5.28.2015

#Seattle: Get a Free Day of DogVacay Daycare!

Did you know? 85% of dogs show some kind of anxious reaction when left alone. (source) Often, signs such as howling, chewing, destruction and digging don’t begin until after your dog has been alone for about 5-35 minutes. Your pup could be experiencing separation anxiety without you even knowing it!

We take Spike to doggy daycare regularly. He's a social butterfly and it's important to us that he socializes with his canine homies at least once a week, in addition to the adventures we go on as a family. If you're looking for a dog sitter while you're at work, school or away from home during the day, DogVacay has just launched Daycare here in the Seattle area!



DogVacay is an online community that connects dog owners with over 20,000 vetted and insured pet sitters across the US & Canada. All reservations include vet insurance, 24/7 customer support, and daily photo updated of your pooch enjoying his vacay. You can finally travel with peace of mind, at prices half the price of the local kennel.

Just like their overnight boarding service, DogVacay sitters will watch your dog in their home or yours while you're gone. Daycare provides great benefits like exercise, less separation anxiety, and socialization with other pups, which is great for puppies or newly adopted dogs.

How to use it:

  1. Go to www.dogvacay.com and type in your zip code to find a PAWesome sitter in your neighborhood
  2. Schedule a meet ‘n greet to meet your Host, then book your pup’s vacay or daycare and pay online
  3. Receive photo “pup”dates showing how much fun your pup is having!
The average cost is just $20 a day, and each daycare visit includes:

  • A no-commitment meet & greet
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • $25,000 of vet insurance
  • Daily photo (p)updates

If your pup is anything like Spike, they'll come home from daycare totally wiped from all of the fun they had during the day.


Try a free day of DogVacay Daycare! Head over to DogVacay.com and use code 'BESTDAYEVER' for your complimentary trial ($40 max value.)

Disclosure: Service provided by DogVacay for this post. All opinions are mine!

5.27.2015

Sampling Starbucks' Single-Origin Coffees

Remember when I said I wasn't much of a coffee drinker? That's all changed since joining the Starbucks Coffee Blogger Community earlier this year (coupled with a job that's become a lot more demanding as of late!)

Nowadays I'm carefully rationing out my coffee, only having it on days with a particularly taxing cardio workout followed by a long, full day at work. Last time, Starbucks sent me their Core Coffee Series to sample. This time around, I have the pleasure of having their Single-Origin coffees in my cup.


Starbucks newest Single-Origin coffees were carefully selected to exemplify the best of the region they represent. 'Single-Origin' means the beans get their distinguishing characteristics from the soil, climate and elevation where they're cultivated, creating their unique flavor profile - the spicy Starbucks® Timor Mount Ramelau®; chocolatey Starbucks® Guatemala Laguna de Ayarza and sweet Starbucks® Rwanda Rift Valley®

It's hard to pick a favorite amongst the three as I've enjoyed them all so much. Not only are they responsible for helping me get through my days, but they also take me back to some of my favorite travels. Like a true Seattleite, I seek out coffee shops in every city I go to. Whether it's in New York City, San Juan, L.A. or most recently, Vancouver, there's nothing like a good cup of coffee to bring a little piece of home back into my day. 

Thanks Starbucks for this sweet kettle, kitchen towel & dip glazed mug! We use the kettle exclusively for all of our hot drinks and hot water now, and the mug and towel are such chic additions to our kitchen.

Get these Starbucks Single-Origin coffees at your nearest grocery store! Find out more about the coffees - and get a coupon for a sweet deal too.

Disclosure: I am a member of Starbucks Coffee Blogger Community. Products were provided by Starbucks Coffee Company for this post. All opinions are mine!

5.21.2015

#Seattle Picks: Fill the Grill, UFC187 at 95 Slide, Yo Son! & More

Here are some of my favorite events, deals and other things to do in Seattle this weekend & the coming week!

Featured events:






5.19.2015

The Perfect Getaway f/ OPUS Hotel Vancouver

Looking for a quick getaway this Memorial Day weekend? Look no further than our friendly neighbor to the North - Vancouver, B.C.! Today I invite you to follow our perfect Vancouver weekend.

Hey Vancouver! I love rollin' on the bridge into the city.

I was invited by OPUS Hotel up for a weekend stay to experience Yaletown and Vancouver in the best way possible. While boutique hotels can sometimes get lost in the fray, the OPUS is a standout. It's the only boutique hotel in Vancouver to receive Forbes' Four-Star rating from 2013-2015, and was named one of TripAdvisor's "Top 5 Trendiest Hotels in the World." As a Seattle native, I've been to Vancouver dozens of times, but this would be my first stay in what's arguably the coolest part of the city.

Of course I had to bring my boys!

OPUS loves the pups - in fact, your canine BFF can get the VIP treatment with the Pampered Pooch special! Spike came along for the adventure, and the OPUS staff treated him like royalty. Our fellow guests treated him like a celebrity - he gave out a lot of cuddles, slobber kisses and photos!


Each room in the OPUS Hotel has been recently renovated, and boasts its own personality. There are clear retro vibes, plenty of vibrant colors and textures, and complimentary wi-fi throughout! I loved the iPad that came stocked with recommendations in and out of the hotel. Sure beats flipping through in-room TV for restaurant ideas!


After arriving and dropping off our bags, we embarked on a stroll around the 'hood. Yaletown is packed with bars, restaurants, service businesses (so many hair salons) and good-lookin' people to boot. I love the refurbished shipping docks along Mainland and Hamilton - and the OPUS is central to all of the action. Jacob found YYoga two blocks away for a Friday night drop-in yin yoga session. Yin was the perfect way to unwind from the three-hour drive and relax before dinner.


When you stay at the OPUS Vancouver, you have to dine at La Pentola in the hotel. With a Northern Italian-inspired cuisine and its own impressive accolades, La Pentola is not your everyday hotel restaurant. The alla famiglia tasting menu was recommended to us, so we put our normal superfood/Paleo diets on ice for the night and powered through seven courses of Italian heaven. My favorite was probably the crispy pork belly with veggies and parsley paste - though every bite was delicious!


The next morning, we took Spike out for a walk along Yaletown Dock. For only being a couple of blocks away from the OPUS and all the bars, this part of the 'hood around Roundhouse Community Centre feels so quiet and serene. Not to mention the truly breathtaking waterfront views! 


We couldn't spend the weekend in downtown Vancouver without spending some time in Gastown. It'd been a few years since we'd been there last, but I remembered a lot of great indie and streetwear boutiques in the gritty streets juxtaposed against the cruise terminal. This time around, there are a lot more coffee shops and high-end boutiques. After brunch at Catch 122, we stopped through Livestock and Kit & Ace before getting some reading & cappuccinos in at Revolver.

Jacob even found The Juice Truck! The abundance of juice bars helped balance out the Vancouver tummy tour.

Somehow Jacob and I trekked from Gastown over to the Robson Shopping District before walking back home to the OPUS. Needless to say, a nap was in order before our sunset playtime at Stanley Park with Spike. Stanley Park is like an oasis in the city. We had so much fun at Second Beach! Vancouver is lucky to have this 1000+ acre gem so close to downtown. Oh and there's an outdoor pool right by the water!


Before and after dinner at Bao Bei on Saturday night, we stopped through the OPUS Hotel Bar for drinks. Before dinner, the OPUS Bar was super chill and quiet - and there may have been a celebrity who shall remain nameless sitting at the other end of the bar! We wanted to respect her privacy, but dang is she gorgeous in real life. After dinner, the OPUS Bar is just as poppin' as any of the bars and clubs in the area. I fell in love with The Coco cocktail - mezcal, chocolate, coconut, citrusy fun.


Before hitting the road for home, we went for breakfast, reading and one last stroll through Yaletown and grabbed smoothies at Living Produce Aisle. LPA looks like a lab full of microgreens. My smoothie has never been harvested so fresh!

Thank you OPUS for having us! I had the best time exploring downtown Vancouver, and am so grateful for having the most stylish sanctuary to call home for the weekend.


We didn't even mind the hour-wait at the border!



Check out the OPUS Hotel for your Memorial Day - or next Vancouver - getaway!



Disclosure: Services provided by OPUS Hotel for this post. All opinions are mine!

5.15.2015

What's On My Playlist: May 2015

A variety of my favorite tunes keeping me company as spring turns into summer & For the Glow summer intensive workouts start to ramp up. Catch me dancing to these on my walks to and from work:









What's on your playlist? Leave me a comment, I'd love to know!

5.14.2015

#Seattle Picks: 20% Off Beer, ShellNo Flotilla & More

Here are some of my favorite events, deals and other things to do in Seattle this weekend & the coming week!

Featured events:

Protest that disgraceful oil rig in the middle of our beautiful Elliott Bay this Saturday!


My friends Fresca's Frutas will be there! GET THEIR MANGONADA FOR REAL

5.10.2015

Happy Mother's Day! Give Thanks and Praises

“Give Thanks and Praises.” Each day someone who I follow on twitter tweets this and it’s always a great reminder for me to be mindful at any pace in my day, because ultimately there is always time to think about the great times and people in your life.

When I saw it on this Mother’s Day morning, I thought about how thankful I am for my mom. How can I not be thankful for someone who strained through hours of labor and now the day-to-day stress of being a mom?

I’m thankful to have a mom who always shows affection, even when I don’t return it.

I’m thankful for a mom that will drive miles and miles to a concert that I want to attend.

I’m thankful for a mom who I can always talk into getting a morning latte.

I’m thankful for a mom that allows me to load some of my music on her phone.

I’m thankful to have a mom that does whatever she can to keep her kids happy.

I’m thankful for a mom who before she leaves for work each day says, “Bye Em, have a good day. Love you.”

I hope everyone today is able to “Give thanks and praises,” to the mother in their life, because the labor of a woman is why you’re breathing.

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Hello, I’m Emma Eekhoff. I’m a 17-year-old that would rather be networking for business than at a party with my high school friends. I’m not afraid to share my stance on something, whether it is an art form like music or recent events in the world. I’ve been writing in a journalist setting for only a few years, through my high school’s online newspaper, The Growl Online or for a music blog. I love to connect and network with new people in the worlds of business and music, travel to new places and eat new interesting foods.

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5.09.2015

#Seattle: Come Raid My Closet at BadWill Market! Preview Pics:

I'm gonna keep this short so I can go play in the sun. In this year of simplifying, I cleaned the shit out of my closet and now I want to share all these gems with you. Come to BadWill Market at The Rhino Room tomorrow at 2:00p.m. and scoop up these pieces!


This is like 80% of my closet. "I feel like I just cleaned my twenties out of here" is a real quote I said to myself many times while perusing through piles. My life is mad different from even a year ago, and my desire for a simplified, tightly curated closet has surpassed my desire to hoard all the things. These pieces are loved and I want them to go to new, equally loving homes!


There are vintage, reclaimed, current, brand-new & never-worn, and thrifted pieces that are just too good to pass up, and I'm pricing everything to sell. I'll entertain offers if you see something you can't live without, but I'd prefer to sell everything in person tomorrow at BadWill!



All the deets:



#Seattle! Bartell Drugs' Health & Beauty Event - Apr 26 - May 9

Attention Seattle beauties!

You're invited to Bartell Drugs' Health & Beauty Event, April 26th through May 9th at ten locations here in the Puget Sound area.


If you're looking to stock up on your makeup bag mainstays or trying some new thangs for your spring and summer beauty regime, Bartell is the place for you these next couple of weeks.

They've got FREE makeup consultations that comes with a complimentary goody bag filled with fun samples of some of Bartell's newest health and beauty products. Make a consultation reservation here.


During special hours, they'll be surprising you with great samples of more of their latest products. There'll also be lots of chances to win a $125 Bartells gift card at each of the ten demo stores - and there's a grand prize giveaway for a spa vacation for two!

Bartell invited me into the South Lake Union store to stock up on my own health & beauty needs. I'm no beauty or skincare product expert, so I enlisted the help of my Facebook and Twitter friends, plus the advice of my favorite beauty blogs. Here's what I got, and who recommended them to me:

Oh, and here's a coupon for you to use too! Save the image below and print it out before you head to the event!


Thanks Bartell Drugs for having me!




Disclosure: Product provided by Bartell Drugs for this post. All opinions are mine!


5.08.2015

Sports Bra Fresh at Title Nine FitFest (+ Giveaway!)

I live in my sports bras.

I've somehow amassed a sports bra collection that far outnumbers my 'regular' bras. It's not uncommon for me to wear one when I'm chillin' at home, or out running errands, or even to work. I have a variety of them, some for style & some with a specific For the Glow or other workout in mind.

Just like normal bras, I think it's super important to find the right ones not just for the shape of your body, but for the kinds of workouts you do. No woman wants their boobies out of control when they're in the midst of a good run, a fast-paced Zumba class or the perfect yoga stretch.

Have you been fitted for your sports bras lately? If your answer is no, have I got a giveaway for you! Enter FitFest 2015 from Title Nine.