Big Announcement Today!

I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it! Today is THE DAY that I get to tell you about a spectacular partnership and show you what can happen when two crazy entrepreneurial gals put their heads together.  For a couple of years, I’ve been dreaming about providing you some tangible products to help parents and students stay connected through the

A Poem for Parents — ‘Twas the Night Before Move-In Day

Here’s a little poem I wrote last year when we were moving our “baby” off to school. Can you relate? ‘Twas the Night Before Move-In Day ’Twas the night before Move-In Day and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even my spouse. The totes were lined up by the back door with care, in hopes that

Packing for college–what you need to know for smooth sailing on move-in day

Moving into the dorm room is one of your child’s first fleeting steps into collegiate life. What can you, as a parent, do to help make this transition a smooth one? Follow the 3 BEs! Here are some tried and true tips for smooth sailing on move-in day taken from Out to Sea: A Parents’ Survival Guide to the Freshman

10 Must-Haves for the Dorm

If you’ve got a student heading off to college this fall, then you are probably elbows deep in lists and worries. But one thing you don’t need to stress about is what to pack for the dorm. I’ve got you! There’s a complete checklist of what to pack (and NOT pack) in my book Out to Sea: A Parents’ Survival

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Brooklyn Harren

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking with the 2018 Sauk Rapids Community Ambassador candidates about character, kindness and leadership. In addition to meeting the current candidates, I was introduced to a delightful young woman named Brooklyn, who was just completing her term as a Sauk Rapids Community Ambassador and is currently preparing to compete in the

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Melissa Sturm-Smith

Wonder Woman inspires me with her grit and determination. She fights for truth and justice and possess super-human strength. Yet, she has the heart of a woman. We encounter passionate, fascinating women every day. These women may not chase down bad guys in shiny red boots and may not wear tiaras to work, but they get stuff done. They are employees, wives,

10 Things to Teach Teens Before They Move Out

If you’re a parent of a recent high school graduate, there’s a good chance your child may be moving out in the upcoming months.  Wait! What? This is the same kid who is incapable of getting dirty socks into the hamper.  How will he keep up with his own laundry?  She has no idea how to read a map or

Smelly dorm room? Know how to fight the funk!

If you’ve ever walked into your child’s room and been hit by an unknown odor, you know what we’re talking about here. Watch today’s vlog for ideas on how to fight the funk in your kids’ rooms.      

Anxiety and college students

College can be stressful. Students must juggle school, work, friends, and finances, all while trying to figure out the trajectory of the rest of their lives. Feelings of loneliness, uncertainty and isolation can overwhelm even the most well-prepared students. They become stressed. Anxious. As adults, we know anxiety is a normal part of everyday life. It is often a natural

10 Tips to Prepare for Final Exams

Follow these tips and watch your productivity and test scores rise! Study in 25-minute bursts, taking a 5-minute break between these sessions. It’s called the Pomodoro Method of productivity. Listen to music. Studies indicate that music can actually help you study. Attend study groups. Alternate where you study. Alternate how you study. Use study tools like notecards, whiteboards and practice tests. Study smart. Spend less