Don’t Miss – DEAR WORLD: Boston Marathon

In just a few days, we'll mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The DEAR WORLD: Boston Marathon photography project by Robert X. Fogarty is not to be missed. In it, the survivors share their lives with us - through photos and messages. Put aside some time this weekend, grab some tissues, click through and be inspired.

It's also worth heading over to Robert's

April 11th, 2014 0 comments live

73 Degrees, Sunny and (apparently) Smelly

Portlanders are currently being teased with a burst of warm sunny days forecasted for this week. Today it's 73 and sunny.

Over the past two years, we've learned that sunny days before July typically mean long sleeves / shorts or short sleeves / pants most of the time. However, today it's legitimately warm, and our kids were poorly dressed for the weather - both were

April 7th, 2014 0 comments our kids in portland

Art Project: Silhouettes to Help Brave Maeve

Just about two years ago, one of my childhood / high school friends found out through a very harrowing experience that her then 18-month-old daughter, Maeve, had Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). It's very rare for children this young to be diagnosed with T1D, and, as you can imagine, the last two years have been quite a journey for her mom (and family) as they navigate

April 4th, 2014 0 comments live, our house

Wine Connoisseur: Underwood Pinot Noir

I am quite a wine connoisseur. How so? I totally bought a bottle of wine this weekend based solely on the CAP on the bottle. As in screw-on cap. Not cork. Not seal. That makes me a connoisseur, right?

Hahaha. Totally kidding. Well, about the connoisseur part. I definitely purchased the wine based on the packaging. I am a winery marketer's dream come true.

I am

March 31st, 2014 0 comments live

Gavin “Loves Yoga”

My kids go to enrichment classes for after school care. You know, things like Bricks 4 Kidz, art, soccer, etc. that are held at school and bridge the gap between the end of their school day and the end of my work day.

One of the new ones we tried this semester was yoga. Gavin was one of the few boys in class and he

March 18th, 2014 0 comments our kids in portland

Two Times a Trend?

Oh, yes.

It happened again.

That's twice in two visits for me.

I present to you Gavin's Chocolate Smoothie from Friday afternoon. His sweet soul was simply excited for what he perceived to be extra whipped cream. Grace found it hilarious, but I don't think she knew why.

Starbucks has my number, it seems. They must know I love a good laugh. Or is it

March 17th, 2014 0 comments live

Mom Doubts: My First Foray into Bullying

Oh, momming. It's the most awesomely hard, yet amazing job there is. It's this incredible journey that I am finding is full of joy, fun and promise, and yet, can sometimes be an unwelcome trip down memory lane.

When I first became a mom with Gavin, and then again with Grace, I remember holding them as newborns and being so filled with love. I remember

February 27th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Busy, Busy, Busy. With a Side of Cray.

Well, 2014 has come in like a lion. My word.

Work has never been busier. Millions of deadlines and millions of trips so far. And it's only February.  Home life is busy, too, but that's all good. We're getting to that stage of parenting where each child has their own set of activities / friends / parties, etc., so we're running all over the place.

February 25th, 2014 0 comments live

On the Road: Worst. Trip. Ever.

Have you ever had one of those trips where you knew you were doomed from the moment you booked it? I had that trip this week. Yes, it's only Wednesday, but I had my most unbelievably crazy business trip to date. And I ain't no spring chicken - I've been traveling for work a solid 15 years now.

I'll set the scene with this: I started

February 19th, 2014 0 comments live

Frozen and Friends. (And I don’t mean the weather.)

Grace is slightly obsessed with the movie Frozen.  She sings the songs constantly (sometimes backing her sweet voice with some strums on her guitar). (No, she has no idea how to play guitar, but that's all part of the fun. Haha.)

Last night, she asked me if she could wear "Elsa hair" to school today. Nope. Not a wig. She wanted me to, you know, "puff it

February 12th, 2014 0 comments live

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