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Most of us have heard of The Big One, the doomsday term given to a long-overdue earthquake expected to hit the Pacific Northwest some time in the next 50 years. Those with school-age kids are likely familiar with earthquake...
The snow days, frigid temperatures, and endless rain this past winter had me dreaming of warmer weather, thawing soil, and getting back outside to do one of my favorite things: gardening. And with March in full swing, it’s time...
2020 was so many things, but we can all agree it was... different. We asked a few of our contributors to share a the moment they knew everything wouldn't be the same for awhile. What was yours?   I was team...
Hand me the remote Discouraged, I slumped to the ground. My kids yelled at me and I yelled back. I got stressed and lost my patience. I failed. Yet again. If only I were the perfect mom. If only I knew...
For our family, 2020 had its lows, but one of its highs was our foray into raising chickens. Not only do we enjoy urban-fresh eggs on the regular, but our hens have provided a great hands-on and off-screen learning...
While emptying the dishwasher this morning I began planning the daily juggle of distance learning, work, and household chores. I began wondering... what kind of parent am I going to be today?  Morning Me is always optimistic. She is ready to...
Every morning starts the same way. I wake up before my children and brew a round of delicious, warm coffee. I breathe in the energy of a Pacific Northwest morning, and I meditate on the wonderful day that awaits...

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