Melissa has lived in Minnesota her entire life, and in the Mankato area for 17 years. She enjoys spending time with her amazing husband of 6 years, her energetic 4 year old daughter, and their fun-loving labs. On weekends, Melissa and her family can be found exploring area parks and pools. She also enjoys gardening, DIY projects, cooking, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Melissa has worked in the mental health field for nearly 13 years. She only began exploring writing as a means to help others in the last year. Nesting is a permanent state and a passion for Melissa. She has turned this into a blog at, where she helps busy families get mealtime under control and make their house a home, both on a budget. You can follow her for free recipes and DIY ideas on Facebook ( and on Pinterest (
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Raise your hand if you are crazy busy this time of year.  Raise your hand if you still want to enjoy special moments doing holiday activities that your kiddos will love.  I hear you,...
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