Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities, Self Care + Wellness, Summer

The Up North Parent Healing Gardens Tour

“Going for a drive” is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to enjoy summer while also taking in the sights, sounds, and attractions that the Up North/Lakes Area has to offer. And anyone who’s lived here for more than one season knows that gardening is a BIG DEAL in this community. Rightfully so since dirt… Read More The Up North Parent Healing Gardens Tour

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Family Activities, Self Care + Wellness

The String Yank Technique | How to Remove a Fish Hook if You’re Caught in the Fishing Fun

Guest Post written by Essentia Health; one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Fishing and the Lakes Area go hand-in-in had, but the medical team at Essentia Health also knows that the two sometimes get “tangled” together is a not-so-fun-way. The lakes draw many to live and vacation in our beautiful area. However, a common injury for… Read More The String Yank Technique | How to Remove a Fish Hook if You’re Caught in the Fishing Fun

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features, Self Care + Wellness

A Free App that Helps us Make Healthier Choices at the Grocery Store

Written by Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health; one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Food shopping can be confusing. More than 20,000 new products are introduced into grocery stores every year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These products come in eye-catching wrappers and offer health claims to entice us to… Read More A Free App that Helps us Make Healthier Choices at the Grocery Store

Brainerd Lakes Area, Health + Wellness Features, Self Care + Wellness

Slow Your Roll | Downtime Tips for Busy Moms

Ever heard the old saying, “No rest for the weary?”  Unfortunately, if you are a mom, the “weary” is YOU. And I think our “weariness” is at “next level” because winter will simply not Go.Away. It’s no secret that moms are essential and our days are filled with taking care of hearth, home, kids, husbands… Read More Slow Your Roll | Downtime Tips for Busy Moms

Self Care + Wellness, Simplify

Too Busy? Maybe it’s Time to Declutter Your Schedule & Free Your Time

When someone asks how you are, is your stock answer always “too busy!“? If your blood pressure rises at the thought of what you need to cram into your day, maybe its time to declutter your schedule. I (Becky) was recently reading a great email from one of my favorite minimalism gurus (NoSidebar.com) and there was… Read More Too Busy? Maybe it’s Time to Declutter Your Schedule & Free Your Time

Essentia Health, Self Care + Wellness, Simplify

Decluttering Your Health Habits | How to Simplify Your Health

From abandoned treadmills and yoga mats to Suzanne Somer’s ThighMasters that have lost their relevancy, our homes are littered with the fallout of Good Fitness Intentions Gone Bad and are proof that decluttering our health habits is a necessity of life. As Laura and I (Becky) dive deeper into our quest to de-junk and declutter our… Read More Decluttering Your Health Habits | How to Simplify Your Health

Parenting, Self Care + Wellness

What is Healthy Sleep Hygiene? Why Does it Matter to Tweens and Teens?

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?