Living in the Pacific Northwest has made me a coffee and beer snob. I partially blame my husband as he insists on drinking good coffee at home. I tried to buy bulk Starbuck beans at Costco, but he insists locally roasted coffee. I love love love Lone Pine Coffee Roasters. Family owned by Scott and Anna Witham, their litt
Working Mom Goes Green
Located in Bend
Last update: December 12th, 2013 at 09:06 am
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I'm a working mom taking a stand against yucky stuff in my food, cosmetics, etc. and gradually turning my family towards more eco-friendly, natural choices. I'm learning so this is about our journey towards going green. There may be a few stumbles so hopefully you can laugh with me not at me!
Fido needs to love during the holidays! Ruffwear is a manufacturer of canine outdoor gear in Bend, Oregon. The company sells harnesses, dog packs, lifejackets, dog boots, collars, leashes, and dog beds. The company's first product was a collapsible dog bowl and has evolved from there. If you're looking to support a l
What girl doesn't love jewelry? I remember Nashelle founder, Heather Straw, working at a downtown Bend boutique. I can't recall the name but when I'd walk in, she's be hunched over at the counter making jewelry. Since then, her operation has expanded! Movie stars are buying her jewelry AND big time magazines are showing
Even though Bend, Oregon feels like a small town, we do have some amazing bath and beauty products that are eco-friendly, organic and use only the good stuff to make you smell good. These would make great hostess gifts or an inexpensive gift for a girlfriend. Angelina Organic Skincare started in 2007 and offers face, bath
Artist series Silipints If you live in Bend, you'll notice Silipints everywhere. Just ask my nephew, Mitchell. He became obsessed with then during his visit from Nebraska. He had to go home with one. There is some debate in the green community about silicone products ... are they really eco-friendly? Are they safe to
The other day, I was walking into work and noticed I was double Hydroflaskin' (I know it's NOT a word, but it should be). I should have taken a photo, but I was a walking advertisement for this local drink bottle company. I own an 18 oz water bottle AND a 17 oz food flask. My water bottle is used for coffee, tea and water.
When my friend Sarah Daily told me she was collaborating with The Eat Guide (a former client of mine) on a regional cookbook, I was SUPER excited. Even though I have abandoned my cookbooks and hard copy recipes for Pinterest, I knew this was one of John Herbik's (president of The Eat Guide) dreams -- to publish a cookboo
Please tell me you're not shocked by this suggestion. After all, Bend, Oregon is pretty much Beer Town USA! What host or hostess doesn't like alcohol? Beer is pretty easy. Start with browsing the Bend Ale Trail and go from there. Most breweries sell 22 oz beers, six packs, swag, glassware, growlers and apparel. If the bre
Amazing work by Kaycee Anseth I'm going to try to spend the next two weeks, featuring local Bend, Oregon products that would make great Christmas items since a good majority of my readers live in Bend and Oregon. First up, Kaycee Anseth 2014 Calendar. Kaycee is one of my favorite Bend artists who does amazing collage wo
Last year, we bought a live Christmas tree and planted it in honor of the year of our last child and only daughter's birth. We call it EmmyLu's tree which will be in our yard, long after we move. Yesterday, my husband and son surprised us by hanging lights on it. Aren't you in the holiday spirit just looking at it?
This is a photo of me with my aunts and my grandmother 8 years ago, right before my wedding. Today, my grandmother Marie would have been 91 years old. I hope she knows I really appreciated all the support she gave my mother when we were growing up and especially the support she gave us after my mom died in 1996.
I set off for a 3 mile run. I haven't been working out as much because I've been working a lot and the mornings have been cold BUT while running decided that was a dumb excuse. I'm cold for maybe 5 minutes. I'm thankful for many things. The usual ... a warm house, healthy kids, good jobs, family and friends. This week, I w
The snow has finally hit in the Cascades and I convinced the family to get outside and head of to Mt. Bachelor to play around in the snow. The Road to Mt. Bachelor. It's the Three Sisters! The was the first time, EmmyLu played in the snow. Last year, it hardly snowed in Bend and we didn't spend too much time outside as
2012 was not the best year for me in the history of my whole 38 years of life (so far). Yes, I birthed a child who brings me the most awesome joy in the world but I pretty much spent that year wondering "what am I meant to do with my life?" I've been an avid reader of Allie Brosh's blog Hyperbole and a Half sinc
I learned a few years ago, not to go away from traditional when it comes to actual Thanksgiving Day. This came after I made cornbread stuffing, and I was the only one out of 10 people who would eat it. Since then, I've always been assigned green bean casserole, in particular, the recipe on the back of the fried onion conta
Image from compfight.com It's not a secret, my husband and I LOVE music. When writer Jessica Socheski approached me about a guest post, I didn't have to think twice. Jessica Socheski is a freelance writer who loves learning about child development. you can connect with her on Twitter. Learning to play a musical instru
Super excited to give Sun Cups a whirl. They reached out to me and asked for a review. Anything with chocolate and peanut butter is a favorite in my book but sunflower butter and chocolate ... I'll let you know in a couple of days. I took them to work and hid them in case my husband and kids decided to eat them.
TGIF ... seriously, what a week. Sick kids. Husband out of town. Lots of work and then trying to post every day. I can't wait to just TRY to relax this weekend. Here some of the best links I found around the web this week! Benefits of going green via Groovy Green Livin Eyelash extensions: less toxic choice? via Consc
I've written about it before, the priceless cookbook my grandmother handed down to me. When my mother passed away, my grandma bought me a copy of this precious cookbook and I have cherished it ever since. My mom had this rule, "I'll only make chili with month's containing the letter R" because June, July & A
She is definitely trying to find her voice.
Since losing weight this past year, I've gotten in the habit of looking to meal or fitness bars in a pinch. I'm a subscriber to EcoCentric Mom Box and each month, there is some sort of fitness bar for me to try. None of them have been as impressive as EcoTrek Fitness Whole Food Bars! I replaced my morning Shaklee bar with
My husband and I love artisan pizza. A few times a month, we'll look at the specials at our local pizza joint that specializes in local, seasonal and fresh ingredients and order us a small pie to share. This meatless pizza was inspired by their pumpkin sage pizza (that week we added local Italian sausage) from a few weeks
In my quest to lower our weekly grocery bill, someone mentioned they use Ibotta, which is an app that gives you cash back instead of using coupons. So far, I've redeemed around $30 for in the past two months for using it. I shop the perimeter of the store meaning I don't buy can or processed food and usually have a cart
makes me smile ...
What a week! Almost everyone in our house had this weird stomach virus. I'm just waiting for my husband to come down with it! Here are some of the links around the web that I thought were worth reading: Ways to love holiday waste via Nature Moms Fall leaf garland via Eco-Novice How to cook a vegan Thanksgiving via Mommy
More respecitin' the rhubarb in the form of a savory dish. I always challenge myself to find a few savory dishes that bring out the flavor of the rhubarb. When I first saw this recipe on Food 52, I thought, that sounds weird. And as I made this, I was really suspect. The risotto base of pancetta, shallot and milk smelled w
This post is sponsored by Happy Family Organic Super Foods. Happy Family supplied me with some of their product to try in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own. I generally don't buy packaged baby food for my children. By one year's old, they are mostly eating what we eat but there are occasions when I d
This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. You'll have to watch the video
Yes, it's that time a year again when I search the web high and low for the best rhubarb recipes and flood my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds with mouth watering photos of my tasty treats. The usual recipes have made a come back, including Martha Stewart's rhubarb crumble bars and braised short ribs in rhubarb wine
If you would have told me six months ago that I’d be a crossfit junkie, I would have laughed at you because if you know me, you know that I don’t have one athletic competitive bone in my body. Or at least that’s what I have thought all this time. I've always been intrigued by crossfit. A few of my former co-work