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How to rent your own fashion runway

July 31, 2013 --

by Shannon Ables
Portland writer
The Simply Luxurious Life

Every season when the new styles from top designers make their way down the runway, I often dream of having the opportunity to wear a Vera Wang original, Calvin Klein or Carolina Herrera for a special occasion. Knowing that I will never have the budget to keep one in my closet, Rent the Runwayoffers the opportunity for everyone to look their best without paying the full price tag.

Founded in 2009 by two Harvard business graduates, Rent the Runway  continues to offer top designer labels at a fraction of the price for 4 or 8 day rentals.

With the opportunity to try their business model out myself and share with my readers my experience, I was impressed with the prompt delivery of the dresses I chose (2 day delivery – even on Saturday via UPS) and ease of return (pre-paid UPS label and bag – all you have to do is schedule a pick up or drop it off at your local UPS dropoff/location).

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My secret super power is…

July 30, 2013 --


by Elisha Joyce, Oregon blogger

Rebel Grain

“Self-control” seems to be the topic of the day around our house.

I’m constantly telling my kids: control your urge to talk back… control your urge to be selfish…control your urge to focus on what you don’t have, and instead focus on what you do have.

All the same while the words come out of my mouth to my kids, the same words come out of my Father’s mouth to me: Elisha, control your urge to fight back… control your urge to be impatient… control your urge to be fearful, to be offended, to be defeated.

I tell my kids, and my Father tells me: Control… control… control.

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What if you disagree with your doctor

July 29, 2013 --

Fiona Brown
Oregon Blog
Earth Monkey Moms

Ever taken a little cherub of yours to the Doc and come away feeling a little……underwhelmed……or overwhelmed……..or have you questioned exactly what they have diagnosed and/or prescribed and wanted to treat things in a different way?……here’s a question that came my way:

“I’ve been dealing with ‘opinions’ from individuals who want to pressure me to do things differently with the care of my sick daughter. And being the ‘quick to respond’ type that I am, it just ends up with hurt feelings on both sides. So I’m wondering what some other mommas would say/do in those situations. This specific circumstance is with my daughter having pneumonia and being treated with a laundry list of meds & my desire to use a more natural approach… Tough situation but its hard not to let it bother me or simply ignore it when I truly feel I’m doing what’s right for my child.I hope I’m not the only momma who finds herself in situations like this, and I’d love to hear what other mommas think or how they would respond.” – Ms



Hmmmmm.  Things that make you go hmmmmmmm.  I’m so glad I have clever friends.  To answer this question I sought out the help of a friend of mine who is a Mom (to a college student and a high schooler), she’s also a Christian, and she’s quite possibly the best and loveliest general practitioner  in the whole wide world. 
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Daughter-Dad dance years before wedding…to beat cancer

July 27, 2013 --

Here is one of those beautiful stories, about a daughter who saw her dad with terminal cancer, and chose not to rob her future of her daughter-dad dance if she ever got married, so she did the dance in advance and made a video.

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How I Healed…Part 1

July 26, 2013 --

by Crystal Kupper,
Crystal’s Cliffnotes
Salem Writer

**Note to men: you don’t want to read this blog. Trust me. If you’re one of those, “If you tell me I can’t, I will” sort of people, I apologize ahead of time. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Hollywood loves to laugh about the way pregnancy affects a woman’s body: the weight gain, stretch marks, discomfort, weird cravings and frequent trips to the bathroom. It’s great fodder for comedy, to be sure. But have you ever seen any serious discussion on movies or TV shows of what happens to a woman after she has the baby? Yeah, me neither.
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33 lessons learned in Paris

July 25, 2013 --

by Shannon Ables
Portland writer
The Simply Luxurious Life

Last year after returning from my travels abroad, I wrote a similar post recording the many lessons I had learned (click here to read the post). While it takes time for some lessons to be absorbed, other lessons appear like flashes of lightning during moments unexpected. So many of the lessons I will share with you today occurred in this latter fashion.

The gift of travel is that no matter where the car, train, plane or your feet take you, there is always something to learn, and you always have the opportunity to return a better version of the person you wish to become.

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Fight Cancer One Mascot at a Time

July 24, 2013 --

by Kelli Warner
Springfield, OR

If you had asked Derek Zinser five years ago if he would ever imagine he’d be herding mascots to break a world record, he would have said you were crazy.

But things change when you lose someone you love to cancer.

Derek’s dad died of lymphoma on New Year’s Day in 2009. Two incredible things happened after that. Derek chose to get involved in the fight against cancer, and he had a really great idea how to do it. Inspired by Capital One’s Mascot Challenge, Derek thought it would be fun to gather a variety of mascots together at the Eugene/Springfield Relay for Life, a 24-hour walk to support the American Cancer Society.

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Time to rethink your television

July 23, 2013 --

notvAmee Foster
Certified Family Life Educator, Oregon
This Great Adventure Blog

Why I hate television.

Actually, not really. But I do. It’s really more a love-hate thing.  One moment I’m drooling over sizable flat televisions and the latest and greatest in home sound systems.  The next moment I’m threatening to go Amish in terms of electronics in our home.  I lecture the boys on violent video games, yet I secretly love that Steven Seagal movie (Under Siege 2, in case you were wondering) where the trains run into each other…that must have been awesome on the big screen!


Sometimes television can be educational…I watched Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow as a child.  When we had cable, the most viewed channels were Discovery, History and Food, with Nick Jr, and HGTV coming in close behind.  But even then I feel the costs outweigh the benefits.

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I dare you to ride your life’s rollercoaster

July 22, 2013 --

Roller Coaster
Terri Patrick
Oregon writer
Terri Patrick’s blog

I once worked with a man who had ridden every roller coaster in the world and planned his vacations to be one of the first to ride a new design. He enjoyed other adventures, like sky diving and flying an airplane, but riding roller coasters was his passion.

I created a character modeled on this man and my critique partners really like him. What makes the man interesting is that these are colorful activities but he is not a daredevil. Professionally, he writes computer codes and manages a team of technical gurus. Spiritually, he believes in the energetic connection, on a molecular level, of all things from plants to astronauts. He’s a very clear example of how we all need to have three dimensions to our character.

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Waitress awards breastfeeding mom free pizza

July 20, 2013 --

Pic of the week.

Wow. Often you hear about a fiasco about people complaining when someone breastfeeds in a public place. rarely do you hear of someone getting a free meal. That’s what happened to Jackie Johnson-Smith. Read more.


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