In a typical year, I would not be even contemplating holiday gift buying until after Thanksgiving. I am just not that person. BUT, this is (again) no ordinary year. I don't know if you've noticed, but there are already...
For five years, my husband and I considered the city of New Orleans our home. While it was very far away from our families, our neighbors in New Orleans were the definition of southern hospitality. For four consecutive years,...
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"Well, 2020 was pretty weird", I thought to myself as I began 2021. Little did I know what 2021 had in store for me. In August of 2020, I headed BACK into the workforce full-time in -- of all fields...
I have to start by saying, I LOVE giving gifts. I am notorious for giving belated birthday gifts in my family because I am always trying to find the *just right* present and sometimes that takes me until after...
Many moons ago, a former roommate of mine often marked special occasions with our group of friends by getting everyone Lottery tickets. Birthdays, holidays, fun celebrations --  a handful of tickets for a group pool made for a fun...
Welcome to your go-to resource for all things baby in Portland and the surrounding areas! This year, we've spiced it up by including videos from our virtual Bloom event, where we connected with local pregnancy, postpartum, and newborn panelists....
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What started as a plan to use up food in our house before holiday travel is now an annual tradition of lightening our footprint prior to the holiday excess. Last November, my daughter and I were in the kitchen...
The year after my daughter came into the world was one of the loneliest years of my life. Not only did I feel isolated from my normal activities, but I was shrouded in postpartum depression and anxiety that I...
Before we had our oldest daughter, my husband and I talked about the most important thing we could teach her. There are lots of things to teach. So many, actually, that one might think boiling it down to one thing...

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