Our 2015 Holiday Cards

Monday, November 23, 2015

This year in honor of our BIG TRIP over the holidays, our holiday cards are travel themed. As soon as I saw the design on Minted's website, I just knew they'd make the perfect card for us this year. Plus, I was still able to add some personalization with a photo and message on the back of the card. Thank you, Minted for providing (by far) the best holiday card designs at affordable prices. As an added bonus, I was able to have all of our address printed on the envelopes for free!

Check out our past holiday cards here.

Adventures in Closet Makeovers

Monday, August 24, 2015

This past weekend Luke and I decided it was as good a day as any to tear our closet apart and install a new closet organization system. We foolishly thought all we had to do was take down the old closet and install the new one... haha. It ended up being an all-day adventure. We started with removing the clothes, unscrewing and prying off all the boards attached to the wall, patching up holes, re-painting the inside wall... AND THEN we were ready to install the new system. We purchased a shelving track system. First you anchor the hanging tracks in the top of your closet and then you hang the standards off of those. You then determine your layout and place your brackets, racks and rods. All sounds pretty easy, right? Well it should be, but I anchored the hanging tracks upside down and didn't figure it out until we were finished. OOPS! After we corrected that mistake the rest of the project went smoothly. Upon completion we decided to cool it on the house projects for a little while - it's felt a little non-stop with the constant tweaks we've been making. If you're interested, here's the closet organization we purchased.

See that sagging rod on the top...
 The top shelf was starting to separate from the support board
The boards, shelves and rods have been pried from closet. The closet has also been patched and the inside wall was painted the same color as the bedroom walls. 
The paint has dried and the hanging tracks (installed correctly, haha) are installed, the standards were hung and the brackets, shelves and rods are all in the desirable positions.  

The finished closet!
See the empty space in the closet on the bottom right? 
We left hat area empty so we can place a little dog bed there for Gracie!

Baby Olsen

Monday, August 17, 2015

Yesterday I got to hang out with little baby Olsen (along with his parents, Paul & Katie) and snap a few photos of him. He's three months old and couldn't be cuter if he tried. I love seeing this little guy grow up.

- Photos © Holly Copeland -

A few changes around here

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Well, the blog officially has a new name and a slightly updated look! What used to be Little Miss Holls is now the Copeland Adventures. When I first started blogging (way back in 08-09-ish) I chose my previous name on a whim. There was never any thought put into it. Truth be told, it was never a name that I absolutely loved, but I couldn't think of anything else, haha. Whenever anyone asked me what my blog name was, I would sheepishly say the name, always a little embarrassed. Over the years I got kind of attached to it though. I've been through a lot with this blog in the past 5+ years. A move, purchasing a house, getting a dog, an engagement, a wedding... But as my life continues to evolve, I thought the blog name should as well. This blog is way less about me and more about my life adventures. The new name seemed fitting. Now let's see if this new change will inspire me to provide more updates... We'll see :)

Europe on my mind

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Luke & I booked out first trip to Europe for this upcoming holiday season. To say that we're excited would be a major understatement! We're over-the-moon ecstatic! We'll be visiting London, Paris and Amsterdam. We'll be spending Christmas in Paris and New Year's in Amsterdam. I'm fully expecting a magical experience with all the cities lit up for the holidays (and also hoping for a dusting of snow in Paris on Christmas, fingers crossed!). Have you been to any of these cities? Please send any recommendations my way, I'm all ears!

(photo via)

Lighten Up Your Summer Sleeping

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Here in the northwest our weather has been on the warmer side. When I say warm I actually mean H-O-T! Did you know that a lot of homes here do not have air conditioning? It's true! Most of the year it's definitely not necessary, but these last few weeks (maybe even month?) have really had me wishing for it. Trying to stay cool at home has been a fine balance between art and science. Knowing when to keep your blinds shut and when to open the windows, to the strategic placement of fans. We've got our little system in place.

Most importantly is how we keep our bedroom cool and comfortable during these hot days. From the ac unit in the window (we had to for our sleeping sanity!) to a lighter set of sheets and some soothing scents. A few tweaks here and there make all the difference to a good nights sleep despite the summer heat.

Here are my must haves and tips 'n' tricks to achieving a cool and restful sleep during summer months.

Fresh sheets from Parachute (Luxurious sheets that also make a worldly difference)

Cooling Pillow (Definitely a luxury)

Lavender vanilla pillow mist (I don't go to sleep without a quick spritz on my pillow)

Striped Chemise (Anthropologie is my favorite place to shop for lounge and sleepwear)

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are (I keep this on my nightstand as a light read before I drift off to sleep)

AC window units (A must have to keep temperatures cool)

Saturdays are made for brunch

Sunday, June 21, 2015

It's true. Saturdays are made for brunch. It's also best to bring along a few good friends and order a few mimosas while sitting out in the sun. It's definitely the best way to kick of your day (and the weekend)! This past Saturday we brunched at the NW Olympia Provisions location. It was a date with laser potatoes... and eggs benedict... and kielbasa for the table... I'm already looking forward to next Saturday. Just gotta make it through the week.

Summer Bucket List

While I don't consistently blog anymore... I consistently put together a Summer Bucket List every year :) Here's my list for 2015!
  1. Spruce up the patio
  2. Summer BBQ with friends
  3. Health / Fitness challenge
  4. Take the boat out on the lake
  5. Get a summer haircut
  6. Find a good spot to go swimming
  7. Make a summer playlist
  8. Visit the beach
  9. Make fresh fruit margaritas
  10. Find a new and fun summer nail polish color
  11. Find the perfect peach cobbler recipe
  12. Buy lots of fresh fruit, veggies and flowers from the local farmer's market
Check out my lists from previous years: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

Around Town

Yesterday we took a walk along the waterfront because it was just so nice outside not to. Portland, you've really been spoiling us lately... 

A Simple Fruit and Cheese Plate

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Last Sunday we had Easter brunch over at my cousin Abby's place. She invited her parents, brother and Luke & I. We chatted while sipping on mimosas (with a mix of half orange juice and half pineapple juice, so good) and then she prepared a delicious brunch for us. Everything was so delicious! My brunch contribution was a simple fruit and cheese plate that we all snacked on beforehand. It's definitely my go-to when contributing to a small gathering and I usually have a good number of the ingredients on hand.

My Fruit and Cheese Plate Tips:

1) Start with a base. I own several wood trays and serving platters in different sizes depending on how large or how small I want my presentation to be.

2) Add Variety. I like to have at least 5 different items to mix and match. For this specific plate I used fruit, brie cheese, macadamia nuts, crackers and fig spread. Some other favorites to include are prosciutto, cranberries, pears, honey, mustards and more cheeses!

3) Mix sweet and savory. Brie, fig and strawberry is my favorite mix of sweet and savory. Blue cheese, pear and honey is a very close second!

4) Add height and interest. Incorporate a few small bowls for the extras and a few fun knifes for the cheese. If I have more than one cheese I try to include a knife for each.  

5) Have fun. There is no wrong way to go about this. In my opinion, fruit and cheese plates are fool-proof and are always a hit!

- Photos © Holly Copeland -

Portland Dining Month: Bar Avignon

Monday, April 6, 2015

(Disclosure: A PR firm on behalf of Travel Portland reached out and offered me a gift certificate to dine at a pre-selected restaurant participating in Portland Dining Month. All opinions are my own.)
Before dinner we stopped into the Double Barrel Tavern for a quick drink before dinner. This place is like a nice diver bar. Haha.
Bar Avignon was the second restaurant that we dined at for Portland Dining Month (see the first one here). Luke and I were very excited to try Bar Avignon; their menu looked phenomenal and the location is in a fun up-and-coming part of town.  We definitely enjoyed this opportunity to try a new-to-us restaurant and a Saturday night date night.
Now on to the Portland Dining Month specials... 
jacobs’ bloomy: oregon cow + honeycrisp apple 
Groundwork Organics spring lettuce with shallots and honey-apple-cider vinaigrette 
Seared pork chop with Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider-glazed new potatoes, rapini and thyme
Roasted half chicken panzanella with asparagus, radish, Grana Padano, baguette and lemon-garlic dressing
Gooey chocolate brownie with Jacobsen smoked salt caramel sauce
Carnaroli rice pudding with vanilla brown butter syrup

Minus a little rudeness from our waiter at the end of the evening (we received some weird and accusatory questioning when we presented our gift certificate...) we did enjoy our experience at Avignon. By far our favorite was the entrees! I'm still dreaming of that roast chicken over a panzanella salad; so delicious!

- Photos © Holly Copeland -

Home Tour: Our Dining Nook and Dining Room

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A few times a year I get tiresome of our furniture layout and on a whim decide to re-arrange everything. It usually happens out of the blue and without much thought at all. A few weeks ago I switched out some items in our living room and dining room to add more interest and love the results! I took my grandmas bench from the living room wall and slide it on the other side of our dining room table to create more seating. I also took our wood-top bar cart and moved it to the living room and placed bar stools on the ends. I basically took two pieces of furniture that weren't being used, moved them around and now they get more use than they ever had. That's a win in my book.

Dining Nook

Dining Room

- Photos © Holly Copeland -