Astoria, Oregon

I've been wanting to go to Astoria for months and months as a day trip from either Portland or Manzanita. It is only about an hour from Manzanita, and about 1.5 hours drive from Portland. Astoria is located right off the coast on the Oregon side of the Columbia River and is the cutest little town full of historic shops, restaurants, breweries and sight-seeing.

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To Do: June 2017

June is one of my favorite months of the year because it signifies the start of summer! I'm looking forward to spending lots of time outside and taking in as much of the amazing city of Portland as possible. Here are all of the events that I'm looking forward to this month!

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Beni Ourain Rugs

Sukhi Rugs source their designs from India, Morocco, Nepal and Turkey. Each country has a unique style of rug and an interesting story behind the design and the production of the rugs. Sukhi Rugs ensures that all of the talented people who make their rugs have great pay and excellent working conditions, so you can feel good about shopping from this site and knowing that you are truly supporting the local artisans. I instantly fell in love with the Beni Ourain Rugs from Morocco and want to share with you how they are made and how great they look!

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Mother's Day Ideas for your Vegetarian Family

Janice Miller, contributer to the popular blog Safety Today, loves when her family treats her to a special vegan lunch on Mother's Day. I've invited her to share some of her favorite tips for keeping your mother's day vegan and vegetarian friendly!

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Portland Pizza Week 2017

One of my absolute biggest weaknesses is pizza. I really do love it all- New York style, deep dish, cheap or expensive. Every year Portland helps pizza lovers like me celebrate with $2 slices throughout the city. This year the event takes place from April 17- April 22 and 30 local restaurants are participating!

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CROWDYHOUSE & Pantone Greenery

I recently discovered CROWDYHOUSE, an amazing website featuring a carefully curated selection of home decor pieces, furniture, and even fashion! Their site features top European designers, as well as fun new up and comers in the industry. 

Inspired by my post of 2017 home design trends, as well as ways to make your home spring ready, here are some of my favorite pieces from their Pantone Greenery Design Products page. Happy Shopping!

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Spring Bucket List

Most of us have a bucket list, and if you don't it is time to write one! I love the feeling of accomplishing items on my list and getting to experience the things that I've been looking forward to. Sometimes the items that tend to stick around for a long time are the ones that are close to home and seemingly easy to do, so it's time to accomplish some goals! Add these items to your bucket list and let's get them done this spring! 

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Portland Dining Month

March in Portland means Portland Dining Month, where over 100 local restaurants offer a three course meal for only $29. Meals at some of these restaurants can set you back substantially more, sometimes just for an entree, so trying out new places during this month is a great way to experiment, find new favorite places, or get a great value at an otherwise expensive restaurant. 

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To Do: March 2017

I love March because it means spring will be starting soon!! Even though Portland tends to have a rainy March, and a rainy spring in general, I'm still looking forward to warmer weather. Here are the events that I am most looking forward to during March!

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Interior Design Trends for 2017

I am obsessed with home decor and design and spend pretty much all of my free time browsing the web. Online shopping is my favorite game, except I almost never buy anything. I pay attention to trends in home design and decor, and below are the design trends that I'm seeing everywhere!

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Home Buying 101

I recently hosted a class in my community for first time homebuyers, or seasoned buyers who need a refresher in this fast changing market. Saopon Cha, owner of Cha Mortgage and one of my favorite local mortgage brokers co-hosted, and everyone in the class walked away with some great information! For those that couldn't attend I still want to share what we taught, so here is a summary of all of the information!

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Friday Five: Valentine's Day Gifts

I don't know about you, but February totally snuck up on me this year. The last thing I remember is the January snowstorms, and now all of the sudden it is almost Valentine's Day! If you totally spaced out the date this year like me, I've got you covered. The following gifts can be easily purchased at a store near you and will make your loved one oh-so-happy. This post is written as if you are buying for a girlfriend, but many of these gifts work for a boyfriend, or for yourself! Who says you need someone else to buy you the perfect Valentine's Gift?!?!

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A Guide to Home Styles

Every one has their own favorite style of home, and figuring out a buyers ideal home style is a great way to get ready to start viewing properties. Here is a fantastic chart explaining the most popular home styles, their histories, and their defining characteristic. Which home style is your dream home?

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