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End of a Momming Era…or The Start of a New One?

Ah, the last day of school has come and gone. Whoosh. It went that quickly. And, as another school year passes, I again sit here reflecting on the year and the seemingly break-neck speed at which my children are growing - both in size and of mind. This year is...

One Little Monkey

One Little Monkey

...holds a lot of memories. I am doing some cleaning up and cleaning out around the house. Admit it. You're jealous of my rockin' start to the unofficial kick off to summer, right? ūüôā With both kids occupied downstairs, I took the opportunity late this afternoon to...

On the Road – London: Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial

On the Road – London: Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial

While on my mini-walking tour of the Buckingham Palace area, I walked through Green Park and happened upon the Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial. A newer memorial - dedicated on June 28, 2012, it is a lovely tribute to  over 55,000 British and ally aircrew. I...

On the Road – London: Buckingham Palace

On the Road – London: Buckingham Palace

I spent my first (and only!) free afternoon in London strolling around - oh, you know - BUCKINGHAM PALACE. I find the fact that I could walk out of my hotel, head up a few streets and land upon a palace to be simply incredible. It was one of the many reasons I found...

London Calling: The Grosvenor Hotel

London Calling: The Grosvenor Hotel

While in London, I stayed at the lovely The Grosvenor Hotel. It's situated right next door to the very busy Victoria Station (second only to Waterloo in terms of traffic). The hotel was built in the 1860s by the Victorian railway pioneers and was recently refurbished...

My Very American Moments in London

Truth be told, I feel like I only recovered from jet lag this past weekend. Crazy, right? I've been back for a week...but honestly, I didn't really sleep when I was in London. Lucky for me, the early years of having babies who are only 16 (and some change) months...

My London Calling (Finally!)

Heading to London has been what feels like a lifelong dream for me. And it finally came true this week! Woo hoo! As frequently as I travel for work (and it's really not much compared to road-warrior standards), I never have to travel internationally. In fact the last...

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...

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....

Art Project: Silhouettes to Help Brave Maeve

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...