Category Archives: Life

This Beautiful Life: Erika Lee Sears

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Erika Lee Sears was one of the first people I met when I moved to Portland. I was amazed by the fact that she makes art everyday. No, FOR REAL. She creates a piece of art everyday and posts it to her Instagram account over at @ErikaLeeSears. Her work has also been featured on Portlandia!

Not only was this incredibly exciting, I loved how Erika has been able to carve out a career as an artist. If you’re thinking of doing the same thing and have thought about pursuing a creative career – read how Erika got her start!

What sort of career path led you towards becoming a full-time artist? Did you study art in school?

Well, if you can believe it, I didn’t start out as wanting to become or be an artist. I didn’t go to school for art at all, and I started my professional career working in the finance industry. (more…)

Should We Downsize Again?

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I recently read this post about a 28 year-old New York woman who retired with a net worth of $2 million dollars thanks to her smart investing, frugal lifestyle and killer paycheque right out of school.

Her biggest piece of advice was to keep your housing, transportation and food expenses low. I think this article really resonated with me because Paul and I have been thinking about whether we should downsize into a smaller place. It’s something that’s crossed our mind since we purchased THIS vacation home on the Oregon Coast. (more…)

This Beautiful Life: Trina Hendry

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I first met Trina Hendry when she ran the PR for the LCBO in Toronto, Canada. She was often hosting cool wine tasting and blogger events that our paths crossed a few times.

However, it was only when she moved to Los Angeles about a year after I moved, did we really connect. I truly admire Trina’s skill as a communicator and writer. If you’re considering a career in PR or hospitality, Trina’s professional journey is a great one to follow. Meet Trina Hendry everyone! Here’s how she got her start: (more…)

8 Ways to Make Your Space Healthier

By: April + Michelle of Get Real Gurls

Have you made the commitment to a healthier and happier lifestyle?

In addition to meal prepping and making small changes, have you given any thought on how to make the space you live in a healthier place? If not, it’s time to clean up your environment and make your space healthier! (more…)

7 Ways to Relax on Your Day Off

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias

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Since moving to Portland from Los Angeles last year, I have been re-introduced to a long, cold and rainy winter. With that, I’ve been cooking more of these comfort food recipes, finding rainy day activities in Portland and drinking A LOT of tea.  I drink a lot chamomile tea because I love the taste and the relaxing health benefits.

It’s a nice and comforting thing I look forward to when the weather is just miserable outside. We broke records in Portland for rainfall in the months of October, February and March so far! (more…)

5 Ways to Be Your Best Self During Allergy Season

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ForgetAllergies #CollectiveBias

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I have been an allergy sufferer all my life.

I am allergic to cat hair, pollen, and dust to name just a few of my triggers. I definitely feel it more in the spring when things start blooming and floating around.

Sometimes my allergies are triggered when I’m invited over at a friend’s house for dinner, but then I encounter their cat. Which triggers my allergies so badly that I either have to leave early or it just ends up ruining my whole night as my symptoms leave me miserable. I once went to a horse show and the dust and hair was so bad, I had to leave within 30 minutes of arriving. (more…)