SEATTLE

Although my trip to Seattle was several months ago, I am still going to blog about it to document my suggestions, tips and adventures!

I decided that for my 30th (I know, right!) birthday I would go to Seattle for a mini vacay by myself! It was meant to prove to myself as I entered a new decade, that I was still a strong independent woman who could do hard & new things on my own! I planned this about two weeks prior to my birthday, which is June 29th. It was my first time away from Mia so of course I was nervous about that and didn’t want to be gone too long. I settled on leaving early Thursday morning and coming home late Saturday night. I crammed a lot of adventures in during that time and I really do feel like I saw enough to feel accomplished in Seattle.

So Thursday morning bright and early I dropped Mia off at her Rover and raced to the airport. Made it there without any issues, although, the flight was quite long (4 hours). When I got there I made my way to the light rail line. I used a mix of public transportation and ubers to get around. I successfully navigated downtown Seattle. I went from the airport to Public Market Center. I grabbed a quick bowl of the famous Beecher’s Mac & Cheese (which was SO good that I got it again TWO more times) and then ubered to my awesome airbnb.

I have used airbnb before but had never stayed in a SHARED house. But since this trip was allllll about doing new things alone I decided I would try it. I found a home that had amazing reviews and bedrooms on the first and second floor that they rented out. I opted for the first floor one … it had its own private bathroom, mini fridge and an electronic lock on the door. I never even ended up seeing the owners and it was seriously perfect! They had a keypad on the front door and you could come and go as you please. Once I came home at night I didn’t venture back out … just relaxed in my room and went to bed. I would totally do this again especially with the private bathroom. It literally felt like a hotel room. If you ever travel to Seattle and want the link let me know!

So anyway, I ubered to the house and dropped off my stuff. I only traveled with a backpack but it was getting pretty heavy. I freshened up and headed back downtown. It was only like a 10 minute uber ride from my airbnb. I loved that they have uber pool in Seattle … it was always like $2-3 for a ride. You just can’t be in a rush because you pick up other people on the way. The app tells you where to stand and then the uber comes and picks you up. It was usually just me and maybe one or two other people. I actually enjoyed this! I explored the market & famous gum wall. Then after a while, I ubered North to the Queen Anne neighborhood. I went to find this cupcake joint which did not disappoint. Then I walked South to Kerry Park. This was apparently the BEST view of the city skyline … and it truly was beautiful!! Snapped a few pictures and took in the beauty. Then I walked to a burger joint and had a late dinner before ubering home and calling it a night.

Kerry Park Overlook

Friday morning I woke up super early because of the time change. I just laid in bed for a couple of hours relaxing. The bed was SO comfy and it was nice to just do nothing. Today was my 30th birthday! I had so many fun plans for the day so I eventually got up and headed downtown again. My go-to place was always the market. I had an amazing breakfast bagel for breakfast and some bday Starbucks of course! I then headed to the Seattle Art Museum. Since it was a Friday morning it was pretty quiet in there. There were some really neat exhibits. It was about lunchtime by the time I finished up at the Museum so I walked back over to the market. I went to Pike Place Chowder. There was about a 30 minute line but I had read such good reviews so I waited it out. It was the best $30 birthday lobster roll of my life. So good. For the afternoon I took the light rail train up to Chihuly Glass Gardens and the Space Needle. The glass gardens were beautiful. I ended up just finding a bench and chilling there for a while because my Space Needle time slot wasn’t for an hour or so. I could have done without the Space Needle … it really wasn’t that great and I sort of felt weird all the way up there. Snapped a few pictures and got out of there. Ended up ubering further North to the Ballard neighborhood. Found a booth at Mod Pizza and had some really good pizza. Walked around the neighborhood a little bit and then had a massage booked for 6 pm. After the massage, I went home and crashed! I did so much on Day 2.

Saturday morning I woke up and headed to none other than the market! I got some really good maple bacon donuts and then just spent the morning shopping downtown and roaming around. There was Starbucks involved and just taking it slow. It was starting to sprinkle a little around lunch time. Later that afternoon I took the light rail back to the airport and headed back to MSP. It was truly a special trip for me. I tried new things and felt rejuvenated when I got back home. I will definitely return someday for another long weekend. It was the perfect place to travel solo and was filled with such amazing food!

DOG SHAMPOO

What better way to start off the blog than with a post about a crunchy dog option! Two of my favorite topics: crunchy products and my dog Mia! As I mentioned in my welcome post, I am super passionate about living a crunchy lifestyle. Someone recently asked what a “crunchy” lifestyle means. It’s basically a label to describe someone who is very conscientious about living clean and natural. I typically do tons of my own research and tend to stay away from mainstream trends in the health, wellness & food industries. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I am all about my natural “remedies”! When I got my fur baby, Mia, I started researching natural options for dogs. I joined a couple of really good facebook groups that have been very helpful in my quest to provide Mia with great products.

One product that I struggled to find clean options for was dog shampoo. When I first got Mia I had some fancy dancy shampoo and it ended up making her itchy and she had bad dandruff. Then I tried the Burt’s Bees dog line with the same issues. Why does everything have to be so toxic and gross with nasty ingredients and fragrances?! So I set off on a mission to make my own! This is a homemade recipe that I have been using for the last year with Mia and it’s worked great. We always get compliments from strangers and even the vet about how healthy her hair/coat looks.

So here’s what you’ll need … 

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp natural soap 
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops peppermint oil

Mix it all together and you’ve got yourself a nice smelling natural dog shampoo! It’s not quite as foamy as regular shampoo but it does lather decently and I usually only need a couple pumps to wash Mia. I dumped the natural soap into a storage container so that I could use this pump dispenser (in the picture below) for the actual shampoo. Let me know if you try it out with your fur baby! 

WELCOME!

I am both excited & nervous as I begin this post! This is the beginning of a new journey for me. I’m going to start with a little bit about myself & what the purpose of this blog will be.

So without further ado … I am KAITLYN. I won’t bore you to death with details, I’ll just give you the “need to knows”. I am thirty years young & live in Uptown, Minneapolis. I have lived in this neighborhood for about five years now & absolutely love it. The perfect mix of city life & outdoor space with the lakes right down the block from me. Almost three years ago I rescued my main squeeze MIA. She is a min-pin chihuahua dachshund mix from Kentucky. We have been inseparable since she arrived … two peas in a pod. I am passionate about crunchy living, health & wellness. Taking care of my body has become a huge priority for me over the last few years. I love cooking & trying new recipes with a glass of red on the side. Reading & yoga are also things I try to fit into my life. You’ll notice that I’m an introvert at heart & one hundred percent okay with that.

I am an elementary science specialist in South Minneapolis. I have been in this current role for the last three school years. Prior to that, I taught for seven years in North Minneapolis. I was a classroom teacher in kindergarten, first grade & third grade over those seven years. My time in North Minneapolis has truly shaped who I am as a person & teacher.

As much as I love teaching & my current role, my heart & soul have been longing for more. That’s where this blog & writing comes into play! I have always enjoyed writing as an outlet … my teachers & mom used to tell me I was “such a great writer” (HA). I have blogged before but lost touch with that over the last few years. I journal a lot and find that to be the best way for me to spill out all the thoughts in my brain. I plan to use this blog to not only chronicle my life & adventures but also to showcase some other pieces of writing I will be working on.

Topics of interest to me include: health, wellness, food/recipes, workouts, teaching, product & restaurant reviews, fashion, fur parenting and life in the city as a 30 year old female.

Thank you for coming on this journey with me. Cheers to the future!

Stone Arch Bridge in Mpls