Fanatics MLB Baseball Hat Outfit Challenge

Hey all!

Fanatics is an awesome company that sells all kinds of clothing for fans of basically all sports- football, basketball, Nascar, hockey, soccer, the Olympics, college sports, and, of course, baseball! The best part about Fanatics is that they are the perfect place to start if you’re wanting a great game-day outfit. When building cute game-day style, it can be hard to find a large selection of clothes from your favorite team, so it was a pleasant surprise to see the huge variety of designs that Fanatics carries- there’s truly something for everyone!

Because of their great selection of products, I decided to design a great game-day outfit based around a MLB baseball hat that I picked from their website. I was super excited to design an outfit based around a baseball cap! Even though we don’t watch a whole lot of baseball around here, I absolutely love heading down to PetCo Park in San Diego to watch a Padre’s game once in a while. The atmosphere at PetCo Park is so cool- it’s right in the middle of downtown San Diego, and there are so many fun things to do around there. Another great thing about PetCo is the food- they have such amazing food choices, which just adds to the general fun of a baseball game 🙂

Fanatics Baseball Hat Outfit Challenge

San Diego Padre’s New Era Hat//Basta Lace-up Boots//Sweeter Than Honey Sweater//Super-skinny Jean//Make a Movement Earrings//Mila Festival Bag

I could totally see myself wearing this outfit to a baseball game- it’s so comfy and cute. Fanatics has a huge variety of baseball hats for whichever team is your favorite- I chose a super cool, two-tone flat-bill Padre’s hat, and built a perfect outfit around that.

I had such a fun time designing my game-day outfit and hope that you enjoyed the finished product! Make sure to check out Fanatics– especially their amazing selection of baseball hats!

Hope you all have a great Monday!

Jordan

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60 Miles Later

Hey all- I kept meaning to post pictures from our backpacking trip way back in July, and kept forgetting. But here it is, an extra-long backpacking post- finally!

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^from left to right: Robin, me, my mom, Laura and Lori

In case you didn’t hear, my mom and I, and three other women, went on a backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail at the beginning of July. We covered about 60 miles in eight days.

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There was a ton of preparation for the trip- tents, clothes, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks, boots and food. We must have packed and repacked our bear canisters at least half a dozen times each, just to make sure that all of our food would fit inside. We made many, many trips to the outdoor section of Wal-mart, REI and Sports Authority and we talked to veteran backpackers and got lots of advice. Luckily for us, we were able to borrow a ton of our gear from friends, which made a huge difference in cost.

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Final cuts in what we were taking were made the night before we hit the trail, in a friend’s little cabin in Bishop. We pulled out absolutely anything that was not completely necessary- every ounce counts. We also adjusted straps and made sure that everything was packed correctly, and then we had our final weigh-in. My backpack came in at 37.5 pounds and my mom’s weighed in at 43 pounds- a bit above what we were shooting for, but we had to make it work.

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When we finally set out, I was kind of nervous- I didn’t know exactly what to expect, and I was tentative about the approaching challenges. We all got into a groove quickly though- setting up camp, cooking meals, purifying water, and attempting to clean up in a freezing cold stream (eek!) became second nature to us.

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There were definitely challenges. By the fourth morning, after an extra-long day the day before, I was done. It was the one time I cried on the trip, and the only real reason for it was that I was down-right tired. My body was sore from so much hiking and dealing with the altitude was getting to me. It was all up-hill from there though- somehow, your body begins to adjust to the constant movement and the heavy pack. There were many times when walking without a backpack on sounded like a dream, but that was all just part of the adventure.

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The beauty of the Sierra’s completely and totally made up for all of the physical and mental challenges. I’ve never been anywhere quieter or cleaner and I’ve never seen sky that blue or water that crystal clear. The beauty was indescribable- pictures don’t even come close to capturing it. God’s creation absolutely blew me away- if He put that much thought and detail and majesty in just the 60 miles I experienced, imagine how much more there is to explore!

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Another awesome part of backpacking is the people- only first names are given- on the trail, that’s all that’s necessary. Sometimes, we’d hear what a person did for a living, or what brought them to backpacking,  but 99% of the time, the topic of conversation was what we were doing at that very moment. Everyone had issues with their backpacks, everyone dealt with sore muscles and not getting enough sleep at night. But best of all, everyone was experiencing the same beauty and same accomplishments- those things bonded us.

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Before we left on the hike, Robin, who was the leader of our group, mentioned that she was itching to just get out on the trail again. I didn’t quite get it- what was the allure? I understand now, even if it’s still hard to describe. Since we’ve been home, I’ve been thinking about our trip. A lot. Despite how hard it was at some points, I can’t wait to go out again. There’s something about knowing that you’re carrying everything you need to survive on your back. And the accomplishment that came with knowing what I had just managed to do, instilled a huge amount of confidence in regards to my physical and mental capabilities. In the end, it was all completely worth it, and absolutely something I’d do again 🙂

 

Jordan

 

Another Milestone- Alex’s Graduation

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This past weekend, we visited Alex in Prescott, Arizona, and celebrated his graduation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University! Woot woot!! We’re so proud of him- he graduated with a 4.0 GPA and a degree in Aeronautical Sciences.

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^^^Yay Alex!!

We stayed with Alex at his place, and my grandpa and grandma, aunt and uncle, and some friends were all able to come out for the graduation. The whole weekend was so fun and it was great to be able to celebrate Alex and all of his accomplishments.

The commencement ceremony was so nice, even though I felt like the least educated person in the entire place. When senior thesis projects are brought up, and you understand like 25% of the words in the title, you know you’re out of your depth.

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Saturday after the graduation, Alex took us to the airport where he has been working for the past year to show us the flight simulator he sometimes uses to teach his students. That’s yet another thing Alex has to be proud of- he has a job straight out of college! He will continue to instruct for Embry-Riddle, teaching students how to fly. It’s such a blessing that he has a job already, and not only that, it’s a job in his chosen field, doing something he loves! Even though it sounds cliche, it’s truly so exciting to think of where he’ll go from here!

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Sorry for not posting a Fashion Friday this past week- keep an eye out for this week’s post! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Jordan

 

30-day Squat Challenge & New Adventures

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So this is our latest 30 day challenge- we’ve done a plank challenge and an abs challenge before, and we started this squat challenge a few days ago. I’m only on Day 9, and it’s already gotten hard- I’m actually thinking about starting over at the beginning of the month to stay on track. We’d love if you joined us for our May Fitness Challenge!

Speaking of challenges- my mom and I have a new adventure to prepare for! At the beginning of July, a group of us (my mom and I and three other women) are hiking a portion of the John Muir Trail. We’ll be on the trail for about eight days, and we’ll hike about 65 miles. The three other women we are going with are dear friends, so it should be an amazing bonding experience for all of us. It’ll be the first time doing something like this for three out of the five of us, so we are all super excited for all the challenges that lie ahead.

We’re starting to train by going on day hikes in elevation and running hills. Our driveway is very steep and long- quite a few people have commented that it’s a bit like riding a roller coaster when you drive down it 😀 Anyway, my dad suggested that we load up our backpacks and walk up our driveway 20-30 times. Every. day. Did I mention that we’ll have a 35 pound backpack on? Yeah. Exactly.

Despite my whining, I’m so excited. It’s a bit scary considering all the things we need to prepare and train for, but I’m ready to be stretched. I think if there’s one thing that working out consistently has taught me, it is that I can. Being someone who has never been overly confident in her own physical abilities, it’s been a huge growing experience for me. This hike is just another chance to be stretched. I know that it’s going to be hard. Beyond hard at times. But I’m so thankful to be blessed with this opportunity. And you know what? It makes me praise God that he’s continuing to work in me. Just a year ago, I can’t imagine doing anything like this, let alone being excited to do it. He is truly amazing and I’m continually blown away that he loves me and  he loves me enough not to leave me the way he found me. He’s working on me constantly, and wanting to see me like him. Even in the things like my own confidence, he’s interested and wants to grow me!

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” -Phillipians 1:4-6

Yes. I just went from a squat challenge, to a 65 mile hike, to God’s grace and love- in the span of 5 paragraphs. Sorry about that 🙂 Oh! Last but not least, as we’re preparing for our big hike, we’re going to be experimenting with some homemade trail food- so keep an eye out for new recipes!

Jordan 

Rejoice with Singing

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Another gorgeous sunset the other evening- God is the best artist. There was such a good lesson in that sunset too- if you looked directly at the horizon, at the place where the most vibrant sunset colors normally take place, there was only fog and low-lying clouds. Upon looking up though…breath-taking.

He loves us so much that he uses something as beautiful as a sunset to remind us of what we need to know. I could practically hear him saying ‘Look up! Look up! Remember, I take great delight in you; you can just be still. I love you so much that I sing over you with joy.’

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

 

Jordan