Every year after the holidays I am overcome with this intense urge to purge and donate all of our belongings. There’s nothing like reading the articles about making do with less “stuff” (while being bombarded with non-stop advertising), paired with...
We're in the home stretch! Yes, there are likely more rainy days ahead, but we can also see hints of spring. What better way to celebrate the incoming season than by getting out and enjoying March in Portland? Know of...
Father's Day is Sunday. Exactly four days from today. Yup. I forgot too. Okay, so I didn't truly "forget," but with life being crazy from one moment to the next, I would remember in spurts during the day, then have...
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A Love Letter to My Children

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Dear Children, This morning I think of you as I look about the kitchen. You are not here now, but there is evidence of you all around. Today there are more colorful additions to the normal food droppings that lie...
Walking down the toy aisle of any store can be an overwhelming experience, especially during the holidays. It’s hard to see past the loudest singing, brightest flashing toys claiming to be the next “must-have” toy. I have spent a lot...
Pumpkins

Halloween at Home

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When my husband was growing up, his mom always made pumpkin cookies for Halloween. He vividly remembers the bright orange frosting on the cut-out cookies and gently placing candy corns for the eyes and nose. No matter if it...
Loyalty to Santa Claus can be pretty serious business. I grew up just outside of Philadelphia, not far from the birthplace of the American “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” commercialized version of the beloved figure. In my...
It's that time again! Time to embrace the chill in the air and get those kids out of the house for some fantastic, family-friendly events and activities to keep you busy throughout the PNW winter months. Bundle up and...
traditions

Creating New Traditions

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The holidays are a time to gather with family and sink into the familiar traditions that you remember as a child. The evolution of tradition is inevitable when you begin your own family, but whether they are abrupt or...
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...

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I’m So Over this ’18 Summers’ Mom Guilt Trip Trend

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Momming is so freaking hard. And exhausting. And overwhelming. And, oh yeah, rewarding. But being a mom in the age of social media is...