500 Pictures, 100 letters, movie stubs, discs, poems, cards, concert tickets all carefully placed into a brown woven box. The same brown woven box that used to hold my shower towels now held the last seven years of my life.

"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, but they didn't know that.

I love pasta! I always have and I always will. When I realized pasta did not love me, I had to find a replacement. I found spaghetti squash and we have developed a great relationship. Even my kids like it.

Following is a listing of Easter weekend activities in Douglas County.

If you are someone who feels like there is no hope, if you are overwhelmed, if you feel like you can't catch a break, if you are at your lowest, if you are lonely, if you are feeling like life isn't fulfilling you - this one’s for you.

Here's a list of the photography talent within our community. If you would like to be added to the directory, please e-mail barnold@nrtoday.com.

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.

I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and someone posted how they made pancakes out of just mashed banana and a couple of eggs. When I first heard of this recipe I thought no way! You cannot make pancakes out of just banana and eggs. Then I saw someone else rave about it so I tried it. To my surprise, you can make something like a …

Let’s talk about judging.

Growing up, there was no lack of church potlucks and family gatherings where all manner of recipes were shared. Lined up on those tables were a plethora of dishes ranging from sweet to savory, including new creations and the old standards as well.

I am not sure about you, but this has felt like a long winter. And it probably wasn't any longer than previous ones.

I adore recipes that are passed down from one generation to another. And not specifically just within one family, but ones that can be shared between friends and even strangers too. That is how I happened to find this amazing meal and it is a family favorite of ours that we indulge in often.

Simplicity is my favorite ingredient. It goes well with everything. It’s always fresh, nourishing and contrary to popular belief — it is not boring.

I have been fortunate enough to be part of the launch team for several new books over the past year, but When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner is the first children’s book I have ever reviewed, and I am so glad I got the chance. 

"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.

I decided years ago I wasn't going to sit on the sidelines and watch people live inspired without living inspired myself.

Bone broth is being touted as the new cure all. People are drinking it to get rid of cellulite, heal leaky gut, improve joint pain, and grow long luminous hair and nails. It sounds like the perfect drink to improve your health. Bone broth is made by taking any animal or fish bones, adding an acid like vinegar or lemon juice and simmering fo…

The cool thing about the mom job is that we are our own bosses. We can do it however we think is best for our kids no matter what anyone else says about it.

I spend a good portion of my day making decisions about things. Be it work stuff or family stuff, it seems as though I spend more time than I used to making decisions on where and how to take the next step toward the finish line.

This may be the best cheesecake I have ever had in my life — and much to my surprise, I made it.

I think if we have been on the Internet or social media at all recently, we are aware of the negativity and at times very sad about often misleading information that is being shared.