Just Jeepin’

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This past weekend here in Kentucky was absolutely beautiful. With as much rain and cold weather that we have been having I was thrilled to see the forecast say sunny and 80 degrees. My family, my boyfriend, and I decided this would be a perfect time to take a road trip. We packed up the jeeps with food, drinks, and pups and headed off to Shepard’s Trail. If you live in KY or anywhere close, I highly recommend taking a drive on this trail. It’s full of twists and turns and it takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery. It also takes you through a state park, if you go a certain way!

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We rolled the windows down, turned up the music and had a blast. It was much needed after everything that has been going on in the world lately. I was so happy being surrounded by those I love and getting to take in some fresh air.

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While this trail was absolutely beautiful to drive through, it also had places where you can camp, picnic, or just stop to take in the scenery. About half way through the trail, we parked and walked to an overlook spot. The view was stunning. We drove the rest of the trail, and even took the long way home just to enjoy the drive even more. It was so much fun and I encourage you to find new places to road trip to during this time. It allows you the chance to destress, be with loved ones, and leave your worries behind.

This year, my jeep will be 5 years old and I am always looking for new spots to take her on adventures. If anyone has any suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments!

I know this was a shorter post, but I hope you still enjoyed and check out Shepard’s Trail if you get the chance! Thank you so much for reading about our little weekend adventure. I pray everyone is staying safe and healthy!

-Taylor

Adventures in Snowshoe

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This past weekend my boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to Snowshoe, West Virginia. We were both craving a little adventure, so we headed 5 hours to the snowy mountains and had the best time. If you are looking for a great place to go skiing/snowboarding or just a quiet place to get away I would definitely recommend going. I want to share with you some of our favorite places and things to do while we were there!

The first evening we were there, we headed up to Snowshoe Village to hang out and find a place for dinner. Not only was the village itself beautiful, but the walk to the village was absolutely stunning. We had to park a little ways away since we weren’t staying at any of the resorts, but the walk through the snowy paths and forests looked like something straight out of a movie. The village definitely had me feeling like I was part of a Hallmark movie. Our first stop was Starbucks to get some hot tea, because we were both freezing. After looking through the dinner options we chose a place called “Old Spruce Cafe & Tavern“. 10/10 recommend checking this place out! The food, drinks, and staff were wonderful!

 

The next day we went snowboarding. Let me tell ya, if you’ve never been, I would highly recommend lessons before!  We decided to teach ourselves and let’s just say we wound up a little more bruised and sore then we probably would’ve been had we had lessons! We also decided to snowboard at Silver Creek, which is a part of snowshoe, but had wider slopes and is less crowded since it was our first time. Despite the minor injuries we still had a blast. After a long day on the slopes we ate at “The Pizza Slice” and it definitely hit the spot. It was our favorite food place!

As far as places to stay, we chose to stay in an Airbnb, because it was cheaper than staying at the resort. However, the village had many beautiful places to stay and we definitely plan on checking them out next time we are there! If you do chose Airbnb when you go, I recommend staying at Overlook Village. The little cabins were beautiful and so clean! The host was also extremely nice and helpful. Our place was only a couple minutes drive up to Snowshoe. You can book online or on the Airbnb app.

 

Overall, we had the absolute best time and would recommend it to anyone. These were just a couple of our favorite spots! We had no cell service the whole time we were there, so it was really nice to be able to just focus on each other and disconnect from everything else. I am so thankful for my sweet boyfriend, who is always down for an adventure. This was our first one of 2020 and I can’t wait for many more to come!

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-Taylor J

 

Brands That Give Back

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Recently when it comes to buying clothes I have been really looking for brands that give back. About a week ago a brand named Peak Above commented on one of my Instagram posts. I checked out their page and instantly fell in love.

This brand is all about bringing awareness to mental health. I loved their clothing, as well as the meaning behind each shirt. I chose to purchase a tee for myself. I got the “Can’t Beat The Peak Tee” . The mountain peaks on the logo represent strength, progression, and stability. Once you reach this peak nothing can beat it. Depression, anxiety, whatever it is that you are struggling with can not beat this peak!

img_9453I’m wearing a size small in the color steel blue.

I truly love the message they are spreading, not only is mental health awareness something that is extremely personal to me, but something that I will always fight for. So many people everyday are struggling in silence, and that needs to change. Not only did their message have me hooked, but this brand also gives back to support mental health awareness. They donate 10% of their proceeds to Mental Health America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives.

With it being mental health awareness month, I figured this would be the perfect brand to spot light. If you have never checked them out please do! I love brands that not only use their platform to send a powerful message, but to also give back to organizations. The t-shirt I purchased was great quality, extremely comfortable, and so cute! I can’t wait to sport it all summer.

I encourage you to find more brands that give back. I would love to make it a goal for myself as well, so I can share them with you all. Shopping is always fun, but it feels even better when you know your money is supporting a good cause!

-Taylor Johns

Current Must Haves

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I am so happy to be sharing more of my passions here on my blog. I figured I would start the first “new” post out with my current fitness, beauty, and fashion must haves! I would love to do a post like this every month, just to show you my monthly favorites. I love posts like these, because it shows you new things to try! So with that being said here are some items that I loved in the month of March (and am still loving).

Health & Fitness:

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Ozark Trail 24 oz Water Bottle $7.74

This product absolutely blew me away! I was needing a good water bottle to use when working out, and this one is better than I imagined. My boyfriend in I found these in Walmart in the camping section and decided to give them a try. They hold ice like a yeti cup (or better) and they are way cheaper!

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Alani Nu Pre-Workout-Rainbow Candy $39.99

One of my absolute must haves when it comes to my workouts! Rainbow Candy was the first flavor I’ve tried and I absolutely love it. I just recently ran out, and ordered a new one to try, but I 10/10 recommend this if you are looking for a good pre workout. I put this in around 6-8 oz of water and drink it about 10 minutes before my actual workout. I feel so energized after, and it is perfect for days when you need a little extra boost!

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Pop Chips-BBQ $3.49

These are the perfect snack if you are looking for a healthy alternative to chips! They come in a bunch of different flavors but BBQ is one of my personal favorites. I have been making healthy switches for a lot of my foods, so I love eating these in place of chips.

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Silk Almondmilk Strawberry Yogurt $1.38

I was beyond happy when I discovered this. I love yogurt, but I’m lactose intolerant so regular yogurt isn’t always the best option. I have been OBSESSED with this, it is seriously so good…I even like it better than normal yogurt. It is not only dairy free, but soy free and gluten free as well.

Beauty: 

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Kristin Made Hair Scarfs Root Bundle $34.00

My obsession with hair scarves is real…These scarves from Kristin Made are my favorite, they are the perfect way to dress up any hair style! I’m wearing the color “Poppy Seed” in the photo.

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Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation $11.87

If you have dry skin, this foundation will be your best friend! I have struggled so bad with finding a good foundation that will help my dry skin look gloomy, but this does the job! Plus, the price is great!

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine $9.99

I have been loving the color “Almond Nude” in this product. The perfect lightweight color for spring!

Fashion: 

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Denim Jacket $29.99

I couldn’t find the exact one I have, but the picture is linked to one at target! This has been a staple for me in the mont of March with the weather changing up so much. I have loved dressing it up, but also pairing it with more sporty outfits as well.