Author Archive | Airika


Starting Our New Year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This year our family New Year’s Resolution was to become more civic minded and focus on service in our community. Admittedly, two weeks later, we are off to a slow start. Fortunately, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an ideal opportunity to regroup, get inspired, and get started. Here is our plan for the day. […]

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Pokémon Go for PokéMoms

Perhaps you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Pokémon Go. More likely, you have heard of the game, as well as the craze that ensued after its release. Or even more likely, you have heard and have been avoiding it, denying its existence, and crossing your fingers your kids don’t get wind […]

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Why We Pick Upick

For many families, the summer months mean eating fresh fruits and vegetables from their gardens. We are NOT that family. Even if I managed to evict the weeds surrounding our house and plant something, I would surely forget to water everything. And I shudder at the thought of all those fresh veggies becoming my inevitable charred [...]
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Advice from Strangers

True Story: I’m dashing through the aisles of Target, randomly tossing food into my doublewide cart with three kids in tow. At the same time another woman, footloose and fancy free, is carefully smelling melons and pinching avocados. Said woman spots my rolling-circus and instead of going on her own merry, organic way, she steps […]

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Gettin’ Clean With Boulder Clean

We’ve welcomed Boulder Cleaners to our ever-growing family of partnerships. Let our writers Airika and Annie share their first-hand experiences with this new environmentally safe, all-natural company’s products (All opinions are 100% their own)  Airika: Confession: I don’t like washing the dishes. Full Confession: I leave the dishes for my husband as often as possible. Which means […]

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Carpe Halloween: 31 Ways to Make the Most of October 31st in the Twin Cities

Full Disclosure: I love Halloween. It’s my Super Bowl, Fashion Week, Oscar Night, and Mardi Gras all rolled into one. It’s fun, it’s weird, it’s creepy… what more could a mom of four boys ask for? This year has the added benefit of Halloween being on a Saturday. That’s an entire day for all the […]

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SAHM seeking MBFF

I have a problem. It’s not world hunger, more like a #maybeIshouldworrymoreaboutworldhunger size problem. I have no mom-friends. I have friends (friends with kids even), but none of them live within 20 miles of me. In fact, most of them don’t live in the same state. We moved here two years ago and as a […]

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Summer Syllabus: 100+ Things to Do This Summer

Here it is our list of 100+ things to do this summer.  You’re probably already thinking I’m crazy because there aren’t even 101 days in our summer break.  I’m never quite sure which activities will capture their interest for 15 seconds and which ones will last all afternoon. You may also be rolling your eyes […]

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Summer is Coming: This Mom’s Guide to Survival

When the frigid months of March and April seem unending, I warm myself with the knowledge that summer is coming.  When it’s so cold out my nose hairs freeze, I imagine sipping tea on the deck while my children make daisy chains and look at caterpillars in the yard. This is how I will myself […]

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