Life is Hard, Let’s Just Try Our Mediumest

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / January 20, 2023

I tell my kids all the time that I don’t care how they do in life as long as they try their best. But you know what, that’s the absolute wrong thing to say right now. Sometimes trying your best is just too tall an order. I, for one, currently do not have a drop…

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Be Where Your Feet Are

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / December 10, 2022

Be Where Your Feet Are I watched as the two students noticed I was walking toward them and both stealthily slid their math homework under their writing notebooks and pretended to be totally engaged in thinking of their next writing idea. I, of course, was not fooled. I came up behind them, crouched low and…

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Gift Guide for the Cat Lover and their Cats

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / December 6, 2022

This was one of them most fun gift guides to make! So you have a cat lover in your life? I am clearly here for you. We have four basically wonderful cats and here are all the things we bought for them this year. ENJOY! Cat bowls. These bowls are seriously the cutest thing in…

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Stocking Stuffers for the Teen Boys in your life

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / December 2, 2022

Stocking stuffers and gifts in general feel SO much harder for teen boys! But I am here to help…I cast a wide net in finding some things that teen or even tween boy in your life will love to find in his stocking. Some of these I have given before and others I am ordering…

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They Used to Line Up

They Used to Line Up to Watch Me Leave

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / December 1, 2022

They used to line up to watch me leave. Even if I was just running to the store for 10 minutes…5 little faces would be pressed up against the glass. “Don’t forget to beep and wave!” they’d yell, knocking each other over trying to claim their spot by the window. We eventually even had to…

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Stocking Stuffers Teen Girls Will Love

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / December 1, 2022

Stocking stuffers are actually one of my favorite parts of Christmas. I loved, loved, loved my stocking growing up and liked to save it for last and found such joy in those little lip balms with the slide off covers and one year even a comb I could put in my back pocket that had…

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Our Book Club Picks: Get Reading in the New Year!

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / November 28, 2022

Our book club has been on a roll this year, so many awesome people and so many awesome books. Enjoy our book club picks along with this list of books which recaps my favorite books read to date. Each of these books was test on many readers so I’m confident each would make a great…

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The thing no one thinks about when launching your bigs off to school…

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / November 23, 2022

When my oldest was a freshman one of her friends almost died at a party. She actually had to perform CPR while waiting for the ambulance. At the end of the night she found herself in the ER with her friend, a dead cell phone and her friend’s phone but no knowledge of his parents…

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You Are Enough

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / November 20, 2022

If tonight you are feeling discouraged. And like the demands of the world are just too much. If you’re feeling like you don’t measure up. And everyone else seems to be killing it at all the things, their houses are cleaner, their children are more polite and certainly don’t fight over the remote and their…

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Gift Guide for the Teenage Boy (straight from their lips to this list!)

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / November 18, 2022

OK, you asked for it, the gift guide for the teenage boy! I asked them, and they delivered. Also how cute are they (please note, the smaller boy contributed to his own gift guide for tweens also coming soon)   The older boy said these gifts will “spark joy” in any boy either because they…

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