The Latest Tips & Advice For Your Family Trip To Disneyland

By Meg Hodson My family had one of our most memorable vacations recently when we took a road trip to Disneyland. My daughter was performing and participating in a Disney Performing Arts workshop with her dance troop....more

The Color Run Hits Portland!

My running and walking career (and what I also like to call my "walk/run" career) has certainly had it's ups and down. I've had stretches where all I can do is run. I've had stretches where I don't do that at all! And still other times where it's a mix of walking, running, or a little of both at the same time. Some of this has been an emotional decision. Some of it has been injury-induced (I wish plantar fasciitis on no one!). Even as I write this post, I am dealing with some heel problems....more

I Swore......So What?

What exactly are we teaching our children when we tell them not to swear? This is a topic that seems to come up almost daily as I raise my kids, as well as a popular talking point among the blogging community I am in....and with parents in general.  Whether it's reviewing movies, deciding which t.v. shows to watch, interaction with other children, words they hear at school, or even what they read, swearing is a prevalent issue I deal with as a Mom. ...more

Copa Di Vino: Small Town Roots, Big Time Dreams

By Meg Hodson Ahhh, wine.  I might like it just a teensy bit.  For me, writing and wine go hand in hand.  What could be better than sipping your favorite Cabernet as you put your passions to paper (or, in this case, to my blog)? Well, I just so happen to be doing that right now....more

"I Haven't Seen It" Review of Frozen

Yep, it's true.  I am one of the 7 people who hasn't seen Frozen yet.  I mean honestly, if you are parents and families out there, I would imagine you only go to the movies a few times a year?  Well, we are selective about what we choose to see in the theaters and what we wait to watch on DVD.  Part of it is cost, part of it is waiting for something worthwhile to see on the big screen.   This time around, my husband took my kids to see Frozen when it was in the theater.  I stayed home....more

When Is A Swear Word Just A Swear Word?

By Meg HodsonI am a blogger. The power of words holds a special place in my heart and is very important to me. I have always loved to write. You might say I am fanatical about proper grammar and spelling. I get language. I know how to form a proper, complete sentence. I say "please" and "thank you". I don't start conversations with "me" or "and"....more

Oscars 2014 Fashion Recap

The 2014 Oscars are in the record books!  Well, there might be a few parties still going on as this post goes live.  I have to say, it was quite the entertaining show, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres. I mean, how cool was ordering pizza?  And her Oscar Selfie set a Twitter record for the most tweets.  Even though it ran long, having our #OscarHop rolling made it fun and engaging!   But before the show, we began with the Red Carpet....more

Oscar-Worthy Cranberry Brie Bruschetta

Whoa, Mama this recipe turned out amazing!  It's relatively quick yet is an elegant presentation for your Oscar soiree....more

Are Girl Legos Necessary?

Legos have been a regular toy in our house for many years.  One of my daughters favorite toys as a toddler was a huge tub of Lego Duplo blocks that we would build into airplanes, robots, houses, and more.  They came in a variety of colors, nothing predominantly pastel or primary.   I will be honest, the first "advanced"  Legos that entered our home were for my 2nd born, my son.  My daughter would engage in play with him occasionally, but it's not like she asked for her own....more

Confession: I Don't Like Snow Days

I love watching my kids play in the snow.  I am humbled by kids and their sheer enjoyment of frozen ice crystals on the ground. They mold it into snowballs, they run through it, they eat it, they kick it, they dive head first into it, they sled in it, THEY LOVE IT!   It is the simplest, purest form of enjoyment I can think of for kids, especially for those that don't have it often. That is where my family comes into the picture.  We live in a suburban town of Portland, Oregon....more