Local Treasures // Popcorn Cove

I absolutely love my little corner of the country. It’s so green and beautiful and full of great places to discover, both inside and outside. Portland is known for being weird and having crazy things like people waiting hours for donuts and ice cream and there’s an annual naked bike ride and we have a gazillion food carts. It’s cool but weird. Anyway. That’s Portland.

I live in North Portland. Like… really north Portland. So North Portland that it’s actually Southern Washington, a city called Vancouver. Not so north that it’s Vancouver, Canada. This is America’s Vancouver. Vancouver, USA.

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and we’ve got some cool stuff that I want everyone to know about.

Like freaking Popcorn Cove.

The other day Justen and I were at this Christian bookstore, and we walked out and across the parking lot we saw Popcorn Cove. Justen remembered going to a wedding where they had popcorn from Popcorn Cove so we decided to go in… because hello. Popcorn.

It was like I had died and gone to Popcorn Heaven. They have literally (that’s an exaggeration) five thousand flavors, and they let you try ALL OF THEM. I was pretty typical Stephanie Orefice and I walked out with a medium sized bag full of coconut, cotton candy + vanilla popcorn and a small bag of Almond Joy popcorn. ALMOND JOY POPCORN!

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I went for the sweet flavors and Justen, like a typical boy, went for the flavors like “bacon and cheddar cheese,” and “buffalo and ranch.”

What was even better was that they honored the Groupon price even though we hadn’t yet purchased the Groupon. They were so friendly and helpful. I’m sold and ready to go back and stock up on more.

Check out their flavors on their website and tell me what ones you’d love to try. Next time I think I’ll try Cherry, Birthday Cake, Pina Colada, and Caramel Cashew.

Do y’all have a popcorn store near you? Is this a popular thing that I’m late to the party with?


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June 27, 2016
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My anti-bucket list

Today I said “hey I’m going to go to Starbucks and work on blog stuff.” and Justen joined me. Then he gave me a zillion suggestions of things I should blog about while I sat here shooting down all of his ideas and maybe whispering a few cuss words under my breath. I’m not even kidding. This is the current situation (and he’s the one drinking the big pink drink, not me. He is apparently coffeed out, whatever that means).

Then I stumbled upon this massive list of things to blog about. One of them was an anti-bucket list. and I was like… yeah. That’s me. I can just blog about dumb-ish stuff until I have really important things to blog about. If that ever happens.

So here it is.

My anti-bucket list.

aka things I will never do.

  1. Skydive
    I will never understand why someone would ever willingly mess with gravity. Gravity can destroy you. I will never understand skydiving.
  2. Cut my hair short
    It’s not for me. Some people look really cute with short hair. I don’t think I’d be one of them, nor do I care to find out if I’m right or not.
  3. Eat weird stuff
    The other day I had sushi for lunch and as I read the options I was like “EEL?!” yeah no. If they don’t serve an over processed version of it at McDonalds, I won’t eat it.
  4. Drink my coffee black for long periods of time
    This is America and I put cream in my coffee. When people talk about going on diets or whatever I tend to think it doesn’t apply to cream in my coffee. That’s fair, right?
  5. Wear a bikini
    First of all, I don’t think other people want to see me in a bikini. Second of  all, I’m at the age in my life (oh gosh I’m old) where the thought of a bikini seems kind of weird. It’s basically like going out in socially acceptable underwear. No thanks.
  6. Ride a motorcycle
    The road is dangerous even in a car. I’m sometimes worried about other drivers when I’m in a car, so when I see people on motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic with nothing but a helmet to protect them, I just get freaked out. No way Jose (or whatever your name is).
  7. High ropes courses
    You know challenge courses and how they have elements that are up in the air and you’re supposed to overcome your fears and do them with your team cheering you on? Yeah y’all can lose your voices cheering because I like my feet planted firmly on the ground because of #1.
  8. Spend more than $50 on a pair of jeans
    Ever. Props to those of you that have and do and will, but I like to find my jeans at thrift stores. $20 on a pair of jeans is splurging for me.
  9. Hold a tarantula
    Call me a coward, but I’m not getting anywhere near big hairy spiders. Make fun of me all you want. I’ll even turn your words into a shirt and proudly wear it. Never ever ever will I willingly let a tarantula touch any part of my body.
  10. Understand cloud platforms
    I just don’t get them. I like things to be tangible and so the idea of my stuff somehow being up in the air is confusing and frustrating to me. Justen tried to tell me about cloud the other day while we were at Best Buy and I literally covered my ears.. like a grown up.

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  11. Watch Pretty Little Liars ever again
    I started watching that show after I finished Gossip Girl and someone said I’d love it. I hate that show so much. It is the dumbest show in the entire world and I will never again waste my time watching that show (though I do often catch up on it thanks to Wikipedia updates)
  12. Highlight/contour
    Y’all I just don’t get the whole highlight/contour thing. It seems like a lot of work to make yourself look different from the way everyone already knows you look. To each their own, but it’s not mine.

YOUR TURN. Have you done/do you want to do any of these things? What’s on your anti-bucket list?!


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June 22, 2016
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I think I’m scared of succeeding

There’s a lot of stuff I want to do in my life, and I’m not really quiet or secret about it.

I want to be debt free. I want to be at a healthier weight. I want to be consistent at things I love, like blogging. I want to read more books. I want to actually avoid gluten and dairy in my diet.

So I’ll make a plan. I’ll research and I’ll prep and I will get so freaking close to my goal that I can taste it, and then I will sabotage myself. Like the time I was almost to my goal weight and then I said “screw this I want to eat cookies,” and now I’m right back where I started (side note: my antidepressants, which have been mostly amazing, have caused me to gain weight so I’m trying to not beat myself up over this one… though I do choose to eat cookies more than I choose to abstain because.. well, cookies). I was SO CLOSE to paying off my credit card debt, and then I kind of went crazy with my credit card and now I literally owe twice as much as I did the last time I updated y’all.

I’ve been thinking about why this is.

I seriously think I’m scared of succeeding.

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In general, I’m a quitter. I love the gearing up process. I can meal prep and research and make a detailed plan like no other. I can start things pretty well, but I rarely finish them. I lose interest or change my mind or just kind of decide to take a break, which is always hard to reboot.

I think I quit because I’m scared to succeed.

It sounds so stupid, I know! But hear me out.

As the chubby kid in all the circles, I assumed “if I lost weight, I’d be happy because clothes would look better on me and boys would notice me.”

…but what if that wasn’t true? What if I lost weight and was still unhappy?

What if I blogged consistently and my blog still never took off the ground?

What if I paid off all of my debt and still felt like money was too tight?

What if, what if, what if.

Success is kind of uncharted territory. It’s the view at the top of a steep mountain with a journey ahead, and I think I always decide that whatever is on the other side MIGHT be better but I can sit on this poky log and just learn to enjoy where I’m at, as if it is some big, heroic act.

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It’s almost like treading water indefinitely because the sand on the shore might hurt your feet, you know? It’s just dumb.

But that’s where I’m at, and I’m trying to figure out a way to get up and keep climbing, because I’m starting to get curious about the view on the other side.

Can anybody else relate to this or am I completely alone and crazy in this?


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June 20, 2016
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Sunny Saturdays

The weather in the Pacific Northwest has been so weird lately. It’s global warming, I swear. One sunny Saturday, we got up early and headed down to the Vancouver Farmer’s Market. We snacked on cherry vanilla almonds (so good, y’all) and tried some samples before picking up iced mochas at our favorite coffee shop, Compass Coffee.

When I was in 12th grade, I started wearing skirts. A few years later, I started wearing dresses. When I lived in California it was nothing but shorts, then I began wearing pants… and I’m starting my love affair with skirts all over again.

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and just because I like to keep it real, just going to share with you some of my favorite not-so-awesome-but-still-really-awesome-pictures Justen took of me.

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Top // LC Lauren Conrad (similar and similar LC one)
Skirt // LC Lauren Conrad (actual one and similar)
Shoes // BCBG (similar and similar)
Purse // Merona, a knockoff of this super cute Kate Spade one
Almond Milk Iced Mocha // Courtesy of Justen and Compass Coffee ;D

Immediately following these pictures, we spent a few hours wandering around the air-conditioned mall before heading to a gender reveal party for his brother and sister-in-law. They’re having a boy! I wished it was a girl so I could buy a lot of cute girl things, but now I walk around and lose it over the cute boy things (like this onesie and this cute little hipster outfit and this cute little summer outfit and this outfit and oh my gosh I’ll stop now). Afterwards we went to Famous Dave’s for dinner, and I had catfish for the first time in my life. It felt like a really big deal, since Catfish is my favorite TV show. Verdict: I’ll stick with the TV show.

Next time we go to the Farmer’s Market, I’m going to go home with a big basket of strawberries and a big bunch of flowers. I’m also going to indulge in a Nutella and Banana waffle from Hello Waffle because I stood there smelling and drooling at the waffles before ultimately walking away. But next time, you are mine nutella and banana waffle!

Can I also just say that I love honey sticks. I freaking LOVE honey sticks. Like I literally have been mentioning how much I love honey sticks for three years. It’s one of my favorite things to get at a Farmer’s Market because they’re cheap and small and DELICIOUS. And local honey is good for battling allergies. I never get allergies but I also always eat local honey sticks, soooo…. 🙂

Here’s to many more sunny Saturdays.


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June 13, 2016
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A tiny Groopdealz shopping spree

Whoever thought to make a Groupon-type site for all things cute, girly, sassy and useful was brilliant. I’m all about that stuff. Over the course of my life, I’ve made a few purchases from Groopdealz… this ring and this clutch.

A few months ago I realized I had a $70 in GroopDealz credits and every so often I check in to see if there’s anything that makes my heart skip more than just one beat.

I sat down to write a blog post, and since we all know how well that works out, I remembered my GroopDealz credit and headed over there to check out what they have.

Y’all, I hit the jackpot! I redeemed $51 of my $70 credit and picked up the following items:

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Justen looked over and said he could see me getting the pineapple one. I commented that I like the messy hair one because I never brush my hair and then I saw the Primping Ain’t Easy print and I was SOLD. I recently put a mirror up in my room and created a little vanity area to get ready, and I can’t wait to hang that up by my mirror.

Once I added those three prints to my cart, I figured I might as well buy the few other things that were open in my other tabs… right?

Like this shirt in light pink. I’m obsessed with the flowy back of it! PLUS it reminds me SO MUCH of this $80 Kate Spade one that I saw on Caitlin’s blog and fell in love with.

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and deeeep in my Wish List Board on Pinterest is this hot pink bluetooth shower speaker, so that one was a no brainer.

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Finally. A few months ago I jumped on the beauty blender bandwagon. I originally used it for my Dr. Jart+ BB Cream (you know, the stuff I SWEAR by) but recently I stopped playing games with the Root Pretty Pretty Booster Samples and went ahead and bought the full size product (use my link to get 10% off your first purchase). Either way, I use this sort of product daily and a few months ago Kristen convinced me to get a beauty blender. Game changer. I LOVE it. So when I saw a beauty blender WITH A HANDLE… I mean… come on. COME ON!

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The awesome news is that I still have nearly $20 in credits just in case I stumble upon something else that makes my heart skip a few beats!

Do you shop at Jane / Groopdealz / Zulily type sites? What’s the best thing you’ve ever found on there? 


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June 6, 2016
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