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!

Adventures Lately #1

Happy Monday Dreamers!  Anyone else in denial that it's already May?? Things have been very busy over here, both for business and life, so I thought it'd be fun to share some of my recent adventures with you all!Las Vegas Excalibur Castle Weekend Adventure You can take the girl away from Disneyland, but you can't take the fantasy out of the girl. I tagged along with my husband, who had a tech conference in Vegas, for a mini-escape last week. What did we do while we were there? Attend the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur. Knights, horses, fair maidens and merriment? That's our kind of Vegas.

Art Journaling the Magic watercolor creative

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably heard about my latest creative adventure, Art Journaling the Magic. I haven't even gotten to the actual park tutorials and I already LOVE. THIS. CLASS. This was the perfect way to finally dive into the world of watercolors because I love to learn in a semi-structured environment. You can follow along live as the classes are posted, or like me, work at your own pace. No pressure to be perfect, and lots of room to let your creativity flow. I love it! I'm looking forward to diving in to the Disneyland Park tutorials.

On Saturday we drove down to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the 24th Annual Pug Party hosted by the Pug Rescue of San Diego County. While we are very sad to be missing the Pug Crawl and Doggie Dash hosted by the Oregon Humane Society this year, we were excited to meet some new pug-lovin' friends.

Just like pugs know when they meet other pugs, I feel a certain unspoken camaraderie with other pug owners. We briefly ran into Chloe Bisou, who I later found out has her own blog and is an Instagram star! Something my own Chloe & Maisy strive for with their daily post updates. Now we are obsessed with her adorable outfits and exciting social calendar.


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Inspired: Thanksgiving in Tahoe + Surprise Snow

This past weekend we embarked on a great adventure to Lake Tahoe in Northern California. We met up with my husband's family and cooked the grandest of Thanksgiving feasts in our cozy cabin near Truckee. Spending the weekend bundled up in scarves, huddling around the wood burning stove was a nice change from the (usually) warm California weather. This was a very different experience from my last trip to Tahoe during the summer, we even woke up to snow in the morning! The lake was choppy and windy but beautiful as ever.

Rocks On Lake TahoeStormy Lake Tahoe

We didn't expect the snow to arrive in Tahoe until after we left, so waking up to a winter wonderland on Saturday was magical. Chloe, our pug, is obsessed with snow (similar to her obsession with sand). She sprinted around like bullet train and hopped in circles around her poodle friend Buddy like a bunny rabbit. And of course, sneaked little nibbles of snow along the way.

Pug in Snow belowPug Running In SnowPug And Poodle In Snow

Maisy isn't a fan of snow or wet weather of any kind, but she greatly enjoyed toasting by the fire and playing tug-of-war with her human cousin.

I hope your holiday weekend was festive and filled with warm memories. Now hopefully I can kick this evil cold so I can finish up some exciting goodies for you all!

Thursday Thoughts: On Being Thankful

Turkey day is almost here! I know how crazy Thanksgiving day can be, so I wanted to share this week's Thursday Thoughts one day early to help you get in the zone. With all the chaos of traveling, prepping food and preparing for the arrival of guests, it may be hard to think about what you are thankful for. But I hope you can find a moment to feel the love around you and remember what this day is all about. Quote by Maya Angelou Thankful

We will be breaking tradition this year and traveling up to Tahoe to meet up with my husband's family for the weekend. 10 hour drive with a turkey (in a cooler), two pugs, two poodles, two babies and questionable cell reception. It should be quite the adventure!

I must say I am very excited to go back to Tahoe. My aunt and I drove down Route 395 a few years ago (gorgeous!) and she took me to the town where my grandmother grew up near Tahoe. We were there in the summer, so this will be a very different experience. You can faintly see some swimmers in this picture I took during that trip, which I doubt we'll be seeing this time around.

But there is something about that part of California that I absolutely love and can't wait to experience this time of year. Bring on the rustic!

Lake Tahoe in SummerI hope you are surrounded by family, friends and loved ones this Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for all of you, so don't forget to download your copy of my free gift to you.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!