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

Health, Parenting

The Hope Squad | Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Resources

Guest post from Essentia Health of Brainerd Did you know that September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month? And since we all know suicide touches families, friends and the entire community, the UpNoPa Moms thought it would be best to share some Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Resources that are available right here in our own community. Suicide… Read More The Hope Squad | Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Resources

Crafts, Kids, Parenting

National Grandparents Day | 4 Ways to Make Them Feel Extra Special

Grandparents love every gift they get from their grandchildren. It doesn’t matter if that gift is a leaf, rock, flower or a beautiful painted canvas, it’s the thought (and the cute gift giver) that counts. September 10th is National Grandparents Day, an unofficial holiday focused on celebrating grandparents everywhere. And while even a hug would… Read More National Grandparents Day | 4 Ways to Make Them Feel Extra Special

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