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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...

Easy Iced Coffee

Easy Iced Coffee

With another few inches of Portland snow coming over night, iced coffee was easy this morning. 😉    

It Definitely Snowed!

It Definitely Snowed!

The Portland-area weather folks did not disappoint - it totally snowed! And it was the most powder-y, fluffy snow I have ever seen. We're expected to get a few more snow showers tonight and tomorrow - and they've already called off school for the kids. (Gavin was...

My East Coast Friends May Not Want to Read This Blog

My East Coast Friends May Not Want to Read This Blog

Do you know what that is? Yes, yes, our messy, neglected winter backyard that hints of spring what with the plants, sneakers, toys and gardening paraphenalia lying around. But it's starting to get covered in snow - like real live snow that won't melt in five minutes....

My Last Jenkintown Bastions

My Last Jenkintown Bastions

Today is a momentous day. I finally hit the 'opt out' button on the e-mail list for our old Pediatrician back in Jenkintown. We've lived here 2 years, three months and nine days. (Impressed that I know that? Don't be. I totally cheated and counted back. It's probably...

Follow Going West Coastal on BlogLovin’

Follow Going West Coastal on BlogLovin’

Hi all - A few folks have asked how to follow / subscribe to Going West Coastal. In addition to the Going West Coastal Facebook page, we're on Bloglovin' - a nifty little site that allows you to follow all your favorite blogs in one place. You can even sign up to get...

Awkward Mom Moment: Asking Moms Out on (Play) Dates

Awkward Mom Moment: Asking Moms Out on (Play) Dates

I've never been the friend who sets up the plans or calls the group to get together. Grace, at the age of five, is quite determined to change that. Last week, she came home, slipped me her friend's mom's number and told me to call her to set up a play date. Three...

Portlandish: Oh Deer!

Portlandish: Oh Deer!

I have mentioned before that flights back to Portland are my favorite. Mostly because it means I am heading home to my family (and bed and pillow), but also because they oftentimes offer unrivaled visual spectacles. Take that picture, for instance. Yes, that's a deer...

…and, THIS is Exciting! (Yes, meatballs.)

…and, THIS is Exciting! (Yes, meatballs.)

A hot, homemade meal. Sounds weird, but I missed making dinner and eating home cooked meals while we were away. Sure, sure - we had some home cooked meals at our parents' houses, but most of it was festive food vs. the comfort of laid-back day-to-day meals. (And, of...

Now this is Exciting!

Now this is Exciting!

Ok, t's just a cup of coffee. BUT - it's a cup of coffee that I made - in my house, using one of my favorite mugs and my Starbucks Christmas beans after I slept in my own gloriously comfortable bed for the first time in 18 nights. Yes, 18 nights. Stepping back a bit...