Idaho Springs, CO

Where the Gold Rush Started

It has been ages since I last posted on here and I am happy to be back.

Life as we all know it has changed dramatically since COVID and I have felt that change in all aspects of life.

David and I had several trips planned, as you know–to Jamaica (canceled) and Mexico (canceled as well), and we felt like with everything going on, we needed to still get away. Even though Colorado was not the tropical destination we were originally planning for, it still served its purpose, and was incredibly refreshing.

Trip Breakdown

We flew out of Charlotte–direct flight to Denver, CO. Flying with Frontier for the first time, I would strongly recommend finding other flight options as Frontier was below par. You ultimately get what you pay for…as our flight over to Denver for both David and myself was around $180 (including our checked bag). The flight attendants were incredibly rude and the seats extremely uncomfortable–for a longer flight.

When we arrived to Denver, we took a shuttle to our rental car company, SIXT.

I have not heard too much about this rental car company, however, I got a great deal on Priceline–I like to live life on the edge I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sixt is amazing! We were met by the nicest agent who upgraded us to a 4-wheel drive (as when I got the rental car originally, it was not expected to snow). We ended up with a Volvo S90–which was beautiful and worked wonderfully in the mountains/snow. I will be renting a car from them in the future!

Volvo S90

The car was 4 wheel drive and incredibly beautiful. Since David and I both drive a truck and an SUV (4-Runner) the car was incredibly low for us and a little bit of an adjustment.

Our First Lunch Spot in Denver

Annie’s Cafe and Bar

David and I both truly loved the atmosphere and quirkiness of this location. The food was affordable AND delicious. David got a brisket and I got the patty melt and ohhh boy, it hit the spot. Even though we weren’t in the mood for breakfast, this restaurant serves it all day. Yes, please!!

After lunch, we walked around downtown Denver. Walking around and seeing how much has changed since our last visit in 2016, I was disheartened! Lots of places had been shut down–as COVID prevented sales, which caused many business to close their doors. Store fronts were boarded up from the recent protests. Overall, I wanted to escape the city of Denver, so we headed straight to our final destination: Idaho Springs.

Our Air BnB

Click the title above for a direct link to the property site

I found our little cottage on AirBnB. When I saw the property for the first time, I think my jaw literally hit the floor. I love the simplicity within the design and I also loved the backyard stream/creek and privacy the property provided. Downtown is about 5-7 minutes away from the cabin, and there are quite a few food and shopping stores to visit.

The Space

This cabin is very chic & modern, and has several fun games & books. It is small at approximately 330 sqft.

The outdoor view is incredible and serene.

There is a small kitchenette for cooking, with a Keurig for coffee & tea, microwave, plugin cook plate, pots and pans, mugs, minimal dishes & flatware, and refrigerator in the pantry.

4 wheel drive is NOT required to access the cabin, parking is directly in front.

Drawbacks

The cabin is REALLY small and quaint. If you want space, this is not the place for you. It has a small inside space (330 sq. feet) but the outside space/view does make up for it.

The bed, although comfortable, it super small for two grown adults. If you are used to sleeping on a king sized bed like we are, it will be a little bit of an adjustment.

The price is somewhat steep…currently the property is listed at $239 a night. There are no refunds given by the host–it is a commitment if this is the place you want to stay.

Cell phone service is non-existent, however, great WiFi does allow you to stay connected while on vacation.

Pictures of the Property

Our First Dinner Spot in Idaho Springs

Clear Creek Cidery & Eatery

This place was freakin’ awesome. Even though the service was a little on the slower side, we loved the vibe of the restaurant and all the creative entrees they provided…let us not forget about the CIDER. I was in heaven with their Pineapple Cider. I got the most delicious salad–as I was still somewhat stuffed from our lunch, and David got the Bacon Macaroni and Cheese.

Ciderhaus Salad: mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, carrots, sliced apples, goat cheese, house-cider vinaigrette & grilled chicken $17.00

Our Breakfast Spot

The Main Street Restaurant

We freakin’ loved this place we went there two days in a row for breakfast. Everyone was incredibly friendly and service was quick and efficient. Everything was made in house, including all their breads–not to mention their fresh squeezed orange juice.

Outfit Breakdown

Since it was snowing and very cold, I brought what I could–this Florida girl who lives in South Carolina doesn’t have very many cold weather options. I have link all the outfits in my LIKEtoKNOW.it profile.

Travel Outfits

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

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If you have made it this far, thanks for reading about our little adventure. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will get back to you ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you all have the BEST Thanksgiving.

The Gadabouter

Kirkland’s Outdoor Summer Sale

Pillows & Poufs

Some of My Favorites

Sale Breakdown

There are so many cute finds at Kirklands. Every time I go there, I seem to find something “I need” for my house. Okay, okay, it might not be a need, but when I find a #bargain, it is so hard to pass up. Kirklands rarely ever does a 50% of sale, so when I got the email, I had to put some stuff together ASAP!

This weekend (6/27-6-28/2020) they also have a 15% off coupon a regular priced item. Code is SUMMER 15.

Shop outdoor pillows & poufs here.

Shop outdoor furniture and accessories here.

I hope you can find something you like & something that works for your space!

Happy Shopping,

The Gadabouter

Amazon 4th of July

Product Links

Oh my word, you guys–it has been a WHILE since I have posted on here. Boy, have I missed writing on my blog.

Things have been a little crazy in the Wilson household. Not bad crazy, just crazy crazy. I am sure some of you all are experiencing the same type of crazy during these times.

With everything going on, I felt compelled to somewhat get back to normal, and normal for me means writing and providing you all with some super awesome finds–if I must say so myself.

I will make sure to link everything below! Just made sure to click on the link attached to the picture and voila–you will have access to the clothing and accessories I think would make a great addition to your 4th of July wardrobe.

I am not sure what all of you have planned for this 4th of July, however, I think it is important to come together to celebrate the official birth of this nation. Whether you celebrate alone with your family, or together with some close friends or neighbors, let us COME TOGETHER to celebrate the country we call home. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!! **cue the fireworks! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are some close up’s of my Amazon finds ๐Ÿ™‚

Click here to shop!!

Which are your favorites?! Happy shopping and Happy 4th of July!

The Gababouter

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Anddddd just like that, Mother’s Day is right around the corner. With Mother’s Day approaching on May 10th, I wanted to compile a list of options for you all to look through and shop for your Mama’s.

I think it is always important to think about a unique gift that is special in some way. So with that being said, I wish I knew what your Mama wants, needs, or some of your sweet inside jokes–since I don’t, I tried coming up with some gifts that any Mama might like.

Let me know if there are any other ideas you think I should add to the gift guide. Everything I chose, I tried to think of affordable options.

I hope you all are happy, well, and healthy!

HAPPY SHOPPING!!! (<– Click link to shop)

The Gadbouter

This or That: New Balance Edition

Hey guys! I hope you are all well, happy, and healthy! This week, instead of outfits, I decided to do some shoes instead. I don’t know what it is about shoes these days, but man, having options makes this mama happy. Having options that are also comfortable also makes this mama happy!

I found this amazing website that has some amazing New Balance shoes for great prices. I think you guys will agree once I link them below.

If there is anything you want to recommend for next weeks This or That, make sure you leave a comment below!

Click the individual shoe pictures below to shop โค

Happy Shopping,

The Gadabouter

I will review the shoes in order to how you see them pictured above!

Women's 997H

Women’s 997H

WOMEN’S LIFESTYLE SHOES

$30.00

Women's 997H

Women’s 997H

WOMEN’S LIFESTYLE SHOES

$62.99

Women's 997H Mystic Crystal

Women’s 997H Mystic Crystal

WOMEN’S LIFESTYLE SHOES

$30.00

Women's FuelCell Echo

Women’s FuelCell Echo

WOMEN’S RUNNING SHOES

$60.00

Women's FuelCell Echo

Women’s FuelCell Echo

WOMEN’S RUNNING SHOES

$60.00

Women's 997H Mystic Crystal

Women’s 997H Mystic Crystal

WOMEN’S LIFESTYLE SHOES

$35.00

Women's 997 Sport

Women’s 997 Sport

WOMEN’S LIFESTYLE SHOES

$76.99

Women's 247

Women’s 247

WOMEN’s LIFESTYLE SHOES

$40.00

This or That: Style and Comfort Part II

I can’t believe everything that is going on right now, not only in our country, but also around the world. I remember watching CNN 10 with my students when the Corona Virus was taking over China, and I thought–man I can’t believe a virus could shut down an entire city, disrupting lives in such a Hollywood movie kind of way. Never did I think, or expect, that this virus would make its way to our country to the point where we are social distancing, working from home, and doing our parts to decrease the number of people who become infected.

Sitting here, while my kiddos are watching Disney, I can’t help but feel thankful for this time with them, but my heart also goes out to all those people–around the world, who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

As Americans are trying to navigate this new normal, most of us are having to work from the confines of our homes. I think, like I mentioned in my previous blog post, it is so important to get up and get ready–as if you were getting ready for work. Something about getting ready allows a sense of accomplishment and allows room for a productive working mentality.

So, as I sit here, writing this blog post in my PJ’s (thinking about what comfy outfit I am going to wear today), I am going to link two more style and comfort outfits that will hopefully add some style and comfort in your life.

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This Outfit

I love how simple this outfit is. I chose a crop top with some super soft and comfy joggers (with an elastic band). I don’t know about you, but this outfit screams comfort to me. I also added some STEVE MADDEN Golden Goose dupes that are trending right now. They have great reviews come naturally distressed.

That Outfit

I am a little biased and LOVE this outfit. I chose a Henley top to wear with some shorts. The perfect combination for working at home. I had to add my favorite pair of Birkenstock’s to bring the outfit together.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?!

Please let me know if there is anything I can do from afar to pray for you or your family! I hope you all stay well and healthy! Let’s get through this together by all doing our part to help those around us!

Happy Shopping,

The Gadabouter

This or That: Style & Comfort at Home

Hey everyone! Oh my word, what a crazy time it is to be alive. I have had an interesting two weeks. Between teaching full time online while taking care of my two kiddos, Lilli & Jonah full-time, I have had my hands full. I have wanted to blog so much…but with my lack of time, I haven’t been able to.

So without further ado, I want to present to you this weeks This or That: Style and Comfort at Home.

I have had to figure out some structure the past couple of weeks, as I am sure you have as well, with being home full-time. For a little while, I was finding that being in my PJ’s was so comforting, and now, I find that not getting ready in the morning puts me in some sort of funk (so to speak).

I have found that waking up, making my bed, washing my face, and getting dressed allows the opportunity to present myself to my day–“hello day, let’s get it done today.”

Let me know which outfit is your favorite. Both of these outfits scream Angie Wilson. I hope some of you guys like them too!

I hope you are well, healthy, and happy!

Happy shopping!

The Gadabouter

Shop the link below the picture or click here to shop.

DSW Shoe Roundup

March 11, 2020

I had the absolute best time looking up the sales this week on DSW. I took a mix of this seasons top sellers as well as some of my favorite looks and put it together for y’all. I think when you get a chance and look at the shoes, you can easily tell I LOVE the color brown/tan. Brown, in my opinion goes with everything and is staple to have in your closet. Don’t get me wrong, I do own some shoes with a ton of color–but those shoes can only go with so much. I will save that for another blog ๐Ÿ™‚

The shoe gallery is below (SHOP HERE).

Enjoy & as always, HAPPY SHOPPING.

The Gadabouter

This or That

March 10, 2020

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I thought I would chose two green dresses for you guys to choose from. Both are on sale and at a great price, however, both dresses look extremely different. One dress is a baby doll ruffle wrap dress from Abercrombie and the other is a long sleeve button down dress from American Eagle. Both dresses are green and semi-causal–something you can wear to work or a causal night out for dinner . The button down dress comes in two separate colors–one green and one is a blue stripe. I will make sure to tag both options for you on the sale link ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know what dress is your favorite in a comment down below.

As always, HAPPY SHOPPING!

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The Gadabouter

Kirklands Sale

20% off entire purchase with code SCORE20

25% off entire purchase with code STYLE

Click Here to Shop ๐Ÿ™‚

With any in store purchase today, you will get a free candle in celebration of national women’s day.

In honor of International Women's Day Free 7.5oz Sentiment Jar Candle with any in store purchase Offer valid Today Only In Stores Only Limit one per customer While supplies last!

My Recent Purchases

My Want List

The sale ends tonight so I hope you guys are able to find something you like in time!

We had a beautiful weekend here in Greenville and I cannot wait for next weeks warmer weather!

I hope you all have a restful Sunday and can easily acclimate to the time change!!

As always–happy shopping!

The Gadabouter