Kelly Jo Flaa

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.

Bribery Desserts and Forced Family Fun

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Kids grow up. That’s what they do. If you feed them - which it’s illegal not to – and time passes, they will grow up. The older they get, the busier they (and you) get....

The Did-Do List

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“I feel like I am failing at everything!” Ever yelled that one into the big open sky? Yep – me, too. Only about 10,000 times. It’s so easy to see the “epic fails” of my own...

What Do You Mean It’s Time to Clean?

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It’s time to clean up and clean out the house. Yes, let’s throw away that broken toy that has been stored in the maybe-I-can-try-and-fix-it-pile on top of the fridge. No, we probably don’t need...

All the Feels…

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Nature shows are amazing. I have learned about animals I never knew existed in places I still can’t pronounce. I’ve watched sloths elegantly fording the river, monkeys with their high-flying antics in the trees,...
I am A Water Snob | Twin Cities Moms Blog

I Am a Water Snob

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I am a water snob. I know it. I am not necessarily proud of it, just truthful. I grew up on well water with plenty of rust stains in the bathtub and the water from...

MLK and First Grade Tears

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"I have GOT to talk to you!" she said, coming out into the hallway. Her hushed, serious tone told me this wasn't a cute kid story from the day. “Oh no!” I said aloud, pausing...

Choose to Lose

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The three times a week my little guy has preschool; his oldest brother is also with us for drop-off. I barely have my mom-mobile in park before my eldest unbuckles himself and his brother....

Like a Savage

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I get it. Being a mom often times means holding the line, enforcing the rules, and forcing – I mean fostering – a change in behavior. I am fully aware of that now, 11...

Ugh – It’s THAT Season Again

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I hate this time of year. It’s really the worst. Everyone’s out with their Pumpkin Spice Lattes, going Apple-Picking and buying Halloween Costumes. Not me. Call me the grump, the pessimist, the season-hater –...

Lessons From an Accidental Soccer Coach

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Yeah – I used to be a soccer mom. Then one day – BAM - I was promoted to the soccer coach. My resume? It’s pretty stacked. I know what shin guards are, can...

Who Are Your Allies in the Trenches?

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Morning came too soon. I had snuck out of bed and downstairs to set breakfast in motion. My husband was quietly readying himself for work as our four-year-old slumbered away in our bed. Our...

What My Orange Undies Taught Me

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I was wearing orange underwear that day. No one should have known that except me. We were at the local gymnastics gym for a couple of hours of open play. At the time I had...

A Smile Goes A Mile

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I remember it clearly. It was the middle of the night. I had just finished a doozy of a diaper change. He was lying there just chillin’ on the fuzzy brown carpet, his tender...

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...