Summer is great for spontaneous day trips or perhaps you have a long road trip planned and are looking for some fun stops along the way. Here are some of our favorite family fun spots that are within a few hour drive.

  • Beth Schultz
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It is berry season in the Umpqua Valley. We picked strawberries last week at Big Lick Farms. They were ripe and ready to eat. We were deciding what to do with them all and found this delicious gluten free recipe online by Danielle Walker.

  • Megan Buckley
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Is it just me or does anyone else despise bedtime? Let me back up though - I do love bedtime, but my bedtime. My children are a different story.

  • Krystal Irwin
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Just going to get straight to the point and shoot you peeps a round-up of Douglas County’s fantabulous yearly on-going and summer freebies and cheapies for your kiddos’ viewing and experiential pleasure. Because sometimes you just need to do life on the cheap, right? #yourewelcome

  • Beth Schultz
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I am sitting here writing this while my loaf of banana bread bakes. The house is filled with the aroma of cinnamon and banana! I am dreaming of pulling the bread out, slicing a nice warm piece and putting a generous pat of butter on it.

  • Megan Buckley
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I am fully aware that everyone has a different opinion about what makes a mother a mother, and a father a father. Urban Dictionary states the definition of a mom is: the woman who loves you unconditionally from birth, the one who puts her kid before herself and the one who you can always cou…

  • Beth Schultz Douglas County Family blogger
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I recently participated in a health fair at Phoenix School in Roseburg. I wanted to give the kids a dessert that was dairy, gluten-free and a little healthier than the usual sweets they love.

  • SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)®
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Each week from October through May, if you walk into any of 14 SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) sites across Douglas County, you’ll come across something special: adult volunteers reading with children, helping them select books to take home, and experiencing the fun and joy of shared rea…

  • Sarah Hutchings
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8 years. That's how long she waited for the man she devoted her entire life to - to pop a question that never came. All for him to say that he doesn't believe in marriage, he isn't ready yet, or here's my favorite: he was going to propose soon, but now she ruined it.

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I moved to Douglas County from the city, and while it was a challenging transition for a couple of years, Douglas County became my home. As a new mom in a new town, I felt the opposite of isolation. Whether it was a smile from a stranger, a hug from a fellow mom, a meal delivered from a new …

  • Metro Creative Services
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The great outdoors can be a wonder to behold. Parks, nature preserves or even some time spent in the backyard can help men, women and children reconnect with nature.

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"He looks normal though." I heard it again. If only they knew. Then, maybe, I wouldn't get that snide look in the grocery store like I was somehow failing as a mom. Maybe they'd know that the reason he is screaming is indeed my fault, but not for the reasons they think. I changed plans again…

  • YMCA of Douglas County
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The YMCA of Douglas County is a 501©(3) nonprofit agency serving Central and South Douglas County since 1948. It is one of more than 2,700 YMCAs nationwide committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y believes strong communit…