Road Trip: Portland, Oregon

Officially the City of Roses, Portland has many nicknames:  Stumptown (referring to the city’s rapid growth in the mid-1800s when development was happening so fast there was only time to cut trees without clearing their stumps), Bridgetown (this one is obvious since multiple bridges cross the Willamette and Columbia rivers within Portland’s city limits), and Beervana (Portland boasts more brewpubs per capita than any other US city) to name a few. READ MORE

Colors of Spring with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Bees were buzzing and birds were singing. A few days of sunshine was all it took to get our tulips and daffodils peeking out of the ground. It was all it took to get us outside as well, soaking up all the Vitamin D our bodies could absorb. In honor of the seasonal burst of color we’ll experience soon, I set up a rainbow variation of a classic baking soda and vinegar science experiment for the kids. READ MORE

Vancouver, BC With Kids

My dear husband planned a brilliant overnight trip to Vancouver, BC for my birthday. He told me about it on Thursday then we left early Saturday morning, leaving the perfect amount of time to get things together but not obsess about the details or over-pack. READ MORE

Pinecone Leaf Bats

Don’t you love when proof of your efforts comes back to you in a positive way? My five-year-old son, William, surprised me with the greatest little nature craft the other day. READ MORE

Visiting the San Juan Islands with Kids

Visiting the San Juan Islands  is my idea of a dream vacation. I love the ocean. I am happiest with my toes in the sand, listening to waves lap along the shore, searching for shells and beach treasures, paddling along in a kayak and hoping to glimpse any kind of marine life. READ MORE