In Portland, the summer is a beautiful yet fleeting time. All too often, the brilliant sunny days turn to drizzle and gloom. Oregonians like to take advantage of every walking hour of sun, and during the longest days of summer, we all are usually found outside up until 9:45 or.... read more
There is nothing children, big and small, love more than seeing their artistic masterpieces proudly displayed at home, or adorning their bedroom walls. The grin that accompanies "I made this!!" is priceless. As the weather moves into fall, you and your kids may be spending mor.... read more
This photo of my daughter Ramona captures a wistful but joyous moment this past October at a local farm outside of Portland, Oregon. This snapshot memorializes her two front teeth, which she yanked out herself the following week. (As you can see, they're barely hanging.... read more
"If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask you for a straw. When he's finished, he'll ask for a napkin. Then, he'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache. When he looks in.... read more
Children love accompanying their parents to farmers markets and sowing seeds in their own backyards, but one day they may want to know the real nitty gritty surrounding the whole process. How does this seed turn into an apple? What makes it grow? And just what does the sun hav.... read more
There are some toys are universally classic, and children gravitate towards open-ended toys that let them construct, add-on, and create! No longer limited to the old-school varieties of construction materials like Tinker Toys and Erector Sets, toy companies have taken us to th.... read more
As summer winds down and our families fall into the rhythm of fall and school routines (and faster paced schedules, and rushing, and wondering as you sit in rush hour traffic at 6pm what on earth you will pull together for dinner for your family?), it feels good to slow down a.... read more
My daughter has been using a computer since she was very young. We are big technology freaks in our house. She's learned to be quite self sufficient with a mouse and navigates her way around the desktop with ease. Children feel empowered when they can print out a picture they .... read more
***This giveaway is closed. See below for the lucky winners!***School's out, summer is in full force, and while the kids are busy cooking up mud pies, chasing dragonflies, or splashing in the pool, many parents are looking for a way to incorporate learning and fun. Enter Shutt.... read more
My daughter shares my passion for collecting all things Hello Kitty and lately, we've been talking about making our dream of traveling to Japan come true. I've told my daughter we'll make it there before she graduates high school; she's convinced she'll be packing her bags by .... read more
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