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Sep
11

PR agency leader. Football mom. School council member. Weekend foodie wanna-be. These are just a few of the roles I juggle, like many of us moms. Life can be crazy enough jumping between these roles without having to worry about what to wear for each occasion.

One of the fun outfits I put together at Christopher and Banks: This is the Diamond Quilted Vest, CrissCross Neck Pullover Sweater in Mantle Grey

The last few years have been challenging for me, fashion-wise. Due to side effects from a new medication, I put on some weight that I haven’t been able to lose easily. It’s not good being uncomfortable in your clothes and like you don’t have any fun, attractive clothing to wear.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear from the folks at Christopher and Banks, a clothing store based in Plymouth, MN, but with locations all across the country. They invited me to learn about their new fall fashions, which can be found in a range of “Petite (4P-16P)”, “Missy (4-16)” and “Women’s (14W-32W)” sizes. I think it’s awesome for women who are plus size to be able to find the same items on the same racks, rather than delegated to a separate section or store.

Last week I visited the Christopher and Banks headquarters to meet with their style/trend experts and learn about the brand and where it’s heading. They’ve been working to include more styles which appeal to exactly my age group – the ~40 year old woman who wants to look fashionable, but not like a teenager. I loved meeting them and hearing the “behind the scenes” of how they planned the fall fashions, which are just coming out this month.

Then came the BEST part – this weekend I went to my local Christopher and Banks store and shopped the styles with the help of a couple of their associates. I also brought a dear friend who has NO FILTER so she could keep me honest to make sure the items I liked looked good and reflected my personal style. I can’t wait to show you all the fun things I found!

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Sep
05

This past July, Lisa Chan, a Minnesota mom to a child with food allergies, was planning to approach her local city, Shoreview, to ask if they would help educate people about food allergies and (hopefully) prevent allergic reactions at the parks. As part of the process, Lisa researched if signs like this exist and asked other parents in the Minnesota Food Allergy Support Group Facebook group, which is where I first heard about this initiative. No one in the group had seen signs like this before, but that didn’t stop Lisa.

She shares her story below in this Q&A interview on the new signs she requested and were successfully installed. Thank you Lisa for sharing your story and inspiring so many families.

What do the new signs say?

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Aug
20

Oh friends, our summer family vacation did NOT go as planned. I spent most of it in a hospital. The bad news is that I had emergency surgery. The good news is that I’m okay and now recovering at home in my own bed.

Our first day in Tennessee was great – we were able to spend time with two of my cousins and their kiddos. We rented a cabana by the pool and everyone had fun hanging out and swimming and going on the water slides.

Towards the end of our first full day there, I was experiencing sharp abdominal pain in the lower right side, you know, the side with the appendix. Eek. It wasn’t letting up so the next day I drove to the local ER while Jason took the kids swimming again and to the arcade.

Long story short, they sent me home that day with a theory that I probably had a burst ovarian cyst causing pain and inflammation (turned out not to be it…). The pain kept getting worse and two days later I went back to the ER – and that’s when they kept me overnight for observation. The next morning the surgeon recommended a laparoscopic exploratory surgery with a camera and likely appendectomy. Gulp.

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Aug
11

Many people ask if Ruby’s microchip is also a GPS tracker. No, microchips simply store identification data – if scanned by a vet or shelter, the chip can tell you our names, address and phone number. Of course she has a dog tag on her collar with my cell number on it as well.

In the last 6 months or so, I’ve been called twice by neighbors saying Ruby was hanging out in their yards. Which completely freaked me out because we always keep her safely in the house or fenced in the back yard – she’s not allowed to roam.

Yet she has gone exploring a few times. Once the back fence was left open. Another time during home remodeling a contractor left a door wide open. And each time I have a heart attack. What if she was lost? What if she gets hit by a car? What if someone steals her? She’s gorgeous, who wouldn’t want her?

A friend told me about Whistle for dogs, so I checked it out. Overall, it had very good reviews and pet parents seemed to like the peace of mind that comes along with it. I also looked at pricing, which as of today is $79.95 from Whistle directly, Amazon and Chewy. All three have free shipping and you can read lots of reviews on Amazon and Chewy. We’ve been using it for a month now, so I can confidently say that I am really happy with it. You can see the device attaches to her collar in the picture on the right. It’s light and pretty inconspicuous. She doesn’t seem to notice it at all and we rarely do. Continue Reading

May
28

I love, love, love springtime in Minnesota. Almost as much as fall.

I’ve spent all morning on the patio, listening to the birds, feeling the sunshine and the breeze. Sixty degrees is perfect for lounging in my robe, eating bing cherries and drinking a homemade latte. And working on my laptop finishing my time sheet for last week (#agencylife).

Life has been moving quickly the last couple of months, with the kids preparing for end-of-the-school year projects and finals (we have one graduating!). And we’ve also been trucking along with finishing the final touches on the house renovation. Each weekend we tackle a little something here and there, such as hanging drapes or artwork on the walls. I’ve gotten to the point where I just want it to all be done, where every room is wonderful and just how I want it to be. We’re still a ways off from that, for sure, especially when I only have a little bit of time to think about it each weekend.

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