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House Plants

Ryan and I have talked a bit about getting some house plants for our home. They can improve air quality and provide a bit of cheerfulness! Do you have any favorites? Are there any plants that require minimum light? Here are a few I’ve found online:

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ErinFebruary 28, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Jade plants are easy and don’t require lots of light. I’ve kept mine alive in an office far from windows for about 2 years.

Megan WalterMarch 7, 2013 - 10:30 am

I love how you organized the pictures! I especially like the little circle on in the middle!
Love and miss you, friend!


What’s for dinner!

So, I’ve decided to do some meal planning – with the main reason being to save money and eat a bit healthier. Since my job with the campaign last year, we’ve been “living on convenience” and that means “EATING on convenience.” But so far this month, I think we’ve done a pretty good job. Minus last night and the day before. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ryan has CareNet on Monday evenings until 8:30PM and last night we both attended a CareNet training and grabbed something (SONIC!) on the way – PLUS toss in a sick lady (me) with a cold – I wasn’t feeling super pumped up about making meals earlier this week. BUT, I made up for it today and cooked both Monday’s and Tuesday’s dinner. AHH, the coconut, butternut squash soup is absolutely delicious. SO much flavor…. Here’s a peek at this past week’s meals…

Atticus, my kitchen helper. (Sleeper!)

ivyJanuary 24, 2013 - 7:38 pm

ohhh, bunny. you need to be my mom.

Megan WalterFebruary 11, 2013 - 10:40 am

Gosh! I cannot get over how simply beautiful your pictures are!! You inspire me so much.
I miss you my friend!!


Christmas Boughs

Collected some more beauties from our front yard this morning! I have been having so much fun decorating for the winter season.

I also started scheming some creative ideas for this large branch we cut from our pear tree. Think green moss, little red toad stools, tealight candles and bunting. I’m not sure where I’d put the center piece, but I’m super excited about the prospect.

Little Boxes PDX

I’ve never been shopping on Black Friday and I have no desire to ever try it. However, I have seen the American Express – Small Business Saturday Shopping advertisement on television and have heard about cities that encourage shoppers to buy and experience the small businesses in their neighborhoods. Since we usually spend Thanksgiving in Silverton, OR, I researched “Little Boxes“, Portland’s small business shopping event and on Saturday Ryan and I headed to the NE part of the city to do a little shopping.

I had forgotten my Canon, so all of these photos were shot with my iPhone and edited with the VSCO Cam App (unless otherwise noted).

1) Our first stop was at Pistils Nursery. A lovely urban gardening & farming shop right in the city! We spent a few minutes perusing the shop and decided to try their “Make your own Terrarium” experience. I loved that it was all hands on – everything from picking and planting the succulents, tamping down the dirt and adding the sand. It was truly beautiful.

This window. LOVE it.

Aren’t these the sweetest hanging air terrariums?

(Above Photo: Canon 5D Mark 2)

2) A quick pitstop for a (super yummy) bagel and maple/walnut cream cheese.

3) Lark Press – Who doesn’t love a custom letterpress printery? Ah… Absolutely loved this little nook. The printed baby onesies just got me. Someday, folks. Someday. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the meantime, I picked up a couple little souvenirs and drooled over every other card and wall print.

(Above Photo: Canon 5D Mark 2)

4) As we strolled along Alberta, we saw several folks with ice cream cones. I guess we all just have to make the most of all this cloudy weather… and eat handmade/homemade ice cream! Salt & Straw was the sweetest ice cream shoppe with super yummy flavors. Ryan feasted on the Strawberry Balsamic & Black Pepper while I tried the seasonal Pumpkin Custard & Spiced Chevre in a fresh waffle cone. I could eat some right now – just thinking of it! It reminded me of Molly Moon‘s up in Seattle.

A couple unmentioned locations on our journey through Little Boxes: Flutter – a vintage and local craft store, Grasshopper – children’s clothing and toy store – featuring international, educational and experiential toys, a&d (abrahams&duffy) – a boutique men and women’s clothing shoppe, Troolie – a creative and colorful gift shop.

P.S. One thing that amazed me about our little shopping trip was how many hipster/creative/home grown stores were in this one little neighborhood of Portland (and we only visited one out of ten neighborhoods!). It’s really inspiring to see so many shops (that appear to be) thriving! Little Boxes PDX really did an outstanding job organizing the city. As a shopper, it was so simple to navigate and learn about all the (usually) hard to find places I love to browse… Thanks Little Boxes PDX!

P.P.S. Also, the iPhone 4s did a fabulous job keeping up with my photography for the day. It really is amazing how much this little camera and a couple of photo apps can create. So long – point and shoot cameras!

betsyDecember 5, 2012 - 12:29 pm

What an incredible write up of Little Boxes!?! We are so happy that you ventured out on Black Friday and that you had a good experience in some of our Portland neighborhoods! This is exactly why we created the event! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Winter and Christmas Decorations

Yesterday, Ryan and I returned from our little Thanksgiving mini-holiday and got right to work on the house. Our friend Corey came over to help Ryan in the yard and I started decorating for Christmas. It’s so great having a few conifer trees in our yard. While Ryan was cleaning up the yard, I trimmed a few boughs from the cedar and brought them in for our living room mantle. It’s amazing what Christmas music, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and a few holiday decorations can do to fill your home with cheer!

I was inspired by Adventures in Pinksugarland to hang this wonderful branch above our couch. I love that it’s from our pear tree in the backyard. I think it adds a nice woodsy, rustic, cozy touch to our living room.

The cedar boughs on the living room mantle…

Ryan’s beautiful Nativity Scene.

Our ROOST felt ornaments from one of the lovely little shops we visited in Portland – Red Sail. More on these little pretties in an upcoming post.

My sweet little helper, Atticus. He warms my heart. :-*

jennyNovember 26, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Love these!! It reminds me of a sunset magazine Christmas edition from a few years back. I love how its a bit minimalistic, but with 60’s flair!