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Schedule for Spring Cleaning brings order & beauty

March 31, 2011 --

Cleaning Your Sanctuary – Tackle & Simplify
by Shannon Ables
Simply Luxurious Life

Spring cleaning feels amazing when it is complete, but the initially getting started isn’t always as exciting.  As a way to minimize how much I have to take on when this momentous event arrives each March and April, I am a big believer in cleaning my house every week without fail.

However, as we know, there are a handful of things that must be cleaned, but thankfully only a few times a year. Martha Stewart breaks it all down in great detail in her Housekeeping Handbook, but you can also print off the specific list you want here on her blog.

With that said, while I’m meticulous, I also don’t have a house cleaner, so below is the list that works for me.

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Shopaholic dies under her own purchases

March 30, 2011 --

By Evergreen,
Oregon freestyle writer

Recently a woman known for being a shopaholic was found dead under her own pile of shopping items. The piles of such store bought purchases were stacked to the ceiling. The overload prevented police from searching the premises which delayed her body being found. Read more of her story here.

Retail therapy can be fun when you are down, but now we realize that it can kill you.

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How One Little Girl Fights Cancer to Become a Brave Princess

March 29, 2011 --

Parenting Interview ~ Turning a Bald Little Princess into a Strong Brave Girl
by Jean Tracy

If your 4-year-old girl was bald from chemotherapy, how would you help her? If she wanted to be a beautiful princess but had no hair, what would you do? Find out how my friend and colleague, Kathy Slattengren from helped Lisa.

I’ve been reading Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein and decided to ask experts what they thought about the “Princess Phenomenon.” Little did I know that my friend, Kathy, had some first-hand experience.

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How to Re-energize This Spring


By Erika Weisensee, Oregon Writer

Well, spring is here, but it sure doesn’t look like it outside, not yet anyway.  I love spring! Whenever it shows up, I am looking forward to warmer days,  a blooming garden, and wearing sandals. Since spring is a time of renewal for nature, it’s also a great time for personal renewal.

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Spring Break take away: extra effort for Family Time rewarding

March 28, 2011 --

Family Time Takes Effort…and Buttermilk Coffee Cake

by Sandy Coughlin
The Reluctant Entertainer

One of the things I love about my son coming home from college is that he is so appreciative of my cooking. It helps to have a “plan” of some yummy “favorite” recipes to cook while he’s home, but I love trying new recipes, too. Like when I made Carrie Vitt’s Buttermilk Coffee Cake while we were on vacation last week. Carrie has this blog and a brand new book, Deliciously Organic, which I’ve loved cooking through.

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Mom’s inaccurate body image can aggravate childhood obesity

March 27, 2011 --

Many Obese Moms and Kids Underestimate Their Weight
by HealthDay News

Overweight and obese people often think they weigh less than they do, and many mothers of chubby kids view their children’s bulk as normal, new research finds. The study of women and children conducted at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City found that faulty body image was far more prevalent among the heaviest participants than people of normal weight.

“The implications of this is the overwhelming impact of obesity on children who are growing up in communities where obesity and overweight is the norm rather than the exception,” said lead author Dr. Nicole Dumas, a medical resident at Columbia.

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Know how to choose Oregon native succulents for a stunning garden

March 26, 2011 --

by OSU Extension

If you’d like to grow succulents but don’t know much about these drought-resistant, sun-loving plants – check out ones that are native to Oregon.

Broadleaf stonecrop, also known as Sedum spathulifolium, is one such species. Its varieties grow flowers with many colors and shapes, and the plants tend to have small, waxy-looking leaves.

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Is there a time to unplug our “acceptable addictions?”

March 25, 2011 --

Five Minute Friday. Acceptable Addiction?
by Joy Dombrow

Oregon Blogger

A fairly regular feature (I hope), Five Minute Friday is where I simply pick a topic that’s on my mind, set a timer, start with “Go”, write about it for five (although today took me fifteen) minutes, and end with “Done”. Editing is minimal and sometimes the thoughts are random, but it is a fun writing discipline. Enjoy!


Technology is changing my brain, and I am not sure that I like it.

I am talking about the physical construct of my mind.

The way it operates.

The wiring.

The chemicals that surge through the gray matter throughout the day.

I think it’s changing me.
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What’s missing in our gifts to our kids


What is missing in our gifts
By Evergreen
Oregon writer

Do you ever come across those kids who have enough toys to drown under? My friend’s 7 year old daughter is one. She has a four foot tall doll house with operating elevator. Her closet has so many clothes that she has to wedge open a spot just to hang them. At Christmas there was a mountain of gifts for her. When grandma picked a present for her to open she took it and threw it on the ground as she wanted to unwrap the bigger presents. Everyone laughed, but I found it bizarre.

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Lessons from my toddler

March 24, 2011 --

My Toddler Teaches Me a Few Things
By Christina Rainey
Oregon Writer

Lauren showed us a new trick this weekend: she can now climb in and out of her crib. Lauren is now 2 1/2 and it seems like just yesterday she was rolling over for the first time. But that was over two years ago and it feels like last week. This means the time to move to a new “big girl” bed is coming soon.

We have her twin size bed and a mattress in a spare room, disassembled, ready for Lauren to use it but not wanting to make the move. I think moving Lauren to a bed is a bigger change for her parents than for her. It’s just another sign that Lauren is growing up. It’s time to move from the sweet baby crib to the “big girl all grown up bed.” Cue violins!

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