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

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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

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Answers to Questions about starting a Virtual Assistant Business

I get at least two calls a week from people I know ( or don’t know!) wanting work-from-home advice. These people have heard that I left my 9-5 job years ago in pursuit of a better way to earn a living. Most have a plethora of questions about starting a Virtual Assistant Business. Within this… Read More Answers to Questions about starting a Virtual Assistant Business

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Clever ways to Cash in on Adult Coloring

I am hooked on adult coloring books. It’s downright therapeutic. I actually was describing it to a friend the other day and actually used the sentence, “Yeah, it my thing.”…. In case you didn’t know, there is a crazy-hot trend right now involving Coloring Books and . BRILLIANT. Who knew adult coloring books could be… Read More Clever ways to Cash in on Adult Coloring