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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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The Baby and Kids Expo :: 5 Reasons You Should Attend

It’s almost the middle of February.  Did you know that temperatures this month have been averaging 13 degrees below average?  THIRTEEN.  Ugh.  Are you feeling the cabin fever set in?  Us too.  We have the cure!  Next Saturday, February, 17th the Baby and Kids Expo.  Here are the top 5 reasons you and your family […]

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Friend Maintenance :: The Importance of Connecting

A text message.  An email.  A phone call.  A note on social media.  A quick handwritten card to say hello.  There are so many ways to connect, but sometimes it seems like it’s harder than ever to do so.  Today is National Send a Card to a Friend Day.  What a great reminder to take […]

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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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Soup-er Duper Easy Homemade Soup

There’s something about a piping hot bowl of homemade soup, isn’t there?  Soup is synonymous with comfort and coziness.  It’s nostalgic, the smell of soup simmering on the stove reminds me of coming in from playing in the snow as a kid and soup has the power to warm you up on even the coldest […]

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The First Year :: 2 Perspectives

My husband and I printed our ultrasound pictures and put them in cards for our parents and signed them ‘Can’t Wait to Meet You in February – Baby B’ We couldn’t wait to tell our families that we were expecting!  How exciting was it to find out that my cousin and her husband we also […]

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