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I Broke up with My Laundry

Laundry is my number one nemesis as a mom.  It’s just the most overwhelming, tedious and time-consuming thing that controls my life.  I absolutely hate it.  Yes, I do have the right to use the H word.  With three boys, a husband, and me, who has the most clothes of them all, the amount of […]

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Mud Pies and Other Things That Terrify Me

I will be the first to admit that I do not care for sticky, messy, dirty, or slimy things. My mom tells the story of when I was a little kid in ECFE and I would stand at a distance, watching the other kids doing the activities. I was perfectly happy to watch and not […]

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Appreciating the Great Outdoors in Minnesota

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 […]

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Staying Home is Boring

Nothing puts me on the defensive faster than being asked, “Don’t you get bored?” My mind starts to race as I think: Bored?!? Are you out of your mind, of course not!!! Making food, serving food, picking up food, cleaning sticky hands and faces, wiping down furniture, countertops, floors, and little butts, doing loads of […]

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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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Let’s Get Real About Screen Time

Technology is an inescapable part of our kids’ world. Unless you live off the grid in a log shack in the woods, Swiss Family Robinson-style, there’s no way to shield your kids from the screens they encounter everywhere, seemingly from birth. Nor is there a need to. The fact is, they’ve been born into the […]

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10 Wellness Ideas That Take Less Than Five Minutes

I believe that wellness means honoring and taking care of my body and cultivating joy wherever I go. Living a healthy, full life is as much about what fills my body as what fills my heart and mind. Around the time when my son turned one, I realized that if I wanted to savor this […]

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