Essentia Health, Health

Happy Bellies | Eating the Mediterranean Way

By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health. Eating the Mediterranean Way | The Mediterranean Diet There are plenty of diets and eating plans that profess to help you get to better health. Research consistently emphasizes the same foods: vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. You also need to banish highly… Read More Happy Bellies | Eating the Mediterranean Way

Best Of, Virtual Assistant

The UnGraceful Exit | How to Not Burn the Bridge when leaving a Job

In my 30+ year span in the world of employment, I had a whopping 3 jobs. THREE! Two fifteen-year stints in the office products retail industry (for two different companies) and a summer job picking sweet corn. I can honestly say I never acquired any experience in how to properly leave a job since I left so… Read More The UnGraceful Exit | How to Not Burn the Bridge when leaving a Job

Anxiety issues, Best Of, parenthood

Holiday Gift Guide: Clever Christmas Gifts for Kids with Anxiety

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million Americans over the age of 18 are affected by anxiety — roughly 18 percent of the nation’s population.In a nutshell, anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. Anxiety has been part of my life for many, many years and unfortunately,… Read More Holiday Gift Guide: Clever Christmas Gifts for Kids with Anxiety

Best Of, humor, Life Lessons, motherhood

My Mom-Alone-Time Dream Shopping Scenario

Any mom will tell you that, even though we love our kids to bits, there is something invigorating and empowering about shopping ALONE. Alone as in “no-kids-I-am-all-by-my-lovely-self” shopping. It’s damn near euphoric. We are better shoppers too. More savvy. More purposeful. We can actually stand, contemplate, and finish a thought thus getting the best deal on… Read More My Mom-Alone-Time Dream Shopping Scenario

Best Of, humor

Surprise, It’s Winter! | A Snowy Rant from an Unprepared Minnesota Mom

We had a spectacular autumn this year. The temps were mild, the hurricanes stayed down south where the below and the trees blessed us with mind-blowing fall colors. For about a week. Then, as if Mother Nature was in an especially disgruntled mood, it was freakin’ winter Just.Like.That. If Father Time is ticking of Mom… Read More Surprise, It’s Winter! | A Snowy Rant from an Unprepared Minnesota Mom

WAHM

If you knew you could not fail

    Take a moment and read this. Throttle back your crazy day and really think about this for a second. I believe everyone needs a dream. A direction. Something to shoot for in life. Got it? Good. Now think of this; dreaming is one thing…DOING is another. If you haven’t taken those “steps” towards… Read More If you knew you could not fail

Best Of, Book Love

Being kind doesn’t hurt or cost money | A Round up of ways to celebrate World Kindness Day

Kindness is word that many of us are hearing more and more thanks to a concerning,  tense and sometimes scary 2017. It something we all as humans need to be mindful or especially when it comes to being role models for kids. My mom used to say, “Compliments don’t hurt or cost money!” when encouraging us… Read More Being kind doesn’t hurt or cost money | A Round up of ways to celebrate World Kindness Day

Book Love, Diverse Kidlit Linky

Starting November with a bunch of #DiverseKidLit

Welcome to #DiverseKidLit ! Please join us in sharing your diverse children’s book links and resources, as well as visiting other links to find great suggestions and recommendations. What Is #DiverseKidLit? Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all… Read More Starting November with a bunch of #DiverseKidLit

guest posts, Health, Life Lessons

New therapy relieves debilitating heel pain | Platelet-rich plasma therapy from Essentia Health

New therapy relieves debilitating heel pain | Platelet-rich plasma therapy from Essentia Health Persistent and debilitating heel pain was ruining Curtis Sanow’s active life. The land surveyor-in-training retreated to desk duty at work. During his honeymoon in a Mexican beach town, the newlywed was stuck poolside to avoid a painful flare-up and often wore a… Read More New therapy relieves debilitating heel pain | Platelet-rich plasma therapy from Essentia Health

Life Lessons, multicultural children's book day, Multicultural Children's Book Resources

A Classroom Downloadable Empathy Kit | Understanding Immigration and Refugees

Understanding Immigration and Refugees | A free kit for Teachers, Parents, Librarians and Caregivers As our fifth Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday approaches on January 27, 2018, we are thrilled to have you as part of our amazing community of supporters! With enthusiasm, optimism and hope, we are preparing for MCBD 2017 and hope you will, again, join our… Read More A Classroom Downloadable Empathy Kit | Understanding Immigration and Refugees

Anxiety issues, kids, Life Lessons

What You Need to Know about the #Activate4Autism Movement

Guest post from Jodi Murphy of Geek Club Books The #Activate4Autism Movement The world knows about autism but they don’t really understand it. A unique nonprofit called Geek Club Books makes it their mission to engage and educate the public about autism—to replace stereotypes and fears with curiosity and wonder. They launched an #Activate4Autism movement… Read More What You Need to Know about the #Activate4Autism Movement