{Gabriela Artigas}

I love simple jewelry and geometric shapes and Gabriela Artigas rings are the perfect blend of the two. I wear my hexagon ring all the time and I love how it has weathered over time. 



{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

Wishing you a day full of cute ninjas + sweet treats!



{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

Although there are a million and one things to do over the next seven weeks before we move to Korea I am consciously trying to set aside time to enjoy some Portland favorites with the boys. Earlier this week I surprised the boys with an after school trip to the zoo. It was a beautiful crisp fall afternoon and we had fun exploring the relatively empty zoo grounds. My boys always remind me that simple pleasures are the best and that taking little breaks is good for the soul. Wishing you a weekend of simple pleasures!



{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

With our upcoming move I've been trying hard to limit the number of new projects I commit to but of course this is easier said then done. I am the queen of making more work for myself! So when J brought home his "Reading Life Bag" the first week of school, which was a large plastic ziploc bag with a label on the outside, I immediately thought "I should offer to sew drawstring bags for the kids in his class". But I resisted because I knew with all my work and volunteer commitments and our move overseas I would be adding unnecessary work to my load. But every time J whipped out his book and reading log from his plastic bag I would cringe. Then one day a mother at school (who happens to be a teacher at his school) suggested we make drawstring bags for the kids and of course I could not say "no" because it was something I thought about every day. So we brought dozens of fabric samples to school and let the kids choose their own fabric for their new bags. The bags are about 10.5"x 15" and I designed (and laminated) a little personalized tag that clips on the twill tape. The kids love their new bags and I'm glad I was able to use up some of the fabric in my stash for a good cause!




We are currently in the pre-packing phase of our move to Korea which means we have been purging closets and making multiple trips to Goodwill. I've seen a video tour of our new place in Busan and I'm getting a bit anxious to get over there to start decorating and making it in to "home" for our family. I'm loving the look of these Muji furnished rooms--simple, clean and neutral.



{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

The boys love going to the pumpkin patch every year to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Lee Farms in Tualatin, Oregon is one of our favorite farms and it might have to do with the fact that they make fresh apple cider and pumpkin donuts and the smell is irresistible. They also have yummy pies (I recommend their mini pumpkin and caramel apple pies), fresh pressed apple cider and homemade caramels. The boys love petting the goats and holding the fluffy chicks. Next fall we won't be visiting any pumpkin patches in Korea since they don't exist. But part of the fun in living overseas is creating new traditions for your family and it will be interesting to see what we come up.