Hidee Gold Mine in Central City, Colorado

The Colorado mountains hold so many secrets and stories. Stories abound near Central City, Colorado at Hidee Gold Mine. It’s an unforgettable experience, taking a tour with a veteran miner, learning the history of Hidee Mine, and mining your own gold. We couldn’t stop talking about it; it was definitely one of our family’s favorite memories from summer vacation.

A stay in Colorado last summer led us on the adventure of a lifetime. We knew that Gilpin County was mining country, but we had no idea the vast number of mines that are located there, not to mention the number of shafts all around. As we got to know the area more, we decided to take a mining tour. We weren't sure which one to take but eventually Read More... {Read More...}

Inspire Me Wednesday Linky Party {Issue 121}

Inspire Me Wednesday food, home decor, and travel features #InspireMe {Adventures of Mel}

It's a new week, a new day, a new Inspire Me Wednesday linky party. Hopefully, you're staying warm wherever you are. This week's features have a crafty side, are a foodie's delight, and have a li'l adventure for all the travel lovers too. Be sure to take a look around, and then link up your own crafts, DIY, food, and travel posts. Happy Read More... {Read More...}

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

I love baking chocolate chip cookies, and this recipe is my absolute fave. These are the best chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever eat. You can make them a little more cake-like (but still chewy); or you can make them a little crispy, a little chewy. Plus I share an easy tip for keeping them soft and chewy in the cookie jar. How to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch. Yum!

If you asked my kids what I love to bake the most, they'd hands down say chocolate chip cookies. I think sometimes my obsession with these scrumptious little treats becomes a bit tiring to them. Not that they don't love them and eat them up, but they'd probably love to have some other sort of dessert once in awhile. If I were to give up one thing Read More... {Read More...}

Inspire Me Wednesday Linky Party {Issue 120}

Inspire Me Wednesday weekly linky party #InspireMe

Inspiration comes in all different forms, with people we meet, things we read, maybe even that video that's lurking in your newsfeed. This week's Inspire Me inspiration comes via various creative, talented bloggers. Be sure to check out this week's gorgeous features, from y'all... And then link up your crafts, recipes, travel adventures, and DIY Read More... {Read More...}

Chocolate Glazed Donuts Recipe

When it comes to breakfast ideas, sometimes sweet breakfast ideas, like donuts, fit the bill. Want chocolate donuts with a donut recipe that’s easy to make? Heck yeah! Grab the recipe for chocolate glazed donuts. These tasty treats definitely disappeared in a hurry with our boys. Yum!

Growing up, I remember my mom would make donuts, just out of the blue. Now that I'm grown and I know what goes into creating a recipe, I really think she had to be in the mood to make the donuts because donut making didn't happen very often. It seemed like they were a LOT of work. Her favorite kind of donuts were the ones you dipped in sugar while Read More... {Read More...}

Simple and Natural Mice Repellent

Mouse in the house? Been there, done that! Ways to keep mice out, including the use of Peppermint Oil as a natural repellent. How to keep mice away.

Have a mouse in the house? Or perhaps a family of mice has taken up residence, coming and going as they please? Been there, done that. Years ago, we lived in an old farmhouse that had so many nooks and crannies the mice could come in; if I remember right, we even had a pack rat that lived in the attic at one time. Dan and I got so tired of Read More... {Read More...}

Embrace the Stories of Your Community

There’s a face behind your favorite downtown shop. Just like every person has a story, every shop or business has a real, live, human face behind it... someone with a story to tell. Community is filled with all of these stories, many of which are truly remarkable stories. Support local, immerse yourself in your community, and embrace the stories of your community.

Two very recent experiences led me to think more about community and what it means... Community can simply be a group of people who live in the same area. It can be a group of people with similar interests, thoughts, goals, and ambitions. Simply put, community can also be home; it can be where the heart finds rest and the soul finds solace. Read More... {Read More...}

Inspire Me Wednesday Linky Party {Issue 119}

Inspire Me Wednesday Recipe, Craft, and Home Decor Features on Adventures of Mel

As I set up this week's party, I'm sitting at my desk, stocking cap on my head, owning the sweatpants and fuzzy socks, rockin' out to Born to Be Wild on my Mumford & Sons radio station. Hey, just keepin' it completely real. As you go through this week, let this image put a smile on your face and a giggle in your day (I really should Instagram Read More... {Read More...}