Stopping to Smell the Roses in Portland, OR

Walter Hagen is coined with first saying ‘Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.’ Last fall in the ‘City of Roses’, Portland, OR, we did just that. Located on top of a hill overlooking the skyline in Washington Park is the International Rose Test Garden. It was the perfect spot to escape the hustle & bustle of downtown Portland and quite literally ‘smell the roses.’ The History of the Rose Garden … In early…

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Everyday Adventures | Sunny Strolls in the Park

One of my favorite everyday things to do as the weather starts to get warmer is get out of the house to explore the local parks. After being inside so much during the colder winter months, being able to walk outside, feel the sunshine on my skin, & seeing buds start to open is a dream (I do love flowers, including Roses that we explored in Portland). Even when the temperature is still in the…

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9 Wardrobe Essentials

I used struggle to put together a cohesive wardrobe. The thought of building wardrobe essential items was beyond foreign. I would go to the store, try on a ton of items and buy whatever I liked. This left me with a ton of items in my closet that didn’t really go together. When I started traveling more frequently and for longer periods of time, this had to change. My suitcase would only allow for so…

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Visiting the Cincinnati Zoo

The cold months typically deter me from adventuring about, but with Fiona the hippo turning 2 years old last month, a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo seemed like the perfect idea (if you are not familiar, Fiona is the hippo that captured international attention when she was born 6 weeks premature making her the smallest hippo ever)! So I rolled out one of my warmest wool coats and went off to explore … The J.…

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Bucket List Adventures | #1 California’s Highway 1

My Bucketlist … About 5 years ago, I made a list of 100 places, events, & activities I wanted to achieve within my life. To my surprise, developing the list was harder than I initially imagined. Getting to 50 items was a breeze, but getting to the full 100 items took months and lots of advice from family, friends, and colleagues. When it was all said and done, the list included adventures to far off…

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