There are a wide range of memorable moments in parenting ranging from the warm and emotional moments, to the ones when you want to throw an adult tantrum. You know, lay down of the floor and pitch a big, loud, messy FIT. If you have those types of “moments”…no worries; you are NORMAL. All parents… Read More Parents Need Time Outs Too | Knowing When to Step Back
Last year, I found out about Miracle League Baseball. I had no idea there was a team for kids and adults with disabilities in our area – they even have their own field! It’s called the Bonnie Cumberland Memorial Field (also known as Bane Park Miracle Field) and was open for its first game in June of… Read More Special Needs Up North | Miracle League Baseball
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?
The UpNoPa moms are all avid readers, even though our busy schedules oftentimes don’t allow for that luxury as often as we’d like! From fantasy to self-help, we all have varying tastes when it comes to reading material. With that in mind, every month we’d like to share what is on our “already read” or… Read More Our Summer Reading List Picks | Up North Parent Book Club
***EDITED TO ADD: GIVEAWAYS ARE NOW CLOSED AND PRIZES HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO THE WINNERS. THANKS FOR ENTERING!*** Up North Parent is following up our nation’s independence day celebration with a huge, fun celebration of our own! We are having a SUMMER LAUNCH GIVEAWAY! Up North Parent Launch Giveaway In honor of the Up North… Read More The Up North Parent Summer Launch Giveaway
If you like turtles, fudge and ice cream, Longville, Minnesota should be at the top of your Must-Visit Up North Towns. It’s called the Turtle Race Capital of the World, and has been since the 1960s. I remember fondly racing turtles every summer while visiting Grandma and Grandpa. My kids and I are in Longville… Read More Big July 4th Fun in a Small Up North Town | Longville, MN
Life isn’t always smooth and rosy. We all know that one minute, things can be “peachy-keen” and the next, life can feeling like a five alarm fire. BUT, it’s also a well-known fact that positive things can emerge out of tragedy. That belief is clearly visibly to anyone who roams the spectacular grounds of one of the Brainerd… Read More Grand View Lodge On The Rocks | Something For Everyone
Paul Bunyan is one of the best-known heroes in American folklore. He is also a highly recognizable legend in the Land of Up North. This legendary lumberjack (and his faithful companion Babe the Blue Ox) starred in many of the “tall tales” told in the Midwest during the 1800s. According to the stories, Bunyan was… Read More Up North Summer Fun | Let’s Celebrate Paul Bunyan Day!
Up here in Minnesota, we suffer through a long, cold winter season that is usually a minimum of 6 months long. At least it feels that way. Sure, there are the people who truly love winter (I’m not one of them) but for the most part, the general consensus among Minnesotans is that we tolerate… Read More Just Say No to Summer Guilt
Summer equals fun; there’s no disputing that. But in our house “summer fun” does not typically mean beach visits and backyard BBQs. Our version of family summer fun is: Road Trips! Over the last dozen years we’ve concentrated our travels on the fine state of Minnesota and specifically on the beauty and history that our State… Read More Summer Road Trip Hacks | Simple Ways to Ease the Squeeze on your Pocketbook