The Target toy catalog arrived last week. The Target holiday decorating catalog arrived this week.  Fine. Take all my money. Sound familiar?  Heading into a fun season of holidays, you may be like me and find yourself with a slightly tighter budget because...
It is the most wonderful time of year. Ok...so that's debatable...and subject to every person's opinion...but there is something exciting about fall. And especially in our great state of Minnesota. I mean...come on...this has got to be one of the...
Have you heard people buzzing about capsule wardrobes? If not, let me explain using a classic movie scene. What movie? Clueless. Yes, you heard me right. Remember that scene where Cher was deciding what to wear to school? You know the scene…the...
Full disclosure: I was Miss Minnesota 2003. {Photo credit: Paula Preston} Yup, that's me in the hot pink satin, 15 years ago, 25 pounds ago, two kids and a marriage ago, becoming Miss Minnesota after an unlikely ascension through the pageant...
When high-waist jeans came back into style, my first thought was, “No freaking way.” I’ve seen the photos of my mom and her sisters from the early ‘90’s. The tucked-in shirts, the unflattering behinds, the zippers that went on...
Most days my children are dressed better than I am. It is a reality I have come to accept as a Mom to two girls aged four and under. I thought the pendulum may sway in my direction come...
Have you heard about Target's newest (and in my opinion, one of their best) collaboration!? Target's next design partnership is with the British heritage brand, Hunter. Hunter for Target is described as a "limited-edition lifestyle collection designed for the entire...
Last week, after an exhausting day, I crawled into bed and laid right down onto of my son's pee stain, cuddled up and went to bed. In peace. That's when you know you're a mom. That morning was one of...
Stretch marks? Ok, I knew they were coming. Areas of stored "brown fat" my midwife told me would be impossible to exercise away until I was done nursing? Made my peace with that too, even though I had never...

The Zen of Knitting

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I've always had a hard time defining my creativity. Am I artistic? No. Even my stick figures are shameful, and I can't draw a circle to save my life. Am I artsy fartsy? Also no, as I don't know...

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It is Minnesota. It is the middle of winter. We basically live in the tundra. And today I got excited because there was not a negative sign in front of the temperature when I got in my car. It...
"Say cheese!  Please stop moving for just a second.  Now look here.  Smile.  No, give me a nice smile.  That was too quick; I didn't get it.  Let's try again.  Backup - you're too close to me.  Ok, now smile.  Cheeeese!! That wasn't a good smile.  Alright, I guess that...
The holiday season is here - and no matter what holiday you and your family celebrate - we all have ONE very important thing in common. Ready for it? You sure? Clothes. Yes. Clothes.  We all must wear clothes to our family gathering....

A Wonderful Mess

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I am sitting in my living room looking around at 9:30pm. The coffee table is pushed into the middle of the room, there are baby socks in every corner, the Diaper Genie is tipped over, and all the plastic...

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The 7 Stages of Driving to the Cabin

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I had packed in record time while my two three-year-old boys—Cooper & Quincy—and my four-year-old daughter—Miloh—buzzed around me with excitement. Long ago, I had...
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