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Where to See the BEST Flowers this Spring Near Seattle

Spring is finally here in Seattle! After a long, cold, and hard winter full of snowy days and freezing temperatures, I’m sure I’m not the only one craving the sunny days and colorful spring flowers. Seattle has a beautiful selection of places to see the flowers, and the Pacific Northwest, in general, has so many beautiful flower fields and gardens worth a visit.

Woman wearing a purple dress running in a tulip field

Today, I will be highlighting five of my favorite spring flower varieties and my top picks on where to see them, whether you’re okay with crowds or would prefer to avoid crowds altogether. I’ll be posting summer flowers later in the season, so stay tuned for even more places to see flowers near Seattle!

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Gift Ideas She Will LOVE for the Holidays

The holidays are here and I don’t know about you but despite getting an earlier start to holiday shopping this season, my list continues to grow! While there is no shortage of gift ideas for her out there, many end up looking the same: gift sets, blankets, robes, pajamas, socks, and slippers. While all of these are great gifts, chances are she might already have these and instead might enjoy something to go with her cozy attire or something to do on those cold winters nights at home!

Gift Ideas for Her

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.

I’m excited to be teaming up with Babbleboxx to share five great gift ideas for women, whether she is the life of the party, a curious crafter, or loves to relax at home. Keep reading for five new gift ideas for her that she’s sure to love this holiday season! 

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A Local’s Guide to the Best Seattle Gift Shops in 2021

Happy Small Business Saturday! Are you shopping small this holiday season and looking for the best Seattle gift shops? Read on, because in the process of only shopping small businesses in Seattle last holiday season, I discovered some amazing local shops and new-to-me businesses in the process. And I thought I already had the down-low on the best gift shopping destinations as a Seattle native!

Best Gift Shops Seattle

Disclosure: Some items photographed in this post have been provided for editorial consideration. Additionally, some links in this post are affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, I may make a small commission. All opinions are my own!

Why shop small? Keeping our money in the local economy is important to me, as small businesses are the backbone of our community and I’d hate to see any more of my favorite businesses be forced to close their doors. As things have opened back up in the last year, there is no better time to change up your holiday shopping habits and avoid the big box stores. Many small businesses are offering creative shopping including shipping, curbside pickups, and delivery to make buying gifts from Seattle easier than ever. Why not shop locally and visit the best Seattle gift shops this year?!

If you’re trying to do the same and shop locally this holiday season, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Seattle gift shops and locally owned businesses with gifts for everyone on your list!

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Hosting Friendsgiving? Here are Some Easy Ideas That Everyone Will Love

Are you hosting Friendsgiving this year? If you’re new to the idea, Friendsgiving is just the word “friends” and “Thanksgiving” put together and represents a time where a group of friends can get together and celebrate over a large meal. It’s only grown in popularity over the last 10 years or so and typically is celebrated the weekend before Thanksgiving. Best of all, you really can’t go wrong whether you go traditional with a turkey and all the fixings, order takeout, or enjoy a potluck-style meal that everyone in the group contributes to.

Friendsgiving is a time to give reconnect, enjoy the time, and give thanks with friends. For me, reconnecting and enjoying time with friends calls for a delicious spread around the table. That’s exactly why for our Friendsgiving this year, I thought personalized cheese boards would be the perfect way to celebrate in these unusual times. Of course, I’ll be serving up the main course and sharable small plates of all of our turkey day favorites, too. But these cheese boards were just too cute (and tasty!) to not share!

Tips for Hosting Friendsgiving

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.

I’m especially excited to work with Babbleboxx to share some tasty finds that will be the perfect addition to your holiday spread, whether you’re planning to host Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or another celebration sometime soon! Read on to get inspired by these tasty additions to the dinner table, plus my tips and tricks for making personal mini cheese boards this holiday season.

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15 Fun Activities To Celebrate Fall in Seattle

Happy September! It is officially Pumpkin Spice season. And while 2021 continues to be an unusual year, it is also flying by surprisingly fast. Somehow, we are already well into September, the temperatures are dropping, and the leaves are already changing. To me, these signal the beginning of fall in Seattle. It is honestly a magical time to enjoy Seattle’s fall colors!

It is a beautiful time to visit the Pacific Northwest and I would argue that fall in Seattle rivals that of the East Coast. While the weather might be shifting quickly to cooler temperatures, there are still plenty of fun outdoor activities to celebrate the fall season. As we find ourselves back to masking up and keeping our distance from others outside of our household, outdoor activities are my go-to. I thought it would be a great time to highlight fall activities that can be done outdoors, distanced, and of course, celebrate the fall season!

Sunflower Fields Near Seattle // Activities During Fall in Seattle

So what are those activities? Keep reading on for socially distanced, outdoor activities you can participate in this fall in Seattle!

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