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real local moms

Mid Valley | April / May 2020

since 2005







[ Momism #64: Wash

your hands.

Christina Miller, MD

541 704 7304

Raising strong families through personalized care. At Willamette Valley Pediatrics we believe that healthcare is personal.

“We are all in this together”

Dr. Christina Miller takes the time to develop relationships with her patients and their families in order to care for their “whole” health.

You and your child’s health are our priority.

Keep your kids home or away from others when they are sick.

We know that health concerns are stressful for moms, we offer same day appointments and can work with your busy schedule. We schedule sports physicals with minimal wait time, because we know that an active child is a healthy child.

Teach kids to cough and sneeze into a tissue and discard, or their arm or elbow—not their hands.

Dr. Miller knows that children are a blessing. That is why she comes along side you and your child to help them become their best self.

Clean and disinfect household object and surfaces in the home regularly.

To learn more contact us at 541-704-7304 or

Protect your family from illness: Wash hands with soap for 20 seconds often.

Avoid touching your face. Avoid travel to highly– infected areas.

Christina Miller, MD

Dr. Miller strives to provide so much more than just a doctor’s “visit”. Located in Albany 1123 Hill Street SE, Suite B. Albany 541 704 7304 2


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Buckle Up

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Meet the MOM experts... 4

Buckle up...........................16

Go bananas.......................27

They know what they’re

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Tasty treats using bananas

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

Vacation MOM.................18

A message from MOM

Get ready for Real ID

Let’s Talk Health................. 7 Your health questions

Designing a nursery............................22

answered by Samaritian

Create a nurturing space that

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Cover MOM: Carolina Amador ............10

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Let’s Talk Health with Samaritan Health Services, page 7


Something to Smile About with Dr. Jay Vaikuntam, page 8

Go Out and Play with Karen Swanger, page 25



Natural Choices with Emily Stimac, page 15

About Home Style with Heather Van Eyk, page 26

Say Cheese.

Focus. Focus on MOM with Carli Lancaster, O.D., page 30

Say Cheese with Dr. Wade Haslam, page 17

Vacation MOM

Vacation MOM with Donnita Bassinger, page 18


Learn. Partners in Education with Carla Towery, page 21

“ Spring’s greatest joy

beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.

– Edgar Guest.




Because I said so! Published by GO Creative, LLC 263 29th Avenue SW Albany, OR 97322

‘til we meet again

Editor-in-Chief Managing Director Angela Hibbard


aying goodbye is never easy, which is why this Because I said so! has been so difficult to write—it is my last. After seven years as Editor-in-Chief of MOM Magazine, it’s time for me to leave the nest and move on to a new opportunity.

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MOM MagazineTM is produced by GO Creative, LLC. © 2020 All rights reserved. Any reproduction, in whole or part, without written permission of the publisher, is prohibited. Information in the magazine is provided for general information purposes only with the understanding that none of the content constitutes professional advice. Opinions expressed by the writers or advertisers are not necessarily the opinions o f the magazine or the publisher. Inclusion in the magazine does not constitute endorsement of information, products or services.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ” A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)

It has truly been a privilege to tell the stories of so many amazing local moms. I’ve learned from each one of our Cover MOMs and all of our readers and partners. You’d think I’d have this motherhood thing figured out by now since I’ve had the benefit of so much MOM wisdom, but I don’t. I’m failing and learning and growing every day. When I stumble, I need to remind myself of some of the advice shared in this column over the years. So I leave you with a collection of my favorites from Because I said so!

The laundry can wait. Your presence is present enough. Don’t compare. You are the perfect mother for your child. Breathe. Perfect parenting is poor preparation for the real world. Love is spelled T.I.M.E. Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others. Remember these words of wisdom the next time you need a little mom inspiration. Why? Because I said so!

Angela Hibbard MOM Magazine Editor-in-Chief 5

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Let’s talk health

Let’s talk health

Have a question you forgot to discuss at the doctor’s office or are too embarrassed to ask? The experts at Samaritan Health Services are here to help.

“My family has been sick all winter. How do we rebuild immunity?”


quick online search shows a plethora of supplements, vitamins and herbs, but there’s no single pill you can take to boost your immune system. Adopting healthy habits can help improve your immunity for a lifetime.

Eat a varied diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies rich in vitamins and minerals help fight viruses and bacteria. Avoid alcohol and sugar while your immune system is down. And don’t smoke.

Take a multivitamin. Multivitamins can provide more of the nutrients you may not eat regularly to help keep your system strong.

Get adequate sleep. Restorative sleep is needed each night — at least seven hours for adults, with more for children.

Exercise regularly and spend time outdoors. Exercise, especially outside in fresh air, boosts immunity. Studies show

spending 20 minutes, at least three times a week, on a brisk walk boosts your immune system. As a bonus, exercising releases endorphins which help your body feel relaxed, improves sleep and eases pain.

Wash your hands frequently. It really makes a difference!

Minimize stress. Enjoy activities that relax you — yoga, meditation, running, reading or sitting with a cup of tea. Everyone is different but work to minimize chronic stress. If worse comes to worst, and you feel a cold coming on, take a zinc tablet during the first 24 hours to help boost your immune system. -Brittany Alloway, DO, Samaritan Family Medicine Resident Clinic, Lebanon

“I’ve tried a lot of different skin care regimens based on advertisements and beauty blogs, but nothing seems to work as promised. I feel like I’m wasting my time and money. Am I using the wrong products or missing a step? What’s the secret to healthy skin?”


kin is the largest organ, so it’s wise to invest and take care of it properly. To get the best results from a skin care routine, it should be created for your unique skin. A skin consultation with an aesthetician can provide recommendations of beneficial products and treatments. For most people, that includes following a simple routine of cleansing, moisturizing and protecting with sunscreen. But it can take time to see improvements. When you start a new skin care regimen, allow at least six weeks and up to three months to achieve the desired effects. Along with patience and consistency, be sure to follow the specific directions for each product. - Tabatha Pratt, LA, Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery, Corvallis

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A happy dental visit The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children have their first dental visit shortly after the eruption of their first tooth—for many patients that can be as young as 6 months old. Here is what you can do to ensure your child’s first visit is a huge success: Call your local pediatric dentist to schedule your child’s first dental visit to establish a “dental home.” The first visit should be a fun, “get acquainted with us” visit, giving your family a chance to become familiar with the office, staff and doctor. This simple step is super important to a happy and healthy dental future! Talk to your child about the dentist and answer their questions in an age-appropriate, fun way. Avoid using words like “pain,” “hurt” and “shot’’ and we will avoid using them as well!

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CAROLINA AMADOR As a pediatrician and mother of three, Cover MOM Carolina Amador has a prescription for moms and kids: get outside! Cover story photos by: Emily Hall Photography 10 10

Cover MOM, Carolina Amador, pictured here with husband, Scott Williams, a family physician and children: Lucia, age 12; Oscar, age 10 and Felix, age 7.

Family comes first. All families are unique. Tell us about yours. My husband and I met in medical school and have lived in Corvallis for 17 years. We both love the outdoors and many ways of recreating. Before we had children, we had two beloved dogs, Bryce and Dakota, who were precious and awesome. They were our companions during all those school and training years as well as adventure companions. Fortunately, our dogs were still around when our kids were little. When we landed in Corvallis, we didn’t understand just how wonderful this place would be. I am grateful for the village here, which is so important when you have children. The Pacific Northwest is a spectacular place and we hope to explore every nook and cranny.

Photo credit: Kirstin Carroll Photography.

Every family has their own traditions, rituals or inside jokes. What’s one of yours? Our most wonderful tradition is taking many summer camping trips in our beloved camper van which we got soon after moving here. We usually visit a few of the same places every summer with wonderful friends including House Rock, Beverly Beach and Waldo Lake and then we try to find new places too. The last three summers we have done a bikepacking trip in the San Juan Islands and Canadian gulf islands. In the winter, we enjoy skiing at Hoodoo and going to the Methow Valley for some epic cross country skiing.

Tell us about one of your proudest mom moments? I love it when my kids appreciate the outside world like when we are out on a hike and they say ‘look how pretty that is.’ I also really love to see them being kind to others. I’m not sure I can take full credit for these experiences but it sure does make me proud of them when this happens. Now tell us about one of your most humbling mom moments? I’m always humbled when I’m having an argument with one of my kids and he/she says something to me that points out my own bad behavior. Children have such wisdom!

What is something you swore you would never do before kids that you now do? Drive around so my kid would keep napping. Your biggest wish for your kids is… My biggest wish is that they find what fills them up and that they learn grit and resilience.

No one works harder than mom. We know that being a mom is a full-time job. Tell us about your work as a pediatrician. I have one of the best jobs on earth. I have the privilege of having time and space to listen to people’s stories in the context of parenting. I get to witness the 11

“My job helps me to realize that rough patches in parenting are normal and temporary. It helps me to learn patience in parenting.”

beauty and preciousness of the healthy attachment of a baby to its caregivers, which is literally the most important part of a human’s life. I have the privilege of seeing children from infancy through adolescence. I have a genuine appreciation for each child who brings wisdom, courage and joy to the world and I am forever grateful for these opportunities that my job gives me. What have you learned professionally, that has helped you as a mom? My job helps me to realize that rough patches in parenting are normal and temporary. It helps me to learn patience in parenting. How do you balance (or not) motherhood, activities, work, volunteering, household responsibilities, and life in general? Typically, what falls through the cracks? I realized a long time ago that work-life balance is a lifelong struggle. We’re very fortunate that my husband and I have both been able to work part time. That has been a huge asset, so we split a lot of household responsibilities as well as parenting responsibilities. We both also have the desire/need to be physically active so that has always been a juggling act. I have succumbed to some early morning exercise even though I’m not a morning person. We both just try to respect each other’s needs to take time and go explore but we also want to be active together. It has gotten easier as the kids have gotten older. My older two are now much faster than me on the mountain bike, but I could probably still out run them! Cleaning always falls through the cracks and we have a variety of house projects which go unfinished and there’s no fancy dinners around here! Tell us about a recent achievement you’re proud of, or a personal passion or talent. This wasn’t so recent, but the first time I finished the McDonald Forest 50K was a pretty amazing feeling! When was the last time you failed? What did you learn? I recently referred to someone as “she” when their preferred pronoun was “they” and I felt really awful. I sent them a message and apologized and I was so glad I did. I could have just let it go because it is a common mistake. Do you have a goal you’d like to accomplish within the next five years? I would like to climb some more Oregon volcanoes. Someday, I would love to circumnavigate Crater Lake on skis.

If mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy. Tell us about your community/upbringing. How did it shape the mother you are today? I grew up in Atlanta and I wouldn’t really call it a “community.” My parents worked hard and we didn’t have much. The women in my family had to live through some pretty significant challenges: parental abandonment, poverty, earthquakes, immigration. I did not have the ideal childhood, but 12

neither did they. I am grateful that, despite these challenges, I was fortunate enough to end up with this wonderful life I have. What do you think is the most important life skill or value your parents taught you? Oh, this is complicated. I would say that the most important skill I learned from my family’s circumstances was grit. When was the last time you did something for the first time? I think when you’re a mom, you’re always doing something for the first time. What is one thing you never had that you want for your kids. A sense of family and “home.” What’s your superpower? I can sleep anywhere, anytime. I never have to pee at night. What’s in your mom purse right now? No, seriously, empty it out; take a picture and email or text it to us or embed it in the questionnaire. I don’t carry purses usually but in my backpack, my wallet, water bottle, calendar, knitting—I always carry knitting. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, in which event would you win a gold medal? Knitting.

What keeps you sane? The forest. Time alone. What is your greatest extravagance? Massages. Who is your favorite real life hero? I don’t have one favorite but I would say Ruby Bridges and so many moms I have met throughout my years of being a pediatrician. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Something that pushes their boundaries and makes them afraid. They say that everyone has a book in them. What’s the title of your book? Don’t let fear decide.

Listen to mom. Is motherhood what you expected? What surprised you the most? Not at all what I expected. The exhaustion, I never imagined how deep the exhaustion would be. It is so much bigger than anything I experienced even in medical training. I also didn’t know how lonely it would feel at times. Even when you have friends and your child is healthy and you have support, there are still times when it feels lonely, but I think that’s normal.


questions for MOM

Tea or Coffee? Coffee

Morning or Night? Night

Hot or Cold? Hot

Sweet or Savory? Savory

Fly or Drive?

Hugs or Kisses?

Gold or Silver?

Ice cream or Chocolate?

Beer or Wine?

Early or Late?




Ice cream Late


Bath or Shower? Bath

Math or English? Math 13

Who and what has influenced the mother you are today? My mom friends and my patients. What’s the best advice you’ve received from another mom? Go for a run! What advice would you give your younger mom self—what do you wish you knew then that you know now? I can’t really think of anything that I wish would be different. I sometimes wonder if it would have been good to get out to the forest more with my first baby, but maybe that uncertainty and nervousness you have with a baby is just what you need. What message would you like to share with other moms? Live your life too. Yes, it will be different and you might have to put certain things on hold while you have a nursling or when you aren’t sleeping, but when you get out of that stage, revisit those things that fill you up that may not include your children. Don’t let guilt get in the way. Filling yourself up is good for your physical and mental health and makes you a better mom and partner. It is not frivolous or luxurious. Children learn so much from role modeling, even adolescents! Children need to see their mamas taking care of themselves and being healthy. Get outside. Humans need nature regularly. Find your place in it. There are so many times when I am getting ready for a ski day or a weekend of running and the preparation is exhausting: preparing for my trip, for my absence, for my kids, and to help my husband be the sole parent. I often wonder, at that moment, if it’s worth it. It always is!


MOM’s Favorite… …place to hide and find some peace & quiet:

“When love is deep, much can be accomplished.” ~ Shinichi Suzuki

…time-saving app or digital tool:

…binge-worthy TV or

All I can think about is how many apps suck up your time rather than save it.


…parenting book or

The forest.

I haven’t had a TV since childhood, but I love these podcasts: She Explores, Wild Ideas Worth Living, Outside podcast, Tara Brach, Dirtbag Diaries and Sparkle Stories.

…inspirational quote: “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” ~ John Muir

philosophy: The Whole-Brain Child, by Dan Siegel, M.D. and many books by him. The more I learn about trauma, the more I understand how vitally important attachment is.

Banana power When you buy GROW bananas at the Co-op (at just 79¢/lb every day), 60¢ of every case funds education and quality-of-life improvements for the farms and families in Ecuador and Mexico that grow them. Ripening power: To ripen bananas

quickly throw them in a bag overnight with a spotty brown banana. The next morning, you’ll find that they’ve ripened considerably. That’s because the older and riper a banana, the more ethylene it produces—a gas that inhibits the genes that keep many fruits fresh. So if you want to keep fruits fresh for longer, make sure to keep your older and newer fruits separated.

Come to the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op for all of your grocery needs. It’s the natural choice.

Frozen bananas: When your bananas

are perfectly ripe but you’re not ready to use them, simply freeze them for later! Peel them first, then throw whole bananas in a freezer-safe bag. Later, fully thaw before using in breads or pancakes. If you’re making smoothies, just toss them in frozen. You can also save time later by first slicing the ripe banana crosswise and freezing the sections on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper before sealing them in a freezer bag for storage.

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Emily Stimac of First Alternative Co-op and her children. 15

BUCKLE UP! Car seat guidelines and laws are confusing. Vehicle and car seat technology can be even more so. Here is a quick summary of some of the most important—yet not always wellunderstood—recommendations on child passenger safety: Oregon law states that kids need to be rear-facing until age two. The American Academy of Pediatrics, however, recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible, so long as they fit in the weight and height requirements of the seats. Most convertible car seats—seats that can rear or forward-face—will accommodate kids rear-facing until they weigh 40 pounds. The next big—and often confusing—step is transitioning kids from a five-point

harness, forward-facing car seat into a booster seat. This can happen after age four as long as they are over 40 pounds. I always advocate that parents keep their kids in a car seat as long as they fit, because a five-point harness is much safer than a three-point seatbelt in a beltpositioning booster seat. The final step in the car seat transition is moving from a booster seat to a seat belt only. This may happen when a child is anywhere between eight and 12 years of age; they should be about 4’ 9” before this transition occurs. They should be able to pass several tests before they use the seat without the booster: The child needs to be able to sit up straight with knees hanging comfortably over the edge of the seat, feet on the ground, and with the seat belt in the correct position with the shoulder belt over the middle of the chest—not near the neck.

The lap belt should be over the upper thighs and hips, not the abdomen. If your child is not ready, stay with the booster. Passing these tests can keep your child much safer in the event of a collision. Finally, kids should stay in the back seat until they are 13. Motor vehicle collisions are the No. 1 cause of death and significant injury in kids under the age of 19. There’s a lot we can do to protect our kids so they are safe while riding in a car. Following car seat and seat belt laws and guidelines really does save lives! Angela Zallen, MD is a pediatric hospitalist and a certified child passenger safety technician. She’s also the co-chair of SafeKids West Oregon. She lives in Eugene with her husband, a pediatric surgeon, and their two children, two dogs and 10 chickens.


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Soothing smoothies While orthodontic treatment has become more comfortable over the years, your child is likely to experience a few days of discomfort when they first get their braces on. So be sure to have the house stocked with plenty of soft foods like soups, yogurts, bananas, mashed potatoes, pancakes, scrambled eggs and—our favorite—smoothies! You really can’t go wrong with smoothies. So experiment with your child’s favorite flavors—from peanut butter and honey, to mango and pineapple—to whip up a perfectly-soothing smoothie.

We love this simple smoothie recipe that is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face—braces and all. 1 cup fresh or frozen berries of your choice 1 ripe banana 1 cup plain, non fat yogurt ½ cup fresh or frozen spinach or kale ½ cup liquid of your choice: water, juice, coconut water, almond milk, etc. Simply blend until ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Add more liquid, if needed, until desired smoothie consistency is achieved.

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Proof of identity and lawful status Proof of Social Security number Two proofs of current physical address Proof of legal name changes

Important newrules take effect on October 1, 2020. EVERY ADULT (18+) FLYING WITHIN THE USA MUST PRESENT A REAL ID CARD, a passport, Global Entry card or other federally approved ID. A regular driver’s license will not be acceptable.

Real ID The state of Oregon will begin issuing Real ID driver’s licenses and ID cards on July 6th. It is anticipated that there will be a huge rush and delays to obtain this important ID before the October 1st implementation of the new rules. The proposed cost is $30 plus the regular license renewal fee of $40. In addition to the fees, you must present many official documents (see the sidebar, Real ID documents requirements). The cost of a Real ID will be $70 and the cost for a passport is $145 for adults (valid for 10 years). So, the best thing for travelers to do is obtain or renew their passports. Get a passport book as they are good for domestic and international travel.

Passports Everyone is required to have a valid passport book (not card) for travel outside of the United States and Territories (U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands). The current cost is $145 for ages 16 and over (valid for 10 years) and $115 for under age 16 (valid for five years). Both parents are required to be present when applying for a passport for a minor. Details can be found on the government website (

TSA PreCheck™ The Eugene Airport’s renovation in 2018 included many changes to make the flying experience better for everyone. One big improvement was the 18

dedicated TSA PreCheck™ screening line. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) PreCheck™ program lets pre-approved citizens breeze through airport checkpoints at more than 160 airports in the USA for domestic and international travel. The cost is $85 per person for a 5-year membership ($17 per year). Children age 12 and under can join their parents in the PreCheck™ line for no cost. There is now an IdentoGo enrollment office in downtown Eugene to make it easy to participate in the PreCheck™ program. Important! TSA PreCheck™ does not meet Real ID requirements.

Websites for the latest information: Rules change often so please check the following sites: Real ID: Trusted Traveler Programs: Passport Information:

Global Entry If you plan to travel outside of the USA over the next five years, it could be worthwhile to apply for the Global Entry program instead of TSA PreCheck™. The cost is $100 for five years of Global Entry and it includes TSA PreCheck™. Global Entry membership (and fees) are required for all ages, so families need to consider how often they will be flying out of the USA when deciding between the two programs. To apply for Global Entry you must have a valid passport, create a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account, complete an application and pay the $100 fee. You must attend an interview at the office at Portland Airport (PDX). The entire process could take a few months, so begin early. As a parent, you know that being prepared can help minimize hassles and make things run more smoothly. When traveling, this is especially important. Taking the time to get passports along with TSA PreCheck™ or Global Entry for your family now can make flying so much easier for future years.

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With low staff to child ratios, regular field trips, and a focus on fun and handson learning activities, your kids will have a blast at Camp Albany this summer. There is one main goal at Camp Albany — have fun! But our campers know that the most fun happens when we are physically active, get outside, connect with friends, and learn something along the way.


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Junior Explorers Ages 7-11 9 a.m.-3 p.m. • Mon-Fri Location: TBA $159 (In-city) / $209 per week

Full camp scholarships are available! Thank you ATI for your generous support!

Weekly schedules are tentative and subject to change.

Extended hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. • Mon-Fri $199 (In-city) / $249 per week A week at Camp Albany includes themed activities and field trips, swimming at COOL! Pool and Albany Community Pool, and much more! There’s really no such thing as a “typical” day, but campers experience a variety of art, movement, and science activities, as well as free play, throughout the week.


Little Explorers Ages 4-6 9 a.m.-3 p.m. • Mon-Wed Maple Lawn 1950 SW Salem Ave.

Camp fees are nonrefundable within 10 business days of the first day of camp.

Snacks are provided.

Each child needs to bring a lunch each day.

Little Explorers pack all the fun and variety of a full week camp into a shorter week. When they’re not creating crafts or doing STEM activities, campers have the Maple Lawn playground right out the back door to run and play all day. Most Little Explorers camps also have a field

trip to go with the week’s theme.

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In this era of social media, we see into each other’s homes like never before.

lives, we see what we don’t have. When we look in the mirror, we see our flaws instead of the blessings. Can we take a step back? Can we accept those few extra pounds, or scuffed shoes, or not-so-new car—even with its occasional rattles—and ourselves focused onallow is whether youto are happy. Do We find joy in their imperfection, yet we often expect no lessiewing than the way other people experience satisfaction with what we have and who we decorate their kitchen, laundry room, you smile? Do you stop are? whatPeace you are perfection from ourselves or our spouse. When we reflect on our master and children’s bedrooms to play a ”game or read a book with with ourselves liberates can us to bedoing our own “best. be inspiring and fun, but it can cause us them? Do you look at them when you Today’s day.we Give yourself a talk break from the expectation of to feel insecure aboutthe what have. with them or are you distracted? So perfection and say, “I’m okay.” go ahead and make a fabulous home. It’s easy to look at others and become But, don’t worry, you make a difference It’s called GRACE. dissatisfied with ourselves but,Give rest yourself some today! whether or not it’s perfect. And perfect assured, your sweet kids aren’t focused in your kiddos’ eyes is different than you on whether or not you have shiplap on might think. your walls, orbrought the perfect combination of to you by pillows and carpet. What they are Have you ever noticed that we love our children’s artwork, no matter how purple the sky or red the grass they’ve drawn? We don’t expect it to be perfect, yet we find joy in it anyway.


Smile. They will remember that!

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Designing a nursery Designing a nursery can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. We love these tips for creating a nurturing space that will grow with your child and leave your wallet and sanity intact.


1: The basics Nurseries only need to support the baby’s basic activities in order to thrive. So, what do babies do? New babies eat, sleep and play. Does your baby need a mommy daybed adorned with pillows, a long chaise lounge and a television? No. Buckets of love, a crib or bassinet, a chair for nursing and a comfortable surface for play are all your baby needs for a good growing start.

2: Safety Safety has to be the first priority when designing a space for your baby. For example, choose cordless window treatments, a new or properly retrofitted used crib, no/low VOC paint and forego crib bumpers at certain ages or altogether. If it is not safe, don’t let yourself love it and put it in the room.

3: That special chair A chair is used for nursing, bonding, rocking, relaxing, singing, reading and, sometimes, sleeping. So many precious moments will take place in this chair, so

Check out these tips for creating a room with personality without breaking the bank. They just make sense (cents)! A non-themed room transitions more affordably, and can be accomplished gradually avoiding future expenses when interests change or your baby grows an opinion. When buying more expensive or custom items choose colors and patterns that transition over time. For example, gender-neutral colors and age-transitional patterns: geometrics and stripes over baby-specific scenes; greens over pinks; multi-color fabrics; furniture in white or wood tone over bright painted colors. Bring in color with smaller, budget-friendly items: storage baskets, sheets, throws, wall art and other decorative top notes.

find a good one, new or used! Traditional gliders are often resold after mom and baby outgrow them, while an upholstered chair with rocking feet can be used in another room in the house.

4: Changing station It’s entirely possible, and some argue safer, to change diapers with just a pad on the floor. If considering a table or dresser, new or used, choose a pad that can be securely attached for safety. Dressers, rather than changing tables, allow for easy access to diapers, supplies and baby clothes and can also be used during toddlerhood and beyond.

5: Lights out Even the tiniest sliver of light can wake some babies, especially if you have a summer-born, light-sleeping baby. A dark room will add to your baby’s sleeping success rate. There are many cordless blackout shade options in various lengths that can be cut to size. Or simply buy blackout material and “hook and loop” tape it to the surrounding millwork.

Books and toys are the most practical ways to style kid’s rooms; select your favorites and put them front and center! Decorate with affordable art. Search “printable nursery art” online then repurpose old thrift store frames and buy a custom colored mat at your local frame shop. Select paint last. If you want to get the color right, wait until you know the design direction of the room. You can create any color in the world after you have a reference point such as a color pulled from fabric or a rug.

Kari Delavenne is a mother of two and Interior Designer. For more of Kari’s design ideas visit Article adapted from A room to grow, MOM Magazine April/May 2016 23

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ummer day camps provide kids with both healthy activities and a framework for personal growth. Many studies have shown that summer camp improves not only the physical and mental health of children, but also provides valuable tools to help them succeed in all areas A study by the Journal of of life.

Choosing a summer daycamp

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Youth Development showed that summer camp has a positive impact on core self-evaluation, creativity and overall cognitive processes in youth.

A study by the Journal of Youth Development showed that summer camp has a positive impact on core self-evaluation, creativity and overall cognitive processes in youth. This is why OSU KidSpirit spends so much time developing our Summer Day Camp program. We highly recommend looking for a program like ours that actively looks for ways to incorporate intentional learning outcomes into all activities. This focus on the well-rounded development of young people is our goal at OSU KidSpirit and is a pillar of Positive Youth Development (PYD). Karen Swanger is the Director of OSU KidSpirit Oregon 4-H Youth Programs

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Welcomespringintoyourhome. It’s time to shake off the winter blues, crack open the windows and let in some fresh air.


our window treatments can help you make the most of bringing the outdoors in with these simple tips.

Use sheer draperies when you want to obscure the view slightly, but still feel connected to nature. Sheer drapes have the added bonus of billowing softly when a breeze comes in through the window.

Have a beautiful view that you want to keep unobstructed? Consider adding drapery side panels or a cornice to frame the view into the perfect scenic picture. Visit us any time for more spring decorating ideas.

If your view is a cityscape or housing, you can use woven wood window treatments to help bring nature indoors. Woven woods offer a distinct Pacific Northwest feel with a plethora of privacy options. Brought to you by:

The latest technology means window shades can now be automated to fit your lifestyle. With an app on your phone motorized shades can be programmed to shut themselves during peak sun hours to save energy cost and furniture fading.

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Ba -na -nas!

Try peanut butter syrup on these hot cakes. +

You can double, triple or even quadruple the recipe depending on how many hungry mouths you are feeding.

Banana pancakes

There seems to be no middle ground with bananas. They either disappear within 24 hours of purchase and you find yourself saying, “Didn’t I just buy bananas?” or they hang around for days, uneaten, turning brown and attracting fruit flies. When you find yourself in the latter situation, put those over-ripe bananas to good use with these tasty treats.

More than a Jack Johnson song, making banana pancakes is a tasty way to use up ripe bananas. INGREDIENTS:

3 bananas


1 cup skim milk 1 cup white sugar

3 tablespoons flour

½ cup natural creamy peanut butter

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon vanilla DIRECTIONS:

Combine ingredients and stir until you have a slightly lumpy batter. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Pour or scoop batter onto griddle using approximately ¼ cup for each pancake. Cook until the pancakes are golden brown on both sides. Serve hot. Save any leftovers for snacks or tomorrow’s breakfast.

Why did the banana go out with the prune?

Why did the banana go to see the doctor?

Because he couldn’t find a date.

The banana was not peeling very well.


Peanut butter breakfast syrup


Stir milk, sugar, and peanut butter together in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil while whisking constantly. Cook at a boil for 3 minutes, remove from heat, and stir vanilla extract into the syrup. Source: recipe by Tara Lofley 27


2 to 3 very ripe bananas, peeled (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups mashed) 1/3 cup melted butter, unsalted or salted 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you would like it less sweet, 1 cup if more sweet) 1 large egg, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 11/2 cups of all-purpose flour pinch of salt DIRECTIONS:

Banana bread Every house should have a good banana bread recipe. If yours doesn’t, here it is. This is one of the most popular recipes on and there’s no wondering why. It’s so easy and uses just one mixing bowl, so clean up is quick. You can also easily adapt it by tossing in a small handful of nuts, dried fruit, chocolate morsels, or other treats.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4x8-inch loaf pan. In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth, then stir in the melted butter. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in sugar, beaten egg and vanilla extract, then mix in the flour. Pour batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before serving. This recipe also makes great muffins, just reduce the cooking time to 25 to 30 minutes.

Bonus tip


Try adding a variety of nuts on top for sources of omega-6, omega-3, fiber and protein

Banana benefits

This tropical fruit is more than just an easy lunchbox treat. Bananas are well-known for their high potassium levels which helps prevent high blood pressure. Bananas also contain vitamin C, which has been shown to help prevent cancer and B6, an immune-system booster that can help in the formation of red blood cells.

Why were the apple and orange alone? Because the banana split!

Banana-sicles Everything is more fun when frozen. Peel your ripe bananas and cut them in half (across the middle), then insert a wooden ice cream stick into the flat end, place on wax paper and put in the freezer for three to four hours. Once frozen, quickly dip your frozen bananas in 6 ounces of melted chocolate morsels. Then top with your favorite treat like chopped nuts, candy sprinkles or shredded coconut. Re-freeze until chocolate hardens.

Breakfast banana oatmeal treats MAKES 16 SMALL COOKIES.

These treats are great for breakfast-on-the-go, lunchbox snacks or a quick nibble en route to sports practice. And since they don’t involve using a mixer or blender, it’s easy to get your little ones involved. All you really need are the ripe bananas and oatmeal—you can adjust or omit the other ingredients, depending on your taste. INGREDIENTS:

try a melted white chocolate drizzle to turn these into healthy dessert snacks

2 large overripe bananas 1 cup quick oats 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon butter 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries pinch of salt DIRECTIONS:

Smoothie boost It almost goes without saying that adding a ripe or frozen banana to your favorite smoothie recipe adds a boost of vitamins, potassium and fiber and uses up some of those brown bananas!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or oil to grease two cookie sheets. Mash bananas with oats, cinnamon, sugar, salt and butter. Mix in walnuts and raisins (or dried cranberries). Drop a tablespoon of banana-oatmeal mixture onto a greased cookie sheet, then flatten with the back of a spoon, or skip flattening if you prefer softer cookies. Bake for 35 minutes, then flip cookies and bake an additional 5-10 minutes depending on preference. Cool cookies and enjoy. Recipe source:

Banana Pops These frozen and chocolate-dipped banana slices make a delicious, nutritious treat on a hot day!


• 2 bananas • 1⁄3 cup almond butter • ½ tsp. vanilla • ¼ tsp. cinnamon • 1⁄3 cup dark chocolate chips • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil • Popsicle sticks or bamboo skewers

Directions: Mix almond butter, vanilla and cinnamon together. Peel and cut bananas in half lengthwise. Divide almond butter mixture into four equal portions, spreading one portion onto cut side of each of the four banana slices. Press popsicle stick or skewer onto almond butter, leaving enough exposed to hold, then press almond buttered side of its other half onto it. Put banana pops in freezer until firm. When banana pops are all the way frozen, melt dark chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat. Stir until melted and smooth. Dip each banana pop in dark chocolate and place on parchment paper. Return to freezer for 10 - 15 minutes until chocolate is hardened and cold. Enjoy!

Frozen banana soft serve dessert Before you toss your brown bananas into the freezer, peel them and cut them into chunks. Then when your kids need a sweet treat, put the frozen banana chunks (equivalent of 3 to 4 bananas) into a blender or food processor and blend until creamy. Once desired creaminess is reached, mix things up by pulsing in some treats. Here are a few of our favorites. Pitted cherries

Fresh berries

Cocoa powder


Dark chocolate chips

Chocolate sauce

Mint chocolate chips


Peanut butter

Coconut milk

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Pregnancy & vision Pregnancy can bring about a lot of physical changes from weight gain and nausea, to mood swings and cravings, but did you know it can affect your vision? Vision change: Fluid can build up behind the eye—thanks to water retention—changing the shape of your cornea, so your corrective lenses may not be as effective, but this will pass after delivery. Dry eyes: You can lessen the discomfort of dry eyes by using lubricating or re-wetting eye drops, increasing your water intake and sticking to a low sodium diet. Carli Lancaster, O.D. Albany Willetta St SW (541) 926-5848 Albany Custom Eyes (541) 928-2020 NW Corvallis Office (541) 752-4622 Downtown Corvallis Office (541) 757-1120 Lebanon Office (541) 451-5808

Migraine headaches: This common pregnancy ailment can cause your eyes to be more sensitive to light. Wearing sunglasses with a mirror coating can help reflect the sun’s glare.

Blurred vision: Patients should contact their eye doctor if their vision becomes blurry during pregnancy, as it may indicate elevated blood sugar levels. When pregnant, it’s important that you maintain regularly scheduled eye exams and inform your eye doctor about your overall health so they can closely monitor changes to your eyesight. Adapted from American Optometric Association

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