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...

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...
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...
Our normal lives came to a screeching halt when we entered this global pandemic back in March. No more going out to eat, no more going out on date nights, and for a while, we couldn’t even take the...
**Please allow me to interrupt topical pandemic programming to bring you these unrelated musings on motherhood.** Can we talk about little boys? I'm specifically referring to my three-year-old son, Beau. He wears me down with his unbridled energy and catches me...
If you're like a lot of Mankato area residents, you may have felt a sense of disappointment or even anger when you heard the Kiwanis Holiday Lights display would be canceled for 2020. Believe me. I get it. I share...
I will NOT let Thanksgiving be shrouded in loss this year. No matter what 2020 brings. There will be no elaborate Thanksgiving meal with cousins and grandparents and plates of food for all the dogs and china glasses spread out on...
A healthy dose of gratitude comes back in the form of happiness. I once wrote a newsletter about happiness, and in my research about what creates true happiness, I found that the secret is gratitude. A healthy dose of gratitude...

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40 Free Things to do In + Around Mankato this Summer

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