Homemade Hot Cocoa

December 29, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff


Who doesn’t love a cup of warm hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day? Our most favorite winter beverage is easier than ever to make from scratch right in your kitchen. And trust us, this will taste far better than any store bought mix. Plus, it is SO easy! So easy, you probably already have all the ingredients in your home! Let’s get started!


  1. 3-3.5 cups of sugar
  2. 1.5 tablespoons of salt
  3. 2 1/4 cups of cocoa powder
  4. Milk per serving
  5. Your favorite mug
  6. Friends to share it with ūüôā

We used a big mason jar to store our mix in.

Start by adding in a cup of sugar. Then a cup of cocoa. Then, your next cup of sugar and so on. We made a pattern with the cups of sugar and cocoa just for looks, however you can just dump it all in together if you’d like.

Next comes the salt.

And now for the marshmallows to top it off!

If you want a peppermint spin to it, simply drop one into your mixture.

Mix the ingredients together. Scoop 1.5 spoon fulls into a cup of milk. Warm the milk on the stovetop or in the microwave. Enjoy!




20 Reasons We Love Winter

December 21, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


Winter is here, “weather” you like it or not and well, we LOVE it! You may not be surrounded by majestic mountains capped¬†with snow (if you are, then can we come visit?), but cold weather brings people together, so we can share the¬†warmth, love, and connection of the season.¬†Here are 20 reasons we love winter:


1) Hot chocolate and chai lattes.

shutterstock_2297579382) Oversized sweaters and tights.

BLOG-SWEATERS3) Thick wool socks and winter boots.

DSC_0310-1-24) Snowflakes.

Snowflake5) The crackling noises from the fireplace.

Fireplace6) Ice skating.

Skating7) Skiing/snowboarding/tobogganing.

Snowboarding8) Decorating holiday cookies then eating most of them.

HolidayCookies9) Wearing sequins to holiday parties.

SequinDress10) Ugly Christmas sweaters.

ChristmasSweater11) Spending quality time with family.

Family12) Sending/receiving Christmas texts to/from your friends.

TextMessages13) Waking up to snow-covered everything.

SnowCoveredEverything14) Icicles.

Icicles15) Holiday movie marathons.

ChristmasMovies16) Giving presents.

GivingPresents17) A much needed break from school and/or work!

WorkBreak18) Setting your New Year’s Resolutions.

Reflecting19) Planning NYE.

NYEPlanning20) Yummy, hearty, winter comfort-food dinners.


Have you checked out our New Arrivals for the New Year? >>

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Greetings from Alberta!

January 8, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


Hey guys! Anna Lengstrand sent us these amazing shots from Northern Alberta, Canada where she spent her holidays.  Anna told us that when they were outside adventuring, it was so cold that the camera would shut down, but she was luckily able to catch some truly awesome snow scenes as she embarked on a snowshoe adventure down Bear Creek.  Check them out below!

In Anna’s own words: “2014 was a though year for me with many challenges; I learned so much about myself and what I value in life and what makes me truly happy. To quote MindBodyGreen, the choice to embrace life fully must come from the inside. Once you find it, your world is forever changed. Choosing to accept yourself as you are in this moment is real freedom.”

Photographer: Anna Lengstrand
Location: Grand Prairie, Northern Alberta, Canada


Travel Often, Travel Far

December 2, 2014 — by Griffin Thall


Hey PV fans! Our girl, photographer Anna Lengstrand, recently drove her way through Oregon and Northern California on an amazing week-long road trip and we were stoked when she sent us some pictures from the road. Check them out below!

‚ÄúThe world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.‚ÄĚ

Van life. Simple life. Just enough space for all our toys (paddle boards, mountain bikes, camera gear, etc) a bed, food, cooking equipment and us two. Pure happiness. We don’t need much more. The unknown in front of us. All the worries are left behind. What matters are the simple things in life. Like what to eat, where to park for the night, and what to explore. This is how we are meant to live. ¬†Free.¬†

I don’t believe that humans are supposed to live in on place their whole lives. We are explorers. We are supposed to wander. I love to try new things, see new places, meet new people, and be fully present. Traveling makes me modest. Traveling makes me get to know myself, explore all the different sides of my being. Be more aware. It makes us appreciate the little things in life even more.

Travel. As often as you can. As far as you can. Put down the map and let yourself get lost.
Photographer and Model: Anna Lengstrand @annalengstrand


Cloudy Skies and Grey Days

November 12, 2014 — by Griffin Thall


Sometimes life is rushing too fast. I often need to press pause. Take a step back. Make sure that I’m balanced and live life in a way that ¬†makes me truly happy. Last weekend I spent a few hours at¬†Porteau Cove, a beautiful little beach outside Vancouver BC that is full of driftwood. I needed to find my inner balance again. Recharge.

What is it with the aquatic life that makes us feel at peace? The constant movement? The energy? The vastness? The relaxing sound? We are all born and still live in a natural world. We are made of the same molecules as nature. Connection with nature helps us to heal and find the natural balance. The ocean healed me this day. I found balance. Many of us live a life disconnected to nature, and I believe that this makes us very unhappy and stressed.

Photographer and Model: Anna Lengstrand @annalengstrand

Porteau Cove, British Columbia, Canada


The Minimalist Look

October 23, 2014 — by Griffin Thall


Fall is upon us and with that we are transitioning from the bright colors of summer to the neutral colors of fall and winter. Although we are sad summer has come to an end, personally I am more than ready to welcome cozy knits, wool hats, denim, and boots with open arms. Here’s some inspiration for the minimalistic, wintry look for the upcoming months.

Shop our Black, White, and Grey Gold Bar Bracelets to complete the minimalist look!