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Holiday Travel

There really is nothing better than the feeling the holidays bring. You know how the song goes, “all is calm, all is bright.” Yet, such calm usually goes out the window when the holidays involve travel plans. Having lived far from home most of my adult life, I never really thought of anything different. Often […]

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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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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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Family Trips: Adventure Ahead

Adventure is an understatement when it comes to family trips. Whether you are driving cross-country, flying to your destination, or arriving by any other method, bringing a family along is ALWAYS unpredictable. I am no expert on family trips, but I do have an honorary degree in changed plans and missed expectations. This I know […]

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Top 3 Not-So-Secret Tips to Being a Good Mama

You won’t find the tips while reading best-selling books on discipline strategies. They won’t be found searching Pinterest for the best monster truck birthday cake. The secrets aren’t unveiled by researching creative recipes to sneak vegetables into your toddler’s 100% organic, homemade food either. I’ve done all these things and more. Reading, researching and getting […]

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Best Audiobooks for a Silent Road Trip

Last year I shared My Secret to a Silent Car with Young Kids. In case you missed it, my secret is those glorious listening gems known as audiobooks. My love for audiobooks is pretty intense. I recommend them constantly and for just about anything that’s ailing you in motherhood. Kid talks all the time? Audiobooks. […]

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Identity Crisis: On the 5th Anniversary of Becoming “Mom”

{Photo credit: Sarah Elizabeth Photography} In just a few days, we will celebrate my daughter’s fifth birthday while I will silently be celebrating the fifth anniversary of becoming “Mom.” This name has not just become a title, it has become my identity. I am a completely different person than I was five years ago. I look […]

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Spring Break: Shopping For That Perfect Swimsuit

March is here and that means it’s Spring Break time!!  Our family tries to escape the Minnesota winter and enjoy a little beach vacation each year.  I love everything about spring break such as the planning, the packing, enjoying the warm fresh air, and the amazing memories our family makes with family and friends… but […]

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A Weekend Getaway at the Radisson Blu Mall of America

Our Executive Team had the pleasure of staying at the Radisson Blu Mall of America for our 2017 Executive Team Retreat. Huge thank you to our partners at Radisson Blu for providing us this truly outstanding experience!Earlier this month, our team got to experience all that is the Radisson Blu Mall of America for our […]

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5 Tips to Prevent Problems When Hosting Overnight Guests

Recently, we had a total of 12 people in our house overnight for multiple holiday celebrations. We moved to a new house this year and finally had the room to accommodate a big family overnight gathering. With each family member’s RSVP of “yes,” our excitement grew, but there was also planning and prep work that […]

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