Top 5 Bakery Picks

There is nothing better than an amazing pastry.  It was one of the things that I was sad about not being able to eat anymore when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  One thing is for sure I shouldn’t have worried because living in the Portland Metro area means that I am thankfully able to find my favorite pastries.  If you are looking for a yummy pastry here are five of the top bakeries on the Westside, and yes my fave gluten free bakery is on the list.

My fave Blue Moon Bakery in Hillsboro – yes they are gluten free

Decadent Creations in Hillsboro – the owner has won Chopped and their macrons are to die for

La Rose Patisserie in Beaverton

Tour de Jours in Hillsboro right across the street from my office in Orenco Station

Carina’s Bakery in Beaverton

Who doesn’t love to have pretty toes?

Alright I don’t think I’ve done my own my own toes since I was pregnant with my daughter, well unless you count quarantine but desperate times called for desperate measures then.  I love getting a pedicure and prior to COVID Angel Nail Spa in Tanasbourne was my go to for years – I’m talking prior to the expansion of their salon when it was just a small little salon.

The salon is named after the owner, Angel and she is just the sweetest.  About a year or so ago they re-did the salon and expanded and it’s absolutely the most beautiful salon I’ve ever been in.  I love the crisp clean white that they choose as well as all of the sparkles.  I mean have you ever seen wallpaper with rhinestones on it?

They have always taken their time when I was there and they have so many pedicure choices that it’s hard to choose sometimes.  If you’re looking for a place to pamper your feet at then this is it.My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5

Holiday Stress Got you Down?

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5OK 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.

When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie……

Friends if there is one thing I love it is pasta and an amazing piece of garlic bread.  It honestly is the hardest part of having Celiac Disease for me because it means I don’t get to partake in dining at an Italian Restaurant because ya know gluten.  However my husband loves to head out without me and grab some Italian food from one of his favorite places Nona Emila in Aloha.  I honestly can’t fault him for it either because he’s a trooper when it comes to cooking and accommodating my auto-immune disease.   If you’re looking for a good Italian restaurant to grab some take out from you’re in luck.  Here are 5 of my hubbies top faves:

Giovanni’s on SW Broadway in Beaverton

Pastini in Cedar Hill – one of my faves because they do have gluten free pasta.  The pesto is AMAZING!

Mingo on SW Crescent in Beaverton

Nona Emilia in Aloha – my husband’s favorite

Brooklyn Trattoria on NW Bethany Blvd. – Portland aka Bethany

It’s my hope that you find some amazing food that you love and gives you a break from all of the cooking we’ve all been doing.

Ready for a new hairdo?

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!