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I hid the candy and embraced the Youth Salad

April 30, 2010 --

Youth Salad Recipe Below
By Heidi von Tagen
Gorgeous Bits Blog, Portland

The hubs went with his man-pals to the Blazer game last night, leaving me to forage for dinner on my own.  When the kids are not with us during the week, and he is out for the evening, I’ve been known to eat the worst, malnutritious, embarrassing kind of dinner. Like a huge bag of peanut M&M’s, Red Vines, popcorn, or nacho Doritos. Yes. It’s true and I hate to admit it, but for as much as I preach about eating healthy non-processed foods, I have my secret guilty pleasures. When no one is looking, I can pig out like nobody’s business.  And it’s not pretty.

But when I tossed the Twizzler’s into my cart last night at the grocery store, I did an unusual thing.

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Octopus Fashion: Nylons, Pillows, Jewelry

April 29, 2010 --

By Erin Flesh and Karen Vitt,
pdxneatsheet.com
Portland style, shopping, trends.

What has eight arms, three hearts and no bones? Why, the latest trend in fashion, of course. No, it’s not some freak “living coat” hybrid, specially engineered to keep Anna Wintour warm at night. The trend we’re referring to is… the OCTOPUS! We’ve recently been spotting this mysterious sea creature’s lovely visage on everything from T-shirts to tights to jewelry and home decor, and what can we say – we’re happy to hop aboard.

“Octopi have universal appeal,” said Chris Stevens, owner of Northwest Shirts, which makes a local line of Octopus inspired Kraken motif T-shirts and scarves. “They’re really otherworldly and exotic, and they have a bit of sinisterness to them – but they’re not. If you’ve ever seen an octopus or looked into its eyes, it feels like they have an ancient wisdom to them. They’re beautiful and smart creatures.”



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Gifts That Will Make Mom Smile

April 28, 2010 --

By Erika Weisensee,
Milwaukie mother and daughter

Mother’s Day—Sunday, May 9th—is right around the corner.  This will be my fourth Mother’s Day. At three-years-old, my son still doesn’t quite grasp the concept of Mother’s Day, but that won’t stop him from hugging me all day long. That, in and of itself, will make my day special. Of course, I wouldn’t mind sleeping in, breakfast-in-bed, and an hour-long massage.

While I’m on the topic, there are lots of ways to make moms feel loved and appreciated on Mother’s Day. Here are gift ideas sure to make mom smile:

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Making Time to Be Creative

April 27, 2010 --

By JulieChats
JulieChats Blog
Oregon’s Scrapbook Expert

“How do you make time for creative projects?”  Life certainly gets in the way of all the fun things we wish we were doing.  Laundry, dishes, work, kids, email, yard work, bills, so many things take up the hours of our days.  Like so many others, I wish there were a few more hours in each day for doing all the things I enjoy.  I am a stay at home mom, who also works part time for my local scrapbook store, Whimzee’s Scrapbook Studio.  I do my work for the store both at home and in the store.  Since my job requires me to be creative at the drop of a hat, I often get questions about how I make time to be creative.

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Facebook and your kids.

April 26, 2010 --

Chantelle K. Dockter,
MA Licensed Professional Counselor
CCCOW,

Question: My thirteen-year-old daughter has been hounding me to allow her to have a Facebook profile. She tells me that all her friends have one, and that she feels like an outcast because she has not been allowed to create one. Should I give in and let her?

Answer: Let me premise my answer with this: not all of you are going to like or agree with my response, which is okay. However, as a therapist who works largely with teenagers, I stand behind the following advice. Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter are alluring to teens and adults alike. There is something intriguing about being able to connect with others via computer, including looking at pictures and chatting.

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Study shows spanking still alive among parents

April 25, 2010 --

One in Five Parents Would Spank in Certain Settings

HealthDay News — Spanking may be losing its popularity among American parents, but new research suggests it might still be used in certain settings. Results of a national poll conducted for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan, show that one in five parents believe they would spank their child in some scenarios, said poll director Dr. Matthew Davis. The survey queried more than 1,500 parents about what disciplinary methods they would employ in a variety of scenarios.

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Missing mom on shopping spree?

The golden rules of yard sales

April 23, 2010 --

Yard Sales: Be Content with one Find!
by Sandy, Southern Oregon
Reluctant Entertainer

I hate wasting time. And having a long list of yard sales to go to is just that for me. A big waste of time.

I’ve learned over the years that I need to be wise with my time and my money.
* From your list of sales, pick out 3 to go to
* Be selective, don’t buy anything you don’t need
* Stop at 3 sales – don’t be obsessed with finding a perfect bargain

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Dieting is like your computer

April 22, 2010 --

Control/Alt/Delete:  Three Keys That Can Lead to Change.
By Olivia Rossi,  RN, MSN, ACSM
Your Personal Trainer:

It’s been about a year since I wrote this piece and I thought it would be a good idea to take it out and dust it off.  Maybe you weren’t ready to make that one little change a year ago . . . or maybe you did and it’s time to hit one of the other keys.  I was just out for a walk and passed by a shop with a sign in its window:  Computers Tuned-Up  . . .  Are you ready for a tune-up?

When it comes to computers, I keep it simple.  I don’t text or twitter.  Blackberry remains my favorite jam while Google has become my favorite verb.  My cell phone doesn’t take pictures, my camera doesn’t ring and MySpace is a little wooden desk in a cozy corner of my living room where I do my writing.  If I get in a fix on my computer, I know how to escape—I hit and hold Control/Alt/Delete and hope for the best!

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Why teachers do not like tests

April 20, 2010 --

All tests and no play
By “Miss Nelson”,
Salem Elementary Teacher,

I have heard people complain that schools spend so much time on standardized tests that they don’t have time to teach, and I always thought that it was just another excuse. There are so many students who are not achieving the standards and we’ve all known a teacher or two who didn’t seem to give the profession their all, so it stands to reason that we’d want some accountability!

But today my poor little kiddos took tests all day long, minus a break for library, recess and lunch! They are one terrific class and they did it like good little troopers, but I felt so sorry for them! Every day they come in and ask, “Are we going to have a test?” Because usually we do.

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