Debbie McLoughlin

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Debbie moved to St Paul, MN to attend the College of St Catherine a ‘few’ years ago. After graduation Debbie remained in the Twin Cities and pursued a CPA license and MBA degree. An accountant by day and (self-proclaimed) kick ass mom and wife ALL the time. Debbie now lives in Woodbury, MN with her amazing wife and almost 4 year old daughter. Hockey was Debbie’s first passion in life, until having her daughter 4 years ago, now she focuses on her daughter, her wife, her job, her blog and she still plays hockey as much as possible. Debbie and her wife are extremely passionate about equality for all and strive to share their two mom family with all, in an effort to educate others that families come in all forms. Debbie blogs over at Africa’s Blog ( and has a social presence on Facebook (, Twitter ( & Instagram (

Thanksgiving Series: An Immigrant Mom’s Take on Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we asked several of our writers to tell us about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions and stories. Whether a quiet affair at home, or a boisterous congregation of friends and extended...

Becoming a SAHM

After 5 years of having a two working parent household, my wife and I were fortunate enough to be able to make the change to one working parent and a stay at home parent. We...
Jack O Lantern Spectacular | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Visit the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo

For the remainder of October, the Minnesota Zoo will transform into a Jack-O-Lantern Wonderland each night. There are over 5,000 illuminated pumpkins that litter a trail creating an enchanted forest, right in the heart...

How Did She Do It?

As I’ve attempted to navigate the path of motherhood I have found myself questioning just how it is my mother did all she did for myself and my three older brothers with such composure...

From Donor to Recipient

Breastfeeding is a journey through challenges, through the highs and the lows. Sometimes breastfeeding is glorious, it’s amazing, miraculous even. What the human body is capable of amazes me. Sometimes though, breastfeeding is challenging,...

Why Our Family Celebrates Pride Month

June is my favorite month of the year. Sure June is summer, warmth, sunshine and fun, but the reason I love June is because June is Pride Month.  Our little family has grown by a...

My Wife’s Pregnancy May Not Be Like Your Pregnancy

Five years ago, I was pregnant with our first daughter. Initially, my wife didn’t want to carry a child, but I guess I did such a stellar job she thought she’d give it a...

I Know Nothing

I’ve heard that you learn about parenting ‘on the job.’ We've all heard people say, "If I knew then what I know now." But... I’m just not buying it, and it can’t just be me!...

Play Like You!

I grew up in a sports driven family. My three older brothers have national and international experience in numerous sports. Therefore, it was a natural progression for me to follow in their footsteps. I absolutely...

I’m a Selfie Mom and I’m Okay with It!

I've heard many times that selfies are taken by those who are narcissistic attention seekers. While I guess that could be true, it has become normal for myself and my family, and I love...

A Healthy Way of Life with good2grow and Life Time Fitness

good2grow is a family favorite in our home, so my daughter was excited to bring her family and friends to enjoy a fun morning where we got to learn more about good2grow's beverages, Life...
I AM a Helicopter Mom

I Am a Helicopter Mom – Help Me Stop!

Labels.  We have labels everywhere.  I am ‘ok’ with labels, not too bothered by them.  I wear some very loudly and proudly.  Except the one that hovers over me, literally hovers, as I hover...

Pride Month: The Perspective of 2 Moms

Our family is different.  Granted most families are, right – I mean we all beat to our own drum and play our own theme songs.  However, ours is different because we are a two...