Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The ABC's of dating

I got this great date idea from my good friend Alyssa and I thought I would pass it along.  It works for a family date, a friend date, or a date with your loved one.

You pick a letter...and everything you do for the day has to start with the letter.  For instance...you pick the letter P.  You eat Pancakes with Peanut butter for breakfast with a side of Pineapple juice.  Go to Portland to see the Pittock mansion.  Have a Picnic there.  Eat a Panini with Pesto sauce, Provolone, and Prosciutto (or if you are like me you are ready for more Peanut butter).  Get some Peach ice cream in the Pearl.  Pizza in a Park for dinner.  Watch the Parent Trap while eating Popcorn.  Can you tell I'm hungry as I am writing this?

Play a game of Pass the Pigs

See a Picasso at the museum
Listen to P Diddy
Make something out of Play-Doh

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

backyard bliss

Last winter I got a bargain on some old patio furniture from Craigslist.  A bench and two wooden chairs were posted for $100.  I ended up talking the guy down to $50.  I was very pregnant at the time, I think he felt sorry for me.  Anyway, I finally got around to staining it.




Here are some tips to getting a deal on Craigslist
Step 1:  Check Craigslist EVERYDAY
Step 2:  Stuff your shirt to look pregnant
Step 3:  Make your offer...it doesn't hurt to ask for a lower price.

This is what it would cost for a bench and two chairs at Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Cost Plus... 
Pottery Barn $1499
West Elm $925
Cost Plus -$380

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The best of the best!

As you may have read in another blog of mine, I LOVE summer!  Even more I love this specific time of the summer...4th of July weekend.  It is the best season of the year, the best weekend of the year, and the best holiday of the year.  The best of the best!

Here are some local 4th of July activities:

East Portland Community Center 14th annual Independence Day parade. With pre-parade activities like face painting, hot dogs, a climbing wall, and crafts. 
Where: Where: East Portland Community Center Pool, 740 SE 106th 
When: Friday, July 1, 11:30 AM. Pre-parade festivities start at 10.
Cost: Free! 

 Ladd's Addition Annual 4th of July Parade (reader submission). Get our your dolled up bikes, wagons, strollers, scotters and outfits to join in the red, white & blue parade down Elliott Avenue, around Ladds Circle, and ending at Abernethy School for a cool treat. 
Where: Meet at 1821 SE ElliottWhen: Monday, July 4th, 11 AM
Cost: Free!

 Eastmoreland Annual Fourth of July Parade. Kids decorate bikes and wagons and dress in costume. Pets welcome! The parade is led by a police car and fire engine. Afterwards everyone is welcome to free Otto's hot dogs, ice cream, and soda. 
Where: Starts at Duniway School, 7700 Reed College PlaceWhen: Monday, July 4, 11 AM
Cost: Free! 

 4th of July Parade and BBQ at the Hillside Community Center. Join for a parade, and then a BBQ with hot dogs, chips, and drinks – and bring your own for potluck sharing. Neighbors with last names A-L bring desserts; M-Z bring salads. 
Where: Parade starts at Cumberland and Powhattan.
When: Monday, July 4. Parade starts at 11 AM
Cost: Free! 

 Waterfront Blues Festival PLUS fireworks. Come for the music, stay for the fireworks (or hey, vice versa!) 
Where: Tom McCall Waterfront ParkWhen: The festival goes on all weekend. On the 4th, fireworks begin at 10:05 PM 
Cost: Admission to the festival is $10 per person per day, plus 2 cans of nonperishable food for the Oregon Food Bank

Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Oaks Park Amusement ParkPLUS Fireworks
Where: Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park WayWhen: Monday, July 4. Park opens at 10 AM; fireworks begin at dusk
Cost: $5 ages 16 and over; $3 under 15; $3 seniors 62 and up

 Fourth of July events in Banks include kids games, barrel train rides, food, and fireworks
Where: Sunset Park, Banks, Oregon 
When: Monday, July 4 beginning at 5. Fireworks at 10.
Cost: Free! 

 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks in Cascade Locks
Where: Marine Park, Cascade Locks, OR 
When: Monday, July 4 – no time given yet 
Cost: Free! 

 Fourth of July celebration in Corbett, Oregon. Events include a pancake breakfast, parade, music, fun zone inflatables, vendors, clowns, balloons, and – of course –fireworks.
Where: Corbett Middle/High School, 35800 East Historic Columbia Rvr., Corbett OR 
When: Monday, July 4, all day 
Cost: $7 for ages 3 and up 

 Estacada 4th of July Big Bang Fun Festival. Carnival, parade, fireworks, live music – sounds like it’s worth the trip!
Where: 30700 SE Eagle Creek Road, Estacada OR 
When: Carnival goes on all weekend. On the 4th, carnival opens at 2; fireworks start at 10
Cost: Free! 

 Fourth of July fireworks and festivities at Blue Lake Regional Park in Fariview, OR. Music by the Stingrays.
Where: Blue Lake Regional Park, Fairview OR 
When: Monday, July 4. Park opens at 8 AM. Fireworks at 10 PM
Cost: $10 per car

 Happy Valley 4th of July Fireworks and celebration. Enjoy an independence hike, carnival rides and games, and live entertainment. 
Where: Happy Valley Park, 13770 SE Ridgecrest Rd., Happy Valley, ORWhen: Monday, July 4, 9:30 AM – 11 PM
Cost: Free! 

 Hillsboro hosts its annual parade this July 4th.
Where: Map available here, Hillsboro, OR
When: Monday, July 4, 10 AM
Cost: Free! 

 4th of July Celebration in Hood River. Celebrate Independence Day with and old-fashioned parade, a BBQ festival at Jackson Park, live music, and games. The day ends with fireworks over the Columbia River.
Where: Jackson Park, Hood River 
When: Monday, July 4, 9 AM – 10:30 PM
Cost: Free! 

 Lake Oswego’s 4th of July celebration, pancake breakfast, parade, face painting, BBQ, pie eating contest, and fireworks display
Where: Millennium Plaza Park (parade) and Lake Grove Swim Center (fireworks) Lake Oswego
When: Monday, July 4. BBQ at noon; Fireworks at 9:45
Cost: Free! 

 Molalla Buckeroo festival, carnival, rodeo, parade AND fireworks display.  
Where: 815 Shirley Street, Molalla, ORWhen: The festival takes place all weekend. On the 4t, the parade begins at 9:30 AM and the rodeo starts at 8, with fireworks, music, and dancing to follow
Cost: Rode tickets are $13/$15

 City of Tigard Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. Includes clowns, live music, kids’ games, police and fire vehicles, concession stand, and FIREWORKS!
Where: Tigard High School, 9000 SW Durham Rd.When: Monday, July 4. Gates open at 6, fireworks at dusk
Cost: Free! 

 Independence Day at Fort Vancouver. Enjoy traditional family fun games and entertainment all day, a parade, and a fireworks display. 
Where: Fort Vancouver, Vancouver WA
When: Monday, July 4. Gates open at 8; entertainment starts at noon; fireworks at 10:05 PM
Cost: $5 general admission in advance; $7 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free