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No Halloween decor? Check out this free & easy window idea

October 31, 2013 --


Chelsey,
Oregon blogger
“The Paper Mama” blog

So, if you feel like you need to step up your Halloween decoration game a bit, but don’t have much time to prep, look no further! Check out my Halloween Window Silhouettes on HP Create! They come with free .pdf’s to download and use to decorate your home. Spooky!

Halloween Window Silhouette // thepapermama.com

 

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The history of my kisses

October 30, 2013 --

by Crystal Kupper,
Crystal’s Cliffnotes
Salem Writer

As my 16th summer dawned, I had a few goals: earn some money at my assortment of part-time jobs. Pass driver’s ed. And get my first kiss.

Yes, at the ripe old age of 15, I still hadn’t been kissed. Thankfully (because who wants to be the last one?), three of my best friends also held that title. We made a somewhat odd wager over who would be the first one to leave the club. Typical teenage girls, no one bet on themselves, because each of us just knew we were the ugliest, most un-cool ones in the group.

Just a few weeks later, my childhood crush kissed me (right after I got out of driver’s ed for the day, in fact. Now that’s efficiency!). And I journaled the hecked out of the moment.

“The room suddenly seemed to get so quiet…I looked up at him, my own heart beating wildly…I thought I was going to melt…I had always thought I would think all this stuff before and during my first kiss, but I didn’t [Adult Crystal inserts: yes, deep thoughts like where do I put my nose? What if we crash teeth?]…I was kind of in dreamland [Adult Crystal again: obviously! Dramatic much?].

I’ll spare you the other eight pages.

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Halloween: Why not inspiration? Creativity?

October 28, 2013 --

Here are three of the news most headlined 2013 Halloween costumes based on sheer creativity. You have a man walking backwards upside down stilts as a flamingo, a dad who made a stick-man light suit out of LEDs for his son, and a dog made in replica of the Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball video.

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5 tips on starting over

October 25, 2013 --

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by Shannon Ables
Portland writer

The Simply Luxurious Life

“That’s exactly where you want to be: steeped to your eyebrows in failure. It’s a good place to be because failure is where success likes to hide in plain sight. Everything you want out of life is in . . . failure. The trick is to get the good stuff out.” – Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert

A fresh start. A clean slate. A second chance.

Perhaps a relationship has ended, or you have relocated to a new city. Or maybe, you are starting a new job, redecorating a room in your home, reorganizing your files or simply pressing the reset button on any aspect of your life that hasn’t been working or didn’t work out as you had hoped.

While beginning from scratch can feel as though you are a novice again, in reality, you are more of an expert than you realize, should you choose to use your powers.

When you begin again you bring with you the wisdom of what did and did not work, the insight of knowing how something will turn out in particular circumstances and the ability to not waste precious time and energy doing something that won’t provide the results you seek.

Cartoonist Scott Adams reiterates in his article in the WSJ that failure is a tool, not an outcome. So indeed, there is a grand gift in starting over.

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Last Day: Favorite Book writing contest

October 24, 2013 --

bklvrToday is the last day for the  “Favorite Book” Writing Contest and win $300 in prizes!
This is to benefit, inspire and encourage local NW women writers to write and make their voices heard.  There are not many local writing contests, but we are one of them and we love to have fun.   THis contest we have 6 categories to choose from.

$50.00 Romance
$50.00 Mystery/thriller
$50.00 Self-help/cooking/health/fitness/Family
$50.00 Religious
$50.00 Biography/Memoirs/Historical (non-fiction)
$50.00 Wildcard category

Find out more here.

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Excuse me? A miscarriage is NOT a scandal!

October 23, 2013 --

Excuse me? A miscarriage is not a scandal!depression-shadow
By Evergreen,
Oregon blogger

Celebrity website Radar Online tried to predict the new dirt on actress Gwyneth Paltrow and produced a big list of 30 possible “scandals”  which included a suspected miscarriage. That scandal item is #20 out #30 and is listed along with other Paltrow items such as adultery, racism, plagiarism, child neglect, etc.. In attacking Gwyneth for having a miscarriage the gossip website attacks every woman who suffered the unimaginable pain of miscarriage. Women already endure great self-inflicted shame and guilt over their miscarriages — when they did nothing wrong.

Even today women struggle with misconceptions about miscarriage. Ohio State University study found that large portions of the public still blame mothers for causing miscarriages despite medical evidence to the contrary. Interestingly, the study shows that the higher education levels of the survey respondents showed them less likely to believe in miscarriage stereotypes. The study suggested that more educated people tend to reach better conclusions on medical advice by being exposed to more opinions and sources than less educated people. With gossip websites like Radar Online that treat miscarriages like a dirty scandal you can see how it contributes to hurtful and unscientific attitudes towards these victimized moms.   What we say gets absorbed by the public.

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Hidden blessings of family struggles

October 22, 2013 --

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by Kelsey
NW Blogger
K.B. Squared

Patiently Endure

Here we are, in the midst of yet another money struggle. I am discouraged. My self esteem takes a hit as I question my ability to portray a warm environment for new daycare kids, and wonder if potential clients are true in their excuses for declining my services. I obsessively pour over Craigslist ads, comparing myself to every other advertised daycare. I critique their spelling and grammar, cringe over their poorly designed space and lame Dollar Tree “learning posters.” I wonder what they have that I don’t. Motivation? A better setup? A business license?
There are certain things I have no control over. I can’t accept a family who isn’t willing to allow me to transport their child, because I am not willing to pull Coral out of the preschool she loves. I won’t give up my Volunteer Wednesdays at the boys’ school because it is a priority of mine to be a familiar face. It is so important to know the faculty, and more important, to know the kids’ friends. Also, the public school system needs volunteers, no way around it. So the truth is, I am the only one getting in my way of bringing in a greater income. And I don’t want to change that. I want things my way or not at all.
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An Open Letter to WWII Veterans on the recent memorial closures

October 21, 2013 --


by Crystal Kupper,
Crystal’s Cliffnotes
Salem Writer

Dear veterans of World War II:I’ve always been a history buff. I got that from my dad. He used to let me stay up late with him and watch PBS documentaries, often about the war you men and women so bravely fought. I quickly became fascinated by the idea that a group of youngsters just a few years older than myself could save the world.Because that’s what you did. You stared death straight in the face and didn’t even flinch. I know, because both of my grandpas were in the Navy during WWII, while one grandma was a “Rosie the Riveter.” The other was a British war bride.

I’ve heard the stories, I’ve read the first-hand accounts, I’ve watched the movies and I’ve cried over the images. Your generation — so young, so green, so full of promise — literally stopped evil in its tracks.

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Check out Autumn outerwear fashion

October 18, 2013 --

Style Inspiration: Autumn Outerwear


by Shannon Ables
Portland writer

The Simply Luxurious Life

 

Aside from the layers of sweaters, boots, scarves and hats, autumn welcomes the season of outerwear made for warmth and style. Wool, cotton or leather can provide wonderful stylistic options to encourage you to remain bundled up even after you step inside. With short cropped jackets to be worn with jeans, classic khaki trench coats to wear before the temperatures take a tremendous dive or oversized wool coats to be worn on the most frigid days of the year, the options are treat for the eyes. Have a look.

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Act Now — Favorite Book writing contest – $300 prizes

October 16, 2013 --

bklv“Review your favorite book” Writing Contest — $300 in prizes

Oregon Women’s Report wants you to think about your favorite book you read in the past two years. Share your thoughts & you could win $300 in prizes.

First pick your own prize category based on the book you wish to review:

$50.00 Romance
$50.00 Mystery/thriller
$50.00 Self-help/cooking/health/fitness/Family
$50.00 Religious
$50.00 Biography/Memoirs/Historical (non-fiction)
$50.00 Wildcard category

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