Monday, July 27, 2015

Seattle Spotlight: Treehouse Hotel

Do you guys ever read Sunset Magazine? I used to think it was more targeted toward my grandma but turns out it's one of my favorite's to leaf through these days. The one you buy in Seattle is focused on the west coast and features all sorts of great local vacation spots, hikes, gardening, cooking, etc.

In the July issue they featured a TREEHOUSE HOTEL in Issaquah, WA (30 min from Seattle). It's only a ten minute drive from Snoqualmie Falls, sits next to a river, and features giant hammocks, built in cedar beds, and handmade quilts. So fun, right?

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Roundup

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm going to see Trainwreck tonight and I can't wait! And tomorrow is my SIL's baby shower so it's pretty much going to be a great weekend. Hope you have some fun plans too!

Here are some links to get us started:

This post made me laugh out loud.

Baby+Dog= Adorable.

Enjoyed this Modern Love column and it's follow up.

Cocktails made with La Croix (yes, we are all addicted).

Cute watch I'm trying resist at Nordy's sale.

This raw Pad Thai salad looks delicious and healthy. (ATTN: JENNY)

Super cute calligraphy cake toppers.

You guys, a kitty-themed pool birthday party. (The cake!)

(Photo from this article on new wedding decor trends)

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Happy Birthday Myles!

On Monday Myles turned TWO YEARS OLD! Who is this kid and what happened to my baby?! We celebrated just the three of us at my family's cabin in Idaho. He had huckleberry pancakes and played at the beach, I made a funfetti cake, we sang him happy birthday... it was simple and wonderful.

Here's a little bit about what Mylo is into these days:

  • He is obsessed with animals and knows the name of everything from a kangaroo to a starfish. Going to the zoo is so fun with him, he especially loves the farm area (cows are his favorite animal) and watching the otters swim. 
  • He is fascinated by anything with a motor and wheels --trucks, cars, airplanes, tractors, fire engines, you name it. When we go on walks he yells out "blue truck!" "red car!" "yellow tractor!"
  • For being such an independent baby he has become quite an affectionate toddler. He loves to sit on our laps and read his books, snuggle in bed in the morning, and will even occasionally hold our hand outside.
  • Every night before bed we have to brush his teeth, which has been torturous for all parties until we started a little game where he names off every one who has a toothbrush while we do the brushing. "Grammy toot-brush, Dada toot-brush, Grampa D toot-brush, Titi toot-brush, Ro toot-brush..." It's pretty much my favorite. 
Happy birthday big boy! Love you to the moon and back. 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Creative and Practical Ways to Save Money

This summer I'm taking a few weeks off of work and it's great motivation for us to tighten the purse strings and be more intentional about how we spend our money. I asked some friends to send me their best practical tips for saving money and got some great advice! Here goes...

Eat Out When It Counts 

"I had to take a serious inventory of my output vs. input to recognize how much money I was spending just on food! Living in a big city in my late twenties, a lot of my entertainment revolves around meeting friends for brunch, lunch, dinner, you name it. I initially started cutting back by bringing my lunch to work every day- the $7 dollars for Chipotle or Whole Foods daily really added up. I've saved a lot of money just by making this one change. 

I still go out to dinner pretty often (it's fun!) but I try to limit myself to one glass of wine, or save leftovers for dinner the following night at home. Even just being conscious of how much of my income was going towards meals has helped me make better decisions- everything in moderation!" 


Track What You Spend 

"I think the biggest tip for saving is figuring out a system to identify how much money you really spend on different things (how much you think you spend and how much you really spend tend to vary greatly). My husband and I have linked to all of our accounts and have categories that we tag all of our expenses to on a weekly basis. Once we had a few months of information from we then were able to sit down and discuss how much we want to budget for different types of expenses. From there its just tracking and maintaining an ongoing dialogue about how we are trending month to month." 

Living More Simply - Less Stuff!

"The main way we save money is by living simply! For us right now that means living in the Tiny House but overall, it is a priority for us to not buy stuff in excess of what we need. Practically this means not buying on impulse but rather thinking it through a bit first. We believe this will allow us to be more generous with our resources--yes money but also our time! We've already experienced that less stuff=less maintenance and therefore requires fewer minutes and hours from our day." 
- Shannon,

Meal Planning 

"Every Sunday, my husband and I decide on what we are going to eat for the upcoming week. We typically do this while in the car on the way back from our weekend travels or while enjoying our morning coffee.  I am a bit addicted to Pinterest so we will often scan through my newest pins for fresh ideas when we get in a rut.  Then, we compile our grocery list including any bulk items we may be running low on. This helps me stay focused at the grocery store and also avoids throwing away perishable foods that spoil before we eat them.  We usually only meal plan for weeknights, leaving the weekends free to eat out or order in." -Tracy

Online Discounts 

"I've purposefully never memorized my credit card numbers. I think it keeps me from making impulse purchases online because I have to go to the extra trouble of getting my card out and punching in the numbers if I want to buy anything.

I set up an email account that I use only for subscribing to mailing lists for different places I shop. Whenever I want to buy something from one of those places, I'll pull up the email account to see if they've sent out any coupons or promo codes lately. My primary email doesn't get clogged up with tons of junk mail, and sometimes I end up getting to buy what I want at a discount. Many places I shop send out discount codes every week." 

Creating Multiple Savings Accounts

"One of my biggest challenges in savings was making sure that saved money stayed in it's rightful place.  Prior to meeting and marrying my financially responsible husband, I was often known for saving up and then splurging at the latest Nordstrom sale or a friend's impromptu suggestion for a weekend getaway. 

In my experience, I've found that the antidote to spending my savings was creating a multitude of savings account and naming them for very specific purposes.  My husband and I have at least 10 joint savings accounts between us, from categories like the obvious house savings, vacation/travel, and our daughter's college fund to the more specific categories; such as Christmas (gifts and Christmas card expenses), Riley's expenses (day to day spending; toys, clothes, etc.), doctors, makeup, etc.  We've found that Capital One 360 savings is the best platform as there are no fines for accounts with balances below $300.  It's all online which may deter some, but it is incredibly user friendly and accessible, especially since you can easily set up monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly transfers from other online bank accounts.  We usually time these transfers around when our paychecks drop, and budget around the remaining amount, so every month small increments of money get shuttled over to our various savings accounts.  Whether it be an account that receives a meager $5 a month to those where we save much more, this plan has afforded us a really solid savings foundation over time, which we only foresee growing. I would highly recommend this plan to anyone!" 


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Roundup

Happy Friday! I've got a busy couple of weeks ahead of me, so while I'll be spending the weekend working. I am thankful that my job involves working with my husband and friends! It's almost like hanging out and enjoying the summer! But I will be daydreaming of floating in a body of water somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

Clueless turns 20 (yikes!) 

Wedding alpacas, because why not?!? They are super cute with bow ties!

Bedroom storage tips, since I'm working on reorganizing right now.

Beautiful Scandinavian home tour

I want one of these cool minimalist rings

Iced coffee, 21 different ways...I'll be trying 13 and 14

I'm in the market for a new phone case, this is the frontrunner currently...

Katherine Hepburn's brownie recipe

Image via Parade and they also have some great Clueless quotes!

Photo by @jkoephoto

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Atticus Finch...

Are you going to read Harper Lee's To Set a Watchman

Like many fans of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mocking Bird I've been up and down on this, wondering if Harper Lee wanted it to see the light of day, etc. But curiosity got the best of me and I preordered the book on Amazon, before anyone had read it, before the first chapter was available online and before any of the reviews had come out.

Then, in the last few days, I've been reading reviews. Here's what the NY Times had to say yesterday. And here's a great blog post about if from author Jennie Spor, which speaks on how authors don't want people to see their first drafts of things. It arrived on my doorstep first thing this morning and now, I'm not sure what to do!?! 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Another Summer Hair Braid

I like to call this one the "Jane Austin." It actually didn't take that long, I just divided my hair in half down the middle, did two French braids on each side and secured the ends with hair ties. Then I used bobby pins to twist the two ends up into each other and secure them to the base of my head. Took about 10-15 minutes total (not counting my intensive selfie photo shoot). It was way easier to do this now that I have shorter hair but when I took it down I was hoping for "beach waves" and instead my hair was just plain crazy. So it will have to be a "day three" hairdo next time!

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