Showing posts with label Cameron. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cameron. Show all posts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Oregon // Summer Weekend in Bend

Happy Thursday everyone! This week seems to be flying, I swear the summer always seems to go by so quickly after 4th of July! I was at Target the other day and they had all the school supplies out, so sad! As much as I love fall (and I freaking love school supplies...ha!) I'm just not ready for that yet. 

This past weekend was quite summer-y for us though because we spent it in Central Oregon! (And checked another item off my summer list, woo!) My husband's brother and his family live in Bend, OR and it's such a great place to go for a little getaway, especially in the summer. It's only about 3 hours from Portland, but the climate/environment is very different as it's much more dry and desert-like and surrounded by mountains, more similar to Colorado than what people usually think of when they picture Oregon.  Cam's brother's family was moving houses in Bend so helping with the move was the purpose for our trip...although, admittedly, I didn't actually move anything and just stuck to watching Henry :) I didn't even bother bringing our "real" camera either because I knew we'd be spending time by the water and I'd most likely just end up using the good ol' iPhone instead. I posted quite a few photos from the weekend on Instagram already, but I thought I'd still do a post and share some of them here too (as well as a few that I didn't end up sharing on Insta) because it was a really nice weekend!

Driving east over Mt. Hood, it's such a pretty drive!
 Quick nursing/diaper change stop and someone wanted to take the wheel...

On Friday night, we hit up Crux Fermentation Project which, in my opinion, is the best of the many breweries in Bend! (I didn't take many pictures this time, but you can read more about it in the post I did last year about some of my favorite spots in Bend.) The nice thing is that breweries in Oregon tend to be super kid-friendly and Henry even had on his little Crux onesie for the occassion :)

On Saturday morning, we had breakfast with Cam's family at The Original Pancake House. We have OPH in MIchigan and for a long time I totally thought those were the only ones, however, it's a franchise and it actually started in Portland! (And they have them a bunch of other places now too, including Asia!) It's good for a big group and their chocolate chip pancakes are the best!
We stayed at a hotel in the Old Mill District this time and it worked out really well. It was nice to be close to the river as that's the popular place to be on a hot day in Bend and it's great for walking!
 One of the things I love about my blogger friends is that they always have the best recommendations for places to eat when we travel! My friend Erin suggested the adorable Foxtail Bakeshop to me via Instagram and it was super cute. I loved the branding/vibe of this place, however, they seem to be more of a wedding cake bakery and they didn't have a ton of stuff ready to just walk in and buy. I was a little bummed because they were out of macarons when I went on Saturday and that's what I was looking forward to trying...but somehow I managed to eat this piece of vanilla bean cheesecake in consolation.

After the moving was done on Saturday, we headed up to Elk Lake and it was perfect weather!

I love stand-up paddleboarding, and I hadn't done it since our trip to Bend last summer (where I was pregnant!) so it was nice to get out there again. From the middle of the lake there was an awesome view of South Sister that I was not expecting and when I saw it, I literally almost fell off the board...ha! Stand-up paddleboarding is so relaxing, if we lived on a lake I would totally want to have one!

Taking selfies with Henry is my favorite, he's just the funniest little guy :)

The water in the lake was so clear!

Saturday night, we tried out a place near the Old Mill District that just opened up called Craft Kitchen and Brewery. This place has kind of a unique mix of counter service and traditional table service, but I liked the concept. It's definitely geared towards families with kids, but I really liked the food and beer!

Sunday morning, we hit up Sparrow Bakery (where I got this delicious vanilla bean latte!) and it was just as good as I remembered! I talk more about Sparrow here, but it's a must if you come to Bend!

Sunday afternoon on our way home, we stopped to swim at Suttle Lake. This is a great little spot and I'm so glad we decided to check it out as I'm sure we'll be going here on future Bend trips.
 It was fairly hot on Sunday and the water in the lake was pretty warm...Henry was loving it!

 Now that he can sit up really well, it was so much fun to have him in the water splashing around. I thought he might get cold or get kind of tired of it, but he seemed to really enjoy it!

Nothing like a weekend in Central Oregon to relax you, I'm already looking forward to our next visit!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Baby // Out & About in JJ Cole Style

Recently, I was contacted by JJ Cole Collections with an opportunity to try out some of their products. I try not to do too many product reviews here on the blog unless it's for something I'm really interested in and feel I'd actually use in my everyday life; these products from JJ Cole fit that description and so I was excited to check them out. As a new mom, I'm always reading other blogs to get the scoop on which baby gear is worth the money and so I wanted to share my honest thoughts on these products with you (along with a few photos!) in case you're in the market for any of these items...

The Blue Iris backpack is something I was super excited to check out because pre-baby I didn't realize how awesome it would be to have the option to wear my diaper bag as a backpack. I wear Henry quite often in various wraps/carriers and so having the backpack option is really convenient for me.

The backpack can also be worn as a messenger bag (and comes with grips to attach to the stroller) and it's super roomy. It has tons of interior and exterior pockets and so there is lots of space to store all of Henry's stuff. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was that the magnetic clasp on the front of the bag came unsnapped a few times since I had it pretty full. But the nice thing is that once you open it, there is another zipper so nothing will fall out. This diaper bag is available at Babies R US :)


I also received an Outdoor Blanket (in Blue Iris, to match the backpack!) and this product couldn't be more perfect for the age Henry is at right now. I love getting him outside in the nice weather but since he obviously can't run around or play on the playground yet, it's nice to give him the option to stretch out a little bit! The outdoor blanket is perfect for laying down at the park so he can do tummy time and play with his toys. It's really thick and durable, but soft at the same time. It's easy to fold and comes with a convenient carrying strap - we'll definitely get a lot of use out of it this summer for sure!


I happen to think it's super cute how it matches the diaper bag, but they have a bunch of different options for patterns. The blanket is available at buybuyBABY, and clearly Henry loves it!


We also received the Agility Carrier as well; I'm a huge fan of wearing Henry so I was excited to check this out. This way the baby goes in to the carrier is basically the same as with a wrap but instead of a giant piece of fabric that you have to tie, it's basically loops of fabric connected to a back panel. I think it's a little less intimidating to put on than the wrap, but it's still lightweight and easy to throw in your bag. The carrier is available at Target, Babies R US, buybuyBABY, and Amazon.

All the gardens in Portland seem to be blooming right now and so it's really fun to take Henry on walks through the city. The nice thing about this carrier is that the baby can be worn either forward facing or inward facing. Henry loves facing out so he can check out the world around him!

Pretty sure this is right when he started grabbing the rose petals and ripping them off...whoops!

A downside to this carrier is that it comes in sizes and isn't really adjustable. I wasn't quite sure what size to order, but after reading a few reviews saying it runs a little small in the chest if you're nursing, I ended up deciding to order a large. It fits just fine and the nice thing is this way Cameron can wear it too. However, if you and your partner are very different sizes, you may not both be able to wear it.

Also, I know that people have all different opinions on babies in forward facing carriers, and I realize there are potential legitimate concerns with this issue. However, my personal stance is just to use common sense; we only use the forward facing option for shorter outings and turn him inward facing if he's going to be in the carrier for a more extended amount of time, plus that way he can more easily take a little snooze if he's tired or overstimulated. But I personally really like having the option to face him out now that he's old enough because he really does seem to enjoy it!

Thanks again to JJ Cole for giving me the chance to try out these products and enjoy our family day in #jjcolestyle! As always, all opinions expressed here on this blog are 100% my own and based on my experience. And finally, thanks to all of YOU for your continued support of this blog that allows me to receive great opportunities like this!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Travel // Visiting Vancouver, BC

I have been wanting to visit Vancouver, BC ever since we moved to Portland, but we haven't had the time...until now! When Cameron had a work training in Seattle last month, we decided to head there for the weekend after it was over. We had a really great time, here's a glimpse into our visit...

We stayed at the Four Seasons right downtown, and I would highly recommend it. Everyone was super accommodating, look at the welcome snack they left us! (Their snack for Henry was a little beyond his abilities, but it was still really nice!) We had a great view and the location was really convenient.

Henry was clearly loving the hotel life...ha!

I couldn't resist putting him in a little Canadian-esque outfit for our day of sightseeing :)

My friend Katie was also in Vancouver for the weekend and so Saturday morning, we took the ferry over to check out Granville Island. (The ferry ride is like 2 seconds) It's a fun place to explore!

The market has all sorts of food for sale and it's a great place to browse and eat.

We ended up having lunch at the market - I got this smoked salmon pot pie that was so good!

You'll notice Henry had a mid-day outfit change...(insert smiling turd and monkey covering eyes emoji)

Let's just say it's a good thing he's cute...ha! After finishing up at the market, we spent some more time walking around Granville Island, it's a really charming place!

Henry in sunglasses is my favorite thing ever :)

We also spent some time walking around Stanley Park, another beautiful part of the city!

My friend Katie lives in Charleston, but she had to come up to Seattle and then Vancouver for work so it was really awesome to be able to spend time together!

As for meals, we had some really great ones in Vancouver!
In particular, we really liked this pizza place and this dessert place :)

We tried this Japanese place that's super popular and it was good...but just not my favorite type of food.

And you can't go to Canada without going to Tim Horton's! Henry was clearly into it...hehe :)

We also went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, located just north of Vancouver. Cameron went here as a kid, and it looked really neat in the pictures. However, it's definitely very touristy and Cam couldn't believe how much stuff they had added since he was younger. Personally, I wouldn't recommend it unless you have elementary-school aged kids. I feel like kids that age would probably get a kick out of all the different attractions, but otherwise it's kind of an overpriced experience IMO.

So even though it was just ok, I still took a lot of pictures. Obviously :)

The suspension bridge is actually kind of neat...Henry slept right through it though!

Even though the Suspension Bridge was a little touristy, overall we had a great time in Vancouver! I've really enjoyed visiting Canada in the past, and Vancouver did not disappoint. I'd love to go back again in the future, as well as make it to other places in British Columbia like Whistler and Victoria. And since Henry has his passport now, hopefully we can make it back to Canada soon!


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