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Obasan by Joy Kogawa

Advent Calendar shopping on a Monday

October 23, 2017

It is such a blasé Monday because I just came back from my 20th reunion in my hometown with family and friends and Monday is hitting me so hard.  When this happens I try to add a little excitement to my life to make me feel better, so today it’s all about advent calendars for […]

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Hot Cocoa and snowy northwest weekends

Hot cocoa and snowy northwest weekends for the win!

October 16, 2017

I used to dread the period between October and February a little in the Pacific Northwest.  The days get shorter and we go for weeks on end with chilly, wet, dreary weather.  During stretches like this it’s easy to wonder if we’ll ever see sun-filled days again.  But then a few years ago we went […]

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Zulily celebrates national women's small business month

Women’s Small Business Month at Zulily

October 13, 2017

There are so many world-renowned businesses that have their roots in Seattle and when I see their names in other places when we travel it’s hard to believe that these companies ever started small. When I drive past the zulily headquarters on the way to Pike Place Market, this business is no different. I remember […]

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Tiny Home Otto at Thousand Trails Leavenworth

A tiny home community where you can stay overnight in Leavenworth

October 11, 2017

One of my favorite parts of travel is that you get to stay somewhere that is NOT your home and through our travels we have stayed in many different types of accomodations. Before we had kids, we used to camp a lot.  If I had to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, […]

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Hotel 116 with kids

A great hotel choice for my Vancouver friends when they visit Seattle

October 3, 2017

Yes, Vancouver friends, I know you said you’re visiting Seattle but I know that you really might want to stay in Bellevue.  If visiting “the mall” is on your itinerary and you are headed south to shop and hang out, Bellevue is becoming more and more of a shopping hotspot and I have a great […]

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Purple Cow Backpack World Rummy Game

Family travel tools to help you on World Tourism day

September 27, 2017

Yes, there are millions of theme days nowadays, but today is one that is dear to my heart.  There is nothing like travel to make the big wide world feel smaller and more like a interconnected community and I would rather have a handful of travel days in my heart than any materials things.  That […]

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Hello kitty bath bomb with ring inside

Fun things for Hello Kitty Fans in Seattle and beyond

September 26, 2017

Mark your calendars Seattle friends, there is a Hello Kitty Food Truck heading our way in a few weeks!  On October 7 the truck will be at Westfield Southcenter and I so would love to be there!  Has anyone been before?  I have seen the lovely goodies from the truck but I’m never in town […]

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