#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Kanthi Yalamanchili

Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is protecting and empowering women through technology. Kanthi Yalamanchili is the founder and CEO of Rizlet, a tech startup that aims to empower women and create chic, smart wearables that help keep them safe. Kanthi founded the company in March 2016 after the college-aged daughter of one of her coworkers went missing and was found days later in

Spring Break Safety Tips

Nervous about your student going on a spring break trip? You are not alone. College students may be ready for some fun and relaxation, but parents worry about the “What ifs?” and the choices students will make during break.  Here are some tips to share with your student before they go: Be mindful about what you share on social media

Are you in the iPhone zone?

“I gotta potty.” “Mommy, I gotta potty,” said the adorable tot in the Minnesota Twins t-shirt looking up expectantly. But mom was clearly lost in the iPhone zone. She was too busy texting to hear her little girl and didn’t see her start to dance around on the grass.  “Potty, potty, potty,” she prattled on. Still no reaction from her

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Kayla Strand

Today’s real-life Wonder Woman has suffered unimaginable loss, becoming a widow at age 28. But in spite of her grief, Kayla Strand chose to find the beauty in life–and in helping others. She followed her purpose and passion to bravely create a foundation in honor of her late husband, Kyle. The INDY Foundation stands for “I’m not done yet,” which

Do you like to read?

Hello Book Lovers! Did you know February is National I Love to Read Month? Yes, it is apparently a thing–although I think every month should be I love to Read Month. But, you know I’m not one to pass up a celebration…so to honor this month, I thought I’d share a list of what I’ve been reading so far in

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Jackie Scholl Johnson

Today’s real-life Wonder Woman is a servant-leader, improving the lives of many–especially kids–in Central Minnesota communities. She’s silly and strong, passionate and playful, benevolent and brave. It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Jackie Scholl Johnson, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota. KR: What brings you joy and fulfillment? JJ: People. Whether it

The Bath Bomb

Rubber duckie. Check. Bubbles. Check. Little Mermaid wash cloth. Check. Pink Disney teapot and tiny teacups. Check and check. There we were, mother and daughter, splashing together in the bathtub. She was barely two and I was, well, old enough to be her mother. As she carefully measured and poured and chattered on about princesses and puppies and preschool, I

#Real Life Wonder Woman — Meet Amalia Moreno-Damgaard

Today’s real-life Wonder Woman is a nine-time award-winning author and chef-entrepreneur. Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is the founder of Amalia, LLC, a nationally certified woman-owned business that helps corporations develop a broader understanding and appreciation of Latin cultural nuances through consulting, bilingual speaking and writing, and healthy gourmet culinary experiences.  She is also the founder and president of Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota, a

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Ann Torry

Brave. Smart. Kind. Innovative. Open-minded. Detail-oriented. These are words I’ve heard used to describe Ann Torry–today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman. She works as the VP of Marketing for BirdDogHR in Des Moines, Iowa, and recently won a national award that celebrates women in STEM fields. Ann has over 20 years of experience in B2B marketing and is a terrific example of a woman who

Be a Better YOU! Three Weeks to Healthy Habits

When our daughter Brooke was a tot, she loved me a lot. I mean she really loved me and couldn’t function unless I was within a four-foot radius of her tiny body. No doors could separate us. Ever. Gone were my days of peeing alone. When I tried to leave the room, she would cling to my leg like a