June 19, 2020


Hannah and I first met in college a little over a decade ago. We recently reconnected and collaborated on an affirmation project, An Uplift Pass. We’re spreading positivity and light on social media. Want a free download to print off or save to your wallpaper? Click h...

June 8, 2020

After a day of swim lessons, baseball practice and a library play date — plus outlining a new project I was working on, feeding the dog, unloading clean dishes from the dishwasher, making lunches, loading up dirty dishes, and prepping for dinner, I was tired. When my h...

June 8, 2020

As my future sister-in-law peered through layers of tissue paper and pink bags filled with nighties, lotions, and other unmentionables one receives at a bachelorette party, the rest of us looked on with giggles and excitement. 

Her pile of loot grew bigger and bigger. A...

May 23, 2020

I think my low point during this season might have been storming out the front door when all three kids were crying in the kitchen. A geometry lesson, dried-up play dough, and a ‘No video games’ mandate had forced everyone over the edge. Including me. But, let me back...

June 5, 2019

This weekend yet another (I’m sure well-meaning) person came up to me and let out a stream of air. That’s the sign, right? You know it’s coming. She looked at me, then my kids and said, “These days. These days are the best. Enjoy these days. Enjoy every moment.” 

I foun...

December 5, 2018

I bump along the gravel road on Highway JJ, following my hand-written directions, not trusting my GPS to get me where I need to go. The service is spotty, I’m told. I pull up to an old farmhouse and Holly, a 35-pound tricolor mutt, pushes open the wooden-framed door an...

October 16, 2018

It was a rainy Wednesday night in the spring of 2017 when our lives changed. I remember it was a Wednesday because that’s when we would go to the church down the road for a community meal, an art project that usually included glitter and paint (thank God it’s not at my...

July 31, 2018

There’s a gym that’s catching fire in the Twin Cities that’s more than a swipe-in, swipe-out experience; coaches — including mom, fitness entrepreneur and athlete Andrea Jones — who get to know your name with classes that can change the entire outlook of your day. Alch...

April 6, 2018

Stroll into Yarnology a delightful and charming yarn shop on East Third Street in Winona, on any given Thursday night and you’ll see more than just luscious yarns and dozens of knitting needles.

In the heart of the store are cushy couches, overstuffed chairs and a coffe...

March 1, 2018

Jese Mehrkens makes the best granola. Hint: the secret’s in the honey. She should know. Her bees made it. 

While Jese grew up surrounded by animals on her family’s hobby farm in Zumbro Falls— a goat, a cow and 30 cats — there were definitely no bees. Nor were there bees...

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