Author Archives: kirsten neiman

Portland Blogger Ride at BurnCyle

Morning! Something that doesn’t make it on this blog too often is my love of sports + fitness. I played every sport imaginable growing up and throughout college…and then I married a personal trainer. So now I’m pretty much married to fitness, for better or worse. To me, there’s no better high than sweating it out and pushing your body to its limit. Which is why I’m so pumped about the upcoming blogger ride at BurnCycle, a new spinning studio located in Portland’s Pearl District. It’s rad. And I’m hooked. It’s the best 45 minute cardio workout EVER and the space and the vibe and the music are the best. The bessssst.

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This FREE ride is open to bloggers of all sorts – home, fitness, fashion, mommyhood, or anything else in between. It’s a chance to meet other bloggers, get in a crazy ridiculous amazing workout, and then drink champagne. Yes, champagne at the end of the workout. My kind of party.

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You in? I hope so! RSVP to Kiki at the email address above and she’ll give you the details on the ride. Spots are limited, so hurry. Fast! I’m excited to see some familiar faces, and hopefully meet some new folks on the 26th!

Basement Family Room Progress

Helllllo! I’m back. The last few weeks were fast and furious at work (new Spring line coming soon!), but after a restful weekend, I’ve found a little time to blog. Plus! We have a basement renovation happening over here. Or rather, we’re deep in the planning stages of it all. No one has picked up a hammer yet, but hopefully soon.

Since I’m beginning to think about paint colors and tile, I thought it was a good idea to throw together a super quick basement family room design board, just so I can wrap my head around the look and feel we’re going for down there. A few bits of info about our plans…

We plan on placing a smooth stucco texture over the current red brick fireplace, and painting it white. We also plan on installing a rustic mantel, again, very similar to the one in the board below. We’ll be putting in a white built-in right next to the fireplace, which will house our TV and give us some storage as well – see my sketchy/messy diagram below to make sense of my vision:)…

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Luckily, I already have a number of items in the design board from our last house (white couch, fabric, ottoman, etc.), so I’m hoping I’ll be able to stick to a tight budget when it comes to furnishing the space.

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And even though this is an itty-bitty image, you can somewhat get a feel for the layout of the area…

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Of course, I plan on keeping you guys updated throughout this basement project. We’re hoping this will be a fairly straight-forward project, but then again, I don’t really know if “straight-forward” projects exist in this household:)?

Have a happy week!

March Pinterest Favorites

Good morning! It’s been far too long since my last Pinterest favorites post, so here we go!

If you are on the hunt for sources, follow me on Pinterest here. Cheers to a happy week!

{Etsy Find!} Oh My Deer

Hi folks! If you follow me on Instagram, you already know Kyle and I ran away to see the California sun for a bit. Our time away was much needed, and the sun melted us and we soaked up every last ounce. And now that we are back in Portland, the forecast is rain, and more rain for the next 10 days. Needless to say, we are very thankful to have been amongst palm trees and warm temperatures for a few days in March.  More on that trip later…

Today, I wanted to share with you one of my recent etsy finds. Oh My Deer is a paper goods shop that sells posters and prints of SIMPLY STUNNING handwriting with the best little sayings.

Here are a few of my favorites…

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Love these posters because they are perfect gifts – for a pal with a new house, a birthday, or a wedding, these all most certainly fit the bill.  And, they are just a little sampling of all that Chelsea has in her store. She has different sizes, gold foil options, and a handful of other beautiful prints not shown above.