Shannon Williams

Shannon Williams
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Shannon is a former interior designer turned stay-at-home mom. She and her husband have always been overachievers, so they kicked off this whole parenthood thing with not one, but two babies (yup, twins). A third followed exactly two years and two days later. A complete bibliophile, Shannon also finds it impossible to say no to iced coffee, pedicures, or a good beer. You can find her scribbling her thoughts on motherhood and life at shannonscribbles.net and see her day-in-the-life chaos over on Instagram.

Summer Isn’t Canceled

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“What are you doing this summer?” has always been a question among the parents in my sphere. This year the answers have less to do with family vacations, camps, sports, and childcare. This year...

On Eating Less Meat

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Over the past few years, my family has transitioned to eating less meat. For various reasons: we know a diet filled with plants offers many health benefits compared to one that is heavy in...

The President of Breakfast

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Breakfast used to be my husband’s domain. I don’t like getting up any earlier than I absolutely have to and he enjoys spending time in the morning with the kids, so we settled on...

Finding Rest… Not Just Sleep

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“But my body doesn’t feel tired,” my daughter says, her bright eyes looking up at me from her pillow, just barely visible in the dark room she shares with her twin brother. She wiggles...

So You’re a LEGO Mom

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Maybe it was when you stepped on a LEGO brick (for the 14th time today). Or when you found little LEGO creations in every nook and corner of your house. Maybe it was when...

When Your Partner Works From Home

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In my household, working from home is the norm. My husband has worked from home our entire married life and I, in recent years, have balanced my writing commitments with being a stay at...

Because I Want To

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It was the end of the bedtime marathon and I was ready to take my victory lap. My youngest was asleep, or nearly so, in his room. I’d changed his diaper, put on his...

The Spirited Child Chronicles

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“But at least you aren’t trying to squash him down,” Mrs. Whatsit nodded her head vigorously. “You’re letting him be himself.” (A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle) I have what we’ll call a “spirited” child.  At his...
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Farewell, Nap Time

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My youngest turned three earlier this year. He’s made it very clear he’s done with naps. Really, he started dropping his nap long before I was ready to admit it. Far too soon, in my opinion....

The Life-Changing Magic of Showering

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Bathing is something we think about surprisingly often as mothers. Sponging kids down after each diaper explosion, spaghetti dinner, and marker incident. Wondering if playing in the pool for five consecutive hours counts as...

To the Siblings Left Behind

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I had prepped all summer for my oldest kids, the twins, to head off to Kindergarten.  We prepared in tangible ways. I checked off the list of school supplies: crayons (both twistable and regular), scissors,...

Favorite Twin Cities Breweries

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My husband and I spent the first five years of our marriage living in Madison, Wisconsin before moving back to the Twin Cities. We loved it there. Wisconsin is known for many things: cheese,...

Not a Summer Bucket List

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I’m a One on the Enneagram and an ESFJ always and forever according to Myers-Briggs. I’m your typical straight-A, type-A firstborn child with a penchant for meal plans and lists. In fact, I specifically...

Sometimes, Everything Goes Just Fine

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The articles blur together as I scroll through social media. (Reminder to self: just stop it already.) You know the ones I’m talking about: “Preschool Changed My Kid...For the Worse” “10 Reasons You Should Never Put...