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COMMON SENSE ISN’T COMMON FOR EVERYONE: Lessons in Cleaning Shared Spaces (+ My 100th Blog Post)

  As a high schooler (back when we still used AOL and MTV still played music videos), I loved reading funny warning labels. Things like, “Don’t iron clothes on body,” or “Don’t use hair dyer while sleeping.” One of my favorite ones I’ve notices lately is on a lot of my underwear and bras: “Don’t dry over open flame.” I have no idea what happened…

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THE PERFECT MARSHMALLOWS

  I love holidays and gift giving. I pride myself on being a good gift giver and have been known to go through great lengths to get the perfect gift—including once tracking down an old lost set of Legos from someone’s childhood for the perfect Christmas surprise. The first time remember becoming obsessed with creating the perfect Christmas present was my freshman year of high…

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HAPPY IN THE NOW

I have plenty of reasons to be unhappy. (I’m 99 percent sure this is true for everyone—anyone can come up with an excuse to feel unhappy if they want to.) At any given moment, I could give you a list of concerns that weigh somewhere in the back of my mind: I was recently laid off from my job; I’m launching my own business during…

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WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU CURVE BALLS

  Life is always full of surprises. Sometimes they are good surprises, like free coffees on your birthday, a toy prize in the cereal box, or when that first date you went on on a whim turns into something much more exciting. Sometimes they aren’t so good, like when you are excited about your career because the company has let you take on more and…

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GIN + KEY LIME BARS {and a gin lime meringue cookies}

I recently had a friend ask me, “Why do food blogs have so much writing I have to get through before I get to the actual recipe?” Now I read a lot of food blogs and sometimes I love the back story people put into their posts. I think it adds fun personality and color behind it and you get a lot of interesting content…

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MY FAVORITE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES {Gluten Free/Flourless}

When I first started blogging a bit over a year ago, I wrote and filmed a short post about my favorite peanut butter cookies. At the beginning of summer, I gave my blog a bit of a facelift and moved it to a new platform (it was a bit more work than I’d hope but I think it was worth it in the end). Unfortunately…

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THANKSGIVING PLANNING: A Field Guide

KITCHEN GYMNASTICS A plan for when to cook what so you’re Thanksgiving meal is ready to eat when you want to eat it I’ve hosted quite a few Thanksgiving dinners, in addition to a traditional “Fakesgiving” I often throw the Friday before the real holiday. But if you’re not a veteran Thanksgiving host, preparing all that food can seem like and overwhelming task, and most…

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER — {A Story In Under 9 Seasons}

  I love the TV show How I Met Your Mother. I was a late comer to the show, starting to watch in the fall of 2010 (and I picked it up on a completely random season, too). I had recently moved to Portland and was living in a townhouse off of Powell Street in SE Portland. For those of you unfamiliar to the city,…

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HALLOWEEN TRICKS & TREATS {My 2018 Halloween Favorites}

I love Halloween I like dressing up. I like decorating my house in fake cobweb. I like spooky ghost stories and carving pumpkins and passing out candy to Trick-Or-Treaters. The whole holiday is a fun, festive start to the entire holiday season (before you know it, we’ll all wake up with Champaign hangovers from New Years Eve).  As I’ve gotten older I’ve found myself holding…

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PEAR & BRIE {I’m Not Waiting An Hour For Brunch} FRITTATA — A Brunch Story & Recipe

    Portlanders love brunch (though I’m 99 percent sure this isn’t an exclusive Portland thing). But I’ll admit Portlanders can get very intense about their brunch—It goes along well with a long list of other b-words associated with our city: Beards, Bikes, Birds, Beanies, Beer, etc., etc. (Thanks Portlandia). Another thing Portland is famous for is the high amount of people who move here—supposedly…

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GRETCHEN IS A WRITER-BASED IN PORTLAND, ORE. SHE GOT HER START AS A JOURNALIST WORKING ON THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND RESTAURANT BEAT BEFORE MOVING INTO COPYWRITING AND ADVERTISING WORK. SHE CURRENTLY BLOGS AND WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER.

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