Type S for Struggler. Or, why Jen can’t have nice things.

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If you are even a casual reader of this blog I’m sure you’ve pegged me as a Type-A personality, and it’s true, I love a good checklist, I stockpile necessities so there’s never a mad dash to the store, and I’m half done Christmas shopping now, in July. I seem to have it together. I’m […]

Women and the Confidence Gap

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“Lean in” (usually appearing as #leanin, and only sometimes ironically) has become a kind of shorthand among my female friends, an expression of encouragement, pride, or solidarity that can range in meaning from a collective, been-there groan at some workplace unfairness or a you-got-this-you-go-girl rallying cry. It started a little over a year ago, when I […]

Mama’s big adventure (Guest post)

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My friend Heidi is mama to a toddler and travels the world doing original research for her doctoral thesis in anthropology, while teaching and presenting around this country too. To say she’s leaning in is an understatement. I’m so proud of her and in awe of her courage — one trip involved several days’ travel on […]

That time I judged myself: Teeth whitening

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I’m fairly handy with the tooth-whitening function of Picmonkey and similar photo editing tools, and maybe I should have just left it at that. But I didn’t. I did this instead: paid my dentist a lot of money to whiten my teeth. I didn’t expect it to be fun, really, but neither was I prepared […]

Seven things I will not miss about my 30s

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There are about two hours left of my 30s, and while my husband has been gleefully rubbing it in all day long, I wasn’t thinking much about it until I had some alone time in the car tonight (running errands and dropping off/picking up kids, natch). And mostly I was thinking about what I will […]

A shopping event bursting with Minnesota pride

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Do you love handmade jewelry, gorgeous bags, cheeky letterpress cards, chocolate, beauty bars, beeswax, Minnesota-pride icons, beer, and tater tots? Of course you do. Love the idea of supporting Minnesota artists, designers, and makers even more? Of course you do. That’s why you are definitely going to want to check out the HAMMS Event on […]

Easy movie night party for tweens

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Movie night might be the easiest tween birthday party theme ever. Easy for you, fun for them, win for all. Here are some photos and ideas from my son’s movie-themed sleepover party. Set the stage All you need to make a theater is a large screen, chairs in rows, and a concession stand. Our concessions are […]

Six ways to make it easier

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Yes and Yes, a blog we both follow and fellow Minnesota blogger, published this great post: How to make your life a million times easier (slight exaggeration). We both liked it, and found ourselves thinking about the little ways we simplify and make things easier for ourselves by removing the decisions required by the seemingly endless […]