Category Archives: The Real Housewives of Benton County

The Real Housewives of Benton County Present: Adrienne Standridge-Sweet as Honey

Adrienne and Tessa next to a bee colony. All of these pictures were taken right on Adrienne’s property. Some beautiful Foxglove! My favorite picture that Chris took of Adrienne and Nathan. Adrienne is one of my closest friends in Corvallis. She is one of the first people who I call when I am happy, sad, […]

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juliette - August 3, 2011 - 9:37 am

She’s the coolest. You forgot to mention that she’s the best mom around for encouraging creativity. When Trevor goes to the Standridge house, he wants to stay forever.

Leonne - August 3, 2011 - 10:08 am

What a great interview! Adrienne, I admire your homesteading talents. You’re a wonderful mama and friend. :-)

Marianne - August 3, 2011 - 11:00 am

Hello, can we please talk about how hot Adrienne is? Yes, Kara her laugh is contagious. Oh and let’s not forget Nathan was in Seventeen magazine back in the day…

Sunny - August 3, 2011 - 2:01 pm

I love that when I’m around Adrienne I know we will laugh. Not just a few ha ha laughs, I mean full belly busting, eyes tearing up laughs. Thanks Adrienne! Thanks for sharing her with us Kara!

Wendy M. - August 4, 2011 - 12:06 am

Adrienne is such a kind person. She’s very accomplished and yet she’s extremely modest and probably not even aware that she’s incredibly amazing to everyone around her. I love listening to her tell a story…you can tell when her laugh is about to surface (and to echo everyone else, she has the best laugh!) Great interview!

The Real Housewives of Benton County Present: Alice Rampton-Building a beautiful community and family

Note the lovely twinkle in those eyes. If you have lived in Corvallis for a long time, there is a good chance that you know or have at least heard of the Rampton family (Sofia was delivered by Alice’s husband). Alice Rampton is an intelligent, beautiful, funny, and loving woman who has done so much […]

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Megan - July 27, 2011 - 8:27 am

Oh I love Alice! That was simply a joy to read. I feel like I could have written my own letter of how Alice has touched my life and been so very influential for me in the short time I have known her. What a lucky girl I am to have her as my Corvallis Mom.

Abby Bain - July 27, 2011 - 8:53 am

Love this! I don’t know Alice well but I know her husband and I figured he must have an amazing wife to support and allow him to do the amazing work he does! Yay Alice!

Anna - July 27, 2011 - 9:09 am

This was such a treat to read Kara! Thanks for sharing!

Julia - July 27, 2011 - 1:15 pm

What a great article about such a wonderful lady. I grew up around the corner from the Rampton’s and was friends with their children. Every time I entered their home I felt loved and a part of something fun and exciting. Alice is an amazing women and she and Mark raised some pretty spectacular children. Great post!

Rachel Griffith - July 27, 2011 - 11:31 pm

How come I wasn’t asked to write something? After all, I’m one of her kids too! At least, she and her big beautiful family have always made me feel that way. Alice and Mark took me in during a very dark period in my life. What impact that one act of charity has done for me! Alice has always made time for me, sat down, made full eye contact and given me her undivided attention. She never made me feel like she was too busy-and she could very well be the busiest woman I know. I am just one of I’m sure hundreds of stories. Alice is one of a kind, a beam of light for more than her own generation. Her influence was described above-and I’m telling you…there’s more, there’s way more. If we could all be a little more, and it would only have to be just a little bit more like this superb woman-by golly-the evil of the world wouldn’t stand a chance! Thank you for your hilarious sense of humor, immense love for others, over the top commitment to service and refreshing honesty. Indeed, Alice is the real deal.

Adrienne S - July 31, 2011 - 5:35 pm

What a beautiful post. I knew Dr.Rampton must have an spectacular wife and family. I have to admit, I got a little misty reading this. Really awe inspiring. I hope my kids say things like that about me when they are grown.

Amanda - August 4, 2011 - 9:01 am

I loved the pictures will all the kids trying to squirm loose lol.

The Real Housewives of Benton County Present: Cooking it up with Juliette Mulholland

Juliette with her adorable and fun family. There are many different levels of ability when it comes to cooking and baking. There are people who know pretty much nothing and get take out or cook completely out of boxes. Next, there are people who may cook a tiny bit but still rely on processed food […]

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Tricia - July 20, 2011 - 5:34 am

Lovely interview and gorgeous photos! I’m so glad you liked the Massaged Kale Salad, it’s one of my favorites too :) ~Tricia

Sunny - July 20, 2011 - 10:17 am

I’ve sampled some of Juliette’s fare and agree that it is quite good! I’ve just started branching out from recipes and my mom’s hand me down tried and trues. I’ve been trying to find new and easier ways to use dried beans, like making my own refried pinto and black beans. I really like to make my kid’s birthday cakes too! I think I may have peaked for Grace’s fifth birthday though, she wants the same thing this year!

carolina amador - July 20, 2011 - 12:37 pm

I am so jealous of Juliette’s cooking skills! And she is such a relaxed, down to earth mama too!

betsy - July 20, 2011 - 10:12 pm

Juliette is an amazing cook for sure. I feel privileged to eat at her home whenever I’m invited. Sometimes I even invite myself.

Adrienne S - July 31, 2011 - 5:43 pm

How did I miss this post? Juliette is so funny about her cooking, if she makes something and you say, “is it good or was it good?” She’ll say, “It was alright.” Then you taste it and omg it is g-r-e-a-t. She downplays all her cooking. Perfect modesty. Then I make something and I say, “wow, try this it’s great!” and she says, “don’t talk it up so much.” HAahahah! I’m need to learn her modesty. Ask her for her Marshmallow recipe!

The Real Housewives of Benton County Present: Rachel Harrington-For the love of numbers

  This is Rachel. Yes, Rachel really is wearing a math t-shirt. It is so nerdy that it’s cool. Pentagon, Hexagon, and Oregon. Haa… I love it.  Rachel is a professor  in the Division of Teacher Education at Western Oregon University. She more specifically teaches students how to be awesome math teachers.  Rachel is smart […]

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Camille - July 13, 2011 - 8:30 am

I was okay at math in school, not great, and though I didn’t exactly like it, I always recognized that it had value. A lot of people ask “When am I ever going to have to use this in the real world?” and a lot of times, the answer is never, BUT the act of using logic to solve problems is SO good for your brain. Doing hard math problems always felt to me like working out seldom used muscle groups that would stay strong and able to complete other tasks in the future.

As someone who was involved in a lot of band/orchestra activities as a kid, I always heard about the correlation between math and music. I think both are totally worthwhile even though as an adult I almost never use any specific skills from those disciplines.

Ivy - July 13, 2011 - 9:02 am

I like the way how Rachel teaches kids math. That makes math more fun to kids. I feel the teaching style in Taiwan makes math too bored. I still remember we had to memorize multiplication table at 1st grade in elementary school. Put too much pressure on kids is not a good thing. Kids just cram a lots of formulas for the exam. So many kids even need to attend cram school to improve their math grades. To me, that was not fun at all.

adrienne w - July 13, 2011 - 4:54 pm

I’ll admit that I am one of those people who is not good at math and doesn’t enjoy it. But I’m lucky to be married to an accountant (who by the way, also hated calculus and struggled with it) so he is really good about “playing” math with the kids. He appreciates math and is sharing that with them. I love what Rachel said about the sound of doors closing when choosing to drop math. It is very true. I took a lesser math class in high school (in Canada we had different levels of classes in each grade) and thought it would never affect me, but I wish I had worked harder and kept my options open. It really did close some doors for me that I didn’t even know existed. I think Rachel has given some excellent advice in how to instill in our children a healthy appreciation for math.

kara - July 13, 2011 - 7:15 pm

I have seriously considered taking an lbcc math class when my kids are a little older so that I can review math and be better able to help them. I agree that using your brain in that way is so good. Interesting that I was good at music but not so much at math.
What an interesting perspective!
Nice that Denver is into it with them.

The Real Housewives of Benton County Present “Debra Arlyn”- A Real Rock Star (and Rock Star Mom)

(Debra and her adorable baby Evie. Look at the hair on that baby! Too cute.) When I met Debra a few months ago, and she told me that she was a “professional musician,” I was totally intrigued. I went and looked up her music online, and I was totally blown away. Debra has an amazing […]

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Chris - July 6, 2011 - 9:31 am

So when Kara asked me to take pictures of her friend that can sing, I thought, “Ok no big deal.” Then after I set up the lights, Debra started to belt out a song and I was totally floored. I wanted to stop taking pictures and just listen. She is great!

adrienne w - July 6, 2011 - 11:28 am

Again, great pictures, Chris!
She has such a beautiful voice!! I really enjoyed what I listened to! I’m kind of envious of her, getting to be a professional singer and a mama. You know the coolest people, Kara.

Chris - July 6, 2011 - 11:35 am

Thanks Adrienne! I think Kara should give me a raise!

Kelly - July 6, 2011 - 12:15 pm

Chris – haven’t you learned yet that Kara knows the most amazing people? It shouldn’t surprise you anymore that the women she asks you to take pictures of rock (literally in this case)!


Ivy - July 6, 2011 - 1:16 pm

Love those pics and the interview:) Debra is a truly gifted musician. Hope we are lucky to hear Evie’s lalala song someday.

Niki - July 6, 2011 - 2:03 pm

That was a great interview, you seem to know lots of cool people Kara! You must be one cool girl yourself :)

kara - July 6, 2011 - 4:54 pm

Has it really taken your whole life of knowing me to finally realize that I am cool :)?

Robert Lee Donaldson - July 6, 2011 - 11:16 pm

What a very interesting and delightful interview with Debra, she is truly a rising star and her music is just plain awesome! She also seems like a very caring and down to earth young lady, with a totally beautiful Lil-Daughter in Evie, they make an adorable family for sure… Thanks for the nice interview!
Robert :)

Noelle - July 8, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Hi Kara,
First, I wanted to say that I love your blog and I especially love the “real housewives” interviews you do. I think it’s great to put the spotlight on some of the great and diverse mamas right here in our community. Inspiration!

I also noticed that some of these cool mamas that you’ve interviewed talk about their faith as something that brings them peace and happiness. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but after giving birth and becoming a new mama, I immediately felt the need to regain a faith in something bigger than myself and find a community to worship with and support our growing family in a spirtual sense. I’m sure a lot of your readers and “real housewives” have diverse belief systems and I’d love to hear more about them. I realize you might not want to open up your blog to faith topics, but I think our spiritual needs (whatever they are) as mamas are important and I’m curious about how others have met theirs. Anyway, awesome blog!

kara - July 8, 2011 - 9:43 pm

Thanks for reading, and I totally agree that more than ever before, being a mom makes you want to be spiritually intuned. I would love to incorporate people’s ideas and beliefs more!

Jill - July 13, 2011 - 3:21 pm

I have been listening to Debra’s Complicated Mess CD. I think she is one of my favorite singers by far. Thanks for introducing me to one talented lady!

kara - July 13, 2011 - 7:20 pm

That is so cool that you got her album. I will pass that on to Debra!!