Adventures Found in Sunriver Oregon

Welcome to World of Color Wednesday! For those of you unfamiliar, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color was a broadcast television series that showcased the new technology of color television. Today, Disney California Adventure plays tribute to that part of Disney history with a spectacular nighttime entertainment show featuring jets of water, lights, lasers and of course music. My own way to pay tribute to the show is by creating a color board every week, inspired by a different land from Disney Parks or character from Disney films. Join me every Wednesday in celebrating the Wonderful World of Color! My definition of adventure includes exploring new watering holes, making new furry friends and finding what's around the river bend. Sunriver near Bend, Oregon is the perfect place for a summertime adventure. It has been my other happy place from a young age.

I was lucky to spend the holiday weekend with my family in Sunriver Oregon. It was the perfect escape from our busy schedule, but we ended up staying very busy from the moment we arrived! Our vacation was filled with canoeing and biking along the Deschutes River, finding dog friendly breweries, being schooled in putt putt by my Dad and visiting my furry friends at the horse stables. We were lucky to spot several deer throughout our adventures, and the cutest family of ducks swam up to our canoe!

Inspiration board with photos from Sunriver Resort in Bend, Oregon

Watering Holes to Explore in Sunriver Oregon

We were pleasantly surprised by how many dog friendly restaurants there were in Bend, Oregon, which was named one of the most dog-friendly towns in America by Dog Fancy Magazine. We had lunch at 10 Barrel Brewing, then spent an afternoon staying cool on the large lawn area attached to GoodLife Brewing. Within the Sunriver Resort, we could take the pugs on all the patios around the lodge (and through the lobby for an AC break!).

A Sunriver vacation isn't complete without a trip to the Village. The Country Store has all your staples, and you must stop at Goody's for the sodas and delicious ice creams (I recommend the floats!). We tried two new watering holes; the Sunriver Brewing Company for a relaxing dinner to try even more beer, and Brewed Awakenings for our morning coffee (a nice stroll from our room at the Lodge).

Biking is our preferred mode of transportation around Sunriver, but this was my first time exploring with my dogs. I had seen dogs in bike trailers before, and hoped we could teach our girls to enjoy the ride. After lots of reassuring (and tightly strapping them in) the girls learned to love being transported via their own personal chariot. We also got to teach Maisy how to swim for the first time in the Deschutes River. The girls were just too much in their life vests, we couldn't stop laughing.

Summertime adventures in Sunriver Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Central Oregon

Also, if you are planning a canoe trip with your pugs (or other breathing challenged pet) bring life vests with handles for easy dunking, an umbrella for shade, a spray fan for misting (yep, it's from Disneyland) and lots of drinking water. You can see more snaps of the pugs on their PNW adventure on their Instagram.

The next time you are planning a summertime adventure, I highly recommend adding the Sunriver Resort in Bend, Oregon to your list!

What adventures do you have planned for this summer? I'd love to hear about them, past or future!

Drip Drip Drop Little April Showers

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Little April Showers Bambi art printThe other day we got our first big springtime rainfall in Southern California. We muted the TV and just listened to the beautiful sound of a heavy rain. You don't appreciate how wonderful rain can be until you don't have it for months (big change for us native Pacific Northwestern folk!).

I always relate springtime to April showers and May flowers, probably thanks to watching Bambi repeatedly as a child (and adult....). The song Little April Showers from Bambi is the quintessential song about springtime, and personal growth. It reminds me that the world isn't always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it's a little scary and unclear as to how you'll make it through the clouds. But at the end, the sun will come shining through, bringing with it a new perspective on a freshly washed world.

So the next time it rains, snuggle close to your loved ones (and furry friends) and think of all the magical possibilities on the other side of that rainstorm. Think of all the beautiful new growth that will come with that rain!

 Don't forget, you can find this springtime quote in my Redbubble shop on a few different items!

Bambi quote tote bagBambi quote pillow Bambi quote phone case

You can also win this digital print, or a different digital art print of your choice, in my first giveaway!! See my last post for details. Enter by Sunday April 12th!

The California Christmas Tree Experience

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest my entire life, I was slightly nervous about finding an authentic Christmas tree experience in Southern California. I have spent several Christmases in California, and remember my grandparents finding the tallest tree possible... at the local Sam's Club parking lot. The holidays just wouldn't be the same without being able to strap on my boots and hike through the hills to find the Perfect Tree. After some searching I found Richfield Pines. I was instantly smitten. Their story of starting a business to reconnect with family time was so heartwarming, as was their commitment to being environmentally friendly. I knew I had found our forest. But I didn't know how AMAZING our experience would be.

California Christmas Tree FarmPugs at California Christmas Tree FarmThese people were the friendliest, happiest, most helpful tree farmers I have ever met. They even directed us to the nearest trash receptacle when the girls decided to share their fertilizer...

Pugs waiting for Daddy at Tree FarmThe most interesting part about tree hunting in California is that we were surrounded by palm and orange trees. HOW COOL IS THAT!

We have had some pretty horrible experiences in Oregon, but this was the complete opposite. They were right there to greet us, chop down our tree, carry it down the hillside and strap it to our car. No wait. No hassle. Tons of happy feelings. And you can tell that they all LOVE what they do. Win. Win. Win.

California Christmas Tree Farm huntingWSU sticker with Christmas TreeThank you Richfield Pines for making our first family California Christmas Tree Experience perfect. It smells incredible and brings a smile to my heart every time I walk around the corner.

The evil cold prevails (finally stumbled to the doctor for meds), but I'm so happy we mustered up enough strength to harvest the annual Christmas tree. Now to find the energy to decorate it...

This week will be full of holiday card creating and new free printable designing. Stay tuned!

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Engagement Shoot

This weekend was the 23rd anniversary of my all-time favorite Disney movie being released, Beauty & the Beast! While I really love all most Disney movies, Beauty and the Beast is the one that will always have my heart. It was released in 1991, when I was a wee little girl. Plus, of all the Disney princesses, I can relate to Belle the most. She is brunette, lives in France (most of my heritage is French) and isn't afraid to fight for what she believes in. So when it came to planning our engagement pictures, I had to give a nod to my homegirl Belle. Thankfully my (now) husband cooperated, which I why I married him isn't it?? Our adventurous photographer, Tessa of Tessa Anne Photography, met us out in Forest Park in Portland, Oregon. It's amazing to be completely in the forest, but minutes away from the city. Keep scrolling for more details from the shoot!

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I do not recommend walking out on mossy fallen logs in high heels, but I managed to get out and back without falling on my face!

Our pug, Chloe, played an important role in our photos (we didn't have Maisy yet). My friend Alyssa was there as the Dog Whisperer (aka Treat Provider) to get Chloe to pose for all some of the pictures. She also made the amazing Once Upon a Time sign using specialty papers from Paper Source (where we both worked at the time) and suggested this great location in Forest Park.

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I was definitely going for a DisneyBound look, not cosplay. My original idea was to incorporate the phrase "Tale as old as Time" on our Save the Date Cards, but I ended up going very Disney.

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If you love Beauty and the Beast but need a quick recap, you'll enjoy this video of old men telling the tale as old as time.

I hope my Beauty and the Beast themed engagement photos inspire you to express your favorite fairytale during your next photoshoot, whether it's professional or in your backyard. I'd love to hear the character that inspires you most in the comments below!

Photography: Tessa Anne Photography