I am a big time fan of musicals. It is not uncommon to see me rocking out to showtunes while at work – two of my favorite Pandora stations are Avenue Q and Little Mermaid. Yes, I am that person, almost 30 and listening to Disney music with pride. During my freshman and sophomore years of college, I lived in northern New Jersey and since my school was only a 45 minute train ride to NYC, I spent nearly every weekend in the city. I took it upon myself to see as many shows on Broadway as possible. I was lucky enough to see Wicked with Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth just a few weeks after opening. I absolutely loved it and consequently have seen it about 4 times.
Somehow, I’m not really sure how, but it has been three years since I started this little blog of mine. THREE YEARS! Holy cow. Seriously, a lot of really wonderful, big things have happened since then: I’ve changed jobs, Brice and I bought a condo, I traveled to Europe, Australia and Ecuador.
My blog has changed a lot too: I’ve received a really warm welcome into the Portland blogger community where I’ve learned a ton and made great friends like Rachel and Jane; I’ve been invited to super fun events like my first blogger happy hour with Little Green Pickle at the Bent Brick where I met Michelle and Marisa for the first time or that amazing LGP Blogger Karaoke Food Crawl.
Despite the dreary (read: terrible) weather, we had a phenomenal Blogger Bake Sale outside of Powell’s in the Pearl last weekend!
Fabiola of Not Just Baked was a superstar and organized us 10 bloggers, the space, donations and all the other details. We had a lot of really delicious treats for sale, great people and raised over $500 for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign!!
Share Our Strength, which was also the beneficiary for Taste of the Nation, is a great non-profit organization with a mission to end childhood hunger. Through their No Kid Hungry campaign, money goes to local organizations like the Oregon Food Bank and Partners for Hunger-Free Oregon, and other similar charities across the nation. These non-profits coordinate programs like free/reduced lunches, school breakfasts and summer food service to low-income children who would not have access to meals otherwise. I especially love that they also work to teach families how to shop for and prepare healthy meals on a budget.