The 10 Favorite Items of 2019

It is so hard to believe that it's time to write the annual recap post for the blog favorites! So much happened this year that I am truly thankful for, including all of you being here! Thank you so much for your support and love for our family! I never in a million years thought that this dream would become a reality and you are such a huge part of it! I love y'all! 

So onto the favorite items of 2019! Most of them were from Amazon, which didn't surprise me! LOL I live on Prime! Also, a large part came from spring and summer looks which are my favorite pieces to share! So with out further adieu, here are the top selling items from 2019! 
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1. This $22 palm print kimono was hands down the most popular item purchased on my blog! I am wearing a size small. I wore it on our spring break cruise and at least once a week through out the summer! I love that it has arm holes and stays on easily! 
2. So many of us got this $22 off/on the shoulder jumpsuit! It fit me TTS and I am 5'10" for height reference. I am wearing a medium. It would be really cute belted and I have worn it with a jean jacket and sneakers for a more casual look.
{other outfit details: earringstote bagchain bracelet}
3. This black one piece suit is next on the list and so incredibly flattering! Sometimes with a long torso, one pieces can be tough but this one is a winner! I am wearing a medium which is size 8/10 so a size up from my typical 4/6 size. It is $27 and worth every penny!
{other outfit details: swan suitpalm print suitmy blue kimono}
4. I wore this red floral maxi dress to New York city this summer and it looked so much more expensive than it is! It's only $35 and ships free with Amazon Prime! I wore the size 4 but wish I had gotten the 6 as the chest was a little tight. If you go between I would size up!
5. These gladiator studded sandals are SO comfortable and look so much like the designer versions. I wore my normal size. I love that you can dress them up or keep it casual! They are just $23.
6. The next favorite item is the bag that I probably carried the most this year. My ride or die Barrington Gifts St Anne tote bag! It is so roomy and has tons of room for all the mom essentials! Mine is basically like a Mary Poppins bag 24/7 and has held up SO well! I use this amazon prime tote bag organizer to help keep everything in its place inside it!
7. This pink striped high waisted bikini is SO cute and flattering! I love the super high waist and it comes in a bunch of colors. It is about $27 and ships free with Amazon Prime. I am wearing size 6. I think it fits TTS but if you go between I would size up.
8. This blue dress was one of my very favorites last spring! I wore it for an Easter egg hunt, church and just running around town! It is $29 and I wore the size 4/6. It is bump friendly as well! All of the other items that I am wearing in this picture are old except my monogram necklace. 
9. This striped romper is so cute and comfy! It is under $20 and ships free with prime. Plus it has a true button front making it nursing friendly. I am wearing a medium which is my normal size.
10. I still can't believe the quality of these $9 rattan earrings! They were my go to all summer and still look brand new! They also ship free with prime yay! 

Black Friday & Cyber Week Sales

Goood morning! Black Friday sales are live and in full effect! Here is a round up of all the Black Friday sales that I am loving! I will keep this updated as we go through the weekend and into Cyber Monday! {affiliate links used in this post}

Abercrombie & Fitch: 50% off the entire store and FREE ship

American Eagle & Aerie: Select styles 40% off online and in-store + FREE ship

Amazon: Daily Deals and Lightning Deals

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY

Anthropologie: 30% off everything

ASOS: Up to 70% off online

Backcountry: Up to 50% off site wide

Banana Republic: 50% off site wide and free ship over $50

Banana Republic Factory: 60% off everything PLUS extra 15% off with code BLACKFRI19    
Bloomingdale’s: Online: take $25 off every $150 you spend on items labeled TAKE $25 OFF 

BOOHOO: Up to 75% off of everything sitewide

Donna Bella Hair: 30% off hair extensions!  

Express: 50% off everything + free shipping

Forever 21: 30% off site wide 

Goodnight Macaroon: 30% off site wide using the code "GIVING30", 40% off $250+ with code “GIVING40” and 50% off $450+ with code “GIVING50”

GAP:  50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY plus extra 10% off with BESTEVER

GAP Factory: 60% off everything PLUS extra 15% off with code BFEXTRA  
H&M: 30% off site wide and free shipping

JCPenney: Site wide savings and door busters

J.Crew: 50% off regular priced items, Extra 60% off sale items 

J.Crew Factory: 60% off everything. Free shipping for Rewards Members

Kate Spade: 40% off your whole order with the code TGIBF

Kohls: Deals across the store including affordable door busters!

Loft: 50% off everything with the code INDULGE

Loft Outlet: 50-60% off everything plus extra 10% off with the code TGIBF

Lord & Taylor: $100 OFF $200 purchase, code FRIDAY

Macy's: Deals across the store including these $7.99 appliances

Madewell: 30% off your purchase with code GIFTWELL
Marley Lilly: Up to 75% off! 

Nordstrom: Up to 50% off cyber sale picks! Some of my favorites are these Spanx leggings

Nordstrom Rack: FREE shipping & extra 50% off clearance deals, plus buy more save more sale

Old Navy: 50% off the entire store + $1 socks

Pink Lilly: 30% off site wide and free shipping with code BESTDAYEVER

Pottery Barn: 25% off plus free ship! Code: BLACKFRIDAY

QVC: Site wide Black Friday deals and Free Shipping

Sephora: Up to 50% off select items every day until 12/2, $15 gift packages

Serena & Lily: 25% off everything with code “THANKFUL”

Shop The Mint: 30% off site wide

Shopbop: Up to 25% off regular priced items, Up to 75% off sale items with code MORE19

T3: 25% off sitewide using the code "FRIDAY19"

Target: Deals across the store!

Tory Burch: 30% off full price styles, 60% off sale styles and free ship!

Urban Outfitters: Buy One Get One 50% off

Victoria Emerson: No Code Needed

Walmart: Deals and Doorbusters across the store!  

Wayfair: Up to 80% off site wide!

Gift Guide: Teachers

The next most requested gift guide by far this year was for teachers! We are all so thankful for our incredible teachers and knowing how to show that thanks can be tricky; especially when buying for several people. Over the years I have done a variety of things for our teachers. From gift cards to their favorite stores/restaurants to a little gift basket or a monogrammed item! 
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Some examples of past gifts that I have given include a cozy blanket and a gift card to Barnes and Noble for a teacher who loves to read, or a monogrammed cheese board and grocery store gift card for the entertainer, or this letter mug with a Starbucks gift card for a coffee lover.  I included a few fun ideas like a personalized lanyard, the BEST coffee mug that actually keeps coffee hot, tech gloves with AMAZING reviews (Under $15 + prime) and some affordable but chic jewelry.  I also love to include a note/card from the girls to their teacher and from Kris and I sharing our gratitude for them! 

You can click on the images below to see each item! 

Gift Guide: Mother & Mother in Law

Good Morning! I woke up way before the rest of the crew today, so I am coffee in hand finishing up the most requested gift guide so far! Knowing what to buy for your mom or mother in law can be so tricky! Whether they have it all or don't want anything (in my mom's case!) it calls for some creativity. A lot of the gifts I included this year are sentimental and can include some personalization so ordering early is helpful. 
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I try to do a combination of a more thoughtful gift and then something from their favorite store or a monogrammed gift. An example is this last year I found these vintage books from one of my favorites Reefranaria and had them handstamped with all of Kris' parents grandchildren. They can be used as book ends or for decorating. Add a small gift to their favorite store and you are all set! 

This year on my gift guides all you have to do is click the image to be taken to the items! I hope this is helpful and more gift guides to come! :)

2019 Christmas Pajamas for Girls

Hello! It is so hard to believe that it is already November! It feels like this year just started. Now that we are in November, some of my holiday content is going to start! I don't decorate until after Thanksgiving, but I always try to get my shopping done as early as possible to alleviate stress as we get closer to Christmas! 

The first post in blog holiday content is all about Christmas Pajamas! For as long as I can remember, as a child, all of my siblings and I would wear matching Christmas pajamas. My mom used to make them! Amazing! I continued this tradition with the girls - except I don't make them LOL! I'm not that talented! One year I forgot about getting everyone's Christmas pajamas and found myself with not much to pick from in the end on the day before Christmas Eve so I am an early bird shopper now! 

Today's post has a fun twist, because I am teaming up with one of my best blogger friends Meghan Lanahan to share pajamas for both boys and girls! Meghan has a little (adorable!) boy and since I have 2 girls we thought we could be a resource for both genders if we teamed up! Yay! Head over to her blog this morning to see all of her picks! 

Below are my favorite Christmas pajamas for both women and girls. The great thing is that almost all of these have matching dad patterns as well! Or if that isn't your thing, coordinating as a family vs matching is another fun option (what we normally pick)!  Almost everything is from Old Navy, Target, Macys, Amazon and Smocked Auctions! Also, Hanna Anderson, one of the brands shared below is on sale for 40% off until 11/3 at midnight! 

 black buffalo check (girls, women), red buffalo check (girls, women pants, women top), blue/green plaid (girls, women plaid, women plain green), reindeer fair isle 

Affordable Outfits for Fall Family Photos

Happy Friday! I am so ready for the weekend! We had a busy week and it is so nice to have time as a family with out work and school! We are doing a family photo shoot on Sunday for fall photos and I have been on the hunt for outfits for everyone to wear! As I was looking I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I found and more! I also included items for the guys! The best part is that everything I am sharing is under $40! I included both casual and dressy options as well :) Last year I also did a more general post on things I've learned form doing family photo sessions! You can find it here
ladies option 2: jeans, white shirt, cardigan, mules
ladies option 3: vest, shirt, jeans, riding boots

Four Styled Fall Outfits With Walmart

Happy first day of fall! While we don't have much of a fall here in south Florida, it is still my favorite season by far. I grew up in in New Jersey where trips to the apple cider mill and hot chocolate with leaves turning bright bold colors were all a part of the seasons turning. I have also always loved fall style and dressing for fall - bold colors, prairie/bohemian style, animal prints and layers!
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Today I am so excited to share four on trend and unique fall looks that include items all found at Walmart. I love their September Edit which is a curated round up of on trend pieces which makes it easy to shop for fall! Some of the trends they highlight are animal print, pretty prairie, statement boots and resin jewelry to name a few. I found the vast majority of the pieces I styled from this Edit including these peep toe booties, They are one of the most versatile pairs of boots for fall. I love that they can be worn as we transition into fall and they make a statement! Below are the four fall outfit ideas including fit information; I hope you enjoy! 

Outfit One
I love the fall colors in this peasant top! It is so comfortable and the peplum waist is such a fun detail! I suggest going with your normal size in this top. My jeans are the perfect pair of non-distressed high rise denim! They are great for a more polished look and I love the dark wash. I am also wearing my normal size 4.  These statement peep toe booties also fit true to size (go up half if you go between).

Outfit Two
I love this beautiful leopard top! It has the same fit as the red top in the first outfit. Animal print is very on trend for fall and this top is such a pretty way to add it to your wardrobe! I added this faux leather jacket that has the best quality! I love the fit layered look it creates with so many different outfit options. 

Outfit Three
This dress is gorgeous! I love the flowy but flattering fit and it is lined! I picked the black dress, but it comes in several other colors. The prairie style is one of my favorite fall trends and this dress is spot on for that trend! 

Outfit Four
White Top // Booties // Jeans // Bag  
I think this top would be sooo pretty for fall family photos! It is romantic and very flattering! You could add a vest as another layer to this. I wore my normal size medium! These cute leopard booties are also true to size and very comfy! If you go between 2 sizes I would go up half. 

All of the items from this post are included here and some other fun on trend finds! 

Thank you so much to Walmart for sponsoring this post. I selected these pieces myself and as always all thoughts/opinions are my own! 

Weekly Recap & Favorites 9/6

Hello and Happy Friday!! I am so ready for the weekend! Kris and Avery are going to their first Father/Daughter dance and Avery is sooo excited! It will be so cute to see them together.

So I thought it would be fun to try something new and share the most loved/purchased items from the week! I included sizing information for each item as well! 

Top 10 Weekly Round Up 
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1. This white wrap dress from Target. Perfect for family fall photos! I sized down to a small!

 White Wrap Dress // Boots

 2. This OTS plaid top was the second favorite. You guys sold it out and so it's off of prime at the moment but it is $13 + $3 shipping! It fit me TTS. Wearing my normal size medium.

Plaid top // Jeans  (TTS) // Boots // Sunglasses
3. This white tunic top. It has a relaxed fit but is still tailored! I got my normal Loft size small. It is on sale for 40% off this wkd!

Tunic shirt // Vest // Jeans 
4 - These $25 high rise jeggings. They fit me TTS (4 regular) and are so flattering! They don't have real pockets in the front but have a faux pocket.
5 - This color block cardigan that is a dupe for the Madewell one from the Nordstrom Sale. It fits TTS (wearing a small) and is so comfy!

Cardigan // Cami // Jeggings // Mules 
6 - This monogram tote has been my go to bag every day since I got it at Christmas! It holds everything and is super versatile!

Utility vest // Tank (similar) // Jeans // Sneakers   // Bag
7 - These $25 mules have been on repeat since I got them! They fit TTS (but if you go up half).

White Tank // Chambray // Jeans // Mules // Wrap Bracelet 
8. This double scoop neck top is number 8 and such a pretty top! I am wearing a small, my normal Loft size. Super versatile for fall! It is on sale for an EXTRA 40% off this weekend!

Top // Skirt // Boots
9. This Hear Me Roar Dress leopard dress was a favorite of the week! Perfect for a fall wedding guest! 

 Black Dress // Leopard Dress // Black Lace Dress
Maroon Maxi Dress // Cream Floral Dress // Red Lace Dress
10. This suuuper comfy poncho that is under $25! It is one size only and fit me well!
Poncho // Jeans // Boots

Jackson, WY With Kids In The Summer

I am finally done with our Jackson Hole trip recap! Warning, this is a long post. I had an overwhelming response with people asking for travel details that I wanted to make sure I covered everything! This trip has been on my bucket list and it did not disappoint. It was by far one of our favorite family vacations to date. 
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We planned our trip around the girls being off for summer and Kris' work schedule, so the first week of August was the best for everyone! It ended up being such a great time of year to visit as well. The national parks were a little crowded, but not terribly so.  The weather was SUCH a welcomed change from our South Florida summer weather. It was in the 40/50s in the mornings and would normally reach a high of 80 in the afternoon. Nights were cool and comfortable! 

When we started looking at flights we quickly decided to fly into Salt Lake City, Utah instead of the Jackson Hole Airport. We normally fly Delta and we could get a direct flight from Fort Lauderdale. We also saved a significant amount of money by flying to Salt Lake vs Jackson! We got a rental car and made the drive from SLC to Jackson. It took us about 4.5 hours and we drove through Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. It was such a pretty and relaxing drive - one of my favorite parts of the trip! 

My travel outfit - we left super early in the morning so I didn't have a chance to take a picture at the airport. Avery in the background LOL
boyfriend fit teeleopard joggers, similar sneakers
the prettiest drive from salt lake city to jackson 

We use Marriott Bonvoy points so it was an easy hotel choice for us to stay at the Springhill Suites in Downton Jackson! I have so many good things to say about this hotel. First is the location. It is located about 2 blocks off of the main Jackson Hole Square where so many of the shops, restaurants and downtown attractions are. Each morning we would take a walk to grab coffee/hot chocolate at one of the amazing coffee shops (see below in food for what we loved!). 

The hotel felt super modern and clean, they had a complimentary breakfast, free lollipops at check in (the girls favorite) and free parking in the garage across the way or street! They also had a pool but we didn't use it. It was also family friendly and the staff was so sweet to the girls. We would definitely stay there again! Some other downtown hotels we considered were Hotel Jackson and the Homewood Suites Jackson.

we made it to the hotel after a long travel day! the girls were so excited about the hotel's free lollipops, ha!

loved our experience at this hotel! 

  morning walks with hot chocolate from the hotel 
Avery - Sweater, t-shirt, boots, leopard leggings (girls)
Charlotte - Chambray button down, similar pink puffer vestleopard leggings (toddler)

Downtown Jackson 
We had so much fun just walking around downtown in Jackson Hole. There are so many art galleries, shops, restaurants and things to see! At each corner of the square, there are elk antler arches; I had never seen anything like it before! There is also a reenactment of a frontier shoot out every night at 6pm in the square. Each night we saw tons of families walking around, people out getting ice cream, etc. It is really lively and fun!

downtown jackson is full of so many pretty spots! 
 Avery - camo top, sherpa pullover (also love these and the colors), similar pants, boots
Charlotte - Vest, leggings 

there are elk antler arches at the 4 corners of the square. so cool! 
 My pullover, leggings/joggers, similar sneakers, t-shirt, bag, sunglasses

one night before dinner and ice cream in downtown 
Avery - Dressboots, Bow
Charlotte - Dressboots, Bow
Me - Sweater, Jeans, Booties, Similar Jeans here and here 

my favorites!

 Teton Village
On our first full day in Jackson, we had a slower morning because of all the travel the day before. And poor Kris was up at 5am fielding phone calls eastern time so the girls and I ventured out to grab us all some coffee and breakfast and let him sleep.

Then we made the 15 minute drive out of the downtown area to Teton Village! It was another pretty drive; the mountains are everywhere! Teton Village is a whole other center of activity! Hotels, restaurants, skiing in the winter, etc. In Teton Village they have an Aerial Tram that you can take up to the top of the mountain (10,000 elevation)! We bought our tickets prior to arriving because they offer a pre-purchase discount. The tram ride to the top of the mountain was incredible and the views were so good! The top of the mountain has several hiking options and a snack station with incredible waffles!

After going on the Ariel Tram we explored the rest of Teton Village. We ate ate the Mangy Moose for lunch, the girls played on the playground (thanks to one of your suggestions!) and then took the chair lift/gondolas to the top of the mountain.

we snapped this photo before getting on the Aerial Tram!
Girls' sweatshirts
My plaid top, jeans, boots, similar scoopneck topsunglasses, cross body bag

at the top of the mountain! photo credit - Avery 

the smaller gondolas behind Avery. there were also chair lifts and the Aerial Tram 

the cute playground. the girls loved it. there is a shaded area for parents to sit as well. 

Grand Teton National Park 
The next morning we were up early and made the quick drive to Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton is very close to Jackson Hole which made it an easy part to explore. We started off at Jenny Lake in the morning which gets REALLY crowded in the afternoon. It has a great visitor area and then you can venture off from there to hike/explore.

We decided to take the Jenny Lake Ferry across the lake. The ferry dock was just a short walk from the visitor center and helped us to avoid an additional 2+ miles of hiking around the lake that we knew the girls (and us probably, ha!) would struggle with. The ferry ranged from $10-$18 for round trip tickets and the girls had so much fun on the boat!  From the dock there are marked trails to hike to the Hidden Waterfall or Inspiration Point which is a bit higher up!

After hiking at Jenny Lake we went to have lunch at the Jackson Lake Lodge inside the park. There are several restaurants and we ate at the Blue Heron which had patio dining with the Tetons as your view!  After lunch we kept driving towards the Moulton Barns and stopped to see them prior to heading back to Jackson!

at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center before starting to hike 

there were rangers set up to share animal/park information with the kids! 

after getting off the ferry and starting to hike

beautiful views!

not the best quality photo but one of my favorites, the girls were playing in the creek! 
the moulton barns on mormon row  

Snow King Mountain
Snow King Mountain was one of our favorite days in Jackson! It was about 1 mile from our hotel and was literally heaven for the girls. Snow King is another ski area during the winter but during summer they have a ton of activities for families! Some of our favorites were the Alpine Slide, Cowboy Coaster, Trampoline Bungee Jumping, Mini Golf, Maze and the Chair Lift. We ended up buying their family all day pass so we didn't have to buy tickets to each individual activity and we were there all day. I completed our family liability waivers online prior to coming and that saved us some time!

about to start the day at Snow King! 
 My henley, utility jacket (similar), jeans shorts, bootscross body bag
Charlotte's similar overalls, jacket
Avery cheetah shirt, similar jacket

kris and avery about to ride the cowboy coaster! it was seriously so fun! I think we did it 3 times! 

charlotte in her element, ha!

Bar T 5 Covered Wagon Cookout
After our day at Snow King Mountain we had dinner reservations at the Bar T 5 Covered Wagons! It was one of our favorite experiences from our trip! Basically you sign up for a specific show/dinner time and head out in covered wagons with a large group of people. I think our show had 6 covered wagons head out for dinner. The ride to the dinner spot was so pretty and full of their actors pretending to be bandits and historic figures!  The girls were so excited about that!

They had amazing food and the best hot chocolate that I've ever had! When you go up to get your food there is staff there to help moms/dads who are helping multiple kids with plates which was so nice! The show consisted of mini plays, sing alongs and musical performances. It was so much fun!
 Avery's outfit - peplum topboots
Charlotte's outfit - overalls, shirtboots
My outfit - kimono, tshirt, jeans, shoescross body bag

the girls had the best time riding up into the mountains! 

Yellowstone National Park 
To say Yellowstone was amazing would be an understatement. It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen! I will say that we did not see Yellowstone properly, lol! It is HUGE. Like you probably need 4 days to really see it all. Since we were based in Jackson for this trip we really only got a glimpse of the park, but it made us want to come back! We went to see Old Faithful erupt, walked along the Biscuit Basin, saw the Grand Prismatic Springs and walked along the Fountain Paint Pot Trail.

about to head out for Yellowstone! the girls had their hot chocolate in hand! 
Avery's outfit: sweatshirtt-shirt, shorts, shoes
Charlotte's outfit: sweatshirt, t-shirt, shorts, shoes
My outfit: leggings, shirt (similar), vest

such an incredibly beautiful place!

we stopped to get a picnic lunch at the Old Faithful Inn and watched the eruption!

old faithful 

one of the ranger stations - these were a highlight for the girls!

hiking in the biscuit basin

Salt Lake City
On our last day in Jackson we walked around town for a bit, had breakfast at The Bunnery and then made the drive back to Salt Lake! We stopped at Fossil Butte National Monument which was on the way back and the girls learned more about fossils! They are currently obsessed with Dinosaurs.

 We spent one night in SLC before our red eye flight the next day. We took the girls to the Children's Museum, walked by the temple and shopped at City Center! The girls went to Claires and I got to shop at Evereve for the first time; we were all happy, ha!

fossil butte national monument 

out to dinner in SLC 
Charlotte - Jumpsuit, Shoes
Avery - Dress (similar), headbandboots

the children's museum. it was one of the best i've been to! 
 Charlotte - DressShoes, Bow 

Avery's Dress, Shoesheadband

my ootd in SLC, shopping at Evereve 
My maxi dress, jean jacket, bag

watching the fountains at city center

my travel outfit for the red eye home
exact jumpsuit (similar option one, two, three), jacket

Ok, now onto the good stuff! Jackson has an amazing food scene! I was so impressed by each meal that we had. Here were some of our favorite spots:

Pinky G's Pizzeria  - One of the best pizzas I've ever had! Seriously so good. We did take out from Pinky G's to our hotel the first night that we got into town!

Gather - Gather was SUCH a good dinner. It was one of the nicer restaurants that we went to and it did not disappoint! I had the elk bolognese and loved it!

Moo's Ice Cream - The best local ice cream! Was full of people and they had a kids play/sitting

Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse - Million Dollar Cowboy is a Jackson must do and it is located right in the town square! There is a bar on the first level and then for dinner you walk downstairs to their steakhouse. Kris LOVED his steak and my halibut was awesome!

Kitchen - Kitchen was probably my favorite meal while in Jackson. We ate here after a long day at Yellowstone and basically ordered the whole menu, ha! The restaurant was really nice but also casual so we felt comfortable having the girls there. The food has an Asian influence and we loved their calamari and I had the ramen bowl.

The Bunnery - This cute spot is a MUST for breakfast! Amazing pancakes, oatmeal, bacon, eggs etc and there were so many tables that it was easy to get right in to eat.

Persephone - We stumbled on Persephone on our first morning in town, and I am SO glad that we did! It is a gem! It is a bakery/restaurant with amazing coffee as well! They have an entire outdoor seating area with large reclaimed wood tables and heaters to keep you warm! I had the avocado seed bowl and loved it.

Favorite coffee shops - Cowboy Coffee and Persephone

And that's a wrap! If you have any questions on Jackson Hole or what we did, I would be happy to help! You can comment here or send me a DM on Instagram

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