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Cover MOM: Jennifer Brownlee..........10

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This mom gets real.

Because I said so............... 5

Family outdoor fun........19

A message from MOM

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with Dr. Brad Chvatal, orthodontist, page 8

with Dr. David Hackett, pediatric optometrist, page 21

with Donnita Bassinger, travel agent, page 6

“The fastest land mammal is a toddler who has just been asked what’s in their mouth. with Dr. Erin Estep, pediatric dentist, page 18

Healthy MOM with Anne Ziemba, MSN, CNM, page 22

Beyond the Bin with Kelly Bell, waste reduction specialist, page 20



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Default is not mine

I DIDN’T ASK FOR THE DEFAULT PARENTING LIFE, IT CHOSE ME. If you haven’t heard this term yet, you need to. The Default Parent is the parent who, most often by giving birth, is in charge of the child’s dental visits, signed field trip forms, sunscreen, well-child appointments, haircuts, water intake, emotional equilibrium, play dates, toenail clippings, fiber intake (and good grief, don’t we all need more fiber), rides to lessons, and oh so much more. Then there’s the Backup Parent. This is the parent who asks, on Sept. 1, are the kids registered for school? I witnessed this phenomenon early on in parenthood when it came to leaving the house for an errand, sans kids. When the Default Parent leaves the house, they find the Backup Parent and give a rundown, akin to this: Child 1 just ate lunch and is playing in the backyard. Do not let them expand the dirt tunnel under the fence where the dog started one. Child 2 didn’t really eat anything so they are totally cranky and will be hungry soon. Do not under any circumstances let Child 2 fall asleep or they will never get to bed later tonight. I am leaving for approximately 1.5 hours to buy groceries. You are in charge of the kids. Oh, and guard the popsicles. When the Backup Parent leaves the house, they say out loud to no one in particular: Where’s my wallet? Oh, here it is. Okay, bye! How did we get here? I ask myself on the daily. We’ve been trying hard to shake off this stereotypical 1950s-style of parenthood, yet it trailed after us into the new millennium like the smell of a dirty diaper. Most Default Parents will tell you they want equity. They want equal division of parenting duties without having to delegate them. In my house, that means every time a kid says, “mom, mom, mom, mom, mom,” my husband needs to step in. He’s learning to intercede by


asking our kids, “What do you need?” Training ears and eyes is critical to this mission. And single parents? You are in a league of your own. We wish for you to get the restorative, restful sleep you need and promise to pick up your kids if you get stuck. Just text us. Recently, my teenage son wanted more WiFi, after it automatically timed out for bedtime. Instead of asking his father who was sitting right across from him, my son walked all the way upstairs to my bathroom where I was taking a shower, knocked on the door and yelled, Mom, can I have more internet? YOUR FATHER IS RIGHT THERE, I yelled back. Oh...right, he said and trudged off. We just gotta keep at the training, I guess. For all of us.

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The Los Angeles area is a great choice for your next vacation. BY DONNITA BASSINGER

Check with each attraction for the latest Covid protocols.



From Eugene, we have daily non-stop flights to LAX on United and Alaska Airlines. Allegiant flies to LAX twice a week, and new service just started on Avelo Airlines from Eugene to Burbank/ Hollywood airport. You can take connecting flights to the Los Angeles area on new Southwest flights, as well as Delta and American Airlines. A rental car and navigation app is a good idea for exploring this exciting area.

Some of the best activities in Los Angeles are free! If you plan ahead and get tickets you can see a live taping of a TV show. Game shows, sitcoms, late-night shows and special events offer opportunities to be in the studio audience. Note that there are age restrictions for each show, and you have to arrive early and stay for a few hours.


The Getty Center is an architectural wonder located on a hilltop in Brentwood overlooking the city. It cost over $1 billion to create this complex of museums and gardens but you can see it for free. Parking is $20, and you take a tram ride up to explore the

shop on Rodeo Drive. If you want to go beyond the free sightseeing, you can take a Starline Tours Open-Top Double Decker Bus that stops at The Grove/Farmers Market, Kodak Theatre, Route 66, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Center, Melrose Ave., Sunset Strip, La Brea Tar Pits and much more. The hop-on/ hop-off tour allows you to stay as long as you like at each stop and catch the next bus, or stay onboard for the whole two-hour tour.

amazing galleries and sculpture gardens. They have activities for children as well as concerts and special events.


The beaches of Southern California are legendary and visiting them is free. Santa Monica is only four miles from LAX and has so much to offer. The boardwalk with the big ferris wheel and roller coaster are iconic symbols of California. The beach scene is active with volleyball, playgrounds and people practicing all sorts of acrobatic feats. You can rent a bike or skates to explore Venice Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa and Redondo.

For a visit to Hollywood, the Loews Hollywood Hotel is the ideal location. It’s part of the Hollywood & Highland Center which is home to the Academy Awards and numerous movie premiers. The hotel features an outdoor pool, spa, fitness center and views of the Hollywood Hills.

If you have never made a pilgrimage to see the sights of Hollywood, you need to add it to your next trip to L.A. It’s free to walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and see the hand and footprints at TCL/ Grauman’s Chinese Theatre along with an “interesting” array of street performers. This area is experiencing a renaissance, although some surrounding neighborhoods are sketchy.


The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is a great choice for an amazing beach vacation. Their sophisticated pool area is not huge, but it is very nice with food and beverage service, a hot tub and fire pits with views of the beach, the ocean and the boardwalk. For a treat you can visit their spa and gourmet restaurants. The beach at Santa Monica is huge and clean with lots of activities. You can rent a bike and ride to Venice Beach for a fun day.

The Los Angeles area is great for families with attractions that will keep all ages happy. If you’re looking for a romantic get-a-way, stay in a sophisticated hotel and enjoy wonderful restaurants and walks on the beach. Grab your girlfriends and have fun shopping, sightseeing, visiting a spa and checking out the nightlife. There really is something for everyone in LA, and now it is easier than ever to get there.

You can drive around Beverly Hills, ogle the beautiful homes and then window

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Smiling through summer


E’RE RARING TO GO on all the fun things for summer! While you’re planning, evaluate your family’s dental health and safety so you don’t get caught unaware. SPF FOR LIPS: Lips do get sunburned, and you don’t want to learn the hard way on this one. Use a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher. Avoid lip gloss, as it increases the risk of burns. MOUTHGUARDS: There are special mouthguards made to go over braces. Ask your orthodontist about them for your athletes. Getting these done in the summer also has one item off your list for back-toschool sports.

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TRAVELING: Pack extra wax and clean finger nail clippers. Finger nail clippers can be used, with help from an adult, to

clip long wires if one is causing discomfort. A new, clean emery board can also be used to lightly smooth rough wires. Braces needs can arise at any time and any place, so make sure you stay current with scheduled appointments before leaving for any long trips. SOCIALIZING: Remind your kids that while they’re having fun with friends, they should avoid foods that are problematic for braces, like jerky, taffy and other hard or sticky foods. And stay hydrated with water — it benefits your body and your teeth.

If you’re considering braces for your children, summer is a great time to start. They won’t have to worry about missing school for appointments, and it gives them time to adjust to wearing braces.

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Jennifer Brownlee

Profession: Owner, Hooray Yard Cards Eugene Husband: Mike Brownlee, general manager at BMW of Eugene Children: Bianca, age 12, and Juliana, age 8 Community: Eugene


Photos by Fremouw Photography

Cover MOM Jennifer Brownlee risked starting a business at the beginning of the pandemic. Today, she and her Hooray Yard Cards franchises are thriving. Family comes first. All families are unique. Tell us about yours. My family includes my husband Mike, and our two daughters, Bianca and Juliana. We also have a kitten named Ruth. Mike and I have been married for 16 years. Every family has their own traditions, rituals or inside jokes. What’s one of yours? We celebrate every single day that we are together. Cake for no reason, grab the fancy plates, let’s get dressed up, life’s a party and we are here to live it up! When did you know you wanted to be a mom? I always knew that I wanted to be a mom. I played Barbies when I was young and loved getting them dressed in fancy clothes. I thought that was what motherhood would be like. Do you think that parenting is easier or more challenging than when you were growing up? I think parenting is harder now. Social media and technology make it harder for kids to step away from their friends, and also people that would try to bully and be mean. It’s hard to flip the “off” switch, decompress and just enjoy life. Tell us about one of your proudest mom moments. My proudest mom moments are when I see my kids standing up for other people. A woman once approached me at the school and said “Aren’t you Bianca’s mom? She’s always so nice to my son. He doesn’t have many friends, and he tells us how sweet she is. Thank you.”

was the most terrifying 10 minute drive to go pick her up. I felt like a bad parent for letting her participate in a dangerous activity. She ended up being fine and she still loves to dance and perform. What is the most surprising thing you have found wedged between the sofa cushions or behind a car seat? The amount of goldfish under the car seat continues to be disgusting. We don’t eat in the car, so where does this food come from? We’re all moms so we know that no one is perfect all of the time, or even some of the time. Tell us about your most recent “Mother of the Year” moment. You know, like forgetting to pick the kids up from school. On my daughter’s 12th birthday, I told someone I had a daughter turning 13. Whoops! What is something you swore you would never do before kids that you now do? (skip showers, go to a drive-through coffee in your pjs, etc.)? I pride myself on being put together. I never thought I’d be the mom in sweats, with my hair in a greasy bun, no makeup, going into the mall to pick something up. Yet, here I am, doing exactly that. In what way are your children like you? How are they different? Both of my girls love to read and have good, kind hearts. They have a natural athletic ability that I do not have. Your biggest wish for your kids is… I hope that my kids travel the world and experience as many new things as they possibly can. I believe that you learn so much by seeing the way people live in different cultures.

Now tell us about one of your most humbling mom moments? My daughter hurt her neck at cheer practice a few years ago. I got the phone call “she’s hurt” and it 11

QA MOMs Love Local We love locally owned businesses, restaurants, places and organizations. Share your favorite… …shop to pick up a gift for a friend: Stingray Botanicals. I love giving plants as gifts. …spot to get a good workout: barre3 …place to treat yourself to a mani/pedi, massage or other personal service: Bello for a mani/pedi and Chikara for a lovely massage. …restaurant to take the kids: Chula’s …restaurants for a date night: North Fork Public House …meetup spot for happy hour: Provisions South …place where the kids can let off steam: Amazon Park

No one works harder than mom. We know that being a mom is a full-time job. How do you balance (or not) motherhood, activities, work, volunteering, household responsibilities, and life in general? What sometimes falls through the cracks? I keep a very detailed calendar. If I don’t write it down, I will forget all about it. I prioritize my kids and my business, and honestly my household responsibilities often fall to the wayside. There is always laundry that needs to be folded in my house. Tell us about your work or volunteerism outside of the home. I was a stay-at-home mom for nine years. When Covid started last spring, I wanted to find a way to help my daughter feel special on her birthday. I started setting up Yard Cards, and I love helping people celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, etc. in a BIG way. What have you learned professionally, that has helped you as a mom? The art of negotiating.


Tell us about a recent achievement you’re proud of, or a personal passion or talent. I started a new business at the beginning of Covid. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I taught myself and worked hard, and somehow made it through to now owning two successful franchises.

If mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy. Tell us about your community/upbringing growing up. How did it shape the mother you are today? I grew up in Beaverton, with a strong single Mom who worked very hard to provide for me and my brother. Being the poor kid who moved around a lot had a big impact on who I am and how I live my life. What do you think is the most important life skill or value your parents taught you? My mom taught me to always be kind to strangers, and to treat other people as I wanted to be treated. Because of this, I have a lot of empathy for people and I always try hard to be friendly, kind and welcoming to everyone. 13

When was the last time you did something for the first time? In 2017, I stepped way out of my comfort zone and went on a waterfall hike in Maui. I am scared of heights (and cliffs) and I had to step over the edge of the freeway on the Road to Hana and let myself fall a few feet down to the trail. It was terrifying and it took me a few minutes to collect myself. However the waterfall and lake were so beautiful, it was absolutely breathtaking and 100% worth the scare. I liked it so much that I went back two years later and went on an even scarier hike! What is something you will NEVER do again? I will never ride on a motorcycle again. Way too scary for me. Which good habit do you wish you started earlier? Two big ones: drinking water and sunscreen. Both are so important and I was bad about both until very recently. What is one thing you never had that you want for your kids? My father wasn’t around when I was a kid. I love watching my daughters interact with their dad, and I look forward to watching their relationship grow and change as they get older. What are three words your best friend would use to describe you? I asked my bestie Theresa this question. She said, “vivacious, outgoing and caring,” which, hey, I’ll take that. What are three words your kids would use to describe you? Bianca says: Funny, bold, unique. Juliana says: Kind, fun, loving. What is the quality you like most about yourself? I can walk up to anyone and have a conversation with them. I was always the new kid at school because we moved a lot when I was a kid. I didn’t realize what a blessing this was until later in life. I have talked to some very important people and wasn’t nervous at all. If you could instantly have one new skill (i.e. foreign language, musical talent, eyes in the back of your head, etc.), what would it be? I would love to be a clean freak. What’s in your mom purse right now? Hand sanitizer, masks, snacks, crayons, a book for me If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, in which event would you win a gold medal? Working a room! I love to schmooze and get to know new people. 14

Name one thing that is part of your daily routine that you just can’t live without. I’m mildly obsessed with my Peloton exercise bike. I love getting 30 minutes of “me time” where the music is loud and I can pedal away and not have to think about anything. Tell us something about you that would surprise your kids (or your husband). When they aren’t around, I frequently sneak candy, cookies and ice cream. I don’t want to share. It’s Saturday afternoon and you suddenly find yourself at home alone for a few hours (we know, it never happens). What do you do? I would stare at a pile of laundry for a while and then read a book. What keeps you up at night (apart from kids, of course)? I wish the world were a kinder, safer place for everyone. It pains my heart to think of injustice happening to anyone. What is the best way that you let off steam? Going for a neighborhood walk. This is something I started doing when my kids were babies. No matter the weather, we go for at least one walk a day. This came in very handy during quarantine. Who is your favorite fictional hero? Nancy Drew. I grew up reading all of her adventure stories and dreamed that one day I’d solve mysteries. Who is your favorite real-life hero? My mom. She’s unbelievably strong, so smart, a great role model and she has led an amazing life. She was a lifeguard, a paratrooper in the Army, she was on the city council when I was a kid, she has lived all over the world and has the coolest stories to tell. Her art collection is also amazing. Outside of your family members, who/what inspires you to be better? I’m inspired by children. I’m an optimist and always trying to make the world a better place, because all of these kids need to live in a good, safe, clean and happy place. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? I think every person should be required to be a server at a restaurant. You have to be quick on your feet, deal with all kinds of personalities, learn how to make people happy, fix issues that happen, etc. It’s a wonderful learning experience and the tips are great.

I wish the world were a kinder, safer place for everyone.


MOM s Favorite... …family game: UNO …place to find some peace & quiet: I love to sit on the back deck with a good book and watch the sunset. …binge-worthy TV: Lifetime movies are my jam. The crazier, the better. …way to get out of making dinner: I’m all about that takeout life. …inspirational quote: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg …time-saving app or digital tool: I love using Instacart instead of going to the grocery store. 15

Listen to mom. Is motherhood what you expected? What surprised you the most? It’s harder than I expected. I never thought I would love someone as much as I love my kids. It’s surprising how much someone can make me so happy, so mad, so frustrated and so proud, all at the same time. Who and what has influenced the mother you are today? My mom is the biggest influence in my life. What’s the best advice you’ve received from another mom? Choose your battles.


What advice would you give your younger mom self? What do you wish you knew then that you know now? I wish I would have taken more videos and appreciated the sleepy baby snuggles. What message would you like to share with other moms? Remember to tell it like it is. It gets better. My kids are 12 and 8, and already I find myself missing baby snuggles and toddler-hood. I really struggled when my kids were little, and I wish I would have appreciated that time more, now that they’re older.

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A healthy diet is important for your child’s teeth Food choices and eating patterns can affect whether your child has problems like tooth decay and cavities.


A healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks is good for overall well-being as well as for healthy teeth. A steady supply of sugary foods and drinks, including sports drinks, sodas and energy drinks, can damage teeth. Acid from sugary foods and drinks can attack teeth for 20 minutes or longer. Over time, tooth decay can happen, and cavities can form. Offer water when your child is thirsty and nutritious foods such as fruits, veggies, nuts and cheeses if your child is hungry. These are healthier options than giving them cookies, crackers (those popular fish-shaped ones are a major culprit), candy, potato chips and other sweet or sticky foods. Save sweets as an ending for mealtime, when the mouth makes more saliva to help rinse out food particles.

• Fruit smoothie made with unsweetened almond milk • Celery sticks filled with all-natural, no-sugaradded peanut butter • Cheese plate with sliced meats • Fruit kabobs • Crunchy veggies with dip or hummus

Brought to you by: Dr. Erin Estep is a board-certified pediatric dentist who owns Treehouse Kids Dentist in Springfield. She and her staff are committed to making sure your child has an amazing, safe, memorable dental experience. 1611 J street Springfield, OR 541-515-6631






By Lynne Brown for the Parenting Success Network

Family Outdoor Fun By Lynne Brown for the Parenting Success Network

There’s nothing like summer in the Willamette Valley: the rain is gone, the sun is warm and nature welcomes us outdoors. There are so many options for family outdoor fun!

Prior to the 20th century, many families came together over shared farm work and household chores. While most families today do not work together on the family farm, finding time to have fun together outdoors can help strengthen family bonds, develop strong emotional connections, improve communication and reduce stress.

BETTER COMMUNICATION Engaging in activities as a family group helps children learn to communicate with people who have different styles, opinions and ways of doing things. Playing together allows each individual to contribute in their own unique way.

Pitch a tent or build a fort in your backyard. Once built, enjoy a meal or have a reading marathon in your homemade outdoor oasis.


Play soccer, tennis or volleyball. Take advantage of the numerous city parks that provide spaces for all of these sports. Divide up into teams and forget about keeping score — just enjoy the opportunity to be active together.

More family time creates stronger emotional bonds as well. Building relationship skills can have long-lasting effects: research shows that teens who spend more time with their parents are less likely to skip school or get into trouble with the law.

Go on a hike. Visit a state park and enjoy the forest. “Forest bathing” is a way to destress together — simply slow down during a walk in the woods to absorb everything you can see, smell, hear and feel around you.


Take a bird watching walk. You don’t need to leave the neighborhood to take advantage of the 420 different bird species that call the Willamette Valley home. As you walk around your neighborhood see how many different kinds of birds you can see and hear. Have a sunset picnic at a park or beach. Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor dining, in your own backyard or farther afield. Pack up the car with a meal, a comfy blanket and sunscreen, and enjoy the scenery at a local park. For extra adventure, journey over to the coast.


The Parenting Success Network is a nonprofit coalition that offers classes and workshops based on proven parenting programs. Visit for information.

Spending time together having fun helps both the adults in the family and their children reduce the impact of stress on their health and well-being. Findings from a Canadian research study underscored the importance of the role of leisure as a means of coping with stress. Choosing energetic activities for family fun, like biking or soccer, elevates the body’s heart rate and reduces its stress hormone known as cortisol. 19



A recycling quiz…


t’s hard to tell which boxes can be recycled and which ones cannot, especially when they are all made from paper products. Of the following items, which one can be recycled and which ones belongs in the trash? 1: CARDBOARD SHIPPING BOX





Answer: The shipping box is the only one that can be recycled.

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Frozen food boxes such as those used for pizza, ice cream and microwaveable meals are not recyclable. The reason is that they have a plastic coating, which is good at keeping them from falling apart, but it makes them unrecyclable at a paper mill. The same goes for other boxes used to store many refrigerated items, such as butter. Any type of coated paperboards like this should be disposed of in the garbage. Kelly Bell is the Master Recycler coordinator for the Lane County Waste Management Division. She feels privileged to support the many citizen waste prevention educators who volunteer their time. Learn more at

Cardboard boxes used for shipping are recyclable. We ask that you empty and flatten them. Tape and labels are okay to stay on, unless the amount is excessive. Find more recycling guidance at


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SUMMERIZE THOSE EYES In the sun and while having fun, protect your children’s eyes.

In the sun Keep your child’s future bright by protecting their eyes from the sun. When it comes to sunglasses, it’s more than controlling brightness — it’s about blocking harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Consider: • Up to 80 % of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV light is received before the age of 18. • Clouds don’t always block UV rays. • Studies have shown the importance of wearing sunglasses for preventing eye disease. Sunglasses should block 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Seek UV protective sunglasses when the UV Index is 3 or greater — check the daily UV index on any weather app; it is scaled from 1 to 11+.

How do I find sunglasses to fit my child’s smaller face? Children’s sunglasses are widely available at retailers and online. The key is to look for ones that block almost all UVA and UVB rays. You don’t need to spend a fortune on them as they typically cost under $10 a pair. Children do need their own sizes in eyewear. You want to find a pair that fits: if they look too big on your child, they probably are. The goal is to find something that is lightweight and comfortable so your kids will actually wear them.


What if my child already wears prescription glasses? You can get prescription sunglasses for them, too. Most of the frames we offer patients can easily be made with shaded lenses. If your child’s prescription is up-to-date, you could simply order the same frames in sunglasses, or try the transition style of lenses that automatically darken in sunlight. Some patients like these because they offer a 2for-1 solution, and you don’t need to swap between pairs of glasses.

While having fun Oh the joys of summer activities! When you’re packing for adventures, consider eye protection for water and sports. Remember that:

• When on the water, light reflects from below and the sun above, creating twice the exposure of harmful rays. • Swim goggles prevent irritation from pool chemicals. Most moms know it’s worth packing the goggles to avoid red, irritated eyes that make for a cranky kid after a day at the pool. • Teaching your children how to mow the lawn and use other tools? Reinforce the use of safety glasses. Be a role model yourself by wearing them when you do projects. • Playing with foam blaster toys are fun, but not when a dart gets you in the eye. Any type of projectile toy or sport brings the need for eye protection.

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Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) work independently as well as with teams of physicians and nurses.

Call the midwife for a lifetime of care As nurse midwives, we care for people throughout their lifetimes for gynecologic care, and we pride ourselves in a holistic approach to health.


urse midwives have master’s degrees in nursing and specialize in midwifery. This means we are also nurse practitioners, allowing us to diagnose and treat conditions such as pelvic pain and irregular periods, provide sex education, guide menopausal management, treat anxiety and depression, and much more. When it comes to labor and delivery, many people are surprised to learn they can have a midwife if they want an epidural, or if they have medical complications in pregnancy. We attend many kinds of births, and care with a nurse midwife is shown to reduce

cesarean delivery rates. The quality of care we provide is unique, regardless of whether you opt for pain medication in labor or not. We are experts in physiologic birth, which means we understand and know how to support normal birth processes, and we have many ways to help when it’s needed. Midwives foster shared decision making, and we often develop long-term relationships with patients, who may come to us pregnant but stay with us for years to come, for annual exams and contraceptive care, to a variety of health care needs.

Anne Ziemba, MSN, CNM McKenzie Midwives & Lactations Services 960 N. 16th St., Ste 104, Springfield (541) 744-8660


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Family friendly


If you think about it, wineries are the perfect family friendly places: they have room to run, often have food, and of course, they have wine for grown-ups.

The Willamette Valley is teeming with beautiful wineries, all with their own unique vibes. Some have a swanky ambience (read: get a babysitter and go on date night), while others are as casual as visiting an old friend. Continued… 23

Winery owners & workers seem to be the friendliest, most laid-back people in the hospitality industry. Of the places we visited, we were greeted warmly with cheerful conversation. It’s like they’re just so happy to have us visit, they spin a kind of magic relaxation that makes us want to stay there all day. These are just a few of the many great places we visited, so the list is by no means exhaustive. We’re lucky to live in an area with so many, you could probably visit a new one every week for a year. In fact, we might just make that a goal...

1 Bennett Vineyards & Wine Co. —Eugene


We headed to Bennett Hills Winery in Cheshire on a lovely blue sky day. They offer lots of appropriately spaced picnic tables with sun shades, which work great for families. The grounds are beautifully tended, and if we could give an award to the most perfect trees, we would. The 2015 Pinot blend was a joyful reminder of why Oregon is known for Pinot Noir. A generous cheese snack plate is available for $15. It comes with chocolate, so grab yourself one before the kids sneak them all for themselves. Bear Creek runs along the property, and the owners of the winery participate in a stream bank restoration program through the Long Tom Watershed Council. A mid-size pond with water feature brings relaxation to anyone traveling without a water-curious toddler. If you want to actually relax and enjoy yourself, we recommend leaving the little walkers at home. Bennett Vineyard is easy to access just off of Hwy 36, but no worries about traffic noise as it’s set far enough away, you’ll barely hear it. Mostly you’ll relax to the sound of the wind in the trees.


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Ankeny Vineyard —Salem 2 In Salem, Ankeny Vineyard was hopping with people on the warm Saturday we visited. Bridal parties, couples and families can enjoy wood-fired pizza in an open setting. Both outdoor deck seating and covered seating is available. The barrel room is an overhang with cafe lights strung from the rafters. Note that this area can be a bit loud for conversation, which can be nice when you want to cover up the noise your kids make. Tables are spread out for the pandemic, which is a bonus for anyone pushing a stroller to be able to maneuver around with ease. The staff was friendly and attentive, and the made-from-scratch pizza was served fresh out of the wood-fired pizza oven. They also serve small plates and desserts, with the menu focused on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Note that reservations are needed during times of live music. Even then, at peak times you might have a short wait for a table, but not a big deal when you can walk around the beautiful grounds. With 22 acres you get that wide-open relaxation feel, especially with the nearby Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Visit the chickens, and the rooster will likely crow hello. The kids can burn off some energy by walking up the hill to say hi to the llama and goats.

Springhill Cellars Winery


—Albany/Corvallis Tucked just outside of a residential area in North Albany, you’ll find Springhill Cellars Winery. This three-generation winery is as inviting and friendly as can be, with owners who live onsite. The sweeping views of the valley are lovely, and neighboring farms with horses give a pastoral feel to your visit.

With picnic tables outside, under a covered overhang, you know this is a place you can relax. Mature trees offer shade, and a small water feature provides a nice effect. For special events, they turn on the cafe string lights and light the fire pit. People love the cheese plate, which comes in three sizes and features five to six fine cheeses, mixed nuts, grapes, summer sausage and crackers. The owners are also known to serve items fresh from the garden, whipping up something custom and in-season.

If you’re headed there from the west, take the Buena Vista Ferry for $3. The novelty of being in a car, on a boat, crossing a river is enjoyable for kids and adults.

Younger kids will like visiting the chickens, and older kids will appreciate the wifi password posted on the door. This little respite is easy to get to, just off of Scenic Drive in Albany. Bonus: it’s dog-friendly, too.

Before you go Check COVID-related openings, closures and special conditions. Many wineries are bringing back live music, but with more structure around seating capacity and ticketing than in pre-pandemic days. Check their websites and Facebook pages for up-to-date info. The Facebook pages tend to be updated more frequently. Some wineries don’t mind if you bring your own picnic, while others set

limitations on this. Check first so you don’t get caught unaware. You’ll want grounds to explore, with shaded areas when you need it. The vineyards that look like a movie scene for jetset are not for little kids. For instance, you don’t want to spend your time pulling them away from posh bonsai trees. Peruse the menu beforehand, and make sure it has something for everyone. Most vineyards offer non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy.

A good bathroom (no portable ones), preferably with a changing table but those are rare. With kids in diapers, it’s always worth your time to have a makeshift changing table set-up in your vehicle’s cargo area. A chicken coop or friendly dogs on the property are usually a bonus. Speaking of dogs, many wineries and vineyards are amenable to canine visitors, but always check with the property before bringing your own. 25

Oregon Cherries Oregon is the third highest producer of sweet cherries in the country, with the season beginning the first week of June and lasting until the end of August.



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RESEARCH SUGGESTS that consumption of sweet or tart cherries can help prevent or decrease oxidative stress and inflammation. In other words, cherries are super good for your health and premature aging. Enjoy cherries by themselves, or try one of these recipes that ooze summertime goodness. 27




package rolled pie crust dough (get the two-pack for bottom and top crusts)


cups fresh cherries, pitted and sliced in half

⅔ cup sugar (use more for tart cherries) 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon chilled unsalted butter, cut into small squares


tablespoon coarse sugar (optional)



IN A LARGE BOWL, stir the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and lemon juices together until thoroughly combined. Set filling aside in the refrigerator as the oven preheats. PLACE one of the pre-rolled crusts as directed into a pie dish. ADD the cherry filling, sprinkle squares of butter on top, then put on the second pie crust. CRIMP the edges of the crusts together, then use a fork to poke holes in the top for venting. If you want to get fancy, there are all sorts of cute lattice and weaves you can make with the top. Sprinkle coarse sugar on top for a pretty finish, if you like. PLACE the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. AFTER 20 MINUTES, turn the oven temperature down to 375°F and bake for an additional 30 - 35 minutes. If the edges of the pie are browning, use foil or a pie crust shield to protect them. ALLOW THE PIE TO COOL for three full hours at room temperature before serving, which gives the filling a chance to thicken properly.



You can invest in a cherry pitter tool, which can be found in many stores or online. Or, you can search the web and find a myriad of DIY options involving a clean chopstick, an empty glass pop bottle, or a bent-up old fork...the list of options might go to the end of the internet.

2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and sliced 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup oats 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup light brown sugar


PREHEAT oven to 375°F. LINE an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. STIR together cherries, cornstarch, lemon juice and almond extract. Set aside.


IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL, stir together melted butter and sugar. Add flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and stir with a fork until the mixture resembles crumbs. Press all but ¾ cup of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the lined pan.

Use on waffles, ice cream, cheesecake, or even by itself for divine deliciousness.

SPREAD CHERRY FILLING over the crust, then sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over cherries. BAKE BARS for 22 to 25 minutes, until the top is golden brown. COOL completely before cutting.


4 cups fresh tart cherries, pitted 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup water 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 dash salt


COMBINE water, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan. Whisk over medium heat. ADD THE CHERRIES. Stir occasionally until it comes to a boil and thickens, roughly 6 - 8 minutes. For a thicker mixture, you can add another teaspoon of cornstarch. 29













cups of salad greens, like arugula or spinach mixes

¼ cup cherries, pitted and sliced ⅛ cup sliced almonds or nuts of your choice ¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled DRESSING

IN A MASON JAR with a lid, shake 3 Tablespoons olive oil and 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar, with salt and pepper to taste. TOSS greens, cherries, almonds and goat cheese. Top with dressing. This salad also works well with a lemon-Dijon dressing. Sources: Northwest Cherry Growers, Oregon Aglink, USDA, Nutrients

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