The holidays are simply bursting with magic and fun: cookies, gifts, Zoo Lights , kids’ letters to Santa (my 6-year-old just wrote “I hope you give me a present with a puppy in one of them” to the Big Guy. Sorry,...
We all know the holidays are about more than gifts, but we do love to buy something thoughtful to show our loved ones we care. Some people are harder to shop for than others,  and many times those people...
With the holidays coming up, we know you're on the lookout for gifts that are thoughtful and unique. At Portland Moms Blog, we encourage you to shop local. The Portland area has many local artists and small businesses that...
I'd love to say that I'm the parent that teaches my kids gratitude all year long. I mean, we talk about it a bit. They aren't heathens! However, gratitude seems to come to the forefront of my mind even more than...
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, where will we find you this year? Ah, the holidays. A time for twinkling light displays, enthusiastic caroling, and copious amounts of eggnog. It's literally the only time of year when someone can walk...
Halloween is over, and suddenly we are faced with the next holiday on the list! The anxiety starts mounting; we start thinking of making others happy, all the while we just want to stay home in our PJs. It’s...
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10 Family Costume Ideas

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My family rarely dresses up in family costumes. The closest we've ever gotten is when my boys wanted to be Harry Potter and his owl, Hedwig. So, I did my take on Dolores Umbridge. I thought the cat brooch...
I'm just going to come out and say it. The best part of Halloween is getting dressed up, and watching all the kids in their costumes. It's my FAVORITE part. What makes it even better? Family Halloween costumes!...
Have you ever heard of a boutique, storybook Santa photography session? I hadn’t, either, until I was contacted by Miriam Haugen at The Santa Experience. By phone, she shared some of what The Santa Experience entails. “It’s a lot...
Taking your kids trick-or-treating is one of the best things about Halloween! It gets you out in the community, meeting neighbors, and allows your kids to see you engage with others in a safe environment. But there are more...

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Where to See Holiday Lights in the Portland Area

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Winter is here. Shorter days mean longer nights, and one unexpected bonus to that arrangement is that it means more hours to enjoy holiday...
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No Waste November