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5 Fall Events To Check Out in Toronto!

toronto vintage clothing show

I’ll be back in Toronto next month for a little visit and put together my round-up of a few of the fun events happening in the city for fall. Here are my top five picks:

The Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

This fun event is back at Exhibition Place on September 30th + October 1st, running from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 4 PM on Sunday.

Look for antique finds for your apartment and one-of-a-kind vintage and retro clothing at this annual show. It’s definitely a fun way to spend and afternoon and have a sift around. You never know what you’re going to find!

September 30 + October 1, 2017 (more…)

Travel Guide: A Weekend Getaway in Seattle

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It’s been one crazy busy summer and I’ve finally had a chance to sit down at my desk and create a little travel guide for Seattle from a trip we took back in July.

My cousin lived in Seattle for a bit over ten years ago, and that was probably the last time I spent a good chunk of time in the city. Since Seattle is only about a 3-hour drive away, we figured we were long overdue for a visit!

Here’s what I suggest to eat, see, and do during a weekend getaway to Seattle: (more…)

A Covered Bridge Getaway in Cottage Grove

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I challenged myself to get out and see as much as Oregon as humanly possible this summer – especially since the weather has been so nice.

So when the call came about visiting the cute little town of Cottage Grove, Oregon – I thought it would be a great opportunity to check it out as our home base while exploring a bit of Eugene, Oregon on the same visit. (more…)

Where To Stay in Seattle

hotel monaco seattle

It’s been one crazy summer so far!

Paul and I have been off to a different place every weekend to make the most of all the great summer weather we are having. One of the best things about living in the Pacific Northwest is how many incredible and driveable destinations are close to our home base here in Portland, Oregon.

So we’ve been living in Portland for 14 months and we finally got around to making a big trip up to Seattle. Now I haven’t been in almost 10+ years, so it was a total treat for us to get up there and stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco right near Pike Place Market. (more…)

5 Summer Camping Essentials

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I recently got super into camping after a 10 year-long hiatus.

I started keeping a camping box fully packed and ready-to-go for the weekend, so I’m not scrambling around the house trying to find all the flashlights and other camping gear.

If you’re thinking about getting back into camping or are just trying to figure out what to pack, here are my 5 Summer Camping Essentials that I plan to bring along on all my trips:

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1) Cooler Full of Prepped Healthy Meals + Snacks

My days of living off canned food and hot dogs while camping are no more! I bring meal prepping on the road with me and I like to have big cooler packed full of ready-to-cook meals. I do all the chopping in advance, so I’m not doing at the campground.

Think fruit salad, veggie sticks, hummus, nuts, dried fruit, kombucha, homemade breakfast burrito, pre-made green smoothies. Your diet doesn’t have to take a vacation just because you do. Get creative!

S'Mores

2) Marshmallow Roasting Sticks + S’mores Kit

What’s a camping trip without s’mores for dessert? I keep a pair of telescopic rotating marshmallow roasting sticks, a chocolate bar, marshmallows and graham crackers in my camping box.

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3) Bug Spray + Citronella Candles

I can’t live without my bug spray. I get really allergic to mosquito bites and my skin gets swollen quickly. So I always have citronella candles, an anti-mosquito bracelet and bug spray in my camping box because nothing else ruins a weekend away then scratching at bug bites all day and night.

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4) BBQ Lighter + Fire Starter

On windy and rainy days, starting a fire can seem impossible – especially after a long drive to get to your campground. I keep a dedicated BBQ lighter in our camping box along with a couple packs of fire starter to make things go smoothly.

oh joy first aid kit

5) First Aid Kit

Building a first aid kit is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and like many of these random tasks – they rarely ever get done, even though I have the best of intentions.

I recently prioritized putting together my own first aid kit as we have a summer full of road trips and big adventures planned.

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I keep a tube of BENGAY® Ultra Strength Cream in my kit to help relieve minor aches and pains from a day of hiking and setting up camp! It soothes and eases my sore spots so I can get a good night’s rest. Neosporin and a few Band-Aid Brand First Aid Medium Gauze Pads are also a must for minor cuts and scrapes.

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I also got one of these exclusive Oh Joy! first aid pouches for free when you buy any 3 participating Johnson & Johnson items at Target. So if you’re thinking of building your own first aid kit – this cute pouch is definitely a motivator!

target pharmacy first aid kit

To create your own first aid kit, look for the endcap at Target like in the photo above. You can also build your own kit at Target online. You can also click on the shoppable image at the top of the post and purchase any of the products pictured!

Happy Trails!

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Travel Guide: Weekend in Astoria, Oregon

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We finally made it to Astoria, Oregon!

Since moving to Portland just over a year ago – the pretty coastal town of Astoria has long been at the top of my wish list. Everyone who has come to visit, has pretty much made it to Astoria before we have.

We definitely got sidetracked by the multiple trips made to Lincoln City to work on our airbnb beach house, but now that it’s up and running – we are back to our adventures and travels all over Oregon.

Here’s what I suggest you eat, see, and do on your own weekend getaway to Astoria: (more…)