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So in honor of Bellybean’s announcement, I thought this month would be a great free wallpaper with the “and so the adventure begins” saying! Whether you’re getting ready for the end of summer or the beginning of the back to school year or you just want a reminder that every day is an adventure, this download is for you. <3

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The Live Better Challenge | www.amyloraine.comSo since my pregnancy has thrown me a bit off track I have decided to update what the next couple of months will look like.
August – Backpain Challenge
Septemeber – No Sugar Challenge
October – Home Detox Challenge
November – Sleep Challenge
December – Mindfulness, Meditation and Connecting the dots

But let’s take it back to May and talk about my month of green beauty!

The hard thing about this challenge is finding products that aren’t what we call, greenwashed. It’s greenwashing when a company spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact. I also lump in products that claim to be organic, natural or healthy but really aren’t. And the other challenge is to find companies that not only, don’t test on animals, but are fully vegan products.

My first hurdle was to get rid of everything I knew wasn’t cruelty-free.. which mainly for me was MAC. It’s so unfortunate that we still test on animals unnecessarily, especially when there are a TON of successful companies that don’t. And they don’t need to.  And while I would just love to trash everything the thought of throwing away so many products.. aka MONEY.. I just couldn’t do it. So I decided to give it to my mom and sister. I think in this instance if you don’t have anyone to give them to, use them up until their gone and then replace them with new, better items. Since this challenge was a goal of mine, I was okay with getting rid of them as long as I knew they were getting used up.

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The next thing was finding quality products that were vegan and healthy. Luckily for me, there are a bunch of women in my oil groups who were switching out beauty products and recommended a few. The two main ones I’ve tried are Root Pretty and 100% Pure. Now Root Pretty, is by far my favorite. I use their foundation, mascara, pressed eye shadows (SO pigmented), brow pomade, blush, setting powder, hair spray and lip balms. And their price tag is awesome too! With 100% Pure, I have their mattifying primer, coco bronzer and the only nail polish I now own, is from them too!  I think 100% Pure’s mascara wasn’t up to par and I prefer my Young Living shampoo & conditioner over Root Pretty’s as well. I’ve also tried concealer from both and am still on the search for a good quality concealer. If you know of any, tell me.

Both of those companies have rewards perks so you get points for every $1 you spend and you’ll get rewards and freebies. If I had to pick only one, I’d say Root Pretty wins for sure. But 100% Pure does have a local store in the Annapolis Westfield Mall.

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When going with more well-known brands that don’t test on animals I was drawn to Tarte and Kat Von D. I know they’re not the cleanest when it comes to toxin free but they have some products that are decently rated in the Think Dirty App. One of which, the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation rates a 4/10 which isn’t too bad and that foundation is THE BOMB at coverage. I do like the foundation I have from Root Pretty but it’s nice to have different options, especially when the seasons change.

Are you curious about how clean your beauty products are? I almost died scanning “natural” baby products and a ton coming up 7-10 range on the scale. Download Think Dirty and see for yourself! Or check out Skin Deep online!

Want to check out my list for the year? Or check out my recap for January? February? March? April?

 

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Hey guys! I’m hoping to get back into blogging more regularly and I’m back with this Pregnancy Q+A Video for you! I thought doing video would be a great way to document this new journey we’re on so I plan on doing videos a lot more. I hope to share with you things like our baby shower, updates and maybe even a birth vlog! Watch below, leave a comment and make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel!

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Oh hello. It’s been so long since I’ve written one of these thanks to bellybean. I completed my month of no processed foods back in April. I had an easy time for most of the month, even though it was my birthday month. I went into the month already planning a treat night, as my birthday meal.. but I ended up having a few extras.

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I thought breakfast would be the hardest meal since my go to is cereal or bagels. I found a recipe, and I can’t remember where, but I tweaked it to be an awesome potato and veggie hash! SO GOOD! I cut up both white and sweet potatoes to bake them, and while they’re cooking I sauteed peppers, onions, and zucchini. Once those were softened I added kale and white cannellini beans or chickpeas depending on my mood and mixed in the potatoes. Let all the flavors combine and topped with homemade tahini sauce. It’s so easy to make and something that can totally be tweaked to whatever your veggie preferences are or what’s in season! It might not look that pretty but it tasted awesome.

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We ate at Preserve for my birthday dinner which I think will be my tradition since it’s my favorite spot in Annapolis. I had this awesome chickpea cake entree which is bomb! And I really need to get back to Preserve asap. Chandler also surprised me on my actual birthday with my favorites, Starbucks and sushi from Nagoya.

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I got to expand my tastebuds a little after coworkers made a vegan meal for lunch at our monthly staff meeting. I hadn’t actually had beets before, and I liked them so win win! My go to snack of roasted spiced chickpeas, avocado, onion, tomato, and tahini sauce. (Which I’m going to go fix after I post this blog!)

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And then a couple indulgences were desserts… Limited edition Reese’s and the only animals I eat, animal cookies!

Want to check out my list for the year? Or check out my recap for January? February? March? Since the past two months have been a little off track, I’ve got to spend some time switching up my plan! Will keep y’all posted soon 🙂

 

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In case you were wondering where I’ve been the past two-ish months. I’ve been trying not to barf and sleep my life away holding in this news. In about 6 months, we’ll be meeting our little bellybean because..

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Which I guess it means it is time to stock up on #ALLOFTHE Gentle Baby that Young Living has to offer pronto!

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As of today, I’m almost 14 weeks and into the second trimester. My due date is January, 7th, 2017. I’m sure I will blog later more details about the past couple months but right now I’m just ready for everyone to know. It feels a bit weird finally being able to talk about it publicly since I’ve known since early May. There is some weird truth to things not being OFFICIAL until it’s on social media.

And So The Adventure Begins | Pregnancy Announcement | www.amylorraine.comI also want to thank everyone, family and friends, who’ve been so supportive of us already. You mean the world to us. Chandler and I are excited (and I’m slightly terrified) for this chapter in our lives. We can’t wait to share this new adventure with you all.

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Y’all I’m so excited for this awesome guest post this month! Written by a fabulous photographer and fellow happy oiler, Haleigh Pannell! I can’t remember exactly how we first became friends on the interweb but I’ve loved following her transition into natural makeup and she has been a major inspiration in helping me get rid of my junk. May is the Green Beauty Challenge of my Live Better Challenge so Haleigh wrote up this awesome post with 7 tips to make the switch to natural makeup!

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So you know you want to start using natural and toxin-free makeup, but you have no idea where to start. Am I right?

It seems overwhelming and expensive, and you’re seriously considering to just stick with the, unfortunately, toxic-ridden stuff that you know (and already have).

Don’t give up! It doesn’t have to be that hard. Or hard at all. I promise.

1. Baby steps

Just because you’ve made the decision to switch to natural makeup or beauty products in general, doesn’t mean it has to happen overnight, and honestly, that’s an unrealistic expectation. Switch out a couple of products here and there, or even wait for your current products to run out and replace them with natural versions. Guess what – I started my natural makeup switch a year ago and I still have one or two products I haven’t replaced yet. Write down which products are a priority to switch out first, and go from there. Which products do you use the most? Mascara? Concealer? Foundation? Start with those. Your wallet will be much happier if you take baby steps instead of diving in head first! And really, this goes for anything when striving for a more natural and wellness based lifestyle.

2. Don’t throw out everything just yet

Before you toss it out (even with the baby steps method), check the ingredients and make sure that some of your products aren’t non-toxic already. Who knows, you might’ve accidentally bought a “low risk” product! Just because it doesn’t have “organic” or “all-natural” on it, doesn’t it mean it can’t be a non-toxic product.

3. Download these apps

How do you check the ingredients? How do you know if a product is natural-based or not? There are two apps that make it super easy for us – Healthy Living by EWG and Think Dirty. You can scan or search a product, and if it’s in their database (which is why I like to use both apps – one may have some products while the other doesn’t), it’ll give you a breakdown of the ingredients and level of risk/toxicity, and why. It’s also really handy because some brands may claim to be all natural, and some of their products may be, but not all of their products are. It’s up to you, not the brands, to check the ingredients and decide if it meets your standards. So what are you waiting for? Download one of the apps and start scanning your makeup drawer!

4. Buying makeup online can be just as easy as in store

Unfortunately, the chances of you living near a natural makeup store are slim. Buying makeup online without trying it may seem risky and expensive if you don’t like it, so that’s why it’s best to try from brands that offer free shipping and returns, or samples for you to try. Here are a few suggested natural beauty online shops:

100 Percent Pure – they have free shipping and free returns, always! Tied with Root Pretty, I buy makeup from them the most. [Amy Note: There actually is an east coast location in the Annapolis Mall if you want to get a free makeover or just test out the products!!]

Root Pretty – they have lots of inexpensive samples to try, especially for the foundation, which can be tricky to pinpoint the best shade      for your skin tone. They also have $5 flat rate shipping and free shipping over $75.  [Amy Note: Using the link you can get 10% off your first order if you spend over $25! They’re my personal fav and the pressed eyeshadows are amazingly pigmented.]

Shop Conscious Beauty – they have some samples and they accept returns as well. Free shipping over $75.

Safe and Chic – they offer foundation and concealer samples, accept returns for an exchange, and have free shipping over $75.

A lot of these shops (and others) offer promo codes when you sign up for their email newsletter, so try that too!

5. Scan (using your apps) at Target/Ulta/Sephora/drugstore/etc

Where do you normally buy makeup? Chances are there are some natural options there! Use one of the apps to scan products, or do research beforehand. Tarte, which is sold at Ulta, has some clean makeup (I like their Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara), and Physician’s Formula at Target or Ulta has a couple of good options as well (I use their Jumbo Lash mascara). There are other natural products too, don’t be afraid to whip out your phone and start scanning!

6. You don’t need #allthemakeup

I wrote a whole post on this here with my favorite products with multiple uses, but the long-short of it is: natural makeup is awesome because they’re incredibly versatile. They don’t contain any nasty or harmful toxins, so it doesn’t matter if a product made for near your eyes, goes on your lips. The possibilities are endless!

7. Find others in the same boat as you

If you have any friends that already use natural makeup, hit them up for their recommendations. Find natural beauty bloggers (*cough* I know a few) and check out their blogs and Instagram accounts for their tips and product recommendations.

See? It’s not so bad. I mean really – it’s an excuse to go shopping and play with new makeup. It’s practically therapeutic.

These are just a few tips I’ve learned over the past year, and I’d love to hear if you have any of your own

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Haleigh is a senior portrait photographer and natural beauty blogger based in Dallas, TX. She’s been photographing seniors for five years, and made the natural beauty switch a little over a year ago. She blogs about non-toxic makeup, essential oils, DIY beauty, and everything in-between.

Seriously.. make sure you check out her blog, Instagram, and add her on snapchat @Haleigh120Photo!

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I got this phrase from one of my favorite ladies, Kristen Kalp after reading her book, Change The World, Dammit! It basically goes over how it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the million things you should be doing that you don’t do any of them.

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Other people experience it? Oh. I don’t want to say cool, but I’m glad my guilt is lifted a little bit. And her recommendation is to add 3 new tasks a week, on top of your already busy schedule. I’ve heard ideas similar to this from other #bossbabes I admire, like Leah Remillet and Alex Beadon, as well. Making a top 3 or top 5 things to do for the day and getting them done. They make total sense and I’ve been hearing it for a while but why hasn’t it sunk in until now?

I don’t know. To be completely honest I have a fire lit inside of me like I haven’t had before. It might be because I’m finally figuring out what it is I truly want to do in this world and the person I want to be. But either way I’m doing it.

I decided to do it. No more excuses, no more bullshit.

I started working and crossing things off my list. A major one for me was getting my oil website updated and all together. There are two pages that need to be finished, but I haven’t finished the material on them to finish the page. I’m letting it go, adding it to my Master to do list and moving on to the next task. I’m not letting it hold me back from not having my site up at all. I’m just doing it.

There is still a TON on my master to do list and if I look at only that, I’m going to be 10 seconds away from a nap. That thing is exhausting, but that’s what it takes to be a boss babe and that’s what it take to live the life you imagined.

My 5 tips to help you overcome the Possibility Paralysis are…

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1. TURN OFF YOUR DEVICES. If you can’t handle that go airplane mode and if you can’t handle that go to do not disturb mode. APM allows you to use your phone without the internet so you won’t get notifications and you can still use your alarm. DND allows your phone to only ring from you favorite list and if someone calls more than once in a row. So if it was an actual emergency, they’ll get through to you. And if you’re keeping the phone on, and in the same space as you.. have it facing down so you don’t see it light up!

2. Make my to do list for the next day the night before. Every night I clean up my desk (A newish rule I’ve been loving) and make sure I’ve figured out the top 5 things I need to accomplish the next day for my biz. The next day I’m not wasting any time trying to figure out what’s important, I already know and can dive right it!

3. Do the worst stuff first. There are a few biz things I have to do that I don’t enjoy. Which I make sure I do first, and get it out of the way. I feel more accomplished and it’s not always looming over my head like.. “oh yeah I still have to do X and I don’t want to!”

4. Take breaks and use a timer. I set my timer for 1 or 2 hours and then set my alarm for a 15-30 minute break. I get up move around, stretch, listen to 90’s music and have a dance party.. whatever it is, it’s not biz related.This may seem counter productive but for me when I’m in the zone I can get a lot more accomplished then if I’m forcing myself to work. I also take my time more seriously when it’s like okay.. 2 hours you work and then I can do whatever I want.

5. Stop replacing important things with urgent things. It’s important for me to write blogs and take photos. It’s important to do so much for my business and I know that but when I started replacing urgent things I made no progress. I hate to break it to you but your calls, texts or emails can wait a little while. You facebook likes, comments, instagram love or periscopes… they can wait too. I let all of that consume me and take over. My perception was sewed because I always like to respond and comment and see what everyone was up to. I love to attend periscopes live but I realized those are getting in the way of whats actually important. They really can wait. Even if your periscope isn’t on replay, I will be okay.

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This is my mom. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met and has a heart of gold. She is an early riser, board game enthusiast, craft maker and probably the most impatient woman awaiting the title of grandma. My mom has taught me to be compassionate, honest, loyal, and a million other things.

But the best thing my mom taught me was how to be uncool.

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My mom was so uncool. And it wasn’t because she was an 80s fashion icon…She basically “ruined” my life. She didn’t let me go to anyone’s house without meeting the parents first because she knew my safety was more important. She didn’t buy me expensive clothes or worry about name brands. She didn’t let me get my nails done or have a cell phone or tv in my room when I was still in middle school because she wanted me to understand that they were a privilege and not a necessity. She didn’t let me see R rated movies because she didn’t want me to grow up too fast.

And yet, my life isn’t ruined. I know now, even without children of my own, that your job was to be my mother, not my best friend. You loved me and I love you for being uncool.

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Growing up I didn’t need a best friend, I needed a mom. And I got a bad ass mom at that. So thank you, Mom, for not being my best friend. Thank you for teaching me patience, appreciation, honesty, kindness and that being cool is overrated. I’m glad you’re my best friend now.

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Today’s post is special because I didn’t write it and it is actually going to be the first of many! Each month I hope to have a guest post by someone new talking about things that I know my readers will love. Since spring is finally making it’s way out in Maryland I thought today’s post by Shelly Stinton is perfect!

Healthy Habits to Develop for Spring | Shelly Stinson | www.amylorrine.comHave you been trying to develop healthy habits, but find that you’re struggling? Are you feeling almost as if you’re ready to give up because it seems like your new, more beneficial behaviors are never going to stick, no matter how much you want them to?

Here’s the good news: spring is the season of flourishing, which means that this is your season as well. Like the flowers that are emerging, it’s time to climb up out of the dirt and start to bloom.

And you can do just that when you work on these springtime habits that are meant to make this time of year your healthiest yet.

Walking Daily

After being cooped up all winter, it’s nice to finally get out and get some fresh air. Plus, there are many benefits of walking and they include better circulation, lighter mood, increased weight loss, and an easier time sleeping. Some people prefer to walk early in the morning before anything can prevent them from getting this activity in, while others like to take a stroll at the end of the day as a way to decompress. Neither is right or wrong, just be sure to pick a time that works best for you so you’re more likely to stick with it.

Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Not only is springtime good for walking, but it also provides a long list of vitamin and mineral-rich fruits and veggies that are best this time of year. A few to consider adding to your meal plan include apricots, broccoli, honeydew, peas, and white asparagus. Aim to try at least one new veggie or fruit a week and you’ll expand your eating horizons in a healthy way. You can find recipes for any food item online, so just do some quick research and see which ones appeal most to you. Who knows, you may just find a food that you’ll wonder why it took so long to try!

Enjoy Some Quiet Time

Because people are typically stir-crazy from enduring long, cold months, spring tends to get pretty busy. With yard work to do, kid’s sports seasons beginning, and all of the other responsibilities that traditionally begin this time of year, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. One way to avoid this is to make a commitment to regularly enjoy some quiet time. As College News says when they suggest meditation as a way for freshman to avoid the dreaded freshman 15, everyone can find some time to “just breathe.” Do this one thing and you’ll feel calmer as you work to make these healthy habits stick.

Regularly De-Stress

Changing habits can be stressful. It can make you want to give up almost before you even start as you wonder if you’re strong enough to prevail but, worse yet, Stress.org notes that stress can also hurt you physically. In fact, some statistics suggest that it is responsible for 60 percent of all illnesses and disease. While that type of change-based response is understandable, it doesn’t have to be an absolute. Instead, work to get rid of your stress regularly by doing things you enjoy. Take up a hobby, join a group that excites you, or take a day off work here and there just to let your body and mind relax. Making new, healthier habits isn’t always easy, but these four are perfect for starting in the spring. Whether you choose to do one or tackle them all, there’s no doubt you’ll emerge in better physical and mental condition once they become common in your life.

Besides, what do you have to lose… other than the bad habits they replace?
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Shelly Stinson is freelance writer based out of Denver, CO.
Her interests include healthy living, being active outdoors and trying new restaurants.
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Oh, Portland. I love you. And I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to blog about you but now it’s finally time to share my trip in March. Since the weather was well.. Portland weather, I didn’t always get my camera out, but luckily the iPhone does a decent job, so here’s a ton of both!

Hotel View | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.comWhen Krista and I got there after a what seemed like a lifetime of traveling, we picked up the rental car and headed to our hotel, The Westin. It was really nice, with a great view of downtown and happened to be dog-friendly. To our surprise, there were two corgis checking in before us. Which totally made up for the gloomy weather. For those of you new here… Krista’s puppy Molly is Bruce’s mom. So were both those weird corgi people.

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We made our way to start exploring and ended up at Powell’s City of Books. And the whole “City of Books” thing… it ain’t no joke. It is freaking massive and I could probably spend a month in there. My favorite thing were all the kids books with recommendations from actual kids, in their own handwriting. I actually got my brother an awesome Artist’s Proof copy of the All Out War of The Walking Dead.

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After we left Powell’s, we went across the street and got a huge slice of pizza from Sizzle Pie. My favorite thing by far about Portland is the food. It’s SO vegan-friendly. So I got the Vegan Angel of Doom!

Prasad | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.comThe next day we met up with Ashley at Prasad. Prasad is an all vegan and gluten free cafe, located inside a yoga/massage studio. I got this bomb quinoa chili bowl and… A PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE. Starbucks could take a note and get hip to the fact that you can have a PSL that’s dairy free!

One of the coolest things about the internet is being able to meet and connect with some awesome people, the sucky part is that they live across the country. Ashley and I first connected through a fitness chat when we were doing the Katy Hearn Fitness Challenge. But she’s also a blogger and bad ass mom of 6 adorable kids!

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After lunch, we drove the scenic route to Multnomah Falls. Which I’m pretty sure is the 8th world wonder. Minus the rain it was hands down the prettiest thing we saw the whole trip.

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You can go hiking all the way up to the top, but we aren’t really hiking in the rain kinda people, so we managed to make it to that bridge before heading back to the car. And then, which became a theme with our Portland trip, the sun decided to come back out.

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So we spent some more time driving down and pulling off to check out the views. Oregon is beautiful in the weird foggy rain so I can only imagine what it looks like with some sun shine. That night we ended up going to my friend Kari’s house and got dinner and chatted a while. but somehow I managed not to take any photos there.

Jam on Hawthorne | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
The next morning we went to get brunch at Jam On Hawthorne Cafe. The wait was like an hour so, we figured the food had to be good and once again, it didn’t disappoint.
Keep Portland Weird | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
“Keep Portland Weird” is a thing that I’m not really mad about. Embrace the weird.
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Okay so I lied about Multnomah Falls, VooDoo Doughnuts is actually the prettiest thing in Portland. I AM IN LOVE. They are open 24/7 and constantly have fresh doughnuts. The line is always wrapped around the sidewalk but it was
worth it. The doughnuts are BOMB. Like I’m honestly sad that they’re nowhere near Maryland. And it would be the top pro if I were to make a pro and con list for moving to Portland.
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I would have never guessed they were vegan, and if it wasn’t for the guy double checking to make sure he did, in fact give me the right ones, I would have thought they weren’t vegan at all. I tried the VooDoo Doll, Oreo and Apple Fritter. If you’re close to a location, it’s totally worth the hype. Stand in line and buy them all. You won’t regret it.
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After we were on a doughnut high, we decided to just drive around. Once we saw signs for Pittock Mansion we figured, why not? Which was one of the coolest historical building’s I’ve ever seen. And the photos really don’t do the view any justice. I can only imagine how crazy beautiful it was when the Portland pioneers, Henry and Georgiana Pittock, had the house in 1914.  The estate included the mansion, a three-car garage, a greenhouse, and the Italianate gate lodge servants’ residence, all situated on 46 acres of land almost 1,000 feet above downtown Portland.

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The older I get the more I love learning historical facts so reading a few things about the house were so cool. Henry Pittock traveled at 19 on the Oregon Trail from Pennsylvania where he worked for the Oregonian Newspaper. In 1860, he took became the owner of the paper at age 25, and he turned it into a daily paper instead of the weekly paper it was. It led him into an empire of real estate, banking, railroads, steamboats, sheep ranching, silver mining, and the pulp and paper industry.

While his wife became a huge part of the community and a major philanthropist. She helped found the Ladies Relief Society in 1867, whose Children’s Home provided care, food, and shelter for needy children. And she also worked with the Woman’s Union, where she helped build the Martha Washington Home for single, working women. Georgiana loved gardening and had a huge flower garden at the mansion. This led her to originate Portland’s tradition of the annual Rose Festival.

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Georgiana died in 1918 at the age of 72, and Henry in 1919 at 84. The Pittock family remained in residence at the mansion until 1958, when Peter Gantenbein, a Pittock grandson who had been born in the house, put the estate on the market.

After massive damage in 1962 from a storm, Portland residents got together to raise a fund to preserve the sight. The City of Portland purchased the estate for $225,000. A year and a half later, the repairs were done and the mansion opened to the public in 1965 and has been a Portland community landmark ever since. In 2013, the exterior got a huge renovation to preserve the terraces and stop leaking.

Pittock Mansion | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.comAnd while the mansion does not have all the original furnishing, they made it look as close as they could based off of ledgers and historical information. One of the coolest things was the old school printing press that was used and the newspapers from The Oregonian.

Japenese Garden | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
After we left the mansion we drove around and ended up at the Rose Garden. Since none of the flowers were in bloom there we made our way to Portland’s Japanese Garden. I didn’t get much on the history other than it opened in 1967, where the former zoo was and has 5 different gardens. It was beautiful and I’m sure looks gorgeous year round.

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I don’t know much about Catholic religion but The Grotto was beautiful. We only walked around the lower portion where the actual grotto cave and visitor center area is, but there was also an upper level with gardens and chapels. They have daily mass, concerts, and weddings held in the outdoor location and I’m sure in the summer it’s a great place to visit and get some peace.

Trees | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
One of the things Krista and I said over and over again was… that we have never seen cooler trees or greener grass. Apparently the grass is greener on the other side, of the country.

St Johns Bridge and Zootopia | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com

We googled a ton of cool things to do, and since we needed a plan since the rain made it a little impossible to just explore like we wanted we made our way up to the St. John’s Bridge on our way to the Vancouver Mall. Kari told me that I should check out 100% Pure since they had a location and it’s an awesome healthy makeup company. [I come to find out later that the ONLY east coast location, it at the Annapolis mall!] We ended up seeing Zootopia, and if you haven’t seen it, do it. It was way better than I thought.

Happy Valley Station | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com
On the last night I got to meet up with Kari again and I got to finally meet Sam at Happy Valley Station! The coolest food truck location I’ve ever scenes and something that neeeeeeeds to happen to Annapolis.

Kari and I have been internet friends for like 4 years. We met through photography, she does the most amazing couple/love sessions and I know I’m going to make her photograph me and Chandler some day. But she also is the one who introduced essential oils to me. And I will forever be greatful for that. Sam is on my oil team too! She rocks the biz, it just the sweetest and also the cutest little mom to be. Plane | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.com

When it was finally time to go we did a little shopping in the airport and I’m not a big souvenir person.. yet this mug spoke to me on a deep level. Both accurate and has grumpy cat on it. The ride home seemed a little easier than the ride to Portland which, may of had something to do with watching The Ellen Degeneres show. But whose to really say? 😉
Plane | Portland Trip | www.amylorraine.comThis view will never cease to amaze me. I’m sitting here writing the blog drinking hot tea out of that grumpy cat mug reminiscing about all the rainy beautiful vegan goodness that is Portland. And I know I’ll be back.

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What I

  1. Take more pictures.
  2. Back them up on the regular! Your computer WILL crash at the worst times.
  3. Be kinder.
  4. Stop being judgmental.
  5. Drink more water.
  6. Learn how to pluck your eyebrows.
  7. Go vegan. Your skin, the environment, your health and the animals will thank you.
  8. Ask more questions.
  9. Read Quiet by Susan Cain.
  10. Don’t cut your hair. You’ll regret it.
  11. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. You’re lazy so just try.
  12. Don’t be afraid to look foolish.
  13. Save. A Lot.
  14. Don’t be a lifeguard. You’ll hate it and quit anyways.
  15. Be positive and see the good.
  16. Just because you’re thinking it, doesn’t mean you have to say it.
  17. Take care of your body. Start working out and enjoy it.
  18. Travel more.
  19. Start your blog sooner. Stop deleting the ones you create.
  20. Read more.
  21. Don’t put up with anyone’s bullshit. Even if you love them.
  22. Stop procrastinating & get your license.
  23. Don’t go to college right away.. or ever. Live, travel, experience first.
  24. Intelligence isn’t measured by your GPA.
  25. Don’t use tanning beds.
  26. Do your research on toxic beauty and household products.
  27. Stop drinking soda and junk.
  28. But indulge guilt free with treats every once and a while.
  29. Manage your time better.
  30. Not all your friends will be there when you get older. Appreciate the ones that do.
  31. Your siblings get less annoying. Be patient.
  32. Your moms right about a lot btw.
  33. Your parents just want what’s best for you.
  34. Learn how to be responsible with money.
  35. You won’t regret your tattoos. And they won’t hurt as bad as you think.
  36. Understand nothing goes according to the plan you have in your head and it’s okay to let go of those dreams.
  37. Don’t bleach your hair.
  38. You will make mistakes but you’ll learn from them.
  39. Create more art.
  40. Stop being lazy. Your dreams don’t work unless you do.
  41. Your belly button piercing won’t hurt as much as you think.
  42. Don’t feel guilty for being introverted.
  43. Wear more lipstick.
  44. Most people don’t see the world the way you do.
  45. Encourage others.
  46. Become a feminist like now. Girls are not the enemy.
  47. The crappy summer beach patrol job will get you a best friend.
  48. You’re gonna get the cutest freaking corgi on the planet.
  49. Adults don’t have it together. They’re just winging it and hoping for the best. You’ll do the same.
  50. Never be ashamed of what you believe in and who you are.

 

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The Live Better Challenge | www.amyloraine.comMy goal was to do something creative for at least 15 minutes a day. There were a few days where I wasn’t truly intentionally, but overall March was a success. Between reading, photography, crafting, calligraphy, adult coloring books, website design.. I had a lot to pick from and since creativity is something that comes in bursts, it’s not something I want to “schedule”.

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I took Laura Hooper’s Caligraphy class in the beginning of March and I’ve spent some time practicing and loving this new art form. I will be added some fun things to the shop soon!

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One of my favorite things, along with the rest of the world now, is adult coloring books. I got Harry Potter and Disney Princess because clearly I’m an adulty adult. And I got these chameleon pens because they’re so freaking cool. If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon, please do yourself a favor and get aboard.

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And were now into April which is all about no processed foods and no eating out… Trying to finish out this month strong!

Want to check out my list for the year? Or check out my recap for January? February?

 

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Reading 
Quiet by Susan Cain.
Wearing my new red Hunter rain boots. Thank you April showers!
Watching Friends on Netflix.
Trying to update the shop. New products coming soon!
Cooking ALL the time. No processed, no eating out. (okay a little processed and a little eating out. BUT! mostly cooking ever-ayy-thing)
Eating tahini sauce like there’s no tomorrow. #Obsessed
Drinking water with a drop of lime essential oil
Texting Courtnie the most and mainly just memes and the laughing cry emoji
Pinning recipes for non processed vegan meals
Tweeting not as often since The Walking Dead is over for now
Going to see The Jungle Book in theaters
Wearing these red Hunter Rain Boots!
Loving my new Daryl Dixon crossbow mug
Hating that my laptop is broken
Discovering new friends in The Living Room
Feeling loved
Hoping Bruce lets me sleep in instead of waking up with him on my face at 7am
Listening to Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman and Zendaya – Something New
Wanting to go back to Portland, maybe when it’s not raining…
Celebrating my birthday with friends this weekend.
Smelling birthday flowers
Ordering cruelty-free, vegan, organic, nontoxic makeup from Root
Thanking everyone for making this birthday special
Starting to get my silhouette out for fun craft projects!
Finishing The Oil Adventures website! April 27th, launch date!!

How’s life been for you lately? Leave a comment below and make sure we’re friends on Instagram.

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My birthday is Monday so I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of all the things I want to accomplish over the next year. I have a 30 by 30 list but this will help break down some of those goals, and even smaller ones.

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To be completed by April 11th, 2017
Completed | In Progress

 

1. Travel Solo
2. Get Tattooed
3. Own a Pair of Red Hunter Rain Boots
4. Complete My Live Better Challenge
5. Sell 100 Items in My Etsy Shop
6. Go To The Beach
7. Hit Gold with Young Living
8. Finally Get a Cumberstone Ice Pop!
9. Practice my Calligraphy Skills
10. Take Bruce hiking
11. Send monthly happy snail mail
12. Visit Salt Lake City
13. See In theaters: The Jungle Book, Ghostbusters, Finding Dory, The Girl On The Train, Moana, and Beauty & The Beast.
14. Move!
15. Read 72 books
16. Dress up for Halloween
17. Explore Somewhere New in Maryland
18. Eat at a Fully Vegan Restaurant
19. Have a Harry Potter Book & Movie Marathon.
20. Donate Money To Charity
21. Create all DIY Christmas gifts
22. Get Photographed by Cheyenne Gil
23. Double my blog traffic
24. Go to the Pumpkin Patch
25. Learn Yoga
26. Photograph The Sunrise
27. Go to a Concert

I absolutely reserve the right to modify this list over time (but I only hope to update it by marking things off!). Have you made a list of this you’d like to do this year? I’d love to hear what’s on it!

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Oh Bruce.
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How crazy that you’re already a year old. I feel like one of those parents with cliche quotes about my baby growing up too quick… you know like.. The days are long but the years are short. And dog years are even shorter so it’s like I blinked and he turned 7.

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His birthday was March 20th, but like another parent cliche, life has been busy and hectic and I’m just getting a chance to sit down and write this out.

Happy Birthday Sir Bruce Corgnelius | www.amylorraine.comWe celebrated with a pup-pie while wearing a bow tie. Even though I wanted to make him his own “chocolate” cake as an ode to Bruce from Matilda I realized I didn’t have time after getting back from my Portland trip.Happy Birthday Sir Bruce Corgnelius | www.amylorraine.com

Things were into now: snuggling in bed, picking up sticks, being chased, hiding bones, and pulling out shoe insoles.
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Here’s to another year of crazy cuteness B.

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