Mar
09

These two kiddos begged me to learn karate for at least a year before I gave in. And you know what? I’m so glad I did.

For a year now they’ve been attending classes twice a week, sometimes three, through National Karate. They’ve each grown so much taller they’ve already had to increase their uniform size once during the year. They’ve gone from no belt to white belt to gold belt to green stripe to green belt to green belts with purple stripes…. in other words these kiddos have kicked some serious karate butt.

And yesterday they participated in their first tournament. And it was amazing. Look how bright and shiny they were first thing in the morning! Seriously they’ve been practicing for so long!

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Feb
23

Get tickets to the famous Water Park of America for only $15 per person at a special event April 19 from 4-8 p.m. – that’s about 1/2 of the usual price!

The Food Allergy Support Group of MN is hosting a water park day at Water Park of America and is selling tickets at a discounted rate of only $15 per person. Ticket sales raise money to provide education and support programs for families with food allergies.

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Feb
20

I’ve been missing a very special ring for months. It has a lot of sentimental value and I save it for special occasions, which is why I wore it last summer to my 20th high school reunion. I haven’t seen it since.

I’ve searched high and low for this ring, pulled out my bed, the dresser, went through all my drawers… to no avail. I was thinking about my ring yesterday and a colleague suggested I pray to St. Anthony to help me find it.

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Feb
19

Note: This post is about my experiences going through the process to get LASIK eye surgery as a brand ambassador of Joffe MediCenter.

I’ve worn glasses since I was 12 years old. I had thought about getting Lasik as an adult, but only know a handful of people who have had Lasik to correct their vision. When I asked them about it, they all said it was the best thing they had ever done and that they wish they had done it sooner. Yet, I never seemed to have the right timing or extra money to pay for it.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find out that the team at Joffe MediCenter in Minneapolis was interested in working with me on a special promotion. It seems there are a lot of fears people have about getting Lasik, and that by sharing my experience through social media I would be helping calm the fears and show how great getting Lasik is to correct vision. So in exchange for my time and energy and work to share my experiences, they provided me with complimentary services, including Lasik surgery, which is pretty amazing if you ask me!

I’ve written about my experiences in posts “It’s Really Happening” and “My worries and fears about getting Lasik.” I also told you all about the procedure and how it went in the post “Getting Lasik at Joffe MediCenter” and a two week update here: “Two weeks post-Lasik.” And now I’m about two months out and thought it would be good to give another update sharing how life has changed.

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Feb
10

If you or someone you love has food allergies, you know what it’s like to feel left out during special holidays such as Valentine’s Day. Children often pass out candy to classmates along with a cute little card. Some schools are more restrictive than others when it comes to food in the classroom or being peanut/tree nut free. I was happy to see quite a few “safe” candies at Target this weekend. Many Valentine’s Day candies that would be perfect for handing out in class, or to keep on standby for swapping out unsafe treats a child may receive.

Here is a list of the ones I found that are free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and egg. Some of them may have wheat or soy, so please check labels for your own allergies.

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