Swallow print ruffled top + white stretchy pants and how to treat yo self

Summer is flying by. I thought I’d get into the late summer vibes by wearing a blue ruffled swallow print tank top and white stretchy pants. Not leggings. Stretchy pants. Which means they are thicker than leggings but with all the wonderful stretchy-ness included. Who doesn’t love a good pair of stretchy pants?

Ruffled swallow print tank top, given to me; white stretchy pants, clearance from Kohl's; bling flip flops, Ross; Betsey Johnson sunglasses, Marshall's, Kate Spade New York handbag, gifted to me.

Ruffled swallow print tank top, given to me. White stretchy pants, clearance from Kohl’s; bling flip flops, Ross; Betsey Johnson sunglasses, Marshall’s, Kate Spade New York handbag, gifted to me.

My birthday was last week, and I took the day off to treat myself. I think that’s really important to do every now and then. You may need to stay within whatever budget you need to set, but it’s good to do at least something for you on your special day.

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I started by taking the day off of work. Yaaasss please! Not being at work on my birthday is in itself a treat.

Next, I slept in. Also, yaaaas!

I was going to eat the last cinnamon roll for breakfast, but some little piggy got there first. Oink. oink. (I was going to be the birthday piggy!)

In the afternoon, my son and I got facials. I go to an esthetician who works on my sons cystic acne. She’s been working on him for years now. And me.

Later, off to Red Robin for my free birthday burger.

Next to get a pedicure at the place my esthetician friend goes to.

Then off to get a free coffee at Dutch Bros. Here I am the queen of finding free birthday stuff, as can be seen by this post, but forgot about this one.

I did manage to get my free Pip’s donuts and free drink from Cinnabon the day after my birthday. I think you have to have the app now to get one from Starbucks. My sister also told me about a birthday freebie from Jamba Juice with the app. I signed up for it, but it was after my birthday by then, so no birthday freebie showed up for me. I did, however, get $3 off for signing up for the app. Which I forgot to use when I got my drink. I have a month to use, it, so no worries. Ha.

Also I did some shopping the day after my birthday by myself, and then shopping at consignment shops down in Portland on Saturday with my sis and her daughters.

So, yeah, the birthday ‘treat yo-self’ thing just kept going.

I encourage you all to do some sort of self care thing for yourself this week, even if it isn’t your birthday. If it’s your birthday week, go crazy with it. You’re worth it!


~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog

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Angels Rest

While others are out there playing the popular game Pokemon Go and catching Pokemon, I’d much rather go out there and hike in nature. While it seems half the world is out catching Pikachu, I’m trying to catch photos of Pikas in the wild. (My only photo of one was blurry.) I’m chasing the view, the flora & the fauna in the great outdoors. Nothing is more glorious than hiking to a wonderful destination and finding that inner peace that comes from being far removed from your bustling, busy everyday lives. My most recent hike was to Angel’s Rest in the Columbia River Gorge.

On this hike, you will see two waterfalls. There’s a side trail to an overlook of  Coopey falls, with a bit of an overview from above. There is not a good way to get closer to this one, but, further up the trail, you will hear rushing water and see another side trail for Upper Coopey Falls, this one is just a short trail right up to the base of the falls. It’s worth the short detour to go see.

Last week I was finding magical things on the trail to the top. This week I’ll share more of the views, because, believe me – they were incredible.  A must-do hike in the Gorge!

Allow peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees. ~ John Muir


View of the Columbia River Gorge from the trail to Angels Rest

View of the Columbia River Gorge from the trail to Angels Rest


Wildflowers in the Gorge

Wildflowers in the Gorge


Angel's Rest ~ Columbia River Gorge

Angel’s Rest ~ Columbia River Gorge


Where I go, these are the street signs - go any direction you want, just don't follow one over a cliff.

Where I go, these are the street signs – go any direction you want, just don’t follow one over a cliff.


Upper Coopey Falls ~ Columbia River Gorge

Upper Coopey Falls ~ Columbia River Gorge


Yellow flowers on Angel's Rest

Yellow flowers on Angel’s Rest



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