June 2016

The Happiest Hour

Sometimes the greatest part of my day is centered around listening to music and creating in the kitchen. I absolutely love cooking which is the passion that once fueled my desire to start a food blog.  If I am not eating food, I am most often thinking about it. I love creating meals and cocktails for my family and especially for my friends. Read More

Rock Self Confidence

Hello Monday, old friend you just keep coming around don’t you. Well Monday, I have a bone to pick. It has been said Self Confidence is the best outfit rock it and own it. If that is so why is “style” and “comfort” rarely in the same category? Why must I traipse around town wearing stilettos, unforgiving skinny jeans and model ready makeup to be named best dressed? I mean ladies, are you like most of the population today? Living life on the go, running from one errand to the next?

I don’t know about you buuuut…Trying to pick an outfit at 5am (pre-coffee, I might add) that will last you all day and not have you rethinking style for the sake of comfort is tough business! There are times I wouldn’t mind wearing my oversized tee, yoga pants with a haphazard top knot, sans makeup and not be labeled or asked “Are you okay?”

I mean, why is it not celebrated. . .the women who work hard and raise families while crushing goals? 

So Monday, today I celebrate the mothers, friends, colleagues and peers…who are killing it today. Rock self confidence and you ARE valued despite your outfit or makeup choice. So go out there and continue to make today and everyday a little bit better than yesterday.

Now, enjoy some pictures of another strong lady who rocked this shoot with Timbuk2 and yours truly. Our girl is in a versatile outfit that oozes comfort but not looking like you just ran a 10k and fell out of bed all at once (oh is that just me, 90% of the time?). Heres to one that can allow style and chic to be in once sentence. 

Rock Self Confidence

Rock Self Confidence

Rock Self Confidence

Rock Self Confidence

Rock Self Confidence

Rock Self Confidence

Rock Self Confidence

Oh and did we mention GIVEAWAY! Happy Monday.

This is for you ladies rock self confidence this Monday and enter to win…We are labeling this bag Gold Dipped, meet our custom made Timbuk2 bag that you can win for yourself but hurry this ends soon. 

Enter Here!

Outfit Credits:

Faux Leather Jacket: Ross

Jersey Knit Dress: Forever 21 

Leggings: Lulu Lemon 

Tennis Shoes: Reebok Skyscape Runaround

You Got This Girl!

T SwiftOh hey there sister! 

Today I wanted to write a post about life and stuff. 

There is no DIY tutorial, no recipe and no makeup trends in this post.  

Just me on a soap box.  Consider yourself warned.  And if you’re still interested, please read on. 

You may or may not have noticed that our blog posts have been sporadic at best lately.  I consider it mostly my fault.  Melissa is a rock-star and continues to be a driving force for making things happen here.  (you can thank her for the sweet and salty paloma among other things)  And she sort of amazes me because life has been really busy for her lately. (buying a house is stressful to say the least) Plus, she has a day job and spends A LOT of time doing volunteer work.  What I love about Melissa is she continues to feel inspired and considers the blog an outlet for her creativity.

I on the other hand have found myself feeling uninspired and blah. Even a bit unhappy.  Don’t get me wrong.  My marriage is great and I love my family and friends.  However, this winter my health took a downturn.  I was working basically 2 different jobs and struggling to make ends meet.  I would work a long day, get home and crash on the couch and eat junk food.  It was easy to make excuses.  After all, I was in pain and tired and I truly loathe confrontation- a necessity if things were going to change at work.  Also- and this is probably the biggest part- I wasn’t spending as much time giving back to others as I had in the past.  

A moment of clarity came and I realized things had to change.  If I wanted to get back to that place where I felt inspired and happy I needed to take control of my life.  No one else could do it for me.  

So it started small.  I would spend time each morning focusing on my personal spirituality. (we don’t speak about religion on the blog because we don’t think this is the platform for it, however, I couldn’t leave that little nugget out because it makes the biggest difference for me personally)

Even though my joints were sore I would make myself walk each day.  Being outside is mentally and emotionally healing.  Cooking healthier became a priority.  

Finally, I came to the decision to quit my second job.  I was in a bad situation at work and I needed to address it.  The idea of having this conversation with my boss literally made me sick to my stomach.  When I say I loathe confrontation I’m not exaggerating.  Plus, change scares me.  But it was simple: do one thing that terrifies me and be happy or do nothing and remain in a bad situation.  

And so I had the talk.  It was terrifying.  And then it was over.  

I now work for myself. (real estate, in case you were wondering.)  My health is not fabulous but it’s manageable.  More time is now spent in volunteer work and helping others.  Which is the best kind of therapy in my opinion.  Please know that I’m not saying I’m perfect now.  I still struggle to get out of bed before 8 am.  (I’m not a morning person!!!)  Choosing a salad instead of fries is hard.  But I’m feeling happier now.  And along with that comes inspiration.  Which, by the way, is the whole point of this tangent.  

While on my laptop, scrolling through Pinterest and sipping a cup of coffee I came across a familiar image.  I clicked on it and it was from an old Tumblr account I used to keep up.  Completely forgot it existed!  And so, as I was looking at all these beautiful images on my old Tumblr I felt inspired to write this post.  My hope is that you feel inspired as well.  

Sometimes in life we find ourselves stuck in a rut.  Things aren’t terrible but we know they could be better.  Well, girlfriend, I’m here to tell you, the only thing standing in your way is yourself.  You got this!


Pineapple Invites

Finally a bit of a break from all this heat! Believe me, when I woke up to rain, I may or may not have done a little happy dance. This rain was like a breath of fresh air. Man, I guess Portland has really grown on me…when I am happy to see a break from the sun.

Now. On to confession time. So I have this thing (understatement) for Pineapples. Now that Summer is here they are popping up everywhere!  Honestly…I am serious. Put one on anything I am instantly in love, gravitating toward and filling my cart with all of it.  (I just recently bought this Pineapple candle and have to refrain from filling my whole house with them). Seriously do they have support groups for this kind of thing?  

Moving on…We all are ready for a good summer and that is something to celebrate. So in honor of Summer and Pineapples. . . I wanted to share some of our tools that we used to create a one-of-a-kind Pineapple Invitation for our Hot Cocoa Party

Hot Cocoa Invitation

Pineapple Invite
Pineapple Invite

Stamp pick up at your local craft store 

Washi Tape 

Craft String 

Blank Card and Envelope ( I used Acid Free, Recycled Paper) 

Craft Foam Brush 

White & Gold Acrylic Paint 

Modge Podge 



Take your Stamp and using my foam brush I painted my stamp with Acrylic White Paint. Gently placed on card and be sure to lift up gently as not to smudge your image.

NOTE: Be sure to have a piece of scratch paper to practice on and it just may turn out awesome and you end up using that. 🙂 

Allow to dry. Then paint over the image with 1-2 coats of Modge Podge to secure. 

Take foam brush dip in Modge Podge and Glitter. Paint in sweeping motions to Create a ‘Distressed’ Gold Look. Allow to dry. 

Add final touches and finish with Craft String (this usually comes in a variety of color but I used one that most fit with our Cocoa Party Theme).

Hope you enjoyed this easy fun DIY to make your obsession love of pineapples something you can share with your friends.

X’s & O’s 

Thanks for reading!

Summertime Links

Summertime Links

Just in time for record breaking heat this weekend. Cool down with some of our favorite summertime links!

  • Need a workout that isn’t boring? Follow this blog to keep you sweating and put your best butt forward.
  • Can’t get enough of this new swimsuit trend, join us and jump on the bandwagon!
  • I just may go out and pick one up myself? Loving this tote.
  • Check out these odd but Awesome Beauty Hacks for Summer. (#4 is on our list)
  • Need tips to keep looking fresh this summer follow these Summer beauty swaps!
  • I am going to be sipping on these all summer long.
  • Bonfires and these tasty treats are what I look forward to this summer!
  • Want to smell like the beach and feel great check out this DIY

What is your go to summertime tip? Leave a comment below! 

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