A stay-at-home mom in the SW Portland suburbs, Roxie is a wife and mom to three kids, ages 2, 5, and 8. Her ideal day would include a hike somewhere deep in the woods and a big greasy diner meal. She's a Master Recycler and blogs at Kung Pow HausFrau!
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Tried and True Family Hikes around Portland

I grew up on the Great Plains. Wheat, corn, or sugar beets as far as the eye could see, a veritable ocean of it. If you wanted to see the woods, you would have...
A simple guide to surviving your kids school years

A Simple Guide To Surviving the School Year

Once upon a time, I was a young mother bringing her eldest child to kindergarten, trying to find my feet underneath me in the chaos that was school life. Now that I've been doing...
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November Guide to Family-Friendly Events in Portland

Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) (November 1) The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday where people remember, celebrate, and pray for loved ones who have died. The Tualatin Public Library...

What Do I Want To Do When My Kids Grow Up?

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" How often do we ask our kids this question? Through the years my kids have given many enlightening and often hilarious answers. Once, my son...
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Tips and Tricks for Packing School Lunches

It's almost that time of year again, moms. No, I'm not talking about pumpkin spice lattes. School, my friends, school is almost back in session, and with it comes the seeming unending task of...
You are one day closer to using the bathroom without an audience

10 Mostly Positive Affirmations for Realist Moms

Some days of mothering are long, difficult, and seriously lacking in encouragement, especially since all of the kids are out of their routine on summer break. I went through an embarrassingly large amount of...
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The Best Portland Perennials For Your Garden

My favorite part of the year is when winter comes to an end and the flora that surrounds my home bursts back to life with blossoming colors. If you're looking for plants to brighten...

It’s the Little Things (That My Kids Don’t Need Any More Of)

Who doesn’t like a free gift? ME, that’s who. Okay, I admit that sometimes freebies can be pretty awesome, but my kids get way too much of some stuff. There are certain things that...

The Midwives by My Side

It just so happened that I attended Birthingway College’s “So You Want To Be A Midwife” event a few weeks prior to getting those two life-changing pink lines. Although it hadn’t been on my...
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When Sickness Strikes: A Mom’s Illness Kit

Moms wear many hats, and regardless of whether or not you have any actual medical training, one of them is being the family nurse. It's such an important role, I've compiled a little guide...