adventures // Ice Castle


Our bucket list adventures continue. Last night we checked off another item on our list when we visited (and played like two small children) in a giant "Frozen-like" ice castle!



It is hard to describe the sheer size of the castle, and how incredible it truly is. The photos only do it limited justice. Colored lights like those you see in blue to the left lit up much of the structure. In the photo to the right, while it looks frozen, that is actually a gushing waterfall of sorts streaming down from the top.


Ryan found a chair and insisted upon a "king in the castle" shot. I will admit, he pulled it off pretty well. Meanwhile, I had fun sneaking in and out of a miniature ice tunnel that was made for small folk like me.


As we didn't already feel like we had been transplanted into a Disney film, a photo op with Olaf was the "ice" - ing on the cake.


Feel free to visit the Ice Castles website to learn more about how they are made and to see if there is one near your area. 
For more of our Bucket List Adventures, feel free to visit the "Bucket List" tab on the right sidebar.

Our Bucket List progress:

1. Take in the city at the top of a skyscraper
2. Hike along local waterfalls
3. Attend a hockey game
4. See a musical
5. Attend an outdoor concert
6. Go lawn bowling
7. Run a 5k
8. Go on a brewery tour
9. Shop at a local market
10. Get lost in the Skyway
11. Participate in outdoor yoga
12. Play in an ice castle
13. Ride a roller coaster 
14. Check out a local winery
15. Wine and painting date
16. Visit an aquarium
17. Go to the zoo
18. Go to a baseball game
19. Go snowmobiling
20. Check out a Holiday Village at Christmas
21. Go snowshoeing
22. Attend a Pride Parade
23. Bike along the city
24. Take a cooking class
25. Go on a local tour
26. Go fishing
27. Go hiking
28. Go on a dinner cruise
29. Jump at an indoor trampoline park
30. Wander around a new city in our area


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Thriftventures

Since we have gotten married and started sharing and working to save money, I have made it a point to try and be a bit more "thrifty" with the purchases I make. That being said, my new favorite places to shop have quickly become local and online thrift stores where I find myself enjoying the hunt of a great bargain! 

One of these favorite spots for fab finds is the local Goodwill store. I am always amazed by the brand name items (many of which I would never pay full price for at the store) that I can find for some seriously cheap prices. 

For instance, here are some of my favorite finds from this past fall:


// Green & Blue Tee: Urban Outfitters // Blue & White Striped Tee: Zara 
// Brown Sweater: Gap // Navy Pea Coat: Ann Taylor Loft

 

// Tan Coat: J.Crew  //Navy & White Striped Button Down: The Limited







Another great thing about Goodwill is that when you make a donation, you also receive a 25% off coupon for in store use. Thus, I make it a point to make a donation each time I go as it is not only a great way to give back, but also clean out my closet and receive a discount at the same time on the already discounted merchandise when I shop. Cheers all around.


If you are someone who doesn't mind (or even enjoys) the hunt for a good bargain like myself, thrifting may be a new adventure you should try this year! 

Stay tuned for more of my "thriftventures" in future posts, and I'd love to hear any tips, tricks, or favorite spots from those of you "thriftveterans" out there.  




Friday, January 2, 2015

Bucket List Adventures // Exploring our City

After getting married and moving to a brand new city as a couple this past fall, the hubs and I decided we not only needed to get to know this place we now live, but continue to ensure as a now married couple that we were still bringing the fun and adventure of dating life to our relationship.

Thus, a few months after we moved, we sat down and created a "Date Idea Bucket List" comprised of 30 different things we wanted to do within our first year of living together as a married couple in our new home. 
The following is what we came up with.


Our Bucket List in no particular order:

1. Take in the city at the top of a skyscraper
2. Hike along local waterfalls
3. Attend a hockey game
4. See a musical
5. Attend an outdoor concert
6. Go lawn bowling
7. Run a 5k
8. Go on a brewery tour
9. Shop at a local market
10. Get lost in the Skyway
11. Participate in outdoor yoga
12. Play in an ice castle
13. Ride a roller coaster 
14. Check out a local winery
15. Wine and painting date
16. Visit an aquarium
17. Go to the zoo
18. Go to a baseball game
19. Go snowmobiling
20. Check out a Holiday Village at Christmas
21. Go snowshoeing
22. Attend a Pride Parade
23. Bike along the city
24. Take a cooking class
25. Go on a local tour
26. Go fishing
27. Go hiking
28. Go on a dinner cruise
29. Jump at an indoor trampoline park
30. Wander around a new city in our area

Here is what we have already accomplished.

See a musical. Check.
A locally written one at that.


Shop (and eat) at a local market. Check.



Check out a local winery. Check.
My sister and her bf visited for the weekend and a tasting sesh was in order.


Visit a Holiday Village at Christmas. Check.
Nothing like the feel of a German village at the holidays. Hot mulled cider? I think so.



We officially have until 8-1-15 to accomplish our list. 
So much to do, so little time. But we are looking forward to the challenge, and it is my hope to continue to update our list and share photos of each adventure as a way of not only documenting all of our fun, but inspiring ideas in all of you for adventure-filled dating with your hubs as well.

If you ever find yourself moving to a new city and/or even looking for ways to further explore your current city, I would recommend creating a bucket or adventure list of your own. It is a great way to think of things to do when you have guests or a free weekend, and it can be easily created by searching city pages online and asking others for recommendations.