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Things I've Learned

A Peek into the Life of Carrie Douglass
Carrie has been a teacher, school & district leader, education philanthropist and national non-profit executive. She is currently opening The Haven, a coworking space and social hub "by women, for everyone."

Things I've Learned


Vooks Online Streaming Service

Bend local entrepreneurs create fun concept for kids who love books
Here's something a little different for families who love books and story time, value reading together but appreciate the added convenience of online streaming. Choosing from a wide selection of children's titles, Vooks subscribers can listen to books read aloud.


A Lifetime Commitment

Friends of the Children Central Oregon is here to stay
There are many children in the world who are born into circumstances that do not benefit them. Maybe their parents cannot support the family, so they grow up hungry, or maybe they are left mostly on their own because their parents are working all the time.

Nest Feature

Editor's Note

These days it's pretty busy in Bend. We still rank in the top 10 fastest growing cities in the nation.

Editor's Note

Reading Fitness

Plump up literary skills while relaxing with a good book this summer
Kids who read during the summer months tend to improve their vocabulary and literary competancy, while those who never crack a book may lose skills learned during the school year. Fostering a love of reading is an easy task with so many exciting, fun books to explore.



Havilah Brodhead FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner, Hearthside Medicine Family Care/Owner
QSunscreen options have really expanded and gotten expensive in recent years. What are the differences between the cheap stuff, the pricier options and the ones marketed as kid's sunscreen?

Expert Q&A

100 Years of Fun Since Day One!

1919-2019: Centennial Celebrations Abound at the Deschutes County Fair
There's only one spot in Central Oregon where funnel cakes, 4H, free concerts and ferris wheels all come together each year: The Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo.

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Little Feet on the Street

We asked these 3rd graders from Miller Elementary, "What do you think your dad would consider to be a perfect Father's Day?"
We asked these 3rd graders from Miller Elementary, "What do you think your dad would consider to be a perfect Father's Day?" Ethan: Taking him out to Spork and getting him new bike stuff because he loves to bike. 


Sleep in the Deep

Snuggle up with sharks at the Oregon Coast Aquarium
Why on Earth would I give up a night in a comfy king-size bed in a gorgeous beach house to sleep on a cold hard floor? The only logical reason is for the love of my child, of course.


Healthy Teen Dating

Saving Grace addresses teen relationships & violence prevention in Deschutes County
The idea of your baby one day being old enough to date can be a bitter pill to swallow. But, as adolescence approaches, visions of young men with flowers and innocent pecks on the cheek goodnight at the door, make the whole courtship scenario a bit more palatable.


Death By Children

Flying & Crying
I said it. I invoked Karma as a threat, as an epithet, as a balm for my dignity, wounded by glares and stares and unsolicited advice, whispered indignantly over crossed arms as an entire airport observed my children in full fury.


Monkeying Around

How to turn up the volume on a backyard kid's zone
When I was a girl, my dad heroically took play time to the next level. Having no backyard, he put a public park-style 10-foot steel slide in the living room of our Portland studio apartment.


Nest News

March for Students Downtown Bend became a sea of red on May 8, as local families and Bend-La Pine Schools' staff members — all wearing red —rallied together in support of appropriate state funding for public education.

Nest News

Dadding and Chores

The Art of Teaching Kids Responsibility While Having Fun
When I was young, my grandfather taught me just about everything: how to fish, play golf, shoot pool—and even how to catch a football, even though he had to throw underhanded because he had a bad shoulder. But all this fun came at a cost: I had to learn how to do chores to earn a round of golf or a trip to the lake.


Excessive Screen Time? Summer Boredom?

Brilliant Summer Hacks for All
Snopocalypse 2019 had you praying to the gods of summer. You swore upon your children's own lives that you would never again complain about the heat if the snow would just stop.






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