Pit Stop at Meadow Hot Springs

Has anyone heard of Meadow Hot Springs? Or hot springs in general? Basically they are just different sized holes in the ground, that are naturally filled with cool to hot water. At the ones we went to in Meadow, UT (aka middle of nowhere), there are 3 different ones…we only went to one, which was the hottest one. The water is so clear, it really was like a big bathtub!  For being a Saturday afternoon, I was expecting them to be a lot more busy than they were. You have to drive down a long(ish) dirt road, and then you can park about 100 yards away and walk, or go down another dirt road filled with major potholes to get closer. We braved the potholes because I’m lazy haha.

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This whole thing was Troy’s idea, shocking, I know! He was really excited when Saylor said she would get in with him, because she was unsure at first. You really are in the middle of nowhere, so you have beautiful views all around you.

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The water was surprisingly clear. This one had a rope that you could hold on to and have it guide you all the way to the bottom, that is attached to an anchor. Troy thought it was about 25 feet deep at it’s deepest spot. Creepy!

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You drive through the town of Meadow, UT to get there, and below is a picture of their post office. It is the teeniest, cutest town ever!

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Where are your favorite hot springs? Any other ones in Utah we should know about? Have a great weekend!

xo,

Robyn

4th of July…A Little Late

I know it’s been over a week since the 4th of July, but I had to share some pictures from a shoot Say and I did with a local photographer in Phoenix. We met Alex from @thirdavenuephoto (follow her on IG HERE) at Papago Park in Scottsdale at 6:30pm one night, and it was still 110 degrees.

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It was pretty brutal, so we tried to make it as quick as possible. I was so glad Saylor cooperated for at least a solid 20 minutes so we could get some cute shots of her. By the end we were both looking like (literally) hot messes!

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It was fun to get out and go somewhere I had never been before, and even though it was so hot, it was a beautiful evening! Who else thinks that red, white and blue can be year round? 🙂

xo,

Robyn

 

My dress: Poppy & Dot

Say’s bow: Valley Gal Designs

Say’s bracelet: Littlefield Lane

Photographer: @thirdavenuephoto

 

TRYING TO BEAT THE HEAT!

Here in sunny Arizona, we are on day 2 of triple digit heat…Saturday is supposed to reach 118! My poor husband works all day in the heat and it is so hard to keep a toddler inside at home all day long, so I’ve rounded up some things and places that we like to wear and do to keep us cool. 118 is manageable, right?

 

#1 MUST HAVE- SUNGLASSES:

cn11059435 For Saylor, from Gap.         _11479848 For me, from Nordstrom.

 

#2 MUST HAVE- PERSONAL FAN:

35241142327332p For Saylor. From Bed Bath & Beyond. Don’t forget to use a 20% off coupon!

imgres For me, from Target. A cool mist is a NECESSITY! Great price, too.

 

#3 MUST HAVE- SUNSCREEN!!

imgres-1For Saylor, from TargetimgresFor me, from Ulta. Use a coupon!

 

#4 MUST HAVE- SWIM ESSENTIALS.

imgres-1 Puddle Jumper for Saylor.     Stripies_Crop_1_large Suit for me, Albion Fit.

 

#4 MUST DO- AQUARIUM.

imgres Fish and AC makes everyone happy! SeaLife Aquarium in Tempe is where you can find us a few times this summer! Added bonus, it is connected to an indoor outlet mall. Double score!

#5 MUST DO- The Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

#6 MUST DO- Indoor swim lessons at Aqua Tots.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: the Library, Ikea, Costco, Target and ChickFilA. The ones that don’t need explaining, but are always there for us!

 

What are some of your summer go to’s to keep cool? I would love to add your ideas to our list!

xo,

Robyn

 

A Few DISNEYLAND Tips!

For those of you who follow me on IG, (@robynmeacham), you know that we LOVE Disneyland. We have annual passes and were super sad when we moved to Utah. Lucky for us, we have family in Southern California that we visit often so we are still able to use them! It has been so fun watching Saylor grow and become familiar with characters and rides, and get excited about things.

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Today I’m going to talk about a few of my personal “must do’s” when going to D-Land. I am in no way a Disney expert, but I like to think I know a little more than some! 🙂

First, I recommend parking in the garage and WALKING to the park. SKIP THE TRAM! With kids and a stroller and all the stuff you bring, walking is necessary for me. On the way to the park they make you fold up your stroller, and, ain’t nobody got time for that. Honestly though, the walk is a quick 5 minute stroll and it puts you out right by bathrooms in Downtown Disney, which we always visit before entering the park!

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Next, CHARACTERS. Saylor always has a few that she wants to see, and I try to convince her otherwise, haha. If she insists, my go to place is ToonTown! Maybe I shouldn’t announce that publicly though, so it stays less busy! We can always find Goofy, Pluto, and of course, Minnie and Mickey in their houses if you want to wait for them. ToonTown is tucked away and less visited than all other areas of the park, so we like going back there for a little breather. You can always find characters right when you enter the park, but those lines seem to be the longest.

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My last tip for the day is the glorious FAST PASS! I’m sure you know what those are by now, but these are infinitely more beloved with having a kid. Saylor’s favorite ride for the past year has been the Buzz Lightyear right in TomorrowLand, the one across from Star Tours. The line is always at least 30 minutes and it is all outside. No thank you! The first thing we do when we enter the park is go straight there and get a fast pass! You get an assigned time to come back to the ride and bypass the majority of the line. HEAVEN SENT. Most of the time your assigned time is only about 1-2 hours later, so you have just the right amount of time to go find a character, hit up It’s A Small World, and/or grab a churro.

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That is all I have for today, but I’m sure I will do another Disneyland post another time. For all your Disney lovers, what are some of your TIPS for when visiting the park?! Share your knowledge!

xo,

Robyn

 

Springtime at the Capitol

Hi guys! If you are a Utah local, I am assuming you have been to the Utah capitol building in downtown Salt Lake City in the springtime. Since we just moved here (in January), I was unaware that it was a THING.

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I was lucky enough to win a mini photoshoot with the amazing photographer Kenzie D. (@kennydawn on IG), and she told us to meet her on the north side of the capitol. Boy were we in for a treat! It was a beautiful day and the trees were in full bloom.

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It is funny to move somewhere where the downtown area is somewhere you actually want to go and hang out, and not feel creeped out or scared the whole time you are there (read, downtown LA). Here are a few snapshots from the day, professional & not.

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If you live in Utah, I highly recommend spending a little time walking around the capitol building and exploring downtown Salt Lake City! Let me know your favorite spots down there!

xo,

Robyn

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My dress (Love Winnie James)

Saylor’s dress (old H&M, similar here)

Troy’s shirt (old Old Navy, similar here)

Jackson Hole Weekend Trip

Hi all! Life, like always, has been busy around here. This past weekend we spent some time in Jackson Hole, WY. Our good friends have a condo there, so we stayed with them. They are about 5 minutes past actual “downtown” Jackson Hole (you know, where the famous antler arches are), right at the base of the gorgeous Tetons. It is always so nice to get away, spend some time together as a family, and enjoy nature!

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We didn’t have much planned, aside from a sleigh ride through the Elk Refuge! Although we have been to Jackson Hole a few times, we have never done this before. I highly recommend it! And definitely do it when it is sunny and (warmer) out, as soon as that sun goes down the slightest bit or the wind kicks up, it gets FREEZING! Luckily they have blankets on each sleigh for everyone to use. Now when I say sleigh, its basically a large wagon pulled by 2 horses, so don’t get confused, haha! Saylor loved being able to see loads of “elks” and being pulled by horsies. On the refuge there are many different types of animals besides elk; bison, wolves, bald eagles…we only saw elk though. Tickets for this run about $20/adult, $15/child, and 4 years old and under are free!

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After the sleigh ride we ventured back into town and went to a nice dinner at the Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse. If you are familiar with Jackson Hole, you know the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, you can’t miss it. It is right in the heart of town, but the restaurant is sort of hidden. You walk in to the bar part of the place, and you have to go down stairs basically into the basement for the restaurant. This was my first time there, and because it was at a bar, I didn’t have very high expectations. Boy was I WRONG! This place is incredible. If you don’t eat meat, just disregard this whole paragraph, as that is basically all that is on their menu. Ok so this place is fancy. Like be prepared to spend more than you would than at your average Red Robin. We decided just to go all out and get some yummy appetizers and a few steaks. Best Tuna Poke and Creamed Spinach ever! I would go back there again just for those 2 starter dishes. I myself am actually not a big meat eater, and they especially had a lot of “gamey” meat, like buffalo and deer. I wish I had pictures, but I’m terrible about taking pictures and really trying to be better!

Everything seems so fresh and clean in Jackson Hole, the skies seem more blue, the air seems to smell better…it is one of my happy places. If you haven’t had the chance to go there, I highly recommend it! From the Salt Lake Valley it is only about a 4 hour drive, so it can easily be done! For those who have been there, what are your favorite things about Jackson Hole in the winter and summer time?

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Lots of love,

Robyn 🙂