Rachel Anderson

Rachel is one of those rare people who has never had a cup of coffee. She’s decided to start drinking coffee once she grows up. In the meantime, she gets her energy from the loves of her life: her husband of 11 years, 8 year-old son, and 3 year-old daughter. She also loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, the Thanksgiving holiday and the beauty of Minnesota. Rachel is a writer at heart and has built a career in corporate communications. The job closest to her heart is being a mom to her gregarious son and spirited daughter. As a Christian, Rachel aims to give and receive grace every day.
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7 Different Ways for Kids to Say Thank You

  After every one of my kids' birthday celebrations - or any other gift-giving event - I'm faced with the same challenge: the thank you. The art of genuine gratitude is such an important skill...
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7 Philosophies of Life Interpreted by a Toddler

Toddlers have a way of keeping us on our toes. They're fiercely independent, unexpectedly hilarious and at times incredibly insightful. Throw in some irrationality, notable doggedness and a little bit of sass, and you...
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Why Saying Less is Best When it Comes to Your Kids

Moms are often overstimulated by all the noise in the house with persistent questioning or siblings arguing. It can be so hard but sometimes saying less is best and leads to teachable moments that...
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5 Destinations for the Perfect Minnesota Staycation 2022

Spring break is right around the corner. Do you have plans to travel with your kids? While the typical spring break trip involves traveling south to warmer climates, I'm a fan of staying closer...
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Minnesota Winter Magic

Stepping into the laundry room, I trip over a pile of boots while simultaneously soaking my sock in a puddle of ice water. Winter in Minnesota has arrived. Just ask my cold, wet foot....
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75 Winter Bucket List Ideas

In Minnesota, we love our summers. We put this beloved season on a pedestal and fit as much as we can into these precious days. On the other hand, winter doesn't get nearly as...
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Top 14 Games for Kids and Family

"It's a pizza party!" My son exclaimed in a bad Italian accent as our family gathered around the table. But he wasn't talking about food. Instead, he was hamming it up as we played...
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6 Truths of Motherhood Learned from Step Aerobics

When most people think of step aerobics, images of leotards, leg warmers, and side ponytails come to mind. However, for me, the mention of step aerobics brings a big smile to my face. I...
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A 3 Step Introduction to Chapter Books

Looking back at my childhood, I fondly remember the books that captivated me. I loved childhood classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Are you there God? It's me, Margaret and Hatchet. And I spent hours...
fall comfort foods - pumpkin soup

Fall Comfort Foods: 8 Recipes to Try

Can you smell it? Fall is in the air. The mornings are getting crisper and have that earthy, fresh scent that defines autumn days. The new season's arrival triggers a desire to fill my...

Tackling the Preschool Conundrum

I don't like making decisions. I'm one of those people who hem and haws over big decisions, driving others slightly crazy with my incessant debate. Simply put: I'm scared of making the wrong decision....
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Growing up in a Neighborhood Family

We have all heard the phrase, "It takes a village." Those of us fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood filled with young children and families know the value of the relationships that form...

These Three Books Could Be Your Emotional Guides

We all need a guide, but often that comes in the form of a book. These three could be your emotional guides and these reviews may help you decide which to buy first. Living with...

3 Ways to Hold on to the Memories

When my kids were born, I remember trying to soak in everything about them. I wanted to imprint in my mind the details of those early days. At first it was easy, and I...