Mom. Wife. Journalist. Daughter. Friend. Aunt. Sister. Type-A with a twist. Enamored by wine, food, fashion and all things quirky.

My First Real Hike in Portland

Trying to take advantage of all that Portland has to offer, I am determined to bring the outdoorsiness out of this city girl. My friend, Leslie, is a big hiker, she’s hiked 16 miles at the Half Dome at Yosemite, a portion of the Appalachian Trail of the Great Smokey Mountains and Mount Rainier in Washington. She’s the sort who probably hopes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro some day ....more

Practical and Fanciful Mother’s Day Gifts for Working Moms

Mom arrives to work impeccably dressed morning, knows everyone’s schedule, plus her own and rarely misses a deadline. She works all day, gets dinner set up and helps out with homework. Show how much you appreciate the daily contributions of the working mother by celebrating Mother’s Day with unforgettable gifts ....more

Wordless Wednesdays: Jellyfish in Unexpected Places

One of two aquariums at the Vancouver International Airport. This is the 1,800-liter jellyfish tank. The other, main tank is 114,000 liters ....more

Tasty Tuesday: The local McMenamins restaurant is our new ‘Cheers’

“Sometimes you want to go...more

The Best Time to Teach Your Kids Good Financial Habits: Now

Only 14 states require teens to take personal finance courses in high school, according to the Council for Economic Education. It falls upon parents to teach children good financial habits before they reach the age of budgeting dilemmas, credit card offers and student loan snafus. Research has shown that kids develop lifelong financial habits by modeling their parents’ example ....more

She’sWrite is on the #NetFlix Stream Team

I’m excited to announce that She’sWrite has joined the Netflix Stream Team! It’s a blogger network where we write about various parenting-friendly topics including what we’re watching on Netflix. We are certainly a Netflix family ....more

My St. Patrick’s Days Through The Years: Pinches, Green Rivers And Bolo Hats

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What did you do to celebrate? ...more

Wordless Wednesday: Spring in Portland

Daffodils are in bloom throughout my neighborhood ....more

Storytelling in Portland: I Rocked the Mic Ya’ll!

For those who have followed my blog for awhile already know that I love storytelling. Before we left Chicago, I was trying to immerse myself into the storytelling community and in Portland I’m trying to do the same. Saturday night Hubby and I went to a storytelling event, where a new friend of mine was to grace the stage ....more

My Gift For International Women’s Day: 4 Proven Tips for Entrepreneurs

Today is International Women’s Day, a day where there are thousands of events throughout the world to uplift, inspire and honor the achievements of the greater sex. Kidding (kinda) on the “greater” part, but I thought today would be a perfect time to tell you about an experience I had earlier this week with a bunch of Portland women. We all know that the business world is dominated by men and their prevalence grows with each rung that’s climbed on that ladder of success ....more