The Emerald Girl

The Emerald Girl

life in seattle

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

National Donut Day

If Instagram has taught me anything it's that every day is a national day. You absolutely do NOT miss National Donut Day and you do NOT miss out on a fun little photoshoot with cute props. These delectible donuts are from Frost. My new favorite place for chocolate Bavarian creme filled donuts. I have not found another worthy contender. It's more than just a donut. 

Cute plates courtesy of my big sis, courtesy of our late grandmother. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Venice Beach

Following our trip to Palm Desert, we drove over to the coast and stayed at a really great AirBNB in Venice Beach. We wanted to visit Venice because we wanted to be near the ocean and we like laid back vibes though we did venture East and visit Los Feliz (the happy!) to see some friends for breakfast and see the Griffith Observatory and Hollywood sign. I really wish Seattle had a big park with an awesome view of the surrounding cities. Discovery Park is great but just not the same.

Abbot Kinney Boulevard is the main street with restaurants and shops. So many good places to eat, treats to devour and other stuff to buy. We also visited the Venice Canals because Valentine's Day was filmed there and I'm obsessed and watch it every year.

Our AirBNB was a cozy little one bedroom Spanish style bungalow. It was my first experience using the site and I'm now super excited about traveling with kids. The price was comparable (better) to a hotel because it had a full kitchen, a bathroom, separate dining room and a large closet in the bedroom which fit a pack-n-play perfectly for the baby to have her own little hideaway. Less stressful, more relaxing.

I was still sick from Palm Desert but mustered up the energy to actually get up and out and partake in the days activities with my family. I loved being in California and I hated coming back home. Sunshine and warmth makes me happy and it's hard to be back here in Seattle where the skies are dark and we've still been turning the heaters on.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Why I hate polyester and dry cleaning

I have long been a fan of not buying clothes that need to be taken to the cleaner. For two major reasons, the first being that I don't need another activity that I have to do, i.e.: going to the cleaners, and the second reason being I don't want to pay every time I wear certain clothing.

Now that I don't work in an office anymore that requires dressing up, I simply do not buy anything that I can't throw in the washing machine. I don't mind if I have to hang to dry since I can do that inside my apartment. On a side note: I once worked at a hotel that had a dry cleaning service for employees and that was really ideal because I dropped off and picked up at work as well as got a major discount!

It seems the clothing industry's response to a cheaper, easier to care for fabric was the invention of synthetic fabrics which I hate. On occasion I find a really nice top that feels good and I'm surprised it's synthetic but most of the time you can tell the second you touch something what it's made out of. Polyester is gross. It feels like nails on a chalkboard. A particular store that I love sells tons of polyester clothing and the price is NOT cheap so even though you can usually toss 'em in the washing machine I don't want that on my body.

All of this to say, here's a list of some cute fun summer tops that I really liked but simply could not buy due to my seemingly exclusive standards.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Palm Desert Getaway

A few weeks ago we traveled to Palm Desert for some warm weather and happy days. I've vacationed in Palm Desert more times than I can count and I will never tire of it. It's a quick jet ride away from Seattle, which is really good when you have small kids. Although the locals were cold in the high 70 degree mornings, it was just glorious for us. Of course, we had to visit the Desert Marriott to see the flamingos and take in the beautiful landscaping. Morgan wore her picture perfect flamingo shirt for the ideal photo op ;o).

I had to see that pink door in real life so we took a short drive to Palm Springs. When we pulled up, I couldn't believe I was seeing Instagram in real life! The home is a rental and the home owners even have an Instagram account set up for the house so I felt no reason to just snap and go. My family endured at least 15 minutes of photos. #thatpinkdoor #killinit

We stayed in California for two weeks, ending our trip in Venice Beach (another post on that soon).

Jen wears romper, floral shorts similar, flamingo solodos.
Morgan wears flamingos, striped romper.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May Flowers

April showers certainly brought a bounty of May flowers to Seattle and I'm in heaven! The peonies at the market have exploded. Last week I bought 12 to delight my little apartment. Having fresh flowers in the house is certainly one of the little things in life that brings me so much joy. Peonies have such a lovely scent, it filled the air.

Rhododendrons are Washington's state flower and when they bloom it is miraculous because you realize they are EVERYWHERE! In this area, the bushes can be so old that they have grown to 10 or 15 feet in height. I love seeing them everywhere I go.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Death and social media

I'll try to be brief. Mostly because it's Matt's turn to sleep in tomorrow and for some reason I always feel the most compelled to write late at night.

I've been thinking about death lately. As a beautiful women recently passed. Someone I did not know at all. Social media has a bittersweet way of reminding us all that death is always near. Social media, voyeristic by nature, allows outsiders a rather intimate look into lives of those who have passed and those affected. It's interesting because, I think, a long time ago death was much more a part of the culture. Death really wasn't far away. It was experienced. Today, death is very removed from our society (unless, of course, it hits your circle). We may hear about it on the news or magazine covers but we don't feel it. I'm grateful for Instagram for reminding me that beautiful people are dying and that beautiful people are left without their loved ones. It sounds dark but for me it's a reminder that death happens and to love those around me deeply. To love my husband and my children profoundly. I may not get tomorrow. We are not promised even another minute on Earth. 

I also believe social media gives us a responsibility to pray never ceasing for other people. To pray for people we've never known because we see them, they have names and they tell us their stories. 

Anyway, I don't want to think about death. But I want to hold tight to never taking my life and the people I hold closest for granted. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

House Blues

Without further ado, welcome negative nancy. Ahheeeemmmmmmm. That's me.

Apparently, after you have babies, the next question everyone asks you is when you are going to buy a house. I cannot tell you how many people ask me this. I have no plans to buy a house anytime in the  near future. Let me go into why:

1) I live in Seattle and it is expensive. Incredibly and ridiculously expensive. There is a housing shortage and the houses that are on the market anywhere near where I would want to live are $600k and up, up, up. (Note: there are like less than 10 houses available within a 5 mile radius of downtown for this price).
2) I have no desire to move outside of the city. I currently live in a neighborhood less than a mile away from the main downtown area. This is a lifestyle I am not willing to give up.
3) Again, I live in the city. There are tons of things to do here for kids and adults. It's a rich and unique experience Again, not willing to give it up for my own home 20 miles away from the city.

Almost anywhere else in the country, we would be considered rich but here in Seattle were middle of the middle class. I tend to have poverty thinking so I would say lower middle middle class. Realistically we make an estimated $100k a year, I don't think that puts us in lower middle class but it feels like it and that sucks.

Of course I have Martha Stewart induced dreams of a beautiful craftsman with a nice yard, beautiful garden and neatly painted trimmings. I do. I long to have the perfect place of my own to have forever and ever. A place where my kids will grow up and Matt and I will grow old; the stuff dreams are made of. I'm left frustrated and in a negative mindset. Totally irritated and forced with the realization that I can't have my cake and eat it too.

It sucks. So I need to win the a million dollars or something.