Spring Knits with Joseph A // Exclusive Memorial Day Sale!

As spring comes to an end and summer begins, it’s officially time to pack up my fall and winter pieces. I haven’t worn a proper coat in weeks. I’ve been grabbing my open toe shoes over ankle booties more frequently. And my pale ghost legs have been exposed in outfits more than not.

As many of you PNW natives know, or even those not from here have probably heard, the weather can turn on a dime. That’s why for my spring and summer wardrobe, layering knitwear pieces can be a lifesaver. And also keeps me warm in my over-air-conditioned office building! Does anyone else have that problem too?!

Disclosure: Thanks so much to Joseph A for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!

Fortunately, I’ve been introduced to a new-to-me brand called Joseph A that creates amazingly beautiful, timeless and reasonably priced knit pieces. With a variety of weights and silky soft materials, these pieces have been constants in my wardrobe since I received them! Even better? Almost all of their pieces come in a multitude of colors, from neutrals to pastels to brights. I hate finding the perfect piece only to realize they only offer one color and I can’t have more than one in my closet!

Today I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pieces just in time for their Memorial Day Sale! Visit their website and use code HELLO at checkout to receive a whopping 40% off your purchase! Curious what my top picks are? Read on, then shop for your own spring and summer knitwear!

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Behind the Scenes at Alaffia HQ // Giveaway!

At 5:30 am, my alarm started buzzing and I groggily turned it off. Not long after, it went off again. This time, I got up. I was off to Olympia, WA and wanted to be up and on the road early enough so as to not hit rush hour traffic. But, why?

Because I was off on a weekday morning adventure to visit Alaffia, a skin, body, and hair care brand that is known for its ethical trade practices and do-good values for the women of West Africa. They also just so happen to be headquartered right outside of Olympia, Washington’s state capital, in Tumwater.

With Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Donald Yamamoto, in town, Alaffia invited state and local government learners, local business leaders and their respective staff, as well as little old me, to welcome him and learn more about the company. Being familiar with Alaffia products already, it was great to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the products, from ideation to manufacturing to shipping.

While there, I was also first to see a lot of new product that will be coming out very soon and of course was sent home with lots of goodies to try! Curious what I learned about Alaffia and want to win some products to try for yourself? Read on!

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11+ Things to Do at the Alderbrook Resort for Mother’s Day

Last week, my mom and I were invited for a midweek getaway to the Alderbrook Resort, about two hours or so outside of the city. Located in a small coastal town called Union, the Alderbrook is situated right on the water and amongst the trees. It’s quiet, a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life and the perfect getaway for two ladies who were desperately seeking a little R&R.

Disclosure: Thanks so much to the Alderbrook Resort and Spa for hosting my mom and I for a fun overnight trip! All opinions are our own.

We actually have spent a lot of the time on the Peninsula, as we have family in the area. Often, we travel there and don’t get to really explore or get to know the area. It was nice to play tourist and visit some of the hidden gems and spots recommended by the hotel! After all, it’s always best to ask the locals where to go, right?!

With about 24 hours from arrival to departure, what were two girls hanging out on the Olympic Peninsula to do?! Read on to find out what we did at the Alderbrook Resort and Spa!

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Confessions of a Crazy Dog Mom // Dog Mom Truths, Hacks, + Giveaway!

Pet ownership is not for the faint of heart.

I can remember clearly the day we came home to find wood splinters from Rigby’s chewing escapades on the wood-framed futon on our carpet floor. And then later discovered some chew marks on our newly replaced baseboard trim.

Or the time we thought he might have gotten into a pack of gum. (And if you didn’t know, Xylitol is incredibly toxic to dogs and is in a lot of gum and oral care products! Yikes.)

And I’ll never forget the time, shortly after we moved into our house, that Rigby got out the sliding door, and I ran screaming out the door only to find him sitting in the middle of the street, surrounded by my very kind and nice new neighbors. Nothing like welcoming ourselves to our new neighborhood!

Disclosure: Thanks so much to Supreme Source for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!

Fortunately, while panic-inducing and even a bit embarrassing, these incidents were all relatively minor. While Rigby is no saint, most of the time he is a very good boy. But, we all have our moments, even this Dog Mom and her pup. Today I thought I’d share some of my dog confessions: the truths that I sometimes would rather not admit to, and the hacks I’ve learned to compliment these embarrassing, funny, and honest reflections on dog ownership over the past five or so years.

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Quick Dinner Ideas in 20 Minutes or Less with Prep + Pared // Hummus Baked Chicken Recipe

If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you probably already know that cooking isn’t my favorite activity. It’s not that I’m not capable or don’t enjoy food, it’s just that at the end of the day, the last thing I want to do when I get home from work is spend hours in the kitchen laboring over a meal and cleaning up.

Disclosure: Thanks to Fred Meyer for partnering on this sponsored post. All opinions are my own!

I’ve tried meal planning. We’ve tried subscriptions. But often, the prep work involved means the meal still takes just as long to prepare, if not longer, than if I had found a recipe online, or whipped up something simple.

What if there was a meal kit prepared for you, and all that was left to do was assemble it and put it in the oven or on the stove?

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