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Ditching Labels: Viewing Ourselves and Others on a Deeper Level

Labels are everywhere. They’re on clothes, food, toys, furniture, blankets, and more. Most of these labels are good! A few month ago we found our my daughter has an egg allergy and I gained a new appreciation for labels. These labels helped me be better informed and avoid eggs. Reading the labels on food is […]

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Congenital CMV: One Virus, Many Possible Outcomes

Ninety-one percent of women and expecting mothers do not know about Cytomegalovirus (CMV), yet it is the most common congenital viral infection in the United States. I was one who had never even heard the term “CMV” before meeting my sweet nephew, Emmit. Cytomegalovirus (pronounced sy·toe·MEG·a·low·vy·rus), often shortened to CMV, is a member of the […]

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Making Someone Else’s Garden Your Own

Do you have gardens in your life that just aren’t “you”? Perhaps you’ve inherited someone else’s garden and landscape design through purchasing a home. Or maybe you’ve had your gardens for so long, you (or the plants) have outgrown the original garden plan and you’re ready to try something new. Though it can be tempting […]

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Sometimes, You Just Have to Show Up (And Hope for the Best)

Several posts ago, I wrote about training to ski the Kortelopet, a 29 km ski race that takes place alongside the world-class Birkebeiner in Hayward, WI. I’d trained dutifully, regularly skiing both medium-length and longer-length distances to build my endurance. Thus, when race week rolled around I felt ready and totally prepared… right up until […]

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How to Move to Minnesota

Minnesota is pretty great. Sure, sure we get a bad reputation because of the harsh winters, and it’s mostly truth. The polar bears we ride into work every day are tough to park, but we make do.   Lately, I’ve noticed an influx of social media comments and questions from mamas who are moving to […]

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