Your four legged family members need a doctor too.

Add a subheading copy 13Let’s be honest our pets are actually just furry four-legged family members, and when they hurt we hurt.  So when we make a move one of the many things we need to do is find those furry four-legged family members their own doctor to care for them.  Whether you’ve just moved or you’re looking for a local vet this week’s local business of the week located in Forest Grove, Oregon – Pacific Avenue Veterinary Clinic.

Dr, Sid and his crew have been helping small pets and their parents since 1998.  They provide the following services to their community:

Preventative Maintenance – just like your human family members your four legged family members need those routine check ups too.

  • Surgery – let’s be honest every now and then something happens and your pet will need surgery.  With an experienced surgical team you can be certain that your furry family member will be well cared for from the start of surgery to their recovery.
  • Diagnostics – they have state of the art diagnostic equipment so should you find that Fido needs an x-ray, ultrasound, blood work or other diagnostic treatment Pacific Ave. Vet Clinic can help.
  • Pet Boarding – headed out for a vacation?  They have two separate areas to keep healthy pets away from sick ones.  Both cats and dogs will find themselves feeling comfy thanks to large windowed cages that allow cats to do some bird watching, while Fido enjoys a walk two to three times a day.  They also know that just like humans pets do better away from home with the things that they love so you are welcome to bring their favorite blanket or toy.
  • Dentistry – Yes pets need to have dental work done too
  • Cat Grooming –  I bow down to them on this one because as you know, cats can be real jerks.  Probably why they offer sedated cat grooms which can include a lion cut, brush out, nail trim, sanitary shave in addition to ear and eye cleaning.  They do not offer cat bathing and I don’t blame them.  Cats plus water is a bad idea.

They also have an online store making it easy and convenient for you to get your pet supplies. 

Not only does lavender smell good it’s also beautiful

soap-2726387_1920One of my favorite soothing, relaxing scents is lavender. We have several lavender plants in our yard because not only does it smell oh so good, it also provides the most vibrant purple color in our yard when it is in bloom.  Which if you’ve ever driven by a lavender field you know what I’m talking about.  And since I love lavender so much when I stumbled across this week’s business of the week I knew I had to share it with you….Suzi’s Lavender

Suzi’s family started harvesting wild elderberries and has been making all-natural healing salves since 1865.  In addition to harvesting elderberries they also harvested other wild ingredients too.  I love looking back and seeing what natural products previous generations used to help heal themselves and I know that slaves are one of the ways they used to cure some of the following things:

  •  Cuts
  • Wounds
  • Burns
  • Infections

Another great benefit to salve is that it can help with cracked fingers and heals which Suzi’s found helpful during the cold, dry Nebraska winters.  Using their knowledge they also formulated skincare products as well.

At this time Suzi has grown the business to include three families of products and they are working on a fourth.  The products are formulated to be all-natural and support all skin types and skin conditions.  My daughter who has eczema has always benefited from the soothing calm of lavender.  If you suffer from a skin condition such as eczema please consult with your physician before trying something new because while lavender has been helpful to her it may not be the case for everyone.

In addition to the salves and all natural skin care products Suzi’s also has lavender hand sanitizer, which I’m really excited to get because I don’t know about you but I’m tired of my hand sanitizer smelling like cheap tequila.  LOL.

Suzi’s is a member of the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce so while her products are available strictly online they are a local business.  I hope you find something amazing to try.

Get that heart rate up with the business of the week – Orange Theory

I do not know about anyone else but exercise has been one of the things getting me through everything that has been going on over the past 6 months.  I had started walking in my neighborhood on a consistent basis right before the stay at home orders hit.  Fast forward a few months, and I have added an online workout service too because I’ve realized I am the type of human who would rather workout from home.  I realize that not everyone is like me, and that many of you prefer the accountability that going to a gym provides which is why I choose Orange Theory Fitness as my business of the week this week.

 

I have several friends who workout at Orange Theory and I know that they love it.  They love it for the fact that the workout is HIIT based.  The Orange Theory coaches will help you through 5 different heart rate zones which are telling you when you need to push harder and when you need to pull back in order to recover and bring that heart rate back down.  They say that the goal is for you to spend 12 minutes or more with your heart rate elevated.  They call it “The Orange Zone” and it is meant to help you burn fat, burn more calories and boost your metabolism.  The exercises that will help you get into the zone are cardio, rowing and strength training.
I know you may be worried about heading out to the gym right now, however please know that they do require masks/face shields and social distancing is required while working out with them.  They have several locations on the Westside of the Portland metro area.  In addition the Orenco Station Orange Theory located in Hillsboro is currently offering 1 month free.  Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more information. 

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5One of my favorite things about going for an early morning walk in my little town is that sometimes I get to smell fresh roasted coffee from this week’s local business, Oregon Coffee Roaster  Located in North Plains, Oregon; Oregon Coffee Roaster is a wholesale roaster of Arabica coffee and they also have an extensive line of loose leaf teas.

The owners are hands on and perform the coffee roasting, as well as having decades of experience.  For those of you who own a business and are looking for large quantities of coffee (10 lbs or more) you can contact them about ordering (503.647.5102; mugs3@aol.com).  For those of you at home you can shop right from their website and have the beans for your favorite cup of joe delivered to your door.

I personally am not a coffee drinker so it was interesting to learn that Arabica beans come from a different plant species than what we normally hear about and produce a richer cup of coffee.  When it comes to the roasting of the beans, Oregon Coffee Roaster utilizes the Sivete hot air method which gives you a clean consistent cup of coffee.

To stay up-to-date you can follow them on Facebook or Instagram at oregon_coffee_roaster

What Might the Rest of 2020 Look Like?

What Are Experts Saying About the Rest of 2020? | MyKCM

Let’s be real one of the major items on everyone’s mind these days is: What’s going to happen to the housing market in the second half of the year? If we look at recent data on the economy, unemployment, real estate, and more, many factors economists are now revising their forecasts for the remainder of 2020 – and the outlook is extremely encouraging. Here’s  what some experts have to say about key areas that will power the industry and the economy forward this year.

Mortgage Purchase Originations: Joel Kan, Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry ForecastingMortgage Bankers Association

“The recovery in housing is happening faster than expected. We anticipated a drop off in Q3. But, we don’t think that’s the case anymore. We revised our Q3 numbers higher. Before, we predicted a 2 percent decline in purchase originations in 2020, now we think there will be 2 percent growth this year.”

Home Sales: Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of Realtors

“Sales completed in May reflect contract signings in March and April – during the strictest times of the pandemic lock down and hence the cyclical low point…Home sales will surely rise in the upcoming months with the economy reopening, and could even surpass one-year-ago figures in the second half of the year.”

Inventory: George Ratiu, Senior Economist, realtor.com

“We can project that the next few months will see a slow-yet-steady improvement in new inventory…we projected a stepped improvement for the May through August months, followed by a return to historical trend for the September through December time frame.”

Mortgage Rates: Freddie Mac

“Going forward, we forecast the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to remain low, falling to a yearly average of 3.4% in 2020 and 3.2% in 2021.”

New Construction: Doug Duncan, Chief Economist, Fannie Mae

“The weaker-than-expected single-family starts number may be a matter of timing, as single-family permits jumped by a stronger 11.9 percent. In addition, the number of authorized single-family units not yet started rose 5.4 percent to the second-highest level since 2008. This suggests that a significant acceleration in new construction will likely occur.”

Good news is that the experts are optimistic about the second half of the year. If you made the choice to pause your 2020 real estate plans in the spring, now may be the right time for you to get back into the market.  If you have questions I’m here to talk to you about it, no pressure, no tactics just the advice and guidance you need to make the best decision possible for your family.