Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Winter

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Bug-Loving Kids | Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Bugs

If you’ve got a kid who loves bugs, you might be wondering what sort of gifts you can get them. This can especially be a challenge if you’re not quite the bug enthusiast they are! (Raising my hand with you!) We’ve got a list of the best gift ideas for kids who love bugs to… Read More The Ultimate Gift Guide for Bug-Loving Kids | Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Bugs

Family Activities, Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Winter

Ideas of Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love

December is arguably my most favorite month of the year. Sure, it’s usually cold in Minnesota, but I don’t mind the snow and cold one bit until AFTER the new year. It’s still new and pretty, and I’m 100% ok with a white Christmas! I love everything about the holiday season, from the music and… Read More Ideas of Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love

Books, Holidays

The Interesting Backstory of Elf on the Shelf Holiday Tradition

By now you may have noticed the epic amount of Elf on the Shelf activity on social media platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. Elf on the Shelf has been part of millions of family’s holiday traditions for over a decade. Though not an Elf on the Shelf owner myself, I (Becky) do appreciate my friend’s… Read More The Interesting Backstory of Elf on the Shelf Holiday Tradition

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

11 Ways Essentia Health’s Upgrades are Better Serving this Community

There are some amazing changes happening within our local hospital and medical center. Changes that perfectly align with Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clinics’ mission of making a healthy difference in people’s lives. As a way to continue to strive to make a positive impact on our community by spreading their core values of… Read More 11 Ways Essentia Health’s Upgrades are Better Serving this Community

Essentia Health, Fall, Health + Wellness Features, Recipes + Food

Wonderful Winter Squash Recipes and Benefits!

Guest post by Teresa Farrell, RD, LD Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. With fall in full swing and winter not far away, now is a great time to add sweet rich flavored winter squash recipes to your meals and snacks. There are many different varieties of winter squash, some… Read More Wonderful Winter Squash Recipes and Benefits!

Fall, Family Activities, Kids, Parenting, Volunteering

How to Cultivate Gratitude in Kids | Help Your Kids Give Thanks

This time of year, gratitude and thanksgiving are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. The holiday season seems to inspire us to count our blessings and appreciate what we have to be thankful for. For those of us who are raising children, we likely want to encourage and teach our children to experience gratitude this… Read More How to Cultivate Gratitude in Kids | Help Your Kids Give Thanks

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Essentia Health offers free SAGE breast cancer screening – November 14

**shared with permission from Essentia Health Brainerd/Baxter Press Release** Mammography is one of the most important arsenals in the fight against breast cancer. A breast imaging tool, mammograms are used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women. It is considered the most effective breast cancer screening method because it can identify problems long before… Read More Essentia Health offers free SAGE breast cancer screening – November 14

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Polarized Glasses for “Polar” Season? Youbetcha!

**guest post from Dr. Kristel Schamber at Lakes Area Eyecare** Why exactly are polarized lenses so awesome? We’re glad you asked! There are actually many benefits associated with polarized sunglasses. Bad Light Out Probably the greatest benefit to having polarized sunglasses is their non-glare capabilities. The lenses have a special film that neutralizes glare from… Read More Polarized Glasses for “Polar” Season? Youbetcha!

Books

How to Start a Book Club | Everything You Need to Know About Book Clubs

Both of us moms here at Up North Parent love to read. I’m not sure if it’s the fact we’re both introverts (reading is our favorite way to refill our energy buckets), or if living in Minnesota with our insanely long and often harsh winters further encourages our love of reading. Whatever it is, we… Read More How to Start a Book Club | Everything You Need to Know About Book Clubs

Goal Setting, Mental Health, Organization, Productivity

Bullet Journaling is a Sanity Saver! Here’s Why… #Bujo

I (Becky) thought I was going to die of happiness when the adult coloring book craze became all-the-rage a few years back. But relaxation is only part of the reason why I liked adult coloring. The other is the fact that it let me be creative. That’s also why I am totally infatuated with Bullet… Read More Bullet Journaling is a Sanity Saver! Here’s Why… #Bujo