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10 Things Loved in July: Grand Lodge + Bocce + Macarons

Summer don’t leave us! It’s about this time every year that I want to fit in as much summery fun as possible, into each and every weekend. So here are a few of those things that made me happy in July. 1. McMenamin’s Grand Lodge Hotel – The Grand Lodge is about a 45 minute drive from Portland, in Forest Grove. Like all the McMenamin’s hotels, there’s a lot of history surrounding the place — The Grand Lodge use to be a Masonic convalescent home. It might sound a little creepy, but it’s totally not! It’s a perfect (quick) weekend Read more…

10 Things Loved in June: Sunshine + Sunsets + 70s Haircuts

Oh, summer! You’ve finally arrived. Here are a few things that made me happy, happy, happy in June. 1. summer! & lazing about Col Summers Park 2. an impromptu cocktail crawl to Beaker & Flask, Veritable Quandary, and Central. (not as a cheap as a pub crawl fyi, ouch.) 3. I found this delightful, blue tank at Anthropologie. I like to think I look a tad bit happier with my new shirt, than this gal here is. 4. Vancouver for TBEX! My first time back to Vancouver since I was a little one. I didn’t get to see much of Read more…

10 Things That Make Me Happy: Portland + Concerts + Cheese…

It’s not quite July yet in my time zone. So I can officially still share my favorite things from last month. 1, 2, 3. Go! 1. Fleet Foxes! Really, really, really good live. 2. Picking out my garden at Portland Nursery – yay for tomatoes! {I have no photographic evidence of this} 3. Cotton Jones at Doug Fir. There aren’t words… so here’s a song. 4. San Juan Islands. We’ve already discussed my love of biking around on the San Juans. 5. Shark sheets… yep, I bought them. I’m ready for Shark Week! 6. I <3 my city. And speaking Read more…

10 Things Loved in April: Maui + Airbnb + Cherry Blossoms

I usually spend a few minutes flipping through pictures on my iPhone for my Things that Make Me Happy posts, and the month of April has left me with a feeling of gratefulness. April was fantastic! So here are 10 things that make me happy… 1. Maui! Maui! Maui! I finally managed to get back to lovely Hawaii. Even though it’s so cheap to get to Hawaii from the west coast, my first trip was in 2007, when I went to Oahu for 5 days, so I was excited to visit another island. I’ve only ever heard amazing things about Read more…

10 Things That Make Me Happy {March}

Last month, I was beyond ready for spring to show up, and now I can’t wait for summer to arrive. So as April is quickly passing, it’s high time I do another 10 Things That Make Me Happy post. So without further ado, here are 10 things that put a smile on my face… Portland Farmers Market opening – It’s been a long winter, so March 19 was like Christmas morning! I’m excited to have the PSU Farmer’s Market back open — it’s one of my favorite Saturday morning routines during the summer. While there wasn’t as much produce available Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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