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The best Seahawks gear from Etsy

Seahawks Gear Etsy

The official Seahawks season kicks off a week from tonight on Thursday, September 4, and I’m already thinking ahead to how we’re going to show our team spirit this year.

(Side note: Can we discuss how we have a family fantasy league this year and I have my OWN TEAM? And, how I have the Seahawks defense? Hello. I totally ruined Josh’s life by snagging them before he did!)

Here are some of my favorites from Etsy… there’s still time to order before kick-off next week!

Top row:
Seahawks-Themed Volkswagon Bus Mailbox, The Bus Box, $169
Obviously, this is amazing. I just sent this to Josh, because we need a new mailbox and I’m feeling so tempted to order it. Even at that price.

Middle row:
Seattle Seahawks Ribbon By-the-Yard, KC Elastic Ties, $0.85 per yard
My girls would love this ribbon and I would also stash some to tie on hostess gifts for games at friends’ homes or for tying in Janie and Meg’s hair for game days at school.

Seahawks Infinity Chevron Loop Scrarf, Creations by Terra, $20
A fun way to add a little Seahawks spirit to an outfit without going crazy… or if you can’t be decked out in gear at work.

Seattle Seahawks Coffee Mug, Courtney 2K Designs, $18
Two Seattle faves in one mug! Love the Starbucks/Seahawks combination and these would be perfect for those 10 a.m. games this fall and winter. Because, coffee.

12th Man Decal, Cosine Designs, $2
These are cool and simple and made of vinyl, so you can use them pretty much anywhere, from your laptop to your car window.

Bottom row:
Russell Wilson Seahawks Shirt, duce TWO, $15+
Etsy is a great place to get Seahawks shirts for a much more reasonable price than in stores. Plus, you won’t be wearing the same shirt as everyone in the state. Love this Russell Wilson version.

Vintage Seahawks Logo Shirt, Shirt Man Dude, $12
Loving the vintage feel of this shirt and it looks super-soft, too, doesn’t it?

12th Man Seahawks Shirt, Printed Onion, $20
A super fun way to show that 12th man spirit. They have a ton of other Seahawks shirts in this Etsy store, too, so be sure to browse before you buy!


Notes from a week in Seattle

Week in Seattle

We spent all of last week in Seattle, soaking up the city for our summer vacation. And, while it’s good to be home (isn’t it always, after a week away?), we had the best time visiting our favorite places, eating at a few restaurants we’ve been missing since we moved to Bellingham and catching up with our Seattle family and friends.

I’ll have more detailed posts about some of our adventures this week, but in the meantime, here’s the full run-down of everything we did…

Bouncy houses at Magnolia Summerfest. Kiddo talent show. Outdoor movie on the lawn. The best parade ever. Dinner with neighbors. Walking and scootering around the neighborhood. Downtown. Pike Place Market. The magic store. And the wind-up toy store. Gum wall. The waterfront. Lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. A trip to Bellevue. Lego Store. Dinner at Pagliacci. Mornings at Ella Bailey Park. Swimming at Pop Mounger Pool. Walks to our favorite Starbucks. Catching the Seahawks at the neighborhood pub. Running into countless friends. Queen Anne wading pool. Lincoln Park in West Seattle. Dinner with cousins. And delicious Moscow Mules. Too many Moscow Mules. Margaritas and nachos and friends at the ‘Ranch.

I feel like I’m forgetting a million things. Hopefully they’ll come to me this week as we get back into the swing of things! Which, speaking of, I’m off to Trader Joe’s, as our fridge is empty…

Look forward to getting back to bellingFAM! What have you been up to?

Mom style: A weekend in Seattle

I’m heading to Seattle this weekend (BY MYSELF! WHAT?) for some serious friend-visiting time and, naturally, that takes a lot of outfit planning. For me, shoe planning comes first, outfit planning follows. Here’s a peek at some of my shoe selections for the weekend away…


For Friday night dinner with friends:
I was looking for something casual that I could wear on the drive down and head straight to dinner in. Pairing these with my favorite jeans and a tee, with a cute little wool tweed blazer on top. Add messy hair (due to road rage during the drive), a long gold necklace and I’m set. (Splendid Cargo Sandals, $70)

For wine tasting on Saturday:
To be paired with a casual jersey dress and a denim jacket on Saturday for an afternoon wine tasting in Woodinville, these sweet little flat espadrilles will do the trick. They’re casual and comfortable, while also giving me a pulled together look that I’m usually lacking thanks to having a 4-year-old often hanging on my hip. (Sperry Top-Sider Hope Sandals, $60)

For Capitol Hill on Saturday night:
I might regret wearing heels to Capitol Hill on Saturday night. Let’s try that again. I will regret wearing heels to Capitol Hill on Saturday night. But, these are too cute to resist. I love that the back of the shoe comes up high on my ankle an that the wedge isn’t too crazy-high. I’m wearing these with a fun pair of patterned cropped pants on Saturday night. (Nicole Marge Wedges, $109)

For the drive home on Sunday morning:
Sunday morning requires all of the comfort I can muster. I know that the drive home to Bellingham is going to feel long, long, long and I want to be as comfy as possible. I’m a sucker for a pair of colorful kicks with a retro vibe, just like these lifesavers. (The North Face Dipsea 78 Trainers, $80)


All shoes featured above are available via OnlineShoes.com. They are one of my favorite Seattle companies and I love working closely with them to feature shoes. Thank you for shopping with the brands that I work with and that support bellingFAM.



6 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in Seattle

6 Kid-friendly places to visit in Seattle… that you’ve never heard of

When we lived in Seattle and since we’ve moved, there’s nothing I love more than helping friends (and strangers!) who are visiting Seattle customize their trip — helping them discover restaurants that are off of the beaten track, local favorites for shopping and places to take their little ones. Friends and “friends” on Facebook will probably tell you that it’s super annoying, but with so, so, so many gems to share, I can’t help myself.

Here are some of our family’s favorites when we lived in Seattle that will get you out of your tourist-rut, while still making you feel like you had an adventure when you visit the city:

1. Lincoln Park

Alki beach, blah, blah, blah. Sure, it’s pretty. And beachy. And it will remind you that rollerblades do actually still exist. But, our favorite West Seattle beach is Lincoln Park, which is around the corner from its popular sister, Alki. Highlights include: A long beach with soft rocks for throwing in the water and tons of driftwood for building sweet forts. The best close-up view of ferries coming and going to the peninsula. A wide paved path that is perfect for strollers, scooters, bikes and plain old feet. A fun playground that’s tucked in the woods and includes a zip line. Find it: Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136

2. The Armory

It’s likely that you’ve been here when you’ve visited the Seattle Center before, but this food court has recently been through a major renovation and has been re-branded as The Armory. With a sampling of many of Seattle’s best and most popular restaurants in one place, it’s worth stopping here for lunch or dinner on your way into or out-of-town. You’ll get to try the Seattle foodie-favorites without needing a reservation (which will likely be at 9 p.m. anyway). Highlights include: The kid-sized tables and chairs for your littlest dining companions. Everything on the menu at Skillet, especially the Kale Caesar Salad. Creative kid-centric food at Bean Sprouts Cafe. Find it: The Armory, Seattle Center, Park in the parking garage on Fifth Avenue North, across the street from the EMP at 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109

3. The Locks

I’m guessing that you’ve actually heard of The Locks because Ballard, the Seattle neighborhood where they’re located, is about half-populated with people who grew up in Bellingham. When we lived in Seattle, if we were going to run into anyone we knew from Bellingham, it would be in Ballard, without a doubt. The Locks, or more formally, The Ballard Locks or the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is where the fresh water of Lake Union meets the saltwater of the Sound, and where boats (of all sizes) and fish go through the locks (a water elevator, of sorts) to get from one side to the other. Highlights include: Watching the fish swim from the underwater viewing spot, Checking out the gigantic, intricate fishing boats up close as they pass through on their way to adventures in Canada and Alaska. Grabbing fish n’ chips nearby — there are a few spots within walking distance. Find it: The Ballard Locks, 3015 NW 54th St., Seattle, WA 98107

4. PlayDate SEA

If you’re looking for an indoor adventure when you visit Seattle, because it’s raining, again, check out PlayDate SEA. This place opened just before we moved from Seattle and it is a favorite for local families with little ones who need to run off some rainy day energy. It’s just off of the freeway at Mercer Street, making it convenient to add-on to other Seattle adventures or a great place to meet up with friends who live in the city. Highlights include: Parents aren’t charged an admission fee. Kids up to age 14 can play (and they will have fun!). They serve yummy Stumptown Coffee. Find it: PlayDate SEA, 1275 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109

5. Columbia Center Sky View Observatory

Want the absolute best view of Seattle? Head 73 floors up in the sky to the Columbia Center Sky View Observatory. Located in that huge black tower that looms over downtown (you often can’t even see the top on a cloudy day!), this is a Seattle adventure that even many Seattleites haven’t experienced. Find step-by-step instructions on how to get to the top on Red Tricycle, including how to find the world’s highest Starbucks. Highlights include: Kids under age 5 are free. You get a sweet peek into the Seahawks’ stadium. There is a ton of space in the observation room for your kids to roam around freely. Find it: Columbia Center Sky View Observatory, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

6. Columbia City

If you’re looking for a new neighborhood to explore when you visit Seattle, head south of downtown to Columbia City. This spot is where young families are flocking to buy homes and settle down, without giving in to becoming suburbanites and its full of fun places to shop, delicious restaurants, historical buildings and tons of community and character. Highlights include: If you’re in downtown Seattle, you can jump on the Light Rail (access under Westlake Center) and take it to Columbia City. Pinball and ice cream at Full Tilt. Live music and art, always. Find it: Visit the Columbia City Business Association website for directions

 What is your favorite tourist-free place to visit in Seattle with your kids?

Life in Seattle: The Macklemore video shoot

Our three kids spent the majority of their life living in Seattle. Two of them were born there. They were city kids. (They kind of still are.) Sometimes, we pushed the boundaries on what were kid-friendly activities, in the name of exposing them to some awesome stuff that they would remember for a lifetime. This was one of those times.

I’m spending today compiling all of your thoughtful suggestions for the Bellingham Bucket List, so this morning, I’m sharing this post from my Seattle-based blog, Being5. Hope you like a little glimpse into what our life was like in Seattle! (warning: there are swear words ahead. the good ones.)


Originally posted on Being5 on 7/25/2013.

Being that time I took my kids to be in a music video.

Trust me when I say that there were moments tonight when I gave myself a skeptical look and said, “You know, it probably wasn’t a great idea to take your three young children to a rap video shoot in the middle of Capitol Hill at 8 o’clock at night.”

But, then, I told myself to shut the fuck up.


on our way into the crowd.
american apparel in the background, because that’s how we do it on the hill.

Sometime this afternoon, the news hit Seattle that locals, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, were filming a music video on the roof of Dick’s (an iconic Seattle burger joint.) on Capitol Hill, which is the heart of the heart of Seattle. In other words, parking really sucks there. We had to pick Josh up at the airport at 9:30 p.m., so I figured that we’d leave a little early and just drive up there, hoping to get a quick glance at the hype, or maybe roll down the windows and get to hear them giving it a go. After all, what good is it to live in the city if you don’t take advantage of the occasional music video shoot? The kids were stoked at even the possibility of seeing their favorite musicians in person, a sweet friend of mine joined us, and we were off.


ingrid leading the way, hands held tight.
this was a major don’t-lose-the-children moment.

It was insane, as predicted, on the Hill. Thankfully, my one true life skill is finding a good parking spot and we did, snagging one on the block over from the shoot… or so we thought.

We waited for about two-hours in a crowd of Seattlites. (who were all very kind and sweet to the kids, including our new friend, helen, who was our “blocker” on one side to make sure nobody walking by knocked over a kiddo. i think she was far more concerned than i was. thank you, helen.) Eventually, Janie, Meg and Ev were done. It was 10 o’clock by now and we had no idea how long it would be before they went on, so I called it and we headed back to the car.


our view of dicks from the crowd.

As we got closer to the car, I realized that something was going on where we’d parked. In fact, there were people literally hanging all over my car, which now, was smack dab in the middle of the video shoot. I got the kids buckled in and was kindly informed by a nice police officer that I wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Before long, we could see why — they were rolling down the street, slow-motion, filming the video — Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and their crew all hanging out of the windows of that Caddy, the film crew in the back of the truck riding ahead of them, and us, sitting in our car, one lane over.


front row seats, from my own front seat.

To say that the kids’ minds were blown would be an understatement. Meg, who is a huge Ryan Lewis fan (she always pretends she’s Ryan at home… and I’m always Ryan Lewis’ mom, naturally.), was so pleased to see him eating chips as they drove by, and when Macklemore got out of the car and walked along side it as they kept filming? MAJOR amazement.

They went back and forth on the block, filming and re-filming the same piece over and over again, even coming back down the street in the lane that was closest to us, with Macklemore hanging out his window so close that I could have reached out and pinched him (can i just say, he has very lovely skin. it was luminous.). The smiles on their faces were huge and as in awe as I was that they were just right there, I also felt so excited for them, that they were doing what they so obviously loved.


i wish this wasn’t blurry. my arm was shaking after holding ev for two-hours.

Eventually, the police officer said it was a good time for us to sneak out of our spot, so we did, with three tired little ones in the backseat who were asleep before we hit our ‘hood. I hope they always remember the night that Mom took them to a music video shoot, and glad that I made them stick it out “just five minutes longer” for what was actually an hour… seeing their sweet faces light up when that car drove by made it all worth it for me.

For a better view of what we were up to, check out the Seattle Times post. See that main close-up, of them in the car? That’s exactly what we were seeing out our car window… and that close-up, if not closer at times. Seattle photojournalist, and one of my personal favorites, Joshua Trujillo, has some great photos on Twitter too — you can see them here.

UPDATE: Check my 9 Tips for Taking Your Kids to a Macklemore Video Shoot on the ParentMap Blog… To say I learned a few things from last night would be an understatement and I had to share with my fellow parents.

(again, much love to the crowd on capitol hill tonight, who were kind, thoughtful and sweet to a mom who brought her kids to a video shoot. there’s a reason i adore this city so much and you are it.)