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Longing to be “Strange”

January 31, 2012 --

by Elisha Joyce
Fully Mulched

It’s been a long time since I’ve been in an airport. With three kids, it’s more economical to pile ‘em all up in the car and drive somewhere – so, for the last couple of years that’s what we’ve done: drive to our destinations.

This is why when my boy and I arrived at the airport for our trip to Honolulu a couple days ago I walked through the experience with fresh eyes – with joy, with anticipation, with excitement. I mean, we were at the airport! We were about to get on an airplane!

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7 ways to practice imperfect hospitality

January 30, 2012 --

by Sandy Coughlin
The Reluctant Entertainer

“Do what you’re good at and everything else will fall into place.” -Willnett Crockett

You don’t have to do something perfectly just because someone you know does it perfectly.

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My friend, Krissy, is an amazing designer. Everything she touches with design turns to gold. My other friend, Michelle, knows how to throw a party. She adds the little touches, plans the menu effortlessly, and makes sure everyone has a good time. Another person in my life, Barb, was an incredible mom and homemaker who gardened, canned, cooked, farmed, and raised four kids who are now all fabulous adults. Jeannie, a diligent gardener; Annie, a talented artist. The list goes on and on with friends who inspire me.

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Photo of the week: Girlfriend gets revenge

January 27, 2012 --

Sometimes you see interesting signs when in public.  Story here.

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Learning to let go is the hardest thing to do

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Moments for Mom
By Elisabeth K. Corcoran
Author of He Is Just That Into You

My daughter, who I’ve been writing about in this column for over ten years now, just got her drivers’ permit. I took her to the DMV yesterday and watched her take her written test. We high-fived and jumped up and down when she passed. And then we went driving around a parking lot. My baby is not a baby anymore.

My son, who I’ve also been writing about for over ten years, just got mad at me for the first time for walking into his basketball practice to pick him up. Apparently that embarrassed him. Apparently I should’ve waited in the car even though practice had gone fifteen minutes over. My baby is not my baby anymore.

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When “Being Awesome” really counts

January 26, 2012 --

Just be Awesome
by Jen Rouse
The Short Years

So here is my goal for the year: just be awesome.

And so you don’t think I’m horribly egotistical, let me explain my thought process.

“Just be awesome” is shorthand for my bigger goal of being intentional about my life. My version of a WWJD bracelet, if you will.

Sign courtesy of my moms’ group: our meeting today was about dreams for the new year, and we all had the chance to make these beautiful signs.
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Six ways to fight rudeness

January 25, 2012 --

By Erika Weisensee
Milwaukie writing mom,

“Society is getting ruder.” Every now and then, I hear someone say those words, and it always makes me sad. Clearly, there is some truth in that statement. I see people texting and talking on cell phones in all kinds of inappropriate places; handwritten thank you notes are becoming almost as rare as letters; and it is just amazing how many people don’t RSVP. But, what I dislike about the statement “society is getting ruder” is that it just sounds so inevitable—so absolute. When, of course, we have the power to buck the rude trends of the 21st Century and be models of modern politeness.

Here are some common etiquette mistakes and how to avoid them:

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Four common assumptions that ruin relationships

January 24, 2012 --

The Damage of Thinking Errors…Part One
Chantelle K. Dockter MA
Licensed Professional Counselor
CCCOW

Question: I find that I am very sensitive at work or out with my friends if people are talking one-on-one near me, but not with me. I assume they are talking about me and it makes me increasingly paranoid. How do I stop this?

Answer: Assuming is just one of many thinking errors, or thoughts that are negatively misleading. Thinking errors are almost always damaging in one way or another. Sometimes thinking errors are referred to as mistakes in thinking, or cognitive distortions. It is important to be able to become aware of, identify, and then challenge thinking errors. I will go over a few of the most common thinking errors in this article, and go over a few more in next month’s article.

Let’s start with taking a look at assuming, since that is what our question brought up. Assuming falls under the thinking error of Jumping to Conclusions. This is where we assume something negative where there is no evidence to support it. There are two specific sub-types, known as mind-reading and fortune telling.

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Design by Inspiration

January 23, 2012 --
by Julie Nolta
Julie Nolta Design

If you’re like a lot of people, you have a room in your home that could really use a makeover, but you haven’t done anything about it because you don’t know WHAT to do about it. You need direction, but don’t know how to find it.

The simplest way to set things in motion is to use something you absolutely love as your inspiration. This could, literally, be anything at all. Maybe you have an area rug with some great style.  Maybe you have a souvenir from an unforgettable vacation. It could be that flirty, floral party dress in the closet.  (One of my favorite commercials featured a woman who loved her cat so much, she took some fur to the paint store to have it matched!)

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Video of the week: Pooch defies gravity

January 21, 2012 --

This video made the most popular on the Today show as it shows the most acrobatic canine you will ever see (no exaggeration). Enjoy.

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Art Pick: Mom turns sleeping baby into photo wonders

January 20, 2012 --

By Evergreen,
Oregon writer

Here we have an ordinary mom, Adele Enerson, who turned scenes of her sleeping baby into fun and creative dreamscapes. She created a blog for her friends and family, called Mila’s Daydreams and that is when it all went viral. Now Adele has a book of her photos.

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