mother’s day gift guide

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but, i’m not about to keep up with that habit. this mother’s day i’ve found what i think is the perfect gift.

in case you are like the old me, i’m sharing a short list of gift ideas, some are unique and others are like, no duh, but thanks for the reminder.

for the plant mama
does your mom have a green thumb? are you like me, and think plants are the most perfect gift (hint, hint)?

grab your mom a plant baby from the sill.

the sill is an online plant store that ships plants to your home. they offer both unpotted and potted plants, so there is something for everyone’s price point. their plants range in size from 1 inch (air plant) to 9 inches (rubber tree) and all have detailed care guides.

if you or your mom are new to plants check out their beginner’s list.

for the health mama
looking to splurge on your mom and help her keep up with all the greatest fads? maybe you should buy her an essential oils kit.

i know i said fad, but young living essential oils are anything, but a fad. i’ll save my soapbox speech for another time, but really, these oils are life-changing and your mom deserves them!

if you go this route let me know and i will get you a discount!

for the chef mama
is your mom still teary-eyed over the end of fixer upper? cheer her up with the new magnolia table cookbook!

and let’s be real, this is the gift that keeps on giving when your mom whips up some homemade biscuits for you.

grab the book from target and you’ll get exclusive content that can’t be found elsewhere.

for the scholar mama
does your mom prefer a gripping novel to a tv show? if so, check out book of the month club.

i’ll be honest i’ve never subscribed to this club myself, but i’ve thought about it many times. you can gift your mom 3, 6, or 12 months of some page-turning goodness.

it’s pretty simple in how it works, each month your mom gets to pick from 5 books, and the winning one is shipped to her door.

if you’re lucky, she might share the book with you!


okay, i did promise some “no duh” gift ideas also. so here they are…

flowers
if you live close by your mom check out whole foods or trader joe’s for some fun flower options. maybe test your creativity by buying a few different flower varieties and creating your own bouquet.if your mom doesn’t live close by, check out these online flower sources:

card
if you want to go real basic, get your mom a card. some kind words go a long way with moms!

i like to check out local stores for unique cards, but etsy and paper source are always safe bets.

alright, if you are still unsure about what to buy your mom for mother’s day, then check out these hip guides:

i hope these ideas help to shower your mama with love this mother’s day. now tell me, what are you planning on getting your mom?

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summer goals in the (not so sunny) city

this morning i woke up to yet another gray sky. i’ve started to wonder if the sun will ever shine again on seattle. really though, this weather has my brain convinced it’s autumn.

it’s just the beginning of july and the forecast is cloudy and cool 60-some degree weather. this is not the summer I was hoping for. after a winter and spring with lots of rain, i am more than ready for some sunshine!

either way it’s summer and that means another list of goals. with the help of chris, i’ve quickly learned that goals motivate me (DUH), even the ones that are too far fetched. So here’s what i’m hoping to do this summer:

read 5 books – that’s not much of a feat i know, but i am a slow reader and have been bad about taking the time to do it

camp (at least once a month) – we got june down! It was just a quick one night camp out, but it was lots of fun! and it proved our ability to expertly (and quickly) pack for one night away.

yoga – i recently read a great blog post about sticking to exercise routines that you actually enjoy. the first thing to pop into my head was yoga, i can do that! (and easily get chris to do it too)

walk everywhere – the same is true with walking. i love to walk. get me in on a good conversation and i’ll walk for hours!

seattle center – i think we like it so much because it’s like the disneyland of the northwest. there is this fun, busy vibe. and my favorite part of seattle is the giant fountain that sits just under the space needle.


reggae saturdays – my new favorite coffee shop is in the same space as a local radio station. chris and i sip on some tasty coffee while listening to dj kid hops spin some reggae tunes.

farmer’s markets – there are tons of farmer’s markets in seattle that are only open june-october so we have to make the most of them! a new favorite: queen anne market, an old favorite: columbia city market.

canada – i don’t think this has anything to do with summer, other than i just imagine it’s really pretty up there! and, chris and i still have yet to go to Vancouver since we moved here.

outdoor movies – this is always our favorite part of summer. seattle center shows some great family-friendly movies starting july. just imagine laying in the grass watching a movie under the space needle, it’s magical.

soak up that sun! – i don’t mean tan. i mean literally get as much vitamin d from the sun that will last me the rest of the year. 😉

kayak – another thing that chris and i have not done since moving here. we have regularly gone down to lake union to sit by the water and watch the float planes take off and land. there’s tons of kayaks in the water, maybe this year we’ll join ’em!

that’s the list! excuse me now as i log out to go enjoy the sun and farmer’s market. i encourage you to do the same – list or no list.

Happiest of Holidays

Hi again, it’s been a while, but I’m back with the full force of the New Year behind me.

The holiday season has passed and I find the days (slightly) less cheerful than a month ago. I always love the lead up to Christmas: spirits are high and there is so much anticipation for family to be seen, presents to be opened, and cookies to be eaten.

Chris and I spent the Christmas holiday in California with my family. Our time there was spent working on puzzles, playing games, watching Star Wars, and making mountains of cookies. It can get a little rowdy with 8 family members in a small home, but we still manage to have fun and enjoy each other..most of the time. 😉

*Disclaimer* I am terrified of flying, so Chris and I compromised that we would fly to California and take the train back up to Seattle. On New Years Eve we boldly boarded the train that would take us to Seattle some 24 HOURS later. What kept us sane on that ride?

  • Unlimited snacks
  • Mini bottles of gin & bourbon
  • Three movies
    • The Royal Tenenbaums
    • Best in Show – just watch it!
    • Bourne Legacy
  • Books
  • Each other, obviously

Yes, we were nervous about the train but it ended up to be a lot of fun! Not to say we’ll do it on a regular basis; trains are dirty and my brother has convinced me of the great safety of airplanes.

New Year’s Day we woke (still on the train) to a blanket of snow, a sight we hadn’t seen since moving to Seattle. We plowed through the snow for hours and we were reminded of the freshness that a new year brings. God has been beyond kind to us in the last few weeks and we are excited to see how He continues to bless us in 2016.

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This one lady on the train LOVED that we were matching (me, I was embarrassed of course).

This is the time of year to make some great promises to ourselves that we are allowed to break without penalty, right? Okay then, I promise to exercise and read more. But really, I do want to do those things this year along with:

  • Blogging regularly
  • Weaving everyday
  • Learning new things
  • TAKE MORE PICTURES!

I don’t expect I’ll be perfect, but now that the world knows, the pressure is on to stick to these things. I’ll keep you posted.

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and are settling back into the “rest of the year.” For me, it’s hard to give up such a romantic time so maybe I’ll leave the tree in the corner with the lights on a little longer.

Christmas in November


Alright you grinches, get out of here because I’m posting about Christmas and Thanksgiving is still weeks away.

Until I met Chris, I never knew anyone who loved Christmas as much as I do (with the exception of my mom who taught me everything she knows). Every year we start to listen to Christmas music mid-fall. It’s not that we’re trying to rush through Fall (we love Fall!), we just want as much time as possible to enjoy all of the holiday-goodness.

This year, to rein in the “fall-wintery, Thanks-Christmas”, we are watching as many Christmas movies as possible. From November 1st to December 25th, we’ll be watching as many Christmas greats (plus Die Hard…) as we can fit into our lives.

Here is the official list:

  • Bridget Jones’ Diary
  • Love Actually
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2
  • Santa Claus
  • Jingle All the Way
  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • The Holiday
  • To Grandmother’s House We Go
  • Die Hard
  • Die Hard 2
  • Die Hard 3
  • Die Hard 4
  • Jack Frost
  • Charlie Brown
  • A Christmas Story
  • Elf
  • Mixed Nuts
  • The Grinch
  • A Muppets Christmas Carol
  • White Christmas
  • Polar Express
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  • National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
  • The Family Stone
  • Nativity
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Trapped in Paradise

So far we are two for two: Sunday, we kicked off with The Holiday and, last night, we laughed hard at National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.


I’ll leave you all now to your Christmas-less worlds. But, if you want to indulge, check out our Facebooks for what we’re watching next!

Autumn is for Lovers

Autumn has arrived and this New England native couldn’t be happier. Ever since I was a young girl I’ve been enthralled with the beauty and freshness of Fall. With this season comes a wardrobe change, crisp air, colorful leaves, wool scarves, pumpkin-flavored everything, and warm gatherings with friends and family. Am I missing anything? I didn’t think so – and that’s what makes this the best season.

It’s a bit crazy to think that Summer has already come and gone, but in reality I don’t mind the quick change. Nothing beats cold, dreary weather that keeps you in bed a little longer in the morning and forces you to layer up when heading out the door.

I’ll try to stop gushing, but Autumn brings a bit of nostalgia and a lot of freshness to a season that has felt stagnant and lacking. There is the hope of potential with this season, hope that all the change and difficulty will unfold into the good gifts God wants to share with us.

So what sorts of things am I looking forward to this Fall? I’m glad you asked…

For one, neighborhood walks! As I’ve said before, Chris and I love exploring the many neighborhoods that make up Seattle. Each one has something special to offer. We live in Queen Anne now and enjoy walking to the Space Needle, to get ice cream, or to a coffee shop. Now that Autumn is here I’ll be sure to step on every crunchy leaf that I find along the way.

Second: shopping! Before moving to Seattle I lived in California for about six years, where the seasons don’t change much. So it’s been awhile since I’ve had to put my summer clothes away and grab my fall clothing “capsule.” I remember when I was a kid every Fall we would grab a big tub from the attic with my cold weather clothes. We’d put away the shorts and tees and take out the fluffy jackets and sweaters for Fall and Winter.

This year will be a  little trickier than normal because of a flood in January that took almost all of our possessions – about 90% of our wardrobes! So this Fall, Chris and I have been putting a bit more thought (and money) into building a Fall / Winter capsule. But don’t let a budget think you can’t have nice things! I’ll share more on my Autumn buys later.

Third, we will be hosting Thanksgiving in our apartment this year! For the past two years I, with my sous Chef, Chris, have been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends. I was born on Thanksgiving Day so it’s more or less my destiny to cook this amazing meal. It’s been fun to share each of our families’ recipes with each other – and to create new recipe traditions!

Fourth, Autumn calls for knitting! Maybe more than I love to wear hats and scarves, I absolutely love to knit them. I have found so many great hat and scarf patterns from Purl Bee. If you enjoy knitting, crocheting, weaving, etc. check them out! Here is what I’ll be working on this season:

Color Dipped Hat
Classic Cowl
Color Tipped Scarf (I made this scarf pre-flood and loved it!)

None of these are for Chris though. He’s lost both a hat and a scarf that I made. 😝

And last but not least, all the fall themed music and movies! This means Charlie Brown’s Holiday Hits, You’ve Got Mail, Ghostbusters… Okay it’s a short list for now but, if you have any suggestions, don’t be shy.

 

I hope you feel inspired to welcome the cold weather (unless in you’re in Southern California) and enjoy the season you find yourself in.

Rested

Do you ever feel like each weekend you say to yourself, “I’m just going to relax,” and then Sunday night rolls around and you feel more exhausted than you did on Friday? For the past several months, Chris and I have been telling ourselves that we will rest, but when the weekend comes we fill it up with chores and errands. And no matter how fun fulfilling those chores are, they’re not relaxing. The few times we have tried to relax, we feel antsy and quickly look for things that make us feel productive.

I think that we’re missing something. Maybe resting doesn’t need to mean vegging out on the couch, only raising a finger to flip through Netflix. It seems pretty silly, but I think we get so hung up on resting because that’s what it’s often looks like for us. But really, when has TV ever been restful or rejuvenating?

This past weekend, we finally decided to stick to resting for one day – and not the sit-on-the-couch sort of rest. We took the day slow, started with a cup of coffee and let the day lead us.

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One of our favorite things to do together is visit the neighborhoods of Seattle, so we headed over to an unexplored part of the east side: Mount Baker. We stopped by the library to grab more books than we’ll possibly read and face a hefty fine for past due books (sorry!).

Side note: if you’re ever in Seattle visit at least one of the many libraries, they are all so beautiful! My favorite is the Central Branch, downtown.

Chris and I also love visiting new coffee shops; we both work in coffee so what else is to be expected? QED Coffee is a charming little shop with a stellar view of Seattle across the street. There are so many viewpoints to see the city from and this one is close to the best (pictured below)!

Then, a walk along Lake Washington and happy hour pizza with my boo to finish off a great afternoon.

Our day doesn’t look like fireworks and ferris wheels, but it was just the sort of thing we needed. This summer was long and difficult, so a day with a simple agenda and the two of us together couldn’t have been better!