When I started meal prepping my goal was less about wanting to lose weight and more about wanting to feel better. I also wanted a healthy relationship with food, I wanted to not hate exercise, and I wanted to...
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Birthday’s are a BIG deal in our house! As moms, we love and adore our kids and want to make their big day as special as they are. We could write a dozen blog posts on parties, but I want...
As I walked my youngest into his classroom on the first day of school, I was eyeing the kids inside and silently begging, “Please be kind to my son.” His sweet teacher must have picked up on my efforts...
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 a picnic and taking a...
Many of us have mixed feelings about the start of this year, and a lot of us are on edge. Perhaps this year more than ever, it's important celebrate the start of a new adventure and the marking of...
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Decision Fatigue Is Real

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Back in March, with vaccinations on the horizon, my husband asked if he could book a trip for his birthday to attend an outdoor concert in another state. It’s been a long-time dream of his, and we agreed we...
To My Daughter, Welcome to middle school. These are exciting years of change and growth. You know you’ll always be my little girl and I will protect you whenever I can. That said, I can't protect you from growing up so...
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The Lost Art of Fun

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There’s a man standing in line just ahead my family and me at Skyzone. He looks to be maybe mid-fifties, patiently waiting, and he doesn’t appear to be with any children. Why, I wonder, would anyone voluntarily come to...
Armed with matching road trip tee shirts and (my husband's) zest for life that could only be likened to Clark Griswald, my family set sail for 43 days in an RV. My husband received a six-week sabbatical from his...
Being the fourth kid in the family, one-on-one time with my daughter can be hard to come by. Especially in these past 18 months, when our family has had a loooooottttt of together time, the special attention that comes...

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