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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.

ISO: Best Mom Friend

I have never been the best at making friends. I can be reserved at first and am not good at small talk so diving in and meeting new people has been hard for me...
The Love of a Dog | Duluth Moms Blog

The Love of a Dog

  My first true love was a dog. Layla, a Blue Belton English Setter, came into my life September 2007 and she is still going strong.  She was my first baby, my fur baby, my...
Holiday Travel Tips and Tricks | Duluth Moms Blog

Holiday Travel Tips and Tricks

Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go!  Holiday travel season is upon us and that means you will probably be bundling up the kids, packing them in the car...
Holiday Traditions: Chocolate Rolo Cookies {RECIPE} | Duluth Moms Blog

Holiday Traditions: Chocolate Rolo Cookies {RECIPE}

Every Christmas my mom always goes all out making hundreds of cookies and other candies for all of our friends and family to enjoy.  Sugar cookies, peanut butter and coconut bon bons, peanut brittle,...
The Perfect "Mom" Sport: Curling | Duluth Moms Blog

The Perfect “Mom” Sport: Curling

It starts with a hand shake and a coin toss.  It is relatively quiet at the beginning - just small talk amongst the teammates and competitors.  I am usually the first up for my...

9/11: Remembering to Not Live in Fear

We all know where we were when it happened. I was home sick from school, lying in my mom’s bed watching The Price Is Right.  “We interrupt your regularly scheduled program for breaking news.”...
Fantasy Football Isn't Just for Guys! | Duluth Moms Blog

Fantasy Football Isn’t Just for Guys!

Fantasy Football is becoming more and more popular among men and women alike. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association roughly 17 million women in the U.S and Canada are currently playing Fantasy Football. I know some of you probably roll your eyes every time your significant other mentions Fantasy Football, but I am telling you there are so many great reasons for you to join in the fun.

Easy Cold Brew Coffee at Home

As the weather warms up here in Northern Minnesota and summer finally arrives I start thinking of how to up my iced coffee game. We all know you can go to most coffee shops...

5 Things to See and Do in Carlton County

When someone asks you what are some things to do in Duluth you usually say the Lake Walk, Canal Park, Aquarium, Bayfront, Glensheen, and the North Shore just to name a few. Many of...

Living with Wildlife

The recent news stories out of Duluth regarding the bear that was hibernating under a families’ porch all winter without them realizing it and the seagull who knocks on the door of a local...