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A Place Setting for a Traveling Toddler Thanksgiving

You climb into your vehicle. The kids are strapped in and you are praying that they sleep for at least half of your four-hour journey. As you back out of the driveway, a feeling of fear and unease washes over. “PLEASE let this day go well,” you tell yourself. In a flash, you wish you […]

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The Team Approach to Parenting

Any preconceived notions I had about motherhood went out the door the night we brought my first daughter home from the hospital. Despite my ideals of being the “do it all Mom,” I quickly learned the limitations of sleep deprivation. I had romanticized the idea of my husband and I being up in the night […]

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Leaving a Legacy

What do you want to be remembered for? How are you going to leave your legacy?  This probably sounds like a dark topic but it’s a question that has been on my hubby’s and my mind lately. I’m not sure why this has been on our minds so much. Maybe it’s because we just welcomed our second […]

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Great-Grandma’s Last Gift

I grew up spending my summers at my grandparents’ lake home in Wisconsin. A couple dozen grandchildren cramped into bedrooms, piled in bunk beds and sleeping bags, snuggled together with fingertips sticky from s’mores, the scent of bonfire in our hair. Wet bathing suits hung on the porch railing, never lacking hugs and giggles and hot […]

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Minnesota State Fair 2015: A Family Guide

The Great Minnesota Get-Together – we wait for it all year and it’s two weeks of food on a stick, farm animals, butter sculptures and more.  Our fair is so popular that people travel here at the end of August just to experience it!  We cannot wait to drag our kids through the fair this […]

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A Grand Gift Idea: What I’m Giving My Children for Every Holiday

2014’s Coolest Gifts for Kids. Holiday Must Haves for 3 Year Olds. 15 Unique Gifts for Boys. These lists are everywhere: the covers of magazines, the internet, and places I shop. They showed up just before Halloween and I’ve been going crazy ever since. “What am I going to get them for Christmas?” “Where can I find […]

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In the Swimsuit Category

“Please Nana.” “Yes, pleeeeeeeeeeese Nana, come swimming with us!” Tatum and Turner looked up at me with big pleading eyes. Eyes full of love and anticipation. It was the love part that got me. But in reality, how could I? I’m a sixty-something grandmother with a body that hasn’t gotten any better in the last […]

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