Weddings

How to Find Your Wedding Venue Spreadsheet {Free Download}

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Free Wedding Venue Downloadable Spreadsheet | This Miss CooksPhoto by Anne Edgar on Unsplash

When Mr Never Cooks and I started looking at thinking about pondering the idea of where we would tie the knot, it didn’t take long for us to get buried under a mountain of historical buildings and ballrooms. Last week I shared the 7 strategies we used to find and book our perfect wedding venue in no time at all. It’s amazing how many vendor search engines there are (like The Knot), let alone the number of ceremony and reception sites in your area.

If you’re following one of the top pieces of advice from my last post, you’ll be quickly sorting through tons of options and reaching out to plenty of venue representatives in the process.

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5 Tips to Help You Plan For a Healthy Vacation | This Miss Cooks
Health, Lifestyle, Travel

How to Plan For a Healthy Vacation

5 Tips to Help You Plan For a Healthy Vacation | This Miss Cooks

This week has become filled suddenly with dinners out at our wedding venue, re-testing a few recipes from last week before they go up on the blog, and a family vacation over Labor Day weekend to the Oregon Coast. Work in my lab has picked up a bit as well, so I’m heading to the rental house a few days after my fiancé.

I put up a travel guide to Oceanside and the Oregon Coast last year, and I’m hoping that this trip will be just as rejuvenating. I’m lucky that Mr Never Cooks has a wonderful extended family who in fact do love to cook, drink some good wine, and play a few games of Spades long into the night.

One struggle I know many of my friends in the wellness world have is striking a balance with food and fitness that makes them happiest on vacations. Instead of a menu plan this week, I thought I might share some of the tips I use to maintain my health without ruining the whole idea of a vacation in the first place.

1. Begin at the End

how-to-plan-for-healthy-vacationPhoto by Zack Minor on Unsplash

Okay so that was a little confusing. What I mean is that you need to have a solid plan for after your vacation is over. I don’t mean a crash diet, a juice cleanse, or a punishing gym session. Continue reading “How to Plan For a Healthy Vacation”

Lifestyle, Minimalism

5 Things I’ve Regretted Getting Rid of When I Went Minimalist

5 Things I've Regretted Getting Rid of When I Went Minimalist | This Miss CooksPhoto by Philipp Berndt on Unsplash

As popular as Minimalism has gotten these days, there seem to be as many articles singing this lifestyle’s praises as there are complaining about it as a trend. I certainly don’t think that the Minimalist lifestyle is the only way to be happy, but it’s definitely true that many Americans feel the psychological toll of clutter without seeing a clear way to fix it. It’s also been a true lifesaver in our move to a much smaller place.

I know that a common fear (indeed a regular one of mine) is that I’ll end up regretting getting rid of an item long after it’s gone. In fact, I  bet there are few things more disheartening with setting out on a more Minimalist path than letting go of something you truly do miss. So many advocates of it will try to paper over that possibility and ignore the sadness you might feel with a “you won’t even remember it in a week” or “I’ve never regretted it and neither will you!” Continue reading “5 Things I’ve Regretted Getting Rid of When I Went Minimalist”

Weddings

7 Tips to Help You Find Your Perfect Venue

7 Tips to Help You Find Your Perfect Wedding Venue | This Miss Cooks

A couple of weeks ago, my boss got back from helping execute The Wedding That Shall Not Be Named for her sister. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and much of it couldn’t even have been predicted (wildfire smoke from Canada blocking the gorgeous view of the mountains at your ceremony site?!). I think that both she and I had the exact same thought about our own upcoming weddings when she finished filling me in on the details. Continue reading “7 Tips to Help You Find Your Perfect Venue”

Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Things to Make You Smile From the Week | This Miss Cooks
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Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Things to Make You Smile From the Week

Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Things to Make You Smile From the Week | This Miss Cooks

How is it already Friday again?!

I’m certainly not mad about it, but this week has flown by at warp speed. And to be honest, some of it was seriously the pits. As with everything though, there are always little things to find joy in, and that’s what I’m trying to do here today and every day.

Proud Moment. On Monday I ran 10 miles for my marathon training and I was reminded of just how far I’ve come. It helped that the Portland Marathon confirmed today that the somewhat beleaguered event had settled into its new course after a couple of months of drama and uncertainty. My calendar event was listed as “10 miles. One way or another.” and I’m not sure I would have started without those words of determination from past-self.

Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Things to Make You Smile From the Week | This Miss CooksPhoto by Arek Adeoye on Unsplash

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Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Things to Make You Smile From the Week

 

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Coffee shop on this feeling fine Friday | This Miss Cooks
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Tuesday morning I forgot my coffee on the counter while rushing out the door.

Alright. Fine. I can drink crummy hospital drip.

Wednesday morning. Coffee successfully brought to work and then promptly spilled on the floor.

No, no, that’s cool. Surely this grapefruit sparkling water will keep me awake with its effervescence.

Thursday was a lecture from my dentist about how much coffee I drink.

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Lifestyle, Minimalism

5 Thoughts I Had to Let Go of to Be Successful with Minimalism

The month of July has been filled with stress, and almost all of it is over STUFF. We’re moving into a new (and much smaller) apartment from our old rental house and the need to purge our belongings has never been more necessary. And yet somehow I still find myself held back by silly reasons to keep all kinds of useless things around.

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Lifestyle, Minimalism

Moving and Minimalism: More Than Just the Trash Can

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As we’ve been downsizing drastically for our big move we’ve repeatedly run into issues with finding ways to get the junk out of our house. Here in Portland we get one trash can that’s picked up by the city every two weeks that we share with our two roommates, so we have to be very strategic about tossing items in there. Besides, I’ve seen Toy Story 3 and I always assume that objects are sentient just in case. Continue reading “Moving and Minimalism: More Than Just the Trash Can”

Lifestyle, Minimalism, Travel

Summer 2017 Bucket List: The Minimalist Remix

It’s the longest day of the year, friends! It’s also the perfect time to stay up well past your bedtime (mostly because the sun hasn’t even set yet if you go to sleep at 9 like my granny self) and dream up your ‘Summer Bucket List.’ This year I’m really trying to prioritize experiences over things in all areas of my life. I’ve been on a Minimalist kick, and I’m really enjoying the memories I’m creating. Continue reading “Summer 2017 Bucket List: The Minimalist Remix”

Lifestyle, Travel

Travel Guide: Crater Lake National Park

Travel Guide: Crater Lake National Park | This Miss Cooks

My friends and I have had Crater Lake National Park on our Oregon-centric bucket list for years. With a few of them headed off for graduate school at the end of the summer, there was no time like the present to check that one off. Here’s the thing though: on a good day Crater Lake is about 4.5 hours away from Portland and while I can rock out to Oops I did It Again and A Thousand Miles in the car for a few hours at a time, even I have my limits.

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