Gluten-Free Portland Style

Seen on SE Powell Boulevard. This may be taking the gluten-free craze a bit far. Portlandia is real.

A Visit to the International Rose Test Gardens in Portland, OR

As spring starts moving into summer, I find myself anticipating a visit to the Portland International Rose Test Gardens. This year I started feeling this way in early May, probably because Portland has seen unseasonable warm, summer like temps and it’s got me thinking about summer days.

The International Rose Test Gardens are one of […]

Spring is the New Fall- My Favorite Season in Oregon

Growing up in Minnesota I always professed my love of fall—my favorite season. It was the season filled with the beautiful and colorful tree leaves changing color, wonderful organic smell of dry leaves, low humidity and minimal rain/snow (if we were lucky). Imagine my surprise, as I live through my second spring in Portland, and […]

Leach Botanical Garden

The Stone Cabin

I recently discovered another fun destination while in Exploregon mode.

During a Portland visit from my dad (who lives in MN), I decided exploring Leach Botanical Garden would be a fun activity. The outer SE Portland garden was originally the summer home of Lilla and John Leach, who bought the property […]

Where should we live? Buying a House in Portland, OR

Portland, OR has a lot of neighborhoods—ninety-five within city limits. It was clear even during our first visit to the city that each neighborhood has its own unique personality. After we decided that we wanted to move to Portland, we spent some time driving around the city and getting the vibe from some of the […]

Happy New Year from Portland, OR

It is 2013 and I live in Portland, OR.

It’s almost unbelievable to me at times that I can make the above statement. 2012 has been a whirlwind year filled with amazing and abundant change. Here is a quick recap of 2012 for the Hanson family. We sold a house in MN, moved to a […]

Labor Day Weekend Fun in Oregon

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We had a great Labor Day weekend exploring and learning more about our new home. We had a more ideas on how to spend our time than we had time, and I’m happy to share with you some of our fun.

First, we hit downtown Portland. We started by enjoying lunch at Veritable Quandry, a […]

Keep Portland Weird- No Mosquitoes

Portland has a slogan that says, “Keep Portland Weird” and you will see it around the city on bumper stickers, t-shirts and even murals on buildings. Based on what I have read, it was created to try and help local businesses thrive by bringing people into the city to eat and shop. In spite […]

New Home and New Job: Week One!

It was a busy first week in Portland, OR. Grocery shopping, Target shopping, unpacking, visiting with family and starting a new job. The neighborhood we are living in is called “Sunnyside” and it is filled with restaurants, cafes, coffee/tea shops, and independent retail shops and the exploration so far has been fun. It was […]

No Sleeping Tonight

I've never had much problem with sleeping, except during high stress times in my life. I didn't think I was stressed right now, as it's an exciting time in my life as we prepare to move to Portland, OR from St. Paul, MN, but tonight showed me otherwise. I was laying in bed and unable […]