I'm so blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing tribe!
This list is comprised of gifts other new moms and I received that made those first few months so much better. Some gifts are more expensive than others. Others require nothing more than time. And, there are those gifts which new moms have given themselves.
But, each one means the world.
LOVE me some doughnuts.
Discover some of my favorite spots and a bit of Seattle doughnut history.
At 1:30 AM on November 20th, I stood in a puddle, not quite sure if I’d peed myself or my water broke. The nurse on Overlake Hospital’s Labor & Delivery line had me lean forward a cough. The puddle grew bigger. It was go-time.
Congratulations Mikaela and thank you for sharing Penellope Marie's birth story.
I get it. Starbucks is a big-box chain. There’s one on every corner. They aren’t ‘unique.’ Howard Shultz let the Sonics leave Seattle.
I understand all the arguments against Starbucks. And, I love me some mom-and-pop local shopping.
But here’s the deal — I also really like Starbucks. Sure, I’m not going get some ultra-inspiring experience at the green mermaid. But it offers a few things that make it invaluable in my world.
1. Free Internet
3. Holiday Panini
4. Mobile Office
5. Free (or Cheap) Refills
6. Rewards Program
Which Starbucks do I like the absolute best? The on Lake Union! Follow the link in my profile to find out why.
Are you a fellow Starbucks lover? What would you add to my list?
"Mari Peterson was born to fly. It’s in her blood. Her great grandfather was a Navy pilot during World War II. And growing up, her dad flew the family’s small airplane."
Learn more about Mari -> https://www.kenmoreair.com/article/237/Kenmore-Air-Pilot-Mari-Peterson/
We weren't an "outdoorsy family." My mom, always said, “Camping is one bathroom and slow room service."
So while I grew up hunting with my dad and building forts in the backyard, my childhood was spent with easy access to a shower and a soft bed.
But the older I've grown, the more I've learned to love the outdoors. The more I relish nature. It's a passion I can't wait to share with this little girl and continue to foster in myself.
A huge shoutout to Rachel Zupke for letting a novice hiker tag along and for introducing me to the amazing Brenda Ulinski — who graciously captured the pictures in this piece. You two fill my heart with joy. I can't wait to hit the trail with you again, perhaps with a little friend!
I can't say enough good things about Rachel. Though I've known her for more than half my life, I'm constantly blown away by how she uses her talents to give back to the community and the world. She's truly an amazing woman — and she's currently doing some pretty fantastic stuff with a non-profit called Rescue Freedom that's committed to freeing women and children from sex trafficking.
Needless to say — I'm proud to call this woman my friend.
Silky porters. Hoppy IPAs. Citrus loaded sours. Bend brewers know more than a thing or two about crafting exceptional microbrews. But as luck would have it, beer’s not the only tastebud satisfying game in town. Many a brewery and tap house are plating up savory treats that will rock your world (while also helping you stay sober enough for another round).
When his first restaurant, Sawyer, earned a James Beard Nomination for ‘Best New Restaurant,’ was Mitch Mayers surprised? Maybe. But after experiencing his eclectic menu loaded with Pacific Northwest ingredients and Mexican-South American flare, it’s clear no mistake was made.