Has anyone else found themselves rethinking holiday celebrations since having a kid? Do we want to celebrate "X"? What does this holiday mean to us? How will we explain this to our kids? And am I okay with why this...
Some of my favorite childhood memories involve my mom and her superpower of helping others. I remember her taking me to hand out cookies at a local shelter when I was 7, buying gifts for a classmate and doing...
The gifting holidays are nearly upon us, so it’s the season for me to beg everyone to give their children experiences rather than possessions. Or at least to buy things that aren’t going to turn into clutter and end up...
Halloween has a tendency to create some conflicted feelings in us as parents. Our child self so deeply remembers the joy of having the opportunity to gather vast amounts of candy, swapping and enjoying to our hearts content.  Our adult self...
Halloween is my favorite holiday, and my kid's class Halloween party is the perfect place to let my excitement out. After years of throwing class parties, I have it down to a system. For a one-hour class party, I set...
A handful of years ago, I looked through stacks of our old family photos. I came across one picture that left a pit in my stomach. How much celebration of white supremacy can fit in a 4 x 6 photo? The...
It is officially fall. Pumpkin spice lattes have been in full swing for a month and it's time for us to tote our little darlings through the mud for pumpkins. There are lots of great family events and experiences...
Where do you find the best deals on *insert basically any kid-related item here*? Sports equipment, baby clothes, shoes, Halloween costumes, maternity jeans, you name it - these questions seem to continually pop up in the local mom group...
The kids are back in school and summer weather is no more. But there’s no need to fret. Soon enough apple cider, hayrides, bonfires, and the copious use of cinnamon will signal the glorious arrival of fall. As the air...
September's arrival means several things for Portland-area families: the kids are heading back to school, temperatures are about to get cooler, and it's officially the beginning of apple picking season. And we highly recommend visiting a u-pick apple orchard (or...

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