Liebster Award

Saying Thanks

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Cardstore recently invited me to check out their website and choose a complimentary card, and I was really impressed with their selection and customization options. I chose this adorable ice cream cone card for my girls to use next time they receive a gift. You can check out more Cardstore thank you cards here. 🙂

I also thought this would be a nice opportunity to say thank you for reading and to give extra thanks to Evani, Stephanie, and Andieee for their recent recognition of Pretty and Delectable on their blogs! Here are my answers to some of their questions:

1.  My favorite thing to buy under $20 is frozen yogurt/ice cream for me and my girls. The three of us have been going out for frozen treats on a regular basis (yes, even during the winter!) ever since the girls were toddlers and it’s one of our favorite traditions.

2.  I read books almost exclusively on a Kindle now with the exception of children’s books that I read to the girls. I’m currently reading this hilarious novel on my Kindle and I recently bought this incredibly cute book about crayons for my girls.

3.  The food I cannot live without is seafood! My favorites are salmon, halibut, scallops, and sushi.

4.  A favorite quote of mine: “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” -Henry Ward Beecher

5.  If I could eat any dessert right now, it would be a chocolate pot de creme… I’ve had several of these over the years at various restaurants and they are always fantastic! I’ve never tried making it myself… I’m sure I’d be horrified to discover how much butter/cream/chocolate is involved. 😛

Hope you’re having a great week and a smooth back to school transition for those of you with kids in your family! Our girls really enjoyed their first day of kindergarten… their favorite parts of the day were meeting new friends, hot lunch in the cafeteria, and recess. 😀

Tidbits About Me

I recently/semi-recently received Liebster Award nominations from Macarons and Musings, Be Forever Lovely, and Edibles and Travels! Thanks to Caroline, Barb, and Ally for nominating me! 🙂 To prevent this post from becoming too overwhelming, I’m going to pick a few questions from each of their lists to answer:

1.   What is your favorite city?  Portland, Oregon… my birthplace and home. I still can’t believe they made a television series based on our city…

2.  What is your favorite season?  Summer! Can’t beat the long daylight hours and warm weather. I really look forward to farmer’s markets, berry season, and trips to the park with my twin girls.

3.  Your favorite random memory from growing up. Summer vacations in Hawaii at my grandparents’ house… playing in the sugar cane fields behind their house, the smell of the dendrobium orchids my grandmother used to keep, and eating island treats like shave ice, papayas, and guava cake.

4.  Is your happy place on a beach, on a trail in the woods, or on a boat? Why? On a trail in the woods! One of my favorite things about living in the Pacific NW is the abundance of trees and forest trails. I love the fresh air and peacefulness. This photo is one I took during a recent trail run at a nearby nature park.
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5.  Ice cream… best invention, and favorite flavor? Is it possible to have just one favorite ice cream flavor? Cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, and peppermint are my favorites.

6.  What’s your favorite dish? Pasta! Sushi is a close second. And obviously I have quite a sweet tooth!

7.  What do you look forward to everyday? Spending time with my girls! They are enthusiastic, curious, and fun loving. It’s also really neat to see the bond they share with each other as twins although the flip side is that they know exactly how to push each other’s buttons!
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8.  What is your profession? I am a radiologist. My work days are spent sitting in a dark room in front of multiple computer monitors assessing x-ray, CT, and MRI images for abnormalities. I also perform x-ray guided joint injections.

9.  What do you love most about blogging?  Blogging has been a wonderful way for me to savor the happy/memorable/pretty/fun moments in my life, work on improving my photography skills, and curate my favorite recipes in one place. It’s also been an equally amazing opportunity to connect with others who share similar interests and discover new blogs to read.

Thank you so much for reading my blog! In lieu of nominating specific blogs for this award, I would love for you to comment by answering one or many of the above questions so I can learn a little more about you. Have a great day!

Fall Flannel and Questions Answered


Flannel shirts are a quintessential fall basic! I paired this one with skinny cargo pants and distressed ankle boots for a comfy casual look that embraces the season without looking too scarecrow-ish.

Top: J. Crew Factory
Pants: Sanctuary
Boots: Vince Camuto
Watch: Skagen
Necklace: Elsa Peretti

Today I also wanted to take a moment to say thank you to three gracious bloggers who nominated me for awards during the month of October:
Liebster award from Life and Bows
Liebster award from The Urban Lioness
Sunshine award from A Life of Fun and Leisure

I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog, and to be nominated for an award by a fellow blogger is icing on the cake! Here are my answers to their questions:

1. Where is your favorite place to shop? Nordstrom
2. Are you a makeup junkie, a shoe-aholic, or other? shoe-aholic
3. What is your favorite topic to blog about? baking/cooking
4. What is your favorite clothing brand? This is a hard one! J. Crew for casual, Ann Taylor for work.
5. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be? On vacation with my family.
6. What is your favorite hobby (aside from blogging!)? baking/cooking
7. Who is your favorite music artist/band? One of my favorites is Death Cab For Cutie. 
8. Are you an early riser or a night owl? Night owl all the way!
9. Who is your favorite celebrity? I don’t have one… can I substitute my favorite movie? It’s Shawshank Redemption.
10. Do you follow the trends? Sometimes.
11. What’s your favorite type of shoe? Boots!

1. Who is your favorite philosopher? I don’t have one, but I do love this quote from Thomas Edison: “The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
2. What is your favorite number? 2
3. What is your favorite animal? monkey
4. What are your Facebook and Twitter? My twitter username is sn0wf1ake123. No FB account for my blog yet…
5. What is your favorite time of day? night
6. What is your favorite physical activity? running
7. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Diet Coke
8. What is your favorite flower? peonies
9. What is your passion? Working hard and enjoying each and every day!

As an alternative to nominating specific blogs for these awards, I’d like to invite you to answer any of the above questions that interest you in the comments section. It’s been so much fun getting to know many of you through your comments and emails and I’d love to hear some of your answers!

You can also learn more about me here and here.

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.