I (Becky) worry every morning when my tousle-headed, blurry-eyed teenage son staggers down the stairs to get ready for school. My Spidey Senses tell me he did not get a good night sleep and was probably up too late doing who-the-heck-knows-what (even though he denies it). I don’t think he’s lying to me when I… Read More What is Healthy Sleep Hygiene? Why Does it Matter to Tweens and Teens?
Everyone always strives for work-life balance. It’s the ultimate goal, right? Here’s the truth about work-life balance though… It’s a myth; a unicorn. True balance isn’t possible; just like multitasking actually is a myth. You’re really just switching your focus and attention back and forth between different topics quickly. And research has shown that it’s… Read More Work-Life Balance – Is it Possible in Motherhood?
“My son Wyatt (her adopted son) is all mine. Little souls find their way to you whether it’s through your womb or someone else’s.”-singer Cheryl Crow November is a special month for my (Becky’s) family in many ways. Thanksgiving, deer hunting opener and my birthday are all crammed into an already hectic month. But another… Read More Understanding Respectful Adoption Language | November is Adoption Awareness Month
I love writing handwritten notes and mailing them to people. I recently wrote about the art of writing a thank you note, as well as how to find balance in the digital age. Sending people notes in the mail is one of the ways I seek out connection and express love and gratitude to the… Read More Life Hack for Cheap Cards | How Blank Cards Can Save You Hundreds
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?
I (Laura) graduated with a nursing bachelors degree in 2008, and then started my own photography business on a wish and a prayer in 2009. I built it from scratch; living and breathing photography and all things business-related until 2014. In 2014, I had some sudden and debilitating health issues which served as a wakeup… Read More Full Time to Staying at Home: Navigating the Transition to Stay at Home Mom
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
The art of writing a thank you note is something that is falling victim to our digital age. An opportunity to show gratitude to someone and give them some mail to smile about, a thank you note is an easy way to show you care. This post is sponsored by The Invite Lady and her… Read More The Art of Writing a Thank You Note | Is It Lost Forever?
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
We live in a digital age. We literally have a computer in our pocket; one that is so much more powerful and advanced than even the fanciest desktop was a decade ago. Texts are sent with a few thumb swipes, and phone calls are no longer long distance. We are even managing our money online… Read More Finding Balance and Connection in the Digital Age