Brainerd Lakes Area, Education, Kids, Parenting

Vote YES with Us! | 2018 ISD 181 Brainerd Public School Referendum

On April 10th, 2018, the Brainerd Public School District 181 will face one of its most important and significant days yet. This day sincerely holds the future of our school district in the palm of it’s hand. On Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, a three-question ballot will be voted on across our school district, for a… Read More Vote YES with Us! | 2018 ISD 181 Brainerd Public School Referendum

Books, Kids

Read*Share*Celebrate | Best Baby and Toddler Board Books

We are celebrating Picture Book Month! I would venture to guess that in most households with Littles, it’s Picture Book Month EVERY month! And that’s great because it’s no secret that reading to our young ones is beneficial in many ways. But once a year there is indeed an international recognition called Picture Book Month. Picture… Read More Read*Share*Celebrate | Best Baby and Toddler Board Books

Kids, Parenting, Self Care + Wellness

Electronics, Blue Light and Your Child’s Eyes | Myth or Fact?

When I (Becky) was a kid, my mom was notorious for always telling me, “Don’t sit too close to the television screen! You’ll ruin your eyes!” I was never quite sure if that was true or not back then, but what I do know now is that my vision stinks. And I don’t think it… Read More Electronics, Blue Light and Your Child’s Eyes | Myth or Fact?

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

Kids, Parenting, Thrifting

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

Kids, Parenting, Self Care + Wellness

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

Back to School, Kids

Preparing Your Preschooler for Their First Day of School

Last week, I shared some tips on how to transition your child with special needs back into the school routine. Today it’s all about the preschooler! It’s back to school season. In our family, that means Hannah gets to go too. She’s three and a half, with a January birthday, so kindergarten is still a… Read More Preparing Your Preschooler for Their First Day of School