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Join me for a mom’s getaway + a mother’s day giveaway!

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary ticket to attend, and a ticket to give a reader! I can't wait to attend and you can expect a full length recap on my blog after! I'm beyond excited to get to Portland, Oregon.  In fact, I'm so excited that the first weekend we are there- I'm ditching my family to go on a mom's weekend!  Bloom is going to be amazing, and I'm really hoping to meet some moms from the Portland area.…

Moving Progress

How is it possible we are moving across the country in five weeks?! It honestly has a lot to do with how little sleep we've been getting around here, but since we got from our first trip to Oregon in August everything has just flown by.  We have tried to strike a healthy balance between memory making time, purging, packing, and life responsibilities. In this season of life, that is overwhelmingly tricky!  Some days, just getting three meals on the…

Tillamook, Oregon

So, last week while my in laws were in town, we went on an exciting day trip to another Coast City: Tillamook, Oregon. This was the last lengthy day trip, we will be doing while we are here.  We will be driving forty hours (in two cars) in a few weeks, so time to start mentally preparing for that. We had a wonderful day in Tillamook.  Here's the easy breakdown of our day. The Tillamook Cheese Factory- This place was…

The Riverwalk Inn in Astoria, Oregon

We had a completely blissful week in Astoria, Oregon.  It's the highest point in Oregon, and it's separated from Washington by only a bridge.  (We did cross the bridge so I could say I've been to Washington)  I have to tell you guys if you're planning a vacation, I think a tour of the coast cities in Oregon would be an amazing vacation for parents, kids, childless couples, girlfriends, bros, whatever. So far we've experienced Cannon Beach and Astoria, and I…

The less than glamorous parts of our trip. 

Periodically, I like to go through my social media posts and blog posts to keep myself in check. It's so easy to only share the best parts of life; but my life isn't the best all the time. I have struggles, imperfections, personal short comings. I hope that all of my readers have their own faults, too. When I started blogging three years ago, I didn't start blogging to document how awesome I am, my life is, the perfect world…

Beginning to catch up: The Portland Diaries.

Summer 2016 is definitely going to be one we will never forget.  My husband's brain has landed us another opportunity to move, but this time it is temporary.  Our family left the Midwest and headed to Portland, Oregon for three months last week.  We've arrived to our temporary home and have three days under our belts!  I have several posts lined up about the actual travel, four days and several states.  It was an adventure all it's own, but I…

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Road trip entertainment for our kids!

It is hard to believe we are only three days from departure for our big summer adventure to Portland, Oregon!  We will be stopping every 7-10 hours of driving to stay in a hotel, we will have the boys swim at each stop to get their joints moving again.  We will shower, eat a healthy breakfast, and get back on the road for the day.  These chunks of time are so long for young children, so I've spent the last…