#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Becca Friesen

In honor of Veteran’s Day, this week’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is a woman who has served our country. Becca Friesen is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in the 25th Flight Squadron (Assam Draggins), Osan AB, South Korea, and the 74th Fighter Squadron (Flying Tigers), Pope AFB, North Carolina. She currently lives in the greater Atlanta area and works as

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Kelly Sayre

When today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman and I first met, we soon realized that we had something (2 things, actually) in common. We share the same first name and both have husbands named Marty. Yes, Kelly and Marty…Marty and Kelly. Naturally, we had to schedule a double date so the Martys could meet and we could get to know each other better. The

From Kelly’s Kitchen–Crock Pot Pasta e Fajioli Soup

So many of you have asked if I miss food blogging. Honestly, I’m so busy speaking and writing and traveling that I don’t know where I’d add it in on a regular basis. But I still do enjoy feeding people and clearly I like to eat! While I won’t promise you monthly recipes, I will make every attempt to share

YOUR WORDS MATTER–and other life lessons from playing Scrabble with Grandma

Some day I’m going to have spectacular silver hair and live in a retirement community where I’ll get to play Scrabble and sip wine every day. When I told this plan to my husband, he shrugged and told me it was a good thing I was already practicing for retirement by hitting the wine and the Scrabble on a regular

I do.

“I do.” 2 words. Simple. Powerful. Full of promise, excitement and oozing with love when I spoke them exactly 24 years ago as a young bride. Wow! Twenty-four years is a looooong time. That’s a lot of ups and downs and in-betweens for two people to experience together! To celebrate our 24th anniversary, here are twelve observations I’ve made about

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Shannan Younger

I met today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman through professional channels. She’s a talented writer and the founder of the website betweenusparents.com. Shannan believes parenting, and life in general, is better when you have a sense of humor, a dose of perspective, and some good hard facts. This Midwestern mom and recent Jeopardy contestant is active in both politics and parenting. I recently caught up

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Ashley Kibutha

When I first met today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman, I was impressed by her kindness, her intelligence and her ability to hold her own in a boardroom. At the time, I was a spokesperson for a nutritional initiative and she was fresh out of college and starting her first job as a registered dietitian for a regional grocery retailer. We worked together on

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

#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 Mary Bruno

Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is a badass. She’s authentic, funny, raw, hard-working and caring. This former preschool teacher is a renown letterpress expert, college instructor, breast cancer survivor and entrepreneur. Oh, and did I mention she’s a brilliant artist? Please join me and get to know the one, the only, Mary Bruno, owner of Bruno Press in St. Joseph, Minnesota. KR:  Hi