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Kristina Leonard

Kristina is a native Duluthian and mom to twins who are five years old. While in graduate school in Boston she met her husband who is originally from Ireland. In 2018 they made a dramatic life change, sold all of their belongings minus the items that fit into 6 suitcases and 4 backpacks, and moved to Galway, Ireland. There, they live the minimalist life and travel as often as they can. You can follow along with their adventures on insta @transatlantic_leonards

St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated enthusiastically all over the world by Irish and non-Irish alike. It’s wonderful, and it’s a testament to the fact that there is a strong sense of community among people...

A Simple Christmas: Finding Holiday Peace in a Turbulent Time

Every holiday season I say to myself, “We’re just going to keep it simple this year.” But somehow, in the run up to Christmas, life always ends up getting really busy and we have...

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month: Another Perspective

It’s Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and all month long I’ve been reading beautifully-written and harrowing stories of miscarriage, stillbirth, sudden infant loss, infant loss due to underlying medical conditions, and termination due...

Kids and Germs: What’s A Run of the Mill Virus Vs. Covid-19?

My kids have been back in school for two full weeks now and on Saturday night one of them developed a cough... the first cough in over six months. I’m really not surprised; I...

Simplify Your Closet By Curating a Capsule Wardrobe

I used to have a pretty massive walk-in style closet filled to the brim with clothes. Many of the items had been worn only a few times and some not at all. Even with...

When A Snack Attack Strikes: Developing Healthy Eating Habits in Kids

“It’s not a snack, it’s just an apple!” she wailed at me. Clearly disgruntled with my offering, she proceeded to hang from my leg and cry to get me to change my mind, but...

Top Ten Tips for Family Road Trips

The old-fashioned family road trip is back in style and I am here for it. What’s not to love? You can pack as much as you can fit in your car (including prepped meals and...

Adults Can Be Bullies Too

  As mothers, we often see our social media platforms address the age-old grade-school topic of bullying--on playgrounds and in schools and it’s really important. We aim to prevent childhood bullying and stop it in...

Fostering Independent Play in an Effort to Not Lose My Mind

My kids are decent at playing alone when I’m out of sight. If I’m switching out the laundry, folding clothes, or putting them away... okay, that's basically it; those are the only activities I...

A Comprehensive Guide to Renting Cars on Vacation

I love self-driving vacations. I truly think that having a rental car while on holidays is the best way to really explore a new area and have as much flexibility with your itinerary as...