Portland Spring Break 2014

By Kimberly Carlson

Spring Break 2014 is almost here! Time to celebrate it, PDX style! If you’re not going out of town – or if you're in need of a staycation, these locations are sure to be a big hit for your whole family. Oregon Zoo. Yes, I know you've been there before. Yes I know it’s probably going to be r... Read More

Santa Sightings in Portland!

By Kimberly Carlson

I admit it, my kids (and I) have always hated going to see Santa in the mall. From the long lines, to the crying children around us, it's never been our idea of a jolly good time. Add my lack... Read More

Light Up Your Holiday: Portland ZooLights are Back!

By Kimberly Carlson

Light up your holiday with Zoolights at the Oregon Zoo! ZooLights gates are open from 5-8 p.m. and guests may stay on the grounds until 9 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday... Read More

Giving Tuesday: Portland Neighborhood Focus

By Kimberly Carlson

  Have you heard of Giving Tuesday? It is a wonderful counter balance to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. This new tradition was started last year to help bring ba... Read More

Portland Small Business Saturday

By Kimberly Carlson

  Talking about Small Business Saturday feels, I admit, a bit like I’m preaching to the choir here. Oregonians are known for their support of local businesses, and this yea... Read More

Healthy Halloween Starts at Home

By Kimberly Carlson

I had the great fortune of interviewing Dr. Keith Kantor recently. Dr. Kantor holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences, serves on the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Committee and is the author of What Matters. Dr. Kantor is passionate about teaching healthy lifestyles to families across the nation. ... Read More

All Hands on Deck! Seaport Celebration

By Kimberly Carlson

Summer isn't over yet, and neither are all the fun family activities to do in and around Portland. This Saturday, August 17, the Port of Portland’s Terminal 4 is opening up (FREE!) to the public for a full day of fun. Registration for their Seaport Celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the event ... Read More

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