October 31, 2012 - 50 ways to live like a free-spirited French woman

by Shannon Ables Eastern Oregon writer The Simply Luxurious Life I can’t help it, I’m an admitted Francophile. How about yourself? I’m already getting excited about returning next year for another week in Paris and am making my list of things to enjoy, see and do. Like many of you, […]

October 30, 2012 - My Vertigo scare

Carolyn J. Rose Oregon writer Deadly Duo Duh Blog On October 27th, the earth tilted and spun. At least it seemed to from where I was sitting. For the record, that was (thankfully) in the passenger seat as Mike drove down Main Street in Vancouver, Washington. It took all my […]

October 29, 2012 - Raising smart kids in a world full of stupid…

by Gena, Silver Nest Designs Oregon Blog Earth Monkey Moms {Let me preface this post with the fact that I have just had one of the most completely stupid, and irritating nights in a LOOOONG time…I apologize, and may regret in the morning what I am about to write 😉 […]

October 26, 2012 - A Girl’s Got to have her Boots!

by Lani Grass Backstage with Lani Is it my imagination, but the minute the weather turns colder, do you see 80% of the female population walking around in boots? With the huge popularity of boots and the confusing and countless array of styles you have to choose from, it’s no wonder […]

October 25, 2012 - “Thanks, Girlfriend!” Writing Contest

 “Thanks, Girlfriend!” Writing Contest 3 Prizes:  $50, $35 & $25. Student Prize: $40 Previously written or published material gladly accepted!!! Wouldn’t you love to honor a special friendship and win a cash prize?  Maybe even take your “winning” friend out to lunch!  Here’s your chance…now you can put your friendship […]

October 24, 2012 - Today, I’m confessing my secret love

by Jen Rouse The Short Years Oregon writer I have a secret love. I don’t often speak its name, because it is not a glamorous love. It is not hip, and neither is it urban, edgy, or cool. This love I have, is for a store. This store’s name is […]

October 23, 2012 - 7 things when having that difficult conversation

by Shannon Ables Eastern Oregon writer The Simply Luxurious Life Over the past year, one of the common requests I have received is to share strategies on how to effectively and compassionately have a difficult conversation with a friend, partner, colleague, boss or family member. Such conversations are not easy […]

October 22, 2012 - The day my boy didn’t hug me

By Rebekah Schneiter, Out Numbered Blog  The first blatant sign happened this fall when my oldest, B, walked off the bus and crossed the road to the safety my arms…except he didn’t walk into my arms.  That was the sign.   For the last two years I have always gotten an […]