Happy Monday to you! I'm just getting back into the swing of things after a nice long camping trip with the fam, so I thought I'd make my post today easy-peasy and just blabber a bit about some of my favorite things.
Can you guess what the first thing is?
Well, if you guessed my daughter, you are right. :)
But, in addition to Miss Stellastar - oh the joys of coffee shops. We can't very well write a blog based out of Portland and not at least mention coffee once and a while, right?
Taking the kids for a warm bagel and yummy drink happens so much around here I have complete confidence that when I'm not around and my children smell coffee brewing they'll think, "mom." (and, ahem, yes she is lapping up age-appropriate hot coco in this pic - never fear ;)
I'm not very loyal to any cafe, as there are so many great ones here. Throw a fresh-baked croissant and you're sure to hit a great coffee spot in P-town. Perhaps Common Grounds on Hawthorne is our most frequented spot because of it's proximity to our house. Their bagels never disappoint, and they are run as a co-op - how cool is that?
If you're visiting Portland some other faves of mine include: Crema, La Petite Provence, Albina Press, The Fine Grind, Floyds, Saint Honore, Oui Presse, and Backspace - all for different reasons. Stumptown is well known around these parts, and they do make a great cup of coffee, but I always feel that it's lacking on the "kid-friendly" vibe. Hmmmm - maybe I need to have a segment on our blog where I review cafes? An excuse to indulge! Hah, like I need one. :)
Anywho - on to my 2nd favorite thing: messy art! And this is where I leave you with some inspiration to get out in the sunshine with your wee ones and create something fun.
- large cardboard box (I was short one, so I went down to my local shipping place and picked one up. $14)
- anything you can think of to decorate! (We used paint and markers, but I have a feeling this will be an on-going project that gets layered with beauty as the hot days continue. Maybe tomorrow we'll bust out the glue and colored tissue paper.)
- Utility Knife to cut the door, windows, etc...
- Duct or packing tape to hold it all together.
I'm sure it's pretty obvious how to get going with this project, so I'll skip the 'how-tos' and just give you some eye-candy. Enjoy!
|Stella was really into choosing where the windows should go, and drawing the shapes for me to cut open|
|we decided ours is a Rocket Ship. Blast off!|