When my kids were younger, the start of summer felt like try-outs for some “world’s best mom” competition. Facebook was filled with pictures of friend's refrigerators covered in hand-lettered “Bucket Lists,” chore charts with fresh stickers, and the packing...
I always underestimate what an incredible task moving is. For every box I think we will need, we actually need five. I misjudge the amount of stuff we’ve accumulated in the depths of the closets and end up spending...
Sitting at our homeschooling table, my desk is strewn with books and blocks and colours, and on the floor sits a pile of books and cushions. We have completed our first year of homeschooling. In part I want to...
The kitchen for most families is the hub of activity, the place where families and friends are brought together to enjoy good food and wine. It's where refrigerators and pantries store raw ingredients and staples, where fresh coffee is...
This is part of our Do What Works (DWW) Parenting Series. To read the rest of the posts in the series, click here. Parenting is fraught with choices and few are more difficult than deciding how to discipline your kids. In this...
The gently warming sun, the chorus of newly returned birds, buds of new life adorning fruit trees and poised to explode with vivid greens. Spring is here; the perfect antidote to long grey days and snowy carpets. I love...
The last couple of weeks have given Portlanders hope that spring will in fact return, and the days of unpredictable gray skies, ice storms, and bone-chilling cold are almost over. The crocuses reach their thin green necks above the...
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Old Mom, Young Kids

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I just turned 40. Also known as cares-about-thread-count-of-sheets-years-old. My twin boys will be seven next month. I see so many moms in their 20’s and 30's, and, to be honest, they make me feel old. They look so youthful....
Since you’re reading a self-proclaimed mom blog, it’s safe to assume you're familiar with the stereotypical mom “types” you might find on something like a Buzzfeed quiz. Crunchy, PTA, Soccer, Fitness, Hot Mess, Parenting Expert, Pinterest, Helicopter, Hipster, and...
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5 Ways to Be More Productive

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It is ironic that I’m writing about being productive. January was the longest five months of my life. I had influenza A and pneumonia. After nearly three weeks down and just as I started to feel better, I slipped...

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Packing for a Family Surf Adventure on the Coast

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