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...
I don’t think there is a mom out there who feels there is ever enough time in a day to get all (or sometimes any) of the things done. We are bombarded with feeling of overwhelm and exhaustion, not...
Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to be creative. From turning old shoe boxes into extraordinary Valentine's boxes to stuffing confetti into balloons with a pencil eraser, my kids love making Valentine's Day crafts.  I blame my mother for the...
Have you ever performed that agonizing, but totally necessary task of auditing your personal finances? I don't mean just the big ticket items and expenditures, but right down to the nitty-gritty, the dollars spent on coffee shop runs, gas...
If you are like me, you are on Pinterest constantly checking ideas on how to make your home beautiful. Personally, I love the farmhouse/vintage style decor. But before I can decorate and beautify our home, I have to clean and...

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