About San Diego from SanDiego.org:
California’s second largest city and the United States’ eighth largest, San Diego boasts charming neighborhoods and communities, including downtown’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Coronado, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Escondido, La Mesa, Hillcrest, Barrio Logan and Chula Vista just to name a few.
San Diego is renowned for its idyllic climate, 70 miles of pristine beaches and a dazzling array of world-class family attractions. Popular attractions include the worldfamous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California. San Diego offers an expansive variety of things to see and do, appealing to guests of all ages from around the world.
San Diego’s arts and culture and culinary arts are booming. The hottest, new culinary arts talents prepare award-winning meals throughout the region’s 6,400 eating establishments. Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the U.S., is home to 15 museums, numerous art galleries, beautiful gardens, the Tony Award-winning The Globe Theatres and the worldfamous San Diego Zoo.
San Diego County also features 92 golf courses and a variety of exciting participatory and spectator sports, beachfront resorts and luxury spas, gaming, a dynamic downtown district, annual special events and unique holiday offerings, multicultural festivals and celebrations, colorful neighborhoods and communities, a rich military history and much more.
The most difﬁcult decision to make regarding a vacation to San Diego is determining what to do and see among the region’s vast and diverse offerings. San Diego County promises a truly remarkable vacation experience for everyone.
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A Lifetime of Eye Health Begins with a Simple Eye Exam
Don’t wait until something is obviously wrong with your eyes to get them checked. Most eye issues can be prevented, detected, and treated before they get to the point of long-term damage.
Benefits of an annual eye exam include:
1. Catching eyesight changes early-on and correcting them.
2. Testing your visual acuity, discovering issues such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness, astigmatism, color blindness, poor hand-eye coordination or visual perception and difficulties with the eyes’ ability to work together for tracking, teaming, and focusing.
3. Detecting glaucoma in its early stages, when there is still time to act before it worsens.
4. Identification of headaches, eye strain, fatigue, dryness, discomfort, or any visual issues.
5. Flagging potential problems with certain medications that cause vision problems and helping prevent further damage.
Schedule an appointment with board-certified optometrist
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The Ooni Koda 12, Gas-Powered Pizza Oven Available now at Inkwell Home Store
“Over the past ten years, Ooni has set the world alight, bringing the joy of pizza making to everyone, anytime and everywhere. They started a movement centered on homemade pizza at restaurant quality -- and more importantly, the ritual of gathering that accompanies it.” Ooni was founded
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The EQS 450
The new EQS SUV
The first all-electric Mercedes-EQ built in the United States
With the introduction of the EQS SUV, Mercedes-Benz is taking a major step towards zero-emission mobility and fulfilling Ambition 2039. The EQS SUV is produced in a completely CO2-neutral way at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which has been the production plant for large SUVs bearing the three-pointed star since 1997. Now the plant goes electric with the EQS SUV and the batteries being made nearby at the new, state-of-the-art battery factory in Bibb County, Alabama.
The EQS SUV combines the progressive design, refinement and comfort that customers love about the EQS sedan with the space and versatility expected from a large SUV. The look-and-feel is a sumptuous fusion of digital luxury and innovative new trim elements, while the “purpose design” of the electric-vehicle architecture delivers exceptionally generous SUV interior dimensions. Each trim level showcases innovative technologies and luxurious features, along with an array of additional options for further customization.
CAN YOU FEEL IT IN THE AIR?
SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE! WE HAD A COUPLE OF HOT DAYS AT THE END OF APRIL, AND I (ALMOST) HAD TO REMEMBER HOW TO WORK MY CAR'S A/C.
Boy, we've had a run of cold days and rain this spring, even for the Willamette Valley, but it feels like it's almost over. With the warmer weather comes all the Willamette Valley greatness. It feels like this issue reflects some of what is just around the corner. People are ready to get out and do things!
Artists are all gearing up for art fun. Particularly our featured artist and cover model, Katia Kyte. She does the majority of her work "en plein air" -- French for "outside." We caught up with her at Otter Rock between Newport and Lincoln City. What a great talent she is, and she makes it look so easy.
Also in this issue, we had a chat with Jacob and Cherish from Common Fields. They discussed what an uphill battle it was to get the place up and running in the midst of all the Covid calamity. They've done an amazing job, and they are ready for you to come on in!
Many of you probably watched Guillermo del Toro and Co. win the Oscar for best animated feature, and right now at the Portland Art Museum, they have an exhibition of the models they used to create the stop action masterpiece, Pinocchio. Amazing craftsmen.
Publisher's Update Scott
Elaine has (as usual) burned up the Tesla electrons to cover darn near the entire state of Oregon for this issue's features on Portland's Pearl District, Valley Farm Stands, and a place I didn't even know was such a big deal, but have discovered is, The Dalles. We have to say thank you to our host Lisa Farquharson, President and CEO at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. What a great welcome from a gracious host and ambassador. Thanks Lisa! What are "dalles" you ask? Read on and find out.
There's a new casual eatery on 9th in Corvallis, "La Santa." We stopped in to check it out. Two thumbs up for their American Pub/Mexican fusion.
There's a great little dog waiting for a new home at Heartland Humane Society. Lucy is a real sweetie. Also check out our photos of the Heartland Fund Raiser held lat month at The CH2M Hill Center at OSU. Loads of fun, and the attendees went ALL IN with the costumes!
Also enjoy our spring home & garden section with some great advice from local pros, and a super-cool kitchen we found in Albany. You'll know what we mean as you read on. Thanks again Marisabel!
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"And the Award For Best Animated Feature Goes To..."
Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio
an exhibition dedicated to the artist’s first stop-motion animation film
THE PORTLAND ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES GUILLERMO DEL TORO: CRAFTING PINOCCHIO, OPENING IN JUNE 2023.
Known for taking artistic originality and cinematic vision to new heights across film, television, animation and more, Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro is one of the most inventive and iconic directors of the 21st century.
Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinoc-
chio is a celebration and exploration of the inventiveness, passion and artistic cooperation that goes into making a cinematic vision come to life. Now in theaters and streaming on Netflix, the movie Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio was ten years in the making, and conceived for international audiences of all ages. The film’s major themes highlight the importance of non-conformity and the love and understanding passed between parents and children—and above all, showcase del Toro and team’s incred-
ible passion for the art of stop-motion animation. With voice talents from Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Ewan McGregor and a soundtrack by Nick Cave and Alexandre Desplat, the film has been given extraordinary critical praise, with many already deeming it a “masterpiece.”
This exhibition is coming to Portland from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, where it opens December 11, 2022. MoMA organizing curator Ron Magliozzi said,
“With Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, we had the unique opportunity to organize an exhibition during the active production of a feature film by one of this generation’s most important filmmakers. The chance to observe firsthand how Guillermo and fellow director Mark Gustafson engaged with the craftspeople and artists under their direction inspired our selection and installation of the works on display.”
Showcasing the collaborative art, craft and storytelling of the film, the exhibition immerses audiences in its world, featuring iconic creatures, set pieces, stop-motion animation technology, and fantastical visual and sound elements. At more than 8,000 square feet, the exhibition will guide audiences through the creation and collective artistry of del Toro’s work. Featuring the inspirations and inventiveness of the artists that helped bring the story to life, Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio will celebrate how far imagination can push us into making our dreams a reality.
The Portland Art Museum’s presentation of Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio will expand on the richness of the local stop-motion animation community by giving visitors a look inside the artists’ process. The exhibition and programs will give special attention to the talent and creative collaboration of the local cinematic animation artists at ShadowMachine—a renowned stop-motion animation studio based here in Portland, Oregon, a city increasingly recognized as a creative hub of the artform.
ShadowMachine. Columbina Production Puppet, 2019-2020. Steel, wire, resin, paint, fabric, brass.3.5x3.5x9′′ (8.9x 8.9x 22.8 cm). Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, 2022. Image courtesy Netflix
In addition to the exhibition itself, PAM CUT // Center for an Untold Tomorrow, the Museum’s film and new media arm, will enhance and deepen the experience of Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio with classes, programs, and a screening series celebrating the art of stop-motion animation. ShadowMachine co-founder Alex Bulkley was a 2021 honoree of PAM CUT’s Cinema Unbound Awards, which celebrate boundary-breaking multimedia storytellers working at the intersection of art and cinema.
“The Portland-based artists and craftspeople working on this film at ShadowMachine are truly extraordinary,” said Amy Dotson, Portland Art Museum Curator of Film and New Media and PAM CUT Director. “From their work on the tiniest eyeballs to the wildest, most imaginative large-scale sets, Guillermo and Mark’s vision for a non-conformist, radical, and deeply personal telling of the Pinocchio story will be especially meaningful to artists and audiences here in our community. Collectively, they have carved out a new direction for animation as an art form, as well as a timely tale about the importance of finding and expressing one’s true self.”
Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio is organized by The Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition is made possible by the Portland Art Museum's Exhibition Series Sponsors including the William G. Gilmore Foundation, Laura and Roger Meier Family, and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.
April 21 to May 13
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Jo Dodge
Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
This is the kind theater that gives the audience “a chance to feel, empathize and contemplate the limits of a person facing unfair circumstances.”
SPONSORED BY THE PAUL C. AND ROBIN E. BOWER FAMILY TRUST
June 9 to July 1
Written by Paul Elliott
Directed by Karen McCarty
When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the “girls,” what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, three Southern ladies from Birmingham, you “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest most exciting night of your lives involves a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you’re truly living.
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Art in the Mid-Valley
Finally, spring is here just in time for the Spring Garden Festival, May 7th from 10am to 4pm in The Arts Center Plaza at 7th and Madison in Corvallis. Along with the usual plants, shrubs and trees you will find garden-related arts and crafts. This year’s event includes approximately 40 vendors plus local music and other entertainment. This sounds like a great way to spend a springtime Sunday afternoon in Corvallis.
The Arts Center recognizes the evolving nature of artistic practice by celebrating 5 Years of Artist Accelerator Residencies
The Artist Accelerator Program provides professional development for creative people seeking to build community, with a strong foundation in small business and their art practices. This spring former AAP residents return in this two-location exhibit to share their evolving work in fiber, painting, design, and ceramics. The featured artists include Sabra Comins, Jess Felix, Caroline Feyling, Justin Lodge, Kimberly Long, Shagufta Mulla, Jill Myer, and Jessica Rehfield. Explore your own definitions and understandings of artistic practice. Visit both the Corvallis Footwise window and The Arts Center to enjoy the full breadth of work on display.
The Arts Center Main Gallery:
April 6, 2023 – May 13, 2023
Corvallis Footwise at 3rd and Madison:
April 28, 2023 – May 30, 2023
Reception for All Artists: The Arts Cen-By Brian Egan
ter, Friday, May 12, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
The Arts Center’s Pre-Owned Art Sale is back! You can support The Arts Center’s exhibition program in two ways: First, you
time. If you have questions about the status of your membership, contact Barbara Malloy, email@example.com Then you can pat yourself on the back, for in just two days you have cleaned out your closet/garage/studio, acquired something beautiful/unique, had a great time seeing interesting things, and helped support The Arts Center’s exhibition program.
can donate art on Friday, May 19, 12 – 5 PM. The Arts Center welcomes you to donate original art and useable art supplies you have stored in your closet, studio, garage, etc. Your donation is tax deductible and you must place a value the donation yourself, as there will be no appraiser on staff. Please be aware that the purpose of this event is to give art a second life. It is very likely your donation will be priced below it’s declared value in order to try and guarantee the art finds a new home. Please no giclee print or printed canvases. Posters from museums or galleries may be accepted. Secondly, you can buy art on Saturday, May 20, 12 – 4 PM. Be the second (or third) owner of original artwork – a bargain hunter’s delight! Frames, art supplies and other art related odds and ends will also be available. Arts Center members ONLY will have the opportunity to shop Saturday from 11 AM – Noon. You must be a verified member by Tuesday, May 15, 2023 to qualify for the early shop
Mary Frisbee Johnson will be featured in the main gallery of The Arts Center from June 8th to July 22nd. Her show, Pacific Waters, is a collection of thirty-five indigo ink drawings on heavy watercolor paper exploring the Central Oregon Coast. Mary works in the media areas of drawing, metals, and sculpture and in 2020 took a break from a long stretch of working in her metals studio and began the Pacific Waters collection. Johnson is fascinated with how water changes depending on light, weather, time, wind, tide, river flow, and geography. She thinks of words that relate to movement and shape: twist, eddy, rise, ebb, stream, spurt, surge. She listens to the myriad sounds of the ocean and the bays: gurgle, roar, crash, hiss. These words translate into mark-making with brushes and ink. As an extension of this exhibition, Oregon State University music students were invited to compose original works in response to Johnson's work. Selected music pieces will be available to listen to in the gallery. Visitors will be encouraged to choose a soundtrack and connect with Johnson's work while
listening to the compositions through provided headphones. Reception: June 15, 5:30-7 PM
For 40 years, the Art About Agriculture program at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has invited artists from throughout the Pacific Northwest to creatively explore the uniquely diverse agricultural and natural resources of our region. As a world-class leader in agricultural, environmental, and life sciences, the College of Agricultural Sciences encourages diverse points of view and for 40 years has invested in visual arts as an important part of its mission. This annual exhibit at the Guistina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center opens on May 9th and closes on June 15th.
Artist Quote of the month: “Make sure that what you create is the best that you can do, not just what you can get away with simply because others do not know what is good. ” - Emil Milan
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ART IS HAPPENING THIS SPRING AT RIVER GALLERY!
We have Chris Hannegan as our focus artist in May and Wild Women in June! Our Summer hours will be in effect beginning May 1st, 2023. We will be open from 12:00pm-5:00pm on Thursday - Sunday. Both of these exhibits will meet your hopes for some festive art and fun!
Artist Focus Show in May 2023 - Chris Hannegan
"I love the idea of living a very ordinary life, simple and private. One of my greatest joys is teaching fifth grade and sharing the hopes and potentials of my young charges. I've been accused of being in love with the line but it's more than that. I live to see what comes out of the end of my paintbrushes, the products of my imagination and memories -- my lifeline."
Wild Women Show in June 2023!!!
After a 2 year hiatus, River Gallery's Wild Women Show is returning in June 2023. Although we do not have a specific theme this year, we want our annual juried show to continue to celebrate the Spirit of Women. The world has changed in the last 2 years! Welcome Back! The exhibit is from June 1st - July 7th and the reception is on June 3rd from 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Join us and be prepared to have some fun!
CALL TO ARTISTS
WILD WOMEN 2023
Celebrating the Spirit of Women
IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND DATES
Show: June 1 through July 7
Submission due date: no later than April 24, 2023
Submission is by email to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Use Subject Heading: Wild Women 2023
Up to 3 pieces may be submitted: two and three dimensional work of any type. Attach a photo of your piece to your email. Please don't embed the photo in the body of your email. It makes it much harder to set it up for jurying! Jpeg photos only. Each piece needs to be labeled with: title, medium, size, price (all work must be for sale), and your last name.
Submission fee: $10 each. If submitting 3 pieces, $25 for the three. Payment must be received by April 24th. Jurying will take place on May 8th. Notification of acceptance no later than May 12th. Accepted work can be brought in anytime after you are notified. We are open Thursday through Sunday noon to 5pm. NOTE: Plexiglass instead of glass if your piece requires it. Hanging method should be appropriate to size and weight of your piece if it is to be hung. Please do not use sawtooth hangers!
COLUMBIA GORGE PLEIN AIR AT THE MARYHILL.
April 30 - May 29, 2023
Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge
When the spring wildflowers arrive in the Columbia River Gorge in 2023, they will be greeted by more than 40 artists who will be working to capture their beauty.
After four days of painting en plein air, the completed works will be taken to Maryhill Museum of Art. The paintings will be available for purchase in the Event Sales Gallery in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center from April 30–May 29.
Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge is a “wet paint” show. Purchased artworks are taken home by their buyers when they are sold.
NOTE: Our featured artist for this issue, Katia Kyte will be painting at this show.
Susan Elwart Hall
Yong Hong Zhong pacificnwpa.com
Art and Poetry
Blossoming at Pegasus Gallery
Pegasus owner Paige Shumway got an offer from her dad Bill to help get the annual Art & Poetry show together and let it "blossom" in April (national poetry month). Artwork in response to poetry will rotate through the run of the exhibit. Pegasus has a 35 year tradition of this kind of collaborative process. This year, in it's new location, the gallery is encouraging a new group of artists that Bill has been working with, and some of his fellow retirees from Mennonite Village, along with works from Paige, her sons Ben and Josh, and several regional artists who regularly show at Pegasus. Visitors, artists and poets are encouraged to stop in a few times during the exhibit as new works appear.
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Lavender U-pick & Festival July 1 @ 10:00 AM - July 31 @ 5:00 PM, FREE
U-PICK Enjoy the farm July 1-31st daily 10-5 for u-pick and refreshments!
Lavender Festival at Wayward Winds July 7th, 8th, and 9th, also 10-5. Experience an abundance of fragrant and beautiful lavender at one of the largest fields in Oregon. Enjoy award-winning essential oils, plants, our lavender maze, and more. Shop our store for culinary, home & body care. Free admission for the whole family.
Relay For Life – Albany, Oregon June 17 @ 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM, FREE
Join Relay for Life – Albany to celebrate all those united in the fight against cancer and share the love for those we’ve lost. The event is FREE and intended as a community gathering and fundraiser in support of those in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, and the surrounding areas that have been impacted by cancer. All cancer fighters, survivors, caregivers, and community supporters are encouraged to attend! For information on registration, luminaria dedications, volunteering, donations/fundraising, or how you can help – please go to www.relayforlife.org/albanyor. Together we can make a difference in the fight against cancer!
Bark in the Park May 21 @ 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM $35
Alton Baker Park goes to the dogs when Greenhill Humane Society’s 30th Annual Bark in the Park returns on Sunday, May 21st. The dog friendly event is one of Greenhill’s biggest fundraisers and hopes to raise $100,000 to help care for over 3,400 animals in 2023.
Last year, the 10K, 5K, 2K run/walk and pet festival drew over 1,000 dogs and their humans. Festivities include the run, the walk, canine activities, vendor booths, food trucks, demonstrations, contests and more. Bark in the Park is the largest pet event in the Southern Willamette Valley and one of the largest run/walks in Eugene. Runners can participate as an individual (with or without a dog) or join a team. This year, Greenhill hopes to raise $100,000 for the animals and is relying on the community for help. Register and learn more about Bark in the Park at www.Green-hill.org/bark.
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite at the Shedd May 26, 7:30 - 9 p.m. $4564
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts 868 High St, Eugene, OR 97401 541.434.7000
Two living icons of the blues, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Elvin Bishop and Blues Hall of Famer Charlie Musselwhite, team up for this exclusive duo performance at The Shedd! Consider checking out The Shedd's pre-concert dinner at 6 p.m. The Shedd Institute offers concerts, conferences, lectures, classes and other events year-round; including four unique concert series. This historic building and venue is located in downtown Eugene.
A Mother’s Day Suggestion
Playful and delicious treats by marzipops make a great gift for moms who look forward to receiving candy on Mother’s Day! marzipops.com/collections/mothers-day-marzipan-candy-treats
Made of marzipan - a luscious combination of sugar, ground almonds and water, marzipops come with or without a stick and are great to share and fun to eat! Choose from Mother’s Day Conversation Flowers, Colorful Rainbow Sprinkle Flower Tiles, Mother’s Day Brunch Tiles, Stained Glass Roses, and more! Available at: marzipops.com
Walking: The Simple, Effective Way to Boost Your Health and Well-being
WE OFTEN HEAR ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE FOR OUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH. WHILE THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE, WALKING IS ONE OF THE SIMPLEST AND MOST ACCESSIBLE FORMS OF EXERCISE. IT REQUIRES NO SPECIAL EQUIPMENT, CAN BE DONE ALMOST ANYWHERE, AND IS SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND FITNESS LEVELS.
But walking is more than just a convenient form of exercise. It offers a wide range of health benefits that can improve your physical health, mental well-being, and overall quality of life. Let's take a closer look at some of the ways walking can benefit your health.
Boosts cardiovascular health
Walking is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that can help strengthen your heart and improve blood circulation throughout your body. Regular walking can lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, and improve your overall cardiovascular health.
Improves mental health
Walking is not just good for your physical health; it can also benefit your mental health. Walking outdoors can reduce
stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost your self-esteem. It can also help you feel more connected to nature and your surroundings, which can promote a sense of well-being.
3. Helps manage weight
Walking is a great way to burn calories and manage your weight. It can help you lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce your risk of obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer.
4. Strengthens bones and muscles
Walking is a weight-bearing exercise that can help improve your bone density and reduce your risk of osteoporosis. It can also help strengthen your muscles, including your legs, back, and core, which can improve your balance and stability.
Walking can also aid in digestion by increasing the contractions of your intestinal muscles. This can help food move through your digestive system more efficiently and reduce constipation and bloating.
Boosts immune function
Regular walking can also help boost your immune function, making you less sus-
ceptible to illnesses such as colds and flu. Walking can also help reduce inflammation in your body, which can lower your risk of chronic diseases such as arthritis and cancer.
The best part about walking is that it's easy to incorporate into your daily routine. You don't need to set aside a specific time for exercise; you can simply walk more throughout the day. Here are some tips for adding more walking to your day:
Take the stairs instead of the elevator Park farther away from your destination and walk the rest of the way
• Walk during your lunch break
• Walk to nearby destinations instead of driving
Take a stroll after dinner
In conclusion, walking is a simple, effective way to improve your health and well-being. It offers a wide range of benefits, from boosting your cardiovascular health to improving your mental health and immune function. By incorporating more walking into your daily routine, you can enjoy these benefits and improve your overall quality of life.
Sun, Good and Bad!
Sun exposure can have both positive and negative effects on our skin. While the sun provides us with Vitamin D, an essential nutrient that helps our bodies absorb calcium, too much sun exposure can damage our skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.
One of the most effective ways to protect our skin from sun damage is to wear sunscreen. It is recommended to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and to reapply it every two hours, especially when spending extended periods of time outdoors.
In addition to sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, such as hats and long-sleeved shirts, can also help shield the skin from the sun's harmful rays. Seeking shade during peak sun hours (typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and avoiding tanning beds are other ways to reduce the risk of sun damage.
But what happens if we do get sunburned? First, it's important to understand that sunburn is a form of skin damage. It can cause redness, pain, and peeling. To treat sunburn, it is recommended to take cool baths or use cold compresses to soothe the skin, and to apply aloe vera or other moisturizers to help ease the pain and reduce peeling.
However, it's important to note that sunburn is not the only form of sun damage. Even without visible signs of burn, prolonged sun exposure can cause wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. To prevent these effects, it's important to incorporate sun protection into your daily skincare routine. This includes using a moisturizer with SPF, avoiding sun exposure as much as possible, and wearing protective clothing.
While the sun provides us with essential nutrients, it's important to take precautions to protect our skin from its harmful rays. This includes wearing sunscreen, seeking shade, and wearing protective clothing. If sunburn does occur, it's important to treat it promptly to prevent further damage.
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CITY GEMSBy Elaine Rea
PORTLAND'S PEARL DISTRICT
Just north of West Burnside, the Pearl District is best known for Powell’s City of Books flagship store. Originally an industrial district, the neighborhood’s rebirth came in the early 2000’s with the rebuilding of the Henry Weinhard’s brewing and bottling complex, now known as the Brewery Blocks. The area is dense with mixed-use retail, dining, and housing and while much of the area is new, it retains the character of its industrial past. The Portland Street Car (portlandstreetcar.org) links the Pearl District with the TriMet bus and light rail system so visitors can move about sans car.
Portland Center Stage
128 NW Eleventh Avenue
Portland Center Stage makes its home in the Gerding Theater, housed in the former Portland Armory originally built in 1891 as the Oregon National Guard headquarters. PCS, first established in 1988 as Oregon Shakespeare Festival Portland. PCS is now Oregon’s largest theater company and moved into the renovated, LEED Platinum building in 2006. Between the building’s two venues: U.S. Bank Main Stage and Ellyn Bye Studio, the company presents eight productions a year.
810 NW 11th Avenue
Jamison Square is in the heart of the Pearl District, attracting families, dog walkers and neighbors to the open space, interactive fountain and splash pads, art installations, and seating areas. It is also home to the first “Portland Loo,” a restroom designed in Portland for use in city parks and public areas. The park plays host to events throughout the year like the Alliance Française de Portland’s Bastille Day Festival in July. afportland.org/events/bastille-day
810 NW 11th Avenue
Since 1986, the Pearl District’s art galleries have hosted First Thursday events; opening their doors and launching new exhibits to thousands of aficionados. There are currently five galleries located on the Portland Art Dealers Association (padaoregon.org) online map of the neighborhood: Elizabeth Leach Gallery (elizabethleach.com), Blackfish Gallery (blackfish. com), Gallery 114 (gallery114pdx.com), Laura Vincent Design and Gallery (lvdesignandgallery.com), and Waterstone Gallery (waterstonegallery.com).
Must Eat Must Shop
Fuller’s Coffee Shop
136 NW Ninth Avenue
While the revitalized Brewery Blocks are like a shiny penny Fuller’s, at this location since 1955, is 100% old school! Two half-circle counters with stools face the kitchen and the menu is classic breakfast all the way. The staff is friendly, and the morning crowd is diverse. A recent fire has temporarily closed their doors, but they are expected to re-open later in 2023. Watch their Facebook page for news.
Hello From Portland
120 NW 10th Ave
Hello from Portland is cute, colorful, and just the spot to find unique souvenirs and gifts with Portland, Oregon, and Pacific Northwest themes. In northwest Portland for five years, they just opened in the Pearl in 2022. They carry products from local artists, makers, and crafters and have private-label lines of apparel, stickers, patches, and other accoutrements. Their online shop carries a complete offering of their exclusive products.
Screen Door Restaurant
1131 NW Couch Street
Their first restaurant on East Burnside was so popular they opened a second location in 2021, also serving Southern favorites with a Pacific Northwest flair. They are open for brunch every day and the local owners (with Louisiana origins) work to support regional growers and vendors to provide the freshest ingredients. Fried chicken (served with waffles or biscuits, or on a bun) is their major draw. We ordered the Fried Chicken Sandwich, and it was worthy of the buzz!
304 NW 11th Avenue
NAU Clothing got its start in Portland 15 years ago and after being acquired by a company in Seoul, now exclusively sells Korean-designed apparel. They are serious about the environment and create clothes with sustainable textiles to be durable and timeless. NAU has clothing lines for men and women and specializes in outwear. The Pearl District is their only retail outlet in the United States, and they have an on-line store.
207 NW Tenth Avenue
This brand out of Eugene got its start making vegan, frozen treats packaged and sold in regional grocery stores. Newlyopened in December 2022, their first foray into a retail shop also carries grass-fed milk options. The light, bright corner shop is perfect for grabbing a dessert after catching a play, shopping for books, or just enjoying the neighborhood.
Cosmic Bliss Frozen Treats
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: KATIA KYTE
Katia was raised in an industrial port town in Siberian Russia by a family of physicians. She decided not to follow in their footsteps. Instead, inspired by her mother’s side of the family, ethnic Germans who lived in Russia for generations and kept their language and culture, she went to college to study languages. After becoming fluent in English and German, she moved to Germany where she became immersed in the language and culture. She returned to Russia in 2006 where she started translating and interpreting mostly English/Russian. At work in Russia, she met her future husband who is a native Washingtonian, and the reason she immigrated to the United States in 2008.
Art was always a part of her life. At an early age, Katia’s parents recognized an artist’s talent in her and at the age of ten she began a four-year program to study the basic skills of drawing, painting, and art history. Art became her focus after moving to the Oregon Coast where she began showing her work in 2009. Inspired by the Impressionists she painted frequently with a palette knife working mostly en plein air. She was also teaching art classes
and continuing her own art education through workshops and self-study. Painting helped her overcome difficult periods. 2015 should have been a happy year when her daughter was born, but the same year proved tragic when she lost her husband in a car accident.
She takes a direct approach to painting and leans toward the abstract. She likes to find strong compositions in nature or in still life, wanting to say something specific about her reaction to a place or a moment in time - to capture the essence of what moves her. She believes that artists are poets rather than journalists. Katia pursues
her painting with zest, boldness, passion and sincerity. Her paintings are full of color, shape, light, and energy. She prefers to keep her paintings suggestive rather than refining them to a polished state. Katia believes that saying less is more powerful.
“I prefer painting directly from life because I perceive it firsthand and connect to what excites me. The natural world is my teacher, and it has all the information I need. The challenge is to create a new reality on canvas, that is at once vibrant, exciting, alive, and harmonious. The empty spaces or less defined areas give the viewer an opportunity to fill in the gaps and to participate in the creation, like life itself. It teaches me to let go, to support myself through every right or wrong decision, to trust that I am enough, and how less is more. It reminds me how overthinking creates a weaker painting, change is inevitable, how important it is to take a deep breath when feeling overwhelmed. It reminds me that I’ll enjoy life and painting more if I relax in the present moment and trust that the creative power will lead me.”
In addition to her painting, she is busy raising a child, teaching yoga, and pursuing a degree in psychology.
Recent oils created en plein air.Low Tide, 8x10
The Lightnessby Emily Temple
One year after her father leaves home for a meditation retreat and never returns, Olivia yearns to make sense of his departure and to escape her overbearing mother. She runs away and retraces his path to a place known as the Levitation Center, where she enrolls in their summer camp. Between fairy tales, physics, cognition, religious fervor and youthful obsessions, is it really possible to know anything about faith or family? (Fiction)
Lud-in-the-mist by Hope Mirrlees
The town of Lud is a prosperous country port, situated at the confluence of two rivers: the Dawl and the Dapple. The latter, which has its source in the land of Faerie beyond the Elfin Marches and the Debatable Hills, is a source of great trial to a town that rejects fanciful nonsense. When a perfect plague of faerie influences hits the town, it becomes apparent to even the stuffiest town resident that Steps Will Have To Be Taken. (Fiction)
Sue just wants to spend the summer reading and making comics at sleepaway camp with her friends, but instead she gets stuck going to Honduras to visit relatives with her parents and two sisters. What will she do, and how will she survive all this "quality" time with her rambunctious family?
Urban Forestby David Paul Bayles
For more than two decades, photographer David Paul Bayles has been making images of trees in cities and suburbs. This volume showcases his extraordinary vision of urban trees and their often precarious, sometimes triumphant place in the human landscape. (Nonfiction)
Sea of Tranquility by
Hired to investigate the blackskied Night City, a detective discovers an anomaly in the wilderness, where he encounters a strange group of individuals who have all glimpsed a chance to do something extraordinary that could disrupt the timeline of the universe. (Fiction)
Through A Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle And The Quest To Solve The Greatest Mystery Of All
by Stefan Bechtel
A chronicle of the Spiritualism era in America discusses how it was largely instigated by a grieving public in the aftermath of the Civil War and how it was supported by famous notables including Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Mister Fishback's Monster by Steve Sabatka A massive storm leaves a dead heap of tentacles, fins — and one awful, staring eye — on an Oregon beach. Is it a fish? A mammal? A prehistoric throwback right out of a 1950s monster movie? Three high school students take on the gruesome, rotting mystery — and learn the truth.
About the Author: Steve Sabatka lives on the Oregon Coast and teaches at Newport High School. Get the book on Amazon: shorturl.at/drsvM
The Diary of an Extraordinarily Ordinary Woman and Her Rather Eccentric Sister by Pam Dehnke The story of two sisters’ parallel but divergent lives. Leslie takes responsibility for her family, attempting to drag them out of their morass of lies and losses, challenging the odds that get in her way, while Deedee taunts and battles to sink deeper into the muddled dysfunctional family dynamics where familiarity lies. The story spans seventy-five years of love, loss, intrigue, death and betrayal.
About the Author: Pam grew up in Santa Monica, California, and then relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where she enjoyed a career as a court reporter. Upon retiring in 2014, she purchased Nightingales Inn, a bed-and-breakfast in Ashland, Oregon. Pam is currently at work on a mystery series, The Court Reporter Always Gets the Last Word, which will be released in the fall of 2023. Amazon: shorturl.at/qt678
A LITTLE HUMOR
So You Thought You Could Retire, by Graham Harrop Here’s a fun follow-up to the popular Living Together After Retirement: or, There’s a Spouse in the House… “So You Thought You Could Retire!” asks if you were planning to sit back and relax? Forget about it! Take a lighthearted look at retirees who’ve returned to the workplace…. From teachers to nurses to big box store greeters – they’re all here and waiting to tell their side of the story! From TEN CATS cartoonist Graham Harrop. Book Link: amazon.com/dp/B0BW3BDGJ5
About the Author: Graham Harrop draws the cheeky, award-winning comic strip TEN CATS, which appears daily on the GoComics site. He also creates editorial cartoons for The Vancouver Sun, and for more than two decades his BackBench comic strip appeared daily in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper.
Socialization vs. VaccinationBy Lisa Tedder, BA, CPDT-KA
APPROPRIATE SOCIALIZATION OF PUPPIES TO THE WORLD AROUND THEM WITHIN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF LIFE IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PIECE OF DEVELOPING A TRUSTING AND ACCEPTING ADULT DOG.
Among new puppy owners, "socialization" is one of the most misunderstood and misapplied processes in training; getting the timing and experience right makes all the difference! Since puppies have not completed their vaccination schedule yet, how do you accomplish this safely?
Paramount socialization guidelines:
• Be prepared with food! Positive socialization is ensured if your puppy is eating, playing with you/others and exploring.
• Keep it short! 10 minutes for busy places, 30 minutes for quiet spaces.
Direct interaction is not required! Watching from a distance and eating snacks, playing with you, or working on a chewy counts!
Tricks for safety:
• Grab a new shower curtain and use it as a picnic blanket for puppy to watch folks walking in and out of stores downtown or at a park.
• Visit stores that aren't largely frequented by dogs to let your puppy walk around. To employ an abundance of caution, wipe their feet and fanny with antibacterial wipes before getting back into the car.
Riding in a cart at store is ok, but it won’t give puppy any agency. Don't allow people to pet your puppy until you are comfortable placing them on the ground.
• Observe novel environments from your vehicle.
• Help them socialize at home! Employ a variety of feeding strategies, create an obstacle course for tactile stimulation, bring trusted friends and dogs over for visits.
Getaway to The Dalles
The Dalles is the gateway to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Human civilization has continuously populated the area for 15,000 years and today’s residents love their independent, self-sufficient, small city and are rewarded with stellar Gorge views from anywhere in town. Steeped in regional history, The Dalles is rich in museums and offers self-guided walk-
ing tours of historic buildings as well as over 30 murals (thedallesartcenter. org/all-together-the-dalles). It has been a long-time Mecca for sports fishermen and April welcomes the Northwest Cherry Festival. Explore The Dalles’ website has great itinerary suggestions for visitors to the area any time of year (explorethedalles.com).
Places to Stay
The Dalles Inn
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, The Dalles Inn is the perfect home base to shop, dine, and explore. The staff is friendly and helpful and they offer a grab ‘n go breakfast in the lobby each morning.
112 W 2nd Street
Do Not Miss!
It is not every town that can boast a surviving, 130-year-old flour mill and the Historic Sunshine Mill (former home of the CheezIt) is exceptional in many ways. Restorations have left many of the former mill fixtures and machinery intact and have created a magical atmosphere for wine tasting and dining from the small-plates menu. They also project movies on the building’s exterior for patrons to enjoy from their cars, while sipping wine and snacking on movie treats.
901 E 2nd Street
Just off Interstate 84, Country Cousins Inn has a long-favored, family restaurant on site serving homestyle food from 6:00am to 10:00pm, seven days a week. The Inn has pet-friendly rooms and a full range of amenities. Be sure to grab a free, family-recipe cookie at check-in, and a bonus for Tesla drivers are the 5 superchargers on the property.
2114 W 6th Street
Just opened in 2022, Scooper McQuades is fast becoming a town attraction where families can enjoy arcade games, espresso drinks, and ice cream. The menu is expanding to include lunch sandwiches and soup and their calendar has BINGO every Sunday afternoon. Try their ‘flight’ of three scoops of ice cream, or like us, the Ice Cream Nachos. YUM! 215 E 2nd Street facebook.com/profile.php?id=100084414443206
Places to Eat
Kainos Coffee is locally-owned and dedicated to supporting community non-profits. They roast their beans and make their baked goods in-house. Featured on the East Gorge Food Trail, the very popular wood-fired pizza came highly-recommended as did the pinwheels, with sweet and savory options rotating daily.
418 E 2nd Street kainos.coffee
The Riv Café
The Riv Café resides in a former stone church, built 120-years ago, and is known for outstanding espresso drinks, in-house baked goods, and farm-to-table ingredients. Also on the East Gorge Food Trail (eastgorgefoodtrail.com), we went with the top customer pick, Chicken and Waffles, and they were delicious! Open for breakfast and lunch, indoor diners enjoy the airy former sanctuary space while outdoor diners are surrounded by greenery
on their patio.
401 E 10th Street therivcafeevents.com
Big Jim’s Drive In Big Jim’s was originally a 1966 walk-up burger stand. On the same property, today Big Jim’s is a sit-down restaurant still serving up classic burgers, milkshakes, and fries. Their chili is made on-site as are their fry and tartar sauces, and the menu includes seasonal specials like “Sea Fest Baskets.” Rumor has it that they can whip up over 3 million unique shake flavors! We were encouraged to order the onion rings with our Jim Dandy Burger, and that was wise advice!
2938 E 2nd Street bigjimsdrivein.com
In an unrivaled spot along the banks of the Columbia River, Bargeway Pub attracts locals and visitors alike with live en-
tertainment, their family-friendly menu, and a full-service bar with 30-taps. The pub has been owned and operated by a young family since 2018. The rehabbed grain silo and outdoor dining and music venue, make this the place-to-be on summer evenings.
1535 Bargeway Road bargewaypub.com
Zim’s Brau Haus Restaurant
Zim’s is a restaurant and sports bar in downtown The Dalles. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu has German favorites like Wiener Schnitzel, a variety of steaks and entrees, and fresh soups and salads. Families are welcome and their homemade bread pudding, served warm with raisins and cinnamon, is not to be missed!
604 E 2nd Street
Things to See and Do
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum
Open for 25 years, the Discovery Center is a wonderful place for families to enjoy interactive exhibits educating visitors about the natural history of the Columbia River Gorge. The center has raptor demonstrations and a native plant walking tour. Their beautiful facility has become a popular wedding venue. 5000 Discovery Drive gorgediscovery.org
National Neon Sign Museum
Located in the restored Elks Club building, built in 1910, in the center of downtown The Dalles. The museum is the passion project of David Benko, 50-year collector of advertising history and electric signs. It opened in 2018, and the museum already has an international following of fans of neon. New exhibits and expansion plans are ongoing. The space is also available for event hosting.
200 E 3rd Street nationalneonsignmuseum.org
Fort Dalles Museum
Fort Dalles was active from 1853-1867, installed to support the US Army in westward expansion and conflicts with First Na-
tion people in Walla Walla and Yakima. The Museum, open since 1905, is housed in the last surviving support building, the surgeon’s quarters. Exhibits feature Celilo Falls, located 12 miles upriver from The Dalles but flooded after the damning of the Columbia River in 1957. Also on the property are a collection of antique wagons and Anderson House, a Swedish, square-log construction cabin from 1895. The museum staff and volunteers are a font of enthusiasm and knowledge about the rich history of the area.
500 W 15th and Garrison Streets fortdallesmuseum.org
Tierra del Lobos Winery
Vintner Adolfo Mollinedo grows grapes in Klickitat County, Washington and opened this waterfront tasting room in 2018. Visitors can enjoy glorious river views from the indoor and outdoor seating areas. Try Lobo Noble, their signature red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Merlot and join the Wine Club for special offers.
201 Osprey Lane W tierradelobos.com
Places to Shop
House of Ala Mode Yarn
The House of Ala Mode has a popular online shop and a worldwide following on Instagram so getting to visit their store in The Dalles is a real treat. Their specialty is yarn dyed in-house and they are featuring a newly released line of colors celebrating Pacific Northwest wildflowers. They can do custom colors and source yarns worldwide.
215 Court Street
Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers
Klindt’s is the oldest bookshop in Oregon (and 6th oldest in the country). Situated downtown, the store has unmatched bookseller atmosphere, and besides being a community landmark, is home to book clubs, broad conversation, and fiercely-loyal book lovers. They also sell journals, eclectic cards, and stationery.
315 E 2nd Street
Sigman’s Flowers & Gifts
Flowers have been sold from this lovely, corner spot for 80 years and under the current owner since 1980. Besides fresh flowers, the shop is stocked with plants, home décor, seasonal displays, and giftware. They also have a candy counter featuring chocolates from Moonstruck and Spokandy… the perfect accompaniments to a bouquet or arrangement.
200 E 2nd Street
Billed as “a gift shop for the creative and adventurous,” The Workshop sells apparel, art kits, and gifts of their own, creative design. They partner with artists, sell items from Oregon and Washington makers, offer craft classes, and host events. They sell DIY kits and finished products with seasonal, local, and regional influences from their website.
116 E 2nd Street
Open 12 years ago by a mother/daughter team, this shop strives to offer good quality baby and children’s clothing at affordable prices. In addition, Emma’s carries new and gently-used maternity wear and new infant and children’s toys.
305 E 2nd Street
Easy trip to the Dalles by car from:
Portland: 1 hr 30 mins
Salem: 2 hr 30 mins
Albany: 2 hr 48 mins
Eugene: 3 hr 22 mins
Just so you know...
"The meaning of DALLES is the rapids in a river confined between walls of a canyon or gorge." - WikipediaEmma's Bowtique House of A La Mode Klindt's Sigman's The Workshop
THE HOT TICKET, HEARTLAND HUMANE SOCIETY'S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER MARCH 11, 2023 "WINE & WHISKERS."
Spring Home & Garden
SPRING IS A TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS AND RENEWAL, AND THERE'S NO BETTER PLACE TO START THAN IN YOUR OWN HOME AND GARDEN. As the weather warms up and the days get longer, it's the perfect time to tackle those home and garden projects you've been putting off all winter. Whether you're looking to update your outdoor space, add some curb appeal, or just make your home more comfortable and functional, there are plenty of ways to improve your home and garden this spring.
One popular trend this spring is creating an outdoor oasis. With more people spending time at home, having a comfortable and relaxing outdoor space has become more important than ever. Consider adding a patio, deck, or pergola to create a defined outdoor living area. If you already have a patio or deck, spruce it up with new furniture and accessories, such as cushions, throw pillows, and outdoor rugs.
Planting a vegetable or herb garden is another great way to improve your outdoor space. Not only will you have access to fresh produce and herbs, but gardening can also be a relaxing and enjoyable hobby. Consider creating a raised bed garden or using containers if you don't have a lot of space. Don't forget to add
some flowers and other plants to add some color and beauty to your garden.
Improving your home's curb appeal is another important spring home improvement project. This is the first thing people see when they come to your home, so it's important to make a good impression. Start by cleaning up the exterior of your home, including the windows, doors, and siding. Then, add some pops of color with flowers, plants, and outdoor decor. A fresh coat of paint on the front door can also go a long way in improving your home's curb appeal.
If you're looking to make more functional updates to your home, consider remodeling the kitchen or bathroom. These are two of the most popular rooms to update and can add significant value to your home. When remodeling, consider energy-efficient appliances, such as a lowflow toilet or Energy Star-rated refrigerator. These updates not only look great, but they can also save you money on your energy bills in the long run. Another functional update to consider is adding or updating your home's insulation. Proper insulation can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, which can save you money on your energy
bills. It can also help reduce noise and improve the overall comfort of your home.
Spring is also a great time to declutter and organize your home. As you start to bring out your spring and summer clothing, take the opportunity to go through your closet and get rid of anything you no longer wear. Consider donating or selling gently used items and investing in storage solutions, such as shelves and bins, to help keep your home organized.
Finally, don't forget about the importance of maintenance. Spring is a great time to check for any repairs or maintenance needs around your home. This could include cleaning your gutters, checking your roof for damage, and inspecting your home's foundation. By taking care of these tasks now, you can prevent bigger problems from occurring down the road.
There are countless ways to improve your home and garden this spring. Whether you're looking to add some curb appeal, create an outdoor oasis, or make functional updates to your home, there's something for everyone. So get started on your spring home and garden improvements today and enjoy the fruits of your labor all season long.
Mid-Century Modern Tile: A Timeless Trend Resurfacing in Contemporary Design
At Mid-Valley Tile & Design, we've noticed an increase in tile designs centered around a Mid-Century Modern feel. Mid-century modern design is characterized by sleek lines, simple forms, and natural materials. When it comes to designing a mid-century modern bathroom, choosing the right tiles can play a crucial role in achieving the desired aesthetic. As a tile installer and designer, it's important to understand the key elements of mid-century modern design and how they can be incorporated into your tile selection.
One of the defining features of mid-century modern design is the use of geometric shapes. Tiles with geometric patterns such as hexagons, triangles, or squares can be used to create a bold and dynamic look. Another key element is the use of natural materials such as stone or wood. Incorporating tiles that mimic the look of these materials can help create a warm and inviting feel in the bathroom.
Don't be afraid to mix and match tile shapes and colors to create a unique look that's true to your personal style. A mid-century
modern space is all about finding the perfect balance between simplicity and individuality.
As a tile installer and designer, it's important to work closely with your clients to understand their vision for the space and to create a design that meets their needs while staying true to mid-century modern design principles. With the right tile selection and installation, you can create a beautiful mid-century modern.
In addition to design and installation services, Mid-Valley Tile offers tile sales for DIY projects or for clients who prefer to source their own materials. Our large showroom allows clients to browse our extensive collection of tiles and get advice from our knowledgeable staff. Visit our showroom today and discover the endless possibilities of beautiful tile designs that will transform your space.
The mid-century look, cool as a cucumber
The Seamless Home Addition
We have all seen it, the home addition that is so obvious it doesn’t look like it belongs. Maybe it’s out of scale with the rest of the house, has mismatched siding material, or an incompatible roofline. It just doesn’t look right.
During an expansion project, gaining living space is at the forefront of the priorities for homeowners, while the second priority is usually the exterior architecture of the home. Additions must be designed and constructed in a way that blends with the existing architecture and enhances the home’s curb appeal and interiors. One of the highest compliments that a homeowner can receive on an addition is, “where was the addition?”. The design process for additions takes time as one can go through many different iterations for rooflines, window sizing, proportions, etc.
These are a few guiding principles that we consider when it comes to a seamless addition:
1. Define the existing architectural style of the home – It’s important to incorporate architectural elements that are typical of that specific archi-
tectural style. For instance, craftsman architecture will generally have one and half stories, a low-pitched gabled roof, tapered columns, a wide front porch, and exposed wood detailing. Those features would be carried into the design of the addition.
2. Consider the roof lines – The most important exterior aesthetic of an addition is the roof line. In our design process, we aim to follow all roof lines and pitches to create balance and symmetry. All the fascia boards and gutters should be aligned with the existing for a unified plan.
3. Consistent floor heights and ceiling heights – In order to create continuity, we try to keep all floor heights consistent so that there aren’t any steps up to or down to an addition space. A step is a detail that usually doesn’t sit well with future home buyers or for aging in place principles. Similar ceiling heights are also a key unifying factor, with the exception of vaulted ceilings. If your ceiling heights are low and you want to improve them in an addition space, then perhaps consider creating a transition space such as
a hallway that then opens to a taller ceiling height.
4. Complementary or matching exterior materials – Using the same siding as the existing home is a great way to tie in existing and new construction. However, sometimes if a particular siding is unavailable, using a contrasting siding material adds interest that looks intentional. For example, board and batten siding material can bring a nice contrast to a lap siding when placed in key locations. Using the same paint color, is also a must when it comes to exteriors of additions. Sometimes, a paint color has faded which requires painting all of the existing house.
5. Match interior details – Consistent interior trim is an excellent way to join an addition to the rest of the home. Extending existing flooring is another way to create a seamless interior finish.
These guidelines were foundational in the success of this recent addition.
Continuity is created by continuing the cherry flooring through the home from existing to new construction, and with the addition of a beautiful cherry vanity in the guest bathroom.
This home underwent a large 765 square foot 2-story addition to add a master suite and a main level guest bedroom, bathroom, and office space. The original design of the house had a garage dominating the façade, typical of many homes in the neighborhood. Our goal for this project was to create a seamless extension of the home’s interior and exterior so that no one would ever know that an addition had been done, essentially an addition that doesn’t look like an addition. On the exterior this was manifested in a design that added on 15’ to the length of the home with identical picture windows and a gable accent over the windows. This design was so effective that it seems like it always should have looked this way and balances out the scale and proportions resulting in a more inviting curb appeal. While this sounds simple it is anything but simple. When it came to the construction, much skill and thought had to be applied by the designer and crew to line up the framing, floor, and roof lines.
On the interior, we focused our attention on creating a seamless transition from existing to new construction. For the main level, we created a small hallway that transitions into a guest bedroom and bathroom off the main dining and formal living room. An office now sits off the dining room with a glass door. To create continuity, we extended the cherry hardwood floors into the adjoining hall and office. A cherry vanity was installed in the guest bathroom to echo the hardwoods from the formal spaces.
An addition that adds living space and improves livability in the home is a true gem--and this one surely is!
Upstairs, the existing primary bedroom was turned into the family’s bonus room and a new primary suite was created with a large walk-in closet, and a luxurious primary bathroom. Large picture windows were chosen for the primary bedroom and walk-in closet ushering in plenty of natural light. The large window in the bedroom is on the west side of the house and is a perfect place for the homeowners to sit and watch sunsets dip below the greenspace that sits behind their backyard. What a view! A his and hers closet was created with semi-custom cabinetry to maximize storage. The primary bathroom features a large freestanding tub and tiled shower. The shower has beautifully patterned tile, a built-in tiled bench with a quartz top, and a frameless glass door. The double vanity has quartz countertops and ample storage. Each room in the primary suite is a bit different but a consistent traditional design theme runs throughout from the gridded French doors in the walk-in closet to the plantation shutters over the freestanding tub.
An addition that adds living space and improves livability in the home is a true gem--and this one surely is! Intentional design and careful construction are the cornerstones of any successful home expansion, enhancing daily life and enjoyment.
Heidi oversees customer service at Powell Construction. She has a degree in business administration from Boston University and over 30 years of business & remodeling experience.
Connect with Heidi by calling 541-752-0805 or email email@example.com
Left: New master suite with stunning views. Below L to R: Double vanity with quartz countertop, his and hers closet with semi-custom cabinetry, and primary bathroom with large freestanding tub and tile shower,
SUSTAINABLITY MEETS FASHION FLOORINGBy Teri Wilkinson
CONSUMERS ARE DEMANDING MORE SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS AND THE FLOORING INDUSTRY IS MEETING THOSE NEEDS. Leaders in the industry practice mindful environmental manufacturing practices. A full spectrum of innovations has been integrated into the milling process, saving water, decarbonizing emissions, and recovering materials for recycling.
Georgia carpet mills began recycling programs in 1994. Mohawk Industries estimates 160 million pounds of carpet have been diverted from landfills. And every year over 6 billion plastic bottles are recycled, then re-spun and used in new carpet fibers.
Several carpet mills in Georgia have a recovery, reclaim or re(turn) operation in place. Since 2006 Shaw Industries claims they have collected nearly 1 billion pounds of used recyclable carpet, diverting waste from landfills.
State of the art facilities have been built specifically to break down the recovered carpet and reproduce the
materials into many types of flooring solutions.
Mohawk Industries prides itself on offering over 25,000 new floor covering options manufactured with sustainability in mind, while maintaining fashion and quality of all products introduced. Some of the exciting innovations include a patented water saving system used in the production of premium carpet yarns. These yarns are made to repel stains, assuring a longer life span, slowing the cycle of disposing carpet. A “Closed loop” facility has been built by Mohawk industries to manufacture luxury Vinyl flooring products. This means that all waste material is collected and reused to start the manufacturing process again.
Many production companies offer their local community environmental benefits; by installing solar panels and windmills to provide power to the factories and their neighbors, offering community gardens and bee keeping space with their excess land. Employees are encouraged to join their employers in promoting a
healthy environment and working together to find solutions which will positively impact our earth. Industry wide, the floor covering manufacturing companies have invested in social and environmental practices to provide a better tomorrow for people and our planet. Most flooring manufactures have a sustainability plan, which can be found on their websites.
*websites referenced: mohawkgroup.com and shawfloors.com
Windows and Doors Make a Difference!
For those who wish to lighten their footprint on the planet, well-built windows and doors allow them to appreciate the beauty of nature and protect it at the same time. For homeowners, high quality windows are a major piece of putting together a sustainable life. We source products that are produced with sustainability in mind. Our favorites for helping customers meet this goal are Marvin Windows: Ultimate, Essential, and Elevate products as well as Jeld-Wen, Pella and Ply-Gem.
Wood/Clad windows from companies like Marvin meet these criteria with a generations-long commitment to their employees, local community of Warroad, MN and a closed loop waste stream. Having been a primary dealer of Marvin windows and doors since our inception in 2001, we can solidly affirm their dedication to quality and ethics.
The windows in a home are but one of two main ways to the elements. The doors that swing open repeatedly during the day, throughout the year, are every bit as important but for slightly different reasons. If there is glass in a door, the same high standards apply to the glass. As for the rest of an exterior door, the quality of construction, materials like solid wood and fiberglass, and lasting hardware will make a huge difference. We especially
love Simpson’s entry door systems and Marvin’s French Doors for making sure the outside stays out!
Of course, true sustainability applies to one’s budget as much as anything else! When it comes to a return on one’s investment, outfitting a home with insulated windows and doors, that return begins immediately. The Energy Trust of Oregon has concluded that the average energy savings from installing Energy Star rated windows is about 12%. The U.S. Department of Energy analysis is that windows receiving this certification may cost 10% to 15% more but they reduce the energy lost through less efficient windows by as much as 30% to 50%. You do the math!
Riverside Window and Door is dedicated to assisting homeowners in capturing those savings and building sustainability into their everyday lives.
THE COOLEST KITCHEN
Thank you for the tour Marisabel!
Galley kitchens are cool, gallery kitchens are cooler.
How great is this? A Mondrian kitchen! Could there be a more perfect transition from our art section to our home and garden section? No, the answer is no. If you are not familiar with Mondrian’s work, the gist is that the work distilled life down to its most basic elements, primary colors, black, white, vertical lines, and horizontal lines. A Dutchman, he was a member of the art movement knows as “De Stijl” –Dutch for “The Style.”
Envisioned by homeowner Marisabel Governeur, and built by the local pros at G. Christianson Construction in Corvallis, we saw this kitchen online and immediately knew we had to feature it.
Marisabel’s family was originally from Venezuela, and immigrated to New York, where she grew up. She told us that her movements as a child were tightly controlled. Being the baby, and the only girl, she had a shortlist of places she was allowed to go. One of them was the Metropolitan Museum aside Central Park. It was indoors, and the chance of something
bad happening to her there was very low, so it was “mom approved.” She credits her time spent at the Met as the beginnings of her lifelong art appreciation.
Although she was a product of a privileged family, she was not an idle slacker. She earned a degree from UC Berkeley in California, and later worked for John’s Hopkins as a worldwide travelling midwife. She has travelled a lot. As she got older and came to be in charge of her life, her list of places to go expanded, dramatically.
After her career in the medical world, we are lucky to have her. She is retired and living in Albany. Although she is older, you’d never guess. She’s a ball of fire, knows what she wants, and how to make things happen. An inspiration.
When we talked about her kitchen criteria, she was very clear on what she needed, and the kitchen is built accordingly. One of her desires was a baking station, so her cabinetry is cleverly built to at once
hide her mixer and measuring cups, while also allowing instant access. Another key element is a coffee station, also built in. Very functional, and when not in use, very clean and cool. The giant black countertop is in keeping with the style, and looks fabulous.
She had G. Christianson build a skylight where they used to just be flat ceiling to introduce natural light, and it’s spectacular. There are no half measures, the build is very impressive. Marisabel said that the G. Christianson’s cabinet shop called her during the build to let her know that the yellow cabinet doors were requiring 18 coats of paint to achieve the perfect, saturated yellow color. An arduous process with a stunning result. Bravo Marisabel, and hats off to the team at G. Christianson Construction for the fabulous work bringing her kitchen vision to life.
The HarvestRight home freeze dryer. Now available at Scio Hardware.
You might even win one! As a part of their frequent charitable gifts, Scio Hardware is selling raffle tickets to benefit the Scio High class of 23. Stop in and buy a ticket, someone has to win!
to go Scio Hardware, and Go Loggers!
If you're looking to preserve food, the freeze dried method is the way to go. For example, frozen food lasts about two years, canned, maybe three years, dehydrated, one to four years, but freeze dried food can last up to an amazing twenty five years! Or if you are a backpacker who wants to shed weight, freeze dried food weighs almost nothing! Or if you have pets you're trying to train, or if you want to just have a constant supply of treats around, freeze dried liver lasts a long time, pets love it, and it's so much less expensive when you do it yourself!
Freeze dried food is also a great option for babies, since freeze dried food melts in your mouth, there's less chance for baby to have any issues eating it. Mmmm!
Freeze drying also preserves all the flavor. For example, try a freeze dried banana, they tase just like a fresh banana, but crunchy! A great snack! Another popular item to freeze dry is, believe it or not, candy! Freeze dried candy cane becomes puffy and light. Santa could save a lot of weight in the sleigh if he'd just freeze dry!
Freeze drying retains 97% of the nutritional value of fresh food! Because it is fresh food, minus water.
LANDSCAPE LIGHTING PROVIDES SEVERAL IMPORTANT BENEFITS
IMPROVED SAFETY AND SECURITY
Let’s face it today, safety and security are important. Well placed landscape lighting will help guide guests along paths, walkways, driveways and can even light up stairs and uneven areas to help reduce the risk of injury. Landscape lighting can also be a good deterrent to thieves. A well-lit home can attract the attention of neighbors and passerby's making it more likely to catch a potential burglar in action.
AN EXTENSION OF YOUR LIVING SPACE
Outdoor lighting can extend your living space by allowing you to enjoy your outdoor spaces well after dark. Well-designed landscape lighting can make your back yard into your own oasis. No matter the vibe you are wanting to create, landscape lighting can help. Whether you want a
quiet serene feel or a lively place to entertain guests, let your lighting experts help you design the perfect area for you.
ENHANCED CURB APPEAL AND INCREASED PROPERTY VALUE
They say don't judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to buying a home, most buyers do just that. If your home doesn't look great on the outside, many potential buyers won't even take a closer look. Regardless of size or style of your home, landscape lighting can highlight its best attributes, adding dimension, space and texture to any house making most bland boring exteriors shine, Recent studies are showing that most home and property owners prefer a home with a well-designed, custom built landscaping lighting system. It's also been known to increase the value of your about 20%.
If you are considering adding landscape lighting to your home or yard let one of our qualified lighting consultants here at J&J Lighting help make your dream a reality. Serving the Willamette Valley since 1965.
I LOVE GARDENING AND I LOVE COOKING. What better way to celebrate both than by growing my own herbs? Fresh herbs are a great addition to any dish. They add color and flavor and can help reduce the use of salt. The famous Mediterranean diet uses many herbs in its dishes. Herbs work well in the landscape and containers. They are primarily drought-tolerant and don’t require much care. In addition, they attract beneficial insects and make good companion plants for vegetables. Many varieties are hardy and will grow for several seasons, and some that reseed may naturalize in the landscape.
If you cook regularly, consider growing herbs in a kitchen garden or in containers on a deck or patio. The idea is to have them close at hand when you’re prepping dinner. I have the ones I use the most on the deck just outside my kitchen and additional varieties by my raised beds outside my garage. That way, when I’ve forgotten to gather them in daylight I can dash outside and pick a few sprigs. I make pesto and dry herbs for winter use, so I also grow some types, like basil, in my in-ground garden beds. You can grow more than one herb in a container. Each one won’t get as big as if they are in its own pot, but it uses less space. For a pleasing composition, remember thriller, filler, spiller (upright, medium height, and trailing/mounding), and foliage texture.
A nice combination is upright rosemary, chives, and thyme. Or sage, parsley, and summer savory. Mint and oregano really need their own pot, as they spread underground.
What do herbs need? Most herbs generally prefer full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. While a few need a little bit more water, most don’t want to be overwatered. In the ground, mix in a soil conditioner or compost with native soil. In containers, use good-quality potting soil. I like to add an organic starter fertilizer when I plant.
Herbs are easy to dry. Cut stems in the morning when the essential oils are highest. It is best to harvest for drying before the plant flowers. Bunch the stems with a rubber band and hang them upside down in a dry, dark location for the best color. I use a wooden clothes dryer in my garage, but I have also hung them from a shower curtain in an unused bathroom with a skylight. The leaves were faded, but the taste was good. You can use a food dehydrator. If you harvest too many leaves for cooking, you can lay the extra ones on a paper towel and allow them to air dry. When the bundles are completely dry and still upside down, run your fingers down each stem to easily remove the leaves. I save empty spice containers and other small glass containers to store them in.By Brenda Powell
Herbs may be annual, biennial, perennial, or perennial treated like an annual due to winter temperature. An annual grows, produces flowers and seeds, then dies all in one season. A biennial grows the first year, produces flowers the second year, and then dies. A perennial does not die after producing a seed. Non-hardy perennials die when temperatures get too cold. Some perennial herbs spread and/or reseed.
You should grow what you use in cooking, although trying something new is always fun. Here are the most popular herbs and some tips about their habits and care.
BASIL: An annual. Harvest frequently and remove flowers as they form to get the most out of a plant. Cutting them back generates some decent regrowth or you can replant them through the season. Not hardy and will die with the first frost. Don’t plant outside too early. Grows easily from seed. My favorite to use for pesto is “Genovese”.
PARSLEY: This is a biennial, but I recommend planting new ones each year. I use it so much that I replant it in late summer to last through the winter. It’s the herb I use the most often to brighten up a dish. Great on seafood dishes. I prefer Italian flatleaf parsley for cooking.
ROSEMARY: This hardy, evergreen perennial comes in upright and trailing forms. When it becomes really woody, the plant may need to be replaced, but they usually last 3-5 or more years. Thick stems can be used as skewers for barbequing, imparting their flavor to the fish or meat. The leaves are tasty with meat, fish, vegetables, and in cocktails. The early, blue flowers are a bonus.
FRENCH TARRAGON: A tender perennial that usually comes back here. My favorite French chef told me he replants it every year for the best flavor, so that’s what I do. It is used in bearnaise sauce and bouillabaisse. My husband’s favorite dish I make is a pseudo bouillabaisse courtesy of Nigella Lawson that uses this herb as well as saffron.
THYME: The herb I use most overall. It is an evergreen perennial. Great in soups, rice, pasta and with poultry. Thyme is great planted in the landscape, but also works well in containers. English and French types are tasty. Lemon thyme adds a citrus flavor to dishes and sparkles in the garden with yellow variegated leaves.
MINT: Peppermint, spearmint, orange mint, mojito mint and more. This is a perennial herb that needs to be contained in some fashion as it will spread everywhere. I like to plant mints in pots, but eventually, they get rootbound and I replace or divide. Excellent to dry for tea and use fresh in many middle eastern dishes as well as salads.
An annual. The fernleaf variety produces more leaves and is slower to flower. Leaves are tasty on seafood and in cucumber salad. Seeds are used in pickles.
CILANTRO: An annual that goes to seed quickly. Used frequently in Mexican dishes and salsa. As I am one of those weird people that dislike the taste, I do not grow it. My expert said that it likes plenty of water and likes to be cool. A little shade in the summer helps, but not too much. It lasts longest if harvested continuously. Select a “slow-bolting” variety.
Brenda is an owner at the famed Garland Nursery in Corvallis.
Jacob and Cherish Oliver picked one HECK of a time to open a business. But thanks to their dogged determination, we have a gem of a food truck pod tucked into the heart of downtown Corvallis. Not just your average trucks though, Jacob partnered with a local tiny house builder to build... tiny food houses - you might call them.
Common Fields has been a long time coming. First Jacob and Cherish spent some time learning the ropes in the restaurant industry, then they opened a space at the Corvallis Farmers Market that was a hit (Kalamata Bistro), then they decided to find a permanent spot to park. They took a walk around downtown and decided the old transmission shop at the corner of 3rd and Western looked like a good spot. They bit the bullet and bought the place. Needless to say, they didn't go from defunct transmission shop to super-cool food truck pod overnight. And, one tiny catch they didn't factor in when making the purchase, covid started right when they did.
Just when they had trades people lined up and ready to build, they all had to stop and go home, for a year. Not in the original plan.
Jacob and Cherish were not going to abandon the dream though, and just started in and did most of the work themselves!
And they did a heck of a job. Today there is a thriving business where disaster once stood in the way. Tough folk. The courtyard is a delightful oasis featuring three, and soon to be four, food carts. There is an area for bands to play live music, there are offshoots that are rentable for groups, there is a kids play area, and they even have heated seats! Pretty clever, they invented the heated seats using seed germination mats with off/on switches -- just like a luxury car, minus the car.
The food carts are: Kalamata Bistro serving Mediterranean fusion with an emphasis on PNW ingredients, Black Forest Kitchen serving unique German and Bavarian comfort food, and Pupuseria del Valle serving Salvadorian cuisine, but they are known for their Pupusas and Tamales. All of the food is fresh and delicious, and the open air dining makes it all the more delicious, like camping without the hassle.
There is also an extensive list of local libations. Jacob spent some time working for a local brewery, and learned the inner-workings of what makes a good beer, and a good relationship with brewers. If you want to learn about some uniquely PNW brews, Jacob can steer you in the right direction. He's guaranteed to have something on tap that you've never even
There's Always Someting Fun at Common Fields!
Two Wheel Tuesdays 11-4pm
Ride your bike to CF and get $1 off your beverage and $1 off an item at Kalamata Bistro or Black Forest Kitchen.
Trivia Night 6pm-8pm
Max team size is 6 people
Show up a little early to sign up your team. Win fun prizes!
Wednesdays and Thursdays
Live Music 6-8pm
Wear it Wednesdays 11-4pm
Wear your Common Fields gear to Common Fields and get $1 off your beverage and $1 off an item at Kalamata Bistro or Black Forest Kitchen.
heard of. Jacob is also a hot sauce afficianado, he has a cooler full of sauces you can buy, but be warned, buyer beware, these sauces are the real deal.
Being very community minded, Jacob and Cherish didn't just stop with great food and drink, they do a lot of charitable work as well. Every month they donate through a program they've coined "Hops for Hope." Ten percent of each glass of beer sold goes to a worthy organization. There is also a full slate of goings-on at Common Fields (see sidebar). For example, if you're a local, ride your bike over on a Tuesday, have a snack and get a discount for biking in. Are you a trivia buff? You're in luck, also on Tuesday is "Trivia Night" -- arrive early to register your team.
Common Fields has been open for a while now. Well... open, closed, open with masks, but small groups, only a few people, no people... etc... etc... They really should be commended for wading through the pandemic trouble, and emerging with smiling faces and a great place to be proud of. They're open for real now and they're really hitting their stride.
Jacob and Cherish have built a great community-minded spot. They are super kid friendly, dog friendly, and just plain friendly. If you're a local, or if you're just passing through Corvallis, stop in and pay them a visit, have some food, and some beer, and buy a Common Fields shirt, or even CF branded dog collar, you'll be impressed with all their hard work! They say (and have demonstrated) that they love the hospitality industry. Get over there and show them some love back, as probably the hardest working restaurateurs we've seen in a long while, they deserve it!
Fridays DockBox pickup until 5pm
Society Sunday All Day
CF Society Members can get $1 off all beverages, all day.
Game night 5pm-8pm
Rent one of our games or bring your own. Anyone playing a game can get $1 off an item from Kalamata Bistro or Black Forest Kitchen.
Live Music 6—8 PM
Rita and Bill
Tiny Huge Mistakes
Diamond Clear is a 190 proof organic alcohol. Ask for Diamond Clear at your local liquor store, or pick some up at the Fireside tasting room in Eugene.
Make your own herbal tinctures! Such as Turmeric, Echinacea, Chamomile, White Pine, Basil or even Cannabis. The pure, organic alcohol in Diamond Clear extracts the beneﬁcial compounds from the herbs of your choice. Just soak for a month and you’re done! Recipes abound online.
COCKTAIL HOUR WITH FIRESIDE DISTILLING
1 oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Limecello
0.5 oz Fresh lime juice
Garnish with a thin lime peel
Diamond Clear can also be used for craft projects like making your own perfume. It’s quite easy to do, and you can create your own unique, signature scents! And of course, you can use Diamond Clear to formulate your own liquers and cocktails!
4065 W. 11th Suite 47
In Eugene, Oregon
Local | Veteran Owned
LA SANTA IS A NEW PLACE IN CORVALLIS. They've only been open for about eight months and they're still working towards full capacity.
They're in the old NY Pizza building across from the Samaritan center on 9th. You need to keep your eyes open to see them. There is a heavy tint on the windows and you can't see inside! They're working on outdoor signage.
Once you find your way in though, the food is great, and unique. They call it a fusion - American Pub meets Mexican flair, and it works well.
We stopped in on a Saturday night and had the "Holy Mole" (say mo-lay) burger (with a honey mole glaze, pepper jack cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion) and the "American Torta" - with chicken, lettuce, guacamole, pico de gallo, chredded cheese and crema. Both delicious.
They also have a selection of bottled drinks from Pacifico to Jarritos, and an impressive selection of Tequila's. Word has it they make a mean Margarita.
The owner also let us in on the plan for Salsa dancing coming soon! Muy Bien!
Get down there and have a burger, you'll love it.
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MID-VALLEY FARM STANDS
Oregon’s Willamette Valley is a farm-rich region that produces a bounty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers, and nursery stock. In the past, a farm stand gave the grower an outlet to sell what they raised directly to the end consumer. Canners, picklers, and jam-makers counted on the roadside out-
lets to buy fresh ingredients to preserve for the coming year.
The simple stand has evolved and now the Willamette Valley is home to elaborate, well-stocked markets. They still have farm-fresh products but many carry private-label sauces, jams and syrups, hanging flower baskets, vegetable starts, garden décor,
and other goodies. Some serve sandwiches, ice cream, and desserts. Local farmers markets are a popular way for growers to sell their goods but it is equally fun for customers to travel the countryside and visit rural farm stands.
We scouted in five Valley counties and found 10 farm stands we wanted to share.
Benton County Gathering Together Farm
25159 Grange Hall Rd, Philomath
Gathering Together Farm is a find for people passing by but a fixture for the locals. Many come for the fresh, organic produce but the farm stand also has a rustic restaurant serving lunch, dinner, and meals-to-go. They have a wood-fired pizza oven and carry products from other local growers.
91455 River Road, Junction City
Peoria Road Farm Market
33269 Peoria Rd SW, Corvallis
In addition to fresh fruit and produce, this market sells house-brand dressings, dips, pickles, syrups, and jams. They have a large selection of woven, market baskets; a must-have for farmers market regulars, and beautiful patio and garden décor pieces, many by local makers. They carry nursery stock and hanging baskets too.
6980 US-20, Albany
Located where else but mid-way between Albany and Corvallis on US Highway 20, this charming stand is the only dedicated, gluten-free farm in Oregon. Open since 1998, they offer fruits and veggies grown with sustainability and best small-farm practices, and are a popular provider of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares in the area. They offer summer farm experiences and internships for children and teens with information and registration on their webpage.
Thistledown Farms was established in 1981, and now has an upscale market selling melons, berries, and tree fruit. They offer veggies from leeks to lettuce, kohlrabi to kale, and parsley to pumpkins, all propagated from their own seed stock on 800 acres. The shop also carries grass-fed beef, hazelnuts, and baked goods. Their nursery has annuals, perennials, and starts.
Davis Family Farm
4380 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis
The Davis Family Farm stand is open yearround selling seasonal products from fruit to pumpkins to Christmas trees and wreaths. They offer U-pick strawberries and blueberries, and have a garden where shoppers can cut flowers by the stem. Visit their on-site greenhouses for a colorful selection of hanging baskets.
89733 Armitage Road, Eugene
Family-owned in Eugene since 1915, this is a no-spray farm specializing in berries including hard-to-find varieties like Loganberries and Tayberries. They feature 10 varieties of frozen berries sold year-round at the farm stand in 3-pound bags, perfect for cobblers and pies. Johnson Farms comes alive in the fall with wagon rides and an indoor haybale maze, and they sell pumpkins in every size from miniature to behemoth!
5504 Hazelgreen Rd NE, Salem
Family-owned and operated, this wellstocked store has many Oregon-sourced products as well as their own salsas, jams, and fruit butters. A donut-making operation keeps a counter full of fresh, mini donuts in seasonal flavors available at all times. Customers drive for miles to the Shortcake Shack for their best seller, strawberry shortcake… two sticky-thumbs up!
12989 Howell Prairie Rd NE, Gervais baumanfarms.com
Make a day of it at Bauman Farms, first with a stop at the bakery or lunch at the deli. Peruse the walls filled with their own pickled vegetables, condiments, sauces, fruit preserves, syrups, and nuts. Sample their selection of hard ciders and stroll the green houses filled with hanging baskets. Shop in the Garden Center or Country Store. Then grab some berries, pears, or apples to enjoy at home.
Jones Farm Produce
10325 River Rd NE, Salem jonesfarmproduce.com
Peaches are their specialty but employees at Jones Farm claim the scoops at their ice cream stand are the biggest around! They serve shortcakes, sundaes, and shakes too, with fresh, local fruit in season. Mixed berry half-flats are also a popular option with shoppers.
Aspinwall's Fruit Stand & Produce
5152 Salem Dallas Hwy NW, Salem aspinwallsproduce.com
One hundred years and five generations have farmed the land that now grows strawberries and peaches. Aspinwall’s sells farm-to-freezer ice cream, shortcake, and milkshakes as well as featuring local suppliers like Carlton Meats. Also onsite is their full-service restaurant, Café 22 West (cafe22west.com) serving classic comfort food including produce from the farm. Fresh onion rings, anyone?
5 strips thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/2 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
Salt (to taste) - taste first, bacon is salty!
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Parsley, chopped, to garnish
Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Drain off the excess fat, leaving just enough to coat the pan. Add the asparagus, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of water and cook over moderately high heat until the asparagus is tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and immediately add the egg yolks and butter to the skillet. Cook on low heat, tossing, until the butter is melted. Add the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley and serve right away. Optional: add a touch of fresh lemon zest for some zing.
COOKIN' WITH THE CO-OP
Chicken Fajitas with Asparagus
1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2-3 Tbsp Thrive Culinary oil or safflower oil, divided (high smoke point oil)
1 large onion, sliced lengthwise into ¼” strips
• 3 bell peppers of various colors, sliced into ¼” strips
• 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 3” lengths, tough ends removed
• 2 Tbsp lime juice
Cut chicken breasts into ½” strips. Mix lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder, jalapeno and cilantro together in a zip-top bag or shallow dish. Add the chicken, mix well, cover and let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours in the refrigerator.
Remove the chicken from the marinade. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet. Add chicken in a single layer, working in batches if needed. Cook chicken on med-high heat for 2-3 minutes, until they are seared and cooked through. Turn over and sear on the 2nd side. Remove to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil. If there is more chicken to be browned, add 1 Tbsp oil to skillet, if needed, heat, then add chicken. Sear on both sides until cooked
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp chili powder
½ jalapeno, seeded and minced
• ¼ cup chopped cilantro
• 8-12 small flour or corn tortillas
• Sliced avocado
• Sour cream (optional)
• Shredded cheese (optional)
through, remove to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil.
Add 1 Tbsp oil to the skillet and heat. As soon as the oil is hot, add the onion, peppers, and asparagus to the pan. Scrape up some of the browned bits from the chicken and stir to coat the vegetables with the oil and brown bits. Spread the vegetables in an even layer in the pan. Cook 2 minutes. Stir, then continue to cook for 2 minutes.
Serve chicken and veggies at once in warm tortillas with shredded cheese, salsa, avocado, sour cream, and lettuce, as desired.
Adopt this dog
There’s Always a Place for You Here
Age: 8, but I look much, much younger!
Weight: Under 24 lbs
Gender: female (spayed)
Breed: Mix of Cute and Small
More about me:
Likes: Evening walks, tennis balls, visitors, watching TV, hot dogs.
Dislikes: Not much, well, brussel sprouts, I definity can live without them.
Hi, I'm a mature lady with a great temperament. I'd love to come and be your friend. I got lost and Heartland took me in as a stray. I'm not sure how this has happened to me! I really am a great dog, I love kids and other dogs. I am housebroken and will go to the door to ask to be let out. I also walk on a leash just fine.
I'm sweet and friendly with everyone I meet!
Adopt me by calling Heartland Humane Society at 541-757-9000 I can't wait to meet you!
All levels - from Chair Yoga to Power Yoga plus, Trainings, Retreats & Online Videos
630 Hickory St. NW North Albany 541-971-1326
Not just Chinese food!
Our Asian fusion menu will delight you. You’ll love our chic new restaruant, and our delicious menu items presented with style. Many reviewers have called ours “the best asian food in Corvallis,” come find out why.
11:00 am 10:00 pm
11:00 am 11:00 pm
2329 Kings Blvd
Opened in 1984 by Joseph and Matilda Novak, Novak’s is Oregon’s only Hungarian restaurant!
Today, locally sourced ingredients, sustainable practices, and the same love from the “old country” goes into every dish.
Thursday & Friday 11:30 -- 4:00
Buﬀet from 5:00 to close.
208 2nd St. SW in Albany
Albany’s new sushi sensa�on. Kaiyo Sushi is the place for a quick lunch mee�ng, date night, or family night out.
Watch as expertly prepared sushi ﬂoats past your seat on our conveyor, and pick your favorites.
Sashimi, sushi, vegetarian and vegan op�ons -- even dessert.
A taste of Japan, in Albany. Come by today and have some sushi!
Open 11 am to 10 pm
2826 San�am Hwy SE, Albany, OR 97322
(Next to Elmer’s)
An exciting menu of new Latin fusion cuisine. Fabulous riverfront bar, special events, extensive wine list. A truly memorable dining experience.
Menus and more at: delalmarestaurant.com
Open for dinner
Mon - Thurs 5:00 -- 9:30
Fri & Sat 5:00 - 10:00
136 SW Washington Ave Suite 102, Corvallis 541-753-2222
Dining in the Valley
New Morning Bakery
A local landmark for over 30 years. Our bakers and chefs are at work around-the-clock preparing all your favorite dishes and baked goods using only the finest ingredients. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or anything in between. Now offering catering too.
Mon-Sat 7:00 - 9:00
Sunday 8:00 - 8:00
219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis NewMorningBakery.com
Homegrown Oregon Foods
Life is busy and eating healthy can be challenging. Homegrown Oregon Foods is an oasis in a sea of fast food. Our food is made with healthy, fresh ingredients at an aﬀordable price, and always 100% gluten free.
Dine in, Pick up, or Delivery
See the website for details.
212 1st. Ave. in Albany 541-971-7174
Your Guide to Spring Cleaning
MANY OF US HAVE FOUND OURSELVES SPENDING MUCH OF OUR TIME INDOORS AS OF LATE, AND AS SPRING BLOOMS IN THE SUNLIGHT, YOU MIGHT BE NOTICING THAT IT’S TIME TO TREAT YOUR HOME TO A LITTLE TLC. WHEN IT COMES TO WELLNESS, YOUR HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF YOUR HOME GO HAND IN HAND. HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH YOUR SPRING CLEANING THIS YEAR.
FIRST CLEAN, THEN DISINFECT
General cleaning rids your home’s surfaces of contaminants, but disinfecting targets pathogens. A combination of the two before—as well as after—your spring cleaning will have your home in peak health. When disinfecting, target high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, and faucets.
Devices like your computer, phone and tablets are worthy of disinfecting as well, since they are high-touch surfaces that we carry around constantly. Avoid cleaners heavy in toxins and chemicals, which spread throughout your home. Look for plant- and mineral-based ingredients and natural solvents.
Working from ceiling to walls to counters to floors guides dust and debris downwards and prevents any re-cleaning of the same areas.
Being the season when allergies kick up, a quality dusting can be even more important for your health. Curtains, blinds, carpets, and ceiling fans all collect dust easily; being thorough in these areas will pay off in the long run. Don’t forget the corners where cobwebs collect.
WALLS & WINDOWS
Consider giving your walls a cleanse with a damp towel, especially in the kitchen near your oven and coffee maker. Cleaning your windows helps bring in more natural light and is the key to getting the most out of your home’s view.
All floors need a good cleanse, but different materials require different cleaning methods. With laminate and vinyl flooring, dry mopping will do the trick. Sealed wood floors can take mopping, but waxed floors can’t—they require sweeping or vacuuming instead.
Decluttering can be a daunting task. But with more time at home, we have more time to conquer this task day by day. Divide the rooms up by how much time they will take to declutter. Rooms like the kitchen and playroom will likely take longer than the living room or bathroom.
Separate the unnecessary or underused items into two categories: Donate and Storage. Gather your donated items— whether they’re going to thrift stores, local shelters, or charity—so they can be distributed out in one trip.
When it comes to storage, consider which items are likely to be taken out more often, like tools or seasonal items. Put them away last so they are easy to access. Hopefully this exercise, done year after year, will cut your storage stockpile down to what is essential.
GO FOR MULTIPURPOSE
Minimalism is a space-saving movement that has picked up momentum in recent years. Even if you aren’t looking to downsize, incorporating multifunctionality into your home can bring an added dimension to your spring cleaning.
Common multipurpose features include lofted beds with below storage, using a corner desk to create an office nook, and folding tables to transform a dining room to a dinner party with ease.
On the Money
Generational Wealth – What Is It and How Can You Create It?By Sten Carlson
IN A RECENT SURVEY FROM AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL, MORE THAN 3 OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS (78%) SAID THEY HAVE TAKEN AT LEAST ONE STEP TO BUILD GENERATIONAL WEALTH1 BUT WHAT EXACTLY CONSTITUTES “GENERATIONAL WEALTH” – AND HOW CAN YOU ACHIEVE IT?
The most common answer (44%), according to survey respondents, is wealth in excess of $500,000 that’s passed down to loved ones. Depending on your financial situation, half a million dollars may or may not sound like a lot of money. But one thing is clear: no matter how much you intend to one day bestow upon your family and friends, it helps to have a plan.
If you, like the majority of survey respondents (68%), say passing generational wealth onto your heirs is important to you, here are some things to keep in mind:
STRATEGIES FOR GROWING GENERATIONAL WEALTH
1. BE A STRATEGIC SAVER. Rather than leaving wealth accumulation to chance, strategic savers set goals and work to actively increase their savings. They
make regular contributions to savings accounts. Active saving curbs spending and influences earning behavior. They may defer purchases, work longer, pursue higher-paying employment, or make other choices (and sacrifices) to ensure their savings goals are met.
2. INVEST IN STOCKS. Investors who are serious about income growth utilize the stock market. Most experts recommend a buy-and-hold approach to optimize earnings over time. A risk-adjusted, diversified, and balanced portfolio can help investors meet their investment goals.
3. INVEST IN REAL ESTATE. Historically, property values have increased over time, making homeownership a leading method of wealth accumulation. Investors may also diversify their portfolios with Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS) and other purchases of property.
4. PASS ALONG FINANCIAL WISDOM. Financial values are another important asset to pass along to heirs. Many families find it beneficial to discuss their financial decisions with their adult children and stepchildren. Clear communication can help establish realistic expectations and avoid surprises and conflicts when it comes time to pass along your assets.
5. CONSIDER “GIVING WHILE LIVING.” Plans for sharing generational wealth can include giving now rather than waiting to hand down assets after death. Beneficiaries are often adult children but can also include charitable organizations. Giving in the present can satisfy the desire to help now and enable you to see the impact of your generosity. That said, it shouldn’t come at the risk of your financial security, so make sure you have the means necessary before writing a check to your favorite cause.
Building generational wealth is a lifelong process. Along the way, an experienced financial advisor can help you develop a financial plan and set achievable goals aligned to your estate planning needs. Your advisor can work with you and your estate planning attorney to ensure your will facilitates your wishes for sharing generational wealth.
1 – Ameriprise Money and Family study (Money & Family: A new study on generational wealth)
Summer Event ClothingBy Oscar B. Hult, Haberdasher
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR… SUMMER EVENTS ARE ON THE HORIZON, AND YOU’RE GOING TO WANT TO UP YOUR STYLE GAME FOR THEM. THE LOOK AND FEEL OF THE OUTFIT WILL OF COURSE BE DICTATED BY THE EVENT AND THE VENUE, BUT HERE ARE A FEW GENERAL THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND…
1. Fit – Make sure that whatever you decide upon fits the way it should. Dress shirts, trousers and jackets should conform to the body with out too much extra fabric. Aloha shirts and overshirts are going to look and feel best if they are just a bit on the loose side.
2. Loosely woven natural fabrics like linen and cotton are going to be cooler for hot weather locations, note: they will tend to wrinkle more, but that is part of their casual nature.
3. Summer weight suits like seersucker, linen and linen look will help you keep your cool and convey a sense of sophistication for family reunions and outdoor summer weddings.
4. Straw hats are available in many colors, textures, and price points. Many have loosely woven crowns for greater air flow.
5. Depending upon the location you might need a nice pair of flip flops or casual shoes, browns and tans lend themselves to the summer vibe.
Putting together a summer special event outfit should be an enjoyable experience, not a dreaded task. Your haberdashery has professional wardrobe consultants that can help you put together the perfect outfit in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. Bring a date, or ask a trusted friend or loved one to join you.
Refreshing the LandscapeBy Brenda Powell
GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES NEED SPRING CLEANING, TOO! WHEN THE WEATHER WARMS UP AND THE SUN PEAKS THROUGH THE CLOUDS I’M ITCHING TO GET OUTSIDE AND PLANT.
Some years this is March or April; this year it looks like it will be May. Before I plant new things, there’s a lot of other stuff to do. First, I clean up: cut down the perennials that die to the ground yearly, rake away the leaves left as mulch and put them in the compost pile, cut off broken branches, remove the weeds, and get rid of any other debris. Then I fertilize the newer plants with organic fertilizer and apply compost or mulch. To recharge my vegetable raised beds and raise the soil
level I add G&B Harvest Supreme, Garden Valley soil conditioner, Malibu compost, and Espoma bio-tone starter plus.
Generally, I refresh each bed when I am ready to plant a new crop, so that doesn’t happen all at once.
Next is my favorite part; walking the whole property to assess and dream. What did well, and what didn’t perform or died? (Yes, even long-time gardeners have failures.) Are there holes I need to fill? What can I plant or place there? What do I want to plant in my pots? The same old thing or something completely different? There are so many possibilities. If a plant died, I check my want list to
see if a new variety will work there. If not, then I’ll see what plant performed well in a similar situation and choose a different variety or repeat the same plant. I don’t want fifty Geum ‘Mai Tai’ but maybe I will plant a different Geum with red flowers or chartreuse foliage. For my containers, I will often repeat the same combination, but I like to try at least one new plant each year.
Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have fun refreshing your landscape.
Dry Eyes?By Cheryl Lohman
IN THIS ISSUE I’D LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT SOMETHING THAT I SEE WHEN I’M PROVIDING CONSULTATIONS FOR PERMANENT MAKEUP.
Many clients indicate they have dry eye. I don’t have the ability to treat dry eye, however, I wanted to share about a treatment I’ll be recommending to my clients.
Rosacea and dry eye are two common conditions that can affect the eyes and cause discomfort. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness, bumps, and visible blood vessels. It can also affect the eyes, causing dryness, irritation, and inflammation of the eyelids, a condition known as ocular rosacea.
There is a strong correlation between rosacea and dry eye. Studies have shown that up to 50% of patients with rosacea also have dry eye. This is because both conditions share similar underlying causes, such as inflammation and dysfunction of the meibomian glands in the eyelids. These glands produce the oily component of tears, which helps prevent tear evaporation and keeps the eyes moisturized.
Symptoms of dry eye and ocular rosacea can be similar and may include redness, itching, burning, and a feeling of grittiness or dryness in the eyes. Both conditions can be managed through a combination of lifestyle changes, such as avoiding triggers like wind and dry environments, and using eye drops and IPL treatments.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a noninvasive treatment that has been gaining popularity as an effective treatment for dry eye syndrome. IPL uses high-intensity light waves to target and heat up the oil-producing glands in the eyelids, which can become clogged and cause dry eye symptoms.
Studies have shown that IPL therapy can lead to significant improvements in dry eye symptoms, including increased tear production, reduced eye redness, and improved comfort. In a recent study, 79% of patients reported a significant improvement in their dry eye symptoms after just one IPL treatment.
While IPL is generally considered safe, there are some potential side effects to be aware of, such as temporary redness and swelling around the eyes.
Overall, the results of IPL for dry eye are promising. By targeting the underlying cause of dry eye symptoms, IPL can provide relief and improve tear production. If you are suffering from dry eye syndrome, talk to your eye doctor about whether IPL may be a good treatment option for you. It’s important to have this treatment done by an eye doctor with their specialized equipment for the eyes. For Rosacea IPL, you can seek out a qualified dermatologist or skin care professional.
Personally, I have experienced these dry eye IPL treatments and have seen a real improvement in my dry eyes. Ahhhhh … Relief!
Out With the Old, In With the NewBy Rhea R Graham
WE’VE STUDIED PAIN AND SLEEP RELIEF EXTENSIVELY IN THE 11 YEARS WE’VE BEEN RESEARCHING SMOKELESS CANNABIS REMEDIES AT ALBANY’S CANNA KITCHEN & RESEARCH AND THE ACKR CLINIC (ACK&R / ACKR).
Because the majority of our patients don’t wish to get high, we’ve worked diligently to discover what works best to that end. Sometimes a high is unavoidable, but more often than not we can find a way.
If you’re suffering with localized pain such as arthritis or neuropathy, a topical salve is typically enough to bring short-term relief while you wait for a capsule to kick in for hours-long pain relief. Some of you will have to wait that hour or so for the capsule to being working if you have a condition and there isn’t enough salve to cover everything that hurts. An hour isn’t bad when you consider the relief you’re going to get without negative side effects, and you can take it as soon as you wake up in the morning.
Taking THC by mouth will most often lead to a high, unless you micro dose. Smoking and vaping make you high rather quickly because the THC is activated (decarboxylated) by the heat. THC capsules, tinctures, elixirs and edibles all have the potential to make you high, a side effect of that is euphoria. Euphoria isn’t maniacal laughter as depicted in “Reefer Madness”, euphoria is intense excitement and happiness. That sounds like a much better side effect than what most pHARMaceuticals offer you.
The surest way to avoid a high with Cannabis is to avoid putting it in your mouth. Cannabis based salves, balms, liniment or massage oil can be used topically and Cannabis Suppositories internally for effective relief of pain and sleep issues. I know it sounds crazy and you may have a funny visual when you think of it, BUT, it’s quite normal and one of the best ways to get the medicine into your system both efficiently and
effectively. Because the suppositories are pushed ‘just inside the back door’ they do not reach the portal vein and make the trip to the liver for first pass metabolism.
We can remedy all types of pain, day or night variety as well as all three sleep issues – the inability to go to sleep, stay asleep or go back to sleep. What are you waiting for? Call today and schedule your $40 consultation and see how much better your life can be when you are free of pain and able to sleep. We can be reached at 541-981-2620, appointments available Tuesday through Friday and occasionally Saturday.
TO PUT YOUR OWN NEEDS OVER THE NEEDS OF OTHERS. (GASP!)
It’s okay, really. I’m not suggesting that you stay glued to the couch with your coffee when your child needs breakfast or if someone is bleeding. However, there is an epidemic among women caregivers, and I ask you Moms, to take a good look at yourself and see if you can relate. There’s nothing wrong with caregiving unless the caregiver fails to take care of themselves. Let me say first, I honor all of you who selflessly work in caregiver fields, and to those fellow Moms who work so hard to ensure their children are provided for. But, what about you?
Putting everyone else’s needs above your own seems noble, but at what cost? Are you too run down to play with your kids? Are you so on edge trying to get everything done that you don’t have time to be present with your kids or yourself? Do you resent those around you who take up your time, or don’t share the load, and then feel guilty for the feelings of resentment? Do you ever take time to consider your own feelings and pursue your own interests?
The depleted state Moms find themselves in, is often tempered by having several glasses of wine in the evening, indulging in foods high in fat or sugar, or living in fight or flight mode much of the time. All these things take a huge toll on the body, stripping us of our energy, motivation, patience, and presence for ourselves and others. This makes doing for others way harder than it otherwise would be, and the cycle continues.
You really can’t NOT put yourself first. By taking care of your needs, everyone wins. Believe it or not, your happiness is all anyone around you really wants. Your family wins if you feel good and take time to care for yourself. You will want to play with your kids, and you’ll have the energy to do so. Instead of leading with a false sense of having it all together while struggling beneath the surface, you can lead with your whole self, body/mind/soul.
Ask for help when you need it. Not when you are at your wits end, but before you lose your patience. It’s okay to say No, when you feel you are stretched too thin. It’s okay to buy baked goods for the bake sale instead of slaving over the oven all day. It’s okay to choose to take a walk or
meditate or nap, rather than cleaning the kitchen. Your body is your temple and when you feel good, you will reflect that on everyone around you.
I encourage you to drink lots of water (half your body weight in ounces) and limit the ingredients that bog you down like artificial sweets, heavy fats and sugars.
Try to move your body every day with intention. Take a walk, bike ride, or dance to some music you love. Sign up for weekly exercise or meditation classes so you have a healthy commitment to yourself that you will stick with. Make a weekly lunch date with a friend, or just you! Take time to sit and be with yourself in meditation, art, reading, music, or whatever it is that you desire.
Take time for you, Mom. Every single day. When you fill your cup first, then anything you offer others will be poured from a full cup of love. :)
Happy Mother’s Day, and Beyond!!!