Things I'm Loving FriYay! #2

And just like that another week has flown by.  I definitely am not complaining that it is Friday again, but I am staring down the barrel of what is going to be a very busy extended weekend.

For those of you that don't know, I am out here in Wyoming, where are fortunate enough to experience the total solar eclipse this coming Monday.  I have been looking forward to this event for three years and cannot tell you how excited I am to witness this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Because, let's face it, I will not be chasing the next total eclipse across the world (as much as I would like to).

So tomorrow evening I am packing up my son and making the two hour trip to my hometown of Casper, where the population has increased by the tens of thousands for an event that will last only a couple of minutes.  Fortunately, Casper is throwing a festival (Eclipse Fest) filled with entertainment, food, and drinks to keep the excitement going all weekend long.

Though I do plan on partaking in some of the fun, this weekend is part work, as my dad and I went in on renting out my childhood home on AirBnb.  Which is totally fine, because being the "Hostess with the Mostest" is kind of one of my hobbies.  Plus, my dad lives in the country on a beautiful 5-acres away from all the hustle and bustle of the city.  It really is my kind of place.

So look forward to a nice little recap of the eclipse and Eclipse Fest next week on the blog.  For now, I am giving you the second edition of Things I'm Loving FriYay!

  • The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Grand Conservatory

Total honesty, I do not have a green thumb and every plant I try to take care of eventually meets an untimely end.  But that does not mean I do not enjoy reaping the viewing benefits of those blessed ones who know how to make plants thrive.

For a couple of years now we have been waiting on a brand new $14 million remodel of our Botanic Gardens Grand Conservatory here in Cheyenne and they have finally opened their doors.  So, of course, my family and I had to go check it out yesterday.  Though they are still working on moving things in, it is an absolutely beautiful facility.  And the best part?  It is FREE to the public!  Giving this mama one more place to take her kiddo during the winter time to help save my sanity at home.

If you are in the area, check them out!  They are open Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  You can check out there website here.

Botanic Gardens Conservatory, palm tree, glass
Grand Conservatory
  •  Cultivate by Lara Casey 
I am reading this book as part of a summer women's bible study I am a part of and it is absolutely fantastic.  It kind of goes along with my brown thumb mentality as mentioned above, since Mrs. Casey relates heavily to learning how to cultivate plants and relating that to her walk with Christ.

You don't have to be a botanist to appreciate this book.  In fact, the beauty of it lies in the murky, dirty parts of life that we all must go through, because that is where all good things grow from.  It is a simple, fast read all while not sacrificing content.  I recommend it for any woman looking to live a more grace filled life while navigating the darkness that accompanies our lives.

You can find it through the link below.

  • MAD Greens

It goes without saying that I love salads.  So when I discovered the beauty of MAD Greens I was over the moon!  However, the closest one to me is about an hour away, so I do not get it nearly as much as I would like.  Though that may be a good thing for my budget.

MAD Greens are located in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and Utah--so please check them out if you ever find yourself nearby.  The food is fresh, locally sourced, and absolutely delicious.  In addition to salads, they serve soups, wraps, and sandwiches.

Try the Siam I Am, it is my favorite!  Check them out here.

Salad in bowl, quinoa, table


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