Heart & Craft / Anna Mara

Anna Mara Flowers

Anna Mara Flowers

It is with great pleasure that I present Anna, of Anna Mara Flowers, as the next entrepreneurial mama for the Heart & Craft series.  Anna is a floral stylist. She makes and designs arrangements for all occasions from weddings, to Mother’s Day. She also services local businesses, and has two brick and mortar shops here in Portland. One of the locations is in Schoolhouse Electric and the other in World Foods. She has gotten glowing reviews from customers, and press from Portland Bride & Groom, as well as features in Oregon Bride

I first found out about and met Anna when I would stop into Schoolhouse for coffee and some ogling of all the incredible lighting and home goods. I saw her impressive little corner in Schoolhouse and have never been able to visit without leaving with one of her floral masterpieces ever since.  Anna is not your run-of-the-mill florist. Her selection of flowers is always unique, local, and seasonal, and the arrangements are always so fresh, innovative, and truly stunning. You can really see Anna’s passion in all of her arrangements, and I think that’s what sets them apart. Her business is a true labor of love. She puts her everything into it, trusts her gut, and isn’t satisfied with anything but the best.

As we talked with Anna more and got to witness her relationship with her little girl, it quickly became apparent that Anna’s passion extends beyond her business and into her role as Olivia’s mother (and soon-to-be mother of two!). The patience and love we witnessed in her interactions with her daughter were just as stunning as her flowers. My friend Alyssa, the photographer behind this series, said after the interview, “Anna is a real light.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Without further adieu, I bring you a morning spent with this hugely inspirational lady and her darling little girl…

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Beauty Secrets 02: Anna Fickle

Anna Fickle Branch Birdie

If you don’t know Anna yet, Anna is the owner of the charming women and children’s boutique, Branch Birdie here in Portland, OR. Along with running her own business, she is the mother to two beautiful girls. You can read more about her and her life as a shop owner and mother here, if you’d like. Also, her favorite spots around Portland you can read here.

Obviously, I can’t seem to stop asking Anna to come back! I just love and admire so much about her, I can’t help myself. Her beauty, included. Anna is one of the sweetest, most effortlessly beautiful people I’ve ever met and I’ve secretly being dying to know her beauty secrets for forever. Finally, I’ve been given an excuse to ask!

In Anna’s words, “I’m in my early 30’s, drink too much coffee, not enough water, and still suffer from those obnoxious monthly hormonal breakouts. BUT this routine seems to work miracles for my skin….”

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4 Sweaters and Sweatshirts I Want To Live In This Fall

Four-Coveted-Sweatshirts, Topshop, Everlane, Madewell, Ace&Jig

 

One of the things I do love about fall is the clothes. All the colors and textures are so gorgeous and cozy. There are few things I love more than pulling on a soft, warm sweatshirt on a crisp, chilly fall day.

I have my eye on these these four, beautiful sweatshirts right now. Don’t they all look so cozy? I would definitely be reaching for these over and over again this fall.

01. Textured Black Fisherman Jumper, Topshop.

02. Quilted Bonfire Sweatshirt, Ace&Jig.

03. Texturework Sweater in Egyptian Gold, Madewell.

04. The Boyfriend Sweatshirt in Heather Grey, Everlane.

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Beginners Guide To Liquor 05: The Lemon Drop Martini

Lemon Drop Martini

We’ve made it to the last cocktail of this series! I hope you have enjoyed this series, learned some things, and tried a few new liquors you hadn’t before. I tried to pick the simplest, most approachable cocktails to make and the easiest to drink. I hope you discovered a few you liked!

The last liquor of the series is Vodka. Vodka is inoffensive, predictable, and neutral, making it pretty perfect for beginners. Though, on the other hand, that’s what makes it dangerous too! It has a way of disappearing in a cocktail, which makes it easy to get carried away. The Lemon drop martini is no exception. Consider yourself warned.

This sweet and sour cocktail is very easy to drink and incredibly easy to make. It can be more or less sweet or sour by adjusting the lemon and syrup according to your taste. If you like this cocktail, and feeling adventurous I’d also recommend the lavender lemon drop. It’s one of my favorites. You could also experiment with flavored vodkas or other herbs like thyme! This is the perfect recipe to explore and adapt to your personal taste.

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Best Baby Thermometer Ever

Best-Baby-Thermometer

As awful of a thought that it is, cold season is just around the corner. I actually felt a tickle in my throat the other morning! I was like, oh hellllll no and have been inhaling those echinacea supplements ever since.

As a way to prepare us for the season, I thought researching the best baby thermometers would be in order.

The Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer came in first place—by far. I tried hard to find a “runner up” but nothing even came close to this thermometer. Sure there are much cheaper thermometers out there, but their performance matches the price tag. I don’t know about you, but when you and your baby have been up sick all night and feel miserable, the last thing you want to do is be waiting 5 excruciating, scream-filled minutes to find out your baby’s temperature. Speaking from personal experience, this thermometer is a game-changer—especially for older babies and toddlers who are on the move. It is crazy fast, taking your child’s temperature in seconds. It is used by more doctors’ offices than any other infrared thermometer brand and features a pre-warmed tip that improves accuracy. It comes with easy disposable filters and just requires 2, AA batteries.

It is worth every penny. I only wish I had found it sooner!

Any other awesome baby thermometers out there I’ve missed?

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Annual Trip To The Beautiful Puget Sound

Annual Trip to the Puget SoundProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Every year at the end of summer we make a trip north to a few of the islands in the Puget Sound where I grew up (namely, Whidbey island and the San Juan islands). Usually August or September is when the Puget Sound area gets the best weather + I’m grieving the end of summer and need something to celebrate and look forward to. It is, easily, the most beautiful place on earth. I haven’t been everywhere by a long shot, but I have been to some really beautiful places, and this part of the world trumps them all.

Continue reading to see more pictures and read all about our trip. Forgive the over-abundance of photos. I’m terrible at narrowing these sorts of things down.

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Beauty Secrets 01: Catherine Harrington Clifford

Catherine Harrington Clifford

Photo by Alyssa Elliot

All women want to know what’s in each others’ beauty bag,  am I right? Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s fun to be a little nosey, especially when it comes to beauty products others swear by. So I’ve decided to start a column based on just that. I will be asking various women what their top two, can’t-live-without, beauty products/secrets are and sharing them with you all. First up, I’m so happy to be welcoming back my beautiful friend, Cate. She works her magic as an event and wardrobe stylist, an essential oils guru, and writes a lovely blog. Ever since I met Cate I’ve admired her style. I love how feminine and classic it is, yet fun and fresh at the same time. Needless to say, I had zero shame asking her to spill the beans on her favorite beauty products. Continue reading for Cate’s beauty staples… 

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A Local’s Guide to Portland: Julia Herrington

Julia Herrington Eating Stories Like Grapes

Photo by Nathaniel James Zablan

I couldn’t be more pleased to introduce you to one of my best friends, Julia. She is a crazy good writer, and has impeccable taste—especially when it comes to food and booze.  I would eat/drink anything she made for me (her baked goods are spot-on delicious) and she’s one of the first people I ask if I want to try a new place to eat at or grab a drink around Portland. She’s a wealth of good things, this lady, and her guide to Portland is no exception…

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Beginners Guide to Liquor 04: The Daiquiri

The Daiquiri

The Daiquiri is the first rum drink everyone should learn how to make. And I’m not talking about finding the best way to open those ready-t0-drink Daiquiri bottles. I’m talking about a Daiquiri the way it was meant to be, using three simple ingredients: rum, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup. Incredibly simple to make and drink, making it perfect for beginners. There are a million different variations of the Daiquiri and ways it has evolved. From a trip through the blender, an extra fruit or herb, etc. But, this is the original Daiquiri and the base you need to make any variation…

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Best Nursing Bra Ever & The Runner Up

Best Nursing Bras

I’m starting a new column dedicated to researching and finding the best mama, baby, and kid products out there currently, along with the runner’s up. A consumer reports for mothers, if you will. Only it (hopefully) won’t put you to sleep.

I thought I’d start with the best nursing bra to date. Go big or go home, right?

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