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How to Survive Middle School (For Parents)

By Sally Vardaman Johnson Several weeks ago, I decided to write a piece about parents surviving the middle school years. You see, this fall, all three of my children will be in middle school, yet I have absolutely no expertise on this topic. Over my parenting experience, I have learned to question simplistic advice that fits neatly into […]

Be #TheAuthenticYou

Detroit Lakes native and Minneapolis resident Melissa Paakh is on a mission. She once heard that 85 percent of the world’s population is affected by a negative self-image, and she wants to change that. And so, she launched a campaign and clothing line aimed at helping people hold a positive self image of themselves. Melissa understands […]

Lil’ Kickers is Coming to Town

We love soccer in these parts, so it makes sense that Lil’ Kickers soccer program is expanding to Minneapolis this fall. The team that is bringing it here has served over 35,000 kids in the Chicago area since 2005. And while soccer is the glue in this year-round program, it is really a child-centered wellness program. […]

Girl Develop It Celebrates Two Years in the Twin Cities

Girl Develop It (GDI) is a national nonprofit that exists to provide education and support to women who are interested in learning web and software development. They do so by providing affordable educational programs in a judgement-free environment. What started with one event in New York City in 2010 has grown into an organization that […]

12 Weeks of Summer: Week 6

12 Weeks of Summer: Week 6

How can it be Week 6 of the 12 Weeks of Summer already? We’re not sure how we feel about being half-way through our series, but we know that there is plenty of summer fun still to be had. And this week, is all about geocaching. And we’re not talking about Pokemon Go. Rather, good, […]

12 Weeks of Summer: Week 2

12 Weeks of Summer: Week 2

Rainy days and Mondays – or any day – shouldn’t get you down, especially in the summer. But, we understand they can be a drag when you’d rather be outside. On those rainy, summer days when you just can’t be outside, you could curl up on the couch with a good book…or you could do […]

12 Weeks of Summer: Week 1

12 Weeks of Summer: Week 1

Most school districts around the Twin Cities wrapped up the 2015-16 school year last week and the week before, and summer break is officially a go. While Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” might have been the song of choice for your kids on that last day, they are now quite possibly singing Iggy Pop’s “I’m Bored” […]

Minneapolis Debuts on Sweaty City List

When you think of Minneapolis, chances are you think of Prince, lakes, and cold temperatures. But it can pretty darn hot here, too. In fact, Minneapolis has made its debut on the Sweaty City list, coming in at the respectable number 7 spot. Honeywell Fans have teamed up with Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD, for a […]

Just-Right Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and if you are wondering what to get the dad in your life, we have some just right Father’s Day gift ideas for you. And none of them are a tie! For the Hipster Dad – If the dad in your life is a fan of local and craft brewed, […]

Thank You from Chipotle on Nurse Appreciation Day

June 8 is Nurse Appreciation Day, a day to thank all the nurses who work tirelessly and go the extra mile for patients.  And as a way to say “thank you,” Chipotle has a special buy-one-get-one offer for nurses nationwide. All eligible nurses can receive a free burrito, burrito bowl, salad or order of tacos with […]