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Some would say “change is good”. Even the one and only Stevie Nicks said,

“…But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older, too.”

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The season is changing here in Oklahoma. Fall is slowly evolving into winter. I personally am not a big fan of winter. However, this year I am determined to allow Mother Nature have its way. I am not in control. All I can do is prepare myself (hello new winter clothes). Of course, I will have a few gripes throughout the winter months (I am only human). The seasons changing are expected. Then there comes the unexpected changes like when you walk into a hair salon full of optimism and leave with bewilderment. Yes, I know that seems like an odd redirection. But I speak from personal experience. Change can be gradual or come out of nowhere and smack you in the face, then step back and dare you to react.

“Now what sucka?”

Yea, it can…well…suck. There’s no prep for those sudden changes. Sure we have insurance for accidents. We also have advice from other’s based on their own experiences. But it’s always the unexpected that we have no place of reference for or a guide to walk us through step-by-step. You have to shift your thinking, or approach, or even your entire mindset.

The only thing we can ever truly control is how we react to the things that happen to us or around us. Look on the bright side, reel in our emotions, or spin out of control. The choice is up to us.

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May Photo Wrap-Up 2017

Hey y’all hey!

I can’t believe it, but it’s the end of May! To be honest, I had a somewhat uneventful month. But none the less I took a few pictures here and there and put up a few videos!

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One of the most important things I did in May was celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom! We had a great time hanging out in downtown Tulsa at the Guthrie Green. We also had good food and great conversations.

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If you have been to downtown Tulsa lately than you must have noticed the addition of artwork on the walls of several buildings. I personally love the colorful additions to downtown. The artwork really brings a new energy to downtown Tulsa.

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My sweet tooth has been in overdrive lately. Although it’s still chocolate I decided to try a gluten free option. This one was actually pretty tasty.

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David and I stopped by the Bixby Barbecue Festival. We enjoyed great food (we really stuffed ourselves). If you are in the area, I suggest stopping by next year to see the festival and eat some great barbecue. The event is very family friendly.

I hope you had a great month of May. I look forward to awesome adventures in the month of June.

April Photo Wrap-Up 2017

Hey everyone!

The time has arrived once again for the monthly Photo Wrap-Up. So here’s a peek at what went on with me throughout the month of April!

Before I get carried away with this post I should mention my Spring Favorites video. Just in case you missed it!

Now on to the rest of April!

David and I visited the most iconic waterfall in Northeast Oklahoma, Natural Falls. The area was very beautiful and worth a trip if you’re in the area.

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As you know, David and I are definitely foodies. We strayed away from our typical breakfast spot, Village Inn, and decided to eat at IHOP (Internal House of Pancakes). Let’s just say a buy one meal get one free coupon may have seductively influenced that decision.

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I am doing much better handling my stress levels at work. March was a hard month for me. However, I am pushing through. Like the saying goes, once you’ve hit the bottom the only place to go is UP!

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We enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend. It was a little rainy, but that is typical for Oklahoma weather around this time. I can’t complain. I also began my manual car lessons. I never thought that I would be learning how to drive a stick shift in my 30’s.

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I got a much needed hair trim. Sometimes it’s the little things that really add up and make a difference. I am really enjoying my hair now. This natural hair journey is not always easy. There are times I get so frustrated but there are times that are completely great! You have to take the bad with the good. Enjoy the good times while you can.

Thank you guys for reading! You are awesome! YES YOU!

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Iconic Oklahoma Waterfall – Natural Falls

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One of the most iconic waterfalls is located in Northeastern Oklahoma. Natural Falls is a well-known waterfall that is 77 feet tall and located in a quiet wooden area.

David and I made the 30 minute drive from Tulsa to the park that surrounds the waterfall near West Siloam Springs on the border of Oklahoma and Arkansas. Once you enter the park you’re greeted by a park guide who gives you instructions on where to park and takes your admission (it is $5 per car to enter the park). After that you are free to roam the park. That includes enjoying a picnic, Frisbee golf or barbecuing. There is also a RV park available (inquire before arriving about the cost to park your RV).

 

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There are two trails available if you want to view the waterfall. One trail is the less scenic route and is a straight shot to the waterfall. The other trail guides you over several short bridges and down a few paths to the waterfall. There is also a viewing area at the base of the waterfall if you would like a closer look.

 

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The park is an awesome location for some family fun outdoors and I believe it is worth the trip and the $5.

The YouTube video of our trip can be found here

 

 

Things To Do In Denver CO

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Hey everyone!

David and I were dying to travel west for the first time! We finally got the opportunity last weekend. We took a three-day weekend trip to Denver Colorado. The town is very beautiful with a laid back atmosphere. There are some cool things to do in Denver.

  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
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The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a wonderful place to take the family. There were interesting things to see. If you’re not really into taxidermy than I wouldn’t encourage you to visit (just being honest).

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  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre
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The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a Denver staple. It’s very easy to get to, which is nice for families. The area is beautiful and has very scenic views. It’s open to the public (free of charge) all the time unless there is a performance scheduled.

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  • Downtown Denver
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Downtown Denver is busy, but not in an obnoxious way. People and vehicles are rushing about but there is no feel that you’re going to get run over (if that makes any sense, lol). The architecture in Downtown Denver seems somewhat modern and vintage all at the same time. It’s cool to see the tourists interacting with the locals in downtown as well.

  • Larimer Square
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Larimer Square is a great place to find food and shopping in Denver. The Union Station is a great place to grab a bite to eat, catch the train or hook up to some free Wi-Fi. The streets in Larimer Square are pedestrian friendly so that allows for easy access to and from restaurants and shops.

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We had an awesome time in Denver! The people were friendly and weather was beautiful. There are plenty of other options available for your entertainment while in Denver like zip lining, amusement parks, medical and recreational marijuana, the zoo, professional sporting events and malls. Take your time and enjoy this laid back city.

The YouTube video of our experience is below! Check it out and SUBSCRIBE!

 

Tulsa Food Tour 2.0! Valentines Day Options

Hey everyone!

I don’t know about you but I have been waiting patiently for another Food Tour! David and I decided to kick off this food tour by emphasizing local restaurants that would be great options for a date on Valentines Day.

  • The Wild Fork – 1820 Utica Square, Tulsa, OK

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Our first stop was at The Wild Fork in the Utica Square Shopping Center in midtown Tulsa. This restaurant sits in the center of the shopping center. On first appearance the outside and the inside screamed “charming”. We were greeted as soon as we entered and seated in a cozy yet spacious booth. The restaurant offered various seating options from seating at the bar to seating at one of the giant windows which filled the space with awesome natural lighting. We ordered our food and spent some time chatting and looking at the art work for sale that hung from the walls. I will say our food seemed to take a while to prepare. My mom, who tagged along with us, was not too pleased with that. Once our food arrived it was worth the wait. Everything was made to order and fresh. Although my mother was a little under-whelmed by the food, David and I really enjoyed our tasty breakfast. The price was affordable, the service was great and the ambiance can’t be beat. I definitely would encourage you to stop by The Wild Fork.

  • Senor Tequila – Brookside, The Mill and Plaza Del Sol (3 locations) Tulsa, OK

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For David and I, Senor Tequila is always on the list of possible places to celebrate Valentines Day. We spent our first Valentines Day here years ago at the 71st street location. So as you can imagine it only seems right to bring you all along. This place has a great atmosphere and of course good food. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed with what I’ve ordered.

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I ordered the shrimp ceviche tostados. David had the chicken chimichanga. The shrimp ceviche tostados were light and refreshing. David’s dish was cheesy and savory. One of the main selling points at this restaurant is of course the margaritas. We finished our meal with sopapillas with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  With 3 locations I’m sure you can find one near you to try.

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There are plenty of national chain restaurants that you could go for Valentine’s Day but I encourage you to try something different and find a local restaurant. Typically the service you receive will be great, because they appreciate your business, and the food will be superb and have a homemade taste and feel. Celebrate your day of love showing love to some local spots.

 

 

Art & Oysters – Art on Main and Oysterfest 2016

Hey everyone!

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This past weekend was such a beautiful weekend. David and I couldn’t wait to get out and enjoy the weather. We decided to make a few stops at some local events. We had a great time and of course we want to share it with you.

Our first destination was Art on Main in Jenks, OK. We arrived and David grabbed something to eat right away. There were a few local food trucks that I am familiar with. David decided on a pulled pork sandwich from The Local Table food truck. Once he finished we walked around admiring the art showcased at several of the art booths (tents). Live music, face painting and inflatables for the kids were on the scene. Of course art was on display by the artists. There were some awesome pieces available for purchase. A few of the artists that we were impressed with were Chris Hopkins and Kris Fairchild. Both artists reside here in Oklahoma.

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Since we didn’t plan on purchasing any pieces of art we decided to cut our stay short.

Our second destination was Oysterfest 2016 at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa. Live music and a variety of booths offering their own oyster presentations were a part of the event. We looked around and took in the atmosphere before purchasing our tickets to try a few of the oyster choices. The money raised goes to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. We tried three booths total. I’ll be honest oysters are a required taste but I can see why some people find them tasty. There is a light seafood flavor to them. If they are prepared a certain way they can be spicy and/or smoky.

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We had a wonderful time seeing what the Tulsa area had to offer this past weekend. I hope you got out there to enjoy the fall weather.

Tulsa Food Tour Part 3 – Sweet Lisa’s Cafe & White River Fish Market

Nothing compares to good home cooking. I’ll say it again. Nothing compares to good home cooking. David and I decided to make sure we added restaurants with some soul to this part of the tour. These restaurants are off the beaten path which makes them more enjoyable, in my opinion. You know, like a secret dining spot.

  • Sweet Lisa’s Cafe – 1717 N Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74106
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One of the places that I’ve heard about for years is Sweet Lisa’s Cafe. The first time I noticed a picture on Facebook I asked, “Where is that”? I knew I had to try some for myself. But time passed and I never seemed to get around to trying this legendary place out. This week my opportunity finally came. The restaurant is located in the Shoppes of Peoria shopping center. When entering you’re greeted politely by the staff and they are ready to assist you in making your dining choices. The ambiance is very laid-back and unassuming. Our food arrived in a timely fashion and smelled so yummy. I ordered the grilled catfish meal, which came with two sides. I ordered the fried green tomatoes and the cabbage. David decided to go with breakfast (which is served all day at Sweet Lisa’s Cafe). He had home fries, scrambled eggs and chicken n biscuits with gravy. David also got a mini pecan pie (which he devoured in two bites, lol). We were not disappointed. I’ll take that back, we were only disappointed in ourselves for not trying this place sooner. If you’re looking for a meal to hit the spot, with a little touch of home, then you definitely should try this place.

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  • White River Fish Market – 1708 N Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74115
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If you’re on the North side of Tulsa, OK and you’re looking for a good seafood restaurant look no further than White River Fish Market. The first time I visited this place I was blown away by how tasty the food was. This was David’s first time and he was not prepared for the array of seafood he would find available to order. The White River Fish Market has been around for over 75 years. I don’t have to tell you that you don’t make it that long in the restaurant business without serving delicious food and providing good service. When we hopped in line a couple that came in after us began to tell us what they usually order, in hopes of helping us decide on what to get. They were very helpful. David ordered a bowl of gumbo and the swordfish with a side of green beans and potato salad. The gumbo was hot, savory and not too fishy to the taste. I joked that the swordfish looked like a meaty pork chop. David said it was amazing. I also liked the potato salad, because it reminded me of my mom’s potato salad. I ordered the broiled shrimp with a baked potato and side salad. The shrimp were accompanied by a small container of melted butter. Without a doubt this was the best shrimp I had eaten in a long time. The baked potato was average (it came with butter and sour cream). The side salad was also average. We were so full we decided against dessert. However, we probably should have at least got a slice of cheesecake to go. The cool thing about this place is that you can order seafood a la carte without having to buy anything at the restaurant. They have a fully functional seafood counter to make purchases. Another cool thing is that the seating is set up on a first come-first serve basis. That means during the busy lunch hours you could be sitting next to just about anyone. That could allow for some interesting mealtime conversations.

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Part 3 of the Tulsa Food Tour was an experience to remember. We were not disappointed or left with empty bellies. If you try any one of these two places you won’t be left with an empty belly either. There was something very off the beaten path about these two places that made me appreciate them more. It was like they just wanted to serve good food without all the frills and gimmicks. Hey, that’s what you should pay for right, GOOD FOOD!

Thanks for reading and make sure you check out Part 1 and Part 2.

You can check out out more of our food adventure here

Tulsa Food Tour Part 2 – Mom’s Family Diner & Tally’s Good Food Cafe

So how these things seem to go is if there is a Part 1 there must be a Part 2 correct? Yep that’s correct. The Tulsa Food Tour continues with stops at a couple of places with good home cooking. The kind of food that keeps your feet planted on the ground. The kind of food you don’t regret. The kind of food that you know for sure you got your money’s worth. Our search for good eats in Tulsa brought us to Mom’s Family Diner and Tally’s Good Food Cafe.

  • Mom’s Family Diner – 4101 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74146
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Mom’s Family Diner was suggested to David and I by none other than my own mom. She had eaten there numerous times and was always singing its praises. We decided this was a perfect time to give it a shot. We arrived early on a Saturday morning and the place was filling up. We grabbed ourselves a booth and were quickly greeted and offered coffee and water. The place was actually bigger inside than it looks from the outside. There were plenty of tables and booths. There was even a counter for those who prefer to sit on bar stools and watch television while they dine. The atmosphere was very laid back and bright. We ordered our food and chatted for a bit before it arrived. The staff was very attentive to us, making sure our coffee didn’t run low. When our food arrived I was so happy because I knew we were going to get more than our fill. Our food was delicious! We had an array of eggs, pancakes, waffles, hash browns, home fries, ham steak and biscuits with gravy. I believe for our three orders the total was under $40. I without hesitation recommend this place to eat if you’re looking for breakfast.

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  • Tally’s Good Food Cafe – 1102 S Yale Ave, Tulsa, OK 74112
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Our second stop of Part 2 took us to an iconic restaurant on Route 66, Tally’s Good Food Cafe. This was my first time having the pleasure of dining at Tally’s. Tally’s opened in 1987 and has been a piece of Tulsa ever since. Tally’s is known for their big entrees and big cinnamon rolls (we’ll get to that later). You can’t miss Tally’s, it’s right on the corner and in the evening hours it is well lit. Upon entering you’re taken back into a 1950’s atmosphere. We sat in a booth and a waitress took our order. I decided on the chicken fried steak dinner (something Tally’s is known for). David chose the Lebanon burger (the owner, Tally Alame, is Lebanese). While waiting for our food we enjoyed the ambiance of the place and jammed out to the music. Our food looked pretty impressive. It had been years since I had chicken fried steak. Tally’s did not disappoint me. Everything tasted great. David really liked his burger and fries. David is not one to pass on dessert, so we ordered the cinnamon roll. The waitress joked as she placed the cinnamon roll in front of us, “You didn’t know what you were getting yourself into did ya”. No ma’m we did not. The cinnamon roll took up the entire to-go box. We were so glad we got it to-go (and I believe our stomachs were too). Our meal came to less than $35. I say for what we ordered that’s a pretty good deal.

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After we stuffed ourselves at Tally’s we decided to check out Tulsa’s dedication to Route 66 near downtown Tulsa and Riverside. The flags of each state that are apart of Route 66 are represented at the spot. I recommend stopping by there simply to see it for yourself.

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I hope you enjoyed Part 2. You can always check out the video of our dining experience here.

Thanks for reading!

You can find Part 1 of the Tulsa Food Tour here.

Travel Bloggers and Vloggers You Should Follow!

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Hey ya’ll!

Everyone needs a little motivation or better yet inspiration from time to time. You could be a singer drawing inspiration from Andrea Bocelli or Usher. Or maybe you’re a cook inspiring to be the next Anthony Bourdain. Everyone looks to someone to inspire them or simply someone to motivate them to get back on the horse and keep going. As a novice traveler I often need a push to get back out there and see new things. I thought I would share with you some of the bloggers and vloggers (video blog) who continue to spark my interest in the great big world out there!

Louis Cole

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Deciding to create the Colormyfootsteps YouTube channel was not an easy decision. I went back and forth over all the things that could make it a bad idea. When I did a little research into the idea one of the first YouTubers I came across was Louis. I think I binged watched for at least 2 hours, lol (each of his videos are approximately 12 minutes…so yeah I watched a lot of videos). It was so cool to see him go from place to place so carefree. I felt so inspired by him. Out of everyone on my list, Louis, probably has the most stamps in his passport. His motto is “Live The Adventure”, that statement in itself should be enough to make you want to get off the couch.

Brooke Saward

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I actually stumbled upon Brooke on YouTube because I wanted to use the word “wanderlust” as part of my blog/brand name. You can tell that Brooke is well traveled and her joy of travelling truly shows in every post on her media platforms. Her blog and YouTube channel offer helpful travel hacks and tips. Brooke has also written books dedicated to her travels. I think the biggest thing I have learned from Brooke, so far, is sometimes you have to give up what you want now for what you want most.

Becca and Alex Foss

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One day, about 6 months or so ago, I received a notification that a WordPress user was now following my blog. I thought,  “cool”. So I checked them out to see if I wanted to subscribe to them as well. Little did I know that I would absolutely love what I found. Becca and Ross are a traveling couple (along with their hairless dog) who live out of their camper and pretty much go where they desire. I always look forward to their blog posts. Their posts are always heartfelt and interesting. They also take beautiful pictures (why can’t my camera seem to do that?). If you’re not interested in subscribing to their blog at least follow them on Instagram. I’m sure you’ll be in awe.

Alli Speed

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  • Twitter: @AlliSpeed
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I actually found Alli via Louis Cole (mentioned above). I believe he was on a Contiki trip for Youtubers in Asia and Alli was one of the YouTubers. I gravitated to her humor and different perspective of showcasing the culture around her. Alli does travel often, some is nationally but a lot is international (her boyfriend, Chase, lives in South Korea). Alli is a natural in front of the camera and always seems to enjoy herself while on the road. She also lives in Florida, which makes her random vlogs at home seem pretty cool.

Tracey Coleman

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I came across Tracey on Instragram. Almost every photo she was either eating something yummy or frolicking on the beach somewhere. I just knew I had to see more of her world. Tracey stays busy on the road but she also gives us a peak into her neck of the woods, Brooklyn. She was included in the list of Essence magazines “9 Travel Instragrams You Should Follow” in 2015. That alone should make you want to see what she is up to. Right now she is making me want to plan a trip to the next carnival season in the Bahamas!

That’s my list y’all! If you think that you have been bitten by the travel bug or maybe you are just a weekend road warrior, I hope this list has added a few faces to reference when you are sitting at home wondering where to go next. Take care and safe travels!

Keshia