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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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A Tribute to the Potty Training Mom

“Wow, Momma, that was a BIG poopie! Good job.” My son loudly offered me this praise in the Target bathroom. At the beginning of potty training, this comment would have thoroughly embarrassed me. But now, I don’t even blink an eye at all the bathroom talk. Thanks to potty training, I’ve talked more about potties […]

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Diary of a Plus Size Mom

I sometimes struggle with my body image.  In my 33 years of life, I have seen bodies constantly judged near and far including my own.  In my case, always being judged for being too big or that dreaded “F” word….Fat.  It’s not a new world problem.  I have many memories that stem from my childhood.  […]

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New Year, New Habits: Making College Savings Easy

Our writer, Liz, shares some of her feelings surrounding financing her children’s college education. In partnership with our sponsors at Minnesota College Savings Plan, Liz explains how you can start some financial habits in the new year that will benefit your child’s future. It’s that time of year. Time to build better habits — including, […]

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