When I was a stay-at-home-parent, I experienced the same dichotomy of thought that most SAHPs battle: “I wouldn’t trade this for the world” versus “These endless days are killing my spirit; when will it end?” We love being home...
Many of us will look back on the last year with a sense of fear, uncertainty, loss, sadness, and frustration. I remember exactly where I was when the pandemic hit Minnesota. I was at work and my co-workers and I...
My love affair with fashion goes back as far as I can remember.  My grandma had baskets of her house dresses and robes from the 1960's in our playroom.  My sister and I spent hours playing dress-up.  As I got...

Reflecting on 2020

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Here we are, a month into 2021. Like many others, I am hoping for a more normal year. As I reflect on 2020, I can’t help but think Wow! 2020 was quite the year. Obviously, when Governor Walz issued...
In my 35 years of life I’ve given birth and purchased a home exactly two times each. So I’m by no means an expert on either front. But when it comes to these life-changing events, there’s no room for...

Invisible Chores

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When moms say we are tired. We don’t necessarily mean physically tired – but mentally tired, we’ve got that down. Moms are always doing invisible chores. From keeping track of when the next doctor appointment is or which shirts need...

Remembering My Mom

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It all begins and ends with family. You see, my mom was taken from us far too soon and in such a cruel and unexpected way. Let me tell you about her. My mom, Michele Goettl, was a rock, the...
These days it seems even Christmas isn't immune to polarizing topics: Real tree (of course) vs. artificial tree; white lights vs. multicolored lights (yes, please); Michael Bublé vs. Mariah Carey (obviously). But probably the most polarizing topic: to 'Elf...
Your pain matters. I need you to hear me on this. If 2020 has left you feeling desperate, overwhelmed, and exhausted from trying to juggle work, littles, teens, distance-learning schedules, PPE, Zoom calls, quarantining, and now these emotionally challenging holidays, know...

Those Little Things

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Motivation for writing and blogging lately has been difficult. However, taking photos of my family has given me much momentum to stay creative during 2020.   Spending more time at home has provided the opportunity for my family and I...

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