Last weekend I really wanted to drive up to the mountains and check out the fall foliage near Salt Lake City. From our house, I can see the rust-colored tint the mountains have right now and I just can’t imagine how beautiful they are in person! Since I’m not from here and this is only my second fall here in Utah, I asked my amazing followers where the best places to see fall foliage near Salt Lake City and I have a great list to share with you!
My oldest really wanted to go to a creek so I was really looking for fall foliage near a creek or water that I could do alone with my 5, 3, and 1-year old.
I did try and drive up to see the fall foliage last week and it got too dark way too fast! We drove up Millcreek Canyon and couldn’t even drive up to the color because we were losing light too quickly. Daylight savings hasn’t even happened yet and it’s already very dark at 7:30 pm!
Where to drive to see the fall foliage near Salt Lake City:
– Mueller Park. In Bountiful and has a small creek that the kids can play in and throw rocks in. Most of this area is paved and you could use a stroller.
– Millcreek Canyon. This is the closest canyon to Salt Lake City. It isn’t as high in elevations as the other canyons but it is beautiful and easy to get to.
– Brighton Ski Resort. There are a few lakes to walk and hike to here. First, you’ll come across Silver Lake. I did this one once last winter, most of it is a boardwalk and a well-established trail so you can take stroller and can alwasy turn around. When walking around Silver Lake you’ll come to a fork that branches off to Lake Solitude and Silver Lake. Lake Solitude is on my list for the fall and Silver Lake I want to do next spring/summer.
– Little Cottonwood Canyon. Park at the White Pine trailhead, there is a bridge that goes over the creek/river. You can take the hike to Gloria Falls. You hike along a little creek up to a waterfall.
– Big Cottonwood Canyon. Go all the way up the canyon to Guardsmans Pass and drive through Midway on Pine Canyon for an amazing scenic drive. Lots of Aspen trees!
– East Canyon by way of Parleys. There is a reservoir called Little Dell Reservoir, it’s past the Mountain Dell Golf Course.
– Alpine Scenic Loop up in Sundance. The Alpine Loop connects American Fork Canyon and Provo Canyon. This has been on my list since I moved here but it always seemed too far from us. If I don’t make it this year, next year it will be at the top of my list!
– American Fork Canyon. This canyon leads to the Alpine Loop. Once you get to the Alpine Summit you can hike easily to Cascade Springs which is great for children.
– Provo Canyon. There is a river that runs up the whole. canyon all the way to Deer Creek Reservoir.
Absolutely love this time of year and am so happy I am able to be in Utah to see so much beauty. There are a number of different places to see fall foliage near Salt Lake City and definitely a little something for everyone!
I was organizing my January photos and writing out the dates of all the games in January when I decided to take a look at what I wore in December. You guys, apparently I forgot to write December’s game day looks! I hate to use the holiday excuse but it really is a busy time of year plus I had family in town. I should have planned more accordingly. But all is good because I added Decembers looks here!
12/4 Jazz v. LAL: showing off our Power Ranger moves! This sweater is beyond soft, wish it was still available! I usually have the boys with me at the games so I make sure I can easily walk in my shoes.
sweater | Express
jeans | Urban Outfitters
boots | Opening Ceremony
12/9 Jazz v. OKC: I was about to sell this jacket so I decided to wear it one more time to see if I love it enough to keep it. I like it but I think it may be worn more in someone else’s closet. My top is actually a workout top, it was sleeveless so the jacket was a must.
jacket | Greylin
top | Athleta
pants | BCBG Max Azria
shoes | Marc Fisher
earrings | Kendra Scott
This post is how to wear neon in your 30’s but this could also be how to wear neon at any age. I was going to title in How to Wear Neon When Neon Isn’t Your Thing but that didn’t sound right. I like neon, I like trends and I like to try them out to see if the trend is for me. I bought a neon bodysuit to try but I didn’t like it, I bought a cute neon tie-dyed sweatshirt but didn’t like it and I tried a few other neon pieces of clothing and they all end up getting returned.
For me, I feel neon is for the younger crowd. I don’t feel like I am that old or that I look that old but I can tell you one this and it is that I don’t feel right wearing a lot of neon. Subtle hints of neon are more my thing like this sweater. I just love how the neon is there and it makes a statement without being too loud. Now that I know how to wear neon for myself I started looking online for other items that have only a little bit of neon and there is a lot out there. You can find neon on clothes to shoes and bags, from dresses to activewear and I put my favorites together below.
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I am in love with this sweater. It’s the first bit of neon in my wardrobe and now I want more. I ordered these booties (currently 40% off) when I got this sweater and I feel like they go really well together. The shoes would look really cute with a casual dress too. I chose to wear my trusty boyfriend jeans because I wear them all the time and work with any top and any pair of shoes. I’m wearing a Rebecca Minkoff bag and I haven’t bought one of her bags in years (used to love this pink bag), I have been missing out though because this one is fantastic!
A Day In The Life Of Being Traded || Part 3: Moving
The trade happened at the end of June and we started house hunting shortly after. Our whole family excitedly headed to Salt Lake City to officially get things started (You can read more on my emotions right after the trade here and my first Utah visit and the beginning of our house hunt here). We didn’t find a house but we were able too see some great neighborhoods and start to get a feel for what we liked and didn’t like.
One month later I headed out to Salt Lake City again, this time with out the kids. I love taking the boys with me everywhere but house hunting is not a very child friendly activity. Plus I was only out there for two days and a 2 hour time change for only 2 nights is not worth it for me. The boys were able to spend the weekend with their Gigi and Pops in Arkansas and had a blast, pretty sure they didn’t miss me at all. House hunting with just Michael was nice, we could really chat about all the details and what we liked and didn’t like. We even found a house that we put an offer on. The sellers didn’t like our offer, we didn’t like their counter so we moved on.
It was mid August now and I was starting to get a little anxious about the move. We were just about to list our house in Memphis to be sold and we were planning on arriving to Utah in September for the season. Michael reports extra early because he is an A++ student, the boys, dog and I usually follow a week or so later. If we don’t have a house to move into by mid September where are we going to stay?
September is in full swing, October will be here in just 5 days and we don’t have a house in Utah! Michael is currently renting a two bedroom condo and I am back in Ohio with the kids and pup while our Memphis house is half packed up with boxes filling the attic and garage. House or no house we are going to be in Utah the first week of October, right after training camp and just in time for the first pre-season game on October 5th. The boys have never shared a room so things could be interesting in our temporary condo. I want them to share a room someday but at this age it makes me nervous they’ll wake each other up before the other is ready. Fingers crossed this will work out perfectly and sharing a room will become a permanate thing. Our biggest issue with the condo is that they don’t allow dogs so I’m not sure what to do with Rio in the meantime, I could continue to stay back in Ohio but I’m so ready to be back as a family. We miss having daddy around and I miss my other half!
Ideally we would have loved to have rented a house but the renting options weren’t anything close to what I like. I really want to feel relaxed and at home in our house. I never moved growing up, went to college, then moved to Memphis and now I’m headed to Utah. That is not many moves in my 31 years of life so I’m not very comfortable with change.Some things on my check list are//
– neighborhood: I grew up an amazing neighborhood and in Memphis we lucked out with 2 great neighborhoods. They didn’t have sidewalks but they weren’t high traffic neighborhoods so we could easily take walks and jogs. A lot of the houses we liked that were in neighborhoods had such steep streets, even with sidewalks they would be hard to push a stroller up and impossible for myles to ride his bike.
– a yard: I didn’t think this would be a tough one but it is. There is a lot of change in grade in Utah so a lot of the yards have retaining walls or rock beds, there are yards with quite a bit of grass but some of it is too steep for the boys to play or the flat yard is out front which isn’t ideal.
– bedrooms: Our house in Memphis had a first floor master which is a must and the boys’s rooms upstairs which we didn’t like. One of them wakes up in the night and walking up the stairs in the middle of the night is not ideal and it scared me to have Myles at the top of the stairs (he can figure out all baby gates!) Most houses that do have a first floor master have all the guest rooms upstairs. It’s been trickier to find than I expected.
I gave up on the perfect neighborhood, the house we put an offer on only had 3 houses in it and only one guest room on the main floor with the master. Michael and I are both willing to give up a thing or two on our wishlist now that we have ran out of time. The most important thing is that the house flows for the kids and Rio.
More on moving from Memphis. It hasn’t really hit me that we aren’t coming back to Memphis yet. Since we aren’t typically in Memphis during the summer anyways I haven’t missed anything. I did go and get a start on packing up the house but all we packed were things inside of drawers, cabinets and closets. This way the house still looks put together for when potential buyers walk through. Plus, we have no where for the furniture to go aways because we have no house in Utah! If our house in Memphis sells before we can move into a house in SLC then we will have to put our stuff in storage.
In love with these faux leather paperbag waist pants. They are so chic and look like very high end but they are actually under $35 and come in black too. These mules are the perfect height for me. I know shorter heels are in but the kitten heels just aren’t very flattering on me so I prefer a small heel that is more in the 2 1/2” range. This outfit is a great summer to fall transition outfit because the pants have a leather vibe perfect for the cooler months but the crisp white is keeping in fresh for the warm weather we are actually having. The pearl hoops tie in all of the white accessories and the mint bodysuit is such an it color that it is a fun option paired with the rust colored pants.
I am pretty stressed and very frustrated! As you know we put an offer on a house months ago. The house’s main floor has totally be renovated and is really beautiful, the whole lower level has not been touched, it’s not horrible but I would definitely be updating a few things here and there. The comps that were used were from houses that have been listed for over 100 days and haven’t sold. Not good comps considering the houses haven’t sold. We also know the house is being listed for double and a half what the previous homeowners purchased it for. Now they did some nice renovations but that’s a big increase! We offered somewhere between what they purchased it for and what it was listed for. They countered at 3% of their asking price which is nothing!! I didn’t want to play the game of going back in forth a million times and I saw no meeting in the middle anytime soon. Moving on!
Michael finds another house while in Utah and I’m in Ohio. He really loves it, I fly out there, I love it too. There are only 2 things the house has or doesn’t have but that is pretty good compared to what we have been looking at! It’s the perfect size, close to a park and conveniently located to all the things I want. Yay!! So this house has also been renovated and is much more modern than I prefer but I can envision our furniture and softening the place up, maybe needing to change a light fixture or 2. Once again the comps are a little off, 2 are pulled from the neighborhood and 3 are pulled from 3 miles away. Three miles away!!! Those 3 miles happen to be from a prestigious gated neighborhood, so of course those houses are much more expensive than what we are looking at. Our realtor thought we should offer slightly above the comps in the neighborhood the listing agent was asking for above average of the 2 types of comps. Michael and I decided to offer something in the middle not to offend the homeowners and hope they will accept. We were wrong. They countered at the asking price since it was’t actually listed.
Oh, did I mention this listing agent is the same women from the previous house we put an offer on!!! A nightmare, we already had bad luck working with her, the comps she pulls are outrageous, she knows who my husband is, knows how much money he makes and knows we are (or have) run out of time. So we offer right in the middle between our original offer and their counter/asking price, denied, they counter back at -2% of the asking price. This agent does not budge! Our counter had been +9.5% our initial offer.
I feel like my life is upside down. The things we need in Utah are boxed up in Memphis. We can’t move them yet because we don’t have a house to move them to. I don’t want to pack up our whole house in case we downsize. We can’t bring the dog. I don’t know where to register Myles in school because I don’t know what neighborhood we will be in. I want to be in Utah as a family. I’m annoyed at the listing agent of the houses we want. These are the feelings I currently have. I know these are all minor things but I’m just having a rough moment. I am very excited to be reunited as a family, I am excited for our condo life for the next few weeks, hopefully not too much more than that. I have reached out to the Neat Method in hopes they will be available to help unpack and organize when the time comes. I am in the process of finding someone to care for the dog. I’m ordering a few new toys and things for the boys.
A Day In The Life Of Being Traded || Part 2: House Hunting
There has been another step to being traded and that is house hunting! If you missed Part 1 of this series where I discussed the emotional aspect of being traded and shared my personal feelings, you can read that here. My emotions about the trade have settled down and I have mentally grasped the fact I will be moving from Memphis. Now I have that anxious feeling of finding a house that I can turn into our home.
Last week I was in Salt Lake City and I really enjoyed myself. I was there to get a feel for my new town and to find a house for us to live in! I know this isn’t our permanent house but as long as I am living in Utah (or anywhere for that matter) I want to feel comfortable in the house and I want it to feel like a home. I want a great neighborhood, friendly and kind neighbors, Target, a grocery store and a Homegoods/Marshalls not too far away and a few more things on my list. I’m trying not to be too picky but our home in Memphis was just perfect. When I say I want to pick up the whole neighborhood and move it, I’m not kidding.
There are about 3 different neighborhoods we are hoping to find a house in. We did find a few houses that we really like and could work for us but we aren’t 100% sold. We want to see if anything else pops up. When I am looking at houses I am always thinking of the kids and our dog. If there are too many stairs or steps in the house or if there isn’t much grass in the backyard then it is not a house for us. Finding a good yard as been more challenging than I thought. Since most of the houses are in the mountains, the yards have retaining walls and are staggered which isn’t ideal for a dog to run and play or young kids for that matter.
Something new I learned about Salt Lake City is that the air quality can be poor. Mainly in the winter (January to be exact) when there are no storms to move the polluted air out and it settles in the valley between the mountains. A lot of people think dry dessert when they think of Utah and I always thought mountains. I’m not sure if I thought about dry or humid air and I definitely didn’t think about the air quality. I often think of LA with poor air quality and how you can see the smog when you fly into LAX. I’ll have to see if my throat and chest feel different during these times.
I’ll be back to discuss the actual moving process once we do find a house. Hope we find something soon!
I love that this dress looks like separates. Everytime I wear it people ask me where my skirt is from. It has been perfect for summer and can see it easily transition to fall. This white handbag is larger than it looks and can hold everything I need. I wear this dress all the time, often to the park, the zoo and out and about to the mall and stores. It’s easy to throw on and looks adorable with sneakers or sandals. This was my frist time wearing heels with it and I love how it turned out.
A Day In The Life Of Being Traded || Part 1: Finding Out
The waves were crashing, the sun was beaming and I was enjoying reading my book on the beach during my family’s annual vacation. My mom, sister and brother were near by and my brother informed me Michael got traded to the Utah Jazz. At that moment, my life was shook. Nothing had really changed but my mind started racing and I knew what was coming. I had known the trade was coming and we were pretty sure it was going to be to Utah but the known didn’t make it any easier. That’s the thing about being traded, it can happen at anytime. I did everything I could not to shed a tear because I knew if I started I wouldn’t be able to stop. Why was a I about to cry? Many reasons. The first reason I wanted to cry was because I didn’t hear the news from Michael and he wasn’t there. Michael made it on the first part of the trip but had to get back home for workouts and training. This is how we have done my family’s vacation since day one and it works for us. We are good at being a part when we need to be but I start to go a little stir crazy if it’s more than a week. Even day 3, I start counting down the days. I miss my partner, my other half, my children’s father, it’s tough being away from your spouse. Now, I wanted to be with him more than ever to discuss this big life changing news and I still had 24 hours till we would be back together. The next day would be June 20th, NBA draft night and we thought the trade was going to happen than, not now when we were a handful of states away.
We knew a trade needed to happen for his career to grow. We had been talking about this moment since he was put on the trading block last February. I had moments with myself when I would cry at the thought of leaving my life in Memphis. Now I am definitely leaving Memphis and I can’t stop crying. It isn’t because I am not excited about moving to Utah. I am very excited and am grateful to move to this beautiful state. I plan on skiing and teaching my boys how to ski, going on hikes and being outdoors as often as possible. I am a huge nature girl, enjoy life at a slow pace and like to surround myself with nice people and I think I’ll fit in perfectly in Salt Lake City.
When I graduated college and planned on moving to Memphis it was really hard. I flew home often to visit my family and friends and every time I flew back to Memphis I cried. I missed my family so much and I wasn’t that happy in Memphis. I was 22 years old and had gone from college life of living with 5 girls to this NBA life, living with my boyfriend and his cousins. It was a very hard transition. I never moved growing up, my parents still live in the same house I was brought home to from the hospital. I did move away for college but since it was for college I new it was temporary. When I moved to Memphis I knew it was temporary too but we got lucky, I lived there for 10 years. Most players spend a contract, maybe 2, with one team, it’s common for guys to spend one season on multiple different teams. We were so fortunate to have had the opportunity to build a life in Memphis that I will be forever grateful for making it that much harder to leave.
Not moving was an option. For me and and for our boys. It’s sad to say but a lot of these guys are traded so often it is too hard on the family to pick up and move everything every single time, especially if children are involved. Our children are young enough that they won’t be affected by this change but it still breaks my heart for Myles to leave his little friends he did make in Memphis. Staying in Memphis didn’t cross my mind. I have my foot in so many doors, I have built more relationships than I can count but I am going to do my best to build that again. For all of the friends I am leaving behind, I know I will stay in touch with them! I hope Utah has a kind blogging community and a fashion industry.
Something people outside of the NBA world don’t understand is how hard this is on the wife. I don’t recall seeing the “WAGS” on the MTV shows worrying about trades and moves. Maybe one here and there (I actually didn’t watch the show) but it happens a lot. Michael is moving for his job, he is going to be provided a team, friendships and a routine while I am following behind him to find my own friends and build relationships from the ground. These players spend more time with their team than they do with their family as it is. That’s just the way of this life. That’s why I was grateful to have loved my life in Memphis and the people who became family.
This is Part 1 of a series of I don’t know how many. I will be taking you along this life changing journey to give you an inside look of what it’s really like to be a wife of an athlete.