Adventures, Just Because

My Travel Bucket List: Within the U.S.

Awhile back I posted a poll in my Instagram stories, asking everyone what my next blog post should be. The options were: my travel bucket list or a letter to my teenage self. It was a very close poll and actually, the letter to my teenage self won (by one vote) Although I think one day I should write that post, and I should write it from the heart (nothing cliche or superficial), I am not emotionally ready at this time to do so.

My Travel Bucket List it is!

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Adventures

On Mountain Time: Truckee, California

Truckee River Legacy Trail

I have a special place in my heart for Truckee, CA. Why is it one of my favorite places, you ask? Well, besides it’s obvious beauty, I spent many years of my childhood with my maternal grandparents at their cabin there. Some of my most fond memories as a child were from my time in the mountains; whether it was sledding down the long driveway after a snowstorm, or fishing for crawdads with chopped up hot dogs at the Tahoe Donner Beach Club Marina. There were also many evenings my grandma and I would play Yahtzee in front of the large living room window as the thunderstorms rolled by.

I actually had not been back to this part of Northern California for over 15 years until last October, and all the good memories came rushing back. My husband and I stayed at a friends cabin and enjoyed our morning coffee on the deck in the crisp, fall mountain air, and attempted the Five Lakes Trail (I called it quits about 2/3 the way up)

It was such a fun time that I knew I wanted to try and make it up there again this year. We were not only lucky enough to stay at the same cabin as we did the previous October, but we were able to go up to celebrate our [6 year] wedding anniversary.

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Just Because

The New Rules of Engagement

Before writing this post, I looked up what the definition of blogger actually was. According to Google, a blogger is a person who regularly writes material for a blog. That’s it. So, why is it that we are made to feel like less of a blogger if we don’t have thousands of Twitter followers? Can’t I just write posts and call myself a blogger?

Recently I have noticed the push to build your following on social media, and I’ll admit, I have jumped on my share of “blogger trains”. I felt, since I was so new (still am, really) that this was the best way to get my presence known on social media, and honestly, it worked to a certain extent. Over the last week, however, a more competitive, and less supportive, environment in the online blogging world has come to my attention. That is what inspired me to write this post. Of course, I only have a small sample size of the blogger community on social media (seeing that I only follow about 200 people) so, my statements are based on my experiences, which may differ from yours.

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NorCal Eats

NorCal Eats: Amy’s Drive Thru

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Many of you have probably walked through the freezer aisle, at your local grocery store, and seen the plethora of Amy’s Kitchen frozen products (if you haven’t, go look!) I was first introduced to Amy’s products back in 2013 when I decided I was going to try and follow a vegetarian (and later vegan) diet. I am not afraid to admit I used to rely heavily on convenience foods and being able to find a company that not only offered veggie friendly items, but truly cared about the ingredients they used, made switching up my diet so much easier. When it was announced that Amy’s was in the process of opening up an eatery, in Rohnert Park, CA, that promoted the same values, and offered the same amazing food as their packaged products, I was beyond excited. In the summer of 2015, dreams became reality; Amy’s Drive Thru was open for business!

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NorCal Eats

NorCal Eats: True Food Kitchen (TBT)

As some of you may have seen on social media, I had oral surgery earlier this week which has kept me laying low (and not worrying too much about blog content) However, I figured this would be a perfect time to post [another] Throwback Thursday post to hold you over.

This was my review of True Food Kitchen in Walnut Creek, CA, last summer. Unfortunately we moved a little further away recently and can’t visit as much as I would like to. Honestly, to this day, I still crave their breakfast burrito (as described below)

Enjoy!


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I want to start by saying I had my reservations about True Food Kitchen. When I first heard this new eatery was being added to the updated, posh-like, Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, CA, I assumed it was one of those “fad” places. Somewhere I didn’t feel like I needed to bother trying. Although the upscale attitude of it’s surroundings were a fair observation, we were in the vicinity, hungry, and figured we would give it a go.

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