Archive of ‘Life’ category

New Year’s Resolution Jar

I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions, but I have a friend who shared a great idea. Instead of a typical resolution, Ashley and her husband, Nathan, have creatively thought up 52 ideas to put into a jar. Each week, they will choose one to do for a weekly resolution. Something tells me this will be […] Read more…

Christmas: Why do we do this again?

Yesterday I was standing in Kohl’s, staring at dress socks — debating between black and brown and blue, plain or patterned — all in the name of one more thing to put in my husband’s stocking, when I overhead two older ladies say, “I just can’t wait until this is over.” They were referring to […] Read more…

Leona’s Story: When life is not fair

Life is not fair. My dad must have told me that at least a thousand times growing up. I hated those four words. But I’ve found myself repeating that phrase to my kids. And I’ve witnessed it lived out all around me, as bad things happen to good people. Indeed, life is not fair. Today […] Read more…

Battling the mile 22s

A few weeks ago, I trotted out to the Twin Cities Marathon to cheer on some friends. If you’ve ever run a marathon, then I salute you. Seriously, you’re crazy, you’re determined, you’re a marathoner! If you’ve never watched people run a marathon, then you must add it to your bucket list, because it is […] Read more…

Remembering 9/11

People always say they remember exactly where they were when they learn of a tragedy. Fourteen years ago, I was feeding my 2-month-old son and watching a bit of the TODAY show. I will never forget the breaking news that an airplane had just hit one of the Twin Towers in New York City. I […] Read more…

Summer is my favorite accessory

After a long summer hiatus, I’m baaacckk! Probably not a great professional move for a blogger to be MIA for three months, but I just can’t stand being inside when the calendar reads June, July and August. For most of us in Minnesota, school doesn’t start until the day after Labor Day. You see, we […] Read more…

Hometown Tourist: fun family things to do in the Twin Cities

Following is an excerpt from my new eBook: “Hometown Tourist, 27+ {minn}ecations around Minneapolis/St. Paul & Beyond.” If you don’t live in Minnesota, you can use this idea to take on a Hometown Tour challenge in your own area. I love to travel. I love big cities —New York, Boston, D.C. — and sun and […] Read more…

Great grad gifts for $10

  In a few weeks, the class of 2015 will officially graduate and grad party season will be in full swing! There have been summers where we haven’t had one single graduation party to attend. This year, our oldest niece is graduating high school. It’s so hard to believe. She was the one my hubby […] Read more…

A Letter to Moms of Little Ones

Disclaimer for not-so-new-moms: My guess is that for every one of us who have been moms for more than 10 years, we’d all have a list of lessons learned. I decided to reflect on what mine would be. I hope you’ll share this with the newer moms in your life.  Dear Mom of Little Ones, […] Read more…

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