Saturday, October 3, 2015

Weekend Links

Happy Saturday, friends! I finished up this post last night but didn't have time to finalize it, so here you go today! This weekend our in-laws are taking us to Sedona to soak up some of the Fall colors and awesome weather. I can't wait to be swimming, hiking, and playing amidst my favorite red rocks. We're staying here- have you ever been? It's my first time and I'm really excited. I'll let you guys know how it was next week, or you can always follow along via IG or Snapchat (username: danihamp).

Now, onto some links!

Read this: 9 Times Cecile Richards Threw Down For Reproductive Rights.

Eye roll, x infinity.

A boyfriend too good to be true.

On Failure and Non-Failure.

Women's issues are men's issues too.

On my wishlist: a cozy sweater, the Transport tote in Burgundy, and the perfect plaid scarf. Suggestions welcome!

And speaking of clothing, I just got these plaid dresses for Fall and I'm loving them. Madewell makes some of my favorite Fall/Winter clothing!

The Dieting Habit I Just Couldn't Break.

Unpopular Opinion: Being a Stay-at-Home Mother Is Not a Job.

On my reading list: one, two, and three. And note on number three- I started reading the series then got really busy and fell out of it somewhere in the second book maybe? This somehow happened even though I felt like I couldn't put the books down! I don't remember where I left off, so I'm restarting and I'm SO excited.

25 things you didn't know about Hocus Pocus.

Helen Mirren, I love you!

Ultimate travel list: Lonely Planet's top 10 sights in the world.

And finally, watch this.

Happy weekend! xoxo

Monday, September 28, 2015


Reading: I've been working a lot lately so I haven't had too much time for reading the past couple of weeks. However, I have been managing to sneak in some pages on a couple of books I'm moving through very slowly. I did finish a book that was surprisingly engaging, albeit pretty poorly written- Down the Rabbit Hole. If you click on that don't you dare judge me! ;) haha. Growing up in the 90s/2000s I really feel like Playboy was such a big thing- a little embarrassing to admit but I remember going to tanning beds with my girlfriends before Spring Break (2002? 2003?) and getting a Playboy bunny sticker every time so we would have the outline of little bunnies on our lower hip. SO incredibly stupid on many levels but really funny to look back on. So anyway, it was definitely an interesting read, but a beach read for sure. Little to no thought necessary but very fun. I also just started reading The Dinner by Herman Koch. So far, so good!

Eating: While hiking through Yosemite I was living out of my backpack for a few days and started eating tortillas with almond butter and dried apricots inside once I got sick of protein bars and ran out of beef jerky. SO good. Since being home I've been making the same for the boys and me in the morning and it's been a hit. Easy and portable- the perfect on-the-way-to-school snack! We don't typically do the dried fruit thing so bananas, apples, and/or berries work well too.

Thinking about: I feel like my brain is all over the place so I'm just going to type out every random thing on my mind for you, so here goes: I have been thinking a lot about a third child and we go back and forth SO much as to when we should try. We know for sure we would love to have another baby, but when? Is there ever a good time? But then other parts of me think- is three too many? Is it socially irresponsible to have a big family? No judgment if you do, these are just things I think about. A lot. haha. I've also been having discussions with Hank about work. For such a long time I thought all I wanted to do was be a stay-at-home Mom. When I went back to work (although I work mainly from home), I realized (remembered!) how much I really, really love working. And now I'm not sure if I can imagine ever going back to the way it was. Granted, it's definitely a juggling act, but it works for us. I feel like I should write a post about the past year and a half and this whole transition...maybe I will soon. Also- why does my anxiety get so funky every month, during that time of the month? I swear, I feel crazy for a couple of days and it goes away. I'm starting to really pay attention and I can totally chart when it's going to happen. I feel like I should explore ways to combat this because I hate it.

Looking forward to: Every year my girlfriends and I go back to Flagstaff for Homecoming. This year that weekend wasn't possible, so we're headed up the weekend before (next weekend!) to spend a few days in our favorite place. The leaves should be getting some good colors and I'm really, really excited for even chillier weather. On the agenda: lots of hiking, lots of yoga, and lots of good food and wine. Hank and the boys will be having a daddy/son weekend and they're super excited for camping and a big pizza party.

Enjoying: My girlfriends. This is a constant feeling for me, but lately I've just been so in awe of the females in my life. I've also had the great pleasure of meeting a few really amazing new friends, and reconnecting with some old ones also. For example- while in college I had a wonderful friend and sorority sister named Brittany. I absolutely adored her, but she transferred to a different college after a year and we lost touch. Fast forward to last summer, and who ends up having a daughter in Henry's class? Brittany! Henry's teacher is a good friend of mine, and while at the before-school picnic that summer she mentioned there was a new family that we would love, and how much I would connect with the Mom. She pointed her out across the park, and once she turned around we had such a fun slow motion recognition- "IS THAT YOU?!" Over the past year I've so enjoyed getting to re-know my friend again and I feel so lucky we are back in each others' lives in such a fun way.

Learning: So many new things. Camping things, hiking things, backpacking things, house renovation things, etc! One big thing is that this year I was asked to join the Board of Directors at Henry's school. I was so flattered and excited, but also a little nervous because although I've done similar things in the past, I've never served on anything like this before. I said yes, and since then it's been such a fun experience. And on a different note, this backpacking trip I just completed taught me a MILLION things about myself, nature, and life in general. I'm almost done with my post on that, and I can't wait to share!

Loving: Fall, the tiny bits of Fall color on the edges of the trees, bagels in the morning, baby Poppy and seeing Veronica as a newborn mama all over again, my sister and her happiness, upcoming trips with Hank, Henry and Charlie and their (usually) sweet relationship, avocado toast, finding new blogs and IG profiles to love, and the holidays coming up!

So, how about you? What are you up to today? Feel free to do your own "currently" post on your blog and link back in the comments for everyone to check out.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ringing in Fall you guys like my cheesy title? I couldn't even help myself. I'm excited about this post though, because rings have become some of my favorite accessories. I haven't always been a jewelry person at all- I often already feel pretty adorned with my tattoos- but rings have definitely made their way into my everyday look.

Here are some of my favorites, both on my wishlist and ones I own and love!

1. Madewell rings. Have you checked out their jewelry yet? I recently got this ring and have been wearing it non stop. The price is great too.

2. My friend Kelli makes the prettiest rings right here in Arizona and sells them in her Tempe-based shop and on Etsy. She sent me a set of stackers (pictured above and below) and I really love all three.

3. Free People also makes some really great jewelry, especially for your hands! Here are a few of my favorites: one (pictured here...and on sale too), two, and three.

4. Another favorite is Gorjana. I recently picked up one of their midi rings and it's really beautiful. Great quality and the perfect gold tone.

5. And finally, Elizabeth and James makes some of the neatest jewelry- a little pricier, but definitely a great splurge and treat for yourself. This one is my favorite.

If you have any favorites, especially Etsy shops, let me know! It's so fun finding new little treasures to add to my collection. xoxo

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Video: Hiking Yosemite and Half Dome 2015

I have SO much to say about this trip, but I wanted to break up the experience into two posts, with the first being this video. I put this film together last night because I wanted to be sure to get it done while the weekend was still fresh, and I'm so happy I did. I don't have more than a couple seconds of footage actually climbing Half Dome- I didn't really have a free hand, haha- but the overall feel of the weekend is definitely inside this little movie. I hope you enjoy it. The song I chose to use is called Lost in Time by an Australian band called Whitley. I love that it's an Australian group because half of our crew were Aussies- so it's very fitting. I'll share a photo-heavy post about the weekend later this week with all of the details of our adventure, but I wanted to share this today. Enjoy, and be sure to watch in HD!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Perfect Day in Prescott, V.1

I thought it would be fun to plan a couple day trips to our little town, for out-of-towners who may be curious about what to do or where to go when visiting Prescott, Arizona. Although it's small town, there is a LOT to see and do, so I plan to do a few versions of these, as well as other towns in Northern Arizona. I'm so excited to share our favorite spots!

For this first go-round, I'm going to imagine that you're arriving in Prescott bright and early, around 9am. This will be an active day, with good food and good hiking. First up...breakfast!

1. Stop by Olde World Bagels and order a Lox Bagel (or really anything on the menu!). Their bagels are made right there in house, along with the most delicious homemade cream cheeses. The lox bagels are to die for- I get mine with an everything bagel just the way it comes, toasted and then topped with some of that amazing cream cheese, lox, onions, tomatoes and capers. Insanely good. They also have great drinks and fantastic selection of teas. Tell Gina I sent you! ;)

2. Hiking time! For this first hike I figured I would share a Prescott classic- Thumb Butte! It's a great trail that's accessible to anyone, kid-friendly, and if you haven't done much Prescott hiking, this is a great place to start. It's short, and more of a nature walk than a challenging hike, but with lots of up hill trekking you'll feel the burn, however short. To get there, simply head west on Gurley St. (turn into Thumb Butte Rd.), then take it 3.4 miles to the picnic area on the right. You can go up the main trail two ways- if you take the left pathway you'll go up the steep switch backs, take the other side you'll loop around and go down them. Either way I would estimate this hike taking about 1 hour total. Be sure to stop and take some photos at the top- it's BEAUTIFUL view! Trail usage is heavy, especially on the weekends, but it's still worth the hike and a truly "Prescott" thing to experience. Next time I'll share one of my favorite, less popular and more challenging hikes.

3. After the hike head back downtown and make a beeline for Bill's Pizza, right on the square. This is one of our two favorite pizzas in town (I'll share the second on the next post), but if you're going to go, I'm going to insist you order whatever pizza you get with Bill's sauce. This special sauce is half-tomato half-pesto sauce and it's out of this world! Although Bill's has a ton of amazing specialty pizzas their tried and true cheese (or add pepperoni) with Bill's sauce is my favorite. Add on one of their Cranberry/Almond/Feta salads and you've got yourself a perfect Prescott lunch. I also suggest getting it all to go, and going outside and enjoying it on the square or at least at one of the outdoor tables. Heavenly!

4. After eating lunch pop over to Peregrine Book Company. This independent bookstore is a gem, and worth a visit for sure. Peruse the books, check out local authors, and enjoy a bit of time taking it all in. Other shops to check out while downtown: Livy Lou's boutique, (on the opposite side of the square, but a short walk away), Nectar- a modern herbal apothecary full of delicious smells and sights, Hop Sing Trading for all of the cutest clothing (Free People!), Lefebvre's Boutique to pick up a cute gift for someone you love (owned by one of my former student's families), and then be sure to pop into any of the antique shops along your way.

5. Before heading home I recommend popping into Wild Iris for some hot tea. Their Coconut Tea is one of my very favorites- hot or iced! I also have a KILLER pie spot that would be a great end to this day...but I think I'll wait and save it for my next post. ;) But get that coconut tea, you'll love it!

I'll be back soon with a second "perfect day," and include more of our favorite spots. I'll also be covering Flagstaff and Sedona, so stay tuned throughout the next month for some fun fall day trip ideas! Enjoy!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

This Place, Not Too Far From That Place

Today I am thanking my body- the same body I used to look at in the mirror, up and down and narrow my eyes a bit, angry at something, someone, myself. Why are you like that? Why are you like this? Be smaller, be different, be the way I want you to be. I remember in college, one time before a spring break with girlfriends, I drank diet drinks for a week straight to be something other than I was. Smaller, different, better. I'd skip meals, eating only when I had to, something in my brain telling me that diminishing everything in my life, including myself, would make me happy. And it's weird, during that time I don't ever remembering feeling unhappy; in fact it was quite the opposite, at least on whatever level I was operating on. Even looking back it feels strangely simple (and sad): somewhere in my mind I was just led to believe that this is just what you do in order to be your best self- you under eat and over exercise, and this is how you do it. It was normal to me, and to most of my friends too. Looking back now at one particular winter, it was like I was underwater, eyes open, trying to look to the other side of a chlorinated pool. Clear sure, but the more I tried to focus, the worse it got. Cloudy. Hazy. Lost.

Even to write this makes me sad. But in order to love ourselves, we must love our entire story, right? I believe that. So onwards and upwards, to today.

Today I do all things with love. I look at myself and feel grateful. I climb a mountain and I feel strong. I carry my children and I feel like this is why I am here. My body takes me from one place to another- I run long distances and dance across a room and hike trails with the boys and jump up from my seat to hug a friend. Movement. Strength. I now eat to nourish myself. I lift weights to feel happy, I run to clear my mind. I practice yoga for all of the above.

I stand here in this place, not too far from that place, and look back with kindness at that girl. I sit here in bed and type this, taking a deep breath and feeling it move through my entire self- this body of mine that I once wanted so badly to be anything than what it was. But I'm here now, and it feels so good to love the here so hard. Saying thank you every chance I get, to this rad, strong body and all it does. Making up for lost time maybe, but I think with love, it's never too late. Grateful. Soaking it all up. And excited for what else I can learn and do. Here's to the next...

Friday, September 11, 2015

A Fall Wishlist, Part Two

Today I thought it would be fun to do another Fall wishlist, with more of my favorite items for my favorite season. Enjoy! xoxo


This plaid shirt is an afforable staple- and a little longer which is nice for cozy Autumn days.

LOVING this jacket- I think it may be my favorite Fall coat I've seen so far. I think I'll be picking this one up.

And here's a link to the jacket I have on above!

Such a cute, simple dress. Would be great with a jean jacket or a green surplus button up over it.

This is what my sweater dreams are made of! And this one too, in the gray color.

I got a lot of questions when I wore these shoes to our friends' wedding in Denver- and here they are! Super comfy and incredibly pretty. You need these! Also, if your size is sold out, check back in the early-ish morning hours. I've noticed that sizes are restocked then, and I've often caught my size on hard-to-get items. I almost always wear a 6.5 and these run true to size.

I recently picked up this top (see it here) and it's become a daily staple. I wear it thrown over yoga pants and running shorts- very comfortable and cute.

Urban Outfitters

The perfect chambray, button-down comfy Tencel.

Loving this swingy tee dress. You could wear this so many different ways.

I just got this flannel in the red color and I can't wait to wear it.

This dress (in rust especially) is the perfect Autumn dress. Tights, boots, layered with a jacket on top...I love it.

These boots arrived last month in preparation for cooler weather and I think they're my favorite Fall item. I've had the same pair of brown ankle boots for a couple of years, but they've reached the end of the road- these beauties have taken their place!

How fantastic is this jacket? Perfectly plaid.

This is my favorite hat to wear when hiking. Good coverage and very comfy.


I recently got this vegan leather and ponte jacket and LOVE it. The fit is flattering and it's warm enough to wear on cold Fall evenings.

Loving the Oval Moon ring- I've been really into bigger rings lately and this one fits the bill perfectly- and a great price also.

I have and love these jeans, and many of the washes are on sale!

Do you have a pair of Hunters? I have the classic (non-glossy) black and wear them constantly in gloomy weather. Love them.

Considering getting a bucket bag this year- not the kind of bag I would typically carry, but very cute- Baggu makes some good ones.

Madewell shirtdresses are perfect for Fall- I just ordered one in the red plaid.

Forever 21

I absolutely love this top. Classic and simple. I would wear it with dark denim and ankle boots.

Another classic item- this two-pocket dress will be mine! So cute!

A hooded utility jacket to add to your Fall wardrobe. This one is on the shorter side, which I feel can be more flattering than longer, heavier ones.

This is a great plaid shirtdress at a good price. I like the purple and black one best.

And finally, I love this striped tee in the olive and black. Super cute.

Happy shopping! xo

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