The Perfect Weekend

For the #lovetober challenge I am participating in, on instagram today's pic is "The Perfect Weekend." What to me is the perfect weekend? 

Friday: After cleaning my house and uploading my video I watched the rest of season 5 of Vampire Diaries. This season was a good one! I finished it within a week and I'm horrified that Damon "died" but really glad that season 6 is in on Hulu. 

Saturday: Josh and I slept in and then went and got brunch! We went to Cafe Niche which is officially my favorite! My sister and I sort of have this habit now of brunch on the weekends mixed with coffee and good conversation so now on the weekends I crave it! Cafe Niche is THE shit! Killer food, great atmosphere, and super nice customer service. 

I ordered a heavenly plate that comes with eggs, avocado, spinach, and the most delicious bread! I got a side of hash browns and another blissful piece of bread with jam on the side that tastes homey like your grandma made it cause she loves you. Needless to say in drooling...

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After breakfast we went and got coffee. My sister Anj introduced me to a wonderful place not only with a kick ass name but ridiculously good coffee! Jack Mormon Coffee! It's a bit of a drive from us BUT when your in the area you have to go!

Josh got a cappuccino and I got an iced latte. Mmmmmm....again drooling! 

We drove around the beautiful city of Salt Lake and ended up at gravity hill. We took pics, and admired the scenery! Fall is seriously my favorite. 

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After cruising around the city for a bit we headed home. Played with the dogs in the backyard for a while. Then we opened up all the windows, drank coffee, watched vine, and just hung out not doing anything in particular. 

Sometimes it's these little simple moments that are the best. 

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Around 7:30 we packed up our computers and headed over to a LAN party a group of our friends were having. LAN parties are way fun! It might seem silly for a bunch of people to get together to play games but when your around kick ass people, pizza, energy drinks, and candy it's way fun! I can ask questions to other gamers that's normally hard to ask over chat, you get to watch other people play, check out their set up, and chat it up. It was awesome! 

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We left around 11:45 to be home to the pups, but the gaming didn't stop there! We played until 7 am the next day! We leveled up to 55 and then started an alt death knight! Around 4 am we stopped to take a break and grab some McDonalds, which is horrible for your body but sometimes it's ok! 

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Then! To top it all off it rained! Rain is my favorite and every time it does rain I just feel better :) 

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And today...

Self love Sunday: My favorite! 

This weekend has been perfect! Although we have done a bunch of rad stuff it makes me grateful for the busy weekends, the slow weekends, AND the fun weekends. It's all about the balance, I definitely couldn't do all that every weekend but every so often it's pretty great! 

Much love!

-Magnolia Rose  

Yoga Update

Last month I posted a very personal blog post along with some intentions and a goal for September. Now that September is over I can very proudly say I completed my challenge, and the benefits have been awesome! 

My goal was to do 30-60 minutes of Yoga every day, weekends included. I did skip a few Sundays and the day I started my period but other than that it happened every day. 

Doing this challenge was just what I need. And it has and will continue to play a huge part in my healing process. 

The benefits from an exercise routine in general are rad but being that yoga is a mind, body, and soul exercise means you get extra goodies! I think out of all the benefits that come from a consistent yoga practice, the most influential one is a better sense of awareness. I am learning to listen to my body and to trust myself. By doing this I am developing a great relationship with myself/my spirit. 

My sister gave me a CD by Caroline Myss, she talks about the spirit and how so many of us live our lives not thinking our spirit has a job to do until we die. I had never thought of it that way but I am guilty of this way of thinking. What if we put our spirit to work while we are alive and what would a life like that look like?

This is one of those journeys that will go on forever. So this post is an update not an end result post. 

And to wrap this all up in a bow here are some of my favorite pics from my yoga challenge! 

View more on instagram! 

Much love! 

-Magnolia Rose