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Melainy Nickila

Hailing from the great state of North Dakota Melainy is new to the Duluth area and excited to explore all the great places and activities the Twin Ports area has to offer. Her Husband Ben, originally from Chisholm, 14 month old Jameson, and two 50lb English Setters have recently settled into small town living in Esko, MN and are eager to make their new house a home. As a first time mom, moving to a new town and a new state is chaotic and Melainy and her family are embracing the challenge, Follow her on Instagram @mmnickila and laugh at all of the hilarious 1st time mom adventures she encounters. Also follow her blog, www.northwoodsmomblog.wordpress.com.

Crowd-Pleaser Recipe: Put a Fall Twist on Taco Tuesday

The air is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. We are running around trying to find the fall and winter gear while the...

Celebrate National Cereal Day!

  My love affair with cereal began at a young age. My father is to blame for my love of cereal, and not just one particular kind. Growing up we ate all kinds, from Cheerios...

LEGO® Bricks: A Blessing and A Curse

It's a right of passage for parents, you know, that moment when kids get their first LEGO® set to build. Not the chunky LEGO Duplos but the full-blown sets of LEGO bricks with hundreds...

PUMP IT UP!: One Mom’s Exclusive Pumping Journey

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My Quarantine Baby: Giving Birth During Coronavirus Isolation

April 10, 2020 had been marked on my calendar for close to three months. This was the day that our son was scheduled to be born via c-section. I had everything planned: activities we...

I Used to Hate Christmas

You could say that, like Scrooge, my heart was two sizes too small, but for a very long time I hated Christmas. I didn’t always hate it. I have very fond memories of the...

Embracing Blueberry Season: Dessert and Breakfast, Too!

It’s blueberry picking season in the Northland and, if you're like me, you're getting out and picking blueberries every chance you get. I try to pick around 15-20 pounds of blueberries a year from...

Sleeping Soundly: Pediatric Sleep Breathing Disorder

My son has always been a noisy sleeper. When he was a tiny baby it was the normal baby grunts and squeaks but as he got older he really started snoring, and often coughing,...

The Art of Being Uncrafty

In a world that is dominated by hand-made, home-made, home-grown, made from the heart; gifts, cards, valentines, invites, and all the other things that wind up in my kids cubby at school, I stick...

Making the Most Out of Brown Bananas

If you have a toddler you know what a struggle it is to get them to eat a healthy, well-rounded meal. You know how hard it is to not give in to the constant...