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Some Quality Time Together Saturday May 11th…and it’s FREE!

May 8, 2013

Festival of the Birds

Refreshing! DIY Vitamin Water~

April 26, 2013

Warm, sunny weather inspires!  Doesn’t this picture make you think of summer?  YUM!  Here’s a project for you & the kiddos this weekend:   Make your own vitamin water! 

EASY:  Slice fruit very thin or cut into small chunks & add water.  Refrigerate for 4-6 hours and enjoy! 

Vitamin Water

Experiment & find their favorite flavor.  No preservatives or ingredients that are hard to pronounce. 

I’m going to try this over the weekend, looks delicious!

 

Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

April 18, 2013

Cleaning for a Reason is a non-profit 501(c)3  organization that partners with various housekeeping services to arrange FREE house cleanings for people going through cancer treatments.  AWESOME! 

As you might imagine, they also have a Facebook page, and this is one of their recent posts (below).  I thought it might be helpful to some of you parents out there wondering how to give your little ones a bit of responsibility.  Have fun! 

When it comes to helping kids help themselves, the biggest barrier we face as parents is that it’s often faster and easier to just to do it ourselves. But taking the time to get children involved when they’re young–-and eager to help–-is an important part of giving them the skills they need as they get older.   

Chores for Kids

 

Tryon Creek’s Trillium Festival – THIS WEEKEND & FREE!

April 3, 2013

Did you know that Tryon Creek State Park is Oregon’s only state park within a major metropolitan area? Every day, visitors come to hike or stroll the nature trails through the verdant ravine between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard.  It’s right in our backyard!

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Cyclists of all ages bike along the paved trail on the park’s eastern edge, stopping along the way to admire a trillium. This weekend is the annual Trillium Festival that is a great family activity including a native plant sale, guided nature hikes, children’s crafts and activities, local craft and edibles vendors, live music performances and more!

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Another cool tidbit: Tryon Creek is one of the only streams in the metro area with a run of steelhead trout. Neato!

That blast of sun was GREAT this past weekend but…

April 2, 2013

Here are some healthy edible garden options for our more ‘typical’ Pacific Northwest spring weather:
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*Taken from a Gro-O Neighborhood facebook post!  They always have some fun tips!

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…$ave Money?

March 26, 2013

We Portlanders love to reduce, reuse and recycle … so bring on the Consignments Sales!!

Maybe you’re a new parent and have never heard of this before or maybe you heard about children’s consignment, but don’t know where to start.  

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These sales are sure to give you the thrill of finding that ‘score!’.  It’s just one more way to practice a sustainable lifestyle WHILE saving your hard earned cash! 

Visit this site for Spring 2013 Portland Children’s Consignment Sale dates.  So many to choose from!  Get your bargain on! 

 

 

 

 

7 Awesome St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations (& 1 Bunny Breakfast!)

March 14, 2013

Check out all the fun that is happening THIS WEEKEND!

Visit the ever popular Red Tricycle page on what to do with your little ones before the party turns into the 21 & older crowd!

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…and

DON’T FORGET!!  SWCC is also hosting our annual Bunny Breakfast on Saturday 3/16!  
Register HERE

Bunny Breakfast

Enjoy, make some memories with your wee ones this weekend!~

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