Annie

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Annie and her partner of ten years are making strong efforts to raise their two kids with an appreciation for adventure, laughter, love and being at the kitchen table at the same time while eating the same meal. They hike, paddleboard, snowshoe, camp, kayak - basically if you can do it outside, they probably are, along with their big ol’ spotty dog. They are passionate about exploring new places, new people, new food, new adventures, so they travel as often and as far-flung as they can. Plus, there's nothing quite like living through an epic airplane meltdown to make you really appreciate life. So far they've managed to live on both coasts and overseas, but the longest stint is in Minneapolis. When she’s not outside with her family you can find Annie madly trying to catch up on all the laundry, oh and working full time.

Help Wanted: I’m Solo Parenting for Six Weeks!

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I'm somewhere in the midst of six-ish weeks of parenting while my partner is out of the country for work. My kids are young, one is in child care and one is in preschool...

A Letter to My Mom

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Hey Mom,  You became a mother a day shy of 35 years ago. You became a grandmother nearly five years ago. You are reliably great in both roles. Your grandkids are having a "sleepover night at Nana...

Detachment Parenting

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My partner and I have long joked that we practiced attachment parenting for the first six months of our kids' lives, then switched to detachment parenting! We thought we were being clever with our...

Raising Grateful Kids

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Let's get a few things cleared up right away. My kids are awesome. My kids are not angels. With that out in the open, I am proud of the fact that it seems like...

The Learning Power of Play in Nature

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{Disclosure: We are thrilled to partner with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to share helpful information about early childhood development for children ages zero to three. A host of additional early childhood resources are...

10 LGBTQ-Positive Books to Show Kids How Beautifully Diverse The World Is

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June is Pride month, or as I like to think of it, a month to celebrate all the beautiful families and people in our community. After the tragedy in Orlando that killed 49 people in...

Beauty Is A Noun

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From the backseat I heard her say: "I'm not beautiful Mommy." My heart sank. And I knew I had this chance, and maybe only this chance, to help her understand that she is incredibly beautiful....

Lovin’ On Our Earth

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My daughter is a sky watcher. My son is a dirt digger. As a family, we love to be outside in nature. It's our happy place - our place of strength, healing, joy and...

Raising a Son with Two Moms

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When our son was born, I noticed a few arched eyebrows. Without saying it, they conveyed their opinion: "how are these two moms going to raise *gasp* a SON?" (Mind you, this never happened...

10 Times Your Toddler Thought the World Was Ending

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Photo Credit: Gina Zeidler Oh the toddler years. They are so full of absolutely hysterical comments, actions, playing and laughing. And also moments of absolute meltdown that rival that of the apocalypse. All you can...

Winning the Lottery {When You’re a Mom}

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I heard some people won a lot of money in the lottery. Like billions of dollars all together, which is simply absurd and pretty unimaginable. (Not that I wouldn't accept it if I actually...

The Baby Weaning Blues

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I think my son would have breastfed until he was five. Going into breastfeeding when he was first born, I intended to let him self-wean. He latched right on within minutes of birth and...

New Year’s Resolutions for the Working Mom

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I'm a mom to two rambunctious youngsters, and I work full time. Sometimes you just have to leave clean laundry in the hamper for a few days. I know myself well enough to know...
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Why I Unplugged the Baby Monitors

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I wasn't keen on getting one when we had our first born, but then a generous friend gifted us a video monitor. Turns out, it was awesome! I could watch our sweetly sleeping, or breakdancing, baby...