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Caught in a Ten Pound Trap

Months ago I was rocking my newborn daughter and daydreaming about my hopes for her one day.  I was thinking about all the pressures we face as women.  Pressure to do so much and look a certain way.  I decided in that moment looking at her sweet little newborn face that I was going to […]

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Finding the Perfect 'Mom Car'

Finding the Perfect ‘Mom Car’

This post is written in partnership with Snell Motors, all opinions are our own.I’m not a minivan mom.  I have many friends who swear that mini-vans are the only way to travel.  They are unsure how I even function without one.  Seriously, just ask a mom with a van about it and she’ll tell you […]

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Raising 'Young Women of Distinction'

Raising Young Women of Distinction

Each year the YWCA of Mankato recognizes a group of women and young women as their Women of Distinction.  Women who go above and beyond in their professional and personal lives.  In 2005, the first ‘Young Woman of Distinction’ was named.  This year’s Women of Distinction Award Recipients are: Dr. Caroline Baerg, Sarah Richards and […]

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Forever Friends

It was nearly 16 years ago.  We signed each others’ yearbooks with messages like ‘Let’s hang out soon’… ‘We’ll be friends forever’…’Good luck at college, can’t wait to party next summer’.  At the time we had no idea what kind of havoc time and distance can wreak on friendships.  Except, when it doesn’t.   Tomorrow 5 […]

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DIY Valentines :: Free Printables

February is finally here!  I love seeing the Valentine’s Day goodies filling the shelves at the store.  I’m not really Valentine’s Day crazy but seeing the red and pink cards with messages of love and friendship always makes me smile.  (And it certainly beats the sad, sparse aisle of Christmas clearance).   My son brought home […]

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