Category Archives: Here and There

Sara Bareilles & The Relationship Lifecycle

October 1, 2013

Months ago my brother in law surprised my sister and I with tickets to see Sara Bareilles (& One Republic) at Chateau Ste. Michelle. He also took into consideration that my sister would be 8 months pregnant by then and paid extra for seats. Talk about big brother of the year, right?

The concert happened on Labor Day and after a weekend in Portland, we barely made it to the concert in time. But soon enough I had a bottle of wine in hand and Sara B was front and center performing.

I first discovered Sara Bareilles nearly 10 years ago. I was going to college in Southern California and she was a regular at Hotel Cafe which was a local music spot for indie artists. It was love at first sight.

Over the past 8 or 9 years, she has become my musical best friend; her songs are my constant companion through life’s relationships. She is a singer that can get you through the highs and lows just like a best girl friend.
These are just a few of my favorite songs…

When your story involves Mr. Wrong:

For when you are heartbroken….

For when you are ticked off…

For when you are ready to move on….

When it’s Right:

For when it is still nerves and sideways glances

For when you realize it’s for keeps…


30 Before 30: Flying Trapeze

September 26, 2013


When I lived in San Francisco, I happened upon an aerial arts school that taught flying trapeze but I never had the chance to go. I kept this wish in the back of my mind after I moved from SF and continued to look for similar schools with each city I moved to. Seattle did not disappoint.

I finally took the leap… no pun intended… on Tuesday with Emily and Amy. Amy had been a few times before and was on to more challenging tricks. She was gracefully from get go. Emily, who was just as green as I was, picked up the tricks without a second thought.

Me? Well, I was a bit awkward… but we knew that would happen before I even started. It’s my brand. And yet – I jumped off, did a trick, and made a catch.

When I first made my 30 before 30 list, people were encouraging but they also thought it was a little silly. What is does a catch on a flying trapeze accomplish? This, and the other 30 before 30 items, put me out of my comfort zone. They force me to try something new and risk failing.

I am not going to lie… I have watched the videos from last night over and over again. I am not ashamed to say I am so proud of myself. I was really scared and I didn’t think I could do it. But I still tried, risked failing, and was rewarded with a catch.

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    1. Get a pixie haircut.

Completed Dec 12, 2012

    1. Go on a vacation alone.


  • Karaoke.



  • Camp.



  • Learn to longboard. Or at least attempt it.



  • Complete a catch on the flying trapeze.


Completed Sept 24, 2013


  • Throw a fancy dinner party.



  • Run a marathon. (But I will settle for a half)



  • Visit Canada.



  • Travel to a country I have never been before (not Canada).


Completed May 9, 2013 with Amsterdam

  • Revisit my best friend in Florida.



  • See a football game in the south. War Eagle.



  • Learn to grill.


Completed April 2013


  • Attempt snowboarding… again.



  • Take a cooking class. 


    Completed Nov 11, 2012 at Pantry at Delancy
    Pie Ninja



  • Hold my future niece or nephew.



  • Treat my parents.



  • Make a pie from scratch.


Completed Nov 21, 2012 with a Ginger Apple Streusel “Pie”


  • Find the perfect swimsuit.



  • Decorate a christmas tree.



  • Ride a motorcycle.



  • Explore 5 states I have never visited before.



  • Conquer my reoccuring NYE resolution of reading 50 books in one year.



  • Learn to french braid.



  • Take a 2 week vacation: 2 consecutive weeks.



  • Build something… that doesn’t come from Ikea.



  • Do one cartwheel.



  • Matchmake a couple, successfully.



  • Wear my navy blue special occasion Florida dress.



  • Be apart of something momentous, memorable, and national. Subjective… deal with it.


BONUS: Be awesome every day.


Although I have lived in Seattle for 1.5 years, I am still pretty ignorant to the city. This is precisely why when I was going to Discovery Park I assumed it was a park or maybe a beach. So I put on a swimsuit and then changed it for a sun dress and converse tennis shoes right before I walked out the door. This may seem like no big deal to you but to my friends Discovery Park is considered a hike and I showed up looking like a princess.

Thankfully, a princess that can hike in a short black dress and kicks. But, I am jumping a head here. This day was perfect and I will tell you why.

I start most of my Saturdays the same way…

I roll out of bed and into my Zella Live in Leggings and the closest (and cleanest) workout shirt I can find. I bobby pin my hair back, splash water on my face, brush my teeth and then I am out the door to walk to my workout class that is 2 miles away. After my 60 minutes of workout torture, I start the journey back home.

Every Saturday that is how my day starts.

On this Saturday as I was on my way home, I got a call from my sister to meet her for lunch. So instead of walking all the way back, I caught a bus and scooted to the top of the hill. We talked… we ate… we watched her dog bark attack a little girl…then we hid in shame.

After our “ladies who lunch”-sweaty-from-working-out lunch, I got a call from Curtis & Doug to go to Discovery Park. I believe they phrased it in terms of “skipping rocks” and “a short hike away”. I, of course, thought they were joking on the skipping rocks and “hike away” meant we could walk there from their house. Either way, I quickly showered got on my bathing suit, took off my bathing suit, put on my black dress, and met up with them at their place.

Enter Discovery Park:


I had no expectations for what was ahead but I was immediately speechless for the beauty that lived a few miles from my house. How in the world had I never been here? The views, the easy trails, the fresh air and travel companions filled me with delight. It was perfect.







Most of the afternoon was spent here and I have the tan lines and sand in my shoes to prove it.

This amazing Saturday didn’t end there but kept going with other friends and Red Mill shakes while the sun set.

Pretty much perfect, right?

In all my explorations across Amsterdam, Hotel Droog was by far my favorite find.

At the historical centre of Amsterdam, you will find a hospitality experience like no other. Hôtel Droog is a place where you can come for a drink, a bite to eat, exclusive shopping, exhibitions, beauty advice, a stroll in the garden, a lecture series, or even a bed for the night.

As soon as you walk in to Hotel Droog, you feel more creative by the atmosphere alone. The first floor is their main shop with the front room for furniture and miscellaneous products and the backroom has apparel. At the second level you will find their cafe and fashion / beauty inspired rooms and on the top level is the one and only hotel room.

The store sells design inspired product, the garden is like a scene from Willy Wonka, and the cafe is so warm and perfect I never wanted to leave. It perfectly balances minimalism, color, and design… And if I could, I would rent out their hotel room year round.

Trip Re-Visit: Dancing Through Amsterdam >


June 3, 2013

My favorite restaurant in Amsterdam is probably better known as a cafe. Greenwoods has two locations and on trip advisor both are in the top 25. Seeing those numbers made me feel better about going there three times on my week long visit.

Two times for lunch with mom and a coffee visit with a friend, Greenwoods quickly became my favorite stop in Amsterdam. It has intimate seating, a menu that combines basic fresh flavors with a twist, and soda bread that is out of this world. Just thinking about the bread makes my mouth water.

Plus, how can you not love a place that has Twiggy on the wall?





singel 103, english tea room & shop, breakfast, lunch, high tea
keizersgracht 465, english tea room & restaurant, breakfast, lunch, high tea, dinner

Heineken Experience

May 31, 2013

Not all beers are created equal.

Or maybe they are?

As a non-beer drinker, after visiting the Heineken Experience I have a new appreciation for it’s flavor and carbonation controlling foam.

But seriously? This was one of my favorite “museums” in Amsterdam. Totally touristy. Totally worth it.


Holy smokes, dreamboat right? I have never paid so much close attention to anything before. Later learned he is 19. Oh to be young…






This experience has it all… no seriously, they even have a “ride” that lets you feel what it would be like to a brewed beer. Let me tell you, it’s exhilarating. :-)

It’s finally Friday. Now come on over and join me on my deck. I’ll even share my Heineken and the partly sunny weather Seattle is reportedly getting this weekend.

Hermitage Apartments // Amsterdam

May 24, 2013

One of the significant contributors to having my holiday in Amsterdam be so wonderful was the apartment we stayed in. I will take an apartment or B&B over a hotel any time I can and the Hermitage B&B and Apartments did not disappoint.

This one bedroom apartment was on the Amstel canal and in the heart of everything. We were within walking distance to every museum and tourist destination the city has but also to the spots that locals recommended that weren’t on Rick Steve’s radar.

Just stepping out my apartment doors or opening our large french windows I was drawn in to the wonder that is Amsterdam.

If you are planning a visit to Amsterdam, without fail I would recommend you stay here. The owner was so wonderful and her places were the perfect balance of comfort and holiday luxury.

She even offered to let me stay there for extended months over winter… which means I’m now fervently working on a business case to convince my work. Perhaps, I need to open European offices for us…

Hermitage B&B and Apartments
Amstel 35
1011 PT Amsterdam Netherlands

Dancing through Amsterdam

May 21, 2013

After 8 days in Amsterdam and another number marked off my #30before30 list I have so much to share.

It was such an amazing trip and a total treat to experience it with my mom. We walked, biked and ate all through out the city… but most importantly, I danced.

For those that prefer vimeo >

Next week, there is going to be an Amsterdam take over on Andbubblegum as I share all of the best bits of the trip.

Until then, I have some amazing contributor posts these next few days!

Stay tuned,



    1. Get a pixie haircut.
        Completed Dec 12, 2012
    2. Go on a vacation alone.


    1. Karaoke.


    1. Camp.


    1. Learn to longboard. Or at least attempt it.


    1. Complete a catch on the flying trapeze.


    1. Throw a fancy dinner party.


    1. Run a marathon. (But I will settle for a half)


    1. Visit Canada.


    1. Travel to a country I have never been before (not Canada).
    2. Completed May 9, 2013 with Amsterdam


    1. Revisit my best friend in Florida.


    1. See a football game in the south. War Eagle.


    1. Learn to grill.
        Completed April 2013
    2. Attempt snowboarding… again.


    1. Take a cooking class. 
        Completed Nov 11, 2012 at Pantry at Delancy
      1. Pie Ninja
    2. Hold my future niece or nephew.


    1. Treat my parents.


    1. Make a pie from scratch.
        Completed Nov 21, 2012 with a Ginger Apple Streusel “Pie”
    2. Find the perfect swimsuit.


    1. Decorate a christmas tree.


    1. Ride a motorcycle.


    1. Explore 5 states I have never visited before.


    1. Conquer my reoccuring NYE resolution of reading 50 books in one year.


    1. Learn to french braid.


    1. Take a 2 week vacation: 2 consecutive weeks.


    1. Build something… that doesn’t come from Ikea.


    1. Do one cartwheel.


    1. Matchmake a couple, successfully.


    1. Wear my navy blue special occasion Florida dress.


  1. Be apart of something momentous, memorable, and national. Subjective… deal with it.

BONUS: Be awesome every day.

Here & There: Nouveau & Alki

April 15, 2013

 When my parents made a last minute decision to visit Seattle I couldn’t leave them to fend for themselves all day so I joined them in a work ditch day.  We went all over Seattle and stopped at many tourist spots but our morning was spent exploring these “Here and Theres”: Bakery Nouveau & Alki beach.

Here: Bakery Nouveau
Location: West Seattle

I first heard of Bakery Nouveau when a coworker told me about the most amazing brioche roll that tasted like a cinnamon roll with walnuts and bacon. I couldn’t even wait a week before visiting upon which I found just what she had described… and let me tell you… it was amazing.

This bakery is on one of the main streets in West Seattle and a mile from the beach. It has an assortment of breakfast breads, sandwiches, pizzas, breads, and desserts but it is most known for its twice baked almond croissant  Even during my mid-day Tuesday visit with my family there was a short line and a steady flow of customers.




There: Alki Beach
Location: West Seattle

Having spent 9ish years in California…. I use the term “beach” lightly. When I first moved here, people were always giving me recommendations of places to explore and Alki came up often. I had this idea of what I imagined it to look like but when I finally visited I was aghast that this is what Seattle refers to as a beach. There was more sand in a sandbox!

Over the months, my disdain for Alki “beach” dwindled and I have come to love this area of town… and not just because it usually means I am stopping at Nouveau first. There are miles of beach walkways, a few local (and chain) coffeeshops, and amazing views of downtown Seattle.

I haven’t been here on a hot summer day but I imagine this to be a little less serene and a lot my Baywatch… well, Seattle Baywatch.






Here & There: Le Reve & Stuhlbergs

April 8, 2013

 This week on Here & There we are located on the top of Queen Anne hill just blocks from my house. As this is my neighborhood I am quite partial to these two spots but I think you may enjoy them too.

Here: Le Reve Bakery & Cafe
Location: 1805 Queen Anne Ave. N.

There are a handful of fantastic coffee shops in Upper Queen Anne but none can compare to La Reve’s baked goods. The smell reaches you as you merely walk by. If you come in hoping to leave with just coffee, you are sorely mistaken.

There are plenty of tables and chairs for you sit and enjoy your treat, but as this place is quite popular, they fill up quickly on a Saturday morning.

[Interesting to note…. I have always wanted a long community table and Le Reve converted an old door into a great table. Le Reve’s table is what convinced my roommate Elyse that we needed one too.]




There: Stuhlbergs
Location: 1801 Queen Anne Ave. N.

After you’ve grabbed your latte and chocolate croissant and enjoyed it on the patio, travel next door to Stuhlbergs for accessories and gifts for yourself and your home.

I lived near this shop for nearly eight months before I finally entered. Their front door is surrounded by crystal bowls and vases and I would have never guessed there was a treasure trove inside of goodies. I wish I could classify the products you will find in here but they have a such a spectrum that I am at a loss… stationary, books, kid’s clothing and toys, bedding, towels, candles, office accessories, wall art, dishware, accent pillows and more.