Mountains, pine trees, crisp blue sky - all enjoyed before a burger and beer at a local brewery. What’s not to love about Central Oregon? It’s an outdoor playground for kids and adults. Recently my family made the big...
Thinking about strangers staying in your home or sleeping in your bed are always the top objections friends share when I tell them we rent out our home occasionally on home rental sites like Airbnb, HomeAway, Housetrip, and Couchsurfing. My...
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Making Christmas Portable

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For a long time, we kept Christmas simple by hosting at our house. That way, we could call the shots and keep the holiday calm for our little family. But, alas, our move to Portland meant we left most of our...
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Winter Car Seat Safety

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As the weather changes it is very tempting to have our children wear their jackets in the car seat. We want our children to be warm, but we also want them to be safe. Adding layers under our children's...
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Holiday Road

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Aww, the holiday season. Here I am, just minding my own business, still eating my kids' Halloween candy, and before I know it, Thanksgiving is already here! While the great debate rages on about when it's okay to play...
This time last year my kids and I set off to explore the Hood River Fruit Loop, a  scenic 35 mile loop around the Hood River Valley about one hour east of Portland in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. I'd...
Every summer, my family makes our pilgrimage to Sunriver, Oregon, where we love to run, swim, fish, geocache, bike, and kayak. Never in our five years of visits have we attempted whitewater rafting, so when Sun Country Tours asked...

Creating A Summer Go Bag

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Spontaneous outdoor adventures often characterize sunny summer days with little ones. A toddler's mood may be unpredictable so being prepared for whatever pops up can make any outing more enjoyable! I’ve learned to keep a "go bag" packed and...
One of Portland's biggest perks is its proximity to world class wines and wineries. Before I had children, I took every opportunity to visit and go wine tasting in our region's wine country. The rolling hills and miles of vineyards only a...
This spring our family took a trip we'd been dreaming of for a long time; we rented a motorhome and drove across multiple states for what we hoped would be an epic RV adventure. We value experiences as a...

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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