Heather

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Heather lives, writes and raises children in sunny Bend. Her 7-year-old son says that her superpowers are cooking and comforting. Her 9-year-old daughter says that if Heather was a flavor she would be sweet and sour. That pretty much sums it up. You can read more of her writing at www.heather-mcpherson-writing.net. When she's not writing or Mom-ing, Heather works as a nonprofit fundraiser. In her free time, she enjoys long books, short hikes, expensive pastries, and cheap wine.
Columbia River Gorge

Five Staycation Adventures Within an Hour of Portland

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We all love a good family vacation, but sometimes summer calls for a ‘staycation’ right here at home. But a staycation doesn’t mean you can’t discover someplace new. If you’re looking for a new...
dancing

“Was I just Twerking?” Finding My Joy Through Dancing

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“Nice twerking today,” my friend said to me as she passed by me on the way out of my Zumba dancing class. “What?” I spinned around in shock, but she was gone. Who me? Twerking? No, not...
divorce

You Can’t Baby-Proof a Broken Heart: Helping Children Through Divorce

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I baby-proofed my house with a vengeance. Dangerous electrical outlets were covered, cabinets that could pinch little fingers were locked, the toilet lid was locked down, and stairs were behind baby gates. I bought...
Summer snack

4 Summer Snack Hacks

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The soundtrack of my summer is the sound of the kitchen cupboard door opening and closing, the tap of bowls set on the counter, the rustle of hands stuffed into a box of crackers,...
stories

Back in the Day: How Stories Can be Used to Connect with Children

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One night at bedtime my child whispered stories to me. They hid their face under a blanket and told their most shameful secret in stops and starts. Fortunately, their story was fairly innocuous, about...
Travel with Kids

Traveling With Kids Is Hard – Do it Anyway!

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I boarded my first flight as a mom when my baby was twelve weeks old. I had a stroller, a diaper bag, an Ergo, a sling, and no idea what traveling with a baby...
Stop time

You Can’t Stop Time: One Mom’s Journey to Accepting that Babies Grow Up

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I watched my wobbly, big-eyed baby toddle towards me. Her arms outstretched, she fell into my arms. She handed me a board book and asked, “Read this?” I had dreamed about moments like this...
spring in Portland

8 Ways to Celebrate Spring in Portland

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“My favorite holiday is spring,” my daughter declared when she was five. I looked at daffodils poking up through the mud, robins flying from tree to tree, and the sun breaks peeking through the...
Self-care in a crisis

How a Crisis Taught Me to (Finally) Embrace Self-Care

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One week last July, my husband and I separated. The next week, I started a new job. It's an understatement to say it was an overwhelming time for my family. My kids and I...
Winter Wonderland

The Mountains Are Calling: Four Winter Wonderland Adventures in Bend

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If you’re craving some winter wonderland adventure this December through March, look no further than sunny Bend in Central Oregon. Sure, it’s a bit of a drive from Portland, but it’s a great place...