Cari Dugan

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Cari Dugan is a lifestyle photographer and writer in Minneapolis Minnesota. She writes candidly about everyday life and experiences on being a wife and a mother on her blog Dugans in Cahoots ( www.dugansincahoots.com ) You can also keep up with her on Instagram (@cariduganphotography ) Her husband, and four children make life what it is – A Beautiful Mess.

A Life with Mini-Bigs

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You know how you are pregnant, and then all of a sudden the horror stories start coming in from every angle from everybody? Everybody from your well-intentioned mother to the nosey stranger in the...

When Motherhood Loses It’s Luster

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I remember being pregnant with my first babe. Belly round. Tired, but deliriously happy. I was so fascinated with motherhood. It was if it was a completely new idea. At least it was new to me. I...

Quiet Times

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I would say that for the most part I am a pretty relaxed mom. Even when the kids were little and other moms were fretting over dirty pacifiers, unexplained rashes, and strict schedules, I...

Sleep When the Baby Sleeps

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Sleep when the baby sleeps.  Once upon a time when I had three kids under the age of five, two of those kids still in diapers, I would hear that statement and instantly the hairs...

Encourage Your Little Athlete to Greatness {and GIVEAWAY!}

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{Disclosure: Twin Cities Moms Blog has partnered with ASPIRE Beverages for this post. We love this Minnesota company and how two hockey dads have made it their mission to create these healthier sports drinks....

Their Most Boring Summer Ever

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This summer so far with the kids has been filled with the normal, every day summery things; afternoons at the pool, trips to the park, ice cream on the front steps, and races under...

Working From Home In The Summer

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Working from home sure has it perks. Fresh and free flowing coffee. Relaxed office attire. A flexible schedule. And comfort and coziness, are just a few luxuries to be had from working from home. I...

Don’t Judge a Mom by her Facebook Page

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Are you guilty of it? Judging a mom by her Facebook page? Click Click. “Look at how sweet and put together her children ALWAYS look.” Click Click. “Her husband bought her flowers AGAIN.” Click Click. “How does she manage to...

He is the Fun Parent

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He is the Fun Parent - and that's ok. Often during the spring, summer and fall, my weekends are spent with other beautiful families, capturing their most precious moments. Meanwhile my own sweet children are...

Swicharoos for Every Fashion Savvy Girl

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It's no secret in my house that the one thing that drives this Mama crazy is how many times my daughter changes her outfits in a day. It is a little out of control. But...

Growing Pains

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The thing about parenting that always gets me is that as soon as I think I have figured a child out, they go and do a 180 on me so I have to go...

Finding Yourself In Motherhood

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Before I became a mother I would hear sad stories from moms who felt that they lost themselves when they became a parent. That their true selves drowned in a sea of diapers, bottles,...

In Defense Of Extra Curricular Activities

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In my experience there are two camps. Well, at least two that are worth talking about here. There is the camp of parents who absolutely refuse to schedule any after school activities for their children....

You Never Let Me Cry

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I'm not the mom who handles conflict well. Growing up, I was the peacemaker of the house. Once I even confessed to stealing a box of Snickers candy bars to avoid the uncomfortableness of...