Shannon Clochie

Shannon Clochie
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Shannon met her husband, Jason, at the University of Minnesota in 2001. They married in 2009 and held hands a little tighter in 2013 as they excitedly jumped into parenthood together with twin girls (Alaina and Hannah). Shannon became a stay-at-home mom, and six months later, found writing to be her “escape” and began blogging about the constantly busy, amazing, and exhausting world of parenting and raising twins. A typical day with her three-year olds consist of much negotiating, bribing, making up songs, applying Band-Aids on invisible “owies,” chasing them in different directions, and (hopefully) squeezing in some writing during nap time. When she’s not doing any of the above, she enjoys photography, trying new recipes in the kitchen, connecting with moms in her local MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) group, or working part-time at the YMCA teaching a water and cardio class. Date nights are far and few between, but when she does have those rare moments with her husband, they enjoy talking about their kids over a quiet meal or trying to stay awake during a movie. You can keep up with Shannon on her blog Ladybugs + Jumping Beans, Facebook or Twitter.

Raising Compassionistas

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"-ista" | a little addition that can be found sitting pretty at the end of certain words that holds an interesting power. Without going into its Latin roots, it has been known to step...
Splitting Pairs - Twins in Kindergarten | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Splitting Pairs – Twins in Kindergarten

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A couple very obvious misconceptions that I've personally encountered as a mother of twins are: 1) They like the same things.  2) They're inseparable. To some extent, this may be true... just like it might be for...

The Tired Mama That CAN!

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Monotony. It's a big part of parenting. We live by our routines and adhere to the tiring repetition we often feel bound by. I have a vivid memory of when my girls were babies. It...
Becoming Mom (always). | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Becoming Mom (always).

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{Photo credit: Liz Siebenaler Photography} In the beginning, it's a thought. An idea. Followed by serious decisions, a lot of preparation, planning and getting ready to become a mom! It really is an exciting, nerve-wracking, scary but absolutely...

Get a Taste of Summer at Minnesota Zoo’s Tropical Beach Party

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As winter continues to linger here in Minnesota, we've been feeling pretty cooped up. We decided to take a break from our little cave and the cold and head to the Minnesota Zoo for...

When Mom Gets Benched

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I really don't want to come off as a bragger, but I'm kind of a pro at this whole parenting thing. For almost half a decade I've been with my children 80% of the...

A Child’s Pace: Keeping Up while Slowing Down

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What goes fast, but needs you to slow down? Yesterday I managed to get my children fed, dressed and out the door by 8:30am! This may not seem like a big deal to some, but...

If You Give a Mom a Break

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Inspired by the book, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," by Laura Numeroff. Who needs a break? Well, we all do! What happens when you actually get that break? Specifically, an unexpected break with...

Coffee: Happiness in a Mug

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My husband recently questioned a common theme around motherhood... Cold coffee. And guess what ladies? He has a solution, and it's something he wants me to share with all you coffee-reheating and coffee-slogan-wearing mamas (this includes...

Mom Om

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Om. A mantra. A sacred sound. When I think of this sound I think of something that replenishes the mind, body and soul. Something that gives us breath, peace, unexpected joy, and keeps us calm. An elightening...

4 Pre-Parenting Stages

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{Photo credit: Mortenson Photography} Parenting is a journey. But when does your journey really begin? We experience many important stages in life that bring us subtly closer to our future children. You may have experienced some...

Keeping It Real (On Mom Boosting)

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Mother's Day has come and gone, and you're left feeling-- How do you feel? My hope is that you felt appreciated, loved, thanked and pampered! But let's be real, it wasn't your birthday, it wasn't...

{I Am} A Birth Story

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With Mother's Day coming up, we're taking this week to share stories from our own Twin Cities Moms Blog Contributors on how they became mothers. We all have unique stories, and some of our stories are still...

10 Reasons Why Day Dates Are Better For Parents

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"Let's go on a date!" he said. "Ok!" she said. After finding a sitter and finally figuring out what they wanted to do, they were off. Off to feeling young and hip again. A...