Top Kids' Resale Items

By Carmen Ripley Wilson, owner of Beanstalk Children’s Resale As parents, we know that our children go through their clothing and shoes quicker than we can do the laundry – and our bank account can’t always keep up. Real money is saved when you buy used. With high-quality clothing, shoes, books to enjoy, toys to …

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How You Can Help Oregon’s Foster Care Crisis

You don’t have to become a foster parent to help local foster children. By Allie Roth, founder and president, and Adriane Driscoll, board member, at With Love, a Portland-based non-profit organization.  We consider ourselves pretty lucky to live and raise children in the Pacific Northwest. We’re surrounded by natural beauty, great parks and rec, art, …

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Choosing Summer Activities to Inspire Learning

Dr. Jeri Janowsky is the Executive Director of Saturday Academy, Portland’s leading nonprofit organization providing hands-on learning experiences through classes, camps and internships for more than 6,000 children annually in grades 2-12 in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She taught and did research for 30 years on the brain basis of learning and memory during early development and in aging at the University of California, San Diego, University of Oregon and Oregon Health and Science University. Jeri holds a bachelor’s degree from Reed College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
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By Dr. Jeri Janowsky, Executive Director of Saturday Academy The Dogwood trees are in bloom and the sun has started to make its debut in the Pacific Northwest, which also means we’re in the home stretch of the school year. If you’re like many parents, now is also when you’re planning summer activities for your …

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Is Cannabis Safe During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding?

Alice Callahan, Ph.D., is a writer, college instructor and mother of two children in Eugene, Oregon.
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Some new and expecting moms perceive cannabis and CBD as safe and natural remedies for pregnancy and postpartum ailments. But science doesn’t back that up. Since the 2014 legalization of recreational cannabis in Oregon, pot has become a commonplace part of Portland’s landscape (on sunny days, it can feel like its’ scent permeates the entire …

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How Postpartum Doulas Support Families

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By Krystle Gard, a postpartum doula with Bridgetown Baby Why is Meghan Markle hiding for 40 days? Being a first time parent is hard, now add living in the spotlight and it is a whole other level of scrutiny. And yet once again, Meghan Markle is pushing the boundaries of her royal position by laying …

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Holiday Traditions at German International School

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From our friends at the German International School Many families have traditions that take place throughout the year, but the holidays tend to bring people together more than others. These traditions bridge generational gaps, strengthen communities, and provide opportunities for people to experience other cultures. The German International School believes in sharing German traditions with …

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Resale for First-Time Parents

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As a child, Carmen Ripley Wilson grew up recycling, reusing and repurposing just about everything on her family’s farm in the coastal mountains of Oregon. In 2012, she opened Beanstalk with a goal of providing local families with modern, good-quality, new and gently-worn children’s clothing, toys and equipment at a price they can afford.
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Hearing that a baby is on the way sets off fireworks of excitement—and then the nesting begins. A spare bedroom is converted into a nursery, walls are painted, corners are padded, floors are scrubbed clean and the baby item “to-buy” list just keeps on growing. A changing table, a crib, a rocking chair, bookcase, night …

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