Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to deck the halls and enjoy the beautiful tree lighting ceremonies throughout our different communities on the westside. While they look different this year there are still plenty of ways for you to enjoy the beauty of the season:
Hillsboro Holly Days/Light Up Hillsboro
Is Saturday, Dec. 1. While downtown businesses will be open please check out The Holly Days of Hillsboro site to see how you can support the local downtown businesses. Due to COVID the tree lighting will be virtual In addition you can also experience the fun of Light Up Hillsboro
Beaverton Winter Lights
Enjoy several light displays throughout Beaverton during Winter Lights.
North Plains Jingle Parade
For the past 17 years residents of North Plains have enjoyed the Jingle Parade. This year enjoy all the fun and the tree lighting ceremony at the community garden.
Forest Grove Tree Lighting
Enjoy seeing Santa and listening to carolers during the Forest Grove tree lighting event.
Please be sure to check with each city for any changes to their events due to COVID prior to attending. I hope you enjoy all of the wonderful holiday events.
OK this is one of the more stressful times of year. We are preparing to gather with family and celebrate the holidays, and this year it feels more stressful than others because of COVID. It just feels like there are more decisions that need to be made. Do we travel? Do we have people over? Do we do holidays via Zoom? How do we keep everyone safe? It’s enough to make your head spin which is why taking some me time is important, and you’ll be able to do that with this week’s local business of the week, Karma Day Spa & Salon.
Karma is located in downtown Forest Grove and I first learned of about them from my friend who was my personal trainer at the time. She had the most amazing nails so I decided to give them a try because I’m a sucker for getting my nails done. Now they don’t only do nails friends. They’re sort of a one stop shop for all of your beauty needs in Forest Grove. They offer hair styling services, facials, waxing, massage, lashes/brows, spray tan and make up application
I honestly love their location. It’s super cute and I love that it’s close to Pacific University. There’s something about being in that quaint college town that takes me back to my own college experience. If you are looking for a great place that doesn’t take you into downtown Portland then you really should give Karma a try.
They say that anytime a woman goes through a major change in her life she changes her hair. I know for me that’s been true to some extent. I also know that as the holidays approach many of us want to look our best even if we won’t be attending a ton of holiday parties this year. So last week I introduced you to my fave place to go get your wax on at and this week I’m sharing where Revival Studios will be moving to come December…..Glam House Salon in Hillsboro.
Glam House Salon was established in 2017 and provides high quality beauty services to the Greater Portland Metro area. Hillary Lemmon is the owner of Glam House. She specializes in advanced hair color and extensions. She loves to see the transformation her clients make when changing up their hair. She has been in the industry for 10 years and is always expanding her knowledge through continuing to educate herself. Her goal is to always bring new and exciting things to the salon. This is her dream job as she’s dreamed of doing hair and owning her own salon since she was in the third grade. There are two other hair stylists in addition to Hillary as well as three lash artists/estheticians. Honestly if I wasn’t already in a fully committed relationship with my hair stylist for over 10 years I’d totally get my hair done here.
Be sure to check out all of the amazing hairstyles they have created on Instagram and Facebook!
Several years ago thanks to a Groupon I found yoga, however do not practice as much as I should. There are so many great videos online to help you with your yoga practice, however I know that having an actual instructor help you through the flow be it in person or virtually can be so beneficial. If you are looking for something new to add to your fitness routine I’ve got four local recommendations for you:
Ether & Stone
Located in Orenco Station in Hillsboro they offer classes for beginners to advanced level 2 Warrior Flow classes. They even have yoga for kids which I think is amazing. I know that with kiddos sitting at computer screens more due to distance learning yoga might be a great activity for them.
Pure 8 Hot Yoga
Located in Beaverton they offer both in studio and virtual classes. They have different pricing packages that include both in studio and virtual classes or you can choose just virtual classes. I love this option because it allows you to access the fitness program in a way that you are comfortable.
There studio is located in Beaverton, however due to COVID all classes are currently online. You are able to choose to have access to the virtual classes via recording only or live interactive classes with access to recordings.
This is where I got hooked on yoga thanks to that Groupon I mentioned. Located in Hillsboro you are able to attend classes in person or via live stream. I fell in love with their studio. There are so many windows and because it is located on the second floor of the building it is in you have some amazing views, and this time of year is gorgeous because you get to see all of the leaves changing color on the trees. Oh and if you get the chance to take a class from Cindy Stockdale I highly recommend it.
No matter what your fitness level yoga is a great practice to add into your daily life.