Two Teens And Their Mama

Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekend In Winthrop


One of the best things about living in Western Washington is the beautiful scenery, only a short drive from home.  A few weekends ago we traveled with some friends to the quaint town of Winthrop.  The four of us recently turned 50, and it was the perfect birthday getaway.

Winthrop is in North Central Washington, and the best way to get there is via the North Cascades Highway.  This road is completely snow covered and inaccessible six months out of the year.  Luckily, it reopened a few weeks before our trip.  The mountains were breath taking, and there was very little traffic.



Winthrop is a charming town with wood sidewalks and an old west vibe.  There is hiking, canoeing, and horse back riding in the area, but we were there for a more relaxing, laid back weekend.



Love this friend of mine.  She has a heart of gold and a wicked sense of humor.  Funny story about Jen - we went to the same college at the same time, but didn't meet until years later. Wish I would have known her back then.


We stayed in town at the Hotel Rio Vista because we wanted to walk to bars and restaurants.  Our rooms were very comfy and right on the river.



We spent our time shopping, playing putt putt golf, and eating. And drinking a beer now and then.



Perfect weather, perfect friends, perfect weekend.  When can we go back?


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Blended Blog Style: Date Night Dress


Welcome back to the new Blended Blog Style!  During our meet up in Toronto, we decided to stick with one theme for Fashion Wednesday's going forward.  We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back each week to see if you are featured!

I've decided that June is the "month of the dress", and today I'm sharing a dressier look.

Most of the time, the hubby and I go on pretty casual date nights.  But every once in a while, it's fun to get fancied up and go somewhere nice.  I actually bought this Kohl's dress to go on a "date" with my friends in Toronto, but it was too cold and I couldn't bring myself to put it on.


I love everything about this dress - the print, the swing style, and the cold shoulder bell sleeves.  It's probably a little too short for me, but for date night, why not!  I added some simple gold jewelry and wedge sandals, and I'm ready to go.


Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

Time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle. 


Monday, June 19, 2017

My Favorite Hair Products (For Now)


I'm pretty mean to my hair.  Since I'm not a natural blonde (shocker, I know), every six weeks I do this:


My boys cracked up when they saw this picture.  They had no idea this is what getting your hair foiled looks like. Must be nice to roll out of bed and put on a baseball cap instead.

Anyway....I also use a blow dryer and sometimes a straightener or curling iron.  All of that abuse is pretty hard on my thick, wavy hair, so I'm constantly trying new products to minimize the damage.  These are my favorites right now.


  • L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Conditioner.  I try to only wash my hair a few times a week, and these new rebalancing products keep my roots from getting oily, and the ends from getting dry.  Plus it smells really yummy.
  • Eva-nyc Therapy Session Hair Mask.  Once a week I use this as a conditioner, and leave it on for about ten minutes.  It makes my hair super shiny and soft.
  • Avon Argon Oil Leave In Treatment.  If I'm going for a straighter style, I always apply this before drying my hair.  A tiny bit goes a long way, and it smooths out the curls and controls frizz.
  • Alterna Caviar CC Cream.  This is my choice for wavier hairstyles.  Another great product for softness and bouncy curls.
  • Bumble and Bumble Dry Shampoo Powder.  Between washings a dry shampoo is a must, and I've tried a bunch.  This one is the best!  It's a powder instead of a spray, so you can easily apply it exactly where needed.  It soaks up oil and adds a little volume.


What are your favorite hair products?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Loves: Toronto


It's been a month since my magical trip to Toronto to meet up with my friends from The Blended Blog, and I'm finally sharing my loves from the weekend.  Toronto was the perfect choice for a girl's getaway!




Obviously, Niagara Falls is a must see.  Even though we took the longest bus trip ever to get there, it was totally worth it in the end.  Plus we got to wear fashionable poncho's!



The Grand Hotel was the perfect choice for our getaway.  Our two room suites were spacious and comfortable, and the rooftop hot tub complete with giant music video screen was so much fun.  Plus, complimentary breakfast every morning!


The city of Toronto is beautiful.  On Saturday we took a loooooong walking tour to Kensington Market, Graffiti Alley, and everywhere in between.  I loved all the colors!





So much delicious food, from Poutine to Nanaimo Bars.  Good thing we did so much walking in between.  Just don't order a "Caesar " and expect to get a salad.  Unless you like clam juice, you've been warned.




Of course, there was shopping!  I finally got to visit Aritzia and bought Deena's skirt.. Nobody left Toronto empty handed.




My biggest love from the weekend was spending time with these wonderful ladies.  They are a special group of women, and I'm so grateful to know each and every one of them.  Here's to next year!


And a special shout out love to Nicole, who was our group photographer and took the best pictures.  She's one talented lady!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Blended Blog Style: Swing Dress


Welcome back to the new Blended Blog Style!  During our meet up in Toronto, we decided to stick with one theme for Fashion Wednesday's going forward.  We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back each week to see if you are featured!

Weather update from Seattle, because you know you've missed them.  We've had typical June craziness - hot one day, cool and gloomy the next.  Thursday a "potent cold front with steady rain and winds" comes through.  Oh yay.

However, I shall press on with "the month of the dress", because eventually I'll be able to actually wear them.  Last week I shared a midi/maxi, and this week I'm wearing a black swing dress from Old Navy.


This military look was inspired by our newest Blended Blog sister, Shelly from The Queen In Between.  Her outfit was a little dressier, but since I work from home, Converse will do.  The swing dress is my absolute favorite thing to wear during summer, and it can be styled so many ways.

Seattle is one of the top selling cities for sunglasses, which I find strange.  My theory is that since we don't need them every day, we're constantly losing them.  See weather situation above.  I have a nice pair that I've managed to hold on to for a while, but in the summer I like to buy a few trendier, inexpensive ones.  Nordstrom has a huge selection under $15, and they're a perfect way to try something new.


Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

Time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle. 



Monday, June 12, 2017

Mindful Monday: Growing Courage


Why is it so hard to have courage?  Every courageous thing I've ever done, big and small, has expanded my world.  Made me a better, stronger person.  But still, I continue to forget.  I let worry and fear and anxiety take the lead, and I shove courage to the back corner of my life.  I try to tell myself that I don't need it, that I'm fine where I am.

And then...  there are moments, and days, and bolts of lightning that remind me what I've gained when I had courage.

The courage to start a blog has led me down the most unexpected roads.  Paths to friendship and opportunities I had no inkling of three years ago.  On Saturday, I got to meet Abbie from Grumbling Grace for reals, as she's in Seattle with her conferencing husband. The best word to sum up Abbie?  Delightful.  I sound like I'm a hundred years old, but it fits. Halfway through our visit, I thought "without blogging, I likely would never have known this amazing person existed, let alone be sitting here soaking up her sunshine."  


The courage to let your kids go is a big one.  Admittedly, this is a work in progress for me, but I hope I'm taking baby steps in the right direction.  This weekend I declared a "family day", and because it was sunny, my husband planned a hike to a gorgeous alpine lake.  As I enjoyed the beauty around me, I was struck by how far we've come.

And while I'm busy focusing on the courage to support them in their next steps, they're already ahead of me, being their own courageous selves.  Which is inspiring and scary and rewarding. I know we'll keep moving forward, figuring it out as we go.  .


Thank you, courage.  I hope you stick around for awhile.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Blended Blog Style: Mid Length Dress


Welcome to the new Blended Blog Style!  During our meet up in Toronto, we decided to stick with one theme for Fashion Wednesday's going forward.  We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back each week to see if you are featured!

Basically, all of this means that I now have to decide how to dress myself, without prompts from my fashionable friends.  Bummer!  To get ready for this task, I did a monumental clean out of my closet last weekend.  I was in the mood to get rid of stuff, and I'm done with keeping things just to keep them, so I blocked out the entire day and got to work. 

In the end I had a huge pile for the thrift store, and another one for Thred Up.  I should have taken a picture, but then I'd see things I got rid of and have regrets.  Out of sight, out of mind is probably best. 

So now I have a clean, organized closet.  My plan is to wear what I have for awhile, or at least until the Anniversary sale gets here.  But then no more shopping after that.  Probably. Anyway...

Last year was "the summer of the dress" for me, and I loved it, so June is now "the month of the dress".  Dresses are so cool and comfy during warm months.  



I'm starting with this Octavia mid length dress that I rediscovered during the closet clean out. Truthfully, it's probably a maxi, but because I'm a thousand feet tall, it hits me right at the ankle.  It's flowy and fun, but a little bit big, so it may not make the cut.

I wore it with a pair of tassel earrings that my sister passed on.  I haven't decided if I like this trend on me.  These are a bit heavy, but I'm a fan of the mixed metals.  We'll see.



Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

Time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle. 




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