Kids, Motherhood, Parenting

For Everything There is a Season, Especially in Motherhood

The Bible tells us that for everything there is a season. This holds true for the climate, plants, crops, sports, school and life in general. It applies in particular to motherhood. Everything is a season in motherhood. (Parenthood, actually, but I (Laura) am speaking from a mother’s perspective). The newborn days, infant months, toddler years. Considering when… Read More For Everything There is a Season, Especially in Motherhood

Brainerd Lakes Area, Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Thrift Store

Previously Loved | Thrift Store Shopping Hacks for Busy Parents

I can’t even begin to tell you how stoked I am as to how popular our previous post, Gently Used & Previously Loved -Thrift Stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area has been with UpNoPa readers. This subject is near-and-dear to my heart for many reasons, but the main one is how, over the last 20+ years,… Read More Previously Loved | Thrift Store Shopping Hacks for Busy Parents

Back to School, Motherhood

Back To School Nostalgia | Stay Little, Just a Bit Longer

There’s something about the back-to-school season that makes me (Laura) feel a bit like a giddy kid again. Maybe it’s the aisles full of school supplies, the blank notebooks just waiting to be filled, or the sea of backpacks offering an option in every color and pattern. (I almost wrote, “Or maybe it’s the section… Read More Back To School Nostalgia | Stay Little, Just a Bit Longer

Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Summer

Going to the Beach with Kids | 12 Summer Must Haves to Make Beach Trips a Success

Once upon a time, I thought going to the beach was a relaxing, restful way to spend the day. And then I had a baby. Now, a trip to the beach is mostly filled with trying to keep my son Raleigh from stealing other kids’ toys. It doesn’t matter that we brought an entire bag… Read More Going to the Beach with Kids | 12 Summer Must Haves to Make Beach Trips a Success

Fatherhood, Motherhood, Parenting

Extreme Parenting Moments That Are Funny Only in Hindsight

Parenting is tough. Many moons ago I heard another mom liken parenthood to trying to peel an orange with a screwdriver. It’s super messy and someone is bound to get hurt. But being a parent is filled with many heart-warming moments too. Raising children is an amazing experience, and one that will fill your heart… Read More Extreme Parenting Moments That Are Funny Only in Hindsight

Fatherhood, Motherhood, Parenting

The Dichotomy of Parenthood | How is it so GOOD and HARD at the same time?

I am in the thick of motherhood right now. Some people call it being “in the trenches.” Whatever name you give it, I’m in the middle of it: the blessedly good but completely exhausting days of raising a young toddler. It’s mind-boggling to me how in the span of a single day, my thoughts and… Read More The Dichotomy of Parenthood | How is it so GOOD and HARD at the same time?