WHAT'S IN MY GYM BAG

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In the last few years if I was going shopping (which I don’t do that often) I was going for workout gear. I was never really a fitness person until Tyler and I started working out together. We were about 2 years in to being married and a friend from church invited us to do P90X3 with a group he was putting together. I don’t even remember if I had workout clothes to start… I’m sure I grabbed an old pair of dolphin shorts and t-shirt, basically anything I had in my closet. We were newly weds without any extra cash, so we did with what we had. When Christmas rolled around that year I told my mom all I wanted was fitness clothes.

Over time working out became one of my favorite things… I was that obnoxious friend that was constantly asking her friends to workout, and my wardrobe was slowly taken over by workout clothes. And I’m still that person today, haha. I’ll buy workout clothes all day long… when it comes to putting together everyday outfits, I feel kind of lost, ha.

I prefer my workout gear to be multiple purpose so I look for items that I can wear for lots of different activities; cardio, strength training, pilates, hiking…. maybe running (I’m not a big runner, haha.)

Ready to refresh your workout clothes or gear up FOR your fitness journey?! Jump ahead for all my favorite items!

HEAT GEAR LEGGINGS: These Under Armour leggings are my favorite and I love that I can wear them for just about anything. I wear them when I do cardio, I wear them when I strength train, and I wear them when I do yoga. These crop leggings work really well for me, because 5’2” so they aren’t too long. I sometimes have a problem with leggings being too long.

I love Under Armour leggings, because they are made to perform, are excellent quality and are more affordable then Lululemon, haha. They stay put, but still move with you, and I love that I can wear them and feel like I’m not wearing anything.

The number one thing I look for when choosing workout clothes is performance and these leggings do not disappointment.

ECLIPSE BRA: I have multiple UA Eclipse bras. They are considered mid-impact, which means they are going to be snug and I love that about them. I wear them for everything, even everyday things. I’m small chested which means I can wear the Eclipse bra for cardio, strength training, running, and hiking. If you need more support and more coverage I would recommend an UA bra that is high impact, like the Eclipse high impact front zip.

WHISPERLIGHT MUSCLE TANK: I just recently got into crop tops and muscle tanks. I love how muscle tanks pair with leggings. I think they are super fun, are light weight and perform great!

CHARGED RUNNING SHOE: These UA running shoes are perfect if you have a narrow heel and wide toe box. They keep your heel in place and reduce slipping which drives me crazy. I wouldn’t recommend these shoes for cross-training, you need something with a wider base to maintain balance. You could wear theres shoes for strength training, but I would recommend a cross-trainer for strength training too. You need your feet to have a flat base when lifting, especially if you’re doing legs… you need something that allows you to put your weight in your heels.

UA ULTRA LOW SOCKS: I have been wearing these no show socks for years and they are my favorite. They stay put, don’t slip down your heel and stay hidden within your shoe.

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POCKET RUN SHORTS: I wear these UA run shorts for strength training and cardio. They are also great on the go. They have built in briefs, which used to drive me a little crazy, but I love them now because they stay put no matter what workout I’m doing.

STREAKER TANK & TWIST TANK: I have tons of UA tanks and they are all razor back, haha. I’ve had this one and this one for years. I wear them for cardio, strength training, and hiking.

PLAY UP MESH SHORTS: I wear these shorts for cardio and strength training, they are great!

HEADPHONES: These headphones aren’t anything fancy, but they get the job done. I love wearing them when strength training.

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MULTNOMAH FALLS {PORTLAND, OR}

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Multnoham Falls is definitely a must see if you’re visiting Portland, especially since it’s only about 30 minutes from the airport and the drive is a breeze. There are so many amazing things about Portland, but I have to point out how easy it is to get places. It’s not like trying to get around or though LA… talk about trying to go north or south on I5… or trying to drive through Manhattan, not thanks. (That’s why Tyler and I always take the train into NYC, haha. )

Multnoham Falls is the second largest waterfall in the national so make sure to put it on your list, it’s also just really fun, absolutely beautiful, people are super friendly, and if weather is decent you can turn it into a good hike.

WHEN TO VISIT

Before we visited Multnoham Falls we learned that the best time to go is on a week day and regardless of what day you go on you should go first thing in the morning. The falls can get pretty crowded so going in the morning ensure’s you’ll grab a parking spot and be able to view the falls.

We were on the road by 7:30am and arrived around 8:00am. Arriving at that time was perfect as not many people had arrived yet.

WHERE TO PARK

Parking is super easy as long as you visit the falls early. There is a parking lot across the street from the falls. You’ll see it has you approach, so there’s no stress to try to find it. When we arrived at 8:00am there were plenty of parking spots, but as we left… probably around 8:45am or 9:00am, the lot was already filling up.

WHAT TO EXPECT

You’ll see the falls the minute you arrive and access to viewing the falls is easy to get too. I wondered if there would be a lot of dirt and mud getting to the falls… like would I be hiking through the woods?😂 I considered taking my favorite hiking shoes, but my New Balance ended up being perfect, because most everything was paved. It’s super easy to take pictures too. My brother and I walked up to the viewing area and snapped a few photos as Tyler hung behind and took photos from the road. Remember arriving early is a game changer. Fewer people made it easier to get fun pictures and the other early birds that arrived when we did were super nice and took pictures of all us us together. We swapped pictures with so many people. Tyler is great at offering to take pictures of couples and families. It’s such a nice thing when everyone can be in the photo.

LENGTH OF THE HIKE

The are two main places to hike to when visiting Multnoham Falls. You can hike to the bridge and you can hike to the top of the falls. We were unable to hike to the top of the falls because it was closed due to mud slides. We did take a super quick hike (more like a walk) to the bridge and it was less than 10 minutes. Definitely walk to the bridge if you can. It’s fun to get pictures and you’re able to view the water fall even closer. The walk to the bridge is also paved and easy to do in sneakers.

MAKE TIME FOR WAHKEENA FALLS

On the way to Multnomah Falls you’ll actually pass Wahkeena falls, if you’re coming from the west (from the airport.) If you come from the east you won’t pass it on your way in, but it’s worth going to on your way out. We loved visiting Wahkeena Falls, because you can actually get really close to it, as you can hike to a bridge as well. Parking it easy here too. There is a small parking lot across the street.

HIKING TO THE FALLS

At the entrance of Wahkeena falls near the road there is a small viewing area and two trails. If your looking up at the falls one trail will lead right and one trail will lead left. To get to the bridge of Wahkeena falls take the trail to the right. It’s a short hike, maybe 10 or 15 minutes and it has a small incline. The trail is well manicured, but a little more muddy. I would have benefited from having my hiking shoes, but my N’s did great… they just ended up a little muddy. I wouldn’t recommend taking small children on this hike as there is a section right before the bridge that is a little sketching. It would be tricky for little people to navigate and I don’t know if a stroller would do great either.

WHAT TO EXPECT

You’re going to get wet, haha. If you want to really experience the water fall up close be prepared to get a little wet and take a rain jacket. There is a lot of spray off the water fall and when you cross the bridge it’s crazy windy. It’s so fun, but yeah, you’re going to get a little wet. There are plenty of opportunities for fun photos too. Tyler took lots of photos with our Nikon D300s and the camera took plenty of water fall spray too and was just fine.

THE TRAIL TO THE LEFT

If you decide to also hike the trail to the left I think you can take it all the way to Multnomah Falls. We only hiked this for a short distance before we turned back and learned that the other trail leads to the water fall.

DRIVE BACK ON E HISTORIC COLUMBIA RIVER HWY

When we drove to the falls we took I-84, but when we drove back we took old Historic Colombia River Hwy. This will add an extra 30 minutes on to your drive, but if you have time it’s worth it. There are even more water falls to see, smaller but just as beautiful and you can also stop at Vista House and take in all the amazing scenery.

A few things to note. We visited in mid-April, so most of the days were rainy… not heavy down pours, but light rain, and the sun would often peak out in the afternoon. It was cooler too, so we did a lot of layers and made sure to have rain jackets. The rain never kept us from seeing anything or visiting some where fun, it just meant we got a little wet.


PORTLAND EATS: TAMALE BOY

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We’re pretty serious about Mexican food or Tex-Mex or anything that has to do with tacos, burritos, chips, salsa, you name it…. I mean look at my face. 😂 During our last trip to Portland, Tyler and I knew we wanted to find a place to have really good Mexican food. It’s hard to find good Mexican food in New York and it’s incredibility difficult for my brother to find Mexican food in Korea.

We skimmed through our Fodor’s Travel Oregon Guide (we love Fodor’s Guides) and wrote down Tamale Boy. It was the first stop we made after arriving in Portland. We got off the plane, headed to our hotel, found my brother (he arrived the day before,) and then headed to eat… we were starving.

LOCATION & PARKING

Tamale Boy has two locations, we visited the Dekum location… it was closest to our hotel. It’s nestled in a cute little neighborhood (which there are like tones of restaurants in neighborhoods in Portland, it’s amazing.) Parking is limited to street parking around the neighborhood…. we arrived around 3:30pm, so we didn’t have any issues finding a spot. Keep parking in mind if you visit during the dinner hour.

INSIDE

There is plenty of room inside and they have outdoor seating which is super nice. We opted to sit inside because it was kind of chilly. Because we went between lunch and dinner it was also pretty quiet, so we were able to order right away. You order and pay at the counter and if you opt for water like we did, they have self serving water areas, which I loved.

TASTE

Tyler and I both ordered bowls or Naked Burritos which were amazing. I highly recommend getting it.

BURRITO ENCUERADO: All the components of our burritos, but without the tortilla. Your choice of tinga de res, tinga de pollo, carnitas, or hongo y epazote. Served with rice, black beans, pico de gallo. Topped with guacamole and kale mix.

My brother ordered a classic burrito but it was topped with chocolate sauce. I tried the sauce and it was so good! We also ordered guacamole which did not disappointment. Overall it so good with an authentic taste and fresh ingredients.

PRICE

Totally reasonable, check out there menu and prices here.

JUST FOR FUN

Right our side of Tamale Boy is a wising tree… like write your wish on a slip of paper and tie it to the tree. This was super fun and so Portland. There are so many things like this around the city.


FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES FOR TINY LIVING

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We’ve lived in two of the most expensive places to live in the country, needless to say, we’ve unintentionally become tiny living enthusiast. When cost of living is high and you’re trying to pay off student loan debt, you get incredibly good at living small and doing without. Our first tiny house experience was when we moved to New York and we lived in a 325sqft cottage. After that we moved into a small apartment, gained a few more sqft and a bedroom. I was over the moon happy to have a bedroom.

While our space is tiny and we’ve given up things like a conventional stove and oven, we’ve figured out how to really make things work, and keep our stuff to a minimum. Because our space is limited we get creative with furniture or the lack of furniture. When we went looking for a new bed frame we knew we needed something with storage and we found this Brimnes storage bed from Ikea and it was perfect. The large drawers meant we could avoid having a dresser, saving us space in our bedroom.

Our next step was to figure out some kind of bedside table. We wanted to find something inexpensive, easy, and that would work with our bed. We knew we had to find something that we could easily attach to the walls.

We headed to Target and found something perfect, a wood file organizer. In it’s simplest form it’s a wood box and in our case that was just what we needed.

Installation was easy. Tyler pulled out his drill, and he simply anchored the boxes to the wall. We picked the height that was going to work best for us and it was high enough that we could open the drawers from our bed.

We have loved these creative bedside tables and I found some amazing alternatives that I think ya’ll will love. Wood filling or organizing boxes are easy to find and they are just as easy to paint to suite your decor aesthetic .

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Organizer Crate : These are the closet wood boxes to the ones we currently have and they would be so easy to paint any color.

Wood Storage Cabinet : I stumbled upon this wood organizer and thought it was so cute and perfect as a bedside table. I love the little drawers in it.

Wood File Organizer : This wood file organizer is another amazing find that would work great as a floating bedside table. Again, this could easily painted any color.

Keep in mind that all of these options are on the smaller side and are ideal for small spaces. We have a full size bed and our bedroom is small too, so having small bedside tables worked for our space.

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This past year I was wanting to change up our bedding in our room and I loved the contrast of navy blue and white. I ended up dying the bedding we had, which was a mint blue. It took a few tries to get the darkness I wanted, but in the end I loved the navy. I found y’all some amazing navy quilt coverlets and white pillow covers.

Navy Quilted Coverlet : I loved the texture of this bedding set. Texture is such an easy thing to add to your space, that allows you to keep things simple, but not boring.

White Pillow Sham : These pillow tufts are on point.

Navy Lightweight Coverlet : This navy blue texture has a beautiful feminine feel and I love that.

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