Family-Friendly and Pet-Friendly Hotel Vintage Plaza

I’m not sure if it was the complimentary glass of wine that was offered upon arrival (they host a daily wine reception from 5 to 6pm in their stylish and welcoming lobby) or the friendly valet who volunteered an easy, affordable parking option rather than selling us on the Hotel’s valet service but Hotel Vintage Plaza in Portland had me at “Hello.” READ MORE

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