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National Geographic Kids' Summer Reading

By Kimberly Carlson

If your kids are like mine, they can soak up a trip to the library within hours of returning home. It doesn't matter if we've lugged home ten books or a hundred, they always seem to voraciously devour them before bedtime. And, of course, my daughter chooses very different topics than my son, so 'sha... Read More

National Parenting Gifted Children Week

By Kimberly Carlson

Once upon a time, a long time ago, a parent would send their child off to school knowing they would have all the educational tools they would need to get the education they require. In today’s world, however, we all know parents must play a much more active, integral part in our children’s educa... Read More

My Masterpiece Art Studio Exposes Children of All Ages to Inner Artist

By Nicole Engstrom

We love getting creative with art supplies, so you can imagine our delight when we heard about My Masterpiece Art Studio in Portland, Oregon. This hands-on fine art studio offers all the high quality art materials and inspiration you need to sculpt, paint, draw, create collages, prints and pr... Read More

Family Outing to Enchanted Lan Su Chinese Garden

By Nicole Engstrom

A gem in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon, the beautiful Lan Su Chinese Garden turned out to be a great outing for an afternoon with our four children.  Nestled in the heart of Old Town and Chinatown and spanning one entire city block, this walled Chinese garden transports you to a setting ... Read More

Marshmallow Popcorn Recipe

By Leigh Anne Wilkes

The Best Marshmallow Popcorn Recipe I, like many of you, have a new addiction.  That addiction is called Pinterest.  I now have more ideas and more recipes pinned than I could use in two lifetimes!  My goal is to try at least one recipe I have pinned each week. I have found though that the ... Read More

7 Useful Baby Shower Gifts

By chantalmaddocks

Grabbing the perfect present for the approaching baby shower needs to be creative and helpful.  There are several unique choices out there, the possibilities are endless.  You can be the talk of the party with your modern baby sculpture, but wouldn’t you rather give something the parent could ma... Read More

How To Keep Your Nursery Clean, Safe and Free From Toxins

By chantalmaddocks

Mothers and fathers take pride in bringing their newborn home to a cozy, attractive and safe nursery.  With baby’s first experiences outside the womb, we know that babies are very delicate and extra sensitive to their new surroundings.  So we try our best to take every single precaution to guard... Read More

Oregano Chicken

By Leigh Anne Wilkes

For years I was strictly a white meat kind of girl.  I always chose the breast over the thigh.  Fortunately my husband enjoyed the dark meat so it balanced out quite nicely. Well, a few years ago I discovered how moist and lovely dark meat can be and started using chicken thighs in my cooking.... Read More

Cranberry Sour Cream Bars

By Leigh Anne Wilkes

It is definitely cranberry season! If you don't get your cranberry fix at Thanksgiving dinner you can get it with this recipe. You can used dried cranberries or change it up a bit and used dried pomegranate or dried cherries. I found both of them right next to the dried cranberries. You ha... Read More

Teriyaki Chicken in the Crock Pot

By Leigh Anne Wilkes

Fall has definitely arrived and it is time to break out the crock pot at our house. I love using my crock pot in the Fall. I love smelling dinner cooking all day long. It is just so warm and cozy. I have recently become somewhat of a Pinterest junkie. My "To Try" recipe list has quadrupled as a r... Read More