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Cabin Fever Remedies

Dear Cabin Fever – I admit, you are real. You are not like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, unicorns…or other mythical concepts like multiple kids napping at the same time or spouses who agree exactly on how laundry items should be folded (I’m looking at you, bath towels). No sir, you are […]

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Indoor Fun for the Family

My husband has a long history of gag gifts. His specialty this year was a magnet I proudly display on the refrigerator that reads, “My favorite outdoor activity is going back inside.” A pretty accurate description, especially during winter in Minnesota. Lest I have a great deal of experience from which to write about indoor […]

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When McDonald’s Man Marries Mississippi Market Woman

I think way too much about food. Maybe it’s because I am the main grocery-shopper and menu-planner and food-maker for my family of 6. Maybe it’s because I am always planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, baking or cleaning up food. But food is an all-consuming part of my life. (Pun intended.) As my soon-to-be-husband and I […]

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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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