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Beautiful walk to the beach with the kids and dog! It was sunny, warm, spacious and just what we needed. AND there wasn't any complaining! Thankful for our gorgeous home & planet!
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Beautiful walk to the beach...

See that laptop and books right there?

Yeah, it's been sitting in that same spot untouched all day. Mason has completely hit his limit with this "distance learning". And I'll be honest I'm almost ready to call it summer break already(a month early)! It was going so well until about 2 weeks ago when his defiant personality decided it was done with this type of schooling, and depression and social anxiety in full swing! Isolation is so tough on ours/everyone's mental health and I don't know if we can take anymore of it! 
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #socialdistancing #quarantinelife #isolation #distancelearning #momlife

See that laptop and books...

The gang is coming over for #SCOOBMovieNight today! #SCOOB is now available to watch instantly. 
Join #SCOOBMovieNight via the Twitter Watch Party tonight at 4PM PST. 
Will you join us? 
Be sure to check out my blog for a chance to win your own SCOOB party box including the movie. 
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2020 is the year I told myself I'd start focusing on a healthier lifestyle and one thing I've been working on is eating a plant based diet. I've still got a ways to go but I'll get there and so far I feel great! 🌳I've partnered with LightLife to bring you this post, but all opinions are my own. One thing I'm new to is tempeh, after eating the vegan tacos I made, I'm totally sold! I made these amazing tacos with sweet potatoes and Lightlife Original Tempeh. I didn't miss the meat at all!
🌳Tempeh can be used for a number of meals as a protein replacement, available for purchase at your local grocery store(I've found ours at Fred Meyer and @imperfectfoods ) typically for $3.49. Easy to prep, vegan certified, has a savory and slightly nutty flavor, non-GMO and 12g of protein. 
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An afternoon in Portland, Oregon

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If you only have a couple hours to spend in a location don’t let that stop you from enjoying it. What I mean is if you live within driving distance, or on a road trip or maybe have a short layover somewhere make the most of it. Go in with a flexible plan. This past weekend we spontaneously decided to head down to Portland for the afternoon, we only spent around 3 hours in downtown but had a great time. We parked in a parking garage and set off walking the streets and everyone had fun including my son who usually isn’t a fan of crowds.

When “planning” your time at your location keep a couple things in mind; weather, day of the week/time of year, crowds, what is your group capable of. We went on a weekend, which happened to be Memorial Day weekend so it was fairly busy but manageable, even for my child who has difficulty when over stimulated. The weather was beautiful, warm but not overly hot.

There are plenty of parking garages that are reasonably priced and convenient. So, we parked our car and prepared for some walking. Portland has these cool things called Food Cart Pods, which aren’t your typical food trucks that travel around, these are a collection of trucks/stands that stay put. They have 6 pods throughout the city. We ate at the Third Avenue one, the men had Phillycheese steaks and I had Korean Beef with rice from PhatBlueBuddha which was very good! It was great having the choice to choose what you wanted and the food was freshly made, we did only see stands with seating so either take your food to go someplace else or be prepared to standing while eating. Next time we’re at Portland I’d like to try another food pod, do you have a recommendation?
Can someone tell Tacoma and Seattle to start Food Cart Pods?

We opted not to visit Voodoo Doughnuts this time, as the line was very long but it was only a couple blocks from the food pod and also the Waterfront Park and Saturday Market. We’ve been before, if you’ve never been it’s worth it to go for the novelty.

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After having lunch we walked down to the Waterfront Park. So, if your group is capable of doing a little walking I highly suggest just staying at your parking garage and walk down to the park which was only a couple blocks away and not once did we feel not safe downtown. Plenty of people and open walkaways. There was some carnival going on at the waterfront so we didn’t actually get to really play at the park. If you’re like me I always wonder what the crowd is like downtown and at downtown parks. The park was very open but we did notice a few characters around the park, but nothing too concerning just be aware of your surroundings. Also, there is public restrooms at the park if you absolutely have to go just remember to bring hand sanitizer. I was a little nervous to use the restroom at the park but surprisingly it was very open and had blue lights – another thing other city’s should take from Portland!

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The Saturday Market was huge you could spend hours just walking around. They had live music, food and drinks – including adult beverages, elephant ears, shop the many stands or just simply people watch. Much bigger and better than any of the farmers markets we have at home. We only saw a portion of it as I did find it difficult to navigate a stroller through all the crowds and it was getting to be too much for Mason, but I think it was that crowded because of the holiday weekend?portland, oregonYou’ll also have a great time just walking the streets of downtown Portland. The architecture is amazing, I found the trees are very beautiful, we didn’t get easily lost which we tend to do in downtown Seattle and the streets weren’t over run by the homeless. (Maybe we just weren’t in the right area?)
Although we didn’t get to visit it, but the world’s largest independent bookstore Powell’s City of Books is located downtown too and only a couple blocks from Voodoo.
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Have you been to Portland? What’s your must do when it Portland? Maybe we’ll visit it next time we’re in town. Feel free to share, pin the photo below or save this post. 

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“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval." - #MarkTwain

“A man cannot be comfortable...

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” – #JohnRuskin

“Nature is painting for us,...

Beautiful walk to the beach with the kids and dog! It was sunny, warm, spacious and just what we needed. AND there wasn't any complaining! Thankful for our gorgeous home & planet!
🌻

Beautiful walk to the beach...

See that laptop and books right there?

Yeah, it's been sitting in that same spot untouched all day. Mason has completely hit his limit with this "distance learning". And I'll be honest I'm almost ready to call it summer break already(a month early)! It was going so well until about 2 weeks ago when his defiant personality decided it was done with this type of schooling, and depression and social anxiety in full swing! Isolation is so tough on ours/everyone's mental health and I don't know if we can take anymore of it! 
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #socialdistancing #quarantinelife #isolation #distancelearning #momlife

See that laptop and books...

The gang is coming over for #SCOOBMovieNight today! #SCOOB is now available to watch instantly. 
Join #SCOOBMovieNight via the Twitter Watch Party tonight at 4PM PST. 
Will you join us? 
Be sure to check out my blog for a chance to win your own SCOOB party box including the movie. 
#WBpartner #scoobydoo #entertainment #warnerbros #WB #movies #stayhome #movienight #familytime #quarantinelife

The gang is coming over...

2020 is the year I told myself I'd start focusing on a healthier lifestyle and one thing I've been working on is eating a plant based diet. I've still got a ways to go but I'll get there and so far I feel great! 🌳I've partnered with LightLife to bring you this post, but all opinions are my own. One thing I'm new to is tempeh, after eating the vegan tacos I made, I'm totally sold! I made these amazing tacos with sweet potatoes and Lightlife Original Tempeh. I didn't miss the meat at all!
🌳Tempeh can be used for a number of meals as a protein replacement, available for purchase at your local grocery store(I've found ours at Fred Meyer and @imperfectfoods ) typically for $3.49. Easy to prep, vegan certified, has a savory and slightly nutty flavor, non-GMO and 12g of protein. 
#sponsoredpost #momsmeet #lightlife #tempeh #plantbased #vegan #health #wellness #healthandwellness

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