Best Of, Essentia Health

Discarding unwanted prescriptions | New service at #Essentia Health pharmacies

Essentia Health of Brainerd/Baxter wants to keep unused or expired drugs out of the wrong hands, out of the landfill, and out of our rivers and streams.  Now, anyone can safely and anonymously discard unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications at any Essentia Health retail pharmacy with the addition of big, bright blue drop-off boxes. “Currently,… Read More Discarding unwanted prescriptions | New service at #Essentia Health pharmacies

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Be Steam

YES..it can feel like a blessing and a curse sometime when you are a naturally ambitious and tenacious person. It almost feels like a more like a curse sometimes. That voice in our head that fills us with ideas and encourages us to do (and want) “more, more, more”. If you feel that way….Rock ON.… Read More Be Steam

Book Love, Diverse Kidlit Linky

The Last #DiverseKidLit Link up of 2017!

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 kinds of… Read More The Last #DiverseKidLit Link up of 2017!

Best Of, Life Lessons, Sponsored Posts

Beautiful Gifts that Fight to End Human Trafficking

According to UNICEF, Women reinvest 80 percent of their income into their families, while men invest only 30 to 40 percent. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims as of 2016. Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in… Read More Beautiful Gifts that Fight to End Human Trafficking

Book Love

Beautiful and Brave by Stacy McAnulty | Two Picture Books that every Kid Needs #giveaway

Author Stacy McAnulty came across my radar a few years ago when she became a Sponsor of the non-profit I project manage, Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Stacy is a VERY busy author and across-the-board her books are high-quality, vibrant and FUN.   I also think it’s cool that she is a  mechanical engineer turned children’s… Read More Beautiful and Brave by Stacy McAnulty | Two Picture Books that every Kid Needs #giveaway

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