Willamette Valley Wonder Woman

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Last Weekend With Luke Bryan in Photos


23 hours in Tacoma last weekend was fast - but fun! Luke Bryan was at the Tacoma Dome along with Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser - all three were fun performers! This is the third large concert I've attended since November ... and this one was a present from my dear friend as an early 30th birthday gift!! The countdown to 30 is on...three more weeks my friends! :)

~Melissa

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top Ten Ways Your Kids Can Spoil Their Dad on Father's Day

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Hello everyone! Can you believe that Father’s Day is now less than a month away? I know I've said this many times, but I still cannot believe just how fast this year is flying by!

I always make sure that we do something special for Wayne on Father’s Day. I think it’s very important to teach the kids to give back, be kind, and downright spoil their Dad at least one day out of the year. Some of you may not know, but Wayne isn't Anika’s biological father – though he has raised her since she was 18 months old, and to him, she is his. Family doesn't always equal blood – it’s who is there for you no matter what.

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In previous years I have planned most of the gifts and meals that we do for Wayne on Father’s day, however, now that the kids are getting older, I feel that they should have more input on the things that we do on Father’ s Day – so the other night we openly discussed it around the dinner table! 

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There were a lot of fun ideas, some of which though were ideas from the kids that made me believe that they just wanted to spoil themselves! ;) Ultimately we all came up with some good ideas and I wanted to share our list with you.

1. Let him sleep in – this is absolutely necessary – especially if you are going to plan number two on the list which is:

2. Bring him breakfast in bed – do your research and figure out what his favorite breakfast foods are, and then make it! Does he love bacon piled up high on the plate? Omelets? Stuffed hash browns? A stack of pancakes? Make whatever he wants – and don’t forget the coffee!

3. Give him a gift basket with stuff he really likes – I love making custom gift baskets. They can be big and elaborate, or small and personal. The kids love coming to the store to help pick out items to fill the basket, or help making things to add to it. Some ideas would be his favorite beverage, nuts, jerky, gift certificates, movies, tools, and items like an Energizer High Performance Headlight. They are perfect to keep in the car, in a toolbox, for the garage, and camping! You can find them in the flashlight section at Walmart, and there are several models to choose from!

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Top Ten Ways Your Kids Can Spoil Their Dad on Father's Day #dadsmyhero #ad
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4. Give him a massage – break out the lotion and give him a foot massage or back rub. Remind the kids that they are SPOILING him on Father’s Day!

5. Listen, all day long – No fighting, no whining, listen all day and do everything that is asked the first time.

6. Create a coupon book that he can use throughout the year – The kids have fun creating these! Get creative and make him fun coupons that he can redeem when he wants.

7. Do all of his chores for the day – take out the garbage, mow the lawn, and wash the cars. Do the stuff that Dad has to normally do during the day.

8. Surprise him with an adventure – How about an overnight camp trip? Or tickets to see one of his favorite teams? The ideas are endless – go golfing, see a movie, kayaking, - whatever he’s into – surprise him!

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9. BBQ for him – In the evening, make him dinner. BBQ his favorite steak and fixings and let him relax outdoors while everyone prepares his meal.

10. Give him lots of hugs – The best way to spoil him is to show him how much you love him!

What ideas do your kids have to spoil their Dad this Father’s Day?

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You know how much I love celebrating and making memories, and Father's Day is the perfect time to make some! 
~Melissa

Saturday, May 16, 2015

This week in photos

This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene
This week in photos by @melissakaylene

This week went by so fast – but when does it not?

Wednesday I chaperoned Emma’s class on a field trip up to Portland to the U.S. Marshal’s District Headquarters (aka the U.S. Courthouse) and then we went to see Romana Quimby at the Newmark Theatre. After the field trip Emma and I snuck off to see a movie before picking up Anika and Noah and heading off to soccer practice and softball practice.

Yesterday we had an unexpected incident happened and my Expedition quit working! We had it towed to the dealership - hopefully it won't cost too much to fix!

Last night I went with a friend up to the Keller Auditorium to see The Phantom of The Opera – and it was by far the largest production I have seen yet – the sets were amazing, and the vocals and orchestra blew me away. They also used pyrotechnics that surprised us all.

Today as I’m writing this I’m sitting on a train headed up to Tacoma, Washington with a friend to see Luke Bryan at the Tacoma Dome tonight. We will stay the night and head back home tomorrow.


I hope you are having a great weekend full of fun! Follow along with me on Instagram for more adventures! J
~Melissa

Friday, May 15, 2015

Living Locally: Macy's American Icons

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You're invited! If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, Macy's is hosting a party this Saturday at their Washington Square location at 2PM, and you are invited to join for some in-store excitement! As part of Macy's salute to all things that make us proud to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, you can discover everything you need to put together a timeless all-American ensemble at a fashion party hosted by Grasie Mercedes of StyleMeGrasie. You can join Grasie for a special fashion show celebrating iconic style from some of everyone's favorite American designers! Afterwards you can meet Grasie, shop the latest collections for spring, jam to a live DJ, and enjoy complimentary sips and sweets!

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Macy's is also proud to partner with those who have served our country alongside Got Your 6 - a campaign that unites nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners. Got Your 6 believes that veterans are leaders, team builders, and problem solvers who have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country.Through nonprofit and government partners, Got Your 6 ensures successful veteran reintegration and empowers veterans to lead here at home. Together, Got Your 6 and its partners are shifting public perceptions so that veterans’ leadership and skills are recognized and utilized at home to strengthen communities. Got Your 6 means "got your back" in the military - and it's nice that here in America we have campaigns that do so.

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So if you are in the area and would like to join in on the fun with an afternoon of American fashion, food, music and more - RVSP online to this FREE event! Spaces are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot at: AmericanIconsWashingtonSquare.eventbrite.com

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If you aren't in the Portland area, there will be events across the country - Seattle and San Francisco also have events happening tomorrow!

5/16 San Fransisco (Union Square)
5/16 Seattle (Alderwood)

Every event is different - check them all out at macys.com/americanicons for more details! 

And while you are there, make sure you take an #AmericanSelfie with one of Macy's patriotic photo opps in the store and share it on Instagram so we can all join in on the fun! :) 

~Melissa


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fred Meyer Frozen Food Sale

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I thought I'd pass along a good deal today! I don't know about you, but we have a jam packed weekend (again!) and I know I'll be doing some shopping at Fred Meyer's tomorrow and will stock up on some of these! The sale is the happening the 13th- 19th! What plans do you have this weekend?

Buy 6 Frozen Meals & the Price Drops to $1.49 Each

Are you a Fred Meyer Plus member and always looking for great deals? Right now through May 19th you can receive a great deal on frozen meals at Fred Meyer when you use your Frey Meyer Plus card. This is a #FrozenMustBuy!

You can buy single-serve Healthy Choice, Marie Callender’s and Bertolli meals and desserts for $1.49 each when you buy any SIX! These prices are so low that you can stock your freezer for the whole Summer!

What? You do not have a Fred Meyer near you? You can also get this great deal at any of the following Kroger banner stores below.


Kroger Banner Stores:
King Soopers
Owens
Dillons
City Market
QFC
JayC
Bakers
Frys
Ralphs
Gerbes
Payless
Smiths
Fred Meyer
Foods Co


Sign up for a Membership Plus card in any Kroger store to take advantage of this incredible deal.

*Hurry now! This promotion ends May 19th and only while supplies last!