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Heather

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Having lived in both Missouri and Iowa before coming back to her Minnesota roots 5 years ago, Heather Hefter is right at home on the North Shore. Married for 8 years to the easily the funniest man alive, she is also mama to Abigail, 17, Finneaus, 7 and Eleanor, 2. Aside from chasing small humans and naptime crafting like a boss, she enjoys coffee, martinis and donuts (not necessarily in that order). She can be found sporadically writing about life at https://themamaload.wordpress.com

Transitioning Into a Working Mom Gig

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My mom was a stay-at-home mom for nearly all of my growing up years. It wasn’t until my youngest sister was about to start kindergarten that she got a job outside of our home....

12 Simple Steps to a More Organized New Year

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I know what you’re thinking right now. 12 simple steps?! Is this lady lacking some vital nutrients that supply her brain with actual working cells? Hear me out… it’s not as overwhelming as it...

In Defense of Pacifiers

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Our now 3 year old loved her pacifiers with a devotion that is usually reserved for marriage or boy bands. My pre-mom persona was never going to give her baby a pacifier. I absolutely hated...

Dearest Fresh Loss Mama

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Dearest Fresh Loss Mama: I want you to know that I see you trying to not make eye contact right now. Your smile is there, but it’s forced and it doesn’t quite reach your...

Life as a Pie Crust

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In my mind, pie crust seems like it would be the simplest thing to make: flour, a little bit of salt, some butter or shortening, water. I can look at a hundred different pie...

Preparing for Adventure: Packing a Summer Survival Kit

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As Minnesotans, we know how to pack a car for the winter months; a winter survival kit, if you will. There’s always a small candle and some granola bars, matches and extra blankets, a...

5 Tips for Traveling with Kids This Summer

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Our summer vacation started the winter before. I needed a book to read out loud to my kids, who were six and not quite two at the time. They were sharing a room and, to...

Eschewing Big Birthday Blowouts: Why We Opt for Family Celebrations Instead

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My daughter, who will be 3 very soon, was invited to her first birthday party recently for one of her sweet little friends. She got to go to Build-a-Bear and then try her hand...

I Don’t Want to Yell

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We’re on the tail end of spring break and man, it was a doozy this year! Not because we didn’t have fun. We had some fun. Not because the weather was cruddy and we were stuck...

Parenting a Blended Family

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I was driving to the grocery store with my husband’s daughter one morning. He wasn’t actually my husband then, and she was a squeaky-voiced elementary school girl who was with us for her weekend...