When Things Don't Go As Planned

Laughing Planet Cafe

OMSI is Out of This World

Breakfast With Mom

When Things Don't Go As Planned

At least a dozen Bob’s Red Mill products grace the shelves of our pantry.  Steel cut oats, buckwheat flour, gluten-free…

Laughing Planet Cafe

Portland offers a fabulous mix of healthy living, inventive cuisine, and eclectic fun. One of our favorite restaurant stops was…

OMSI is Out of This World

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland is truly amazing. We didn’t have nearly enough time to…

Breakfast With Mom

Mother, Grandmother, Chef, Entrepreneur, World-Traveler, Survivor, and Cookbook Author Lisa Schroeder is the driving force behind Mother’s Bistro & Bar, an inviting…

Road Trip: Portland, Oregon

Bike Delivery Person

Officially the City of Roses, Portland has many nicknames:  Stumptown (referring to the city’s rapid growth in the mid-1800s when development was happening so fast there was only time to cut trees without clearing their stumps), Bridgetown (this one is obvious since multiple bridges cross the Willamette and Columbia rivers within Portland’s city limits), and Beervana (Portland boasts…

Vancouver, BC With Kids

Kids running with mountains and water in background

My dear husband planned a brilliant overnight trip to Vancouver, BC for my birthday. He told me about it on Thursday then we left early Saturday morning, leaving the perfect amount of time to get things together but not obsess about the details or over-pack. Forty eight hours in Vancouver really doesn’t do the city justice but we…

Visiting the San Juan Islands with Kids

Orcas passing San Juan Island

I love the sea. I am happiest with my toes in the sand, listening to waves lap along the shore, searching for shells and beach treasures, paddling along in a kayak and hoping to glimpse any kind of marine life. My favorite vacations always include water and I’m grateful that we live close enough to…

The North Cascades Institute

North Cascades Institute

All travel promotes learning one way or another but we make a real effort to choose destinations that offer experiences aligned with our values. We just returned from our second annual 4th of July Family Getaway Weekend at the North Cascades Institute and it was absolutely wonderful. It’s hard to believe that such a remarkable…

Family-Friendly Fun in Tucson, Arizona

Between visits to Great Grandma’s place in Arizona last Spring, we headed to Tucson and stayed at the super family-friendly JW Marriott Starr Pass resort for the first time. It was magnificent! Tucked into the desert hills beside Tucson Mountain Park is this gorgeous, sprawling adobe compound that was built only 5 years ago. There was a…

Easier Airplane Travel

Kids Watching Planes Take Off

Five easy things you can do to improve your next flight with kids: Travel early; most kids are at their best in the morning Be extra nice to the flight attendants and ask if there are any kid “perks” If you’re a family of four, sit two by two, in seats in front of one another–this way the…