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.

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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…

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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 …

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June 9-11: Kids Camp at Fir Point, Family Church. Ages: 4th and 5th grade. $70, register at familychurchweb.com.

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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…

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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…

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I sat on a parenting panel this past weekend and after sharing about our little at-home "joy jar" behavior system and seeing the intrigued response, I decided it may possibly be something to pique interest on this mama-blog.

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"Umpqua" is translated to mean "thundering waters" or "across the waters," as well as "satisfied." Those terms define the Land of the Umpqua perfectly. Take in the surrounding rivers, lakes, waterfalls and streams, and any outdoor enthusiast will sure to be satisfied.

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Hope Services, a local nonprofit organization which operates Roseburg’s N’Lite Women’s Clinic has hired a new executive director whose vision for the group’s future is living by its name — providing more services, and vast amounts of hope for women of Douglas County.

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My son has been sick for the majority of his life - nine years. He gets Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Bronchiolitis, Sinusitis, and urinary infections over and over. He is on prednisone and antibiotics for 10 days, then off for five days and then back on the prednisone for seven more days, off for …

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I started making spaghetti squash in an attempt to curb my daughter’s pasta obsession in the hope that she wouldn’t notice the swap with the healthier alternative.

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I love routine. I love order. I love organization. When someone says they just let something happen "organically," I have to admit I throw up in my mouth a little.

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Before I became a mom, I thought I had it all figured out. I knew I would always have well behaved kids. I would have a well organized home. I knew that I would have every meal planned out perfectly. I would be caught up on all laundry and dishes at all times.

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When I was a kid, my sister and I would watch the Food Channel and attempt to cook our own versions of some of the recipes we would find there. That was long before finding a recipe on the Internet was as easy as it is today, so we had the luxury of a pen and paper to jot down the ingredient…