It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

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.

 

 

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.