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Bite Of Oregon

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Let’s talk food!  Not just any particular food, but a food event called the Bite of Oregon.  The bite of Oregon is an event that is in support for Special Olympics Oregon.  It’s an opportunity to check out local foods and drinks that you might not have necessarily tried.

Event Details:

This year they held the event at a different location and on a new date.  In previous times, the Bite was housed on the waterfront during August.  They switched the venue to the Rose quarter and during Labor Day Weekend.  The coolest part was that it was extended by an extra day.  The admission into the event is very affordable and depending on which one you purchase, it’s a reasonable price:

 

One Day Pass – $5 admission ticket good for one day at The Bite of Oregon

 

Weekend Pass – $10 ticket provides admission all weekend: September 1 – 4

 

Beer Enthusiast Package – Sold out! 1 Adult Entry, 1 Beer Commemorative Beer Glass, 2 Beer Tickets, 4 $5 Vouchers to Restaurants/Food Carts

 

Date Night Package – Sold out! 2 Adult Entries, 2 Commemorative Wine Glasses, 4 Wine Tickets (House Wine), 2 $5 Vouchers to Restaurants/Food Carts

This time around was pretty different from the previous years, but was to be expected with the venue change.  The event was shaped more like a circle than having everything spread out along the waterfront.  I also found it to not be as crowded as previous and having choices for parking was amazing.  Because you are at the Rose Quarter/ Moda Center, you have relatively close parking.

Let’s Talk Food

The Bite of Oregon showcases cuisines and drinks from Oregon’s seven regions: Portlandia, Eastern Oregon, Hood River, Willamette Valley, Mt. Hood/Gorge, and Central Oregon.  Although, when making our rounds through all the food venues, we found that a majority were from Portland.

City Slickers- PDX

First on our list was City Slickers.  A food cart based out of Sellwood in Piknik Park food cart pod.

Address1122 SE Tacoma St, Portland, OR 97202

City Slickers is the epitome of All American Food.  They bring hometown favorites from all over the US to the Pacific Northwest, of course throwing in her own twist.  Our favorites were the Milwaukee Butter Burger and the Chicago Dog, both pictured above.

Second on the list is Smoke & Brine.  Smoke & Brine is a seasonal NW BBQ catering food cart that covers everything from festivals, street fairs, markets, special events, and private parties.  Unfortunately, Smoke & Brine doesn’t carry the meals pictured above, because it is seasonal.  One is a chicken sandwich and the other a pulled pork.  I also had a crab stuffed pepper of some sort- these were one of best things I have ever tasted.

Last, but definitely not the least were some furikaki chips from Pidgin Hole.  Pidgin Hole is an island style Asian infusion food cart.  You get a mixture of something from almost every Asian country, like the Philippines, Vietnam, and Japan-while keeping some of the Hawaiian favorites.

I love attending events like the Bite of Oregon.  You are helping support a great cause while trying out some amazing foods.  If you attended this year’s event, how did you like the new set up?

 

 

 

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Shopko- New Brands, New Look Recap

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Last week I introduced you to Shopko’s most recent change- they have introduced some great new brands and have given some oldie, but goodies, a whole new look.  Shopko also has some pretty amazing deals you can take advantage of.  Read on to find out what they are.

Enter To Win

Shopko is currently running a contest to showcase the changes we have been talking about.  It’s super simple to enter, just click here for your chance to win a $500 shopping spree with Shopko.  Don’t wait too long though, the contest ends October 14th.  That’s one week!  Get it!

Savings

Let’s talk savings, because who doesn’t like to save a coin here and there?  If you join the email list, you will get a $10 off $30 coupon for just signing up.  That’s on top of the already affordable pricing Shopko offers.  Get signed up here.

My Picks

In my first post, I introduced you to some of the newest brands that can be found at Shopko.  It ranged from home decor, beauty, and clothing for myself and for one of my daughters.  I am currently redecorating my bedroom/beaut space/office.  I am trying to show you that you can redecorate on a budget and how to make your space functional for small spaces.

Serta 3-1

I am starting off with something that isn’t so much a decorative piece but has been very important to me for a good nights sleep.  A pillow.  Yes, you read that right, a pillow.  Not just any pillow the Serta 3-1 Perfect Sleeper.  I love that it contours to my head for a good nights sleep.

You can also check out some of the other Serta items that Shopko has to offer.

 

 

 

 

Country Line Writing Desk

How about this Country line writing desk?!?  It’s the perfect color to be feminine and masculine.  I love that I use it as an office space or transform it into an area where I can sit and do my everyday makeup.  It isn’t too big or too small, just the perfect size for a small space.

 

A&I Velvet Plush Throw

Fall and Winter are upon us and with that said, we could all use a pretty Velvet plush throw from one of Shopko’s new brands, A & I.  It’s perfect to cozy up to on a chilly night, the backdrop for a pretty Instagram photo, or as a decorative piece to drape over an accent chair or end of the bed.

These are just some of my favorite pieces from Shopko, with much more to choose from.  To see some of my other picks, check out my board below.  You will find some coordinating furniture pieces or bedding.

 

 

I’d love to hear about some of your favorite pieces from Shopko.com! Leave them in the comments section and I will check them out.

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Shopko: New Brands, New Look

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Hi, loves!  Let’s talk Shopko stores and why not?   Shopko is a store that likes to provide quality name brand items at affordable pricing.  This is a store that fits in with our saying- living luxe on a budget.   Shopko has recently undergone a big change.  They’ve introduced new brands into their stores and have provided a new look to already established brands.

In With The New

Shopko has introduced some great in-store exclusive like A&I.  A&I ranges in everything from clothing, accessories, bedding, luggage, and furniture.  They have also introduced like well-known brands like Nugg Beauty, It’s a 10, and P.S. by Aeropostale.  Also, tons of great established brands like Keurig, American Home by Yankee Candle, and Jessica Simpson.

My Picks

A&I Women’s Long Sleeve Lace Up Cuff

On trend, affordable, and available in standard sizing and plus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS from Aeropostale Girls Crinkle Gauze shirt

I am a mother of two who love all things fashion.  So trendy and affordable are a must.  At $14.99, this top is the perfect addition to your little fall wardrobe, but also works as a transition piece for all seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nugg Deep Hydration Lip Mask

Nugg is known for their face masks, but they also have some lip masks.  The hydrating lip mask is perfect for fall/winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Filter

I own a Keurig, but find that buying k-cups can be a bit expensive.  My fiance and I decided to give this reusable filter.  The price for the filter is definitely worth all the savings in the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parsons Eco Leather Chair

Want to redecorate but don’t have a lot of money.  Shopko!  With so many furniture brand options, you can’t go wrong.  I picked this chair up as the new addition to my beauty room.  Isn’t it a beauty?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I haven’t sold you yet, then sign up for their newsletters.  Just for signing up you will get $10 off $30.

Shopping Spree Contest

Shopko is running a shopping spree contest for an opportunity to win a $500.

When you get a chance check out what Shopko has to offer. If you are local to the Pacific Northwest, they do have retail locations. Order online with in-store pick up to save on shipping cost! Like the items I picked? Check my board below to shop my picks!

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Canvas Factory Review & Giveaway

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Hi, loves!  We have partnered with Canvas Factory to bring you affordable home decor- wall art to be exact.

I have always wanted to purchase canvas art, but I could never find quality at an affordable price.  We are budgetnistas after all.  Last Christmas, I came across canvas factory and received my first canvas wall art.  I picked out a 16×20 canvas picture to start my gallery wall project.  The quality of the canvas was amazing and I received it within a week.  Take into account that this was during the holidays.  Obviously, since the product is amazing, I  jumped at the chance to work with Canvas factory and give you the opportunity to win one of their amazing canvas prints.

 Canvas Factory:

Canvas Factory offers different types of customizable wall art that are affordable.  They offer fast service within 5-10 business days. They use high-quality materials, but also back their products with a 100% satisfaction guaranteed- this is something you usually do not get with customizable items.  The reason they are able to offer these products at an affordable price is that you are buying direct, leaving out the middle man.  You also get a flat rate shipping cost of $9.95 or free if you spend over $100.  There are so many great positives to this brand. I really enjoy creating my gallery

I really enjoy creating my gallery.  My newest piece is a picture of both my daughters.  I definitely wanted a canvas size of this picture because of the obvious, my daughters, but also because they were taken by my best friend Yanna of Sweet & Simple Life Photography.  She is one of the people who know me best and has watched my kids grow through the years.  If you are in the Portland area, check her out!  Her prices are affordable and her work is amazing!

Pictured above is the original photo.

Now onto the good stuff!  Follow the rules in the widget below to be entered into the giveaway for a free canvas picture!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Good luck!

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Last Minute Back To School Savings With Groupon Coupons

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Summer is almost at an end and the school year has either started or is about to start for your kiddo(s).  My daughters actually start school the day after Labor Day.  This means I have a little bit more time to do some shopping and last minute back to school savings with Groupon Coupons!  Let’s talk about JCPenney’s.  I love hitting up the clearance section because I can always find really great items at an affordable price.  This is without coupons, so imagine the deals after using Groupon Coupons.

Let’s Talk Savings

Groupon Coupons currently has 48 coupons available for JCPenney.  The coupons do include in-store and online promotions.  Which I absolutely appreciate, because I am more of an instant gratification kind of a person.  However, I recently discovered you can ship to the store for free with purchases over $25.  So this is what you do:

So this is what you do:

1. Sign up for JCPenney rewards.  This gets you 10% back for every 100 you spend

2.  Download the APP and add a payment (You do not need to buy anything), you will get $10 in rewards instantly.

3. Use Groupon Coupons to locate the most current promotions.  I usually try 2-3 promotions to see which one will give me the better deal.

4. Maximize savings by stacking coupons.  For example, JCP currently has a coupon for 65% off 100, JCP rewards (like that $10 you received for downloading the app), and then a free shipping, if needed.

Then, repeat in-store, lol.  Another thing to take into account is this weekend is Labor Day!  Those words scream sales!!  So don’t forget to take full advantage of the sales and coupons when finishing your last minute back to school shopping.  What are your favorite stores to shop at?

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Tigard Street Fair- Taste of Tigard

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Hey, friends!  We are back today to talk about the  Taste of Tigard.  For those of you who are local and live in Oregon, know that Tigard is a suburb outside of Portland.  On June 17th, Tigard held their first ever Taste of Tigard or tasting tour to be specific.

Tigard Street Fair

It was an opportunity for Tigardians to sample local entrepreneurs food and beverages.  This event was very much worth the visit.  There were maybe 2-3 vendors that I have actually tried and the rest were new to me.

The event was over by SYMPOSIUM coffee, which is also where  Tigard Street Heritage Trail and Rotary Plaza will be.

Admission to the event was free and there were opportunities to purchase items from the vendors.  The best route is purchasing the tasting passport.  Early bird pricing was $11 and then went up to $15.  Either way, it was worth the pricing.  You were provided a sample from each vendor including the liquor!

I, unfortunately, missed the purchasing time frame for the passport but was able to purchase items a la carte.

Vendors
  1. Tigard Farmers Market
  2. Symposium Coffee
  3. Koi Fusion
  4. Indio Spirits
  5. Flyboy Brewing
  6. Stash Tea
  7. Zuniga Foods
  8. Patty-Cake, Patty-Cake
  9. Divine Catering
  10. Don Flores
  11. Le Cookie Monkey
  12. Southern Thai
Tastes

Since I didn’t purchase the passport, I went ahead and just did a la carte items from certain booths.  I may or may not have gone back later to a specific cart for seconds.

Thai

Located on Sundays at the Tigard Farmer’s Market and Thursday Night Market in Downtown Tigard-  We tasted the Thai iced tea and Chicken Satay.  The Thai iced is probably one of the best I have ever had.  Very similar to a brand that I like to purchase in-stores.  Chicken satay and pickled veggies were great.  My favorite was the pickled veggies.  I would have gotten a whole plate of it if it was allowed.

Don Flores- Fish Tacos

Don Flores

This is a new food cart in Tigard, located behind Sherries Jewelry box.  My fiance is very picky when it comes to fish tacos.  He always compares them to the ones in San Diego, where he says the best fish tacos are found.  Surprisingly, these met his expectations and mine.  They were so good that we even went back later in the evening for a couple more!

Symposium Coffee- cardamom latte

Symposium Coffee

Is a really cool coffee shop located in the heart of downtown Tigard.  I personally am not a coffee drinker, but my fiance is.  He loved trying the Cardamom Latte with plans to go back and try the lavender.

Zuniga Foods- chips and salsa

Zuniga Foods

This was our first time tasting their salsa or even know they existed.  We seriously need to get out more!  The salsa was fresh and very tasty, partnered with the chips- they are a great healthy snack!

Le Cookie Monkey- desserts!!

Le Cookie Monkey

Amazing desserts at a reasonable price!  What more could anyone want?  The cookies are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside- exactly how they should be!  They also provide a number of other desserts, if cookies are not your thing.  We will definitely go back and grab some sweets!

Taste of Tigard is a great family friendly event.  We loved seeing everyone come out to support the community and definitely something we will attend again.

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Makeupateers to Luxe Budgetnistas: Our Rebranding Story

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Hi, loves! It’s been awhile since we’ve posted. Well, as you can see we’ve re-branded! Makeupateers to Luxe Budgetnistas: Our Rebranding Story.  Read on to see how and why we chose to rebrand.

Makeupateers was started three years ago by Gaby, Blaire, and myself.  We decided on Makeupateers because we were three-makeup-loving girls.  Kind of like the musketeers of makeup, get it?  After a while, Blaire lost interest in the blog.  It didn’t seem right to have only two Makeupateers.  Gaby and I decided to bring on another makeup loving friend, Erin- who, at first, provided great makeup looks for the blog.  After a year or so, real life hit Erin full force.  She could no longer actively contribute to the blog.  By this time, I was running Makeupateers on my own, because Gaby was focused on her blog, Beauty by Gaby.  By the way, if you haven’t checked out Gaby’s blog you should here!

Makeupateers to Luxe Budgetnistas: Introducing Tia

Again, it didn’t feel right having one Makeupateer.  I decided to bring someone else onto the blog, Tia!  Why not?  I felt she was a perfect fit. She was a long-time supporter of Makeupateers, beauty group owner on Facebook and has an amazing love for beauty.  I am happy to say that I have finally found my blog match and our partnership has worked out so well.  With that being said, all the changes through the years with Makeupateers, we have come to a point where we felt the name no longer held the same meaning. After some deep thought and discussion, we felt it was best to re-brand with a new name that was fitting to us now.

We are happy to announce that we have made a full transition to our new brand- Luxe Budgetnistas. We plan on providing great content on all things lifestyle, beauty, fashion, and travel- with some inspiration/empowerment thrown in as we always have.

Thank you for being patient with us as we make this change and for the continued support.