Ashley Saaranen

Mama to 3 littles, wife to my high school sweetheart, lives in the Twin Cities and teaches a fantastic crew of 2nd graders! We have our own little zoo of 2 pups, a cat and 6 chickens and we love playing outside, exploring and spending time with friends and family! I'm a runner, yogi and fun lover who also kicked breast cancer in 2018! Founder of the Minnesota Breasties, a non-profit that supports women going through cancer. Big time fun lover and happy to be here with all of you!

A Love Letter to Teachers

A Love Letter to the Teachers of the World… And all the administrators, paraprofessionals, childcare support, nurses, cooks, bus drivers, custodians and everyone in between who makes school life go on. You are the magic...
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Read Across America Day 2022 – 10 Ways to Read Together

Wednesday, March 2nd is Read Across America Day 2022!! We are a family who loves to read and look at books. One of us even loves books so much he eats them! We read graphic...
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How to Find Joy in the Chaos?

As someone who has everything together (wink wink), I figured that I could write a beautiful article about how you too can find joy in the chaos of motherhood and working and year two...
CommonGround Farm at the Arb

CommonGround at the Farm at the Arb

Last week I had the opportunity to go to an event held by CommonGround at the Farm at the Arb, located in the beautiful Minnesota Arboretum. If you are looking for something fun to...
Breast cancer awareness

What Breast Cancer Taught Me (and what I wish it hadn’t!)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and you’re in one of two camps…either you’ve had breast cancer, or you have seen pink everywhere during the month. You probably have even bought something pink because...
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Why Friendship Matters

I think we can all agree that friends came and went while we were growing up. Sometimes it was easy to make friends and sometimes it was hard. Friendship is a tricky thing, isn’t...

National Cancer Survivors Day: What a Cancer Survivor Wants You to Know

The first Sunday in June is set aside as National Cancer Survivors Day, and is meant to be a celebration for those who have survived cancer, an inspiration for those newly diagnosed and a...

What My Kids Taught Me This Year

2020 has been a rollercoaster that we all desperately want off of. In fact, I think I might never ride a ride again. Maybe I’ll just stick to the snacks and that game you...

My Story of Surviving Breast Cancer & What I Wish Everyone Knew

When most people think of October, fall leaves changing colors, pumpkin spice, Halloween, and pumpkins come to mind. But if you are someone who has had breast cancer, all you see is pink. You...