Jun 17, 2015

Stunning Nature and Historial Sites in North Dakota

Have you ever been to North Dakota? I have been to North Dakota when I was a little girl, so it has been at least 20 years since I have visited. Now that I know all about the adventures one can have at this state, I'm eager to head back! From hiking to exploring the beautiful nature and historical sites, ND has a lot of scenic destinations I am eager to see. I've always been a fan of history and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park has a reconstructed Indian lodge, among other historical sites. Sounds so cool! Check out some of my must see activities below:

Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Backway

The Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Backway in Kenmare, ND offers some pretty incredible hikes! I would love to hike in this area while viewing the rolling hills and the Des Lacs Valley. Apparently it has a lot of wildlife too -- birds, deer, and moose are just a few! Near this site, there's also a historical Danish Mill that I'd love to see. I love seeing and learning about historical sites!

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

I love the Civil War time period, and this state park offers tours of General George Custer's last home as well as barracks, granary, commissary and a stable. You are able to see how it was in 1875, which is the year the 7th Cavalry rode to the Little Bighorn. There's also a museum and tour of On-A-Slant Indian Village's five reconstructed earthlodges. I would love to tour all of these historical sites at the state park!

Icelandic State Park 

For more nature and hiking, the Icelandic State Park in Cavalier, ND appears to be a wonderful place to check out as well. It is the home to the Pioneer Heritage Center, historical buildings, and the Gunlogson Homestead. You can hike there and there is also a self-guided nature trail near the Pioneer Heritage Center. Camping is also available at the site, so you can take your time and explore the park.

Little Missouri State Park

I saved the best state park for last (at least from what I have read this sounds like an AMAZING place to visit). Located in Killdeer, ND, the Little Missouri State Park is full of the Badlands terrain where you can horseback ride and hike to your heart's content. Wildlife is known to hang out here -- coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and golden eagles are just a few animals you may run into. Well -- hopefully not a bobcat! ;) You can also go horseback riding here, which sounds pretty incredible to me! I love horseback riding while checking out the nature, though I haven't horseback rode for a while so I think I would need a warm up lesson first.

My mom was born in Montana, so I've always loved the rolling hills and open prairie. North Dakota is right near Montana, so naturally my family and I have visited both states. I used to want to live in Montana and marry a cowboy -- anything that involves nature, a beautiful backdrop of mountains and hiking means I am all in! I can't wait to head back to North Dakota in the future to do some hiking and visit these grand historical state parks.

Learn more about North Dakota's amazing sites and activities at North Dakota Legendary. You can also connect with them on Twitter, too!

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.*

May 2, 2015

12 Sleepy Pups Who Look Adorable Taking a Snooze

Whenever I see my puppy Candy taking a snooze in the middle of the afternoon not only am I jealous, but I love how cute and peaceful she looks. She gets to zone off in the middle of the afternoon while I work and occasionally I sneak a few glances at this adorable pup that just looks too cute for words. Candy knows how to sleep in several different positions too. I'll find her curled tighly in a ball, her head against a pillow, or her legs spread out all the way while she's taking a nap on her stomach. Whatever position she chooses is adorable!

When dogs sleep they often have puppy dreams, and I always wonder what Candy's are about. Is she dreaming of another friend that she's playing with? Is she running after her ball in the field? Whatever she dreams about I have to wonder as I sometimes watch her legs twitch and her body move. From the looks of it she experiences what has to be some pretty intense dreams!

Since we already established that dogs are adorable especially while they're sleeping, I decided to find -- okay stalk -- some pretty cute pups on Instagram. Here are 12 #instapuppy snoozing dogs that I find absolutely adorable, and of course one of Candy's pictures made the list too. ;)

1. I'm Not Sure What This Position is, But it's Cute! 

2. This Shiba Inu Pup isn't Afraid to Sleep in a Plastic Storage Basket! 

3. My Little Miss Morkie Loves Sleeping on Pillows Like She's a Real Human. Wait, isn't She?! 

4. Macy the Morkie Sleeping on the Corner of Mom's Computer While She Works!

A photo posted by MacyTheMorkie (@macythemorkie) on

5. This Lab Thinks Sleeping on Tile is Sooo Comfy! 

6. This Pup was Thinking: Ahh Dad Just Got Back From a Workout, Now I can Sleep

A photo posted by Mr. Louis Pierre (@mrlouispierre) on

7. Time to Nod off into Sleepy Land...

8. Life is Just so Ruff! 

9. Peek a Boo, I See You! 

A photo posted by Sunny & Judy (@sunnyandjudy) on

10. Nap time in the sunshine

A photo posted by Autumn (@sugarcoma75) on

11. Sweet, Sweet Puppy Love

12. Time for Some Sweet Dreams...

A photo posted by Kirby (@kirbztagram) on

4 Eco-Friendly Frocks on Celebrities that are Inspiring Change

Whenever actresses take a stand and infuse eco-friendly fashion into their wardrobes I am inspired. These women have the ability to touch lives, and what better way to do it then with eco-fashion. With this small act of kindness they're reminding us all that it's the little things that matter and it's the daily choices that we make that can help save our earth. I love that a Hollywood star can choose a gown for an event that's not only gorgeous, but made of eco-friendly materials. Here are 4 stunning dresses that some incredible actresses recently wore:

1) Gina Rodriguez at the 2015 Oscars

Actress Gina Rodriguez went to the Oscars this year wearing an eco-friendly gown made out of environmentally friendly materials. I happen to love this actress and the show she stars in called Jane The VirginThe gown is actually a part of Suzy Amis Cameron's eco-fashion campaign, Red Carpet Green Dress. Gina looks beautiful in a dress that's fabulous and eco-friendly! 
2) Olivia Wilde is the New Face for H&M Conscious Exclusive

Olivia Wilde is the new face for the latest Conscious Exclusive campaign for H&M. The actress is already known for her commitment to environmental and humanitarian work, so naturally she is the perfect fit for the luxurious eco-friendly clothing line. I can't wait to check it out! 

I also have to mention that I think it's amazing that H&M is using their brand name and fashion lines for good. The H&M Conscious Foundation recently donated $100,000 to support the organization Save the Children to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal! 

3) Jessica Alba Stepped out in Eco-Friendly Studio One Eighty Nine Pants

A few weeks ago Jessica Alba who already has an eco-friendly lifed called The Honest Company stepped out in a pair of eco-friendly pants. The stylish pants are from her friend Rosario Dawson’s new eco-friendly line of clothing and accessories called Studio One Eighty Nine. This company uses eco-friendly material like recycled glass beads and vegan leather to create stunning bags, jewelery, and clothing. I checked out the site and they really have some incredible pieces, like this tote.

4) Emily Blunt Wore a Tory Burch Eco-friendly Dress at TIFF
via RCFA

Who doesn't love Emily Blunt? Even though I didn't like Into The Woods, I loved seeing Emily act in it. She always comes alive on screen. Well, in 2012 the stunning actress wore a white dress created out of fabric scraps of previous dresses by the well known designer Tory Burch. What was cool is that the dress was actually created to be a part of the Green Carpet Challenge. This incredible challenge was created by Livia Firth, who is married to the ruggedly handsome Colin Firth.

I love that all four of these ladies are inspiring change not only in their own lives, but they're making it visible through eco-friendly fashion choices that make sense. I only hope that we can inspire to do the same too!