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2017 Guide to Willamette U-Pick Farms!
U-Pick farms are a plentiful in Willamette Valley, and we're here to educate you folks on where to pick your own fruit! Here are a few places where you can go! AJR Farms Pick blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, marionberries, and tayberries at AJR Farms! Located in Jefferson, AJR Farms is an appointment only farm where you can pick and purchase your own fruit! Visit their Facebook page for pricing and other information. AJR Farms is open from 3:30 - 7:45pm by appointment only.
Willamette Valley Events June 24th - July 2nd
Fun family events in Salem and the surrounding areas for the week of June 24th to July 2nd. Visit our website calendar for more information! SATURDAY: ALBANY- Downtown Story Time: 10:30am - 11:00am in the Downtown Carnegie Library SALEM- Sensory Sensitive Showing: Beauty And The Beast (PG): 11:00am - 1:30pm at Northern Lights Theatre Pub SALEM- The Sandlot Fan Flicks: 2pm- 4pm at Salem's Historic Grand Theatre SALEM- Crafting for Causes: Cat Crafts for Salem Friends of Felines: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Summertime Movies are BIG in Willamette Valley!
Looks like there are a lot of opportunities for family fun this summer in Salem and surrounding areas.  $1 Movies in the theater- fun passes- and movies in the park!  I list them all for your enjoyment.  Save me some popcorn, will ya£Movies in the Park- SALEMSalem’s Movies in the Park is a free summer outdoor film series shown in the amphitheater at Salem’s Riverfront Park along the Willamette River. Movies start soon after dusk (note that dusk varies throughout the summer, so check your
Legitimate Work from Home Ideas for Salem Moms.
As a single mom who has worked from home for the better part of twenty years,I thought I would take a moment to share with you some legitimate  resources for additional income here in Salem that I have discovered. This is not a paid advertisement.  Nor is it a get-rich quick scheme, or a chance to quit your job tomorrow and buy a yacht. Working from home has its pros and cons as I am sure you can imagine.  Working in my pajamas while it rains in Salem, Oregon, is always a plus, but constantly
How free time is a little like Bigfoot.
The kiddos are headed to school and you've got some free time you're looking to fill- you might as well admit that you've used up all the good luck and karma in the world, right now.  FREE TIME£  LUCKY!Free time is like bigfoot.  Elusive, Rare, sometimes we even wonder if it's real at all.  While it's less stinky than bigfoot I'm sure, finding that we squandered our free time can feel SUPER stinky.  In my recent print issue of Willamette Kids and Family Magazine, I wrote about making the most of
4 simple swaps toward healthier kid lunches!
School is right around the corner, and with that comes the mad dash to get lunches packed, hair combed, books found and kids out the door!  I hate to admit it, but last year, my kids ate at school for the majority of their lunches.  I would give them the old stink eye and tell them to make healthy choices, but I knew that it would be difficult for them.  Navigating past the pizza every day toward oversteamed veggies£  Who am I kidding£I felt a lot of guilt.This year, I vow to do better.  I am
Fill that school lunch with L-O-V-E!
In the most recent issue of Willamette Kids & Family Magazine- I offered tips on how to spice up your kiddos school lunch.  While you're busy feeding their hungry tummies, you can also fill up their sweet little hearts.  Let those little sugars know they matter!Here are a few printables I designed to get you started!  More to come- and I'm taking suggestions! :)  Click on the image to see the full size pdf.   Keep an eye out for some holiday themed ones too!Pinterest has some great printables as
Independence is the perfect place to celebrate the 4th of July!
INDEPENDENCE-Willamette Valley has so many things to do for families and kids.  Independence is a perfect choice for this weekend- Western Days is here!  Beginning July 1st, it is full of fun and activities for all ages. This year's event is scheduled to begin on the evening of July 1st, 2016, and end following the fireworks show on July 4th, 2016.There is a huge parade, Vendors, Artisans, Entertainers, Crafts, and Children's Activities; and  live entertainment.  Fun things to do for kids in
Hey Salem! Enlightened Theatrics presents The Wizard of Oz!!
There's no place like home... There's no place like home... wait- who wants to be home,when you're invited to Enlightened Theatrics production of "The Wizard of Oz"£  One part courage, two parts brain and three parts heart – with lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The Wizard of Oz is the magical, musical journey of the young and frustrated, yet optimistic Dorothy Gale of Kansas, as she dreams deeply of a better world that lies just over the rainbow. Interrupted by a twister, Dorothy and her dog,
Let's talk about.. lice. Ew!
 Ok, so I have a confession to make.   I have been battling lice at my house. Lice!   Gross!  I've raised kids for 23 years and never had a lice issue like this.  There are a couple of factors at play here, and I wanted to give you a heads up ( no pun intended.)   Lice are REALLY common.  Especially in grade-school .  It has nothing to do with social status, financial standings, or cleanliness.  Lice are completely impartial.  They love everyone! Some school districts in other states have a
Easter Happenings Near Salem & Keizer
 It's that time!   If you are looking for fun events for kids this Easter in Salem, you have so many options for finding a great event! Let's get started! Bauman Farms-March 26 10am to 2pm$4 per child ages 0-12Kids gather 12 empty eggs from the garden and then choose their own candy and prizes.  Easter bunny and Cookie Decorating will also be available.  for more ifo call 503 792 3524www.baumanfarms.com  Salem Elks Easter Egg Hunt-Saturday, March 26 9:30 a.m. Ticket Pricing: Free Salem Elks
Salem Oregon Things to do- Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams with the Oregon Symphony
Just when we thought the Symphony couldn't get any cooler- they choose to celebrate the works of John Williams with a concert that features music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Schindler's List and many more.   What a fabulous opportunity to introduce your kids and teens to the magic of a full symphony.  Goosebumps just thinking about it!!  Pre Concert Lectures are a must!  Learn more about the music, composers and musicians you are about to see and hear. Presenters have included
Celebrate Earth & Arbor Day with a Fairy Garden!
Our latest issue is all about loving your mother-  Mother Earth, that is.  Teaching kids to revel in Mother Nature's glory will serve them well all their lives and besides that- it's FUN!  Whether you have a boys or girls- your kiddos will be enthralled with helping you make their very own Fairy Garden. Easy, fun and kid-sized- here's what you need to get started! A) A container.  Think outside the box planter here- anything goes!  If space is small, consider a small pot, bowl or glass
Salem Oregon Things to Do: Whale Watching Week! March 19-March 26
 8,000 gray whales are migrating north past the Oregon Coast on an epic journey. They're headed from their breeding grounds off Mexico’s coast to the summer feeding grounds in the Bering seas between Alaska and Russia. You can see them from 24 Whale Watching Spoken Here sites March 19-26. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., trained volunteers are ready to answer your questions and share whale watching tips to help you spot a magnificent beast! If you can’t make it to the coast next week, remember that 
Albany's Carousel Museum is MAGICAL!
My dad has a thing for carousel horses.  His house is covered with figurines, coffee table books, mugs, you name it.  So it was only fitting that on his first visit to Oregon, I take him to see the Carousel Museum and studio in Albany.    Whoa!  The outside of the building is really misleading.... who knew there was MAGIC going on right in the middle of Albany, Oregon£  And such TALENT!  Once we entered the nondescript front of the building, we were met by a very friendly, very knowledgeable
Baby, it's COLD outside. Indoor activities for your preschooler and toddlers.
In order to get your little ones moving- looks like we parents are going to have to get up off the couch and play.  Let's do it!! ANIMAL FARM FUN Nobody's looking, you can do it!   Moving around with your child and imitating animal movement and noisemaking can be a fun way to get moving.  I still remember doing this as a child- that must have meant it was fun!     Throw your inhibitions out the window- C'mon, let me see your giraffe impression!      FREEZE FRAME! 80's Music makes a comeback!  
Fun ways to teach your kids about money.
As adults, we know that talking about money is hardly ever fun.  However, there are tons of ways to teach your kids about the importance of financial responsibility, in fun and engaging ways.   GAMES practicalmoneyskills.com has some fun games for kids from Cash puzzles, Road Trips and financial football games.  With games geared at all levels and ages- this site goes a long way toward building familiarity with cash flow and investments.     I visited Jumpstart.org and played their Reality Game-
Picking Berries is so... Very Oregonian!
I remember just a few weeks after moving to Salem, Oregon- relaxing and soaking up the cool-ish breeze in my living room, when my 10 year old daughter walked in from the back yard with blue hands, blue lips, and a big blue smile.     "I found berries, mom!!  Right outside!!"   I immediately freaked out.  Having come from Austin, Texas, where we lived for ten years- I wasn't accustomed to picking something up outside and putting it in my mouth.  I sprang into helicopter-mom mode, taking the
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