Who Doesn’t Love A Picnic….Especially When You Don’t Have to Do Anything?

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
  • Engagements
  • Anniversary
  • 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
  • Food
  • 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?

 

 

 

A Letterman’s Jacket, It’s a Right of Passage

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.

Love Board Games and More??????

It seems like finding a store dedicated to board games, role play games, trading card games, etc can be hard to find.  It’s certainly not something you find on every corner right?  If you have a love for these types of games then you will love this week’s hot spot of the week, Rune & Board in Hillsboro.

Owned by Nick and Sadie who both have a love for board games.  Sadie is a Dungeons & Dragons fan, and has been playing different editions of the game for over 30 years.  Nick has a love for board and card games, which he has been playing for over 30 years as well.  Along the way he found he had a passion for magic so you will find some magic items in their store.  Nick also loves to play euro and role play games as well.

If those types of games are not your jam never fear as they also have Legos, puzzles and educational games.  There’s honestly something for everyone at their store.

When we aren’t under COVID restrictions they do host events at their store.  If you would like to go into the store and play they are taking reservations for parties of no more than four with a minimum $5 purchase per person.  Great way to get to see your friends and have some fun.

To stay up to date on what’s happening be sure to follow their blog. Rune & Board is located at 238 SE Washington Street in Hillsboro.  If you are traveling to their store via Max or bus the nearest stop is Hillsboro Central/SE 3rd TC Max Station.  Their hours of operation are Monday to Saturday 12 – 7 PM and Sunday 12 – 5 PM.

I’ve Got a Shoe Problem and Gimres Is My Friend……

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.

It’s Home Inspection Time.

You’ve got an accepted offer and now it’s time for the home inspection.  This can be a stressful time for both buyers and sellers as they wait to see what the inspector has to say, and if he finds something that could kill the deal.

As you prepare for this time it’s good to remember that the home inspector is there to tell you about the general health of the home, like your primary care doctor tells you about your general health.  If there are issues with the home that require an expert such as HVAC, roof, mold remediation the inspector should recommend that a licensed professional come out to asses the issue.

When it comes to the report a good write up will give you four main points:

What are they inspecting.

Where is it at in the home.

Why is the issue a problem.

How the buyer should consider handing the problem.

For example, in my own home purchase the report informed me that there was a duct vent from the laundry room vent that had fallen in the attic and was not property attached to the roof vent which is there to help prevent excess moisture and other problems.  As the buyer they inspector let me know that to handle this problem I needed to have the duct work reattached to the  roof vent.  It was an easy fix that my husband took care of for me after I moved in.

It doesn’t matter what the item is you should always see a what, where, why it is an issue and what you should do about it.  If it is something out of the scope of the home inspector assessing the general health of the home say cracks in the foundation, they should suggest that you get a qualified contractor or engineer to come out and assess the foundation to see if there is an issue or not.

You should also know that there are items that are not in the scope of the home inspectors work.  For example if the home were to have a pool and hot tub that would not be something that the home inspector would be looking at.  As a buyer you would want to have a pool specialist come out and tell you if the pool was in good mechanical working order.

As a seller the home inspector isn’t there to find all sorts of things to make you fix, and potentially kill the deal.  We all love our homes and think that they are in fantastic order, however when we live in them for awhile there are things that we sometimes don’t notice.

Once that home inspection is over it’s time to consider what items you want fixed and what items you can deal with and maybe fix later.  I always tell both my buyers and sellers that we ask/fix items that are of a health and safety concern, such as a leaking roof or T111 siding that is rotting at the bottom.  If the home is older you may see the inspector indicate that the home lacks GFCI outlets and recommend that they be installed.   If they recommend it for the kitchen and bathroom then yes that would fall under the health and safety items as both of those places deal with water.  However if the inspector indicates that it should be done through out the home in order to bring it up to code then I like to have a discussion with my sellers/buyers.  Codes are constantly changing and home was built to code for the time it was constructed.  Health and safety should not constitute bringing the home up to current code.  It would be costly as well as very time/labor intensive.

As you prepare for your home inspection please keep these things in mind, and hopefully it will help make the process a little less stressful.  You also might consider picking up Matt Fellman’s book Home Inspector Confidential. It provides some fabulous information from a well respected Portland area home inspector.