Just One Of My Favorite Things

Do you have the song from Sound of Music in your head? “These are a few of my favorite things…” I bet you do now!

I actually just want to highlight one of them right now. Fresh Local Produce!!!

One of the first things that amazed me after I moved here is the selection of fresh local produce. There are weekly farmer’s markets in nearly every town surrounding Seattle and Seattle has one in nearly each of it’s distinct neighborhoods. I have a favorite place, Yakima Fruit & Vegetable Market, I like to visit to purchase all of my produce and fresh flowers. They are family run and even carry local dairy items, assorted local honey, as well as plants and canning supplies. When it shuts down at the end of fall, I order fresh produce from an online farm co-op to have fresh produce delivered to my door through winter until they open again for Spring.

Our office has a weekly delivery of fresh fruit from local farms. It’s all organic and beautiful. We get a varied selection each week and never know what will be delivered but it’s usually some combination of 4 or 5 of these different fruits: apples, berries, pears, dried apricots, grapes, cherry tomatoes, plums, plumcots and today we got our first delivery of Rainier Cherries. I grew up thinking I hated cherries because the only ones I ever saw were chocolate covered in a goopy disgusting cream, or served in a sickeningly sweet bright red gel covering cheesecakes or in a too tart pie of cherry pie filling. These fresh cherries however, are delicious and the perfect balance of sweet and tart. They are almost plum like in texture and they are wonderful and they just came into season. Now I get to enjoy this wonderful treat as my mid-morning snack.

 

 

 

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My Thumb Looks Good in Green

I harvested my first bunch of lettuce. I am seriously more thrilled than I’d ever have believed. It doesn’t seem all that long ago I planted everything in giant pots and suddenly, just a few weeks later, the lettuce seems to have quadrupled in size. (Below is a before and after shot.)

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I left roughly 1/3 of the lettuce plant so it can continue to grow again. As silly as it seems, I am on a cloud right now over something as simple as growing my own lettuce. Something tells me I am going to enjoy the best salad of my life tonight.

 

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day….A day of Thanks!!!
I want to take a moment to thank all of the service men and women who sacrifice time with their own families so that I have time with mine. I would like to thank all of the veterans who have fought to keep this country safe for all of us for so long. I would like to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by far too many fallen soldiers by continuing to support their children & families, and encouraging others to do the same. It’s not nearly enough, you are all owed so much more. 

#SnowballExpress #CarrytheLoad

Ode to Seattle

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I remember my first trip to Seattle like it was yesterday, but it was 11 years ago. I instantly fell in love with the grey skies, drizzly weather and mountain views. I spent my first free day at Pikes Market. I spent THE ENTIRE day at Pikes Market. I walked every square inch and stopped in every shop. I couldn’t stop telling my friend how much I would love to wake up every morning living here. I remember feeling like this city had an energy about it that just drew me in. However, everyone who lived here told me I would hate it if I actually had to spend an entire fall and winter never seeing the sun. They could not have been more wrong.

I cannot find words to accurately convey how much I love living in Seattle. I find everything about it breathtaking! I still love the grey skies, the cold drizzly weather, the mountain views, the foodie delights, the dog parks, … I could go on and on for quite some time. From my first visit I had this overwhelming sense that this is where I was meant to live and I was right. I finally found my perfect little space in this great big world.

 

BareMinerals BareSkin

I have been wearing BareMinerals makeup for nearly 7 years now. I started using it because I lived in Texas and was an avid liquid foundation user and found my makeup was sweating off of my face before I could even get out of the door for work. It was a frustrating experience. So I went to Ulta and asked about BareMinerals because I didn’t understand how I could get decent coverage from a powder. One of the associates applied the foundation and I was amazed.

Fast forward…seven years later, I was chosen to be a BareMinerals Ambassador and test out their new product BareSkin. BareSkin is the new “liquid” foundation BareMinerals has created. I love the original foundation and wasn’t all that excited about a liquid foundation. It seemed to be the opposite of everything I love about this makeup. Part of my concern with a liquid foundation is the fact that once you cross the 40yr old threshold, the appearance of fine lines can be amplified by liquid foundation settling into those lines and making them more obvious. This “liquid” foundation definitely does not do that.  I use “quotes” around the word “liquid” because this doesn’t foundation doesn’t feel like a liquid foundation at all. It feels like a serum. It is a serum foundation. It is lightweight and creamy and provides a really good coverage. My skin is not only sensitive but tends to be quite dry. When applied with the Perfecting Face Brush, this foundation just glides on the skin like velvet. It feels lightweight, nourishing, moisturizing…it feels wonderful on my skin.

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The coverage can be controlled by how many drops are used. Light coverage 1-2 drops, Full coverage 4 drops. I use 2 drops for each side of my face and I find I get full coverage that way. The Perfecting Face Brush was created for this foundation with a well in the middle to hold and apply the product perfectly. Just shake the bottle put the drops in the well of the brush and buff it on your skin. It glides onto the skin and has a dewy feel once it has set. This foundation, unlike most liquid foundations, doesn’t look heavy or caked on the skin with full coverage. I used the foundation multiple times and in different weather so I could get a true feel for how it wears. It doesn’t sweat off in warm weather and doesn’t wash off in the rain. It wears quite well, in fact.

This foundation, like all of the products BareMinerals produces, uses natural ingredients like coconut and jojoba and feels like a treatment for the skin.  The foundation comes in 20 shades and has an SPF of 20. It seems a wonderful product for anyone who finds it difficult to part with liquid foundation. It’s also great for dry, sensitive skin.

That being said…I do prefer the coverage I get with BareMinerals Original foundation but I think applying the original foundation takes a bit more time. BareSkin applies very quickly and is something I will use when I have less time to apply makeup and during colder seasons because it feels so moisturizing.

 

 

Exploration of a Green Thumb

I have finally planted a container garden of herbs and a couple of veggies. I decided that before I dedicated yard space to growing the long list of veggies I want, I should “practice” in containers. It’s economical and will give me an idea if I have the dedication required to take on the bigger tasks. I have read every online article I can find about growing veggies in the Seattle area. So I finally decided to just jump into it. I simply cannot wait until I can harvest something. We have been having some unusually warm weather the last week so my cherry tomato plants are getting quite a bit of warmth and sun, which they love. I also planted rainbow carrots, basil, lettuce, rosemary, thyme, oregano, cilantro, chives and peppermint. 

 

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The Sweetest Mother’s Day Gift

This year I received the sweetest gift from my sister & brother-in-law. They adopted the most beautiful baby last year and my husband and I are the official godparents of this beautiful little girl. On her behalf, I was sent a dozen chocolate covered strawberries from Shari’s Berries for Mother’s Day. It was a wonderful sentiment and a surprise that I truly didn’t expect but appreciated so much. I’ve ordered these for other people but have never had the pleasure of receiving them myself. Now that I’ve been on the receiving end, I can tell you that they are a fantastic gift to give others. The berries are PERFECTLY sweet and juicy, not to mention beautiful. Shari’s Berries offers chocolate covered strawberries decorated for every occasion and holiday, as well as chocolate dipped cherries, cheesecakes, pretzels and cookies. They offer lots of delivery options, including overnight delivery if you need something last minute because your calendar app didn’t work.

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