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being 5 things i love this week. edition 2.


5 things i love this week -- edition 2

one. Let’s take a small moment to drool over this Pumpkin Spice M&M Bark from Nichole at In These Small Moments. This girl is not good for my waistline. At all.

two. Speaking of sweets, Jennifer Shea, Founder of Trophy Cupcakes in Seattle, debuted her newest book this week, CUPCAKES AND PARTIES, and it’s lovely. I only know Jennifer via Twitter and Instagram and work stuff, and the one time we were at a party together, I was way to shy to say hello and she was wearing the coolest necklace ever. They’re throwing a huge launch party, that’s open to the public, in Seattle this weekend and I wish that I could go because, hello, it looks amazing. (you can buy tickets here and a signed copy of the book here or on amazon here.) Also, I happened to spy a little cupcake collaboration over on coco+kelley… yum.

three. I didn’t write this on Red Tricycle Seattle, but loved 26 Signs You’re a Seattle Mom. And, the LA version was hilarious. 

four. These shoes. Yes. They’re the Slaater Open Toe Bootie from Steven by Steve Madden. Available at Nordstrom online. Get them.

five. Have you noticed, in the past couple of weeks, that there are some seriously amazing videos hitting the online market. I mean, some good stuff. It was hard to pick just one, but I couldn’t let Between the Ferns Two Ferns interview with Justin Bieber and Zach Galifianakis pass us by. I can’t believe Bieber holds a straight face through the whole thing. Nice work, JB.

5 Things I love this week // Edition 1.

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being the best of western washington. round two. {ding!}


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After a long (LONG) week, an email in my inbox this morning that said I’d been nominated for a 2013 Best of Western Washington award for Best Parenting Blog made me smile.

Last year, with the help of all of your endless support and countless votes, I snagged third place. It was such an honor and I was giddy with excitement. Like, pinching myself giddy. Being a local award, and being up against other bloggers that I know and love, personally and professionally, it’s a big deal to be nominated alone, let alone hit that coveted top five.

And now, here’s the part where I ask you to vote (go HERE). And ask you share it on Facebook and send it to your mom and use your kid’s email address to vote and stand on the street corner with a sandwich board and maybe even climb to the top of Mt. Si and shout it out, really loud (CW, this is your assignment). You have to enter your email address, but you can make up a fake name, for those hold outs who don’t want anyone to know that you’re a closet mommy blog fan.

(xo to the person who nominated me. i don’t know who it is, but i love you for it.)



being the music video that i wasn’t in.




Remember that time that the kids and I were in a Macklemore music video? The video is live today and it’s hilarious. Find it via Ryan Lewis’ YouTube channel here. That scene around 2:40 is exactly where we were, sitting in our car… but on the other side of the street. Loving the video, nonetheless, especially Hollis and the Sir Mix a Lot cameo. I saw him in concert in Seattle one time, years ago as a teenager. There were actual chicks putting their tits on the glass. I’m not kidding. They brought their own coffee table.  But, that’s a post for another day, friends.

A kind welcome to anyone who got to this blog post by Googling “tits on glass.” I’m pretty sure there is a picture of me nursing a baby somewhere on this blog, but that’s as good as it’s going to get. Sorry.

being 14 random thoughts from bellingham.



1. I hear that it’s Friday?

2. I’m so tempted to take the kids down to Seattle this weekend to see Josh and help him out at the house, but I know that we’d probably set both him and the kiddos back a step, so we’re staying put. We miss him and he misses us. Just a few more days, right?

3. Tonight, I have a serious date with my email inbox which has over 300 emails to deal with. Not spam emails. Real emails that need real responses. (any suggestions of a place to go work in bellingham? somewhere that’s open late?)

4. Article of the day: Bloggers we love with books that we can’t put down on allParenting

5. Have you been watching The White Queen? I think it’s on Starz? It’s based on Philippa Gregory’s books, which I love (are you reading this, Mrs. Simon?).

6. I couldn’t find my calendar for about 10-minutes today and it nearly gave me a heart attack. Turns out it was on the front seat of my car. Also turns out that I need to finish unpacking and getting organized so that I can find my mind again. I think my brain is still packed in a box somewhere that says “Misc. Shit.”

7. Have you seen the picture of North West? Um, she’s a doll. I probably should say that she’s cuter than Beyonce and Jay Z’s little girl, but… Nice work Kim and Kanye. Now, let’s try not to make her an asshole, okay?

8. These boots. (need I say more?)

9. Meg, while looking at houses: “Mommy, does this house look like it comes with a puppy?” (no.)

10. Dear book club. Did you have fun last night? I missed you all. Who was the first to bring up the sex club? Love, Katie. (who didn’t read the book.)

11. I can’t even tell you how well the kids have been getting along and how good they’ve been since we moved. There have been hard moments here and there, especially without Josh here, but overall, they’ve been playing together sweetly for hours upon end and have been so helpful. I’m feeling very thankful for this smooth transition.

12. Today, I was trying to find those mason jar sippy lids online and instead of typing maSON, I typed maJOR about six different times before finally realizing why I was only getting camo flasks as suggestions.

13. The girls’ new school has early release every Wednesday. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet… It could be a great way to recharge in the middle of each week. Or, it could

14. Okay, now it’s actually Monday evening…

being macklemore. the baby whisperer.


A friend forwarded this to me from some of her friends, the parents of this sweet little baby girl, who proves that Macklemore is more than just a rapper. He’s a miracle worker. I can’t imagine that when he and Ryan Lewis were putting together “Can’t Hold Us” that they said, “Hey, let’s produce something that MAKES BABIES STOP CRYING.” I see a lullaby album in their future.

(thanks for sharing this with me, sam. and thanks to travis and theresa for letting me share the video.)

being 18 things i never did in seattle.



.photo by me from the front seat of the cab on our way home from the seahawks game saturday night.

It’s official. The kids and I are Bellingham residents now.

After a very long, very exhausting day (that may have involved being rear ended in the fast lane on I-5), all three kids are sleeping soundly in their beds, I’m popping some pain pills and hitting my work to-do list, and Josh is back in Seattle finishing up the house and his last days at work.

More on all of that later.

In the meantime, I present…

18 Things that I never did in Seattle.

1. Hike Mt. Si

2. Visit the Seattle Aquarium

3. Take the Water Taxi from downtown to Alki

4. See the naked bike parade in Fremont

5. Paddle board on Lake Union

6. Spend the day winery hopping in Woodinville

7. Hit a cyclist with my car

8. See the cherry blossoms on the trees at UW

9. Walk through the arboretum

10. Eat pho

11. Have dinner at every Tom Douglas restaurant

12. Or every Ethan Stowell restaurant

13. See the day after Thanksgiving parade downtown

14. Have a coffee at the original Starbucks

15. Go to a concert at Benaroya Hall

16. Hempfest

17. Check out a Seattle Storm game

18. Discover where the hell Madrona is

I’m not done with you, Seattle.

ps. if someone would have told me that the internet connection in bellingham is FUCKING SLOW, i might have stayed in seattle.

being our last days in seattle.



See that box? It’s been our first of many.

In a shocking turn of life events, we are moving to Bellingham, the town where Josh and I both grew up. The kids and I are moving next week (less than a week, really) and Josh will be following later this month.

Josh was, unexpectedly, offered a job in Bellingham (which is about 2-hours north of Seattle, for those of you who aren’t NW-centric) and it was too hard to pass up. We weren’t looking to move to Bellingham. In fact, I’m pretty sure that if you would have asked me, just a month ago, if I would ever consider moving back, I would have laughed in your face.


As the kids get older, things such as schools, community, cousins, grandparents, and aunties and uncles become more important than a zip code that Josh and I couldn’t seem to let go of. We love living in the city. LOVE it. It’s part of who we are, it’s part of what we do for work, it’s part of how we live. And, not just the city, but THIS city. Seattle is our place and making a decision to leave the city that we call home hasn’t been an easy one.


We spent a lot of time weighing our options. Thinking about our future and what we want the next years in Janie, Meg and Everett’s lives to look like. While we love living here, we’ve grown weary of the public school politics (you wouldn’t believe the stories if i told you…), the traffic, and the constant competitive drive that living in the city creates. Maybe we’re getting more mature, maybe we’re just getting really fucking old, but the grass of a slower life, in a slower town, is sure starting to look greener.

We also thought a lot about how we could best balance our work and home lives. I get a lot of “how do you do it” questions and I am the last one to admit that it’s not easy to work full-time and be a mom full-time. I don’t have a nanny or even a regular babysitter. I work from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. most nights and Josh gets up at 5 a.m. to go to work. Sometimes, I’m pouring myself into bed as his alarm is going off. It’s no way to live and we hope that this change will also allow me to be more committed to my career and allow me to work more “normal people” hours… like, when the rest of my family isn’t soundly sleeping.

Long story short. Moving to Bellingham from Seattle wasn’t a decision that we made lightly, at all. It’s been huge and stressful and exciting, all at the same time.

So, here we go. Our decision became final late last week, giving us a very short time-frame to move and get settled in Bellingham before the kids start school on September 3rd. It’s kind of a whirlwind (more than usual), especially when you add squeezing in last-minute quality time with friends, needing to rush out of the house for showings, and taking care of all of the annoying details that moving entails.

I know that there are so many of you that I won’t be able to see before we go and I hope that we can catch up when I’m in Seattle for work, as I will be from time-to-time. Please keep in touch…

For those of you who we’re leaving behind — our nearest and dearest in Seattle — who know who you are, and you didn’t make this decision any easier. I mean that in a good way. I promise that we won’t fade into just “liking” each others Facebook posts from time to time. Promise.

And, Bellingham? We’re coming for you. Looking forward to catching up with friends who we haven’t seen for years and I’ll be calling on you to help us wade through all of the must-know Bellingham details. Like, where to get a good margarita.

Stay tuned for more fun on the moving-front. xo.

being the 30 parks of summer. {park #3} golden gardens.



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Neighborhood: Ballard

Finding it: 8498 Seaview Place NW, Seattle, WA 98107 // If you know how to get to Market Street in Ballard, you can easily find Golden Gardens. Basically, keep going west. Follow Market all the way past the Locks, Ray’s and the marina and you’ll essentially dead end yourself into the park. There are signs along the way, in case you need some hand holding.

Parking Situation: Let’s have an honest moment here. Parking at Golden Gardens is horrible. Really, really awfully horrible. There are physically dozens of spots, but it just isn’t enough. Here’s the good news — with so many people at Golden Gardens at any time of day, there is high turnaround. Slow down and look for people who are headed to their cars from the beach… then follow them. Turn on your blinker and hold your ground. It might take them 15-minutes to get all of the sand off their feet and their gear in the car, but it’s worth it for that spot. If you have more than on adult in the car, unload the kiddos with one of the grownups, and some of the gear, in the little pull-off section before the playground, while the other grownup goes parking spot hunting.

What the kids loved: The playground is super cool and shouldn’t be passed up — we recommend hitting the playground right when you get there and again on the way back to the car (it will help get some of the sand off of their little bodies!). Our kids loved just being on the beach — we were close enough to the water that they could go explore on their own and of course, being able to have a bonfire, right there in the sand, was such a hit. 

What I loved: For me, it was just such a moment. Despite the fact that Golden Gardens is packed to the gills with people most of the time, there’s something undeniable about it. People were friendly, kids were enjoying themselves and the sunset in the background was beyond gorgeous. Sure, you have to overlook some of Golden Garden’s less than desirable qualities to truly enjoy yourself, but it’s worth it. I’m pretty sure the last time I’d been to Golden Gardens was in college and I think that I enjoyed it even more last weekend, even despite the fact that I had three disgustingly dirty children to wash when we got home.

Bring it: Planning on doing an entire beach day? Here’s what you’ll need at Golden Gardens: Food, drinks (um, no alcohol allowed, ahem, wink, wink, WINK.), lots of extra water, at least one blanket to sit on (two is better), stuff to dig in the sand, a paper bag for garbage, BABY WIPES for cleaning gross hands, firewood (one of those bundles from the grocery store is the perfect amount), something to light the fire with, and more food. Wear: Clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty/wet, flipflops that everyone can easily shake the sand out of, sunglasses for that pretty sunset, SUNSCREEN.

Leave it: Don’t bother with a stroller, unless you have a little one who might take a snooze in it as the day goes by. Otherwise, it’s just a hassle to push in the sand when your arms are already loaded with gear. It’s likely that you’re going to have to park pretty far away from where you set up camp, so if you can’t carry it all in one trip, don’t bother bringing it. And, don’t count on your kids to help — they’re going to be beat by the time you leave.

The verdict: Spending the day at Golden Gardens is like a right of passage for Seattle families in the summer. It must be done. Sure, it takes some prep, some planning and leaving your OCD tendencies at the door, but it’s so completely worth it. A couple of notes… Your kids are going to be really really filthy when you leave the beach and so are you. The firewood ashes have mixed with the sand for so long at Golden Gardens, that it’s practically black (not in that amazing, black sand beach in Hawaii way) and your skin is going to covered the instant you set foot on the beach. Let your kids know that baths are mandatory when you get home… hose showers in the backyard would really be best.

Second, it’s so crowded at Golden Gardens that keeping an eye on your little ones as the sun goes down can get tricky. Give them boundaries. When we were there, a mom had lost her three-year old and it was very scary,to say the least, considering the parking lot is so close, as is the water. My hero of a neighbor, Sara, found him, after scouring the beach for what seemed like the longest time. Also, can we chat about how we should help others look when they’ve lost their child? Just do it, please.

When was the last time you went to Golden Gardens with your kids? 

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being the 30 parks of summer. {park #2} magnolia park.




Neighborhood: Magnolia

Finding it: 1461 Magnolia Boulevard West, Seattle, WA 98199 // Take the Magnolia Bridge into Magnolia, then follow the road past the first curve to the right. You’ll see the park first, parking lot next.

Parking Situation: Another park with a great parking lot! It’s a city mom’s dream come true! The parking lot entrance on your left, near the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard West and West Howe Street. There are typically plenty of spots open, although they do hold events here on the weekends, causing the long, skinny lot to fill up. Don’t be afraid to park opposite of the nose-in spots, parallel parking style… just don’t block access to the mailbox!

Park stats: This is not a park with a lot of bells and whistles… and we like it that way. Magnolia Park is meant for chilling out. There’s a huge picnic area with a covered place to entertain, if you’re looking for a birthday party locale. Otherwise, the star attractions at Magnolia Park are the huge madrona trees that offer plenty of shade on hot days, the old school swings, the lush grass that was made for laying in and the perfect summer breeze.

What the kids loved: Even though there were only two of them and they were likely installed in 1983, the kids loved the swings and even climbing on the legs of the swing set itself and using the border as a balance beam. There was a ton of space for them to run around and play whatever crazy imaginary game they had come up with that afternoon (I think there were ninjas involved?) and since there were only two other people in the entire park, they practically had the place to themselves!

What I loved: This is truly one of my favorite little hidden gems in the entire city and I love popping down in the late afternoon when it’s too hot to be in the house, but not quite time for dinner yet. The park is far off of the street, so I don’t feel like I need to have my eagle mama eyes on the kids at every moment and I am always so amused with what their imagination comes up with when there is just grass, a couple of swings and the smell of the ocean to fuel it.

Bring it: There’s a ton of room at Magnolia Park for throwing the Frisbee around and even a cool, long, paved hill to ride scooters down, if you’re feeling like you need a bit more to do while you’re here. Otherwise, bring a big, soft blanket to lay on, books to read (we stopped by the library first, for this trip!) and some snacks to keep you fueled. Even on warm days, it can be pretty breezy at Magnolia Park, so it wouldn’t hurt to throw an extra layer in the car for everyone.

Leave it: With so much space at Magnolia Park, you could literally bring your entire house, kitchen sink included, and still have plenty of room to roam. There isn’t much by way of facilities nearby, so if you feel like you’ll need it, bring it.

The verdict: While this certainly isn’t the park that you’re going to pack it up and spend hours exploring, it’s the perfect in-between park for when you need to get the kids out of the house pre-nap time or bed time to burn off some energy, or if you have some time to kill between play dates or appointments. Keep it simple. Enjoy the peace and quiet. Make your kids put their creativity to work to have a good time. Bring your book or that stack of magazines that have been collecting since January or that girlfriend that you can’t quite seem to catch for a phone call and soak up the Seattle sun through those pretty, pretty trees.

Have you ever been to Magnolia Park? 

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being the 30 parks of summer. {park #1} carkeek park.



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Neighborhood: North Ballard

Finding it: 950 NW Carkeek Park Road, Seattle, WA 98177 // It is quite the windy road down to Carkeek, so take it slow… Follow the signs down to the park from the main street.

Parking Situation: There is a parking lot next to the playgrounds, which had plenty of spots on the day we visited, but I’m pretty sure that on a sunny weekend or summer afternoon, would get packed quickly. There does seem to be overflow parking closer to the trails, but it would be a trek back to the playground with little ones. Long story short, don’t be afraid to stalk people who are leaving to secure a good spot. All is fair in love and parking, after all.

Park stats: Carkeek Park has a little bit of everything… and plenty of room for it all. There are a few different play areas, including a tall play structure with slides, a separate area with swings, a cool little hideout that reminds me of the play area near the meerkats at the zoo and, of course, the famous salmon slide. Add in a huge grassy playfield, plenty of tables for picnics and the beach and Carkeek was certainly a sweet spot to kick off this project.

What the kids loved: Um, the salmon slide. And, then, the salmon slide. Did I mention the salmon slide? I had heard of this slide before and featured it in various Red Tricycle articles over the past few years, but I had no idea how epic it really was. The kids loved it — it was fast, semi-spooky and perfectly positioned in the shade. The beach was also a favorite for Janie, Meg and Ev, and we could have easily spent all afternoon throwing rocks in the water and building sand castles.

What I loved: Carkeek got major mama points from me for having so much to do, but having everything close enough together that I could keep an eye on all three kids, even if they were all doing something different at the park. I dread playgrounds where the swings are so far away from the play structure, because Meg always wants to swing and it’s impossible to make sure Ev isn’t launching himself off of the slide at the same time. The beach was pure heaven too — I wish that I’d planned better and brought the hard-core beach supplies (like, um, sunscreen, maybe?) so that we could have stayed through the afternoon.

Bring it: If you’re going to head down to the beach and plan on staying for a while, bring all of your beach goodies, including sand toys and a place for you to sit (blanket, beach towel, folding chair, whatever…) while your kiddos explore. This is totally a Crocs moment — the walk down the stairs to the beach is kind of treacherous and that sand is h-o-t. If you’re simply looking for some playground fun, bring the usuals — snacks for them, an iced coffee for you.

Leave it: No need for a stroller at Carkeek, so don’t bother. The stairs to the beach are way to insane to carry or even to bump one down and unless you have an infant along, you won’t need one at the playground area.

The verdict: This is likely our new favorite place to play in Seattle and I’m feeling insanely jealous of Ballard-ites for getting to call it their own! We were there late-morning and I suspect that during the weekend it turns into Golden Gardens-esque craziness, which I’d tend to shy away from. My best advice — don’t plan on making a quick visit to Carkeek Park. You’ll need at least a couple of hours to enjoy it and if you try to zip in and out, you’ll likely be carrying a screaming three-year old to the car at the end of your visit. Your own three-year old, I mean. Not someone else’s. Obviously.

Share what you love about Carkeek Park and your little tips for making the best of it! We hear that there are awesome kid-friendly trails and a little stream as well? Dish it, Ballard friends!


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