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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OCT’s Fancy Nancy: A Review

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
OCT’s Fancy Nancy: A Review

By Maya Barbon The moment I walked into the Portland Center for Performing Arts to see Fancy Nancy, I knew this would be, by far, the fanciest Oregon Children’s Theatre show I’d seen. In the lobby, I was surrounded by little girls, all dressed up in beautiful pink dresses and tutus. They sang princess songs and danced around. […]

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Creating, Acting and Laughing: An Interview with Little Red Riding Hood Star Jenny Bunce

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Creating, Acting and Laughing: An Interview with Little Red Riding Hood Star Jenny Bunce

It’s always a treat for our family to go to a play at Northwest Children’s Theater and Little Red “Riding Hood” was no exception. Set in the 1950’s, complete with do-wop music, slicked back hair, poodle skirts and revving engines, Little Red “Riding Hood,” is the latest musical (original adaptation) by Melody Bridges that explores […]

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FunThings to do in Portland: Everyone Loves a Parade!

| May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
FunThings to do in Portland: Everyone Loves a Parade!

It’s parade season and we’ve got the fever. Marching bands, floats, pets on parade, glow-in-the-dark costumes, crazy rainbows and a ton of community spirit equal a whopping good time. We can’t explain the magic of a good parade; but if you need an extra dose of serotonin, a parade will do the trick. Try it. […]

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The Gift of Meditation

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Gift of Meditation

By Silvia Smart, Tulen Center I couldn’t hear myself think. Parents shouting. Fans screaming. The gym was shaking. You’d have thought I’d landed court-side tickets to an earthquake. This was our son’s big wrestling season finale. Districts! In the middle of all this chaos was my son, Henry. It had been a good year. Henry, […]

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Family Fun in Portland & Beyond: Our Top Picks for Getting Out This Month!

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Family Fun in Portland & Beyond: Our Top Picks for Getting Out This Month!

1. Help keep our beaches pristine and litter free with the annual Solve Spring Beach Clean-up on the Oregon Coast. Celebrating 28 years this spring, you and your family can take part in this important event to keep our oceans and beaches clean. On March 22nd, there will be 45 cleanup sites, ranging from Brookings […]

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Culinary Keepers! These Books are Bound to Make You Drool!

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Culinary Keepers! These Books are Bound to Make You Drool!

Reviews by Cat Wiese and Earl Dizon of Green Bean Books   Spoonful! By Benoit Marchon (Board Book $7.99) Ever have a difficult time finishing your food? Need a little motivation for those last few bites? If yes, Spoonful just might be the solution to all your persnickety eating problems! Spoonful, written by Benoit Marchon […]

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OCT’s Charlotte’s Web – A Review

| January 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
OCT’s Charlotte’s Web – A Review

By Maya Barbon I was so excited as I walked into the beautiful Portland Center for Performing Arts to seeCharlotte’s Web. I read the book by E. B. White when I was younger and couldn’t wait to see how Oregon Children’s Theater brought it to the stage. In the lobby, there was a fun activity for […]

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Holiday Craft: Pointillism Inspired Dot to Dot Tin Can Candle Holders

| December 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Holiday Craft:  Pointillism Inspired Dot to Dot Tin Can Candle Holders

We love using master artist painting styles to inspire all types of crafts. the pointillism style, made popular by artists such as George Seurat, is the art of using “dots” to create a picture. Children can use this “dot to dot” concept to create pictures of all kinds. WHAT YOU NEED: Tin cans of all […]

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