Katie Carrick

Katie Carrick
Katie is a stay-at-home(ish) mom to a strong-willed toddler and a velcro baby. As an East Coast transplant, she is now fully embracing the Pacific Northwest lifestyle. She spent her pre-children years in the laboratory, working in clinical genetics. Though she still has a great love of science, she has since focused her passion into her writing. Her personal blog is Raised on Love and Science. You can come for the articles but stay for the silly parenting memes. Katie also writes content for a variety of websites and businesses.
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A Mom, A Waterpark, and the Freeing Power of Not Caring What Other People...

Who knew a simple family trip to the waterpark, once a certain source of anxiety and self-consciousness, could turn into an act of radical self-acceptance? My Personal Revolution Was Unintentional Having a little time off of...
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Celebrating Chinese New Year: A Family Affair

"What was your favorite memory of Chinese New Year when you were growing up?" I asked my husband, trying to extrapolate details to recreate for our children. "I knew I was going to eat good...
Wong family holiday photo session with everyone looking silly but more true to form

How to Get the Perfect Holiday Family Photo in 10 “Easy” Steps

Tis’ the season to receive holiday cards from friends near and far. You've probably spotted a holiday-themed family photo or two and thought, "Wow, how did they get that shot?" The kids are behaving, the...
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One Mom’s Holiday Playlist You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Life

It's beginning to look a lot like, Chr- hold up, it has definitely been looking like Christmas for a hot minute. And from the songs on the radio, it sounds like we've constantly been...
ShopPDX Gift Guide

Our ShopPDX 2019 Holiday Gift Guide Is Here!

With the holidays coming up, we know you're on the lookout for gifts that are thoughtful and unique. At Portland Moms Blog, we encourage you to shop local. The Portland area has many local...
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The 2019 Portland-Area Guide to Christmas Tree Farms

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, where will we find you this year? Ah, the holidays. A time for twinkling light displays, enthusiastic caroling, and copious amounts of eggnog. It's literally the only time of...
family halloween costumes

5 Ideas to Inspire a Winning Halloween Costume & PMB’s Costume Contest!

I'm just going to come out and say it. The best part of Halloween is getting dressed up, and watching all the kids in their costumes. It's my FAVORITE part. What makes it...
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Prenatal Genetic Testing (in the Smallest Nutshell I Can Manage)

For many moms-to-be, prenatal genetic testing may be entirely out of mind. These tests sound stressful, scary, or complicated. Let's keep it real: sometimes it is. However, the reality is almost EVERY pregnancy will...
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Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: I Gave Our Family Dog the Best Death I Could

Last summer, I was forced to acknowledge the reality that my beloved Roxy, our 16-year-old Rat Terrier, was not long for this world. Like any good millennial, I perused the internet looking for help...
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The PMB 2019-2020 Portland Birthday Party Guide is Here!

The highly anticipated Portland Birthday Party Guide {2019-2020} is finally here (and it's better than ever)! We all have kids. They all have birthdays. While birthday parties definitely come with perks (did someone say cake?),...