Mountain Top Thoughts.

Today I drove up a small mountain ridge with a very close friend of mine while listening to soulful music and sipping on our tea.

It felt good, the sun was shining on our backs and the crisp hair reminded us of the still-prominent oregon winter. The view isn’t always the greatest at that particular spot, but today you could make out the subdued rolling hills just beyond our small town. It was perfect, and I happily captured every moment (even some not-too-pretty ones) with my newly fixed Nikon camera.

our souls were surely smiling today…

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Top- Thrifted

Jeans- JasonWood

Sweater- Thrifted

Shoes- Converse

Necklace- Hawaiian swap meet

Song of the moment: 21 Pilots // House of Gold

Love all. Love Madeline. Xoxo

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My Inspiration: 2/11/15

Each day I encounter various things (or people) that influence my inspiration. I consider myself a relatively creative soul, constantly searching for new and intriguing ideas and items. I’m one to enjoy intricate details and unusual or vibrant colors.

Like I mentioned in my last Instagram post, if there’s such a thing as someone who hops on many bandwagons, while entirely doing their own thing (or putting their own twist on the fad), I would most definitely, without a doubt, fall into that category.

Here are a few photos that recently caught my eye for various reasons… We’ll call it my weekly inspiration “board”.



Of course I had to feature the most inspiring Jules with her cute selfies.

And I added a new favorite lady of mine, miss Olivia who possesses a multitude of natural beauty and a breathtaking smile.


These lovely and adorable products have been calling my name for a couple of weeks now… The packaging is perfect.


Probably the most exciting inspiration for the week is the desire I have for an old, rugged jeep Cherokee. I want more than anything to buy one with my own money that I’ve saved up. It’s quite wonderful motivation for me to keep making money and I’ve always been a person who likes to see a goal at the end of the tunnel. This car is that for me, and I can’t wait until I get to drive my very own down the road and up a beautiful mountain.



I’m in awe of these precious mugs made with love. Such superb messages and place to sip tea from.


I’m never let down by the amazing Kala Noel, an old employee of my mom and a God gifted artist.

You can never forget a throwback of Angelina being a sassy flower child.

Preachers’ Daughters and Koby Koloff have my heart.


Lady Cascades never goes wrong with her soulful photographs of pure life and beauty.


My favorite song of the moment (LOVE it)

Betty’s A Bombshell- Grouplove

And last but not least, my favorite bible verse of the moment…

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15

Hope you all took joy in my inspiration for the week. What have you been inspired by lately?
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Fit Snack Subscription Box Review.

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When I first opened the Fit Snack healthy snack food subscription box that was delivered to my door, I was impressed by the variety and assortment of packaged treats.

I was lucky to work with Fit Snack, a company that encourages their costumers to stay active and live a fit and healthy lifestyle. Of course eating clean and working out are things I strive to do, but with the hectic life I live and the lack of time I have definitely don’t always help myself keep my goals in view. They are a monthly subscription box that costs $15 per month plus shipping and handling in return for a wide range of clean eating snacks that normally have a value of over $30 in the store. Fit Snack provides healthy alternatives for people who live busy lives and a wonderful support system to go along with their creations.

Most of their snacks, if not all, are:

nutrient dense- high in protein and complex carbohydrates and low in sugars.

consciously made- GMO free, produced organically and sustainably farmed.

diversified energy- gluten free, clean eating, paleo and raw.

My thoughts

Visually, the box is very engaging, decorated with bright colors and motivational pictures.

My two favorite things that were included was the guide for a full body workout (something that I’ve been meaning to do) and the sporty tanktop.

I was very excited to try out the various snacks because most of them sounded delicious.

However, I was quite disappointed with some of them, finding they either didn’t have a lot of flavor or their taste didn’t fit the description.

Since the box was packed with 9 different items, I am only going to share a few memorable ones with you, unless you are interested in hearing my opinion on more; in which case you could tell me in the comments.

Nogii Protein Powder

I enjoyed the protein powder, it tasted similar to many I’ve tried in the past, nothing special, but it does the job and tastes good. It is made with whey and quinoa, and is certified gluten free. Both vanilla and chocolate come in the box, ready-to-use on the go or at home in small, convenient pouches.

The Protein Bakery

Chocolate Chocolate White Chip Cookies-

These were one of my favorite food items, packed with protein and chocolate, they are a great on-the-go snack that tastes delicious and is easy to grab. Best of all, the baked cookies are also gluten free, following the wide-spread health craze that many people stick to. Wonderful product!
Peanut Butter Blondie-

I have always loved a good blondie, but when I sunk my teeth into the Protein Bakery’s I was very disappointed. It had a slightly grainy texture, I did not taste one hint of peanut butter, that it claims to be made of, and what I did notice was an eggy after-taste. Maybe it’s because the treat was made without gluten, or blondies are hard to perfect, but I couldn’t even finish the whole square.

Fit Snack- Veggie Chips

I really enjoyed the veggie chips even though I could imagine other people could dislike them. They are pack with fiber and vitamin A, and are low in sodium (unlike many other chips). The chips are good for your body and taste simply like a crunchy vegetable, something I have no problem with.

Simply Seven Snacks- Quinoa Chips

I liked the quinoa chips because they reminded me of sunchips, or chips that aren’t healthy for you (always a plus). They are gluten free and made with simple ingredients, perfect for people who are trying to keep a nice figure, but still crave a salty pick-me-up during a hectic day. I would repurchase the quinoa chips for an easy fill-me-up.

Oven Baked Orgaincs- Gluten Free Pancake Mix


I found that I really enjoyed the pancakes, they are gluten free (always a plus!), fluffy and light, moist and easy to make. They turned out slightly grainy, but nothing to worry about once you drench them in butter. I sifted powder sugar over mine, but obviously add whatever toppings you like best. Also, the idea behind the wet ingredients you’re supposed to add is that most of them are substitutable with even healthier ones such as vegan milk, or applesauce.

The mix is easily comparable to Pamela’s, which my house is never without. My family liked them, and I ate quite a lot. I give them an A in my book.

Thank you for listening to my thoughts on this trusted company, I hope you enjoyed. Feel free to test their products out for yourself and let me know your conclusions.

If you’re interested in purchasing for Fit Snack:

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I was sponsored to make this post, but all opinions are my own like always.

90’s Boho Chick.

I love finding inspiration in the places in which others never seem to look.

I mix vintage pieces with modern trends to create my one of a kind outfits. Not always do I put a ton of effort into my day’s clothing, but when I do I make sure it’s worth my time.

And trust me, many times I walk out of the house wearing a very unusual montage just to regret it hours later. I’ve sported some items that immediately have me thinking “wow… and this is the reason why I never wear this”, but I’ve also worn some things that make stepping out of my fashion comfort zone well worth it’s flaws.

Today I went for a bohemian vibe, coupled with a little 90’s flare- a trend that is sure to be seen while scrolling through your instagram feed. I felt that the look embodied my person style well, while making it easy for me to experiment with a few pieces that rarely get out of my closet. The only downfall to my get up was that it didn’t provide much warmth, something I desperately needed in the still chilly pacific northwest weather.

all clothing details will be listed below.

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Like always, I encourage you to step out of your style comfort zone, even if that means simply wearing a stylish hat, or sporting heeled booties. I always love to see what types of outfits you guys create, feel free to send them to me on Instagram @madeline.explored (the link is below this), on twitter @Mangopapaya27 or at my email

If you do end up sending me a picture of your ootd I will be featuring my favorites in my next fashion blog post!

Dress- Urban Outfitters (by brand Kimchi)

Sweater- Urban Day

Boots- Vintage (90’s)

Hat- Vintage (by brand Stetson)

Do something different and unexpected today…

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All pictures are my own. I will be announcing my giveaway winner within a few days.