Let's Get Ready for Preschool!

The first day of school is kind of a big deal, especially for preschoolers. Leaving the comfort of home isn't easy, but it’s a huge milestone for both kids and parents. Prepare for the first day of school by creating an exciting, positive experience ...more

ABC, Easy at 123, Let's Go Back to School!

A – The Aggravation that bubbles inside of you when you realize there are too many things that need to get done for that first day of school and not enough hours in which to do them. ...more

She Was Okay at School

I breezed through the first day of school like an old pro today. I dropped my first grader off outside his classroom then made my way to kindergarten. My brave little girl sat stoically in her seat as I said my goodbyes. I threaded my way through ...more

Raising a Strong-Willed Kid? This One's For You!

I'm totally smitten by my daughter's gumption, independence, carefree spirit, and determination. I've witnessed her solve problems all on her own. I've shared the thrill of her figuring out how to put on her sandals while being able to successfully ...more

Listen Up, Parents! This Lesson Is for YOU!

It’s back to school time. Right now the excitement and energy are high, routines are new, and (most) kids and parents are happy. And then Meet the Teacher Night rolls around, and we get our first impressions of the person who will spend their days ...more

Join Us NOW! We Can Make Life Work: For Everyone. For Every Family.

Do you ever feel like your job is taking over your life? Or keeping you from living your life? Feel like you're missing major family events, or making challenging choices when it comes to caregiving for either the young or the elderly in your family because of work commitments? ...more

My Real Job: I Am a Stay-at-Home Mom

I've been having trouble writing lately, trouble finding my voice and trouble finding time to write in this season of motherhood. I feel myself being pulled in too many directions and struggling with self-doubt as a stay-at-home mom. I always hesitate when someone asks me what I “do.” ...more
Thanks so much @DynamicNewYou and Jessi Hosper!  I really was taking my role for granted until ...more

5 Ways Running Makes Us Better Parents

Enjoy the ride. Although many people run for heart health, weight loss, or competition, others run because it’s fun. The endorphins pulsing through your blood leave you smiling. In parenting, it’s important to have those lighthearted and joyful moments. ...more
I love all your articles Erin! You are so positive I think of you as my life coach!more

Michigan, Fast Cars and Grown-Up Time.

Last weekend, one of the hubs coworkers got married in Michigan. The hubs and his team were already there working, so another one of the wives and I flew out together. Leaving at 4am was torture, but sunrise from a plane is pretty much awesome ....more

Ride to Freedom

A few weeks ago, Mr. Nielson was honored to jointhe jump team for Operation Underground Railroad (or O.U.R.) He and some of the coolest guys you'll ever meet prepared physically...more

25 Fall Breakfast Recipes

What kind of breakfast reminds you of fall? Muffins, banana bread, pumpkin pancakes? Mmm…all of the above! ...more

We're Having A...

BOY!!! That's right...Ethan is going to have a brother! ...more

Wordless Wednesday: Summery summerness

I'm much too hot and pregnant to bother finding the camera,and the cord, and downloading and editing pictures,so here's what you're getting:recent fun stuff from my phone! Woot!My kids have been playing with the cats lately,Alrik for fun & Mikko for money(and that pretty much sums them up right there),which is great for all the little creatures.Current fave toy: Cat Catcher —they go WILD for this thing.Alrik helpfully cooling one hot kittywith his little fan.She wasn't sure what to make of it,but she stayed putfor his ministrations.Me at a friend's kid's pigeon-themed birthday party.This is the hot & pregnant I speak of.This & the following 3 pictures are from Shannon.And you know how when you're hot & pregnantyou want nothing more than to have a three-year-oldglued to your lap for hours?No?Big hand, little hand.I love how my kids have those sweet dimples.This was adorable: L3 pushing Alrik on the swing!Downtown to the children's museumwith some goofy kids.You can never have too much pretending to be boredon a fake bus.Even when this guy's driving.I'd totally take my elephants to this vet. Whoa! ...more

Annual Pow Wow pics!

The only unfortunate part about going to Vietnam was that I missed the pow wow that I attend every year. ...more

Out and About on Our Anniversary | Duluth, MN

Saturday was our anniversary....more

Dear Dad. I Had to Write You Again.

Yesterday I shared the first letter I wrote, some eight months before this one. I wrote this letter as an attempt to explore where my own thoughts and beliefs in God (did you pick up on that yesterday?) had taken me. CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY Dear Dad, I had to write you again ....more

F-Bombs & 51 Things

Watch your back, Cinderella. I hate spiders. If all the Disney Princesses tried to take out Wonder Woman in a fight, I’d put money on Wonder Woman ....more

Gameday Fashion: Edition Texas A&M and Mississippi State

That’s right. College football season is officially here. I can hardly contain my excitement because I might look forward to college football season like some people wait for Christmas ....more