Snow Daze

Portland is experiencing uncharacteristically cold and snowy weather lately. When you’re a grown up and have to work and keep your home you own safe from bad weather, the idea of a snow day starts to lose its appeal. Maybe this is what being 30 has done? Killed my inner snow-loving child? Continue reading

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On Turning Thirty…

Things that completely adult women have at their 30th Birthday party:

  • A room full of balloons
  • A crafternoon station with DIY trucker hats and glitter bottles
  • Rainbow streamer photo booth
  • Fancy rented gown(s!) complete with mid-party costume change
  • Unicorn and narwhal cupcakes
  • Whiskey, cigars, s’mores…

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Pumpkin Beer Taste Test

Fall has hit the northwest in full force. I spent this weekend wearing cozy flannels, raking leaves, and cuddling up with my dog under a heated blanket watching Harry Potter.

With my renewed zest for fall has come a little pumpkin beer taste test. I recently went to a place I’ve nicknamed beer heaven with a huge selection, and picked up this mixed six pack: Continue reading

A very good weekend.

I managed to fit a lot of my favorite summertime activities into the last 24 hours:

Drive-n movie theater

Food carts

Ride the OHSU tram

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Milwaukie farmer’s market

Get someone a birthday present

Visit the dog park

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Sleeping in

Time in the hammock

Yard work

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Visit the rebuilding center

Learn to cook on a charcoal grill

Thrift shop

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Buffalo wings

Dinner date

Sunset beers

I guess it’s okay with me that this is the last weekend of August. Now that the deck project is done, I’m working to get the most out of my remaining summer.

Welcome(?) Mat

Here is a quick project I recently pulled together after Kyle and I misread a door mat that said “welcome home”

From Kyle:

It’s the perfect door mat, because when we get home, it’s welcoming. And when anyone else comes here, they have to leave.

…and that was good enough reasoning for me! We bought a blank door mat and the rest came together pretty quickly!

The supplies:


Taping the lettering:

  Stipling on the paint:

…and again the final product:


Overall this project cost less than $20 and took about two hours, but makes me smile every time I cross my entryway. Worth it.