Author Archive | Kendra


Portland Childcare Choices

When I went back to work after my first daughter was born, my grad student husband and my mom were able cover most of our childcare needs. And then we moved away from family to Portland. With Nana no longer around the corner and my husband now a busy assistant professor, I’ve been researching the […]

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There’s a Purple-Haired Troll in My Basement!

We live in an age where the isolated nuclear family is the norm. I’ve heard many friends complain about the difficulty of forming friendships and community connections after a long day of work and parenting responsibilities. I’ll admit that I used to have the same difficulty until I invited the “purple-haired troll” and her daughter […]

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Making Christmas Portable

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 friends and family on the East Coast, so if we want to see them for the […]

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4 Winter Wreaths to Make with Your Kids

Last month, we told you how to make some beautiful fall wreaths with your kids. Now that Thanksgiving is over and we’re nearing December, it’s time to get crafty with four winter wreaths to make with your kids. Snowflake Wreath These snowy winter wreaths will bring the winter wonderland to your front door throughout the […]

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Fall Wreaths You Can Make With the Kids

Nothing says home like a seasonal wreath hung from the front door. Even when I don’t do any other decorating, I make sure we have season-appropriate wreaths. My daughter, Karys, age eight, has been helping me make wreaths since she was tiny, and my nine-month-old Saryn will soon be “helping” too. Wreaths are the perfect […]

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