Ink & Peat

Have you ever noticed how flowers and plants can transform a house? I think theyโ€™re the finishing touch that really make a house a home. This concept takes bloom at Ink & Peat in North Portland.

“ink & peat is a lifestyle store which combines a clever mix of modern, vintage, and organically-inspired elements: a hand-selected array of unique home decor products combined with fresh floral designs.”

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Looks like a little piece of heaven to me!


This is so ridiculous, but looks freakin’ awesome!

You can stay in real tree houses at the Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort (get it? haha) in Takilma, Oregon. It’s a pretty lengthy drive from Portland (5 hours), but looks like it would be seriously fun. While you’re there you not only have the opportunity to live like a bird for a weekend, but you can also horseback ride, raft, take craft classes, swim and more! And the best part of all… They have a zip line!!!! Count me in.

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My theory on finding your soul mate has always been this: Nobody is perfect. So don’t look for perfection. Look for that person who will

accept your imperfections as perfect. And find the person who’s imperfections you find perfect…

I found my mister perfect…. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cooking 101

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I’ve never been very handy in the kitchen. I’d rather fork over the extra dough to sit down and have my food served to me. That way I don’t have to do any work (hey, I can be lazy after a long day at work), I don’t see just how much butter they’re slathering on my cuisine, and I don’t have to try to navigate through a recipe.

But sometimes, what baby wants, baby doesn’t get. The reality of the situation is Corey and I spend a sick amount of our paychecks on eating out. When we lived in separate abodes it was easy to avoid the grocery store. We changed dinner tables every other night (sometimes more, sometimes less). We wouldn’t want anything to go bad….

But now that we’ve moved in together there’s no escaping it. I have to grocery shop. I have to cook. Damn!

Shockingly, I don’t mind it! Every time I concoct a tasty meal, I get more excited to try something more challenging and more delicious. I’m certainly not an expert, and I’ve got a lot to learn, so I’ve decided to share my discoveries with you along the way! Stay tuned for the first installment….

The End of an Era

Best Friend
\หˆbest หˆfrend\

The person who knows you’re completely insane, but loves you anyways.

My bestie, Jessica , probably knows me better than anyone in the world. She knows that I used to have a hard time eating in front of boys, that I am ridiculously messy and more about my relationships (past and present) than anyone would ever care to know. She’s been through thick (family drama, breakups, you name it) and thin (carefree college nights, millions of pedis). And even with all my insanities through the years, she still loves me.

A funny thing about Jess and I is we have the tendency to share the same employer. First it was as simple as being a babysitting team (even if I was deathly that I think about it that couldn’t have been good for the little kiddies), then it was our first-ever-real-summer-jobs at Nordstrom, and most recently, our first-ever-real-grown-up-jobs at Nike.

Having her by my side at these jobs has gone from feeling like a luxury to feeling like a necessity. Could I make it through the day without our countless e-mails? Our G-Chats? Our spur-of-the-moment lunch dates? My butts and gutts partner?! Well, I guess I’m about to find out…

Jessica is moving on to bigger and better things (this is what I keep telling myself). She has taken a position at Lucy Activewear in downtown Portland. And her last day is Friday. Although I’m sad (no, devastated) to see her go, I am so incredibly proud of her. I’m relishing my last few days of bestie glory and praying that some day our career paths will meet again…

Congrats, Jess! You’re my “person”– no matter where you work ๐Ÿ™‚

Beachy Keen

I can’t remember the last time I took a trip to the Oregon Coast. And that’s a problem. Normally at this point I’d be daydreaming about strolling down the quaint streets of downtown Cannon Beach, stopping for a mouthwatering slice at Pizza a’fetta, or sitting outside Bella Espresso sipping a raspberry white mocha. But to my disappointment, Cannon Beach just keeps getting more and more crowded. It’s hard to admire the small-town charm when you’re battling strollers, dogs, children and a million passerby on the sidewalks. Kind of loses its luster in the midst of all the chaos.

Now my sights are set on the less overrun beach town of Manzanita. Just 13 miles south of Cannon Beach, this peaceful town has an antique air that lures you in, without the crowds. Whether you’re looking to take in a breathtaking sunset, browse the ma ‘n pop shops, or hike up to hug point and steal some smooches over a bottle of wine, Manzanita has it all.

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And since one day in this hidden gem isn’t enough, make it a weekend getaway in the newly renovated Coast Cabins. Perfect for an intimate stay with your sweetie or a fun bonding trip with friends or family. The cabin interiors are “well designed and artfully decorated, with such touches as Tibetan carpets, original art, and unusual lighting fixtures.” Relax inside or sit around the communal fire pit and take in the sweet smell of ocean beach. The Coast Cabins in Manzanita leave nothing to be desired. Except maybe a trip back very, very soon….

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Rain, Rain Go Away

What a gloomy day in Portland. I absolutely love this city. There are so many things to love. But I really hate the rain. And today it stormed. The sky was a shadowy grey all day, and the rain endlessly fell in massive, sloppy drops.

It’s days like these I need a little cheering up. Here are three happy things that put a smile on my face, despite the dreariness.

1. Puppy Pictures
2. A Special Card…

It says… “Would you mind very much if I sorta had a little crush on your forever?”
I just thought that was so sweet! Makes me smile every time.

3. Planning Our Next Vacation
Next stop…ARGENTINA!


Lucky for me, I didn’t have a birthday this year, I had a birthweek! The real deal was Wednesday, but the last of the celebrations transpired today: A couple’s massage at The Dragontree Spa. It was one of the many gifts from Corey– he definitely spoiled me. Good man! Anyhow, it was only the second massage in my life and Corey’s first. It was so fantastic.

The Dragontree is a small, holistic day spa in NW Portland. Their goal is to “still the mind and mend the body”, and they deliver. My delight was in the details. Everything from the ornate hammered copper sinks filled with pebbles to something as simple as the locker names (happy day, faith…) contribute to the overwhelmingly soothing atmosphere. The staff was genuine and extremely helpful and my massage was exactly what I needed. If you’re in the market for a massage, the Dragontree Spa won’t disappoint!