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and the Moms Who Live Here

Author Archive | Ranya

local libraries

Your Local Library: Did You Know?

Our local libraries hold the key to the world with all the books they lend, but did you know that they also hold the key to the community? From story times to writers’ workshop, and tax preparation assistance to free admission at cultural destinations, libraries around Portland offer unique and often missed enrichment and support opportunities. […]

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back to school

6 PMB Back to School Tips

It is that time of the year again: back to school! How many of us are ready for the routine to begin again? The early mornings, the school lunches, the drops offs and pick ups? The morning madness and the afternoon chaos? I have mixed feelings about it all, but I know it must be […]

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children's books

PMB Book Club: Kid-Friendly Books

Are you tired of reading the same children’s books to your kids? Those books that rhyme? Tell the same story? Are mass-produced and mass-marketed? If you are looking for books that are different, read on, I have a few suggestions below that I have found to be gems.  The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have by Anton […]

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alphabet

The ABCs of Motherhood

Motherhood is different things to different people. It is also different things at different times to these same people. One minute a frustration, the other a burst of laughter. Missed sleep, lost toys, and money spent on things that end up in the trash. But every day and everywhere motherhood is a blessing, a joy, […]

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memorial day

A Memorial Day Birthday

It was 2003, and I did not know any better.  I had an occasion to celebrate, so I drafted a letter.  I wrote it, and bound it, and sealed it with a kiss. I drove it over to the post office, rushed, my deadline not to miss.  My note never made it on time, I […]

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Essential Oils

Essential Oils 101 For Moms

Essential oils are all the rage right now. You see them almost everywhere: the superstore, drugstore, natural store, homestead store, and even the online store. They line up shelves and take up stock. People sing their praises and attest to their results. But what are essential oils, really? And how are mothers like us using […]

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