Back to School Infused Water Recipes for Kids with Primo Water

No more staying up late and sleeping in for my girls. We are going to bed at a reasonable time and, sadly, waking up at 6 AM because school is back in session. It’s going to be rough, but I’m ready to get my kids back into a routine. Get your kids to drink more water during the day with my Back to School Infused Water Recipes, with Primo® water.

Primo hTRIO Water Dispenser against wall with artwork. Primo hTRIO Water Dispenser information pamphlet.

Green Living with Primo

My family and I love to recycle and compost as much of our waste as we can. It takes about 1,000 years for a plastic bottle to break down, and I want to do what I can to ensure my daughters have a healthy planet to live on in the future. Reusable is so important.

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It’s almost time for Feast 2019!

Hello Portland Friends! Did you know it’s almost time for Feast 2019 again? What’s Feast, you ask? It’s the most magical time of the year. It’s a movement that celebrates the food and beverage community here in Portland, OR. Chefs from around the globe gather here to share their tasty creations with us, lucky people.

Feast 2019 noodles

Some cool events with tickets available:

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How To Make a Home Fire Escape Plan with First Alert

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How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan for Your Family

I am embarrassed to say that my family and I did not have an emergency escape plan until this past week, and I’m not alone because only 43% of families have a fire escape plan, while 33% have not even discussed fire safety with their families. With two young girls, this had been on my to-do list for far too long, and I’m happy to say we finally put a plan together.

How To Make a Home Fire Escape Plan with First Alert First Alert tabletop CO alarm on tabletop. Box of first alert fire safety items.

When I told my oldest daughter we were going to make a home fire escape plan, she got a little nervous. No one likes talking about the worst that can happen, but I explained to her how important it is. Just because we make a plan does not mean there will be a fire, but we will be prepared and ready. I don’t intend to scare all of you with this post, my hope this will inspire you to create a plan with your family. Continue reading


DIY Faux Floating Bathroom Shelves + Potty Training Round two

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Potty training is generally a dreaded experience for most parents. Attempting to potty train in a messy and unorganized bathroom: even worse. Thankfully, our DIY Faux Floating Bathroom Shelves have improved our situation, and we have the perfect spot to store our Angel Soft® with Fresh Lavender-Scented Tube toilet paper.

DIY Faux Floating Bathroom Shelves - corner view of shelves in bathroom. View of DIY shelves on by door. Close up of DIY shelves with framed artwork of ship.

Potty Training Round Two

Potty training has begun, again, in The Paper Mama home. Because I had successfully potty trained my first daughter, Ruari, in two weeks, six years earlier, I had naively assumed this would be easy. Oh, I was so wrong. We started the process with my 3-year-old, Willa, in October 2018 and, nine months later, we are still working on it. The girls have very different personalities, so I shouldn’t have been surprised by the differences with their potty training. Although this task has been lengthy and, at times, frustrating, our Willa has made some progress. For the most part, she makes it to the toilet during the daytime and only needs diapers when she sleeps, but she still has her accidents (there was a sofa incident last week). Continue reading


Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Crumble Pops Recipe

Disclosure: My Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Crumble Pops Recipe is brought to you by Oregon Fruit Products. All opinions are my own.

Three Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Crumble Pops stacked on a plate. Close up of crumble of the bottom of a frozen popsicle. Aerial view of Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Crumble Pops on a baking sheet. Close up of crumble on a frozen popsicle treat.

My kids love dessert and, if they could, they would eat it all day every day. That’s not an option, but they do get to pick treats out if they eat all of their veggies (yes, I bribe them). Last week, instead of the typical store-bought item, I made something special for the girls. With the help of Oregon Fruit Products, Continue reading

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How to Build a 3-in-1 Glow-in-the-Dark Cornhole Game Set

Disclosure: This 3-in-1 Glow-in-the-Dark Cornhole Game Set project is sponsored by Beacon Adhesives. All opinions are my own.

How to Build a 3-in-1 Glow-in-the-Dark Cornhole Game Set A Fun Outdoor Game DIY: Glow-in-the-Dark Cornhole Set A Fun Outdoor Game DIY: Glow-in-the-Dark Cornhole Set A Fun Outdoor Game DIY: Glow-in-the-Dark Cornhole Set

Have you noticed the change in the weather? Yup, it’s Summertime! With the arrival of sunny days, I decided it was time for our family to own a cornhole set. Because I’m not typically one to purchase a product when I can make it myself, I built my very own 3-in-1 Glow-in-the-Dark Cornhole Game Set. The front side of the boards are all about cornhole, flip them over and you can play a game of ring toss, or washer toss. What is cornhole? It’s essentially a beanbag game that is great for any age, really, and this game will give me an excuse to enjoy our backyard even more (If you’d like to know more about playing cornhole, please read the official cornhole rules here).

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My Favorite Outdoor Furniture Ideas for the Backyard

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Last Summer, my husband and I gave our back patio a colorful makeover, and I love it, but what you don’t see in this photo is the other side of that yard that’s desperately in need of some love. Behind our large planter is a pile of dirt and debris, leftover from digging out the patio area. Continue reading

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