Melanie Trulsen

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Melanie lives in south Minneapolis with her husband and stays home with their two young children: Henry and Evelyn. She likes writing, poetry, yoga, hand lettering, and tries to get outside with the kids each day. Her favorite date night activity is attending ballet and modern dance performances. She is also passionate about Jesus, counseling, and the Enneagram. She shares regularly over on Instagram at instagram.com/melanietrulsen.

April: National Cesarean Awareness Month

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Our scars tell the stories of how we healed from wounds. The pink C-section scar that droops below my hip bones tells the story of my son’s difficult birth. His entrance into the world...

6 Approaches to Exercising

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To be honest, I rarely use the words exercise or working out. They conjure up images of sweat and toil and a little bit of misery. On a spectrum from CrossFit to yoga, I fall...

Celebrating Breastfeeding Despite My Traumatic Birth

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  August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week and we have a special extended line up for you! Our writers will share their triumphs and tears through their personal recollections of making sure their babies are fed,...

Meal Planning for Moms Who Don’t Meal Plan

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We’ve all seen them: the decorative chalkboards marked with each day of the week and designed for you to write down what you’re going to make for dinner. I see these boards with a...

The Joy of a Local, Kid-Free, Weekend Vacation

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For our anniversary this year, my husband and I decided to spend a kid-free weekend just fifteen minutes from our house. And we loved it. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m all for vacations where...

Why Moms Need the Enneagram

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In ninth grade, I gave a speech about the Myers-Briggs personality typing system. I enjoyed giving the speech so much that I, a relatively shy 14-year old, won speaker of the day. Personality assessments...

Podcasts for Moms

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I spend the majority of my days with a one-year-old which means most of my conversations consist of “Does Henry want more sweet potatoes?” and “No, Henry, you can’t put toys down the laundry...

10 Wellness Ideas That Take Less Than Five Minutes

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I believe that wellness means honoring and taking care of my body and cultivating joy wherever I go. Living a healthy, full life is as much about what fills my body as what fills...

Pursuing Your Passions as a Mom

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When they say your heart walks outside of you, it’s true. Mothering changed my identity. Part of me is in my son. My life is tethered to him, our family woven together like a braid....

Dear Postpartum Body

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Dear Postpartum Body, You've been through a lot this year. You expanded to hold a healthy, seven pound, ten ounce baby boy. And then, like a flower reaching up for the sun, you let him go....

Confessions of a Mom with Internet Access in Her Pocket

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The story begins with a crying newborn. It’s dark outside, probably the middle of the night but the days and the nights blur together. The mom does not even step out of her bed...

The Lies Motherhood Will Tell You

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Real women get pregnant right away. That was the first lie. It made me feel flawed before I could even identify what I was thinking. A few months went by with my unwanted period arriving on...

10 Things To Do If You Had A Traumatic Birth Experience

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It began calmly in the middle of the night. My water broke on its own. Our drive to the hospital was blissfully free of contractions. But 37 hours later, I found myself in the...