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Friday, February 22, 2019

5 Reasons For A Seattle Snowpocalypse

Happy Friday!

Recently, my friend Sarah shared 10 Reasons I Would Die In A Zombie Apocalypse.  Which made me laugh because I can totally relate.  And it also got me thinking about our recent Seattle Snowpocalypse.  Over two weeks, we got about 24 inches of snow, which is a lot for the Pacific Northwest.  First, everybody. freaked. out.  Then we completely shut down, and life as we know it ceased to exist.  I'm sure the rest of the world was laughing at us, so I thought I'd try to explain a Seattle snow event from the inside out.


First, some background.  Even though we live in the far north, Seattle is actually fairly temperate.  Because of the warming influence of the Pacific Ocean, it takes a pretty rare combination of weather events to produce snow.  And two weeks of heavy snow?  Only happens every 10-12 years.

Our weather people have no idea how to predict snow, so they just throw out a forecast and hope they're right.  Which they never are.  And if they even mention the word "flake", panic ensues.  Schools close down preemptively.  Everyone leaves work at the same time, causing gridlock.  There's a run on kale and tomatoes at the grocery store (I'm not kidding.  All the produce was gone, but there was water and bread a-plenty.  Seattleites are so weird).

In our defense, there are reasons.  Kind of. 

1/ Seattle has very little snow equipment.  Only a handful of plows, since they get used so rarely.  And forget salt, because fish and the environment.  I mean, Seattle is pretty much wrapped in a "green" blanket.  So whatever falls on the roads is staying on the roads, until the temps warm up.

2/ Nobody knows how to drive in the snow.  There are two kinds of Seattle snow drivers:  the over confident 4 wheel drive trucker, and the under confident, go five miles per hour driver.  Neither should be on the road, but there they are.  And even if a person learns winter driving skills, they're forgotten between years of no snowfall.  To be fair, Seattle drivers also can't drive in the rain.  Or in sunshine.  We just crash into each other a lot, in general.

After the first storm.  But wait, there was more!

3/ The hills.  Oh, the hills.  Everything in Seattle is on a hill.  My house is in the middle of a huge hill, so up or down it is.  The city's answer?  Put a sign at the bottom that says "road closed".  That's super helpful.


4/ The snow is wet and heavy, and compacts down to an icy hell.  The only way to stay ahead of it is with continuous shoveling.  And as mentioned above, most people don't even own a snow shovel.  We did have one, until I gave it to my son at college and forgot to buy another.  A fact which my husband may have mentioned a few times over the two weeks he removed snow with a garden shovel.  Oops.


5/  The bottom line?  We're snow wimps.  Give us days on end of a rainy 50 degrees, and we're happy.  Actually, not even then.  Come to think of it, Seattleites also complain in the summer that it's too hot.  So apparently we're just weather wimps.  During our two week snowpocalypse, there was no mail.  Garbage wasn't picked up.  Not a single day of school.  And you couldn't even buy kale or tomatoes.  The horror. 

It's all over now, mostly.  There's still a lot of snow piled up, but the roads are clear, and we're back to regular weather complaining.  Until the next flake flies.

Have a great weekend!  I'm off on a mother/son adventure with my oldest, so follow along on IG to see what we're up to.  There better not be snow where we're going!


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Complimentary Dresses

Happy Wednesday and welcome to TBB Style with The Blended Blog.  Our fabulous hostess this week is Sarah, so be sure to pay her a visit and add your post to the link up!

The theme for today is to share a piece that gets tons of compliments.  Weeeelllll...I work from home, mostly by myself.  Very few people see what I'm wearing, unless I put it on Instagram.  Plus, I live in a house of men, and unless I were to show up in hunting gear, I don't think they pay any attention to what I have on.  All of that to say, there aren't a lot of outfit compliments flying around over here!


However, one thing that has been getting lots of comments on IG is my decision to wear more dresses this winter.  I really enjoy wearing dresses the rest of the year, so why not now?  

I pair them with a jacket or sweater, tights or leggings, and boots.  Unless the day is super cold, I'm pretty comfortable.  And even though no one else may notice, I always feel better if I put on some pretty clothes!






What do you think?  Dresses in winter - yay or nay?

Be sure to link up with us, or follow along on IG with #theblendedblogstyle.  Next week we're styling the oldest piece in our closet.  Hmm...may have to go into the archives!


Monday, February 18, 2019

40 Days Of Kindness


In the words of Taylor Swift, "why you gotta be so mean?"

Doesn't it feel like the world is awfully mean these days?  People are mean to each other face to face, especially mean behind their computer screens, and there's a whole lot of passive aggressive meanness going on too.

Sometimes it gets to be overwhelming, and it seems like mean is taking over the world.  But it's not.  Kind people still rule, but maybe we're just not as vocal.  Every day, in ways both big and small, we have to make ourselves heard above the mean, and move forward with kindness.  It's time to step up and share our hearts.  It's time for a kindness revolution.

Sunday was Random Acts of Kindness Day, and today at The Blended Blog, we're sharing ways we can show others we care.

There are so many ways to be kind.  Even small gestures can mean a lot to someone on the receiving end.

-Leave a book somewhere with a note inside, sharing what you enjoyed about it.
-Write kind notes on post its and leave them around a store or on windshields.
-Keep lunch bags in your car with water and snacks to hand out when you come across a homeless person.
-Share random compliments - to sales clerks, your family and friends, anyone around you.
-When you're out, smile at everybody.  This is one of my favorites.  Some people look at me like I'm crazy, but most everyone smiles back.

Being intentionally kind is important to me, but I want to up my game.  This year, during Lent, I've decided to spend the forty days between March 6th and April 18th being extra kind.  Instead of giving something up, I'm giving something back - a little kindness.

Want to join me?  Let's be vocal, let's drown out the mean, and let's start a kindness revolution.  I've got a list of ideas, do you have others?  

P.S. If you're feeling kind today, could you help me with a little favor?  My younger son, Thomas, is working on his Honors Thesis, and he has created a short survey about dog behavior.  If you have time, go to this link.  It should only take a few minutes.  Thank you so much!

Friday, February 15, 2019

For Ladies Celebrating Ladies


Thank you, Leslie Knope, for making Galentine's Day a thing. 

I've loved seeing  all the posts this week of women celebrating their friendships.  Having a group of people in your life that will support you, love on you, and lift you up is so important.

And so much harder to maintain as we get older.

When I was younger, it was easy to make friends.  There were more opportunities to gather with those who shared the same interests.  As the boys grew, there was time to get to know each other as we chatted through play dates, sports events, birthday parties.

But the older we get, they can start to drift away.  Things get busy, interests change, life moves on.

Don't let them drift.  Make the time.  Do the things.

I recently read a study that found that women should go out with their girlfriends twice a week for better health.  Being with friends allows you to vent, laugh, and share things that only other women will understand. 

I mean, I love my husband with all my heart, and he's my best friend.  But sometimes (okay, most of the time) he doesn't want to hear about hot flashes, shopping, or how much I miss the boys.  We need our girlfriends for that.

And while you're at it, make some new friends too.  I know it's still scary, asking someone if they want to sit at the table with you.  But do it for the laughter, the love, and a healthier you.

Do it for Leslie Knope.  For ladies celebrating ladies.  Happy Galentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

My Friends At Salt And Light

Happy Wednesday and welcome to TBB Style with The Blended Blog.  Our fabulous hostess this week is Deena, so be sure to pay her a visit and add your post to the link up!

Today the theme is REMIX, and the idea is to choose a blogger and recreate an outfit they've posted.  Except I couldn't make a decision about who to pick, and then it snowed eighty feet, and I was afraid if I went outside to take a picture I'd get lost in the blizzard.  Phew.

So instead, I want to share the fabulous new business my friends have started, called Salt and Light Lifestyle.  I'm so excited for Deena and Abbie, who are partnering with Rachel, and I know they will be a huge success!


I'm wearing a sweater from their newly curated collection.  Their shop includes both consignment pieces and new items, and these ladies have fantastic style and taste.  So far they've only released a few things, but I want them all!  

In addition to clothing, they also have a podcast and are coordinating fun events in the Saskatchewan, Canada area.  I just love that they took a leap of faith, decided to be brave, and have created this amazing venture.  Be sure to check them out and follow along!


Don't forget to link up with us, or follow along on IG with #theblendedblogstyle.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Hopping With Kindness And Love


Happy Monday and welcome to TBB Blog Hop!  We haven't done one of these in a while, but since we're all about community and friendship, this seemed like the perfect time for one.  What better way to celebrate Valentine's week than to let your friends know how amazing they are!

Before we get to that, today I'm also linking up with the lovely Laura at The Horton Family blog for her new series, 3 Things.  This month her questions tie in perfectly with love and kindness.


1/ Since the beginning of the year, I've increased the amount of time that I volunteer for Operation School Bell.  This national program provides school clothes for local children in need.  I love being around kids, and spending the day with them while they shop for their very own new clothes and shoes puts everything else in perspective.

2/ "Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she became a butterfly".  The empty nest felt like the end, but I'm learning that it's not.  It's the beginning of a whole lot of wonderfulness.

3/ Kindness.  Things would be so much better if everyone could be a little kinder to one another.

Now on to the hop!  The best part about blogging is the people.  While I haven't had the chance to meet Shelly at The Queen In Between, I feel like we're already friends.  I love her style, both in fashion and the way she decorates her Texas home.  She's a working mama with an awesome family, and I admire the way she handles her busy schedule with such grace.  Someday we'll meet face to face, and I know she'll be just as lovely in person.  


Be sure to hop over to Shelly's blog to see how she's sharing the love.  And don't forget to link up with us at The Blended Blog.  You can also join in on IG @tbblog with #TBBLoveLoop.

Friday, February 8, 2019

A Healthy Revelation


Three months ago, I had a revelation.  Who knew that was still a thing at my age?   Granted, it happened because of a health scare, and not because I suddenly became wise and intuitive, but still.

The revelation was this:  healthy does not equal thin.  And healthy is the goal.  Also, I'm not getting any younger, but I already knew that.

Seems pretty obvious, in hindsight.  But I've spent my whole adult life eating a certain way, and exercising a certain way, trying to lose weight so I could be thin.  Healthy didn't enter my mind.

It's what I was taught growing up.  We just assumed that skinny people were healthy people, back in the 70's and 80's.  I remember a friend in college whose dad was a long distance runner.  One day he went out for a jog and died of a heart attack.  I was shocked, although I shouldn't have been.  He might have been thin, but he also smoked and ate like crap.

As a child, a teenager, and a young adult, I wasn't just skinny - I was scrawny.  Genetics were my friend, I guess.  Then I had two difficult pregnancies, gained a lot of weight, and never quite bounced back.

For the past 21 years, I've tried countless "diets" and exercise programs.  I'd lose weight, then gain it back.  Always trying to fit into those old jeans.  But never thinking about being healthy.  

Last October, my doctor told me that I needed to make some changes, or else.  I went home and spent the next few days mad and sad and cursing those genetics I used to be so happy about.

I was in the middle of a cookie binge when the revelation hit (because I figured I'd start changing tomorrow, AFTER a thousand cookies).  I needed to focus on being healthy.  And strong.  And the rest would fall into place, whatever that place might be.


So I adjusted my mindset, the way I eat, and how I workout.  I'm proud to say I'm almost to my goal, and we'll see what the doctor has to say when I go in for follow up blood work.  Do I still have a treat now and again?  Yes.  Do I mess up some days?  Yup.  It's all about progress, progress, progress.

I've learned so much over the last few months, and I plan to share it here.  Most of it is common sense, but yet, there I was.  Not healthy.

If I age like Grandpa Ed, I've got fifty years left to live, and I want them to be as healthy as possible.  He's always believed "mind over matter" and I have to agree.  Healthy is the goal.
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