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Author Archive | Carrie

snow days

How to Survive Too Many Snow Days

With six kids ranging from one to nine-years-old in my house, a lot of snow days in Portland on the heels of winter break can be overwhelming. Here are seven ideas that have helped our family survive these past couple weeks. Boots, Gloves, Scarves, Oh My!  We all know the mess, but with our large family, winter […]

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mama fort

My Desperate Need for a Mama Fort

Looking around my house I really needed to find a place that could be all mine; a mama fort, of sorts. Something that would remind me of the woman I want to be, a spot for me to recharge, and do something I love. A place of beauty, or meaning, and of course completely lego-free!  I […]

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Car Line

How to Survive the After-School Car Line

After spending a few years waiting in the car line to pick my kids up from school, I have learned a few tricks to help pass the time. Here are some of the fun things I do while waiting, and I hope they encourage you to embrace the after-school car line.  Write it Down: I don’t know about […]

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pinterest moms

6 Truths About Pinterest Moms

‘Pinterest moms’ has become a phenomenon that can make people cringe no matter what you think on the matter. Pinterest is often referred to as an online magazine, where instead of making doggie ears on the pages you love, you can pin your favorite ideas online! So, it raises the question, when did we start […]

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summer guilt

Just Say No to Summer Guilt

How many of us head into the fall with summer guilt from all of the didn’t-dos? We start our summer vacation making to-do lists that include projects we will catch up on, exercise schedules to keep, day trips to the zoo, and freezer meals to make ahead of time for the fall. We make our summer bucket lists, and we […]

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special-needs

My Special Needs Daughter is an Everyday Princess

My now six-year-old daughter came to me when she was just three-months-old through foster care, and later joined my family officially through adoption. I have spent the last six years building up my portfolio when it comes to advocating for her as a special-needs child. But then there are these moments, these incredibly important moments, when […]

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motherhood truths

Motherhood Truths from a Mom of Many

I first entered motherhood when my oldest daughter was born nine years ago. Fast forward to now and I have given birth to a second daughter, adopted three from foster care, and fostered five more. Over the years, I have parented kids with histories of trauma, PTSD, cognitive and physical delays, sensory needs, and attachment struggles. […]

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