Paper-mache for Halloween & Día de los Muertos

Julz Nally is an artist/illustrator and children’s art teacher in Portland. She loves creating, rainbows and finding simple beauty in everyday. Her work can be found on Burgerville’s kids meal seed packets or at You can follow along with her day-to- day life on Instagram @julznally.
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Get creative with paper-mache for Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Paper-mache is a fun and inexpensive way for kids and adults to create sculptures using recycled materials and papers. You can use anything — newspaper, toilet paper rolls, bubble wrap, gift wrap, grocery bags or cardboard — to sculpt any particular shape you dream …

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Recipe File: PB Dreams

Judith Klein Rich has been blogging about food since 2007. Born in Slovakia, her enthusiasm for food experimentation and creation stems from her deeply seated Eastern European roots. Currently writing under the alias of Eaty Pie (, her blog explores dining experiences, meal creation and travel adventures from a kid and a grown-up perspective.
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Satisfy a sweet tooth with this homemade chocolate-peanut-butter candy. Who doesn’t love a good ol’ classic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup? It’s what chocolate peanut butter dreams are made of — and kids wholeheartedly agree. I recently tried my hand at making the homemade version with just three simple ingredients, one of which makes the treat …

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Family Supper: Grixsen Brewing Company

Brews, families and ’90s nostalgia mix at Division Street’s Grixsen Brewing Company.  What on earth is a Grixsen? It’s a made-up word, according to the Grixsen Brewing Company’s website, hybridizing the family names of three friends who founded this Division Street tap room in 2016, and it describes someone who is honest, righteous and celebrates …

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New & Fun October 2019

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Published as Play Room in PDX Parent magazine Top 5: Candy-free Handouts Whether you want neighborhood kids to have allergy-friendly treats or just can’t stand the thought of more candy in your house, here are some ideas for no-sugar swag to pass out to trick-or-treaters on October 31.   1. Mini Play-Doh containers. 50 for …

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Field Trip: Two Sisters Play Cafe

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Ali Wilkinson is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at
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We test-drive the pancakes, ball pit and art projects on offer at Milwaukie’s Two Sisters Play Café.      it was a sad day when Pied Piper Play Café closed in Southeast Portland. The idea was genius in its simplicity: a place for young kids to play while grown-ups had a chance to caffeinate and meet …

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