Author Archive | Megan Torgerson

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Pageants, Daughters and Change

Full disclosure: I was Miss Minnesota 2003. {Photo credit: Paula Preston} Yup, that’s me in the hot pink satin, 15 years ago, 25 pounds ago, two kids and a marriage ago, becoming Miss Minnesota after an unlikely ascension through the pageant ranks.  I competed in my first pageant when I was 20, and by age […]

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Sleep Well, Sweet Girl | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Sleep Well, Sweet Girl

We don’t co-sleep.  Since the day I brought each one of my kids home from the hospital, they went to sleep in their own rooms in their own beds.  All late-night and early-morning nursing sessions happened in the rocking chair next to a crib in a bedroom that was not mine.  I have never woken […]

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What I Learned When My Kid Had Surgery

When a suspicious lump started growing on my daughter’s eyelid, we immediately consulted Dr. Google.  In our professional expertise, we diagnosed her with “probably just a stye or something” and treated it like the internet told us to: with hot packs and gentle eyelid cleaning.  Months later, it had only gotten bigger.  And let me […]

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Financing My Future Game-Changer

Our partners at Minnesota College Savings Plan are here to help families set up financial plans for their kids’ educational futures. Plus, our sponsors are giving our readers a chance to win a $300 scholarship towards a new or existing Minnesota College Savings Plan Account! See the bottom of this post for more details! For […]

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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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When You’re Aware Something’s Not Right: PCOS Awareness Month

In high school, I once got a menstrual period so bad that I blacked out in class, got dragged to the nurse’s office by a classmate, and threw up in the principal’s private bathroom.  I never knew when my period could start, which meant I often bled through my pants in public with no warning.  […]

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Alone Time

I don’t do “alone.”  I am a middle child, never without a sibling to antagonize.  I am a serial dater, finding myself in a relationship pretty much continuously since I was 16.  I am an extrovert with a side of people-pleaser, desperate to perform and be affirmed.  But here’s the catch: I have had a […]

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