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Hands-On Crafting with Kids: Making Bath Bombs and Soaps at Frigg’s {Review}

I am not one to sign my kids up for extracurricular activities. I am lucky to be a stay-at-home mom, and I view my role with great responsibility; I cannot justify sending them away when I could be doing things with them. That said, we’re always on the hunt for new experiences in Portland, which […]

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My Favorite (non) Parenting Books

I never enjoyed reading parenting books. Somehow I doubted their usefulness. Sure, I asked my friends for opinions and advice, sought help and wisdom from my family, flipped through magazines and Facebook posts, trying to solve the mystery that is child rearing. Still, picking up a book solely devoted to telling me the best way […]

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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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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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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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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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