May/Jun
2015

Grandma, Mom & Me: Mothering

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Written by By Mariah K. Mihm, Photography by AMN photography

Mom: Before you have a child, you think so much about logistics. Then you realize there is so much more to being a parent.

Me: The feelings are so overwhelming, indescribable at times. 

Mom: You realize you’re responsible not just for their physical wellbeing, but your child’s mental and emotional care as well. The love is insurmountable. 

Grandma: I felt so responsible all of a sudden, but I was afraid too. You immediately become another person and your priorities shift. Their welfare is consuming.

Mom: This tiny little human being is relying on me for everything.  

Me: I read so much the first year it became hard not to question myself and to trust my instincts. I had access to so much technology and information. I don’t think it was always a good thing.

Grandma: You learn [parenting] one day at a time.

Me: A life-changing moment came while reading a parenting article. There was a quote from Dr. Spock that went something like, “No parent has ever done wrong by their child while acting on instinct.”

Mom: I remember when you talked to me about that. You became a lot less stressed and a much happier mother.

Me: Finding the quote saved my sanity. It is fun to learn [childrens’] personalities. Many characteristics in Landon showed up really early and have not changed.

Grandma: We didn’t have the resources you did. We relied mostly on our friends and family who had children.

Me: Family and friends were indispensible because they were real. They are the experts who I really trusted. I gained confidence from being around other great parents. The other sanity-savers were the other moms in my mommy group. All our kids were the same age. We relied on each other when it came to concerns about the kids, but the emotional support from each other was priceless too. We all grew close very fast.

Mom: And the joys of parenthood are endless! 

Grandma: Being a mom is the hardest job in the world. You have to have strength, patience and love. Then you teach those things to your kids. Show them empathy and that you love them through good and bad.

Mom: Balance is the key. How much is too much, and how much is too little?

Me: Balance is important but very hard to let happen. No matter how many times I was told, I had to learn for myself. It was a hard lesson, too, because mommy guilt is powerful. But that is a whole other subject.

Mom: The rewards far outweigh the troubles. 

Me: I can’t imagine life without my little guy. 

Grandma: Have fun with your children. Play and laugh with them, no matter their age.

Me: I thrive on the simple things Landon does that make me laugh, smile and my heart swell. I really enjoy his company and conversation. I knew I would like motherhood. I knew I would change as a person, but I didn’t know how much.

Mom: A mom is a very powerful feeling. 

Me: It’s a beautiful feeling.

Grandma: It sure is...and so much more!

 

May/Jun
2015

Recycled Creations: Essential Oil Aromatherapy Pack

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Written by By Melissa Eggler, Photography by Melissa Eggler

The smells of spring and summer are hypnotizing and healing at the same time. Bringing the smells of nature inside can help relieve many things that ail you. Aromatherapy packs can be expensive to purchase, but they are incredibly easy to make at home with things you may already have. Now that essential oils have come into the mainstream market, it is possible for everyone to experience them. This craze has been “essential” in soothing the mind, body and spirit and makes users feel like they are at their own private spa. Here are easy instructions to make your own essential oil aromatherapy pack.

 

Mar/Apr
2015

Grandma, Mom & Me: Memorable Women

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Written by By Mariah K. Mihm, Photography by AMN photography

Mom: It’s interesting to look back in history at the women who were influential to the country or the world and also those who made an impact on me personally. Due to my age, Gloria Steinem was a major influence in my life. She revolutionized the role of women in daily life, broke barriers.

 

Mar/Apr
2015

Hosting a High School International Exchange Student: My first time as a parent

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Written by By Alison Rentschler, Photography by mike hardwick photography

As an international traveler and a person with many international friends, I’ve always enjoyed the experience of meeting, relating to and communicating with people from other cultures. I often find that we have many similarities and connections. 

 

Mar/Apr
2015

The Male Perspective: Women's Roles

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Written by By Pam Whitfield

Name: Don Hadley
Age: 74
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Job: Owner, O&B Shoes (3 locations in Rochester)
Family: Jeannine, and six children, 18 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren

PAM: How have women’s changing roles in society helped relationships?

 

Mar/Apr
2015

Recycled Creations You Can Make at Home : Beads

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Written by By Melissa Eggler, Photography by Melissa Eggler

The spring season is quickly approaching (thank goodness!) and with that comes the urge to purge and recycle. Before you toss that stack of magazines, newspapers and junk mail that has been piling up all winter, flip through them and tear out some colorful pages that have a nice pattern or bright colors. With a few quick cuts and some rolling, you can create amazing paper beads that are inexpensive and look beautiful when strung together. I just happened to have Rochester Women November/December 2014 issue, so I thought I’d put it to good use.

 

Jan/Feb
2015

The Male Perspective: Life, love and relationships

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Written by Pam Whitfield

 

Name: Larry Peterson, M.D.

Age: 68

Hometown: Robbinsdale, Minnesota

Relationship: Married to Dorothy for 46 years

Children: Three boys

Job: Retired physician and psychiatrist

Current: Cartoonist and book illustrator

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Recycled Creations: You Can Make at Home

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Written by Melissa Eggler

 

In this easy-to-make craft, you’ll recycle some buttons and an old piece of wood to create a beautiful “Love” wall hanging.

Many of us have our grandma’s vintage button tin stored away with gorgeous antique buttons hiding in it. I have several of these, and because I love buttons so much, I decided to showcase them in this unique wall hanging, instead of keeping them hidden. Because I’m such a recycler, I began by thinking of items I had around the house that I could use as a background piece. My goal when creating something recycled is to spend little or no money on supplies.

A friend recently gifted me several pieces of leftover beadboard she used when she remodeled her bathroom. She said, “Melissa, I know you can do something with these,” and she was right. This was the perfect material for this project.

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Grandma, Mom & Me: Winter Memories

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Written by Mariah K. Mihm, Photography by AMN photography

 

Grandma: When I was about 8 years old, we lived in Rochester. Our home was on First Place SE, where the government center is now. Our backyard was the Zumbro River. We lived at the end of the street, and next to our house was a big hill. All of the neighborhood dads would get together with pails of water to flood the hill. The kids would flatten cardboard boxes and slide down the icy hill onto the Zumbro. That is my favorite wintertime memory. We could not wait, and it was so much fun!

Mom: I remember Dad plowing the snow into massive heaps. My younger brother and I would make snow tunnels, then bring out the blanket, a flashlight and our books. We loved hiding in there, reading. When you lived in the country, you had to make your own fun.

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Unbroken Resolution: Random Acts of Kindness lifestyle

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Written by Danielle Teal

Several years ago, while I was on my way home from work, I noticed that I was driving practically on fumes. I pulled into the Kwik Trip near my house to get some gas. Knowing I had a tight budget, I squeezed the nozzle a few times until I hit a certain amount. I walked into the store to pay for it, and as soon as I said the pump number, the cashier smiled at me and told me that someone had bought my gas for me. I quickly scanned the store and peered outside to no avail; I couldn’t identify who this kind soul was. In that profound moment, I knew he or she did not want to be known. I had just been gifted a random act of kindness (RAK). 

It Changed My Life

A couple years later, that RAK was still fresh in my thoughts. In 2012, I made a New Year’s resolution to do a RAK every single day for an entire year. What at first was a novel idea turned into a complete lifestyle change. I’m not saying I was an entirely selfish person in my pre-RAK days, but I definitely learned some important life lessons in the process. 

 

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