Independence Day Fun

June 18, 2018
The fourth of July is always a summer highlight, and I look forward to having fun and making happy memories with my family. It’s an exciting holiday and also a day to be more cautious as many of us celebrate around water, fireworks or large gatherings.

Summer Safety

June 5, 2018
This week is the last week of school for my son, Karson. We have survived Kindergarten and are very excited for summer! I have lots of fun summer activities planned for the kids and the family: blueberry picking, gardening, sun-bathing, playing in the sprinkler, the pool, fishing, day-camps, family camping trips, the list goes on….

Feeding my Family

May 21, 2018
Today I’m going to talk about food -- where do I even start?

Food Allergies

May 7, 2018
I can’t say that my kids have had any really severe food allergies, but there has been so much talk in the media about the dangers that some foods can cause that it does make a mom worry…

A Day in the Life

April 23, 2018
A day in the life of a parent is never quite the same two days in a row. Some days are better than others, when everything seems to be running smoothly without any hiccups. Other days… things are really hard.  I’m thankful that on a typical day, things are somewhere in-between.

Introduction to Shirley Blake

April 10, 2018
Hello there, my name is Shirley. I am a wife and mom of two boys, a 5-year-old and 1-year-old. I am a proud daughter of two immigrant parents. I was born and raised in Oregon, the marvelous Willamette Valley. I grew up in a small-rural town where there were challenges, many opportunities, and a lot of growth.