Carla Mills

Carla Mills has lived in Mankato since she was a little girl and lives in the neighborhood she grew up in. She has three boys with her husband, Steve. She runs a photography business at and is a busy homeschooler. When not driving to gymnastics classes and violin lessons, she enjoys learning new things, like how to badly play the ukulele. Carla likes to eat all the gluten free foods at Friessens and knows that Star Trek is better than Star Wars. She would also rather be camping.

It’s January! Celebrating the Normalness

I love January, new year, new beginnings. There's more sunlight, almost 10 hours by the end of the month! My husbands birthday is coming up so I can shop for him! When January is...
Grocery store produce

I’m Never Grocery Shopping Again!

Every three days It feels like I'm at the grocery store every three days or less! I try to get a big shopping trip in only once a week and get everything all at once...
Yarn and Knitting

A Place for You

How to keep sight of you when you are a mom. As a mom, we often carve out space for the people in our life. In the physical, with rooms made up for our children,...

Being a Gluten Free Mom in Mankato

I have an autoimmune disease, one called celiac disease. This means my immune system can't tell the difference between harmful invaders and parts of my body when I eat gluten. I was diagnosed when...

The Moment

The moment it got easier. The moment I was sleeping at night more than awake. The moment they pushed off on the bike without my help. The moment a basket of laundry went to the laundry room...

How Does a Minnesota Mom Prepare for a Snowstorm?

Rain and wind and snow, oh my! In all seriousness our actual forecast is freezing rain, followed by 4 inches of snow. Children are looking forward to snow days and commuters are looking forward to mayhem. So...

Hexaflexagons, latest craze to hit my house.

Here's a fun indoor activity for your winter bucket list (ssshh, don't tell the kids it makes math fun!) While perusing my youtube subscriptions while waiting for dinner to cook I came across Vi Hart's...

Lazy Mom Products to the Rescue

The holidays are quickly approaching and who doesn't need a few tips and tricks to make everything go smoother. I recommend taking less time on your appearance!  Just kidding. If hiding in the bathroom...

Getting the Photos Off Your Camera Roll

How many photos are on your smart phone's camera roll?  Hundreds?  Thousands?  Let's explore some ways to organize and preserve your 2D legacy.  Today is a good day to take stock of your digital...

Becoming a Big Kid Mom

It's the little things now, the slight change in posture, the squaring of the shoulders. I can better see what they will look like when they are done with their growing. They remind me...