Meditation: My Secret to Being A Good Mom – Published on Portland Moms

Meditation: My Secret to Being A Good Mom – Published on Portland Moms

I was a bad mom before I started meditation. Or at least, I felt like I was. My kids were healthy and happy. They ate balanced meals, had early bedtimes, and lived in a stable home with parents who adored them. But, as a mother, I felt like a mess. I was overwhelmed, impatient, and often felt like a failure. I could envision the calm and patient mom I wanted to be, the mom who reacted calmly to tantrums and lovingly…

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Why I Still Love to Read to My BIG Kids on the Portland Moms Blog

Why I Still Love to Read to My BIG Kids on the Portland Moms Blog

Ahhh, bedtime. Since becoming a parent, I’ve always looked forward to this precious time of day. When my kiddos were small and needed so-many-things and so-much-supervision, bedtime meant that I got a break. Today my kids are six and nine and I’m looking squarely at parenting big kids now. They get their own snacks, buckle themselves into the car and help with household chores. On top of that, they’re really fun and funny. I really feel like I’ve hit the…

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5 Staycation Adventures Within an Hour of Portland on Portland Moms Blog

5 Staycation Adventures Within an Hour of Portland on Portland Moms Blog

We all love a good family vacation, but sometimes summer calls for a ‘staycation’ right here at home. But a staycation doesn’t mean you can’t discover someplace new. If you’re looking for a new adventure for your staycation within a short drive of Portland, here is a list of FIVE maybe-new-to-you destinations and activities. All are guaranteed for a day of family fun and adventure, but are close enough to get you home by bedtime. Read about my 5 favorite staycation…

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8 Parenting Podcasts To Get You Through the Day Published on Portland Moms Blog

8 Parenting Podcasts To Get You Through the Day Published on Portland Moms Blog

Washing dishes, driving carpool, pushing the kids on the swings. So many parenting tasks are mindless, repetitive, and well, boring. My lifesaver to get through the boring parts of motherhood is a good podcast. You’re not alone if you’re thinking ‘what’s a podcast?’ Podcasts are online radio shows you can listen to with your phone or computer. More than 26% of Americans listen to podcasts regularly, and that number is growing. Because anyone can record and publish a podcast, there…

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Uncross Your Arms and Reach Out to Another Mom Published in Portland Moms Blog

Uncross Your Arms and Reach Out to Another Mom Published in Portland Moms Blog

Stamped feet and hands on hips, my three-year-old and I were locked in a power struggle across the daycare parking lot. I am the parent and he is the child but I was a lifeline away from being a clear-headed adult. “Get in the car!” I snarled through gritted teeth. “No!” He yelled back. A light, yet firm hand touched my back. “Can I help?” my son’s preschool teacher, Erin, asked. Go to Portland.CityMomsBlog.com to read the lesson that my son’s preschool teacher…

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FIVE FUN, FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN BEND, OREGON PUBLISHED IN PORTLAND CITY MOMS BLOG

FIVE FUN, FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN BEND, OREGON PUBLISHED IN PORTLAND CITY MOMS BLOG

Mountains, pine trees, crisp blue sky – all enjoyed before a burger and beer at a local brewery. What’s not to love about Central Oregon? It’s an outdoor playground for kids and adults. Recently my family made the big move from Portland to Bend. Now that we are “locals,” I’ve discovered there is more to do in Central Oregon than visiting perennial favorites like the High Desert Museum, Mt. Bachelor, and SHARC. Go to Portland.CityMomsBlog.com to read some of our…

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What I’ve Learned from Hiking with Kids

What I’ve Learned from Hiking with Kids

I bought a framed baby carrier backpack shortly after seeing my first baby’s’ heartbeat on the ultrasound screen. I had practically been raised on my parents back while they hiked and I wanted my kids to know the feeling of falling asleep to back-and-forth rocking while I hiked. Soon enough the kids outgrew that backpack and started hiking alongside (or in front or behind) of my husband and I. Rain, sun, snow, wind or mud, my family hikes. Our hikes…

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The Princess Costume Didn’t Fit

The Princess Costume Didn’t Fit

I played the princess; Cinderella, Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink, Evan Rachel Wood in She’s All That, Julie Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You. I was the overlooked girl who just needed a little help to find her beauty and snag a prince. My friend played the fairy godmother. She relished playing the wise friend who would help the poor girl reach her potential and find love. She had set me up with a prince. Our big…

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