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If You Give Your Child a Banana

If you give your child a banana, chances are that someday soon they will ask for another. If your child is preferential to consistency, like mine, their daily banana will become routine. If you are running solo on getting ready for the work day in the morning, like me, the banana became my safety blanket […]

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6 Keys To Hating Winter Less

Winter. It’s what this great state of Minnesota is famous for—the long, cold, snowy, stay-in-your-house-kind-of-frigid days of winter. When my daughter was about 3.5 years old, she walked out into the frosty air, turned to look at me and with tears in her eyes said, “I don’t like winter, Mommy! It hurts me!” Straight up […]

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10 Questionable Parenting Tips from a First-Time Mom

I’m a first-time mom. Aside from some furry children, I only have one kid of my own. So while I often feel like more of a third-time mom (regularly finding pacifiers in my work bag, refusing to pay full price for any kids clothes ever, and an almost alarmingly cavalier approach toward safety and cleanliness), […]

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Find Your Own Happiness During the Holidays

For almost 10 years, I would spend days leading up to Christmas by cooking. There was researching, planning, calling stores, shopping, and of course cooking. It started by reading an issue of Cooking Light and talking about holiday traditions, and one of the traditions was the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Desperate to start a […]

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Shop Twin Cities 2017

{Disclosure: This curated list is brought to you by several of the businesses featured in this post. We love each and every item in this list! Shop LOCAL this holiday season!} When it comes to holiday shopping, may we suggest that you skip the mall in favor of supporting local? There are so many incredible [...]
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A Place Setting for a Traveling Toddler Thanksgiving

You climb into your vehicle. The kids are strapped in and you are praying that they sleep for at least half of your four-hour journey. As you back out of the driveway, a feeling of fear and unease washes over. “PLEASE let this day go well,” you tell yourself. In a flash, you wish you […]

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The One Thing I’m Doing Differently This Thanksgiving

Last year we hosted 12 people for Thanksgiving. This year our guest total will be 14,  all sleeping overnight in our house for several days. I’m not heavy breathing about it. Dare I say, I’m actually looking forward to it? I love to cook comfort food, so Thanksgiving is totally my jam. I love making […]

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Christmas Jams… Before Thanksgiving

Are you THAT person? The ridiculously annoying Christmasy-spirit person that listens to Christmas music BEFORE Thanksgiving? The blasphemy! The outrage! I mean, who does that? I was that person. Almost my whole life. I practically thought it was a downright sin to listen to those sweet sweet Christmas jams before Thanksgiving had passed. You need […]

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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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