November 30, 2013 - Scary books for elementary kids

Ms. Nancy’s Library Blog Boooooooooy howdy, do I wish the Goosebumps series had never been created. In my first library (at a school with students grades 6-12), I had a few Goosebumps books, and a number of Goosebumps videotapes. What? Moving along to library #2 (K-8th grade students). The students […]

November 28, 2013 - How to pick the perfect book

by Erika Weisensee Book Lover Take it from an avid reader and member of two book clubs, there are a lot of great books out there. When I turn the last page and read the last words of a really good book, I am always sad that the experience is […]

November 25, 2013 - Winter design for looks, warmth

by Julie Nolta Julie Nolta Design COZY UP TO WINTER The cold and rainy season is upon us again, and we find ourselves spending much more time indoors. At the end of a long day, we want to come home to a warm and safe haven from the bluster outside. […]

November 22, 2013 - Choosing online shopping over Black Friday

by Shannon Ables Portland writer The Simply Luxurious Life The big shopping weekend of the year is nearly upon us, and with more than 140 million shoppers expected to shop online for Black Friday through Cyber Monday deals, I wanted to share a few tips for taking advantage of the […]

November 20, 2013 - End of the Garage Sale Era?

by Jamie Brazil, Portland Her blog Author of Prince Charming, Inc. Turn on the TV, open any lifestyle magazine, and chances are America’s new thriftiness has grabbed your attention. From “Storage Wars” and “Pawn Stars”, to Flea Market Style Weddings, the new-to-you market just keeps growing. And while secondhand may […]

November 18, 2013 - Learning to love Mondays

Amee Foster Certified Family Life Educator, Oregon This Great Adventure Blog It’s Monday. Know how I know? I know because I found B’s gym clothes on the laundry room floor this morning, after he left for school. I know because I realized J didn’t have lunch money, after he was […]

November 15, 2013 - What would you put on your life’s Coat of Arms?

Carolyn J. Rose Oregon writer Deadly Duo Duh Blog A few years before he died, I watched my father using a drill to shave away a sixteenth of an inch of plasterboard in a bathroom ceiling. My father was a carpenter, so this wasn’t an act of born of ignorance. […]

November 13, 2013 - How to define true luxury…

by Shannon Ables Portland writer The Simply Luxurious Life “A good response to consumerism might be not to sacrifice these pleasures and live without lobster and lemons but to appreciate what really goes into providing them.  Our desire to have luxury cheaply is the real problem. If the route to […]

November 11, 2013 - Veteran’s Day: A Mix of Triggers and Honors

Welby O’Brien, Oregon writer Love our vets blog Veteran’s Day and other patriotic holidays can really catch us off guard. Ironically, the one day of the year set aside to honor our veterans often is one of the most difficult for many of them. Especially those with PTSD. And the […]