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

Books, Fall

Sweaters, Cocoa and Fiction | #UpNoPa Book Picks for Autumn

The leaves are turning and Fall is here. That means we’re curling up with our favorite books, and settling in for a cozy season. Here’s what we’ve been reading (and loving) lately! Laura’s Book Picks for Autumn- I’ve been listening to audiobooks lately, thanks to the Cloud Library app available through my local public library.… Read More Sweaters, Cocoa and Fiction | #UpNoPa Book Picks for Autumn

Essentia Health, Fall

Autumn Apple Chicken Stir Fry + Health Benefits of Apples

Guest post By Teresa Farrell, RD, LD Essentia Health, St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. Apples and Autumn With Fall in the air, our minds start drifting towards bonfires and hot apple cider. Apples are a favorite for many people. In fact, Americans consume 44 pounds of apples per person, each year.… Read More Autumn Apple Chicken Stir Fry + Health Benefits of Apples

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Essentia Health is Helping Crow Wing County SMILE

Guest post by Essentia Health, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. Kellie Heidelberger-Townley had never suffered from such pain. “It felt like the pain went right to my brain,” she recalls of a broken and infected tooth that recently brought her to the Emergency Department at EssentiaHealth-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. “I didn’t know where… Read More Essentia Health is Helping Crow Wing County SMILE

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Essentia Health Offers FREE Lifestyle Change Classes

Guest post by Essentia Health, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. Currently, 1 out of 3 individuals have pre-diabetes — but 9 out of 10 times people don’t know it. Pre-diabetes involves blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diabetes. An individual with pre-diabetes can delay or… Read More Essentia Health Offers FREE Lifestyle Change Classes