My birthday is in the beginning of December, and I live in Minnesota. That means for all of my birthdays, it has been cold and 95% of them have had snow on the ground. My sister, on the other hand, was born in July. Her birthdays have always been just after the midpoint of summer,… Read More Half Birthday Celebrations | Half Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
Summer is such a wonderful season of sun, fun, beaches, fresh air, green grass and blooming flowers. After being cooped up for 9 months, us Minnesotans can’t wait for June-September so we can be outside, enjoy our many lakes and plant gardens that would put even Martha Stewart to shame. But with all of this… Read More Summer Fun for Introverts
Summer break is always a time deeply anticipated by kids, but sometimes not-so-much by their parents. Three weeks into summer vacation is when the shiny newness of not being in school starts to tarnish and boredom sets in. Whether your kids are 5 or 15, parents know what bored kids do. Bored kids tend to:… Read More Summertime Money Making Ideas for Teens
Laura and I (Becky) are always in awe of local parents who are in the midst of creating a new business or rocking a current one. We especially love to see that entrepreneurial spirit in our local teens and tweens! We are honored today, to share an inspiring story of two 10-year-olds who have taken… Read More Got Pets? Twin Tweens Turn a Love of Pets into a Dog Walking and Pet-Sitting Business
Summer is right around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re READY. The winter was LONG in Minnesota, and we are ready to spend our days outside all day, every day. Summer notoriously passes way too quickly, so I always try to be intentional and proactive about squeezing the most out of the precious… Read More Summer Bucket List for Toddlers
Summer is almost here and we are excited! It’s a special time of year, especially if you live in the north like we do and have winter for half of the year. Our amazing summer months are what keep us sane through the frozen winters, dreaming about the warm weather and the summer fun we… Read More Summer Life Hacks for Busy Moms
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
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