Monday, June 30, 2014

Life, Lately // June Weekends

Well, we've reached the end of June - the year is officially half over!

This month has been pretty low-key for us, and also, a little bit of an adjustment. Since getting back from Michigan at the end of May, I've spent pretty much the entire month here in Portland, which is somewhat of a rarity for me. Cameron and I usually keep pretty busy, and it seems that weekends at home with no plans have been the exception, not the rule, over the past few years. But this June marked one month of home ownership for us, and the first real month we were home with no travel/out of town company, and it's been somewhat of a bigger change than I anticipated. Back when we were renting, we would just pick up and go out of town for the weekend or spend a day out hiking and wouldn't think anything of it because didn't have any maintenance to do around the house. Now that we have a house of our own, there are a million things that we want to do, and at this point, it all seems a little overwhelming/ADD-like and it's hard to focus on getting any one project accomplished. And when we stay home for the whole weekend to do house stuff and  Sunday night rolls around and it seems like we haven't made much progress, it's a little frustrating. Don't get me wrong, I really do love our house; it's feeling more like home everyday and I'm so thankful that this is where we's just taking a little getting used to not being able to be on the go all the time!

Another thing that started to really hit me this month was this feeling of having very limited time, in a lot of ways. I am a planner by nature and I love having things on the calendar. But when I look at my calendar these days, it almost feels like time is running out. The summer months here in the Pacific Northwest are awesome, but it seems like they go by so quickly and so it's almost like there is this pressure to make the most of summer and fit all the outdoors-y things that we want to do into a very limited number of weekends. There are also quite a few places I'd love to travel to this summer, but I know realistically there is no way we'll have enough time to do it all. Plus, there are all the projects I mentioned that we want to do both inside and outside the house, and they always seem to take up much more time than anticipated. Oh yeah, and then there's also that whole matter of having a baby at the end of this year. Kind of a big deal. And granted, we are so so excited about it...but it is just a lot to think about! (Not to mention the cost of all the stuff we want to buy for the house, plus everything we'll need to get for the baby...when I start to think about that, it really makes my head spin...) I think I just get mildly stressed out by the fact that this is the last summer where it will be just Cam and I and so I feel this pressure that it needs to be special and that we need to be doing stuff all the time, because I know there are a lot of things that will be harder to do once the baby comes. Granted I'm sure that next summer will be awesome and amazing in ways we can't even anticipate right now, but I also know that it will probably involve staying home quite a bit as it won't be quite as easy to just jump in the car and go places spur of the moment. So that's why when we've had so many weekends where we've just "stayed home" this month, in a way I almost feel like we're wasting them?

But in reality, I know that this summer is really much-needed time for me to work on adjusting my attitude before becoming a mom. To let go of my fear of missing out on things and my need to have plans all the time. To just enjoy things like sleeping in, sitting and reading a good book, or just doing nothing at all. Because I know that all these simple things will also be much harder to do once the baby comes, and I don't want to look back on this summer and regret not just soaking these things in more. I don't want to spend this summer stressing myself out if we don't accomplish everything I'd like, instead, I want to focus on just enjoying little things as they happen. At this point, Cam and I obviously don't know what parenthood will be like...but one thing I do know is that I'm going to need learn to be more flexible and let go of not having everything go according to my plans. And I'm also going to have to learn to be OK with days where nothing gets accomplished, which is sometimes a struggle for me. Because I already know that even though this summer feels like it's flying by, once the baby comes time will likely feel like it's passing even quicker. When I'm a mom, I really want to focus on being present in each moment, whether it's good or bad, exciting or mundane, and  so I feel like this summer is my time to practice that. Easier said than done, but I'm working on it! :)

(And technically, people keep telling me that summer in Oregon doesn't really start here until after the 4th of in reality, I still have plenty of time left!)

I wasn't anticipating the intro of this post to be so long, but when I started writing that's what came out, so we're just going to go with it! This weekend was fairly uneventful, but perfectly lovely - did some furniture shopping, tried some new brunch spots, finished a good book (review coming tomorrow!), and spent some time outside. You can see snippets of this weekend (and weekends past) on Instagram, as I have barely used my real camera at all this month! With the exception of a few recipes, I only pulled it out a couple of times in June so I thought today would be a good time to share those photos!

On Father's Day, we went to the Oregon Coast with Cam's family for the day. Unfortunately, it was cold and rainy and not the best beach weather, in my opinion. Then again, I'm not a native Oregonian because other people don't seem to mind, and it typically doesn't stop people from going to the beach.
Clearly this guy was not phased by the weather...ha!
(But to me, any time being at the beach requires wearing a ski coat, you can count me out!)
 But we got to celebrate Father's Day with Cam's dad and two of his brothers, so that was nice. 

 And Lola harassed her dad for chips and gave him kisses with her ridiculous tongue :)
 And clearly my nieces weren't bothered by the weather either!
Eating some delicious sand...ha :)
 World's best grand dog, confused like usual.
Chips make everything better :)
 Until next time Oregon Coast...I'll be back when the sun is out :)

Last weekend, we went hiking in the Gorge with some friends and finally did a hike that I had been wanting to do for sometime now, Dog Mountain!
We heard Dog Mountain was a challenging hike, but had heard raves about great views and pretty wildflowers, so we wanted to check it out before it got too late in the summer. It's actually on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, but it's only an hour from Portland. It's not too long of a day hike at just over 7.5 miles round trip, but it's definitely a tough one!
 I think we actually missed the peak wildflower time for this hike (that's more the end of May/early June) but there were still a wide variety of flowers blooming along the trail that were so beautiful!
 Lola was ready to head down at this point I think, but we were still going up!
 Cam and Pete
 Kristi and I
 The hike was great, except there were quite a few bugs when we got to the top. They were annoying to us, but there were really bothering we tried to help her out...ha :)
 "Oh lawdy, I made it to the top of Dog Mountain!" 
Haha...this picture just cracks me up.
The views at the top were stunning and the flowers only made it prettier!
 You can just barely see the tip of Mount Hood peaking over...
 It was a gorgeous day!
Hiking Dog Mountain was a lot of fun, and it was nice to spend a relaxing day with friends!
After our hike, we headed over to Hood River for lunch and tried out Pfriem Family Brewers. I wasn't drinking (obviously) but I really liked the whole aesthetic of the brewery and the food was delicious. Definitely check it out if you're in Hood River!

Looking forward to using my camera more in July! :) 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Monthly Favorites // June

Happy Friday everyone! 
Hard to believe but the end of June is (almost) here and 2014 is half over...gahhhh.
June was a pretty good month but I'll admit, I'm ready for July. We've had some gloomy weather here the past few days, so I'm ready for sunshine and summer weather to return. Even though it's not quite the end of June, I thought I'd go ahead and share the things I've been loving this month! 

St. Honore Boulangerie
I'm a huge fan of this charming French bakery, and I love that one of their locations is within walking distance of our house! I was invited to an event earlier this month to celebrate St. Honore's cider cocktail menu, as they have a really extensive cider selection on draft that they get quite creative with! I wasn't drinking obviously (Cam had my cocktails for me!) but I did enjoy all the delicious food. Definitely one of my go-to spots in our neighborhood!

 Chef Dominique telling us more about St. Honore

 Standard protocol at a blogger event...ha!
 So many delicious baked goods!
Looking forward to having a pastry on their lovely patio on a sunny day soon!

Orange is the New Black
Cam and I watched Season 2 of OITNB this month, and honestly, I have mixed feelings on it...but I still liked it enough to include it in this month's favorites. The first season of the show was such a hit because it was so scandalous and surprising, and I liked how each episode left you with a cliff hanger that kept you wanting more. At the same time, I thought there was a lot of more explicit material in the first season that was simply there just for shock value. In contrast, I thought that the second season was much softer. On the one hand, it seemed a little more boring and like nothing was really happening from episode to episode. At the same time, it was really interesting to learn more about the inmates and see their relationships evolve and deepen. I liked that the whole Vee story line wrapped up in the last episode, and I'll be curious to see how they can keep the show going...

Revlon Topaz Eyeliner
I know I just did a giant drugstore makeup post earlier this week, but I had an item that I didn't include that I wanted to share with you today. I picked up this Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Topaz earlier this month and I've really been enjoying it! I don't know if it's something that will stay in my normal rotation, but it's definitely great for the summer. It's much less harsh than black liner, it compliments blue eyes and makes them pop, and works especially well with bronze-y makeup looks.
Last summer, I bought a pair of Sanuk Yoga Mat flip flops and I absolutely love them and have gotten a ton of wear out of them. My mom recently purchased their Yoga Sling sandals in black, but ended up giving them to me when I was in Michigan last month after she saw how much I loved them. (Thanks Mom!) Their Yoga Sling sandals have the same ultra-cushy footbed that's made out of yoga mat material, but they include these fabric slings that secure your foot; I think it makes them a little more dressy than flip flops (albeit in a slightly hippie-ish way) and they're so comfortable to walk in! I have been wearing them non-stop since I got home from Michigan, and they're my new favorite sandals!

Portland Bee Balm
I picked this stuff up earlier this month, and it's definitely been awesome for my pregnancy dry lips! It's made with beeswax from local bees here in Southeast Portland, and it's flavored with Oregon Mint, which I love! They sell it at a bunch of different stores around town, so definitely check it out if you live in Portland! (The photo is from the Portland Bee Balm site, just FYI)

Our Realtors
We've been in our house for almost two months now (whattttt - pictures will come eventually...promise!) and we're really happy with how everything worked out. So that's why it was so much fun to catch up with our realtors this week now that the stress of house hunting is behind us! They had a really fantastic client appreciation party at the White Owl Social Club that Cam and I attended earlier this week, and it turned out to be such a fun event! They had a great band and food/swag from local vendors. If you're looking for a realtor in Portland, I'd highly suggest the team of Martin & Moore!
A not so great picture of me with Harry, one of our realtors...oh well! :)
Beatles Pandora
For whatever reason, I've been on a big Beatles kick this month. So when in the kitchen cooking, I always have my Beatles Pandora station going - it plays all my favorite Beatles songs, along with lots of other old music that's perfect for summer nights.

Summer TV is really the worst and there are so many dumb shows on right now. And this show is no different, it's really really dumb...but it's also pretty funny. It's kind of raunchy and silly, but some of the characters are pretty hilarious and I'm surprised how much it makes Cam and I laugh. Plus, the real reason we even started watching it in the first place is because it's set in Detroit, and the characters are always wearing Michigan/Red Wings stuff, and of course I get a big kick out of that!

Nars Tinted Moisturizer in 'Alaska'
This was another makeup product that I left out of my 'Splurge' post earlier this month, but I wanted to share it because I've been loving it in June! The coverage is surprisingly good for being a tinted moisturizer, and it has SPF 30 sunscreen, which is awesome if you're going to be outside. It's definitely not something I'd wear everyday, but I recently wore it hiking and didn't get sunburned at all, so I know I'll be using it more as the summer goes on.

TJ's Mini Mint Ice Cream Mouthfuls
I picked these up at Trader Joe's the other day after trying them at a friend's house when we went to Michigan last month and they're really tasty! I love mint, I love Oreos, so this is kind of like the perfect bite of both. Plus, they're small enough so you can have a couple :)

What about you? What have you been loving this month?
I hope everyone has a great weekend!


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