Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Paris- The City of Love: Day 1

I bet you were beginning to wonder if I was going to ever get to writing about the Europe trip. Well, it's taken me a long time because there was just so much to write about and I was trying to condense it all into one post per city. So, I've finally decided just to break this up into a bunch of posts because I don't want to leave anything out! So here is: Paris-Day 1!

The City of Love

Day 1

Arc De Triomph

Our first planned stop was the Eiffel Tower, but along the way, we had to stop and admire the view of the Arc De Triomph.

Eiffel Tower

There was a bit of a line to go to the top, so while we waited in line we had our first cafe au lait and croissant. So yummy, I think that is what I miss most about Paris!

When we finally got to the top, the wait was so worth it. It was just breathtaking!

This was my favorite view from the second level was of Jardins du Trocadero. Just beautiful! 

 This is an amazing view of the Seine River from the top level. So gorgeous!

And of course the view of the Eiffel Tower Gardens.


If you visit the Tower, don't forget to stop by the gift shop to pick up one of these souvenirs so you don't end up with a permanent one. ;)

Seine River Tour

Next we walked across the street, and hopped on a tour of the Seine River. It was a wonderful way to relax and admire some of the sights while having a glass of wine.

I really loved this bridge. Just so beautiful.

After relaxing on the boat, we headed over to the Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrinome. There is such an amazing view of the Tower from there, so of course we had to get a photo.

Invalides Musee Des Armees


At this point I was beginning to get tired, but we wanted to at least make one more stop on day 1, so we hopped on a bus to the Invalides Musee Des Armees. I think this was D's favorite spot in Paris. 

There were a couple buildings. First we visited the Dome church. The ceiling was just a beautiful work of art.

The Tomb of Napoleon was very cool to see.

After seeing the church, we went to the museum, and looked at all of the old armor and weapons. It was very fascinating.

Jardin des Tuileries

Right across from the Luerve is the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries. It is such a beautiful place. We just sat by the fountain for a while and admired the beautiful view.

I loved the statues. They are just such amazingly beautiful works of art. These were just a couple of my favorites of the many beautiful ones at the garden. 

The garden was such a relaxing way to end a busy first day. My legs felt like they were about to fall off so we decided to take head back to our room for the night.

Stay tuned because I will be posting Paris: Day 2 soon!! 

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday #16

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100 Years of Hair

I've been a bit hair obsessed, so I thought a hair post was in order. Here is my version of 100 years of hair. Obviously this isn't all of the hairstyles that were popular. I just picked out the ones that come to my mind when I think of that time period.













So many different hairstyles are in right now. This year alone I have been 


A Red Head

And back to Brunette

Sometimes I wear my hair curly and sometimes I wear it straight...

 Right now I'm really obsessed with the hair of the 40's and 50's,  but unfortunately due to time I don't get to wear it all that often. Here are a couple of the times I got to spend hours on my hair...

What is your hairstyle right now? Or what is your favorite vintage style? I'd love to hear about it in a comment!

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Shop Local Portland: The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa

Through the summer I will be featuring one local business a week that is either in Portland or near by

 Today, I am featuring: The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa, a fabulous Spa with two locations in Portland. I was in search of the best spa in Portland and according to all of the reviews I read, The Dragontree was it. I of course had to experience this for myself. You can read all about it below along with an interview with the owner below.

The Dragontree is giving away a free massage to one lucky local reader!
 Enter through the rafflecopter below.

Thurman Location/ PDX Airport Location

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The Dragontree is owned by Briana Borton and Dr. Peter Borton. I was just at the Thurman location this past weekend for a foot massage and it was such a wonderful relaxing experience. 

From the outside, the spa looks very small, but once you get inside you can see how spacious it really is. The decor is just beautiful. The ambiance is inviting and instantly relaxing with the scent of incense filling the spa.

We were instantly greeted as we entered by a very friendly receptionist who showed us to the couch. Moments later a woman came out and led us into a room with raised couches. 

We had called ahead because we couldn't find a sitter and they said we could bring the princess with us since she is at an age where she can sit quietly. She was pleasantly surprised because we were able to add on a milk soak for her. 
She was definitely excited to get a royal treatment, and everything is all natural, so I had no worries about her soaking those pretty little feet.

Our massage therapists came out shortly after we were seated. We were offered tea and a warm neck pillow. We both have been on our feet quite a bit this summer with the Europe trip, and D's work, running and hiking, so it felt amazing to have someone just work on my feet for 40 minutes. 

Both or our massages were just amazing. I had David and he did a fabulous job of making me feel  relaxed and my feet felt so amazing after.
I haven't experienced all of their services (yet), but if you check out their reviews on yelp, you will see that they do an amazing job of keeping their clients happy! I can't wait to return.

I highly recommend them to anyone who needs to take a break from this busy life and relax. Go for it, treat yourself! And for all of you not so local readers, if you ever happen to pass through Porltand International Airport, book an appointment with their PDX location. A spa at the airport? Brilliant!

I interviewed owner Briana Borton so that we could all learn more about her wonderful spa!

When was  the Dragon Tree Spa established?
We opened our first location in 2003 and our airport location in 2009 and our most recent location in Boulder Colorado this year. 

Can you give a brief description of what Dragon Tree Spa is all about? 
We are really all about our mission statement.  We are committed to peace and to helping people become more in tune with their inner peace.  We want to seed our community with healthy, happy, and balanced people.

What types of services do you offer?
massage, facials, acupuncture, waxing, ayurvedic treatments, foot treatments and foot baths.  All natural and chemical free of course.  

Do you offer any special promotions?
Yes, we do monthly specials and then other daily special via Facebook and Twitter. 
Is there anything else you’d like to tell everyone?
We love our clients and just enjoy giving them the experience of escaping their daily stresses.

The Dragontree is giving away a free massage! 
Big thank you to Briana for this awesome giveaway!
This giveaway is sponsored by The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa and is redeemable only at the Portland, OR locations. The giveaway will end Monday, August 5th at 9 am PST. Please enter through the rafflecopter below.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

All she wants for Christmas is her two front teeth

Some of you might remember me posting this photo on Facebook a couple weeks ago when the princess lost one of her front teeth.

Well, after having a super loose snaggle looking tooth for two weeks, she finally caved and asked me to pull out her other front tooth. So tonight we decided to do it. 

She asked me to pull the last tooth as well (we aren't good at waiting) and we decided to go with the "floss method" which worked very well, so we decided to do the same this time.

How to pull a tooth using the Floss Method

It's really quite simple. I only recommend this with extremely loose teeth.

Step 1: Tie a piece of floss around the tooth. This can be a little tricky because teeth are so slippery. I ask my daughter to hold it in place with her tongue. 

Step 2: Hold both ends of the floss and pull down hard and quickly.

See, I said it was simple! And from what my daughter says, it is pain free.

Here she is without her two front teeth!

We did run into one little problem. The tooth fell from the floss when I pulled it, so we had a little search party. She was so nervous that the tooth fairy wouldn't come. Thank goodness after a half hour of searching we found it sitting right on the floor. It had just blended into the carpet. So if you decide to go with the floss method make sure you watch where it falls just in case!

The Tooth Fairy should be here any moment. If you would like some Tooth Fairy Ideas, head over and check out my post: Tooth Fairy Traditions. One thing I have added since writing that post is spraying the money with glitter. She loves it. 

Do your kids wait for the teeth to fall out or do they pull? Do you have any special tooth fairy traditions? I'd love to hear about it in a comment.

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