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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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Play – Is it Really?

“Oh, isn’t he cute when he plays like that?” “I’d like a house with a play room for the kids.” “Let’s get together for a playdate.” When you have children, the subject of play comes up pretty often. Like every day, because that’s what we see our children do. But if you stop and think […]

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Don’t Call Me Granmaw

Let’s say you’re seventeen. And some of you might be. Can you envision yourself as a GRANDMOTHER? Of course not. Not at seventeen, and maybe not at any age for that matter. Until it happens. You’re rather hit upside the head. Taken one in the gut. Gobsmacked. But when it happened to me, I was […]

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