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The Secret of a Good Day

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I've learned many things about parenting and relationships since becoming a mother six years ago. I've also learned a good deal about myself; my strengths and capacities. The most important lesson, however, was also the hardest one to learn:...
I recently had the chance to attend a thought-provoking, community-building workshop with The Goodness Collaborative. Part of the workshop was a panel of local entrepreneurs who shared their stories of the journey they each had taken that led them...
We're coming upon November in Portland, and that means cold and flu season. Plan A in my family is all about prevention: I have my household washing hands till they are raw, coughing/sneezing into their elbows, keeping hands off...
I keep hearing words like “self care” and “balance,” but what do they really mean? Well, you learn real quick when life throws you a curve ball. Let me start by saying that I’m not sure balance actually exists. I...
During this time of the coronavirus and quarantines, we need to think outside the box about how to keep our kids connected to the important people in their lives. Many kids are missing visits with their non-primary parent and/or...
On June 5, 2014 my family’s world was rocked by the news that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. At just 37 years old and a mom to an almost three year old, this seemed completely unfathomable. In...
The other night, I was rocking and singing to my two-year-old daughter. As we snuggled, she noticed my shirt was slightly lifted. She felt the skin of my stomach with her tiny hands. Tickled, as if she’d found a...
October is domestic violence awareness month, and I wanted to address this issue and possibly provide some education on the subject. Whether or not you are in a relationship, and even if your relationship is healthy and positive, I...
As the weather turns from gray and frigid and vaccinations are becoming more abundant, we are starting to emerge from our homes. Some of us are putting on real pants for the first time in a long while and...
We found the perfect thing. The perfect way to connect with our girls. And their friends. And the random other kids at the park. Once a week, for one hour, we play. Not the tedious make-believe play with tiny,...

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2022 Portland-Area Summer Camps with Space

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If you're like me, your summer plans may still be in flux. These past few years have been a rollercoaster, and many of us...