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The Best Thanksgiving

My favorite Thanksgiving stories are by far traditional. The year our oldest son was born, we decided to stay home for Thanksgiving. My late husband grilled steaks and we devoured them while watching our favorite football team on television. It was the best Thanksgiving. Fast forward two years later when we celebrated our last Thanksgiving […]

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Shop Twin Cities 2017

{Disclosure: This curated list is brought to you by several of the businesses featured in this post. We love each and every item in this list! Shop LOCAL this holiday season!} When it comes to holiday shopping, may we suggest that you skip the mall in favor of supporting local? There are so many incredible [...]
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Some Truths About Midlife and a Big Fat Lie

{Photo credit: Melissa Soto Photography} If I thought my twenties went by fast, I was woefully unprepared for the warp speed at which my thirties would go by. I attribute my twenties passing quickly to too many late nights, too many bottles of wine and too many first dates with Mr. Right at the Moment. […]

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Thriving Through a Layoff: Toddler Teachable Moments

DAY 3 My 16-month old knows something is wrong. She’s right, but how can she possibly know that? DAY 1 12:38 pm – I’m called into a conference room with two of my colleagues, and there’s a box of tissues on the table. My breath catches in my chest as I hear things like “restructuring” […]

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Confessions of a Library Nerd: 7 Hidden Library Gems

I am a self-proclaimed library nerd. I have my library card number memorized, I visit my library’s website and app at least once a week, and my queue of reserved books usually has at least 10 books on it. As a mom, I’m intimately familiar with the invaluable resources the library offers. Story times, DVDs, […]

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When Your Friend Has Cancer: How to Help

Living with cancer is a marathon. It is mentally and physically exhausting for the patient and their caregiver. It is a disease that leaves no part of their lives or family untouched. The daily needs change fast. Life quickly begins revolving around doctor appointments, second opinions, surgeries, treatment, and unexpected complications. When this exhausting disease […]

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Excuses, Embarrassment, and the Weights We Carry

It was a passing comment, but it weighed a lot. “I wish she wasn’t using a pacifier. She wouldn’t be using one… I mean, I didn’t want her using one, but… well, we ended up needing to.” Almost apologetic, my friend prefaced putting the pacifier in her child’s mouth, giving us the full disclaimer to […]

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