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What Are My Words Doing?

Words have power. What we say can help or hurt, sometimes for far longer than we intend. Even though it was years ago now, I vividly remember the day that I realized how much power one person’s words can have on a life. I was supporting some English Language Learners in their Kindergarten class and […]

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Letting Go of Perfection

Every Friday it was the same. Take the kids to school. Rush home to do all the things I didn’t get to finish during the week; laundry, clean bathrooms, scrub floors, vacuum and dust. Then I’d rush back out to do our weekly grocery shopping, only getting back just in time to put the baby […]

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A Letter to My Daughter about Monsters

It was recently Halloween and you’re really into monsters right now.   Mostly silly ones—fluffy pink things, with one big eye and furry claws. “A monster is coming,” you’ll tell me, eyes widening. “He’s going to eat you!”   That’s my cue. “Oh no!” I shriek in mock horror.   “Ohhhh…it’s okay,” you clarify. “It’s just a friendly monster!” […]

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A Twin Cities Mom’s Guide to the Month of November 2017

There’s always something to do in the Twin Cities, and the fall months are no different! We’re here to help you keep your sanity by bringing these activities all together in one easy guide. In 2017, we’ve been providing you with monthly event guides so you don’t miss a thing! Month #11 is a little more quiet with [...]
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Target’s Cartwheel Holiday Offers Begin Soon!

It’s back again! Starting Wednesday, November 1 (through November 23), Target will be offering (up to) 50% off offers for a different toy everyday via Cartwheel through their app. This will be the third holiday season that Target has offered high percentage discount deals on toys with Cartwheel. In previous years, the deals had run […]

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Of Moms and Martyrs

“Don’t be a martyr.” My husband’s words sent a zing of fury through my veins. It wasn’t the poor guy’s fault. He said the four harmless words, expecting me to hear something like my darling wife, you are important, too – please don’t feel like you have to accept discomfort in every fiber of your […]

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Trick or Treating and Halloween Fun 2017

There’s a wealth of Halloween activities in the Twin Cities. Map out your Trick or Treating plan with this easy guide to all things Halloween in the metro area! NorthSouthEastWest Twin Cities Moms Blog EventsNorth October 27: Anoka, The Halloween Capital of the World | Varies Head out to Anoka for their huge Grand parade! There [...]
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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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My Daughter Will Only Wear Dresses

We found out that our eldest daughter was a girl months before she was born, but still went with a gender-neutral yellow for her nursery. We didn’t register for anything pink. I happily accepted hand-me-downs from our nephews but still shopped for some cute rompers and dresses in an array of (non-pink) colors. I wanted […]

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Special Things

“Here, Mom.  Take it.  It’s for you!” When I hear those words, filled with pride and delight, I know she’s going to have one of two things in her outstretched hand: a pine cone or a rock. Pine cones aren’t the worst, I suppose.  Some people actually collect pine cones and make homey, folksy art […]

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Patience, Not Pressure: How to Raise a Healthy Eater

After decades of increasing, the childhood obesity rate is starting to level off. However, the rate is still alarmingly high. Did you know that 1 in 3 children aged 10-17 are considered obese? Childhood overweight/obesity is regarded as the most common prevalent nutritional disorder of US children and adolescents. Why should we be concerned with overweight kids? […]

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Fostering Animals Made Me a Better Mom

It all started as a compromise. I’ve wanted a dog for years, my spouse does not want one until our kids are a bit older, so we met in the middle with an agreement to do animal foster care. I was more excited than my kids in Target’s toy aisle. I have now fostered two […]

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