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?

Brainerd Lakes Area, Self Care + Wellness

Eyelash Extensions – What, How and WHY? {Plus a Giveaway!}

I’ve been seeing and hearing about lash extensions all over social media for the past few years. I knew about false eyelashes (as in, the thick strips you buy at Target), and I’ve worn them for dance competitions in high school. But I hadn’t heard much about eyelash extensions until I started seeing people post… Read More Eyelash Extensions – What, How and WHY? {Plus a Giveaway!}

Fall, Self Care + Wellness

6 Tips For Autumn Self-Care | Cozy Blankets, Colorful Leaves and Pumpkin Spice Everything

It’s finally autumn. My favorite month. I love all the coziness, colors and coffee. I am going to try not to rush the season this year, like in previous years. Winter comes so fast – grey skies, icy roads, and freezing temps – so I’m all for soaking up the warmth of the sun and… Read More 6 Tips For Autumn Self-Care | Cozy Blankets, Colorful Leaves and Pumpkin Spice Everything

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

Fatherhood, Motherhood, Parenting, Self Care + Wellness

Parents Need Time Outs Too | Knowing When to Step Back

There are a wide range of memorable moments in parenting ranging from the warm and emotional moments, to the ones when you want to throw an adult tantrum. You know, lay down of the floor and pitch a big, loud, messy FIT. If you have those types of “moments”…no worries; you are NORMAL. All parents… Read More Parents Need Time Outs Too | Knowing When to Step Back