My first stop in the  morning is always to my children’s bedrooms to say “good morning.” Yesterday I found these two cuties having fun together in Alex’s room. I was struck by their sleepy eyes, messy hair and big smiles. And in their cute pajama sets and Avery in her robe. It was one of those moments I wanted to remember forever. So much so that I had an overwhelming urge to go find my phone so I could take a picture. And even though it turned out grainy and a bit blurry, it captured the essence – the love and happiness – of the moment. And the graininess is reminiscent of the pictures my parents took of me when I was a kid in the ’70s. I loved the moment and I loved the picture of the moment. I can already imagine showing it to them when they’re teenagers.


Attendees from the first MN Blogger Conference gathered at CoCo St. Paul back in 2010.

Five years ago, Arik Hanson and I started the first conference in Minnesota solely devoted to Minnesota bloggers: The Minnesota Blogger Conference.

We started the event because we saw a need (at the time): to help bloggers from different walks of life, who blog about different topics, come together and learn from each other. And, to be honest, just to network and get to know one another.

With the help of many, many people, we’ve pulled off four #mnblogcon’s plus a couple of mini-blogcons and happy hours. And it’s been wonderful and fun, but also exhausting… as you can imagine, even with the best of teams, it takes a ton of time and energy.

And so, our run has come to an end–well, for now, at least.

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I hear people ask this all the time: Why do we need to carry around emergency medications (like the EpiPen and AuviQ) for severe allergies to food or insects? Why can’t we just call 911 and rely on EMTs or doctors to give epinephrine if we need it?

Let’s think about this for a minute. Why would doctors prescribe these medications and expect you to carry them around? The answer is because the medicine needs to be given swiftly when a person is experiencing anaphylaxis (severe food allergy reaction involving multiple body systems). Doctors actually want YOU to use the EpiPen at home (where ever you are) because time is of the essence. Don’t wait for someone else.

We carry two EpiPens with us at all times to be prepared for my daughter’s multiple food allergies. At school, she wears them in a belt around her waist. The reason we keep epinephrine with us or in arms reach of my child is because doctors have taught us that the best chance of surviving a life-threatening food allergy reaction is when the patient receives epi in under 2 minutes from exposure.

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Watching TV has never been an important part of my life. Except for certain shows I’ve gotten hooked on through the years. You know, the classics (for my generation), like Friends & ER. And then later LOST & Grey’s Anatomy.

I remember being so excited when I bought my first new TV when I graduated from college. A 25 inch Panasonic “box” TV that I saved up to pay for. My dear friend Jim Heaslip (who has since passed away) wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing and went with me to buy it. And he carried that heavy TV by himself up 3 flights of stairs at my apartment building. What a great guy. What a great memory.

My paycheck barely covered the cost of rent and my student loans. So I made the wise decision not to get cable TV. I lived just fine with my “rabbit ears” antenna and the local channels for many years. When I got married and eventually moved into a house, the TV came with me. I still didn’t find a need to get cable, even when I had kids and could benefit from some of those 24 hour cartoon stations. Instead, I bought DVDs for my kids to watch. You know, smart ones like Signing Time and Baby Einstein. That is until they were old enough to watch annoying shows, like Spongebob Squarepants. (sigh)

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For our last bonfire, I prepped all of the Smore’s fixings before we went out to the fire. Made it so much easier to assemble without having to fuss with packaging!

We’ve had some incredibly long, hard winters in Minnesota the last couple of years. They are so, so long…  and summer seems so very short in comparison. Two friends have picked up and moved their families to California recently because they’ve had enough of Minnesota. Ironically, they are leaving during the best part of the year. The time where we all make peace with the pain of the past several months and move full speed ahead into summer and all of its glory.

I’ve been thinking of California a lot lately. I used to think Minnesota was the place for me to be, forever, because this is where I grew up and all my family and friends are here. But now, at this time in my life, and the amazing way smart phones and social media keep us all connected… it doesn’t seem that strange (or scary) to move away. Of course I have a very strong (and legally bound) reason to stay here = keeping my kids in the same State as their father. But if it weren’t for that… honestly? I’m thinking I’d be looking for some new digs on the left coast.

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