Remember that time I got to write for a subscription box!?

Good morning, mamas.  This one is for you!  The MAMA B U box is a bi-monthly subscription box for mamas to support self care.  Each box has a theme with fun products inside that encourage you to take a little time for your mama self! In July, I had the opportunity to write for the insert that goes out with this monthly subscription box. It was a really experience for me. Having my words and picture sent out to mamas…

The best restaurant in Astoria, Oregon!

My family had the opportunity to eat at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria, Oregon. It was so remarkable. In my opinion, the best meal I'd had in all of Oregon. I've had a very difficult time writing this post, to be honest.  There are no words to describe the quality of the atmosphere, the taste of the food, the incredible staff. Bridgewater Bistro is one of the amazing restaurants I've been in my life.  Their venue is breathtaking, but yet you…

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…

Gender Neutral Dinosaur Birthday

I'm pretty blown away that we celebrated Sawyer's second birthday over the weekend.  How did that happen?  It feels like just a couple of weeks ago, we were in the hospital welcoming him into the world. I'll be sharing the mushy gushy stuff soon, but this morning I'm talking party recap! So, we had a dinosaur pool party theme!  We obviously don't know many people here, but were thrilled that the grandparents could visit and two other families could come. …

Happy birthday, Sawyer bean!! 

Even though we've been celebrating our little soy bean all weekend, today is his actual birthday!  It's hard to believe that July 11, 2014 was two years ago.      I can't be too sure what I'm celebrating. Am I celebrating my ornery little toddler or the fact I've managed to keep two kids simulteously alive for two years. I started planning for Sawyer's arrival when Liam was fourteen months old.  I knew two kids under two wouldn't be an…

Get outdoors with Back to Nature Macaroni & Cheese.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BackToPlay #CollectiveBias Thank you Back to Nature Macaroni & Cheese for sponsoring this post. Try the new Back to Nature Made with Organic Macaroni & Cheese Dinners! June was National Get Outdoors month, and my family definitely made the most of the occasion!  We visited beaches, lakes, parks, we went hiking, and we picked berries! My readers know I have two young boys,…

Real life things people have said to or about my kids. 

"Is he some kind of oriental?"  "His eyes look funny."  Barista: "did you adopt him from China?" Me: "No, he's half Korean." Barista: "oh, so you adopted him from Korea." Me: "no, his dad, my husband is Korean." Barista: "oh.  I'm going to adopt from China, because I've always heard they're great students."  Interrupting Manager: "this one is on me."  "What are they?" "Does he speak his first language?" "Yes, he speaks English."  "He's really tall for an Asian. Aren't…

Toddler Birthday Must Have: Milestone cards!

So, when these Milestone Cards first became popular on the internet, I was so bummed.  My boys were just out of the stage where they were useful to my family.  I loved this concept, celebrating the little things instead of a generic months post.  Well, they've done it again!  They have created two adorable new sets of cards geared towards your kiddos one-four years old, and they're so adorable! I think these would make an amazing first birthday gift.  My…

Having fun with your kiddos in Astoria, Oregon

So, continuing our Astoria recap and tips, I thought I would share some of the best places we went and some other fun things you might do with your family while you're there. The views in Astoria are incredible.  You could pretty much just walk around and be happy.  My kids enjoyed looking at the boats and watching our for geese.  Here are some other ideas!  Comment if you have more: The trolley:  This was one thing I was most…

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…