Mid Valley MOM | December 2020/ January 2021

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Mid Valley | December 2020 / January 2021








Meet our highly trained and skilled doctors

Spencer Ludlow, M.D.

Bruce Madsen, M.D.

Elaine Hussey, O.D.

Carli Lancaster, O.D.

Jessica Norris, O.D.

Carlyle Curtis, O.D.

Matthew Knecht, O.D.

Thomas Lopez, M.D.

Masha Molodyh, O.D.

Joel Tuttle, O.D.

Grace Anderson, O.D.

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It’s what‘s

inside that counts

Self-care checklist for moms 24

Cakes & pies of the seasons 28

They know what they’re

Cover MOM: Kerry Boysen....................10

Self-care checklist for moms ..........................24

talking about

This mom gets real

Now it’s time to care for you

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

Gifts for guys .................. 20

A message from MOM

For the hard-to-shop-for husband or father-in-law who

Cakes & pies of the season........................ 28

Gifts for guys


Meet the MOM experts ... 4

says he doesn’t need anything

We’re sharing a few favorite cakes and pies with you this season

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Cover MOM


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meet the


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

“I love when my kids tell me they’re



Go Out and Play with Karen Swanger, page 9

Something to Smile About with Dr. Jay Vaikuntam, page 19



About Home Style with Heather Van Eyk, page 15

Natural Choices with Emily Stimac, page 25

Say Cheese.


Say Cheese with Dr. Wade Haslam, page 17

Vacation MOM with Donnita Bassinger, page 26

bored. As if the lady standing in front of the sink full of dirty dishes is where you go to get ideas about how to have a good time.

— Just about every mom

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Focus on MOM with Dr. Masha Molodyh, page 18

Partners in Education with Carla Towery, page 27

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ANYONE ELSE FEEL 100 YEARS OLD? This year has been a doozy, from the pandemic to racial reckonings, wildfires to elections. Oh, and a dash of murder hornets, too. If you’re like me, you’re exhausted and feel as if you’ve aged decades in just one year. If you are of the same mind, we also know that tired, frazzled moms are not good for anyone. In this issue we talk about self-care, of which many of us aren’t the best; the kids and their needs always seem to come first. Yet, the old “put your oxygen mask on first” logic applies: if we aren’t taking care of ourselves, we can’t take care of others. So nap with your toddler, buy yourself those cute earrings you’ve had your eye on. Even small things can give you the boost you need to carry yourself through the holidays and into 2021. We also added a new feature to our cover MOM stories: a list of favorite local shops, restaurants, places and more. Because we are local (and a small, mighty team of just four people), we deeply understand the importance of supporting our local places as much as we possibly can. Also in this issue you’ll find a gift guide with several fabulous Oregon-based products. Did you know the company that makes those influencer-level of popular Hydroflasks is headquartered in Bend, Oregon? Finally, if this time of year is getting you down, I’d like to recommend pie. Pie makes everything better. We hope you enjoy the recipes we share in this issue. Happy Holidays! Audrey Meier DeKam Editor-in-Chief

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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.

I really want to exercise, but I can’t find any motivation during these shorter, rainy days. What do you suggest? Set a goal that you know you can reach. Be upfront and real with yourself about what’s attainable, because getting and staying motivated are hard to do. Knowing how far you can push yourself will help you set the right goal. When you’re setting a goal: Write it down. Don’t just keep it in the back of your mind. When you write it down, it will help you unpack the what, why, where, when and how of your goal to make it work and keep you accountable.

Make it SMART: Make sure it’s specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and time-bound. For example: “I want to run a 5K in 45 minutes by the Fourth of July,” or “I want to squat 100 pounds by St. Patrick’s Day.” Once you’ve met your goal, celebrate and reward yourself! Send a selfie of you meeting your goal to a friend, or post it to social media and watch the likes roll in. Or treat yourself to that new workout outfit you’ve been eyeing. This is the time to reward yourself for a job well done! — Joann Markham, ACSM-CPT, personal trainer, Tai Chi instructor and health coach, SamFit — Albany

Your doctor will want to look at your operative report from your C-section, if available. We will want to see when you had your last surgery, what type of incision was used, and how your uterus was repaired to help determine if a TOLAC is safe for you and your baby.

I had a C-section for my first child, but I really want to have a traditional birth with my next child. Is it safe? Statistically speaking, a trial of labor after cesarean section (TOLAC) is very safe in the right setting. The highest concern is that the previous C-section incision will open up, but the risk is less than 1%. This is especially true if your uterine incision was horizontal (often called low transverse). If you are considering a TOLAC, your doctor will want to review the reasons for your prior C-section to determine if you are a good candidate. If the baby was not in the right position (i.e., breech) or if your little one had signs of distress during labor, you are more likely to be successful with a TOLAC. If your labor was not progressing or if you were pushing for a long period of time, then your chances of success are lower but a TOLAC is still available.

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During your current pregnancy, there are also some factors that may affect your chances of success. One of the biggest concerns is the need for induction of labor. The risk of the uterus opening up increases to 1 to 2% with an induction. While this is still a small number and we are often able to still proceed with TOLAC, it is something your doctor will want to discuss with you further when the time comes. If you are considering a TOLAC, you’ll want to talk to your provider about your goals for this pregnancy and future family planning, so you can make the best decision for your pregnancy and child. It is a collaborative process throughout the pregnancy as well as during labor and delivery to ensure that both you and your baby are safe, happy and healthy. — Erin Massey, MD, Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology — Corvallis

Call Samaritan Health Services Find a Doctor line at 800-863-5241 to find a provider who is right for you.

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As a physical therapist working towards a doctorate degree, cover MOM Kerry Boysen is redefining balance: sometimes that means it’s cereal for dinner.

Family Husband: Doug Boysen, hospital administrator/ health care attorney

Cover story photos by Emily Hall Photography


Children: Clare, almost 15; Benjamin, 13 ½ Profession: Pelvic health physical therapist Community: Corvallis

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Family comes first. All families are unique. Tell us about yours. The Boysen Family includes myself and my husband Doug, our daughter Clare, our son Ben, and Beatrice, our yellow lab. Doug and I met at a wedding in my hometown. His college roommate married my best friend. When we met, we were both early in our professional careers, living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Two years into our relationship, we decided to move to the Pacific Northwest. We spent our first few years of marriage in Portland, then chose to move to Corvallis when Clare was an infant and we were pregnant with Ben. Both Doug and I grew up in college towns, and we feel so fortunate to be raising our children in a college town. I think having babies 16 months apart, and living over 2000 miles away from extended family, has been both challenging and defining for our family. I believe it has made each of us, and the collective of us, self-

reliant and very independent (sometimes to a fault). There is a high level of passion in our family, which can create a lot of intensity. But I love my family just the way we are. Every family has their own traditions, rituals or inside jokes. What’s one of yours? Each year the kids get a special ornament for the Christmas tree, which represents a place we traveled or an experience we had that year. They also open one gift on Christmas Eve, which is matching Christmas jammies to wear to bed that night. It is extra special when we are with the kids’ cousins, and they all have matching PJs. Our family loves to travel, and we especially love a road trip. Before the road trip I will take the collected jar of change to the bank, and that money becomes the spending money for snacks when we stop for gas. I cringe at the choices that are made sometimes, but the rule is one drink and one snack, and I can’t veto their choice.

When did you know you wanted to be a mom? I did not know I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant. Early in our marriage I thought I would only be a dog mom. My first “baby” was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy named Guinness. I was not sure I had what it took to be a mom. (I am still not sure!) I was especially nervous about having a daughter, so of course our first baby was a girl. Tell us about one of your proudest mom moments? One of my proudest mom moments was when both kids made an independent choice to be baptized. My faith has been a consistent part of my life, and I am glad our kids have chosen a faith-based foundation for their lives too. 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.)? Wear socks with flip flops. Several times I have walked into the store making this fashion statement. mommag.com 11

…shop to pick up a gift for friend: Burlap & Lace

MOMs Love Local We love locally owned businesses, restaurants, places and organizations. Share your favorite…

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…coffee spot: Tried & True Coffee Co. in Southtown …view or scenic lookout: Top of Bald Hill …restaurant to take the kids: Tokyo Steakhouse

…restaurants for a date night: Taco Vino

…event in your community: Fall Festival

…take-out or quick bite: Laughing Planet

…any other local places you love: The Dizzy Hen for breakfast

…meetup spot for happy hour: 4 Spirits Distillery …boutique to find a new shirt or home décor item: ModPod

You know you’re a mom when you hear yourself say, “_______ .” Go play outside! Your biggest wish for your kids is… Health and wellness: physical, spiritual and relational. And that they don’t end up living in our basement.

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? When I think about trying to “balance” my life, I envision a vintage scale and weights. One side of the scale is “home & family” and the other is “work.” The weights represent the things that require my time and energy: our marriage, parenting, kids’ activities, household chores, time with friends, self-care, administrative tasks, seeing patients, studying, etc. Not all the weights are on the scale at the same time, and rarely are the two sides balanced. Sometimes “home & family” has a lot more going on than “work,” and vice versa. Remember from science class how hard it is to get the two sides balanced just right? For some reason I find comfort in knowing the potential for balance is there, and I find a whole lot of grace in knowing that balance is tricky to achieve. What falls through the cracks: a healthy, nutritious, home-cooked meal. We eat a lot of cereal for dinner. Tell us about your work or volunteerism outside of the home. I have my dream job! When I was 14 years old I knew I wanted to be a physical therapist. I love the physical therapy profession. I have been a PT for 23 years. In 2004, right before I started having babies, my practice began to focus on women’s health. My passion for this area of practice grew exponentially as I went through childbirth, postpartum and return to exercise, and it continues now as I approach menopause. The learning never stops. I believe all women should see a pelvic health PT at some point in their life — especially if you have symptoms that interfere with your quality of life. We have normalized too many things, such as incontinence, in our culture, blaming it on being postpartum or aging. While it may be common to leak urine, it is not normal! In 2015 I opened my own practice in Corvallis, called Restore Physical Therapy, which was a long-time dream come true. I honestly cannot put into words how much I love my work, how much it brings me joy, and how grateful I am to be providing this specific

type of physical therapy in our community. At Restore I have the privilege of sharing information with women which often they have never heard before, offering treatment that no one else has offered, and improving their quality of life in ways they did not think possible. I work part-time, during school hours, as a solo practitioner. I have complete autonomy over my schedule, allowing me to accommodate the ever-changing needs of our family. What have you learned professionally, that has helped you as a mom? Well, for sure I have learned to engage my pelvic floor and core. Which means I don’t pee my pants when I run, jump, laugh, sneeze or cough. That is certainly helpful as a mom! More seriously, I have learned that continuous professional growth and development provides an example for the kids, and hopefully encourages them to have a love of life-long learning. Do you have a goal you’d like to accomplish within the next five years? I am currently in school to earn my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. I have completed the first of two years of the program. My goal was to have my DPT before I am 50 — and I am on track!

If mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy. What is special about where you grew up? I grew up in Waverly, Iowa, which is a wonderful Midwestern college town, home to Wartburg College. There was always the feeling that a village was raising me. We had extended family in town, and my parents had lots of close friends. I felt safe. As our kids have gotten older, I am encouraging them to enjoy the similar freedoms of being in a smaller college town.

I have to feel “enough” in my role as a mom, and how critical I am of my parenting. However, I’m the cover MOM this issue because my daughter nominated me, so I must believe I have redemptive qualities, too. I decided to ask the kids. Clare said: organized, creative and meaningful. Ben said: loving, kind and driven. Which of course made me cry. Why are we so hard on ourselves as mothers? What’s your superpower? My faith. I wake up each morning knowing “I can do all things through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13), and that is very powerful. What’s in your mom purse right now? Reading glasses, a small journal, my wallet, hand sanitizer, coupons, my phone, pens and a highlighter, lip balm, essential oils, metal straws, three sets of keys, gum, several masks, business cards in a cute business card holder (it’s about the holder!), gift cards, wet wipes, and brush-on sunblock. Tell us something about you that would surprise your kids (or your husband). Occasionally I wonder about auditioning for a play or musical. 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? Grab the basket of laundry, then fold it while I watch a show I would not watch with my family. I think folding the laundry makes me feel productive and less guilty.

When was the last time you did something for the first time? February 2018 I tried surfing for the first time, at a yoga retreat in Panama. Which good habit do you wish you started earlier? Meditation. What are three words your best friend would use to describe you? Capable, organized and obsessive. She also said: determined, tenacious, loyal, interesting, funny, ethical, hard-worker, thoughtful, curious and vested. She is very kind. What are three words your kids would use to describe you? I would guess they’d say: controlling, fun-hater and distracted. The fact that these are the first three words that come to mind are an insight into the struggle mommag.com 13

What keeps you up at night (apart from kids, of course)? Thinking about all the things. My husband is really good at bringing up some heavy topics right before we shut off the light. Then in minutes he is sound asleep, and I am wide awake. I spend too much time thinking about things I have no control over. What keeps you sane? My girlfriends. Walking the dog, doing a workout, practicing yoga — preferably with a girlfriend. What’s your guilty pleasure? (dark chocolate hidden in the pantry, TJ Maxx, daily latte habit?) Trader Joe’s chocolate croissants, warm out of the oven, with a good cup of coffee. (You can find them in the freezer section. You’re welcome.) Who is your favorite fictional hero? Hermione Granger Who is your favorite real-life hero? Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Listen to mom. Is motherhood what you expected? What surprised you the most? Yes, in the sense that I knew it would be challenging. And yet I had

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no idea how challenging. I have been surprised by the depth of love I have for my children. It is truly unconditional. I am also surprised at how fun it can be, when I let it be fun. What’s the best advice you’ve received from another mom? Kids need you in different ways, at different stages. For example, the teens will want to talk at night, just about the time you are going to bed. Be ready to listen, even if it means you take a nap earlier in the day so you can stay up late! What advice would you give your younger mom self? What do you wish you knew then that you know now? I used to stress a lot about what to do for childcare. What I know now is that the situation is always temporary. The kids grow. Our childcare needs change. Choosing childcare seems monumental in the moment, but the choice being made is not forever. What message would you like to share with other moms? Remember to tell it like it is. You. Are. Enough. Just the way you are. You were chosen to be the mom of your kids for a reason. You — and you alone — are the perfect person for the job. Never doubt that.

MOM’s Favorite... …place to find some peace & quiet: the car, the forest, my yoga mat or the chair in my bedroom …binge-worthy TV or podcasts: Schitt’s Creek, Unlocking Us with Brené Brown, and I especially love the storytelling on The Moth. …way to get out of making dinner: pop popcorn …time-saving digital tool: the robot vacuum …parenting philosophy: “Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one.” — Glennon Doyle

2021 D e s ig n T r e n ds As we enter 2021, bringing the outside in continues to be a desired goal for many when it comes to interior spaces, as well as natural and sustainable products. Watch for these trends:

Light, warm colors Warm colors will be on trend with more use of green and contemporary navy blue, as well as light woods of Scandinavian inspiration. These warm colors will be paired with a minimalist design. As outdoor spaces continue to be a hub of activity, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces are in demand. Outdoor furniture will be more durable and customizable to make those spaces truly liveable.

Sustainability Every year, sustainability becomes more and more important. In the coming year, we will see more sustainable materials in all interior design products, with furniture that utilizes plant-based materials like wicker and jute. For this coming year, think about how you can bring the outdoors in and indoors out, for a breath of fresh air in your spaces.

Heather Van Eyk is a mother of two and principal designer at NW Design House & owner of Budget Blinds located next to Starbucks in North Albany.

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“We are all in this together” A Lower Stress Holiday Season Try to keep household routine the same: the usual bedtime and meal times help reduce children’s stress Make-a-plan: There’s so much to do — shopping, cooking, family time and more. Try to only do 1 or 2 things at a time. Be sensitive to feelings: Everyone is feeling the stress of the season. Ask for help for you, your family or your child.

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. 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. Dr. Miller knows that children are a blessing. That is why she comes alongside you and your child to help them become their best self. To learn more contact us at 541-704-7304 or www.willamettevalleypediatrics.com

Enjoy the holiday: Remember to enjoy the moments. Find fun things to do together like games, walks, singing, etc.

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

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RACES ARE AN OFTEN life-changing experience and help boost not only confidence, but overall health too!

Braces correct misalignment or malocclusion of the teeth, making them easier to clean and less likely to wear down over time.

Some tend to think of getting braces as a cosmetic investment. Misaligned teeth However, misaligned can cause dental teeth can cause and health issues, dental and health issues, making braces making braces and orthodontic and orthodontic treatment important treatment important for jaw alignment, for jaw alignment, speech, digestion speech, digestion and more. and more. When your mouth gives you a reason to smile it can help boost your mood, lower your blood pressure and reduce stress. This smile is brought to you by:

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Our mouths are directly related to the rest of our body, so a healthy and clean oral environment has lasting benefits for our total health.

Clear braces are a great option for many. And if traditional braces are a better option for you, we’re all wearing masks nowadays, so it’s an ideal time to get them. This new year, set a goal of improving your health — braces can help achieve it.

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Is LASIK right for me? THE NEW YEAR puts many of us to make improvements or changes to our appearance. Corrective vision surgery such as LASIK can mean the freedom from glasses or contacts, but the surgery is not necessarily right for everyone. To be eligible for LASIK surgery, patients must be at least 18 years old and in good general health. Other considerations include: • Eye health: Candidates should be free of eye diseases, and should not suffer from continuously dry eyes, eye infections or injury. • Nursing/pregnancy: Candidates should not be nursing or pregnant when undergoing the LASIK procedure. Hormones may affect

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the stability of your prescription, so pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue LASIK surgery until three menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued. • Stable vision: Candidates’ vision must be stable for at least one year prior to the procedure date. • Contacts: Prior to your LASIK surgery consultation and LASIK procedure, you must not wear contact lenses for a certain length of time. This ensures corneal stability and accurate assessment of your prescription prior to the LASIK surgery procedure. Corneal thickness also plays an important role in eligibility for LASIK surgery.

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Keep the “sugar bugs” at bay this holiday season The holiday season is here, and kids are dreaming of Santa, presents and treats. A few tips to keep your child’s teeth healthy and safe from those holiday treat “sugar bugs,” as we call them... • Set some limits. Try to pace the sweets consumption, and set up some easy-to-follow daily rules that still allow for enjoyment. • Carry water with you. Have the kids swish the water around in their mouths after treats. Avoid sticky and chewy candies, especially if your child has crowns or braces. • Remind them to brush every night before bed. Don’t let those “bugs” sit on their teeth all night.

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• Finally, check your child’s teeth every day. School breaks can sometimes lead to a little too much relaxing when it comes to brushing habits. Happy holidays to all!

What a beautiful baby!

Congratulations to the KRKT & Kiefer Nissan 2020 Beautiful Baby Contest winner: Riley from Albany Photo Credit: Troutman Photography

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Gifts for Guys

From the hard-to-shop-for husband, to the father-in-law who says he doesn’t need anything, most moms agree that guys are the most difficult ones on their gift lists. Funny thing: they say the same things about us! 20 mommag.com


e’ve compiled a list of items we think will delight the Y chromosome, but of course you’ll find items here that you’ll want for yourself, your wife, your child’s awesome teacher, and so on. We just liked the alliteration of the headline.

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These distinctive wool blankets honor America’s National Parks, from Crater Lake to Zion. Woven in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 100 years, each design tells a story.

With a reputation for lasting construction, these water bottles are popular with everyone, from outdoors enthusiasts to dehydrated desk jockeys. Available in a wide variety of colors and styles. The company is headquartered in Bend, Oregon.

Made in Portland and engraveable, Leatherman’s handy Multi-Tool is a knife + pliers + scissors + bottle opener + many, many more things. It’s an all-in-one compact tool that is ideal to keep with the camping gear or in the glove box.

A must for hiking enthusiasts, a pair of lightweight trekking poles provides stability on steep hikes. Consider the terrain and weather of the recipient’s hiking areas. Numerous styles are available.






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8 PI DISH Math geeks will love this fun pie dish. Made from oven-safe stoneware, the outer rim features the first 100 numerals of Pi. Amazon.com 9 POO-POURRI FLUSHDOWN 6 INVISIBALL ICE KIT


Out of Yakima Valley, this brew kit makes an IPA with spicy citrus notes. Great for someone who loves beer and is ready to try their hand at making their own.

Craft ice cubes are all the rage, giving drinks a certain flair in presentation. One from Corkcicle is designed to make impurities float to the bottom and bubbles rise to the top, giving you crystal clear, premium ice spheres.

Hot sauce lovers, rejoice with this Oregon-based favorite. Described as a “Caribbean/ Tex-Mex hybrid” style, there are people who put it on everything from eggs to burgers. Available in a variety of flavors, in bottles or combo packs.

This is a real product. We repeat, this is a real product. Before you go to the toilet, you spray it on the water’s surface, which creates an odor barrier. Then proceed with “business as usual.” Numerous scents are available, with hilarious titles like Master Crapsman, Royal Flush and many more “best smellers.”






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10 NETFLIX, DISNEY+, SLING TV, APPLE TV+ OR OTHER STREAMING SUBSCRIPTION We’re home a lot right now, so you might as well give the gift of a viewing subscription. Side benefit: your kids can finally see hit shows like The Mandalorian, Paw Patrol, Stranger Things and others, depending on which streaming service you choose.



For the work-from-home guy who needs business on top and comfort on the bottom, the Work Wonnie is a mullet for the wardrobe. With a butt flap.

Ring in the new year with this flameless, funny candle by RexRoi3D in Los Angeles. They also have an ornament version.

For anyone wanting to explore or confirm their genetic history, DNA kits are a perfect gift. From finding your great-greatgrandmother’s Sicilian roots, to tracing parts of your family history to India, the results give insight into your own unique origin story on this planet. A word of caution: sometimes the results upend and surprise people, revealing secret affairs and unknown adoptions.



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The basics Book physical, dental and eye checkups. A clean bill of health is the best gift of all. Schedule any preventive screenings recommended by your health care provider, such as a mammogram or colonoscopy. If you’ve been meaning to try or restart talk therapy, now is the time. Your mental health is crucial to every part of your overall health. Take care of anything you’ve needed to do for a while and have put off, such as a funky mole you need looked at by a dermatologist, or an old sports injury that needs attention.

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Spoil yourself

The aesthetics

Buy yourself something that’s just for you, not for the kids. We hear good things about Felicity Boutique in SE Salem. Cute on-trend feather earrings? Dopamine burst!

Maybe you’ve been thinking about laser eye surgery or injectables like Botox. Look for a board-certified provider and see if they offer free consultations.

Try a meal delivery service: Ivy’s Cookin’ in Eugene delivers homecooked vegetarian meals right to your door, which is perfect for new moms, moms of toddlers and moms who simply need a break. Visit ivyscookin.com for details.

Treat yourself: Winter is the perfect time for chemical peels and laser hair removal because as Oregonians, we get much less sun exposure. In fact, staying out of the sun is key to reducing the chance of skin lightening or darkening after such treatments, say the experts at Samaritan Plastic, Reconstruction & Hand Surgery in Corvallis.

Get rid of five old items of clothes you don’t wear anymore and invest in one great quality item that will last. Take a walk or get away by yourself. It cleanses the mind to not hear, “Mom! Mom! Mom!” for a few hours. Spring for a housekeeper. Even if it’s a one-time deal, it gives you a break.

Get a massage, mani, pedi...it’s up to you. If you’re not into those, paint your toenails. Even if no one else sees them in winter, you’ll enjoy them.

Use your child’s naptime to take one yourself. Leave the laundry you were going to fold, forget about the early start on dinner. A nap for mom might be best for everyone.

Book your hair services for the year. Yes, people do this. If your stylist sends text message reminders, sign up for them and add them to your calendar.

Now that takes the cake Holidays come and holidays go, but a delicious cake or pie is a timeless treat. To make your holiday, and everyday, cakes and pies even better:

Sugar, spice and everything nice... in bulk: First Alternative’s bulk department allows shoppers to buy as much — or as little — of a product as they need. This comes in handy over the holidays when the rarely used recipes that call for uncommon ingredients come out of the recipe box. Cinnamon, sugar, cloves, star anise, bay leaves, cardamom, nutmeg, and more — we have them available in bulk, so you can get exactly what you need. Plus, last year’s ingredients may have gone bad, so you may need to start fresh.

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

So long, shortening-based frosting: For a cake that doesn’t skimp on flavor but cuts the calories, substitute a cream cheese or whipped cream frosting for the traditional shortening-based kind. Dairy-based spreads have on average 1,000 fewer calories than their shortening-based counterparts. They also have less fat and provide protein, which helps balance blood sugar. Doesn’t that take the cake?

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

KIDS DON’T COME WITH DIRECTIONS Parenting is better with support

OPENING FALL 2020 Growing Leaders Early Learning Center will focus on building an educational foundation for children ages 3 to 5 through enrichment programs that provide learning opportunities for everyone in our community. Visit ymcaalbany.org for more information about this exciting program or to register. For more information: Ashley Thomas 541.918.2255 | elcdirector@ymcaalbany.org mommag.com 25

GOOD NEWS: The Eugene Airport recently announced that Allegiant Airlines will operate non-stop flights to Palm Springs starting Nov. 20 and going until April 11 or later. These flights are on aircraft that hold 186 passengers or less. The Palm Springs Airport is one of my favorites, as it is small and most of it is open-air. The rental car companies are right next to the terminal, so no shuttle buses are needed. Of course you will want to check local regulations for the latest updates before you travel.

Getting There The Greater Palm Springs area includes Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. Allegiant Airlines flies twice a week, which will get you from Eugene to the sunshine in just two hours. On most dates the flights are less than $200 roundtrip. You can also fly year-round on American Airlines, United, Delta and Alaska Airlines with daily connection flights.

When to Go Palm Springs has their best weather when we are at our worst, and vice-versa. This desert oasis gets over 350 days of sunshine every year. Summers are hot with temps over 100. Fall through spring is perfect, with highs in the 70s and 80s and plenty of sunshine.


Palm Springs Windmill Tours is a fun way to learn about windmill energy and tour a windmill farm up close. During COVID-19, the tours are self-driven in your own vehicle with a tablet that narrates the 90-minute tour. Reservations are required.

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens is a 1,200acre wildlife and botanical park with wild animals in natural settings replicating Africa and North America. In addition to seeing all types of animals, they have a nature preserve with hiking trails to explore. COVID-19 restrictions include limited admissions, and reservations are required in advance.

Where to Stay

An open-air Jeep Safari into Indian Canyons or the San Andreas Fault is a great adventure. Wear your hiking gear and explore a “Palm Oasis” in the middle of the desert. When visiting with my family, the Jeep Tour was the highlight of our trip. We had an excellent guide who told us about the wildlife, plants and geology, as well as the Native Americans who had lived there and still own much of the land. It would take months in a classroom to learn this much. COVID-19 restrictions limit each Jeep to one household, and reservations need to be made in advance. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tramcar. A 10-minute ride takes you up 2½ miles to a mountain station that can have snow in the winter. Don’t forget your jacket as it gets cold at the top where there are restaurants, hiking trails and an incredible view. Due to COVID-19, trams are only allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity and windows are left open for the ride. Reservations are required. Joshua Tree National Park is about an hour away from Palm Springs and encompasses 800,000 acres with a variety of wildlife, plants and natural beauty.

You can stay in the town of Palm Springs where you can walk to restaurants and shops, or at a resort in one of the surrounding areas. The Hyatt Regency Suites Palm Springs is in the middle of town, has a nice pool/hot tub and large suites that are perfect for a family. There are many expansive resorts to choose from in the surrounding areas including the JW Marriott Desert Springs, the Renaissance Esmeralda and the classic La Quinta Resort which has 41 pools and was the site of the recent Bachelorette TV show. The top choices for families are the Omni Rancho Las Palmas with their “Splashtopia” waterpark and the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells with their new waterslides and lazy river. There are also many less expensive hotel options for families on a budget. Everything about Palm Springs is focused on the outdoors to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Golf, tennis, hiking and biking are very popular. Outdoor dining is the norm with fire pits and outdoor heaters available in the cooler months. It is easy to get around and the people are friendly. I can’t think of a better place to escape the winter blues. Contact a travel agent and start planning your escape to the sunshine.

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Donnita Bassinger has been a travel agent for three decades and enjoys sending families on vacations around the world. She lives in Oregon with her husband and three boys, is the owner of VIP Vacations and is an active volunteer with local organizations. Contact Donnita at 541-913-5272 or on

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Have we ever longed for a new year so deeply?

It’s perfect, honey! 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. We find joy in their imperfection, yet we often expect no less than perfection from ourselves or our spouse. When we reflect on our


any of us have mourned what we’ve lost in 2020, lives, we see what we don’t have. When we talked look in about the mirror, see and no doubt we’ve it — we maybe impassionedly railed about it. As our flaws instead of theeven blessings. Can we take a step back? Canwe welook coming neworyear, maybe it’s or time we change our accept those at fewthe extra pounds, scuffed shoes, not-so-new perspective fromrattles—and what we’veallow lost toourselves what weto can do — car—even with its occasional and what we hope is on the horizon. experience satisfaction with what we have and who we are? Peace pre-COVID-19 we “best. would” dream with our kids with ourselvesInliberates us to betimes, our own about going to Disneyland or other big excursions. Today’s the day. Give yourself a break from theour expectation Nowadays we celebrate within reach, likeofa simple trip to“I’m theokay. park”or seeing our friends from a safe distance. perfection and say, We look forward to, with excitement, when we can be It’s called GRACE. yourself some today! withGive our pals at Sunday School or a sporting event. We dream about small things, which makes them feel exciting and new again. And in doing so, we experience brought to you bygift of anticipation. It’s all in the perspective: how we the look at things impacts how our kids look at things. In these times, rose-colored glasses are A-OK. Carla Towery is a Santiam Christian Schools teacher, Kindergarten www.santiamchristian.org Brought to you by: Santiam Christian Schools 541-745-5524 x243 Carla Towery is a Kindergarten teacher, Santiam Christian Schools

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CAKES & PIES OF THE SEASON It’s a great time to bake. When it’s cold outside, the oven is warm and your home is rich with the aroma of something delicious cooking, the kids will drop their screen time and come running. Plus, when you bake from recipes, you can control the quality of the ingredients and make adjustments that suit your family, like for that one child who hates cinnamon. And the nostalgia of using a family favorite recipe builds a legacy of memories. Enjoy, and happy holidays from all of us at MOM Magazine.

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MOM’s Apple Pie This is a classic that appeases the masses. There are numerous schools of thought on what type of apples to use; to keep it simple, the Granny Smith variety is a solid choice.



2 ¼ cups flour


cups of apples cut into ⅛-inch slices


cup sugar

⅓ cup cold milk


teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup + 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


tablespoons flour



Mix flour, sugar and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Mix sugar, cinnamon and flour together, then combine with apple slices until evenly coated. Put into the prepared pie crust.

½ teaspoon sugar

Pinch of salt

Pour milk and oil in a measuring cup and don’t stir. Add it all at once to the flour, then stir with a fork until it becomes thick dough. Divide dough in half and roll out each separately, using wax paper underneath and cling wrap on top so it doesn’t stick to the rolling pin. Drape one rolled out portion to a pie baking dish and trim the edges. Once the filling is ready and added to the dish, cover it with the second rolled out dough. Trim and pinch the edges closed all the way around. Poke the top with a fork in several places for steam vents.

Try adding a lattice top crust (shown here) or use cookie cutters to create a unique decorative pattern.

Bake about 40 - 50 minutes at 400 degrees, covering loosely with foil for the first 20 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Cozy Casseroles Sugar & Spice Cake Forget those plug-in air fresheners, baking this cake will make your whole house smell delicious. Save some to have with your coffee. INGREDIENTS



cup margarine or butter


cups sugar


beaten eggs


cups raisins

Mix the first 9 ingredients together in a saucepan. Let the mixture come to a boil, stirring occasionally, then cool.


cups boiling water


teaspoons baking soda


teaspoons cinnamon


teaspoon ground cloves


teaspoon allspice


cups flour


teaspoon baking powder


cup nuts (optional)

Add the flour, baking powder and nuts (optional) and stir to combine. Pour into prepared pan. Bake in a 9 x 13 pan at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until an inserted fork comes out clean. When it comes to room temperature, you can dust with powdered sugar.

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Pecan Pie


Albany mom and former professional baker Krista Fortenberry shares one of her fabulous pies with us. And you need not feel guilty with this one: pecans are surprisingly high in fiber, as well as thiamin and zinc. FOR THE CRUST: 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour 2

tablespoons granulated sugar


cup unsalted butter (chilled and cubed)


cup vegetable shortening (chilled)


teaspoon salt

Ice cold water (up to 1/2 cup)


cup packed brown sugar


melted butter


cup corn syrup


teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups of chopped pecans 3

Upside-down Cranberry Cake This tangy, cheerful cake celebrates the berry of the season, with orange zest giving it pep. Fresh cranberries make all the difference, so spring for them and you won’t be disappointed. TOPPING



cup butter


cup packed brown sugar

Grease a 9-inch cake pan with butter, then sprinkle with flour. Because you’ll flip this cake out when it’s done, you’ll want to generously grease the cake pan.

12 oz. fresh cranberries

CAKE 1 1/2 cups flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ¼

teaspoon salt


teaspoon ground ginger


teaspoon ground cinnamon


cup butter at room temperature


cup sugar

2 eggs

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ground ginger and set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Alternately stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, adding in the milk and sour cream. Mix until incorporated. Stir in the orange zest. In a saucepan on medium, melt 1/3 cup of butter and add the brown sugar. Take off heat and add the fresh cranberries. Pour this mixture into the greased cake pan. Pour batter over the berries. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a fork inserted into the center comes out clean.


teaspoon vanilla extract


cup sour cream


cup milk

Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then run a blunt knife around the edge. Then turn the cake out onto a platter. Don’t wait longer or it will stick.


tablespoon orange zest

Decorate with fresh cranberries, orange twists or green accents.

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large eggs

DIRECTIONS Heat oven to 375 degrees; place cookie sheet in oven to preheat. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Mix well. With a pastry blender or fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few pea-sized morsels remaining. Sprinkle with ice water (1 tablespoon at a time), while mixing and tossing lightly with a fork. Add water until the dough is just moist enough to form a ball when lightly pressed together. Too much water causes the dough to become sticky and tough. In a medium bowl, beat brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, salt and eggs with whisk until well blended; stir in pecans. Pour into the crust. Bake the pie on the preheated cookie sheet, 35 to 45 minutes or until center is set. After 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Cool 30 minutes; refrigerate at least 2 hours until chilled before serving.

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