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19 Ways to Spoil Grandkids in Portland

I think we can all agree that, as far as our kids are concerned, life is just better when grandma and grandpa are around. Take for example going out to dinner. Whether this is a regular occurrence or a rare treat, kids generally enjoy going to a restaurant. But have grandma and grandpa tag along […]

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Four tips for a great school year

4 Tips for a Great School Year

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love pumpkin spice-flavored everything, fall leaves, warm sweaters, and most of all, sending my lovable knucklehead kids back to school. The prospect of having seven and a half hours without enduring the sibling bickering, constant pleas for snacks and electronics, and the chaos of multiple kids running amok through […]

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Mom Moving To Portland

A Mom’s Guide to Moving to Portland

It was exactly two years ago that I was in the midst of moving to Portland from the Midwest with a 2-year-old and a 4-month-old. We had just six weeks between the day we learned we were moving until our family’s first night in Portland. My memories of it now are still emotional, but also […]

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Boy Mom

28 Signs You May be a ‘BOY MOM’

We all know that every child is unique and special.  It does no one any good to compare any of your children to their siblings or any other child, or to compare your parenting experience to mine.  Parenting in and of itself is just HARD, so let’s not waste time debating who has it easier. […]

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Creating a Future-Focused Family Budget

It’s 5:45 p.m. and I still haven’t heard from my husband. He usually calls me as soon as he leaves the office, but he hasn’t yet today. My mind races. Could something have happened at work? Did he get into a car accident in traffic? Do I even want to check the news? My husband […]

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Prepare your kids for a natural disaster

Prepare Your Little Ones for the ‘Big One’: Create a Simple Earthquake Kit

The media has been abuzz the last couple of weeks with the threat of the “really big one”–a large earthquake predicted to hit here in the Pacific Northwest. I am not among the “doomsday” planners; however, the headlines did lead me to some conversations and thoughts about how prepared our family is–or isn’t–in the event that […]

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Elder Care Oregon Washington

Elder care conversations: How and when you should have “the talk” with your parents or grandparents

As long as we are in the child-rearing stages of life, our time and attention are largely focused on our kids and their needs. However, someday—perhaps sooner than we realize—we will also be involved in important decisions impacting the well-being of the generations before us—our parents and even our grandparents. For me, the term “elder […]

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