September 3, 2015

Truer words have never been spoken.....

Apartment Therapy has nailed it again.

As a life long, die hard introvert.....I can relate. Oh boy, can I relate.....

Here's part of their brilliant article.....

There are three things you should know about introverts: first, we like spending time alone; second, we're not anti-social, we just can't socialize nonstop without feeling like — how do I put this? — part of our soul is dying; and third, there's a right and wrong way for an introvert to clean the kitchen.
What? You didn't know that last part? It's true. If you're an introvert and you've never been a fan of cleaning the kitchen, it's probably because you're cleaning it like — gasp! — an extrovert. Here's how you can really make it work for you.
This is how you should feel when cleaning the kitchen.

The Introvert's Guide to Cleaning the Kitchen

1. It's a legitimate excuse for staying home. USE IT.

When your friend texts and asks if you want to hang out, you should most definitely write back "Ack. Have to clean the kitchen. So bummed." You're not bummed. You're saved. Kitchen: +1. Socializing when you don't want to: +0.

2. Get everyone out.

Your lovely dinner guests just asked to help with the dishes, because they are considerate people whom you genuinely love and admire. But all you can think is:
Go with that feeling to go it alone. You're not the only one.

3. Press play on the podcast.

"Woo-hoo! It's time to blast some dance music, invite the gang in, and get this cleaning party started, am I right?" — said no introvert ever.
A more accurate phrase would be, "Whew. It's time to listen to an intelligent discussion about something culturally or emotionally riveting while I slowly scrub pans, pause every so often to squint my eyes thoughtfully at something the radio program host just said, and then squirt some more dish soap into the water, the sixth time I've done that in the last five minutes because I'm not really paying attention to what I'm doing."
(Now, now — we know you extroverts love podcasts, too!)

4. Think about rejoining everyone in the dining room.

Okay, so cleaning it is!

To read the rest of this brilliant guide, head over to Apartment Therapy: Introvert's guide. I promise you, if you are an introvert or you love an introvert, you will laugh out loud!

August 29, 2015

Eating Local: Pip's Doughnuts

Ronan is off school for a bit and so we've been out adventuring.  Checking out our new neighborhood and venturing out into the city to try some new things. I'd recently been to Pip's Doughnuts for the first time and was really excited to take Ronan. Best doughnuts I've ever had. Fresh and hot right out of the fryer. Ronan was equally impressed.

February 19, 2015

Rainy day party

Ronan turned 4 years old this fall. To celebrate we had a "rainy day" party. Portland appropriate, yes? I had the cutest cookies made: umbrellas, boots, clouds, and rain drops. An amazing local baker made his cake, which was topped with a teeny umbrella and boots.  I spent months making the giant cloud decoration out of looked incredible I have to say, much like a real cloud! I used this post for inspiration and directions.  For favors I did small umbrella shaped boxes filled with rain drop candies (chocolate covered sunflower seeds..delicious!) from the wonderful Candy Babel here in Portland, who specializes in unique candy from around the world. They do not currently ship, but if you are ever in Portland you must visit her incredible shop. It will be worth your while... Amani, the owner, is even sweeter than the goodies she sells! I always try to keep Ronan's gifts on theme, so this year he got a brand new pair of Hunter rain boots and a stack of books about: clouds, rain, boots, and weather.

photos by Remembrance Photography

December 27, 2014

Mini Rodini

Well they've done it again folks. I walked into a store and saw some of the pieces from Mini Rodini's  new collection and just about wet my pants. Why oh why am I not a millionaire? Want want want want!

December 3, 2014

Visit with Santa

This was our 5th visit to Santa and Ronan was pretty excited to see the big guy in person.  He asked me several times if this was "the real Santa." And let me tell you Ronan...he is...for SURE...the real Santa.

December 1, 2014

Modern advent tree

Cardboard Tube Tree Advent Calendar from

OH.MAH.GAWD! I am totally in love with this advent calender designed by the amazing Kate from Nearly Crafty.  Isn't it fun? You punch out the middle of each number to find a treat inside. Kate always comes up with the coolest things. I swear her head is just full of magic. Check out the tutorial on her blog Nearly Crafty and make your own!

A very Portland cake

Marzipan Tree Cake Decorations DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Check out this adorable cake from Oh Happy Day! Super Portland-y don't you think? I'm dying to make one! Head over there to check out the tutorial!