Jessica is a pediatric occupational therapist and owner of The Wiggle Room, an indoor play space for all abilities in the Hollywood neighborhood. Jessica’s greatest passion is helping children and their families live a great life no matter what their abilities. She loves spending time with her husband and two boys walking in their NE Portland neighborhood, at the beach, or on their sailboat. Day dates, DIY projects that actually get completed, naps, and consignment shops also make her smile.

To the Mountain We Go! :: Tips for a Successful Trip

Why does it seem like everyone is heading up the mountain these days? Because everyone is! Ok, maybe not everyone... but a lot of people. This year we were spoiled with a home exchange...
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Discovering Dysgraphia: Why Can’t My Kid Write?

You know that mama gut feeling? When it just feels like something isn't right? That's been me for the past few years whenever I have talked to my son's teachers. Worksheets were often mostly...
Vancouver Waterfront

PNW Adventures: Vancouver Waterfront

I grew up in a town in New Jersey that was 10 minutes from the ocean. Any inch of property with a water view was occupied by homes, beaches, marinas, parks, or restaurants. Since...
School Lockers

An Educator’s View on Returning to School In-Person

As a school employee, I've been asked by many friends, families and neighbors about my feelings regarding the reopening of schools. My answer changes daily and I’m sure it will continue to evolve as...

Portland-Area Adventures with Kids During COVID

Pre-COVID, we spent our weekends out and about exploring our amazing city. Checking out a new playground, hiking, OMSI, cooling off in the river, swim lessons at the community center, and playing with friends...
Breakfast In Bed

Simple Gifts to Give Mom This Mother’s Day (In Quarantine)

Dear Mother's Day Gift-Giver, This post is for you. Please give it a read. It is not meant to offend you or your previous Mother's Day attempts. We have loved lots of what you have...

School Supplies Surprise: A New Way to Save My Sanity

It may seem early to start thinking about back to school shopping, but a little planning now can have you sailing through summer without rushing around shopping for school supplies just as you’ve finally...
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Using Home Exchange to Travel

Since opening our business two years ago, our travel budget has plummeted. We are fortunate to have wonderful family and friends who have welcomed us into their homes so that we have been able...
Holiday Meal - Managing Picky Eaters

Managing Holiday Meals with Picky Eaters

I am a healthy adult who was a picky eater as a child. I wanted things to be plain, separate, and definitely not mushy. At every holiday meal, my grandma used to remind me...
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Why I Started Getting My Booty to the Gym

Truthfully, I have never enjoyed working out. My mom is a retired PE teacher, nevertheless I remember trying to get out of running in high school. Sports and dance have always been enjoyable, but...