16 Can’t Miss Things To Do In Portland, Oregon

Get doughnuts at Pip's.  If it's your birthday week, you can even snag a free dozen!  When people ask me what they should do in Portland, I always say go to Pip's. Visit Oaks Amusement Park.   This was such a fun little place, even Sawyer was into it.  We attended a preschool morning and while it wasn't free, it definitely was a great value. 3. Go to Nak Won.  This is technically in Beaverton, which is a cute suburb of Portland.  WORTH THE DRIVE. …

8 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE MORE BEAUTIFUL FOR LESS THAN 5 BUCKS.

I used to believe that rental homes weren't worth the effort.  I would tell myself that when we owned our home, we'd make it ours.  We would devote that time.  My husband was in the military for years, and then we did grad school, and we knew we'd be moving after that as well.  So, somewhere through those years, I realized that homemaking really means making a home where you are. So, if you're in a season of waiting, uncertainty, or…

No, We Aren’t Going To “Try” For A Little Girl..

Can we talk about the well intended question that annoys me to no end?  When people ask if we are going to try for a little girl. How does one "try" for a daughter or a son?  I'm thankful to be the mother to two boys, it is a challenging, humbling mission field.  I know my girl moms feel the same way about their brood of daughters! Honestly, I think we should just in general stop inquiring about the reproductive…

Tips For Feeding Your Family During The BUSY School Year!!

Today, I'm launching our back to school series.  With my son heading to Kindergarten for the first time ever in two weeks, I'm going to share what we are doing to get ready for this new schedule.  Between full day school and any after school activities, our family time is going to be scarce so I hope to stretch those moments out by keeping systems in place to keep our lives running smoothly. One of those systems includes getting our…

My Party Hacks That Transition Easily!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I did have the opportunity to test these products out from Verizon. I actually really enjoying hosting parties and bringing people together.  I recognize that for others that can be overwhelming and may not have the same soul filling properties.  So, today I thought I'd share some of my favorite hacks for hosting great parties all year long, regardless of the occasion. 1) Buy transitional pieces.  I wish that someone had encouraged…

Make Fetch Happen With Your Favorite Dog & Chuckit! Fetch Games.

This post is sponsored by Chuckit! but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Around here, we make doggie playtime, family time.  When we moved to Portland, we knew that backyard space was limited so we were intentional to move walking distance to a dog park.  Now, Rockne has curated a dog squad he loves to meet up with in the mornings for his exercise and it is entirely too cute.  We are always on the hunt for new…

Day Trip To Nehalem Bay, Oregon!

We recently went up the Nehalem Bay, our favorite crabbing spot here in Oregon.  We love getting outdoors to fish, clam, and/or crab.  If you're in Portland and looking for a dreamy day trip, I have nothing but incredible things to say about Nehalem Bay.  Maybe you're visiting Oregon and looking a unique experience! We like to drive up and head straight to Kelly's Brighton Marina.   You can rent boats for less than a 100.00 per two hours, they also sell shell…