Category Archives: Life

Things to Do in Kirkland, WA

Well, things sure have changed since I originally wrote this post. In the fall of 2017, I had the opportunity to join the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce for a tour around their city and discover the best things to do in Kirkland, Washington. While I’d visited Kirkland many times over the years, it was a great chance to talk with someone who lived in the community and had a great recommendation for everything. Following that visit, I started working on this post.

Visting Lady Yum in Kirkland, WA // Things to do in Kirkland

Three years later, a lot has changed. Right now, Washington has a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Since I’ve been home for the past 3 weeks, I’ve been doing my best to share small businesses in the form of “virtual tours” around some of my favorite Seattle cities and neighborhoods on Instagram. (You can watch the Kirkland tour here!)

In creating the virtual tour, I realized it was about time to refresh this post with some of my new (and old) favorite Kirkland spots. Read on for the best things to do in Kirkland, Washington!

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11+ Gift Ideas to Show You Care

Anyone have gift fatigue after the holidays? I know I have my hand up! It can be so hard to find the perfect gift to show you care about your friend, loved one, co-worker, acquaintance, family member… the list goes on. 

Gift ideas that show you care
Disclosure: Thanks to Tokki for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!

The older I get, the more gifts I seem to give. From birthdays to housewarmings, weddings, bridal showers, and holidays, there are so many occasions where a gift is required. Because of this, I’ve established a few tricks to give gifts that put a smile on my loved ones’ faces every time. Plus, I promise you’ll love shopping for and picking out these gifts just as much as you’ll love their reaction!

Gifts to Show You Care

Additionally, why not pick a gift wrap that shows how much you care? I recently discovered Tokki, a Seattle-based sustainable gifting brand that creates eco-friendly, beautiful, and reusable gift wraps. Since most gift wrap is not recyclable (that is because often it is laminated, sparkly, textured, or overly color-saturated), Tokki was created to reduce the waste when gifting. Even better? Tokki donates 10% of all profits, and each Tokki Wrap style is dedicated to a nonprofit that benefits from its sales.

Today, I thought I’d share some of my gift-giving secrets with you and highlight 11 easy gift ideas that show you care!

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5 Easy Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas for an At-Home Date Night

What do you have planned for Valentine’s Day this year? If you’re like me and are all about that stay-at-home date night life, then this post is for you! After all, while getting dressed up and going out with your significant other can be a lot of fun, making a reservation far in advance for an overpriced special menu often isn’t.

Valentines Meal Ideas

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Bertolli®.

Valentines Day Dinner Ideas

That’s exactly why I wanted to round up 5 super easy Valentines Day dinner ideas for you! While I love eating at home, cooking is not something I’m the best at. The good news is that these recipes are foolproof because they’re all made with Rosa Sauce, combining Bertolli® Traditional Marinara Sauce and Bertolli® Alfredo With Aged Parmesan Cheese!

Made with juicy tomatoes, Italian herbs, fresh cream, aged Parmesan cheese, and fresh garlic, only Bertolli Marinara and Alfredo Sauces are made the Tuscan Way! Each Bertolli Sauce is made with a few simple ingredients cooked lightly with olive oil creating layers of flavors. Just enter your zip code here to find out where to buy the sauce near you!

If you’re ready to pick a recipe to make this year a Valentine’s Day meal at home, then just keep reading!

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Making Sustainable “New Year, New You” Goals for 2020

I’ve never been one to consider myself the athletic type. Growing up, I wasn’t particularly good or bad at any sport. In elementary school, I played basketball and took swimming lessons. In middle school, I joined the swim team. By high school, I realized I just wasn’t loving the sports life and decided to put more of my efforts into creative endeavors like art.

Adidas Women's Golf Outfit

Disclosure: Thanks to adidas for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!

For years, I’ve struggled to find a sport or athletic activity that I really connect with. I’ve tried cycling, running, barre, yoga, and joined a gym. For whatever reason, none of these things have stuck despite countless attempts at making New Year’s resolutions. Last year, however, Dave encouraged me to take up golf. I brushed him off over and over again, but he persisted.

Finally, to shut him up, I offered to take a golf lesson with him. Surprisingly, I didn’t hate it. So I went back. And then again, and again.

While I’m definitely no Tiger Woods, and will likely never be a great golfer, it has got me out of my athletic comfort zone. I’m using muscles that rarely get used in my day-to-day activities of typing, taking photos, and spending too much time on my phone. I’m getting more exercise and also trying new things, like visiting the driving range. I won’t lie; having an excuse to shop for women’s golf gear has been fun, too. I mean, after all, how cute are golf dresses and skorts?!

This year, I purposely made no New Years’ resolutions. Instead, I want to do more things that challenge and push me outside of my comfort zone, keep up and establish more healthy habits, and work on decluttering areas of my life that don’t bring me joy.

Today, I thought I’d share how I’m skipping the idea of “new year, new you” and instead of making sustainable changes that fit into my everyday routine!

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70+ Last-Minute Beauty Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Ah, it’s the holiday season and it wouldn’t be that time of year without something going a little haywire, would it? I think we’ve all had that “oops” realization that you missed picking up an important gift, or maybe plans changed in the eleventh hour and now you need to find a last-minute gift… stat!​​​​​​​

Holiday Beauty Gifts
Disclosure: While this post is not sponsored, select products were sent to me free from public relations firms for me to try. This post also includes affiliate links. This means if you click them and make a purchase, I may make a small commission at no cost to you. All opinions are my own!

In the spirit of embracing those last-minute panicky gift moments, I thought I’d put a twist on my annual beauty gift guide. I’ve hand-selected each beauty item (yes, I’ve tried EVERYTHING on this list!), plus I’m including all the details of exactly when you need to order online to receive it in time to place it under the tree, cool as a cucumber of course!

So if you’re ready to knock out the rest of your holiday list, or if you’re just shopping for yourself, I hope these beauty gift ideas will have you hitting check out, then kicking back your feet and relaxing with a cup of cocoa in no time!

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