Life has been a crazy crazy place!

Without meaning to, I have let this little spot ‘o’ mine slide. I started working full-time July 1st and work is awesome yet kicking my butt! I am in the process of A LOT of meetings with all sorts of education facilities in Portland. Basically I work for a community organization with education from pre-school through adult ed under my portfolio. My first order of business has been to meet with all our community partners to find ways of connection. I’m also going to two conferences in August–in LA where I’m presenting two hour and a half workshops, gotta work on those! And a super shortie one in Chicago.

Other than work, I’ve had some good friends move up to town with their 10-month old so I’ve been taking lots of walks with them and hanging out.

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I witnessed a gorgeous sunset last night driving home from my new favorite store:

2014-07-28 19.47.48How come no one told me about this AMAZING store? I picked up some stuff yesterday (justified that it’s my birthday on Friday!)

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And enjoyed the beautiful weather on the deck with a glass of wine and the newest issue of Bust magazine.

2014-07-21 08.10.12 HDRStuck a bird on it at work!

2014-07-24 11.59.15Witnessed a random woman walking by with two horses. Behind her was a woman with a big pooper scooper. Ahh the things you see in Portland.

picstitchI also received an awesome foodie package from Clare in Santa Barbara and am participating in the Local Flavor Swap from Chaotic Goddess Swaps


I can’t wait to shower someone with some awesome Oregon goods!

I also promise to try and be better about posting in my little spot of the internet!

Sponsored Post: 4th of July Flower Power! #Bouqlove

I love flowers, I love the smell of them, I love how they look and I love having them in my house. So I was super excited when The Bouqs offered to send me a bouquet of flowers. So The Bouqs was founded by a guy who got his MBA at UCLA (I randomly found this out when my aunt and uncle were visiting and admiring my bouquet and when I mentioned where it came from, my uncle was excited to tell me that it was an alum of UCLA-go Bruins!) The company was founded on the fact that it’s incredibly hard to buy flowers online that come out looking as good as they do in the picture. I have definitely had this experience–living far away from family and loved ones I definitely love the ability to send treats every now and then to let them know that I’m thinking about them and love them. Holidays are an especially great time to send flowers and lo and behold, 4th of July is happening this week! I love to decorate for holidays but often find it hard to have to have decorations for any and every holiday that may or may not happen throughout the year. Therefore, flowers are a great way to add to holiday celebrations. For 4th of July how about a beautiful Red, White and Bouq!

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How perfect would these be sitting on your picnic table in your backyard during a Barbecue? I, of course, love flowers and immediately bought a bouquet and a week later, they are still blooming on my kitchen table at home. I also just ordered some flowers to be delivered coming up to someone special. What’s best is the flowers start at a very reasonable $40, which, especially for fresh flowers online, is great! They come conveniently wrapped: 2014-06-24 16.13.11   2014-06-24 16.15.13   And well packaged so that they are in great condition, even coming from South America!  They are beautiful when they first come: 2014-06-24 16.21.32 There are specific directions for best care and are lasting and beautiful still a week later! 2014-06-25 17.53.48 If you are looking for a great gift to send someone, especially when you are living far away, check out The Bouqs for a simple and easy gift! Want to order some flowers: make sure to use this link: https://www.thebouqs.com/en/?sal=539f19ee215552&spop=1

 

***I received compensation in the form of this bouquet of flowers from the Bouqs but will only recommend products that I feel are worthy of passing on.  Thank you to The Bouqs and Markerly for this opportunity***

Foodie Penpals Reveal!

 

Yay! Time for another reveal. I participated for the second month in a row Food Penpals through The Lean Green Bean. This month I got paired with two awesome ladies. Generally speaking you only are paired with one awesome person but the first person I emailed didn’t respond within the 72 hour time frame so I was reassigned but then I did receive an email back so I decided to send to both of them and therefore got two awesome boxes!

First up is Ronda, from South Carolina! She writes at Kitchen Dreaming, check it out for some awesome recipes!

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I am so ready to head out to South Carolina! Fried peanuts, peach jelly and a local cookie she made called Bennies that she sent the recipe for. Yum!

Next up is Nicole, from SoCal-an area I know well, having lived there throughout my life and constantly visiting.

NicoleAmong the local products, she sent California raisins (anyone remember the California Raisins from the ’80’s and 90’s? Are they still around?) and almonds from her uncle’s farm North of Los Angeles, how cool is that! She also sent Herbs D’Provence which I love using on chicken and haven’t had any for awhile!

Want to get in on the fun next month?

Here’s some details about FPP in case you want to join in for July:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. 
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans.  

If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for March, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 

You must submit your information by July 4th as pairings will be emailed on July 5th!

Who knows? Maybe you’ll get an awesome box of Oregon goodies from me!

Pretty Little Beauty Swap

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One of the cool things about blogging is the awesome swaps I get to participate in.  I particularly love the Pretty Little Beauty Swap because I get introduced to all sorts of awesome beauty products that I might not know about!

This time I got paired with Vanessa from X-Tremely V.  Check out her website for what I sent her!

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I loved the box–I might actually use it for something else!

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Love the polka-dot card!

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I can’t wait to try all the E.L.F. stuff! I don’t think I’ve actually used E.L.F. products before so I look forward to trying them out!

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Moroccan oil is supposed to be great in your hair so I can’t wait to try them out! And I love masks!

All in all, I loved the box and can’t wait to participate again!

A Week Off

Hey guys, I know I’ve been quiet here this week. I’ve been celebrating Passover. My best friend and sister were in town for the weekend and for the first Passover dinner so I was busy cooking and hanging out with them. Today is our first day back at work and things are busy here too.

I promise I will be back next week with a regular schedule and tons of new, fun stuff! Have a great holiday week whichever holiday you are celebrating!

Swap! Mug O’Comfort

Mug O’Comfort Swap!  This was the first swap I participated in about a year ago and is still one of my favorite ones!  This time I was paired up with the lovely Jessica from Living La Vida Holoka.  First of all, how awesome is her blog name, right??

I had a super time shopping for Ms. Jessica and you will have to scoot over to her blog to see what I got her.

I was so thrilled with the awesome box she sent me!

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How pretty is everything wrapped!? I totally failed with wrapping this time but hopefully will do better!

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Super cute card with a lovely note!

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Yum! I love Trader Joe’s! And I love spearmint and lemongrass!

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I can’t wait to try this out on BBQ or in baked goods. . . something I’ve never seen before!

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I love hot chocolate and can’t wait for a cold day to try this out!  Hopefully before next winter!

And the best, best piece!!!!!

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My New York tunnel mug!  I cannot wait to start using it! I love the fact that I’ve been in all of these tunnels!

Thank you, Jessica, for such an awesome package!  Make sure you check out Chaotic Goddess Swaps for the next awesome

 

 

The Blogmopolitan Quiz Round 2

Erin from Two Thirds Hazel posted the first one awhile back and it was fun so I thought I’d try it again!

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

52 Lists // Week Six // List The Ways In Which You Can Love Others

Week 6

52 Lists-Week 5-What Are You Grateful For?

52 Lists Week 5

 

From Moorea Seal–my 52 lists weekly week 5!

What Are You Grateful For?

  • My parents
  • My friends
  • My health
  • Access to health care
  • Reproductive freedom
  • My family
  • Freedom of press
  • Freedom to practice my religion
  • Clean water
  • Housing
  • The ability to learn
  • The ability to enjoy snow from a safe, warm place
  • Air conditioners
  • Driving/my car
  • Those I love and those who love me

52 Lists and my website works again!

First off, thank you to my biffle for fixing my website!  Adsense was being silly and she made it work again so go her!

She and I are also in the middle of a #bicoastaljuicecleanse.  Just started day three of five and so far, so good!

52 List

Moorea Seal has been doing a #52weeks list since the beginning of the year (and probably last year too and before that!)  And I’ve been tagging along but I keep forgetting to look at it the day she does it but today I did!  You can’t really read it so I will type it out below but this weeks list, week four//list your current and future goals & dreams.

I’ve got a lot floating around so I just picked a few for now:

1.  Reach goal weight
2.  Write a novel
3.  Get married and have a family
4.  Travel
5.  Attend Alt Summit
6.  Be a successful blogger
7.  Find a book club
8.  Pay off debt
9.  Own a house
10.  Plant a garden
11.  Be true to me
12.  Nurture friendships
13.  Be healthy
14.  Be flexible
15.  Find my faith

Lots to work on and I feel that I am working to make good progress this year!