Proof Halloween Costumes Can Be Cheap, Easy, And Ridiculously Adorable

Rosie the Riveter Halloween Costume

We decided to stick with the strong female theme we started last year and Eleanor turned out to be the most darling Rosie the Riveter I ever did see. I know the years are numbered that I can dress her up in cute, clever costumes before she starts asking to be all the princesses her friends are dressing up as. Don’t worry, I’m soaking it up.

On top of this costume being adorable, it was insanely cheap and easy. We had the jean shirt, jeans, and converse already. The red bandana was like $1 and my husband made her the “We can do it!” badge. So whatever thicker printer paper costs. It was stress-free and amazing. Proof that all you need is an idea and willingness to work with what you have to come up with a great Halloween costume.

Rosie the Riveter Halloween Costume

She got so many compliments at the little Halloween party she went to this past weekend and she told me, “Mama, when do I get to be Rosie again and get treats?” She might be more excited about the latter, but I’m excited to see her dressed up again come Friday.

What are your kids dressing up as for Halloween this year? Any adults dressing up too? Family costumes? I’d love to hear and see pictures!

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A Local’s Guide To Portland: Angela Vembar

Angela Vembar

Angela and I have met off and on, through mutual friends, all over the west coast for years now. Totally randomly, might I add. Once in Spokane, Washington, another time in Oakland, California, and then here in Portland (I think it might be as sign we need to see more of each other, Angie!). Each of these times I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with her I was struck by how comfortable I felt being around her. When she mentioned that she was studying to be a naturopathic family physician last time I saw her, I remember thinking, “Oh yeah, I’d definitely see you as my doctor.” She is super kind, relatable, intelligent, and so easy to be around. All the things I look for and want in a doctor.

Angie is a family practice physician and practices at Harbor Health Clinic in NE Portland. She sees a variety of patients, from young to older and for all kinds of reasons. From a cold to a chronic condition to fertility health. Angie has a background in naturopathic medicine, the science of nutrition, and culinary arts, and definitely utilizes her knowledge and experience in nutrition and natural medicine to help her patients. As someone who has seen naturopathic doctors throughout my life and experienced the extraordinary benefits and care that they offer, I cannot recommend Angie enough and was so happy to feature her here on my blog.

Check out some of Angie’s favorite spots around Portland, including her very own kitchen….

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds = Your Newest Addiction

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

One of my favorite parts about carving pumpkins is collecting all the seeds and roasting them after. When roasted well and with the right seasonings, they are like crack. My husband adapted the recipe below and this batch turned out so good. We’ve been eating them everyday, throughout the day, non-stop….even Eleanor! She can’t get enough, which I don’t mind at all since they are rich in healthy fats and minerals. Such a perfect, seasonal snack!

If you are wondering what to do with all those pumpkin seeds left over from your pumpkin carving festivities I’d highly recommend this recipe…

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Five Rain Boots That Won’t Fail Your Style Or Your Feet

Rain Boots- Hunter, Loeffler Randall

 

I realized far-too-late-in-life that weather-appropriate footwear is awesome. Total game-changer. Especially here in the northwest where there is no shortage of rain. So, after last weeks monsoon here in Portland, I felt inspired to round up five different rain boots that actually work and keep your feet dry, without compromising style…

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Friday Treat Day: Apple Cake

Apple Cake

I’m not a big fan of cake usually. I’m more of a pie kind of girl. But this apple cake is an exception. It reminds me a lot of coffee cake (also an exception) but with cinnamon-y apples tucked throughout. It is so delicious. I usually make it twice during apple season…

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

I may have had a piece of it with my tea every morning this week. Whoops.

You can find the recipe here, by Smitten Kitchen.

What’s your favorite apple treat to make this time of year?

Hope you all have a wonderful, cozy, fall weekend. x

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Five Autumnal Tunes Lifting My Spirits

Oregon Fall

As the year begins to wind down and the sun starts to set earlier and earlier each day, it’s easy to find myself in the midst of an autumnal slump. When the chilly air and dark skies start to get me down, though, I’ve found that embracing the darkness helps to shake myself out of any funk. This season is full of lovely, yummy, cozy things to appreciate and love. It’s the time of year when I start craving hot cider with whiskey, chunky oversized sweaters and dim, candlelit dinners. If you’re like me and simultaneously love and loathe this time of year, these good tunes have been helping me get in the mood for the dark, albeit beautiful, fall and winter days ahead lately. I hope they lift your spirits too…

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Beauty Secrets 04: Allegra Villella

Allegra Villella

For this weeks beauty secrets column, I talked with the stunning Allegra Villella, an awesome photographer and blogger who lives here in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and darling pug. I recently discovered her more personal posts on her journey to clearer skin using natural products and knew I would have to know her secrets! Doesn’t she look positively luminous?! Here, she explains how to get clear skin, a natural foundation that only has four ingredients in it (!), and how raw honey is good for more than just sweetening your food…

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Fall Pout

Fall Lipstick, NARS and Laura Merceir

I usually wear either a bright, true red lipstick for fall but this fall, lips are going these deep, sexy berry shades that I’m loving and want to try. NARS audacious lipstick in Bette (pictured above) looks like the perfect fall color. In the past I have shied away from a dark lip because it’s always so obvious when it’s starting to fade and looks tacky to me. But, the trick I’m learning to darker lipstick is to kiss it off with a tissue after you apply it, so it’s more of a stain, and then reapply a top coat. That way it stays on a little longer, even after eating and having a few drinks.

If you’re not one for bold lip color, you’re in luck. I’ve been seeing so many nude lips this season!  The natural look seems to be widely popular right now. This Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Peche looks lovely. 

Which would you go for this fall?

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The Alps: An Essential Oil Cocktail

 The Alps Essential Oil Cocktail

Photo by Cate

My friend Cate is a fellow blogger and, more recently, became a wellness advocate for dōTERRA essential oils. For this Friday’s treat, I asked her if she would contribute a cocktail that included some essential oils. You can learn more about essential oils and their healing/health benefits here and, of course, on Cate’s blog.
The cocktail she shared sounds delicious and includes two of my very favorite things…

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Five Ways Your Life Will Improve From Wearing This Fab Deodorant

Fat and the Moon Deodorant

I’ve been on a life-long search for the perfect deodorant. Like everyone else, I’ve wanted to find something that’s more natural and not laden with chemicals but that actually works! Believe it or not, I think I’ve finally found it: Fat and the Moon deodorant cream. It will change your life. If you’ve been on the hunt too, here are the five reasons you’re hunt is now over…

  1.  All your worries about putting nasty chemicals on your skin day in and day out can finally be put to rest. All of Fat and the Moon products are made with completely natural, organic ingredients. Many of which are home grown on the organic farm where the Fat and the Moon team reside.
  2. This formula actually works! Most of the all natural deodorants I’ve tried haven’t really worked. By noon (on a good day), my pits and everyone around me are not happy. But this one is a game changer! Fat and the Moon deodorant takes care of the stink. 
  3. The scent is super mild and won’t compete at all with any other fragrance you’re wearing.
  4. Like black clothes? No problem here. “This deodorant won’t leave those chalky white streaks that make you look like you’ve had a mime in a headlock.”
  5. It lasts forever. So don’t think you’re paying $12 for stick of deodorant. A little goes a long way. This stuff has lasted me months.

I hope you’re as impressed as I am and go buy yourself a jar. Toxin-free, fresh days await you. I now want to buy all the Fat and the Moon products. Their dry shampoo and this lip and cheek stain are calling my name.

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