Willamette Valley Wonder Woman

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Create.Simplify.Inspire. #83

Yes, this post is a few hours late. Yes, last week I said I had hoped for a more mellow week. Yes, I jinxed myself. Today was filled with work - I covered a day shift which I never do, and ended up working from 6am-4pm, then I had our first PTO meeting of the year to rush off too, but I also found out yesterday that Anika started soccer today. At 5:30. And my meeting was at 6 - 10 miles away. And I had to drop off Emma and Noah first. I actually surprised myself that I wasn't late to anything.

 I'm laying in bed before 10 pm and ready for bed, which is very unusual for me. Tomorrow I'm heading over to help my friend set up for her wedding (which is Saturday), and then heading in to work an evening shift. I know a lot of women do it, but I don't think there is anyway I could work full time, blog, and be involved with the school and sports. There's not enough hours in the day!

    How's your week going?

I'd love it if you shared!

This link up to to share anything and everything that inspires you. 

           ~Melissa
Create.Simplify.Inspire. #83


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Free Healthy Habits Booklet For Young Girls

This is a sponsored post with Together Counts / Girl Scoutns of USA and I have been compensated for my participation in this initiative. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
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Even though I've never been in Girl Scouts and we haven’t really involved the girls with it yet, I have always loved the program and what it does to help teach girls important things in life, like building confidence and character. One of my good friends has been a troop leader for many years with her daughter, and I've loved following along with their journey’s via Facebook. From the patches she’s received to the events they've done…sometimes it makes me wish I could have been involved when I was younger!

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I've wanted to involve my girls with the Girl Scouts in some sort of fashion for a while now, but sadly last time I checked there were no troops local to us and I just don’t have the energy to commit to being in charge of one more thing. (I’m already behind on the PTA stuff!!) But – I wanted to share these free booklets I've found with you. The Girl Scouts have partnered with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and have developed three “Healthy Habits” booklets that volunteers can use in conjunction with their Journey Adult Guides. These books can show girls fun and easy ways to achieve “energy balance”, and what I love about it is that anyone can download them and implement them into their daughter’s journeys.  The three booklets are:
  • ·         Between Earth and Sky with Healthy Habits
  • ·         WOW! Wonders of Water with Healthy Habits
  • ·         Get Moving! With Healthy Habits





      I think any extra information that we can give to our kids is so important for their development! The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation provides a program called the Together Counts Program, where they hope to inspire active and healthy living – and I think so many of our kids don’t really understand the importance of balanced lives, until in many cases it becomes a health problem.

    So, check out the booklets and tell me what you think! How involved are you in teaching your daughter Healthy Habits? It’s sometimes not easy, but just leaving the door open to have topics up for discussion will really help your daughter when questions do come up.

#sponsored #HealthyHabits @togethercounts @gscnc

   To learn more about the Girl Scout, join the upcoming Twitter Chat on September 9th and have some fun with the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and Together Counts!
      When: September 9th
Hashtag: #Healthy Habits
Follow: @GSCNC @togethercounts
Details: Will be available on MomItForward.com on September 3rd!
~Melissa

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Feast Portland

#FeastPDX

Things have been so incredibly busy lately that I haven't had a chance to tell you about the latest food event that I'll be attending soon! It's right here in Oregon and it's called Feast Portland. Feast Portland was founded in 2012, though this will be my first year attending this fun food event that is presented by Bon App├ętitFeast a big celebration that is broken down into many smaller events, so it's great because you can pick and choose what interested you. There's Grand Tastings, Dinner series, hands on classes - but, over half of the events are already sold out, so if you are considering attending I'd buy your tickets soon. :)

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People from all over the country come to Oregon to celebrate Oregon's Bounty, and Alaska Airlines has partnered with Feast Portland and is providing discounted travel to the event between September 16th - September 23rd (2014). Also, Oregon Wines Fly Free on Alaska Airlines! If you happen to buy a case of wine at participating wineries you can fly them back with you - free of charge! Believe me, there's a lot of good wine around here! :)

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I'm excited to be covering Feast Portland with a blogger pass, so you'll be seeing a lot more drool-worthy pictures around here over the next couple of weeks! (Especially on my Instagram) - and I'm in the process of trying to get a babysitter lined up for Saturday night so Wayne can attend some of the events with me and we can have a date night / celebratory anniversary night!

#FeastPDX

Here are the events that I'll be covering for Feast Portland:

1. Friday, September 19th : Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting presented by Alaska Airlines
2. Saturday, September 20th: Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting presented by Alaska Airlines
3. Saturday, September 20th: Marquee Event: Oregonian Media Group High Comfort at The Nines
4. Sunday, September 21st: Tillamook Brunch Village

Plus some other amazing media-exclusive happy hours and events.

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 One thing I love about Feast Portland though, is that it's all for a good cause. All net proceeds from the event are donated towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country. In it's first two years, Feast Portland has already raised over $99,000 for it's charitable partners - Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign.

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If you are looking for a break and a fun getaway for the weekend you should come out! There are many local area hotels that have exclusive Feast Portland packages, so you can get the most for your money. For more information about the event, check out their website: FeastPortland.com and while your at the Feast Portland don't forget to tag your photos and tweets with #FeastPDX so we can all join in on the celebration! 

~Melissa
*All photos c/o of FeastPortland.com. I have been given a blogger/media pass in exchange for my coverage - no other compensation will be received. All opinions are my own. For more information on partnering with me on upcoming events email me at MelissaKaylene@gmail.com.*

Monday, August 25, 2014

Paperless Coupons to Stock up on Items for Fall Sports

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I used to clip coupons quite a bit. I was never extreme, but I did a pretty good job stocking up the house with items that were close to, if not, free. Then I began blogging and doing more activities like running the P.T.O at the grade school and I found that I just couldn’t do it all. Couponing is fun and rewarding, but it takes time, and at some point I had to re-evaluate to see what was the most valuable way to spend my time – and as yo can see this blog easily won that debate. So, I changed some of the ways that I tried to save money.

I started using my phone more.

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10 Things to Save with #WalgreensPaperless for Sports Seasons #shop #cbias

Stores have jumped on the band wagon and have realized that most people out there really don’t have the time it takes to sit down and cut out coupons, but they do have a couple minutes to take out their phones in the store and digitally “clip” a coupon to their account so it gets taken off right there when they check out. It’s seriously as easy as pushing a button, and just like the coupons you clip - they can each be used one time.

I was very excited when I heard that Walgreens started implementing this system with their Balance Reward Card App, because I can stock up on things there that I might not do at other stores – things like vitamins and bandages, Walgreens has a large variety for me to choose from.

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While everyone else is out school shopping, I’m also out getting extra things to have on hand for soccer season – things like snacks, band-aids, wipes, sanitizer, stuff that we go through more of when the girls are playing.

At Walgreens the other evening I stocked up on a lot of those items and used my digital coupons to save some money. Every little bit helps!

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10 Things to Save with #WalgreensPaperless for Sports Seasons #shop #cbias

What things do you stock up on during sports seasons? Here is a list of a few things I always keep extras of:


1.     Bottled Water
2.     Nuts + Trail mix
3.     Hand Wipes
4.     Sanitizer
5.     First Aid Kit (make sure yours has instant ice packs inside!)
6.     String cheese
7.     Extra Band-Aids (they help if your kid gets an cut, or blisters)
8.     Bug Spray
9.     Sun Block
10.   Deodorant


~Melissa

Fun Poster Cards For Kids

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A couple of weeks ago when we celebrated Anika’s birthday, I knew I wanted to do something a little special for her. Normally we’ll throw a party for each of the kids, and then Wayne and I will get the kids cards and take the birthday kid out to lunch all by themselves at the restaurant of their choice. It’s a tradition that I’m glad we started because it’s became a highly anticipated part of their birthday celebration.

I decided that after lunch I was going to have a big girl afternoon with my eleven year old and take her clothes shopping followed by a pedicure.

A couple of days before her birthday I was at Walmart with Emma and Noah picking out Hallmark birthday cards because they have a cool rewards program for every 5 cards you buy - and we ended up finding these Hallmark Poster Cards on the end aisle and the kids were immediately drawn to them. (I wonder why? Ha! ) At first I told them that they couldn’t get a Rapunzel or a Planes card for Anika because she wasn’t isn’t those cartoons, but then I decided to just let them do it. It was something they wanted to pick out for her – so why not? The kids birthday cards aren’t usually saved, and I knew these would at least get reused as Posters on their walls – plus I wanted to see the look on Anika’s face when she saw them!

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I grabbed her a card too so I could write her a note about my special plans for her birthday.

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She got a kick out of the Planes card and I think she secretly still liked the Rapunzel one, but she agreed to let Emma and Noah “borrow” them on their walls.

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Anika was so excited for out date together and thoroughly enjoyed trying on new outfits and sipping on a coffee-free frappacino with a teen magazine while she got a french pedicure.

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Moments like these make me feel like I must be doing something right. Spending time with the ones you love is the best present that you can give them.

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~Melissa