Holiday Baking with Toddlers

While it may shock some parents, one of my favorite rainy day activities is baking with my toddler, especially around the holiday season. Let’s face it, Oregon winters can make it challenging to find stimulating and creative indoor activities

Five Local Holiday Activities to Add to Your List

Are you looking for a new holiday activity or tradition to get your family out and about this season? Here are five Oregon favorites to delight your kids and get everyone in the holiday spirit! If you don’t mind

Kid-Free Shopping? Yes, Please!

Do you need some kid-free time to get your holiday shopping done or prepare for company? Maybe you just want a few hours to enjoy a peppermint mocha and catch up on a book before the chaos of the

iSpy: December

Looking to do some holiday shopping? Why not stay local with these ten gift ideas that will cover everyone on your list! Shopping for dad? The Natty Dresser in Albany is full of items that you won’t find anywhere

Minimalist Living: Making a Conscious Choice to Live with Less

In the age of personal electronics and specialized toys and gadgets, many homes have become chaotic storage spaces for rarely used and unloved possessions. While the thought of downsizing your stuff can be daunting, the recent trend toward minimalism

The AAP’s New Screen Time Guidelines

In our evolving digital age, many parents struggle to find healthy limits for screen time in their children’s day. We face challenges and advantages not seen in past generations, and parents are eager for guidance from medical and educational

Unsolicited Advice & Criticism 101

It almost seems as if having children is an open invitation for advice and criticism. Parenting is a hard job. We do the best we can to meet our children’s needs, and parenting styles have to be as unique

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Kid’s View Rowan Howe  Age 7, Corvallis “Making a gingerbread house or going on the Christmas train.” Evie Howe  Age 5,  Corvallis  “Opening presents! And decorating the tree.” Warren Smart  Age 4, Philomath “Getting presents!”   Cassidy Smart  Age