Feb
02

One of the highlights of the past week was attending a speaker reunion for Ignite Minneapolis. If you haven’t heard of it before, there are Ignite talks that happen all around the country. People talk about things they are passionate about in a 5 minute presentation. The catch? You can only have 20 slides and they auto-advance every 15 seconds, whether you’re ready or not!

I’ve attended three of the six Ignite Minneapolis presentations, but was sad to have missed Mykl Roventine’s presentation at the first Ignite evening “When good people pick bad fonts.” Mykl is a friend of mine and I was excited to hear he planned to give a repeat performance at the speaker reunion. It was so funny, especially for people who have a bone to pick with Comic Sans.  Watch now, it will only take 5 minutes.

What would you speak about at an Ignite presentation? They are looking for passionate speakers for the next event – learn more here!

And if you’re interested in my Ignite topic, you can see it here.

Jan
25

This recipe of dairy-free mac & cheese is one of my children’s favorite meals. I’ve tried other recipes that require a number of spices, crackers or other additives and they don’t come close to this version. With only four ingredients, you’ll be able to make fast, delicious and creamy mac and cheese you and your family will love!

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Jan
06

Learn more about the new Veta Smart Case for your EpiPen that connects with you through an app on your smart phone.

What I’m about to share with you is a game changer for the world of food allergies. Seriously.

If you or your child or partner carries an EpiPen for severe allergies, ask yourself if you have you ever:

  • left home without your emergency medications and not realize it until you’re far away?
  • worried that your medication got too hot or too cold when you accidentally left it in your car?
  • had anxiety about your child at school or daycare and want to make sure you are alerted immediately if they have a reaction?
  • tried to remember when the medication expires, but it’s at another location and you can’t check it?
Jan
05

A very proud 7 year old with her new earrings!

I’ve never been one to lie to my children. Okay, okay, Santa Claus still comes to our house and there’s the Elf on the Shelf and the Tooth Fairy… okay this isn’t starting out so well. Other than a host of traditional holiday icons, I don’t lie to my kids.

Of course I keep it age-appropriate, but I always do my best to answer their questions in a straightforward manner. We’ve had some tough conversations around death and divorce and other scary slash intimidating topics parents navigate. And when it comes to medical procedures, I try to be honest about if it will hurt, and I share how long it will hurt for (1 second? 1 minute?) and give a comparison to another type of hurt for context. It seems to help.

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Dec
23

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

It’s my first day of vacation for the holidays and I’m reflecting on all of the things I need to do in the next couple of days (like most of us), plus feeling all the feelings of general merriment and peace from sleeping in and hanging out with my kids for a few hours this morning.

I’ve been working on focusing on one moment at a time and trying not to be overwhelmed, as we all seem to be during the holidays. So far it’s working, even though I had some urgent things pop up for work this morning and needed to put my work hat back on for awhile.

It’s been two and a half weeks since I had LASIK at Joffe MediCenter in Minneapolis and I’m feeling really great about it. The first week was a bit of a daze, as I was constantly adding drops to my eyes and I couldn’t wear make up (even to work, gasp) and I had some trouble focusing on things up close (like my smart phone) and night driving was a bit daunting. But this last week things have really stabalized and I have noticed everything getting better overall. I’ve been able to stop using the prescription drops and now only use the regular over the counter kind — I’ve found it really helps to use the gel version  at night to keep my eyes moisturized through the night.

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