Mom’s Got Style

PDX Parent's editor Denise Castañon loves sharing new ideas with other Portland parents. You can find her cooking, eating, crafting and writing in Southeast where she lives with her husband, 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.
Denise Castañon

The call of the yoga pants and messy bun can be strong. We’ve all been there. But these three Portland moms show how you can get back into fashion — and stay in the picture! — after having kids. PHOTOS BY JAMIE CARLE    / TEXT BY DENISE CASTAÑON North Portland mom Laura Jansen doesn’t have …

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To Test or Not to Test

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An increasing number of parents in Oregon are choosing to opt their children out of state standardized testing. April LaCombe’s daughter, Leah, was a great student who excelled at math. The problem: She wasn’t so great at standardized testing. So when it came time for the Southeast Portlander to take a readiness test in sixth grade to …

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Live Your Best Halloween

Kat Merck is a freelance writer and editor who admittedly spends way too much time online. A Portland resident since 2006, she also enjoys reading, cooking and exploring the city with her husband and young son.
Kat Merck

Take our quiz, try a craft, brush up on your trick-or-treat manners, and find out where to party in your costume. QUIZ Think you’re Martha Stewart meets Morticia Addams? Is your personal Zion the Big Lots holiday clearance section on November 1? Do you start baking pumpkin-shaped cookies within minutes of witnessing the first red leaf fall …

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Sonic Youth

The fall’s a fine time to immerse your family in the magic of Portland’s vibrant musical arts scene, from Little Orphan Annie to rousing rock anthems to — say what? — squirrels singing doo-wop. Take your pick from a high-energy assortment of musical theater productions, plus some good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll gigs, all headlined …

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