Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Vacation on a tank of gas...( Long Beach Washington, Akari Bungalows)

Friday's I will be doing reviews on places to stay, mini vacations and places to go with your spouse, children, bestfriend, or alone to enjoy some time away.  I am doing this because when Hub's and I were both working outside of the house with two full time jobs. We were able to vacation and do things whenever we wanted. I love to travel & explore new things and places, this is in my blood! My mom jokes that we are gypsy's and I am sure when I research our family history this is one thing that will come to be true.  Only thing that has changed is now with just Chris working full time we aren't able to do the vacations in the way that we once were able to do. I have to get creative so Friday's are going to be about vacations, time away & the way to do it on a small budget, because let's face it the most important thing to do on a vacation is to re-connect and learn to relax and enjoy your time with your loved ones....and yes sometimes that means just you, because if you don't love yourself who will? So enjoy and please tell me in a comment where you would like to hear about going to and I will check it out for you!!

The first place I am going to write a review about is Long Beach, Washington. We stayed at Akari Bungalows.  It was a few days before Valentines Day, It was stormy and the wind was blowing so hard that the rain was coming down sideways. We didn't mind the idea of being locked away in a cabin at the ocean.

When you first arrive at the bungalows, you feel a little twang of nostalgia of simpler earlier times. Akari Bungalows, were originally built in the 1930s and newly renovated, these eight cozy, stylish bungalows were re-designed to make you feel like you are staying at your families guest house instead of a strangers cabin or a regular hotel. What makes these so unique is that each are owned by different people, they put their own personal touches into their cabin, so that you will feel like you are right at home. The Inn at Discovery Bay, take care of the bungalows. Their staff is amazing, we kept having the beautiful gas fireplace go out on us, ( operator air ) and no matter when we called the manager was there within 20 minutes fixing the problem. She was so kind and even gave us her home and cell numbers just in case we needed anything or if the power went out.  With staff like that treating us like family and the bungalows being so home like, it just made us feel that much better and so relaxed to have no worries.

It made it so much better to know that my "fur babies"were able to come with me on our vacation! This place was perfect to have your dogs come with you. Running on the beach playing catch with their chuck it's and play in the waves, even though we had a ton of rain we made it just as fun! walking the board walk from one side of Long Beach to the other, they just loved to prance in the fresh air.  So if you have dogs feel free to bring them because they are "fur baby friendly!"

To top it off you are right in the heart of the tranquil coastal town of Long Beach. The cabin's are Located on the main beach approach, right under the Long Beach Arch, nestled close to the ocean and a block from town, Kitty corner from the Ice cream shop!  Each of the Akari Bungalows have gas fireplaces, plush king or queen beds, while some have jetted tubs and either full kitchens or kitchenettes. Every amenity allows you to fully enjoy the long lazy days one hopes for on a beach vacation.

We stayed in number eight! We walked in and looked around and feel in love. There was a full jetted tub for two, a gas fireplace, full kitchen so Hub's could make me food!  A shower and cute little bathroom, a DVD, and flat screen TV, Radio, and a note book that people had written about their own thought on the Bungalow, most people wrote about needing a chair, but to me it was perfect to just lay in bed. We slept on a King size bed and when we got back from our trip we got our own Kingsize bed.

While we were there we went up to Ocean park being able to go to Jack's and Sweet Williams On Bay, are my two favorite places to stop into and enjoy.  We enjoyed the Long beach down town,  eating at Ancor's Grill & lounge for dinner, and Lauire's for breakfast,  and enjoying all the wonderful shops. If you are going to go enjoy this wonderful town make sure you check out The Long beach vistor's page  

 I was sad when the two nights were over I could have stayed and read books, watched movies,  and enjoyed their free wifi! It would have been wonderful to be able to look at the ocean for another week. I am hoping to be invited back and to review the property at The Inn at discovery coast. 

P.O. Box 328  -  203 Bolstad Ave.  Long Beach, WA 98631
Please tell them Kingstongirl sent you!

When  our uniquely updated 1930's cottages right on the popular Bolstad beach approach in Long Beach, Washington.  Each bungalow has been completely updated and renovated to reflect a contemporary beachy feel where you can relax and truly enjoy all this coastal communitly has to offer. 

Our bungalows are equipped with gas fireplaces, king beds with comfortable pillow top matresses, kitchens or kitchenettes, quality linens and amenities, lcd tv's, dvd players, jetted tubs, and an excellent location just steps from the beach, boardwalk, downtown...these bungalows will entice you to destress and unwind.  

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thankful Thursday's!

I am going to start doing a blog about what I am thankful for every Thursday!  I realize that there is always something negative that one can say but not always easy to do with saying something positive, There is so much that we hear everyday of something wrong or something upsetting, but I want to do one post a week that can focus on everything good in my life. There is so much good in my life I feel like being sharing a piece of my sunshine each week...

Tonight I went downtown Poulsbo to get out there and meet some new friends and saw some of my closest friends tonight. I have to say I am so thankful for all the wonderful things that Kingstongirl has been bringing me. It just makes me smile. Then to top things off paying this forward with the Celebration Cake bags, ( we got 20 ) I can't wait to get my goal for all of them. 

Most importantly I am so thankful for my Mom. She is my mom but so much more then that. With our her in my life my heart would be empty. I don't take the time to say it all the time but my Mom is so wonderful, my best friend, rock. My Mom showed up and stayed to the last minute of the Girls night out.  Kept me company and is always so supportive. I know that not every family has the bond that my family and I have and that makes me sad because everyone should be as loved by their parents as I am and love their parents as much as I do. 

I am blessed to have the friends that I have. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

imfreetobmommy started this cute contest! I hope you have fun with this! :)
Here is how this award works...
The rules:

* Click on the above image and paste onto your blog/website
* Answer the below questions
* Pass onto 10 (or 6 like me) bloggers that you Love, go to their blog and let them know they've been given the award.

1. Who is your style icon? Humm if I had more money I would dress like Resee Whiterspoon. :)

2. What is your favorite socialite lit book? Socialite Book? Wow what is that?? Does twilight count?
3. Favorite party theme? Duh! Twilight! No really, it would be an 80's prom theme!
4. Go to Halloween costume? Alice in wonderland.

5. Extravagance you cannot live without? My Apple Lap top.

6. Living person you admire? My parents especially my mom are the ones I admire most for so many reasons, no matter what a day wont go by with us fighting we always make up and tell say I love you...
7. Greatest fear? My parents or Chris dying.

8. Trait you deplore in yourself? I wish I had a little more patience & I wish that I didn't want to please everyone all the time. 
9. Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I could sew. 
10. Greatest Achievement? being married to my amazing husband. Thru thick and thin he is my best friend. 

Ok, here are the five bloggers I am passing this award on to:

 1. Alexis @
 2. Megan @
 3. Erica @
 4. Tenielle @
 5. Joni @
 6. blueviloet @

Review of Dirty Hairy's! ( Tessa saved the day! )

                                                                Before the haircut! 

Last week I was asked to go check out Dirty Hairy’s salon down town Poulsbo on Jensen Way.
When I walked into the salon I felt like I was walking into a hip Steal Magnolias Salon.. That this is a place that I could not just get my hair done but really feel like I was sitting at a friends house where I was waited on and treated like company. Just the undivided attention they showed me made me feel like I was a guest in their home, I guess in a way I was a guest in their home.

I was happy to be playing on my laptop writing for the blog, using the free wifi that they offer to anyone that goes there. Tessa told me they got wifi so people could still do work while they were there on a lunch break not missing a beat while they waited for their color to be done or wait their turn to have their hair done. It just makes sense in a busy way of life these girls catered to us. 

Tessa has been living in the area for about two years. “I have been a stylist for 20 years and a salon owner for 13 years. When I moved here my goal was to open a salon within one year. Big goal... “ Moving here from Spokane she left everything and everyone she knew and headed to Poulsbo to start her new life. While waiting to find the perfect place Tessa rented a chair at a local salon until she was able to build a name and client list for herself. “Eight months later, that is just what I did.” In the mean time she met and became friends with Stylist Kimbery Ulbright & soon they started looking for the perfect place to run their own salon becoming co-owners & partners of Dirty Hairy’s salon & together they opened in July 2009. Then the third lady of the Salon Alison Hanford called and asked if there was a chair for rent and the rest is history! Alison is a perfect fit to the trio! They are a great team. 

“ I love the small town feel and the way the people work together to improve each others success.” Tessa said.
Owning her own business gives Tessa the freedom to also make her own schedule, making way to give her the balance between work and family. Tessa enjoy’s making her own rules. “I have always been more of a leader than a follower when it comes to most things. It seems to have worked so far.” On the down-side, for owning her own business she feels that there is a lot of responsibility to keep things running smoothly and make sure everyone is happy. 

When asked if there was anything she would like to change in Poulsbo she said “I would get rid of the one hour parking signs so people can enjoy more time roaming around” 

Tessa is a true believer that more people should help support the local small businesses, so someday all of the windows will be lit up rather than empty! In the future The Salon hope there will be a Dirty Hairy's magnet on all of the refrigerators in kitsap county within the next five years! As a salon owner Tessa has learned how to see people as individuals, and then to take that and use it as a tool to give each person a pleasurable experience. When she chose to open the salon in Poulsbo It was because she enjoyed the view of the bay and the historical downtown "feel". Tessa always believe’s your business will grow if you work where you play. “I love it here! The people in this community are very original. We fit in here. Dirty Hairy's is one of a kind!” 

When I left the Salon after my hair getting done I realized that I was hooked and more then likely would never go anywhere else. I have told everyone and anyone that would listen that this is the best kept secret in town & in selfish way hoped it would stay that way so I wouldn’t have to wait a month to get a hair cut! I figure I better book early because these three girls, Tessa, Kim & Alison, are going to be booked months in advance before long. I truly felt that this was so relaxed. That the ladies at the Salon were my friends now and really easy going and so fun to work with. In this economy their prices are so reasonable. I think that people are important to them and that our town is important to them. They add that spark this little town needs. I am so lucky to have been able to come and check them out! I can’t wait to go back!!!

                                                                      After the haircut! 
19132 Jensen Way Poulsbo, WA, Call today at 360-598-3600They offer services From Cuts Starting at $20.00..... Ranging from Facial waxing to Perms! Offering Happy hour where every Monday & 1st week of each month Mens/children cuts are $10.00!

Wordless Wednesday's! The most beautiful evening I have had.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tempt my Tummy Tuesday. ( I know its a little late!)

Chickpea Cutlets
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or grated with a Microplane grater
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • Olive oil for pan frying
  1. In a mixing bowl, mash the chickpeas together with the oil until no chickpeas are left. Add the remaining ingredients and knead together for about 3 minutes, until strings of gluten have formed.
  2. Preheat a large heavy-bottomed nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, divide the cutlet dough into 4 equal pieces. To form cutlets, knead each piece in your hand for a few moments and then flatten and stretch each one into a roughly 6 by 4 inch rectangular cutlet shape. The easiest way to do this is to form a rectangle shape in your hands and then place the cutlets on a clean surface to flatten and stretch them.
  3. Add a moderately thin layer of olive oil to the bottom of the pan. Place the cutlets in the pan and cook on each side for 6 to 7 minutes. Add more oil, if needed, when you flip the cutlets. They’re ready when lightly browned and firm to the touch.
Just in case you were wondering, you can also bake these too! Baking these patties gives them a toothsome chewy texture and firm bite. Preheat oven to 375°F, and lightly oil baking sheet. Brush both sides of each patty with olive oil, place on baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes. Flip patties and bake another 8 to 10 minutes until firm and golden brown. 

Vital wheat gluten is the naturally occurring protein in wheat that makes it all happen; it’s what gives wheat dough its characteristic stretch and makes seitan (sometimes called wheat meat) so toothsome. Look for organic brands at your health food store, usually in the baking section.

Serve with BBQ Sauce! :) it makes it yummy! Also with green beans and red potatoes oven baked on 350* for 25-30 mins with garlic and olive oil. Serve and enjoy. Makes enough for 4 people.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Manic Monday?

Manic Monday, There is so much to share but don't want to overwhelm anyone with my manic thoughts, so please except my apoligies, before hand.....for my ramble's.

Today I started to ween off diet coke....yes that is what you just read no need to adjust the screen.  I am sick of drinking a case of it every few days.  So today I cut back and added tea and sparking water.. bring on the splitting headace that I am sure that I will be having tomorrow!  I hate the way water taste's just is so boring. Even with the crystal light I put into it doesn't help at all.  I wish that water could taste like diet coke, then it would be so much better. 

The next mind numbing rant is, Why do women give other women bad names, The idea of the craziness that we women can sometimes be just awful. We have a friend that is going through a tough time. He and his babies mama broke up a while ago and everything was going well and things were on good terms. Now bare in mind I DO NOT take sides, when friends break up. It is their business and their issues to work through. with that said, why do some people use their children to make their ex suffer. Like they are the buttons that they push & know that it will really be the one thing that will tare the other in half. This is what is going on with our friend and it is heartbreaking to see him not able to see his little girl because she doesn't feel like letting him see her because she is wanting to hurt him now. Don't people get it that its not the ex that is going to suffer as much as it is their child. Why can't they remember the start of their relationships, I am not saying that everyone in every situation should be letting their children see the other parent if their life is in danger.  Just put the bullshit away and be a parent. We all hate our ex's and if you don't you are a saint.  So why don't you think back to the when you use to be in love. Not that you should fall back in love with your ex, but just remember that you were once in love with this person and created a life. 

“My blog is carbon neutral” We interrupt this program.....

I know that this isn't Earth day week still but I found this blog and I knew I had to do this. I mean being green isn't a fad it is a way of life and Earth day really should be everyday so I found a way to make my blog carbon neutral and I would love for it to be paid forward to other bloggers out there. So please enjoy go to the link and have one less thing we do effect anything we touch! :)

“My blog is carbon neutral” is an initiative, originally started in Germany by the “Make it Green” program, that has the goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. We plant a tree for your blog and thereby neutralise your blog’s carbon footprint for the next 50 years! Everyone can make a small contribution to the environment. Every tree counts! I think this is the perfect idea for anyone that blogs.  How much carbon dioxide does a tree absorb?

Unfortunately, no precise answer is possible. The carbon dioxide absorption of a tree can differ a lot. The amount of carbon dioxide that a tree can absorb depends on the type of tree, light exposure, length of the vegetation period, latitude, water balance, and the soil conditions.

There are many different calculations for the saving potential of a tree. The assumed values vary between 10 and 30kg (20 and 70lb.) for a tree each year. It is certain however, that in its first two to three years a tree absorbs relatively little carbon dioxide. In the growth phase following this, the absorption rate increases rapidly. During this time, the tree safes a considerable amount of carbon dioxide. The absorption rate decrease again from the age of 18.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) assumes a yearly absorption of one tree of approximately 10kg (20lb.) carbon dioxide emissions. “Make it green”, the environmental programme of kaufDA, is using a yearly absorption value of 5kg (11lb.) for its “My blog is carbon neutral” initiative. This is a very conservative calculation, ensuring that the neutralisation of each blog is achieved.

One tree neutralises the carbon dioxide emissions of your blog

As demonstrated in the above calculation, the atmosphere can be relieved by an average of 5kg (11lb.) carbon dioxide every year by planting one tree. An average blog causes 3.6kg (8lb.) of carbon dioxide emissions. Consequently, a tree neutralises the carbon dioxide emissions of a blog. Since a tree lives for an average of 50 years, carbon dioxide emissions of your blog can be completely neutralised for this time period. or email at :


Sunday, April 25, 2010

New blog makeover!!!

I have to say that I LOVE my new blog! It is amazing job that Custom Blog Designs.... did for me! If you need a great blog then you need to have Custom Blog Designs! She did such a great job and I know I wasn't the easiest person to get this done. I am still learning how things work in the blog world.
It is everything I wanted. If you want me to ad your business then please send me an email.

This week I am going to highlight a few women owned businesses in my local area. If you would like to be highlighted please let me know. I am always looking for more fun people & places to write about.
I have a ton of things planned the next few weeks. One thing I am planning is a Rockabilly festival. It is going to be a blast, we will do it June 19th. There will be bands that will be playing, food, a fashion show for kids & another one for Men/Women. We will also be have a car show. It is going to be so much fun for us all! I am really looking forward to doing this & planning all the things leading up to it.

This weekend had its share of good times and bad. My friend turned 40 and we had a b-day party for her. My friends Dennis and Keith got married, I got to take a nice hot bubble bath, read outside for a an hour in the sunshine,  played with the fur babies, watched movies and cuddled on the couch, see and visit with friends, The not so good was cleaning and scrubbing the house twice, (within 4 hours for) eachother. Another family member past away and we had yet another funeral to attend.  We were trying to work in the garden and between the sun breaks there was many down pours that made the garden nothing but mud! I am pretty happy that this weekend is over &  I am looking forward to a new week with a fresh start!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Skipped a day... Oops! :)

Wow, I don't have much to say the past few days, I don't think that happens very often! So be happy that you got a break!
My blog is doing a 360 make over and I am so excited to see what you all think of it! I am so thankful with all the doors that this is opening for me. I am getting ready to plan a Kingstongirl coming out party for one in Kingston and one in Poulsbo, after that they are going to find a place for me to go and do one in Silverdale & one on Bainbridge Island. I am trying to get in on the Parade for Viking fest.( For those of you that don't know what that is, it is a festival in the cute town of Poulsbo) It has been one of my favorite things in my community to do. I am also going to be in the Kingston 4th of July parade. I am working on a Rockabilly festival we just need to find the right place for it. I also want to do a Children's fair down town Kingston at the new Village Green park this summer. Charge vendors to be in the fashion show and give all the money that is made at the event to the new historical museum in Kingston. This way my Grandpa and his family could see it before they pass away.

Chris has been working so hard in our yard. I am so thankful he has done so much around here. I promise to post pictures this week. We are planning so much things to do this summer and I can hardly wait. I am looking forward to getting to read in the sun, go to a M's game, wedding's, showers for brides to be & mommy's to be, pedi's and mani's self tanner, viking fest, trips to Bellingham, leavenworth, parades, long summer evenings, camping, shorts and sandles, blowing bubbles, spending time with Chris in down town Seattle, Sunlakes, crafts, playing in the garden and eating the veggies & fruit that we have grown. Walks on the beach in Hansville. Family time & BBQ's, My birthday! Scrapbooking weekend. Just to get all of you thinking of summer. I hope that you leave me a comment of all the wonderful things that you are looking forward to now that Summer is coming up so fast. Note to self I need a friend or two with a boat. :)

I am going to do a new post on Fridays...about where to go on a tank of gas! If you have a place that you would like me to try out and blog about please contact me. Also When I reach a 100 followers I will be doing a big giveway.
This week coming up we will do a giveaway from a local photographer & I will be doing a blog post about a wonderful salon in Poulsbo so keep checking in with me.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Real Earth day is today! :)

Today is earth day. This week we have done many things to celebrate Earth day. What I have come to realize while I am out working in my garden or being in my yard doing composting, wanting to have a small farm. It is all in my blood, my family has always tended their land and have always made the best with what they had in their garden. I am looking forward to doing that for my family & friends from the things we are able to grow in my garden. Hope you had a great earth day and was able to do something to celebrate 40 years of Earth Days & to see how far we have come.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday... What we are doing for Earthday day 1..

Today is Monday and it's day one of my Earth day week posts. We started a compost a while ago and it hasn't been that great so we decided to do some research on how to make it better and this is what I decided to do....

A year ago I heard that Compost is the heart and soul of organic gardening. You don't have to be a farmer or an earth worm to reap the benefits of composting. I heard it was easy to do and the benefits are amazing for the pay off.

You can compost your own garden and kitchen waste at home with very little effort. Adding organic matter to your garden will improve the structure, water holding capacity, and aeration of soils containing too much clay or too much sand. Compost is the most often recommended source of organic material. It is easy to make, easy to use, and contains a storehouse of nutrients. So with that we plowed our garden yesterday.... I will write about this later in the week.

I didn't consider this but Let's just start to consider how much work is really involved, equipment required, and when will the compost is ready. ( I thought I would blink and it would be ready... yeah not so much) Composting can be as much or as little work as you want to make it. The more effort you put into it, the faster you will have finished compost. ( note to self. This is why your compost isn't working as fast as you wanted it to be..... ) oh and you have to water it down yeah didn't know that either.

The only required equipment is a shovel or pitchfork to turn or move the contents of the compost pile. Your pile can be built anywhere except up against a structure such as a shed or a solid fence. There will be bugs and worms helping you compost and you want them in the pile, not in the shed or the house. Two feet is a safe distance from any structure. A bin is unnecessary. You can just build your pile on the ground. ( this is what we have done but we are using recycled wooden pallets, tomorrow hubs is going to put them together to make a u shape to hold the contents.)

We need a variety of plant material to start off with. Grass clippings and kitchen scraps provide nitrogen while leaves and dried straw provide carbon. You simply throw in organic materials as they become available. To speed things up, we suggest you turn the pile every other week. ( yeah we are doing that now :) ) The finished compost pile will have shrunk! It only takes up about a quarter of the space of the original pile. When the individual materials can no longer be identified and the pile looks like dark, rich soil, the compost is complete. It will smell sweet, woodsy, and earthy. It will crumble through your fingers. If it smells bad, it is either too wet or not getting any oxygen. ( So ours isn't doing this so we are having a heck of a time getting it to work we are figuring out what we need to do next....) I will research this tomorrow so we can get it to work.

Keep a large coffee can under your kitchen sink for kitchen scraps, it can sit a few days before any odor starts to waft into the kitchen. Coffee grounds have a pleasant smell that hides most other odors - keep them in the paper filter, it will break down too!

What you need to not go near to for your compost.:diseased vines from tomatoes and squashes as they may contaminate the pile animal fats such as meat scraps, grease, or bones as they might attract unwelcome critters!

What you can use in your compost: You can use eggshells, bone meal, dried blood, and even hair if you wish, these provide beneficial minerals and may help discourage garden pests. Use your homemade compost as a side dressing for your garden rows. The nutrients will fertilize your crops organically. ( Note to self, ask hair salons and coffee shops for their old hair and coffee grounds! :)

Tomorrow I will tell you all about what to do next for your garden. I am trying this week to no longer have to use the Waste management for trash service, On a good note, Kingston got their own solar charged trash cans all along down town. This made my green heart melt. No if I can get the " restaurants" in Kingston to get rid of the styrofoam containers. These drive me mad with craziness, truth be told we haven't been in the 50's in a long time so why are we still using things that we have other means to use that are better for the earth? I have an idea.... if you go out this week and order take out see if your places will put your take out in your own re-useable containers? Maybe we can all start a new trend. :) Thank you!!!!


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Earth Day Week.

This week is Earth Day Week for my blog. I will write about what I am doing in my life and the things our community is doing to make things better for our earth. We have come along way in our community and what each of us do in our own lives to make things better. What I want to do is live by the land. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I want to try to do something everyday this week that will set forth a pattern for the rest of my life. This way we can all learn something new to help restore the earth in the way it should be. We need to make changes now to help us leave the earth in good shape for our children's children.

If I get 100 followers in the next two weeks, I am going to randomly pick people that will win some great prizes. :) Worth over a $100.00, So follow me so we can get the prizes won faster.

Leave me a comment this week of what you are doing in honor of Earth Day. :)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A great cause

I am going to start doing a great thing. I had an aunt her name was Ruth, she past away a few weeks ago and I was inspired by everyone that talked about her today at her memorial. She was an amazing women. She made everyone smile and be inspired because she was so giving and caring to so many that she loved. The amount of lives she touched personally, I want that to continue so I am going to do a fun thing for the people that have less then most. I am going to collect cake mixes, frosting, candles, and gift bags. When I gather 100 for the habitat for humanity, Kingston food bank, Poulsbo Fishline, Helpline house of Bainbridge. This will make it so if its your birthday or the birthday of your children you can get a birthday pack complete with candles! Because everyone should smile. This is the only tribute I can think of that would bring many smiles and a lot of joy in the remembrance of Ruth.

If you would like to make a donation please feel free to let me know and I will tell you where you can drop off the items or send them to. Thank you for all your support.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Great things to do this weekend... Friday fun times.

Get your pictures taken:LITTLE LEAGUE Photo Day Saturday: I had such GREAT comments from my shot of Nick and so many parents wanted one too, so THIS Saturday the 17th from 9AM to Noon I will open my studio up for DROP-IN pix of your player as you head to games. Should take about 7 minutes and the image will be in your inbox by the end of the day! Flat fee of $25 for this quick drop in, no appt needed! Hit my website: for directions! --please share if you know someone that may want to know about the info..

Come watch Cold Note at the filling station! Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 9:00pm
At the The Filling Station 11200 State Hwy 104 Kingston, WA

Go see a movie at the firehouse theater. eat breakfast at the Oak table, go down town to Lil' sprouts and start that b-day shopping. Oh the great things to do in Kingston. :)

In Poulsbo start the day at the farmers market after enjoy a coffee at Hot Shots Java, stop by Liberty bay books, hop over to Bohems and get some yummy candy, then get your craft on at Dancing brush. After walk the boardwalk and enjoy the water views and maybe you will see that whale they have spotted this past week.

The big fundraising event for NK & KHS Senior Grad night is this Saturday night at the Eagles. $20.00 for a great time. Tickets for the Grad Night at the Eagles Hall can be bought @Liberty Bay Books in @historic downtown Poulsbo.2010 Grad Night Fundraiser
Co-sponsored with NKHS
Musical Entertainment provide by "Never Been to Utah"
Appetizers by Ellens cakes & catering
Beer & wine
Silent Auction & live dessert auction
All proceed benefit KHS & NKHS for safe & drug free Grad Night celebrations.
Tickets $20. ea or $140, for a table for 8
Tickets available at Kingston Fitness or contact me directly!

Bark for Life of North Kitsap This weekend! North Kitsap's first Bark For Life event, in support of the fight against cancer. Bring your dogs to Port Gamble, 11 a.m. this Sunday, April 18. See you there!

Poulsbo elementary needs a new piano! Please support our PTSA at our Barnes and Noble book fair this Sat 4/17. We get a portion of all sales that day to directly support the piano fund. Purchases in ANY B n' N store, on line, cafe, cheesecake and gift purchases all count! Use ID #10166130

Free National Park Admission - April 17th through 25th is National Park Week. During this time, entrance to all 392 U.S. national parks is free.
Lowes  will have a Build and Grow Clinic for kids on 4/17/10 from 10 to 11 AM. They will be making a planter.
Borders stores will have a free Fancy Nancy event for kids on April 17 at 11 am. Event will include poetry writing, word games, giveaways and more.
Toys R Us stores will have a Thomas & Friends Playdate on 4/17/10 from 11 AM to 1 PM. The event will include storytime, coloring, trivia and giveaways.
YMCA will have a Healthy Kids Day event on 4/17/10. Event includes games, demonstrations, arts and crafts, educational resources, healthy treats, giveaways and more..  
Williams-Sonoma will have a Healthy Cooking Vegetables Class on 4/18/10. Call your local store for the times.

Check this out if its your birthday this weekend.:Free $10 Gift Certificate at World Market on Birthday
Get a free $10 Gift Certificate on your birthday via email for World Market when you join the World Market Explorer Reward Program.

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There is a new "Buy 1 Get 1 Free Fandango Movie Ticket" code (up to $14.00 value) you can redeem for 2 points today (Friday, April 16) only at Tropicana Juicy Rewards program .  If you haven't purchased tickets through Fandango before, you may want to check for your closest participating theaters first.  You are limited to one redemption per account and the code you receive will expire June 16.

Need codes to get those 2 points?  Check my previous Tropicana Rewards posts for codes you haven't used.

One reader said: "This is a great program. My family was going to the aquarium this Sunday and they have a buy one get one free for only 2 points, it's saving us $17 on one admission!"  So be sure to enter your zipcode to find out what discounted amusement and water park tickets are available near you!

Have a fun weekend. Please leave me a comment of what you are doing the weekend.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

So many exciting things....

I am starting to really get excited about some events that are coming up over the next few months. You can really tell that In North Kitsap it's spring time. We have fun and last weekend the Farmers market opened in Poulsbo. I went like i do every year and I truly thought it looked so much bigger then the past. Bainbridge opened their market last Saturday as well. I am going to check it out next Saturday. Kingston opens May 1st. The thing I love about Farmers markets is the fresh food, talented artists and crafters, the way you look around and see the communities coming together.

I am challenging myself to try something new everyday. One thing a day is a baby step into having a big range of experiences.
I remember when I was in my early 20's and did this. Thinking back to that I laugh because it made me realize that I really did live a sheltered little life. So I am going to do something new everyday and put a little note on what that new thing is. If you are a blogger please do this with me. Its going to be alot of fun!

A few weeks ago my husband & I went to down town Poulsbo and looked around, I love how neat it is down there. Always have to get a yellow smiley face cookie at "Slys" get a white chocolate moca at "hot shots" Pick up a book at "Liberty bay books" went to "Amanda's yarn shop" for something new to work on. I just so love all the little shops in down town. What is your favorite shop?
I really can't wait for Kingston to have a cute down town like Poulsbo does. We are trying so hard. We just need to get people to come hang out there and spend their time exploring downtown Kingston as well as Poulsbo. We have to support our little people.

Sorry for the short post but better a little then nothing at all.