Top Ten | February

Am I the only one who thinks January drug on forever, but February flew by?! Granted, it’s a shorter month, but it was gone in the blink of an eye….and now Spring Break is upon us! Our break is really early this year, so we’re hoping that means we won’t encounter big crowds on our trek of National Parks! The Grand Canyon has been on my bucket list for years, but we wanted to wait until the kids were both old enough to navigate the trails, and enjoy the experience. I think I’ll still keep Little Miss on a short leash though, those edges freak me out!

We’re flying into Vegas, and spending the week exploring Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, before flying home from Phoenix. We even have a tour of Antelope Canyon, and a Horseshoe Bend float scheduled! I should have park ranger status by the time we get back. #scoutshonor I’d love any tips or suggestions on the area, so please share in the comments!

Moving on to today, some weeks days it seems I’m doing nothing but chasing a To Do List, or playing catch-up, so it’s nice to take a moment each month and look back at the projects and content I managed to create. The new closet must have inspired me, because we had all kinds of style inspiration!

After a long and exhaustive search, I found the perfect pair of over-the-knee boots…that look classy on gals of all ages, and won’t break the bank! So of course I had to style them for Day to Night.

Is this space for real?! And really mine?! I’m still in awe and disbelief of the master closet we created with The Container Store.

No woman is sweet all the time. We each have a little sassy in us, too.

Hopefully, Winter is winding down in your area…but if not, this 5 Ways to Wear Winter Brights might inspire you until Spring arrives!

Drastic coastal views, charming wineries and towering Redwoods…find it all in my Mendocino Coast Trip Report.

Spring has most definitely arrived in Texas, as evidenced by all the rain! Hopefully this 2 Ways to Wear Rainboots takes some of the damper off rainy days! #seewhatIdidthere #punny

Last month also had another round of Sugarplum Style, and everyone’s favorite, Dressing Room Diaries, featuring tons of new finds, and recent outfits (and Mama Sugarplum!). I also threw in a couple of quick Faves Under $50 and Ramblings, featuring fun new things I’ve got my eye on.

(Sidenote: I also updated my Sugarplum Picks to reflect what I’m loving and wearing these days. You can also see the cute things I find in the Dressing Room before they hit the blog…just check that In The Dressing Room widget in the sidebar.)

March is sure to be another fun one, with progress in the Mudroom, more style inspiration, and our family trip. Thank you so much for stopping by when you do…your support and comments mean the world to me! Happy almost-weekend, lovebugs!

If you’re new around here, or just playing catch-up,
here are some good places to start:

Leave a Comment


  1. Have fun! We spent three weeks out there last fall doing the same!
    Bryce Canyon is much smaller than we thought. You don’t need more than a couple of hours there! Will you be spending the night in that area? Good food choices are slim!

    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
  2. Naomi wrote:

    I just want you to know I think you are a sweetheart! You have such a kindness that exudes from your writing. Have fun with your precious family on your trip. Take care.


    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
  3. Christina wrote:

    That sounds like a fun trip! Can’t wait to see the pictures when y’all return. Happ Thursday:)

    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
  4. Rachel wrote:

    I love love love your style and blog! I read it every day! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous life with us. I know you’ve traveled a lot and I was wondering if you have an recommendations for Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My husband and I are traveling there in July and it would be great to have some must see sites and restaurants to add to our list. THANKS! ~Rachel

    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
  5. Rebecca wrote:

    Hi, love your blog & your style is impeccable! I love your shopping posts, esp with your mom, so fun! I’m a Phoenix native, & have seen most of our state, but not everywhere you’re going……sounds like an awesome trip! Of course the Grand Canyon is amazing! We took our kiddos fall break 2015 (since they didn’t remember visiting when younger) & they really enjoyed it! It was cold, rainy & foggy, but we enjoyed seeing it differently than we had previously! Plus it was perfect for my instagram #HunterWelliesAtTheGrandCanyon, ha!😉 Sorry, I don’t really have any tips, & it sounds like you’ve already got a great plan. I just wanted to say hello & enjoy our state!
    😊 Rebecca (

    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
    • Rebecca wrote:

      Oops, I forgot to mention the Grand Canyon Deer Farm, in Williams, south of the GC. Our family LOVES it. You walk around & pet & feed sweet does & fawns & can see bucks & other animals behind fences. They are so sweet & gentle. It’s a fun experience if you have time (an hour or so). My post of the GC from Oct. 2015 has lots of photos, in case you’re interested in non-website pics & descriptions. 😊

      Posted 3.2.17 Reply
  6. Heidi wrote:

    There are two really good places to eat right outside Zion in Springdale, Whiptail Grill and Oscars. The green chile enchiladas at Whiptail are fantastic!

    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
  7. Pamela wrote:

    We went to the Grand Canyon and visited the South rim. Loved it. We did a helicopter tour into the canyon and then a boat tour down the Colorado. We used Pink Jeep Tours and they were amazing. The driver was incredibly knowledgeable about the canyon and even let us stop along the way for pictures. Highly recommend. We also visited Red Rock Canyon outside of Vegas. It was great as well. Hope you enjoy your trip. Look forward to seeing your pics.

    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
  8. Sharon wrote:

    Our family did a 16-day camping trip-in tents!- two years ago through Arches, Bryce Canyon, North Rim Grand Canyon and South Rim Grand Canyon. We went in May and it was FRIGID! We are avid campers and do a two-week trip every year in tents but that was the coldest camping trip ever! One of my kids even got frost nip! I say all this to make sure you are very serious about your layers. Many of the hikes we took were around 10 miles and we went from freezing to hot to freezing in the course of a day. A few days it even snowed. However, the scenery is spectacular and I have the most beautiful pictures from that trip. It is worth it to take your real camera. I found a picture a couple of days ago I took through my mule’s ears that all you can see is straight down into the Grand Canyon! Truly amazing beauty! If you have any questions, feel free to email me! Otherwise, have a fabulous time!

    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
    • Sharon wrote:

      PS. To truly experience the parks, you really need to hike some. While the stops along the road are pretty, nothing compares to being IN the park. Just my two cents from hitting a bunch of the national parks over the last six years!

      Posted 3.2.17 Reply
  9. Jennifer wrote:

    I did a similar trip a few years ago with my boys. We all had a great time. We did the north rim, which is so much prettier than the south rim (I think so anyway). My favorite was Zion. I was speechless by ow beautiful it is. At night when we went out, there were deer on the lawn area. It was amazing! I know you’ll love it. My only tip is this ~ don’t follow the mule train if you’re hiking. That smell is not pleasant to say the least. Have fun!

    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
  10. Hollie wrote:

    Hi Cassie! Love your blog 🙂 We visited Zion and Bryce a few years ago in September and had a wonderful time. Both places are like no where you’ve ever seen. You can easily spend a few days in Zion – there are just so many different areas to hike. I disagree with the other comment about Bryce – while not as large as Zion, it’s definitely a full day of fun if you actually plan to go down into the Canyon instead of just gazing at the hoodoos from the lookout points (at Zion, you come in on the ground floor and hike up, Bryce is the opposite, you have to hike down!). We have amazing pictures of all of the different rock formations as both parks. I would absolutely be prepared for it to be cold. In September our temperatures easily changed 40-50 degrees from morning until afternoon. March will be chilly when the sun is not shining. My only recommendation, as I am sure you have your accommodations set, is Paragon Adventures if your family is at all interested in a day of hiking/climbing/repelling/zip lining. Can’t wait to read your trip report!

    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
  11. Angi wrote:

    Have so much fun and yes hold on to that precious baby girl! Hey, pull a slot lever for me at the airport! You will surly get a ton of EXERCISE on the trip! But if you ever need any pointers on how to stay FIT while on vaca or spring break hit me up!

    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
  12. Kara wrote:

    So jealous of your plans. I really want to do the Utah parks soon! Antelope Canyon is awesome. I also did the float down the Colorado. Hopefully you will get a chance to climb up and look down on Horseshoe Bend. I did it after doing my float, and it was great to see it from a different perspective.

    I would say dress warm. Not sure what the temps will be, but I did it in mid-May and it was colder than I anticipated (snowed on me as I drove from Flagstaff to Page, AZ). I had to pitstop at the Walmart in Page for some gloves!

    Grand Canyon is awesome!

    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks for the great tips, Kara!! And so fun to meet you today! xo

      Posted 3.3.17 Reply
  13. Amanda wrote:

    Can you tell me where the necklace hanging on the turtleneck sweater in your closet comes from? Love it!

    Posted 3.5.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I’m not sure off-hand which you’re referring to, but if you click over to the Closet post, everything is linked! xo

      Posted 3.6.17 Reply