4th of July: An Essay & A Mountain of Burger Fixings

Hey Party-Makers,

I hope you’re enjoying the beginning of summer. I know I’ve been taking EVERY opportunity to bask in the sunshine (okay, okay, and also in the A/C).

As we have been approaching the 4th of July, I confess that I have been feeling sort of…anxious. And not the good, I’m -so-anxious-to-fill-my-plate kind of anxiety. It’s the kind of anxiety where I’ve been dreading writing about this holiday. I’ve probably written about 8 different drafts of this blog post that I’ve either totally deleted or have edited heavily.

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5 Ways To Reset For Spring (Even If It Doesn’t Feel Like Spring Yet)

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Happy First Day of Spring! Around here, we’ve been counting down to this day for a long, long, long time. And even still, the winter weather in Portland continues.

While I know there are some areas of the country that have more severe weather than Portland, I’m firmly convinced they still get more sunshine than we do. And y’all, until you live somewhere where you only see the sun every two weeks (if you’re lucky), you have no idea how much it affects you.

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Celebration Spotlight: Celebrating A Day I Don’t Remember

One of the most significant days of my life is a day that I cannot remember.

I remember the days before and most of the days after, but not the day itself. February 11, 2008, is shrouded in mystery. I will never forget February 10, 2008 – it was a Sunday afternoon and was one of those days where the sky was too blue not to be outside, despite the chilly February weather. I was sitting in my backyard enjoying the sun when I received a phone call from my sister telling me that a friend’s sister had been killed in a car accident. At the age of 16, I didn’t seem to have the ability to fully process this information. I knew that I needed to go to her funeral visitation the following day to support my friend. 

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7 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself + Empower Your Communities In 2017

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As the year winds down, I’ve found myself reflecting a lot about 2016. In a lot of ways, it’s felt like a year that was a coming of age movie, where turbulence leads to the revealing of true character (or lack thereof). Some words that come to mind as I think of 2016 are: oppressive, loud, tragic, backwards, hate, divisive, polar, unsafe, guns, anti-fill in the blank, uninformed.

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10 Tips for Healthy, Peaceful Political Conversations this Holiday Season

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When I was growing up, it was pretty clear to both of my parents that I was going to grow up to be opinionated. I was the kind of kid who challenged “because I said so,” because I wanted to understand the why behind things. My dad especially cultivated a fiery and healthy sense of questioning in me. I very vividly remember that in the election cycle in 2004 we had a lot of arguments at the dinner table. I was a big John Kerry fan and he was not, and I really couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t bend to the will of my 12-year old political theories.

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Crockpot Apple Cider

Hey Party-Makers,

As I’ve been at home sick this week. I’ve been dreaming about all the warm drinks you can imagine. In fact, I think that could almost be a party theme. Have a few finger foods, and a hot drink bar: tea, coffee, cocoa, apple cider, and hot toddy’s. Doesn’t it sound heavenly?

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Tiramisu Cake + Half Birthday Celebrations

Hey Party-Makers,

It’s been a slow week so far in our household. After a good start to our weekend with a date night and then a double date night, sometime in the wee hours of Sunday morning my body decided to cave to the peer pressure of a seasonal cold. And people, when I get sick, it is just miserable for everyone involved (read: I’m a baby).

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Challah Bread

Hey Party-Makers,

I’m sitting in my disaster of a house right now. It’s been one of those weeks—you know, the kind where you wear stretchy pants all week, can’t remember when you last washed your hair, and have zero ideas on where to start cleaning your house. It’s also been one of those weeks though, where I’ve somehow managed to keep my to-do list checked off in all the right places, and I’ve experienced some beautiful, wonderful time creating things and eating good food. You win some, you lose some; I’ll typically take good food over most other things anyways.

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