Anchor Moms: The First Birthday

EUGENE, Ore. — Man, how first birthday parties have changed over the years. “It’s all about the tutus and smash cakes,” said my mom Julie Denman. Yes, it would seem our need to celebrate that iconic first birthday has grown over the years. I think for most parents it is a celebration of something bigger, basically the … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: We Need to Get Out!

You only need two words to describe winters in Oregon: wet and cold! Not exactly ideal park weather with the kids. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve longed for a covered park within walking distance from my house…scratch that…I’d drive 20 miles for a covered park! A place where we could get outside, … Continue reading »

Anchor Moms: My Wormy Life

Fact:   I moved to Eugene, Oregon because I like what the city stands for–it’s bike-friendly, green, and big enough to be a big city without being BIG. Fact:   I love gardening–from growing organic vegetables and fruit to harvesting them. Fact:   In 2014, we bought a home in Eugene with a big backyard. LET THE … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: Back-to-School Routine

Three and a half weeks in, and it finally feels like we’re starting to settle into a back-to-school routine. It wasn’t easy. That first week of school was a wake-up call that reality was about to set in. And it was a short week. Only three days, but that’s all it took to jolt me … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: Baby Travels

Before baby: Wake up, get ready, head to airport and we are on our way. After baby: Wake up, get baby ready, try to shower, change diaper, load up car, feed baby, make sure you have all 1,000 baby items, drive to airport, change baby, feed baby, hope for priority boarding, find baby changing room, … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: DIY Adventures

What was I thinking? Who was I kidding? Will we ever be done? I asked those questions many times between January 2014 and August 2014. You see, in January 2014 we closed on our home in the Santa Clara area. My husband and I shopped around for quite some time looking for a home, but  … Continue reading »

Shop Holds Kids Consignment Sale

  EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of Lane County parents are getting ready to race through the racks at a massive consignment sale. Volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the Itty Bitty Boutique Sale set to open Wednesday night at Camp Harlow. You’ll find hundreds of consigners selling their merchandise. There are 20,000 pieces of … Continue reading »

Graco Recalls Harness Buckles

Graco Children’s Products, Inc. says it is recalling some of its infant, toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says  the following models are affected: APRICA A30, SNUGRIDE, SNUGRIDE 30, SNUGRIDE 35, SNUGRIDE CLASSIC CONNECT, SNUGRIDE CLICK CONNECT 40. It says Graco is recalling certain rear-facing child restraints manufactured … Continue reading »

Baby Reading Recommendations

EUGENE, Ore. — Babies may not seem interested in bedtime book reading, but a new study backs up what most of us probably figured. Reading to newborns is highly recommended. The American Academy of Pediatrics is now weighing in on literacy. AAP will now recommend that pediatricians across the country tell parents to read out … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: Are you a dog mother?

Am I a dog lover? YES! Am I a dog mother? YES! Sounds crazy, but I know all you pet parents will agree — caring for your dog or cat prepares you for parenthood. Pets have always been a part of my life. I’ve had several goldfish, a bunny named Freddy and three dogs. The … Continue reading »

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