Aside from being a writer, Kendra is a Birth Trauma Doula at KarysMa Birth, where she helps moms find their joy after birth trauma. A former middle school English and theatre teacher, she has an insatiable love for learning and a flair for the dramatic. Among the best moments of her life, she counts marrying her husband Steve during a dream rainbow wedding, planning a princess picnic on the beach with her eight year old daughter Karys, giving birth to her one year old daughter Saryn in the middle of a blizzard, and sitting on stage with Glennon Doyle. A Navy brat for the first 13 years of her life, Kendra settled in Virginia for eighteen years before she was finally ready to move again, relocating to Portland in 2014. You can find her work on Portland Moms Blog, The La Leche League Blog, and The Not Your Average Mom Project, as well as the hard drive of her computer.

The Sweet Life: A Diabetes Awareness Month Post

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and Kendra is sharing her experience with diabetes - generationally and personally. Learn more about diabetes by visiting I grew up with diabetes. That’s not to say that I...
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Aaack! It’s the Attack of the Terrible Teenager: How I Plan to Deal With...

There are few creatures more feared and maligned than the dreaded teenager. If you listen to the media, they are hormone-fueled, technology-addicted monsters who will bring chaos down on previously peaceful homes. They play...
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To My Second Baby on the First Day of Kindergarten

Dear Second Baby (SB), This morning, Dad and I watched you board the school bus for the first time headed to your first day of kindergarten (then we headed to the school to make sure...
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Fall Wreaths You Can Make With the Kids

Nothing says home like a seasonal wreath hung from the front door. Even when I don’t do any other decorating, I make sure we have season-appropriate wreaths. My daughter, Karys, has been helping me...
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Particularly Portland Playgrounds: 10 of the Best Places to Play

Your family probably has a favorite neighborhood park within walking distance of your home, but Portland also has hundreds of unique places to play. Here are TEN local playgrounds that are totally worth packing...
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10 Things I Love About Portland Summers

Summer is a great time of year in many places, but Portland summers are extra special. Here’s a list of ten things I love about Portland summers, in no particular order. Note: We make every...
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The Right Relief for Better Sleep

No Rest for the Weary I don’t know about you, but I find being awake at four in the morning never means anything good. Even in college, when four o’clock was bedtime for some of...
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VIDA Coworking: A Magical Place for Moms/Entrepreneurs

There’s a magical new place in Northeast Portland. It’s a place where entrepreneurs can gather for productivity, socializing, and learning with (get this) on-site drop-in childcare for kids 3-12! This place makes the dream...
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Get Your Family Connected with Comcast Xfinity Mobile

Did you know Comcast has Xfinity stores and Xfinity Mobile services? I didn’t until PMB was invited to the Xfinity store in Tualatin this past June. I had no idea how many things Comcast...
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Reverse the Summer Slide: Turn Your Kids from Consumers to Producers of Technology

According to experts, children can lose 20-50% of their school year gains in reading and math each summer. These learning losses (called the 'summer slide') become even more dramatic as students move from elementary...