• #madewithchobani,  Chobani,  Fall,  Recipe

    Sweet & Spicy Chobani Ranch

    When I think of tailgating, I think of delicious, fatty foods that I hate myself for eating the minute halftime hits. Seriously. Don’t sit me down in front of anything I can put on a potato chip. It’s a disaster. So, the Seahawks went to the Superbowl for two years, and every single week, we had a party that always featured our favorite tailgating foods. It was a crazy couple of seasons, and we won some NAILBITERS… and guess what my bad habit is when I’m nervous? EATING. So, I needed to think of something fulfilling that wouldn’t leave me regretting the day entirely. I created this recipe back when…

  • Fair,  Fall,  Late Night Thoughts,  Marriage,  Mom Life,  Personal

    Roller Coaster Inspiration

    The day faded into night, and Paul and I were like the only two people in the world. I get it now – how people warn you not to “lose yourself” when you become a mom. I was always so much fun. People knew me back then (ok, they probably still do) as loud and a little obnoxious. I never fell asleep first, always down for anything. I loved to have fun and make people laugh, and those were pretty much my only two missions on a daily basis. Now, with two littles and trying to figure out this whole motherhood thing on a daily basis, that Corianne has changed… evolved……

  • Fall,  Weekly Roundup

    Weekly Roundup: All The Fall

    Here we go! Our first Weekly Roundup, and it’s all about FALL. Basics, unite! Monica: Fall favorites? Everything! Running through the leaves (like, actual running on fallen leaves on the sidewalk). It reminds me of my old cross country days! I also love the fact that I can now wear scarves, burn candles, have a salted caramel mocha (I’m the one anti-PSL white girl), wear sweaters, Crockpot cooking, boots, slightly less-sweaty workouts, wearing leggings for legitimate reasons… basic girl–ing so hard right now. instagram.com/loftuslane Kjerstine, of Loftus Lane:Behind our home is a walking path, and I’ve grown to love taking photos of myself and my son there –  especially because…

  • Fair,  Fall,  Goodbye Summer,  Mom Life,  September

    Fair Daze

    What do I love about the fair? I think the easier question is: what DON’T I love about the fair (people. The answer is people. People in massive, ignorant crowds wearing stuff they shouldn’t be wearing, smoking cigarette where they shouldn’t be smoking them, and being otherwise oblivious to the world around them). But THE FAIR in general is everything. It’s the mark of the end of summer, and the pending transition to fall – my favorite transition of all. It’s temperatures dipping into “sweater weather”, and rain boots being dusted off. It’s the smell of hay and sawdust and bright, colorful lights. It’s people selling Vitamixes, massage chairs, lotion…

  • Confession,  Fall,  Friends,  Manicure,  Work At Home Mom

    Back To Center

    Last night was a small but much-needed mommy night out. I forget how well I do with just a few hours to recharge. I met a friend, Colleen, and we got pretty fall manicures, and then went around the corner to a local bar for some food and drinks… Because when don’t I need to bring food and drinks into the mix? So many jewel tones, not enough time. I went with #92 – Down To Earth.It’s a beautiful camo-green! It’s a lot, working from home and raising two babies. I find it hard to separate the two sometimes. Too often, I treat my babies like tasks, or only give…

  • Confession,  Fall,  Holiday,  Obsessed

    Salted Caramel Fail: How Is This Even Possible?

    Time for a confession. I would eat YOU if you were covered in salted caramel. It’s scary and sad, but it’s true. I will never turn down salted caramel anything. Cupcakes, frozen yogurt, candles. So, when I saw that International Delight was coming out with a Salted Caramel coffee creamer, I debated setting up camp outside of the grocery store until I was able to get my hands on it. Joy. Unspeakable joy. So, the other day, I saw it. Glimmering under fluorescent store lights like a small piece of heaven, brought down to earth. Via Safeway. This bad boy was in my hands, then in my cart, then in…

  • Fall,  Family,  My Weekend,  Paul,  Porter

    Fall Things: Friday at Fox Follow Farm

    We spent a fun Friday afternoon at Fox Hollow Farm, a beautiful (albeit, kinda spooky) farm nestled into the hillside of Issaquah. It was magical: fog swirling above the treetops, reds and orange and gold leaves all around, piles of pumpkins and white-fenced arenas, wild bunnies hopping around randomly, a box of brand new kittens for your petting pleasure, a barn full of friendly horses, pony, tractor and train rides for the kiddos, parrots (!?) in the trees above out head greeting us, a beautiful river behind a charming little farmhouse, and plenty of mud puddles so that my Hunter boots could earn their keep. It smelled like sawdust, campfire,…

  • Fall,  Holiday,  Random

    Why, America?

    Last night, we took a little field trip to the mall to pick up a birthday present for our friend Brad.  Ok, and just to shop in general. It’s my husband’s love language, I had to. We were walking by the Yankee Candle store, and I was drawn in — but only out of morbid curiosity. Yankee Candle Company was featuring Thanksgiving Dinner themed candles. Now, I love fall like all the rest of America apparently does (the blogging world, especially, my goodness); I can never have too many Pumpkin Pie or Apple Cider flavored things, no matter how hard I try and how random the item is (Pumpkin Spice M&Ms?…

  • Fall,  Friday's Letters,  Holiday,  Random

    Friday’s Letters

    Dear Husband, I am reminded of why I love you every single day. Sometimes, for brand new reasons. Like today… you spent a good hour on an awesome quote for our chalkboard, which you wrote out in better handwriting then most women. Well done. I’m happy to be married to someone so creative. Dear Record Player, there’s nothing better than a rainy morning in the Northwest, a hot salted caramel mocha, and William Fitzsimmons. Thank you for providing a gloriously cozy soundtrack to end the week. It was pretty much the perfect Friday morning. Dear Pumpkin Spice M&Ms, sadly, you are not delicious. I’m going to pretend I never tried…

  • Fall,  Obsessed,  Pumpkin Spice,  Random,  Season Beverages,  Starbucks

    A Pumpkin Spice Love Story.

    I have been hearing all these rumors circulating, about how to “unlock” pumpkin spice at your local Starbucks by asking for it and then telling the you have the code. A secret code? I’m in. Usually PSL doesn’t make it’s debut until a bit later, so the idea of enjoying one before Labor Day Weekend made me giddy. So, on the way to get our nails done, Savannah and I decided to stop at our Starbucks to see if we could hit the festive jackpot. I could already picture the emoticons I would use on Instagram, when I posted my inaugural PSL photo for 2013. I Googled for like .34…