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Hindsight is 20/20.  I don’t like that! Through this journey of potty training (and parenting at large) we have definitely made some mistakes. But we have also made progress. We have looked back more than once and everything is much clearer. Sigh. I have said many times if I could have any superpower it would…

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  • Alyssa FlatenAugust 26, 2013 - 8:45 pm

    Hindsight is 20/20 this Mama Monday.

I am one of those people that would much rather remake something than start from scratch, or buy something brand-new. It’s absolutely thrilling to see something transformed, to breathe new life into something. That’s why I had always thought that re-making and remodeling an old home would be so fun. Well, we did that, so…

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So if you have a garden, or neighbors who do, chances are the zucchini is just as abundant in your neck of the woods as ours. If the success of my green thumb was based on zucchini production, then I am as green as it gets! I love a good challenge so this abundance of…

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  • Alyssa FlatenAugust 5, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    I have some sneaky ways of using up that garden zucchini this MAMA MONDAY.

  • mosaic photographyAugust 5, 2013 - 8:17 pm

    guess what’s for dinner tonight?

At the start of this month, we began concentrating on the potty training feat with my oldest. She’s getting close to 3 1/2 so I know she is on the older side but with our life being so wild the past two years (moving six times in a year and a half and adding another…

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Who would have thought a leaf blower would be so amazing? I use to roll my eyes at the peeps who would blow off their driveway. I thought they were OCD and either obsessed or seriously bored. I thought the only reason I would own a leaf blower is for photo shoots–to get that windblown…

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  • Alyssa FlatenJuly 23, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    Mira took a pretty sweet picture of me for this week’s Mama Monday!

The pacifier is one battle that we chose not to fight from the start as parents. It’s so great to have a pacifier on hand when they get noisy in church, or when quiet is needed. It’s great at night when they cry: comforting to parents and kids. 🙂 When we began renovating our house…

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  • Dana Schantz SchaafJuly 16, 2013 - 7:25 pm

    This story is adorable Alyssa Flaten…Good job Mama…you are such a great parent 😉 (The most difficult but yet rewarding job on this earth).

I don’t know why, but cleaning is so stress-relieving to me. I want to hire a house cleaner and have dreamed of that day, but I don’t really want to give this responsibility to someone else because I actually enjoy it. Last year for our wedding anniversary Scott got me an Oreck vacuum. (Yes, I…

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  • Alyssa FlatenJuly 1, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    what can I say? my confessions here.

  • Michelle Streitmatter GlasserJuly 1, 2013 - 5:33 pm

    yep it works! I have one!

  • Judy FlatenJuly 1, 2013 - 6:26 pm

    Wish you weren’t so far away. I would let you come and relieve your stress at my house any day! I hate to vacuum!

O goodness it is hot these days!! Summer finally arrived. And with the heat we have been spending tons of time outside, at the pool, and eating ice cream. But trips to the Dairy Queen or Cherry Berry can add up quickly. So I spent an afternoon creating some summer snacks that would help us…

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Oh readers, forgive me. I have completely slacked off in writing my Mama Mondays. I think it’s because I have had a serious case of spring fever. I have a huge list of home and yard projects I want to conquer in effort to get settled into our still somewhat new home (moving in December…

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Debt. Have you ever noticed there are four letters in the word “debt?” In our home, “debt” is a four letter word. If you don’t have the cash, no can do. That’s our rule. Yes, we are followers of Dave Ramsey. His book “Total Money Make-Over” re-directed the course of our lives seven years ago….

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  • Mary Jo Froehlich IrmenMay 13, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    Dave Ramsey has some decent principles but he is not hitting the mark on all accounts. Purchasing with cash is not the best option either. Think about it, you buy with cash and that cash is gone forever and you lost the opportunity to ever use it again. Dave does not look at lost opportunity cost, its about leveraging your money. I am NOT talking about investments. Dave is awesome for getting people on track but once there you need to think about money differently. The way we have never been taught because we then are forced to rely on banks.
    My two cents…:)

It’s been one of those days…you know, the kind where all you have the strength to mutter is ‘help me Lord.’ My sweet little sugar pies often drive me either to my wits end or to dependence on my Father. I am a word-picture, visual kinda gal, which is probably not a surprise to most…

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  • Stacy WalchApril 29, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    Very awesome, Alyssa Flaten! Exactly what I needed today.

  • Fran DwelleApril 29, 2013 - 9:33 pm

    Beautiful post, Alyssa! I love your metaphor of grace is like water…

I am packing for another trip. Two weeks ago we brought the girls, but this one is without the kids…which is exciting, but still lots to prepare. All you people that roadtrip with kids, I admire you. To me, Fargo (our last destination) may as well be on the other side of the country when…

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  • Alyssa FlatenApril 22, 2013 - 3:26 pm

    trips. and traveling with kids! Lord, have mercy! 🙂

Here are our top ten Snow Day Activities, in honor of this insane, April 15 Snow Day! 10. Facebook and visit frivolous sites you never take time for 9. Catch up on House Chores i.e. the never-ending laundry 8. Clean out Closets and get rid of those clothes you never wear 7. Organize…anything: junk drawers,…

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  • Alyssa FlatenApril 17, 2013 - 10:17 pm

    Well, we did some of these snow day activities Monday, and are still working on a few of them since it’s not exactly park weather…

This Mama Monday, I’ve got to pass on another kids CD album “must have”. Minnesota’s River Valley Church just released their kids album “We’ve Come Alive” from their “Go Kids” ministry. We’ve ALL been jamming to this album all week. Even my 16 month old is singing part of one of the songs–NO JOKE!! You…

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  • Alyssa FlatenApril 9, 2013 - 2:25 am

    This is the album we’ve been grooving to all week in our house: from my 16 month old to this 33 yr old!

  • mosaic photographyApril 9, 2013 - 2:29 am

    Must Have Kids CD for this Mama Monday!

Hey Mamas! I know eating healthy is not easy; but, it sure helps when there are resources like the Tasty Tomato. Lindsay (and Ty) are dear friends and creative people; and Lindsay is one creative Mama! She doesn’t just pin healthy recipes and ideas for healthy living to her pinterest board (GUILTY AS CHARGED 🙂…

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  • Alyssa FlatenMarch 25, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    The Tasty Tomato health, and more than just pinterest for this Mama Monday!

Fire juice! Doesn’t the name just make you want some? to take a swig? I wished I had some last week. I was sicker than a dog. (what does that phrase mean by the way?) Coughing my guts out. Congested to the max. It has been a looooonnng time since I have been sick like…

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  • Alyssa FlatenMarch 18, 2013 - 6:02 pm

    fire juice–it’s a love hate relationship for this Mama (mama monday).

  • mosaic photographyMarch 18, 2013 - 9:40 pm

    FIRE JUICE this Mama Monday…

It’s been a long couple of weeks as a Mama with sleep issues and sickness…a feeling that this will never end. And then my husband sent me this article by Lisa TerKeurst that I want to pass on to any of you who are feeling stuck or in a funk. It’s an easy, encouraging read….

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Today is day 8 of someone in my family being sick. So as I sit here here with my little darlings crawling all over me, weary and worn out, my mind is sorting through the truths I was reminded of this last weekend at a women’s event I attended. I must remain steadfast in the…

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So we just finished a ten week stretch of birthdays in our house and during that time, we looked into and utilized some of the local Bismarck birthday offers and I thought I would pass on these resources to you, thanks to the Bisman Cheapskate! BISMARCK BIRTHDAY FREEBIES: The Bisman Cheapskate has a great chart…

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  • Linda SchlafmanFebruary 18, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I LOVE getting good deals.

One luxury I enjoyed while I was away from my girls several weeks ago was READING! I read more that week than I had in probably a whole year! I know I have mentioned these books before, but I was so refreshed, rejuvenated, and encouraged, by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam’s book “On Becoming Childwise”…

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  • Alyssa FlatenFebruary 12, 2013 - 9:53 pm

    I HAVE BEEN SO ENCOURAGED as I HAVE BEEN READING THIS BOOK!

It is far too easy to forget to set aside time away from the kids, your husband, and just have girl time! I AM HUGELY GUILTY OF THIS! I don’t think I went for coffee more than twice the first year of being a Mom. In today’s busy culture, the fun stuff is sometimes the…

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Just wanted to share another genius idea for kiddos: the door frame puppet show! A little fabric, a couple tension curtain rods, and a dowel and waaa–la! you have hours and hours of entertainment! The above puppets were made from colored foam and photos of my girls–pretty fun to have puppets of each of our…

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  • Alyssa FlatenJanuary 28, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    I hope my girls pull out their puppet show while we are on vacation this week! A super fun thing made by Judy Flaten.

So it’s time for me to face the music and dance. My Elliana is one and I practically weigh the same as just moments after her birth. Sigh. So how am I fixing this? Well I am attending a super awesome FREE, kick-your-butt exercise class at the Element here in Bismarck. And I am training…

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  • Alyssa FlatenJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:43 am

    anyone had weird results when using the Nike+ app indoors? the past few days were weird…i swear I went farther than what my app said.

With moving comes lots and lots and lots of cardboard. I had my share of it–so much so, that I don’t care for the color, the smell, or the feel of it. But we turned that “frown” upside down and decided to create some positive emotions upon the thought and sight of cardboard. And thanks…

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  • Alyssa FlatenJanuary 14, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    this MAMA MONDAY–hours of fun & imagination: how to make a cardboard playhouse.

So, I was flipping through a magazine (which I seldom do) a few months ago and saw an ad for the SVVING and I was mesmerized. I knew my two year old would FREAK out if she had an indoor swing. And I was thinking that a swing might give me a bit of relief…

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  • Alyssa FlatenJanuary 9, 2013 - 10:15 pm

    Mira is starting to get the whole “pumping” thing–making the swing go all by herself. So this is becoming more awesome!

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