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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

100 pound clam | Where is June?

Suffering through a Seattle winter is payed in spades come summer!  Last week {when if felt like summer} a friend and I had the most enjoyable afternoon!  I thought I would share it- so you could add it to your summer TO-DO-List and maybe discover Local Gems.  Great for couples, girlfriends or your whole family.

We started by renting a kayak from Moss Bay. They also rent paddle boards and sailboats, but we chose a double kayak so we could paddle and chat!  The day was perfect and it was so nice to be on the water.  You paddle by floating homes, Gasworks Park, and enormous yachts.  With Seattle’s skyline as the backdrop it doesn’t get much better!

moss bay

After our paddle, we treated ourselves to lunch at 100 Pound Clam.  {It is literally 3 steps away from Moss Bay!}  With the best spot on Lake Union and float planes landing in the back ground, it’s THE place for a summer lunch.  I highly recommend the dill fries, the fried corn, and the Fishwich BLT- but honestly it’s all delicious!  On a warm NW day, the picnic tables and a crisp Rose will be waiting for you.

food |Where is June?



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Thursday, January 19th, 2017


{That black jump suit.  I mean…}

Before it closed, I was able to see the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.  I wish I had gone earlier during its run because I would have loved to have gone back!  Either way, it literally took my breath away.  Admittedly, I think of fashion art, so this exhibit spoke to me.  Yves Saint Laurent was a true artist.  From his sketches, to the dresses, to the way he incorporated modern art and mood into his collections-it was obvious he was a genius and his medium just happened to be clothing.  His genius is timeless.  Many of gowns could be worn on the red carpet today and the celebrity would land herself on the the best dressed list.  Quality and details matter.  In the age of fast fashion- fit, craftsmanship, and detailing is often overlooked.  He painstakingly chose fabrics and added details that make his work inspiring.

Here a few of my favorite snap shots from the exhibit {all taken on my iPhone}:

YSL sketch 1

sketch 2

YSL sketch 3

There were hundreds of his sketches from collections spanning decades.  He sketched each gown or ensemble and added fabric swatches for each creation.


Any one of these pieces could be worn today!  The prints, draping and details feel so modern.


The 1980’s, in all its absolute grandeur!  That bow.

modern suiting

Modern suiting at its finest.  I’d love to see an actress rock that modern tuxedo at a movie premier!  The cuffs and collar {heart eyes!}


The showstopper.  She stood alone.  In a room of Andy Warhol paintings.  Simple, but so edgy!

I’m eager to watch this film about Yves Saint Laurent.  Like any artistic genius, he was tormented much of his life.  After seeing his work, I am so curious to know more about him.


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Friday, August 21st, 2015

seattle bouldering project | Where is June?

With the boys still home with me for summer, our field trips need to meet two requirements.  The trip needs to be kid friendly {obviously} and active.  This week we took a trip to the Seattle Bouldering Project {SBP}.  My boys love to climb at this gym.   Since most playgrounds these days have a bouldering wall, they are extremely comfortable with the hand and foot holds.  I appreciate the welcoming feel of SBP.  There are some serious climbers and they are always so upbeat and kind to the boys.  A couple of months ago, I went with a friend to climb and actually really enjoyed it.  She showed me the ropes and I wasn’t so intimidated.  Plus, it is a fantastic workout.  This last trip we all climbed together.

While climbing with the boys this time, I realized all the amazing life lessons they are learning while climbing.  In just a short amount of time I saw problem solving, team work, perseverance, resiliency, camaraderie, and patience.  The boys watch the more skilled climbers if they are have difficulty with a climb.  They observe a strategy and then put it into action.  Quite amazing really!  While not a reason for the field trip, it sure is a huge plus!

The hours make it easy to pop in any time during they day.  You literally need nothing.  They rent shoes and you can borrow chalk.  Just remember to wear clothes that allow you to move and climb.

seattle bouldering project climb| Where is June?

{Just look at the face!  Pure determination.  Gotta love that.}


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Friday, August 14th, 2015

artists at play |Where is June?

The boys and I took an excellent field trip to Artist at Play in Seattle Center.  Nestled behind the Experience Music Project, it is an enormous playground fitted with ropes, slides, towers, slides and ladders.  Any kid that loves to climb will totally dig it!  There is a small section for small children, but it is definitely geared for older kids.  Younger kids will need some assistance navigating the ropes.  My kids disappeared in 2 seconds flat, so if that makes you anxious you might visit once September arrives and the crowds of tourists diminish.  I suggest having your kids wear shoes and socks, not sandals or flip flops.  This will allow them to climb easily, plus the turf under the structure was extremely hot.

Add a little bit more fun by riding the Monorail and grabbing a bite to eat at the Armory.

ropes course

little man at play

big w at play

swinging at play


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Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Rusty Putter @ Newcastle | Where is June

Summer in Seattle is the best 3+ months of the year.  This summer is already shaping up to be sunny, hot, and awesome.  With active boys and beautiful weather, it is essential to be outside and keep them busy.  Searching out fun is a difficult job, but someone has to do it!  How about 18 holes of mini golf?  Real greens, sand traps, and scorecards.

The Rusty Putter at The Golf Club at Newcastle is an amazing destination for a little fun.  In about an hour, you can golf all 18 holes.  The views of Seattle, Lake Washington, and Bellevue are breathtaking.  Grab a drink at the grill after your round and call it a day.

On a side note, Newcastle is also a perfect spot for date night.  Grab a drink from the bar, head out to the putting green, and unwind on a warm summer’s night.

I will be featuring fun summer ideas over the next couple of months.  If you have a great idea, leave a comment below or send them to me at

PS.  Keeping summer minds active!

*This post is not sponsored, just inspired.


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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013


A recent trip to the Pike Place Market marked our first visit to Seattle’s Gum Wall.  It is located in Post Alley under Pike Place Market.  [Find Rachel the Pig and go down a short flight of stairs.  Turn right at the bottom and you are there.]

Visually, it is striking.  Colorful and textured.   Standing back from it you almost forget it is chewed gum.  Almost.  The boys couldn’t visit without leaving their mark.  Will jumped right in and stretched his gum long and left it dangling from a pipe.  Little Man was apprehensive, but eventually went for it.  He really wanted to shape his gum into the letter H because he had noticed that some visitors had spelled out their name or messages and left them on the wall.  When it proved to be a tedious job he just stuck his next to his big brother’s.  I delicately stuck my piece to a very small empty space on the wall.

Being a tourist in your own city is a great way to spend a summer’s day.


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