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How a cheap date became one of the best

August 31, 2010 --

By Jen Rouse
The Short Years

Oregon Blog

It was our anniversary yesterday. Nine whole years with this guy. That’s not counting our years of dating and engagement. I’ve now spent more than a third of my life linked to this one particular human being. It’s weird and it’s wonderful, and in honor of the occasion we went out on one of the nicest dates we’ve had in a long time. And it was almost entirely free. It doesn’t get any better than that.

First we foisted the kids off on my mom and dad. That’s Step One: obtain free babysitting from grandparents, friends, or some other sucker who’s willing to care for three kids all day and night in return for the sheer joy of their company. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

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Tips for taking photos of your kids

August 30, 2010 --

By Heidi von Tagen
Gorgeous Bits Blog

Sometimes I take for granted the fact that my adorable kiddos have grown up mugging for the camera.

I’m biased of course. Being the typical proud mom and part time professional photographer, I think my children are adorable and photogenic. All kids are photogenic, and really, all parents can take professional looking photos of their rugrats. You don’t even need a fancy or expensive camera.  But there are some tricks.

Trick #1:

Take your camera everywhere – One reason why my kids always look relaxed in photos without the awkward squinty-eyed overly dramatized smile is because they are used to me shooting photos of them. ALL THE TIME. I wear a camera like jewelry, and consider it a part of my outfit.

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Tell your kids you love them

August 28, 2010 --

Parenting Tip: Tell Your Kids You Love Them
by Jean Tracy
NW Writer

Kids Love to be Loved

My friend, Mercy babysat my boys. Her firm discipline, loving manner, and sense of humor endear them to her to this day. Now Mercy and I get together twice a month and have fun with our grandsons. Like my boys, I love being with Mercy.

This Is Mercy’s Tip

“Tell them you love them. When my boys were growing up, I didn’t wait until they did something good to tell them I loved them. They heard  it often. Now they keep in touch every day. They love to tease me too.

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Pro-anorexia websites: I could not believe my eyes

August 27, 2010 --

By Evergreen,
Oregon writer

This I could not believe until I saw it on television.  Websites that are a support group for people who want to be anorexic and even are bulimic.  These sites offers tips on how to make it work and how to eat less to the point of starvation.  I would link to these sites but I dare not give them any traffic or credit.  Instead I offer this video which shows you these terrible websites and the women who used to visit them.

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Portland Project Runaway — Hats off to you

August 26, 2010 --
Portland style, shopping, trends.

By Erin Flesch, NEAT contributor

This week’s Project Runway 8, Episode 4 recap might be a bit shorter than most, and here’s why: In our humble opinion, it was one of the most unwatchable episodes in recent memory and a travesty given the potential for awesomeness of the “Hats Off To You” challenge. It might also have been the fact that the giant Italian sub we consumed while watching sent us on a nausea-induced shame spiral of epic proportions (curse you Jimmy Johns! Never again).

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Saving Money on Back to School

August 25, 2010 --

By Erika Weisensee, Oregon Writer

Ads are everywhere reminding parents to buy, buy, buy for back to school. School supplies, new shoes, backpacks, not to mention the latest fashions—it can cost a small fortune to send kids back to the classroom.  But there are ways to save money and still keep the kids happy.

Here’s how:

– Find out where the good sales are and shop those stores.

– Since we tend to have nice weather the first few weeks of school, consider waiting a few weeks to buy clothing for colder weather.

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Even comedians get the blues

August 24, 2010 --

Sharon Lacey,
Portland comedian
Moments from a Road Comic’s Life #7

Comedy is the one career where you have to fail, repeatedly and in front of an audience, in order to improve. I wrote this a year and a half ago, but didn’t share it with anyone.  It just hurt too much.  Now it’s time:


I was booked to feature in a major comedy club in Detroit. Two weeks before the date, the owner of the club saw me do 8 minutes of my act in the Detroit Comedy Festival.   A few days later I got an e-mail from him telling me he’s demoting me to mc, replacing me with a better feature act.  He was kind about it, and said he was just being honest.

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Make your Home Inviting: Bring in new Color

August 23, 2010 --

By Sandy
The Reluctant Entertainer Blog

Oregon Author, Entertainer and Blogger

I was looking around my living room the other day, realizing that it was drab and lacked pizzazz. I really like to move things around and freshen up the room, but this time I decided to bring in a brand new color – a teal blue.

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City vs. rural folk see pets differently

August 22, 2010 --

Fido’s Family Status May Depend on Where You Live
HealthDay News

— A pet’s status in a family may be influenced by where the owners live, new research suggests. People who regard pets as children tend to have a city background, for example, while those in rural areas have a more practical attitude, said study author David Blouin, of Indiana University.

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Guide: When to pick veggies


By Judy Scott,
Oregon State University Extension Office

CORVALLIS, Ore. – When garden produce is ready, don’t hesitate too long before you harvest. That’s the advice of Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.”Regular picking encourages vegetable plants such as sugar peas, cucumbers, squash, bush beans, peppers, broccoli, and eggplant to produce more,” he said. Even a few mature fruits on a cucumber plant will stop new fruit from setting, he added.

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