Herbivore Botanicals releases Emerald, a new facial oil made with weed

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When I heard local beauty gurus Herbivore Botanicals was releasing a new skincare product made with cannabis, I wasn’t surprised. That’s so Seattle. Many other beauty companies have been using CBD (Do yourself a favor and get a Kush Queen bath bomb – your welcome) to soothe aches and pains and enhance relaxation for some time, but I love supporting local and was excited to learn why Herbivore decided to dabble with cannabis. 

Good eats, awesome trails, and small-town hospitality in Bentonville, AR

When Visit Bentonville invited us to come check out their city, best known as the birthplace of Walmart, I laughed. A lot. They preached about their award-winning chefs and up and coming “High South” food scene, and I rolled my eyes. Why would anyone from Seattle, arguably one of the best foodie cities in the country, go to Arkansas for the food (or for anything)? How many ways could they do meat and potatoes? Also, Bentonville is in the Ozarks which I’ve been binging on Netflix, and it looked scary as shit. I thought about being a typical Seattleite and passively ignoring the invite, but something caught my eye – this unassuming town had 163 miles of award-winning cycling trails weaving in and around it, making it a top destination for a biker’s vacation. 

Don’t miss Ursula Rani Sarma’s adaptation of A Thousand Splendid Suns at Seattle Repertory Theater

When I read The Kite Runner for the first time, I was in awe. The story painted a picture of what life might be like for fathers and sons in war-torn Afghanistan and it was of course heartbreaking. But as a writer, I was inspired by author Khaled Hosseini’s character development, and uncanny ability to draw readers in and empathize with the protagonist—even after he stepped aside and allowed his best friend to be raped.

Grab your friends and family and head out to picturesque Friday Harbor for Fall hikes, beer festivals, and more

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There’s nothing quite like Fall in the PNW – beautiful bright foliage, crisp morning air, and everything pumpkin spice (yes, all drinks and treats beyond Starbuck’s PSL are delish!). It’s my favorite time of year to get outside in Seattle, but it’s also a wonderful time to get out of the city, go offline, and spend some time out in nature.

Head to Wallingford to explore wine two at a time

I had just finished reading Cork Dork and was feeling confident in my ability to taste wine like a pro last week when we visited Claret Wine Bar in Wallingford, the newest member of the Purple Cafe and Thackeray restaurant family. I had no reason to feel confident – I love wine and know which wines I like and which I don’t (Sorry white wine, you’ll never be a red. You’re dead to me), but I’m no expert.

The Mad Hatter & crew come together for a naughty rendition of Alice in Wonderland

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Seattle’s favorite burlesque masterminds Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann have joined forces once again for their 10th annual production of Through the Looking Glass, a re-imagination of the classic Alice in Wonderland tale, where all your favorite characters from Alice and the Mad Hatter to Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb come together to deliver a performance you won’t want to miss.