Kelly Jo Flaa

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Kelly Jo lives her life just how she writes, with lots of exclamation marks! Her Saint Paul home is filled with noise from her fantastic husband, Jon, and their four spicy kids, Owen (‘07), Evan (‘08), Kierstin (’10), and Calvin (’14). She loves her family, her faith, adventure, people, meaningful conversation, the world at large, laughing, and is always armed with a good hug waiting for someone who needs or wants it. She often drives a different way home just because and has more embarrassing stories than two lifetimes put together! She loves coffee, honesty and any reason to celebrate! When she is not building forts or reading books aloud as a mostly stay-at-home-mom, she can be found working part-time at her church.

The Almighty Spork

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This isn’t your typical first-day-of-school recollection story. Nope. It's not really about what I remembered that day, but about what he found important. An experience valuable enough to be tucked away into the vast recesses...

Tweens are People, Too!

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Living with a Tween is hard--almost as hard as being a Tween. (While the definition of the term varies, for this post I consider Tweens to be 10-14 years of age.) It’s an explosive combination...

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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It's Earth Day! Growing from the first Earth Day in 1970, the goal is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Together, we can make a difference for generations to come! Being a...

Self-Love: Lumpy to Luxurious

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It was shortly before midnight and I was finally crawling my way into bed, ready for the mental and physical rest I’d been pining away for all day long. I grabbed my lumpy, old,...

National Love Your Pet Day: A Retirement Home for Bailey

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It wasn’t my idea… at first. My children begged for a dog for YEARS. We tried to satiate their desire by caring for the class pet bearded dragon, turtle-sitting for the cousins, regularly fed and...

Leggings Are A Lie…

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I love leggings. I used to be freaked out by them. The way they hugged my curves, highlighted my mom-butt, and left nothing a mystery about the diameter and circumference of my thighs. But...

The Great Give-Away

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Generosity is BIG this time of year. For some reason, in December, it seems much easier to spend money, make donations and even purchase things for myself! It’s almost as if we’re given "permission"...

I Hate Worms

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I took my kids fishing, but I really wish I hadn’t. No, they didn’t fall in or get snagged by a stray hook – although there were some close calls. There was a MUCH bigger...

Living the Dream

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“I have a sliver!” he shouted, charging across the yard with purpose and urgency. This all-too-familiar phrase carried with it copious amounts of sobbing, not necessarily from immediate pain... but more from anticipated pain...

Family Game Night: Friend or Foe?

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Family Game Night. Even the idea of it brings both a satisfied smile and an exhausted sigh. I was the “game kid” in my family growing up. Aggravation, Sorry, Cribbage, Skip-Bo – I’d drag them...

What Kind Of Strong Are You?

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“Come on, girls! We got another one!” my dad would yell as he grabbed his snow gear. My sister and I would run from our rooms, giddy with delight. Snowsuits zipped, hats and mittens on,...

Finding the Normal

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The most normal thing I've done today is clean the kitchen. Usually, I begrudgingly tackle the things that really can't wait for tomorrow - put away the food, wipe the counters, and at least...

When Germs Threw a Frat Party

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Germs. The arch-nemesis of mom’s everywhere. I have four kids – all of whom are home sick from school today. Fevers, body aches, sore throats, coughing fits, and low energy that could rival a...

You May Have A Case Of Monotony

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I have a major allergy. I am not talking about any food, drink, or drug. This can’t be found in a restaurant or store, nor is it on any “DO NOT bring to school”...