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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.

Garden Fail!: One Woman’s Brown Thumb Tale

Spring is in the air; the snow is melting, birds are chirping and the sun is out! Another sign of spring is that my mailbox is full of gardening and seed magazines; the person...

The Most Important Job

Since the time my son was born, just over 3 years ago, I have been a stay-at-home mom, a work-from-home mom, a part-time working mom, a full-time working mom, and at one point I...

Don’t Forget the Kitchen Sink!

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The Season of Sickness

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Don’t Forget Breakfast!: Easy Holiday Recipes

As the holidays approach I start to prepare my mind, body, soul, and pantry for all the baking and cooking I will be doing over the next 2 months. Whether you are hosting people...

If a Toddler Poops in the Closet

We all know the old adage, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” My question is “If your toddler poops in...

I Should Be Banned From Doing Laundry

I feel like I am a pretty good at keeping up with house hold chores. I vacuum regularly (although one of the main reasons I have dogs is so I don’t have to clean...

Accepting Help From My Village

The saying goes “It takes a village.” There are many things in life that require us to ask for and accept help from others. The life event that has shown me how true this...

Memorial Day: All Gave Some, Some Gave All

Most people think of Memorial Day as the official start of summer; that it's a three-day weekend spent opening up the lake cabin or going on a picnic. But this day is much more...

Toddler Talking Terrors

  It's bound to happen. They can strike at any moment, in any setting, at any time. The minute the words slip out of their mouth your head drops and you try to avoid eye...