6.29.2016

Where to Eat in Portland(ia)

I am back today to tell you where to eat in Portland depending on what type of cuisine you enjoy. These are the places we ate at during the trip:
Blue Star Donuts, which is a classier donut than compared to Voodoo Donuts plus the line is way less shorter. When you need donuts, you don't want to wait a long time, am I right?


We did visit Salt & Straw and Ruby Jewel and our verdict is Ruby Jewel is a bit better. 


A few other places we ate are Frank's Noodle House, Mother's Bistro, Great Notions Brewery, and Pine State Biscuits. If you love a great buttermilk whether covered in gravy, sausage or mushroom your pick, or plain with a bit of honey or jam, you need visit this place!
If you have been to Portland or live there, are there some locations that are must visit on your lists? Where would you suggest people go to eat in the Rose City?

6.28.2016

Portland(ia)

If you are curious by the title of this post, no I have never watched the show. Have you? 
Anyways, last week my family if you caught up on Instagram or guessed here on my post, we headed to Portland for a vacation as a family. Just us three from Monday-Saturday and it was wonderful. It was a goal turned reality trip actually. I wrote in February 2015 at an oils conference, it was a family goal to trip to Portland on a family vacation. It didn't happen int he year I wrote it but that is ok, we still wanted to fulfill our goal some time so last week it was and sometimes I was still in awe the goal came true. 

Traveling with a toddler, by the way, not a big deal. Just allow a little extra time. Have a few extra snacks on hand and smile through it all. 
This is a trip recap and tomorrow I will give you kid friendly things and good places to eat at in Portland. 
Here are a few things we visited or did while in Portland and the surrounding area.

Multnomah Falls, also check out Wahkeena Falls which is only 0.5 mile hike away


Portland Japanese Garden


Portland Zoo


Washington Park


Downtown Portland


Tomorrow I'll be sharing what places we recommended that we at

6.27.2016

Monday Menu...

We are back from our week in Portland and I will post a blog post of what we did, where we went, what we eat and kid friendly places if you have those traveling with you. 
Today is menu Monday like always so sticking with that today in case you haven't figured out your mea plans for the week or need a last minute meal idea!

Monday - spaghetti and meatballs. I usually make a big batch of homemade meatballs and put them in the freezer and every few weeks defrost them for dinner

Tuesday - oyakyudon, a Japanese chicken and egg dish served over rice. Quick, easy and my kid loves it!

Wednesday - leftovers because we are traveling again for the next few days so whatever that needs to be eaten up in the fridge is the plan that evening!


6.24.2016

Who loves bacon and avocados in a pasta dish with an icy cold beverage?

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerTastes #CollectiveBias



    If the summer heat isn't coming to you yet, just wait it will. Our June gloom in California was recently broken up by our first heat wave last weekend. That means lots of refreshing, ice cold drinks, meals or side dishes that can be made in the morning so I don't heat up the kitchen during the hottest parts of the day. I went to Walmart recently to purchase both an ice cold beverage, Gold Peak Tea, and Barilla Pasta in the "Blue Box" to make a summery pasta dish. I selected Gold Peak Tea, which tastes great, can be enjoyed in several different flavors and available in both a 6 pack or large 64oz.  If you use coupons, Coupon.com has a $1 off when you purchase two 64oz whether you like sweet tea, unsweetened tea or green tea, Gold Peak Tea has a tea for you.


    For the pasta dish I used Barilla Pasta in the "Blue Box" which is the perfect pairing because it is Italy's number #1 brand of pasta, and makes for a quick and easy meal or side dish. The summer pasta dish is bacon avocado pasta and the best part, this pasta salad doesn't have mayo or another creamy base you don't need to worry about refrigeration plus this pasta dish can be served warm or refrigerated, your choice!



    To make this easy summer pasta dish with Barilla pasta, you need 12 ounces pasta (I used farfalle but rotini or fusili would work great) 2 medium avocados, 4 strips of bacon,  1/3 cup chopped red onion, 1 large Roma tomato, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, zest of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt, pepper.

    Cook your pasta according to the directions on the box. While the pasta is cooking, cut the avocados in half, take the seed out and cube them. Chop up the tomatoes and the red onion.  Chop up the bacon into pieces.




    In a separate small bowl, add the olive oil, the Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt and pepper.

    When the pasta is cooked, drain it and return it to a large bowl. Add the avocado, red onion, tomato and bacon. Stir to mix all the ingredients.

    Then add in the olive oil mixture and on final stir. Just before serving, I like to chiffonade some basil and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese if you fancy more. Serve this pasta salad warm or cold, your preference! That is it!


    Enjoy your bacon avocado pasta dish with Barilla pasta washed down it an icy cold Gold Peak Tea whether you have it as a side dish like we did with our hamburgers recently! For more delicious summer recipes, check this out!
    What are your favorite summer dishes that help to beat the heat?

    6.20.2016

    Off we go!!

    *Update - Caleb is all healed up from hand foot and mouth, and fortunately it was a quick episode of it due to essential oils, take that HFM!

    We are off on our family vacation today! Where do you ask? Ill give you a few clues and see if you can't guess where we are going. Let me tell you this trip is a goal come true for us. Last year when I was at an oils conference, we had to write down some goals. I wrote travel to this place for a week as a family and we are doing exactly that. Additionally earlier this year, I wrote that a family goal was to trip out of state for a vacation so there is hint number 1, it isn't in California. You have 49 other states to guess!
    Here are some other clues to where we are headed!
    This location is has a dormant volcano within its city limits.
    You can take your dog inside a pub if you want.
    The world's largest independent owned bookshop can be found here.


    6.15.2016

    Real life...

    Real life talk today, things in our house are at a standstill somewhat. We are kinda under house arrest because my son came down with hand, foot and mouth disease on Monday he woke up with all these bumps. So we are laying low for a few days, cancelled all play dates, which is hard for as social as we normally are but not worth the risk for other kids. Hang on time people, this blog will be back up in no time! 

    6.09.2016

    My oil success story of the week!

    I have lots of oil success stories during my week because I am using oils all day every day. Probably not an hour goes by without me reaching for my oils. It is just my family's reality, that is our lifestyle this week.
    On Tuesday night, we had spaghetti and meatballs. Yes I know that my meal plan called for crispy chicken but I felt like some pasta action. Shortly after dinner, I was hit with the post dinner uncomfortableness and bloat. Usually, I would have dealt with it pain and all. However, Tuesday night I had plans for to meet a friend for drinks after dinner and I didn't want to just sit there feeling blah. So I took a essential oil pre-made capsule called Digest + Cleanse, just one was all it took. Within just a few minutes, the bloat was eased up, the pain was gone and my stomach didn't feel as tight.
    With the awesome power of essential oils, my gut got back into good working order and I was able to go about the rest of my night without pain and bloat.

    If you have any questions about this product or essential oils in general, I would love to inform and educate you! Just email me or contact me on Instagram!