Summer Essentials in Portland

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Summer is in full swing, and there are a few essentials for 2024 that I deem essential. From snacks to games, personal care to banishing bugs, here are my favorites.

Wonderful Pistachios

You don’t have to sacrifice fun for flavor with Wonderful Pistachios No Shells. They come in a variety of flavors, like the brand new Jalapeno Lime. The 2.25-ounce bags are perfect when snack cravings hit. Try them in this Vegan Dark Chocolate and Wonderful Pistachios Layered Pudding for a crunchy cool treat this summer.


  • 1/2 cup Wonderful Pistachios No Shells Lightly Salted
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated zest from Wonderful Halos mandarin (or orange)
  • 2 large fully ripened Hass avocados, pitted, peeled, and cubed
  • 3/4 cup fully ripened banana, mashed (approximately 2 medium bananas)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon


  1. Add the avocados, banana, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon to a food processor. Cover and puree on high speed until velvety smooth, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. (Hint: Ideally, transfer to a container, cover, and chill for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to mingle.) Makes 2 cups pudding.
  2. Layer as desired the chocolate pudding and Wonderful Pistachios into four champagne flutes or small juice glasses. (Hint: Use a pastry bag, if possible.) Sprinkle with zest and serve.

JENGA® GIANT™ JS7 Hardwood Game

What game is perfect for ages 12+, can be played indoors and outdoors, and everyone knows how to play? Jenga Giant! The JS7 is the largest version of Jenga Giant, stacking to over 5 feet tall. I love that it has a carrying case so you can tote this toppling tower everywhere this summer.

Secret Whole Body Deodorant

When you get sweaty, it isn’t just your under arms that perspire. Secret has created a whole body deodorant that take care of the stinky places from your armpits to all the other bits on your body. I love that it is aluminum free, and 4/5 dermatologists and gynecologists recommend.

Thermacell E55 Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller

Are mosquitoes ruining your summer? Does your family despise the stinky (and kinda scary) chemicals you have to spray all over your body to prevent getting eaten alive? Thermacell has solved this issue for you with their E55 Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller. It is portable, and gets rid of mosquitoes in the air, not on your skin, so bring it along with you to the next backyard bash. You will be the hero of the party!


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