Laura Jost

Laura Jost was born in Portland, OR, but grew up all over rural Oregon. She returned to attend PSU’s music program and never left. She has always been artistic: singing and dancing, writing, and generally being dramatic. After seven years in the software industry, she took a position as a stay-at-home-mom. Parenthood has taught her more than she ever thought there was to know about herself, pediatric medicine, over-committing, and what harm can come of a stick. She combats it all with honesty, humor, faith, and her crazy-amazing friends and family.

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First Notes: Getting Started with Musical Education

First Notes: Getting Started with Musical Education

| December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Article and Photograph by Laura Jost When I was three years old, I asked my parents for a guitar for Christmas. From what I understand, the poor thing didn’t last long. At six, I had my very first solo in the holiday pageant. By fourth grade, I was Annie. In junior high, my music teacher […]

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The Thanksgiving Experiment

The Thanksgiving Experiment

| November 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

  by Laura Jost I feel like I am constantly pumping my children full of the ideals I’d like them to share with me: your body is beautiful and perfect just the way it is; knowledge is power; every soul on this earth deserves compassion; don’t litter, recycle, and take care of this earth; if […]

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Dollars and Sense: How to Save Money During Back to School

Dollars and Sense: How to Save Money During Back to School

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

  Article and Photograph by Laura Jost   Somewhere in the middle of the summer, major retailers start setting out their crates of binder paper and cases of pencils in back-to-school displays that remind us all that we’ve got some shopping to start thinking about. Between classroom supply lists and new tennis shoes, it’s easy […]

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Resource Guide: Kids’ Consignment Shops

Resource Guide: Kids’ Consignment Shops

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

  Photograph by Laura Jost   Beanstalk – NE Portland beanstalkchildrensresale.com   Bella Stella – NE Portland bellastellaresale.com   Black Wagon – N Portland blackwagon.com   Button– N Portland buttonpdx.com   Coffee Kids – N and SE Portland coffeekidspdx.com   Hazel & Pear – SE Portland hazelandpear.com   Hoot-N-Annie – SW Portland hoot-n-annie.com   Just 4 Kids– NE […]

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Picnic in the City

Picnic in the City

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Article and photograph by Laura Jost   One of the easiest ways to have a little adventure in this beautiful city is to take something that you’re going to do inside anyway, and find a great place to do it outside. Dining al fresco is perfect this time of year and, while it requires a […]

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Recipe: German Potato Salad

Recipe: German Potato Salad

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Jost   The reason I love this recipe is because it’s super allergy-friendly and the absence of mayonnaise makes it more travel friendly as well. We prefer it served warm, just after mixing. If you know a particular ingredient isn’t your favorite, you can play with the amounts to customize your perfect dressing; […]

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JUMP IN! Preparing Your Kids To Swim

JUMP IN! Preparing Your Kids To Swim

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Babies are gestated in fluid. Some of them are born into water. It seems a natural state for them, yet  their post-birth, aquatic experiences can cause us grownups plenty of anxiety. In the bath, we worry about the depth and temperature of the water, gentleness of care products, infants’ propensities to scream or poop during […]

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Kids Gifting: An Act of Love

Kids Gifting: An Act of Love

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

My kids use all of my tape–all of it. I never know when it’s happening, but when they emerge from their secret corners of the house to gift me their creations (some made entirely of tape and some just encapsulated in it), I can’t help but recognize the hopeful and loving looks on their faces. These tokens represent their time, heart and […]

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