Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities, Gardens and Outdoor spaces

How Master Gardeners are Empowering the Minnesota Public

{Guest post from Master Gardener and Extension Educator for the University of Minnesota’s – Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Jackie Froemming} The Master Gardener Volunteer Program uses research-based horticulture knowledge and practices to inspire change and promote healthy people, communities, and environment. Extension Educators have developed educational toolkits for volunteers to use in their communities to… Read More How Master Gardeners are Empowering the Minnesota Public

Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Travel

Moms: The Urban Sherpas of Life | How to Leave the House With Kids (Without Losing Your Mind!)

Women need to be independent and prepared for whatever life throws at them. Moms especially. Who knew that after birthing a Small Human we would need to carry half of our house’s contents everywhere we go like a frazzled Sherpa. And “living dangerously” means we leave one of four gear bags at home for a… Read More Moms: The Urban Sherpas of Life | How to Leave the House With Kids (Without Losing Your Mind!)

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

Back to School, Education, Special Needs

Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Kids With Special Needs | Easing The Transition

It’s back-to-school season, which can mean anxiety for some kids with special needs (and their parents!) Hopefully, these tips can help ease the transition from summer fun to autumn learning. VISIT THE CLASSROOM(S) This one seems a little too obvious, but it can be helpful for your child to be familiar with her classroom, locker/cubby… Read More Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Kids With Special Needs | Easing The Transition

Brainerd Lakes Area, Special Needs

Special Needs Up North | Miracle League Baseball

Last year, I found out about Miracle League Baseball. I had no idea there was a team for kids and adults with disabilities in our area – they even have their own field! It’s called the Bonnie Cumberland Memorial Field (also known as Bane Park Miracle Field) and was open for its first game in June of… Read More Special Needs Up North | Miracle League Baseball

Brainerd Lakes Area, Summer

Big July 4th Fun in a Small Up North Town | Longville, MN

If you like turtles, fudge and ice cream, Longville, Minnesota should be at the top of your Must-Visit Up North Towns. It’s called the Turtle Race Capital of the World, and has been since the 1960s. I remember fondly racing turtles every summer while visiting Grandma and Grandpa. My kids and I are in Longville… Read More Big July 4th Fun in a Small Up North Town | Longville, MN