After a long, tortuous winter, summer is finally upon us. And for Minnesotans, that means one thing: getting outside. June is National Great Outdoors month. I doubt any of us Minnesotans need to be reminded to enjoy the outdoors. At least, not during these precious few months when the weather is actually tolerable. It’s during […]
I should track my steps each day. It has to be close to 100,000. I’d say 30,000 steps come from getting everyone three meals and three snacks a day. About 20,000 steps would come from getting the kids dressed and dealing with costume changes throughout the day. A good 10,000 steps would come from diaper […]
Living with a Tween is hard–almost as hard as being a Tween. (While the definition of the term varies, for this post I consider Tweens to be 10-14 years of age.) It’s an explosive combination of hormones, life changes, and lack of experience with just a dash of adulthood, and two scoops of “I-know-better-than-you” thrown […]
Enjoying the outdoors during summertime in Minnesota can sometimes lead to our children getting unwanted bug bites or stings. Dr. Carolyn McClain, MD, from our partners at The Urgency Room is here to give us tips on how to protect our families from ticks and insect-borne diseases this summer. Minnesota has been named among the […]
It was a day. Nothing special, nothing overly traumatic. Just another day in a long series of similar days, the mundaneness in and of itself more notable than anything. An ordinary day, yet one that also hadn’t been that great. There were tears and tantrums, struggles over tooth brushing, three different kids with three different […]
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In ninth grade, I gave a speech about the Myers-Briggs personality typing system. I enjoyed giving the speech so much that I, a relatively shy 14-year old, won speaker of the day. Personality assessments abound, and I’m fascinated by them: StrengthsFinder, spiritual gifts assessments, the Four Temperaments, the DISC assessment, the Highly Sensitive Person test, […]
Our house is way too small for our family but the one thing that keeps us here is our amazing backyard. From the front, our tiny rambler home doesn’t look like anything spectacular, but once you head your way into the backyard you are surprised to see our half acre backyard right in the middle […]
We have been undergoing a kitchen remodel on our own home since November 1st, and we still have a couple more months to go until completion. And like all remodels, one thing has led to another so now we’re basically remodeling the entire main level and adding a bathroom into the basement. Remodeling can be […]
When I tell people I’m due in late August, I see the shock and pity in their eyes. Seriously, you’d think I’d just told them I was having a baby on Christmas or something (oops – did that, too). I get that being pregnant – really pregnant – in the heart of the summer has […]
We stroll into the store. I reach down for your hand, but you swat it away and confidently head toward shoes and accessories. We tidy up the bedroom, and I gather your dirty clothes. You take them out of my hands and carry them over to the hamper. We finish dinner, and I bring a […]
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This is not a post I am proud to share. Part of me cannot believe I am even sharing this publicly, but hopefully others can relate. This Mom is on a time out. A self-inflicted position in recognition of reaching my limit. My rope has run out. After a stressful few weeks, sleep deprivation, ruined […]