I have always loved the thought of going on a picnic. What I haven’t loved is the thought of planning it and packing all the stuff to go and do it. It’s probably why I’m soooo obsessed with this week’s hot spot of the week’s Instagram Feed – Picnics With Elegance
Picnics With Elegance is the brain child of it’s founder the beautiful Kelly. She loves making people feel special and has a background in non-profits and event planning.
It doesn’t matter what you are celebrating there is a picnic choice for you. Here’s a few of the ways you can celebrate with a picnic:
- Bridal Shower
- Baby Shower
- Birthday Parties
- Weekend Brunch with Your BFFs
- First Date
Now I know what you’re thinking we live in Oregon so a picnic is going to be seasonal or what if it looks like it might rain? Never fear Picnics with Elegance has a portable, weather proof pod for those types of days.
I know you’re wondering what exactly is included in a picnic right? Here’s some of what you can expect:
- One stop shop for the perfect picnic
- Event Set Up
- Table Decor
- Place Settings
- Floral Arrangements
- Take Down
- Personal Hostess
- Cell Phone Pictures
- Personalized Touches
So what do you need to do? Provide a date, time and theme. They do have add ons available at an additional charge.
Packages start at around $250.00 and a picnic is typically 1.5 to 2 hours in length. Be sure to check out their website for more detailed information.
So my only question is how are you going to use a picnic to celebrate?
Yes friends, I admit it, I get botox, much to my husbands dismay. He can’t understand why on earth I would want to inject botulism into my body. The reason is that yes, the older I’ve gotten the more the fine lines and wrinkles have bothered me. I am not going to lie for many years botox was something I wanted to do but was afraid to, until one day my friend had a botox party. At the time she owned a waxing studio and invited me. It’s at this party that I met Katherine Foster who put me at ease. She answered all of my questions and made me feel comfortable getting those first injections. (Katherine uses Xeomin)
This experience is why her business, Skin by Katherine is my business/hot spot of the week. Since that initial appointment I have continued to receive botox injections from her. One of the things that I find so interesting about botox is that the longer you continue with the treatment the longer you are able to go in between treatments as the muscles have a memory. I feel like I look more rested and can tell when it’s time to go in for treatment.
Katherine treats patients at the Contour Chiropractic offices in North Plains, OR. She’s a registered nurse so you know you’re in good hands with her. In addition to botox treatments Katherine also offers the following services:
Skin care consultation service
Micro Needling with HA Serum
Spider Vein Removal
Yes, I know that some of you may be surprised that I admit to getting botox treatments. I feel that it’s important to show that it’s okay to take steps to help with those fine lines and wrinkles. If it makes you feel better than that’s great.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was sooooo excited when I earned my letter in band and was able to go and order my letterman’s jacket. I remember begging my mom to take me down to the store and get it ordered as soon as I was able to. I couldn’t wait to wear it and was so excited when it came in. To this day it sits in my hall closet and I’m never getting rid of it. So of course when my daughter earned her letter in color guard I was beyond excited to take her in to get her letterman’s jacket. Little did I know that times they had changed.
In Hillsboro the place to go to get that letterman’s jacket is LaHaie’s in downtown Hillsboro. My family has walked past it every Saturday that we go to the farmers market so I knew right where to take my daughter to get her jacket. What I didn’t know was we were going to quickly become overwhelmed by all of the customization options. When I got my letterman’s jacket there were two choices: the one the girls typically chose with the hood that would zip, and the one that boys chose with the leather sleeves. You didn’t choose much of anything other than where to put the year and what you wanted on the back. So of course when they started asking us all of the questions we got overwhelmed.
Thankfully the person helping us took a step back and helped us determine everything step by step starting with base color for the jacket, sleeve color and yes even the band colors for the arms, waist and neck. From there we went on to choose which Tide Guy to go on the back, name, font, etc. We were so thankful for their patience with us and having gone through the process once made it easier when we went in to get my son’s jacket ordered. The folks at LaHaie’s truly are amazing.
Now I know what you may be thinking, I’m not in need of a letterman’s jacket. Friends, they do so much more than that. They also offer the following services:
- Embroidery – one of the things that was really cool was that they could make all sorts of patches for the jacket thanks to embroidery and chenille. They do everything digitally and can put names on uniforms, logos, and more.
- Sewing – they provide sewing and alteration services.
- They have a BSA Scout Shop for all your scouting needs.
Like I said I know that you may not be in the market for a letterman’s jacket but do stop by and say hello. Looking at all of the patches and their work is so much fun. LaHaie’s is located in Downtown Hillsboro at 277 E. Main Street. Their store hours are Sunday-Tuesday – closed/by appointment only, Wednesday – Friday – 10 AM – 6 PM and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.
How many times in life have you heard that statement above? Probably a million. It’s something you think about when you go on a blind date, or go for a job interview. You want to put your best foot forward because you know you won’t get the opportunity to do it again. It’s the same way with your home when you are selling or are wanting to spruce it up. You only get one chance to make your home memorable, and your front door can help.
Last month my friend and business partner, Rebecca Nelson, and I were out doing the monthly Ding, Dong, Ditch Pop-bys. The very first home we stopped at caught our attention because of it’s AMAZING front door. That’s right, we choose that home to drop off a succulent to because we fell in love with their red front door.
I personally like to look at the front door of your home as the place to put some personality because a fire engine red house would probably be a bit over the top, but a fire engine red front door is WOW!
So how does one go about picking the perfect front door color? Here are a few things that you will want to keep in mind:
- How will it look with the existing color scheme of your home?
- How will it look next to brick, stone or wood?
- If the front of your home faces the sun you need to think about how much sun hits your front door, and choose a color that will still look fab sun faded.
- How will it look when it’s time to put up the holiday decorations? Will it clash and stick out like a sore thumb?
- Will everyone in your family feel joy when they walk up to the front of your home or will they want to gouge their eyeballs out every time the walk up to the front door? Being honest, you may love pink and think a pink front door would be spectacular. Your partner or spouse may not feel the same way and a pink front door may make them cringe every time they come home.
Now that you’ve thought about those things, how do you decided what to choose. Here are a few tips.
- Neutrals – a grey front door will pop against neutral paint colors.
- Yellow – can provide a cheery welcome and pairs well with grey.
- Blue – provides a calming feel when you walk up to it and pairs well with many different colors.
- Purple – while a bold choice it can make the entrance to your home feel regal as it’s the color of royalty.
- Teal Blue – the color of the ocean this color is bold without being too obnoxious.
There are many more colors that you can choose from so don’t feel as though you can only choose one of the five I’ve listed. Whatever you choose put a swatch of paint next to your house or paint a board and put it next to your home. Live with the color for awhile before you take the plunge. In the end by painting your front door you’re going to make a great first impression, and may find that you love walking through your front door all the time.
Ok, I’m not going to lie, I have a shoe problem. Like most girls I LOVE shoes. During the winter months you can find me in my Converse and in the summer I’m in either Olukai flip flops or Birkenstocks and this month’s business of the week helps with my love for these two brands of shoes since they carry both.
When I moved to North Plains 10 years ago, my then boyfriend, now husband introduced me to Gimres. Finding an amazing shoe store isn’t one of the things that is typically on your radar as far as something new to find when you move, however it is one of the small things that allows you to feel like you’re part of your new community.
So why do I love this shoe store so much? One reason is that it is the oldest family run shoe store in the Western United States. They have served the Hillsboro community for 124 years.
Another reason that I love them is that they are knowledgeable and willing to help you find the right shoe for you. One example is that my husband has a specific style of Ecco brand shoes. We were having a hard time finding them, and Gimres helped us find them online and ordered them from the company for us.
If you are looking for a great pair of shoes go visit Gimres. They are located at 256 E. Main Street in Hillsboro.