Beth Friesenhahn

Beth Friesenhahn grew up in Eastern Washington and spent the good part
of her early years playing gin rummy and enjoying the scenic highways
and byways of the Northwest from the top of a camper. Beth has been
writing and blogging about all things baby since the birth of cleeo &
bea (hip kid product reviews) in early 2009. She has lived in every
quadrant of P-Town and now resides in North Portland with her hubbie,
Thomas and two darling nutballs, Zadie and Lucie. She is currently
crushing on Masterpiece Classics, enjoys digging in the dirt,
libraries and scrounging around for cool stuff.

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Three Quick Tips for Better Naps

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Three Quick Tips for Better Naps

BY NATALIE WILLES, THE BABY SLEEP TRAINER   1. Put your baby down for naps at the right times. Naps are more likely to be restorative if you follow your baby’s natural rushes of melatonin output.  The time of melatonin surges vary by age, but should occur at roughly these times: Babies aged 4-7 months should be napping […]

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Awesome NW Kid: Harper, 8 year-old Artist Extraordinaire

| February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Awesome NW Kid: Harper, 8 year-old Artist Extraordinaire

  Meet Harper; an 8-year-old artist with her very own art exhibit at World Forestry Center. Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe and art teacher, Devon Mitchell, Harper has been drawing and painting her natural surroundings for as long as she can remember. We recently had a chance to catch up with this awesome NW Kid where […]

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Review: OCT’s Skippyjon Jones

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
Review: OCT’s Skippyjon Jones

by Maya Barbon As I walked into the Portland Center for Performing Arts to see Oregon Children’s Theatre’s “Skippyjon Jones”, I was greeted by a lobby full of young children running around with paper ears on. They had discovered tables set up on the 2nd floor of the lobby for the theatre-going kids to make and […]

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7 Ways to Ring in the New Year with Kids in Portland!

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
7 Ways to Ring in the New Year with Kids in Portland!

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN THE PEARL New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate, and WeVillage brings the party experience to your child in a fun, and safe environment. Children will be entertained with party favors, an apple cider toast, and watch the ball drop (New York time). Parents can ring in the New Year, […]

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Holiday Craft: Pinecone Elf Ornament

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Holiday Craft: Pinecone Elf Ornament

Last year, one of our favorite crafts was a pinecone elf ornament. It requires only a few supplies, is easy and quick to put together, and people love them! WHAT YOU’LL NEED Medium to large sized pinecones 1” wooden craft balls (no holes) Felted wool or felt Glue (hot glue makes this a snap) Scissors Fine-tipped […]

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Food: Dress Up & Eat Dessert!

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Food: Dress Up & Eat Dessert!

My 6-year-old son is not going to last the tasting menu at Castagna, but he has proven he’ll behave for a beautifully-presented sweet treat. ‘Tis the season for dressing up and decadence—and special memories, so enjoy it with your children, perhaps at these upscale, child-friendly places. We visited them anew, just for this article, and just for dessert. […]

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Holiday Giving Guide: Make it Bright

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Holiday Giving Guide: Make it Bright

1. Early Rider by Spheverelo Kids will love this sweet ride. Spielwerk Toys, spielwerktoys.com $119 2. 100% Pure Body products at a price that will make everyone smile! Body Lotions and Butters, Lip Balm, Salt Scrub, Zenana Spa, zenanaspa.com, $6-$25 3. Trampolines Your kids can jump to their heart’s content. The Springfree Trampoline comes in […]

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10 Reasons to Visit Skamania Lodge This Season

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
10 Reasons to Visit Skamania Lodge This Season

Last weekend, we packed up and headed out for the quick and scenic 45-minute drive to the Gorge on the Washington side. Our final destination: Skamania Lodge. We have been daydreaming about staying at the lodge ever since we attended a friend’s wedding back in the old days before kids. Now, we’ve been hearing tales about […]

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