Traveling Light: 5 tips for Vacationing with a Backpack

Traveling Light: 5 tips for Vacationing with a Backpack

Backpacking through Europe may sound like a college student’s cliche but I can promise you that there is nothing more freeing then having only a single, easy to carry bag, when you are traveling. This of course means that you can’t bring as many things, but once you are realistically looking at what you need for leisure travel you might be surprised at how little you actually need to pack. 

We spent 2 weeks visiting London and Ireland, using just a single 50 liter back pack each. I’ve pulled together a list of all the tips we learned during the trip and from friends before traveling.

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Peach Monkey Bread Recipe

Peach Monkey Bread Recipe

With just a few steps towards making a delicious dish everyone enjoys Monkey Bread is the perfect go-to pastry for an early morning brunch. I’m not one for doing things by the book so when I looked at what ingredients I had in the fridge this weekend I decided to try jazzing up a classic by adding in some of my favorite fall produce – PEACHES. 

Peaches bring a fresh flavor and hint of sweetness that compliments the rich doughiness everyone loves about traditional Monkey Bread.  Continue Reading…

Are You Roeing? Join my Lularoe Pop-up on Thursday

Are You Roeing? Join my Lularoe Pop-up on Thursday

I am super excited that one of my best friends just became a Lularoe consultant! If you aren’t yet familiar with this fabulous new brand now is the time to check it out! This pop-up will happen 100% online, so you can join in and shop no matter where you are! 

Join the Pop-Up Group on Facebook.

Lularoe is a home shopping sale group [remember Tupperware parties?] that features beautiful and comfortable clothing as the items for sale. 

Lularoe is what I imagine would happen if Pokemon and Beanie Babies had a love child. Extremely comfortable, each piece is limited edition with just 312 items in each size of each print. This means that every consultant has a different inventory and each item is collectable and unique. 

As an example, I just snagged this super comfy Irma and One Size Fits all leggings. Lularoe-pop-up

Irmas are intended to be oversized so I pulled mine up in the back with a hair tie. The leggings are so soft that it almost feels like you are wearing PJs instead of pants – and they are thick enough that you can actually go out in public! 

Amber is one of oldest friends and just launched her shop and I couldn’t be more excited to be one of her very first online pop-ups. I hope you can join us on Thursday!! 

Join the Pop-Up Group on Facebook.

Sweet Hot Mustard Potato Salad Recipe

Sweet Hot Mustard Potato Salad Recipe

The grill is hot, the burgers are sizzling and the cooler is full of ice. The dog days of summer are here and there is nothing more fun than getting together with family and friends for a cook out. My favorite thing about summer parties is seeing all the delicious treats everyone comes up with. Inviting guests to bring along a summer side dish is a great to way plump up the dinner table and test their creativity. 

Potato salad is great summer standby bound to please even the fussiest of eaters. For this recipe I worked with my friends over at Hickory Farms to jazz up a summer potluck go to with a taste of their Sweet Hot Mustard. This hot twist on a cool summer classic is the perfect addition to your next backyard gathering. 

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In the Kitchen With Uncorked

In the Kitchen With Uncorked

Just last month I had the opportunity to experience one of the newest hot spots in Denver, Uncorked Kitchen. The unique dinner / wine / cooking school opened last fall and the husband-wife team behind the business is reinventing how dinner out can be a fully hands-on experience. The beautiful two story location can be found just north of Park Meadows mall, featuring stunning views of the sunset from the patio and kitchens. Would-be chef’s join culinary experts in the kitchen where they learn how to create a masterpiece before sitting as a group to enjoy the meal. 

Cooking with Uncorked Kitchen

Most cooking classes leave you with a handful of tips, a new recipe and a couple of bites of the finished product. At Uncorked Kitchen I had the pleasure of learning how to effortlessly whip up traditional French cuisine and enjoyed the fruit of our labors for dinner that evening. The three course meal included Camembert and Caramelized Onions Tartlets, Potato Galette, Pork Tenderloin Medallions with cider sauce and Tarte Tatin. While the names at first sounded foreign and complicated the finished product was perfect, and I learned just how easy it would be to integrate French cooking styles into my own kitchen.  

Cooking with Uncorked Kitchen

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July Reading List

July Reading List

This month’s reading challenge selections are HEARTY long reads so I’ll only include 3 books for you to check out during July. If you’ve been following along since March [because why start in January when everything is SO busy] you should be through 25 books this year – exactly halfway. Let me know what your thoughts are about this month’s books and shout out how far along you on in your 50 book challenge!  Continue Reading…

Save Money on Your Next Vacation with Groupon Coupons

Save Money on Your Next Vacation with Groupon Coupons

If there are two things I’m a HUGE fan of it’s vacations and saving money. Since we’re right in the middle of summer now is the perfect time to start planning your next vacation this fall – or saving a little extra before your upcoming trip in August.  We’re very lucky to have wonderful jobs that allow us time to travel so exploring the country (and world) is a top priority of mine. Continue Reading…

Strawberry Danish Recipe

Strawberry Danish Recipe

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day but sometimes its hard to do more than just a granola bar before running out the door in the morning. On a weekend morning that is typically a different story for me. I love lounging around the house and making breakfast as a family while we catch up on the previous week. In honor of Fourth of July I wanted to make a patriotic looking treat that we could enjoy with a hot cup of coffee. 

This Strawberry Danish Recipe is something you can make over the weekend in just a few minutes and keep chilled throughout the week for a quick grab and go breakfast as you head out the door. Hickory Farms Fruit Spreads are perfect for adding just the right amount of sweetness to this treat. Preservative free and made with real fruit there is no better way to add just a bit of healthy into a breakfast pastry.  Continue Reading…

Phone Photography Contest

Phone Photography Contest

I’ve been working hard to improve my photo skills over the last year, and in celebration of that journey I wanted to help you become a better photographer – starting with the tools you already have a access to and some awesome ‘Phoneography’ goodies that will help  you along the way. Together with a few of my favorite bloggers I’ve teamed up for the chance for you to win an awesome phone photography prize pack. 

When I started RockyMtnBliss nearly all of my photos were shot using my iphone. It’s amazing how far the quality of phone photos have come over the last few years. If you want to get started as a photographer – or just be a better instagrammer, candid photo taker or blogger – your phone is a great tool to help you learn the basics before making a big investment on a nice camera. 

With the help of a fabulous team of bloggers, lead up by Angie from My So-Called Chaos I’ve worked to bring you an amazing June Contest featuring all the gadgets you need to improve your phone photography skills. 

June Phoneography Giveaway: Win a Phone Photography Prize Pack

Enter the June Phoneography Giveaway

Now with just the help of a few fun tools and tricks you can take professional looking photos using just your phone! To help you get started we’re giving away a big prize pack of goodies* that no matter where you are in your photography skills you will love to use. Giveaway is open worldwide** and ends at 12AM MDT on 07/12/16. Entering below agrees to all terms and conditions within the Rafflecopter widget.

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*Prize inclusions depend on availability, may not be entirely as depicted in the photo (but will be similar).
**International Winners will receive a cash prize of $150 due to shipping matters.

Visiting The Denver Zoo

Visiting The Denver Zoo

Growing up in Colorado the annual school field trip to the Denver Zoo was something we all looked forward to. Since moving back to the state I’m not sure when the last time I visited the Zoo was, probably at least 10 years. I’ve been working to improve my photography skills so I was so excited when my Mother in Law gave me a Mike’s Camera class as a gift for my birthday last month. 

We spent an evening learning about ISO, F Stops and what types of settings we should use for long range photography and several weeks later the class headed to the Zoo for an early morning with the animals. With the beautiful morning light capturing all the outside animals was a bit easier, so to give us a challenge we also spend an hour or so inside the reptile house to try out low light photography.  Continue Reading…

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