Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What to see and do in Portland with kids

Its been on my live list to go and see Portland and the Oregon coast so when we got a memorial day weekend we took that opportunity to travel up to Portland and see what it was like! I tell you what after wanting to see Haystack Rock for yearrrrrssss it was like an Eiffel tower moment for me. When we rounded the corner and saw haystack rock in the distance I gasped and screamed and the boys yelled along with me. I don't know if their excitement was more for the rock or for the fact that we would be getting out of the car. haha! Either way nothing beats the excitement of children and having someone to find joy in what you do.

First off here is the video of some of the places we saw and did, and keep reading below after you watch it to see our list of what to do in Portland!

 Bucket list in Portland with kids

1. Upper Left Roasters
This place was so clean and beautiful. Really fun atmosphere. And their avocado toast is something I am trying to duplicate. It was incredible And they have free hot chocolate- also really good!
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
2. Pine State Biscuits.
You can't go to Portland without eating here. But I suggest getting there early the line gets long but it sure was worth the wait!
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Another place you have to try when in Portland. The flavors were outrageous but so fun to try each. And they don't go skimpy on the samples they love to let you try all of them. Again this is a popular place so its better to go earlier to avoid the lines.
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After eating so much food, it was good to run around and play for a bit. This place was beautiful and had a grassy area all around for the kids to play and get wiggles out.
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The biggest used bookstore in the world?  It was awesome, we bought a couple of books- one was Harry Potter to read to the boys as we drove home.
Bucket list in Portland with kids 6. Cannon beach is about 2 hours away from downtown portland. I liked Downtown but would much prefer to spend more time at the beach.
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7. Multnomah falls:
Another place that I've been wanting to see for years, like literally since I was in High School. So it was totally amazing to see in person and so much more grand!
Bucket list in Portland with kids
Bucket list in Portland with kids   8. Oregon Coast:
We took a drive down the Oregon Coast one of the days and it was breathtaking. I read once that Portland is like the cold Hawaii and it really is. So much beauty everywhere. We stopped off in a little village called Manzanita and it was so cute, and a nice beach to stop off and play.
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Bucket list in Portland with kidsShelby and Brandon
Bucket list in Portland with kids
Bucket list in Portland with kidsShelby and Brandon Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kids We had some amazing friends who let us stay at their beach house and we couldn't be more grateful for them. They also gave us so many tips on what to see. We had such an amazing trip and can't wait to go back again!
Bucket list in Portland with kids
Bucket list in Portland with kids
Some other things that we did that was not picture:
Grill Cheese Bus: You order grill cheese sandwiches and get to sit on a old school bus that is really cool on the inside.
Blue Star Donuts: We heard Voodoo Donuts were fun, but the blue star were better tasting. I just wish we were there earlier in the day so we could taste all the flavors.
   Shelby and Brandon

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A flower for you.

Shelby and Brandon We all go through experiences in life that change behavior and create habits. And I think to some degree most women struggle with loving their body and to be honest for as long as I can remember I have had that struggle of loving and accepting my body. Just writing those lines is hard to say but they're real, they're raw and I say it to be vulnerable to continue a healing i've been seeking. But i've been on a journey of healing and one of those things I've been seeking is to heal is those awful, damaging thoughts of self destruction. I'm sick of seeing those thoughts arise in my mind and I'm sick of seeing it in other women, women who are beautiful, strong and remarkable. So here I am, to tell you my story.
Shelby and Brandon
Each and every pregnancy before this one I would die at the scale as it slowly went up, I would die at the body I would see in the mirror and all those damaging thoughts would always continue post baby and beyond.
But for some reason, the beginning of this year something has been different for me. I've been earnestly seeking healing, love and deeper meaning in my life. And its affected me so much this pregnancy that as I've seen my body change and gain extra pounds here or there, I haven't been so ashamed. I've been proud, my body has known exactly what it needs to do to carry a baby, to carry my body. There have been moments, days where I can go back into that place of body shaming especially when multiple people tell me I look HUGE and that I've been eating too many desserts (PEOPLE! Don't ever say that to a pregnant woman, even in joking manner haha!) Good thing that I've been in a place where I'm loving myself where grace and self love are my biggest goal right now, so it didn't affect me nearly as much as it would in the past.  I know that self love is essential to progressing forward to becoming a better person and aligning myself with my spirit.

I know my body is SO much different than that of my girlfriends, my sisters, and so many other women.. but I know I'm healthy and I am okay with and even love this body thats looks so much different than others. There are seasons in life, and I've had a long season of body shaming, but I'm done putting energy and thought into any of that junk. I love to workout, I love to challenge myself to eat healthy and those are the things I want to put my energy to. This life and even this pregnancy is way to short to allow those thoughts to govern my thinking or even my subconscious thinking. I'm not perfect at it, but challenging myself to be open, to give myself grace, and if I have a down day there is always tomorrow.  If I could, I would give a flower, a bouquet to everyone of us pushing through the weeds to see the sunshine- which can be all of us..  Lets keep loving and being kind, especially to ourselves. xo

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Redefine the Makeup Routine!

For the longest time I had a hard time figuring and understanding makeup. I didn't quite understand it and it intimidated me. I couldn't understand foundation what it was used for, and just basically used mascara and a bronzer- like all over my face haha!  Well when Pinterest really picked up I found Cara, who was a makeup artist and had a blog all about makeup. It was through her that literally started to understand makeup a little more and more because of her tutorials, and all the products she suggested. So when she came out with her new Maskcara Makeup line I was so intrigued.  I  trusted this girl so much because I had finally started to feel more comfortable in my skin so her makeup had to be something that would do the same thing. Simplify and make me feel comfortable in my skin.

The Maskcara makeup line picked up quick and I watched as other girls tried it and they were all raving about it. I felt like it was something for me, something I could get behind because Cara had already helped me out so much. So I ordered the makeup and became an artist. And let me tell you, I have fallen in love.  I have fallen in love with the simplicity, the creaminess, the glow it gives you, the price tag, the wear, and comfort. It truly is so beautiful.

I did a quick video to show you how easy it is and what it looks like. You can skip steps, or go even more in detail than what I did but it really is compact and all the III foundations are gorgeous, you cant go wrong. I was again intimidated by the all of it, how to use it, how to color match my skin but if I can figure it out, you can! Its so simple. If you have any questions, or comments please send them over I'd love to help you make you feel more beautiful and simplify your life!

My artist number is: 2447
My website: https://www.maskcarabeauty.com/shelbyosmond
Shelby and Brandon

This photo below was so helpful for me to see how cost effective, simplifying (have I said that word enough yet haha)  the Maskcara line is!
Shelby and Brandon
And I'll be honest when I say when I saw this information below I was sold. Its so hard to find really good product out there that isn't filled with junk. My skin is pretty sensitive and can break out pretty easily so I am trying to put good stuff on my skin to keep it from going haywire.

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If I haven't sold you yet on the line than email me!  Because I truly, truly can't say enough good things about this product, the people behind it and their motives, how its made me feel comfortable in my skin, and that is incredible quality. I watched this video once about how if even if you buy all the cheap drugstore products for your makeup routine it adds up to be about $50 and to get a starter kit for this line its that same amount, but its so much better quality! Okay I'll stop being annoying and hopefully you'll look into the product. 

My artist number is: 2447

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Throwback Sunday

I was looking through some photos last night and I came across some of these old photos we took in January! But I was dying over some of the photos and the length of Benson and Taytes hair! It was so long.
On Sundays it fun to walk around the city, especially when its warm in January- there was this beautiful church right by the Conference center downtown and so we walked around and noticed its beauty. Brandon and I have a love for old buildings (if you couldn't tell already) so its fun when we find old gems.
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Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon

We also love this part of temple square, it has the grass and we always end up going to this spot when we go there as a family so the boys can run and there aren't a ton of people around. Shelby and BrandonSure love this guy so very much and we feel so lucky to live so close to such a beautiful, historic area.

Also, for those who have asked on IG,  I'll tag where my outfit is from below. And funny thing about my dress- when Trump was inaugurated and his wife was in that stunning blue dress, I had been on the hunt for something similar because I loved the blue. So when  I found this maternity dress I fell in love. So yea thats the story behind the dress. :)

Dress / Shoes (sold out) but similar here / Fur Jacket