Pocket Potpourri: Jen Kirkman, Light installations, #SAMRemix & Guacamole

Here’s an early-August edition of “Pocket Potpourri” My way of sharing a bunch of fun tidbits with you in one fun blog post.
Here are some pockets of fun you might like:
The Guac Stop August 9 – 13
What’s better than guacamole? FREE Guacamole! The folks at Wholly Guacamole are going to be at Seattle Center this Wednesday – Sunday with a pop-up “Guac Stop.”
There will be a free guac bar where you can customize your guac with mix in flavors plus some fun activities such as live music, macramé classes, hula hooping, avocado facials, and more.  The Guac Stop opens at 11am daily and ends at 7pm Wednesday & Thursday, 8pmFriday and Saturday, and 6pm on Sunday at The Next 50 Plaza in Seattle Center (between the Armory and Memorial Stadium). eatwholly.com/guac-stop
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#SAMRemix  – August 11
This late-night event happens only a few times a year—and only once a year at Olympic Sculpture Park! Advance tickets are sold out but a limited number will be available at the door. I’m excited to dance and take part in art activities led by local artists Tariqa Waters, Eve Sanford, Sensebellum, Neon Salt Water, and Lion’s Main Art Collective. visitsam.org/remix
 
Lusio: A Night to Awaken  – August 12
Walk through Volunteer Park after dark to witness fun light and sound installations during this free, family friendly event. Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp as the ground is uneven and wasn’t well lit last year. The art is delightful, plus you’ll be able to shop for fun LED costume pieces from locally owned Bright Costumes! facebook.com/events/291152831301300
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Comedian Jen Kirkman – September 8 
I was first introduced to Jen Kirkman through her stand up on Netflix. I was reading her book I Can Barely Take Care of Myself last week when I heard she’s back on tour this year, with all new material. Her show “All New Material, Girl” about “her year of seeing fraudulent spiritual healers, holidays without family, being accused of not being “woke” by young people, and tales of when she was a young obnoxious third party voter, and pretentious hater of pop culture” comes to the Neptune Theatre September 8. jenkirkman.com/tour-dates
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Planning on attending one or more of these events? Let me know in the comments or message me on Facebook!

My journey in decluttering & organizing for a happier and less consumerist life

Slowly over the last two years I’ve been decluttering and trying to organize the stuff in my life. I’m now diving in and making it a top priority for many reasons but here are the top two:

  1. I believe I will be happier, more content, and more at peace when I have less “stuff.” I want to choose to have only things that bring me joy and what I truly need. Creating space and order will give me peace of mind that will help me be happier in other areas of life.
  2. I want to be less of a consumer. I want to stop buying for the rush that buying something new can give us. I want to quiet the part of the mind that has been affected by marketing telling me I’ll be happier if I have this THING. I want to have more financial freedom to DO more because I buy less (and make choices that are better for the environment and my personal “environment.”)

There are a host of other reasons why I want to get rid of more and have a home for everything I own. But those are the big two. To be content, happy, and at peace and to buy less.

I’m going to document this journey on Medium as I’ll likely be posting more often than my Seattle Pockets audience would enjoy. At medium.com/@keridwyn, I’ll share my thoughts, achievements, setbacks, and tips I learn along the way. Some of it might be quite specific but hopefully I’ll be providing value to some of you who are looking to do the same thing in your lives.

Read my first posts:

My Day One of Apartment Therapy’s “The Cure” free daily task challenge that you should participate in with me.

10 Organizational & Decluttering Tips we should all learn from.

Do you have tips, links, websites, podcasts, blogs, or books on this subject I should know about (or do you blog about your journey as well)? Share these with me in the comments below!

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Giveaway: Seattle Chocolates + how you can help feed the hungry

Join Seattle Chocolate Company in the fight against hunger! Did you know purchasing Seattle Chocolates will help generate donations to local food banks? It’s true!  Purchase a Seattle Chocolate holiday bar or jcoco chocolate bar now through December 31 and Seattle Chocolates will donate a serving of fresh food to a food bank!
You can also share a photo of their chocolate on Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #chocolategives and Seattle Chocolate will donate a serving of food.  With our help, Seattle Chocolate Company hopes to donate 500,000 servings of food this holiday season.
You can find Seattle Chocolates at local retailers including QFC and (one of my favorite places for stocking stuffers) Bartell Drugs or online.
Be sure to check out their holiday flavors this year. They feature beautiful wrappers and delicious flavors, including my favorites: Holiday Cheer Egg Nog and Candy Cane Crunch.
Their jcoco flavors are fun for people who like adventurous, off the beaten path chocolate flavors, including black fig pistachio, edamame sea salt, cayenne veracruz orange, agave quinoa sesame, and more. Perfect stocking stuffers or a gift on its own.
Giveaway!
Want to win a box of Seattle Chocolate Company holiday bars and jcoco chocolates?

Enter via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or all three here.

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Images via @seattlechoc on Instagram

Five Pockets (Fall trends, Block Party, Summer tunes, Happy Hour & a great book)

Here are five “pockets” that I thought you all might enjoy:
South Lake Union Block Party
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Save the date for the South Lake Union Block party on Friday, August 12! Enjoy live music, “best burger in SLU” competition, Brave Horse Tavern beer garden and more. Facebook event page here.

Fashion trend: Geometric Jewelry! 
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Jewelry by bonnyrabbitboutique on etsy

We still have plenty of summer to enjoy, but fall fashion trends are coming out. I’m excited to see more geometric jewelry around—a look I can’t get enough of. Fashion trend forecasts expect to see more 80s comebacks, silvers and golds, and nautical overcoats (that reminds me, I need to find a good fall coat).

Chef Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Vietnamese Wing Happy Hour
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Legendary Portland chef (and two-time James Beard award winner) Andy Ricker (who I first was introduced to at Matt’s in the Market “Planes, Trains & Traveling Chefs” dinner) will be at Whole Foods in South Lake Union on August 5 from 5–7 pm. Enjoy Pok Pok’s sticky-sweet jumbo wings at $6 per order of three wings (first 250 orders will receive a free Pok Pok Som Soda.)
 
Summer beach playlist
This summer is all about beach days for me (mostly Madison Park Beach and Alki). Check out some great beach tunes here and add your own!
Recent Read
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I thoroughly enjoyed “Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders,” a novel told from the perspective of different women in three generations of one family. What great books have you read lately? Check out my latest reads on Goodreads.

Five pockets (Giveaway, figs, duets, organization & guns)

Here are five “pockets”  that I thought y’all might appreciate this week!

Swink Style Bar & Susan Grace Skincare free event + giveaway

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My client Swink Style Bar is co-hosting a free event with Susan Grace Skincare on June 2 + they’ve launched a giveaway for a free blowout and a trio of skincare products to celebrate. You can enter to win via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or all three.

Blue Ribbon

My Mom, Dad, and fiancé had an incredible tasting with caterer Blue Ribbon Culinary Center this week. We’re going to try some more potential caterers for our wedding in Seattle, but this place really impressed us and is definitely on our list. The port-infused goat cheese and fig bruschetta was one of our favorites.

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“Tonight You Belong to Me”

I rediscovered this gem on youtube this week of a dad and daughter singing a duet.  Still one of the cutest things on the internet:

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This is one of my favorite google chrome extensions. One of my bad online habits is having too many tabs open at once. With a click of a button, OneTab collects all your tabs onto one page for you to easily delete what you no longer need to view and keep the rest on the list to reference later.Total game changer!

Everytown for Gun Safety

The “Inside Amy Schumer” show introduced me to an organization called “Everytown” an organization focused on bringing together Americans to end gun violence and build safer communities. Every day, 91 Americans are killed by gun violence. Let’s work together to educate the masses and make a change.

(For a bigger version of this infographic, click here).

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The perfect bag for summer in Seattle (from Beside-U)

If you see me this summer, you’ll likely get to meet my newest sidekick. She’s adorable, well organized, and the perfect companion for so many different outings. Don’t let her size fool you. She’s got a lot going on inside!
Who is she? My new Beside-U bag (style: Baker crossbody. Color: Ocean Blue). Ok, I’m the dork that personifies objects, but I only do this with my true favorites. And this baby quickly leaped to the top of the list as my new favorite bag.
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Not only is her bold color perfection and her inner lining the perfect mix of cute and stylish, her smart design has so much to offer:
I’m always amazed how much I can fit into this seemingly small bag. I can adjust her straps so she sits right under my forearm when I’m walking in areas I need to be more careful.
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Speaking of careful, Beside-U bags feature RFID-blocking pockets that fit your wallet. This means that thieves can’t use electronic card readers to steal your credit card info.
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The bag is water resistant and easy to clean. It also fits my ipad mini and notebook, Which means I can head to the beach from a work meeting without having to head home to change bags.
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These bags are so incredibly designed. This bag features so many pockets (one in the back that is more hidden against your body when carrying, inner zipper pocket in the large center section, a pen, phone, and a miscellaneous pocket in the front section, and a small front zippered area. I’ve never had my day to day purse be more organized in my life!
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Here’s a peek in to what everyday things I like to make sure are always with me (details here).
Even with all these items, there is plenty of room left over in this bag for extra stuff, including a reusable shopping bag:
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(The teeny adorable pacman purse was made by my nieces and sister in law! Love it!)  
I have a feeling this won’t be the first bag Beside-U makes that I own. I’m now eyeing the Azuza crossbody sling bag (I can totally picture biking around burning man this year with that bag in coral pink) and the Gwen tote bag to replace my current carryon for plane travel. But first, I think my Baker crossbody bag needs a name? Too much? It’s just a bag? Maybe. But maybe not. Owning this bag sure has made me happy this year, and summer hasn’t even started! I’m so thrilled I heard about Beside-U on travel blog Jessie on a Journey (check out her adventure through NYC here). I’ve already taken my bag to work meetings, the beach (sand wipes right off!), the spa (no problem getting it a little wet), the park, and parties.
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Disclaimer: Beside-U was kind enough to provide me this bag in exchange for review consideration. As always, the opinions I share here on my own. I also never blog about a product or experience if I don’t like it.  I really, truly love this bag! Thanks, Beside-U (and thanks to Brady for taking photos of me wearing it!). 

Sitcom Improv, Folklife, Motown, and Dancing in the Park: Upcoming Seattle Events

As my friends know, I love planning ahead. Here are some fun events on my radar I thought you all might want to know about.

May 19 & 20: Very Special Episode at Jet City Improv

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Very Special Episode” is an incredibly clever improv show at Jet City Improv in the U District that has its closing weekend this Thursday and Friday, May 19 & 20. Inspired by 80s and 90s sitcom episodes that took a moment to provide us with “teachable moments,” the direction of this show is superb and the cast is incredibly talented. I know it seems like it takes a lot of effort to turn off Netflix and get off your couch, but the laughter you’ll enjoy is SO worth it, people. Also, they serve popcorn. Prepare yourself: you will probably leave the show with a crush on at least two actors. BONUS: Your ticket purchase goes to support some seriously incredible youth outreach programs.  (Insert “The More You Know” music).

May 27-29: Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center

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This donation-only festival is one of the best in the region. Enjoy a wide variety of music and performances at the Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center May 27 – 30. I love the poster artwork this year. Absolutely stunning!
May 31-June 12: Motown The Musical at The Paramount in downtown Seattle
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Motown The Musical will tour onstage The Paramount Theatre in downtown May 31–June 12! This show celebrates the stories and songs of one of my favorite times in music history. Stay tuned for a future post on this show!
June 4: Parke Diem at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill
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Parke Diem is a free day of DJ’ed music on June 4 at Volunteer Park. Bring your hula hoops and dance in the grass.
Have a Seattle event you think Seattle Pockets readers would like? Send me details and link via my contact form!