Oh The Places We've Gone.

his and her style

When I originally intended this post it was to talk about jet-setting in our favorite Brooks shoes, because they are so comfortable and quite stylish it just made sense, but they have become so much more.

They places we have gone, and all that we have done over the summer...in our Brooks.

Yes, we are travelers, but also shop owners, parents, baseball coach/cheerleaders, laundry doers, walking to ice cream goers, farmers market attenders, dinner makers.  Did I mention vintage-trailer reno-ing-ers?  Don't think that is a word?  Well it is definitely a verb.  And all of this has been done in these shoes.  My odds of kicking my to-do list in the butt greatly increases when these shoes go on...I mean they were designed to kick butt.

Wonder if they thought my to-do list would be a marathon contender?  

But it wasn't just the daily grind to-do list that made me reach for these shoes, this summer we have been more intentional with adventuring and exploring.  Shout out to raising two energetic boys to keep me active, and at times make me feel so worn out.  This summer has felt more quintessential than the ones before, call it having my first born turn double digits, and maybe that is also why it feels like it's going too fast.  Less inside, more outside - while our kids still ask us to join them.  I mean I have camped outside more than once, which means multiple times.  Seriously.  

Just wait for that blog post.

If you know me well you are probably laughing and not just because I am camping at my own will, but I am a shoe convert, if only Disneyland could see me now!  Who knew I would grow to appreciate a comfortable shoe so much.  But I also love that they don't scream running shoe.  The lightweight design paired with the stretch-woven material give these shoes easy street cred.  

Running track, laundry stack, luggage rack.  Ha!  good one right?   

I have easily worn these sneakers with summer dresses, denim shorts and my favorite denim.  And my favorite look includes one of my bff's high school hoodie.  Thank goodness I saved it over all these years, it's a treasure!  and she is too.      

brooks running shoe

workout leggings for everyday wear

hooded sweatshirt and jacket
I am wearing the PureFLow 7 shoe and Ghost Crop bottoms c/o
Nick is wearing the Levitate shoe and Track t-shirt c/o

Here I am acting like this is a done deal.  Summer is not over yet, there is still more adventure to be had.  Want to see where else we go in our Brooks shoes, follow my instastories.  We are gonna finish strong.

Photos by Angie.  


In The Kitchen With My Boys.

My mom didn't like us in the kitchen while she was cooking.  It was a small space and her time, after the hectic day of mothering.  It was also about getting dinner on the table.

I get that.

I learned to cook from my grandmas, baking bread and pumpkin pie, rolling noodles, learning the "secret family recipes" like rosettes and pretzel salad.  Feeling ever so special drinking cranberry juice and 7-up.  I am incredibly grateful for the influence they had on me in the kitchen.

My grandma still doesn't miss an opportunity to get messy in the kitchen with her great grandchildren when she visits.

circa 2012

I like to believe that if my mom were here today, she wouldn't be able to get enough of cooking in the kitchen with her grandchildren.  Actually I know she wouldn't.

That's not lost on me.

And I don't want it to be lost on Riese and Peyton.  It's incredibly important to me that they have these experiences too.

So we cook, together.  In a small kitchen, with lots of messes, and hopefully a finished product we all enjoy, or at least enjoy participating in the process.  Sometimes we fail.  Sometimes we follow recipes, I love listening to my boys read recipes out loud.  Sometimes we don't.  This time we learned that following a recipe yields us amazing waffle cones, not following the recipe, the 2nd time, was a fail.

Sometimes we cook for a purpose...dinner, cookies for friends.  Sometimes we cook for no purpose at all with no time limits.

And I mostly look away when they use knives, hold my breathe a tiny bit when they light the gas stove, and still don't know how to let go of needing to help them pour the milk.  Hello spilled milk is a messy thing, and a waste.  But I have to be OK WITH A MESS.  I just have to.  I know if they feel capable and a sense of belonging in our kitchen it will solidify their confidence in this space, and hopefully cultivate a love for cooking.

I will also admit that it always helps our success if there is a cocktail (for me) involved.  Cold, dry, bubbly and extra chilled preferably, because let's be honest snappy mom voice kills the fun real fast.  And something special to drink for the boys, call it the cranberry 7up phenomenon.

Recently we received a flat of the most amazing Peaches from the Met Market as part of their Peach O'Rama event.  We anticipate these juicy gems all year long..."hey remember that time when we ate THOSE peaches."  It's a sign of summer's best.

And an opportunity to get in the kitchen, together.

With a new waffle cone maker (thanks bro!) peach ice cream made perfect sense.  And by ice cream we simply folded it into our favorite vanilla, because lets be honest - no patience to wait.  and after all we were already making homemade waffle cones.

key to success:  not overcomplicating.

another key to success:  when you start with the very best ingredients you don't need to complicate things.

(photo by Chelsea)

Please note:  not a food blogger.

How we made our ice cream...peeled and diced about 4 peaches, well except we kept eating them, but I still think we managed 4.  Then we added them to a half gallon of ice cream, along with all the juice from cutting.  mix and freeze until waffle cones are ready.

We followed this waffle cone recipe.  We used this waffle cone maker

I'd love to hear how you go about cooking with your kiddos.

This post was done in partnership with the Met Market, if you live in the greater Seattle area you can find their AMAZING peaches until around the end of August.  So get in there!



For The Hubs and Bubs, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Ok, I admit, when I first scour over the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I am not looking for the other members of my family.  But once the dust settles, there is an "oh yeah" moment and I remember that this is a great place to find jeans for both my husband and boys, shoes, pj sets - mostly for the boys and they always seem to have a great hooded sweatshirt.

And then, because I am doing my due diligence as a blogger, I peruse the girls section and dream, because of course my daughter would wear whatever I picked out for her right?

Here are my favorites from the sale for the rest of the family...




kids shoes

husband shoes

There is about a week left in the sale.

Happy Shopping.

thank you for reading


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks - Sale Opens to All Today.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to all today.

I am finally getting around to scrolling through THE SALE, and even though I haven't been at the forefront of all the great scores - the sale open to card insiders last week but my life just wouldn't afford me the time - luckily there is still treasures to be found.

As I am earmarking my favorites...

I see that I am still super into faux fur.

I also see my favorite shoe picks are all very functional.  What?  but also very stylish.  Tops being work boots, snow boots, rain boots, sock booties and sneakers.  Wow how I've grown up.

And I want MY Denim high waisted and detailed.

And a lot of Blush Tones.

There is A LOT to search through in this sale, I wanted to share what I found, hopefully it will inspire you to fill in the gaps you were hoping to fill - did you even know you were missing STRIPED DENIM??... or maybe inspire a new look for fall - like a boxy orange corduroy jacket, find some great new basics, and replace those worn out but totally necessary foundational pieces - hello hanky panky and boulder holders.

So here are my picks....

Always start with the shoes, lots of these picks come in different color options too, they all sort of ended up blush but there are awesome reds and navy and burgundy, oh my.  click on the image to see shopping details...

foundational pieces, this is a great time to stock up on the pieces that support us best.  It was recently pointed out to me that this is the time to do it.  Duh!  The bra that just happened to be recommended by almost everyone I asked on instagram happens to be on sale.  Serendipitious?  Yes.  Spelled wrong.  Also yes.  Another note, high waisted workout leggings are the best.

Sweaters, oversized for sure, but also off the shoulder cool and professor chic caught my eye this time.

Jackets.  So many good ones, almost makes me want the fall.  Almost.

Dresses - I still love the flouncy and flowy, but how about this wrap dress?  And OF COURSE everyone should have that go-to jumpsuit in their closet.  In my opinion.

Underwear.  There are those of us that prefer thongs and those of us that don't.  I just do not.  but if I have to wear one - these are the only ones that will do.  the only ones.

Denim LOVE the side stripe and the side buttons, the buttoned up waist and the light blue wash...

This last week I had the chance to experience the Seattle Underground Tour, it was so fun.  There was reference to John Nordstrom, one of the first to return from the Yukon Gold Rush with his spoils, settling down to open his little shoe shop in Seattle at the turn of the century.  History is so cool.

finally the Coats...faux furs, camo, corduroy and puffy, hard to choose my very favorite, can you?...

Happy Friday, thank you for reading.


Setting My Summer Intentions, Sort of.

athleisure style

brooks womens running shoe

black running shoes

For a girl who hates change I love the changing of the seasons.  This was probably the hardest part about living in SoCal, not having four distinct seasons.  It's sort of hard to believe as it's June and rainy that permanent sunshine isn't my thing.

But the change of seasons invites so much ritual into our lives.  It's a time to set new goals and start new adventures.  Change up our menu, and pizza toppings.  Create season specific memories...yet right now my mind is swimming - so many things I want to accomplish.  The summer let down was BIG this time, a combination of a packed calendar, failing technology and a certain boy turning 10.

Also, do you ever notice when you're tired small things in life can feel insurmountable?  It's amazing what a good nights sleep can do, or is it good night's?  currently too tired to google it. 

We are almost a week in and I am finally feeling ready to breathe it all in, and hopefully not miss a single minute...so this is what I am inviting into my life this summer...

Summer Salads

Stretching each day. 

Clean out my closet more more more, give stuff away, sell a few things, organize. 

Drink more water.  Always.
Start my morning with a cup of Moringa tea.  Hear it helps with mind and inflammation.  Read: not a spring chicken anymore.

Camp, and adventure. 
And gather with friends.  Have people over more.  Make s'mores, how cool are these kits??  Hmmmm we also bought a 1977 Tioga camper, so there's that idea. #staytuned

Organize.  I am starting with this, one for each kid, so we can add anything that any of us would like to save, ticket stubs, drawings, gum wrappers - no joke, team photos...all the things currently in random piles around our home, and it will be contained, and like a scrap book without a lick of colored paper.  All good.  The baby books that never happened.  No guilt.  No guilt.  No guilt.  Also note, not on this list to begin baby books....maybe next year.

Work on my gallery wall.  It SWIMS through my head all the time.  Oh and did I mention I own a custom frame shop.  It's almost like I have too much at my fingertips.  Analysis by paralysis, or something like that.

Did I mention Organize - oh wait, I forgot to mention the next step is this gal.  She's gonna slowly work my life into shape.  I LOVE her mission - Creating a space to enjoy while on your journey.

Devotions with my kiddos, this one particularly while drinking chocolate milk and sprinkles.
Also this book with my kids (and if you live near Queen Anne in Seattle shop local - find this book at Queen Anne Frame aka shop!)  This summer mom stuff is an entire blog post in itself, coming at you maybe tomorrow.  maybe.

much less plastic.

& Clean beauty - Violet Beauty please, also this concealer seems to good to be true, can it really replace my Cle De Peau??

Make jam with my mother in law.

Write just one actual hand-written card to someone, just because they inspired me in some way.  Baby steps.

A note on my outfit.  This entire look is Brooks.  While I set here and type my intentions for the next 9 weeks, yes summer is now only 9 weeks, it seemed so fitting to post photos of this shoot.  The essence of Brooks is to be intentional in what they do.  I am so inspired by their company culture, and this outfit.  Brooks is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, being held in Seattle this July, you can find more info here.

I love this top, I've worn it as a workout tank and also with jeans and flip flops, the colors are summer at it's best.  These leggings won me over with their mesh detail, cropped length and high waist band.  And truth be told, I have been living in these black sneakers, all through the end of the school year - these were this mama's best friend...from field day to last minute teacher's gifts, I was in total comfort and style.

tank - Brooks c/o, on sale.
leggings - Brooks c/o.
sports bra - Brooks c/o, on sale.
shoes - Brooks c/o.

As I am typing this list I am reminding myself that I can remove any or all of this list, at any time, without warning.  And by no means should I make this my score card, but it does feel good to at least organize my thoughts. 

lots of grace & sleep, friends.  and lots of water.

Happy Summer and thank you for reading!  What's on your list?


photos by Angie.