Friday, May 1, 2015

Five on Friday

Linking up with the 5oF ladies again today...

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Cherry Blossoms

Anyone have any fabulous restaurant / activity recommendations for Seattle and/or Vancouver?  We are taking our first trip sans kiddos since B was born, and we leave, um, soon.  Like, two hours after this posts.  THINK FAST.  

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Our Spring this season has been pretty wet and uncharacteristically "cool," but the melted orange crayon I found in my car console today proclaims the official start of Water Table Season! I just need to buy our yearly White Trash Wading Pool, and we'll be good to go, patio-wise. 


Given he was a mere lump-o-human this time last year, B is pretty excited he's getting in on the splashing.  


I get asked a lot on IG which water table we enjoy... If you're in the market, I cannot recommend this Step2 Water Wheel Activity Play Table more. It's super sturdy {L can often be found sitting on top of it}, was a snap to put together, and is still going strong after 2.5 years exposed to the elements outside.  I also really like the size -- doesn't take up a ton of room and can be easily moved around.  


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Yep, another plug for random kid gear... and this time, I'm pimping out a potty.  Awkward, but this sucker legitimately saves my life on the regular.  Dragging both kids into gas stations or fast food restaurants or gnarly porta-potties whilst out and about or at the park? NO THANKS, we'll just pull over / find a semi-private tree like any toddler dude would do.  Road-tripping? Potette. Hiking? Potette. Jogging with the stroller? Potette.  Just finished loading 12 shopping bags worth of crap and your sleeping infant into your car in the Target parking lot?  POTETTE. {What? This is a Judgment Free Zone}.  Basically, if you are in possession of a small person who can't be trusted to hold it past the ten minute mark, this will be $12 very well spent.  You can thank me when you're back livin' your life in 3 minutes flat instead of trying to prevent the spread of pediatric hepatitis with a keychain hand-sanitizer. 

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Let's just all go ahead and agree that zoodles should never be thought of as a serious substitute for noodles, yes? Coolbeans.  Now, make these Sesame Almond Butter Zoodle Bowls when you're in the mood for something fresh and NOT ACTUAL NOODLES.  You'll be glad you did!  {Tip: Eat immediately or allow your zoodles to drain for a while before tossing them with the sauce...or you'll be enjoying nut butter soup.} 

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Secrets, secrets are no fun...

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Pretty damn jazzed to unload this house.  Even more jazzed to stop attempting to keep our space show-room-clean -- a feat akin to brushing one's teeth while chewing Oreos when there are two tiny meatloaves running amok.  


B wore his fanciest overalls to closing, so that made yesterday next-level awesome.  More deets on our new abode at a later date!  Until then...

Cheers to the weekend!  And four hour flights sans kidlets!  

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23 comments:

  1. Do you follow/read @inthepinkandgreen's blog/IG? She just went to Seattle/Vancouver, so I'm sure she has a lot of good places to eat! Also, I just bought that potty as we're going to do the whole potty training thing VERY soon. Hope you get some kickbacks there ;)

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  2. Need that pottette! Oh the joys of selling! I so want too but the thought with two tiny humans terrifies me!

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  3. Sitka and Spruce or Mamnoon are awesome or Westward is a great spot with a beautiful view of the city. Enjoy Seattle!

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  4. Wahoo to new houses! We close May 11 and I am so pumped for our suburban exodus. Congratulations!

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  5. Love those overalls! Where are they from?

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    1. Thank you! They are from reliable ol' Carters!

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  6. Love Restraunt Zoe in Seattle!

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  7. Seattle: Portage Bay Cafe for Breakfast then nice walk to Lake Union for a fun adventure to track down the Sleepless in Seattle boat house! :) Also, Serious Pie was awesome. And Quinn's Pub had a great burger (among other yummy stuff). Have fun!

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  8. I heard a rumor about the big move- excited for y'all and congrats on being under contract! And I'll def have to check out the potette because apparently once your kids turn two, everyone starts interrogating you about potty training plans and "we've done nothing so far" seems not to be an acceptable answer!

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    1. I think "nothing so far" is a 100% acceptable answer when kids just turned 2 a nanosecond ago! We didn't start until 2.5 -- don't fret!

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  9. Keep me posted on Vancouver - we head there next weekend!!! Safe travels and have a blast!

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  10. I've never been to Seattle but have been to Vancouver often and LOVE it! Such a beautiful city. Granville Island, Stanley Park, and walking on the beach are all great options. Lots of delicious food and coffee as well. I'm getting excited for my trip there in June, now. Have a great time!

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  11. WHAT???? Way to bury the lede! I need info on this immediately. Also, a potette. Deeds loves sticking his hands in public toilets, and DH loves to tell me she needs to go after we have strapped everyone back in the vehicle.

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  12. Congrats on the house sale! I'm dreaming of the day we can sell ours. Also, public restrooms are my nemesis. I'd rather let my bladder explode than use one. I'm not dramatic at all, you can tell. :)

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  13. New house!!!! Eagerly awaiting the deets.

    Zoodle tip to de-sogify them - I use the method from Danielle Walker of Against All Grain - Put a bunch of paper towels (or I use a clean dishcloth) on a baking pan and then spread the zoodles out and bake for 30 minutes at low heat (200).

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    1. Amazing! Implementing this method immediately - thanks!

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  14. I heard through the grapevine about your new place - very exciting!!

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  15. Ah! So exciting about the move! Can't wait to hear more. And big congrats!

    Enjoy your trip. I would LOVE to visit Vancouver! Have so much fun!!

    And the Potette. We have one too and we actually don't use it that much because M would rather hold it and give me a panic attack and wait till she gets home, but it does give me a peace of mind knowing it's in my trunk!

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  16. Thanks for the Potette rec -- perfect timing!

    In Seattle, Purple Cafe & Wine Bar is a must (cheeses!!!) for dinner or Happy Hour; Portage Bay Cafe for breakfast (there's a "toppings bar" for waffles, pancakes, etc. -- think huge bowl of whipped cream); heard Serious Pie is great (pizza); Belle Epicurean bakery if you like coconut cake (also puts you right next to the Arboretum for a walk, and they serve brunch, too); Beecher's Cheese if you go to Pike's Place Market (try the Beecher's signature cheese.) Have a great time!

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  17. I love Carderos in Vancouver - right on the water by Stanley Park with great seafood and wine.

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  18. Seattle: http://www.thepurplecafe.com/, http://shiros.com/, http://www.portagebaycafe.com (brunch)
    Vancouver: Do you have time to get to Victoria? If so it's worth looking into an Orca-watching tour. We saw Orca in the wild and it was one of the most incredible experiences we've ever had. The pictures we got are hanging on our wall-such a special experience! Food wise, feel free to give a big skip to Vij's (http://www.vijsrestaurant.ca/index_in.htm)....the line is hours long, and the food was good-but not "get there at 3:30 for a 5:30 opening and wait in line for hours" good. If you make it to Chinatown, get apple buns from here: http://www.newtownbakery.ca/. We loved our trip tot he PNW-feel free to send me an email for more!

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  19. I am a Vancouverite, and I politely but firmly disagree with the previous commenter. Vij's IS worth the wait. It is. Always. I have so many restaurant recommendations, this city does not lack for cusine! Also: Abattoire, Chambar for downtown restaurants.
    Coffee stops: Revolver coffee in Gastown. Jj bean every where else downtown.
    The weather should be fabulous for your visit so check out Stanley Park, English Bay, Kits Beach and Granville Island.
    Enjoy!

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  20. congratulations on selling your home. i thought you just had your floors re done? or maybe that was a long time ago and just seems recent. i completely empathize with the stress of having to keep a home 'show' ready. i was so happy when we sold our condo after nearly 2 years on the market. if anything to not have to keep everything pristine all the time!

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