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New Year, New You!

New Year, New You!

Local gyms offer parents and kids time to move together
As the new year approaches, many local parents are making resolutions to get more physically active and improve their health. As difficult as it can be to schedule self-care time and childcare, indoor gyms can be a real lifesaver when it comes to meeting those new goals.



Cheers to our Community

During the holidays, it’s always fun to wander downtown or meander through the Old Mill District with the family while browsing the local shops and ducking in for a warm drink. Bend has some wonderful, locally owned places that are perfect for finding those unique gifts.

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Editor's Note

Time to kick off the holiday season!
It’s important to remember that only one year ago, faces were covered, and families were discouraged from gathering. Who knew that sharing time together was such a privilege?

Editor's Note

Health Expert Q&A with Lindsey Overstreet

Q: One of my teenage daughters has developed a few nervous habits. She is always biting her nails and seems very rushed when speaking.

Expert Q&A

A Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

Thoughtful reads for kids to bust the winter break blues
As the snow drifts outside the frosty window, what could be more appealing than curling up by the fire (or space heater) in cozy holiday pajamas to lose yourself in a good book? Reading is the perfect, low-cost activity that both young and old can enjoy together.


Thrive Central Oregon

A Gift for Families in Need
Winter. For many Bend families, it’s the most magical time of the year, filled with the exhilaration of hitting the slopes and holiday shopping, family gatherings and warm, extravagant meals together.


Thermal Magic

Discover Oregon's Bounty of Hot Springs
During the summer, the invigorating cold waters of the Deschutes River and the Cascade Lakes are a welcome respite from the heat. When the winter weather hits, though, it’s the exact opposite.


Festive Holiday Candles

Simple beeswax rolling kits offer fun for all ages
Did you know that once, during the Victorian era, people would place candles directly on their Christmas trees? Affixed with a bit of melted wax and some metal pins, the candles were glued to the branches and then set alight to create a spectacular glow.

Kid's Corner

A Little Something for Everyone

Experience the holidays Central Oregon style
This year, holiday magic abounds with a plethora of fantastical events. Grab your calendar and get ready to fill it with shows and activities, as the Central Oregon community has simply outdone itself with next-level opportunities for celebration—your crew won’t want to be left out!


You Can't Catch Me!

Gingerbread Kids
Mmmm… the melding of ginger, molasses and brown sugar instantly evokes warm holiday sensations and childhood memories. This season, schedule some kitchen time with the little ones to share this tradition of baking and decorating gingerbread boys and girls!

Family Time

Bookshelf: Holiday 2022

Christmas in Bend
You may remember the Busy Birds from local author, Kristin Riggle’s first children’s book, “Little Bird Explores Bend!” This holiday season, look for an all-new adventure with Busy Birds and their forest friends, who celebrate a very special Christmas in Bend!


Nest News

Read to Achieve: New Oregon Battle of the Books Titles Released

Nest News

Health Expert Q&A with Jenny Anderson Birth & Postpartum Doula

Q: I had a lot of trouble breastfeeding my son and eventually abandoned nursing for the bottle. I would like things to go differently with the baby I’m presently expecting.

Expert Q&A

Celebrate the Fall Harvest

Central Oregon pumpkin patches delight one and all
The leaves may change color and the kids may be back in school, but it truly feels like fall when pumpkin patch season rolls around! Here in Central Oregon, where we are blessed to live among incredible local farms and ranches, visiting a pumpkin patch—or several!—is a major must-do on every family’s list.  


Showing Up

Education and the importance of parental involvement
We did it! After a few weeks of frantic back-to-school shopping, our kids are finally ready to head back to school.


Thifty Threads

Heading back to school without breaking the bank
Getting ready to send the kids back to school is no small job. There’s the mental preparation as well as the hunter/gatherer work to be done for school supplies and new clothes to fit tiny tykes who shot up over the summer months.






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