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The Curious Ones

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I came across this poem some time ago and love the way it describes 'The Curious Ones.' I know that I tend to be one of them, and most of the friends and people I gravitate towards are, too. To the ones who want the insides: Don't Fall In Love With The Curious One Don’t [...]

Group Dinner Idea: Taco Bar

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"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, [...]

One New Thing: Summer Color

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I'm naturally a strawberry blonde, so I can count on one hand (make that finger) the number of times I've colored my hair. But early this year -- and I'm talking January -- I started to get the inkling for a change. Maybe it's my psyche's way of getting through winter faster, but all the [...]

Shoot for the Moon

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For those of you with any perfectionist, creative, or restless bones in your body, I share the same blend of good fortune and utter torture. (: I recently read an excerpt from Anne Lammot on A Cup of Jo, and talk about a heart swell – it just instantly resonated with me. You can read [...]

Sprint Triathlon Training: Week 5

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We are on week 5 of an 11-week sprint triathlon training series. It's been fun and eye-opening to see the transformations, lessons, challenges and discoveries that each new week brings. This past week, the aha moment came on the way to Green Lake Park, where I was headed to complete one of the longer runs. [...]

Happy Memorial Day

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A sincere thank you to all of those who serve our country. I hope everyone has a wonderful day with friends and family. {Photo via Olivia Rae James}

Friday Find

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This video is just incredible. Oh Seattle -- you pretty, pretty city. {Video titled Seattle Dream Pt. II from F-Stop Seattle on Vimeo}

Group Dinner Idea: Pasta Bar

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Every Thursday this month features one new group dinner idea. We’ve covered grilled cheese stations, baked potato bars, and waffle stations – and this week, it’s all about the pasta bar. This is one of the easiest options yet, and is a food almost everyone loves in one form or another. Just gather a group [...]

Coconut Oil Moisturizer

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I’ve always tried to be semi-conscious about the products I’m using on my skin, but recently it’s really hit home that every single thing we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. Advertising can be so misleading with words like ‘natural’ that really just speak to one part of the product, while the [...]

The Power of Kindness

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In the throes of graduation season, I was reminded of this speech that George Saunders presented to Syracuse University in 2013. In my opinion, it's one of those speeches that transcends from a ceremonial presentation into a commentary that is really profound, inspiring and unforgettable. For me, it's up there with Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement [...]