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These Lovely Burbs

coming home…

After being out of town for 2 weeks (don’t hate me), we were so blessed to come home to this!!

We have such AMAZING friends!

Here’s a sneak peek of our fun-filled trip to Captiva Island and a roadtrip through the south!

Rain or shine, it is good to be home in Portland!

Jess

organic produce delivered to your door!

Jordan and I both strive to eat the bulk of our meals as whole and natural as possible, but it can be hard! After watching a few food documentaries we were overwhelmed. Do we really know what’s in our food? Where to start? Can we even afford a better way to eat?

It’s all overwhelming. So we decided to start slooooow. First on dairy. Now we’ve started to tackle produce. I LOVE Winco- great prices, lots of bulk, and cheap cheap cheap! But Winco does not offer the best produce or very many organic products.

My dear friend Brittany over at Bebe A La Mode shared with me about an organic produce delivery she uses called Organics to You. This company is based in Portland and delivers a box right to your door of delicious and nutritious fruits and veggies. Let me say that again: delivered to your door. Amazing, right? She had nothing but wonderful things to say, so we decided to give it a try.

We love it!

Every other week, Thursdays to be exact, we get a box of produce delivered to our door. We chose the small box that costs $33 each time and is more than enough produce to last until the next one. We go through a lot of spinach, apples, and bananas so we buy extra of those items at Trader Joes when grocery shopping. You can request more of the things you love or ask to not get things you dislike and they will adjust your box accordingly.

It’s fun getting new foods we have never tried before and trying to figure out:
1) what it is
2) and what to do with it!

We have now enjoyed kiwi berries, delicata squash, beets, and a variety of greens!

Here’s a look inside our box from this past week:

Here’s a cute homemade video we saw on YouTube about why to eat organic produce.

Makes you wonder, right?

Jess

Easter Hosting

I can hardly believe that Easter is less than a month away! I thought I’d share a few pictures from the past few Easters that we’ve hosted at our house. I haven’t decided what’s in store this year, but I’ve been having fun adding some ideas to my springtime board on Pinterest.

Easter 2010

In 2010 we did an afternoon Mediterranean dinner with lamb, hummus & flat bread, and a couscous salad. I gathered blooms from trees right outside for the centerpiece and place settings.

Easter 2011

In 2011 we did a family brunch with baked spinach & egg souffles, hashbrowns, strawberries, and my dad’s favorite thing to eat on Easter- ham. :) We wanted things bright and cheery on this beautiful, sunny Easter morning. I made little “nests” out of patterned paper and then put dyed eggs with each person’s initial at each place setting.
note to self: Buy the flowers earlier in the week so they are bloomed by Easter. Last year, my daffodils were still buds because I only bought them a few days before.

What do you have planned for Easter 2012? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Jess

sneak peek…

This past weekend my sister and I threw a surprise birthday party for our mom! It was so much fun celebrating her with her girlfriends for a night of bunco, food, and laughter!

Here’s a little sneak peek at the fun:

More to come,

Jess

recent finds

Another Monday, another rainy day, but yet another fresh week to enjoy and be thankful for things often overlooked: fuzzy socks, the smell of coffee brewing, a list made, friends making my phone chirp, and an inspiring book. A good start to the week!

We’ve been adventuring lately and wanted to share some recent finds, both good and bad, that have brought excitement to our little home.

A sweet little picnic basket found at an Estate Sale and this fun strawberry tin from the same sale. I hope to make the strawberry tin into a candle, like I did here.

Jordan scored these great Life magazines at said Estate Sale.

And then he found it. A vintage record player, for $25 that actually works!

There is a little store connected to a U-Haul in Sherwood called “Really Good Stuff”. How could we help but to go in? Okay, so the name is deceptive. Instead it probably should be called “Old Furniture and Tools with a few hard to find cool things”. But we did find this diamond in the rough! This little book is amazing! It opens accordion style:

And is full of these sweet French scene illustrations! We are debating if we leave it in it’s original form or create something with these gorgeous pages.

We added a little moss plant to the entry way to welcome spring! (I copied the chalkboard design from Dear Lillie, a fun blog I follow)

And sometimes you find things you don’t want!! Here’s a real look at home ownership! In the picture on the left we hit a pipe when trying to hang a clothesline in our laundry room. My sweet husband had to cut out a large piece (it feels a lot bigger than it looks in this picture!) of the wall to replace the pipe, of course after being sprayed in the face with hot water. Drenched towels, a bucket of water, soppy clothes- we couldn’t help but laugh at this mess! Thank God for Shark bite and the sweet men at Home Depot for helping us figure out what to do! Also, a few weeks prior to this incident we had a leak in our ceiling due to improper installation of the flashing when our house was built. So our extra bathroom now has this lovely hole in the ceiling. We hope this is the last of our water/hole in the wall issues!

Lucky for me, I found these beautiful ranunculus at Trader Joes which made me feel better after the hole in our laundry room episode!

Thanks for reading,

Jess
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